Staycation Guide 2022

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museumThinking about keeping your vacation local this summer, or maybe just planning to do some exploring right here where we live? Maybe you’re new to the area, or just haven’t had a chance to get to know what’s in your own backyard? We have information that can help you find fun & family-friendly things to do in South Plainfield and the surrounding area! …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder: Green Living

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Baby Steps to Going Green provides practical green tips that can easily be introduced into your daily routine (Earth 911; site includes advertisements). See also 12 ways to save energy and money [NEW!] (America Saves), How to Start Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle [NEW!] (GreenerChoices.org), Make Your Online Life Greener [NEW!] (Christian Science Monitor).

EPA’s Household Carbon Footprint Calculator helps you estimate your household’s greenhouse gas emissions, then suggests actions you can take to lower your emissions …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS POST!

Webfinder: Green Shopping

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EPA’s Sustainable Marketplace aims at helping you choose safer, more environmentally-friendly, and often less costly products & services (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). NJ WasteWise Business Network [NEW!] can help owners of small businesses  learn how waste reduction, recycling, and recycled product procurement not only help the environment, but also your bottom line. Individuals can close the loop by buying products with recycled content [NEW!] (State of California).

EWG’s Skin Deep is an online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products, launched in 2004 to help people find safer products, with fewer ingredients that are hazardous or that haven’t been thoroughly tested. EWG also has similar guides for Household Cleaners, Food, and other products (Environmental Working Group). For more on green cleaning, see our Spring Cleaning Webfinder.

Fair Trade America – “Fair trade means the farmers and workers who grow the food we eat and produce the products we use get a fair deal.” This site features certified fair trade products & brands, as well as advice on How to Shop Sustainably (US branch …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder: Recycling

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Recycled Items are Not Created Equal [Link opens a PDF] –  Despite what many consumers think, not all packaging materials are equally recyclable. This infographic shows you what happens to plastic, glass, and steel items when they are recycled (2019, Consumer Action).

Recycling in South Plainfield provides information for local residents on drop-off and curbside pickup, including yard waste, textiles, motor oil, paint, tires, electronics and more. See also …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder: Green Lawn & Garden

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Bug Review offers descriptions of some common home & garden insect pests, with photographs, habits, potential damage, and non-chemical control recommendations (University of Illinois). For information about ticks and how to deal with them, see Preventing Ticks in the Yard (U.S. CDC), Ticks and Tick-borne Disease (Rutgers Cooperative Extension), Tick Bites (Medline), and Tickproof Your Yard Without Spraying (2021, Consumer Reports). Pest Management in Homes, Gardens, Landscapes, and Turf includes guidelines for monitoring pests, and …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder: Personal Finance 101

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Universal Class course: Personal Finance 101 – How to Manage Your Money
[South Plainfield library card required; click here for details] [UPDATED LINK!]

Ask the Money Doctor – A volunteer panel of qualified CPAs answer questions from consumers regarding their financial planning issues. You can read past Q & As or submit your own question. Part of the 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy website, which has a variety of free tools & info designed “to help Americans understand their personal finances through every stage of life” (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants). Consumer.gov  provides easy-to-read instructions on the basics of making a budget, opening a bank account, understanding your paycheck, avoiding scams, using debit, …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder: Spring Cleaning

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STEP 1: Clear out the clutter! – The University of Illinois Extension Service offers practical advice on sorting, organizing, storing, and getting rid of stuff. You’ll find more clutter-busting tips at Live Simple: Rule Your Stuff, Simple Ways to Make Your Home into Your Sanctuary [NEW!], and Podcast: Clutter vs Hoarding- How to Live Clutter Free [NEW!] [AUDIO].

STEP 2: Where to Donate Goods – If you’re doing spring cleaning, you may find things to get rid of that are too good for the trash. What to do with them? Our ‘Where to Donate Goods’ page can help! Includes recycling info, too. See also Getting Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff.

STEP 3: Resell that stuff! – Thinking about having a yard sale to get rid of some of that extra stuff? Consumer Product Safety Commission laws and regulations apply to anyone who sells or distributes consumer products — including individuals holding yard sales! Download the CPSCs Reseller’s Guide to screen for hazardous products that should go in the trash instead.

STEP 4: Safeguard your Personal Data – Getting rid of old financial/legal documents as well as old electronics [UPDATED LINK!] that may contain sensitive information, can be an important STEP of de-cluttering. But it can also pose a risk to your personal data. These pages offers practical tips on safeguarding your data. See also Enable security features on smartphones and tablets (2022, Indiana University), Digital spring cleaning tips [UPDATED LINK!] (2020, Stay Safe Online), …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder: Adult & Continuing Education

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CAUTION! Before signing up or paying for any education program, please verify that the school or program is properly accredited. A complete list of recognized accrediting agencies may be found on …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS POST!

Webfinder: People with Disabilities

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Disability.gov is no longer available. Many of these resources, covering benefits, civil rights, community life, education, and employment, are now linked at the U.S. Department of Labor. See also USA.gov: Disability Services [NEW!], Federal ADA and Disability Resources, and Disability Assistance …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder: Learning Disabilities

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Accessible Educational Materials [UPDATED LINK!] – Resources to help you get started using accessible materials and technologies.

Additude Magazine – Information and practical advice for families and adults living with ADHD and learning disabilities. (WebMD LLC; site includes advertisements)

Books for Special Needs Readers – Links to information & resources on books and reading for adults and children with special needs.

Disability Discrimination: Frequently Asked Questions – Explains federal laws Section 504 …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!