Favorite Internet finds

I've made a few new discoveries over the past few months and wanted to share.  Tell me: what is a new to you find that you are enjoying?

1.  Buy Nothing Facebook group

Almost every city or region has one, so search to find your area's page.  I have yet to claim something from the group, but we have off-loaded a few things that we were unable to sell via Craigslist.  It is a closed group and closely monitored, and the idea is to encourage freecycling and sharing among community members.  Posted items range from old records to brand new power tools, and hot ticket items can disappear in seconds (I swear, some people must stay glued to their cell phones!).  We have loved the convenience of having others come pick up large items that we would otherwise need to haul to Goodwill.  Our interactions have been friendly and positive.  Organized systems like this always lift my spirits and restore my faith in humanity!


2.  Nuts.com

This company has been on my radar for a long time, but I did not realize until recently how much it stocks.  I like the family aspect of the business, and many of their products are unique or difficult to find (dark chocolate covered hazelnuts and dried strawberries, anyone?).  We have had a few misses, like the Sriracha chickpeas that no one in my spicy food-loving family could tolerate, but I am now hooked on the coffee and kale chips.


3.  OverDrive

I may have mentioned this service before, but so often people express surprise when I reference it, that I think it's worth highlighting again.  Most libraries nowadays make eBooks and audiobooks available.  OverDrive is an application that can be installed on your smartphone, and when audiobooks become available, you can download the files and listen to the books right from your smartphone.  Thanks to regional partnerships, libraries have surprisingly good collections, and I have enjoyed many audiobooks courtesy of our local government on my way to work (recent listens include Rising StrongBetter than Before, and lots of Elin Hilderbrand).  Most checkouts last two or three weeks, so depending on how much time you spend with earbuds in, the the timeline may be tight, but it is hard to beat free!  Most audiobooks come in around $20 or more each and an Audible membership (which gives you one book credit per month is $15 per month).


4.  Google Forms

I have been aware of Google Forms for a while, but only recently have I begun to tap their potential.  People like forms.  When I try to gather information via email or via form, the form always wins.  It may seem silly to take the extra step to create one, especially if you are requesting simple information, but whether it is the anonymity or officially a form lends, forms are effective. Give it a try.


5.  Turo

The jury is still out on this one, but Turo is like AirBnB for cars.  I'm traveling to Denver soon, and I was not pleased (but not surprised) to discover that even the most basic of rental cars are going for more than $100 per day.  Enter Turo.  I found a much better rate, and the owner will have the car ready for me at the airport.  It sounds great, right?  Bypass the ridiculous taxes and fees and rental car inspections and know ahead of time exactly what kind of car you'll be driving.  I'll report back and see if it delivers all it promises.