Google is one of the most comprehensive internet tools for organizing your life, so use it wisely to save hundreds of dollars and hours of time.
Search for magazines and books through Google Books, which allows you to read whole works and excerpts online for free. You can read full, free copies of Frankenstein, Great Expectations, The Invisible Man, The Awakening, and many, many more. Savings if you read five free books instead of buying them for $15 apiece: $75
Calling information from your phone can cost $2 each time, but Google’s directory assistance application lets you do it for free. Dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-4664-411) from any phone, say your location, and state what you’re looking for. You can also text GOOGLE (466453) for the same service. Click here for a video on how it works. Savings per year if you cease to call information five times: $10
Have File, Will Travel.
Microsoft Office costs about $400, but Google Docs, which gives users programs that are similar to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint through a Gmail account, is free. You can also share these files and collaborate with others through a simple link. Savings: $400.
Stay On Top Of Your Health.
Google Health allows users to import their medical records from participating hospitals and pharmacies. It also helps users share these records with family members and physicians. Though Google stipulates that it doesn't own or endorse particular websites, it does provide links to several personal health resource websites, too. Savings: Peace of mind.
A Shot In The Arm.
In response to flu season and the H1N1 virus, Google Maps helps users pinpoint nearby locations to receive vaccines for the traditional flu and for H1N1. Savings: Time is money, baby!