Sites You Can Use - Feb. 19, 2009

Guarding your credit score, especially during these trying economic times, could determine how much you may borrow, the interest rate, and the terms of that loan. The site lets you request a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer crediting agencies -- Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union. The site is free to use. And, all you have to do is fill out your personal information and answer a couple of security questions to verify your identity to obtain your report.

And, if you're dieting and need a convenient and free way to monitor your weight loss activities, the website empowers you to just that. Their web-based calories counter and weight loss journal lets you track the foods you consume, your weight, and goals along with the site's 2.2 million users.

And, finally, need quick tips on handling rude situations, or how about advice on tipping, or dealing with people at work. The website touts itself as the go-to place for everything etiquette -- on anything from weddings, to business affairs, dating, even kids, friends, and family.