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Published Jan 25th 2007, 9:54pm by Jody DeVere in Pressroom Articles

Virtual female toolbox

Web sites offer advice concerning everyday

Jillian Cohan
McClatchy Newspapers

Issue date: 1/25/07 Section: The Mix
If you're like most Web users, you let Google, Amazon and eBay dictate your online behavior. That's fine, but you could do better. In our quest to make your life easier, here's a round-up of 10 of the Web's most useful sites for women.

Whether you're remodeling the kitchen, planning to start your own business or suffering through bridesmaid duty for the umpteenth time, these online destinations are worth adding to your virtual toolbox.

The female answer to NPR's Click and Clack, Ask Patty delivers everything you need to know about cars, from an advisory board of female automotive experts. If you have a car-related question, submit it to Ask Patty, and you'll get an answer within 24 hours.

Founded in 2003, Be Jane provides home-improvement advice for female do-it-yourselfers. The site lets you sort through projects by mood, by room, by topic and by life event (having a baby or becoming an empty-nester, for example). There's also an online store that sells cute tool belts and hard hats.

Any 20-something who has been roped into bridesmaid service will appreciate a resource that acknowledges the existence of Bridezilla.
Bridesmaid Aid offers tips for the gal who has to throw the shower, smooth the train and suffer in the ugly dress, all written by a pair of women who've done a combined 30 turns as bridesmaids.

Whether it's a product that went kaput or a company that doesn't know the meaning of customer service, will let you know. The free site, run by Sagacity Corp., features a searchable database of first-hand consumer complaints.

This site isn't specifically for women, but it's incredibly helpful. You'll find concise, step-by-step guides for doing just about anything, from how to stock your emergency-gift closet to how to gain custody of the family pet in a divorce.
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