Adapt everyday money-saving strategies to your roots research.
Think about the tactics you use to keep your household budget balanced. You can adapt them to your roots research, too:
• Comparison shop. Don't pay more than you have to — check various vendors to find the best price on the product or service you want. Try using Google's Product Search and Yahoo! Shopping to ferret out the best deals.
• Read product reviews. It's not always practical — or possible — to try before you buy. But you can learn from those who did: Computing publications such as PC Magazine <www.pcmag.com> and Macworld <www.macworld.com> test and compare electronics products. Look for reviews on their Web sites. Our reviewers put family history software, Web sites and other resources through their paces in each issue's Toolkit section.