Buying from dollar stores


I used to avoid dollar stores like Dollar Tree, believing the items sold will be cheap and will break quickly. But the other day, I needed a mug, so I walked into a local Dollar Tree to get one. As expected, the item was just 1 dollar.

The mug is pretty well-made, and I’m actually quite happy with my purchase. I’m sure not everything you buy at dollar stores will be quality items, but in this case, I got something decent, which easily would have cost 2 or 3 times more money anywhere else.

I still wouldn’t make a habit of shopping only at dollar stores, but it seems that if you are careful about what you buy, you can sometimes get an item that is of pretty good quality, for just a dollar. For this reason, I plan to make more frequent trips to the local Dollar Tree in the future.

Buying glasses and contacts online: the smart way to save

One of the many negative things about having poor vision is that it ends up costing you more money every year. First, you need to have annual exams when you have poor vision. These visits to the optometrist usually cost $100 or more. So right off the bat, you have an extra $100 charge every year that people with good vision don’t have to contend with.

cheap contact lenses at visualdiscount.comUnfortunately, that’s just the beginning. You also need to buy glasses or contact lenses. A good pair of glasses could easily run you $300 with the frame and lenses. Contact lenses, on the other hand, should set you back by $200 a year, and are therefore just as expensive.

All this got me thinking about ways to reduce the amount I spend for my vision care needs.

First, let’s take a look at glasses. While it’s true that if you buy glasses at a typical vision center, did you know you can get glasses for as little as $40 if you buy them online? This sounded too good to be true, so I actually ordered one of these $40 glasses. I was surprised to see that they were actually sturdy, well-made glasses. Moreover, my designer glasses fell apart after a few months, while the cheaper glasses are still going strong.

You can also save by purchasing your contacts online. Prices across the board are lower if you buy from top online contact lens stores like On top of that, if you couple these savings with online coupons, your savings can be rather substantial. I encourage you to take advantage of these coupon codes from to get the best prices for contact lenses.

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Also, don’t forget to read my other post about contact lenses here.

Why buying car tires at discount tire online is the best option

discounted tiresI currently own a 2010 Mustang and might be getting new tires soon. The last time I got new tires, I bought them online at the discount tire website. I plan to do the same thing next time as well, as buying tires online seems to have several distinct advantages, namely:

  • You have a better selection to choose from
    Even the largest local dealers won’t have as many tires to choose from as you would if you went online. Regardless of what make or model your car is, chances are, you’ll find dozens of great tires you can select from.
  • You get access to instant research information
    Wondering what a tire’s speed rating is? Interested in what other buyers have said about a certain tire? If you go to the right store, you will find answers to such questions and more as you do your shopping. And as we all know, information is power.
  • It’s less expensive
    For some reason, the prices I find online always seem to be lower than what I’m quoted from dealers I call. This is especially true when you go to and get discount tire coupons, or other similar online coupons that you can find for tire and automotive stores.

So go ahead and give it a try. By the way, if you’re wondering about installation, you can schedule that along with your purchase. How convenient is that? Buying tires online is really a piece of cake.

For the best deal on tires, I like to visit this tire site, where you can find online tire coupons along with many other deals on tires you purchase over the internet. Of course, you shouldn’t necessarily pick the tires that are the least expensive. In order to make the wisest buying decision, it’s a good idea to take a look at ratings and reviews, which you can also find online at various tire websites.

Designing business cards with Vistaprint

business card printing servicesAlthough I don’t run my own business, I still like to carry some business cards around since it’s an easy way to give people your contact information. I call them contact cards myself instead of business cards. In any case, I used to print my own using an inkjet printer, and they came out okay, but just the other day, I found a much better way.

It turns out there are some printing companies on the Internet that will let you design a card and then print and send them to you. The cards come out looking very professional, just like the ones you carry for your job.

I went to a website called Vistaprint myself, and got a discount with a Vistaprint coupon. If you are interested in getting a similar deal online, you can find out more about how to save money at vistaprint by going to The coolest thing was that they had templates and I could design a very professional looking card in a matter of minutes. These templates are available in many different categories. Therefore, if you run a business, you can find a template that suits the industry you are in. If you utilize any of these web templates, you will be able to create a very professional looking business card without having to pay a designer. The best thing about the tool is that it is 100% Free.

How well does online dating work?

Online dating sites are ubiquitous. I seen tons of commercials these days for sites such as eHarmony and, which arguably are the two 800 pound gorillas as far as Internet dating goes. And I’ve certainly met my share of people who have utilized these sites heavily.

online dating profile on Match.comBut does online dating work any better than traditional dating? Sites like eHarmony and certainly want you to think so. In the aforementioned commercials, it is often stated that people who use these sites are more likely to get into a relationship or get married. To be honest, I’m not sure how much I believe such statistics.

But perhaps the right question isn’t whether or not you have a better chance of finding someone with online dating. After all, dating sites only offer you another avenue for meeting people. Once you actually meet someone you start dating, the rest is up to you.

The one area where online dating definitely helps is that it may speed up the process of finding someone to go out with. I remember that before dating sites were popular, it took some people a long time to find a date. I doubt this is the case if they use a dating site. It also gives shy or busy people an easy way to get into the dating game. So while I’m not sure if the relationships that start online are more likely to succeed, it does seem true that participating in a dating site gives you more good opportunities to find a date in the first place.

So which dating site is right for you? If you like to sift through hundreds of profiles and make contact with people yourself, the best choice is You can actually try out this site for free using a free trial, which you can get at

On the other hand, if you prefer a more intimate approach, where you are “introduced” to matches through a highly complex and well-respected algorithm, you best option would be eHarmony. It’s important to note that according to eHarmony, their site generates more marriages than any other internet site. So I guess it boils down to what exactly you’re looking for at this juncture in your life.

How to buy contact lenses online

There was a time when I purchased my contact lenses directly from my optometrist. I wasn’t aware of any other way, and as far as I was concerned, buying from the eye doctor was the only option. This might have been the case decades ago, but it is no longer true. Today, there are dozens of contact lens stores online where you can purchase your contact lenses at a deep discount. Some of these stores will allow you to save 50% or more off retail prices when you factor in online coupons and other great deals such as free shipping.

I was first made aware of the possibility of buying contact lenses online by my sister. She has been wearing contact lenses her entire life, and is generally more savvy than me when it comes to matters of shopping, saving money, and getting great deals. She also works in the online field for a large utility company, so she is generally quite well informed about the latest trends online. When she found out I bought my lenses from the doctor, she quickly let me know I could get a much better deal online from stores like 1-800 contacts,, vision direct, and many other outlets.

After we had our talk, I went home and began doing some research. Lo and behold, these stores sold the contact lenses I wear, which is Air Optix, at a far lower price than what I was used to paying. But I still had tons of questions, like how do these stores verify your prescription? Do you need to use certain doctors in order to qualify? Are the lenses the same as the ones I purchase from my doctor? Fortunately, most of the sites had extensive FAQs that allayed many of my concerns and fears.

As I mentioned pricing is very low, and you can expect to save 10, 20, or 30 dollars or more per box. On a typical order of 2-4 boxes, you could easily save $100 or more. Keep in mind, this assumes you also take advantage of online coupons. Stores like offer coupons on a regular basis. Most of the time, to use the coupons, you need to only copy down special contact lens coupon codes and enter it during the checkout process. Then voila, your savings are automatically calculated and your order total is adjusted accordingly. To get coupons, simply head over to

The main thing you need to remember is that when you get an eye exam, you request a copy of your prescription. This is really all you need to purchase your lenses from a store like I like to scan my prescription and email a copy to the store to expedite my order. But it’s also possible to just give the store your doctor’s information and they can verify the prescription on their end. This, however, takes much longer and can add up to a week to the processing time for your order. That’s why I prefer to have my own copy of my prescription. However, it’s still nice that they allow you the option to verify your order without a prescription should you not have a copy handy.

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Don’t forget to check out my other article about contact lenses.

Understanding E-cigarettes

Perhaps you’ve heard about electronic cigarettes (AKA e-cigarettes or e-cigs), but what exactly are they?

box of e-cigarettesE-cigarettes are lithium battery-powered cigarettes that let you smoke vapors as opposed to regular tabacco smoke. It is said to be much healthier than regular smoking, and costs a lot less. To get started, you need to buy the various components, which include the battery, and cartridges that contain the flavor of the cigarette. You will also need a recharger to recharge the battery. It’s important to make sure the components are compatible with each other.

In my opinion, the easiest way to get started is by buying disposable e-cigarettes, or by buying what’s known as a “starter kit.” The starter kits usually cost around $20 – $30, and come with everything you need to try out e-cigarettes. Some good brands to consider are V2 Cigs, Blu Cigs, and Green Smoke. If you prefer mods, one good store to buy from would be MyFreedomSmokes.

One downside of e-cigarettes is that they still contain nicotine. This can be both a good and bad thing. Granted, Nicotine isn’t good for you, but it’s better than smoking a regular cigarette since you won’t get all the other carcinogens. By having nicotine in them, electronic cigarettes can become a healthier alternative to regular cigarettes, and potentially a stepping stone to eventually quitting. Or, you can just use it as an alternative to smoking with the reassurance that it is less hazardous for your health.

To get some e-cigarette coupons and starter kits, head over to While starter kits are a terrific way to get started, you should be aware that many users of ecigs eventually outgrow them, and end up getting larger and more complicated batteries such as the Ego-twist or Evod. These batteries are often called mods, and allow you to customize your vaping experience much more. However, for a beginner, I still believe a starter kit is the best way to get started, due to its simplicity and ease of use.

One of my favorite e-cig stores is MyFreedomSmokes, which sells all kinds of e-cigarettes and accessories.

A Storm of Swords on MP3 Audio from

If you’ve been enjoying the Game of Thrones television series on HBO, you might want to consider reading some of the books as well. Now, granted, reading a book takes a lot more effort than sitting on a couch and watching TV, but why not try a middle ground? I’m talking about Audio books, of course. The best way to get an audio book these days is to purchase the MP3 versions from

A Dance With Dragons Audio BookThe current fifth season of Game of Thrones is based on the books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. Although the audio versions are quite long, they can be highly entertaining. And if you join Audible, you can actually get one free book a month, so you can probably eventually go through the entire Song of Ice and Fire series by George Martin. It’s important to remember that the TV series, however, is beginning to diverge from the book a bit. Therefore, I recommend listening to the books from the very beginning.

Aside from fiction, I also like to listen to non-fiction books on audio. I find non-fiction to be a lot dryer and boring to read through. For some reason, I enjoy them more when it’s delivered in audio format, and I love that I can do something else while ‘reading’ these books. If you are interested in checking out audio books, I highly recommend checking out this Audible free trial offer from

Of course, your cup of tea is probably quite different from mine, but my point is that you can probably get a lot of benefit from listening to audio books. Whether you listen for entertainment or knowledge, you’re bound to find plenty of great audio books to listen to by joining Audible. Last I checked, they have over 100,000 titles, which is quite a lot. New titles are added on a regular basis, and you’ll never run out of great titles to check out.

How To Draw People To Your Blog

You can find blogging everywhere in today’s world. It seems that everywhere you go you see another blog. But, creating a successful blog takes planning and making important decisions. Engage in some beneficial research as well as using the advice of this article to propel your blogging efforts and become a true success at it.

When you are writing a blog, leave time to respond to your reader comments or inquiries. Be consistent in the frequency of your blog and your responses to comments. Connecting to your readers means that you won’t let them down. When you feel like giving up your blog, try to remember that you will disappoint more than just yourself.

Be careful to never copy content from anywhere. Plagiarism is really serious, and it can make you lose credibility by doing something like this. While even an amateur writer can find success in blogging, showing your passion through unique content is the only way to reach your goals.

Keep in mind there is a world outside of blogging. It’s very easy to burnout if you jump in head first and spend the bulk of your time blogging. You need to take a bit of time away from it to stay sane. Therefore, schedule some time to exercise, see friends, or simply just take a time out for 5 minutes or so. When you have had time to relax, your brain will return to work, ready to make excellent content.

Strive for authenticity in your blog posts. Come off as a regular person and not as an unapproachable expert. Demonstrate honesty and transparency at all times. Make authenticity a hard-and-fast rule. Blogs are thought to be a true mirror of an individual’s personality. Don’t try to prove your perfection in your blogs; your readers are more likely to respond to you if you feel vulnerable and human. If you are incorrect, then you are incorrect. Remember, you are not infallible, but you are unique.

Invite reputed bloggers to guest blog on your own site. This will enhance your site’s profile and improve its content. You should have additional traffic if they notify their visitors of the appearance. Extend invitations to several bloggers to help you boost your readership and the richness of your blog’s content.

Allow others to post guest posts onto your blog. This helps you develop relationships with other blog owners and can come in helpful. Good relationships can frequently work in your favor. Perhaps that blogger will be able to return the favor one day.

Use social media to promote your blog. Put links to your blog on each social media site and create pages for your blog on these sites, so that readers have a variety of methods for following your blog. Social media networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are very helpful the success of your business. Using a portal will give you lots options to communicate and reach out to the readers and possibly draw more readers in.

When thinking of keywords for your blog, it is important to choose the keywords that are less competitive and more unique. If you have keywords that are used in many blogs, your site can have limited visibility on the vast internet. Be unique if you want to get the reader’s views.

When you make long blog posts, use lots of paragraph breaks and subheadings in the body of the post. Not only will this make your blog entry simpler to read and understand, it will also yield a wider viewership. Implementing this technique is easy and it can be very useful.

Social media can be a great way to promote a blog, so long as it is done with restraint. If all of your Twitter posts are simply ads for your blog, you will be ignored. Include occasional links, but try to make sure the bulk of your postings are quality content that stand on their own. For more tips on using twitter, read this article on Forbes.

Blogging has taken the online world by storm! The reasons that blogs are started and nurtured number in the millions. However, all are trying to reach a certain audience. Use the information in the piece you have just read to help you craft a blog capable of delivering your message to the right people.

Consumer Protection Information

It’s important for consumers to share information and essentially empower each other so they can make better purchasing decisions.

consumer protectionJust look around you. Whether it’s used car salesmen, real estate professionals, bankers, stock brokers, or whoever else, they all have one thing in mind. Parting you from your money. Sometimes, they do it by providing you with something of value. Other times, they do it by ripping you off.

The defense we have against this, as consumers is information. We need to share information in one form or another, but among the best ways is utilizing the Internet.

We’ll go into greater detail about this in future posts, but for now, you should bookmark these two websites to make sure you do not become a victim:

  1. Ripoffreport
    This website allows anyone who has been ripped off to post a report detailing their experience. I always check this site before making a big purchase to make sure I’m not being lead on. The one downside is that this site is not exactly objective, and pissed-off consumers sometimes exaggerate things. But overall, it’s an invaluable resource.
  2. BBB (Better Business Bureau)
    You probably already know about the Better Business Bureau. They’ve been around for a long time and are generally quite reliable. This is a site I use to check out local businesses I plan to hire.