One of the big caveats about purchasing a cheap printer is that you may end up paying a lot more for ink cartridges. This is an old trick used by printer companies to ultimately make a tidy profit from selling cheap printers at break-even prices, or even at a loss. But you don't necessarily have to fall into this trap. In this article, I will outline three things you can do to make sure you're not paying more than you have to for your inkjet cartridges.
First things first -- If you aren't buying your ink online, you need to begin doing so from now on. I've done some extensive price comparisons between what online ink stores like Inkfarm charge, compared to regular retailers like Staples or Office Depot. In almost all cases, you'd end up saving a couple dollars or more for your ink cartridges by using an online store. This is true even after you factor in shipping costs. Note, however, that I am assuming you will search for and redeem online promo codes such as Inkfarm coupons that you can get from Inkjetprinterdiscounts.com, among many other similar coupon sites.
Next, you should avoid purchasing OEM cartridges. They typically are the most costly, and also the least environmentally friendly. Instead of wasting your money on OEM products, you should buy one of the following:
1. Compatible cartridges
These are brand new cartridges that will work for your printer. The only difference from an OEM cartridge is that it wasn't made by the original equipment manufacturer. This is no big deal in my opinion, as most compatible cartridges work just as well as OEM cartridges. You can find such cartridges at Inkfarm and many other online ink stores.
2. Remanufactured cartridges
These are cartridges that have been refilled with new ink. This is typically done using machines, although it's possible to refill many cartridges by hand. Buy your remanufactured cartridges from trusted stores like Inkfarm, and you should be in good shape. You'll also save the most money by using these types of cartridges.
I hope these tips help you save a bit on your printer ink. And always remember, when buying anything online, looks for special discounts, promo codes, or online coupons. They can be found practically everywhere, and will save you a few bucks on every order you place.
On a related note, if you are looking to hire a professional printing service instead of doing your own printing, then I recommend using a company called Printplace. For more information about this company, read my article about Printplace that I wrote last month.
Regardless of whether or not you wear corrective lenses, it's important to have eye exams regularly to make sure there are no problems with your vision. Children should have their eyes checked at least once every one or two years. Adults who do not wear corrective lenses should have their eyes checked at least once every 3 years. Or course, if you experience any difficulties with your vision, such as not being able to read things clearly, you should see an eye doctor at the earliest possible date.
People who wear corrective lenses such as eyeglasses or contact lenses need exams more frequently. A contact lens prescription is only good for one year, which means you will need to have an exam annually. On the other hand, most prescriptions for eyeglasses last for two years, meaning that you'll need an exam at least once every other year.
The price of exams can vary a bit depending on whether you wear contacts, glasses, or both. On average, you can expect to pay $60 to $100 for an exam. Some health insurance plans cover up to one eye exam a year, so make sure you check your coverage before making an appointment. In most cases, you'll need to go to an in-network optometrist to claim you vision care benefits. Be aware that eye exams for contact lenses cost about $10 more than regular eye exams.
On the whole, contact lens users will end up paying more for both exams as well as the cost of vision care. This is because contact lenses tend to be expensive, and you need other products like contact lens solution and cases that you must purchase on a regular basis. One great way to reduce the amount of money you spend on contacts is by shopping for them online. I like to use a store called Lens.com, which offers all the major contact lenses at discount prices. This store also has plenty of Lens.com coupons that allow me to save a decent amount of money on my orders.
More information about contact lenses and how to get discount prices can be found lensstreet.com.
Printing services will eventually become obsolete. That is my belief, but I also know that day is still decades away. It will be a good day ecologically as the world becomes virtually paperless. I am a firm believer myself that we should all be a paperless as possible (for tips on how to make this happen, check out this Time article). Until that day comes, however, businesses should not completely avoid printing-based marketing. Posters, brochures, business cards and similar materials continue to be something we all rely on.
The good news is that the cost of printing seems to have come down, thanks in part the number of printing companies that now do business online. The most notable one is Vistaprint, which now regularly has commercials on TV. Although Vistaprint is a perfectly competent company that offers low prices for all types of printing, it is not my favorite. I personally like a company called Printplace the most. On the whole, this company is a bit more expensive, even if you take advantage of Printplace coupons. Despite this, I still favor them because I like their quality of work better.
And when it comes to printed marketing materials, quality goes a long way. You do not want whatever you are promoting to come off as cheap, and inexpensive printing on poor-quality paper will definitely give that impression. On the other hand, a well-designed piece that is printed on quality paper will have the opposite effect. So the extra money you pay (so long as it's not too much) can definitely be worth it.
Printplace is also a smaller company and I feel the customer service is better than what I've encountered at other companies. I'll admit that most of the time, if you use a good website, you won't have to contact customer service. Most printing companies have sites that are easy to use, and the buying process is pretty seamless. Nevertheless, I get more peace of mind knowing that I am using a company that, when push comes to shove, will offer me with superlative technical support.
Regardless of the printing service you end up using, you should always take the extra effort to find online coupons. I use Printplace coupons from hotprintingdeals.com all the time to score extra savings. Fortunately, the company offers specials on a regular basis, and I can usually find at least one coupon code I can use to shave off a few dollars from my order total.
Each year, U.S. News rates the top diets in various categories. Two diets that consistently make various lists are the DASH and TLC diets. Both are considered great diets for people who want to lower cholesterol or blood pressure.
Of the two diets, I favor the TLC diet because it is simpler. TLC stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, and there are basically three main things you need to do in order to follow the diet.
1. Saturated fat should make up no more than 7% of your total calories. Keep in mind, each gram of fat contains 9 calories. To figure out how many grams of saturated fat you can have, first calculate the number of calories of saturated fat you're allowed to have, and divide that number by 9.
2. Keep cholesterol below 200 mg a day. This isn't too hard if you cut out red meat and switch over to white meats like chicken and turkey. Also, use egg beaters or egg whites instead of regular eggs.
3. Get less than 2300 mg of sodium. This is perhaps the hardest guideline to meet, since so many foods today are high in sodium. Try eating out less, since most restaurants use lots of sodium in their meals.
Certain supplements can help with lowering cholesterol and blood pressure as well. Coenzyme Q10 is one supplement you should consider, and you can get it cheaply from online vitamin shops such as Pureformulas. If you want to order this supplement, make sure you get a Pureformulas coupon code and order a well known brand online.
One of the big advantages of e-cigarettes in my opinion is the fact that you can try out many different flavors. This makes vaping a lot more enjoyable than smoking regular cigarettes. After all, with traditional cigarettes, you basically are stuck with just tobacco and menthol flavors. In contrast, the number of flavors you can have for e-liquids is virtually without limit.
But the thing with trying different e-liquid flavors is that it can become a bit of an obsession. As I write this, I have over 12 bottles of different e-liquid flavors on my shelf. I know some people who stock much more than that. Admittedly, many of the flavors I have taste similar, but it's still nice to have numerous flavors to pick from.
People like me who prefer to testing different flavors need e-juice stores that offer plenty of flavors. Two stores I like because of this reason are Vapor4Life and Halo Cigs, both of which stock hundreds of e-liquid flavors. Of the two, I favor Halo more these days because their prices are lower, and their flavors taste better to me, although that is something that is clearly subjective.
Some vapers take things a step further and create their own flavors. To do this, you will need to purchase quite a few bottles, along with things like syringes and gloves. The actual liquids you mix will be diluted nicotine, PG, VG, and flavoring. Therefore, the startup costs of mixing your own liquids may make it seem like you're paying more. However, that is not the case. Most people who mix their own e-juice actually end up saving a bit of money. That said, your savings usually won't be that large because there are plenty of e-juice stores online that sell quality e-juice for a discount.
I have tried mixing my own e-liquids, and it wasn't for me. It's a lot of work and many times the flavors you create simply do not taste that great. My guess is that there is quite a bit of experimentation that must be done until you reach a point where you're able to consistently create high-quality e-juice. That's why I prefer to leave it to the professionals. Halo Cigs pretty much has every imaginable flavor I'd ever be interested in trying, so I find that my life is easier if I simply order from them. When you factor in savings from Halo promo codes and coupons, available from E-Cigbargains.com, the amount of money you pay for the e-liquids isn't that different from what you'd pay if you mixed your own e-liquids.
In the last article, I talked about how you can buy jewelry online. But all that great jewelry won't mean much unless you can show them off on dates. Sadly, many people in today's busy world have difficulty meeting people. It's no surprise, given how hectic our lives have become. Many studies show that most of us have far less free time than we did in the past.
Enter online dating. For many people, dating web sites like Match.com have become the ideal solution to their dating woes. But simply joining a dating web site won't magically win you some dates with eligible singles, unless you play your cards right. Here are some tips on how to use Match.com the most effectively:
- Use photos taken by a professional
This can really make your profile stand out from the crows. Not all your photos have to be taken by a professional, but your main profile pic should be. Then, you can also sprinkle in photos of yourself while engaged in activities, vacationing, or doing something interesting.
- Keep working on your profile description
Don't just slap together a profile then wait for results. Instead, you should think of your profile as an ever-evolving work in progress. As you browse other profiles, you'll start getting a better feel for what works and what doesn't in the online dating landscape. Incorporate what you learn into your own profile, and continue to tweak it.
- Don't pull out your wallet and join until you are sure about a site
How can you be sure if a dating web site is one that is a good fit for you? The best way is by opening a free trial account at multiple sites. Most dating sites are free to join and browse. Quite a few of them, like Match.com, also offer a free trial that enables you to take advantage of the paid features of the site, for a limited amount of time.
- Be proactive
Don't be shy, and don't hesitate to send out lots of messages and feelers to see if you connect with people. Many people make the mistake of waiting for others to communicate with them first. Instead, take initiative, and you will see better results.
In this article, I will talk about buying jewelry on the Internet. This is something you may or may not have tried, but there are many reasons you should consider shopping for jewelry online.
I'll be the first to admit that jewelry is highly personal, and what you buy is often dependent upon what outfits you will use the jewelry on. A piece that will appeal to a certain person's wardrobe may be wildly inappropriate for the wardrobe belonging to somebody else. For this reason, many have avoided buying jewelry online for many years, preferring to make purchases in person.
But there are certain benefits to buying jewelry online which makes me believe that with the technology available today, buying online may be the superior option. I will outline some of the benefits below.
Firstly, buying jewelry online opens up the door to a much wider selection of products. Even if you go to a large brick and mortar jewelry store, your selection will be limited to maybe a thousand different products. Such is not the case online. On the Internet, your access to jewelry is virtually unlimited. Therefore, you will be much more likely to find a design that suits your fancy.
Second, the online world is a much better place to find custom, hand-made products. Sites like Etsy and Ebay make it very easy for you to find great, custom, unique pieces that you won't be able to find at most jewelry stores. In today's world, it is becoming increasingly difficult to assert your personality and uniqueness. Perhaps that is the reason why sites like Etsy have become so wildly popular.
And finally, buying jewelry online usually means you will end up getting a much better deal. This is because you can compare prices much more easily and find the lowest priced vendor, usually in a matter of minutes. In addition, many jewelry stores offer coupon codes that you can get online. Such discount codes often entitle you to steep discounts, free shipping, and free gifts.
With all that being said, buying online does offer disadvantages as well. The most obvious one is that you cannot inspect the product in-person. This is somewhat mitigated by the fact that many vendors offer HD images as well as 360 images you can view online. But that doesn't change the fact that once you receive the item, it may not live up to your expectations. The good thing is that in almost all cases, you will be able to return a product you are not satisfied with. Although you do need to cover return shipping, the fact that you can return items for up to a month or more should give you some peace of mind when you are purchasing jewelry online.
So which stores should you buy from? As I already mentioned, Etsy and Ebay are good choices for unique or used items. For new jewelry, I like Blue Nile and Ross Simmons myself. But to be fair, there are literally hundreds of stores you could buy from. On the whole, I recommend avoiding the smaller stores so you don't end up giving your money to an unknown store. It also might be a good idea to read reviews of jewelry stores online, so you get a feel for which stores regularly provide a satisfactory buying experience for the buyer.
There is a lot of information you need to know if you want to become a knowledgeable buyer of jewelry. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources online that help you learn more about jewelry. If you are a visually oriented person, Youtube is one great place where you can watch a lot of great videos that explain things such as diamonds, rings, and gold. The video below, from Business Insider, does a good job of explaining how to select a diamond:
In addition, there are quite a few websites dedicated to educating customers about jewelry. Blue Nile, for example, has extensive pages devoted to education. Wikipedia is also a wonderful source of information that should not be overlooked. You don't have to become an expert on jewelry in order to make intelligent purchases. However, the more knowledge you have, the better. Keep in mind, when you purchase online, you don't have the benefit of being able to talk to a salesperson. So it's up to you to do your homework and carefully research the items you are thinking of buying. This is particularly important if you are buying high-priced items.
As you can tell, buying jewelry online can be very rewarding. As long as you do your research and buy from reputable merchants, you should have a great experience shopping for jewerly on the Internet.