Contact Lenses Vs. Surgery

I’ve long held the belief that I would eventually get corrective surgery (such as Lasik) for my eyes once I had money saved up. I’ve been telling myself that for over 10 years now. But these days, I’m not so sure that getting surgery is the right move, even if I can afford it. Below, I will go into some detail about why I have begun to change my mind, and I will also show you how to get a Lens.com promo code.

To be honest, contact lenses have come a long way in the past couple decades. Today, I use Focus Dailies from Ciba Vision, and I have no real complaints. I love the fact that I can put on a new pair every day. This eliminates the need to store the lenses or clean them with solution. But most of all, they are highly comfortable. I literally never have a problem with them. With other contact lenses, I can often feel them inside my eye, but this is not the case with Focus Dailies. Once they are in, I completely forget that they are even there.

Now, to be fair, daily wear contact lenses are a bit on the expensive side. I try to mitigate the costs by purchasing my contacts online from discount stores like Lens.com. When available, I also search for Lens.com coupons that I can use to save extra money. These coupons are typically codes that you type in on the checkout basket to get an additional discount. You should definitely look for them if you buy lenses online like I do. When you do the math, getting Lasik surgery may end up being less costly in the long run. But I don’t know if I feel like going under the knife and having endless consultations when the contact lenses I’m currently wearing are posing no problem whatsoever. There really is no motivation for me to take that extra step and explore surgical options. And that is just where I stand today. Who knows what advances there will be in contact lenses in the coming decade, which will make the idea of getting surgery even less appealing?

Tips for the Cheap Gamer


We all love playing video games, and gaming has become one of the most popular hobbies in the 21st century. But not everyone has the money to purchase multiple game consoles and all the exciting new games that come out each year. In this article, I will show you how you can be a gamer without breaking the bank. I use these tips all the time to play new games and get the best consoles on the market.

1. Buy used consoles.
Who cares about some scrapes or scratches on a game console? Once you put the game in and start playing, you won’t know the difference anyway. My favorite place to buy used game consoles is Ebay, but there are quite a few other ecommerce sites where you can purchase used consoles at a discount.

2. Buy and sell used games.
You can also use sites like Ebay and Glyde to buy games cheaply. A used video game can instantly save you 20% off the retail price. Once you are bored of the game and know you won’t ever play it again, you should turn around and sell the game yourself. Depending on how long you’ve kept the game, you may be able to sell it back to someone for about the same price you paid for it in the first place. This means you could break even, minus shipping costs, of course.

3. Rent video games.
You have two main options here. First, you can join a game rental service called Gamefly. This website lets you maintain a queue online, where you create a list of all the video games you’d like to rent. Then, Gamefly sends these games to you in the order you selected. Depending on the subscription plan you choose, you will receive one or two games at a time. You can exchange the games as frequently (or infrequently) as you want. Check out the Gamefly free trial to see for yourself how the program works. This Gamefly trial offer currently lasts for 30 days.

Your second option is to rent games from Redbox. While I like the idea behind this, I have found that this is not a good option if you like to keep games more than a couple days. But if you’re the type of gamer that finishes games quickly and just want to play a game for a few days, Redbox is definitely a reasonable choice.

An easy way to get your calcium

Calcium has always been something that is difficult to get for many people. Unless you want to drink lots of milk and calcium-fortified orange juice, you may not be getting the calcium your body needs. But many people have to avoid milk due to lactose intolerance, and the orange juice your buy at grocery stores often have high sugar content. The solution for many people has therefore been to take calcium supplements.

There are two things, however, that make calcium supplements difficult to take. First, they are quite large and difficult to swallow. Second, your body only absorbs so much calcium at once, so you need to take these giant pills several times a day if you want to make sure your body gets all the calcium it needs.

What I consider to be a much better option is to take something called calcium chews. Several companies make calcium chews and they taste great. And because you chew them, there is no need to worry about having to swallow extra-large pills. Calcium chews come in different flavors, such as chocolate, strawberry, and caramel. Some companies also offer calcium in the form of chewable gummies, which is another option you can consider.

Many health food stores and even places like Walmart offer calcium chews (although their selection is somewhat limited). But my preferred way of purchasing these delightful treats is by going online to Pureformulas, which is my favorite online vitamin outlet. The reason behind buying supplements online is that you often get the lowest prices by doing so. I often get Pureformulas coupons online from www.referralbusinessbuilders.com, and as a result, I end up saving quite a lot of money. When you buy online, however, you do need to factor in shipping costs. That’s why I encourage you to buy a lot at once, as a large order will frequently allow you to get free shipping on your order.

Read more about how to save money on vitamins.

 

How to get cheap printing services

On the whole, I find that canvas prints appear more impressive compared to posters or other items I may put up on the wall. But the one disadvantage is that they can be a bit pricey. A large poster may cost around $20, but if you wanted to get a canvas print of equivalent size, you can expect to pay a lot more. In this article, I will talk a bit about how you can get canvas prints for less.

The secret is using an online canvas printing service such as Canvas People. This benefits you in two ways. First, you’ll find that prices overall are lower when you use an online company. This is usually true, even after you add the cost of shipping. Secondly, when you shop online, you can hunt for special offers or bargains. For example, on my most recent purchase of some canvas prints, I got a great deal by using Canvas People coupons from Hotprintingdeals.com. I find that Canvas People usually has some great coupons I can use, so I have not researched if other companies offer similar deals. But I suspect they do, so whatever company you use, make sure you do a search for coupons or promo codes.

Last but not least, you can create your own canvas prints. This could end up requiring a lot of time and effort, so I only recommend it if creating artistic items is something you have a natural affinity for. If you are interesting in giving this a try, there are a number of helpful Youtube videos you may want to check out, such as the one below:

Of course, canvas prints are just one type of printing service you may need. For more professional printing, you may require the a business printing service like Printplace. When choosing a printing company for business purposes, it is especially important to shop around since the quality of printing you have done can affect your bottom line. I personally like to use Printplace because they are an online service that offers reasonable prices. I am also able to find Printplace coupons on the Internet, which routinely saves me a good amount of money.

Other business printing services you may want to consider include Vistaprint and Overnight Prints. But all things considered, my favorite store at this time is Printplace.

Why You Should Recycle Ink

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Recycling Ink is good for the environment, as it prevents plastic and metal(aluminum) from ending up in landfills. You can recycle ink at many different places, but the easiest is to just turn it in at Staples before buying a new cartridge. Doing this can save you $2.00 on your new cartridge.

Some people even take things a step further and reuse their cartridges before recycling them. This is done by getting the ink refilled, either by doing it yourself or by taking it to a retailer who will refill your cartridge for you. Two retailers that refill ink are Walgreens and Costco, and it typically costs around $8.00 – $12.00. Before making a trip to these stores, however, you’ll want to call or visit their website to make sure they can in fact refill your cartridge, since these stores will only refill ink for certain printer cartridges. Costco’s ink refilling service is what I’d recommend, since it is highly reviewed by PC World.

A second option is to buy remanufactured cartridges, which are essentially recycled cartridges that have been refilled. The best ones I’ve found are available from 123inkjets. By using a 123inkjets coupon code from sites like Inkjetprinterdiscounts.com, you can often get remanufactured ink cartridges for as little as $15, which is not much more that what you’d pay to get a cartridge refilled.

Even if you reuse your cartridges, at a certain point, the components will go bad and you will need to buy a new cartridge. I recommend refilling ink no more than twice before recycling your cartridge. Recycling ink is an essential part of ensuring a sustainable future, and I hope you therefore decide to reuse your cartridges or start buying remanufactured cartridges to do your part to help conserve natural resources like water, oil, and minerals.

Why you should switch to contact lenses

If you currently wear glasses, I have one question for you: Why not try contact lenses? In the past, there were many reasons why one might prefer glasses over contacts. The risk of eye infection and lack of comfort were two that come to mind. But in modern times, such reasons no longer exist. Contact lenses have really come a long way, and today’s lenses are made of material that make them extremely comfortable. Moreover, the best lenses allow your eyes to breathe and are very unlikely to cause any problems such as infections. Although there is a small risk of complications, the risk is quite small.

contact lenses vs eyeglassesContact lenses are also convenient. In the old days, users were required to wash and disinfect their lenses at night. Again, such maintenance requirements no longer exist with today’s lenses. I most cases, you can simply rub the lens in solution for a few seconds then store them in solution overnight. If that sounds like too much work for you, you can simply use daily wears. While they cost a bit more, daily disposable contact lenses can be thrown out every night and are about as easy as it gets.

Of course, there are a handful of situations where contact lenses may not be the best choice for you. This may include people with very extreme astigmatism, as well as those who have very dry eyes. But for just about everyone else, I believe contact lenses are vastly superior to eyeglasses.

Now, to be fair, there are a couple disadvantages to contact lenses.  If you wear glasses, you only need an exam every other year, but contact lens users have to have their eyes examined annually. And unless you wear the most expensive, designer eyeglasses, chances are good that contact lenses will be more pricey for you. One of the ways I cut down on the cost of contact lenses is by purchasing them on the Internet. I like to use a store called Lens.com, because they have a lot of coupons I can use to get discounted prices. I usually use these Lens.com coupon codes. Online contact lens stores have really helped consumers by bringing down the price of contacts. I am hoping prices will continue to drop in the future, so that contacts become just as affordable, if not cheaper, than wearing eyeglasses.

Download songs like Could Have Been Me by the Struts

I’ll be the first to admit that $1.29 for a song  (which is what Amazon and iTunes charge) seems a bit steep for me. Especially when you can listen to music for free on many sites like Spotify and Vevo.

download music onlineDespite all the free sources out there, I still find myself wanting to own my songs, so I usually end up purchasing downloads of the songs I like, despite the costs. For someone like me who likes to purchase a couple songs almost every day, this can add up to a lot of money.

But fortunately, I found a cheaper solution of late. If you do a bit of searching, you can find MP3 sites that sell songs for much less than the going rate at places like iTunes. In fact, I have found stores that sell decent quality MP3s for as little as $0.10. There is some question about whether such sites operate completely legally (they are mostly foreign sites from what I understand), the research I’ve done seems to indicate that they are indeed legal. After I realized this, I went ahead and purchased a download of ‘Could Have Been Me’ by the Struts.

So how was the sound file quality? Quite good in fact. I can’t really tell the difference between the quality of the file I received when compared to files I’ve downloaded from iTunes. I really like the fact that I can copy the song and put it on multiple devices without any hassle.

So if you’re buying fewer songs than you’d like because of price issues, I encourage you to check out these international MP3 sites to get a better deal on music.

While music is great, you may sometimes feel like listening to something else on your music player. In the last few years it’s become possible to listen to tons of books on your MP3 player using services like Audible (click here to learn more about Audible). I recommend this service if you’re at all interested in listening to audio books, because it gives you the best deals on books and is also a very easy site to use.

How to Start a Business

Starting a business is something almost all of us dream about. But very few people get started. After all, the whole idea of starting something by yourself can be quite intimidating. In this article, I will provide a simple, step-by-step guide to starting a business.

The first thing you must do is determine what kind of business you want to start. You probably have ideas, and the only real advice I have is to follow your heart and do something you truly love. Visit the local library and read books and magazines about entrepreneurship for inspiration. Also, if you have any friends or family members that own businesses, don’t be shy and talk to them as well.

Once you have a business in mind, the next step is to get incorporated. This sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. In most states, there are pretty simple forms to submit to form a company. For most small businesses, a Limited Liability Company will probably be the simplest entity to form. You can find many resources online for incorporating. I recommend visiting sites like Nolo.com for more information and to purchase books on this topic.

There may be other paperwork you need, such as a business license. Check with your county to make sure you submit all the forms you need.

Once you have all the legal stuff like incorporation out of the way, you will now be able to open a checking account as your business. This is a very important step, since you never want to co-mingle your personal and business funds. With your account open, you can now fund your business.

At this point, you should figure out how you will handle your accounting. For most business owners, I recommend using a simple, online bookkeeping program such as Quickbooks. Such software programs do a great job of simplifying your accounting tasks while still being extremely easy to use. All business owners will need to have some knowledge of accounting and finance. If you find that you are a bit lost about these subjects, you should purchase a few books or even better, take a class as your local community college.

Another thing you must have in today’s business climate is a website. There is no need to feel intimidated by the prospect of building your own site. Today, there are plenty of tools that streamline the process. The easiest solution may be to use an existing CMS to build your website. The best ones to use are WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. Of the three WordPress by far is the most popular CMS, and it is also the easiest to you. Therefore, you may want to use this platform for your first website. You can always rebuild your site later if your business takes off and you want to expand.

Office space is the next thing you’d have to set up. When you are getting started, a home office may make the most sense. You will be able to write off many expenses such as your phone bill, internet connection, and office expenses. In some cases, you may be able to get a write off for the space you are using in your home. However, you will need to talk to your CPA to determine if this is really an option for you.

At a minimum, you will need to find an accountant and a lawyer you can speak to. In some cases, you may be able to get by without such professionals if you have a very simple business. Once you get to a point where you are hiring employees, however, you will probably need the services of an attorney. You are going to need lots of documents like employment contracts, and you should not use boiler plate forms for important documents like that.

Depending on the field you’re in, you may want to join trade organizations as well. This is a great way to make contacts and to network. For a small business, networking will definitely be one of the primary ways to get the word out and find new clients.

Once you have your business set up, you will be quite busy, but it’s very important to invest in continuing education. Many fields, such as computers and the Internet, evolve very quickly, and it is necessary to always be one step ahead in order to succeed in such fields. The best way to stay ahead of the curve is to educate yourself continuously. You may want to consider signing up for sites like Lynda.com so you have access to hundreds of online courses designed to upgrade your skill sets.