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Thank you for visiting my blog. My name is Alan Brooks and this is a blog about my experiences using the web. I will be covering all sorts of topics, but my one of my main interests is online shopping and finding ways to save money, so expect me to talk most about that. My goal is to share tips and any money-saving deals I find on the Internet.

This is my first post so I won’t ramble too much. For now, if you want to find great deals online, you can find a list of great money-saving websites here:

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Published: April 19, 2014

Gamefly Reviewed By A Casual Gamer

Most gamers tend to be rather hardcore, and while I’ll admit that there have been periods of time when I played games during most of my free time, I always viewed myself as more of a casual gamer. That said, I do have two game consoles, Xbox and Playstation, and buy at least 10 games a year.

video gamesLike any hobby, gaming requires money, possibly more so than most other hobbies. A new game costs fifty or sixty dollars, and I spend hundreds of dollars a year on buying new games. Not to mention, gamers spend a lot of money on things like new consoles and controllers.

But despite the cost, gaming is a worthwhile hobby in my opinion. Not only is it the most fun you can have by yourself or with friends, it can also help make you smarter, as has been reported by a few news stories in recent years.

But going back to the cost issue, it was only recently that I learned about a service known as Gamefly, which allows you to rent your games instead of buy them. At first blush, this did not sound all that appealing to me, but I then learned that you can keep the games you rent for as long as you like. In addition to this benefit, you can exchange the games as often as you like.

For example, if you get a game you really don’t like, you can return it right away and get a different game. On the other hand, if you absolutely love a certain game, you can keep it an play it for months or even longer. Either way, all you owe to Gamefly is the price of a monthly membership. If you use the Gamefly Free Trial, however, you will be able to rent video games for free for 30 days.

In the event that you have a game you want to keep forever, you will have the ability to buy the game you have rented. Because it will essentially be a used game, you will get a discount on the price of the game, which is a nice bonus. And don’t worry, you’ll get all original packaging if you decide to buy a game.

The one negative thing I can say about Gamefly is that the games are sent by snail mail, and you usually have to wait at least a few days to receive your games. If you are not the patient type, this can seem like forever. But when you take everything into account, Gamefly is still a terrific service and by using it, you’ll be able to play a lot of great games while paying a lot less that you would have paid if you purchased the games instead of renting them.

Published: November 4, 2016

How to care for your eyes

basic eye careCan you imagine losing your eyesight? Probably not. Your eyes are critically important for almost everything you do in life, whether it’s reading, playing sports, or even things we take for granted such as shopping. But when was the last time you gave some thought about how to take care of your eyes. Below are some quick tips on how to best care for your eyes.

1. Nutrition
There are certain vitamins, like Vitamin A, which play a role in eye health. But the truth is, there are so many other vitamins and minerals that affect eye health, and you must therefore ensure that your nutritional needs are being met. Make sure you get a healthy dose of all the essential antioxidants and minerals.

2. Eye protection
There are hundreds of thousands of eye injuries reported annually, from people doing sports, yard work, or other activities. When in doubt, wear protective eyewear. Safety glasses or goggles are relatively cheap, and well worth the cost when you think about the time, money, and hassle of dealing with an injury.

3. Wear sunglasses
If you are out in the sun long enough to get a suntan, you should not just wear sunblock, but wear sunglasses as well. It’s important to realize that there are two types of UV rays you need to protect yourself from, and they are UVA and UVB. When purchasing sunglasses, make sure you buy a pair that offers protection from both kinds of rays. Also, the color or darkness of the lenses usually have no relation to how much protection a pair of sunglasses will give you.

4. Get regular exams
If you wear contact lenses or glasses, chances are high that you already get regular exams. People who do not have vision problems should likewise get exams at least once every 2 years. Not only do optometrists check your visual acuity, they also screen for common diseases like cataracts and glaucoma.

One final tip I can give to people who wear contact lenses is that it makes sense for you to purchase your lenses online from discount contact lens stores such as The reason I recommend this approach is that such online contact lens retailers offer the lowest prices for most brands of contact lenses. I like to visit contact lens coupon sites like to claim coupon codes, discounts, rebates, and other special offers. Such deals often save me up to 15% off my order, and given that my orders are usually hundreds of dollars, those savings can be rather significant.

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Published: April 14, 2016

Basic Tips for Contact Lens Care

In this article, we will cover some basic tips for soft contact lens care.

contact lens caseFirst make sure to wash your hands whenever you handle your contact lenses. You should buy the solution recommended by your eyecare practitioner. Do not assume cheaper generic solutions are the same thing, since often times, they are not. The most common type of solution is the all-purpose solution. Rubbing your lens a little with the solutions will make your contacts cleaner, even if this is not required.

When putting on your lens, it’s best to avoid finger contact with the inside part of the lens, which will be in direct contact with your eyes.

In the evenings, after you take off your lenses, you should rub and rinse them, then store them overnight in a contact lens case. Even if your contact lenses are designed for extended wear, you should consider removing them at night, as this will allow your eyes to breathe.

For the best prices, you should consider purchasing contact lenses over the internet. This will allow you to take advantage of internet discounts and get an overall lower price.

When outdoors, make sure your wear sunglasses. Protecting your eyes from sunlight is always important, but especially so if you are a wearer of contact lenses.

People who use contact lenses should have their eyes thoroughly examined at least once a year. If you experience any problems or discomfort with your lenses, stop using them and contact an eyecare professional immediately. Visit for online coupons for contact lenses from top stores like

Published: August 27, 2015

A Review of Printer Brands and Printed Products

Earlier, I talked a bit about saving money on ink and printing costs. In this post, I’ll be reviewing some of the most popular printer brands, and also show you how to buy great checking products or professional printing services from great companies like Deluxe.

If you’re in the market for buying a new printer, you may find that the sheer number of choices you have can make your head spin. Today, there are literally hundreds of printers to choose from, and for the casual consumer, the wide assortment of choices can frankly be overwhelming. First and foremost, you’ll need to decide whether you want to purchase an inkjet or a laser printer. Once that choice is made, one of the best ways to narrow down the models you take a look at is by brand. Naturally, it is important for you to know what the top brands are for printers. We will go over some of them below.

Hewlett Packard
HP has long been known for its printers, and today it has a big chunk of the printer market. HP is a good choice for inkjet printers and they offer a good selection of affordably priced printers. Some places where you can obtain HP printers are Office Depot, Best Buy, and Staples. You can also get some good prices online, but remember to factor in the cost of shipping.

canon pixma inkjet printerCanon
Although it was originally a camera company, Canon has branched off into the printer space and done a good job of offering a great selection of printers. On the lower priced end, the Canon Pixma line is highly popular, and definitely worth a look.

Yes, Dell makes printers, not just computers, and while we aren’t too crazy about their inkjet printers, their laser printers are very high quality while still being affordable. They are a great choice for professional or home office use, especially if you need to print lots of documents in short order.

Before you purchase your printer, one thing you absolutely must do is research how much replacement cartridges cost. Many people overlook this step and it can cost you later. Even if a printer is slightly more expensive, if the ink costs is much lower, it might end up being the more economical choice.

Once you have your printer, you’ll need to decide where to buy products like checks and envelopes. One important thing to keep in mind is that the checks or other printed products you order are compatible with both your printer and any software you are using. I like to use Deluxe Checks, since they have a great online shop that allows you to sort the products according to the software program you use for accounting. They also have a promo code you can use to get some nice discounts on your order. You can get the most current Deluxe promo codes from

Should you require professional printing services for things like brochures or posters, I again recommend using an online print shop. Vistaprint is a well-known company you can’t go wrong with. But there are plenty of other choices, and you might want to do a bit of research and obtain sample kits before choosing a printing service.

Published: July 23, 2015

Maintain a healthy love life by using eharmony

It is vital to have a healthy love life if you want to live a long time. Studies have shown that people who are married are generally in better health and enjoy greater longevity. In addition, even a simple thing like being hugged can also play a part in your well-being. The good news is that those who are single in this day and age have more tools than ever before to get into a serious relationship. One of the best tools for finding love is of course online dating sites such as eHarmony.

eharmony profileA lot of people I talk to don’t get positive results with online dating and quickly give up on it. I think such people should give it a second chance. It’s true that if you join a huge dating site, you may feel a bit lost and might not be noticed. A better option, in my opinion, is to join a more personal site like eHarmony. The main benefit of eHarmony, however, is that hey have a proprietary matchmaking system that “introduces” you to people you have a lot in common with. This introduction saves you a lot of time you might otherwise waste talking to people who ultimately are not a good fit for you.

Joining eHarmony takes a bit more work than joining other sites. For one thing, there is a long test you have to take before you’re even allowed to set up an account. eHarmony also does require a bit of patience. You won’t have dozens of matches to sift through on your first day. Rather, eHarmony adds new matches for you as the system finds them. This is actually a good thing since it gives you sufficient time to review each match closely. Setting up an trial account at eharmony does not cost anything, and you can communicate in limited ways without having to upgrade to a full account.

In short, eHarmony offers a slower, more laid-back approach to online dating. If you don’t like the pace of regular dating sites, you may just find that eHarmony is right up your alley. To learn more about eharmony, check out

Published: July 15, 2015

Choosing the right White Cloud product

Are you considering trying electronic cigarettes? There are certainly many reasons why you should consider them. For one, they can be much better for your health since they do not contain tar and you will be inhaling water vapors instead of smoke. In addition, using electronic cigarettes is generally less expensive than smoking analogs. This can mean that you will save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars annually by making the switch.

white cloudFor newcomers to the world of e-cigarettes, I recommend a company called White Cloud. The reason I prefer this brand of e-cigarettes is because they offer very high quality e-cigarettes. What’s more, you can get everything you need to get started by purchasing one of their starter kits. While starter kits at other websites can start around 50 dollars, White Cloud offers a number of kits that start for under 20 dollars. This gives you the opportunity to try out e-cigs without much of an investment. I recommend you get an inexpensive starter kit or even the disposable e-cigarettes until you know for a fact that you will continue to use e-cigarettes well into the future. At such a time, you can upgrade to a better starter kit or just buy extra e-cigarette batteries and cartomizers.

One of the most important things to do when selecting e-cigarettes is to experiment with different flavors. It’s often a good idea to try some of the tobacco flavors, as this will make for an easier transition for many people. However, the wrong flavor can turn you off to e-cigarettes entirely, so I recommend getting an assortment of different flavors to try out. Don’t be afraid to check out some of the more unusual flavors such as the dessert or fruit flavors. While they may not seem appealing to traditional smokers, you never know how much you’ll like them unless you give them a try.

To save money, I also recommend using White Cloud e-cig coupons, which you can get by doing a search online. You can also read more about e-cigarettes in general by visiting the e-cigarettes site,

Published: July 12, 2015

A guide to cheap ink and printing

If you do a lot of printing at the home office like I do, you probably have noticed that printer ink has become one of your large office expenses. This is unfortunate, but if you do a bit of homework, there are quite a few ways to bring down the costs, at least somewhat. Here are some of the things I’ve done over the years to cut down printing expenses.

123 inkjets coupon1. Review cartridge costs before buying a printer.
Don’t just buy a printer because it’s cheap, because chances are good that you’ll end up paying a lot for cartridges later on. Rather, go online and research the cost of ink cartridges before buying the printer, and factor this into your decision.

2. Don’t print unless you absolutely must.
If you grew up in the pre-Internet age, you are probably just accustomed to printing everything without giving it a second though. But learn to hesitate before hitting CTRL-P, and ask yourself if a printed copy is really necessary. Oftentimes, it is not, and you could save on ink costs simply by printing less.

3. When you buy cartridges, get them online and order remanufactured cartridges. Online vendors on the whole offer lower prices for ink cartridges. In addition to this, many of them, like 123inkjets, offers coupons you can take advantage of. A typical 123inkjets coupon code will let you shave off 15% from the cost of a cartridge. What’s more, you can get lower prices right off the bat by selecting remanufactured cartridges instead of new ones. So long as you buy such cartridges from a known vendor like 123inkjets, you don’t notice much of a different from a brand new one.

4. If you need to hire a professional printing service, make sure you order online. You can’t always print everything on your own. Sometimes, you will need something that looks professional. Business cards, posters, and brochures are examples of such needs. Unfortunately, many print shops charge quite a bit for offset printing services. A better option is to try to find a service online. I like Printplace myself, because their prices are relatively low, particularly when you use a Printplace coupon code from coupon websites. Despite this, Printplace does a good job with their printing, and I have yet to be disappointed with anything I ordered from them. You can choose a different printing service if you know one that is good, but try to find promo codes online, as most online services do offer them.

Hopefully, these quick tips will help you print less and save money on your office expenses.

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Published: July 8, 2015

A different take on cheap oil prices

Most of us believe that low oil prices is a good thing. We can definitely tell the difference every time we fill up at the pump, and there is no doubt that cheap oil does feel like a good thing. But is it good for the economy? A new article on Bloomberg argues otherwise, and it might be interesting to take a look at it.

As you probably, oil prices started plummeting about a year ago, and although they rebounded a bit, they remain quite low. I for one hope they stay low, and despite what the article says, I continue to believe that low oil prices on the whole, is a good thing.

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Published: June 24, 2015

How You Can Max Out The Potential Of Your Ipad

It can be incredible to stop and marvel at the advances in technology over recent years. It went from computers so large they filled a whole room, to mobile phones that have Internet access. Technology gets better every day. These tips can help you get the most from your iPad.

Battery life is typically shorter when using heavier applications like movies and games. Adjusting screen brightness can help to lengthen your battery life. Most of the day, you will not require your brightness on the highest setting.

You can bring up a list of every app currently running on your iPad. Double-click on Home, and you’ll see your running apps at the bottom of the screen. You are able to switch to whatever app you want, by pressing it on the bar. Just swipe downward on your screen to remove this bar.

Change your settings so that you can preview more than two lines of an email in your inbox. Go to settings and then to mail, locate the preview setting. Change the preview feature to increase the lines you see. This should help you decide if you really need to read the entire email or not.

Your iPad is defaulted to show the first two lines of an email in preview. If you would rather see more before you open it, there is an option. To change this, head to iPad Settings and press on Mail. Select Contacts under Mail, then select Calendar to alter the options for additional lines in Preview mail.

If you want to keep current pages open, just open new ones in a different tab. When you find a website in Safari, hold your finger on the link. A menu will appear. You will be given the choice to open the website of choice in an additional tab in the pop-up menu.

It’s fairly easy to grab a quick screenshot on your iPad. Simply press and hold the sleep and home buttons simultaneously. Instantly, a screenshot will be taken and stored with the rest of your images.

If you need to mute your iPad’s sound in a pinch, use this handy technique. Just depress the volume button for a couple of seconds. This is far faster than changing the volume level all the time. Press it down when you want the volume to go back to normal.

The iPad can perform a quick mute. There was no mute button available when the iPad was originally introduced. The IOS 4.3 gave the choice of a lock switch to lock the iPad orientation or to mute the sound. Holding down the volume button helps to mute your phone fast.

Text can be copied and pasted on your iPad. Use your finger to highlight the text, then choose the text that should be copied. Tap once more after the text appears in yellow highlight. Then select Copy. Then tap again to paste your text.

A forum is a great place to learn tips and tricks about the iPad. There are many quality sites designed to help you learn all the features of your iPad and guide you as you explore different apps. All you have to do is check some forums to find out more about the iPad.

While you may not think it is necessary, it is always smart to put a security feature on your iPad. If you were to lose your iPad, all kinds of personal information would be in the hands of others.

You can use your iPad to take screenshots quickly and easily. Simply press the home button at the same time as the sleep button. You will see the screen flash then you will hear a click. This means you have taken a screenshot. Your screenshots are automatically saved and located in your Photos gallery.

To switch between apps as quickly as possible, click on Home two times. This will show all apps that are currently running. Tap your desired app, and there you go. Returning to previous apps is as simple as repeating what you just did.

From those room-filling computers to tiny cell phones, and everything in between, we truly have a ton of choice when it comes to computing today. If you buy an iPad, all you have to do is learn a little more about it. This article can help you begin that journey.

Published: July 11, 2014