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.

For other tips on taking care of your eyes, view the video below:

Published: April 14, 2016

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

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

Welcome Message

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