About this blog

cardiff-signGreetings web visitor. I currently reside in Cardiff by the Sea and also do quite a bit of shopping, both locally and online. This blog talks about my shopping experiences and is also meant to be a way for me to talk about neat products or services I encounter.

We are just coming out of a pretty steep economic recession, and I really want to help anyone who is unemployed or struggling out there. Because of this, I will also be sharing some of my favorite money-saving tips and links to printable coupons, online coupons, and other special deals you can get to save a bit of money.

If you have suggestions for the site or a topic you would like me to write about, feel free to leave a request in the comments section or shoot me an email. Thank you again for taking the time to visit this blog. I hope you enjoy it!

Buying tires at a discount on the Internet

Who would have thought 10 years ago that at a certain point, we’d be buying just about everything online, include things such as tires? It’s true, I have been buying tires online for at least the past 5 years, and don’t intend to revert to the old way of buying tires.

Goodyear tires on saleWhen I buy online, I can do research on tires simultaneously while I shop, and this has really helped me find good deals and also ensure that I’m only buying tires of high quality. There’s certainly a plethora of information about cars and tires online, and this makes the research relatively straightforward and easy.

But there is another, more significant reason why I buy tires on the Internet. Simply put, I can save money by doing so. The number one way I’m able to do this is by using online coupons such as the ones available from hottiresavings.com.

Not long ago, I used this method to acquire some great Goodyear coupons for my Ford Taurus. Just how big were my savings? Well, I was able to get an $80 gift card for my purchase, which is nothing to sneeze at. Therefore, any way you look at it, you should be hunting for discount codes, online coupons, and any other special discount you can get for tires before hitting the checkout button. Go to the following site if you want to get the same discount coupons for Goodyear Tires that I used

Should you buy books that help you get a date

Within the last few years, I have noticed quite an increase in books or sites that promise to show guys how to pick up good-looking women. Known within the industry as pick-up artists, the people who study these skills go to bars, clubs, and other venues to utilize their new-found skills to seduce women. The industry is bigger than you might think, with many websites, forums, and online training packages available for people who are interested in this sort of thing.

popular online dating sitesThe question is, should you invest in such books or training? Out of curiosity, I did some research on resources used by pick-up artists, and my feeling is that it’s not worth it to try to learn these skills. The jury is out on how well the methods work, but to me, that is not the point.

The one thing in common among sites that promote pick up methods is that the emphasis is on what works. By following the tips, you essentially become a robot who uses lines that work or in some cases even make up bogus stories to try to make yourself seem more appealing. Every relationship expert will tell you that communication and honesty are important in a romantic relationship. By studying these methods, you are doing the direct opposite by essentially turning yourself into a phony person who is not true to himself.

Instead of trying to mold yourself into someone else, why not just be yourself and look for someone who likes you the way you are? Join an online dating site like Match.com, you will find there are hundreds of singles in your area, and with such a large number of people, you are bound to find someone who just naturally clicks with you. Best of all online dating does not cost that much money. Joining a dating site only costs you about $20 – $30 a month, and even less if you take advantage of special promotional codes from Match.com.

So my advice is, ditch the pick-up methods taught by websites and books, and instead focus on putting yourself out there so you have a chance to meet someone who genuinely likes you, not who you are pretending to be. Some great sites to start out with are Match.com and eHarmony. Speed dating is another great way to meet a lot of people in a short period of time. For more information on online dating, I recommend that you check out Onlinedatingtrials.com.

Why I recommend the eFax free trial

Despite the prevalence of email, faxing still plays a huge role in modern business. There are just certain time, such as when you need a signature on a document, that sending fax makes the most sense.

But that doesn’t mean that you have to use fax machines, as they have become quite cumbersome in my opinion. Moreover, fax machines use a lot of paper and are not very environmentally friendly in my opinion.

A much better option is to sign up with an internet fax service. The advantage of using such a service is that it allows you to handle virtually all of your faxing needs online, usually by interfacing with your email account. On the cheaper end, you can find services like smartfax and ureach, which offer fax services for as little as six dollars a month.

For businesses that need a more sophisticated solution, there is eFax. If you sign up for a service like eFax, you may end up paying a big more, but you will get so much more in return. With eFax, you can send faxes straight out of your email account. In addition, the company offers quite a few other benefits such as the ability to accept digital signatures online. Just imagine how much such a features can help you streamline your business processes. You can actually get an eFax free trial if you go to this link: http://freetrialspot.com/efax.php

Of course, you should not pick an internet fax service willy-nilly. I think it’s a much better idea to get a free trial and test out different fax services. In my case, I used an online promotion from FreeTrialSpot that allowed me to use eFax for 30 days free.  I liked the service so much that I became a member after the trial period was over. Nevertheless, using the trial allowed me to determine just why eFax was superior to the other, less expensive fax services out there.

Turbotax time

Yes, it’s tax season again. I just finished my return a few days ago. Sometimes it can take days to complete my tax returns, but this year, things went quite smoothly, and I was able to complete them online in just a day.

free trial softwareBack when I had no clue about taxes, I used to take my returns to H&R Block. I’m sure they did a great job, but it wasn’t exactly cheap. I was paying $300 each year, although my taxes were relatively straightforward (no investments, basically involving just the taxes for 1 job). This high cost made me begin exploring other ways to do my taxes. I did quite a bit of research and explored many options, from doing them myself to using software programs.

I eventually learned about Turbotax, a highly popular tax preparation software, and started using that for my taxes exclusively. It takes me 3 to 4 hours to complete, but that’s definitely worth it considering the amount of money I’m saving. There is a Turbotax free edition you can use at http://freebiebulletin.com/turbotax.php, but once you get started you might have to upgrade in order to continue filing your returns. The federal free edition also doesn’t cover state taxes. If you want to buy Turbotax for your state, that’s another $50.

All things considered, I’m pretty happy with Turbotax. You might want to try them out this tax season.

Plan ahead on ink purchases to get good deals

buy ink cartridges at 123inkjetsInk is something that you can buy in bulk and save money on. But unfortunately, most of us buy them by the cartridge and them make special trips to office supply stores when we run out. This is an inefficient way of buying ink that wastes both time and money.

Why not buy in bulk online, and stock up on a year’s worth of ink? While it does require an upfront investment, you will benefit in the following ways.

  1. Buying online in bulk entitles you to use online coupons, such as a 123inkjets coupon I used recently. Savings start at 10% off. Go to the following link to get the latest coupon codes for 123inkjets.
  2. You have the option to buy remanufactured cartridges for further savings. Remanufactured cartridges are simply old ink cartridges that have been refilled by professionals. They are cheaper, but work more or less like brand new cartrdiges.
  3. Ordering online can be done minutes, and you don’t have to waste time physically going to an office store. Just make sure you factor in the time it takes for shipping, and plan ahead and order at least a week before you think you will run out of your current supplies.

In addition to a 123inkjets coupon, there are plenty of other stores that offer online coupons to web shoppers. Make sure to do a web search to find other deals being offered by ink websites like http://inkjetprinterdiscounts.com/.

Looking for free entertainment? Consider playing SWTOR

tips for star wars the old republic

Most people will tell you that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But more and more, the Internet is changing this. First, the Net made information virtually free. Now, even things such has entertainment are becoming free.

Take SWTOR, for example (SWTOR stands for Star Wars: The Old Republic). When the game first came out in December 2011, it cost $60 to buy the game, then another $15 per month. What is the cost today? Zero. Nada. That’s right, you can play SWTOR for free now.

So how does Electronic Arts and Lucas Arts make money? Well, to access the full features of the game, you need to upgrade your account, which of course requires a subscription. The idea is to get you hooked on the game first by allowing you to play free, then to convert you into a subscriber.

Does this model work? Apparently, it does. Profits at EA seem to have gone up since they implemented the Free to Play option for SWTOR. (for more information, go to http://swtorbonanza.com.)

Avid players of SWTOR of course spend all kinds of money on the game. Not only do they become long-time subscribers, they may purchase a SWTOR leveling guide or other guides to power leveling on the Internet. These kinds of leveling guides can be rather pricey. But of course, many of the people who grew up with Star Wars are probably successful working professionals now, and the cost is probably affordable to them. If you happen to be such a gamer, you can purchase an SWTOR leveling guide by going to this post about different strategy products for gamers.