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Don't underestimate the power of supplements

Don’t underestimate the power of supplements

I used to ignore supplementation completely. After all, I had read so many articles saying you should get all the nutrients you need from the foods you eat. While this may be true in theory, the simple fact is that so many of us don’t have the wherewithal to make sure we’re covering all our bases when it comes to nutrition.

I started supplementing a couple months ago with vitamins and minerals that I bought from Pureformulas. There was quite a bit of research I had to do to determine which vitamins I should be taking. In the two months that I started taking supplements, I’ve experience the following:

  • Faster healing from cuts and bruises
  • Clearer skin
  • No more acne breakouts
  • Better mood

And those are just the effects I’ve noticed. I imagine the supplements are doing plenty of other great things for my body that I may heretofore be unaware of.

One thing I’ve learned is that it pays to do your research. Take Magnesium, for example. It turns out most of the kinds of magnesium in supplements can’t be used by the body effectively. You therefore need to look for special formulations like Magnesium citrate.

In addition, the cheap supplements often don’t cut it. This may not be true for standard vitamins like Vitamin A, but on the whole, I’ve found that for minerals and other, rarer supplements, the expensive brands seem to work better for me. A good place to get expensive brands cheaply is online. Try the store, pureformulas, since they offer free shipping on all items. I also like this store because of the coupons it provides customers. I use pureformulas coupons all the time to get up to a 10% discount on my orders. On great place to get Pureformulas coupons or promo codes for other vitamin companies is Referralbusinessbuilders.com.

You do need to stay on top of things if you buy vitamins online. I like to place orders when I have a 1 month supply left, so that I’ll always have the supplements I need even if there is a delay in shipping for my new bottles.…

Modern Marriage Trends


According to the Pew Research center, Americans are marrying later in life, and a bigger percentage have never been married. Some notable stats are below:

  • 1 in 5 Americans over 25 have never married. Back in the 60’s that number was just 1 in 10.
  • The average age of getting married is 27 for women, and 29 for men.
  • 1 in 4 people between the age of 25 – 34 live with a partner.

Despite this, the poll that was taken also shows that a majority (almost 70%) of Americans continue to believe that marriage is the right choice for 2 people who plan to spend their lives together. So the ultimate love story is alive and well; it’s just not happening as frequently as it once did.

I blame this largely on the crazy, fast pace of the modern world. One thing that has countered this trend has been online dating sites like Eharmony. In this day and age, Eharmony seems almost old-fashioned with its focus on marriages and finding the love of your life. But in today’s cynical world, this idealistic take on love is also refreshing.

For this reason alone, I would encourage just about everyone to give Eharmony a try at some point in their lives. Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to join. In fact, there is even an Eharmony free trial that allows you to set up an account and receive matches for free. Click here to try out Eharmony for free.

The site is best suited for people who are mature and ready to find their life partner. Based on statistics, this would most likely be people in their mid to late twenties. On the other hand, it’s never too late for love, and you should join the site at any age if you are feeling it is the right time for you.

 

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A free alternative to Photoshop

A free alternative to Photoshop

I’ve used Adobe Photoshop for many years now, and believe it is the best image editing program available. For over a decade it has been the industry standard. Therefore, I recommend all photography enthusiasts use Photoshop if they can.

GIMP user interfaceThe one problem, however, is that Photoshop costs so much. Back when it was a standalone software product, it cost $699. Today, it is available as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Some people like this since it allows them to pay monthly. However, the cost is $19.95 a month. To put that into perspective, that’s still around $240 a year, and $720 every 3 years. Clearly, the program is still quite expensive.

So what’s the alternative? The best option is to use a free, open source program called GIMP. I know designers who use this program and it can pretty much do everything that photoshop does. If you work alone, GIMP will more than suit your needs. If you exchange files with other people professionally, however, you’ll probably need to have a copy of Photoshop, as that is the program that the vast majority of other designers use.

GIMP is available for download for free, so you should definitely check it out if you want a powerful image editing program, but find that Photoshop isn’t affordable for you.…

Why avoiding cheap pet food is the smart thing to do

Why avoiding cheap pet food is the smart thing to do

Picture of Cat

You may think you’re saving money by purchasing cheap pet food, but having tried that tactic, I can assure you it’s not the smart way to go. Cheap pet food for cats, as an example, does not satisfy your cat and it will end up eating more as a result. Therefore, you would have to purchase more of the cheap pet food to satiate your pet.

Not to mention, cheap pet food is not good for the health of your pet. Ultimately, this could end up costing you money in terms of higher veterinary costs. You don’t necessarily have to buy the best pet foods out there (as they can be expensive), but you should purchase a brand that is reputable. Go to sites like Consumer Affairs to read more about pet foods.…

Where you can purchase bargain printer ink

Not long ago, I made a post about why cheap pet food should be avoided. But that doesn’t mean you should always avoid cheap products. Printer ink, for example, is one area where cheap products are a good thing.

The cost of printer ink can easily become one of your largest office expenses, depending on how much printing you do. For this reason, I always encourage businesses to go paperless to the greatest extent possible. As much as possible, you should be managing your business online. Things like relying more on email and online marketing can significantly reduce the amount you spend on ink.

Having said that, there is always going to be a certain amount of printing you’ll need to do, regardless of how paperless you attempt to be. There are two ways to cut down on ink costs. The first is to buy printers that provide you the lowest cost per page. Note that this usually means you might need to invest more money upfront, but this will save you money on the back end.

The other thing you can do is make sure you purchase discounted ink. If you want to buy ink at physical stores, I have found Walmart tends to have the lowest prices for many models.

Online, your best deals would come from purchasing remanufactured cartridges from stores like Inkfarm. Coupled with Inkfarm coupons, you can often get up to 20% off what you’d otherwise pay for a brand new cartridge. To obtain the most recent batch of Ink farm coupons, go to http://inkjetprinterdiscounts.com/inkfarm.php

Even if you find an online ink store that you really like, it’s best to still do some price comparison. I like to use sites like Google Shopping or Nextag to see which store is offering the lowest price on the printer ink cartridge I need. Remember, even if you find a store that has the lowest price on one occasion, there is no guarantee they will remain the low-cost leader. Other stores may offer specials or clearance sales, so you always want to do a bit of research before you place your order. You can learn more about saving money on ink at inkjetprinterdiscounts.com.

Remember, in some instances you can get extra discounts by purchasing large quantities of ink. Some of the special deals you can get include complimentary shipping and reduced pricing for larger orders.…

A guide to saving money with e-cigarettes

A guide to saving money with e-cigarettes

As you probably know, using electronic cigarettes instead of regular cigarettes can help you save a lot of money. Right off the bat, you should save about 60% or more over the cost of smoking regular cigarettes. This can translate into over a thousand dollars in savings per year. In fact, if you go to sites like South Beach Smoke, you can calculate precisely how much your savings will be.

ecig kit from volcanoHowever, in addition to using e-cigs, you can save even more by doing the following things:

1. Refill your own cartridges
No doubt, buying prefilled cartomizers is the easiest. However, you can bring down the amount you spend on cartridges significantly by purchasing blanks and refilling them on your own by buying e-liquid. You can also opt to buy tanks or clearomizers, but be aware that such devices tend to use up more e-liquid than regular cartridges.

2. Mix your own e-liquid
This can have several advantages. First, you will end up paying a lot less for your e-liquids. Second, by preparing your own e-liquids, you can get create your own flavors and tweak them more to your liking.

3. Buy e-cigarettes online, and use coupons
Online electronic cigarettes stores offer the lowest prices for batteries, kits, cartomizers, and e-liquids. Just make sure you buy in bulk so that you can take advantage of any free shipping deals. In addition, you should do a search online for any coupon codes you can find. For example, I used coupon codes from Volcano Ecig not long ago and saved quite a bit on my order.

4. Buy generic brand batteries
Oftentimes, you can find generic batteries that are just as good as name brand e-cigarettes. However, this strategy can be hit or miss, and it may take some trial and error until you find a cheap generic battery you like. However, in the long run, it is worth it to find a good generic e-cigarette you like.

For more information on electronic cigarettes, pay a visit to e-cigbargains.com.…