I’ve made posts in the past about how to order contacts online. Today, I’d like to talk about a related topic: eye health. We take our vision for granted, but we should all be more proactive about maintaining the health of our eyes. Below are some tips for maintaining optimal eye health.
1. Eat a healthy diet.
You should eat a well-balanced diet, and make sure you include lots of fruits and vegetables. Carrots are especially well-known for their ability to ensure good eye health. Shoot for five servings of fruits or vegetables daily. If you find this to be a difficulty goal to attain, consider taking supplements or better yet, getting a juicer. Juicing is a great, easy way to make sure you are getting your five servings every day.
2. Wear sunglasses.
You should wear sunglasses when outdoors, and UV rays can be damaging for our eyes. You don’t necessarily have to buy designer sunglasses, but avoid cheap sunglasses that don’t provide adequate protections. Make sure any pair of sunglasses you purchase provide good protection from UV rays.
3. If you wear contacts, maintain them properly.
Properly caring for your contacts includes taking them out every night, storing them in solution, and getting a new contact lens case every three months. Also, make sure you don’t wear lenses longer than you’re supposed to. For instance, don’t use a pair of lenses for 1 month is you are supposed to change them biweekly. If you’re trying to save money, use coupons and buy your lenses online, but don’t wear your lenses longer than prescribed. Previously, I recommended AC Lens, but you might also want to check out Lens.com for cheap contacts. You can get coupons for Lens.com from Couponleaf.
4. Take supplements for eye health.
Vitamin A is the most obvious supplement that everyone touts. However, I have had good results with other, less known supplements such as Lutein, Bilberry, and Astaxanthin.
Watch the video below for more on supplements for eye health:
Having a web presence is absolutely vital for any business. Some people think that because they have an offline business, a web site is not necessary. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even if you have an offline business, people are bound to look for you online. Having a website will make you easy to find and increase your visibility.
A flashy, state-of-the-art site is not necessary in most cases. Something basic that provides all the essential information is usually sufficient for the majority of businesses. Fortunately, such sites are surprisingly easy to build. I like using the WordPress platform (which was used for this website) because it is simple to use, even for people who don’t have good computer skills. Because it is so widely used, there are also plenty of tutorials and documentation online which you can turn to for help.
Other easy ways to build sites include using website templates and weebly, which provides a free, easy-to-use website building platform that you can use straight from your browser, without the need to install or learn new software. The video below shows you how easy this can be:
Another option is to simply create a Facebook page for your business, however, this does have a number of limitations so I don’t recommend it for anything other than a temporary solution.
The main thing is to create some sort of web presence so you can be found online. Start off with simple solutions, then build on top of that as your needs evolve.
Are you currently ordering your contact lenses? If not, you are missing an opportunity to save both time and money. Online contact lens stores allow you to quickly order your contact lenses and receive them at your home days later. The only information you need is a copy of your prescription or an old contact lens box. The process is fast and simple, and usually only takes me about 5 minutes to complete.
Probably the most difficult decision you’ll have to make is deciding which online contact lens store to buy from. There are quite a few online stores to choose from: 1-800 contacts, Lens.com and Contact Lens King are just some of the stores you can shop from. Most stores are highly professional, and I usually make my choice based on who is offering the lowest price. When comparing prices, you should also factor in any savings you might get as a result of utilizing online coupons. Most contact lens stores offer coupon codes on a monthly basis, and such discounts can frequently be as high as 15%. Since people usually order hundreds of dollars worth of lenses at once, your savings can be considerable if you use the right coupons.
You’ll need three things to order contact lenses on the Internet.
As with all online purchases, the easiest way to order is by having a credit card.
Prescription or old contact lens box
You should get into the habit of asking for a copy of your prescription every time you have an eye exam. By law, doctors are required to give you a copy if you ask for it. You can also use the information printed on your old contact lens box. During the ordering process, you will be asked for information that is written on these items.
Your doctor’s name and location
Prescription verification is done by the contact lens store. They usually have a directory you can use to find your doctor. All you’ll need to search the directory is the doctor’s last name and location.
My favorite store at the moment is Lens.com. They respond quickly to customer service inquiries, and offer the lenses I wear at a fairly low price. On top of that, they offer contact lens Coupons that offer me to get things like free shipping and up to 70% off regular retail prices. I usually get my coupons by doing a Google search or by going to contact lens coupons websites like Lens Street.com.
As you can see, ordering lenses over the Internet is relatively straightforward, and can be a good economic decision because of the money you’ll save. I have been ordering my contact lenses from internet merchants for almost 10 years now, and have never run into any issues ordering my contacts this way.
Obviously, it is quite important for all of us to be backing up our computer data. If you are fortunate enough to work for a large company, they probably already have some sort of data backup plan in place, and chances are good that you will be well-protected. But what about your home computer, or if you run a home-based business? In these cases, backing up your files can be a bigger hassle.
Many of us aren’t exactly computer savvy, and for such people, it can be a headache to set up an elaborate backup system. For this reason, most of us end up just getting a backup drive and storing our backup files there. As long as you get a good quality hard drive and remember to back up your data each day, this can be a pretty good and reasonably priced solution. However, the one thing that’s important to note is that if your hard drive is at the same location as your computer, a natural disaster such as a fire or hurricane can potentially wipe out both sources of data. This is why many backup companies have their servers located in remote locations, away from the actual data source. Doing this on your own would of course end up costing a lot of money.
This is why online storage and backup services like Carbonite have become so popular. Services such as Carbonite back up your data automatically, and store them on remote servers. One potential concern for me was that the data, while being transmitted, could be intercepted by a third party. Upon doing some research, however, many of my worries were allayed. Carbonite encrypts all data and sends the over using a secured connection. It would be nearly impossible for anyone to intercept the data, and even if they did, they still won’t be able to make any sense out of whatever they get their hands on.
For the level of service provided, Carbonite is quite reasonably priced. A basic plan just costs $59 a year, which works out to about $5 a month. If you’re hesitate to put up money upfront, you can also get a free trial of Carbonite, which currently lasts for 15 days. What’s more, the service basically runs itself once the program is installed. Sure, setup can take a few minutes, but once you’re ready to go, you can simply go about your daily routine and not worry about making backups ever again.
Restoring lost data is a pretty straightforward process. I have not had to do it myself, but I’ve seen some videos on how to restore data, and it looks pretty simple. All in all, I think Carbonite is a great solution for people who work alone and don’t have the budget for a fancy backup or security solution.
While we’re on the topic of security and backing up data, I’d like to address the important issue of checking security. If you do not use secure checks or eChecks, you run the risk of having funds stolen from you through check fraud, which is all too common in this day and age. Securing your computer systems is vital, but you should couple this strategy by using the best, most secure checks you can obtain. The company I use for my checking products is Deluxe Checks Corporation. If you’d like to use this company as well, be sure to obtain the Deluxe checks available at FreebieBulletin.com.
If you are in an especially vulnerable business where check fraud is rampant, you should also consider high-security checks as well, which are also available from Deluxe at discount prices. These checks on the whole cost more than standard checks, but you will have peace of mind knowing that the risk of check fraud will be extremely low.
It may not be your number one choice for where to shop, but the fact remains that Goodwill is sort of like the country’s largest garage sale. The costs of back to school items can certainly add up, and while many people don’t really think about it, you can get many of the items you need at Goodwill.
In my opinion, Goodwill is not a store that only poor people should shop at. Any budget-minded consumer who is interested in saving money should pay a visit. There are plenty of items in great condition that sell for a fraction of the price you’d end up paying if you bought them new. You can find the closest Goodwill center to you buy typing your zip code in their website.
In my last post, I talked about creating business cards. In today’s post I’d like to expand a bit further and talk more about how to go about getting them printed in an efficient manner.
The speed of service is becoming increasingly important in today’s fast-paced world. I remember times when you would have to wait a week or more, minimum, to get something printing. Online printing companies have sped up turnaround times in the industry quite drastically. Nowadays, you can find plenty of printing services that will print your materials the same day and delivery them in a day or two. This can be done for just about any printed product, including business cards, brochures, posters, postcards, and signs.
My favorite company that does business in this arena is Printplace. This company specializes in printing things fast and getting them delivered to you quickly. Such services typically charge quite a premium, but I’ve found the Printplace’s prices are quite reasonable. In fact, on a recent order I used Printplace coupons and ended up paying about the same price I usually do at a different company. The only difference was I got my materials much more quickly. Check out some of the current discounts for Printplace.
While it’s great to have companies like Printplace that you can turn to, I continue to believe that the best course of action is to plan ahead and schedule things on a more reasonable timeline. Yes, you’re bound to have last-minute projects from time to time, but this shouldn’t be the regular way you conduct business. Such a fast-paced schedule can lead to stress and bad morale among your employees. Ultimately, you want to avoid that type of situation altogether. It’s not hard if you stay organized and plan ahead.
That said, it’s still nice to have a service like Printplace that you can rely on for those emergency situations. I use them quite frequently myself, often for projects that aren’t that urgent, just because I like to get things done quickly.
Every business owner needs plenty of business cards. But getting an attractive, professional card is not as easy as you may think. I encounter tons of boring looking cards, and you want your card to make a better impression than that.
Thankfully, there is an easy solution, which is to use online printing services. This is a great way to get a really attractive business card without having to pay a lot.
The first thing you’ll need to do is get your card designed. If you have some skills with Photoshop, you may be able to create your own card. Another option is to hire a Graphic Designer. If you’re going to do this, it’s best to use designers online, as they tend to be cheaper. Good places to look for a designer are Fiverr, Odesk, and Elance.
With your card designed, you next need to pick a printing service. I prefer to use online printing services such as Printplace, as they do good quality work without charging too much. When possible, see if you can find online coupons for printing services as well. I was able to save over 15% on a recent order by using Printplace coupons myself.
Ordering is usually a straightforward process. You’ll need to upload the file you got from your designer. Most good print shops like Printplace accept a variety of formats, such as PDF of TIFF.
After the file is uploaded, you will be able to see a mockup for your card. This is called the “proof” and you must approve it before you place your order. It goes without saying that you should look over your proof very carefully to ensure there are no mispellings or other errors. The last thing you want to do is receive thousands of cards and realize too late that you made a mistake.
When it comes to ecigarettes, or e-cigarettes as they are commonly called, you have many options. Not only do you have hundreds of different flavors to choose from, there are also many different kinds of battery sizes. Depending on the setup you choose, your e-cigarette can be the size of a normal cigarettes, or much larger.
First, let’s look at flavors. You can buy e-liquids or pre-filled cartridges in just about any flavor imaginable. There are drink flavors, dessert flavors, traditional tobacco flavors, and many others. For people who are transitioning to e-cigarettes from regular cigarettes, it is important to mimic the taste and feel of a traditional cigarette as much as possible. For this reason, I believe it is a good idea to pick a tobacco or menthol flavor. You can always get samples for other flavors later if you want.
2. Batteries In general, the larger the battery, the longer it will last. The smaller batteries that are the same size as a regular cigarette may not be enough for a chain smoker or heavy smoker. On the other hand, these batteries have the advantage of being just like a regular cigarettes in terms of look and feel. Therefore, I also recommend the smaller batteries for people who are just getting started. However, make sure you acquire at least a couple of batteries, since they will only typically last you a half day if you’re a heavy smoker.
3. E-liquid fluid and strength
For the most part, an e-liquid with 12mg of nicotine will feel like a light or medium cigarette. An 18mg e-liquid, on the other hand, should give you the rough equivalent as a regular cigarette. Nicotine strength can go as high as 24mg, which would be recommended for heavier smokers.
As a base, E-liquids generally use both Propylene Glycol and Glycerine. Note that some people are allergic to Propylene Glycol. Glycerine based fluids, on the other hand, are thicker and do not wick as well. My recommendation is to start with a blend (80% PG and 20% VG is common) and make adjustments from there.
If you’re just getting started with e-cigarettes, consider Halo (You can get Halo E-cig Coupons here). What I like about this company is that it has a great line of e-cigarettes that look and feel like regular cigarettes. Halo Cigs is a great brand with a strong reputation, and it is an excellent choice for experienced and novice e-cigarette users alike.
Filing taxes can be a chore that most of us would rather do without. But fortunately, there are many ways to make the whole process go a lot smoother. Hiring a CPA or tax consultant is one of the most popular ways to get your taxes done, but this can often end up costing you a lot of money. A much better option in my opinion is to therefore invest in a tax preparation program like Turbotax.
For many years, Turbotax offered a boxed software program you can buy at office stores, computer stores, and many other outlets. This program will allow you to enter information about your tax situation. While you are answering questions, the program will complete your forms in the background.
Today, there is an online version of Turbotax, and this is what I encourage most people to use. The benefit of the online edition is that you need not install a program, and you can actually get started on the tax return for free. As with all Turbotax programs, the online edition has a number at the top of the screen that shows you exactly how much your refund will be as you proceed with answering the questions in the interview process.
As I mentioned earlier, there is a Turbotax free trial and Federal Free Edition you can use by going to their website. This trial actually allows you to use the program without any restrictions. When you are done using the program, you will know exactly how much your refund will be. At that time, you can decide whether or not you want to purchase the program and submit the returns. For a lucky few, you may qualify to submit your returns entirely free. However, with that said, most people do not qualify for the Turbotax Free Edition, so they will need to pay a fee if they decide to submit their returns. Users have the option to either submit returns electronically to the IRS, or mail in their forms if they prefer the traditional approach.
It seems there are quite a few people that want to work from home, and one way to accomplish that is to work on the Internet. Do you want to give it a shot? All you need are some great ideas to get you going, and in the article below you will read about them.
Be sure to keep an eye out for information on scams online. There are plenty of opportunities to make money online, but not all of them are legitimate. Check reviews to ensure any site you want to partner with is on the up and up.
Organize your days to include specific work hours. You have to be disciplined if you’re going to make income online. There is no fast way to make a lot of money. Hard work each day is required. Schedule time each day to work online. Scheduling an hour can make a difference.
You can always just search Google for pointers about making money. You will find that search engines will deliver up many pages containing countless money making options to choose from. After you identify something of interest to you, make sure to perform your due diligence before jumping in. See to it that you are cautious when dealing the company that you choose.
Find something simple for your relaxing time. There are tasks you can do to earn extra change that are super easy. Sites such as Mechanical Turk allow you to work on little tasks. Consider working on them while in front of the television. Although you may not make a lot of money from these tasks, they add up while you are watching television.
Flip domain names for money. You can make a good amount of money doing this. It’s kind of like real estate online and is something you should invest your time in. Google Adsense can help you find out what is trending. Buy domains which can be acronyms. Look for valuable domain names.
Before you begin working online, determine how much you feel you should bill for your time. If you were to work on a regular job, how much will you be willing to work for? If you’re willing to do work for very little, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever make much at all. It’ll be tough to get anyone to pay you ever more.
Develop as many online income streams as you can. You never know when one stream will dry up and you’ll need to count on another. You may have something that pays well one day and not the next. Your best bet is putting more than one egg in your basket. Doing this will ensure that any under-performance in one area will not break you.
Affiliate marketing is a good way to earn money online. That starts with developing a website that gets decent traffic. Look for any subject matter that you have a personal interest in writing about regularly. Then look for affiliate marketing opportunities that fit that topic. When your visitors buy something, you get a cut of each sale.
Believe it or not, you make some money online while you sleep. Passive income is money that you earn with a minimal amount of effort. For instance, you might have a forum established that requires only minutes a day for you to moderate, and you will receive advertising income.
Publish a book. If writing is something you’d like to do, you’re going to love that you can sell the books you write on Amazon. Many people make quite a bit of money selling their books this way.
You can make money on the Internet selling pictures. Folks always need stock images, and many are willing to pay to get them. Don’t sell anything trademarked or copyrighted, and don’t use photos of people with identifiable faces. Shutterstock and iStockphoto are two of the most popular sites to sell your photos on.
Create a blog that’s interesting. Make posts on it regularly. Use social media websites to direct visitors to your website. When it becomes popular, advertisers may come to your site. If a visitor reaches the advertiser’s site by clicking on a link on yours, you will get a kickback.
It’s crucial to cover all your bases in terms of accounting and taxes. If you can, incorporate and keep track of all your spending receipts. When it comes to taxes, a good program to use is Turbotax, which you can read more about in our post here.
You can almost do anything to make money online. Do you like talking to others over the telephone? Check out virtual assistants or even customer service opportunities that can be done through VOIP. Do you like writing? Sell your stories on Amazon. Have expertise in another topic? Put articles on DigitalOcean about how to do things.
All you need is for someone to teach you the right direction on how to make cash online. Fortunately, this advice can serve as a great foundation for your online money making experience. Keep an open mind to gathering new information. Use the tools you’ve been given today to get started.