The digital world affords us many different ways to enjoy music. In this article, I will be going over some of the best ways to listen to or purchase music in my opinion.
One great thing about the Internet world is that is has provided a way for people to listen to countless hours of free music. If it's amateur performances you are interested in, Youtube has thousands of musicians who record music on a variety of instruments such as piano, violin, or voice. You can also find professional videos on Youtube of your favorite artists and songs. This used to be one of my favorite ways to listen to music online. Lately, however, Youtube ads have increased in number and this can be a bit frustrating, especially if you are listening to just the first few seconds of a song, then selecting a different tune. In such cases, you'll find yourself having to skip over numersou commercials. So when I want to listen to professional recordings, I tend to go elsewhere.
My favorite site for listening to a variety of music is Radiotunes. What is great about this site is the sheer number of channels they have. Whether you want to listen to top 40 or something more obscure like relaxing piano music or movie soundtracks, you should find a channel that fits your mood. The site does have ads, but you also have the option to upgrade to a commercial-free premium account. I especially like Radiotunes since they have a lot of stations based on a certain decade, such as the 60s or 70s. It really allows you to narrow down the type of music you want to hear in a way that isn't possible at most other music sites.
Some people also prefer Pandora. What's unique about this site is that it allows you to create your own radio stations based on the songs and artists you are interested in. However, I myself am not the biggest fan of Pandora. The concept is nice, but I just find that the song selection is not as vast as I would like.
If you already know the artist or song you want to listen to, then Spotify is another great choice. Again, they do have commercials, which will go away when you upgrade to a premium account. I do not recommend Spotify, however, if you just want to listen to a variety of tunes such as you would on a radio. The reason for this is that their stations currently lack variety and tend to play the same selection of songs. That said, the user-created playlists tend to be pretty good, and I use them quite a bit when I am on Spotify.
So those are some great options for people who want to listen to music online for free. But what if you want to purchase and own your music? You options in this case are Amazon MP3 and iTunes. Of the two, I prefer Amazon because their files are DRM free, which means you are free to copy them and distribute them to your various devices. As for price, both iTunes and Amazon MP3 charge the same amount for recently released songs, and the price they charge is $1.29.
If you don't want to pay $1.29 for each song you own, a possibly cheaper option for you is to get a subscription to Spotify or Rhapsody. This will allow you to add songs to your playlist without cost (other than your subscription fee). You can listen to your songs whenever you want, on multiple devices. However, there is a catch. You can only keep your playlist and songs so long as you maintain a membership, which is currently around $10 a month for both sites. If you ever cancel your membership, you will literally lose all of your music. That said, $10 a month is not much considering you get virtually unlimited music. If you didn't pay for a subscription, you could use the same amount of money to buy 7-8 songs a month. So you just have to decide which is more important to you: owning your music permanently, or having access to a greater number of songs.
Whatever approach you take to listening or buying music online, it's safe to say that consumers in the Internet age are the real winners, since they have plenty of options that were not available prior to the Internet. I personally like to buy songs and do most of my listening on Radiotunes, but each of us is different and you may end up taking a very different approach to how you listen to and manage your music.
We all want things for the cheapest price possible. This is especially true for things like contact lenses. It doesn't matter where you buy your contact lenses, since you ultimately end up with the exact same product, regardless of who the seller was. Thus it makes sense to shop around and buy from the person who offers the best price.
Online, there are quite a few contact lens stores you can buy from. They include well-known names such as Walgreens, to more obscure contact lens stores like Lens.com. All of them will require you to send in a prescription or provide your doctor's name. Once you do that, the rest of the verification will be taken care of on their side. For the most part, buying contacts online is similar to purchasing anything else over the Internet.
I took the time to compare prices across several online contact lens stores, and found one store to be the clear winner. This store was Lens.com. On all four contact lens brands I looked at, Lens.com had the best prices. Note, however, that this price comparison did not take into consideration any discounts, promo codes, or online coupons such as the ones you can find at http://lensstreet.com/lens-com.php.
Nevertheless, I find this a good starting point. When there are Lens.com coupons available, I simply use them and buy my contacts from this store. When that is not the case, I will usually shop around and see if any of its competitors is currently offering a better deal.
Supplements can definitely be part of a healthy routine, but some people take every supplement under the sun, and taking too much is not always a good idea. Some vitamins and supplements can be toxic at high doses, so you need to do your homework first, to make sure you don't give your body something it can't handle. Online, this is not difficult to do, since many websites will provide you with information on what the recommended amount of each vitamin or mineral is. In addition, some sites will also inform you at what levels you may risk toxicity. Once you know what the recommended levels are, you can be more at ease when you purchase your vitamin products from online stores like Pureformulas.
You don't want your fear of overdosing on supplements to prevent you from taking the ones you do need. So how can you be sure which supplements your body truly needs? The best answer is to get some blood work done. But it can't be your typical blood test - You need to get a very comprehensive one, and sometimes naturopathic doctors are the people to see for this type of test. Such blood tests will give you a reading on which vitamins or minerals your body might be lacking. From there, by working with your healthcare professional, you can develop a sensible plan for supplementing your diet.
It's important to get high quality supplements whenever possible. The easiest and most cost-effective way to do this is by purchasing them on the Internet. Stores like Pureformulas have just about every supplement in the world, and typically only carry the top products. When in doubt, you should look at the ratings and read the reviews on the site to determine which brand would be the smartest buy. Buying quality supplements doesn't always mean you have to pay a high price. If you know where to look, such as at http://www.referralbusinessbuilders.com/pureformulas.php, you can find Pureformulas coupons and other great deals on health products. Shipping is always free at Pureformulas, which is one of the reasons I prefer to buy from them instead of other online vitamin shops.
Filing income tax returns on your own may sound like a daunting prospect to many people. However, it need not be. All you really need are the right tools to facilitate things, and if you know which tools to use, you can finish even rather complex returns in a matter of two or three hours.
For most people, a tax preparation software program will be an absolute necessity if they are planning to file their own returns. That's because for non-professionals, it's simply too much work to read through the IRS instructions and complete the forms on their own. A good program like Turbotax, on the other hand, will allow you to complete your returns much more easily by simply answering a list of questions. Granted, the "interview" portion is quite long, but this format is a lot easier for most people to work with.
Despite the fact that a program will do the heavy lifting for you, you'll still need to have the required forms on hand. This includes W2s and any statements from brokerage firms or banks. Depending on whether or not you own a business or have more complex investments, you may also need K1s and other forms that denote any gains or losses you had for that year.
There are many different Turbotax editions you must choose from. People with straightforward returns may be able to file their taxes completely free using the Turbotax free edition, which you can get from http://freetrialspot.com/turbotax.php. Others may need to pay anywhere from $30 - $70, depending on how complex their returns are. Fortunately, if you use Turbotax online, you need not choose an edition at the outset. You can simply start your returns online, and when the return is complete, the program will tell you what level of software you'll need to purchase to finalize and send your forms electronically. Regardless of the edition you purchase, the cost will still be significantly lower than what you would have ended up paying had you gone to a tax preparation firm.
In addition to Turbotax, there are a couple other tax preparation programs you may want to consider. One is TaxAct, which I have not used in a while. I would note, however, that when I did use this program (although it was quite a few years ago), I found it to be much less user friendly when compared to Turbotax. Because of this, I simply stuck with Turbotax over the years since I knew I would be getting a product that is not only reliable but easy to follow.
Even though it's possible to complete just about any kind of return with Turbotax, you may still want to hire a professional if your tax situation is very complex in a given year. This may include things like losing a significant sum of money to investment scams. In these types of cases, a good CPA may be able to suggest creative methods to reduce the amount of taxes you owe. Such options may not be possible if you use a software program, regardless of how good the program may be.
You know a business has been successful when the majority of people you talk to recognize a brand name. This is true for businesses like McDonalds and Coke. In the online dating space, there are two companies that fall into this category, and they are Eharmony and Match.com. Today, I will be delving a bit into why it is that Eharmony has had so much success. As well, I will be providing a link to a free trial offer you can use to sign up for this site.
Eharmony has been around since almost the beginning of when the Internet became widely used. It was started by a psychologist named Neil Clark Warren, who has spent his life studying what makes people compatible. From the beginning, Eharmony distinguished itself from other dating services with its emphasis in finding the love of someone's life. They weren't just trying to hook you up with a date. Instead, they were trying to change your entire life. A lofty goal, no doubt, and at first, some people probably found Eharmony's purported goal to be a bit ludicrous.
Today, nobody questions that Eharmony can provide a road to true love. The thing that has changed peoples' minds is that 1) Online dating has become much more mainstream and widely accepted as a whole, and 2) Studies have shown that Eharmony does in fact produce more marriages than other dating sites (although this claim sometimes seems to be disputed, as evidenced my similar claims made by competing websites). Nevertheless, it seems clear that Eharmony is not just making empty promises, and does deliver results for thousands of people each year.
So how exactly does Eharmony work? First, you can join the site free by using the Eharmony free trial, which you can get at the following URL: http://couponleaf.com/eharmony-free-trial. When you do, you are asked to complete an online survey that contains quite a few questions. These questions are designed to get to the core of what your personality is like. Although it can take a long time to complete this test, it is absolutely vital that you take your time and answer each question honestly.
Once you complete the test, Eharmony will provide you with a personality profile that is several paragraphs long. This profile will sum up your profile, and many people are impressed with how well the profile nails their personality. Next, you will be asked to complete your dating profile. This is where you'll have the opportunity to upload pictures, talk about your likes/dislikes, and provide other information about yourself. Finally, you will begin receiving matches almost immediately. You should expect 2-5 matches at first, with a few new ones being added each week. Note that this is all available to users of the free trial offer. It's only when you begin officially communicating with others that you are asked to upgrade.
The matches do drip in as more members join the site, so you will need to be a bit patient. Trust in the system, and you may find that you too will become an Eharmony success story.
Today, I would like to spend a bit of time talking about online printing services. I've been using them for over 10 years now, primarily for getting business cards printed. I like the fact that everything is highly streamlined, and you can order right from your computer without ever having to leave your home office. This is because online printing services allow you to upload artwork, review, and approve proofs all using your browser.
But choosing a printing service can be a bit of a gamble. Believe me, I've used quite a few printing services that just were not up to par as far as I was concerned. But that didn't keep me from continuing to search for the right company. If I got a batch of business cards from a company that did not meet my standards, I would simply choose a different company the next time. All the while, in order to get the best deals I can, I would use coupons (such as this Printplace coupon from www.hotprintingdeals.com) to minimize my costs.
Getting sample kits is one way to minimize the risk of using a certain printing company, but it should be noted that doing this by no means guarantees anything. Almost all companies will provide impressive sample kits, and in some cases, the products you receive will not be on the same level. This leaves us with the unfortunate reality that we pretty much need to engage in trial and error to find the right company.
If you want to go off my experiences, however, I would recommend a small printing company called Printplace. This company, due to its modest size, flies under the radar for many people. But in terms of the quality of printing they do, they are definitely one of the best companies out there from what I've seen. That said, I only order business cards for my business, so your experience may vary.
If you've long used small e-cig batteries and are thinking of graduating to the next level, a larger ego-type battery is probably what you should be looking at. Ego batteries are a bit thicker and longer than smaller batteries and last a much longer time. They are also pretty cheap, so you can upgrade your e-cigarette setup to an ego setup without paying that much more than you already are.
Ego batteries are a great choice for beginning to intermediate vapers because they are remarkably simple to use. Instead of using the battery and cartomizer as you may be used to doing, with an ego battery, you will need to use, in most cases, a tank or clearomizer. But most of the tanks and clearomizers on the market today are easy to use and maintain. Usually, you just need to fill the tank with e-juice, then clean the tank and change the atomizer once in a while. That is all there is to it, and in all other respects it will be like using a smaller e-cig, with the one big difference being that the vaporizer will be larger than what you may be used to.
Ego batteries are among the most popular type of e-cigarettes, so you will have plenty of choices when selecting a vaporizer. I would, however, recommend buying from a trusted vendor like Vista Vapors as opposed to getting an unbranded ego battery. Currently, you can get a 900mah ego battery from Vista Vapors for $18.99. This kit also includes a recharger, so it is quite an attractive price.
If you are not budget-minded and want a high-end battery, Volcano Ecigs is one company you should consider. The Volcano Inferno is the model that most closely resembles the ego batteries, and the starter kit for this fine battery is $49.99. However, if you use Volcano Ecigs coupons from E-cigbargains, you can instantly get 12% off the price of the kit.
After you buy this kit or a similar kit, the only other thing you need is plenty of e-juice. One downside of using a tank instead of a cartomizer is that is tends to use up more e-juice. You'll therefore want to stock up on a lot of different flavors and get extra large bottles. There are two stores I prefer for cheap, high-quality, US-made e-juice, and they are Vista Vapors and Mt. Baker Vapor. You won't go wrong using either of these stores.
E-cigarettes on the whole appeal to health conscious people who are trying to move away from traditional smoking. If you fall into this category, you may also be interested in reading our article about supplements, where we talk about how you can find out which supplements you should be taking.