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A Guide to Using

A lot of people join online dating sites like and just wing it from there. But to get the best results using online dating sites, a more systematic approach is often the smarter way to go. Since I've used dating sites quite a few times with mixed results, I decided to share the approaches that have worked best for me.

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1) Do join a respected dating site.
Small or free dating sites can work, but your odds are better if you join a well-respected site such as The better sites cost money to join, but at the end of the day, the small price you pay is worth it.

2) Do read articles and books about online dating.
There is a lot of free information online about how to date online successfully. Advice can range from writing good profiles to how to pick the right photos. If you want to take things a step further, try purchasing some books about online dating for more in-depth advice.

3) Do use free trial offers.
There are quite a few dating sites you can join. Instead of selecting one randomly, a better idea is to use free trial offers so you can try out dating sites for free. For instance, you can use this free trial to use the site for 3 days.

4) Do spend time and effort.
Joining a good site and putting up a profile is just the beginning. You must then put in a good deal of effect communicating with others and browsing other profiles to find the right person for you. As with all things, time and effort are required for good results.

5) Do have realistic expectations.
It's best to think of online dating as just one of many ways to meet single people in your geographic area. Many people give up on online dating too quickly. If they don't get results in a month, they decide that online dating doesn't work and move on. A more realistic timeline is to give online dating at least 6 months before deciding whether or not it works for you.

A Guide to Using Eharmony

Last week, I provided a guide to using, one of the top dating sites in the world. The other major dating site that is worth checking out is Eharmony. Therefore, today, I would like to provide a guide on how to use Eharmony.

Right off the bat, you'll notice that Eharmony is different from most dating sites. At most dating sites, once you create a free account, you can instantly create a profile and begin searching through other members' profiles. You can usually also engage in some limited types of communication such as sending winks.


Eharmony, however, works quite differently. After you join, you must then complete a personality test before you do anything else. This test is based on decades of research on what makes people compatible. And it's not short. You should expect to spend anywhere from a half hour to an hour to complete. This may seem like a hurdle for some people, but it doesn't have to be. You can work on the test a little bit at a time and return later to complete it. All the answers you gave previously will be saved. To get started with the personality test, simply use this Eharmony Free Trial:

Once you have completed the test, you will start receiving matches. You can only view the profiles of the matches you receive, but most people should receive at least a half dozen matches per week.

You can engage in some forms of communication with your matches, but full communication required a membership. If you do decide to get a membership, make sure you get an Eharmony coupon since that can save you up to 50% on your membership plan.

Contact Lens Tips

I've been wearing contact lenses for over 10 years, and learned a lot of things in those years. In this article, I would like to offer some tips to contact lens users. These tips should be especially helpful to people who are new to using contact lenses. Without further ado, here are my contact lens tips:

1. Do not use generic solution.

The average bottle of contact lens solution costs close to $10. A generic bottle, on the other hand, costs half that amount or less. It can therefore be tempting to buy generic, but don't. I made the mistake of buying generic solution once, and it caused my eyes to get red and irritated. This has never happened when I used a name-brand solution.

Ironically, it was the advice of an optometris that caused me to try a generic bottle in the first place. She had said that they're all the same. But upon trying a generic bottle, I can tell you for a fact that this is not true. So always buy a brand solution like Bausch and Lomb.

2. Do rub and clean your lenses.
Unless you wear daily disposables, you should be removing and storing your lenses every night. But before doing so, you should rub your lenses on each side for about 15 seconds. This removes a lot of the dirt and grime that can accumulate on your lenses. Since I started doing this, I've noticed that my lenses remain very comfortable, even after wearing them for nearly a month. It's a small thing that only takes a few seconds but can make a bit difference in how you feel during the day while wearing your lenses.

3. Don't sleep with your lenses.
Many lenses are designed to allow you to sleep with them on. But you should avoid doing this as much as possible. Everything I've read and heard indicates that this is harmful to your eyes. It's okay if you doze off in your lenses every now and then, but don't get into the habit of leaving your lenses in when you go to bed.

4. Buy your lenses online at stores like
The simple fact is that contact lenses you buy online are cheaper. I like to buy mine at because they have the cheapest prices. Also, there are coupon codes all over the web you can take advantage of to get a really sweet deal. Click here for all current coupons.

5. Change your contact lens case often.
Some people recommend switching your case every 3 months. You can probably use them a bit longer if you boil them to kill the bacteria. But you should still be using a new case every now and then, to make sure it's 100% clean.

Are E-cigarette Risks Overblown?

If you follow the news, you may have a negative view of e-cigarettes, because there is so much negative coverage about them. But what is the truth? Below, we will take a look at some of the common risks associated with E-cigarettes.

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Whether it's diacetyl or acetyl, or some other chemicals, it is often mentioned in the news the e-cigs contain such harmful chemicals. This information alone is not very useful. The real question is, how much of this chemical does the e-cig contain, and is it really harmful at those levels.

If you research the matter closely, you'll find that even conservative studies show that while e-cigs contain some of the same toxic chemicals found in regular cigarettes, they contain ten to several hundred times less of any such substances. So while e-cigs do contain some bad chemicals, it's important to keep things in context. They are still far less harmful to your health than regular cigarettes.

Exploding batteries

The other topic that the news report all the time are exploding e-cig batteries. This can be sensational news, for sure, but there are millions of people who use e-cigarettes every day, just in the United States. And only a handful of explosions happen every year, so the real risk to you is rather small.

More important, these e-cig explosions typically only occur when people tinker around with batteries, or use complex batteries called mods and misuse them. If you take some time to understand electricity and exercise caution, such incidents should not occur. Better yet, you can just buy batteries that don't allow you to change voltage or wattage. Such batteries have built-in safety mechanisms and the likelihood of overheating or exploding is minimal.

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Tips on Buying

Different e-cigs make sense for different people. I like to buy my e-cigs online since I can get better deals that way. For beginners, I recommend a company called White Cloud Ecigs. Their e-cigs are very simple to use. The price is right too, if you use White Cloud Ecig coupon codes.

For slightly more advanced users, the EVOD is a great choice. There are many similar-sized batteries that you can consider as well. These batteries last a good amount of time, deliver good vapor, and are relatively cheap.

Business Packaging Tips

When you run a business, it is important to pay attention to little details. Something like the type of packaging you use may not seem like a big deal, but it actually can be. The type of packaging you use can speak volumes. For example, when I go to a cheap store such as a dollar store, they always use flimsy bags that seem like they can break easily (and sometimes they do!). By contrast, when I got to a high-quality store such as Whole Foods, the bags I receive are much higher in quality.


What does it mean for your business? It doesn't necessarily mean you need to use expensive boxes or bags; it just means the quality of any packaging materials you use has to match the image you are trying to project. A dollar store, for example, is not trying to be high end. So they can get away with using cheap bags. By contrast, a store that caters to rich customers cannot make the mistake of skimping on the bags or boxes they use. An issue can arise when a cheap store uses expensive bags, thus wasting money needlessly, or when a nice store uses cheap bags, thus hurting their image.

One place online where you can buy all types of bags, boxes, and other packaging materials is Bags & Bows. It is a website run by a large checking company called Deluxe. I like this online store because it has such a wide selection of bags, boxes and related materials you may need for your business. What's more there are Bags & Bows coupon codes that you can find online to get a good deal on your order. (For the latest coupons, go to I use them all the time to get discounts on the items I purchase for my business, and encourage you to do the same.

Your choices for modern gaming


One of the things that technology has greatly improved are games. When people play games today, they almost always play some sort of video games. While older games like Monopoly and Poker still have a place in our culture, it's undeniable that video games have taken over as the primary means of gaming. The latest evidence of this is the Pokemon Go craze and the quickness with which it has become adopted.

If you are interested in playing a game, there are several major options you can consider. I will talk about these options below, one at a time.

1. Playing games on your cellphone.
Maybe it's just me, but cellphone games are not my favorite. Sure, they can be fun if you have time to kill and you are waiting somewhere, but in most cases, a computer or consoles game will be much more engaging. That said, most cellphone games are free, and it doesn't hurt to download a few.

2. Computer games.
I find the PC to be the best choice for massively multiplayer games. In fact, many popular MMORPGs are available only for PCs. You will need to invest in a high-quality graphics card to get the best experience, but for some games, you may be able to get away with a cheaper video card.

3. Console games.
For all other types of games, game consoles are most likely your best choice. I like Xbox myself, but Playstation is also highly popular. For players of console games, I highly recommend joining a service called Gamefly, which will allow you to borrow games online. The games will then be sent directly to your home. All you pay is a monthly membership, and you can exchange games as often as you like. To join for free, check out this Gamefly free trial from

So there you have it. If you want to play games, what I covered above are basically your three options. And if none of them appeal to you, you can always go old school and pull out that board game or pack of cards.

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