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Playing Video Games with Gamefly

Gaming is no doubt one of the most popular hobbies, and today, gaming is something that encompasses all demographic groups. For example, just as many women today play video games as do men. The stereotype of a typical gamer being a young single male is no longer true. Gaming has appeal to many different types of people at all stages of their life.


If you go to Gamestop or do research on the current selection of games that are available on consoles like Playstation and Xbox, it becomes clear that there are a staggering number of games available to gamers in the modern age. This is a great thing for gamers, but it can also be overwhelming to some people. After all, you probably have a limited budget, and it can be hard to choose which game to buy with the funds that you have available.


I usually select games by watching videos on Youtube and also reading reviews on trusted websites such as IGN. This often gives you a pretty good idea of what it's like to play the game you are considering purchasing. You can also try renting the game for a day or two on Redbox to be sure the game is something you will enjoy. As a rule of thumb, I don't purchase a game unless I think it will keep me entertained for at least 3 months. Be aware that some games also require a monthly subscription. You should factor such costs in when deciding whether it's worth it to buy a certain game.


If you find that you buy a lot of games and get bored of them easily, then one solution for you might be to join Gamefly, an online video game rental company. Gamefly will send you games through the mail, and you will be able to keep them as long as you want. When you no longer want to play the game, you can send them back (with free shipping) and promptly receive your next game within days. A 30-day Gamefly Free Trial (which you can get at: should help you decide whether or not you want to pay for such a service.


E-cigarettes as a Fashion Statement

I understand how people might choose an e-cigarette solely based on functionality. The problem with this approach, however, is that some of the more functional vape pens or mods look quite ugly. They typically have an industrial, machine-like look that I suspect would be unappealing to many vapers. Keep in mind, you'll be carrying your e-cig everywhere you go, and you will be seen using it by many people. In many ways, it's an accessory to your wardrobe, similar to a watch, bracelet, or necklace. Since vaping is something you're likely to do all day long, why settle for an e-cigarette battery that does not look good? The answer to this question is that you shouldn't.


Now, I'm not saying you should be purchasing e-cigarettes only because of the way they look. But there's no reason you shouldn't be able to find an E-cigarette that performs the way you want and makes a fashion statement as well. At a minimum, you should be able to find an e-cigarette in a color that you like, preferably with some accents that give it a sharp look. Whatever criteria you use to select a good-looking e-cig, you'll need to apply the same standards to any tanks or clearomizers you use as well.


halo reactorIf you're not sure where to start, I recommend taking a look at Halo. This company offers small cigalike batteries, ego-style batteries, and mods. The one common thread is that all of their e-cigarettes look stylish. For example, take a look at their mod, called the reactor (see image on the right). Despite the fact that the majority of mods look ugly, the reactor manages to pull off a sleek, stylish look. You can customize the look to some extent, as you are allowed to select from four colors: black, silver, blue, and pink. For a mod of its quality, the reactor is competitively price, with the battery component costing only $39.99. Note that this is just the retail price, and you can usually get a better deal by using Halo Cigs coupons from


It's not just the Halo mods that look great. Their vape pens, and small G6 batteries likewise have a very nice look. For batteries that look this good, I've found that Halo offers the highest quality products. I've noticed that Halo batteries last longer than other batteries, and I've never bought a dud from this company. For these reasons, Halo is a great company to choose for the discriminating vaper who wants a superior vaping experience while looking good at the same time.

Buying Checks Online For Your Business

business checking products from Deluxe Most businesses need to use checks as a means of payment, and while electronic checks are being used more widely today than ever before, paper checks are still used quite heavily, especially in traditional industries. This makes it necessary for small and large businesses alike to purchase thousands of checks each month. In this short post, I will go over some ways you can save money when you order such checks for your business.


1. Buy your checks online.
If you aren't doing so already, you should be purchasing your checks over the Internet. The best place to buy checks in my opinion is a company called Deluxe, which specializes in providing checking products. Not only will you find checks of all kinds and sizes at Deluxe, you will also have the option to customize your checks if you so desire. This means you'll be able to add things like your company logo and slogan onto the checks you order.

2. Buy in bulk.
As with all things you buy, you will typically get a better deal if you buy in bulk. In the case of Deluxe, you'll find that by ordering large quantities of checks, you'll be paying far less per check. For this reason, it's better to place a small number of large orders each year, as opposed to placing a bunch of small orders frequently.

3. Use coupon codes.

Coupon codes are ubiquitous on the Web, and you should always try to take advantage of them if you can. That said, there are many invalid or expired coupons out there, so it's best to obtain your coupons or promo codes from trusted coupon websites like


Another way your business can save money over the long-term is by using eChecks. Deluxe offers a special kind of eCheck that can be sent via email and that is one option you should seriously consider if you want to make your business more efficient. Other options include using electronic services such as Paypal, but overall, I do like the Deluxe eCheck solution the best.


How much online dating can you do for free?

While online dating can be a powerful tool, there is only so much you can do with it if you aren't willing to spend some money. That is why I generally recommend that people get a membership at a top online dating site such as, Zoosk, or Eharmony. But before we get into that, let's talk about free options when it comes to online dating sites.




The most obvious way to date online for free is by using free dating sites. Within this category of sites, two dating services reign supreme: Okcupid and Plentyoffish. Both sites do not look too impressive, but they each have millions of members and offer all the basic features of a standard dating site. Since they are both free, you should join both sites and create profiles at each one. Over time, you will begin to realize that you prefer one site over the other, and at such a point you can begin focussing just on the site that is a better fit for you.


Although free dating sites are a good option for many people who can't afford a membership, if you have money you can spend on an online dating subscription, you will almost certainly have a better experience using a paid site such as Having used both types of sites, I've found that the paid sites like generally have better, more engaged members. The way I see it, it's far less of a crap shoot. The only thing you need to decide for yourself is if it's worth it to take chances with your dating life, just to save a bit of money. In almost all cases, I think the answer would be no if you really take the time to think it over. If you find dating sites to be a bit expensive, you should look for coupons and other special offers to try to bring down the cost a bit. But if at all possible, you should join a paid dating site instead of a free dating site.


Another option is to use something like the free trial to get anywhere from 3 to 7 days of membership free. This is a good idea for anyone who is shopping around and wants to test out a few different sites. It's nice to be able to test-drive a site like for free since a regular membership could cost as much as $40 a month. By using a free trial, you can save yourself some money because if you do not like a site, you will not have spent any money upfront. Not every dating site will allow you to get a free trial, however. I usually check the coupon site, to see if there are any coupons or free trials I can take advantage of.

The good thing about dating sites is that you don't need a membership for very long if you choose the right dating site. Many people find someone to date right away; for other people it may take a few months. Either way, a dating site is not something for which you need an active membership continuously. If you like, you can create an account, and only activate the memberships during the times when you are actively seeking a date. At all other times, you can deactivate the membership to save money. If you plan to do something like this, paying month-to-month, or buying a 3-month membership is probably the best option.


The good thing about dating sites is that you don't need a membership for very long if you choose the right dating site. Many people find someone to date right away; for other people it may take a few months. Either way, a dating site is not something for which you need an active membership continuously. If you like, you can create an account, and only activate the memberships during the times when you are actively seeking a date. At all other times, you can deactivate the membership to save money. If you plan to do something like this, paying month-to-month, or buying a 3-month membership is probably the best option.


Playing Casino Games on the Internet

Previously, I wrote an article about how you can rent video games online. Today, I'd like to stay on the subject of games, but discuss something a bit more controversial: online gambling. Casino websites have been online since the mid-90's and they have always been the subject of much discussion, in part because of political reasons. Within the U.S., there were initially attempts to pass laws to make online betting illegal. In the end, a law that passed in 2007 made it illegal for credit card companies to fund online betting accounts. Some thought this was the end of online gambling, at least where the U.S. was concerned.


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But players felt otherwise. Eventually, many became members of poker sites and began playing online and betting quite a bit. The government tried to crack down on this as well, but such efforts ultimately did not bear fruit, and according to the site, legaluspokersites, most people in the U.S. shouldn't have any problems playing poker, although this can differ depending on the state that a player resides in.


Funding your casino account at more traditional casino sites can sometimes be a problem. However, this can be circumvented if you use bitcoin to fund your account. I used bitcoin myself to fund an account and play some bitcoin slots not long ago. I've found that both depositing and withdrawing funds goes more smoothly when I use bitcoin. For this reason, I only play at casinos that accept bitcoin these days. Check out the following link for a list of slot casinos that accept bitcoin.


As always, you should read reviews and do your due diligence before betting at any online casino sites.


Tips for Online Dating Newcomers

In a previous post, I talked about online dating in general, but today I'd like to delve deeper into one particular dating site, You must've heard of this site, given that it's one of the most well-used dating websites in the world. In recent years, there have been a lot of commercials as well. These commercials have emphasized the fact that many people have not tried online dating even though they have a lot to gain from it. You can view one of's recent commercials below:


Does this commercial seem familiar to you? Are you one of the people who have stayed away from online dating for no explicable reasons? If so, you're not alone. But the only thing I would say is that online dating is something that you should at least give a try. It's important to pick a good site, however, as you don't want your first exposure to online dating to be a negative one. Fortunately, offers a free trial you can use to join the site without having to pay anything. This free trial is good for a period of 3 days, and I believe it's the perfect way to get involved with online dating. Just visit the following link if you want to go ahead and sign up for


If all you want to do is check out a dating site and see how things work, there is not much else you need to do other than sign up for a free account. However, if you also want to communicate with others and possible form a connection, then you need to make sure your profile is up to par. Creating a dating profile is not as simple as you may think, and you shouldn't just wing it. Instead, I recommend reading articles about how to create a good dating profile. While you're at it, you should also read up on the best way to approach people you like on a dating site. Even getting up to speed with three or four pointers on both of these subjects will go a long way toward ensuring your online dating success.