Top 5 Tire Safety Tips

Tires are a vital part of your car, and play a significant role in driving safety. Making sure your tires are safe for all driving conditions is not difficult, but does require some diligence. Here are the top 5 tire safety tips you should be heeding:

Tire safety tips1. Replace tires when needed, and use matched pairs or completely new sets
At a certain point, all tires wear out and will need to be replaced. When this happens, you should replace them with new tires, however, make sure you get matched pairs or completely new sets. Don’t just replace a single tire as this can upset the balance of the vehicle. Buying tires online is one way to get discounted prices. Make sure you use  coupons, rebates, or prepaid cards for Goodyear or other top brands.

2. Keep tires in proper balance
Tire balancing involves placing weights in the inner circumference of the tires. It is important to balance your tires so that the ride is even and to prevent excessive wear to certain components of your car. All tires are balanced at installation, but you should get them re-balanced whenever they are remounted (such as when they are rotated).

3. Rotate your tires every 5000 -7000 miles
Tire rotation is important for ensuring even tread wear of your tires. This is important because usually, the front and back tires will wear out at different rates. By rotating your tires, you will get more uniform wear and prolong the life of your tires.

4. Inspect your tires
Every now and then, visually inspect your tires, and look out for cracks, signs of puncture, excessive wear, and anything else that may stick out and indicate your tires are damaged. When you see any such indications, have a mechanic inspect and repair your tire if necessary.

5. Check your tire pressure every month.
Most tire failures are due to underinflated tires. Buy a tire gauge and measure the air pressure monthly, and add air if necessary.

Date the right way with


When considering online dating sites, it may be tempting to choose the free sites like Okcupid. But I’m here to tell you, don’t do that. The old saying that you get what you pay for definitely applies here. I’ve tried free dating sites as well as dating sites you have to pay for, such as And believe me, there is a difference which will be noticeable if you try both kinds of sites.

People by nature value something that they pay for more than something that is free. Because the members of paid for the service they’re using, they seem to be more engaged to me. On Okcupid, I got very few responses to messages I sent. On Match, by contrast, the response rate was much better.

It also boils down to what kind of person you want to date. Needless to say, the people using free dating sites on the whole probably aren’t as well-off or successful as the people who wouldn’t hesitate to pay for a dating site. In this regard, I feel that sites like attract more quality singles that you can date.

Even on, however, you can get started for free by using the free trial. This is a great way to sample what the site is like if you are reluctant to pay for some reason. But I think you’ll find that Match is a great dating site, and the modest monthly subscription is well worth the price.

How to get deals on packaging

If you run a business that sells goods, packaging can be a large part of your costs. Even if you run an online business, you will need to have plenty of boxes of all sizes and shapes, so you can send the goods you sell to your customers. Most businesses look at packaging from a strictly utilitarian standpoint, but this is not always the best approach.

packagesGranted, if you run an online business, the most important aspect of any boxes, bags, or packaging you use is practicality. Take the largest online retailer,, for example. They use plain, brown boxes and the only distinctive feature about them is that they have the logo on them. You could do something similar by using a service like Bags & Bows to order customized boxes that include your logo.

Other businesses, such as food or candy manufacturers, will need more attractive packaging materials. Using colors or designs that convey a positive and appropriate image for your business will do much to instill confidence in your customers. Without question, just about every business owner would love to have attractive packaging materials. The issue, however, is cost. The nicer the packaging materials are, the more they will cost. Shopping for the right vendor can do much to ensure you get the best price possible. And since comparing prices online is so easy these days, there is no reason why you shouldn't get multiple quotes. One store I can recommend is Bags & Bows, but there are quite a few others that are worth considering. Another method you can use to control costs is to search for online coupons. Bags & Bows coupons can save you quite a lot of money, and I use them myself every time I order packaging materials on the Internet.

Keep in mind that the lowest cost provider is not always the best. Even if you can save money, if the quality of your packaging materials suffer as a result, it could end up harming your business. It is thus important to find a good middle ground you can live with. As mentioned earlier, I personally like to use Bags & Bows, since they charge relatively modest prices and still offer good that I consider to be very high quality. But you'll need to test out a few different companies to find the one that works best for you.


Social media for dating news?

dating worldHow much can you trust social media sites? After all, they are pretty much just the amalgamation of other people’s thoughts and opinions. I for one have always taken everything I read on social media with a grain of salt. But that doesn’t mean you should discard social media altogether. I have found that for certain things, such as news and quick tips, it is great to visit social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. And what makes sites like these different from ordinary sites is the level of interaction you can have with other people.

Make no mistake. When it comes to online dating, regular dating information sites such as have a lot to offer, and you should rely on them quite a bit. But social media can definitely add a layer of information and insight that you may not be able to acquire by other means.

For example, I find that social media sites allow me to get some nice information on what is new in the dating world. Apart from news, I often find links to helpful articles and tips by going to online dating twitter sites. Sure, the character limit does mean that you won’t always get a ton of information, but often times it will start me down a path online that allows me to learn a lot.

Social media can also be used as a mechanism to facilitate online dating as well. But for now, I personally feel that the best way to meet people online continues to be by using traditional online dating services like Match, Eharmony, and I just find that social media doesn’t allow you to find out the amount of information about a potential match that a good dating site will.

I am still waiting to see if there will be a dating site at some point exclusively using videos and video chat. I can see that day coming. After all, almost all of us have skype and a video cam on our computers these days. It makes sense that these technologies will eventually be integrated into dating as well.

Electronic cigarettes like Halo: Are they worth it?

I must admit, when I first heard about e-cigarettes, I was scratching my head. But after researching more on the subject, I now believe they are pretty cool, and I’m planning to order a kit for myself. Now, these kits aren’t exactly cheap, since they cost start around $79. But given that a pack of cigarettes costs over $6.00, and a typical smoker can go through 5 or 6 packs a week, the electronic cigarette kit would pay for itself in 2-3 weeks.

halo ecigsThe real issues, however, is that these cigarettes still give you the nicotine but may take away a lot of the health risks of regular smoking. The safety of e-cigarettes is actually a hotly debated topic, with the Mayo Clinic site urging caution although some studies have concluded they are safer than regular cigarettes.

For me, it’s enough that they are probably safer, and cost less in the long run. So I’m planning to give them a try. I’m looking to buy  Halo e-cigarettes at the moment, and hopefully will get a good deal by using a Halo e-cigarette coupon codes. I’ll add a review later about what I think about them.

For more information on electronic cigarettes, I recommend reading this article from Medicine News. There has been a lot of talk about whether e-cigarettes are safe. Although the verdict is still out, I personally feel that they are a lot better than smoking regular tobacco cigarettes. That is just my opinion, however, and you should form your own opinion by reading a lot of news articles about e-cigarettes.


Types of Dating Sites to Consider

Earlier on this blog, I spoke about using social media to enhance your dating life. But I think it's also important to take a step back and look at the different dating sites and apps available today. My hope is that this article will assist you in selecting the right set of tools to help you effectively date online. reviewLet's look at the first, most obvious type of dating site. This would be the typical dating site like and Okcupid. On such sites, people create a dating profile and proceed to look for matches on their own time. Usually, this is done by searching for members you are interested in, then initiating some sort of contact. These sites are pretty straightforward to use, and the majority of people will be able to join and get started right away. Provided that you have a decent dating profile, success on sites like depends in large part on how active you are on the site. You can join for free here.

As you may know, there is another type of dating site that focusses on compatibility. I'm speaking of course about sites such as Eharmony and Unlike sites like, these sites do the legwork for you by using a proprietary algorithm to match you with other members. It's more of a hands off approach to dating. The disadvantage is that you have no control over who you are matched with, but the obvious advantage is that you don't have to do much. This type of site is therefore ideal for people who are too busy to spend hours every day on a dating site. It's also a good site for believers of compatibility, and people who are interested in dating individuals who are similar to them.

Lastly, there are plenty of apps that allow you to engage in online dating as well. The best example of this type of site is Tinder. I have to be honest, however; this type of app allows you to date on only a superficial level. Information is more scant compared to sites like and Eharmony, and much of the decisions you make are based on photos. One could say this is not too different from how people in the real world meet each other anyway. The truth is, most of us judge each other by appearance first and foremost in the real world, and decide from there whether to interact with someone. Apps like Tinder operate on the same level.

Where to get freebies online

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One of the great things about the Internet is all the free stuff you can get. Do you remember the days when we had to rely on physical magazines and newspapers for information? The Internet has largely made news free. You can not only read articles by going to sources like Yahoo News or CNN, but you can also listen to news podcasts such as the Young Turks for free as well. Youtube is also a great source of news, although many of the news clips you find on Youtube will be relatively short.

In addition, many online services allow you to get free trials. Examples of such services would include dating sites like or Eharmony, as well as streaming video sites like Hulu Plus and Netflix. And of course, if it’s entertainment you’re after there’s lots of Youtube videos you can view free of charge as well.

I also like playing games online. It used to be that the free games you can play on the Internet were somewhat lame, but this is no longer the case. A lot of popular MMOGs such as Star Wars: The Old Republic have started using the “Free to Play” model, and these games are extremely high in quality. Today, there are many highly engaging multiplayer games on the Internet that you can play for hours and hours without getting bored.

On a more serious note, I have been suffering from antivirus attacks on my computer of late, and for this, I once again used free trials. In this case, I downloaded norton 360, one of the top internet security programs out there. As well, I've began to notice that I'm spending too much money on video games of late. Once again, free trials were the answer. In this case, I tried a Gamefly free trial and ended up liking it very much. Now I use Gamefly to rent all my games instead of purchasing them. To get a Gamefly free trial, just go to

And last but not least, there are a couple major dating sites that you can use completely free. Be aware, however, that most people have more success on paid dating sites like (for more on these types of dating sites, read our dating article here). Nevertheless, if you're new to online dating, you may want to try out some free sites first.

As you can see, free trials can therefore benefit you in many ways. The truth is, freebies abound on the Internet. I highly recommend visiting sites like if you’re interested in taking advantage of free trial offers that are available on the Internet.