Essential printing for your small business

Own a small business? If so, then you’ve probably learned that one of the most important components of success is effective marketing. Many business owners today rely almost exclusively on online marketing, but I’m here to tell you that there is still a good deal of offline marketing you should be doing if you want to maximize your exposure.

One of the prime ways to promote your business offline is by using printed products, like business cards, postcards, posters, banners, and brochures. Depending on your business, what exactly you choose to have printed may vary. But regardless of the type of business you run, you should be using some amount of printed marketing materials. Here are my thoughts on what printed materials you might want to use.

Business cards – These are absolutely essential for any business. If you are on a budget, you can get some nice business cards printed cheaply at online printing companies like Overnight Prints. At such sites, you can also rely on business card templates so you don’t have to come up with your own design. Be certain to use Overnight Prints coupons if you use this vendor.

Postcards – Postcards are terrific marketing tools for local businesses. They’re cheaper than regular letters and oftentimes have a lot more impact. Although they cost a bit more, the larger postcards are usually worth the extra cost, since studies have shown they get more attention.

Coupons – One great way to promote your business is to offer coupons. You can get them printed pretty cheaply at places like Overnight Prints, and have them included in mailing packets sent by organizations like Valpak.

Brochures – If you run a business that might require a bit of explaining, brochures are a perfect way to get the job done. Brochures can be relatively expensive, so if you are looking to save money, you might consider using flyers as well.

Always know what’s coming down the pike and plan ahead. I favor using online printing companies because they are cheaper and oftentimes allow you to use online coupons for extra savings. My favorite online printer at this time is Printplace. (You can read more about them at, where you can also get some promo codes). They print your materials very quickly and are competitively priced, and I’ve been satisfied with their quality of work.

The importance of Calcium and Magnesium

Today, I’d like to spend a bit of time talking about the importance of taking Calcium and Magnesium supplements. As you probably already know, calcium is crucial for bone and teeth health. But studies have shown it can help you with many other issues such as maintaining a lower blood pressure.

Vitamin World CouponYou may wonder why such supplements are necessary, and I will admit that for many people, they are not. If you get plenty of dairy or drink calcium-fortified drinks, there is a good chance that you’re already getting enough calcium.

But many people are allergic to dairy or avoid it for health reasons such as being a vegan. For these people, getting sufficient calcium can be a challenge. The ideal solution for such people is taking calcium supplements. One potential issue is that calcium supplements tend to be very large, making them difficult to swallow for some people.

That is why I myself prefer to buy calcium chews. These are soft chews that you can eat a couple times a day, and they typically contain about 50% of the recommended amount of calcium per chew, along with Vitamin D, which should be taken together with calcium to ensure maximum benefit.

Many calcium supplements also include magnesium, which is important for lowering inflammation and maintaining ideal blood pressure. Most people are not getting enough magnesium, so I recommend getting a calcium supplement that includes magnesium if possible.

Buying supplements from local health food stores is perfectly fine, but be aware that the selection may not be that great, and you will usually end up paying more than you would online. That’s why my own preference is to buy my supplements from Pureformulas, an excellent online vitamin store that I’ve been using for years. Online buying is also advantageous to you because you can get discounts, such as a Pureformulas┬ácoupon I used not long ago to get a great deal on my order. Learn more about how to get discounts by using Pureformulas promo codes.

If you are worried about running out of supplements, you can enroll in auto-ship programs at most vitamin stores. This way, you will always get your bottles you need before you run out. You may eventually end up having more vitamins than you need when using auto-ship, but you can always put such programs on pause for a brief period should this happen to you.

For more about the benefits of calcium, I recommend watching the video below.

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Contact Lens Deals at

Why should anyone buy contact lenses online? There are two reasons, actually, and I will go over each one in detail below.

First and most importantly, you will end up paying less for contact lenses that you buy online. And the contact lenses you receive from online stores will be the exact same ones you would have purchased from your doctor’s office. So why are the prices lower? I believe it is because online stores have lower overhead, and also have to deal with more price competition. It’s easy for someone online to search for the lowest contact lens price, so sellers online have a greater incentive to offer the lowest prices.

In addition to the already low prices, by shopping online, you can also use online coupons. And example of this would be coupons that I used to get a discount on my order along with free shipping. The importance of free shipping cannot be underestimated when you are buying products online, as shipping costs can easily offset any savings you’d be getting on the product itself. For the best online coupons, I recommend checking out these coupon codes from

The second advantage of online buying is that your lenses will always be in stock. This has not been the case for me at doctor’s offices, and I frequently have to return a week later to pick up my lenses. At online stores like, I have never run into a situation where they didn’t have my specific lenses stocked and ready to deliver.

You may worry that you won’t have time to order and wait for your lenses. At most optometrists’ offices, however, they will give you a week’s supply of lenses, so you should be fine. Most contact lens stores will deliver your contacts in just about one week, and you always have the option to pay extra for express delivery as well. The best thing to do, however, is schedule your eye exam a couple weeks before you expect to run out of lenses. This will give you plenty of time to place an order online and receive your contact lenses.

For other tips on saving money, check out my Discount Shopping Guide, which was my first post on this site.

Discount Shopping Guide

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With all that said, let’s get started. Since this is our very first post on the site, we thought we’d start out by providing you with a handy discount shopping guide. Whether you’re doing your shopping online or offline, there are plenty of ways to save cash. Let’s cover offline shopping first.

Discount Offline Shopping

Costco warehouseAs much as possible I try to purchase items online before buying them from brick and mortar shops. This is because I’ve noticed, from experience, that you typically get a much better deal by purchasing on the Internet. In some cases, you can avoid paying sales tax as well.

But there are still going to be plenty of things you’ll have to buy by going to physical stores. The following are some ways I save money when shopping at local stores.

  1. I always look for coupons. For local shopping, pay attention to coupons you receive in the mail. Valpak is my favorite at the moment, but there are plenty of others that you should be receiving on a regular basis in your mailbox. You can also search for coupons online. Many merchants offer coupons on their website, which you can print and take with you in order to receive your discount.
  2. Buy used. We are all in the habit of getting new items, but for many products, you can easily find a used item that is just as good. Things I always buy used are cars, some furniture (such as book shelves), and books and CDs. Garage sales and Goodwill are great places to find quality used items.
  3. Join warehouse clubs. Costco and Sam’s Club are two of the more popular warehouse clubs. Not only will you pay less for the items you buy, you will also be buying in bulk, which usually gets you much better deals.
  4. Buy generic products. I’ve said it many times in the past and I’ll say it again. Generic products are usually just as good as brand alternatives. Get in the habit of buying generic, and you’ll save hundreds of dollars each year. You won’t find generic alternatives to everything you buy, but when you do, I recommend always buying generic.

Discount Online Shopping

As mentioned earlier, I always prefer to buy online if at all possible. In almost all cases, I am able to get a lower price on the Internet. I encourage everyone to therefore do as much of their shopping online as possible.

Here are my tips for getting the best deals when you purchase products online:

  1. Hunt for online coupons. You should keep an eye on coupon sites like Groupon to find deals. Also, check for coupons on sites like Retailmenot before you make an on line purchase. You’ll be surprised to discover that in most cases, you will be able to find a coupon for something you are purchasing online. For example, I use Ink Farm promo codes all the time when I buy printer ink online.
  2. Always compare prices. There are a couple different ways you can go about comparing prices. The easiest way is to use a shopping comparison site like Nextag. But I know from experience that this doesn’t always give you a merchant with the lowest price. So it’s also a good idea to have some of your favorite discount shops bookmarked, and check with those stores as well. Make sure you factor in shipping costs, so that you’re comparing apples to apples. Incidentally, you can get shopping comparison apps, which allow you to make comparisons while you are away from your home or office. Read this article to find out some of the best apps for this purpose. You won’t always find a comparison site for a product you may be shopping for. An example of this would be ink cartridges, where I often find I simply need to visit a few popular stores like Inkfarm and do the comparisons manually.
  3. Purchase in bulk. For many products, such as printer ink or vitamins, you tend to get better prices if you buy large quantities. In many cases, larger orders will allow you to qualify for free shipping as well. Buying in bulk is therefore almost always in your best interest. Obviously, if your buying a large quantity of perishable items, you’ll want to pay attention to expiration dates and make sure you don’t order too much.
  4. Buy used. Online, there are tons of things that you can purchase used. Some of the best things you can buy used are books, CDs, movies, and video games. Amazon has quite a few used sellers for such products. Ebay is also a good alternative. And lastly, there are many websites like Glyde that are dedicated to selling you quality used goods.

In the coming months and years, we will be providing many more posts on specific ways to save money. But these general guidelines should get you started on the road to living more economically.

We also recommend checking out this video on bargain shopping: