How to Choose The Right Web Hosting Service

February 3rd, 2016

server farmHow to choose the right web hosting service for your site

Getting good web hosting is something that is often overlooked or left to the last minute. As a result many people do a quick search on the internet for a discount code or introductory promotion, and go with that option. This is despite the fact that web hosting is both essential (without it you won’t have a website) and crucial (getting it wrong can be costly).

Here are the things you should look for when buying web hosting.

Specification

For most websites, standard hosting is usually sufficient, so why is specification important? First, if you are building a website that will be very large, or that you think will get tens of thousands of visitors per month, you will need to look very carefully at the specification to make sure you have enough disk space, RAM, etc. Even if you’re building a normal site, you will get better results if it loads fast, because users will like it more, and so will search engines, so it’s good to compare specifications.

Price

Web hosting is a highly competitive market so you should always be able to find promotions and offers. As already mentioned you should look at specification too, but get the cheapest price. One way to do that is to search the internet for promotional codes like Dreamhost Coupons  and price comparison tables.

 

Upgrade Process

You should also think about what will happen to your website in the future if you need to upgrade your hosting. Ask the web host about the upgrade process: Will there be any downtime? Will you have to hire someone to do it? and are there any hidden costs?

 

Reliability

In the world of website hosting this is called uptime, and you will regularly see figures of 99.9% uptime for a website host. This looks impressive, but it means your website could be down for almost 45 minutes per month, and the company could still quote that figure. To see what the performance is really like you should check online reviews written by real users.

 

Technical Support

When is the technical support available? Is it 24/7? Do they offer a live chat facility? What do their existing customers say about the technical support in online reviews? These are all questions you should ask.binary-code-569564__180

 

Renewal Price

If you used an offer code or introductory discount when signing up for your website hosting you might find that the price jumps significantly at the time of renewal. As moving web hosts is not an easy process if you don’t have experience, this is something you should consider when first buying.

 

Features

Finally, look at the features that the web hosting company offers. One of the most important is the control panel – make sure it’s cPanel or Plesk. Other things you might look for, depending on the type of website you’re building, are ecommerce features, site builders, email services, and site backup services.

It is possible to move website hosting, but it is not a quick and easy process. When you are buying, therefore, you should be thinking in the medium to long term, so make your decision wisely.

The Best Time to Book Thanksgiving and Holiday Flights

November 9th, 2015

The price of flights is a moving target – there are no hard and fast rules to getting the cheapest options. The prices that you pay can vary from year to year, i.e. you could book your Thanksgiving or holiday flight on exactly the same day every year and sometimes you will save money, and sometimes you won’t. But are there any guidelines that you can follow to help you get the best deals?

Best Time To Book Thanksgiving Flights

airportThe cheapest time to book your Thanksgiving flights is in August. If you can buy your flights this early you could save anything from five to seven percent compared to buying the same flight the week before Thanksgiving.

Buying in September and October is also generally cheaper, but the savings that you make become smaller as airlines start to fill up their places and approach capacity levels.

There are two other things that you should consider when thinking about your Thanksgiving flights, though. The first is any promotional codes or discount coupons that you have. The savings that you can make with an offer code can far exceed any saving you can make by timing your purchase just right.

The second thing to consider is the day that you plan to fly. If you want to fly on the Wednesday of Thanksgiving week – the day before Thanksgiving – and you then want to return on the Sunday ready for going back to work the following week, you will pay the most expensive fares. This is because those are the days that most people want to fly. If you have flexibility with your dates – leaving a day or two earlier, and staying a day or two later, for example – you will save money.

Best Time To Book Holiday Flights

Similar advice applies to booking holiday flights – you should always use promotion codes and vouchers where possible and you should avoid flying on the busiest days. The latter is a little harder to nail down because Christmas falls on a different day of the week each year. To get it right you should think about when most other people will be flying. If Christmas is on a Friday, the Thursday and Wednesday before are going to be busy, as is the first Sunday in January.

But when is the best time to book holiday flights? The most expensive time to buy is in December. Buying in the preceding months is the best option – even in November you can buy tickets for four or five percent less than if you wait until December.

The cheapest time to buy a ticket, however, is in August. This is the same as for Thanksgiving flights, although the savings for holiday flights are much greater – you will save as much as 14 percent if you can buy your holiday flights in August.

The trick to getting the cheapest possible flights around Thanksgiving and the holidays is to buy early, use promotional codes when you can, and avoid traveling on the really busy days.

How to Save Money on School Supplies

November 9th, 2015

 

school-suppliesGetting your children ready to go back to school is expensive, and it gets more expensive every year. It is possible to keep a lid on the costs, however. You should stick to a budget, and explain that budget to your children – it will help them to learn the value of money. Then, to get what your children need within your budget you should follow the five tips on this list.

  1. Check What You Already Have

Can you reuse uniforms, schoolbags, lunch boxes or other equipment from last year? Sometimes all you need is a bit of creativity and some thorough cleaning. Also check through all your drawers and cupboards – you never know what pencils, pens and other bits and pieces you will find in there that you forgot you ever had.

  1. Buy Used

Consider buying some items used. School uniforms are one thing that you might be able to save substantial sums of money if you buy second hand. You can get a uniform that looks just as good as one that is new, but you will pay a lot less. You can shop for used items at garage sales, thrift stores, and online at websites like eBay and Craigslist.

You will have to buy some things new, however. For these items you should be careful which stores you use. Always check places like dollar stores and supermarkets first as you will find that they usually have lower prices.

  1. Use Coupons

Keep an eye out for online coupon codes, promotional codes, and vouchers. If these are general discount codes you can save them throughout the year, or you can start looking out for back to school specific offer codes and coupons at times when children normally return to school.

  1. Buy In Bulk

You might be able to save money if you buy in bulk. When you apply those savings across multiple children and a number of different supplies, they can be substantial. But how can you buy in bulk? One option that you have available is to buy enough for a full year instead of as-and-when you need. Another option is to team up with another parent or group of parents to buy supplies together. And remember if you have a discount code or coupon you will save even more.

  1. Buy Off-Peak

The best deals on school supplies are usually not available when you need them – just before the children go back to school. This is peak trading time for retailers, so prices are often kept high. It is better if you buy throughout the year whenever you see a good offer. And if you combine this tip with the previous two – buying in bulk and using discount coupons – you will maximize your savings.

One final thing that you should do to ensure you save as much money as possible when buying back to school supplies is to make a list. This will ensure you get everything that you need but it will also keep you focussed – stick to the list no matter what.

Which Tablet Computer Gives You the Most Bang for Your Money?

November 5th, 2015

In most lists of the best tablet computers, iPads and Samsung Galaxy models dominate the top slots. These are undoubtedly great tablet computers, but they are also among the most expensive. Even with a voucher code or other discount offer they are still pricey. So if you are looking for the most bang for your buck, what is the best tablet computer?tablet computer

How to Choose

We are not necessarily looking to buy the absolute best tablet available. At the other end of the spectrum we are not looking for the cheapest. Instead we are looking for the tablet that offers the best of both worlds.

Here are some things you should consider.

  • Screen: Bigger screens are easier to see, but smaller screens are more portable, so it is not all about size. The quality and resolution of the screen are important though.
  • Hardware Specifications: Look out for things such as storage, the quality of the camera, and the processor speed. For example, if you want to use the tablet to take loads of photos and videos, you will need a good camera and a decent amount of storage (unless you store your files in the cloud).
  • Software: Most tablets run either Apple software (on iPads) or Android. Android is Google’s operating system; it is on Samsung Galaxy tablets, for example. Make sure the model that you buy has the functionality that you need. For instance, the Amazon range of tablets doesn’t give you full access to the Google Play store like other Android devices.
  • Deal: Finally, look at the overall deal you are getting. Is the price the lowest you can find? Do you have a promotional code or coupon code that will make it cheaper elsewhere? Does the website offer free shipping, or can you get a free shipping code? The answers to these questions could sway your decision.

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  • iPad Air 2: This is the most expensive tablet on the list but it is one of the cheapest in the Apple range. It makes it onto the list because of its specifications. First, you get the brilliant iOS 8 operating system. The screen is 9.7 inches, it is lightweight and compact, and its functionality is slick.

 

 

 

  • amazon-fire-hdAmazon Fire HD: You need to know the limitations of this tablet before buying it (such as not being able to access as many apps as you can with other tablets), but if that doesn’t bother you it is a fantastic tablet for the price.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • LG G Pad 7: If you want to move up a few steps from the Amazon Fire HD in order to get a bit more flexibility, the LG G Pad is a good option. It is still low cost and comes with good specifications. Plus you can access a much wider range of apps.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a tablet that will meet your needs—it is about getting good value and the best possible deal.

 

 

 

 

 

Prepaid Phones Vs Contract Phones

November 2nd, 2015

Virgin Mobile CouponsPrepaid phones vs contract phones. Which one is the right choice for you?

When you are buying a phone you have lots of options to choose from – the type of phone, the network, etc. But before you start looking at any of that you have to choose between getting a prepaid phone or a contract phone. What are the pros and cons of both, and which one is best for you?

Benefits Of Prepaid Phones

Let’s first look at why you should choose a prepaid phone. The main benefit is that you are not locked into a contract so you have much greater flexibility. With a contract phone, on the other hand, it is not uncommon for users to be locked in to their deals for as long as two years.

Another benefit is that you only pay for what you use. In many contract arrangements the user is offered loads of minutes bundled up in their plan, but often they don’t use those minutes. Prepaid phones work on a pay as you go basis, so nothing is wasted.

Often it is also cheaper in the long run to get a prepaid phone, even when you buy an expensive handset. Let’s look at the figures. A typical contract deal might be $35 a month with a free $500 handset included. You have to sign up for two years though so over the course of the contract you will pay $840. Depending on how much you spend each month on a prepaid phone, it might actually be cheaper to pay for the phone upfront.

You can find discounted phones and accessories at Cellular Country Coupons 2015.

Benefits Of Contract Phones

So, why would you choose a contract phone if there are so many benefits to using a prepaid option?

The handset is one of the first things to look at. We have already established that it may work out cheaper to buy the handset upfront on a prepaid deal, but that assumes that you have the money available to buy the phone. If you don’t have the cash to spare, and you want a particular handset, a contract phone is a good option.

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Another benefit of contract phones is their convenience. With a prepaid phone you have to ensure that the phone is topped up with minutes, plus it is easy to run out, often at a time that is inconvenient. With a contract phone you don’t have any of these worries.

Which Option Should You Choose?

You have to look at all the details of the deal when making your decision. This includes whether you have a coupon code or promotional code for the website that you are using. You also have to look at the cost of the handset, and how much your actual (not potential) monthly usage will cost. When buying online you also have to factor in things like whether you are getting free shipping or not.

Cost is the most important factor though, because you can use the same phones and the same networks whether you are on prepaid or contract. Monthly costs, costs over time, usage costs, discounts codes, etc. all need to be analysed so you can decide which is best.

Traveling Cheaply

October 25th, 2015

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Traveling to unfamiliar destinations is indeed a wonderful thing. In every new place you travel to, you will have the chance to learn a different culture, meet different people, and try new things. However, traveling, especially to faraway places, can be costly. Thus, most people would not even try to go to the destination of their dreams. In reality, traveling doesn’t have to be very expensive if you follow a few simple steps.

 

 

 

 

 

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Look for Discounted Flights

You can book your flight directly in the airline’s website and at the same time use promotional coupons to get a discount. For example, you can look for Emirates promotional code, American Airlines promotions. This way you might be able to get a better deal directly through the airline than online travel agencies. Alternatively, you can find some online travel agency coupons by searching Expedia promotion code or Travelocity promotional code. Bear in mind that some promotional offerings are available only for a limited time and certain seasons. As a result, it is a good idea to make your travel plans during those promotional periods.

 

travelocity couponsLook for Hotel + Fight Package Deals

Many airliners will give you discounted pricing if you also book a hotel room with them. This only makes sense if the packaged pricing is cheaper than booking everything separately, so it doesn’t hurt to compare prices for packaged deals and separate bookings. One thing to keep in mind it can be difficult to apply promo codes for packaged deals, because those deals are usually offered as an already discounted promotion.

 

 

Find Restaurant Deals

You probably would not explore your travel destination without sampling the local cuisine. If you want to keep your cost to a minimum, use local restaurant coupons. Usually, hotel front desks and tourist information centers will have some coupons for nearby restaurants. Another cost saving thing you can do is to avoid eateries located close to your hotel, but instead to go further out and eat where the local people eat. Usually restaurants around resorts and touristy areas tend to charge a lot more than local residential areas. Websites like groupon promotion codes and living social discount code also have all types of restaurant deals for various destinations.

Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive, with a little research and due diligence any travel goal can be achieved without spending a lot of money.

 

 

Saving Money on Beauty Products

October 19th, 2015

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What’s the best way to save money on cosmetics?

Getting a beauty makeover doesn’t need to be expensive. You don’t have to spend your precious time and money going to an expensive salon or  buy a costly name-brand makeup. You can achieve your beauty goals inexpensively if you apply the following money saving ideas. Cosmetics are like a magic wand; they can transform your looks within minutes. However, with so many brands and wide range of choices, looking for an affordable and quality cosmetics can be a tedious process. Here are some helpful tips on how you can save a great deal of money while shopping for cosmetics.

Look for less expensive brands. A lot of women assume only expensive and well-known brands offer salon-quality products. Sometimes you can get the same result with off brand and less expensive items you can find in many online stores. You can find affordable beauty products in stores like Beauty Bridge, Benefit Cosmetics and E.L.F Cosmetics.

Cosmetics coupons

Look for coupons. You can find coupon codes in our site for many cosmetics stores. With some of these coupon codes you can get a discount on every item in the store or the coupons might only work for specific items. You may also find out that the product you’re looking for is already heavily discounted and as a result you can’t use a coupon. In this situation, look for a free shipping coupon in order to avoid any shipping charges. Use search terms like beauty bridge coupon code , benefit cosmetics coupons and ELF discount codes .

Shop at Bonus Time. Many cosmetics companies occasionally offer bonus gifts when you buy certain products or when you spend a specific dollar amount. You can find this information by visiting the merchant’s website directly or you can visit coupon websites like ours to get up to date information.

Sale Season. Many brick and mortar as well as online stores offer heavily discounted products during Black Friday, Cyber Monday or many national holidays. You can save as much as 70% during those sale seasons.

In summary, avoid expensive brands; use coupons whenever you shop, make use of bonus offers and shop during sale season.

 

Saving Money on Halloween

October 12th, 2015

Halloween Coupons How to Save Money on Halloween Decorations

Halloween is one of those holidays parents put a lot of energy in and most kids can’t wait to wear their fun costumes and make their homes look very spooky.

As Halloween is fast approaching many parents are looking for decorations and costumes to make the event as exciting as possible. It’s very easy to overspend your hard earned dollars buying all those decors and costumes, but if you are a thrifty shopper you can enjoy Halloween with minimal cost. Here are some things you can do to save money:

  • Make costumes with your kids

You can make use of old clothes, extra fabrics or old curtains that you have previously used. These could be turned into any costume you can imagine. You could also make use of the extra fabrics to make some scary decorations for your home. The kids can also design vintage decorations made with items that can easily be found around the house.

  • Take advantage of the fall harvest theme for decorating

For a fall harvest theme, make use of squash, Indian corn, and pumpkins for decorating your home than buying factory-made decors. After the pumpkins and squashes were used as decorations use them for cooking.

Aside from the decorations, apply the following tips in preparing for the goodies you want to give out on Halloween day:

  • Instead of giving out candy, why not give little toys or trinkets

As a parent, you want to prevent the spread of tooth decay in this particular time of  year. Thus, giving small toys or trinkets for the kids proves to be a great option. What makes this a great option is that you can find small toys or fun school supplies at wholesale prices online. These will end up costing you less than candies.

If you still want to give out some edible treats, fruit snacks or granola bars are good options. Make use of grocery store coupons for these treats to make them more affordable. They are a better and healthier alternatives for you to consider. It is also a good ideal to buy sale items as the holiday season is nearing its end, so that you can use them next year.

  • If  you want to buy candy, then buy in bulk.

Buying candy in bulk could also save you money. There are Halloween coupon codes that can be used to buy candy in bulk at online stores. You can search under Halloween in our site to find those coupons.

Also, instead of giving out big candy bars, you could go with miniature size treats saving you further money.

Halloween doesn’t need to be an expensive holiday. With careful planning and some creative thinking, it can be enjoyed within budget.