Over the course of the past month, I’ve been examining different companies that can help you look smart, eat smart and spend smart with the goal of also helping you save time. It’s my belief that we’ve just hit the tip of the ice berg with the companies, features and products that can help you achieve one or several of these goals. As new discoveries occur, I’ll be adding these companies to my partners page for easy shopping access. On a more granular level, I’ll be scouring the web for some of the best deals on high quality products to help you look smart, eat smart while you spend smart. Hopefully my research will help you save time so you don’t have to spend your down time searching for products. If you have anything specific you’re thinking about purchasing or are on the look out for, feel free to drop me a line on our contact page or leave a comment and I’ll add it to my list of daily product searches. For the purpose of today, I’ll be showcasing what I believe are some of the best companies to buy specific products from and why they’re better than the competition.
If I was paid a dollar for every time that I heard, “They don’t make ‘x’ like they used to,” I’d be able to purchase a lot more handmade and vintage products. Sadly, with the outsourcing of manufacturing to overseas, to help cut costs and increase profits, larger corporations have almost completely lost their handmade appeal. Vintage products on the other hand, tend to go on cycles in terms of what style or era is most popular at the time. The easiest industry to see these trends are with clothing, but we’ve noticed it with all types of products (see the PT Cruiser). As eCommerce based businesses continue to grow, it’s allowing more and more businesses, and individuals, to grab a piece of the global economy. Businesses that were once relegated to the Famer’s Markets are now able to sell their products online. Since 2005, Etsy has been one of the global leaders in buying and selling unique handmade and vintage goods. With over 1.4 million unique sellers and upwards of 29 million products listed, you can literally find anything while supporting local or small shop individuals that are either selling for a hobby or to test their concepts out to the masses.
I’ve gone through hundreds of different workout plans and routines through various articles and information online. Often times, people get scared away when they hear the term ‘Bodybuilding’ because of the connotations it represents. You think of some really tan man or woman that eats like a twig or can bench 500 lbs on steroids with no ability to do anything functional except for walk across a stage. However, just like with marathon running, there’s a lot you can learn from the network of bodybuilders because they live, breath and eat working out. They’re constantly working on pushing their physical limits and are often times some of the top physical trainers and athletes in the world. Bodybuilding, in my mind at least, means exactly that; you’re building yourself the body you ultimately want to have. Since 2000, I’ve been going to Bodybuilding.com and leveraging them for their wealth of information about supplements and workouts. Even for a high school freshman pipsqueak like me I was able to start learning about various lifts, workout routines, proper diet and supplementation and could really dig in and get a comprehensive search for products. I’ll show you how I use Bodybuilding.com to workout and eat smart.
Since 2002, Wayfair has been the internet’s destination for everything home with more than seven million products from 7,000 different vendors available. The variety is overwhelming, but their customer centric social discovery and planning tools allows you to plot out exactly what you’re looking for in every room in the house. One of my favorite things to do when figuring out the design and layout of my home interior is to create a modern picture book with Pinterest. When I bought my house, I was trying to decide what kind of home furnishings and style I wanted to have. As a result, I scoured the internet and hoped the products I found were ‘pinnable’ so that I could come back and reference the products at another time. If only I discovered the home goods eCommerce super store two years ago, I might have saved myself a ton of time and hassle scouring the internet for household goods. See how you can leverage the Wayfair way to navigate the world’s largest online selections of furniture, home furnishings, décor and goods.
It’s possible to get designer quality glasses for only $95, never leave your home and help donate a free pair with Warby Parker. I’ve never really put my thought into what my glasses look like from a style perspective. I realize as someone that wants to look smart your glasses can speak to your style and personality. Personally, I choose to put a greater emphasis on my other accessories and leave the style of my glasses up to whatever is at my health care providers office. However, there’s a company that’s trying to change the eyewear industry for the consumers benefit. Cutting out the middle man and putting the control into the consumers hand without the need to go walk into the store. In fact, you can try on whatever pair you want in the comfort of your home for free and only keep what you like. Plus, they’re making an impact in the community donating a pair of glasses to someone in need for every purchased pair.