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Best of the Best

Over the course of the past month, I’ve been examining different companies that can help you look smarteat 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 smarteat 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.

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The Mother of All Races: The Spartan Race

Since 2010, athletes have been pushing themselves through some of the world’s toughest obstacle courses. Considered by most, a ‘true’ adventure race with a sprint (3+ miles), super (8+ miles) or beast (12+ miles) length to test anyone physically and mentally. With mud, water and other obstacles you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished a great task by the finish line. There’s even events for kids that allow the entire family to get involved. So who is considered the world’s best obstacle race? The Spartan Race. You’ll learn a little bit more about why this race is considered the world’s best and I’ll share a special 20% off code good until March 13th.
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Discovering the Undiscovered with Etsy

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.
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Wide Product Variety with Drugstore.com

Walgreens is one of the leading pharmacies in the US, but the volume of online sales is significantly lower, which is why they leverage the site Drugstore.com. Many of the same products you find in your local Walgreens you can find online through Drugstore.com. Many times when searching for specific products is nice to have a handful of different stores to examine to ensure you get the best deal. Families can save with Soap.com or you can just use Amazon to save 90% off, but sometimes leveraging a major brand’s affiliate company can be a good option too. What’s interesting, is many times major brands will have a ‘sister’ brand that acts as a portal for the same type of business. The marketing or branding tends to skew different than the main brand, but the products, and typically prices, tend to all be the same. Learn why leveraging the online shopping portal of Drugstore.com, and their massive product inventory, can help you save money.

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Contact Lenses for Less at Vision Direct

Vision Direct, which is powered by drugstore.com (a Walgreens affiliate), is determined to be the best online contact retailer. Their guarantee is such that you can feel confident you’re getting the best deal online with free shipping on all orders. There’s numerous other reasons why Vision Direct is worth comparing for your contact lens needs. Have you ever noticed that your healthcare provider gouges you on the cost for your contact lenses simply because they know you get an annual or bi-annual vision allotment? I’ve been wearing contact lenses since Sophomore year of High School and just like most people I have always ordered my contact lenses through my healthcare provider. I never thought to look outside of their offers simply because I knew I had a certain amount to use via my FSA or set vision allotment. It seems every time I go to purchase contact lenses I’m able to get less and less contacts for my allotment amount. Most recently, I was only able to get a 6 month supply through my healthcare provider and know it would be covered. That’s when I started looking outside of what my healthcare provider offered.
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