Author: Mike Flacy

    By day, I'm the Editor-in-Chief for The CheckOut in addition to being the content manager for Steve's Digicams and High-Def Digest. During my free time, I love to write about pop culture, home theater, digital photography, social media, mobile technology and cool gadgets!

    If you are interested in having The CheckOut crew review one of your products, send me an email to reviews at bensbargains dot net. (Of course, replace at for @ and dot for .)


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  • new-home
    Five Things You’ll Need When Moving from an Apartment to a House

    While some Americans are downsizing their lifestyle from expensive homes to cheaper apartments, what about upsizing? As the housing market rebounds, more people are thinking about buying their first home and saving up that 20 percent down payment....

    • Posted 6 days ago
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    What Would You Rather Do Than Your Taxes?

    Ever since the first tax filing day on January 31st, the tax season has been in full swing. For the next eight weeks, tax professionals will be hard at work digging through old receipts and looking for ways to...

    • Posted 2 weeks ago
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    Waste Not, Want Not: Best Deals to Buy in April

    The start of Spring always brings a new selection of seasonal deals, many of which are geared toward outdoor events such as exercise, home care and clothing that doesn’t have to be hidden by a heavy winter...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    22 Superbly Decorated, Pop Culture Easter Eggs

    Preparing for an awesome Easter egg hunt with the kids? Want to stand out from the crowd with cool decorations? Check out twenty-two wonderfully decorated Easter eggs with characters from movies like Star Wars and Ghostbusters, video...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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    Testing the Deal: OxyLED L100 LED Desk Lamp Review

    Earlier this week, Ben’s posted a deal for the OxyLED Smart L100 Eye-Care LED Desk Lamp (and the L120). Only the 2nd time the L100 has fallen to a price low of $32, we decided to pick one up to...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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    Prime Perk: Get 5% back on all purchases with the Amazon Store Card

    The Amazon Store Card is nothing new. The card and the horrific 25.99% APR that comes with it have been around for years. However, Amazon just added a new perk for Prime members, 5% back on all purchases...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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    Embrace the iMockery: 20 Hilarious Apple Watch Memes

    Need a snappy comeback to the endless barrage of Apple Watch status updates in your Facebook feed’s future? We are here to help. We’ve gathered up 20 of our favorite Apple Watch memes that poke fun at the...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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  • pancakebot
    Shut Up and Take My Money: PancakeBot Pancake Printer

    Finally, a way to print my breakfast! Created by Miguel Valenzuela, the PancakeBot is a unique batter dispensing system combined with a traditional griddle. Utilizing compressed air and a vacuum, the batter is dispensed based off a design that’s been uploaded from a SD...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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    Shut Up and Take My Money: Heat Map Microwave

    Developed by former NASA engineer Mark Rober, the Heat Map Microwave is a new twist on a kitchen appliance that’s gone relatively unchanged for the last twenty years. Utilizing an infrared camera built into the top of the microwave’s cook...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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    This is why guys shouldn’t dislike Valentine’s Day

    Wait just a minute, is Valentine’s Day actually easier for guys than we think? According to the results of our Valentine’s Day survey of 1,500 consumers, the answer is yes. Here’s why: The Plan: Nearly 7 out...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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    2015 Resolution: Ditch your cable modem rental to save big

    There’s never been a better time to rid yourself of crappy, overpriced, aging cable modem hardware that you are currently renting from your cable company. With disliked companies like Comcast jacking up rental fees by 25 percent starting January...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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    Ben’s Bargains Complete Guide to Managing Gift Cards

    Yet another holiday season has passed and many Americans have a new stack of gift cards to spend during post-holiday sales or throughout the year. Gift card spending reached an all-time high during 2014, hitting nearly 30...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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