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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  • mattress-09
    What not to Buy on President’s Day (and what to buy instead!)

    Shopping on President’s Day this weekend? If so, we’ve got some great tips for you. Many of these deals can be found starting on Friday Feb 16th and going all the way through President’s Day on Monday...

    • Posted 5 days ago
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  • LG-G6
    Amazon pulls all lock screen ads from Prime Exclusive smartphones

    Starting on February 7, Amazon is removing all advertisements that appear on the lock screen of smartphones in their discounted Prime Exclusive section. A software update will roll out to remove all ads from existing devices and newly purchased...

    • Posted 2 weeks ago
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  • What’s new in February 2018 on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu

    Interested in what movies and television shows will be added to your favorite streaming service this month? We’ve compiled an extensive list of everything coming and going on Netflix and Hulu as well as what’s arriving on Amazon Prime...

    • Posted 2 weeks ago
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  • toysrus
    Toys R Us will close 20% of U.S. stores: Here’s the list

    Related to Toys R Us ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization issues, the toy retailers has made a decision to shutter roughly 20 percent of retail locations within the U.S. If you are searching for toy deals at those locations,...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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  • bank-america
    Cost Alert: Bank of America adds $12 fee to e-banking checking accounts

    Announced this week, Bank of America is ending free checking for e-banking accounts that don’t maintain a minimum daily balance of $1,500 OR have a monthly direct deposit of at least $250. Bank of America will start charging customers...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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  • amazon-prime-box
    Amazon raises the price of Prime to $12.99 a month

    If you are subscribing to Amazon Prime month-by-month, Amazon has some bad news for you. Starting today, the price for a monthly subscription rises from . Roughly an 18 percent increase in cost, this shift will likely...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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  • student-loans
    Refinancing Student Loan Debt could save you Thousands

    According to a 2016 study, nearly 70 percent of seniors achieving an undergraduate degree will leave college with more than $35,000 of student loan debt! Resulting in monthly payments around $350 (average in 2012), that’s a decent chunk...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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  • crib-ad
    Want a discount on a baby crib? Just pee on this magazine

    IKEA may be getting a little too creative with their marketing. The furniture retailer has launched a new ad campaign that prints a pregnancy test on a page of a magazine ad. Basically, women can pee on...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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  • cars3
    What’s new in January 2018 on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu

    Interested in what movies and television shows will be added to your favorite streaming service this month? We’ve compiled an extensive list of everything coming and going on Netflix and Hulu as well as what’s arriving on Amazon Prime...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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  • gift-cards
    The Complete Guide for Managing Your 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 increased a bit in 2017, hitting roughly 27.6 billion...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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  • snacks-drinks
    Want to thank the folks delivering your holiday packages? Here’s one way

    Due to the rise in popularity of online shopping, this time of the year is the hardest on delivery drives with companies like UPS, FedEx and the United State Postal Service. The USPS alone will deliver roughly 750...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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  • The Last Jedi
    Everything you need to wait in line for the new Star Wars movie

    If you are as excited as we are for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we’ve put together a list of gear that will be helpful for standing in line as you watch the seconds tick on your...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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