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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    10 Things you may want to Bring when Staying in an AirBnB

    Planning a vacation soon? Looking to avoid expensive hotels in favor of more private, less costly accommodations? That’s generally why people book AirBnB rentals or other vacation homes on sites like VRBO. Of course, staying in an AirBnB is...

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  • 9 Tips for Buying Back-to-School Laptops

    If you are shopping for a back-to-school laptop, be sure to check out our Laptop Deal Feed to find all the hottest deals. Also, read over these tips in order to help you understand what’s important to students...

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    The 7 Best Digital Freebies & Discounts for Students

    As students head back to college and high school, there are a ton of companies offering discounted services and products to students. Here’s a collection of our favorite digital subscription discounts for students: Three Months of YouTube...

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    Amazon Dash buttons will stop working on August 31, 2019

    If you currently have any Amazon Dash buttons around your home for ordering consumables like paper towels, candy or drinks, those pieces of white plastic will become useless at the end of the month. The Dash buttons...

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    What’s new in August 2019 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 to Netflix and Hulu as well as what’s arriving on Amazon Prime / Instant...

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  • Tax Free Shopping
    Here are the tax-free weekends coming up for 15 states

    In addition to saving money on product categories during specific months, 15 participating states have tax-free holidays that will allow you to purchase back to school items without paying additional taxes. However, be aware that there are...

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    7 Amazon Services & Discounts You May Not Have Known Existed

    While the many perks of an Amazon Prime membership are relatively well-known at this point, there are a number of Amazon services, programs and discounts that Amazon doesn’t really advertise much. We’ve collected our favorites and listed...

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Prime Day 2019

    Amazon Prime Day kicked into high gear during 2016, 2017 & 2018 bringing a barrage of awesome deals. Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day 2019. What is Amazon Prime Day? Playing off the Black...

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    10 Super Soakers & Water Toys to Beat the Summer Heat

    With temperatures soaring over 100 degrees in the summer, there’s nothing better than cooling off outside with a water fight. While there are a ton of different water guns and other aquatic toys you can use, we...

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  • Shut Up and Take My Money: Nintendo Switch Lite

    Announced this week for a September 20 launch date, the Nintendo Switch Lite is a less expensive version of the popular Nintendo Switch that sacrifices size and TV docking for a reduction in MSRP. Starting at $199 (as...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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    10 Tech Upgrades for the Bathroom less than $100

    While you can easily spend thousands on technological upgrades like advanced smart showers or smart mirrors, there are also plenty of ways to upgrade your bathroom without breaking the piggy bank. We’ve collected ten tech upgrades for your bathroom...

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  • 7 Products to Help your Dog Stay Calm During Fireworks / Thunderstorms

    Does your pooch run for the bathtub when Fourth of July fireworks start exploding outside? Does your pupper jump into your lap when loud thunder rips through the sky? Do you have to create a makeshift bed...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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