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!

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  • prime-day
    Amazon has pushed Prime Day into October

    As detailed by CNBC today, Amazon has pushed the planned September Prime Day date to early October due to the continuing strain coronavirus has put on suppliers. Third-party sellers received an email this week that encouraged sellers...

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  • Walmart will be hosting drive-in movies starting in August

    In a partnership with Tribeca (the company that runs the Tribeca Film Festival), Walmart has announced that 160 select locations around the United States will have their parking lots converted to a drive-in style movie theater. While...

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  • Shut Up and Take My Money: Level Lock Smart Lock

    One of the biggest drawbacks when transitioning to a smart lock is being forced into the limited design options of the smart lock creator. Level Lock aims to change this, by installing the smart lock tech in...

    • Posted 7 days ago
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  • online-shopping
    Here’s the Top 5 Credit Card Rewards for July – Sept. 2020

    While plenty of retailers have their own credit cards to earn a percentage back on a purchase or 0% interest for 6 to 12 months (along with astronomical interest rates if you don’t pay it off each...

    • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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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...

    • Posted 3 weeks ago
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    Amazon plans summer clothing sale for June 22

    Likely attempting to help clothing manufacturers get rid of additional inventory of summer clothing due to the closure of retail locations, the online retail giant has set a June 22 date for a “Fashion Summer Sale Event”...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
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  • amazon-delivery-porch
    10 Ways to Deter Thieves from Stealing your Amazon Packages

    With more consumers relying on online shopping rather than making numerous trips to retail stores, the number of people scouring neighborhoods looking to steal packages has increased as well. To help you safeguard your packages, we’ve complied...

    • Posted 1 month ago
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  • camping
    What to Buy (and what to avoid) on Memorial Day 2020

    We’ve put together a short list of the best categories of products to find on sale during the Memorial Day weekend promotions as well as the product categories you should avoid until another month. Check it out:...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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  • owning-home
    Real Estate: How to remove PMI early from your mortgage & save money

    If you purchased a house using a conventional loan & put up less than 20% for your down payment, you are paying PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) on top of your mortgage payment each month.  That insurance isn’t for...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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  • best-buy
    30 Ways to Save Money at Best Buy, online and in-store

    If you are spending money at Best Buy, there are plenty of ways to save your money (and time) when shopping. We’ve put together a list of thirty Best Buy-specific shopping tips to take advantage of when online at BestBuy.com...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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  • credit-card
    Here’s the Top 5 Credit Card Rewards for April – June 2020

    While plenty of retailers have their own credit cards to earn a percentage back on a purchase or 0% interest for 6 to 12 months (along with astronomical interest rates if you don’t pay it off each...

    • Posted 2 months ago
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