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By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
Between Christmas cards, family photos, party invitations, and other seasonal projects, the holidays drink up a lot of printer ink. Unfortunately, a la the shaving industry, printer manufacturers make their money off high-priced replacement cartridges, rather than the devices that make use of them. Cheaper ink is out there, though, and "the secret" that printer companies don't want you to know, according to PC Mag, is that it can serve just as well as their expensive cartridges.
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Online ink retailers sell low-cost cartridges in two varieties: remanufactured cartridges and compatible cartridges. The latter are made by third-party manufacturers. Although they are designed to work with specified printers, sometimes customers find themselves with a dud. Remanufactured cartridges, by contrast, are recycled brand-name cartridges. Quality can still vary, however. Whereas some remanufacturers have strict quality-control systems in place, others may simply refill and ship out.
Online retailers also peddle OEM cartridges from the original equipment manufacturers (i.e., the printer companies). These are by far the most expensive ink refills because they carry the brand name of the corresponding printer. In some cases the quality may be higher, as well, but it's a tradeoff some consumers are happy to make. That's because remanufactured and compatible cartridges can save shoppers more than 75 percent over OEM cartridges.
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Cheapism.com recommends three online ink sites that sell cartridges for as low as $6 each. They also reward customers who place large orders with free shipping, but be cautious about ordering more than you need. Ink can slowly dry out, and a wasted cartridge left sitting on a shelf could wind up costing more than you saved on shipping.
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- Fri, Mar 14, 2014 3:00 PM EDT | CommentsA teenager from Louisville, Ky., is teaching his 80-year-old great-grandmother about the joys of social media before she passes away. Following Grandma Betty's recent lung cancer diagnosis, her grandson, Zach Belden, created an Instagram to feature photos of the octogenarian and her late-husband. From those first #TBT posts the account evolved to include snapshots of a day in the life of Grandma Betty that include her taking naps, watching "Law and Order SVU," snapping selfies with her children and grandkids, and getting her hair done. Zach also captures cute videos of the elder doling out wise advice and observations, dancing to her favorite music (appropriately filtered in black and white), as well as more contemporary hits like Pharrell Williams' "Happy" (the award winning music producer even started following the account after seeing it). @grandmabetty33 has quickly accumulated a massive fanbase and currently has almost 23,000 followers. "I'm glad I get to share her story," Zach told WDRB. "Because I want to remember her forever." — Lauren Tuck, Shine Staff
- Fri, Mar 14, 2014 12:07 PM EDT | Comments
Kate Moss has been a household name for so long it's somewhat surprising to learn she has a sixteen-year-old half-sister, Charlotte, entering the modeling world. When Lottie—that's her nickname—was born in 1998, big sister Kate had already racked up hundreds of magazine covers, two high profile relationships (including her famous five year affair with Johnny Depp), several scandals, and was en route to becoming the most famous model of all time. Lottie, on the other hand, entered the public eye as a 13-year-old bridesmaid at Kate's highly-publicized 2011 wedding to rocker Jamie Hince. Her ethereal looks and uncanny likeness to Moss have already made waves in the modeling industry, and she's finally going public in a big way, with a photo shoot and interview in the April issue of Teen Vogue. Here's a quick, revelatory rundown of what we learned from this fresh-faced up-and-comer. — Charlotte Rudge, Shine Staff.
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- Fri, Mar 14, 2014 6:47 PM EDT | CommentsBy: Ivy Jacobson for TheNest.com Phil and Claire Dunphy's home is for sale, but surprisingly, Phil isn't the realtor (but will always be a man who cares). The Modern Family couple's home in LA (used for exterior shots) is on the market for $2.35 million dollars, so if you've always dreamed of being a part of the Dunphy clan, this may be your only chance.
The four bedroom and bathroom (plus powder room) home is located in the coveted LA neighborhood of Cheviot Hills, and is described by listing agent Mitch Hagerman as being "charming, gorgeous, cozy and family-oriented."
Sounds perfect to us. Until we can rustle up a few million dollars to possibly have Gloria, Mitchell and the rest of the gang over, these beautiful interior shots will have to suffice.
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- Fri, Mar 14, 2014 6:03 PM EDT | CommentsBy: Ivy Jacobson for TheKnot.com There's nothing better than a highly-anticipated TV wedding - especially when fun ceremony and dress photos are released beforehand. Here's what we have to look forward to with Mitch and Cam, Barney and Robin and… Lindsay Lohan?
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- Fri, Mar 14, 2014 5:55 PM EDT | CommentsHouzz, one of our favorite websites, recently released the results of their kitchen trends study. The home decor site polled 7,812 registered Houzz users in the U.S. and Canada who are either planning to or currently in the middle of remodeling their homes. While some results weren't that surprising (wood floors and kitchen islands are high on homeowners' wish lists), other stats threw us for a loop.
Read on to see the results of their research-and if they align with your 2014 renovating plans:
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- Fri, Mar 14, 2014 5:00 PM EDT | Commentsby Madeline Alford
Admit it, we've all had those mornings where you wake up just a tad "under the weather." With St. Patrick's Day happening on Monday and plenty of celebrations undoubtedly happening this weekend, the forecast guarantees the need for sunglasses in my future. We picked the 15 best sunglasses for covering up any evidence of the fun time you had the night before. Click through to shop our picks!
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- Wed, Mar 12, 2014 12:29 PM EDT | Comments
You probably have an old bottle of cinnamon shoved in your pantry, hauling it out only to top off pumpkin pies or cappuccino, but you may not realize the tasty spice is in your makeup bag and on your vanity, too. Among the humble kitchen staple's many uses: It fights acne, encourages hair growth, it repels bugs, reduces tension, stimulates blood flow, helps brain function, improves memory and focus, heals tissue, and fights infection. Plus it makes your lips look plump and sexy.
In ancient times cinnamon was as sought-after as gold. It was often given to kings and queens as well as left as offerings in holy temples for the gods. Long story short: It's one awesome spice. (Just don't use it for a ridiculous YouTube challenge.) Here are seven cinnamon-infused beauty products to enhance your body, inside and out. — Charlotte Rudge, Shine Staff
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