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Making the ultimate cocktail is no piece of cake. And you’ll never get there unless you’re using the right tools. Let’s admit it, not everyone cooks a lot or knows their way around the kitchen. But those same people still might want to fix a mean drink! If this is you, then this blog is what you’re looking for.

Right off the bat, here are some things you will need to get started:

A good supply of ice
You can buy ice, but the ideal scenario is having a refrigerator that makes them for you. The worst scenario is using your own ice cube trays. If this is your only choice, buy a bunch of them, then deposit the ice into a big bin in your freezer so you have a bit supply.

A cocktail shaker
You can actually find some good ones at Target for about 20 bucks. Other options are of course to order online.

Muddler
You may or may not need this, depending on the type of drink you want to make. If you’re thinking Mojitos, then get a muddler for sure.

Hawthorne Strainer
Another essential item you see in all bars.

Jigger
This is essentially something that helps you measure how much alcohol you’re pouring. Important for newbies, but experienced people can do without it.

Blender
If you are thinking about making fruity drinks, you may need a blender.

Bar Spoon
Actually, any long spoon will do, but if you want to feel classy, get yourself a bar spoon.

Well that’s about it as far as a basic shopping list goes, at least to get you started on the right track. A good shopping site to find a lot of this stuff is Nextag, so you might want to check them out. In the subsequent posts I will go more into detail about where to go online to buy these products.

Now here is something for us all to aspire to:

The importance of good tires on your car

If you go out a lot, it’s important to make sure your car is in good condition so you don’t get stranded at night or worse yet, end up in an accident. Getting routine maintenance on your car is a given, but one thing you especially need to pay attention to is the condition of your tires.

Probably the simplest way to tell the condition of your tires is by giving them a visual inspection. The tread needs to be nice and thick so your car can get good traction on the road. A common way to tell if you have enough tread left is by inserting a penny into the tread. You read more about this penny technique at this site. If the tread covers part of Lincoln’s head, then you are still okay. If it does not, you should seriously consider buying new tires.

One thing that holds people back from buying new tires is cost. Including installation costs, you can expect to pay around $100 per tire or more. One way to bring down the cost of new tires is by purchasing them online. This is beneficial since you will be able to compare prices and find a store with the best price. In addition, there are many online coupons you can use, such as these great offers from Goodyear Tires, which you can get by going to http://hottiresavings.com/goodyear.php.

How to create a budget

One of the best ways to get a handle on your personal finances is by creating a budget. What exactly is a budget? Quite simply, budget is a financial plan. Most companies and small businesses create budgets, but by contrast, not that many individuals create budgets for their personal finance. Below, I will outline some steps you can follow to create your own budget.

Before you get started, you want to collect all documents related to your monthly finances, like bank statements, brokerage statements, phone and cable bills, etc. Once you do that, start listing everything that you spent money on over the past month. You will start to notice that some items, such as rent or utilities, are paid every month and remain relatively stable. These are called fixed expenses. On the other hand, things like entertainment and car repairs do not occur in such a regular way. These items are called variable expenses. On the whole, you will have more control over the variable expenses over the short term, so this is the area you may want to analyze and try to optimize in the near term.

One you have all your expenses written down, you must now account for all income that you receive. This is fairly easy to figure out, but don’t forget to include income from nontraditional sources such as dividends.

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Now that you have your income and expenses, you should subtract expenses from income and end up with a positive figure. If this figure is negative, you are spending more than you earn, and you must get out of such a situation as quickly as possible. Review your expenses and see how you can lower the amount you spend monthly. You need to keep making cuts until your expenses are in line with income.

You should use a spreadsheet program to create your budgets, or you can utilize personal finance software like Quicken. If you want to get a free trial of various personal finance programs like Quicken, Quickbooks, and Turbotax, make sure you check out this freebies site.

The best star wars video games of all time

If you’re a sci-fi fan and a gamer as well, you’ve probably played your share of star wars video games. The sad fact is that many of these games have not been that great. There are only three games over the past decade that I believe are must-play video games. Let’s take a look at them one by one.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR)
This game came out in 2003. It is a traditional role-playing game based on round-based action. What was really engaging about this game was the compelling storyline. The game takes place 4000 years before the events in Star Wars: A New Hope. This was a smart move by the game makers as it allowed them a certain amount of latitude and creativity. The game is very addicting, and the only downside is that it is over too quickly. (Expect about 15 – 20 hours of gaming before you reach the end).

Star Wars: Galaxies
This was the first Star Wars MMO and many people loved it for its sandbox elements. However, it underwent a lot of changes and eventually many fans were outraged by the modifications made to the game. The game was officially discontinued in 2011, but there are many emulator projects available online. Bottom line: If you want to still play this game, you can.

Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR)
This the the latest Star Wars MMO that takes place around the same time period as KOTOR. Greatly hyped, this game opened big but ultimately did not gain the number of users that were originally hoped for. Nevertheless, this game is huge, and can be played for free. The game is vast and complex, and there are many SWTOR guides (on everything from leveling, crafting, and acquiring credits) that you can purchase to hone your skills in the game. To learn more about this game, I recommend checking out SWTORbonanza.com.

How to get a Halo Cigs Coupon

As far as I’m concerned, Halo Cigs is one of the best e-cig brands. I like them a lot because their electronic cigarettes are well made and last a long time. The battery I’m currently using, the G6, has lasted me over 6 months despite daily use.

But what really shines are the cartomizers. I have used quite a few different cartomizers prior to trying Halo. Most would go bad rather quickly, and some gave off a strange, chemical scent. But that has not been the case with Halo. For some reason, their cartomizers seem to deliver a lot more flavor. In addition, they last about twice as long as the other cartridges I have tried out.

The only thing I don’t like about Halo is that they are a bit expensive. This, however, can be mitigated to some extent when you use Halo Cigs coupons. Where can you get such coupons? In many cases, they will be available on the Halo Cigs website itself. Other times, if you use Google or go to coupon sites such as e-cigbargains.com, you should have no difficulty finding them.

With all that being said, I encourage you to try out Halo if you use e-cigarettes. Although they are a little more costly compared to alternative e-cig companies, in my opinion, they are worth the extra money.

Is there an eHarmony free trial?

We’re all about saving money here at Ultimate Cocktails. But what about getting things for free? Free is always good, and today we will be talking about eHarmony, since, after all, nothing goes along with a good cocktail like a good date.
Eharmony's free communication weekend

Make no mistake, eHarmony is an expensive site to be a member of. People often wonder if there is an eHarmony free trial. After all, it’s only reasonable to want to check something out before handing over some serious cash.

The short answer is yes and no. I know that doesn’t say much, so let me explain. There are times when eHarmony lets everyone communicate for free. These times are referred to as free communication weekends and from what I can tell, they take place every month or two. During these weekends, you are not allowed to communicated in an unrestricted way. Rather, you can use a form of communication called guided communication. Note that even during times where free communication events are taking place, you can also engage in guided communication to some extent, but you won’t be able to view pics. Such restrictions are lifted during the promotional events, however.

Secondly, you can take their personality test and join the site at no cost. This will allow you to receive matches and create your profile, all for free. To find out more about how to open a free account, make sure you visit http://onlinedatingtrials.com/eharmony.php. As mentioned, you can do a limited amount of communicating, but don’t expect to get too far. If you want to message your matches freely, you definitely will need to upgrade your account. So all said, eHarmony does have a free trial of sorts, but it’s only good for getting a general feel for how the site works. If you want to really dive into online dating, unfortunately, you’ll have to pay the price of admission.

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Saving money on marketing your bar

This post is intended for current bar owners or bar managers. If you are in this group, you probably already use a printing service to get all those coasters, napkins, menus, and flyers printed out. But which printing company you select can affect your business in two very important ways.

Your bottom line
Printing is a big cost, any way you slice it. And if you select a pricey printer, it will definitely affect your bottom line. The solution? I personally recommend using online printing companies such as Vistaprint. There are many other online printing companies out there, and this is where a bit of research can go a long way. But Vistaprint is definitely one of the largest and most well-recognized companies. Their prices are quite reasonable, and you can even get some extra savings by using Vistaprint coupons.
How your business presents itself
You may think that as long as you hire a professional printing service, the quality of printing you receive will be similar. Not so. I have seen “professional” companies do quite amateurish work. Unfortunately, as a bar owner or manager, you may need to work with a number of printers until you find one that does a satisfactory job. Online, I recommend reading reviews and customer feedback on various sites to get a feel for which printer does a good job.

Now, with that said, let’s take a look at some of your choices:

Vistaprint
We already covered this one above, and they are definitely worth looking into. Cheap prices, good discounts, online coupons, and decent quality printing are their strengths. You can get coupons for Vistaprint here.
Overnight Prints
I like them when I need to get a job done quickly. As you’ve probably guessed by now, they specialize in printing stuff overnight.
Myriad Others
Keep trying different print shops online and you’ll soon have your own list of vendors you can trust.

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