Point and Shoot Digital Camera’s Under $350

If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where your smartphone camera just won’t cut it, these point and shoot cameras are still small and light enough to bring along with you.


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The Canon PowerShot SX420 IS is a fixed lens point and shoot digital camera.  The 20.0MP 1/2.3″ CCD image sensor (with DIGIC 4+ image processor) gives you very high resolution, crisp and clear photos. It shoots video in HD 720p at 25 fps, which is good for most video applications, but not the best you can get. The SX420 IS has a 42x optical zoom which is the equivalent to a 24-108mm focal length.  Built in Intelligent IS Image Stabilization reduces shaking while walking or zoomed in. Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC allows you to share your photos and movies with any linked smartphone or tablet wirelessly. You can also remotely control the camera from your mobile device using the Camera Connect app. On the rear of the camera is a  3.0″ 230k-dot rear LCD monitor for composing your photos, changing camera settings and reviewing photos and videos you’ve already taken. This camera uses a rechargeable battery (NB-11LH)- one battery and a battery charger are included, but it’s a good idea to have at least one additional battery to swap out if you’re going to be taking lots of photos and/or video. Compared to other similar cameras, this is one of the lighter options at .72 pounds.

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This Canon PowerShot SX420 IS package deal includes several accessories –

  • Padded Camera Case
  • Spare Battery
  • Spare Charger
  • Hand Grip
  • Gripster Tripod
  • The Imaging World Micro Fiber Cleaning Cloth
  • SanDisk 64GB High-Speed SDXC Class 10 Memory Card
  • Card Reader
  • Memory Card Wallet
  • Screen Protector
  • Vidpro Digital Camera Cleaning Kit


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The Canon Powershot SX530 is another fixed lens option, and also has the Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor, at 16MP. The 50X optical zoom gives you the equivalent of a 24–1200mm lens, meaning you can get amazing quality shots from a great distance. This offers the same Wifi with NFC as the Powershot SX420 above, but records video at a higher quality 1080P Full HD. Slightly heavier than the SX420 at .97 pounds but still small and light enough for a medium sized purse.


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Niklon’s Coolpix B500 takes great photos with it’s 16MP low-light sensor with Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction. The incredible 40x optical zoom gives you super telephoto power, then Dynamic Fine Zoom, an enhanced digital zoom, effectively doubling to an 80x zoom. This shoots full HD 1080P video with stero sound and has a flip up LCD so you can hold the camera at various angles and still see what you’re shooting.  Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) are great for transferring and managing photos with a smartphone app. This weighs a bit more than the Canon cameras at 1.19 pounds but should still be a manageable day to day camera. Unlike the two Canons, this camera uses 4 AA batteries instead of a rechargeable battery, so be sure to bring extra.


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Whichever camera you choose, this ultra fast SanDisk SDXC UHS-I SD card will give you plenty of space at better performance at higher speeds.

The Best Laptops For Students

You don’t need to break the bank to find your student an affordable laptop that still has enough power for research, word processing and other basic tasks.

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If you’re looking for a basic laptop for a younger student at a reasonable price, this may be the laptop for you. The Core i3-7100U CPU (2.4GHz) and 4GB of DDR4 RAM (expandable to 32GB) provide enough power for light multitasking, but not enough power for more than basic gaming.


The 1TB hard drive is a large amount of space at this price, especially compared to most chrome books that don’t offer more than 64GB. It includes two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a VGA connection, an Ethernet jack, and even a USB-C (USB 3.1) port. The 15.4″ screen offers 1080P video at 1920 x 1080 resolution, so it plays HD movies easily. But this laptop has integrated graphics so it won’t be good for more than basic gaming. Battery life is excellent at over 8 hours, almost double the 4:25 the more expensive Dell Inspiron 15 5000 offers. All in all, for a student who needs to do internet research, type papers and do projects for school, this is a very affordable option.




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The Acer Aspire E15 High Performance 15.6” Full HD Laptop (2018 Edition) offers very good performance at a lower price than most competitors. It features the 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500 Processor (2.7GHz, 4MB Total Cache, can be overclocked up to 3.50 GHz) and 8GB DDR4 Memory (up to 32GB Maximum).  Just like the other two laptops mentioned above, this Acer comes with a 1TB hard drive with plenty of space for a studnet to store school documents, photos, music and movies. There’s also an SD card slot for transferring those files to and from a smartphone, tablet or digital camera. And speaking of cameras, this laptop comes with an HD webcam, great for video chatting and collaborating with groups working on school projects together. For ports, it offers a 1 x USB-C 3.1, 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, for a total of 4 USB ports,  1 x HDMI so you can connect it to an HD or 4K TV, and a headphone/microphone jack. There is no DVD drive in this unit, but that reduces both the heat created and the weight, which is 4.92 pounds. 


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This New HP Notebook has an AMD Quad-Core E2-7110 APU, (1.8GHz) and 4 GB DDR3L-1600 SDRAM system memory and comes with Windows 10 home 64 bit installed. The 500 GB SATA hard drive should be enough storage space for documents, photos and music, and you can read and burn CD’s and DVD’s with the SuperMulti DVD/CD Burner. This HP has a 15.6″ HD BrightView WLED-backlit display so streaming from Netflix or Amazon Prime video looks amazing. It has a built in Front-facing VGA webcam with integrated digital microphone,  a full-size island-style keyboard with numeric keypad,  and the touchpad supporting multi-touch gestures without on/off button. For ports, it’s got 1 x Ethernet port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x headphone/microphone jack, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, and 1 x USB 3.0 port. 


These are all good laptop deals for the average student who isn’t doing any gaming, photo or video editing and only needs to research, check email and write some papers for school.

Amazon Prime

Most people are aware that Amazon Prime saves you money on shipping by offering free 2 day shipping or overnight shipping for $3.99 on millions of items. As a small business owner I shop on Amazon weekly and the savings on shipping easily covers the cost of my Amazon Prime subscription. But Amazon has added lots of other features to Prime that are included in the cost of an annual subscription.

Amazon Prime Video is streaming video service with access to movies and TV shows, new releases and dozens of original Amazon series. similar to Netflix but included in your Amazon prime subscription.


Amazon’s unlimited photo storage is my favorite feature of my prime subscription after the free 2 day shipping. I have an entire post dedicated to the features of Amazon Prime Photos, so click here to check it out. 

Also included with your prime subscription is Prime music, offering on demand, ad free music.

Access to thousands of books and magazines on your Kindle, phone or tablet.


Watch your favorite game streams and get discount on new and pre-ordered boxed video games. 

Early access to lightning deals, which can be the difference between getting a deal and missing out on it.

Millions of items eligible for free two day shipping or $3.99 overnight shipping.

Amazon also continues to add more features to their Prime subscriptions, making it a great bargain for anyone who shops online regularly, wants to store large amounts of photos online, and wants to stream music and movies.

Best Charging Cables For Your Smartphone or Tablet

There are a variety of reasons you may be looking for a new charging cable for your smartphone or tablet. Chargers and their cables often get lost, or worse yet get damaged or broken. And then there are times when your charging cable is just not long enough.

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These great cables from Anker solve all these problems. I’ve been using them for years and won’t buy a cable for my smartphone or tablet from any other company. The cables have reinforced stress points, a special double-braided nylon exterior, toughened aramid fiber core and laser-welded connectors which equip PowerLine+ with superior toughness from end-to-end and allow 10000+ bend lifespan. 


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You can choose from several different colors, including black, white, red and gold. This can be helpful if you want to tell which cable belongs to a certain person or designate a color to a certain device.  If you have some android and some apple devices, you can use different colors for each format. And the cables come in 3, 6 and 10 foot lengths, so you won’t be forced to sit right next to the power outlet anymore. Longer cables are also good for routing behind furniture or your desk.


Devices also charge quicker with these cables than other replacement cables due to Anker’s Powerline technology.

These are great cables for your home, office and car, and they make great gifts and stocking stuffers. After all, who can’t use a longer, more durable charging cable for their devices?



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