iPoll Quiz Results: Your Most Embarrassing Moments From School

This might come as a shock to you but I really don’t have an embarrassing moment from school. That’s probably because I was a bit of a theater geek and there’s not much we did that we thought was embarrassing. It turns that many iPoll community members weren’t so lucky. They had embarrassing moments that haunt them to this day. Clearly, time has healed some of the wounds of shame and now it is acceptable to laugh about it all. However, back then… shudders. That’s what makes the results of these quizzes so much fun: we all get to share. Here are some of the memorable moments you shared:

Gradutation

What are the chances nobody here had an embarrassing moment? Image Source: flickr user: FairbanksMike

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Written by Rick B.

March 27th, 2015 at 9:50 pm

Generating Extra Income: How to Make Money With a Blog

Have you ever thought about starting your own blog? Have you ever wondered how to make money with a blog? Guess what-it’s not that difficult. In the time it takes to read this post, you could probably get a blog up and running. Just click over to WordPress, and they’ll walk you through the process. Of course, setting up the blog is the easy part. The challenge lies in filling your blog with content, driving traffic, and making money. Let’s imagine that you’re going to create a fun blog that is going to attract quite a bit of traffic. The subject of your blog is somewhat irrelevant so long as you get the traffic. You could be generating content related to coupons, exotic pets or Barbies; the goal is to keep the content flowing. Suppose you do all that. Now the question becomes: how do you make money or, more importantly, how do you make enough money to live off of? Here are some ways you can generate income with a blog:

Blog

If you blog, you've got to get a blog button. Image Source: Flickr user Annie Mole

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Written by Rick B.

March 26th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Money-Making Tips: 4 Lessons to Learn from Girl Scout Cookie Sales

Have you bought your Girl Scout Cookies yet? We’re deep into Girl Scout Cookie season and the boxes are selling fast and furious (for the record, I’ve got my two boxes of Thin Mints and two boxes of Peanut Butter Patties all ready to go into an Easter Basket). The cookie drive is a big part of fundraising for the Girl Scouts. This year, not only have they gone digital with their sales, but they have also gone mass market by making the cookies available in grocery stores. Still, nothing beats helping out an awesome organization. Plus, there is a lot we can learn about running a successful business from Girl Scouts Cookie sales.

Cookies

These would not last long in my house. Image Source: Flickr user punctuated

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Written by Rick B.

March 25th, 2015 at 9:00 am

Make Easy Money By Turning Your Clutter Into Cash

In some parts of the country, there is still snow on the ground, and the temperature is below freezing. However, according to the calendar, spring has sprung. It’s a time to plant gardens, go on picnics and, most importantly, it’s time for spring cleaning. Nobody likes to clean; even clean freaks need a break. Maybe this year you can take a different approach to your spring cleaning. Instead of fighting against the drudgery, put a positive spin on your chores by using them to make easy money. You could do this by selling all of the detritus that you would normally throw out. Cast in this light, spring-cleaning can become very lucrative.

Clothes Clutter

There could be gold in this clutter. Image Source: Flickr user Lara604

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Written by Rick B.

March 24th, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Mobile Army Monday: The Quickest Route to Earning Extra Cash

Most pre-packed foods that we purchase in the grocery store come with microwave instructions. Snacks and dishes like popcorn and macaroni and cheese have been transformed by microwave use. Let’s not even get started on all the complete meals that can be prepared in the microwave. Does microwave food taste better? From a purely subjective standpoint, perhaps it does to some. It’s undeniable that in microwaving our food, we’re sacrificing something in terms of freshness. Because of all this microwaving, we now demand everything in the amount of time that it takes to turn a tuna sandwich into a tuna melt (a convenient 60 seconds). We now expect our computers to load faster, our Internet streams to run faster, and we balk at the injustice of having to wait in a traffic jam.

Of course, wouldn’t it be great to earn money in the same amount of time that it takes to microwave a meal? Just push a button and you earn ready cash. This hypothetical is actually a reality. With every iPoll Mobile Mission, you can earn reward money in minutes. iPoll makes it possible to complete a Mobile Mission and earn significant cash in less time that it takes to microwave some popcorn (2:40). I have certainly reaped these time-efficient benefits by completing my own color-coded missions.

New Cheetos

Mobile Missions lead you to unexpected discoveries. Image Source: Flickr user Mike Mozart

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Written by Rick B.

March 23rd, 2015 at 9:00 am

Beyond eBay: Save Money Online and Other Benefits of Opening a PayPal Account

First came eBay, then came PayPal. In order to deal with massive amounts of incoming bids, the online auction site had to come up with a smart way of processing and paying for orders. Before long, PayPal had become the largest online payment processor on the planet; that’s an impressive achievement. Thanks to PayPal’s system, other merchants across the Internet have begun to accept them as an approved method of payment (you might have noticed the PayPal icon popping up among the payment options at sites other than eBay). It appears that other online retailers are beginning to take note of the benefits of opening a PayPal account.

PayPal Home Page

PayPal makes paying easy. Image Source: Flickr user IvanWalsh.com

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Written by Rick B.

March 20th, 2015 at 11:00 am

Taking A Look at The Best Overseas Locations for Affordable Retirement

The fact that you’re retiring doesn’t mean you can’t see the world; some retirees decide to liquidate their assets, buy an RV, and travel across the country. That way, they bring their home wherever they go. It also allows them to discover new parts of the United States, (and a perfect way to add to you “states of the US refrigerator magnet” collection). Of course, you could broaden your horizons even further by retiring overseas, which in actuality is not as scary as you might think. Many countries welcome American seniors and even go to great lengths to provide a comfortable standard of living. Plus, is there anything more exciting than the prospect of living abroad? So, where can your retirement passport take you? The possibilities are endless.

Spain Beach

This could be a picture of your retirement. Image Source: Flickr user Timothy Tolle

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Written by Rick B.

March 19th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Best Places to Retire On a Budget in the U.S.

Are you ready to retire? Most people don’t start thinking about retirement until they are in their 40s. Conventional wisdom decrees that the smart approach is to start building up your “nest egg” in your 20s so that when you hit your 60s, you’ll be ready. However, the fact that you’re retiring doesn’t mean you have to stay put. A lot of retirees like to pick up and move to warmer climates and more affordable living spaces– that makes smart financial sense. The question then becomes: what are the best cities to retire to in the US?

Pittsburgh Bridges

Pittsburgh could be your retirement destination. Image Source: Flickr user Don O'Brien

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Written by Rick B.

March 18th, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Should Your Start-Up Business Be A Franchise?

What is your favorite place to grab a quick lunch? Subway? McDonald’s? Krispy Kreme? In addition to providing tasty treats, these businesses all operate as part of a franchise. What is a franchise? It’s a great way of jump-starting your own business. Instead of coming up with the perfect idea for a company, someone else has done it for you. Unlike starting a business at home, opening a franchise will require a much more serious investment of money and time. However, the rewards could be quicker, and more fruitful. To begin you franchise research, you might want to start at a franchise expo (think of this as the Comic Con of chain restaurants). Of course, many other businesses outside the food industry operate as franchises. Next up, consider the following benefits of opening a franchise:

Franchise Convention

Want to buy a franchise? This is the place to start looking. Image Source: Flickr user David

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Written by Rick B.

March 17th, 2015 at 9:48 pm

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Mobile Army Monday: Follow the Colors to Earn Some Green

This is the week that everybody goes green. At least for St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll want to doff something green so you can show your spirit; eating a green bagel or drinking a green beer would also count. If you really want to show your love for St. Patrick’s Day, you could also take a crash course in speaking elvish. That’s pretty close to being a leprechaun, right? The one kind of green everyone would love to embrace is the kind of green you would find in your wallet. You need to work for your green, but that doesn’t mean you always have to work hard. iPoll is all about the easy green. As it happens, this week you might have an opportunity to follow a lot of colors to earn rewards.

Green Chicago River

How Chicago residents celebrate St. Patrick's Day: they turn the river green. Image Source: Flickr user Alan Light

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Written by Rick B.

March 16th, 2015 at 12:00 pm