The Art of Haggling: How to Save Money and Score a Bargain

Have you ever experienced “buyer’s remorse?” This usually happens when you’ve made a big purchase and instantly regret spending all that money. Of course, you can also experience buyer’s remorse with a little purchase. Even if you go to one gas station where they charge $1.75 for a Diet Mountain Dew and then go to another where they charge $2.00, it can hurt. It’s for times such as these that you might want to develop your haggling skills. To haggle is to bargain for a new price. Preferably, that new price will mean awesome savings for you. Do enough haggling and you could end up with a substantial amount left in your accounts. Here are some tips to help you to step up your haggling game:

Bazzar

This is probably a great place to haggle. Image Source: Flickr user craigfinlay

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Written by Rick B.

January 21st, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Save On Food Costs This Year: Look Into Freezing a Side of Beef

If you’re like me, then you hate playing the “What’s for dinner?” game.  This is where you start opening cupboards and refrigerator doors around 5 o’clock to decide what can be consumed for that night’s repast. Often, you could throw your hands up in surrender and just order take-out. That is a very costly affair. It can also blow your diet. If you’re looking to save on food costs this year, then the first cuts you have to make is to scale back your take-out and dining out. (Sorry, favorite Italian restaurant around the corner.) However, that still leaves you with the challenge of what’s for dinner? If you like beef on the menu, then you could plan way ahead and save lots of money this year but simply freezing a cow. Technically, you would be freezing the butchered portions of a cow, but that would be enough to keep your family fed with many hearty meals and leave more money in your wallet.

Butcher Display

All this meat can be yours when you buy beef in bulk. Image Source: Flickr user holiday gems

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Written by Rick B.

January 20th, 2015 at 11:15 am

Mobile Army Mission: Get Into the iPoll Survey Habit

At the beginning of the year, we delved into the topic of resolutions. When you get right down to it, making a resolution is all about swapping out a bad habit for a good habit. Whether that means quitting smoking, or cutting back on chocolate or TV (heaven forbid!), the idea is to benefit from embracing that new habit. Your life should be better once you’ve adopted routines that are more positive. There is one habit that you can start which can actually earn you money: the daily check-in with iPoll. I know I can’t start my day without checking my iPoll app. Some of the Mobile Missions require a little legwork, while others can be accomplished while I slurp on my smoothie (which I am literally doing right now). Let’s do a rundown of what my iPoll app has in store for me:

Maple Glazed Bacon

Life is always better with bacon. Image Source: Flickr user jeffreyw

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Written by Rick B.

January 19th, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Amazing Celebrity Homes That Can Be Yours for the Right Price

There are a lot of perks associated with being a celebrity. Sure, they get bothered by the paparazzi a lot but that comes with the territory. The dirty little secret is that a lot of celebrities actually call up the photographers and tell them where they’re going to be so they will get their picture taken. As for the other big perk, it is real estate. Celebrities who are rolling in dough like to spend money on property (which is often a wise investment, really). Often you’ll find a pop star, movie star, or big TV star with several homes. They’ll purchase the homes, hire a decorator, make them amazing, and then hardly even step foot there. That’s how celebrities roll. Of course, all this flipping of properties means you can get in on a sweet celebrity-friendly neighborhood. You might not be able to hang with a celebrity, but you could live where they live… if you had several million dollars in your pocket.

Hollywood Home

Chances are somebody famous has either lived here or at least has stopped over for lunch. Image Source: Flickr user Alan Light

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Written by Rick B.

January 16th, 2015 at 11:35 am

Aiming for Gold: The Best Actor and Actress Oscar Nomination Roundup

Today is one of the busiest days in Hollywood. The Oscar nominations were announced early this morning and it’s time for film production companies to start campaigning. If you’re a movie studio, you’ll be reworking the TV spots for your movies to proudly proclaim how many nominations your feature received. If you’re an actor who has been nominated, then your whole team will spring into action. It is standard operating procedure for celebrities at a certain level to have an agent, a manager, a lawyer, and a publicist. For the Oscars, those celebrities will also be work with stylists to make sure they look just right. It is a flurry of activity leading up to the big night. From now until February 22, you can count on the following actors saying, “It’s an honor to just be nominated.”

 

Academy Awards red carpet

This is the gold that every actor seeks.Image Source: Greg Hernandez via Wikimedia Commons

 

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Written by Rick B.

January 15th, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Who Reported on Hollywood Scandals Before TMZ?

Today, if a celebrity gets into trouble while out in the public (and even behind closed doors), it’s very hard to keep that a secret. Between surveillance cameras, cell phone videos, and voicemails, there is an instant record of the “troubles” that can go viral. And once something has hit the Internet, it’s hard to take it back. A site like TMZ usually leads the charge when it comes to celebrity gossip. There are literally hundreds of these kinds of sites, but TMZ seems to be the go-to source for most celebrity scandals. Don’t think for a minute that reporting on celebrity gossip started with TMZ, though. In fact, reporting on celebrity gossip has been around as long as there have been celebrities.

Chatting Up

This is how gossip spreads the old fashioned way. Image Source: Flickr user Kaymar Adl

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Written by Rick B.

January 14th, 2015 at 12:09 pm

iPoll Quiz Results: Your Views and Opinions On Celebrity Culture

With the Golden Globe Awards being given out this last Sunday, the official Hollywood award season is underway. Aren’t you excited? Actually, this is a time of great activity for the studios as they scramble to put their stars and films front and center of the voting committees. Why all the hoopla? Yes, it’s always great to be recognized for artistic achievement. However, it is even greater to make money for it. Every picture that is nominated and/or wins an award can expect to see a bump at the box office. The same can be said for the stars. They get an instant pay raise for bringing home the gold! All of this means we’re going to be seeing a lot more news about celebrities in the coming weeks. More news about celebrities? Hard to fathom.

The celebrity culture of Hollywood is very much a part of our lives. Whether you pay close attention to the lives of the rich and famous or just have a casual interest, chances are you know most of the scandalous headlines. The hard working quizmasters at iPoll wanted to know your thoughts on celebrities. It was one of our most popular quizzes to date, with close to 10,000 responses. See where you might match up with your fellow iPollers.

Celebrity Attention

Who is getting their picture taken? They must be famous! Image Source: Flickr user Siebbi

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Written by Rick B.

January 13th, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Mobile Army Mission: Your Brush with a Star Could Be During Your Next Mobile Mission

One of the many benefits of living in Los Angeles is the likelihood of having the occasional brush with a celebrity. Yes, the weather is great and you can go to the beach to surf in the morning, then go to the mountains to ski in the afternoon. However, this is an industry town and that industry is making movies and television. It stands to reason that you’ll have that brush with a celebrity on a regular basis. Actually, it depends a lot on where you shop and hang out, but you would be surprised at who you can run into. This could also serve as motivation for engaging with your iPoll app. Taking on a Mobile Mission will not only put cash in your wallet, but it could help you get a celebrity selfie that will make your day.

Mr. Sulu

You just never know who you're going to run into at the grocery store. Image Source: Flickr user Max Talbot-Minkin

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Written by Rick B.

January 12th, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Taking a Look at New Laws On the Books for the New Year

Before you head off into the rest of 2015, the last New Year’s resolution you should perhaps consider is not to break any laws. I know it seems like a no-brainer. However, what if you are aware of a new law, and you end up breaking it unknowingly? Sadly, your “ignorance of the law” defense probably won’t carry you very far. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the new laws for 2015 so you will be prepared. We say ”some” because there probably isn’t enough space on our servers to cover all the laws. In California alone, there were 930 new laws signed by Governor Brown. Here are some interesting new laws from across the country to be aware of in 2015:

Big Cat

You won't be able to pose for a selfie with this kitty in New York. Image Source: Flickr user Koshy Koshy

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Written by Rick B.

January 9th, 2015 at 11:45 am

Fulfilling Resolutions to Consider in 2015

I don’t like avocados, but I love guacamole. It’s one of my many quirks. I mention this because yesterday the news was all a flutter about a recent study linking avocados to lowering your cholesterol. In fact, it only takes a few weeks of eating avocado to bring the numbers down. This fits in nicely with my New Year’s resolution of getting into better shape. My last check up put me at the borderline of bad cholesterol, so bring on the guacamole!

Yesterday we also talked about how time management can help with increasing your family time. If the only two resolutions you keep this year were to get into better shape and spend more time with the family, then you would be doing all right. However, why stop there? There are some other great resolutions you can add to your list that are actually quite easy to keep. Consider adding these changes to your resolution portfolio:

Learning To Cook

Learning something new and getting a meal. Win/win! Image Source: Flickr user jwalsh

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Written by Rick B.

January 8th, 2015 at 12:15 pm