Food Festivals For Affordable Family Fun

Summer is a great season for festivals. On any given weekend, you’ll find some kind of festival happening somewhere. The big draws are the music festivals like Coachella or Bonnaroo. Those can be great if you don’t mind huge crowds or paying crazy ticket prices. Of course, if you’re hitting the road with your family this summer, a musical festival might not be the best destination. However, a fun food festival could hit the spot. Where to go, and what’s on the menu? We’ve got the answers!

Pie

This is the kind of pie that awaits at The National Cherry Festival. Yummy! Image Source: flickr user: jeffreyw

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Written by Rick B.

May 28th, 2015 at 6:26 pm

How To Plan A Fun Road Trip

“No matter where you go, there you are.” Truer words have never been spoken. Thank you, Buckaroo Banzai (watch it today!). If your ideal summer vacation involves a road and a trip, then you’re not alone. Many folks enjoy taking to the highways and byways to discover what’s great about America. Thankfully, there is plenty to discover, no matter where your starting point will be. A road trip can be a lot of fun for a family and create the kind of memories that last a lifetime. Why else would road trips be the basis for a great many movies? Well, we’re here to help you plan your own summer road trip. As with most things in life, it will help to have a budget. You should figure out what it will cost in gas, food, and lodging, and try to stick to that budget. Always remember, the destination is not as important as the journey.

Dinosaurs

You can't drive by this place without stopping for a picture. Image Source: flickr user Sam Howzit

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Written by Rick B.

May 27th, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Posted in General Topics

Money and Stress-Saving Vacation Hacks

If you’ve been paying close attention over the past couple of months, then you should have gotten some great ideas about saving money. We’ve suggested ways to get a household budget up and running. We’ve also shown how you can make extra money on the side. There was even a great list of things you could sell from your home. If you put any of those plans into action, then you could be sitting on a nice bundle of savings. Time for a vacation, right? Actually, it is, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend everything you’ve worked hard to earn. Just because you’re going on a holiday doesn’t mean you can’t continue with the money saving. Because there are also plenty of vacation hacks that will go a long way towards reducing your spending and stress levels. After all, you’re supposed to be chilling out, right? Take a gander at these great vacation hacks for your upcoming summer trip:

 

Beach Time

Mom and dad are chilling. The kid is occupied. Perfect vacation. | Image Source: flickr user Ian D. Keating

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Written by Rick B.

May 26th, 2015 at 5:45 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Don’t Get Frozen Out From The Rewards

Full disclosure: It’s not Monday. Well, technically when you read this post it will be Monday (or beyond) but as of this writing it is actually Friday afternoon. This is a long weekend that I hope to take full advantage of. That means not working on Monday.  Actually, I’m glad it is Friday instead of Monday, because as I checked in with my iPoll app just moments ago, I realized I have a lot of potential Mobile Missions to complete this weekend that could earn me some serious bank. Not the least of which is the special month-long beta test for the iPoll app I just signed up for. I’ll know shortly if I’m selected, but I would advise you to get in on this action ASAP. Just for having iPoll on your phone (which you should already have) and listening to the radio (which you all do), you can earn a whopping $30! That’s almost crazy–but then when it comes to crazy earning, iPoll never disappoints. The goal is to get in before the slots are filled up. You don’t want to be frozen out of this Mobile Mission. Speaking of frozen…

Barbeque

My weekend should look a lot like this. How about yours? Image Source: flickr user: Steven Depolo

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Written by Rick B.

May 25th, 2015 at 10:00 am

iPoll Quiz Results: Lifeboat, Round 2

How many times have you played, “If you were stranded on a deserted island…?” Usually, you’re asked what movie to bring, what book to read, what song to listen to or what food you would eat for the rest of your life. I’m sure there are many of us who would love nothing better than to be stranded on a deserted island with a single movie, book, song, and food. Actually, I’d probably be good for a week (I hear television reception’s not that great, though). Here at iPoll, we love that hypothetical question, but we take it one step further, as in, “Who would you throw over out of a lifeboat?” Now obviously, we don’t condone anyone being tossed out of a lifeboat. It’s all in good fun. With that being said, you won’t believe who got tossed over in this second round of lifeboat!

 

Rowboat

I prefer my lifeboats to be on land, thank you. Image Source: Flickr user r. nial bradshaw

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Written by Rick B.

May 22nd, 2015 at 9:48 am

Posted in General Topics

Get Your Teen Ready For Their First Job

Now that summer is upon us and you’ve got some good ideas for your kid for their first summer job, the question then becomes: are they ready for that job? It’s a lot to ask a kid to go from unemployed to employed, and all that entails. Remember your first job? Remember the freak-outs and paralyzing fear? I sure do. Before your teen heads off to work, you can get them ready with a little prep. Actually, this prep can begin long before they reach the teen years. Here’s an approach you can take to get your kid ready for their first job:

Fast Food

If your kid works here this summer, make sure they bring home Sonice Blast with Oreos! | Image Source: Flickr user Mike Mozart

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Written by Rick B.

May 21st, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Terrific Summer Job Suggestions For Teens

Could this be the summer your teen gets their first real job? If they’ve been the industrious type, then perhaps they’ve already been doing jobs around the neighborhood, like mowing lawns or shoveling snow. (I would also add delivering newspapers, but I think it would be counterproductive to toss iPads on everyone’s front porch!) Those first odd jobs can certainly get them ready for the big summer job. This is where they might actually have a boss, punch a time clock and even have a performance review. Best of all, they’ll be making their own money, so you won’t have to pay for every little thing! So, where can your teen go to work? As it happens, there are a lot of wonderful options:

Summer Job

It might not look like it, but this is actually work. Image Source: flickr user: Tony Alter

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Written by Rick B.

May 20th, 2015 at 8:00 am

How To Teach Your Children About The Value Of Money

From a kid’s perspective, money is nothing short of pure magic. You go to a store, you find something you want and this money thing, whether plastic or paper, lets you bring it home. Try that with Harry Potter’s magic wand! (Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work.) At some point, you’re going to want to teach your children about the value of money–though it might help to start them out after they’ve learned to count a bit. After all, money is in the numbers, right? Once you hit that stage, here are some great ways to teach your children about the value of money.

Kid Job

Was your first job at the lemonade stand? Image Source: flickr user: eren

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Written by Rick B.

May 19th, 2015 at 5:45 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Earn Fast Cash Rewards Every Day

Are you a planner or procrastinator? If you have to think of the perfect answer to that question, then you’re probably a planner. If you’ll get around to answering later in the day, then you’re probably a procrastinator. But when it comes to scoring cash with iPoll, you might want to bring out your planning tendencies. That’s because a lot of the Mobile Missions and surveys have time limits on them. In other words, if you snooze, you lose. It would be horrible to miss out on a huge cash reward because you didn’t plan out your Mobile Missions. Perhaps the following guide can help:

New Flavor

Oreo Red Velvet: Perfect product for scavenger hunt and tasty, too! Image Source: flickr user: Mike Mozart

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Written by Rick B.

May 18th, 2015 at 9:21 am

iPoll Quiz Results: Pet Tales

An iPoll quiz can take many forms. We might ask about your movie preferences or who should be thrown overboard from a hypothetical lifeboat. You could be asked to share the worst thing you ever ate or the most embarrassing moment from high school. One thing is for sure – every time you participate in a quiz, you are automatically entered into a sweepstakes drawing that could see you score a hefty infusion of cash into your iPoll rewards account. Our latest quiz asked iPollers to share pictures and tales of their pets. Clearly, you don’t need a sweepstakes for that! Here are some of the memorable tales.

Pets

You know the minute you leave, this gang is up to no good. Image Source: Flickr user Tim Fuller

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Written by Rick B.

May 15th, 2015 at 10:40 am