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Money-Saving Travel Tips: Hotel Hacks Every Traveler Should Keep in Mind

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Will you be staying in a hotel in the near future? Perhaps you’re going away on business? Maybe you’ve got a family reunion coming up? Of course, nothing beats a romantic weekend getaway with your significant other. Let’s call it a date-night weekend! No matter where you’re going, you can benefit from some hotel hacks that have been developed by seasoned travelers. Here are some tips that can save you time, money, and aggravation. That sounds like the start of a great vacation!

Hotel Stay

If you're staying here, make sure you hack the place up. Image Source: Flickr user William Warby

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Written by Rick B.

March 3rd, 2015 at 10:00 am

Mobile Army Monday: No Need for Hacks with iPoll Rewards

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Before the Internet came along, to “hack” meant to chop up something as in, “Why did you hack up the turkey instead of using an electric carving knife?” (true story). Now, thanks to the wide world of web surfing, “hacks” (also called “life-hacks”) are popping up all over. These are meant to make our lives operate more efficiently. Hacks are workarounds that let us take shortcuts to get the job done. Like using a rubber band to remove a stripped screw, or binder clips to keep your charging cables organized.  Personally, I can’t make it through my day without a least three or four good hacks. That’s just how I roll. Of course, there is one daily function I perform that doesn’t require any hacks. That would be checking in with my iPoll app Mobile Mission list. This is the best way to earn a little extra cash–and you don’t need any workarounds.

Pretzel

All you need is some mustard and you're good to go. Image Source: Flickr user slgckgc

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Written by Rick B.

March 2nd, 2015 at 11:00 am

5 Quick Tips to Raise Your Credit Score and Get Your Finances on Track

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When it comes to financial institutions, credit can be a wacky game. Credit card companies love it if you have a credit history because then they know whether or not to hook you in with their cards. Having a credit card can come in handy in an emergency, which is truly the best use of plastic. On the other hand, too much credit can be a red flag. If your credit history is bad, then those same companies who once wooed you will throw up brick walls quicker than you can say, “Finance charge.” Having bad credit can haunt you. It can stop you from getting an apartment, buying a car and will certainly put a ding in your plans for a new home. Luckily, there are some proven methods for improving your credit score.

 

Credit

Know your credit history: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Image Source: Flickr user Sean MacEntee

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Written by Rick B.

February 26th, 2015 at 10:54 am

Are You Taking Advantage of Free Stuff? Top Picks Online and In Your Neighborhood

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There are many folks who hold dear the adage, “The best things in life are free.” Who can blame them? We all like free stuff, right? Why do you think the Food Sample Lady (official title) is so busy at Costco? It’s because even a small taste of something free is like getting a huge prize. Ironically, there are plenty of free things you could be getting every day. You just have to know where to look. And when it’s your birthday, you can be smothered in free stuff if you’ve registered at certain businesses. Free also means you’re saving money. Any time you don’t have to buy something, you get to keep your dough. Here are some of the free things you should be taking advantage of.

Birthday Treats

When it comes to free stuff, birthdays come out on top! Image Source: Flickr user: cresysusy

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Written by Rick B.

February 24th, 2015 at 9:30 am

Be the Star at Your Academy Awards Party with These Factoids

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Are you ready for the Oscars? You don’t have to live in Hollywood, just minutes from the red carpet, to appreciate the Academy Awards (guilty). In fact, the annual Oscar giveaway has been a huge global ratings draw. Folks from all over the world tune in to see who will take home the gold and what they’re wearing. Plus, there is always the hope that on the live broadcast, something amazing will happen, like the time a streaker ran across the stage or Rob Lowe danced with Snow White. If you’re headed out to an Oscar party, make sure you have your picks for the pool lined up. You might also want to load up on some fun facts to help make you the smartest one in the bunch. This may be the second batch of Oscar trivia we’ve presented, but there is plenty of information to go around!

Red Carpet

You can't see the red carpet here because it's covered in case of rain. Image Source: Flickr user the conmunity

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Written by Rick B.

February 20th, 2015 at 9:00 am

Money-Saving Tips for Buying a New Car: Do Your Homework and Set a Budget

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Maybe instead of going on a vacation this year, you’ll be spending your savings on a new car. What if you save enough on that purchase to allow you to indulge in a mini-road trip vacation? It can happen if you become a smarter car buyer. Don’t get suckered in by that new car smell. As seductive as that aroma might be, you want to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible on a new car even if it’s an old car. We’ve discussed that the best time to buy a new car is when next year’s models hit the showroom floor. That’s when you can get a better deal on this year’s model. Same car, still new. Now that you know the best time to buy, here are some money-saving tips to help you with that new car purchase.

 

Shopping For A New Car

Is this the best deal on the lot? Image Source: Flickr user wendy

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Written by Rick B.

February 19th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Affordable Travel Tips: Planning a Fun and Frugal Vacation

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Are you ready for a vacation? Obviously, we’re only a few weeks into the New Year and we’ve just come off a big holiday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start thinking about our next getaway. In fact, if you start saving and planning now you could end up putting together a genuine dream trip. Let’s get some things out of the way first: if you’re working with a tight budget, chances are you won’t be able to plan an extensive European tour or book a first class cabin on a cruise. However, you could pick a single European destination or find a cruise bargain if you know where to look. It all comes down to the planning. Today we’ll help you explore some tips for affordable travel.

 

Dream Vacation

If a cruise is your dream vacation, then travel off-season for a bargain. Image Source: Flickr user Kabacchi

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Written by Rick B.

February 18th, 2015 at 11:30 am

Keeping the Romance Alive Past Valentine’s Day: Fun, Unexpected, and Affordable Date Ideas

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Valentine’s Day 2015 is just a memory. Yes, the roses might still be in bloom and there could be a few pieces of chocolate left behind (not in this house, though!). However, just because the official designated day of romance is done, it doesn’t mean the romance is over. In fact, I would argue that it is more important to have ongoing date nights throughout the year. That includes the surprise flowers, too! (BTW, if you send flowers out of the blue to your significant other’s place of work, you’ll score amazing points.) Of course, not every date night requires you to spend a small fortune. Let’s stipulate that cooking a great meal together and then binge watching Netflix is always a great go-to date night idea, but even that can get stale after awhile. Instead, consider these wonderful and incredibly affordable date night ideas:

Bingo Night

Bingo can be extra fun when you're with the one you love! Image source: Flickr user Anne Varak

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Written by Rick B.

February 17th, 2015 at 11:15 am

The Top Ten Items for Which You Should Haggle in Order to Save Money

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Recently, we presented you with some great tips to help you get your haggle on and save money. Haggling is a way for you to negotiate a better price on just about anything. So what if there is a sticker price? If you’re serious about saving money, the best method for keeping more money in your wallet is haggling. The typical situation for most people to haggle is when they go shopping for a new car. Unfortunately, this may end up costing you more. That’s because shady car dealers love to make it look like you’ve got them over a barrel with your negotiating skills, but then they’ll turn around and slap more silly charges onto the final price. Undercoating anyone? Maybe if you practice negotiating on the following items as practice, you can be ready for the big car show. Start your savings now!

Workout Zone

Not getting a good deal on your gym membership? Try haggling. Image Source: Flickr user health gauge

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Written by Rick B.

February 10th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Lunch Breaks with iPoll Let You Earn Cash Rewards to Help Cover Dinner

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Full disclosure: I work from home. That shouldn’t come as much of a shock to anyone considering I post the daily blog here at iPoll. Although iPoll keeps me busy, I have other writings, musings, posts, and pieces to create throughout the day. It might sound like it’s all “skittles and beer,” but I’m pretty much chained to my computer from 9 to 5 (and sometimes longer!). Yes, I only have to walk upstairs to get to work and yes, I can wear my pajamas to work most days but it’s still work. All of this is a roundabout way of saying I, like the rest of you workers, look forward to lunch every day. My typical lunch consists of a foraging expedition in the fridge followed by a little law education with Judge Judy. Although I can always count on my favorite dispenser of justice to be waiting on my DVR, I can’t always count on there being food in the fridge. Thus, many a lunch hour is eaten up by trips to the grocery store. Yes, I’m a creature of habit when it comes to lunch but now, thanks to iPoll, many of those trips pay for themselves!

Balanced Lunch

This lunch puts my PB & J to shame. Image Source: Flickr user Melissa

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Written by Rick B.

February 9th, 2015 at 1:30 pm