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Zombie Nation: Are You Ready for the Return of The Walking Dead?

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In what has surely been a shock to most television network honchos, The Walking Dead is about to smash even more ratings records. That’s because it always smashes ratings records whenever it airs. AMC has broken up season five into two chunks. The first half finished back in the Fall but now the walkers are headed back our way. Here at iPoll we’re already prepared for the zombie apocalypse thanks to a previous iPoll quiz. However, nothing can really prepare you for The Walking Dead – unless of course you’ve read the comics. Even then, there are still surprises as the series stands on its own. Here’s what you need to know before Sunday’s premiere and, yes, this post is chock full of SPOILERS. Be warned!

Zombie Cosplay

The best way to show your love for The Walking Dead? Zombie walk. Image Source: Flickr user Axel Buhrmann

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Written by Rick B.

February 6th, 2015 at 1:30 pm

How to Save on Utilities and Keep Money in the Wallet

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Are you one of those people who hide from the mailman in fear of this month’s utility bills? Paying for water, gas and electricity is something we all have to do, like it or not. If you’re a renter and utilities are included, good on ya! For the rest of us, those monthly bills can leave us gobsmacked. The good news is gas, electric and water costs are an area where you can start saving today. The more proactive you are with your consumption, the more money you can keep in your wallet. Put it another way: Would you rather give your money to the power company or spend it on yourself? The choice is clear. Consider these tips on how to save on utilities, starting now.

LED

Make the switch to LED and start saving on power today! Image Source: Flickr user Mike Mozart

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Written by Rick B.

February 5th, 2015 at 12:30 pm

How to Throw a Profitable Garage Sale and Put Cash in Your Pocket

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We’ve all got “stuff” to get rid of. These would be all those items we have either outgrown, no longer use or wonder why we bought in the first place. When it comes to clearing out the stuff, you have three basic choices: trash it, donate it or sell it. Before you pull the trigger on the first two options, you might consider the third as a way of putting some cash directly in your pocket. Of course, you could sell most of what you would put out at a garage sale on eBay. However, you might run into some shipping issues if you’re trying to move out a coffee table or dining room chairs. Instead, go for the garage sale and follow these tips to make sure your sale is a profitable one.

 

Yard Sale

Throw a garage sale for an instant cash infusion. Image Source: Flickr user John Beagle

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Written by Rick B.

February 4th, 2015 at 12:15 pm

iPoll Quiz Results: “Just For Kids” Brings Back the Childhood Memories

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By now, you should be familiar with the iPoll quiz generator. These are the posts uploaded to your app that let you share your opinions, photos, videos and musings with the iPoll community. Every time you answer a quiz, you’re also automatically entered into a sweepstakes drawing for some serious iPoll rewards cash. As it turns out, the quizzes are a two-way street. Not only can you answer the quiz, but also you can suggest a quiz. That’s what Amber B. of Ohio did. The resulting quiz is titled “Just For Kids” and Amber earned herself a cool fifty smackers.

This quiz asked what were iPollers’ favorite television programs growing up. Clearly, this provoked a flood of memories as the responses poured in from all corners of the iPoll community. Here’s how the shows ranked and what some iPollers had to say about them:

The Gang From Sesame Street

Sesame Street Live is awesome to the max. Image Source: Flickr user USAG Humphreys

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Written by Rick B.

January 30th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

When Working to Save Money, Don’t Leave Home Without Your Coupons

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There are many fans of extreme sports. You can go extreme mountain climbing, extreme biking or extreme scuba diving. To go extreme is to push yourself to the limits and go the extra mile for the thrill. Good for them. I prefer a more domesticated version of going extreme. That would be extreme couponing.

The downside to extreme couponing is a possible paper cut. Those can sting. The upside would be all the extra cash you’ll save by cutting your food costs way down. Go extreme enough and those costs can be reduced by half. I’ve seen it happen! Whether you’re new to the concept of couponing or an old pro, you can save money by using these extreme couponing tips:

Coupons Stock Pile

These coupons are in need of some organizing. Image Source: Flickr user Carol Pyles

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Written by Rick B.

January 29th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

How Breaking a Bad Habit Can Help with Saving Money

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On the long list of potential bad habits, smoking, and drinking coffee are always in the top five. These are the habits that many folks try to kick, and with good reason. Not only can your health greatly improve when kick the nicotine habit and cut back on the caffeine, but you’ll also see an immediate impact on your weekly savings.

Consider a Grande cafe latte from Starbucks. This will cost you around $3.45 a pop. A “one-a-day” habit over the course of the workweek will end up running you $17.25. Over a month, that ends up being $69. When you look at this amount another way, that could mean a nice night out or paying off your cell phone. Then there are the cigarettes. You would be hard pressed to find a pack for less than $5 anywhere in the country. If you live in New York, you’re paying $12.85 for a pack. At the low end, a pack a day habit is $35 a week. Do I even have to tell you how much money you can save in a month of not smoking? It’s easy to break a bad habit, right? Actually, it is if you set your mind to the task.

Smoking

This is a straight up nasty habit you need to break today. Image Source: Flickr user jocelyn

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Written by Rick B.

January 22nd, 2015 at 11:45 am

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

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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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January 21st, 2015 at 12:10 pm

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

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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

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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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January 19th, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Amazing Celebrity Homes That Can Be Yours for the Right Price

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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