Archive for the ‘Rewards’ Category

Make Your Own: Save Money By Making These Common Household Items

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If you’re embracing the DIY approach to home maintenance, then you know how much money you can save. Avoid calling in a plumber and you’ve got your cell phone bill paid. Do your own house painting and you can finance that camping vacation. It all adds up. And when it comes to DIY, it’s not just about fixing things. You can use that same approach with common household items. We’ve told you about bug repellents, but there is a lot more you can make. With a little effort and a little investment, you’ll be reaping the rewards with these money-saving projects.

Baby Food

This kid might like his food if you made it fresh at home. Image Source: flickr user: Abigail Batchelder

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Written by Rick B.

July 30th, 2015 at 9:01 pm

DIY Skills Everyone Should Know

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“You need to call somebody.” How many times have you heard that statement around your home? It is usually preceded by some sort of major (though in many cases minor) breakdown. There are a lot of reasons to bring in a professional. Maybe you don’t have the time to tackle a repair job. Maybe the scope of the job is way out of bounds, like roof repair. Or maybe you are a bit fearful of messing around with something that you could make worse (I’ve heard electricity can be a real doozy). I’m totally guilty of that last one. However, I’ve discovered over the years that with a combination of YouTube, Interwebs, and hardware store personnel (if you can find them), you can solve the vast majority of problems on your own.

Yes, we’re talking about the wonderful world of DIY–and it’s not a scary place at all. No matter your gender or experience with power tools, there are some DIY projects that you should absolutely do on your own–if for no other reason than the mere fact it is going to save you a lot of money. Here are the DIY tasks you can most certainly do.

 

Flat

Has this happened to you? Can you change it? Image Source: flickr user: Mike Mozart

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Written by Rick B.

July 28th, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Mobile Army Monday: DIY Money Making With Online Surveys

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Do you consider yourself handy around the house? I have to admit that when it comes to wielding a screwdriver or hammer, I do okay. I wouldn’t be going for a contractor’s license anytime soon, but in my time I’ve built many IKEA pieces, swapped out the locks on the front door, hung paintings, and even accomplished a little toilet repair (my proudest achievement). That is probably the extent of my DIY abilities. When it comes to auto repairs or plumbing, I would prefer to avoid the “do it yourself” idea, and turn it over to the professionals. However, when it comes to making money with iPoll online surveys, I’m a master at DIY. In fact, iPoll Mobile Missions are all about DIY making money. Yes, you can share the mission, but the money will be all yours! Consider these recent Mobile Missions I took on as a DIY challenge–and won:

Tools

The less tools you have, the greater you can avoid fixing things. Image Source: flickr user: el cajon yacht club

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Written by Rick B.

July 27th, 2015 at 7:20 pm

How Downsizing Your Home Will Save You Money

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In honor of the release of Marvel’s Ant Man, let’s talk downsizing.  But not everything–just your home. Apparently, building and moving into tiny homes is a thing now. At least according to the slew of tiny home shows on HGTV. Although I look at those tiny homes and think, “Not a chance of me moving in there,” they do hold a lot of appeal for smaller stature people without a lot of stuff (or children). But you don’t have to move into a tiny home in order to benefit from downsizing. In fact, many folks are hopping on the downsizing bandwagon as way of simplifying their lives and saving money. Is downsizing your home right for you? Consider these benefits:

Downsizing

This is what downsizing your home could look like. Cute, right? Image Source: flickr user: Krystian Olszanski

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Written by Rick B.

July 21st, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Super Cool Geek Travel Destinations

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Have you heard of CCWS? It is a medical condition known as “Comic-Con Withdrawal Syndrome.” It happens every year to the legions of fanboys and fangirls who attend Comic-Con, and then come home wondering, “Now what?” Sure, they’ve got bags full of action figures to play with, and autographed comic books to read, but can those items really fill the void left by all the wonderment found at Comic-Con? Probably not. The best way to combat CCWS is to pack your bags and head out to a geek travel destination. Let’s stipulate, for the record, that places like the Smithsonian Museum, any NASA space center, or Roswell, New Mexico can do in a pinch. However, if you really want to get your geek on, you might have to have your passport in order.

New Zealand

The place where Hobbits once roamed. Great selfi opportunity. Image Source: flickr user: Tom Hall

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Written by Rick B.

July 15th, 2015 at 10:51 am

What You Missed At Comic-Con

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Show of hands: Who here identifies as a geek? Yes, that would be me, too. Not too long ago, geeks were on the low rung of the social order. We were to be mocked. Well, we’re still to be mocked, but in the way you mock an 800-pound gorilla…very carefully. If you take a look at the recent box office champs and TV hits, you’ll find the geek stamp of approval on all of them. Comic books are driving the agenda in Hollywood, and it is the annual Comic-Con International convention that sets the tone for the coming year. This is a chance for geeks of all stripes to mingle with the creators and performers from current running TV shows and upcoming film releases. There was a time when Comic-Con was really just about comic books. Hollywood has certainly taken over, but I’d argue that we’re all the better for it. What did you miss at this year’s Comic-Con? We’ve got the rundown.

Super Heroes

At Comic Con, superheroes come in all sizes. Image Source: flickr user: istolethetv

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Written by Rick B.

July 14th, 2015 at 10:36 am

Mobile Army Monday: Fast Response Earns Extra Cash Rewards

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One of the sad realities of life is that nothing lasts forever. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to buy a new car or refrigerator or even a mattress. That is expected. What is truly sad is when you miss out on great opportunities because time runs out. That brings us today’s subject, “Fast Response Earns Extra Cash Rewards.”

Let’s unpack that subject, shall we? Not all iPoll Missions are available to all iPoll participants. You might not always notice this, but in the lower left hand corner of the mission post there is an expiration date for that mission. There is also a notice about how many spots are left open for that mission. Something like the New Product Scavenger Hunt always has spots open. However, according to my app, the hunt is only on for the next six months. That might seem like a long time, but if you don’t get in there and start posting new products, you’ll never be in the running for the big cash rewards offered to the most prolific posters. This is why it is vital that when you see an iPoll Mission, take an iPoll Mission.

 

Vault

The perfect place to stash your iPoll cash rewards. Image Source: flickr user: Cliff

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Written by Rick B.

July 13th, 2015 at 3:09 pm

What The World Eats For Breakfast

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Full disclosure: I’m not the best breakfast eater. It really comes down to the issue of time management. By the time I finish saying good morning to the baby and showing him what’s happening outside, walking the dog, feeding the cat and dog, changing the cat litter box, taking out the trash, and handling any other “honey do” items (“honey, can you do this…”), I’ve already taken up a lot of my morning. If I sit down and have breakfast it will eat into my lunchtime, and then my whole day is thrown off. Instead, I might grab a piece of fruit or breakfast bar. The weekends are for big brunchy types of breakfasts out and about. Yes, I know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Even after a good night’s sleep, you still need that fuel to power up your day. Perhaps I’ll become inspired by what the rest of the world eats for breakfast.

World Breakfast

What's on your breakfast plate? Image Source: flickr user: Magnus D

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Written by Rick B.

July 10th, 2015 at 5:32 am

How To Organize Your Closet In Four Easy Steps

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Do you live in fear of your closet? We’re not talking about some creature hiding in there, or a portal to another dimension. Instead, your fear can be based on the notion that every time you open the closet, there is an avalanche of clothes, shoes, and general junk. If that happens, then clearly it’s time to organize your closet. Yes, this is one of those jobs you’ve been putting off for quite some time now. Trust me, when you knock out this project, you’ll feel great. Plus, it will certainly help your time management if you’re able to find what you’re looking for a lot faster. Here, then, are the four easy steps you need to organize your closet once and for all.

Organized Closet

The ultimate in organized closets. Image Source: flickr user: Bill Wilson

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Written by Rick B.

July 10th, 2015 at 12:01 am

What’s Keeping You Awake? A Guide To Better Sleeping

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How many times have you already yawned this morning? Are you yawning as you read the word ‘yawn?’ We all know that yawning indicates you’re tired. Or you could be bored out of your mind. (Or just that your body craves oxygen…but nevermind!) For the purposes of this post, we’ll go with tired. Getting a good night’s sleep is key to making your day productive. Yet this is one of the most common problems we all face: getting to sleep and staying asleep. A while back, I posted about how to get a good night’s sleep with things like a set schedule, banning TV, and sleeping on a good mattress. As it happens, there are a few more things you could be doing to ensure you get your rest. Won’t that be nice?

Sleeping

Don't be jealous of your sleeping pets. Get the rest you need, too! Image Source: flickr user: frankieleon

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Written by Rick B.

July 9th, 2015 at 4:30 am