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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

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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Written by Rick B.

January 21st, 2015 at 12:10 pm