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Mobile Army Monday: Follow The Quizzes To Cash Rewards

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I’m happy to report that over the weekend, I completed a Mobile Mission Banking Mission and a Special Scavenger Hunt— in other words, “Ole!” I know the banking mission doesn’t qualify me to enter a sweepstakes, but it was still the perfect way to kill time while waiting in line at the ATM. As for the Special Scavenger Hunt, it wasn’t difficult to find the Latin food section of my grocery store. Once I found my section, I discovered Ortega Fiesta Flats. They’re like a huge tortilla chip that can function as the outer shell of an enormous (and delicious) taco. You can bet in addition to snagging a picture for the mission, I also snagged a box for dinner. Saving them for Cinco de Mayo!

Mexican Food

Tacos. It's what's for lunch... at least today it is! Image Source: Flickr user jeffreyw

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Written by Rick B.

May 4th, 2015 at 8:19 pm

Money-Saving Hacks When Going to the Movies

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Collectively, we’ve been watching movies for over 120 years. That’s a lot of cinema. If you are of a certain age, then you remember a time when it cost less than $1 to see a movie. Of course, you also had to wait in a long line for a blockbuster because there were no advance tickets sales or reserved seating. Today, the movies are just as popular as they ever were. Popular— but expensive. Once you factor in the cost of your tickets, concessions, the babysitter (for those of us with youngsters), and the parking, you’re looking at a total of almost $100. That price also doesn’t include going out to dinner before the show. That is why money-saving hacks for going to the movies are going to save your life this summer. Just read the following tips and you’ll be all set:

 

Hollywood Movie Theatre

Everyone should see a movie at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood at least once in their lifetime.. Image Source: Flickr user Bonita de Boer

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Written by Rick B.

April 30th, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Save On Grocery Bills With These Alternate Vegetable Gardening Methods

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When I was growing up, we had a small garden growing in our backyard. Nothing fancy, just some tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, and cucumbers. I remember it more as a family project than the result of a desire to eat fresh produce- at that point, we still lived in the land of melted cheese. Nowadays, we’ve been told we need to eat our leafy greens and veggies as part of a healthy diet. Personally, I’ve discovered the joy of kale salad (I never thought I would ever write that sentence) and I dream of a day when I can go out to my own garden to pick a salad for dinner. Sadly, my backyard situation is more concrete than soil. Turns out, that is not a problem. If you’re eager to grow your own produce, you don’t need acres of land. You might be surprised to find that alternate vegetable gardens are a great way to add veggies to your diet and cut back on your grocery bill.

Alternative Gardening

You could be growing a salad in that hay. Image Source: Flickr user Ruth Temple

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Written by Rick B.

April 28th, 2015 at 5:42 pm

What Your Home Business Website Should Include

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Now that you know how to blog for your home business website, the next step is to build that website. Thanks to the Interwebs, setting up a website is not a complicated process. There are many servers (yes, you need a server) that provide website templates and set up tutorials. To get an idea of what your site might look like, go check out your competitor. Yes, they’re lurking out there ready to pounce! Perhaps there is a similar business in another town. Seeing what they do can certainly inspire your design. Let’s stipulate that your home business website is going to be easy to navigate. You’ll have different “pages” that a potential customer won’t have any problem finding. Hint: large fonts! But that’s just the beginning. Here’s what you need to include:

Home Business

This is what working on your home business website could look like. Image Source: Flickr user Serge Kij

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Written by Rick B.

April 23rd, 2015 at 6:37 pm

How Recycling Can Save the Planet and Save You Money

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Happy Earth Day, everybody! This global celebration started back in the 70s as an attempt to bring attention to the health of our environment. The mixed news is that since the first Earth Day, we got a lot better about being environmentally conscious, but there is still work to be done. Currently, most major cities in the country have some form of recycling plan, and other burgs are even attempting to achieve “zero waste.” That means that 100% of everything that is thrown out will be recycled, repurposed, and reused. That’s the kind of goal we can all get behind. If you are currently recycling your papers, plastics, and aluminum containers, good on ya! It’s easy to get into the separating habit once you start. However, there could be “gold” in that recycling that you’re leaving on the table. With a little extra effort, you could not only recycle to save the planet, but you could also save some money.

Plastic Bottles

You can make art or get cash with your plastic bottles. You make the call. Image Source: Flickr user jasper_su

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Written by Rick B.

April 22nd, 2015 at 6:01 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Complete A Mission, Earn Reward

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“Complete a mission; earn a reward.” That is a simple formula for success. You have to wonder why more people aren’t using the iPoll app to put cold, hard cash in their wallets. After all, there are no strings attached, no contracts to sign, and no bosses looking over your shoulder. You get to “work” your own hours. If you finish one mission a week or ten, it is all up to you. Will you be able to retire on the money you make from iPoll? Probably not. Will you be able to pay some bills, go out for a date or do some shopping? Absolutely. Complete a mission; earn a reward. That should be your new mantra to start every day.

 

Los Angeles Airport

It looks a lot better when it is lighted up at night. Image Source: flickr user: Phil Whitehouse

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April 20th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

iPoll Quiz Results: Scar Stories

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Have you responded to an iPoll quiz yet? You should. We asked, and then you shared. This week, we’re talking about your scars. It’s hard to imagine anyone getting through life without earning themselves at least one notable scar. Even if a cut didn’t require stitches, maybe it left a lasting impression. Much like tattoos, every scar tells a story. Here are some of the stand-out stories about scars courtesy of our iPoll members. Hot tip: these stories also earned their members ten extra dollars in their rewards accounts.

 

Lion King

Yes, this is Scar but not a scar. Trying to avoid freaking you out! Image Source: flickr user: Andrew Coyle

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April 17th, 2015 at 10:15 pm

Picking The Right Contractor Will Save Money On Your Remodeling Job

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This week we learned that improving your home’s curb appeal can add value to your property. You can take that to the next level by tackling a remodeling project. Any time you give your kitchen a makeover, redo a patio deck or add a bathroom, you’ll be significantly bumping up the value of your home. The goal is to make sure your remodeling project doesn’t go over budget. So, yes, you have to start with a budget. This is where hiring the right contractor comes in. The contractor is like the job supervisor who will be in charge of all aspects of that job from drawing up the plans to pulling the permits to hiring the crew to buying the materials. All aspects of the job flow through the contractor, so it’s a pretty crucial position to fill. If you have a problem, your first point of contact is your contractor. See how important they are? Having the right contractor will also ensure that there won’t be any delays or cost overruns.

Before you look for a contractor, try to get a good idea of your project. For projects like these, visualization aids in preparation; for instance, if it is a kitchen remodel, then pull together photos from online or in a magazine of what your ideal kitchen would be like. You can present these ‘inspiration boards’ to the contractor during the interview phase. This in turn will allow them to put together an estimate of the work. That is what your budget will become. Next, line up the potential candidates.

 

Kitchen Makeover

Let's hope this remodeling job will be finished soon! Image Source: flickr user: woodleywonderworks

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Written by Rick B.

April 16th, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Personal Finance and Taxing Situations: Tax Factoids and Strange Taxes Around the World

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For many, April 15th is a day of dread. Yes, it’s tax day. Either you’ve already filed and hopefully feel pretty good about your personal finances, or you’re racing to complete the forms and get them in by midnight tonight (and maybe regretting that you waited until the last minute —again!). Of course, you can also file an extension but then you might be hit with penalties. No matter the scenario, you can expect to pay taxes at one time or another. Whether they take so much out of your check that you get a refund or you end up writing a big check to the government, you can’t avoid those taxing situations. For most of us, filing and paying taxes isn’t that complicated. It does provide plenty of opportunity for people to gripe, but comparatively speaking we have it pretty good. There was a time in the U.S. when the top marginal tax rate was 90%. Other countries have current tax rates as high as60%. Are you ready for some tax factoids to brighten your day? Of course you are!

Monopoly

Quite possibly everyone's first lesson in taxation: The Monopoly Luxury Tax. Image Source: Flickr user philip taylor

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April 15th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Tips to Help Improve Your Curb Appeal and Possibly Increase the Value of Your Home

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If you are a homeowner, you have a valuable investment in your property. Even if you’re still paying off that mortgage loan, your home can put money into your pocket in the form of an equity loan. Of course, if you are planning to sell your house, then you could land a decent profit depending on the circumstances. The best way to bolster your chances for an increased home value is to improve your curb appeal. This is the first impression your home makes on a potential buyer or appraiser. For a little investment up front, you can literally transform your home… up front. Here are some tips to help increase the value of your home by boosting your curb appeal:

Garden

This is the kind of curb appeal that says, "Welcome home." Image Source: Flickr user jeffery tucker

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Written by Rick B.

April 14th, 2015 at 11:30 am