Money-Saving Tips: How to Have an Amazing and Affordable Valentine’s Day Date

Okay, this post is primarily for all the lovebirds out there who want to make this Valentine’s Day special. If you’re anti-Valentine’s Day, perhaps wander over to the iPoll website to see what’s doing. For everyone else, listen up: Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. The clock is ticking. The pressure is building. Will this be the Valentine’s Day date to end all Valentine’s Day dates? Let’s get a few things right off the table. First, if you’re planning on popping the question and have a ring picked out, then you’re golden. You don’t need any suggestions for a date because whatever you do will be quickly forgotten the moment the ring is on that finger. As for the rest of us, the goal is to make it special without spending a fortune. It can happen! Let’s assume you’ll find a decent assortment of roses. That’s how you should start the day. Beyond that, here are some great money-saving tips for a Valentine’s Day date that won’t bust the bank.

Valentine's Rose

No matter what you do for Valentine's Day, always start with roses. Image Source: Flickr user dave parker

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Written by Rick B.

February 12th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Tips for Saving Money: How to Create a Household Budget That Works for You

Money in, money out: when you get down to it, that is all a budget really is. Of course, the “devil” is in the details. If you find yourself struggling to make payments each month, then perhaps it is time to get your household on a budget. Yes, this falls under that “horrible” concept of “living within your means,” but that’s a good thing. In fact, sticking with a budget will allow you to sock away money for that proverbial rainy day. It will also let you save for things like a family vacation, a new car, or even a deposit on a home. You can get there if you stick to the plan! Here’s how to make a household budget that works for you:

Slice of Money

Figuring out how funds should be allocated can be tricky business. Image Source: Flickr user Chris Potter

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Written by Rick B.

February 11th, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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

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

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?

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

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

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

The Best Time of Year to Purchase Big Ticket Items and Save Cash

What’s the biggest thing you plan on buying this year? A brand new car? A firm mattress to replace your lumpy one? An updated computer with all the bells and whistles? Before you head out to the store of your choice, you might want to wait. If you can put off that purchase for a couple of months, you just might be able to score a terrific deal and save cash. Yes, there are certain times of the year that are better than other times for purchasing certain items. If you wait, then you can save up even more money for that big ticket item. Plus, these are the times to put your finely tuned haggling skills to work. You might be surprised at how much you can save.

Car Dealership

Can't you just smell that new car smell? Image Source: Flickr user Daniel Oines

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Written by Rick B.

February 3rd, 2015 at 11:45 am

Mobile Army Monday: Stuck Inside? Spend Your Snow Day Earning with iPoll

If you can look out your window now and see mounds of white frozen stuff, you have my sympathy. Full disclosure: I grew up on the East Coast, so I know the joys of snow days (if you’re a kid) and the agony of shoveling snow (if you’re a kid or anyone else who lives at home). Now, I’m happy to report I’m living in sunny Los Angeles. When the snow reaches epic proportions for my friends and family back east, I try not to rub in the fact that I’m wearing shorts, a T-shirt, and have the windows wide open. In my defense, I can hear the leaf blowers with the windows open, so it’s not all a bed of roses. However, if you are snowbound you might be prevented from venturing forth for a Mobile Mission. Fear not! There are still plenty of ways to score some cool cash with iPoll surveys.

Snow Shovel Project

If you see this outside your window, just go back to bed. Image Source: Flickr user: Joe Shlabotnik

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Written by Rick B.

February 2nd, 2015 at 1:30 pm

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

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