Six Things To Check Off Your Summer To-Do List

According to the calendar, the first day of fall is Wednesday, September 23rd. Do you really want to say good-bye to summer on a Wednesday? For most folks, it’s the Labor Day Weekend that signals the end of summer. By then, most of the kids are back in school. The vacations are just a fleeting memory. And it’s time to start thinking about all the pumpkin spiced food products you’ll be buying. Before summer sings its last, you still have a chance to get out there and do something spectacular. Well, maybe not spectacular per se, but you can certainly check off a least one summer bucket list item, right? Here comes your inspiration:

 

Carnival

Now you're talking some good eats. Image Source: flicker user: Gloria Cabada-Leman

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Written by Rick B.

August 21st, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Are You Covered? What’s In Your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy?

Once you buy a home, you really don’t own that home. As long as you are paying off a mortgage, the lending company actually holds the deed. It’s okay, though. You can still call yourself a homeowner. In fact, you’ll have to take out a homeowner’s policy as a condition of the mortgage agreement. As with your auto insurance policy, you want to cover the basics such as damage and liability. The same rules also apply as with “the higher the deductible, the lower the premium.” However, there are some things you think you might be covered for but aren’t. If you do have a homeowner’s policy, it might be time to give it a review and make sure you are indeed fully covered. Here’s what to look for:

Home Construction

Rebuilding after a hurricane. Let's hope it never happens to you! Image Source: flickr user: George Pankewytch

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Written by Rick B.

August 20th, 2015 at 5:13 pm

What To Look For In Auto Insurance

If you want to ensure you’ve got the bases covered, get yourself insured–and that means all kinds of insurance, from life insurance to medical insurance to homeowner’s insurance and auto insurance. That might seem like a lot of insurance taking a bite out of your budget, but consider the alternative. If an incident occurs where you need to replace, fix, or repair something (including your body!), then you don’t want to wipe out your savings to take care of that.

Depending on the state where you live (well really, unless you live in New Hampshire), you’re required to carry at minimum a liability auto insurance policy. But how to pick? We are certainly bombarded with plenty of television commercials. From Flo to the talking lizard, we are provided with an array of options. Most folks look for the cheapest option that covers the basics. However, there are some other factors to consider with your auto insurance policy. Let iPoll break it down:

Rear Ended

Let's hope this driver has insurance! Image Source: flickr user: Stephen

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Written by Rick B.

August 20th, 2015 at 2:52 am

Everything You Need To Know About Life Insurance

While it is true that “you can’t take it with you,” there still should be something left behind after you pass. Yes, this is another one of those topics nobody wants to talk about, but everyone needs to talk about: life insurance. Someone who is young and single probably doesn’t consider a life insurance policy a priority. However, once you cross the line into marriage and family, then life insurance becomes a vital asset. As we get older, it might be less about completing our bucket lists and more about creating a fund for our family so that they can carry on if you’re no longer able to provide for them. What a wonderful final gift that will become.

As you dive into the world of life insurance policies, you’ll be presented with a lot choices. Thankfully, iPoll is here to break it all down for you with everything you need to know about life insurance–in a single blog post!

Kids

This photo summarizes why you need life insurance if you have a family. 'Nuff said. Image Source: flickr user: Steven Depolo

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Written by Rick B.

August 18th, 2015 at 8:19 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Make Money With iPoll Without Ever Leaving Your Home

“All the comforts of home.” That is how many hotels advertise their facilities. The hope is you pick their business because it will be just like staying at your own house. Of course, (say it with me) there is no place like home. It might seem odd to talk about staying home in a piece dedicated to Mobile Missions. After all, you need to get mobile to complete those missions, right? As it turns out, not all the time. There are plenty of ways you can make money with iPoll without ever leaving your home. All you need is your iPoll app and/or access to the website. Here’s how it can all happen:

New Kitchen

The perfect kitchen? You be the judge. Image Source: flickr user: Chalon Handmade

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Written by Rick B.

August 17th, 2015 at 10:33 pm

World Records And Bizarre Collections

When it comes to collections, there is no telling what some folks will become obsessed with. Yes, obsessed is the right word to use. It’s one thing if you get into collecting as a fun hobby or as a way to make some money. However, when you have to buy a bigger house just because of your collection or if the folks from Guinness World Records come knocking, then you’ve entered into a whole new category of collecting. Most of these collectors would never think of parting with objects from their collection. It just keeps growing and growing. Here then are some world record and truly bizarre collections. Are they valuable? You be the judge:

 

Odd Shapes

Could there be a unique Cheeto in this bag? Dive in! Image Source: flickr user: frankieleon

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Written by Rick B.

August 14th, 2015 at 10:17 pm

Getting Down With D23: What’s In Store At The Disney Expo

When it comes to fan appreciation conventions, Comic-Con isn’t the only game in town. This weekend, the big D23 Expo will be going down in Anaheim. Never heard of the D23? Well, then clearly you’re not a huge Disney fan. Sure, you might have gone to the theme parks and bought the occasional Mickey Mouse ears, but as every diehard Disney fan knows, D23 is where it’s at–especially if you want to score some amazing one-of-a-kind collectibles.

Why call it D23? We’ll let them explain: “Named in honor of the year 1923, when Walt left Kansas City, headed for Hollywood and founded what would become the Disney Studios, D23 celebrates the wonder and excitement that began that year and has only increased over the decades as Disney’s stories, characters, songs, and experiences have captured imaginations the world over.”

Disney

If you're a Disney fan, this is the place to be! Image Source: flickr user: The Community

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Written by Rick B.

August 13th, 2015 at 9:27 pm

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How To Turn Your Collectible Collecting Into Cold Hard Cash

Now that you have a general idea of what defines a collectible, you’ll want to learn what it takes to convert that “vintage something” into cold hard cash. Your first thought might be to set up an eBay store. This can become your home base for selling your collectibles–but it’s not just about putting something up there and hoping it will zoom to the highest bidder. Often an item might not attract attention from the right bidder, unless you go a little further. This is why you need to go beyond eBay, and become a power collectible seller and buyer. Yes, you’ll be buying more collectibles, too! Here’s what you need to know for turning this hobby into a serious business.

Collection

Could this collection bring in big bucks? Image Source: flickr user: dee

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Written by Rick B.

August 12th, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Hot Collectibles That Are Worth Big Bucks

It’s time to go up in the attic, down in the basement, or wherever you’re keeping the “old stuff.” You could be sitting on a goldmine, and not even know it! Recently, we discussed how you could find cash in your closets by selling things like old clothes. Not only will you make some extra money, but you’ll be organizing that closet, too! However, there is an entirely different category of potential moneymakers that might be stashed away in your storage areas. These would be the collectibles that you might not even know you were collecting. A collectible is really anything that is considered rare and that someone else would pay good money for. ‘Rare’ is really the key word here. For a collectible to have true value, there can’t be a lot of those things out in the world.

Vintage Cameras

If you've got something like this in your closet, you could be sitting on a fortune. Image Source: flickr user: alexkerhead

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Written by Rick B.

August 11th, 2015 at 10:03 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Collecting UPC Codes Can Lead To Big Cash Rewards

It all started with a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit. The day was June 26. The year was 1974. The place was the Marsh supermarket in Troy, Ohio. The shopper was Clyde Dawson, who brought his cart of groceries to cashier Sharon Buchanan. Sharon scanned the gum, and it rang up as 67 cents. Why is this so remarkable? It’s that word “scanned.” Yes, that pack of gum became the first grocery item to have its UPC code officially scanned.1  UPC stands for Universal Product Code, and they’ve been around for decades. In fact, there are generations of kids today who haven’t lived without UPC or bar codes on everything. It’s how the cash registers know how much something costs. It’s how the store keeps track of inventory. It’s also how you can earn some big cash rewards with iPoll.

 

Pickles

Yes, pickles can be a new product, too. Start scanning! Image Source: flickr user: USDA

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  1. http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/May-June-08/On-this-Day–First-Universal-Product-Barcode-Scanned.html

Written by Rick B.

August 10th, 2015 at 7:06 pm