Mobile Army Monday: Follow the Colors to Earn Some Green

This is the week that everybody goes green. At least for St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll want to doff something green so you can show your spirit; eating a green bagel or drinking a green beer would also count. If you really want to show your love for St. Patrick’s Day, you could also take a crash course in speaking elvish. That’s pretty close to being a leprechaun, right? The one kind of green everyone would love to embrace is the kind of green you would find in your wallet. You need to work for your green, but that doesn’t mean you always have to work hard. iPoll is all about the easy green. As it happens, this week you might have an opportunity to follow a lot of colors to earn rewards.

Green Chicago River

How Chicago residents celebrate St. Patrick's Day: they turn the river green. Image Source: Flickr user Alan Light

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Written by Rick B.

March 16th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

iPoll Quiz Results: A Showdown of the 48 Biggest Baddies in Pop Culture

The results are in and the villains have won! Let me rephrase that. The iPoll quizmasters recently set up another fun elimination tournament. This time around, it was the villains’ turn to take the spotlight. You can’t really have a superhero without a super villain running about trying to mess up their plans. This goes back to the basic principles of storytelling. Without conflict, there can be no story. It would be like watching a bunch of superheroes sitting around eating shawarma. Interesting, but not very compelling. We asked pop culture fanatics who is the biggest baddie out there, and we got a lot of responses. Here are the top ten villains according to the iPoll community (SPOILER ALERT: We got this one right!)

Joker Variations

The many faces of the Joker. How can you pick just one? Image Source: Flickr user JD Hancock

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Written by Rick B.

March 13th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Smart Stock Market Tips: Investing Wisely to Earn Easy Money

Want to take your money on a roller coaster ride? Invest in the stock market! That is what many folks feel about a market that on the surface appears to be driven by rumors, fear, and panic. Why would anyone want to put their money into something like that? Actually, the stock market is a bit more complex, and you really have to do your homework to become a smart investor. Fortunately, there are many brokerage firms who will be willing to guide you through the investment process. On some level, this takes away the stress of trying to figure out what specific company stock you should buy, and instead will help you build a portfolio. In fact, “portfolio” is the name of the game when it comes to stock market investment. Sure, if you just bought a bunch of Apple stock twenty years ago, you could be set for life. However, if you’re just starting out, you’ll want a portfolio. Here are some stock market tips to consider when investing to earn easy money:

Wall Street

Where fortunes are made and lost. Image Source: Flickr user Charlie Phillips

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Written by Rick B.

March 12th, 2015 at 11:00 am

Money-Making Ideas: Is Real Estate Still a Good Investment?

There are two basic reasons for investing in real estate. The first is to become a homeowner, and finally live in that dream house you’ve been fantasizing about for years. Well, at least you can get somewhat close to that dream. The second reason is to create a revenue stream that might turn into a river, depending on the circumstances. Although the real estate market has taken a big hit in the past several years, there are signs that it is coming back around. All of this begs the question, “Is real estate still a good investment?” If you’re looking for money-making ideas, consider these potential benefits of real estate investment:

Suburbs

Could your dream home be in this neighborhood? Image Source: Flickr user Sky Slicer

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Written by Rick B.

March 11th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

How to Make Extra Money On the Side (Besides iPoll!)

The short answer to the question, “Would you like to make some extra money?” will always be a resounding, “Yes!” We all wish we could line our pockets with extra cash. That is why we’re all here at iPoll. In fact, when it comes to making money on the side, iPoll has got to be the sweetest gig out there. It doesn’t require a lot of time. Your day isn’t disrupted. And you can spend the cash in dozens of different ways. This puts iPoll at the top of the “How to Make Money On the Side” list. But since there is a list, you know there will be more ways! Consider taking on these side jobs to make extra money:

Mobile Billboard

If you had these stickers on your car, you'd be making money, too. Image Source: Flickr user Ted Van Pelt

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Written by Rick B.

March 10th, 2015 at 10:30 am

Mobile Army Monday: Earn Extra Money for Your Wallet Today

Isn’t it great when you find money? We all have stories of picking up a dollar or fiver from the street. Hopefully, most of us have the inclination to want to find the person who lost that money, but that’s rarely possible. The moment you get over the guilt of having someone else’s dough, you can enjoy the possibilities of found money. Of course, the idea of “found money” isn’t relegated to just meaning money found outside your house. You could find money when you put on a jacket you haven’t worn in several months. You can find money when you clean out a purse. If you’re lucky with those finds, then you might be able to treat yourself to dinner–or at least a candy bar. These are the moments when you are assured a good day. If you want to get into the habit of starting your day off right, then you definitely need to check in with iPoll. I suggest a quick review with your morning coffee (right after you’ve checked your bathrobe pockets for change). It might just help you earn extra money, easily and quickly, as well as help you plan your day.

Cute Pups

Here's your cute puppy picture for the week. You're welcome. Image Source: Flickr user jose Antonio Tovar

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Written by Rick B.

March 9th, 2015 at 9:30 am

Money-Saving Life Hacks Everyone Should Be Implementing

Life hacks are all about repurposing things and helping you make better use of your time. If we could save up all the time we waste looking for stuff or buying new stuff, we could free up an entire weekend. Wouldn’t that be nice? Of course, a good hack should not only make your life easier, but it should also save you money. How much money? That depends on how much hacking you want to do. Consider these great money-saving life hacks:

Coins

What's in your piggy bank? Image Source: Flickr user edenpictures

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Written by Rick B.

March 6th, 2015 at 10:00 am

A True Multipurpose Room: Bathroom Hacks Everyone Should Know

Wouldn’t you like to get two weeks added back to your life this year? You could, if you stayed out of the bathroom. That is just about how much time the average person uses in the commode. Obviously, there are some necessary functions that need to be taken care of, but an hour a day? Surely there must be a better way! Of course, there is. Here at iPoll we’re all about providing great hacks to save time, money, and help you with organizing–even in the bathroom. If you can shave just a few minutes off when searching for what you need, or cleaning the shower stall, you can put that time to more productive use. See how many of these bathroom hacks you can put into action:

Bathroom Visitor

Using a cat to clean your bathroom sink: not a good idea. Image Source: Flickr user Alisha Vargas

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Written by Rick B.

March 5th, 2015 at 10:30 am

Forget the Pricey Accessories — Use These Baby Hacks to Save Money and Alleviate Stress

Becoming a new parent in the modern age means you have instant access to a lot of helpful information. That’s the good news. The bad news is that becoming a new parent in the modern age means you have instant access to a lot of helpful information. Too helpful. There are thousands of forums where parents are happy to share their experiences and pass on their sage advice. However, these shouldn’t pass for “recommended by a doctor” types of information. Still, it’s nice to commiserate with the legions of sleep-deprived parents. I feel your pain–we don’t all have Kardashian-level nannies. (I’d pay good money to see a picture of Kim actually changing a diaper.) So for the rest of us, it helps to have a bunch of baby hacks in our portfolios. As an added bonus, they’ll save you money when you avoid buying those pricey accessories that you’ll never end up using.

Bath Time

He's crying because his toys are floating away. Needs a bath hack! Image Source: Flickr user: Marc Levin

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Written by Rick B.

March 4th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Money-Saving Travel Tips: Hotel Hacks Every Traveler Should Keep in Mind

Will you be staying in a hotel in the near future? Perhaps you’re going away on business? Maybe you’ve got a family reunion coming up? Of course, nothing beats a romantic weekend getaway with your significant other. Let’s call it a date-night weekend! No matter where you’re going, you can benefit from some hotel hacks that have been developed by seasoned travelers. Here are some tips that can save you time, money, and aggravation. That sounds like the start of a great vacation!

Hotel Stay

If you're staying here, make sure you hack the place up. Image Source: Flickr user William Warby

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Written by Rick B.

March 3rd, 2015 at 10:00 am