Mobile Army Monday: Earning Cash Rewards on the Road

In my particular neck of the woods, I have three stores from which I procure most of my groceries. Each one has their advantages and disadvantages. These days, before I decide which of the three stores to visit, I always check in with my iPoll app first. Yes, the location of a potential Mobile Mission can make all the difference in regard to where I end up. The key word in the Mobile Mission is mobile, as in, you need to go out in the world to get the cash. It is just that simple. iPoll gives you plenty of opportunities to earn that cash, but you’ve got to go to the places that are housing the mission.

Earn on-the-go cash rewards from iPoll, and your office could look like this. Image Source: Flicker user Wim Goedhart

 

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Written by Rick B.

March 28th, 2016 at 11:01 pm

Tips for Spring Cleaning: Time to Toss Out the Clutter

Do you know that the average trash can provided by your city can hold up to 250 pounds of trash? That might seem like a lot. However, when you consider that by some estimates, each person generates four pounds of trash each day, that 250 pounds can easily be met each week, especially in a household with several people. Around here, I feel like I’m taking out the trash every ten minutes. I’ve begged my wife to get a bigger kitchen trashcan but to no avail. You just have to pick your battles. However, when it comes to clutter, you should be thinking about tossing out what you don’t need.

This isn’t just about getting rid of that pile of junk mail. Instead, it’s time for a total decluttering of the home. This fits in nicely with your overall spring-cleaning project, but when it comes to clutter, you might not realize just how much you can get rid of. Consider tossing out these things:

Mess

Clearly, this is a space in need of some serious decluttering. Image Source: Flickr user Roger H. Goun

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Written by Rick B.

March 25th, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Red Flags to Look for When Picking Your Next Perfect Apartment

Do you rent your living space? You’re not alone. Recent surveys put renters at around 35% of the population. With all the requirements for closing on a home and the ongoing upkeep, for many folks, it makes sense to keep renting. This is especially true for the legion of young single folks who make up the bulk of the renting population. One thing’s for sure with most apartment renters: they often make a few moves before settling into that perfect location. Personally, since moving to Los Angeles, I’ve moved seven times, and I’m still renting! If you’re getting ready to dive into the apartment rental game, then iPoll has some suggestions for how to find your perfect living space. Well, maybe not the perfect living space, but you should at least avoid the following “red flag” situations:

Apartment Building

Could your perfect apartment be in this building? Check the red flags! Image Source: Flickr user Paul Sableman

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Written by Rick B.

March 24th, 2016 at 12:12 pm

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Save Money by Breaking Bad Habits

We all have bad habits. Some of these bad habits can be quite harmless like not being able to sleep until you finish binge-watching Daredevil on Netflix (guilty). Other bad habits like, say, out of control hoarding, can actually endanger your health. Then there are the bad habits that are costing you money. This is where you feel rather silly once you’ve added up all the money you’ve spent on these habits and don’t have a lot to show for it all. As with any habit, you can break a bad habit through behavior modification in two simple steps:

Step 1: Recognize the bad habit.

Step 2: Stop doing that thing.

It really is that easy. Here are some bad habits you should break starting today to help put more money in your wallet.

Hike

Great workout and a lot cheaper than a gym membership! Image Source: Flickr user Richie Johns

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Written by Rick B.

March 23rd, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Get into a Habit with These Good Eating Habits

Does it seem to anyone else that there are new recommendations for what we should eat every week? Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, another report comes along that says you’re doing it all wrong. Thankfully, there are those occasional reports that say wonderful things like “Eat as much chocolate as you want.” (I might have read that one wrong, but I know it said something about chocolate being good for you.)

Perhaps a better approach would be to adjust your eating habits. We’ve already discussed how to organize your refrigerator for dieting success. By following these good habits, you might finally break through and shed those last stubborn few pounds. It’s worth a try, right?

Chicken Dinner

This looks like a healthy dinner. Now eat it every day! Image Source: Flickr user gemteck1

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Written by Rick B.

March 22nd, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Fast Answers Translates into Fast Cash with iPoll Surveys

Do you remember the first time you used a microwave? By now, microwaves are as common in kitchens as the sink, stove, and fridge. Most folks have grown up with microwaves in their homes. For the young ones, the microwave is a fascinating box of beeps and blips that somehow produces food that’s always too hot to eat. Once that kid grows into “reaching age,” they’ll be exposed to all the wonders of microwave cooking and will have that “fast” attitude instilled. We are definitely living in a microwave society where everything has to be fast, from our food to our Internet streaming. Waiting for seconds is too long. We want what we want in a micro-second!

It’s a good thing iPoll is fast. Most surveys and Mobile Missions can be completed in less time than it takes to drink a can of soda. And on the other side of those fast surveys are some fast cash rewards. One thing is for sure with iPoll surveys…it doesn’t take long to earn money.

Inside Costco

This is one shopping trip I'm happy to make. Image Source: Flickr user Michael Ocampo

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Written by Rick B.

March 21st, 2016 at 4:27 pm

What’s Your Dream Job?

The correct answer to the question, “What’s your dream job?” would be “No job at all.” Of course, there are many folks who truly love their gigs and don’t consider them one bit dreary. Have you ever thought about what your dream job would look like? Let’s stipulate for the record that we would probably all love to be a pop star or actor. It can seem so easy, right? Unfortunately, the struggles to find success in show business place all kinds of burdens and stress even on those people who seem to have “made it.” And what happens when they stop making it? Instead, you might want to aim a bit lower for your dream job. In other words, let’s put aside the call of being famous and instead consider options for a cool gig.

Desserts

Making these sweet treats could be your sweet dream job. Image Source: Flickr user Pauline Mak

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Written by Rick B.

March 18th, 2016 at 1:30 pm

A Practical Guide to Loving Your Dreary Job

When it comes to describing your job, there are three basic options: Love it, hate it, or it’s work. For the “hate it” and “it’s work” crowd, that job can become a drudgery. Let’s stipulate for the record that we all know the value of making money, and we’d all love to have our bills paid and never work another single day. Sadly, that’s not going to happen. Instead, we’ve got to keep punching that time clock until we slide into the golden years and hopefully will have saved enough for a decent retirement. In order to help you switch your description, iPoll is proud to present a practical guide to loving your dreary job.

Great Lawn

If you can, this is where you should have lunch every day. Image Source: flickr user: Michael Lehenbauer

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Written by Rick B.

March 17th, 2016 at 11:01 am

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Who Do You Work With? Classic Coworker Types

Full disclosure: My coworker drives me crazy. First of all, he is extremely lazy. As of this writing, he is literally taking a nap. When he’s not snoozing on the job, he’ll constantly come over to my desk to see what I’m working on. He won’t leave unless I tell him to. Then there are the fur balls that are often coughed up on the rug. Did I mention I share my office space with a cat? Ironically, this is my wife’s cat that I somehow inherited because Maxx the cat and Teddy the senior dog don’t get alone. These are my coworkers. I should count myself lucky. Who do you work with? You might recognize some of your coworkers in the following classic office archetypes:

Office Party

These coworkers look like they all get along. Image Source: Flickr user dionate

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Written by Rick B.

March 16th, 2016 at 1:57 pm

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How Not to Blow Your Next Job Interview

Job interviews are a lot like blind dates. Even though you might only know a little bit about the person you’re meeting, you’re still hoping it could turn into something wonderful. You also want to make a positive first impression. Just like a date, the competition can be fierce. That other person will be looking for reasons not to date (er, hire) you. This is why you want to fortify your next job interview to make sure you don’t blow it. Here’s what you to do to bolster your prospects:

Job Seekers

Are you ready to make a good first impression to your boss?

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Written by Rick B.

March 15th, 2016 at 7:49 pm