Summer Movies II: Remakes, Reboots, and Sequels- Oh My!

Last week, we discussed upcoming summer movies, touching on Avengers 2, Mad Max, Tomorrowland, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Ant-Man, Pixels, Mission Impossible and Fantastic Four. If you wind up seeing all those movies this summer, you can certainly call yourself a true fan of the cinema. But wait! There’s more. Did you really think you could get by with just the blockbusters? Perish the thought. Here are some of the other remakes, reboots, and sequels to see, plus a few original flicks, too.

One-Eye Minion

Who wouldn't want a pet Minion? Image Source: Flickr user Sonny Abesamis

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Written by Rick B.

May 8th, 2015 at 6:01 pm

How To Get On A Game Show

When it comes to making money, you can either work hard or take a shortcut. Working hard could mean starting your own home-based business or selling stuff at a flea market on the weekend. It doesn’t always have to be a 9 to 5 job. Taking a shortcut comes with more risk because there is no guarantee of earning a reward. Here, something like gambling in Vegas or playing the lottery would constitute a shortcut. Another example might be auditioning for a game show. You’ve probably got better odds at winning big in Vegas than you do at winning big on a game show. Let’s say you want to embrace the game show experience as something on your bucket list. Since all you should be giving up is your time, then you aren’t really risking anything.

The good news is that every show needs contestants. In fact, they’ll tell you how to apply at the end of every show. Some shows host open auditions in every town, check and see if they’re going to be in your area soon. Bottom line: It won’t be hard to find the auditions once you start looking. The only hitch is that you’ve got to travel to where the show is produced and they won’t pay for your airfare (here lies some minimal risk, depending on where you are). Also, keep in mind that you’ll be facing off against hundreds, if not thousands, of fellow contestants who want to win as much as you do. Can you maintain a competitive edge? Of course you can, provided you follow our advice!

Filming Jeopardy

Do you have what it takes to win on Jeopardy? Image Source: Flickr user Steve Jurvetson

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Written by Rick B.

May 7th, 2015 at 9:47 pm

Home Space-Saving Hacks You Can Do Yourself

Let’s face it; we don’t all live in mansions and even if you did, I bet you would still run out of space. Whether you’re a casual “pack rat” or a full-on hoarder, storage space is always at a high premium in your home. That is why making the most use of that space is crucial for keeping you organized and allowing you do get going with your day. A good place to start is with some bathroom space-saving hacks. But once you’re done with the bathroom, what about the rest of the house? Fear not, we’ve got the hacks that will open up your space. Plus, they’re affordable and an easy DIY project.


Pegboard Storage

Now that is some serious pegboard storage. Image Source: Flickr user regan76

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Written by Rick B.

May 6th, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Smart and Affordable Gift Ideas For Toddlers

Every new parent asks the same question: “Are the terrible twos really terrible?” The resounding answer is; “Yes.” Actually, whether or not the terrible twos are, in fact, terrible depends a lot on the two-year-old in question and their parents. However, one thing you can count on is that once a kid becomes a toddler, they love to explore; this usually involves a lot of chasing on mom and dad’s part. It also means a lot more of, “Don’t put that in your mouth,” “Give daddy back his cell phone” and “Go find mommy.” This newfound energy is the reason your kids need to be occupied with safe and engaging toys during the waking hours. If you have a toddler in your world that has an upcoming birthday, you might consider these affordable gifts (we say “affordable” because you really shouldn’t spend a lot on a toddler’s gift. Chances are it will end up broken long before their next birthday).


Birthday Cake

When this kid is done with the cake, he's going to want presents STAT! Image Source: Flickr user James Emery

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Written by Rick B.

May 5th, 2015 at 7:16 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Follow The Quizzes To Cash Rewards

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

Avengers Assemble! A Look At This Summer’s Blockbusters

What are you doing reading this post? You should be out at the movies! Way back in 1975, a little movie about a shark changed the entire structure of summer movie releases. Before Jaws, summer was considered an off-season, a time for studios to release the movies that they expected to be flops. Jaws defined the concept of a summertime movie blockbuster, and today, studios build their entire release schedule around summer movies. Nowadays, studios will even stake a claim for certain dates years in advance. What does that mean for us? It means we get to watch some spectacular movies in the coming months because this summer promises to be particularly blockbuster-heavy.

Action Figures

See the movie. Buy the action figures or vice versa. Image Source: Flickr user JD Hancock

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Written by Rick B.

May 1st, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Money-Saving Hacks When Going to the Movies

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

Affordable Marketing Ideas For Your Start Up Business

Once your startup is up and running, your primary goal is exposure. In other words, you’ve got to get the word out. After all your planning, hiring, and website building, you’ve got to let your customers know that you’re open for business. Without a clear marketing strategy, you won’t garner any success (because no one will know about you). Let’s assume that the ultimate marketing campaign would be a Super Bowl television spot. Right out of the gate, you’ve got 100,000,000 potential viewers checking out your company. Of course, you also need several million dollars just to secure that spot. Let the big companies play with their millions. You focus on your immediate target customer. In developing a marketing strategy, your primary question should be: To whom are you selling your product? That is where you want to start your marketing campaign. Here are some affordable marketing ideas for your start up business:

Refrigerator Magnets

Surely your company magnet giveaway could find a place here. Image Source: Flickr user Robert Couse-Baker

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Written by Rick B.

April 29th, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Save On Grocery Bills With These Alternate Vegetable Gardening Methods

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

Mobile Army Monday: The Hunt Is Still On For Cash Rewards

There is no telling where an iPoll Mobile Mission is going to take you. It might be a gas station, a bank, a Starbucks or your local grocery store. That’s part of the fun of unlocking a Mobile Mission- that and knowing that none of them are impossible missions! One of the most popular mission-zones is the grocery store; this is where you can really step up your game and even potentially earn some significant iPoll reward cash. Are you taking full advantage of the New Product Scavenger Hunt? You should!


There could be a new pickle on this shelf worth a lot of money. Image Source: Flickr user USDA

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Written by Rick B.

April 27th, 2015 at 7:27 pm