This Year, Make School Picture Day Count

We devoted some time this week to talking about getting your college-bound student ready for their transition to campus life. However, there are still legions of parents who are many years away from that major event. Before college, you’ve got to get them through the first 13 years of school. That includes getting them through picture day. This is the day set aside by the yearbook committee where your student gets to have a professional picture snapped. This will immortalize them for that year. It could also become the number one photo memento as you build a decade worth of these portraits. Although you’re probably quite practiced at prepping for picture day, it doesn’t hurt to check out our tips that will help get your young ones ready for their close-up.


School Picture Day

Cute kid but he might not be ready for school picture day yet. Image Source: flickr user: stephanie sicore

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Written by Rick B.

August 28th, 2015 at 10:22 pm

How To Cope With Empty Nest Syndrome

Mom, Dad… you’ve done your job. The kids are finally off to college. You’ve helped them every step along the way. You got them ready for dorm life and shared with them some valuable college hacks. You taught them right from wrong and given them a strong moral compass. The rest is up to them. So now what? Well, you could be facing empty nest syndrome. This is where you wander into your teen’s room and start to cry because you miss them. Totally understandable, and we’ll allow that. However, you can’t let that empty nest define you. It’s time to get up and get focused. Here’s how you can deal with empty nest syndrome.


Moving Out

If only sending a kid to college was as easy as packing the truck. Image Source: Flickr user: kristin klein

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Written by Rick B.

August 27th, 2015 at 6:59 pm

14 Super Awesome College Hacks

As your college-bound student heads off to a fresh semester, they will certainly be learning a lot of new things. It’s not just those expensive textbooks that will provide the education, but also adapting to dorm life and trying to fit in. Hopefully, the period of adjustment will be a quick one. As a way of helping make the transition from home life to college life a smooth one, iPoll is happy to share a bunch of super awesome college hacks. Like all other life hacks, these are workaround suggestions that can make things go a lot smoother and save some serious bucks. Share these with the college student in your life–and let the rapid round of hacks commence!

College Life

Surviving college 101: Make new friends that will last a lifetime. Image Source: flickr user: COD newsroom

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Written by Rick B.

August 26th, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Get Your Kid Ready For Dorm Life

This is it. The moment you’ve been waiting the last eighteen years to finally happen: your kid is going off to college. They’ll be getting that higher education diploma meant to set them up for a wonderful career. More importantly, they’ll also be living on their own for the first time. That’s a game changer. Of course, you’re not just packing them up and shipping them off. You still have a role to play, even if they are several miles (or states) away. No doubt, there will be plenty of Skype calls, texts, and FaceTime sessions coming your way. To help with the transition to a dorm, you might want to make sure they have a few essentials ready.


Dorm Room

Your kid's dorm room might only look this clean once. Image Source: flickr user: Daniel Borman

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Written by Rick B.

August 25th, 2015 at 10:26 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Don’t Forget Your Cash Earning Surveys

For many folks around the country and the world, this is a very busy week. It’s the end of summer, and back-to-school time. For the last several months, the mornings have been sublime. Now the frenzy starts up again. This includes the daily mad rush to find something to wear, something to eat for lunch, and something you didn’t do the night before (like homework). As families settle into their new routines, it is common to forget a few things, like paying this week’s bills or picking up the dog food from the grocery store. One thing you shouldn’t forget, though, is filling out your iPoll surveys. They have a way of helping you refocus. After all, that bag of dog food could be this month’s mystery product. If you upload that, you could score $500 in cash rewards. And the rest of the cash-earning surveys can help defer the costs of some school supplies. Every little bit helps!



It's back to school time. Aren't you glad you're not in school? Image Source: flickr user: US Department of Education

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Written by Rick B.

August 24th, 2015 at 9:42 pm

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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:



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!


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