Money-Making Tips: 4 Lessons to Learn from Girl Scout Cookie Sales

Have you bought your Girl Scout Cookies yet? We’re deep into Girl Scout Cookie season and the boxes are selling fast and furious (for the record, I’ve got my two boxes of Thin Mints and two boxes of Peanut Butter Patties all ready to go into an Easter Basket). The cookie drive is a big part of fundraising for the Girl Scouts. This year, not only have they gone digital with their sales, but they have also gone mass market by making the cookies available in grocery stores. Still, nothing beats helping out an awesome organization. Plus, there is a lot we can learn about running a successful business from Girl Scouts Cookie sales.


These would not last long in my house. Image Source: Flickr user punctuated

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Written by Rick B.

March 25th, 2015 at 9:00 am

Make Easy Money By Turning Your Clutter Into Cash

In some parts of the country, there is still snow on the ground, and the temperature is below freezing. However, according to the calendar, spring has sprung. It’s a time to plant gardens, go on picnics and, most importantly, it’s time for spring cleaning. Nobody likes to clean; even clean freaks need a break. Maybe this year you can take a different approach to your spring cleaning. Instead of fighting against the drudgery, put a positive spin on your chores by using them to make easy money. You could do this by selling all of the detritus that you would normally throw out. Cast in this light, spring-cleaning can become very lucrative.

Clothes Clutter

There could be gold in this clutter. Image Source: Flickr user Lara604

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Written by Rick B.

March 24th, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Mobile Army Monday: The Quickest Route to Earning Extra Cash

Most pre-packed foods that we purchase in the grocery store come with microwave instructions. Snacks and dishes like popcorn and macaroni and cheese have been transformed by microwave use. Let’s not even get started on all the complete meals that can be prepared in the microwave. Does microwave food taste better? From a purely subjective standpoint, perhaps it does to some. It’s undeniable that in microwaving our food, we’re sacrificing something in terms of freshness. Because of all this microwaving, we now demand everything in the amount of time that it takes to turn a tuna sandwich into a tuna melt (a convenient 60 seconds). We now expect our computers to load faster, our Internet streams to run faster, and we balk at the injustice of having to wait in a traffic jam.

Of course, wouldn’t it be great to earn money in the same amount of time that it takes to microwave a meal? Just push a button and you earn ready cash. This hypothetical is actually a reality. With every iPoll Mobile Mission, you can earn reward money in minutes. iPoll makes it possible to complete a Mobile Mission and earn significant cash in less time that it takes to microwave some popcorn (2:40). I have certainly reaped these time-efficient benefits by completing my own color-coded missions.

New Cheetos

Mobile Missions lead you to unexpected discoveries. Image Source: Flickr user Mike Mozart

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Written by Rick B.

March 23rd, 2015 at 9:00 am

Beyond eBay: Save Money Online and Other Benefits of Opening a PayPal Account

First came eBay, then came PayPal. In order to deal with massive amounts of incoming bids, the online auction site had to come up with a smart way of processing and paying for orders. Before long, PayPal had become the largest online payment processor on the planet; that’s an impressive achievement. Thanks to PayPal’s system, other merchants across the Internet have begun to accept them as an approved method of payment (you might have noticed the PayPal icon popping up among the payment options at sites other than eBay). It appears that other online retailers are beginning to take note of the benefits of opening a PayPal account.

PayPal Home Page

PayPal makes paying easy. Image Source: Flickr user

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Written by Rick B.

March 20th, 2015 at 11:00 am

Taking A Look at The Best Overseas Locations for Affordable Retirement

The fact that you’re retiring doesn’t mean you can’t see the world; some retirees decide to liquidate their assets, buy an RV, and travel across the country. That way, they bring their home wherever they go. It also allows them to discover new parts of the United States, (and a perfect way to add to you “states of the US refrigerator magnet” collection). Of course, you could broaden your horizons even further by retiring overseas, which in actuality is not as scary as you might think. Many countries welcome American seniors and even go to great lengths to provide a comfortable standard of living. Plus, is there anything more exciting than the prospect of living abroad? So, where can your retirement passport take you? The possibilities are endless.

Spain Beach

This could be a picture of your retirement. Image Source: Flickr user Timothy Tolle

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Written by Rick B.

March 19th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Best Places to Retire On a Budget in the U.S.

Are you ready to retire? Most people don’t start thinking about retirement until they are in their 40s. Conventional wisdom decrees that the smart approach is to start building up your “nest egg” in your 20s so that when you hit your 60s, you’ll be ready. However, the fact that you’re retiring doesn’t mean you have to stay put. A lot of retirees like to pick up and move to warmer climates and more affordable living spaces– that makes smart financial sense. The question then becomes: what are the best cities to retire to in the US?

Pittsburgh Bridges

Pittsburgh could be your retirement destination. Image Source: Flickr user Don O'Brien

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Written by Rick B.

March 18th, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Should Your Start-Up Business Be A Franchise?

What is your favorite place to grab a quick lunch? Subway? McDonald’s? Krispy Kreme? In addition to providing tasty treats, these businesses all operate as part of a franchise. What is a franchise? It’s a great way of jump-starting your own business. Instead of coming up with the perfect idea for a company, someone else has done it for you. Unlike starting a business at home, opening a franchise will require a much more serious investment of money and time. However, the rewards could be quicker, and more fruitful. To begin you franchise research, you might want to start at a franchise expo (think of this as the Comic Con of chain restaurants). Of course, many other businesses outside the food industry operate as franchises. Next up, consider the following benefits of opening a franchise:

Franchise Convention

Want to buy a franchise? This is the place to start looking. Image Source: Flickr user David

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Written by Rick B.

March 17th, 2015 at 9:48 pm

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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