Mobile Army Monday: DIY Money Making With Online Surveys

Do you consider yourself handy around the house? I have to admit that when it comes to wielding a screwdriver or hammer, I do okay. I wouldn’t be going for a contractor’s license anytime soon, but in my time I’ve built many IKEA pieces, swapped out the locks on the front door, hung paintings, and even accomplished a little toilet repair (my proudest achievement). That is probably the extent of my DIY abilities. When it comes to auto repairs or plumbing, I would prefer to avoid the “do it yourself” idea, and turn it over to the professionals. However, when it comes to making money with iPoll online surveys, I’m a master at DIY. In fact, iPoll Mobile Missions are all about DIY making money. Yes, you can share the mission, but the money will be all yours! Consider these recent Mobile Missions I took on as a DIY challenge–and won:


The less tools you have, the greater you can avoid fixing things. Image Source: flickr user: el cajon yacht club

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 27th, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Kick Up Your Next Blast With These Summer Party Hacks

Now that you’ve cleared out the clutter in your home and organized your closets, it’s time to throw a party. You deserve it! Yes, the end of summer is closer than the beginning and if that’s not a perfect excuse for a backyard party I don’t know what is. Naturally, grilling something should be part of your fiesta. However, there are plenty more summer party hacks you should embrace before the big shindig.

Summer Party

The fun is just starting. Your summer party will be a blast if you use a few of these tips. Image Source: flickr user: Andrew Malone

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 24th, 2015 at 8:13 pm

Clearing Out The Clutter Will Change Your Life

Doesn’t everyone love the feeling of getting rid of junk? Although nobody likes moving, it is one of the few times most of us ever really clear any clutter out of the house. But even if you’re not in the process of moving, why not try to take on some of that clutter now? One messy drawer isn’t the end of the world, but when that clutter begins to spread through your home, it can have a direct impact on your quality of life. Clutter takes up space you could be using to showcase things you care about. It can be distracting and even cause stress. Before the summer is up, make it a goal to get rid of some of the clutter in your life. Try renting a small dumpster. You’ll be amazed at how fast you can fill that bin up with all the unwanted stuff you’re hanging on to. Want more reasons for clearing out the clutter? Consider these benefits:

Messy Garage

If your house looks like this, you could benefit from some decluttering. Image Source: flickr user: Unnar Ymir Bjornsson

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 23rd, 2015 at 4:34 pm

6 Tips To Take The Stress Out Of Moving

If you’ve moved a few times, you probably hope you never have to move again. Between packing and unpacking, you could find yourself on the brink of a nervous breakdown. I have boxes I still haven’t unpacked from my last move and that was 12 years ago. Clearly, these are things I can live without. I look forward to someday getting to those boxes. Who knows what treasure I might find… But I digress. If you’ve got a move coming up on the horizon, then we’ve got some tips to take the stress out of moving.


If a scene like this is in your future, don't stress! It will all be over shortly. Image Source: flickr user:

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 22nd, 2015 at 3:14 pm

How Downsizing Your Home Will Save You Money

In honor of the release of Marvel’s Ant Man, let’s talk downsizing.  But not everything–just your home. Apparently, building and moving into tiny homes is a thing now. At least according to the slew of tiny home shows on HGTV. Although I look at those tiny homes and think, “Not a chance of me moving in there,” they do hold a lot of appeal for smaller stature people without a lot of stuff (or children). But you don’t have to move into a tiny home in order to benefit from downsizing. In fact, many folks are hopping on the downsizing bandwagon as way of simplifying their lives and saving money. Is downsizing your home right for you? Consider these benefits:


This is what downsizing your home could look like. Cute, right? Image Source: flickr user: Krystian Olszanski

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 21st, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Journaling Your Way To Cash Rewards

Who among us has kept a journal? Love of journal writing usually begins when we’re young and have many “Dear Diary” entries to write down. Nothing beats stumbling across one of those old journals. All the drama, all the angst, and looking back it just seems like nothing could ever have been so dire as your journal made it seem. Last week, I filed my Monday morning report, relating how completing an iPoll survey can lead to other surveys. Now I am at liberty to report the details: and they’re pretty sweet. This Mobile Mission also allowed me to get back to my journaling days–only this time, I was earning cash rewards!


What was in your last grocery cart? Image Source: flickr user: eddie welker

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 20th, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Dust Off The Tuxedos: Who Got Nominated For An Emmy?

For ardent television fans, this is their Super Bowl. We’re talking here about the Emmy awards given out each year for excellence in television. The nominations just dropped this morning, and you can practically hear the phone lines buzzing around Hollywood. PR flacks are boosting their nominated clients while agents are soothing over those who didn’t pick up a nod. Either way, today is a good day to be in the gift basket business in Los Angeles! So, who got nominated and what are my thoughts? I’m glad you asked.


These are the kind of gift baskets that will make the rounds on Emmy nom day. Image Source: flickr user: Allen Sheffield

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 18th, 2015 at 1:08 am

iPoll Quiz Results: Kids Say The Darnedest Things

“Mama.” “Nana.” “Uh-oh.” “Banana.” “Dada.” So far, that is the extent of my son’s vocabulary. At only seventeen months, I’ll cut him some slack. I’m just thankful he got, “Dada” into the mix. I’m sure he’ll have plenty to say in the coming months. As anyone with offspring knows, kids indeed say the darnedest things. Sounds like the perfect topic for an iPoll quiz. It was: and here are some of the highlighted results. (SPOILER ALERT: They are definitely the darndest things.)


You know these kids will have something to say! Image Source: flickr user: Roman Boed

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 18th, 2015 at 12:45 am

Super Cool Geek Travel Destinations

Have you heard of CCWS? It is a medical condition known as “Comic-Con Withdrawal Syndrome.” It happens every year to the legions of fanboys and fangirls who attend Comic-Con, and then come home wondering, “Now what?” Sure, they’ve got bags full of action figures to play with, and autographed comic books to read, but can those items really fill the void left by all the wonderment found at Comic-Con? Probably not. The best way to combat CCWS is to pack your bags and head out to a geek travel destination. Let’s stipulate, for the record, that places like the Smithsonian Museum, any NASA space center, or Roswell, New Mexico can do in a pinch. However, if you really want to get your geek on, you might have to have your passport in order.

New Zealand

The place where Hobbits once roamed. Great selfi opportunity. Image Source: flickr user: Tom Hall

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 15th, 2015 at 10:51 am

What You Missed At Comic-Con

Show of hands: Who here identifies as a geek? Yes, that would be me, too. Not too long ago, geeks were on the low rung of the social order. We were to be mocked. Well, we’re still to be mocked, but in the way you mock an 800-pound gorilla…very carefully. If you take a look at the recent box office champs and TV hits, you’ll find the geek stamp of approval on all of them. Comic books are driving the agenda in Hollywood, and it is the annual Comic-Con International convention that sets the tone for the coming year. This is a chance for geeks of all stripes to mingle with the creators and performers from current running TV shows and upcoming film releases. There was a time when Comic-Con was really just about comic books. Hollywood has certainly taken over, but I’d argue that we’re all the better for it. What did you miss at this year’s Comic-Con? We’ve got the rundown.

Super Heroes

At Comic Con, superheroes come in all sizes. Image Source: flickr user: istolethetv

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Rick B.

July 14th, 2015 at 10:36 am