True confession time: How often have you dreamed of winning big in Vegas? Actually, you don’t even have to limit yourself to Sin City. You could dream of being a winner at any casino. Just imagine rolling the dice or hitting blackjack and have stacks of chips pushed your way; it’s a nice dream. Unfortunately, the harsh reality for the vast majority of players is that the house always wins. Still, if you’re planning a trip to a city or if you’re taking a cruise that offers gambling, you might want to bolster your chances at success by embracing the following tips for beating the odds.
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.
Are you one of those people who hide from the mailman in fear of this month’s utility bills? Paying for water, gas and electricity is something we all have to do, like it or not. If you’re a renter and utilities are included, good on ya! For the rest of us, those monthly bills can leave us gobsmacked. The good news is gas, electric and water costs are an area where you can start saving today. The more proactive you are with your consumption, the more money you can keep in your wallet. Put it another way: Would you rather give your money to the power company or spend it on yourself? The choice is clear. Consider these tips on how to save on utilities, starting now.
We’ve all got “stuff” to get rid of. These would be all those items we have either outgrown, no longer use or wonder why we bought in the first place. When it comes to clearing out the stuff, you have three basic choices: trash it, donate it or sell it. Before you pull the trigger on the first two options, you might consider the third as a way of putting some cash directly in your pocket. Of course, you could sell most of what you would put out at a garage sale on eBay. However, you might run into some shipping issues if you’re trying to move out a coffee table or dining room chairs. Instead, go for the garage sale and follow these tips to make sure your sale is a profitable one.
As with Amazon, eBay started out in one direction and quickly “exploded” to become a dominate online selling/buying tool. With Amazon, it was books. With eBay, it was collectibles. The best way to think of eBay is like an online yard sale. However, many merchants on eBay are doing brisk business selling all kinds of commercial goods like new plasma TVs, smartphones and cameras. It is not a stretch to imagine that becoming a successful eBay seller can be your full-time job. That can translate into a lot of money flowing into your PayPal account. Who can argue with that?
Do you have what it takes to be an eBay mogul? Of all the businesses you could run from home, selling on eBay might just be the easiest in terms of support and resources. Yes, you’ll still have to do a little legwork to acquire products to sell. And yes, you need to come up with some catchy copy. However, those are challenges that are easy to conquer once you set your mind to the task. Here are some tips that could turn you into the next eBay mogul.
If you’re like me, then you hate playing the “What’s for dinner?” game. This is where you start opening cupboards and refrigerator doors around 5 o’clock to decide what can be consumed for that night’s repast. Often, you could throw your hands up in surrender and just order take-out. That is a very costly affair. It can also blow your diet. If you’re looking to save on food costs this year, then the first cuts you have to make is to scale back your take-out and dining out. (Sorry, favorite Italian restaurant around the corner.) However, that still leaves you with the challenge of what’s for dinner? If you like beef on the menu, then you could plan way ahead and save lots of money this year but simply freezing a cow. Technically, you would be freezing the butchered portions of a cow, but that would be enough to keep your family fed with many hearty meals and leave more money in your wallet.
Today is one of the busiest days in Hollywood. The Oscar nominations were announced early this morning and it’s time for film production companies to start campaigning. If you’re a movie studio, you’ll be reworking the TV spots for your movies to proudly proclaim how many nominations your feature received. If you’re an actor who has been nominated, then your whole team will spring into action. It is standard operating procedure for celebrities at a certain level to have an agent, a manager, a lawyer, and a publicist. For the Oscars, those celebrities will also be work with stylists to make sure they look just right. It is a flurry of activity leading up to the big night. From now until February 22, you can count on the following actors saying, “It’s an honor to just be nominated.”
This week can be summed up in three words: Thankfulness, food, and shopping. At some point on Thursday, nearly everyone who gathers around a turkey dinner will pause to give thanks for the blessings in their lives. That’s how it should be and hopefully they’ll continue those moments of appreciation every day. Of course, we all look forward to those turkey dinners. So many variations of preparing the bird. So many side dishes. So many leftovers. It’s a wonder we make it through to Friday.
Speaking of Friday, it is the official kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Will your wallet be ready? It could if it is bolstered by iPoll rewards. This is where your Mobile Missions come into play. There’s nothing wrong with showing gratitude for an opportunity to put cash in your pocket!
Halloween checklist: Carved pumpkin. Check. Orange lights for the porch. Check. Ghost to hang on the front door. Check. Candy. Most definitely check. As holidays go, Halloween runs a close second to Christmas in terms of spending. Not only will we drop around four billion dollars on costumes and decorations, but also we’ll spend upwards of two billion dollars on candy alone. That translates into around 90 million pounds of chocolate and 25% of the annual revenue for candy companies. All of this got me thinking: Just where did candy come from? A little digging and I’ve got the answers to share with your trick or treaters.
This year, Halloween falls on a Friday, which means it’s the perfect combination for a party: weekend plus holiday theme. If you’re going to throw a spooktackular bash this Halloween, the first thing to decide if it’s for the kids or the grown-ups. There can be some crossover elements, and you can have a party for both groups, but at the very least you probably want to keep those two groups separate as you plan, since enjoying this celebration is different for each of them. To that end, iPoll presents your guide to throwing an awesome monster mash.