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Great Grilling Tips For Your Weekend BBQ

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With Memorial Day Weekend in our review mirror, we can officially claim that summer has started. Yes, the calendar tells us that June 21 is the first day of summer, but who can wait that long to start grilling? This is the weekend to fire up the barbecue and get your grill on. Let us assume that you’ve already settled the great “gas versus charcoal” debate. Personally, I prefer the gas, just because it is easier to light and is more consistent. However, if someone I know wants to put the effort in charcoal grilling, I’ll be right by their side with my empty plate. Beyond which fire method to choose, there are plenty of other great grilling tips you should embrace. These could all be game changers!

Summer Grilling

If this is what your summer looks like, count me in! Image Source: flickr user: Jem Stone

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Written by Rick B.

May 29th, 2015 at 7:40 pm

Home Space-Saving Hacks You Can Do Yourself

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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

How to Make a Living Working the Flea Market Circuit

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The short answer to the question posed in the headline is, “Yes.” The more nuanced answer would be, “It depends on how much effort you put into your stall.” When it comes to selling your stuff, you have three basic options: Yard sale, sell as an online vendor or operate a flea market booth. If you’re going into the resell arena, I would suggest online sales and flea markets to be your best options for making money, or even an actual business, out of this endeavor. Yard sales can be fun, but they have low traffic, and you’re only doing it for one weekend. So, that leaves flea markets. The good news there is that working the flea market circuit in your neck of the woods could turn a decent profit and make a living.

Selling Stuff

You could be making money at a flea market. What are you waiting for? Image Source: Flickr user jay8085

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Written by Rick B.

April 2nd, 2015 at 5:11 pm

How to Earn Easy Money Then Beat the Odds in Vegas

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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 to earn easy money.

Casino

One spin and you could be a millionaire- or not. Image Source: Flickr user Ted Murphy

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Written by Rick B.

March 31st, 2015 at 7:14 pm

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

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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 IvanWalsh.com

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Written by Rick B.

March 20th, 2015 at 11:00 am

How to Save on Utilities and Keep Money in the Wallet

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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.

LED

Make the switch to LED and start saving on power today! Image Source: Flickr user Mike Mozart

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Written by Rick B.

February 5th, 2015 at 12:30 pm

How to Throw a Profitable Garage Sale and Put Cash in Your Pocket

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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.

 

Yard Sale

Throw a garage sale for an instant cash infusion. Image Source: Flickr user John Beagle

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Written by Rick B.

February 4th, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Online Auctions and Sales: How to Become an eBay Mogul and Earn Money

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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.

Giant Yard Sale

You can sell a little at a flea market, or a lot on eBay. Image Source: Flickr user IseFire

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January 27th, 2015 at 1:45 am

Save On Food Costs This Year: Look Into Freezing a Side of Beef

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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.

Butcher Display

All this meat can be yours when you buy beef in bulk. Image Source: Flickr user holiday gems

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January 20th, 2015 at 11:15 am

Aiming for Gold: The Best Actor and Actress Oscar Nomination Roundup

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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.”

 

Academy Awards red carpet

This is the gold that every actor seeks.Image Source: Greg Hernandez via Wikimedia Commons

 

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Written by Rick B.

January 15th, 2015 at 12:33 pm