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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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Written by Rick B.

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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Written by Rick B.

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

Mobile Mission Monday: Being Thankful for iPoll Rewards

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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!

Turkey Dinner

That is some good looking eating right there. Image Source: Flickr user laffy4K

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Written by Rick B.

November 24th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Treats Galore: A Brief History of Candy

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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.

Candy Drawer

Best use of a drawer ever. Image Source: Flickr user Russell Bernice

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October 29th, 2014 at 10:06 am

Planning a Spooktacular Party for Halloween

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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.

Scary Treats

This is a Halloween party you can sink your teeth into. Image Source: Flickr user: Eli Christman

 
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Written by Rick B.

October 17th, 2014 at 10:20 pm

How to Throw the Perfect Dinner Party Every Time

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Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of house hunting shows. Folks from all around the world are in search of their perfect home. One recurring item on the “home wish list” always seems to be a space that will allow folks to “entertain.” Often, this means having an open flow plan. Apparently, this would allow these folks to watch their next dinner party unfold while they slave away in the kitchen. That kind of defeats the purpose. If you’re going through all the trouble of hosting a dinner party, you should be able to enjoy the festivities. The ultimate choice would be to hire a caterer and let them do all the work. Yeah, that’s not going to happen. Instead, iPoll is proud to present a foolproof plan to throw the perfect dinner party.

 

Ready for Dinner

All that is left to do is eat! Image Source: Flickr user Scott Brenner

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 14th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

How to Keep Your Kid Busy: iPoll’s Pick of Fun Toddler Activities

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At some point in your parenting journey, you’ll hear the words “I’m bored” uttered by your child. They’ll likely say this as they are surrounded by dozens of books, hundreds of toys and thousands of hours of movies and TV programming to watch. If it is raining outside, then you’re practically guaranteed the cry of boredom. The best approach to the boredom blues is to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Pulling out these activities for your toddler could make you the coolest mom or dad on the block. Isn’t that what we all hope to achieve?

Indoor Campsite

Who needs the great outdoors to go camping? Image Source: Flickr user: Ryo Chijiiwa

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 10th, 2014 at 12:02 am