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Mobile Army Monday: Complete A Mission, Earn Reward

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“Complete a mission; earn a reward.” That is a simple formula for success. You have to wonder why more people aren’t using the iPoll app to put cold, hard cash in their wallets. After all, there are no strings attached, no contracts to sign, and no bosses looking over your shoulder. You get to “work” your own hours. If you finish one mission a week or ten, it is all up to you. Will you be able to retire on the money you make from iPoll? Probably not. Will you be able to pay some bills, go out for a date or do some shopping? Absolutely. Complete a mission; earn a reward. That should be your new mantra to start every day.

 

Los Angeles Airport

It looks a lot better when it is lighted up at night. Image Source: flickr user: Phil Whitehouse

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Written by Rick B.

April 20th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

iPoll Quiz Results: Scar Stories

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Have you responded to an iPoll quiz yet? You should. We asked, and then you shared. This week, we’re talking about your scars. It’s hard to imagine anyone getting through life without earning themselves at least one notable scar. Even if a cut didn’t require stitches, maybe it left a lasting impression. Much like tattoos, every scar tells a story. Here are some of the stand-out stories about scars courtesy of our iPoll members. Hot tip: these stories also earned their members ten extra dollars in their rewards accounts.

 

Lion King

Yes, this is Scar but not a scar. Trying to avoid freaking you out! Image Source: flickr user: Andrew Coyle

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Written by Rick B.

April 17th, 2015 at 10:15 pm

Picking The Right Contractor Will Save Money On Your Remodeling Job

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This week we learned that improving your home’s curb appeal can add value to your property. You can take that to the next level by tackling a remodeling project. Any time you give your kitchen a makeover, redo a patio deck or add a bathroom, you’ll be significantly bumping up the value of your home. The goal is to make sure your remodeling project doesn’t go over budget. So, yes, you have to start with a budget. This is where hiring the right contractor comes in. The contractor is like the job supervisor who will be in charge of all aspects of that job from drawing up the plans to pulling the permits to hiring the crew to buying the materials. All aspects of the job flow through the contractor, so it’s a pretty crucial position to fill. If you have a problem, your first point of contact is your contractor. See how important they are? Having the right contractor will also ensure that there won’t be any delays or cost overruns.

Before you look for a contractor, try to get a good idea of your project. For projects like these, visualization aids in preparation; for instance, if it is a kitchen remodel, then pull together photos from online or in a magazine of what your ideal kitchen would be like. You can present these ‘inspiration boards’ to the contractor during the interview phase. This in turn will allow them to put together an estimate of the work. That is what your budget will become. Next, line up the potential candidates.

 

Kitchen Makeover

Let's hope this remodeling job will be finished soon! Image Source: flickr user: woodleywonderworks

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Written by Rick B.

April 16th, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Personal Finance and Taxing Situations: Tax Factoids and Strange Taxes Around the World

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For many, April 15th is a day of dread. Yes, it’s tax day. Either you’ve already filed and hopefully feel pretty good about your personal finances, or you’re racing to complete the forms and get them in by midnight tonight (and maybe regretting that you waited until the last minute —again!). Of course, you can also file an extension but then you might be hit with penalties. No matter the scenario, you can expect to pay taxes at one time or another. Whether they take so much out of your check that you get a refund or you end up writing a big check to the government, you can’t avoid those taxing situations. For most of us, filing and paying taxes isn’t that complicated. It does provide plenty of opportunity for people to gripe, but comparatively speaking we have it pretty good. There was a time in the U.S. when the top marginal tax rate was 90%. Other countries have current tax rates as high as60%. Are you ready for some tax factoids to brighten your day? Of course you are!

Monopoly

Quite possibly everyone's first lesson in taxation: The Monopoly Luxury Tax. Image Source: Flickr user philip taylor

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Written by Rick B.

April 15th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Tips to Help Improve Your Curb Appeal and Possibly Increase the Value of Your Home

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If you are a homeowner, you have a valuable investment in your property. Even if you’re still paying off that mortgage loan, your home can put money into your pocket in the form of an equity loan. Of course, if you are planning to sell your house, then you could land a decent profit depending on the circumstances. The best way to bolster your chances for an increased home value is to improve your curb appeal. This is the first impression your home makes on a potential buyer or appraiser. For a little investment up front, you can literally transform your home… up front. Here are some tips to help increase the value of your home by boosting your curb appeal:

Garden

This is the kind of curb appeal that says, "Welcome home." Image Source: Flickr user jeffery tucker

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Written by Rick B.

April 14th, 2015 at 11:30 am

Mobile Army Monday: iPoll Quizzes Can Earn You Big Bucks

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$2,520,700. That is how much the right answers were worth to Ken Jennings. Of course, it took him 72 straight wins on Jeopardy to earn that much money, and those answers had to be in the form of a question. Still, it is amazing to consider that simply sharing your thoughts can earn you such high rewards. Here at iPoll, we’re asking questions all the time. Full disclosure: You won’t be earning two million dollars. However, you can certainly earn enough for a fantastic date night, a trip to the spa or just some cool stuff from Amazon. Before you can spend, you have to answer some questions. The good news is that these questions don’t require a lot of knowledge; they are all about your opinions or your personal history. We’re talking about iPoll quizzes, and there are some awesome ones loaded up in the app. Why not make your Mobile Mission today all about quiz answers? You could find yourself a bit richer.

Cash

Wouldn't it be great to have this kind of cash laying around the house? Image Source: Flickr user keith cooper

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Written by Rick B.

April 13th, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Get Ready to Take the Throne: Game of Thrones Recap

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Anyone know where I can score some nice mutton? I’m guessing that is the best thing to serve at a Game of Thrones viewing party. Yes, GOT is back for season five (has it really been a year?) Well, if they can top season four, then we’re all in for a wild ride. Or should I say, “wilding ride?” For the purposes of this post, we’ll assume you’re all caught up on the first four seasons…in other words: SPOILERS AHEAD. There. Now we can dish about what happened in season four.

GOT Box Set

Are you ready to take the throne? Image Source: flickr user: Robert

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April 10th, 2015 at 11:44 pm

A Brief History of April Fool’s Day

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Do you suffer from hoaxacruxious? That is the fear of being pranked on April Fool’s Day. Reported cases of hoaxacruxious are so severe that sufferers go into a blind panic on April 1st and need to be hospitalized. In fact, emergency rooms around the world staff heavily every April first because of an influx of hoaxacruxious patients. Okay, I’ll stop now; there is no such thing as hoaxacruxious, but there probably are a lot of people looking over their shoulder today. That’s because we all have license to pull a prank. Before you bust out the silly string or zombie mask, you should know a bit about the holiday. That way, at least you’ll be able to impress your friends with your historical trivia.

 

Office Prank

Looks like somebody just got pranked. Image Source: Flickr user: Kyle and Kelly Adams

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Written by Rick B.

April 1st, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Share Your Opinion and Earn Easy Cash

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If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that we all have a lot of opinions and, therefore, tend to disagree. Try counting up all the times you shared an opinion during the course of any given day. Such opinions can address everything from The Walking Dead season finale (amazing!) to mushrooms on your pizza (not a chance!). Some of us are more vocal about sharing those opinions. Thanks to the wonderful wide world of the Internet, we can now share every opinion about local restaurants, the latest comic book movie adaptation, or even which flavor potato chip is your favorite (crab seasoning!). Even more exciting, there is one amazing website that offers cash in exchange for your opinions: iPoll. You might not even have thought about some of these topics, but once iPoll poses the question, you can’t keep your opinion to yourself. Why should you? You can earn easy cash with every share!

Driverless Car

Google's driverless car making a test run around the track. Image Source: Flickr user Steve Jurvetson

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Written by Rick B.

March 30th, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Make Easy Money By Turning Your Clutter Into Cash

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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