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Mobile Army Monday: Use Your Smartphone To Earn Extra Cash

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Show of hands: Who remembers when cell phones could only make phone calls? Yes, there was actually a time when we thought a portable telephone was all we needed in life. We could call anyone from anywhere (provided there was a signal, and we had taken the time to enter their contact info via T9). This changed how people kept in contact with each other, and practically put pay phones out of business. Yes, we all needed a mobile phone. What could be better than that? Well, how about a mobile phone that lets you send text messages or give you directions or takes photos or allows you to surf the web? Welcome to the age of Smartphones–where our cells have become our personal assistants.

 

Apps

What has your Smartphone done for you lately? Image source: flickr user: Maurizio Pesce

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Written by Rick B.

June 22nd, 2015 at 10:00 am

Get The Most Out Of Your Cruise Ship Vacation

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A battle is looming over the horizon, and it has to do with a cruise ship. See, I want to take a cruise, but the wife isn’t sold on the idea. She embraces all the cruise horror stories, while I embrace the all-you-can-eat buffet. Of course, we’ve got our little one warming up in the wings, who I know will be on my side, if I throw in a little mouse action. I’d be happy to go on a Disney Cruise, if it’s my only shot at a chocolate fountain and make-your-own-ice-cream-sundae bar. Thankfully, by the time we’ve finally agreed to go cruising, we’ll be well armed with these fantastic tips on how to get the most out of a cruise ship vacation.

 

Cruise Vacation

Will a cruise ship be your next vacation? Image Source: flickr user: davitydave

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Written by Rick B.

June 17th, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Don’t Get Frozen Out From The Rewards

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Full disclosure: It’s not Monday. Well, technically when you read this post it will be Monday (or beyond) but as of this writing it is actually Friday afternoon. This is a long weekend that I hope to take full advantage of. That means not working on Monday.  Actually, I’m glad it is Friday instead of Monday, because as I checked in with my iPoll app just moments ago, I realized I have a lot of potential Mobile Missions to complete this weekend that could earn me some serious bank. Not the least of which is the special month-long beta test for the iPoll app I just signed up for. I’ll know shortly if I’m selected, but I would advise you to get in on this action ASAP. Just for having iPoll on your phone (which you should already have) and listening to the radio (which you all do), you can earn a whopping $30! That’s almost crazy–but then when it comes to crazy earning, iPoll never disappoints. The goal is to get in before the slots are filled up. You don’t want to be frozen out of this Mobile Mission. Speaking of frozen…

Barbeque

My weekend should look a lot like this. How about yours? Image Source: flickr user: Steven Depolo

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Written by Rick B.

May 25th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Avengers Assemble! A Look At This Summer’s Blockbusters

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What are you doing reading this post? You should be out at the movies! Way back in 1975, a little movie about a shark changed the entire structure of summer movie releases. Before Jaws, summer was considered an off-season, a time for studios to release the movies that they expected to be flops. Jaws defined the concept of a summertime movie blockbuster, and today, studios build their entire release schedule around summer movies. Nowadays, studios will even stake a claim for certain dates years in advance. What does that mean for us? It means we get to watch some spectacular movies in the coming months because this summer promises to be particularly blockbuster-heavy.

Action Figures

See the movie. Buy the action figures or vice versa. Image Source: Flickr user JD Hancock

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Written by Rick B.

May 1st, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Money-Saving Hacks When Going to the Movies

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Collectively, we’ve been watching movies for over 120 years. That’s a lot of cinema. If you are of a certain age, then you remember a time when it cost less than $1 to see a movie. Of course, you also had to wait in a long line for a blockbuster because there were no advance tickets sales or reserved seating. Today, the movies are just as popular as they ever were. Popular— but expensive. Once you factor in the cost of your tickets, concessions, the babysitter (for those of us with youngsters), and the parking, you’re looking at a total of almost $100. That price also doesn’t include going out to dinner before the show. That is why money-saving hacks for going to the movies are going to save your life this summer. Just read the following tips and you’ll be all set:

 

Hollywood Movie Theatre

Everyone should see a movie at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood at least once in their lifetime.. Image Source: Flickr user Bonita de Boer

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Written by Rick B.

April 30th, 2015 at 6:45 pm

How Recycling Can Save the Planet and Save You Money

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Happy Earth Day, everybody! This global celebration started back in the 70s as an attempt to bring attention to the health of our environment. The mixed news is that since the first Earth Day, we got a lot better about being environmentally conscious, but there is still work to be done. Currently, most major cities in the country have some form of recycling plan, and other burgs are even attempting to achieve “zero waste.” That means that 100% of everything that is thrown out will be recycled, repurposed, and reused. That’s the kind of goal we can all get behind. If you are currently recycling your papers, plastics, and aluminum containers, good on ya! It’s easy to get into the separating habit once you start. However, there could be “gold” in that recycling that you’re leaving on the table. With a little extra effort, you could not only recycle to save the planet, but you could also save some money.

Plastic Bottles

You can make art or get cash with your plastic bottles. You make the call. Image Source: Flickr user jasper_su

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Written by Rick B.

April 22nd, 2015 at 6:01 pm

Finding the Right Staff for Your Startup Business

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So you’ve finally got your startup business up and running. Good for you! If you’ve followed the advice offered in this blog, then you’re business is a runaway success by now! More good news. Does this mean you’re ready to start hiring? The goal of every business should be to expand since you can only make more money by taking on more clients. Many startups rely on family members for the initial staff period; this is especially true with new restaurants. The drawback with hiring family is you might have trouble firing them. Yes, if your cousin Claire isn’t working out, she’s got to go. But before you develop your firing skills, you need to hone your hiring skills. Here are some great tips to help you find the right staff for your startup business.

Employee Resume

Somewhere in this stack of resumes could be your new employee. Image Source: Flickr user woodleywonderworks

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Written by Rick B.

April 9th, 2015 at 9:00 am

Opening a Restaurant? Avoid These Common Mistakes Many New Owners Make

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Are you one of those people who receives rave reviews for every meal? Whether you’re making a holiday dinner or a birthday cake, do you have friends and family lining up at your door for a taste? No doubt, all those folks have told you at one point that, “You should open up your own restaurant.” That is a very noble dream and one that can be both financially and emotionally rewarding. It can also be financially and emotionally draining. Opening a restaurant is going to require a large investment of capital and time. Let’s assume that you’ll have amazing food. But guess what? That’s unfortunately not enough to create a successful restaurant. Here are some common mistakes new restaurant owners make that spell doom:

Eatery

Cool restaurant space. All they need now are customers. Image Source: Flickr user Sam Howzit

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Written by Rick B.

April 8th, 2015 at 9:30 am

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

Money-Making Tips: 4 Lessons to Learn from Girl Scout Cookie Sales

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Have you bought your Girl Scout Cookies yet? We’re deep into Girl Scout Cookie season and the boxes are selling fast and furious (for the record, I’ve got my two boxes of Thin Mints and two boxes of Peanut Butter Patties all ready to go into an Easter Basket). The cookie drive is a big part of fundraising for the Girl Scouts. This year, not only have they gone digital with their sales, but they have also gone mass market by making the cookies available in grocery stores. Still, nothing beats helping out an awesome organization. Plus, there is a lot we can learn about running a successful business from Girl Scouts Cookie sales.

Cookies

These would not last long in my house. Image Source: Flickr user punctuated

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Written by Rick B.

March 25th, 2015 at 9:00 am