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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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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

How to Make Extra Money On the Side (Besides iPoll!)

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The short answer to the question, “Would you like to make some extra money?” will always be a resounding, “Yes!” We all wish we could line our pockets with extra cash. That is why we’re all here at iPoll. In fact, when it comes to making money on the side, iPoll has got to be the sweetest gig out there. It doesn’t require a lot of time. Your day isn’t disrupted. And you can spend the cash in dozens of different ways. This puts iPoll at the top of the “How to Make Money On the Side” list. But since there is a list, you know there will be more ways! Consider taking on these side jobs to make extra money:

Mobile Billboard

If you had these stickers on your car, you'd be making money, too. Image Source: Flickr user Ted Van Pelt

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Written by Rick B.

March 10th, 2015 at 10:30 am

Are You Taking Advantage of Free Stuff? Top Picks Online and In Your Neighborhood

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There are many folks who hold dear the adage, “The best things in life are free.” Who can blame them? We all like free stuff, right? Why do you think the Food Sample Lady (official title) is so busy at Costco? It’s because even a small taste of something free is like getting a huge prize. Ironically, there are plenty of free things you could be getting every day. You just have to know where to look. And when it’s your birthday, you can be smothered in free stuff if you’ve registered at certain businesses. Free also means you’re saving money. Any time you don’t have to buy something, you get to keep your dough. Here are some of the free things you should be taking advantage of.

Birthday Treats

When it comes to free stuff, birthdays come out on top! Image Source: Flickr user: cresysusy

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February 24th, 2015 at 9:30 am

Mobile Army Monday: Earning Made Easy With iPoll

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Recently a lottery jackpot soared to over half a billion dollars. This prize certainly generated a lot of press, including reports on all the odds against winning. For instance, you would be more likely to be struck by lightning or bitten by a shark than win the first prize in the lotto. Still… it only takes a couple of bucks to play and for a short period, you can have some amazing dreams about how you might spend the cash. As it turns out, three lucky ticket holders won and will split the jackpot. They definitely have plenty of cash to go around. For the rest of us, we’re back to the daily grind of our 9 to 5 jobs. If only there was an easy way to make some extra money. Cue the iPoll trumpets! Yes, iPoll lets you earn every day. While you won’t make millions, you can certainly put extra cash in your pocket…without any worry about sharks or lightning.

Mixed Money

This picture might just become my new screensaver. Delicious. Image Source: Flickr user stopnlook

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February 23rd, 2015 at 11:30 am