Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Survey Perks: Traveling over the Holidays

***Traveling is great most especially when it's free! Some survey sites have great travel destinations and you can use up the points you earned to redeem vouchers or gift certificates for the leisure trip. This of course costs big points but all worth the work, right?***

Traveling over the Holidays can be a great way to unwind from a stressful work environment or just an excuse to get away for a little while. Even though traveling over the holidays usually means visiting family members, some of which aren't the most fun to be around it's an essential thing for just about any contemporary family.

Over the holidays we visited family in New Mexico. When you think of the winter months new mexico isn't the first place your mind goes, but the cold there is just as bitter as the north east. We didn't expect it to be as harsh as it was, but the coats we brought were more than sufficient. After setting out home security alarm from we set out, it was a long flight, but traveling was relatively uneventful otherwise.

Even though hanging out with family doesn't seem like the most fun you can take for granted spending time with them and it's good to reminisce about random events from years ago. You can't really choose what memories you'll retain over the years, but many of the ones that are universally shared, even if you once thought they were asinine usually hold a significance for everyone. Such as the time Steve broke his arm, or that one Christmas were Cindy burnt a tray of cookies that stunk up the place. It's good to be able to reconnect with family, but thankfully you can leave to your respective homes afterward.

Written by Sherri Hicks

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

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Why I Never Miss The Simpsons

*** has a good selection of movies in dvd format. If you don't intend to claim your points for cash or check, there are other items aside from dvds to choose from. But for us who are avid dvd collector, getting it without having to buy with our hard earned money is such a great way to save. Just using our points we can have the dvds we want to collect, even The Simpsons.***

Since 1995 I have been a die-hard fan of The Simpsons. Over 400 episodes of the show have been made in its 21 seasons of existence. Currently only 13 seasons are available to the public on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Luckily reruns of the show are broadcast twice a day here in the Metro Detroit area. My DVR is programmed to record any potential airing of The Simpsons. Satellite TV Packages allow me to easily find the channel that corresponds to my DVR recording.

Despite multiple airings of The Simpsons, many are on at inconvenient times for me. However, I am able to watch the DVR recordings of it anytime I want. In addition I can pause, fast forward and rewind the show at any moment.

Occasionally certain networks will even add additional reruns of the The Simpsons to fill an unexpected empty time slot. Even then my DVR will recognize and record that particular instance of the show. I take full advantage of this and record as many episodes as possible.

Another great feature of my DVR is that it will organize recorded shows. The device will recognize different programs and assign each one its own folder, similar to how a computer organizes files. Of course my DVR folder for The Simpsons is the biggest.

Guest written by our friend Trent Horton

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Top Gun Collector's Edition from Zoompanel

Not all survey sites I joined give cash incentives, other sites simply give rewards equivalent like books, dvds, jewelries, appliances and etc. At first I didn't like the idea since I prefer to have cash incentives, I find it more practical but I was delighted to see the nice DVD rewards they have. Since my husband is an avid dvd collector and so much into movies, this is a great way for us to get the movies without putting out cash. Why spend if you can get it free, of course with some work input. For those who are interested to get cool freebies like this too, you may check out this link for Zoompanel.

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Post Break: Who Doesn't Love

I love the Christmas movie "A Christmas Story". Our family watches this movie on Direct television every year, and sometimes more than once.
This show is such a delight for two reasons. First of all it is perfectly set in the 1940's. The scenery and traditions of the Christmas season are displayed in such a true to the time era fashion, from the Christmas window displays, the parade, and all of the products in use at that time like the radio programs and Lifebuoy soap.
Secondly it is simply hilarious. Who can't remember the scenes of the friend being triple-dog dared to stick his tongue to the flagpole? Or the scene where Ralphie exclaims, "I don't believe it, I shot my eye out". Everyone watching could feel the frustration of little Randy being stuffed like a teddy bear from his winter clothes and not being able to get back up when pushed down. And of course Ralphie comes up with clever ways to introduce this idea of wanting a bb gun for Christmas to his mother, who thinks it's a bad idea and exclaims "no, you'll shoot your eye out".
A Christmas Story is a wonderful Christmas movie for all and I'm glad that I can share this movie that I enjoyed in my youth with my kids.
Author: Dorsey Velasquez

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

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7 Factors to Determine the Right Paid Online Survey and Avoid Survey Scams

7 Factors to Determine the Right Paid Online Survey and Avoid Survey Scams
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Doddie Herman wrote a very interesting article about how to determine which online paid surveys are legitimate and which ones are scams. This is a key factor to consider, most especially for those just starting out in this money making opportunity. Without having the ability to filter out the scams from the genuine opportunities, one will no doubt, be slowed down in his/her progress.

Today, the internet world is so vast, that trying to visualize which ones are fake and which ones are true is fairly difficult. The people that control the scam sites, are those who take peoples money without a product to deliver. They do not have sense of right and wrong. In fact, I would not be surprise if those people do it on purpose. There is no telling how low a person may stoop for money.

Don't waste your time and money on these scams, there are a handful of real survey sites that are honest. Doddie Herman gives us 7 factors how to determine a true online survey site:
  1. Start making money online doing simple Paid Surveys from the very first day, even get a survey completed within no more than 15 minutes.
  2. Fine navigation site and comfortable for beginner.
  3. Access to quality surveys.
  4. Large database of companies who pay for online survey.
  5. Extraordinary customer support.
  6. Small one time fee and no more charge any additional fees whatsoever.
  7. And most important thing is 100% Money Back Guarantee.
Checkt out this article I wrote which lists down some true online paid survey sites: Where Do I Look For Online Surveys That Pay?

Take care!

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Survey Perks

Taking surveys can be really time consuming but if you have the right survey sites it's all worth the work. Though the incentives aren't that big if piled up and combined can sum up to a decent amount. It can take a while before you get higher amounts but if you do focus groups the return is way bigger than the usual surveys.

I have gathered all my survey checks and rewards points and with that I can decide on getting something. If big enough then the amount can be used for a weekend outing like Myrtle Beach Hotel and enjoy Myrtle beach best hotels. That's the kind of survey reward that's truly rewarding! A nice day at the beach or playing some rounds of golf can be so exciting.

Some survey sites have good lists of places to go using the rewards points like the aquariums, resorts and other known attractions. It's ideal to check out sites to see what he place has to offer to know if the rewards will be worth using on that place. It's like checking and from there you can see all other attractions and places to go aside from the beach and the golf course. Just check all the possible options thoroughly and from there you can be proud of what you have accomplished in doing those surveys.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

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Get Paid To Take Survey And Earn Money At Home

I read an interesting article titled "Get Paid To Take Survey And Earn Money At Home" written by Alan Lim which provides some very good reasons why one would want to take surveys in the first place. And for those who are in the verge of doing these surveys, the author of the article explains how to prepare yourself to make your survey experience worth while and fulfilling. I like to read it once in awhile until I fully absorb the essential points. Here I will give you my opinions and brief understanding on some of the very important items on "Get Paid To Take Survey And Earn Money At Home".

First off, I'd like to point out that the title does not do the article justice. After reading it, I discovered that a more appropriate title would be something like "Taking Surveys Helps Others" or "The Importance Of Taking Surveys". I'll let you decide.

The article describes how taking surveys contributes towards creating consumer awareness. Absolutely! Products don't think for themselves. In order for a product to excel in a competitive market, the product itself has to be efficient and likable for consumers to accept. How to companies know what to do? They probably have a general idea where to start, the rest are often taken from beta testing, polls and surveys before even thinking of releasing the product! That's where survey takers come in. By taking surveys, we (the consumers) have something to say, we give suggestions, comments, opinions and in some cases complaints about a product. Therefore giving the inventors some sort of criteria and a list of standards the consumers look for in a product. So you see, by taking surveys, we not only earn a bit from it, but we also are doing a public service!

Through the use of surveys we help organizations know their product better. To further expand on what I wrote earlier, we actually help by giving them concerns of things that they probably would have never discovered if it werent for these surveys. So surveys become a powerful tool when it comes to market research, they need us. Another important thing to point out is that through surveys, these organizations are hitting 2 birds with one stone. They not only get valuable feedback for a specific product, they also advertise it through the survey itself!

Again they need us, we are important to them. Although sometimes they don't show it. We are. It's funny how every time I read the article, I always feel that survey takers should be paid more what they are worth. But that is for another post.

Back to topic, after all of these surveys have been given out and taken the products come out to the general public, fine tuned and optimized to its best. In the end, we can be happy that we contributed to its progress and also, the nice check that comes in the mail for getting involved!

The final part of the article tells us to take all kinds of product and service surveys seriously. This can be highly justified after all that has been said. Do not think of it as a waste of time because it is intended for the progress and common good for all. So whether you are getting paid to take a survey or not, be honest, and treat it as an important thing. Their is a bigger picture to see in all this.

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Post Break: Family Guy And Cartoon Network Give Me My Fix

Watching cartoons is my favorite past time, even though I am a grown woman of 30. You are never to old to watch cartoons, right? I think not! I do not think I could live without Cartoon Network. If you ask me all of the shows they play on there are for adults anyway!

I enjoy many of the shows that come on. My favorite is Family Guy! Now that's grown up entertainment at its best! Who can resist Stewie? He is the ultimate baby, and always has something smart yet cute to say! I really like the episode where he keeps repeating mommy over and over again. It is hilarious! Reminds me of a certain little boy that I know! Peter also makes the show stupendous. He reminds me of someone else that I know!

I watch Family Guy each night on my DIRECT TV. I am so fortunate that there are several episodes airing on Adult Swim each night! I can not function without my daily doses of Family Guy! Sometimes my husband will watch it with me, but he says it is a cartoon, and he shouldn't be watching it! Give me a break!

Contribution by German Flowers

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