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How to cash in a prepaid credit card easily

If you are like most people, you have more than likely received a prepaid credit card in the mail as a reward for purchasing a certain item, or as a rebate, etc. Recently we moved into a new house so I took advantage of Home Depot’s Labor Day savings on buying paint where they give you back quite a bit of cash for each 5-gallon, 3-gallon, and 1-gallon buckets of paint you buy. We ended up buying a lot of paint because we repainted the entire inside of the house; every room, bathroom, and living area was repainted. We had three different transactions, so that meant Home Depot would be sending us three different prepaid credit cards, all worth a different amount. The thing that sucks, though, about prepaid credit cards, is that in America, tax is exclusive of the price shown at the shelf. That means when you get…

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How to start investing for free

Hello! This post is going to be a little different than my normal technology-related stuff, but it’s something I’m very interested in and wanted to share with all of my readers. Investing can be a very daunting task – the buy low/sell high moniker is hard to follow because when looking at a stock, how do you know if it’s low? Or how do you know if it’s high? I recently stumbled across an app called Acorns that takes all of the guesswork out of investing and actually has a very solid theory behind it – all set to help make you money. Here’s how it works… You make plenty of purchases with your bank account, we all do. So let’s say you go to the stores and buy a pair of shoes for $65.37. Acorns monitors your bank account for all of your transactions and rounds them all up to…

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Almost an entire year

It’s been almost an entire year since my last post here on the blog, and boy have I been busy. When I first started my blog I intended to post tons of tutorials, whether it be Linux/Ubuntu based, Photoshop, web development, gaming, etc., and I got a decent start-up going with the Ubuntu tutorials. I had plans to incorporate some video game reviews, some let’s plays, and everything else in the realm of video gaming, however those parts of the digital life never really took off with the blog. With all of that comes time, responsibility, editing, proof-reading and just generally a lot of research when testing out certain aspects of new tutorials, and time is something I haven’t had a lot of lately. With starting my new brick-and-mortar company, Ricky’s Nerd Services, LLC, as well as working a full-time job in a prison teaching inmates how to use computers,…

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New look, new services

I spent the last week doing a complete overhaul of rickylford.com, and I’m hoping this new website will lay out my services and creations a little better than before. With a new look comes new additions. You’ll find my portfolio and the various services I offer in the menus above as well as a slight change to the categorization of the blog and blog posts. If you’re in need of assistance or would like to learn more about what I have to offer, feel free to drop me an e-mail or give me a call.

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Internet marketing: not for the faint of heart

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated or posted here on my personal blog, but I wanted to take a second to touch in on a subject that a lot of people hear about these days and attempt, but never get very good at. Internet marketing is something that hundreds of thousands of people try and break in to to help supplement their income or even provide themselves with a primary income, but is often not explored in the fullest and broken down into exactly how hard it is to do. Whether you’re doing CPA offers, micro niche websites, social marketing and media, or other things such as lead generation, internet marketing is a very tough nut to crack and an even harder nut to get stable in. I’ve been in internet marketing for almost six years now, not as a way to quit my job and live vicariously through my…

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