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Drive for Uber & Lyft to supplement your tailgating habit

Posted by Dave On April - 15 - 2016

Uber and Lyft logos

By now you are probably familiar with Uber and Lyft; two transportation companies that allow passengers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to drivers who use their own cars essentially as taxis.

What if I told you you can earn some extra money in your spare time driving for Uber and/or Lyft in order to help finance that tailgating habit of yours that can be quite expensive?

If you are unfamiliar with both Uber and Lyft, we’ll let their Wikipedia pages speak to them and what they are all about.

Wikipedia – Uber

Wikipedia – Lyft

If you have never used Uber or Lyft, here are some coupon codes for free rides using either Uber or Lyft.

Lyft rider free $50 credits

Lyft – $50 in free ride credits – Scan the QR code above or click on it or click HERE to claim your $50 in free rides from Lyft.

Uber coupon for free ride up to $15

Uber – Get your first ride free (up to $15 maximum) – Scan the QR code above or click on it or click HERE to get your first ride for free up to $15. (*Free ride value amounts vary by city.)

Both promotions through Uber and Lyft only apply if you are a first time user of Uber and/or Lyft. If you have already requested and taken at least one ride with Uber and/or Lyft, you are not eligible for the free coupons. The good news is if you have friends or family that have never take Uber or Lyft, pass those coupon codes along to them and they can get free rides themselves.

Drive with Uber / Drive with Lyft

Now that we gotten the free ride coupons out of the way, let’s jump to how you can make some money and also provide some hints and tips on earning more on your very first trip.

Right now, Uber is offering a $750 bonus for drivers who sign up and complete 75 rides WITHIN 30 DAYS. 75 rides may seem like a large number but 75 rides is quite easy to achieve. To sign up to drive with Uber, click HERE.

Because I am based in Orange County, Calif., Lyft is offering a $750 bonus to new Orange County drivers who complete 75 rides in their first 30 days. To sign up to drive with Lyft, click HERE.

(The bonus structure for Lyft varies from city to city and they sometimes will adjust it up or down based on driver supply and rider demand. An example is those who want to drive in San Francisco can earn a $1,000 bonus and need to complete 100 rides in 30 days. New drivers in Columbus, Ohio can earn a $150 bonus while only giving 30 rides in 30 days. Check out the Referral Rewards for Lyft Drivers page to see if Lyft is in your city and what the bonus structure and requirements are for your area.)

If you are a tailgater, you probably have your own car. That’s the first step towards driving for Uber and Lyft. Your vehicle needs to have at least four doors and be in good condition. In addition to having your own vehicle, you need to be 21 years of age or older and have a smart phone. Uber and Lyft requests come to drivers via a mobile app so it is recommended to have an iPhone 4s or newer or Android 2013 or newer.

In order to be approved by Uber and Lyft, you will need to have a clean driving record and pass a criminal and personal background check. Your vehicle will also undergo a safety inspection to ensure your vehicle is safe and presentable.

After you are approved, you are ready to hit the road and start earning money.

Lyft driver referral code

Lyft driver referral code

To start driving with Lyft, scan the above QR code with your smart phone or click HERE.

Uber driver referral code

Uber driver referral code

To start driving with Uber, scan the above QR code or click HERE.

Some Uber and Lyft drivers have reported they earn an average of $1,500 per week. This varies based on the number of hours they drive and which days they choose to drive but the opportunity to make some money is out there. Even driving part-time on your schedule, you can earn some extra beer money or money to take a road trip or buy some new tailgating gear.

If you do end up driving for Uber and/or Lyft, here are some hints and tips:

  • You can drive for both companies. With Uber and Lyft, you are an independent contractor and are free to work for both companies. Both companies do not deduct taxes from your payments so it is your responsibility to save a portion of your earnings when filing your taxes. You will be given a 1099 form for tax purposes and therefore you are eligible to work for both companies.
  • Speaking of taxes, you can write off a portion of your gasoline and maintenance costs if you drive for Uber and Lyft. Since gassing up is needed in order to give rides, the IRS views gasoline as a business expense. Same thing goes for oil changes, new tires and even car washes and auto detailing. We are not tax attorneys so we would suggest consulting with someone who has more knowledge than us to know exactly what portion of these costs can be written off your taxes.
  • You can have both apps open at the same time. When a Lyft rider request comes through and you accept it, turn off Uber. Same goes after you accept an Uber request. You want to turn the other app off so that your acceptance rate does not suffer. Both Uber and Lyft encourage their drivers to maintain a rider request acceptance rate at or above 90%. Turning off the other app when on another ride will ensure a request will not come through that you have to ignore and thus affecting your acceptance rate with that company.
  • Lyft allows for passengers to give tips directly within the app. Uber does not have a tipping function within the app. If a Lyft passenger chooses to tip a driver, 100% of that tip amount is passed on to the driver and Lyft does not take a percentage.
  • Keep your car clean both inside and out. Passengers getting into a dirty car are less likely to tip and will probably give you a lower star rating than had your vehicle been clean and presentable.
  • Understand that when accepting a ride request, you will be routed to wherever that passenger is located. It may be at a house or a business and you may have to drive a few minutes to pick them up. You do not earn money on your way to pick up the passenger but the clock starts ticking and you start earning money as soon as you pick them up.
  • Fares are based on total miles and total minutes during a ride. Longer mileage and the more time spent means a higher payout to you. Even if you are sitting in traffic or at a stop light, you are getting paid to give that ride. The mileage and minute rates vary between the companies so make sure you know how much they pay.
  • There are no set hours when driving for Uber and Lyft. You can drive early morning or late at night or anytime in between. It is up to you to determine how much or how little you want to drive. You turn on the app when you want to earn extra money and turn it off when it is not a convenient time. It is truly a job where you set your own hours and are your own boss.
  • When picking up a passenger, you will not know where they are going until you confirm they are picked up. They might be going to the airport which is 90 minutes away or they might be going a half mile from the super market to their home and do not want to walk carrying all their bags. You never know where you are going to end up until the passenger gets in your car. Make sure that if you have an appointment during the day, you budget enough time to be able to get there based on wherever you end up. Turn off your app about an hour prior to your appointment time to ensure you are not too far away and can not make it in time.

There are plenty of other hints and tips to driving with Lyft and Uber but those are the basics to get you started. We are considering doing a “How to be an Uber/Lyft Driver” video in the future. Be on the look out for that.

If you are ready to start earning some extra money with both Uber and Lyft, there is very little stopping you. If you meet the above criteria and you and your vehicle pass all the checks, you can be earning money right away. The get driving with Uber and Lyft and start earning bonuses, click the link below:

Drive with Lyft

Drive with Uber

Top 10 posts of 2015

Posted by Dave On December - 30 - 2015

They say that if a friendship can last seven years, it will last a lifetime. So what does that say about a tailgating lifestyle blog that is now eight years old? I guess we are in it for the long haul. With more fun stuff to come in 2016, we are excited to see what the new year will bring.

But before we launch head first into 2016, we’d like to look back at 2015. Every year we like to take a look back on the year that was and share the most popular blog posts from the year expiring. With just a few more days left in 2015, we had a number of posts that were quite popular and generated a bit of interest and readership.

Here is the list of the Top 10 most popular post on TailgatingIdeas.com in 2015.

(Rankings based on web traffic analytics and number of page views for a particular post.)
The Coolest Cooler comes in three colors

10. The Coolest Cooler

It is not often you get to review one of the products that was the subject of one of the most highly successful and well funded Kickstarter campaigns, but we did. Sporting a built-in blender, Bluetooth music speaker, magnetic bottle opener, an LED light and so many more features jammed packed into a functional cooler, this product was one of the best we have seen not only in 2015 but in the past eight years of tailgating. Published in the end of November, had this review been published earlier in the year, this post would have ranked higher due to the overwhelming response and high traffic coming in via social media shares. The original post can be found here: The Coolest Cooler

Slick Shotz Kit

Slick Shotz Kit

9. Slick Shotz New & Improved

When it comes to smuggling booze into events, you need to stay one step ahead of the security guards. Slick Shotz did just that in improving their product to include a better heat sealer and built-in funnels on the shot packs. The original post can be found here: Slick Shotz – New and Improved

College Football Tailgating Lot

8. Five reasons modern tailgating is awesome

Everyone likes things that are more modern. This post details why tailgating in the 21st Century is way better than the old days. The original post can be found here:
Modern tailgating is awesome – Here’s 5 reasons why

Bacon wrapped Oreos

Photo courtesy of The Huffington Post

7. The Six Craziest Tailgating Foods on the Planet

From Bacon Wrapped Oreos to Cowboy Caviar to Insanely Hot Chicken Wings, our writer Dan Stern detailed the The 6 craziest tailgating foods on the planet. No wonder it was one of the top visited blog posts in 2015.

Freedom Grill Tailgating Grill Hot Girl

6. The Freedom Grill Making a Comeback?

Everyone loved the Freedom Grill and the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill. Unfortunately both are extinct and no longer being manufactured. When we started hearing rumblings through the grapevine that a possible return of the workhorse tailgating grill was on the horizon, we shared those rumors with our readers. Based on the fact that this post ranked No. 6 in our most popular posts, you can understand that there still is a demand for these grills and a hopefulness they will be coming out of retirement sooner than later. The original post can be found here: Freedom Grill making a come back?

Drinking Jacket Features

5. The Drinking Jacket

A victim of being posted in November and having less than two months of web traffic, our review of The Drinking Jacket broke into the Top 5 of the most popular posts in 2015. Shared extensively on social media, this “Tailgate Approved” product was bound to be a highly popular post had it been published earlier in the year.

Naked pong three sheets

4. Naked Pong

Did someone say Strip Beer Pong? Anytime you combine a popular tailgating game with a way to get your opponents to take off some clothing, you have a winning blog post. The original post can be found here: Naked Pong

Pelican Cooler Featured

3. Pelican Elite Coolers

A high quality cooler that has outstanding ice retention will always catch the eyes of tailgaters. Our review from March was quite popular with numerous people sharing it via social media. The original post can be found here: Pelican Elite Coolers

Stubbs_prize_package_2

2. Stubb’s Recipe Contest Finalist

As you might imagine, anytime there is an online vote to win cash and prizes, that will generate a lot of interest. Coming in at the No. 2 most popular and most visited blog post is the Stubb’s Recipe Contest Finalists. Shared nearly 2,000 times on social media, this was one contest that definitely generated a buzz about grill and tailgating.

Beer pong distraction boob cleavage

Photo courtesy of theCHIVE

1. Top Beer Pong Distractions for Tailgating

Beer Pong is rapidly becoming a serious threat to cornhole as the most popular tailgating game in the parking lot. Because of that, we thought it a public service to publish the Top Beer Pong Distractions for Tailgating. As you can tell, apparently two attractive ladies showing off some ample cleavage not only distracts beer pong players but reels in plenty of web traffic making it our top blog post of 2015.

So that’s a wrap on 2015. Did any of your favorite blog posts from the past year make in? If not, share with us in the comments below you favorite TailgatingIdeas.com blog post from 2015.

Top Beer Pong Distractions for Tailgating

Posted by Dave On August - 19 - 2015

I love beer pong boobs

We’ve all seen the movie Baseketball. The made up sport where distractions (referred to as psych outs in the movie) are an integral part of the game in order to induce the opponent to miss. The same thing goes when it comes to beer pong. Distractions are not only allowed in beer pong but are highly encouraged. The Book of Beer Pong: The Official Guide to the Sport of Champions says so, so it has to be true, right?

Football season is coming and that means tailgating and of course beer pong. Here is the definitive list of beer pong distractions for the unique environment that is tailgating.

Beer pong distraction boob cleavage

Photo courtesy of theCHIVE

1) Sexy Time – Nothing distracts a red blooded American male (or any straight male for that matter) more than boobs and butts. Apologies to the male players playing against female teams but this distraction only works one way. Guys, please keep your shirts on… please. Beer pong players can be Superman but a nice rack (in an over matched tank top not on the other side of the beer pong table) is Kryptonite. Men can not look away and resist much like a moth can not resist flying into a 100 watt bulb. It’s nature and there is nothing you can do about it. Ladies, wiggle, jiggle and even take it off to distract your male opponents. Just try not to lose your balance when twerking because that’s just embarrassing.

Jack Nicholson creepy stare

2) Creepy 1000 Yard Stare – If the previous beer pong distraction was specifically for the girls, this one is for the guys. Women are accustomed to being looked at and checked out while tailgating but not to the point it makes them uncomfortable. If men get “busted” checking out a girl’s attributes, he will look away in embarrassment once she catches him. As a beer pong distraction, use this to your advantage and make your female opponent uncomfortable by staring at her most attractive features. Try not to blink while doing it. It will not be overtly noticeable but just like in the movie The Silence of the Lambs, you subconsciously see Hannibal Lecter never blinks. To make it even more unnerving, finger your belly button through your shirt or move your hand in your pocket near your junk right next to the beer pong rack so there is no escaping the creepyness.

Waving hands distraction beer pong

3) Waving Hands – We’ve all seen during a basketball game, the student section behind the backboard waving their hands or sweeping their arms in one direction as soon as the shooter releases the ball. Same concept applies to beer pong. Wave your hands over the tops of the cups (without touching the cups) and remove them after the ball leaves your opponent’s hand. Waving your hands behind the beer pong table is a good one too. Just be cognitive of when the shooter is about to throw so you can sweep your hands to one direction rapidly in order to induce the shooter to throw off target.

Beer pong shooting at the same time

4) Shooting out of turn – Nothing unnerves a beer pong player more than when they think the other player is gaining an advantage. Keep a beer pong ball in your hand and when your opponent is about to throw, fake like it is your turn and you are about to throw. People tend to focus on items they think are being thrown at them so they can block the projectile. More than likely, they will see your throwing motion and focus more on if the ball will hit their cups or possibly hit them in the eye than hitting the Bitch Cup.

Tailgating selfie

5) But first, let me take a selfie – Selfies. We all hate them. When you see some self-absorbed woman taking a selfie, you get that sick feeling in your stomach when you see some pathetic fan trying to get his section to start “The Wave“. When your opponent is about to shoot their ball, pull out your mobile phone and pose for a selfie right behind the targeted cups. Bonus distraction points if you pull a duck face and a fake gang sign. Guys you can do this too and this might be even more distracting based on how ridiculous you look.

Camera Flash

6) Say CHEESE! – Keep your camera phone out and this time turn it on your opponent. Many people are camera shy and do not like getting their picture taken. (Take note of the people always taking selfies of themselves while tailgating. This technique will not work on them.) Ask them to smile or exclaim, “I am so tagging you on Instagram” while they shoot. Their nervousness of looking bad on social media will only be matched by their errant shot looking worse.

Two hot girls kissing

7) The Two Girls Kissing – Much like distraction No. 1, this one can only be pulled off by two female teammates. Guys will stop anything they are doing if they think two girls will start making out. Even if you don’t want to kiss your girl friend, fake like you will (the Fake Out) and that will make your opponent pause before shooting. Even after the real or fake kiss, do you really think your opponent is thinking about making the next shot?

Beer Pong Slam Dunk

8) The Slam Dunk – This isn’t really a distraction but more of a last resort. If you are losing and none of your distractions have worked, taking a running flying leap across the table and slam dunking your ball into one of the cups is a sure fire way to end the game in a blaze of glory. Sure, you will lose the game but make sure a friend has their camera phone rolling to catch this epic end. What’s more important? Winning a game of beer pong before getting frisked by security at the stadium gates? Or having a classic video and stories to tell for the next 10 years at future tailgates? We thought so.

If you have a go-to beer pong distraction that works like a charm, feel free to share it in the comments below.

Beer Pong Ad

The Undisputed Cornhole All-Star Team

Posted by Dan Stern On August - 17 - 2015

If you were to assemble a Cornhole team that could go undefeated for years and years without ever facing a serious competitor, who would you pick to be on the team? Well, don’t think too hard about it because through sheer determination and a lengthy analysis, I found people who, through a diverse range of skills, would form the undisputed Cornhole All-Star Team.

Gronk Cornhole

Image courtesy of Pats Propaganda

Rob Gronkowski – Picking Gronk for the Cornhole All-Star team was probably the easiest and most obvious choice. Have you seen that touchdown spike? He’d have an unconventional toss, but I don’t think anyone would be able to slam the bag into the hole quite like Gronk. He would also be the team captain, considering his outgoing demeanor, and the fact that he loves to party. The chemistry he would bring to the team would be unprecedented in Cornhole leagues. During squabbles, he’d tell everyone to shut up and shotgun a beer with him. Now that’s a true leader, and one of the big reasons Gronk gets our pick for the Cornole All Star team.

Aroldis Chapman

Image courtesy of MLB.com

Aroldis Chapman – You didn’t see this one coming did you? The Cincinnati Reds star pitcher is a surprise pick for the Cornhole All-Star team, considering his anonymity outside of hardcore baseball circles. But, the guy is a flamethrower. He can sling a baseball over 100 mph consistently. No competitor is going to want to play him with bags flying at their heads at 100 mph. That’s a guy I want on my Cornhole team. Like Gronk, he’s going to have a weird tossing style, but if anyone can sling the bag into the hole every single time, it’s going to be Chapman.

Steph Curry

Image courtesy of The Sporting News

Steph Curry – The NBA champ and MVP! If anyone knows how to win, it’s Curry. Plus have you seen that jump shot? Oh my God. If he decided to take his talents to Cornhole, it’d be the next major North American sport. You can see why I picked him for the Cornhole All Star team. If he can’t miss a 3-pointer from 60 feet out, how’s he ever going to miss the hole in Cornhole? Obviously he’ll use that talent for a throwing motion much different than Gronk and Chapman. Steph’s finesse and fluidity will be the perfect complement to his other teammates’ pure power and strength.

Jennie Finch

Image courtesy of The Tucson Citizen

Jennie Finch – You may remember Jennie as one of the best softball pitchers in U.S. history. She led the Americans to a gold medal in 2004 and a silver medal in 2008. Like Chapman, Jennie’s got a rocket for an arm, but because of her experience mowing down hitters in softball, her technique is better fitted for Cornhole. That underhand slingshot style is perfect for the later rounds of a Cornhole tournament, bringing back a more traditional Cornhole toss for crunch time.

Mark Cuban

Image courtesy of USA TODAY

Mark Cuban – Mark Cuban rounds out the Cornhole All Star team. While not at his physical peak, Cuban brings trash-talking to a whole new level. He makes his opponents cry in the NBA, on Shark Tank and in every single market he conquers. You’ve got to have a guy like that on your team to get into your competitors’ heads. Cuban also has the savvy and charisma to find a way to motivate his team all the way to every championship. Plus, he can throw back beers with the best of them.

Who would you pick for your Cornhole All-Star team? What skills would be the most important? Let us know in the comments!

(This is a post by Dan Stern of East Coast Cornhole. Dan attended college at the University of Maryland where he perfected his tailgating style and his cornhole technique. He currently owns and operates the website eccornhole.com offering unique and customized cornhole sets for sale.)

Nothing screams tailgating more than tossing some bags onto a beautiful set of Cornhole boards with a 12 oz. in your hand. While tailgating season is still about a month away (ONLY 1 MORE MONTH!) I wanted to get you excited and your imagination flying with these unreal Cornhole Board designs. Whether or not you bring a set of this magnitude and craftsmanship to your tailgate is another story. If you do, expect to be on a tailgating high all season. A big shout out to the Cornhole Game Players community for crafting such amazing sets.

Baltimore Cornhole Sets

Photo courtesy of Engine714fever

If you live in Maryland (like me) this board is going to get you feeling some type of way. If not, at least you can appreciate the fact that sports AND beer are both included on these boards. Go O’s (and Ravens?)!

Illinois Fighting Illini Cornhole Boards

Photo courtesy of dcmalin

A great throwback design for those Fighting Illini fans. The alternating orange and blue make this set a true gem.

Boston Celtics Cornhole Boards

Photo courtesy of Thegreatcornholio

Yes, yes I know it’s not NBA season, relax. This board is too cool not to include though. I’m sure you’ll agree.

Beach themed cornhole boards

Photo courtesy of SPOC

While it’s not sports related, this is the best summer themed Cornhole boards I could find. Makes you want to toss a few bags before passing out on the beach.

NC State Cornhole Boards

Photo courtesy of Louis Clarke 11

The most unbelievable detail I’ve ever seen on a Cornhole board. Props to you, Louis Clarke. You’re making NC State fans out there pretty happy.

oregon cornhole board

Photo courtesy of mavsfan

Now this is what I call an incredible Cornhole board design. If you’re a Ducks fan and this doesn’t get you hyped up for tailgating, I have no idea what will.

Florida Gators Cornhole Boards

Photo courtesy of lj is

Another crazy cool college set. The worn wood look makes the Gator look even better.

Makers Mark cornhole board

Photo courtesy of Tribrow

You know I couldn’t go through the best Cornhole board designs without throwing in some alcohol related design. What’s a tailgate without alcohol, right? Maker’s Mark and Woodford Reserve are top quality. If you have these, you better be sure you’re one hell of a tailgater.

Old Glory Cornhole Board

Photo courtesy of The Unemployed Project

These boards scream America. No one could ever say anything bad about this design. This is easily the most patriotic design I’ve ever seen.

Iowa Hawkeyes CornholeBoards

Photo courtesy of dcmalin

I had to round up this list with another college design. Dcmalin once again kills it with the detail and unique logo and shows he’s one of the best in the Cornhole board design business.

I hope you enjoyed these incredible Cornhole board designs. Tailgating season is right around the corner and you have to start thinking about how you’re going to outdo yourself from last year. These designs should inspire you to start thinking.

Which designs do you like the best? Did I miss any other awesome Cornhole board designs? Let me know in the comments below

(This is a post by Dan Stern of East Coast Cornhole. Dan attended college at the University of Maryland where he perfected his tailgating style and his cornhole technique. He currently owns and operates the website eccornhole.com offering unique and customized cornhole sets for sale.)

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