My February 2017 Blog Income Report

Blog income report

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If you ask me what I’m passionate about, I’d quickly respond with “Helping people with their personal finances.” And it all started with this simple blog back in 2010.

I absolutely love blogging. Each and every post I write has an impact on somebody.

It might help them realize that they need to:

get started on their retirement fund, protect themselves with life insurance, or even to love their money a little bit less, and their spouse a bit more.

The fact that I can earn money from blogging is simply icing on the cake. AND, I recently discovered that if I want to earn an unlimited income with my blog, all I have to do is focus on helping my readers . . . → Read More: My February 2017 Blog Income Report

5 of the Best Hobbies to Have (or Begin!) for Earning Cash

Best Hobbies to Have for Earning Cash

If you’re racking your brain to come up with a way to earn some extra money this month, the answer might be right under your nose.

Most of us either have a hobby we enjoy, or we had one, once upon a time. Dig that instrument out of the closet and you’ll find that, like riding a bike, the basic knowledge is still there. Rusty, but there.

This post was written by our talented regular writer, Jamie Jeffers.

5 of the Best Hobbies for Earning Cash

My music instructors passed on the often told advise that if I just put in 15 solid minutes of practice per day, I’d be a better musician than most. Now I know that they were just trying to get me to pull my flute from its case. The truth is, getting started is the whole hurdle. Once you jump that, 15 minutes melts into . . . → Read More: 5 of the Best Hobbies to Have (or Begin!) for Earning Cash

6 Little Known Employee Benefits You Should Ask About

Little Known Employee Benefits

When I worked as a recruiter, job candidates would often ask me about the employee benefits that came with the job.

What I realized was that most people knew about the basic benefits like healthcare, 401(k), and paid vacation time. What they didn’t know was there are more employee benefits to ask about.

6 Little Known Employee Benefits You Should Ask About

Here are a few of the little known employee benefits you may want to ask about at your job (or when hunting for the next one).

This post was written by Amanda Abella – a fantastic speaker and author of personal finance.

1) Student Loan Repayment

Companies are starting to consider offering student loan repayment as one of their employee benefits. Quite frankly, there’s a demand for it.

Only about four percent of companies currently offer this, so it’s still pretty new, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. . . . → Read More: 6 Little Known Employee Benefits You Should Ask About

We Bought a Rental House With Cash – One Year in Review

On November 30th, 2015, we closed on our very first rental property – a 3 bedroom, one bath home in a nearby neighborhood. The pipes we corroded, the kitchen was a disaster, and the hardwood floors all needed refinishing (which I have of course never done in my life).

It was a big project, but we were starry eyed with the investment possibilities. After all, we had the cash for a complete purchase and figured that 100% of the rent checks would go directly in our pockets.

Were we a little naive?

Of course.

But we all get a little naive with excitement, don’t we?

Related: Our Offer Was Accepted. Let the Rental Games Begin!

We Bought a Rental House With Cash

You may be thinking, “How in the world did you buy this rental house with cash??”

Long story short:

I hate debt. It makes me nervous, angry, . . . → Read More: We Bought a Rental House With Cash – One Year in Review

Stuff and Happiness – The Inverse Correlation

stuff and happiness

We earn more, have more, and do more today than ever…but we’re still not happy. In fact, according to the NORC, we’re even less happy than we were 50 years ago – long before smartphones, Facebook, and the now ever-so-common McMansion we call our home.

Stuff and Happiness – The Inverse Correlation

From the outside looking in, we’ve got it all. We’ve got clean water everywhere we go, a wide variety of affordable cuisines, cheap clothing, shelter that’s far bigger than necessary, and we’ve got the answers to all the world’s questions right at our fingertips. Life should be more fulfilling than ever.

But it’s not.

From the inside looking out, we’ve got nothing. We don’t have an 80 inch 3D curved television. Our boat is a far cry from the 70 foot yacht that we truly desire. And our car is of the simple domestic variety – pretty boring . . . → Read More: Stuff and Happiness – The Inverse Correlation

How to Stay Motivated After Getting Out of Debt

Stay Motivated After Getting Our of Debt

There’s no shame in slowing down a little bit once you get out of debt, but there are so many people that take their foot off the gas completely! And sometimes they even start driving in reverse and dive back into debt! Why is this? And what steps can you take to stay motivated after getting out of debt?

Why Do People Go Back Into Debt After Getting Out?

You’d think that once people rid themselves of their debt, they’d vow never to go back in, but it honestly seems to happen more often than not. So what on earth are these people thinking? What is it that drives them back into debt?

1) It’s a Habit

It’s incredibly easy to buy stuff you can’t afford, and when you’ve done it all your life it’s crazy difficult to kick the habit. With the media swirling all around you, telling you . . . → Read More: How to Stay Motivated After Getting Out of Debt

Weekend Side Hustles That Can Make You Extra Cash

Weekend Side Hustles

If you have decided that you want to make extra money this year, you’ve probably come across the term “side hustle”. A side hustle can bring you extra cash, fulfill your need for a hobby, and even turn into a full-time gig.

Weekend Side Hustles That Can Make You Extra Cash

But what if you don’t have the time for a side hustle just yet? Well, this list of weekend side hustles may be just the thing you need. These side hustles are perfect for those that don’t have a lot of time!

This post has been written by our regular writer, Kimberly Studdard.

1) Drive People Around

Most likely you’ve heard of Uber or Lyft, so why not drive for them? Some recent articles have shared that people can make a full time income driving for them, but even if you don’t, driving people around could make a great . . . → Read More: Weekend Side Hustles That Can Make You Extra Cash

4 Ways to Enjoy March Madness on a Budget

Enjoy March Madness on a Budget

Several years ago, I was watching the local news when the sportscaster came on to announce the winner of the citywide March Madness bracket tournament. The top prize was a year’s supply of pizza.

This post was written by our staff writer, Jamie Jeffers.

The winner turned out to be my husband. The pizza was a mixed blessing, because we were young, newly married, and I was expecting our first child. We could use the free food…though the smell of that pizza upset my poor pregnant stomach for months.

Our love of baseball is one of the things that first brought my husband and me together. So it’s no surprise that he’s always connected to sports. His phone sings the ESPN song every few minutes.

4 Ways to Enjoy March Madness on a Budget

Happily, some of my frugal habits have rubbed off on him. He’s learned to enjoy sports . . . → Read More: 4 Ways to Enjoy March Madness on a Budget

Will You Have Enough Money to Retire? (Use This Free Tool to Find Out)

Will You Have Enough Money to Retire

“Will I have enough money to retire?….Or will I end up broke, surviving on dog food and spam?” I joke about it, but this is a serious worry for 99% of us today, and why shouldn’t it be? Socking money away for retirement isn’t easy, and it can get pretty complicated figuring out exactly how much our monthly contributions will grow into 40 years from now.

That’s why I created this simple tool, “The Retirement Calculator“.

Simply click the link and the calculator will download to your PC – you’ll see it in the lower left-hand corner of your screen once it downloads.

Will You Have Enough Money to Retire?

To figure out if your money will last through your entire retirement, you’ll have to answer just five simple questions:

How old are you? At what age do you want to retire? How much money is currently in your retirement . . . → Read More: Will You Have Enough Money to Retire? (Use This Free Tool to Find Out)

How to Save Money With Not So Extreme Couponing

not so extreme couponing

After watching shows like Extreme Couponers and Extreme Cheapskates on TLC, I knew exactly how I would save more money. I would spend my time being as cheap as possible, and I would also clip a bunch of coupons.

This post has been written by our talented writer, Kimberly Studdard.

How to Save Money With Not So Extreme Couponing

Well, my plan failed, but I’m not too upset about it. I learned some valuable tips while on my adventure, and decided that I could still save money with some not so extreme couponing. So how do I save my family money without spending 40+ hours a week clipping coupons?

Know The Best Stores To Shop At

This has been a huge part in helping me save money. I only shop at four stores. Yes, I know that seems like a lot, but let me explain. I shop at two . . . → Read More: How to Save Money With Not So Extreme Couponing