Check out my favorite resources for saving money, making money from home, traveling, and more! If you’re looking for ways to stretch your budget, earn cash back, save on travel, or earn extra money, these recommendations are for you! Do you think that blogging might be for you? A blog can be a fun hobby, a side business, or even a way to make a full time income! If you’re wanting to start a blog but a little overwhelmed, don’t worry! I have all of the info you will need right here.
I can’t talk about money saving websites without mentioning Amazon. I have been using Amazon for years and I highly recommend them to everyone. Amazon goes so far beyond free two day shipping, although that is an awesome feature! I love using Amazon for music, watching TV shows, and so much more. Check out my post about how to get the most out of your Amazon subscription, and make sure to sign up for a 30 day free trial if you aren’t already a member!
If you’re not using Ebates for your online purchases, you’re losing money! It’s really simple, and you can get $10 to start out just by using my link.
Like Ebates, Swagbucks is great for earning cash back on purchases. However, Swagbucks is a lot more than that. If you enjoy surveys, watching videos, or using coupons, you can earn Swagbucks by doing all of those things. I use both Ebates and Swagbucks because the cash back can be different on online purchases, and I use whichever is more.
If you’re looking for a really simple way to save money on groceries, Ibotta is my favorite. I use Ibotta and earn a little extra cash back every week. I love their “any brand” rebates for fruits and vegetables. It can be difficult to find coupons for real, health food, but cash back is even better than coupons.
$5 Meal Plan
We all know that meal planning saves money, but that doesn’t mean that we do it! I have found that using the $5 meal plan service helps reduce my grocery bills dramatically.
Doing surveys won’t make you a millionaire, but it’s a fun way to earn some extra cash. Survey Junkie is my favorite, because you can start earning money very quickly. They also pay out the same day that you request it, which is really awesome!
You Need A Budget
You Need a Budget (or YNAB) is the best budgeting software of there that I have found. It isn’t free,but at only $50 per year it’s a great investment. I have compared You Need A Budget to the Every Dollar app and I hightly recommend using YNAB.
If you’re a newbie to investing (like me) Betterment is a great place to get started. Betterment has recommendations for you and I have found that it’s very easy to use. No matter how old you are, it’s never too early or too late to start investing. I recommend Betterment for the ease of use and low fees!
I recommend GoDaddy for buying domain names, they are who I’ve been using for years. You may want to check and see if a domain name is included with your hosting through Siteground, but if it isn’t, I highly recommend GoDaddy. Their customer service is fantastic!
I’ve had experience with several hosting companies, and I recommend using SiteGround. I have used several others, but I recommend SiteGround for their great prices, customer service, and the fact that they have very little downtime. I see many bloggers recommending Bluehost, while they are a good host, they do have a lot of downtime for websites. You can start a blog for as little as $3.95/month with SiteGround using my link! Hosting is the only thing that you need to pay for when you start a blog (well, hosting and a domain.) These other things are nice, but hosting is an absolute must!
You’re going to need a theme for your brand new blog! Fortunately, there are quite a few affordable themes out there. If you don’t want any logos on your site, I recommend buying a theme. Make sure that is is a responsive theme, and meant for WordPress. The worst thing you can do is have a theme that doesn’t work on mobile devices! The reality is that many of your viewers will be on mobile devices, so it’s critical to make sure your theme works with them. I’ve been using ThemeForest to buy themes for my websites, and I highly recommend them!
Once you have an established blog, you may want to use a Pinterest scheduler. I LOVE BoardBooster. I actually quit using it and went back three days later. It makes pinning so much easier, and their customer service is amazing. Great customer service is really important to me!
Looking for stock photos? Pixabay has some that are completely free! Their selection is limited, but it’s a great place to start. If you’re looking for a little more variety, I love Dreamstime. Their prices are very reasonable, and they have everything you can imagine. Dreamstime also has a few free images that you can use if you’re just starting out.
I use MailChimp for my e-mail subscribers, and I use SumoMe to help collect e-mail addresses. Both services are easy to use, and have free versions as well as paid.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
Purchasing the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course has been the #1 best investment that I’ve made in my blog. Michelle really knows her stuff, and she created this course to teach bloggers how to
I wrote a blog post about why I love vacation rentals, so you know that I really do. When I travel, I like to check out AirBnb before I look at hotels. A rental through AirBnb can be cheaper, and usually includes many of the comforts of home. If you have any dietary restrictions like I do, staying in an AirBnb can be great since you can prepare most of your own food. Make sure to use my link to get $40 off your first AirBnb stay!
If an AirBnb is out of the question or too expensive, my next stop is always Hotwire.com. Hotwire helps me save up to 50% on my hotel stays and car rentals, and I’ve had a very positive experience with them overall.
When I am booking flights, hotels, or cars together, I always check Orbitz to see what kind of deal I can get. I always do price comparison, but when I am looking for a quick package deal I check Orbitz first.
What would we do without Uber? In most cities, you can get by without a rental car just be using Uber. I recommend Uber for short trips where you don’t need to rent a car, or any time that you’ll be primarily in one area.
I hope that you found these recommendations useful. If you know of a similar product or service that you think I should try, please let me know about it in the comments! If you found anything that you liked, I’d love for you to share in on Pinterest!