Category: Financial Freedom

5 Ways to Make Budgeting Easier

5 Tips to Make Budgeting Easier

I spend a lot of time writing, reading, and studying personal finance and yet I still struggle with good ole’ fashioned budgeting.  It often feels boring, depressing, and monotonous. I want to be dreaming, creating, and building! Not cutting back, canceling out, and organizing my spending.

But it’s a necessary evil.  And the more I’ve fought it, the more I’ve realized how important it is.  Luckily, along the way I’ve found different ways to make budgeting easier…and dare I say, enjoyable.   So that’s what I’ve got for you today! 5 different ways to make budgeting easier (and maybe even fun!).

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After 3 Years of Blogging, Here’s My Best Advice for New Bloggers

After 3 Years of Blogging, Here's My Best Advice for New Bloggers

Wow. It’s been THREE years of blogging for me at MBAsahm!  This is a huge milestone for so many reasons.  From the very beginning I promised myself I wouldn’t quit blogging until I had put in at least 3 years and thank God I made myself do that because now I’m sure I’ll never stop.

If you read my blog regularly, you already know that starting MBAsahm was one of the best decisions I ever made.  So if you’re considering starting a blog, DO IT. It may not be exactly what you thought – it may be more, it may be less – but I promise you, it will be fulfilling.

Related post: How to Start a Money-Making Blog

I spend so much time explaining the in’s and out’s of blogging and describing what it takes (and what I do), so I know what a lot of you are thinking and wondering!  I hope this will be helpful for anyone that is just starting out and also for any of you that are considering it.  But first and foremost, don’t stop!  Your blog is what you make of it, so if it doesn’t feel right, just change course.  Eventually it will all make sense. 🙂  

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60 Ways to Make Money as a Stay at Home Mom

There are so many amazing ways to make money as a stay at home mom! It's within reach for everyone. Check out this list for ideas.

This post contains an ever-growing list of ways to make money as a stay-at-home mom, so check back often because it is constantly being updated! And of course, if you’ve got your own brilliant way of making money as a mom and it isn’t on this list, be sure to comment or email me and I will add it!  Good luck to you.


Whether by choice or last resort, being a stay at home (SAHM) is quite an endeavor. It’s a full-time job on it’s own, but it’s hard to fight that feeling that you want to bring in an income too.

Luckily, it’s totally possible to be a SAHM and bring home some moolah. In fact, if you play your cards right, you could bring in a substantial amount of money.

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How to Overcome Writer’s Block & Get More Writing Done

How to Overcome Writer's Block

Writing is a fickle thing.  Even when you love to do it, you often feel like you have to do it.  When you’re inspired and motivated, you can’t type fast enough.  But when you hit that writer’s block or have distractions pulling you in different directions, you can waste a ridiculous amount of time just staring at a blank screen.

If you write for a living, that problem can be a really big problem.  And not just because you really do have to write. The bigger problem is that if you’re writing for a living, you’ve almost certainly obtained your dream job and you just want to keep it that way!

So the next time you need to overcome writer’s block or are seriously backed up on your writing obligations, try out some these strategies:
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How to Supplement Your Blog Income with Hubpages

How to Supplement Your Blog Income with Hubpages

Third party sites like Hubpages often get a bad rap from bloggers.  After all, we’re all taught from the beginning that one of the most important aspects of managing a blog is owning and hosting your own domain.  

These sites, however, are totally misunderstood (and definitely under-utilized) by writers and bloggers.  I’ve been using Hubpages for longer than my blog’s existence and despite my blog’s success, I still head back to Hubpages to regularly publish material.  It is an important source of income that supplements what my blog is earning for me.

While the money is obviously important, there are other serious benefits to using Hubpages when you’re a blogger.

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The Next Book You Have to Read: The Millionaire Next Door

The Next Book You Have to Read: The Millionaire Next Door

The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko, had been on my list forever. I had pushed it off because I thought it would be similar to the various other “tips to become wealthy” books, but I was totally wrong.  

This book is an absolute must read for anyone that wants to be truly financially free or hopes to make a substantial amount of money in their lives…and it’s unlike any other book I’ve ever read.

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Why You Should Start a Blog

Why You Should Start a Blog

Honestly, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that blogging may very well be the new American dream. It gives you everything…complete control over your life, your finances, your time.

Financial freedom. Career success. Time to parent. Freedom to travel.

That may be the gist of it, but those reasons really only scratch the surface of why you should start a blog.

Having a blog is so worth the effort it takes to make it succeed.  It is, without a doubt, the best thing I ever did for my family and my career.  And the benefits go way beyond the obvious (that it’s a flexible way to make some extra money).

So before you blow this off as something not worth your time, consider these reasons for starting your own blog:

Related post: How to Start a Money-Making Blog

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Where to Find Cheap K-Cups

If you are looking for a good deal on K-cups, check out this list before you spend another penny! You may be paying more than you should.

I bet I’m not the first to tell you that if you quit your morning Starbucks habit, you’ll have over $1,000 in your pocket by the end of the year.  We all know this, so we’ve all done the same thing.  We’ve purchased a Keurig and we make our coffee at home…which means we’re all trying to figure out where to find cheap K-cups.

Even with the cost of K-cups, it is worth keeping the Keurig.  The convenience, cleanliness, variety, and ease are unmatched.  And like I already said, it IS way cheaper than actually going out for coffee.

So, to keep the habit cost-effective, where exactly can you find cheap K-cups?  (And more importantly, where can you find Starbucks K-Cups that don’t cost $1 a pop?)  

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