Category: Financial Freedom

57 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.

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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10 Things to Know Before Buying Your First Investment Property

10 Things You Need to Know Before Buying Your First Investment Property

Going through the process of buying an investment property – especially your first investment property – is a total roller coaster ride.  You’ll experience a ton of anxiety, excitement, confusion, and joy.

It can be addicting.

It can also go horribly wrong if you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into.

So before you pull the lever on your first investment property purchase (and we’re talking buy & hold here), make sure you know these 10 important realities of real estate investing:

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How to Use the Debt Snowball Method to Pay Off Your Loans

Using the Debt Snowball Method to pay off your loans is the quickest and easiest way to start a debt-free life.

The Debt Snowball Method is the absolute best way to get out of debt when you have multiple loans pulling you in different directions. This is especially true if you actually want to get out of debt way earlier than scheduled.

Ironically, conventional wisdom tells us to get rid of the loans with the highest interest rate first. But that’s not always the best approach to take, which is where the Debt Snowball Method comes in.  

My husband and I used this method to get rid of our student loans and it worked like a charm.  We’ve only got one major loan left  – the mortgage – and now we can focus all our resources on that.

Related post: 10 Things I’m Doing to Pay Off My Mortgage Early

Here’s what you need to know to make the Snowball Method work for you:

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10 Things I’m Doing to Pay Off My Mortgage Early (and the 1 Thing I Won’t Do)

If you want to live debt-free and retire early, then you need to start by paying off the mortgage. These are 10 things you should start doing to reach that goal.

I am bound and determined to pay off my mortgage early.  It didn’t start that way, but a few years into the loan my husband and I realized there were just too many benefits to paying it off, so it needed to happen.  Since then, the desire to be debt-free has grown, while the loan balance has shrunk.

It’s an amazing feeling to watch this massive loan get smaller and smaller and I can’t wait for the day that it’s over.  What’s even more amazing has been realizing that little changes can actually cut off years of mortgage payments.  So, of course, when you add up all those little adjustments, you can seriously impact the length of your mortgage.

As with all major endeavors in life, the first step is always the most important, so if want to pay off your mortgage early, take one of these steps TODAY.

Here’s what I’m doing to pay off my mortgage early (and what you should be doing too!):

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