Before I ever started blogging, I created gift guides using a micro-blogging site that would give you a portion of ad revenue and referral income. They would hold contests for the best gift guide and I’m a sucker for a contest, so why not? Before long, I was making a small (very small) side income and learning a lot about what worked and what didn’t in the world of gift guides.
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Fast forward to now where gift guides generate a decent and regular amount of money for me and my blog. It’s a great way to diversify your income, especially if you’re a blogger. But not every gift guide will work! There is a secret to making them successful.
I’ve been using Swagbucks for a while and I’ll be honest with you – it’s not a game-changer and it’s not going to make you rich. BUT it’s still an easy way to earn some extra money, especially if you use it for things you would be doing anyway. If you’re lucky it will put a couple hundred dollars in your Paypal account each year, and it can definitely earn you some nice Amazon gift cards that will help out come Christmas time. The key is to know what is worth your time and what isn’t.
Lucky for you, I’ve wasted enough time for both of, so take my advice and ignore most of the bells and whistles that Swagbucks has to offer. There’s really only a couple of features that are worth your time, so if you focus on them, you’ll pad your wallet without even thinking about it.
This year is packed full of goals for me, one of which is to drastically cut my grocery bill… ideally in half. My husband and I are pretty good at not splurging on fancy restaurants, or even eating out a lot, yet still our grocery bill is by far the largest bill we’ve got (aside from the mortgage). So after the holidays died down, I got to work…and holy moly, what a pleasant surprise! I made a few big (but ultimately easy) changes and the results were phenomenal – I saved over $500 the first month of my attempts! As far as I’m concerned, that’s the same as making $500/month, so I couldn’t be happier.
So here’s what I did (and what you should do) to cut $500 off the grocery bill this month:
When I left the 9-5 grind to stay at home with my son I knew that I would try to find some work to do from home. What I didn’t know was that the options would be seemingly endless. In fact, some business that I was in contact with were actually specifically looking for stay-at-home moms.
Since then, I’ve been keeping track of all the amazing options out there for every type of background, because honestly I think everyone should have the opportunity to work from wherever they want – especially if it’s to be able to stay at home with their kids. So, for the teachers, educators, and infopreneurs out there, this list is for you. Some are so unbelievable that you can make way more from home than you ever could in a classroom (seriously).
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Building wealth and paying down debt – the unattainable goal that most of us statistically never reach – is ironically very, very simple. Foolproof even. In fact, I think one of the biggest reason that most people don’t build wealth (or pay down debt) is because the real solution, the one right in front of them, is just too simple. It’s boring. It’s slow. It isn’t glitzy and it’s not something to write home about.
But it works.
Deciding that you want to start a blog is sooo exhilarating. I will never forget how excited I was to start MBA sahm. And I would loooove for other people to feel that way too! So I’m going lay it all out there and tell you how to start a money-making blog in 10 easy steps. The good news is that it isn’t expensive to start one (and if you’re not worried about making money it can be totally free). The bad news is that it’s probably way more work than you think it is. BUT it is unbelievably fulfilling and gratifying work. It’s a real business that you’ll be running just like any other start-up.
So roll up your sleeves, entrepreneur, here we go! Here’s how to start a money-making blog that you will love:
Without a doubt, one of my absolute favorite times of year is the one little week sandwiched in between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The craziness of the holidays are over and I start to get really, really motivated for the year ahead. And hopefully you already know that I LOVE GOAL SETTING. So that’s basically what I spend the whole week doing…and not surprisingly, a lot of my goals tend to be financial ones. Then once I’ve settled on them, I work really, really, really hard to get them accomplished.
So as you start brainstorming ideas to tackle your own financial goals, use these tips and resources to get them totally accomplished this year:
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In a few days I’m going to publish a post that will be full of resources and tips that will help accomplish your New Year’s resolution, no matter what it may be. I’ve been working on it for a while, and throughout the process I kept coming back to the same realization:
There’s really only one New Year’s resolution you need that will accomplish all other resolutions you may have.
I love this question. I know it sounds weird, but I ask myself all the time – What would you do with $10 million, Nikki? And then I make a list. Usually with a glass of wine after everyone’s gone to bed. I know it sounds indulgent, but it’s really not. In fact, I think it’s a really, really important question that everyone needs to ask themselves on a regular basis – What would you do with $10 million?
Why waste time imagining a life you don’t have, you ask?
This scenario plays out in my house almost everyday: The playroom is strewn with blocks, cars are on their sides, balls are piled in the corner…and my son? He’s playing in our cabinet with the pots and pans. There’s no question he loves his toys, but sometimes I can’t believe how much he loves his “not toys.” So much so that I find myself converting old household products into play things just for some free indoor excitement.
So if you’re tired of buying toys, look around your house and see if you’ve got any of these big winners:
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