Category: Financial Freedom

10 Business Documentaries that will Completely Blow Your Mind

Business Documentaries that Will Blow Your Mind

If you’re a regular reader here, I’m sure you saw this one coming!  As a documentary fanatic and personal finance fanatic, there just had to be a list of amazing business documentaries.  Because those are the best!

Most of the documentaries on this list are at the top of my all-time favorites list and quite a few of them are brand new, which makes them even better.  Not only will you learn from these, but most will also keep you on the edge of your seat!

Ok, now to the good stuff….Happy Watching!!


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How to Turn Budgeting into a Date Night

How to Create a Budgeting Date Night

I know what you are thinking: “Wow, Nikki. You guys must really have a lot of fun in your house. Budgeting date night. What a blast.”  And I get it. Budgeting gets a bad wrap.  It’s boring, restrictive, and uncomfortable.

Unless, of course, you make it fun, empowering, and inspiring.  Then, budgeting takes on a whole new life and becomes PERFECT for a date night.

THAT is what we do in our house.  We’ve turned budgeting into something we look forward to.  It motivates and excites us.  We love it so much that we do it to relieve stress and relax.  If we haven’t seen each other in a while and want to reconnect, we have a budgeting date night.

It makes us financially stronger, it helps to visualize our dreams and set goals, and every time we have one of our date nights we’re one step closer to getting to our ultimate goal of financial freedom and early retirement.

So are you ready to have the best date night ever?  Here’s what you need to do to make it perfect:

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Get Paid to Drive: 7 Ways to Make Money with Your Car

How to Make Money Driving Your Own Car

Ever wish you could just get paid to drive your own car?  Listen to music all day, experience some freedom, and maybe earn some extra cash?  Believe it or not, there are tons of side jobs that give you that opportunity and they don’t require you to get a special license or become a full-time trucker.

In fact, some jobs that pay you to drive are not only perfect side gigs, but great for stay-at-home moms or parents that have odd schedules and small blocks of free time (or no free time at all…).

So if you’re happy in your car and think you may be up for getting paid to drive, this list is for you!  All of these part-time jobs give you the chance to make money driving your own car and for the most part, on your own schedule.  Good luck with your side endeavor!

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10 Hobbies that Make Money for Stay-at-Home Moms

All of these hobbies give stay at home moms the ability to make money from home!

I’ll be the first to tell you that nothing is as wonderful as staying at home with your kids.  I’ll also be the first to tell you that nothing is as wonderful as making your own money, on your own terms, doing what you love.  

And as luck would have it, you can actually do all of these things at the exact same time. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s totally achievable.  You just start by making money from your hobbies!

I have not one, but two hobbies that make me money while still being a stay-at-home mom.  Neither interferes with taking care of my kids.  In fact, often, they’re a welcome, if not necessary part of it.  But most importantly, these hobbies (both of which have the potential to become full-blown careers) provide me with more mental stimulation than I ever got in a 9-5 office setting.  They also give me something to talk about with my husband that doesn’t revolve around our kids or household.  And of course, they make me money, which means much more than just the extra cash around the house.

So if you’re feeling the pull to go back to work, but also have a big case of mom guilt, consider some of these hobbies that may be able to give you the best of both worlds!

Related post:  60 Ways to Make Money as a Stay-at-Home Mom  

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The Best Alternatives to Cable TV…So You Can Save a Ton of Money and Still Watch Your Favorite Shows

Alternatives to Cable TV

Want to find out the best alternatives to Cable TV so you can save a boatload of money and still see all your favorite shows?  It’s easier than you think. This post lays out exactly how to watch TV without cable and lists the best cable alternatives that are currently available.


 

In my pursuit to be financially free, I’ve cut out a lot of things – pedicures, travel, shopping trips, restaurants, gym memberships, new clothes, etc. If it’s an expense, I’ve either cut it, or considered it. So obviously cable had to be put on the chopping block eventually.

What I didn’t realize was that by cutting the cable, I’d actually open myself up to watching way more TV (with no commercials) and save a boatload of money.

Not only is this a smart move to make, but it’s the direction we’re all headed, so you’re not alone. The younger half of the millennial generation doesn’t even sign up for cable when they get their first apartment anymore. So if you’re still paying for cable, you’re not just throwing money out the window, you’re also old. 😉

So what’s the trick to cutting your cable bill without giving up your late night source of entertainment?

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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

60 Ways to Make Money as a Stay at Home Mom

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 mom (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.

Without further ado, here are 60 ways to make money as a stay-at-home mom: (more…)