Want to help the blog? Well, I don’t believe in a donate button, but here are some ways tosupport this site while also saving yourself some money, time and/or energy. (In case it’s not patently obvious, most of the links below are affiliate or referral links. I will receive some form of compensation if you use the product or service. It doesn’t cost you anything or affect your experience in any way.)
I’ve broken it up into the following sections:
- Cash back shopping
- Free Amazon stuff
- Cooking made easy (and cheap!)
- Blogger/writer resources
- Other money-saving/making resources
- Make me look cool
Cash back shopping
What’s better than easily finding coupons and sales? Getting money back! Get rebates on purchases you were going to make anyway.
Also, be sure to check out Swagbucks. While you can use it instead of cash back sites, it’s actually a rewards program. So you can earn money or gift cards without spending a cent. Check out my Swagbucks for Beginners post for more information.
You can also check out two other rewards/shopping programs: Inbox Dollars and MyPoints. Both pay you to read emails. The rest of the deals on there, though, really aren’t worth it. Still… paid to read emails!
Free Amazon stuff
If you’re not already signed up with Kindle Cloud, download the Kindle Reading App on your computer, phone or e-reader.
Sign up for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime. (Set a reminder to cancel before you’re charged.)
Check out a 30-day free trial of Kindle Unlimited: More than 1 million e-books and thousands of audiobooks are waiting. Spend a month reading/listening to as many as you want without spending a dime. (Again — write something on your calendar to cancel.)
Get 2 free audiobooks from Audible.com with a 30-day free trial. (You. Calendar. Reminder. Cancel.)
Or just use my Amazon link to shop for products you’re going to buy anyway.
Cooking made easy (and cheap!)
$5 meal plans and e-cookbooks
Get Erin Chase’s $5 Dinners series meals plans and e-cookbooks (including ones for Paleo and gluten-free diets) for as little as $1.99! She has recipes for regular grocery stores — but also ones for Alid, Sam’s Club, Costco. , or ones that are store specific: Aldi, Sam’s Club and Costco.
Plus she has a free e-book: 31 Days of Slow Cooker Recipes. It’s free with purchase — meaning you can get two cookbooks for $1.99!
Erin’s newest endeavor is FreezEasy Meal Plans.
Why is it so cool? Well, it lets you make 10 meals in under an hour!
Each $7 plan comes with a grocery list (organized by grocery store section for extra ease), assembly instructions, videos and printable labels.
Plans have five recipes and are organized by meat type: chicken, beef, pork, trio of meats or combo plans. There are gluten- and dairy free variations for each recipe.
Want some variety? Get all five plans for $25 — a $10 savings!
Get Paid to Write for Blogs
Cat Alford is a well-known freelancer in the personal finance blogosphere. This course will teach you how to get great-paying jobs at top websites just like Cat did. I love that there are three tiers of the course. I also love that you can now break up the course over 10 payments. That should help make the cost a little easier to bear — and it means you’ll be getting more gigs as you pay off the course. Win-win!
If you’re still on the fence about spending the money, fear not: There’s a seven-day money back guarantee. Look over the course items. If you don’t think you’ll get your money’s worth (and I doubt that), you can get every cent back! Meanwhile, there’s now a payment option, to help amortize the cost of the course over the course of 10 payments.
Get the course, and it’ll pay for itself in no time.
Write a Blog People Will Read
Donna Freedman has been writing for more than three decades. She’s written for newspapers, magazines and numerous personal finance sites — most notably, MSN Money.
Her course teaches you how to be an engaging writer: how to grab your audience’s attention, how to find topics, and more. The course has been endorsed by Liz Weston (the #1 most read personal finance writer online), Phillip Taylor (PT Money, FinCon founder), J.D. Roth (Get Rich Slowly), Will Chen (founding member of Wise Bread) and more.
You can take the course at your own pace, so you don’t have to worry about time restraints or being hurried through important points. Save 25% by clicking this link or the image below.
Donna also offers coaching packages if you need a little more guidance. And if you don’t mind telling her I sent you her way… Well, again, this is about helping yourself but also the blog.
Create/set up/maintain a blog
Once you’ve polished your skills, you can start your own blog. Here’s all of the reasons you should start a blog — and a step-by-step tutorial on getting and setting up your hosting!
If you want a little more help, I recommend iMark Interactive. The owner, Grayson, offers a range of services, one of which includes helping you set up a blog absolutely free. He’ll also help you move your blog to a new host, help you set up and tweak a new theme (he held my hand through a lot of that process) and will provide maintenance.
Other money-making/saving resources
$13.12 cell service
Yep, you read that right: Republic Wireless‘s average customer bill is $13.12. There are three data plans, and you’ll be refunded for whatever portion of the plan you don’t use.
The only downside is that you can only use Moto E or Moto G phones. Republic sells them for $129 and $199, respectively; but you can find them much cheaper elsewhere. A quick look at some cash back sites, and I found the Moto G for only $99.99.
Up to 70% off gift cards
Raise sells gift cards for up to 70% off face value. (Or you can sell your own unwanted GCs.)
Don’t just use this for cheaper gifts. Buy GCs to cover your own expenses: gas, groceries, restaurants, clothing, movies, etc.
New buyers can get $5 off a $75+ order with the code RAISE75AF. New sellers can get extra cash back with code SELLAF10.
The Ultimate Resource Guide
I tell people not to pay for information about mystery shopping. But this guide is actually worth the money — especially because it has a lot more information than just mystery shopping!
You can read my review by clicking this link. A couple of mystery shops or one survey should easily cover the cost of the book.
Capital One 360
I love our Capital One 360 checking and savings accounts. I like having free checking and a better interest rate on our savings accounts. In fact, we use the bank for our various savings sub-accounts to help with specific goals: emergency fund, car, vacation, fun money, washer/dryer, yearly car insurance, saved saving and more!
Make me look cool
Join me on social media. You increase the number of likes/followers on my social media accounts, which makes me feel special but also helps me convince sponsors* I’m worth their time.
Besides, sometimes I’m actually witty. Sometimes.
*I do very few sponsored posts. I review them carefully and only choose products or services that I truly believe will add value to my readers’ lives. Still, it’s nice to have options.