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Saving MOney & Making Money


Meal Planning on a budget: $5 Meal Plan

$5 Meal Plan is a service that emails you a meal plan and shopping list every week for just $5 a month. Perfect if you want healthier food without much effort.

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Making money with surveys & watching videos: Swagbucks

Get gift cards from Paypal, Amazon, Sephora and more by watching videos online and taking surveys through a company like Swagbucks. You get a $5 welcome bonus for signing up.

It is my favorite survey company for a reason.

Making money with surveys: Survey Junkie

If you prefer earning cold hard cash instead of gift cards, Survey Junkie is a great option in the list of survey companies. You can earn about $10 for a survey with some surveys paying up to $50.

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Get cashback on every purchases: Ibotta

Use the Ibotta website to find offers for various brands by creating an account with them. You can also earn cashback by submitting receipts from stores that are partnered with Ibotta. You can also link loyalty accounts you have with various brands.

Bonus: You get a $20 welcome bonus the moment you make an account.

Cashback stores include Grubhub, Walmart, booking.com, Best Buy and more.

Get the best insurance quotes: Policy Genius

Policy Genius allows you to compare insurance quotes and get the best price for your needs. It takes a few minutes to get a quote and you can then compare between brands before making your final choice.

Policy Genius will help you find the best quote for life insurance, health insurance, auto insurance and more.

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Travelling on a budget: Airbnb

I travel quite a lot and stopped using hotels a very long time ago. I switched over to Airbnb for all my bookings for a couple of reasons:

It is cheaper

  • 1. You have a FAR more local experience
  • 2. You will have more space since you will probably rent out an apartment.
  • 3. You will probably have a kitchen and hall to yourself making it easier to stay in a place for an extended period of time.
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Creating a podcast on a budget: BuzzSprout

BuzzSprout allows you to create podcasts and essentially acts like a host for your podcasts by putting them on major platforms like Spotify or Apple.

You need a base of some kind when starting a podcast and BuzzSprout is my go-to. 

Get cashback on every purchases: Rakuten

Rakuten is another cashback option that you can consider using. You get a $10 cashback bonus when you sign up (or a $10 Walmart gift card- your choice). 

You get Cashback when you shop online through any one of the stores they are partnered with.

Rakuten has loads of options like skullcandy, JC Penny and more. So you basically click on the store you want to shop at through their website and shop as per usual. 

Rakuten will make a commission for referring you to the store and you get cashback through that commission.

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Start an online store on a budget: BigCommerce

Starting an online store with BigCommerce means really simplifing the process for yourself.

They give you: a branded online store, connect your store to Amazon/Ebay, web hosting, SEO, single-page checkout, and more. It is basically a really easy way to create a full website ready to go for your online store.

Making money with surveys: My Points

My Points allows you to withdraw your survey company as cash via Paypal or by getting gift cards directly. You also get a $5 bonus once you complete your first five surveys.

Stationary on a budget: Erin Condren

This recommendation comes from my unexplainable but undying love for adorable stationary. 

Erin Condren is basically affordable stationary that includes planners, folios, notebooks, stickers and more. 

If you like cute stationary without the gigantic price tag, this one is great.


Blogging Resources


Creating a website: Bluehost

Bluehost is what I used to set up this website. It offers a range of plans and I had gone with the Choice Plus version but the Basic version, which is all a new blogger needs is only $71

WordPress Themes: Beautiful Dawn Designs

If you do choose to get a website of your own and create a blog of your own, you are going to consider getting a paid theme instead of using one of the free ones. The reason may be to get customer support, have a better looking theme,... whatever.

Beautiful Dawn Designs has some great options and it on the cheaper end compared to most others. (Expect to pay $45 for your theme from BDD)

Email Marketing: ConvertKit

ConvertKit allows you to send and handle email marketing from one place. It is considered the best service available for your email marketing needs and allows you to create landing pages, opt-ins and more.

You can organize your subscribers by tag and segments and send them automated emails whenever needed.

Financial reports for your business: Freshbooks

If you run a freelance business or are self-employed, Freshbooks is an absolute must since it allows you to create financial reports for your business. This allows you to understand what is working for your business and plan ahead. They also make yearly accounting a helluva lot easier.

Keep your blog legally protected: Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions Page

If you start a blog you are going to need to protect it  with a privacy policy and a terms and conditions page. This is necessary by law.

Arifa's legal templates make it really easy and much cheaper than using a lawyer would be!

Once you buy here templates, it only takes a few minutes to get them live on your website.

Organize everything for free: Trello

I cannot put into words how amazing I think Trello is. It is free if you only need the basics as I do but it does also have a pro version with extra features.

 It allows you to create to-do lists, create boards for different topics, add team members to your boards, archive stuff easily, etc. 

It just allows you to keep a tab on what is done and what is yet to be done. It is great if you need to handle everything that is stressing you out in a more organized way. 

Freelancing contracts, proposals, invoices and more: Bonsai

If you are a freelance writer, Bonsai is exactly what you need. It helps you create contracts, invoices, and proposals. You can also keep track of your expenses easily with the help of their interface.

It's great for freelance writers in specific but designers and coders use it as well.

Design like a pro: Canva

Canva is perfect for creating designs for just about anything. You can design blog post images, social media images, portfolios, posters, logos and more.

There is a free service that is more than enough and if you want extra perks, you can go for the pro version.