Resources


Frugal Resources Resources

I have received many questions from readers about my favorite money saving tools and blogging tips, so I decided to compile my recommended resources into one list.  All of these products and services are things that I have thoroughly vetted or used personally.

Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that I will receive a small commission if you sign up for something (at no additional cost to you).  It’s a win-win.  You can read our full disclosure policy here.

MONEY SAVING & BUDGETING

 

Credible

Struggling with student loans?  You could save up to $18,000 by refinancing your loans at a lower interest rate through Credible.  All you need to do is fill out a quick, simple form and you can then compare rates from multiple lenders.  These requests do not affect your credit score, so you have nothing to lose (and potentially thousands to gain)!

Ebates

Whenever you’re shopping online, make sure to check Ebates to see if you can earn cash back on any of your purchases.  Ebates includes tons of popular stores, including Target, Amazon, Groupon, Walmart, Kohl’s, and JCPenney.  You can earn up to 40% cash back on almost anything you buy, and it’s 100% free to join.  Cash back can be received as a check or a PayPal deposit.

 

START A BLOG

 

Bluehost

If you want to start your own blog, the first step is to set up website hosting.  Bluehost is a popular choice for hosting because it’s affordable, easy, and the customer service is excellent.  Check out my free step-by-step guide for how to set up a WordPress blog on Bluehost here.  If you sign up for Bluehost through my link, you will receive the lowest price possible at just $3.95 per month.

BoardBooster

To earn money from your blog, you first need an audience.  One of the most effective ways to get readers to your website is through Pinterest.  Before I started using BoardBooster, I was struggling with my Pinterest strategy.  Most of my pins were not getting any likes or re-pins, and only about 5% of my social media traffic was coming from Pinterest.

Once I started using BoardBooster, my monthly page views (and my blogging income) skyrocketed, and I now get more than 70% of my social media traffic from Pinterest.  BoardBooster allows you to automate pinning, manage campaigns, and clean up your boards – it’s an enormous time saver and it will help you to identify what’s working for you and what isn’t.  For just $5/month, it’s well worth the small investment.

Social Warfare

Sometimes, the images you use for Pinterest are not the same ones you want to have on your actual blog.  Vertical images with large font work best for Pinterest, but this may not work for your blog.  On my site, I use horizontal images with no font because this works best for my website layout.

In order to pin different images to Pinterest, I use the Social Warfare plugin for WordPress.  This makes it so easy to pin on Pinterest!  Social Warfare also allows me to select an image to be used on Facebook and other social media sites.  For just $29/year (about $2.40 per month), it’s definitely worth it!

 

MUST-READ BOOKS

 

Money

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach
You Only Live Once: The Roadmap to Financial Wellness by Jason Vitug
Retire Inspired by Chris Hogan
Love Your Life Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze
Hustle Away Debt by David Carlson
Mind Over Money: Overcoming the Disorders that Threaten Our Financial Health by Klontz

Career Development

Lean In: Women, Work and The Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
The Corporate Survival Guide for Your Twenties by Kayla Buell 
The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Blogging

How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup
ProBlogger: Secrets to Blogging Your Way to a Six Figure Income by Darren Rowse
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt