How to Make Extra Cash Renting Out Your Stuff

If you're like me, you probably own plenty of things that you only use every once in a while. Whether you've got an empty bedroom, a collection of cocktail dresses, assorted athletic equipment, or a car that you only drive once or twice a week, you could be putting your stuff to work for you. Renting your stuff is a great way to make extra money. Renting out your stuff is a no-muss, no-fuss way of earning some part-time money … [Read more...]

M1 Finance Review: The Free Robo Advisor YOU Control

If you've been fascinated with the idea of robo-advisors, but still prefer to go the do-it-yourself route, you need to check out M1 Finance. It’s a robo-advisor for sure, but one with a unique twist: you choose your own investments. That's the self-directed part. But once you choose your investments, you get all the benefits of a robo-advisor. M1 Finance then manages your portfolio for you, including periodic rebalancing and … [Read more...]

The Cash Flow Analysis for Our Rental Property (at Year End 2018)

It’s time once again to do our annual rental property cash flow analysis. To see previous years, visit the link at the bottom of the post. Twenty-eighteen was another challenging year for our rental property: 100% occupied (thankfully), new contract negotiations, and major water damage that ruined the wood floors! If you're new to my recaps, this is property is our old personal residence - a Frisco, TX townhome we purchased in … [Read more...]

The Important Things We’re Saving For (Our Savings Goals for 2019)

Each year I take a moment to consider our annual savings goals: retirement, emergency, short-term, etc. What do we want to get done with our savings in 2019 to feel like we made a solid push towards our plan for financial independence? Let's take a look. I’m a believer in being intentional and putting carrots out there for myself. So, here we are. If you want to have success with your finances and move towards financial … [Read more...]

How to Get Sideline Passes for NFL Games (Our Exclusive Team Experience with Barclaycard)

This experience was sponsored by Barclaycard. However, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Wouldn't it be cool to be on the sidelines at an NFL game? This could be a dream-come-true experience, especially for long-time or young fans. Who doesn't want to get close to their heroes down on the field? I'd love to one day bring my kid(s) down on the field. Not many people get to experience being that close to the … [Read more...]

The Top 40 Personal Finance Podcasts (Listen & Win the Money Game)

Do you have a long commute to work? It's hard to not feel like you are wasting valuable time going back and forth from work. But you can make the time fly by and improve your finances by listening to the top personal finance podcasts. After living in two major metropolitan areas and having to patiently ride out the commute each day I know how draining and stressful it can be. That said, since discovering podcasts I often look … [Read more...]

21 Online Job Search Sites to Find Your Next Job

Looking for a job can be exhausting and frustrating. Especially if you’re underemployed or jobless, sending out hundreds of resumes without anyone calling you back is tough. Don’t let the job search bring you down. Focus your energy on online job search sites that will help you find the right position for your skills. How Do I Find a Job in My Area Online? Looking for a job in your area requires being strategic. Do some research … [Read more...]

37 Most Trusted Money Making Websites (No Investment Needed)

Today I want to explore the best money making websites. There are very few of us who feel like we make enough money. Earning more can help you pay off debt, get on track for retirement, or you simply diversify your income sources. Luckily, making a little extra money has gotten much easier in the modern age. These days, there are tons of apps and websites where you can start earning part-time money. But who do you trust? Let's look … [Read more...]

7 Strategies to Save You Thousands Each Year in Taxes (Year-End Tax Planning)

It's time once again to start giving some thought to paying taxes. Who's excited? Okay, even though it may feel like a chore it's wise to do a little analysis at the end of the year to see if there are any year-end tax planning moves you need to make. Remember, corporate returns are due on March 15, 2019. Personal tax returns are due on Monday, April 15, 2019, the last day to file taxes. But you can file your taxes with the IRS … [Read more...]

Personal Capital vs Mint: Which is Better for Understanding Your Investments?

Are you looking to get more control over your financial situation? Personal Capital and Mint both give you an overview of your spending and investments but in different ways. Mint is mostly an aggregator and budgeting app, while Personal Capital is mainly an aggregator and investment management platform--but also offers limited budgeting capabilities. Let's take a look at both services in detail, and see which will work better … [Read more...]

Start Investing for Only $5 with Stash Invest (Our Review)

Many people have trouble getting started investing. There are often high balance requirements that make it difficult to even open an account, let alone actually start investing. If you’ve been having difficulty getting out of the investment starting gate, you can get plenty of help through an app known as Stash Invest. Stash will enable you to invest in fully constructed investment portfolios that are consistent with your own … [Read more...]

9 Part-Time Jobs That Pay Well [Better Pay in Less Time]

One of the problems with part-time work is that it often comes with part-time pay. Toiling twenty hours per week for minimum wage is no way to build wealth or create a balanced life. Thankfully, there are a number of part-time jobs out there that pay enough for you to live comfortably on 20 hours per week. In addition, many of these jobs will allow you to create your own schedule. If you're looking for a part-time job that … [Read more...]

The Minimalist Home Office: 5 Tips to Organize Your Workspace and Get More Done!

If you’re like me and run a business or side hustle from a home office (or just work remotely sometimes), then you understand the need to have a clutter-free, minimalist home office environment. Growing up, my Mom always told me, “clear space, clear mind.” That little nugget has always stuck with me. I believe it. My friend Joshua Becker just authored a new book, The Minimalist Home: a room-by-room guide to a decluttered, focused … [Read more...]

The Best Passive Income Ideas That Actually Work

If you're like me you're always in search of the best passive income ideas. Honestly, though, passive income sounds a little bit like a leprechaun: a mythical creature that provides you with money without you having to work for it. But passive income--otherwise known as residual income or investment income--is the real deal, unlike magical bearded men with pots of gold. I have several passive income streams going on in my own life … [Read more...]

Liberty HealthShare vs MediShare: Which One is Better for You?

With the explosion in the cost of health insurance in the past few years, Christian health sharing ministries are becoming increasingly popular. Two of the most popular are Liberty HealthShare and MediShare. Which is the better of the two? It really comes down to your personal circumstances, and the specific types of coverage that will work best for you and your family. In general, Liberty is better for monthly costs but … [Read more...]