We all often wonder if it’s possible to work for ourselves. Check out this cool blog, Howdy Do It, from two gals who have shared their “be-the-boss” experiences. First off, the logistics — keeping your freelancer finances in order.
So many of our goals focus on saving for traveling and/or getting great deals. We’re going to keep this running blog post on all the resources out there. Feel free to comment and add your own!
Search by deal (for example, “Denver to Anywhere”) and there’s a handy dandy bar chart that will show the cheapest destinations and the cheapest days to fly.
Great site, pick your price and your time frame and it’ll show you where you can go, with sample prices.
Keep track of all your frequent flier miles and points — and use them — through this handy dandy site:
Whenever I start thinking about travel (which is always), I ask myself a few questions first.
1. Where do I want to go?
2. In the U.S. or out of the country?
3. Can I drive or must I fly?
4. If it’s close enough to drive and gas prices are so high, is it cheaper to fly?
5. Do I have rewards points/miles that I can use?
Then I plan my trip. Or “hack” my trip to ensure I find the highest-quality options for the price. I make sure I collect rewards points whenever possible. [Read more...]
KAH-razy. 50 percent of people say that in a pinch (read: emergency) they couldn’t come up with $2000 in 30 days. Seems high to me and incredibly scary.
Do you garden? Grow vegetables? Flowers? Do you know how much you’re saving by growing your own? This past weekend, my husband built raised garden beds for us to grow vegetables. We get a ton of sun in Denver which equals good growing weather, it’s relaxing for me to garden and see the growth and really, what’s not to love about making a delicious spinach and arugula salad from your backyard.
But…will it save us some money? Estimated costs and savings below. [Read more...]
It was an early May morning and light from the sun was beginning to fill the airliner. We were circling the International Airport near Reykjavik, Iceland, and the flight crew was preparing for landing. As I braced myself for descent, peering out the window as the waves below got closer and closer, I saw whales spouting and breeching in the blue black water below. I pointed this out to my son, took a deep breath and watched. Hundreds of magnificent animals were spread out before me, stirring the water, forcefully sending up white foamy spray as they moved about. I had never expected to see such a sight, and am sure I never would have, had it not been for a tool that I’ve relied on for a very long time. [Read more...]
The Daily Worth features all kinds of very helpful, brief blurbs. Today’s was a great one on tools for debt reduction. We thought we’d pass it along because debt reduction is one area where we don’t have much info on this blog. So here you go! And while you’re at it, subscribe to their daily e-newsletter.
Today’s quote from Ramit (and subsequent article): “…But if you’re ready, think about the thing you want to do. Let’s say it gets 5,000 readers to your blog, or get your dream job at a fashion magazine. Break that goal down into at least 10 steps — the more, the better. Then decide to complete ONE STEP BY TOMORROW.”
To keep it even simpler… baby steps. But you have to know what they are. We feel that Women’s Saving Club helps you determine — with the help of your fun girlfriends, of course — the baby steps you need to get to where you want to be financially.
I was talking to a girlfriend, and we were mentioning how everything is tied together. I’m not on a diet, but I stopped eating fast food (it was up to four times a week when I decided enough was enough). One baby step, but it’s helped lead to other good eating decisions, as well as other, better decisions in the areas of my pocketbook, work life, personal life, etc.
And besides, I like listing out my steps.
What are some of your baby steps?
Hm. Sounds viable. Let’s do it!
These days, everyone knows someone who is selling something online and making a little bit of cash on the side. We’ve talked about earning more doing our hobbies at various club meetings. However, I haven’t made the leap yet, instead doing some research for a friend into jewelry design to find options for her new online store.
At first, I had only heard of etsy.com. Then, while reading this month’s issue of All You, they talked about bigcartel.com. And then I was led to this review on the p brigette blog. (If only every question I had was thoroughly answered like this. This gal should work for Consumer Reports.)
I came across this as well but haven’t had the time to research it. ClickBank. Has anyone else used it?