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This is a guest post by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and the founder of Making Sense of Cents, a personal finance website. She helps readers learn how to earn more, save more, and live more. She sold her house in 2015 and has been traveling full-time with her husband and two dogs since. She documents her $100,000+ monthly income in income reports as well!
Tell me a little about yourself.
I love your blog makingsenseofcents.com. In case my readers are unfamiliar, can you tell them a little about your blog.
When and why did you begin blogging?
In what ways has blogging improved your life and your finances.
Is it really true you were able to pay off $40,000 in student loans by the age of 24? That is amazing! Tell us a little bit more about that.
Since you left your 9-5 to blog full time, you have had enormous success. In fact, you earn over $100,000 monthly with your blog. Tell us how you got to this point and the obstacles you had to overcome.
What do you wish you would have done differently in the process? Any tips for newbie bloggers striving to do the same?
- Managing a bad work-life balance.
- Spending too much time creating content instead of promoting it
- Not starting an email list.
I would love to hear about the gorgeous RV you guys live and work in! The digital nomad life is a dream of mine, how do you guys make it work for you?
Where are your favorite U.S. destinations you guys have been to this past year in your RV and where do you guys hope to swing through this year?
Any exciting things in the works for makingsenseofcents.com? I personally love your Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course and would love to see more courses from you!
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Who is Michelle?
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner is the founder of Making Sense of Cents, a personal finance website. She helps readers learn how to earn more, save more, and live more. She sold her house in 2015 and has been traveling full-time with her husband and two dogs since. She documents her $100,000+ monthly income in income reports as well!
Resources That I Can’t Live Without
Below are my top recommendations for saving money, making money and living a more frugal and sustainable lifestyle.
Nielsen: Nielsen will pay you for your internet usage. All you have to do is download their app and register your devices. It is noninvasive, will not impact your device’s performance and is 100% secure. Then you get rewarded for using the internet like you do any other day! I currently have it installed on all of my devices and it is nice for a little extra income.
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HealthyWage: You can participate in individual weight loss challenges where you set a specific goal using their calculator and get paid when you reach that goal. There are also jackpot challenges where you compete as an individual or as a team and if you win you can split the jackpot, or step challenges where if goals are met you can split the pot of earnings.
Spent: Spent is a simple, intelligent and FREE expense management app that pays you cash back for virtually everything you buy. This app will learn from you to help you organize your expenses and gives you cash back for your purchases. If you have an iphone, download it here. If you have android, click here.
Ibotta: Get cash back for scanning your receipts or shopping through the app online. Sign up with my link to get $10 cash back on Ibotta.
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Digit: Digit automatically saves money for me when I am not looking. I like that I can trust it not to save money for me when I can’t afford it. The app evaluates my bank account to see where there is room to save and when to do it.
Stash: Stash consists of ETF’s for a minimum investment of $5. You automate your daily, weekly or monthly investment, track your retirement and tons more. Get $5 of Stash today with my link.
HelloFresh: We get 3 meals a week for $30 for the first week and $60 every week after. I did extensive research when it came to meal delivery services to try and out of all of them, HelloFresh was the cheapest with most quality and with the most variety. We love HelloFresh, especially their Italian sausage orzo recipe! Get $30 off at HelloFresh with my link.
$5 Meal Plan: Try meal prepping with $5 Meal Plan, a weekly meal plan service that can simplify your meal planning beyond belief for just $5 a month and for free for the first 14 days. If you have a specialized health need, they have several specialized meal plans to tailor to those needs too.