Here's a list of the resources I use in my everyday life and for blogging. Using these tools has helped me grow financially and as a blogger. I hope they will help you too. Note that I only recommend products that I've used and believe in. I'll update as I come across more resources I want to share.
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Finances / Frugal Living
Ebates - Ebates has quickly become my favorite money-saving app! Save money while shopping thousands of mainstream retailers through the Ebates website, app, or browser extension. It’s free to join and easy to use. The dollars add up quickly without any extra effort on your part.
Ibotta - Ibotta is an app that allows you to earn cash back on purchases made in-store or online. It’s free to join. You select items that you would purchase, then submit a picture of your receipt once you’ve bought them and you’ll receive money back. It’s electronic couponing at it’s best, so you save money on things you were already planning to purchase.
$5 Meal Plan - The $5 Meal Plan is a program that sends you a series of budget-friendly recipes each week for only $5 per month. You save time and money by having your meals planned for you. All you have to do is shop for the ingredients and cook them.
You Need A Budget (YNAB) - YNAB is a budgeting software combined with a methodology of four rules to gain control of your finances. You can try YNAB free for 34 days without having to provide a credit card. YNAB is subscription-based but my favorite budgeting software to date.
Swagbucks - Swagbucks is an website for earning rewards by completing actions such as filling out surveys, watching videos, and buying items through the website. Points can be cashed out for gift cards or other rewards. Sign up through this link for a small bonus. Bonus amounts vary depending on if any promotions are running.
Thrifting & Online Sales
Poshmark - Poshmark is one of my favorite online resale marketplace. You can sell new and used men's, women's, and children's clothes and accessories. Receive a $5 bonus when you sign up with the code SFGIRL2015.
Mercari - Mercari is another online resale marketplace that runs mainly through its app. I consider it a rougher or wilder alternative to Poshmark, but the commission is lower. Receive a $10 bonus when you sign up with the code JENMHM. Amount varies by promotion.
eBay - eBay is another online marketplace and probably the furthest reaching of the three listed here. I like it because you can sell a variety of items and I'm often surprised by what sells on the site.
Blogging Materials & Courses
1) Elite Blog Academy by Ruth Soukup. EBA has helped me transform from a clueless newbie blogger to a profitable blogging entrepreneur. This has been my best investment in blogging to date. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to turn their blog into a business.
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2) Pinterest Launch Plan by Jennifer Maker Marx. After struggling for months and months, this course helped me figure out how to grow my blog traffic through Pinterest. It’s a great value compared to other Pinterest courses and stays up to date. This is the course to take if you finally want to master Pinterest!
3) List Love by Jennifer Maker Marx. This course teaches exactly how to set up a resource library from start to finish so you can gain more email subscribers. It covers how to make a freebie, how to promote it, how to welcome subscribers, best practices for newsletters, and more. It’s packed with valuable information for the growing blogger.
4) The She Approach to Making Pinterest Possible by Ana. This is another Pinterest manual to help you grow your Pinterest traffic to your blog. Similar to the PLP above, this ebook is full of step-by-step instruction on everything you need to know about setting up your Pinterest profile and make it grow. You’ll be amazed at your results!
Blog Creation & Marketing
Squarespace - Squarespace provides beautiful templates to create the website of your choice. I use Squarespace for From Pennies to Plenty, and I started with absolutely no web design or blogging experience. I recommend it if you want a quick and easy start to setting up a website.
ConvertKit - ConvertKit is the leader in email marketing. ConvertKit has so many features that other email marketing systems don't have that will help you grow your blog and business. It starts at $29/month. I think it is well worth the cost if you can afford it from the start.
Tailwind - Tailwind is an automated Pinterest and Instagram scheduler. It's easy to use and the only scheduler approved by Pinterest. It starts at $9.99/month for unlimited pinning, which can't be beat.
Canva - Canva is my favorite way to create images and worksheets for my blog posts. Canva stores all your previous work, making it easy to make edits or duplicate your template.
Haute Chocolate - Haute Chocolate offers stylish, feminine stock photos. You receive a few stock photos for signing up and additional photos on occasion if you're a non-paying member. Many other sites exist for free pictures. A few I use regularly are Pixabay and Unsplash.
TheHungryJPEG - The Hungry JPEG offers graphic design resources such as graphics, styles, and fonts. You receive a free design product each week if you're a non-paying member. Another site with free design products is CreativeMarket.
Grammarly - Grammarly is a online proofreading tool. Copy and paste your writing onto the page and it will highlight possible errors. The basic service is free with an option for paid premium service.