I’m sharing another income report to help answer the number one question I get asked about my work, which is “How do you make money blogging, anyway?”
I have to pinch myself most days that I am able to pay the bills thanks to the blog. I didn’t dare to dream it would reach this point when I started The Frugal South as a hobby in October of 2014.
But about a year ago I saw the potential for this blog to make money and decided to treat it as a business instead of a hobby. Read more...
I have a secret weapon for saving money and I’m sharing it with you today! I use a free Captial One 360 savings account to automatically set money aside for various needs every month. I’ll show you how to set up an account and automate your savings to finally save that money you have been meaning to save!
Before I had this savings hack in place, I struggled to put money aside in a savings account. Read more...
How amazing that we are almost a THIRD of the way through 2018 already! I figured it was time for a goals update since I did the first quarter review in my PowerSheets earlier this month.
I have come to love the PowerSheets monthly “Tending List”. It is exactly what has been missing from my goal-setting in the past, which is a way to translate my yearly and monthly goals into something I can work towards every day! Read more...
As you may have guessed from the title of this blog, I am a cheapskate. I prefer to get as much as possible for free and HATE paying more than I think I should.
I started this blog as a hobby over three years ago on a super low budget. I’ve managed to keep my blogging expenses low and I now earn a full-time income from the blog.
In this post, I’ll share my strategy for blogging on a shoestring budget, and if you are a cheapskate like me, don’t worry! Read more...
I’ve had a Target debit card for years and I absolutely love it. The perks of the card got even BETTER this week when Target added free 2-day shipping on most items for REDcard holders!
Read on to learn about the excellent perks of this card and how you can use it to save on your Disney vacation.
Target Debit Card Perks
If you do any shopping in Target stores or Target.com it makes sense to get this card. Read more...
Starting any new endeavor is intimidating and podcasting is no exception! I started a podcast in conjunction with my Disney-only site The Budget Mouse and I had to learn everything from scratch. It was like starting to blog all over again but with a different medium!
Similar to blogging, finding someplace to host your content is one of the first steps to getting things going (check out how I blog on a tight budget here). Read more...
One of my goals for 2018 is to pay down some lingering credit card debt. Since the average US household has over $15,000 in credit card debt, I’m likely not alone in wanting to pay off some debt.
One tool that has already been a huge help to me this year is Credit Sesame. In this review, I’ll explain how to sign up, why it is safe, and how Credit Sesame can help you achieve your financial goals! Read more...
Get a whopping 60% off at Schoola through Monday, 2/5/18 when you enter the promo code HEART at checkout!Schoola is one of my favorite sources for quality secondhand clothing for myself and my daughter. I just ordered eight items (four pairs of jeans and four shirts) for a grand total of $18.99 shipped, including items from Calvin Klein, Bershka, and divided.
Shipping is free on orders of $25 or starts at $5.99. Read more...
Today I’m sharing my go-to credit card for earning cash back on regular spending. When I’m not trying to earn lucrative sign-up bonuses for travel with points and miles, I’m looking to earn the most cash back possible on my everyday purchases!
There are TONS of cash back cards out there, but here’s why the American Express Blue Cash Everyday card is my pick for the best cash back credit card:
- No annual fee
- Earns 3% cash back at grocery stores & 2% cash back at gas stations
- $200 cash back signup bonus
- Gives you access to Amex Offers to save even more!
Guest Post by Andy from Penny Less Dad
Everyone is fast and prompt at making new year’s resolutions. But very few actually stick to their resolutions through the end of the year.
It’s not that we don’t want to follow and chase our resolutions throughout the year. It’s just that we fix goals that are beyond our capability, and we aim for things that are beyond our reach.
In this post, I’ll keep things simple and steady so that you can actually achieve your new year’s debt resolutions! Read more...
I had a lot of words in the running for my 2018 word-of-the-year… gratitude, connect, and enrich are just a few!
I decided on enrich because it applies to many areas of my life I want to work on this year. I want to make the time to enrich myself. I want to enrich the lives of my readers with content that is helpful and inspiring. And I want to enrich my relationships with my family and friends. Read more...
Groceries are a huge expense for our family, second only to our house payment. And our grocery budget is not a rigid expense – it’s one expense I have a lot of control over!
Therefore I LOVE to find ways to save money on groceries and make my life easier at the same time. Erin Chase (of $5 Dinner fame) has created a course that does just that – help free up your time and money by giving your grocery budget a makeover! Read more...
Earlier this month some of you shared your financial goals with me in this post. I loved learning about what you hope to accomplish in the new year!
Here are some of your goals:
- Save for children’s college
- Pay down student loans
- Build emergency savings fund
- Work from home and have more time with friends and family
- Have money for travel
- Figure out to truly live within our means
I’m going to help you meet these goals with a simple plan of attack based on what I’ve learned over the years about achieving goals. Read more...
Picking a health insurance plan that will save you money and cover what you need can be an overwhelming task. That’s why there are companies like Joany to help people decide on the best plan for their needs.
Joany is a healthcare “concierge” service for people that buy their own health insurance. It is totally free to use and you’ll earn $25 when you take their healthcare survey!
Since my husband and I are self-employed, we buy our own health insurance through the marketplace. Read more...
I’m incredibly lucky to have frugal habits that help me live a rich life on a limited budget. I’m not sure when or where I learned these habits, but when I look back at my life I realize I’ve been developing them for almost 20 years!
With this blog, I want to help you develop frugal habits that will enable you to reach your financial goals. Your goals might include:
- paying off debt
- staying under budget each month
- having money for travel
- saving for retirement or college
- stop living paycheck to paycheck
While it has taken me more 20 years to develop my habits, I want to hit the fast-forward button for you and help you reach your financial goals sooner! Read more...
Taking on a no-spend challenge is a fun way to create a little breathing room in your budget. Weekends are often a time when families spend money on entertainment, eating out, and activities, so they are the perfect place to start!
Here are seventeen ideas for having a super fun weekend with your family without spending a dime. As you can tell from the pictures, we have done ALL of these ourselves at one point or another! Read more...
Through 11/19, take an extra 5% off the already discounted prices of all restaurant gift cards from CardCash when you enter the code THANKFUL at checkout. I regularly buy from CardCash and highly recommend their discounted gift cards!
I scored a $35 P.F. Chang’s gift card for only $25 after the code. I’ll use it for a date night dinner with my husband next month! Read more...
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own.
Right now you might be looking for ways to make extra money for the upcoming holiday season – I know I am!
If you haven’t already heard of Lyft, the ridesharing app that matches drivers with passengers requesting rides, it’s an easy way to earn money – and be your own boss.
Read on to learn all about how driving for Lyft can help you make extra money for the holidays! Read more...