Are You Ready to Invest in a Fixer Upper?

Are you ready to invest in a fixer upper or other types of real estate investments? There are ways to do it without investing a fortune!I love DIYing things around the house. I also love investing. So is it any surprise that I daydream about investing in a fixer upper?

I picture lovingly redoing older homes, and then selling them for a tidy profit (if I can bear to let them go).

There’s one big problem with that:

I don’t have a spare $150K+ laying around to invest in even one house. I can’t go out and buy a house nearby for cash, spend months renovating it in my spare time while it sits empty, and then sell it. No part of that dream is feasible right now.

It turns out, it doesn’t have to be.

There’s a completely different way to invest in a house flip, and that’s pretty great if you ask me. » Read more

Yes, You CAN Afford To Travel

How to make travel affordable. (Yes, you CAN afford to travel if you do it right!)I love to travel, so I always get sad when I hear someone say things like “I’d love to go to _______, but I could never afford that”.

I always want to shake them and say “Yes you can!”, especially when I hear the longing in their voice.

Instead, I restrain myself and just ask them why not.

Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly?) they usually give me a kind of shocked, blank look before muttering something vague.

Challenge your assumptions

It’s pretty clear that most of the people I’ve asked that question have just kind of assumed that travel to faraway places is out of reach.

But it’s not, so long as you’re willing to be a little flexible. It’s true that it’ll be extremely hard to stay at a 5 star resort and eat every meal at the priciest restaurants if you make minimum wage, but that’s where the flexibility comes in. » Read more

10 Ways to Make Money From Nothing

10 ways to make money when you don't have any money to get started with.When you are just beginning to look for new ways to make money, the last thing you want to do is sink your few precious dollars into expensive startup costs. While the common catchphrase we often hear is “You have to spend money to make money,” that isn’t always true. In fact, it is entirely possible to make money from nothing. Here are 10 ways to make extra money that don’t require any start-up fees.

A few of these are affiliate links, which means I’ll earn a commission if you click on those particular links and then sign up. (There’s no charge to you, though. And yup, becoming an affiliate for services you love is another potential way to make money from nothing.)

1. Freelance on Upwork

If you are looking to freelance online, give Upwork a try to start building an online resume and network. You can get paid to freelance write, design graphics, be a virtual assistant, or be a computer programmer.

Unlike a few other freelancer sites that require a monthly membership fee or charge you for certification tests, Upwork is completely free to apply for freelance job postings. Upwork does keep up a portion of your earnings, but, other free and paid platforms do as well. » Read more

How to Create a Grocery Pricebook

Tips to help save money on everyday groceries and get the best dealsHave you ever gone shopping for groceries and stocked up on things, only to find out that they went on sale the following week? It’s annoying, right?

I don’t know about you, but I hate spending more than I need to on the items I buy on a regular basis.

To avoid that, I’ve made note of what constitutes a good (or great!) price on those items and where it’s typically best to get them at. » Read more

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