I’ve put together a list of the tools and services that I recommend in order to build wealth and pay off debt.
First off, if you’re not following me on Facebook, I recommend starting there because that is where I share my latest blog posts and best money tips.
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I’m also on Instagram @millennialboss.
Update Summer 2019:
You can now enroll in J’s side hustle course! Check out Gold City Ventures for details.
The side hustle tracks are:
- Blogging for Profit
- Starting an Etsy Printables Shop
- And Freelancing
How to Save Money with Little Effort
I’m a big fan of saving money without trying too hard. Below are the products and services I use to accomplish that.
Download the Ebates browser tool – $10 welcome bonus
This first one is a no-brainer. I downloaded the Ebates browser tool and now I never forget to check for cash back.
Whenever you are on a site that offers cash back, an Ebates pop-up appears that let’s you activate cash back in one click.
Ebates includes pretty much every store from Groupon to Target to Amazon and you can easily transfer your balances to PayPal.
See the example below of the pop-up I see when I’m on the Nordstrom website.
You get a $10 welcome bonus just for signing up for Ebates and if you refer 3 friends, you make $75!
Transfer the money to your bank or PayPal account and make an easy $85.
Where to Watch Yourself Make Money
Everyone likes to watch themselves make money right? These are the tools I use to track my money and see it grow!
Watch your money grow with Personal Capital (and get $20)
Personal Capital tracks your net worth and debt online for you for free.
It automatically updates your account balances so you don’t have to do anything to get an accurate picture of where you stand.
Plus, it’s motivating to watch your net worth increase and your debt go down on their fancy dashboards.
When I first started tracking my net worth, I had a negative net worth but now I’m happy to see I have a positive net worth!
My husband and I use the same account so we can see our overall household net worth.
I recommend signing up for Personal Capital, it’s free!
Protect Your Wealth
I use Credit Sesame, the free app, to check my credit score. It emails me of suspicious activity and provides recommendations on how to improve my credit score.
A good credit score is important to get the best rates on mortgages and other loans.
Sign up here with Credit Sesame (it’s free) and does not hurt your credit score in any way.
The Easiest Side Hustles
I’m all about side hustles and love to get the most money for the least effort. Below are the ways you can side hustle in the next 15 minutes.
- Airbnb – rent out your home
- Turo – rent out your car
- DoorDash – deliver food to people
- VRBO – another platform for renting out your home
Check out FIRE Drill Podcast
I recently launched a podcast where I interview expert side hustlers, real estate mavens, investing whizzes, travelers, and others who are making money in cool ways.
If you’re looking for a side hustle and need good ideas. Check out Fire Drill Podcast.
How to Save Money on Travel
When I’m not blogging in my spare time, I’m traveling, and I like to pay as little as possible when I travel.
Save money on hotels with Airbnb – $40 welcome bonus
Not only can you save on accommodations when you use Airbnb but you also can save on food if you get a place where you have access to a kitchen. I start to feel gross when I eat out too many days in a row.
I recently stayed on a houseboat in San Diego through Airbnb and had an incredible experience. The houseboat was super clean and had an awesome rooftop deck with views of the marina. It was incredible!
I also stayed in two Airbnbs when we did our honeymoon road trip up through Oregon.
If you’re interested in trying out Airbnb, sign up through this link and get $35 off your first trip.
Save money on hotels with Raise – $5 welcome bonus
Raise.com is a website that sells gift cards for a discount, meaning you can get a $100 gift card for like $90.
When I’m going on a trip, I typically buy hotels.com e-gift cards on Raise.com for discount and then I purchase a hotel room on hotels.com with that gift card and a coupon code.
I have all of the details on exactly how I do that in this post, How To Save Money on Hotel Rooms.
I highly recommend signing up for Raise and you get a $5 bonus for creating an account.
You will see these books linked multiple times on the site. Might as well include them here:
- Vagabonding (THE BOOK for travel lovers)
- 4 Hour Work Week (for serious aspiring entrepreneurs)
- The Simple Path to Wealth (the only investing book you’ll need)
- Broke Millennial (get your financial life together)
- Rich Dad Poor Dad (the foundation for your money philosophy)
Blogging Tools & Courses
Blogging has been a source of inspiration for me. I truly believe I paid off $89,000 of debt because I started this blog.
I am now making money this blog (I made nearly $800 in January).
Start a blog if you don’t have one – Bluehost
Choose a domain name, web hosting plan and install WordPress all through Bluehost.
All three can be set up through Bluehost in 15 minutes.
Make sure you choose the cheapest hosting plan. You don’t need anything fancy and you can always upgrade later.
If you’re interested in starting your own blog, check out my tutorial, How to Start a Blog of Your Own.
Collect emails the easiest way possible – ConvertKit
Set up email marketing campaigns so you can collect emails from day 1. I missed out on so many opportunities to connect with my readers by neglecting to capture their email addresses from the beginning.
ConvertKit makes it so easy to offer freebies and to tag subscribers to different lists.
Here is a landing page I set up using ConvertKit if you want to see an example: millennial boss.com/insta
Make money through affiliate marketing – Online course
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner is the creator of the course and famous in the blogging world for making tens of thousands of dollars a month through affiliate sales.
Her most recent income report broke six figures.
Check out the online course which takes you step by step through the process of setting up and executing on a successful affiliate marketing strategy.
I also love that the course gives you access to a private Facebook group where bloggers help answer each other’s questions and provide encouragement.
I just finished the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course and highly recommend it to any aspiring blogger.
- Here is my review (including a video inside of the course content) one year out from the course.
Facebook Ads Side Hustle Course with Bobby Hoyt & Mike Yanda
This course helps you learn how to use Facebook Ads and I’ve personally taken it.
It’s for people wanting to run Facebook ads for local businesses as a side hustle (up to $1,000 per month).
Travel Blogging Fast Track with Heather & Pete Reese
I’m currently taking this travel blogging course and I’ve very excited about it’s potential. The purpose is to teach bloggers how to work with brands to showcase amazing accommodations and experiences. The Reese couple have traveled all over the world as a family travel blogging and provide hundreds of detailed step-by-step instructions and tips in this course.
Pinteresting Strategies ebook – 90+ pages of information packed content on driving traffic to your blog with Pinterest
- My husband and I both use Dollar Shave Club. We receive 2 boxes per month of razors and my husband has bought the products for men as well.
- I use ClassPass for yoga and dance classes. This is a monthly membership and you can sign up for classes at multiple studios. I’ve tried West African Dance and Restorative Yoga through this site.
- I recently signed up for Imperfect Produce which is a subscription box service that takes all of the dented and undersized fruits + vegetables that would otherwise go to waste and sells it. Perfectly good stuff and CHEAP!