Here you will find an organized listing of my favorite things. From simple home/life organizing solutions, to services and products that will help you save money, to money-making resources that will help you start and run a blog of your own.
These are all products, courses, and services I have either used myself or know someone (trustworthy) who has. I refuse to recommend just anything. My standards are high, and I’m sure yours are too!
Be sure to check back often, as I tend to stumble upon awesomeness all the time!
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Cozi: Cozi is a totally FREE family organizer that allows you to:
- Keep everyone’s activities and appointments, all in one place
- Create and share shopping lists, chores, and more in real time
- Store recipes and quickly add ingredients to your grocery list
- Access and update from any mobile device or computer
I discuss Cozi in this post: How To Create A Paperless Family Calendar System
The Paperless Home: The Paperless Home is a comprehensive course designed by Abby Lawson, of Just a Girl and her Blog. Abby and her husband run their home and businesses paper-free! I am currently working my way through this course and I can promise, you don’t have to be a technological genius to create a paperless home. In this course you will learn how to:
- How to select and configure the scanner that is right for you
- How to organize your digital information so that you can instantly retrieve any document at any time, from anywhere
- How to declutter your home with my great purge process
- How to implement a simple paperless workflow that will save you hours every week
The Intentional Life Planner:The Intentional Life Planner (also from Abby Lawson) which includes: a 230+ page full size (8.5″ x 11″) planner that runs from August 2017 through December 2018 AND a junior size (5.5″ x 8.5″) planner with the same date range, both in PDF format. For the maximum benefit, combine this planner with Simplify: 35 Printables to Help you Organize your Life.
The Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle: The Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle is a must-have collection of 38 super-helpful resources that will help you:
- create a clutter-free home you can be proud of
- add sanity-saving routines to your daily grind
- organize your digital files (and photos, too!)
- manage your budget like a boss
- tame your unruly to-do list
- Eliminate paper clutter for good
- use simple systems for a cleaner, tidier house
- Manage your family’s busy schedule
- get meals on the table with less fuss
- keep track of it all with a planner you love
You’ll get 5 e-courses, 15 planners, and 18 e-books on topics such as household cleaning and organizing, meal planning, time management, holiday planners, and SO much more!
Stitch Fix: You may be wondering what the heck Stitch Fix is doing in the Home/Life Category. It’s because, if used properly, Stitch Fix can revolutionize your life! Really! Stitch Fix is an online styling service that delivers a truly personalized shopping experience, just for you. Fill out your Style Profile and a personal stylist will handpick pieces to fit your tastes,
needs, and budget—and mail them directly to your door. Each box contains five items of clothing, shoes, and accessories for you to try on at home. Keep what you love, send the rest back in a prepaid USPS envelope. Shipping and returns are free—even for exchanges! Stitch Fix saves you oodles of time you’d normally spend in department stores searching for just the right outfit (or in my case, anything that fits). Check out my review of Stitch Fix here.
Check out this post for The Best Ways to Organize Paper.
If you are looking for a book that will help you declutter, look no further! Here are my Top 10 All-Time Favorite Books on Decluttering. (With free previews).
Fill-A-Need-Decluttering Challenge: I may be a little partial to this one (because I created it)! The Fill-A-Need Decluttering Challenge is a FREE 12-week e-course that will help you declutter while serving your community at the same time. Each week, you’ll get a new challenge complete with step-by-step directions, encouragement, and a listing of worthwhile charities which you can donate to. To learn more and sign up for the Fill-A-Need Decluttering Game, click here.
The 90-Day Budget Bootcamp Workbook: Rosemarie Groner, from The Busy Budgeter, has a FREE 90-Day Budget Bootcamp course which is made ten times better with this inexpensive 90-Day Budget Bootcamp Workbook. This guide teaches you step-by-step how to go from overwhelmed and living paycheck to paycheck to confident in budgeting with money in the bank. It was specifically created for those that need very specific details. If you just want to be told what to do… Then this 90-page workbook is for you!
Ebates: Ebates is a completely FREE app that allows you to earn cash back on your online (and in-store) purchases. Ebates is easy to use just: shop your favorite online stores, earn cash back, and get paid via Paypal or check. It really is that simple! The way it works is that stores pay Ebates a commission for sending members to their websites and Ebates shares it with you. If you sign up for Ebates through my link, you’ll get a free $10 gift card the instant you make your first qualifying purchase of $25.
Ibotta: Ibotta is another absolutely FREE way to earn cash back on your purchases. There are (3) easy ways to earn. You can send a receipt, link a loyalty card, and shop in-app with your mobile device. I like to combine Ibotta with coupons to save even more money at the grocery store. Get a $10 welcome bonus when you sign up through my link and use my referral code brjekqd.
The Financial Freedom Bundle: The Financial Freedom Bundle is a collection of resources developed exclusively by Sarah Titus. This set consists of (6) e-books covering topics such as: how to become debt free, growing your emergency fund. Improving your credit score, saving on utilities, and money saving tips. You’ll also receive The Budgeting Binder which includes reproducible printables designed to help you budget and effectively track your expenses.
Dining on a Dime Cookbook: The Dining on a Dime Cookbook is an e-book chock-full of yummy, money-saving recipes and tips designed to help you stop eating out by making it easier to cook at home. Seriously, quick and easy recipes your family will actually eat!
How to Save Money on Groceries: How to Save Money on Groceries is an e-course from Tawra at Living on a Dime. With this course, she shows you step-by-step, how you can save up to 50% on your grocery bill. What You’ll Get:
- 7 e-books with 364 pages of step by step instructions to guide you to slash your grocery bill.
- 10 videos where Jill and Tawra walk you through the steps!
- 224 tasty recipes to choose from to get you started.
Theme: I use the Genesis Framework from Studiopress as my parent theme and Divine as my child theme. I am absolutely in love with Studiopress! You couldn’t pay me to switch themes! Psst…they also offer stellar WordPress web hosting.
Graphic Design: I use PicMonkey to create all of the graphics you see on my blog. Up until recently, PicMonkey had a free version. However, they have switched to being a paid service. Their rates are extremely reasonable for what you get as they are constantly adding new overlays, text, and filters. They also have tons of premade templates for you to choose from.
Email Marketing Software: I currently use ConvertKit for my weekly newsletter, marketing, and courses. In the past, I used Constant Contact, but ConvertKit offers so much more than Constant Contact. And it’s easier to use. My e-mail signups have increased from a few hundred to thousands since I made the switch to ConvertKit. Plus, my open rate has gone up too.
Automated Pinning Tools (for Pinterest): I use both Boardbooster and Tailwind for my blog. In addition to manual pinning. Pinterest is my largest referrer of traffic, so I spend a good amount of time advertising there. However, thanks to Boardbooster and Tailwind, I don’t spend nearly as much time on Pinterest as I would if I was only pinning manually. Hours upon hours of my valuable blogging time have been saved with these two inexpensive programs. And thousands of dollars have been made since I started using Boardbooster and Tailwind, too so, that’s also a plus! By the way, both Boardbooster and Tailwind offer FREE trials, so you really have nothing to lose by giving one (or both) of them a try!
Courses and Guides: I have taken quite a few courses since I began my blogging career. Here are a few of my favorites:
FREE Blog Traffic Bonus Guide from Lena of What Mommy Does. This handy guide gives you three solid tips you can use to increase traffic to your blog.
Traffic Transformation Guide also by Lena Gott. If you’re ready to dig a little (ok, a lot) deeper into tested strategies you can use in order to get more traffic to your blog, this course is a must-have!
Pinterest Strategy Guide by Rosemarie from The Busy Budgeter. With this no-nonsense guide, I went from 100 Pinterest followers to over a thousand. *Update: 9/24/17 my followers now exceed 3,000 and continues to increase daily!
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: Before taking this course, my affiliate strategy was a hot mess! This course has given me a plan of action which has led to increased commissions from my affiliate programs. The private Facebook mastermind group which comes with this course is worth its weight in gold! Through this group, I have made valuable contacts in the blogging world and we all help each other out whenever we can.