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Category: Earning & Managing Money

Free eCourse: How to Make Money from Home with an Amazon FBA Business

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If you’re interested in making an income from home and you’re looking for ideas, be sure to sign up for this free eCourse on how to work from home with an Amazon FBA business.

This e-mail series is taught by the Selling family — a husband and wife team who have been making a full-time income from home through Amazon since 2011.

In this series, you will learn:

  • What an Amazon FBA business is and how it works
  • What types of items you can sell on Amazon and how prices differ
  • How to set up an Amazon seller account
  • Plus more!

Go here to sign up for this free eCourse.

Looking for more in-depth advice on how to make money from home?

Be sure to check out my book Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make A Difference, where I share creative ways to manage money, generate income and–most importantly–live a life of deeper meaning, fulfillment, and generosity than you might have ever imagined possible. This book is packed with hard-won wisdom, real-life stories, and practical tips to help inspire and motivate you!

I also highly, highly recommend Angie Nelson’s eCourse: How to Land Your First Work-At-Home Job. This step-by-step guide is packed with valuable information and tips!

Would I Save Money to Shop at Costco?

I found out recently — thanks to our friends Ryan and Melissa — that our kids LOVE seaweed (go figure!). We were having a picnic together and their family had brought tuna salad with seaweed. They offered some to our kids and they tried it and fell in love.

And then they promptly begged us to buy some. Jesse looked at Whole Foods to buy it and it was some ridiculous price per package. So Melissa offered to pick some up for us at Costco.

You guys! This entire HUGE package of 10 packages of organic seaweed (each package has 5 servings) was $8.99!!!!

Help Me Out! I Want Your Honest Opinion!

I’ve always said that a Costco membership just wasn’t worth it for our family because I could beat almost all of the prices by shopping markdowns, coupons, and deals.

But I’m wondering if now that my kids are older and we eat somewhat differently (and a lot more!) than we did five years ago, if I should re-think that stance.

So I’d love to hear some honest feedback on this from you all. Do you think a Costco membership is something I should consider? Do you feel like you can often beat the prices I pay for things by shopping at Costco? I’d love for you to give me your honest thoughts and input.

By the way, you should know that we don’t have a Costco nearby our house (I actually don’t even know where the Costco is here!), so it would mean a little out-of-the-way trip to shop there. But if you think I could spend our $70 per week more wisely by shopping at Costco, I’d love to hear. Convince me!

Making a full-time income from blogging (+ a free class for you!)

I’ll never forget the day I woke up and realized I could actually make a part-time income from blogging.

I had been dabbling in blogging and affiliate marketing and online entrepreneurialism for two years and making a small amount of money from it. But it definitely wasn’t enough to put a roof over our heads or buy our groceries for the month.

But then, after months of research and effort and work. After trying and failing and fighting so much discouragement, something clicked… and I made over $3,000 in one week as a result of blogging.

Say what???

I was shocked, overwhelmed, and humbled! And I realized that maybe this blogging thing really could be a viable income source for our family.

Fast forward another year and we were making a full-time income from blogging — yes, enough to pay our rent, buy our groceries, pay our other expenses, and put a little bit into savings.

It felt so surreal! But it didn’t stop there!

Now, 13+ years of blogging later, blogging not only allowed my husband to leave his stressful job and come home full-time, but it’s allowed us to pay cash for our house, travel internationally, and give generously to needs in our community and around the world.

I’m so passionate about blogging because I’ve seen how much it has blessed and benefited our family. And I want to help others share their voice with the world and find financial freedom for their family through blogging.

Join me for a FREE Blogging Class!

And that’s why I want to invite you to join me on Wednesday evening for a live blogging class I’ll be teaching sharing more of my story, how I make a full-time income from blogging, and how you can get started on your blogging journey, too!

Sign up for the class here.

In this class, I’ll teach you:

  • The one habit you should begin today if you want to set up a successful blog (it might surprise you!)
  • The few key things you need to have in place to get your blog up and running (it’s a much shorter list than you might expect!)
  • 5 simple ways people are making a part-time or full-time income from blogging (& how you can, too!)
  • Plus, I’ll be hosting a LIVE Q&A at the end of the class to answer your burning questions!

Don’t miss this opportunity! Sign up for FREE here.

P.S. Can’t make the class live? Go ahead and sign up and we’ll send you a replay afterwards!

Can you really buy healthy food on a budget?

Can you eat healthy on a budget? Absolutely!! Here's how!

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 grocery budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

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People ask me all the time if I think it’s possible to eat healthfully on a budget. And my answer is always, absolutely!

You might spend a little more if you decide to prioritize certain things, but you can find great deals on clean and healthy (and even organic!) foods.

We choose to have a pretty balanced diet around here. I buy some treats and junk food and then we also eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies and whole grains. That’s what works for our family.

But something else might work for your family — and you can still find plenty of creative ways to keep your grocery budget low. It’s all about deciding that you are going to do the best you can instead of throwing up your hands and convincing yourself that you can’t.

This morning, I ran into Kroger to get some of the deals that are part of their Buy 4, Get $5 Off sale. I ended up not even having any time to get those because I found so many markdowns and great deals.

Markdowns are one of my favorite ways to save money on healthful foods. And so many stores offer them (people keep telling me that Target has great markdowns on meat! Have you found that to be true? I need to go scout out Target soon!).

Thursday Kroger Shopping Trip

Here’s what I got:

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And what you may not realize is that RetailMeNot has rolled out some really great new features recently!

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You don’t have to hunt down codes or wonder if they’ll actually work. When you’re shopping on a site, the Genie extension will automatically test and apply any coupon codes that currently exist! It’s really cool!

I actually tried this out when I was shopping online at Kohl’s the other day! Genie found four different live codes to try.

And then it went through the process of testing each code.

In the end, it automatically applied the best code that could be used — saving me a total of $7.63! It was SUPER easy and required almost no work on my part! All I had to do was hit the Genie button when I was ready to check out!

Aside from saving money online, you can also download the FREE RetailMeNot app to access thousands of discounts on your mobile device.

Here are some highlights about the RetailMeNot app:

  • As I already stated, it’s totally FREE to download!
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  • Deals can be redeemed directly from your phone.
  • You can even use the “Eat” tab to get deals at restaurants.
  • You can enable location-based alerts so that you know when there’s a deal at a store nearby.
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RetailMeNot makes it so easy to save — whether you choose to use their website, app, or Genie.

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Update: This giveaway has closed and the winner has been contacted via e-mail.

RetailMeNot is offering a giveaway for one lucky MSM reader to win a $500 VISA gift card!

To enter for your chance to win, follow these steps:

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This giveaway will run through the end of day, September 12, 2018.

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Free Grocery Savings Made Simple Video Series!

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Trying to reign in the grocery budget?

If so, be sure to sign up for this FREE Grocery Savings Made Simple Video Series!

This 3-part training series will teach you:

  • 16 Things You Should NEVER Buy at the Grocery Store (and where you should buy them instead)
  • 13 Grocery Store Sales You Should IGNORE (and which ones you should ALWAYS take advantage of)
  • 13 Strategies to be a Savvy Shopper (so you can OUTSMART the grocery store, every week!)

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