My really, really, really great friends Kathrine and James (who you may remember from this vintage Awkward Money Chat video…) are getting married in April. As a member of the bridal party, we’re now in “the wedding red zone” and the next few weeks are full of fun activities like a couples shower, bachelorette party, and of course, the big day itself!While preparing for the wedding Kathrine and James have also been prepping for the marriage and reached out to me to ask if I knew of any great financial resources and posts featuring money advice for newlyweds.
Being single, I have nothing from my own reserves and drew a big blank. 😉
But thankfully I have access to the biggest money mastermind on the planet (The FinCon facebook group, obvs) and many money experts chimed in to let me know their favorite resources for couples merging homes, finances, and hearts. So, here’s the best of the internet: 30+ pieces of money advice for newlyweds and couples.
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Noticing a theme to my posts this month? I’m trying something new this year by theming each month of posts. If you haven’t already guessed, this month is all about setting up a side hustle to make you money for the rest of the year and beyond. I have a blog that I use to make money “on the side,” but whether you blog or run a small side business or sell products for another company, you’ll likely need a compelling website to do all of it.
This post was originally published on 10/5/2015. It has been updated with end of year numbers from 2015 on 2/1/2016. Enjoy!
I feel the need to clear the air. When I left my full-time job in April, I think the majority of people (who don’t know me super well, or don’t actively read the site) think I left my job to become a full time blogger. I get the sense this is the misconception because of the handful of times I’ve been introduced as “This is Lauren, she blogs for a living,” or some variant thereof these last six months.
I love blogging. I identify myself as a blogger and influencer, but I do not make a full-time living off the blog (yet- it’s one of my main goals for 2016!)
For a long time I considered this blog a side hustle, Just like the limited freelance writing work I used to do for clients on top of my full-time job was a side hustle. Now, they’ve both morphed into a hybrid income pie that makes my eyes cross to understand. Still, I consider myself lucky that I’ve been able to make decent money from blogging part time.
I don’t do income reports. I did, briefly, when I side hustled, mostly to track how much I was making to put toward my $8k in 90 day challenge. I did for a time reveal my net worth on a quarterly basis, but then that got REAL weird. Mostly with comments like, “Why are you freaking out about money, you can afford it. I saw your net worth update.” So I stopped doing them. Also because since I started working for myself, my net worth hasn’t been that exciting.
But I do get asked a lot “How is it you make money from blogging?” which is a great question and one I wanted to answer, and I thought I would share with you today just how much I’ve made in the last three years as a blogger.
Want to learn the exact secrets of how I made $50,000 from blogging? Click here to pick up my “Blog Yourself Rich” Workbook.
What are your goals for 2016? Is making more money one of them?
If it isn’t, it should be. More money = more freedom, more goals achieved, and more security. Sure, you can get a new job and negotiate a higher salary, or try to talk your current employer into giving you more than a cost of living raise this year. Earning more where you work (if you love what you do, that is) is important.
But what about income diversification? What if we have hobbies, interests, and passions that lie outside of our every day 9-5’s?
Creating a side hustle is the solution to (nearly) every desire you might be having. (more…)
I’ve been so lazy in December and January. Call it business depression or a midwinter slump, whatever the reason, I’m in a funk. I was feeling so burnt out that I dropped everything and ran to the beach for a couple of days just to feel like I had a grip on my sanity. (You can keep up with me and all those adventures on my instagram.)
You know what else is great for shaking up a run-down rut? A 30 day challenge. My Favorite!
You ever get to feeling that you’ve got your finances totally figured out? Bills paid, shopping done, and money in the bank? That is, until you look at your savings account. I know it can be hard to save up when spending is so tempting, but saving is definitely a must. A healthy savings account is great for when life throws you a curveball – and even better for when life flips your finances on their head.
But it can be difficult to get motivated to save, or find the extra money to save, when you’ve got other expenses. Here are just a handful of my favorite ways (some obvious, some not so obvious) to quickly build up your savings account.
Ah, a new year. A fresh start. I love the New Year time because everyone is looking forward to what they want to accomplish personally, professionally and (hopefully) financially. Maybe you say, “This is the year I start contributing more to my retirement,” or, “This is the year I’m finally going to say goodbye to credit card debt.”
I’ll be honest: I’m ramping back up into a New Year and realized that in the rush of the holidays I hadn’t done my monthly “About L. Bee” posts for November or December. So this post is both a “gimme” (because what’s easier to write than what you did for the last few months?) and my own long, slow, warm up back into writing regularly after 3ish weeks off from blog content. You’re not the only one who had a hard time getting out of the bed this AM!
Strap yourself in; this is a long one. Which you might enjoy if you’re still slow to get back into the holiday routine, or you may hate. Either way, you have my permission to skip because there’s a lot of personal reflection in the words that follow. (more…)