Category: make money

  • grocery budget

    I Had Only $30 to Buy Groceries for 2 Weeks. Here’s What I Ate

    Aside from rent, I have only one constant big-ticket expense in my life: food. I spend more on eating out than I do on anything else. And that becomes a problem when I’m running out of money but not days in the month. My lowest point came when I had only $50 to my name, […]

  • 5 Things Managing Political Campaigns Taught Me About Being a CEO

    From Donald Trump to Kevin O’Leary, entrepreneurs entering the world of politics have been in the spotlight. And that has sparked a discussion about whether CEOs transition into successful political leaders. My journey is the opposite: I went from politics to CEO. In 2004, I began college as a political science major at the University […]

  • Earn Up to $100 as a Luxury Mystery Shopper in One of These 42 Cities

    If you read The Penny Hoarder regularly, you’ve probably heard of mystery shopping. If you haven’t, here’s a synopsis, courtesy of our founder and CEO, Kyle Taylor, who used to be an avid mystery shopper: “It’s a job where a company pays you to pose like a regular customer and then provide feedback to the […]

  • These 2 Companies are Looking for Work-From-Home Photo Editors Right Now

    Do you have a keen photo editing eye? Do your friends call you the “Photoshop whisperer”? Ready to get paid to indulge your love of looking at pictures all day? Stock photography website Shutterstock and photo editing website Mendr are filling work-from-home photo editor jobs right now. Remote Editorial Image Review at Shutterstock (Western USA) […]

  • California No, Iowa Yes: The Best and Worst States to Buy Your First Home

    So you’re a millennial and you want to get serious about adulting. Owning a home sure would be a major milestone. No more paying rent. You’d be building equity. Besides being a good investment, your home would be a castle to call your own. Keep whatever pets you want, paint whatever rooms you like, etc. […]

  • 5 Trusty Ways to Pay Off Credit Card Debt in a Hurry and Avoid Interest

    So your wallet is stuffed with credit cards that are nearly maxed out. You’re on a first-name basis with Chase, Citibank and Capital One. When it’s time to pay for anything, you automatically whip out Visa, MasterCard or Discover like they’re tools in your personal financial Swiss Army Knife. …and you’re hemorrhaging money on interest […]

  • 3 biggest business mistakes

    The 3 Biggest Mistakes I Made Starting My Online Business

    Setting out by yourself to start a business can be an exciting and also scary time. Whatever your reason for needing to go solo and make it on your own, what follows is usually a messy experiment of failures and successes than eventually (hopefully) becomes a business you can be proud of, or the makings […]

  • Frugal Cooking: 5 Simple Tips for Making the Perfect Pot of Rice

    Growing up, I had a reputation as the cook in the family. My busy, self-employed parents often turned to quick-fix meals based on frozen and packaged items. (If you are what you eat, 11-year-old me was a significant percentage Tater Tot.) This left me hungry for real, made-from-scratch cooking, so I took it into my […]

  • traveling full time

    Want to Travel Full Time and Run a Business? This Woman Shares Her Secrets

    In 2015, my husband and I sold our house and bought a recreational vehicle. We never expected to become full-time RVers, but now we absolutely love this lifestyle. We’re able to travel full time because of our business. In August 2011, I started my first personal finance website, Making Sense of Cents. I was dealing […]

  • Here’s How This Family of 3 Lives Well on a Single Income

    Parents in America face a lot of hard choices regarding family leave and child care. My husband and I are no different. Like any young couple, we discussed our plans for a family from the very start. We always agreed when we had kids, I’d become a stay-at-home mom for a few years until the […]

  • This Free App Analyzes Your Spending and Tells You Where You’re Screwing Up

    It’s happened to the very best of us. In fact, I even have a name for it: The “Monday Morning Face-the-Music Moment.” (Hey, I didn’t say it was super catchy. We’re talking about Mondays, after all.) You know exactly the moment I mean. And it’s not the startled response to the alarm clock going off […]