Before I created this website, I had already noted in my mind that I wanted to place a “Recommendations” page. This page is really designed to provide the readers an easy access to almost all of the websites I used and am using to save money, earn money, create my websites, among others.
Before you do your shopping online, I highly recommend you stop by this page first because I constantly change the links for discounts and updates.
Disclosure: Please note some links are affiliate links with no additional costs on your part. If you decide to make a purchase and use the links I have here, I will get commissions in return. I included the lists here not only because I like to make commissions but also because I have used a lot of products from these vendors and know what they are.
Bluehost. Start your blog for as low as $2.95/mo instead of the regular $7.99/mo. That's 50% off of the regular price. Plus, you'll get a FREE domain, 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, and more. Last year, I earned more than $34,000 from blogging by spending at most 15/hrs per month. Set up your blog in 15 minutes or less with my FREE blogging tutorial.
Tailwind. I started from 0 views to around 170K before my first year of blogging. I credited that, mostly, with Tailwind. If you sign up through my link, you will also get $15. You can subscribe for just $9.99/month when you sign up for a year. I'll tell you that Tailwind is a game changer for my blog.
MyThemeShop. For fast WordPress theme, I trust no one but MyThemeShop. My site's speed and page load went from 4.9s to 886ms. When you purchase a theme from MyThemeShop, you can use its plugins for free on your site.
Budget and Wealth Management
Acorns. Got cents? Then, you can start investing with Acorns. The automatic roundups make saving and investing so easy. You'll be surprised by how quickly those small pennies can add up. I started a couple of months ago and my Acorns account has more than $500 in it even without me touching it.
Betterment. Looking for financial advisors focused on long-term wealth management and retirement solutions with fees so ridiculously low you can’t afford to pass? Then, Betterment is for you. With fee that starts at 0.15%, Betterment offers up to 6 months of free management, $0 account minimum, automatic re-balancing, goals-based tools, etc.
Personal Capital. It's the smart way to track and manage your finances. Over 1.4 million people use Personal Capital to track over $350 billion. That's a lot of people and money. It has award-winning financial tools (that are FREE) to easily manage your entire financial life in one place.
Money Saving Websites
$5 Meal Plan. Whether you want to feed 3, 4, 5 or more people, you can make a meal plan that will keep you on your budget. That's what $5 meal plan is about. My family has saved thousands of dollars so far with this plan. It's only $5 a month with 2 weeks being free. You'll get meal plans straight to you along with the list you need to create your meal.
Ebates. Ebates is probably one of the most well-known cash back sites out there. Ebates offers some of the highest cash back dollars or rates around. I managed to pull in $150 in a month from Ebates between referrals and shopping.
FreedomPop. If you are trying to cut your phone bill, your best bet is FreedomPop. My wife and I have been using this service for few months now. The best part is that we haven't paid the service for a couple of months now. Why? Because we don't go over the monthly FREE plan. Even when we do go over, we only pay a few more dollars. I am so happy with FreedomPop.
Paribus. Want to get your savings back when the prices of the product you just purchased drop? Paribus can and will do that for you. It will automatically track your receipts and make a reimbursement request when the product price drop. When I first used this app, Paribus found more than $12 for reimbursement. I got my savings back a couple of days later. Cha ching.
Swagbucks. Swagbucks pays you to do just about everything. Search the web, take surveys, watch videos, shopping online, trying promotions, etc. You earn points redeemable for gift cards or cash back. In just 3 months, wife and I earned $100 worth of gift cards and we didn't have to do a lot to earn that.
Money Making Websites
MyPoints. It is one of those surveys I can't forget not to mention when it comes to legitimate survey sites. Just a couple of months ago, I was able to make two $50s on two different surveys not to mention the additional $5 I obtained from taking the first five surveys. Yes, earn a $5 BONUS after taking the first 5 surveys.
MySurvey. It is the world’s No. 1 paid survey site. Since it started in 2014, it has paid over $32M + to its worldwide members. It is no wonder why it has over 350,000 Facebook followers. I have made over $70 in just a 2 months even when I only spend a couple of minutes every week on this site.
American Consumer Opinion Panel. This is my wife and I’s favorite. In the past, we made around $150-$175. ACOP is very straightforward and certainly is one of the legitimate paid survey sites out there. You can test and own new products for FREE. It has more than 7M active members, over $30M has been paid out, and 20M+ surveys taken.
Vindale Research. Vindale is also my favorite. I have made over $1,100 with this survey panel (click here for the full post). I have gotten multiple $50s in the past as well as $10 and $15 payouts for individual surveys. Most of the time though, I do get paid around $1 per survey. But let me tell you that every single dollar adds up. Sign-up and get a $2.00 BONUS right away.
Debt Management Websites
Accredited Debt Relief. When your debt is out of control and you need help with settling them, turn to Accredited Debt Relief. It manages your overwhelming debt and has successfully negotiated settlements even with some of the biggest financial institutions like Bank of America, Chase, and Wells Fargo. Contact it for more information.
SoFi. If you are looking to re-finance your student loans, consolidate your loans, get personal loans with lower interest rates, or something else, your best stop is SoFi. You can easily get the best rates in under 2 minutes. I used SoFi to get the best rate I could get when my wife and I started paying off my debt. We paid off our debt in 2.5 years because of a personal loan.
Upstart. Personal loans are among the best resources you can use to pay off your debt fast and pay less interest. Last time I checked from Credit Karma, Upstart has a 4.8 out of 5 stars from 571 reviews, 4.5 of 5 for application process, and 5 of 5 for customer service. It's designed for young borrowers with short or no credit histories but with promising degrees and financial futures.
How to start a blog. This blog post discusses the steps to create your blog posts in less than 15 minutes. You can get your blog up and running in no time. In this post, you'll learn the tips and tricks to get you started with monetizing your blog. You'll also learn why it's best to go for Bluehost than a free blog account.
Best blogging tools for bloggers. In this post, I discuss the free and paid blogging tools that a blogger needs to have to get his/her blog to a whole level. All the tools here are the ones that I have used for my blog. While I always like to use free ones over paid ones, I had to purchase some tools because of their functionality and ease of us.
My blog pays for everything. This post is my story on how blogging has contributed in our lives. I discuss the different expenses that blogging pay for and what my family is able do with the money that we save from our blogging and our day jobs. One thing I'll tell you is that because of blogging, we were able to buy a house and have my blogging money pay the monthly mortgage on our house.
Is Blogging For You?: The Truths About Blogging. They say that blogging is not for all. Yes, I believe that's true. Blogging is designed for those who have time, patience, dedication, and discipline. I should say a ton of patience. Not all bloggers will succeed and some will succeed. This post was made to provide readers a glimpse on what it is like to blog and whether blogging is really right for them.
How Blogging Can Improve Your Marriage. I am so happy that I blog because it has dramatically helped my wife and I improve our relationship. My blog wouldn't be where it is now without the help of my wife. All of my successes and failures and everything in between on blogging is because of the never-ending team up between me and my wife. This post discusses how blogging has improved our marriage.
Make Money Blogging : The Simple Guide. So, when you've already set up your blog, do you know where to go or what to do? This post discusses what you need to do after your blog is done in its initial stage. Many bloggers started blogging without any knowledge on what they need to do to get their blog exposed, seen by people, etc. This post has it.