How to Start a Blog and Make Money Online

Jen SmithBlogging18 Comments

Start a Pineapple Blog

I’m not the overdramatic type but I’m serious when I say blogging has changed the trajectory of my life. I started blogging for a few reasons, a way to help people by sharing my experiences, to hold myself accountable, and to in time, make a little money. I never considered myself an entrepreneur or a writer but now I feel like I’m both. Why Start a Blog? • To make money from home. It’s easier than you think. An online presence allows you to get freelance writing and marketing jobs and once you build your blog you can build passive … Read More

When you Find Yourself Paying for Your Parents’ Financial Mistakes

Jen SmithPersonal Finance16 Comments

Parents Financial Mistakes

Politics. Religion. Money.   These are things you don’t talk about at the dinner table. But if you were like my family we didn’t talk about them at all, maybe religion on Sundays and politics every four years, but money? Never — children should not be burdened by the family finances. Fast forward to present day, I’m 27, married, and just bought a house. My mom dropped the bomb on me last week that she’s being foreclosed on in less than three months. She also shares that the process has been going on for nine years but got serious eight … Read More

11 More Lessons I’ve Learned in 6 Months of Blogging

Jen SmithBlogging30 Comments

6 Months Blogging

Three months ago I gave you guys a brutally honest peek behind the scenes of my blog life. I committed to doing quarterly recaps for my first year so I wouldn’t forget all the things I’m learning and I can give a real-time picture of the pace it takes to grow a blog. So here’s the culmination of my first 6 months blogging. These last three months have brought changes in my life that were totally unexpected and crazy. From starting a writing internship at The Penny Hoarder, getting kicked out of our duplex, and buying a house in record … Read More

4 Smart Things to do Before Switching Jobs

Jen SmithPersonal Finance8 Comments

Things to do Before Switching Jobs

Despite a variety of economic concerns that simply cannot be ignored, today’s economic situation has significantly improved – gas prices have dropped, inflation remains at a comparatively low level, and unemployment has been reduced. Today, Americans are much more confident in the economy and as a result, many have career fluidity. Even though switching jobs may be helpful to your career, there are some complicated processes that require a thoughtful approach. What exactly should you take into account before making the big leap? 1. Look at the Bigger Picture When looking for a new job, higher salary should not be your … Read More

How to do Less Research and More Saving with the Squeeze App

Jen SmithFrugality, Personal Finance4 Comments

Sqeeze App Review

I’m a self-proclaimed deal lover. Anytime I walk into a restaurant or pull into a store parking lot I’m searching my phone for a coupon or special to take advantage of. Yesterday I saw a coupon for the blinds we bought last week and I mourned over the $10 lost to corporate America. Sigh. When it comes to recurring payments, like bills, I’m even more careful. My husband and I conduct hours of research, make lots of calls, and do a fair bit of negotiating to make sure we have the best deal on life essentials like internet and phone … Read More

What it’s Like to Work at The Penny Hoarder

Jen SmithBlogging, Personal Finance10 Comments

The Penny Hoarder

If you haven’t heard of The Penny Hoarder then you should definitely find out. It’s one of the biggest personal finance websites in the world with over 19 million monthly readers and over 1.6 million email subscribers. Inc. named it the 32 in its 2016 list of the 5000 fastest growing companies in America. While most personal finance websites are written for people who have lots of money, The Penny Hoarder is for people who make less than $50,000 per year. You’ll find articles with practical tips on how to make and save money and relatable stories about entrepreneurship and … Read More

How to Run a 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon for Cheap

Jen SmithPersonal Finance, Savings8 Comments

Dest Damn Race Blitz

Update 3/8/17: Shortly after the publishing of this article Best Damn Race stopped offering race entries for $1. Instead, they’ve opted to add hundreds of discounted race entries to all their races. While I’m sad about the loss of the blitz this is a great move for BDR and gives many more runners the chance to run a dream race at an affordable price (I mean, the 5K starts at $15, we can’t complain too much.) 🙂 I have a love/ hate relationship with running. I love saying I’m a runner, I enjoy the feeling of finishing a run, and … Read More

3 Easy Apps to Find Free Furniture!

Jen SmithFrugality, Personal Finance11 Comments

We’re moving from a 1/1 to a 3/2 next week and while I’d love to furnish it, I know the bank watches our finances right up until closing. Aside from not wanting to upset the money powers that be, we literally don’t have any money to spare. #ClosingCosts. That means being patient and finding free furniture in the mean time. I could drive around dumpster diving and hitting up yard sales but I haven’t even started packing my bedroom yet so I really don’t have the time. Luckily, there’s an app for that!   We’ve used all these and have … Read More

21 Ways to Make Extra Money (No Survey Sites!)

Jen SmithDebt, Personal Finance14 Comments

ways to make extra money

Today’s post is an excerpt from my upcoming free guide: 7 Simple Ways to Pay off Your Loans Faster. Look out for a late March release date. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it so leave me a comment below if there’s anything I could add to make it better for you! And sign up for the Partyletter to be the first to receive the guide when it’s done and you’ll get my popular Budget Hacks cheat sheet while you wait! Finding ways to make extra money is the cornerstone of paying off debt fast. No matter what profession you’re in … Read More

20 Tips for Living a Healthy Lifestyle on a Budget

Jen SmithFrugality, Personal Finance23 Comments

healthy lifestyle on a budget

Still looking for ways to amp up your health routine this year? Follow these familiar tips and a few unique ones to inspire your healthy lifestyle on a budget. 1. Walk A few extra steps today could be the start of lifelong, healthy journey. Walking in everyday situations like taking the back parking spot walking during lunch are easy. You can also walk the mall in bad weather (leave your credit card at home though) or the beach on vacation. It’s easy and can set the tone if you’re just starting a health routine. 2. Download an App From workouts … Read More