June Income Update

Online Income Report. How much I made in November from blogging, freelance writing, and virtual assistant work.
I hope you had a good long weekend! We went to the local festival Saturday and then down to my Dad’s house for a cookout and a few fireworks. Then on Sunday I cleaned, organized, and just relaxed a lot of the day.

This past weekend was the first weekend where I felt like I could just sit down, take a breath, and not have to run around getting things done. It was a much welcomed change of pace!

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Housing Help For Single Moms Part 3: Home Buyers Programs

If you're wanting to buy a house there are programs in place to help you. Here's a list of home buyers programs for single mothers you should check out.Did you know that there are a ton of resources in this country that can help single parents secure safe and quality housing for their family?

This is the third and final part of the Housing Help Series where I’ll be discussing mortgage assistance programs to help single moms obtain home ownership. If you missed the other two parts of the series you check out the links below:

Housing Help For Single Moms Part 1: Government Assistance
Housing Help For Single Moms Part 2: Private Assistance

If your ultimate goal is to be done with renting and purchase your own home, don’t give up on your dream due to the financial constraints that single mothers endure due to only having one income.

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How We’re Fixing Up a Fixer Upper on a Budget

Fixing up a fixer upper on a budget.Now that we’ve officially been living in the new house for more than a week I’m feeling a little more settled in. Since I’ve got the majority of the cleaning underway I’m starting to dream up and make lists of all the DIY projects I want to get to soon.

This house is a nice blend of half beautiful and half fixer upper. It’s also the biggest house I’ve ever lived in which makes my to-do list rather long.

However, I’m not going to start pouring thousands of dollars into this house. Instead I’m going to take my time and work on each room very methodically and on a budget.

Here are my plans for fixing up this house on a budget.

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50+ Profitable Small Business Ideas

profitable business ideaIn my life I seem to be the odd one out. While almost all of my family own businesses no one really wants to get into the online space. When they start scheming up business ideas they are all offline. That’s okay with me. In fact, thinking up business ideas with others can be quite fun to do. And there are a few ideas on this list I’d love to try!

If you’re interested in starting a business without taking it all online here are more than fifty profitable offline small business ideas to try.

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Housing Help For Single Moms Part 2: Private Assistance

Government assistance programs do not help everyone without housing needs. If you make too much to qualify here is private housing help for single mothers.Last week I shared detailed information about housing help for single mothers through government programs. I probably barely scratched the surface since there are so many government programs designated to helping people find affordable housing.

Government programs do not help everyone though. Waiting lists can be long and not everyone who needs assistance will qualify. If you’ve been told that you ‘make too much’ for government assistance for housing or if you just want to try a different route, then this post is for you.

Securing housing as a single mom or a single parent in general can be tough especially since your household income is limited to only yours. In part two of the Housing Help Series I’ll be discussing private assistance options for housing.

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Terrible Mistakes We Made Buying a House (A.K.A. Stuff You Should Never Do)

housing buying mistakesSo, my goals are once again moving a little ahead of pace. We bought a house!

Honestly this wasn’t how I envisioned we would be buying a house but it was a thought out decision that has been in the works since February!

I wish I could say it was a smooth process but, it was anything but. In fact, there were several times when I didn’t think it was ever going to happen.

I’m ecstatic that we’ve now gotten past all the trouble and are (mostly) settled into this house which feels amazing. However, the path here has been absolutely terrible.

I’m going to tell you my story in hopes that this may help someone else down the road. I don’t want anyone else to have go through what happened to us.

In retrospect here are the stupid house buying mistakes we made.

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How to Get Clothes for Free

If your budget is stretching a little thin here's how to get clothes for free. I do this all the time and it's immensely helped stretch my clothing budget!Making extra money means nothing if you can’t manage to hang on to it. At the same time it can take almost as much effort to save money as it does to make money. Especially, if you don’t have systems in place.

So I thought I’d start sharing some of my little secrets for saving money without a whole lot of effort. These will all be easy things you can do that pay off pretty well.

Today I’m sharing how to get clothes for free! It’s pretty awesome………….

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