Laurie Blank


Laurie Blank

Laurie Blank is a freelance writer and licensed Realtor practicing in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

She has been writing about personal finance topics for over six years.

Laurie works her writing and real estate businesses while being a (largely) stay-at-home mom to her four children.

In her spare time she keeps active hiking, biking, cooking and hanging out with family and friends.


9 Places to Get Cheap Moving Boxes

Moving can be expensive. If you’re renting, you’ll have to come up with first and last months’ rent, damage deposit, etc. And if you’re buying, there are closing costs and more. Not to mention you’ll have to have moving boxes and probably plenty...

16 Things to Buy From a Pawn Shop

Have you ever done your shopping at a pawn shop? Believe it or not, you can save big money when you buy many things from a pawn shop. The world of the pawn shop has changed. It isn’t a shady little store you should be embarrassed to go into. Think of it...

5 Legit Ways to Get Out of a Timeshare in 2019

The draw of a timeshare is real. I know — my dad bought a few of them. He had two weeks at a Minnesota resort town. One in the winter and one in the summer. They were fun! My kids and I went with several times. We swam, snowmobiled, boated. But of...

19 Legit Ways to Get Paid to Do Short Tasks Online

Have you ever thought about making money online but are worried about the time commitment? Maybe you’ve got younger kids running around that need your attention. Or, maybe you just have a busy schedule that doesn’t allow for a lot of free time....

Here are the FSA Contribution Limits for 2019

Do you qualify to have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA, also called a Flexible Spending Arrangement)? If so, do you know the FSA contribution limits for 2019? Using an FSA for qualifying expenses can be one way to decrease your taxable income and put...

ReceiptPal Review: Is it Legit or a Scam?

The ReceiptPal website says the ReceiptPal app will pay you just for snapping pics of your receipts and submitting them to the company. But can you really earn money this way? And if so, why would a company pay you for sharing pictures of your...

How Much Should I Have in My 401k?

If you’re wondering how much money you should have in your 401k, your wait is over. Retirement savings is much of the talk in today’s personal finance world. Personal finance specialists everywhere are sounding off about the dire straits of the...

11 Ways to Buy Cheap Canvas Prints

If you’re an art lover, you might really like the idea of having walls covered with enticing canvas prints and other types of wall art. There’s something about art that makes the heart sing. How many times have you walked into a home or museum and...

14 Best Website Hosting Companies in 2019

If you own a business, run a blog or want to make money blogging, you’re going to need a website hosting company. Your website hosting company is what connects your site to the world.  It’s also the storage “container” for all of your...

Sweatcoin Review: Is it a Scam or Legit?

Sweatcoin is a health app that pays you to walk. Or so the company says. But can you really earn currency just for walking? And does Sweatcoin count as a legitimate side hustle? We’ve done a thorough Sweatcoin review, and we’re going to let you know...