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.


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...

The Zero-Sum Budget: The Answer to Your Money Problems

Have you heard of a zero-sum budget? If so, do you know that it can be the answer to your money problems? Maybe you routinely have more month than money. Or, maybe you want to save more money but don't know how. In almost any money situation, a...

7 Ways to Make Money as a Freelance Writer

I’ve been a freelance writer for nearly six years now. What started as a side hustle to make a few extra bucks has since turned into a full-fledged career. Yes, I make money as a freelance writer. In fact, I now earn enough money to be the primary...

5 Legit Ways to Get Free Tickets to Advance Movie Screenings

Do you like going to movies? Have you ever wanted to have access to advance screenings of new movies? Believe it or not, it is possible for everyday people like you and me to get free tickets to advance screenings. This can be an important way to have...

24 Places to Easily Sell Your Used Electronics

Life for most of us includes some type of electronic item, whether it’s your phone, your tablet or your laptop. The electronic age isn’t going anywhere. However, it does come with one caveat; a growing pile of no-longer-used electronic items sitting...

How to Become a Travel Agent (and Work From Home)

Have you ever thought about what it takes to become a travel agent? Do you like traveling? Do you know how to (or would you like to learn to) find great deals on vacation or travel destinations? Or, are you simply looking to make money from home? Maybe...

12 Ways to Build Up Your Savings Account

Saving money can seem overwhelming. But if you're determined to do it, there are some things you can do to smooth the way. It helps to have a goal. Maybe you want to save to buy a house. Or you know you need to sock away money for retirement. Or you still...

5 Ways to Get Money From Scrap Metal

You may have heard or read about people who make money by selling scrap metal. Is this a legit side hustle? And if so, how can you get in on the cash? The truth is that there are a few different ways to make money from scrap metal. However, you have to...

Rich Uncles Review: How to Invest in Real Estate with Only $5

One way that many experts suggest investing is through real estate. In some cases, it can produce bigger returns than investing in the stock market. And even if you still invest in the stock market, real estate investments can diversify your holdings,...

14 Best Alternatives to Quicken in 2019

Back in the day, Quicken was “the bomb” when it came to money management. When Quicken first launched in 1983, personal finance nerds everywhere were overjoyed. The personal finance software program allowed people to manage their money on a computer...