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.


5 Legit Ways to Get Out of a Timeshare

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...

7 Ways to Settle Your IRS Tax Debt for Less

Do you owe money to the IRS? If so, you might want to know that there are several legit ways to settle your IRS tax debt for less money than you owe. The IRS realizes that you might not be in a position where you can (or want to) pay all of the money you...

The 7 Best Alternatives to Cable TV in 2019

As technology races on, there are more options for watch TV. Now there are so many alternatives to cable TV. Expensive cable packages can put a serious dent in your budget and your financial goals. It's not uncommon to pay $100 a month, $200 a month...

7 Simple Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

Have you ever thought about paying the mortgage on your house off early? How flexible would your finances be if you had no mortgage payment monies going out the door every month? Would you like to be debt-free and not have to worry about living paycheck to...

Decluttr Review: Simplify Your Life and Make Money

Do you have DVDs, electronic and other items lying around the house? If you have items you no longer use, Decluttr might just buy them from you. Decluttr buys used items such as textbooks, DVDs and tech items such as smartphones. In this post, we’ll...

7 Best 800 Number Services for Small Businesses

Have you thought about getting an 800 number for your business? Perhaps you just started a business, and you want the credibility and trust factor of having an 800 number. Or maybe you are an established business, and you want to appeal to a broader client...

18 Ways to Make Money Under 18

If you or your teens are anything like mine, they’re always wishing they had a little more cash to spend on all of those things teenagers need and want. When I was a teen the only options for making cash was to get a job at a local store or fast food...

20 Best No Medical Exam Life Insurance Companies

Having a life insurance policy is critical to any solid financial plan. Are you financially independent to the point where you’re self-insured? In other words, do you have enough money that your loved ones could cover expenses should you die? if not,...

8 Legit Ways to Get Free Gas

One of the ways we recommend speeding up debt payoff and building wealth faster is to cut your expenses as much as possible. By using the Challenge Everything Budget, you can find ways to reduce or eliminate the money you spend on many everyday...

Where to Sell Your Antiques

Vintage and antique goods can often bring you money if you’re selling the right items. But where should you sell your antiques for the most cash? In my experience, selling at local antique shops will bring you fast money, but not necessarily the most...