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.


7 Legit Ways to Make Money Answering Questions

Did you know you can make money by answering questions online? I’m not talking about the various survey sites — although you can make money by signing up on some of the best paid survey sites. Instead, I’m talking about money you can earn by...

4 Ways to Make Passive Income with Real Estate

One popular way to make passive income these days is through real estate investing. And you might be surprised to learn something. You don’t have to own a brick and mortar property to be a real estate investor. Yes, that is an option. And owning...

8 Easy Ways to Get Paid to Take Pictures

Do you like taking pictures? It can be fun to look at the world through a camera lens, whether you’re traveling, hanging out with friends, or just snapping pix of interesting things in your neighborhood. Did you know there are ways for you to get paid to...

Target Price Match Policy: Including Amazon and Online Price Match Guidelines

One way you can save money while you shop is to take advantage of price match policies. Target is one major store that has a good price match policy. Target’s price match policy helps you save by matching other stores’ prices. Target will give you the...

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...

11 Recommended Budget Percentages by Category

One of the best ways to be successful with your money is to know where your money goes each month. Many people fall into financial trouble but don’t understand why. This is because they miss the basic financial management principle of budgeting. Making a...

8 Ways to Make Money at a Flea Market

A flea market — also sometimes called a swap meet —  is like the shopping mall of garage sales. The organizers set up booth spaces. People rent those spaces and sell stuff. As a customer at a flea market, you get the benefit of being able to browse...

How to Make Money Recycling Wood Pallets

One interesting way to make extra money is collecting and recycling wood pallets. Wood pallets are used all over the country and the world. Companies use them to help transport goods from one place to another. Some companies simply discard these pallets....

32 Frugal Gift Ideas for Christmas in 2018

I love celebrating the holidays. And I love seeing the joy on my kids' and loved ones' faces when they open the gifts we've gotten them. I also love to not spend money. This might seem like a rather conflicting statement. But as I've learned over the years,...

31 Best Christmas Gifts for Her in 2018

Are you looking for some holiday gifts that will really bring a smile on the faces of the women in your life? We’ve got some ideas for you. Yes, it’s time to put away thoughts of new vacuum cleaners and pots and pans – well, maybe. We just might even...