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.


8 Legit Ways to Get Free Laptops

If you do an Internet search for “ways to get free laptops”, you’ll find a host of information out there. Much of it is bogus. It’s just not possible for just anybody to get a free laptop. However, in certain circumstances you may be able to get a...

5 You Need a Budget (YNAB) Alternatives in 2019

Have you ever heard of You Need a Budget (YNAB)? YNAB is a budgeting tool created to help you have better control over your finances. Depending on your budgeting style, you might not find YNAB a good fit. We’ll show you some similar software programs...

17 Best Money Making Apps That Pay Well in 2019

It's a good thing to have a variety of options for making money. Everyone has bills to pay and expenses to cover. Having a traditional job to cover those expenses is smart. But what about having access to some other avenues for earning cash? Luckily,...

13 Best Fax Services Near Me to Fax For Less

Faxing documents has largely been replaced with scanning and electronic documents. However, you may still find an occasional need to fax a document to a business or private party, or even a need to make copies. Just recently I had to send some...

10 Best Delivery App Gigs

One way you may be able to bring in some extra cash is to become a delivery person. These days you don’t have to go and work for a big company like FedEx or UPS if you want to deliver stuff. Instead, you can become an independent contractor. Independent...

18 Sites to Start Selling Crafts Online

In 2016, consumers spent nearly three million dollars on handcrafted items at Etsy alone - this is just one store's worth of sales. That's a lot of cash, which means that crafters everywhere have the opportunity to get in on the deal and make some money by...

I Need Money Now: 21 Legit Ways to Get Money Today

Sometimes you just need money fast – as in TODAY. Perhaps you have an unexpected car repair because your transmission went out or you blew a tire. Or maybe the water heater in your house needed repair -- along with your refrigerator, your air...

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...

22 Best Places to Get Keys Made Near Me

Do you ever wonder where to go if you need to get a copy of a key? You might need an extra set of keys for one of your vehicles, or a spare set for your house or garage. Luckily, key making services are likely pretty readily available in a variety of...

Best Online Banks in 2019

You probably already know that most banks have online capabilities that allow you to check balances, make payments, transfer funds, open a CD, etc. However, there are also many banks out there that operate solely online with no brick-and-mortar locations at...