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 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 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...

12 Ways to Get Free iTunes Gift Cards

Do you use iTunes? iTunes is media management software that allows you to download and organize your digital media. You can download and organize music and movies through iTunes. The iTunes store has tens of millions of songs and movies you can...

14 Places to Get Cash for Coins for Free (or Cheap)

Want to get cash for coins? I can help. One way we save money in my family is by saving coins. Every time we pay cash and get change back, the coins go into a jar. We don’t miss them, and in fact, it’s nice not to have to walk around with that heavy...