What Does a Minimum Wage Budget Actually Look Like?

Can a family really live on two minimum wage incomes? Or even better, one income? This seems to be a hot topic right now. Check out this post to see what that looks like in reality.

Recently there has been a resurgence of the infamous, mockable sample budget that a couple of large companies put together to prove how a family can survive on a minimum wage budget. (If you don’t know what I am referring to, go search “ridiculous minimum wage budget spreadsheet” and you will find it.) This budget was originally published in 2013 when my husband and I were right out of college and living in a large city on two minimum wage salaries. I thought this may be a fun time to bring out our budget and show people what it really looks like to survive on minimum wage. read more

The Reality of Starting a Money Making Blog

Have you ever thought about starting a blog? Are you curious how bloggers get started, grow a following, and make money? This post goes through the REALITY of getting started as a blogger including how to get paid to blog. Grow your blog, blog as a business, affiliate marketing, sponsored blog post.

When I first started looking into how to create a money-making blog, there seemed to be endless amounts of resources available! There are so many pieces of advice and places to go to monetize a blog with just a quick Pinterest search. Sometimes it seems like there are more blogs out there about blogging than any other writing niche. What I didn’t really seem to find was a selection of posts about what the process of getting a blog going would actually be like. I found many how-tos full of affiliate links or income reports from people who were making pennies to a few dollars each month. The reality is that many of us fall in between the high-traffic/high-income blogs and the ones that are struggling to find any readers at all. Here is what you can really expect when you want to grow a business and get paid to blog. read more

#transPARENTtuesday

Does anyone else think that sometimes modern technology makes us feel inadequate as parents? We all see posts from other moms and dads of their perfect homes, their smiling kids, and their beautiful lives. It’s about time that we show the internet what a day in the life of a parent really looks like. With some help from friends and family, here’s my take on #transPARENTtuesday. read more