How to Start a Blog and Make Money Blogging!

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Tips and tricks to starting a blog today from my experience over the past decade as a 6-figure blogger!

How to make money blogging. That's a topic I get asked quite a bit. After doing this since 2008, it comes with the territory.

Rather than outlining the steps into a post again for how you can make money blogging, I'm going to direct you to previous posts I've written on this topic a while ago. They are buried throughout other content on the site, but still relevant for this topic.

The final thing I'll share on this topic is that your voice is your platform. Your platform can go beyond a blog. Use it wisely and cautiously. Your integrity always means more than a dollar. Always.

If you have a unique way that you earn money from home, please share it with us.
I would love to include your experience with our readers!

More in the Earn Money from Home Series

Start a Homemade Cake Decorating Business
Make Money Doing Freelance Work Online
Start a Sewing and Alteration Business
How to Self Publish an eBook to Earn Income
Offer Babysitting Services
Internet Research from Home
Earn Money as a Home Organizer
Selling Online to Make Extra Income
Start a Small Business Doing Odds and Ends Jobs
Earn Money By Creating How-To Videos
Seasonal Tax Preparation to Earn Additional Income

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Chocolate Heart Lebkuchen Recipe

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

This is a German biscuit type cookie, traditionally made at Christmas.  I thought it would go wonderfully for Valentine's  Day.  Instead of giving  your honey a card, treat them to one of these.  They are sweet and spicy.

Makes about 30 cookies

Chocolate Heart Lebkuchen Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup, Butter (unsalted)
  • 3/4 cup, Brown Sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup, Molasses
  • 3 1/2 cups, Flour
  • 1 tsp, Ginger (ground)
  • 1/2 tsp, Cloves (ground)
  • 1/4 tsp, Cayenne Pepper
  • 4 oz, Dark Chocolate
  • 4 oz, White Chocolate
  • 4 oz, Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • Candy sprinkles, Cocoa or Confection sugar (for decorating)

Mixing Directions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.  Beat in the egg and molasses.
  2. Sift the flour, ginger, cloves and cayenne pepper and pour it into the butter mixture.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, gradually mix the ingredients together to form a stiff paste.
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured work surface and knead a few minutes until smooth.
  5. Wrap mixture and chill for about 30 minutes.

Baking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease two baking pans
  2. Roll out half of the Lebkuchen until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Cut out heart shapes using your cookie cutter.  Place on cookie sheet.  Do the same with the other half of the mixture.
  4. If you have any trimmings left over, roll into 1 inch balls and flatten lightly on cookies sheet.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.

Decorating Directions

  1. Melt each chocolate separately in a pan over simmering water, until melted.
  2. Place about 2 tbsp of each chocolate into the corner of a Ziploc bag and set aside.
  3. With the remaining chocolate, coat cookies and spread with a spoon to cover all the cookie.  You should have 1/3 of the cookies with each chocolate.
  4. Take your Ziploc bag of semi-sweet chocolate and just barely snip the corner where the chocolate is with scissors.  This will make a tiny stream of chocolate.
  5. Decorate the cookies using a back and forth motion with the bag.  Do the same with the other two chocolates. Coating the cookies until the chocolate is gone.  (if the chocolate starts to harden on you, place it in the microwave for about 10 seconds, it should soften right up).
  6. Dust some of the cookies with confectioners sugar and/or cocoa.
  7. Allow all cookies to set about 2 hours until chocolate is hard.

Cut off the top of a sandwich bag and place a cookie inside each bag. Tie off the bags with a ribbon and give (and enjoy) to your loved one!

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Chocolate Heart Lebkuchen Recipe

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup, Butter (unsalted)
  • 3/4 cup, Brown Sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup, Molasses
  • 3 1/2 cups, Flour
  • 1 tsp, Ginger (ground)
  • 1/2 tsp, Cloves (ground)
  • 1/4 tsp, Cayenne Pepper
  • 4 oz, Dark Chocolate
  • 4 oz, White Chocolate
  • 4 oz, Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • Candy sprinkles, Cocoa or Confection sugar (for decorating)

Instructions

Mixing Directions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.  Beat in the egg and molasses.
  2. Sift the flour, ginger, cloves and cayenne pepper and pour it into the butter mixture.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, gradually mix the ingredients together to form a stiff paste.
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured work surface and knead a few minutes until smooth.
  5. Wrap mixture and chill for about 30 minutes.

Baking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease two baking pans
  2. Roll out half of the Lebkuchen until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Cut out heart shapes using your cookie cutter.  Place on cookie sheet.  Do the same with the other half of the mixture.
  4. If you have any trimmings left over, roll into 1 inch balls and flatten lightly on cookies sheet.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.

Decorating Directions

  1. Melt each chocolate separately in a pan over simmering water, until melted.
  2. Place about 2 tbsp of each chocolate into the corner of a Ziploc bag and set aside.
  3. With the remaining chocolate, coat cookies and spread with a spoon to cover all the cookie.  You should have 1/3 of the cookies with each chocolate.
  4. Take your Ziploc bag of semi-sweet chocolate and just barely snip the corner where the chocolate is with scissors.  This will make a tiny stream of chocolate.
  5. Decorate the cookies using a back and forth motion with the bag.  Do the same with the other two chocolates. Coating the cookies until the chocolate is gone.  (if the chocolate starts to harden on you, place it in the microwave for about 10 seconds, it should soften right up).
  6. Dust some of the cookies with confectioners sugar and/or cocoa.
  7. Allow all cookies to set about 2 hours until chocolate is hard.

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Emergency Fund Savings: 20 Items to Sell to Fund the Account

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

An Emergency Fund Savings account is so important! To start your Emergency Fund, consider selling stuff around your house! Check out these 20 items you can sell to start building an emergency savings fund so you are prepared for a financial emergency.

An Emergency Fund Savings account is so important! If you've ever experienced an unexpected job loss like our family has, you know how crucial an emergency savings account is! I can't tell you how many times ours has been a blessing as we had unexpected emergencies.

How much should you have in savings? That will be totally different for each person. Dave Ramsey suggests at least $1,000. Other financial pros suggest at least a 6 month savings plan so you are prepared if the job loss is longer than anticipated.

Either way, if you are trying to get an emergency savings fund started, it can be overwhelming. Unfortunately a financial emergency never comes at the *right* possible time, do they? {sigh…} I can assure you that having an emergency savings account to pull from during those times will help to alleviate some stress!

To get your Emergency Fund started, consider selling stuff around your house! Check out these 20 items you can sell to start building an emergency fund this week!

To get your Emergency Fund started, this list of items to sell and where to sell will help you fund your account!

Sell Exercise Equipment

Instead of letting that old bike or elliptical sit there, sell it. Exercise equipment sells quickly, especially at the start of the year because everyone is making New Year’s resolutions.

Check out your local Play It Again Sports stores and see what kind of cash you can get. We personally go there all the time to look for sports and exercise equipment.

Sell old sports equipment to fund your Emergency Savings fund!

Sell Old Sports Equipment

Since I just mentioned it, sell your kids' unused sports gear. Each year we go through old gear and see what can be handed down to each of our boys to use for the upcoming season. What we don't need we sell!

Whether you visit a second hand sports store, or sell in your local Facebook Buy & Sell group, chances are you can make some decent cash for your emergency fund! We sold an old weight bench last year. When I posted that I received probably 50 messages from people wanting it!

Also, be sure to time your sale during a time when people need the items you are selling. I posted that weight bench right before the football conditioning season was about to start. When our buyer picked up our item we mentioned how many people wanted the item and they reminded me about weight training starting soon.

Sell your old clothes to build your emergency savings fund!

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Sell Clothes

Clothing is probably one of the best items you can sell to get your emergency fund up. Especially if you have women and men clothing, these clothes are in demand, which means they will sell quickly.

Fun fact: our son LOVES to sell his old clothes and shoes! He also loves buying both second-hand as well (he will go shop at least once a month, or more if we would take him). Since my husband has taken our son so many times to sell now the Mister has become quite the fan of consignment!

We go at least a few times a quarter to sell old clothes locally. You can also sell your clothes online to places like ThredUp and, of course, eBay.

Sell Used Appliances for Cash

Old washers, dryers, refrigerators, and dishwashers sell incredibly fast even if they don’t work. When we moved into our current home, it came with a washer and dryer. Well, we had a set that was still good so we sold it in a local Facebook selling group.

My next item I'll be buying will be an old refrigerator. We sold ours before our last move because we didn't think we would need it as much. Since we don't *have* to have one, I'll take time to find a good deal on a used unit just like I did when buying our used freezer that's still kicking to this very day.

Sell Firewood

We have friends who have wood burning heaters. If you haven't heard of them, they are the most economical way to heat your home! They are also fortunate to have many acres and some equipment to cut up fire wood fast. If you have any similar means, sell firewood for some extra cash for that emergency savings account!

Old furniture sells well! Take that money and add it to your Emergency Savings!

Sell Old Furniture

Sell the extra furniture that you are no longer using. These items tend to sell quickly because family’s go through furniture so fast.

In just the last year alone, I have personally purchased a bed frame, 2 solid dressers (scored for $75 total – scroll down to see what I did with them), several chairs and a sofa table. People snatch up old furniture so fast on the various marketplaces!

Sell Kids' Toys

While kids’ toys are incredibly expensive at the store, they are typically sold for a fraction of the cost. If you're still holding on to that box of trains, let them go. The barbies can go to a new home too so you can fund your emergency savings!

Sell Baby Stuff

Are you littles out of the baby stage? Sell the crib and other baby accessories for cash. Don’t forget to part ways with the stroller you no longer need. Those also tend to bring in lots of cash.

What can you do with an old car? Sell it for cash and grow your savings account.

Sell Broken Cars

Have you ever had a car that decided to break down on you? Sell that hunk of metal for a nice chunk of change.

When my husband's old “jacked up car” finally drove its last mile, we sold it to the junk yard for a few hundred bucks. We weren't going to keep that in our driveway so having the junk yard come haul it away and pay us for it was a fantastic deal!

Old cameras sell well. Use that money to fund your rainy day fund!

Sell Old Cameras

Old cameras that are sitting around make ideal items to sell to help you stock up your emergency fund. Depending on the level of the photographer, an older model can make a great first camera for someone.

I'm always looking for newer camera models from what I currently use. I am totally fine with buying used if I know it's been taken care of. I plan to sell an older camera I just discovered again very soon too.

Sell Boats

No matter the type of boat you have, these always sell quickly for cold hard cash. Depending on where you live, other water gear like paddle boards or kayaks sell well and fast.

We sold a boat several years ago. The hardest part was the sentimental attachment since it was my dad's old boat. We listed the boat for sales on Craigslist but if we sold it today, I'm sure it would sell fast on the Facebook Marketplace.

Sell Old Bikes

Do you have a bike just sitting in the garage? Put that bicycle up for sale to help stock up your emergency fund. We have sold our older bikes with success. Again, if it's not being used, there is no reason to have it take up space. Make some money and get more room in your garage!

Sell your old electronics for cash!

Sell Old Electronics

Think of all of those iPhones that you have sitting in a drawer, those are worth some serious cash. I purchase our electronics from a local small business. I just got a new Macbook Pro at a great price and even better service! They buy all types of electronics there. I have also had great purchasing success and selling success with electronics through eBay.

I'm sure you have several places like that near you. You can also check out how you can Trade-In Electronics at Target for a Gift Card, Trade-In on Amazon, or use a site like Gazelle.

Sell Kitchen Appliances

Toasters, coffee makers, microwave ovens, blenders—you name it and you can sell it to help stock up your e-fund. My friend scored an awesome deal on a Vitamix for $10 – YES! My aunt grabbed a food processor for me for just $10, which is a great deal.

Again, with the timing on things. Small kitchen appliances will sell most any time of the year, but especially around summer months! Parents and students are looking to buy items for college dorms and apartments.

My friend's son purchased a few microwaves on a “pallet” discount. He timed the sale listing right since it was around the busy time for college dorm room shopping. He flipped those and earned $50 each microwave! You can do the same thing with your unused kitchen electronics!

Sell your old books for cash or gift cards.

Sell Books for Cash

If you have shelves and shelves of books, it’s time to part ways with some and make some cash. We have an entire post on how you can Make Money Selling Books. You can make some decent emergency fund cash by going through your old books!

Sell Computer Parts

Get rid of old laptops and desktops to help rake in the emergency fund account! Do you know people who like to build their own computers? My nephew is one of those people. We just give him all of our old machines so he can use the parts to build his next awesome system!

Before you sell any old computers or electronics, make sure you wipe your hard drive. You don't want to leave any personal information on the machine that can be retrieved by the new owner.

Sell old tools to earn money for your emergency savings fund.

Sell Old Tools

It might take some convincing to get your spouse to get rid of their tools, but the cash you’ll rack up will be worth it. My father-in-law probably has 7 drills. He really doesn't need them now but I'm sure he did at the time :D

Go through the tools with your spouse and see what they absolutely need. Sell the rest!

Sell Unwanted Items

What you consider clutter, someone else may consider a treasure. Sell whatever items you plan on throwing away, every dime counts for that emergency fund!

A few times a year, I scan every room in our home and find at least one item that we don't use or need. These things take up physical space but also mental space! Even something as basic as an old light fixture.

Heck, I still have items that I've bought with intentions of using and never ended up using it. Those are sold to keep the cycle going! Gonna fund that savings account!

Chalk paint dressers are a great way to refinish a dresser and add new life!

Sell Old Dressers

If you can spare selling an old dresser, this is an excellent item to sell. As I mentioned above, my best purchase for furniture was by far a set of dressers – both for $75.

We repainted them with this chalk paint that I purchased at Ace Hardware. We used a nice paint sprayer to get that smooth finish (worth every dime even if you only use it once). Based on tutorials, I decided to add this clear flatcoat to better preserve the chalk paint (I'm glad I did that too). I also redid the hardware using this metallic wax finish and they look brand new.

I really should do a separate post of the process. It did require work, but the finished product is beautiful! This chalk paint furniture DIY was super helpful. 

You could even buy old dressers, repaint yourself, then flip to make even more money! It's rewarding to see the old piece get new life…and make even more money in the process!

Sell Dresses and Formal Wear

It’s time to clear out the closet and sell that old wedding dress, prom dress or formal wear. Guys can sell their suits and tuxes they no longer need or they have outgrown.

I had my wedding dressed preserved and it's boxed up, so I can't sell that! But, I would absolutely sell any old prom dresses if I still had them. If we had girls, I would also sell their old prom or formal dresses since most never wear them more than once anyway!

I have sold old suits and suit jackets from my days in Corporate. My husband has sold his old suits and suit jackets as well. If you're not going to wear something that formal, someone else would pay a decent amount to buy them. It's just more money for that emergency fund!

There you have it! 20+ items you can sell now to start an emergency fund! What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever sold to help stock up your emergency fund?

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How to Make a Lollipop Pot Centerpiece – Easy Sucker Bouquet DIY!

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Sucker bouquets are an easy DIY and simple gift. Learn how to make a lollipop pop centerpiece with any type of sucker or dum dums for your next party, baby shower, birthday or a school carnival. This is an inexpensive DIY!

Sucker bouquets are a super inexpensive DIY to make if you need a gift for a birthday or school carnival. Customize this in various colors if you are hosting a baby shower or a party.

Lollipop pop trees or a topiary are a great gift for a teacher or family member too. Grab a few supplies and make this in under an hour! The kids can help out which makes this DIY even better!


Lollipop Pot Supplies

  • Flower Pot
  • Lollipops
  • Decorative Candies
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Ribbon (about 2-inches wide)
  • Foam Ball
  • Easter Grass or Decorative Shredded Paper

Lollipop Pot Directions

  1. Place some Easter grass or paper inside the pot and then add the foam ball on top it.
  2. Sprinkle more grass or paper around the foam ball and on top.
  3. Stick some of the bigger candies in the foam ball first (blow pops, tootsie pops, and decorative carrots, etc)
  4. Use your dum dum lollipops as fillers to fill up all the empty spots
  5. Glue a little ribbon around the pot.

Now your gift recipient has a nice gift that will serve their sweet tooth and be useful when all the sweets are gone!

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Learn how how to make a lollipop centerpiece. This easy DIY takes under an hour and is great for a wedding, bridal shower, baby shower or school party!

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How to Make a Lollipop Pot Centerpiece – Easy Sucker Bouquet DIY!

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Ingredients

  • Flower Pot
  • Lollipops
  • Decorative Candies
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Ribbon (about 2-inches wide)
  • Foam Ball
  • Easter Grass or Decorative Shredded Paper

Instructions

  1. Place some Easter grass or paper inside the pot and then add the foam ball on top it.
  2. Sprinkle more grass or paper around the foam ball and on top.
  3. Stick some of the bigger candies in the foam ball first (blow pops, tootsie pops, and decorative carrots, etc)
  4. Use your Dum-dum lollipops as fillers to fill up all the empty spots
  5. Glue a little ribbon around the pot.

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What to To Buy in February (Best Time To Buy Things)

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Epic list of What To Buy When, specifically what to buy in February. Find the best buys to pick up this month on retail, grocery and in-season produce. Continue the year saving the most money possible!

There are a few products that you want to keep your eye on this month. Whether it's feeding your belly or wiping your booty, buy it when it's at the best price and be a happy saver! A few good things to buy in February include:


Retail Deals

  • Air Conditioners
  • Calendars
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Heaters
    I am lusting after this Dyson heater!
  • Luggage
  • Organizational Products
  • Outdoor Vehicles
Boats, Bikes, Motorcycles
  • Tax Software
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Winter Clothing

As a reminder, if you purchased any electronics at Christmas or in January, check the serial number to see when your warranty expires. Apple offers a 1-year warranty but that is based on when the item was manufactured. A friend's iPad died and after taking it to the Apple store, they were told there was nothing they could do for the warranty since the 1-year warranty after production ended in November, 2011 – before they even purchased it. Lucky for them they were able to return it to the store that they made the purchase. Point of this story, even if it's a great time to buy, check on the manufacturer's warranty. Being out hundreds of dollars on a great buy isn't such a great buy after all.



Grocery Deals

  • Canned Food Items
  • Candy/Chocolate
    It's Valentine's Day month so there are great deals before and on clearance afterwards!
  • Cereal
  • Chicken Breast
  • Hot Breakfast Items
    Cream of Wheat, Grits, Oatmeal
  • Pasta (whole grain)
  • Pepsi/Frito-Lay Products
  • Dental Hygiene Products
    Floss, Toothpaste, Toothbrush
  • Waffles
  • Yogurt

February is a month of celebration for more than just Valentine's Day! With it being National Canned Food Month, National Hot Breakfast Month, Heart Health Month, National Cancer Awareness Month, National Children's Dental Health Month and…should I go on : ) You can find some of these items throughout the year at stockpile prices as well, especially the dental hygiene items.

In-Season Produce

  • Artichokes
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Lemons
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Tangerines

Some states may have more availability and lower prices on the produce that is in season. It’s all dependent on where it’s coming from since shipping adds a cost to anything being shipped from a different state or country.

To extend the produce through the season, freeze it. I did this with a lot of produce. Just this week I used spinach that I froze before it went bad. I put it in the pot with the pasta as it was boiling and it was perfect in our Chicken Alfredo!


Miscellaneous Buys

  • Gym Memberships

Most of the folks who were gung ho on getting fit have fallen off the bandwagon. Since they may be canceling their memberships, the gyms are preparing to recoup the cost. You can find the best prices on gym memberships this month.

Additional Notes

Kroger runs the Dayton Sale Mega Event during February. This is typically $3 off instantly when you purchase 10 participating items along with a Catalina coupon for your next purchase.

Again, these suggestions come from my own personal observations and my very own purchases of goods and services. I’m sure you have a few others. Please leave a comment with your additions!

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How to Use Amazon Prime Student to Save Money in College

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Get a Free Amazon Prime Student account today! Learn the difference in benefits between Prime Student vs Prime, as well as over 10 Amazon Student Prime membership perks to save BIG!

Our oldest son is a college Freshman. I don't know how that snuck up on us like it did! Oh my gosh, are you ever *really* prepared emotionally for this time?? (my momma heart!!) On top of the emotions and letting your baby bird fly, those expenses sure do rack up fast!

Needless to say, college is expensive! Not just classes, books, room and board. But, the other “stuff” that no one really tells you about: case of Pringles here, body wash, toilet paper, batteries, light bulbs, etc, etc!!!

If you have college students, I imagine you are looking for ways to save money on any and all college expenses like we are. If you haven't yet considered Amazon Prime Student for your student or your wallet, keep reading!

Amazon Prime Student Cost

Any student can join Amazon Prime Student as long as they have an EDU email address, which your school will give you. Once you have your EDU email you can sign up for Amazon prime student. The student is eligible for the 6-month free trial of Amazon Prime so they can take advantage of all amazons great offerings.

Amazon Prime Student Trial

If after the Amazon Prime Student trial the student wants to continue the Prime benefits, they can renew at half price for up to 4 years or until you graduate whichever comes first.

Even better you get to enjoy the perk of earning $10 for every friend you refer. That $10 can buy them a 24-pack of toilet paper. They're gonna need it.

Amazon Prime for College Students

Free two-day shipping is the best perk of any Amazon Prime account. As a college student, you will find that many items cost more locally than on Amazon.

Two-day shipping means you don't have to worry about paying more for basics you need and everything is delivered right to your door. This is really handy when you need to get a good deal on those college textbooks.

Amazon Student Book Perks

Amazon is a great resource for your college textbooks. Amazon allows you to rent, buy, and trade your textbooks lowering your costs by a large chunk. We recently rented through Amazon and it was so simple!

You can also trade your old textbooks in for Amazon gift cards. Turn around and use that gift card to buy or rent your next set of textbooks no matter where you bought your textbook from.

You get to enjoy getting up to 80% of your textbooks value back at the end of your class. Every bit – big or small – helps!

Amazon Prime Free Audible Channels

You can save time and money listening to articles, news, and talks with Amazon Prime Student included unlimited Audible Channels. This is a great way to keep up with what is going on and enjoying top content to help you further your education while working out, riding public transportation, or waiting in line scrolling Facebook.

Get a Free Amazon Prime Student account with any student email!

Prime Student vs Prime

Have an entire library at your fingertips. Install the free kindle reading app on nearly any device and enjoy unlimited books, magazines, comics, and kindle singles. This great feature is not part of the regular Amazon Prime but an add-on with extra cost that you enjoy free with Amazon Prime Student.

Amazon Prime Instant Video

Saving money on entertainment is easy with Amazon Prime Student. You get unlimited streaming on all Prime videos.

Video streaming is a great way to cut costs allowing you to relax and enjoy a movie without paying a fortune for a cable subscription that you don't have time to get your money worth between classes, working, and trying to balance a social life.

Amazon Games

Do you like to play games online? How about streaming your favorite gaming channels? With Amazon Prime Student you now get Twitch prime scoring you awesome in-game loot every month to help you relax and unwind after a long day of classes or give you something to do while you procrastinate on that paper due this week.

Amazon Prime Photos

Don't lose any of your great memories from your college days or pay for photo storage. Amazon Prime Student also comes with unlimited photo storage allowing you to not lose those great shots of that awesome college party next time you drop your phone.

Amazon Prime Benefits

Amazon Prime Student members can take advantage of the same benefits that all Prime members can get PLUS a few more as we have mentioned! Save even more money by scoring lightening deals with early access available to prime members to the best Amazon deals each day. Checking these for deals on school supplies, cool gadgets, and even everyday essentials is a great way to save money.

What other Amazon Prime Student perks do you love?

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How to Become a Seasonal Tax Preparer to Earn Additional Income

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

A seasonal tax preparer can be a great source of income! Learn how to become a seasonal tax preparer, find sites to take tax preparer classes, and discover jobs including tax preparer jobs from home!

I've received a few submissions sharing ways that others earn money from home. I will be publishing them over the remainder of the series. This one comes from Janell sharing how you can earn additional income doing seasonal tax work.

Seasonal Tax Preparer Jobs

This isn't working from home, but consider doing taxes at H&R Block during the tax seasons. You only work January 2 through April 15. There are continuing education requirements, but you can complete the courses online after the first year.

This is a way to pick up a few thousand dollars in a few months, and you can work selected hours. I work a few nights a week and some weekends.

In doing some additional research on this topic, I found a few resources that will be helpful if you want to be a seasonal tax preparer to earn additional income.

Tax preparer classes are available on so many legitimate sites! Check out the list of sites we recommend.

Tax Preparer Classes

Check out the Seasonal Tax Preparer Classes on Udemy. They have several courses which start at $10 or less.

My husband recently went through a Quickbooks Online training so he could learn how to do the bookkeeping for my business. The courses are thorough and most include videos along with written documentation! Every class we have taken has been thorough and put together well. Just check the reviews before you purchase.

As Janell mentioned, you can take the income tax course through H&R Block, as well as other tax service providers. From looking at the H&R Block training site, you will go through 75 hours of instructor-led training and take a 3-hour final exam. Training occurs during the weekends or during the week (whatever is more convenient for your schedule).

Tax Preparer Jobs From Home Flexible Hours

Lots of companies will hire you to work from home. YES! With that comes flexible hours. Of course, you need to get all of your work completed on time and ensure the company you have a private work space given the nature of the work.

If you are working outside of the home for this one, many times you can set your own hours. This is always a plus with any job. You work as much as you want, and can earn as much as you want during this timeframe too.

Start your own online tax services and create a nice side income! You can even start an official business with our free guide!

Online Tax Services

If you want to venture out onto your own, you can offer online tax services. I would start with friends and family both near and far away.

Thanks to so many amazing technology options, you can easily have face-to-face review meetings with each person! I would use a service like Google Hangouts to start since it's free, but there are lots of other options which cost money that could be beneficial once your business is booming!

After tax season is complete, get yourself prepared to open shop officially online! You can follow many of the steps in my How to Start a Blog and Make Money Blogging series. Creating a site to send people to is super simple to do and can get you on the fast track to a great business with serious side income potential!

If you have a unique way that you earn money from home, please share it with us.
I would love to include your experience with our readers!

A seasonal tax preparer can be a great source of income! Learn how to become a seasonal tax preparer, find sites to take tax preparer classes, and discover jobs including tax preparer jobs from home!

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