Laurie Blank

Laurie Blank is a blogger, freelance writer, and mother of four. She’s psyched about teaching others how to manage their money in a way that aligns with their values and has been quoted in Bankrate.

She’s a licensed Realtor with Edina Realty in Minneapolis, Minnesota (also licensed in Wisconsin too) and has been freelance writing for over six years.

She shares powerful insights on her blog, Great Passive Income Ideas, that will show you how you can create passive income sources of your own.

Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank or financial institution. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Recent Articles by Laurie

What Happens When You Deposit Over $10,000 Cash?

You’ve likely heard the stories about the IRS being notified when you deposit a large amount of cash. But what happens when you deposit over $10,000? Who is responsible for reporting large deposits? And what will the IRS do if you deposit large amounts of cash? We answer these questions and more in this article.

Marcus vs. American Express Savings: Which Is Better?

The Marcus Online Savings account and the American Express Online Savings account are popular options. Both offer attractive interest rates and no monthly fees. But while you can't go wrong with either account, Here's a head-to-head comparison to help you determine which is more suitable for your money.

Where Can I Reload My Cash App Card? 

Cash App is a convenient app that lets you use a Cash App card to make purchases, transfer money, and invest. Before signing up for a service like Cash App, however, it's important that you know where to reload your Cash App card. Here are 7 easy ways to transfer money into your Cash App account.

34 Best Jobs for 15-Year-Olds

Are you a young teenager searching for a job or a parent ready for your teen to start making some money? To help you think of job ideas, I've compiled the following list of jobs for 15-year-olds. Find out which companies are willing to hire kids as young as 15. Some of the names listed here might surprise you.

Best Jobs for 14-Year-Olds: 21 Jobs for Younger Teenagers

Believe it or not, many companies hire kids as young as fourteen. In addition, there are plenty of side hustles 14-year-olds can start on their own. If you're a young teen, or the parent of a teen looking for a job, I've compiled a list of 21 top jobs for 14-year-olds.

How to Remove Hard Inquiries from Your Credit Report

Anytime you apply for a new credit product, the lender submits what's known as a hard inquiry to the credit bureau. But too many hard inquiries can negatively impact your credit score. Unfortunately, the problem can be compounded by unauthorized or fraudulent hard inquiries. Thankfully, there is a way to have some hard inquiries removed from your credit history.

50 Best Gifts for $50 and Under

One of the more challenging aspects of the holiday season is finding the perfect gift ideas for our family members, co-workers, and friends. It can be even harder if you're shopping on a budget. To aid you in your search, here is our list of the 50 best gifts you can buy for under $50.

Best Cash Back Debit Cards: Earn Rewards without a Credit Card

It’s always a nice perk to earn cash back on purchases. But for years, cash back rewards were limited to credit cards. Nowadays, cash back debit cards offer the same benefits as cash back credit cards, without the risk of taking on high-interest debt. Here is our list of the best cash back debit cards.

How Do Credit Builder Services Work and Are They Legit? 

If you struggle with poor credit or are new to credit, you may have heard of credit builder services as a way to improve your credit score. In this article, I explain how credit builder services work, share some examples of companies to consider, and some credit builder alternatives.

What Is a Side Hustle Stack and How Can it Help You?

If you’re a fan of side hustling, you'll be interested in the side hustle stack. A side hustle stack can change your income from good to great to bring on “early retirement!” In this article, I'll show you how to create the perfect side hustle stack, one that aligns with your specific financial goals and your desired lifestyle.

How ATM Withdrawal Limits Work: What You Need to Know

When you open an account with a new bank, you want to know your ATM and debit card limits. After all, no one wants to discover that they've exceeded their debit card limit when trying to pay for a cart full of groceries. Here are the bank card limits from several major banks.

What is Affirm? Buy Now Pay Later Loans

Affirm has become one of the biggest players in the Buy Now, Pay Later loan space. While BNPL loans like Affirm serve a purpose, they are fraught with potential pitfalls. In this article, I explain how companies like Affirm work and whether or not BNPL loans, in general, are a smart choice.  

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