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.

Recent Articles by Laurie

Greenlight vs. FamZoo: Which Is the Better Debit Card for You?

With unique features like spending controls, parental notifications, and payments for chores, kids' debit cards have become increasingly popular in recent years. In this Greenlight vs. FamZoo review, we compare the features and benefits of two of the most popular kids debit card programs.

Best Debit Card For Kids: Why You Should Consider a Debit Card for Your Child

Are you considering a debit card for your child? The thought of giving young kids more control over their money can be scary. Thankfully, there are debit cards designed specifically for kids. With features like parental controls, roundup savings, and more, kid's debit cards give kids the freedom to learn how to properly manage their money.

LegalShield Review: Access a Lawyer for a Low Monthly Fee

For a low monthly membership fee LegalShield will give you access to a lawyer for all kinds of free services including writing letters, reviewing documents, and even estate planning. It also has business plans that offer services such as sending collection notices, help with the IRS, and help with copyright or trademarks.

8 Best Bank Accounts for Freelancers and Side Hustlers

As a freelancer or side hustler, you’ve got plenty of choices for great bank accounts. And you no longer have to pay high fees to get a great business checking account. Here are some of our favorite bank accounts for freelancers and side hustlers.

Best Bank Accounts for Kids 2021: Checking and Savings

Is it time for you to open a bank account for your child? The best bank accounts for kids include features that help you teach them about money management, earning interest, and more. Here are the details regarding some of the best checking and savings accounts for getting your kids on the path to great money management in adulthood.

Lili Review: A Free Checking Account for Freelancers & Side Hustlers

Lili has created a banking experience that just might make your solo business operations a little easier. Although there are some limitations of Lili that probably won't work for full-time business owners, there are several that make Lili a viable option for side-hustlers.

NorthOne Review: An Attractive Choice for Business Owners

A good business bank account makes financial management easier and less time-consuming. And NorthOne has many tools that can help business owners do just that. Your time is valuable and is much better spent on managing and growing your business than on tedious financial management.

Leasing Vs Buying a Car: What You Should Consider Before You Decide

It can be tempting to lease a car. For the same monthly payment you can often get a much nicer vehicle, or a lower payment on the car you were going to buy anyways. If that sounds too good to be true, you'd be right. Leasing a car isn't that simple and financially doesn't usually come out ahead when comparing it to buying the car outright.

What Is the Bucket Strategy and Should You Use It

The bucket strategy breaks your retirement funds into three parts, each subject to different risk levels. This allows you to safely fund your retirement while still getting as much growth as possible on the money you don't need immediately.

Steady App Review

The Steady app is a mobile app that makes finding work and side hustles easier. And it can help you make money from a variety of income sources from work at home and seasonal jobs to full time traditional jobs.

FDIC vs. SIPC: The Differences and What You Need to Know

In a nutshell, both FDIC and SIPC protect you from financial losses if your financial institution goes out of business and is unable to return your deposits. However, they do have limits and it's important to understand how they work so you can ensure you are properly protected.

How Many Bank Accounts Should I Have?

There are two types of bank accounts every person should have, almost without exception. They are a basic checking account and a basic savings account. This will help you keep your money somewhat organized and prepare you for the financial ups and downs of life.

As Seen In: