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

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.

Which Is the Best First Credit Card For You?

Your first credit card the card that will begin building your credit reputation. However, not all starter credit cards have great terms. When shopping for the best first credit cards, consider the interest rate, annual fee, and any rewards programs each card carries.

Current Bank Review: A Great Checking Account for Teens

If you’re looking for a simple easy to use online bank, Current Bank may be for you. While it doesn't come with a lot of bells and whistles it has all the core features you'll need in a checking account and aims to make money management easier.

How to Cancel a Credit Card Safely

One would think that canceling a credit card would look good on your credit report. You’ve got less available credit, and therefore less of a chance to get into overwhelming debt. 

However, cancelling a credit card the wrong way can, in fact, damage your credit score and even cost you money.

9 Best Online Will Makers for 2021

67% of Americans don’t have a will.
Luckily, there are several online will makers that can help you write your own will for much cheaper than that

The best online will makers are affordable and offer all of the common forms you’ll need such as a Last Will and Testament, Living Will forms, Power of Attorney forms, and more.

How to Wire Money: Step-by-Step Instructions

Wire transfers are used to transfer money from one person to another quickly. Banks and other financial institutions can do this and often charge a fee to both send and receive funds. But be careful, wire transfers usually can't be undone. This feature makes them a favorite tool of scammers.

5 Best Ways to Save for College

College is very expensive so saving up ahead of time is important. You’ve got several choices when it comes to saving for college - from 529s to Coverdell accounts - here are the best ways to save for college.

Best Bank Accounts for Bad Credit 2021

If you can't get a traditional checking account due to bad credit or a mishandling of checking accounts in the past it can be difficult to do simple things like cash a check or pay a bill. Luckily, bank accounts for bad credit are available for these situations.

How to Invest $50,000

So, what should you do with your fifty grand if you’re looking to grow it? The first thing to do is look at your overall financial situation and make sure you have your basics covered. Start with paying off high interest debt and fully funding your emergency fund. Then start maxing out your retirement accounts for the year.

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