Laurie Blank

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

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.

6 Best Checking Accounts For Teens in 2021

Before you open a checking account for your teenager, you’ll want to consider which features are most important for you and your child. For example, some teen checking accounts have lower daily ATM and debit purchase limits than others. Plus the level of parental control varies widely.

What is the Effective Tax Rate?

Your income is not all taxed at the same rate. Instead, different levels of income are taxed at different rates. Your effective tax rate is not your tax bracket, but is probably best described as an "average" tax rate pertaining to the federal income taxes you pay.

The 8 Best Debt Snowball Spreadsheets

Debt snowball spreadsheets are extremely helpful in planning your debt freedom strategy. Different spreadsheets work in different ways. Some are quick and simple, some are complicated and detailed.

Should You Try Envelope Budgeting?

Envelope budgeting is a simple, old-fashioned yet highly effective way to manage your money. You put cash into physical envelopes and then spend according to the plan. If you run out of money in an envelope, no more spending in that category for the month.

How to Sell Your House Without a Realtor

Selling a house without a realtor could save you a good bit of money if you do it right. Proper pricing, advertising, and knowledge of real estate laws will help things to smoothly. But savings can be quickly offset with just a few simple mistakes.

OnJuno Review: Earn 2.15% APY on Checking

OnJuno is an online bank that offers a high interest rate on their checking account as well as cash back on some debit card purchases. Their basic checking account has no monthly fees and no minimum balance requirements.

Do You Have an In-Case-of Emergency Binder?

An In-Case-of-Emergency Binder helps your loved ones deal with an emergency, such as a medical emergency or unexpected death. You'll want to include everything they would need to know if you suddenly weren't around or were having a medical emergency.

21 Ways to Get Free Amazon Gift Cards

You can earn free Amazon gift cards through shopping online, playing games, and taking surveys. While you won't get rich with these types of apps, it's a great way to maximize the things you are already doing online.

Best Transcription Jobs 2021: Work from Home

Transcription work can be a viable side hustle if you are a fast and accurate typer. Most companies pay per minute of audio transcribed so the faster you can get the work done the more money you will earn.

Honey App Review 2021 – How to Use it and What’s the Catch

The Honey app automatically finds you the lowest prices and best coupon codes when you shop online. You can also earn free gift cards and it has a price drop watch list to help you find future sales. It's free and works on many of your favorite retailers including Amazon, Walmart, and Target.

How to Become a Notary

If you are an adult without a criminal background you likely qualify to become a Notary in your state. Here’s what you need to know about becoming a Notary and how you can use the designation to serve the public and earn some extra cash at the same time.

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