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Positivity and a “Can Do” Attitude Could Make You Rich!

How do you motivate yourself to keep working when something has gone wrong or when others see more success? Here's my motivation. Pinning this for inspiration!

Do you read Budgets Are Sexy or Making Sense of Cents?  How about Smart Passive Income?  ESI Money or Money Boss?  I read them all, though less often than I should.  They are all at the top of their game.  J Money recently turned down a $1 million deal for his sexy blog bunch.  Michelle is making $100,000 a MONTH from affiliate income…and created a course about it. Pat Flynn is…well, Pat Flynn (Google “king of online money”).   He’s making millions a year. ESI Money just pulled off early retirement.  Money Boss sold his previous site for beaucoup bucks years ago and is restarting a blog empire. Shared Qualities of the Successful Do you know what they have in common?  They are sincerely wonderful people.  I’ve met them.  They are awesome.  But more importantly for our class today, they’re positive people and are all more motivated than squirrels are for nuts.  Yep, positivity and a “can do” attitude is what it takes…makes you gag, right?  Well, suck it up.  I know for a fact that those two ingredients make the recipe for success.  How?  Because that’s how I grew BFS so quickly when I started in 2010 and how I’m … Read more…

“Budgeting in the Baby Stuff” – Third Official Update

The road to having a baby is more than just pregnancy, there are a lot of details to plan for!

WARNING: I’m a sharer who will be talking about trying to get pregnant, and hopefully in the future, about pregnancy itself. If you didn’t know, all of that stuff includes subjects that some people may find too personal or think it’s “too much information” (TMI). If you are that sort of person, my blog is probably not for you but specifically, these posts aren’t for you. Thanks! Nope, still not pregnant. I’m 33 years old (turning 34 in a month), and I was using the Nuvaring for birth control for more than a decade. I stopped in November 2015.  My body returned to normal, baby-making processes in early 2016. I still have no idea when or if I will get pregnant.  I’m not too worried about it, though now that my best friend is pregnant, I am taking it more seriously.  I’m hoping it happens for us soon so our kids can grow up together.  But we’ll have a good life either way. Our Process So Far We’ve been trying the “classic” way.  And because of a couple of commenters during my first update, I started paying attention to my cervical mucus (which should have been called ‘gina juice, hehehe).  That didn’t … Read more…

Two Black Friday Sales Bloggers Will Love!

I’m not going to write a novel today.  Just a heads up on two awesome sales for bloggers! Grow Your Affiliate Income I’ve mentioned jumping into the ecourse – Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle over at Making Sense of Cents. Just some quick points of awesomeness: It spells out how to start making affiliate income.  In detail.  I’ve went from $0 to more than $1500 since implementing just a few things I learned this year by skimming.  I’m spending the rest of this year implementing things step by step. You get to be a member of the course’s Facebook group, which is like being handed the keys to the best blogger library ever.  We motivate each other.  The more experienced help answer questions.  We all help promote and support each other.  The admission to that Facebook group is worth the way more than the usual $197 price of the course if you are interested in growing your blog at all!!! Today through Sunday (Nov 25-27, 2016), take $38 off by clicking on this link and typing in the code BLACKFRIDAY38 at checkout.  That’s $159 instead of $197!!! I don’t spend a lot on my blog.  This course is worth way … Read more…

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

The Professional Pet Sitter Limerick A Crystal Stemberger Original There once was a pet sitter from Nantucket, She was asked to care for a fish in a bucket, “Sure!”, she declared (even though the fish was impaired). But now she’s so busy she can say f…ummm…no thanks… Happy Thanksgiving!!! Guess who travels on Thanksgiving?  Pet owners!  🙂 My hubby and I are SWAMPED for the next 7 days – pet sitting, hosting a Friendsgiving with an 21 pound turkey and a few of our cheap and easy side dish recipes, and visiting our families.  During any free moments stolen away, I’ll be writing and scheduling posts in advance just for you.  Woot! So unless I actually get around to writing about the big sale for the affiliate marketing course that has been helping me so much for the last few months, check back next Monday for a new piece of awesome! In the meantime, comment below for what you are thankful for right this second?  In this exact moment as you finish reading this question? My in-the-moment thanks is split between my sweet husband who just kissed me on the cheek and the peanut butter and strawberry jam fold-over I devoured 10 minutes ago…

Another November, Another Huge Board Gamer Party!!! Woot for #BGGCON16!

We attended our first Board Game Geek (BGG) Convention in 2012 and have returned every year since then. I loved the overall feel so much, I joined Team Geek in 2014 and volunteer 20+ hours every year in exchange for free tickets.  We still pay for gas, food, and to stay in the convention hotel (which we split with friends).  Overall, it ends up being a 5 day vacation every November the week before Thanksgiving for $500-$750. Team Geek 2016 Since this was my third year on Team Geek, I was finally able to sign up for the primo volunteer shifts!  “Primo” for me meant that I was able to count the setup and tear down shifts as actual time towards my required 16 hours (I usually do those shifts anyway for free just to help).  The team this year was even more efficient together and just as friendly as always…they make me feel like part of something important and bigger than myself.  I know that sounds weird when talking about convention staffing, but it really does feel like an annual family reunion. My only tiny complaint was that I didn’t end up in the amazing BGG library for my … Read more…

The Eagle Eye: Tips and Tricks for Tracking Gold Prices

You can apply the tip that you need to keep your eye on the ball to a number of different scenarios and one of them is definitely when you are talking about tracking gold prices, so that you can potentially spot an opportunity to buy or sell for a profit. If you are looking for a source of gold price information and other data, Money Morning has the details on that score. In terms of keeping an eagle eye on your investments and spotting an opportunity to trade, here are some tips and tricks to consider. Two main ways of tracking gold prices One of the fundamentals of trading gold is to understand how best to track the price of gold, and there are two main ways of doing this. The first is to look at what is called the spot price of gold. Put simply, the spot price is the price at which you are able to currently buy or sell physical gold. This will obviously be fluctuating all of the time to a certain extent and responding to general market conditions, sentiment towards gold as a commodity at the time and rising or falling in response to buying … Read more…

Renovations Underway – What Do You Think?

I love “talking” with you here on Budgeting in the Fun Stuff (BFS), but I do not enjoy any of the back end parts of blogging.  I actually despise that part enough to push it aside in my brain.  I’ve spent several years feeling subconsciously guilty for ignoring it.  No more! Please welcome Doug Triplett to BFS!  He’s been handling the back end tech stuff like better backups and updates for the last few days.  He’s also been updating the general look of the site. Poke around, browse a few posts, click on some links, and let me know if you run into any issues!  Renovations are happening and I’d love to use this time to make this blog as user-friendly for you as possible!!! What do you think?  What are you liking?  What’s frustrating?  How can this be a better blog for you?  All comments requested and welcomed!