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April 2014 BFS Newsletter Giveaway – $25 and My eBook!

Welcome to the April 2014 BFS Newsletter Giveaway!!!

Thank you for subscribing. I hope you like the newsletter itself! If so, please share it with anyone you think may like it too! If you haven’t subscribed, please do so in the right sidebar before entering (I do check, lol) —>

As another thank you, this month’s giveaway prize is a $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash AND a free copy of EITHER ONE of my eBooks – How I Make Money Blogging or Managing Your Monthly Nut!

All you need to do is subscribe to my newsletter and leave a single comment below by April 30, 2014 to enter to win!

It’s not required, but I’d appreciate it if you would leave a question for me as your single comment. The “Ask Crystal” section are way more fun if someone is asking me something, lol. Plus, these questions sometimes turn into blog posts. But if you’re plum out of ideas, feel free to say anything at all. :-)

I sincerely appreciate all of you!

The official stuff:

1) Contest ends April 30, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. 
2) ONLY ONE COMMENT/ENTRY PER PERSON.
3) The winner must be a newsletter subscriber and will be selected randomly and notified by email by the third day of the following month.

4) The prize will be held for 2 calendar days. If it isn’t claimed, a new winner will be randomly picked and contacted.
5) I reserve the right to reject comments that I consider spam or invalid entries.
6) An invalid or incorrect email address automatically disqualifies you from the drawing…it’s hard to contact a fake email…
7) Local laws, rules, and regulations apply.



FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 a year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, a rental home, and professional pet sitting.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you).  I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page - I hope they help you too. This all gives me the time to be with my aging family members, the flexibility to stay close with my friends and family, and it should help if we finally get pregnant too!  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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24 thoughts on “April 2014 BFS Newsletter Giveaway – $25 and My eBook!

  1. Have you had any luck with your HoA lately? Might not want to air it out on the blog, but the newsletter should be safe 🙂

  2. I have to say I was worried when you quit your day job, but it has worked out great for you 2. Thanks for sharing the breakdown of your income and expenses. It is inspiring for many!

  3. I subscribe to (and enjoy) your newsletter.
    Here’s my question: You’re going at 20000 mph all the time. What advice would you give to other bloggers about how to pace themselves? By “other bloggers,” I mean “people with normal sleep needs.” 😛

  4. Could you explain exactly what it means professionally to be insured and bonded? Also, where do you go to get insured and bonded?

  5. If you wouldn’t mind my asking, how much did it cost to get insured, bonded, and background-checked for your pet business?

  6. Sorry about your elderly car! I have a minivan with 120,000 miles on it. It now rains INSIDE of my car when it rains outside, apparently it is seeping in through the roof racks. I’m with you, cars are a complete waste of money so I will be driving that thing for another year (or maybe 2 if I am lucky) while I try to sock some money away for my next new (slightly used) car!

  7. Glad to hear your car was repaired for less than you thought!!! Your pet business is
    booming. Would you say there is a need for pet hotels? How far from the Houston do you think one could be located and still receive traffic from the most people? Do you think New Waverly would be too far away, if it was locate on the feeder off of I-45, without any lights, just two stop signs? How about a rural spot between Houston and Dallas? Guessing closer would be better.

    Also, If you could get a very loaded car that made 42mpg average (city and highway miles), with a 5yr warranty on most stuff, 5 year road side assistance, and 100K warranty on the power train or get another car that only makes 30mpg, but has 10 year warranty/100K miles, but uses special tires, and also was automatic, while first one was manual; which would you choose to buy if they were both in same price range of $12,500. In other words, what are the most important characteristics of your next auto purchase?

    @Jen, we had a mini van for 14 years, and it started leaking too. It was because the moonroof’s gunnels were clogged up the last time. The earlier leak was because the door drain holes had been clogged up in the back trunk area and then in the doors. It wasn’t a Misubishi, Mazda managed by Ford built that one. If you see it dripping from you headliner, then you are probably right, its the rack. Think 100% silicone chaulking for fixing that, on a very dry day (takes 12 hours to completely seal up). No reason to worry about it be an appropriate fix as its being driven into the ground anyways, but clean up around the leak and sand off any rust before applying so it will stick. Should cost you less than $6.

  8. Drawing a blank with something relevant to say, so…What’s your favorite summer drink to make or buy? Alcohol or non. And a recipe if you have one! I’m currently hooked on making some instant coffee (cause that’s all I’ve got access to), adding some milk and liquid stevia and almond extract and pouring it over ice. Delish!

  9. I pay off my credit card every month, but my hubby insists on carrying debt for improved credit score. Is he right?

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