My Resources

I’m often curious to find out what other people use in their day-to-day life and business. I love it when they “do a Dorothy” and pull back the curtain to go behind the scenes. To share the stuff that helps make them successful or at the least, their life easier. If you’re curious, here’s my resources, a list of things that help me in life and business. But first, a heads up.

 

When you see a link, know that it’s my personal affiliate link. Which means if you click on it, I’ll instantly receive a ton money. Alright, that’s wishful thinking.

In reality, if you click on the link and sign-up/order/do something, I will receive a small financial benefit depending on the link you use. The money I earn from your affiliate links is at zero cost to you. The money I make from affiliate links helps me keep my website up and running not go to Vegas—thank you.

I have not included anything that I don’t Like it, like it a lot or love it. Everything on here is something I either use for business or my day-to-day life. Since I’m a believer in “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at, all,” I’ve left off the stuff I’m not a fan of. FYI, I’ve bolded the links that you can earn money by using my link.

 

 

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My Resources

 

Acorns

I initially set-up up an Acorns account to test it out, to see if I would recommend it to my readers and clients. That was over a year ago and we’re still using it. Acorns is a great way for Service member, their families or anyone for that matter to start investing. It helps you start to go beyond a savings or a money market account and into the world of investing. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to learn more about investing and get started. Like it a lot!

Amazon

I’m all about some Amazon shopping, it’s my go-to resource. With my crazy work schedule and family life, it is often easier for me to do basic household shopping online using Subscribe & Save and Amazon Prime (it’s in our budget). I use Amazon for anything from our favorite paper towels, soap, and to rent movies. I use my favorite coupon/saving site (see below) to find out when my favorite items are on sale. Love, love.

Blue Apron

Now you may think this is a weird one to have on here but I’ll just say it now, I love it. My hubby and I love to cook and we consider Blue Apron as a date night. Again, I have a crazy schedule and it’s a nice treat to have a box show up on my doorstep so I don’t have to come up with a meal plan and do the shopping myself. It saves me time! Plus it’s fun to get a box filled with ingredients for a fun meal. We get a box about once every other month. Blue Apron is a “going out to eat” expense in our budget. Using my code will give you $30 off your first meal, FYI. Love it.

Calendly

Calendly is an easy and convenient way for me to schedule meetings with not only clients but anyone trying to find a time to meet up with me. It takes away the annoying back and forth emails of trying to figure out what day and time work with each person you are trying to meet with. Like.

ConvertKit

For my website’s email list, I use ConvertKit to stay in touch and let them know what I have going on. To be honest, I’m still new to ConvertKit and learning all of its benefits. But so far so go. I like it!

Digit

Just like Acorns, I began using Digit to test it for my clients and readers. Now, I recommend Digit to clients all of the time. It’s a good resource for anyone having a probably kicking off savings or just have problems saving in general. I especially think it’s a useful tool for people who struggle to save money. Like it a lot.

Ebates

This is a cool resource that I use to save moola when I shop online (which is a lot)! By using Ebates for Chrome, they let me know how much cash back I’ll get whenever I’m shopping online. It adds up and reduces the cost of items I buy online. LOVE this one!

Grammarly

 

There are many things that I’m good at but spelling and grammar doesn’t make that list. Because of this, Grammarly is something I use ALL of the time. If I’m writing anything online, I’m using it. I have it attached to Google Chrome, and it helps me with anything from emails to website and Facebook posts. So if you see a mistake in my writing, blame it on Grammarly. 😉 Like it a lot!

Hip2Save

Alright, ya’ll this coupon website is my jam. I highly recommend it to everyone I know (family, clients, friends)! It’s not just about coupons. I use it at least two or three times a day to find ways I can save money (especially near Christmastime). On anything from paper towels to new clothes to my kids’ Bday presents. It’s a legit site to help you lower your monthly or yearly expenses. I often check here to find savings on Amazon for my household products. What’s even sweeter, the founder, Collin Morgan, is a MilSpouse 🙌! Love it, a lot!

iMovie

To edit my “What the Heck” videos, I use iMovie. It’s pretty easy once you get used to it. The coolest part of using iMovie is I can go to the Apple store and take free classes on how to edit. Free help is awesome.

PicMonkey

PicMonkey is a super fun tool that I use for my website and social media. It helps me make professional images, info graphs and more. I was nervous to give making my own images a go but it was easy right off the bat to use. You can even create a Snapchat filter with it. Love it!

Pixabay

To find free images to edit on PicMonkey, I use Pixabay. They have amazing images to pick from but the best part is, it’s free! And you know I dig free. The only warning I will give is to be careful. There are so many images, you can get lost for days looking for the perfect picture of “xyz”. Like it a lot.

 

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Seed

For my business banking, I use Seed.co. So far so good. It’s easy to use and convenient. And I appreciate things that are efficient. I can do most everything right with the app on my phone. Love it!

Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix may also seem like an odd one for my list but it’s one of those things that makes my work life easier. Shopping for clothes isn’t my cup of tea, I will do it when necessary but would rather spend my time on other things like growing my business. But I also want to look professional when I meet with clients or give presentations. That’s why Stitch Fix makes my life easier, I let my stylist know the events I have coming up and she sends me a box with a well put together outfit to meet my needs. Plus if I don’t like something I can send it back and save money. It’s not something I use all of the time but every few months I get a box. FYI, using my link will get your first $20 styling fee waived for 30 days. LOVE it!

 

Quickbooks Self Employed

Unless you’re into that sort of thing, bookkeeping isn’t a whole lot of fun but it’s a necessary evil when you’re self-employed. What I like most about Quickbooks Self Employed is how user-friendly it is. Everything is easy, invoicing my clients, taking pictures of my business receipts and even adding my gas mileage. I’m all about making my business process easy and efficient. FYI, using my link will get you 50% off. LOVE it!

Uber

When I travel (which is mostly for business), I use Uber. I love how easy and convenient it is to use. But I don’t just like Uber for catching a ride. I often recommend Uber for Service members or spouses looking to make some money. Driving for Uber has a lot of flexibility which is what Service member and spouses need.

Uber US Driver Link

USAA

Me and USAA go waaaay back. I’ve been using them FOR-EV-ER for our credit card, personal banking, mortgages and insurance. In fact, they’re almost like family, they’ve been with me through marriage, births, PCS and deployments. Plus, they understand the military lifestyle which shows in their intuitive products like Mobile Deposit and sending money with Zelle (two of my favs). There mobile App rocks! Love it.

Zoom

To meet with clients and business partners online, I use Zoom’s Basic plan which is free (I’m all about keeping costs low). So far, I haven’t needed to upgrade to their Pro Plan but will stick with Zoom when I need to. My clients like using Zoom because it’s easy and user-friendly. I would recommend this platform to anyone doing meetings online. I like it a lot!

 

Products I Use

Camera

Nikon D5200 24.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR NIKKOR Zoom Lens (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Mic for Camera

Rode Videomic Pro-R+ On-Camera Shotgun Condenser Microphone

Ring Light

SOCIALITE 12″ LED Dimmable Photo Video Ring Light Kit – Incl Professional Social Media Photography Studio Light, 6ft Stand, Remote, Heavy Duty Mount for DSLR Camera Fits Iphone 6s Android Smartphones

Tripod

Ravelli APLT4 61″ Light Weight Aluminum Tripod With Bag Includes Universal Smartphone Mount

Teleprompter

Teleprompter Simple Professional Portable use any tablet, iPad or phone. 70/30 Beam Splitter Glass.

Microphone

Blue Yeti USB Microphone – Slate

Coupon Holder

Grocery Coupon Organizer Binder & Coupon Holder Includes pen holder and wrist wrap