Worried about your old gift cards becoming obsolete before you use them? I’m guilty of holding onto them longer than I should, and some of the retailers have gone out of business now. Here’s everything you need to know before you buy gift cards. Online gift card exchange is also gaining popularity — here’s how to do it.
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This is where you'll find recent articles from our Personal Finance, Jobs, Entrepreneurship, and Money Saving sites at The Fun Times Guide. If it has to do with making money or saving money... we're talking about it here! Real people are sharing their own tried & true tips for finding jobs, becoming an entrepreneur, working from home, starting a small business, budgeting your finances, planning for retirement, and living frugally.
If you’re anything like me you most likely travel on a budget. I’ve learned some cool tips and tricks along the way that allow you to pay lower airline fees, save on your smartphone bills, and find cheap travel accommodations. Plan ahead if you have a vacation coming up to save the most money while on your trip.
You may feel compelled to file for bankruptcy in order to eliminate debt. However, the truth about bankruptcy is that it’s not necessarily a fresh start. Instead, it’s an easy way out with some potential future problems over the longterm. Here are some of the issues you are likely to face if you file for bankruptcy.
We hear a lot about tweets these days don’t we? If you’re a small business owner and you don’t have a business Twitter account, you’re missing out on a great free way to engage customers. You definitely don’t need to hire someone to manage social media for business success, but you really should be using a Twitter business account. I’ll explain why.
Summer is on its way and that means it’s time for fresh veggies! Want to know how to save money growing vegetables in your own garden? Get ready to harvest some seeds and build your backyard vegetable garden. My best tips & tricks to save money while planting a garden and starting to grow your own vegetables at home.
You’ve probably realized that drones are inundating our lives, but did you know you can make money with drones? That’s right! They are so versatile they’re being used by entrepreneurs to make extra cash! See how to get a drone license, how to pick the best drone with camera for aerial photography, how to buy a drone, and tips for using drones to make some extra money.
If you’re anything like me, the mere mention of having to make big financial decisions (even if they are good for me) makes me cringe and worry I won’t understand the facts. So, I want to break down 401k retirement plan information into a language everyone can understand. Here are the different contribution options, what to think about when investing, and what to do if you leave your job and you want to take your 401k benefits with you.
Interested in ways to save money bulk shopping, but not sure if it’s going to be cost effective for you? I had that very same fear. But I’ve learned how to save money buying in bulk with a friend and splitting the purchases — and the fees! Here are my best tips to help you buy bulk items with friends, family, or neighbors. I’ll also explain how to set up a bulk buying co-op. Let’s get started today!
You probably have everything to make diy window treatments lying around your house somewhere. Can you imagine how you’ll save money making curtains or diy blinds? I can tell you, you’ll save hundreds of dollars! Grab your old scarves, belts, jewelry, and the dimensions of your windows — put on your diy hat and get ready to save some money!
If you’re hoping your freelance writing turns into a solid stream of income, you definitely need to make sure your proposal writing skills are sharp. There are many ways to ensure that your freelance work speaks for itself when putting together your portfolio and bidding on jobs. Follow these tips to land the best freelance gigs.
Working from a coworking space gives me some benefits that I was missing when working from home. A coworking office brings like-minded people together and offers collaboration, networking, affordable office space, and other cool co-working options for freelancers and those who work from home who are looking for some community. Here’s how to determine if a shared workspace is right for you and how to find the right co-working space near you.
Summer is right around the corner and I bet you’re ready for a vacation! You don’t need to head to the bank to start a vacation savings account. Grab a mason jar and get ready to make saving for vacation fun! Here are some easy tips for starting a vacation fund jar — and getting the entire family involved.
How can your business benefit from having virtual office space? For starters — it will provide a professional look and feel to your clients. There are plenty of virtual office services that can enhance your day-to-day business operation as well. Virtual office rental is a popular trend and for very good reasons. Here are some…
We’re all faced with financial difficulties at some point, right? Are you worried about how to ask your boss for a raise? Been there, done that — and have 3 great tips to follow when you’re requesting a raise. As long as you’re confident, well-informed, and positive, chances are you’ll walk away with exactly what you’ve asked for – maybe more. Asking for a raise might just be the easiest thing you’ve ever done!
I love to save money. I also really love apps that make you money. Here are my picks for the best money making apps, some tips for using them, and ways to download them. Grab your smartphone and start using these money making apps.
See the 3 most important things to include when writing a letter of recommendation for a friend or colleague — and the things to avoid mentioning. Plus reference letter examples, templates, and tips that will make the process of writing a reference letter quick and easy for you!
How many reusable shopping bags do you have? Get in the habit of carrying your reusable bags to some of your favorite stores to receive discounts. Check out the latest information on how important reusable grocery bags really are. You’ll also find out where to find reusable bags and how to recycle your disposable plastic bags.
What types of jobs are minimum wage jobs? You might be surprised to find out who’s working for a minimum hourly wage these days! Here are some minimum wage jobs that most people wouldn’t think of, some of the best minimum wage jobs, and how to move beyond making just the federal minimum wage.
Got a job interview coming up? If you’re not careful, you could really mess things up if you say or do the wrong thing! Here are 10 ways to guarantee that you WON’T get the job, plus the 10 best job interview tips to help you GET the job.
Spring cleaning begins with store loyalty cards! Whether they’re stuffed in your wallet or hanging on your keyring, retail loyalty cards can become a nuisance. Here’s how to organize all of your reward cards — so you only have to carry ONE thing everywhere you go!
Have you considered the benefits of internship opportunities yet to further your career? There are internship programs for job-seekers of all ages and in towns of all sizes. If you’re needing a change career-wise, we’ll help you find internships near where you live! See which type of internship program is the right fit for you, as well as the pros & cons of various internship programs.
Whether you are unemployed and an opportunity arises in a new city, or whether your current employer wants you to relocate to another one of their offices, there are several things you should think long and hard about first. Consider your standard of living where you are now, the cost of living where you’ll be moving to, the actual cost of the move & all that’s associated with moving to a new area, and whether the salary they’re offering will be enough. We’ll help point you in the right direction and answer the question, ‘Should you relocate now or maybe wait this one out?’
Like you, I’ve been a college student and I know just how tight money can get. When you’re focusing on grades, you don’t always have a lot of free time to make money in college. If you need extra cash, there are simple things students can do to save money and earn money too. Here’s how to make money in college without sacrificing your study time!
If you’re wondering how to save money for a house, I’ve got some simple and fun ideas for you! These ideas worked for me: turn your hobbies into money, use cash instead of credit cards, sell your old stuff, and 6 other great tips to try when saving money for a house. Think outside-the-box and start putting money aside for your down payment and closing costs on your first home.
Not interested in traditional 9 to 5 jobs? Becoming a flea market vendor could be your calling. I’m sharing tips to help get you started — like what sells best at flea markets, how to sell at flea markets, what you should always have at your booth, and more. Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it… flea markets are another great way to be an entrepreneur!