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    Online Shopping Tips to Save Money on your Holiday List

    Before you start your holiday shopping, do you know all the online shopping tips you need to save money? I do not get into the whole in-person holiday shopping scene. It’s busy and overwhelming and cold. There’s pressure to make decisions, and the items I want may or may not be in stock. I’d rather shop from the comfort of home and wait for my packages to arrive conveniently on my doorstep. It seems I’m not alone in this approach. Adobe reported that last year’s Cyber Monday was the biggest spending day in U.S. history, and a survey by Deloitte revealed that people were expecting to purchase more gifts online than…

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    7 Lessons Learned in My First Month Blogging

    When I decided a month ago that I wanted to learn how to start a blog and make money, I had no idea how much I would have to learn! At the beginning of October, I found myself on a quest to figure out a way to make a little extra money each month. As I sifted through my search results and clicked link after link, a realization started to materialize: I can make money by blogging.┬áReal money. Like, might not even have to work my day job after a while kind of money. And so I began a journey to figure out how to start a blog and make…

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    How to Use Rakuten (Ebates) to Easily Earn Hundreds of Dollars

    Update Nov. 2019: Ebates is now called Rakuten. This article has been updated to reflect the name change. Read more here. When my mom first told me how to use Rakuten (Ebates), I was skeptical. Surely there was some kind of catch. How was she earning money, completely for free, just by doing her regular online shopping? But when she sent me an Rakuten (Ebates) invitation link that came along with a free gift card, I figured I could trust her enough to give it a try. Sure enough, I received a $10 gift card to Kohl’s plus cash back after making my first Rakuten (Ebates) qualifying purchase. I was…