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Below are some of my favorite things that I use for life, saving money, and business. It is incredibly important to me that you know I only recommend products and services I use and love personally or have fully researched and stand behind. I do not recommend junky stuff just to make a buck! I hope you find these recommendations as useful as I do.

Blog/Instagram Recommendations

If you’re interested in learning what blog and Instagram tools I use, here they are!

My site is built on

I use WPEngine as my website host. Many bloggers use Bluehost because they have plans starting at just $3.95/mo, so they are great for beginners. You should definitely check them out, but I went with a more robust and reliable host that my developer recommended (WPEngine) since I was ready to grow my blog.

The email provider I use is Convertkit and it’s definitely the best one out there.

For my Pinterest planning I use Tailwind.

My Instagram link in bio is also made by a free segment of Tailwind called I plan out all the pictures on my Instagram ahead of time with the free Preview app.

I make all my Instagram posts (with the words) using the paid Adobe Spark and free Canva apps. I edit my photos with the free Lightroom and Snapseed apps.

Budgeting Recommendations

My favorite budgeting apps are Every Dollar Plus (paid) or Mint (free). I have used both and they are both great for tracking your spending alongside a written budget.

Saving Money Recommendations

I absolutely love Walmart Grocery Pickup for saving money on groceries. Not only is it free, but I can see my total before checkout and put things back if they are out of the budget, so this service saves my budget. It also saves my sanity as a mom of 3. If you use this link you can get $10 off your first order.

The best cash back apps for saving money on the shopping you’re already doing are:

Ibotta for grocery and non-grocery shopping rewards

Rakuten (earn $10 referral bonus with this link) for non-grocery shopping rewards

Fetch Rewards (earn $2-4 referral bonus with this link) for grocery shopping rewards

Making Money Recommendations

Survey Junkie for making money taking surveys.

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