This running list is of sites and (you guessed it) resources I use for different aspects of my physical and digital life. Some of these links are affiliate links, but none of them are linked to things I don’t 100% recommend.
Scrivener: The all-around godsend for any sort of writer. EVER. Use it for blog posts, novels, short stories, poems, screenplays. The uses for this pay-once software are endless.
Grammarly: It’s free and is an always-there spelling & grammar checker so that you don’t look stupid. Need any more explanation?
Google Drive: Its uses are endless, but mainly I use it so that I can have access to anything I want no matter which device (my phone/laptop/work computer) I’m on.
A2 Hosting: Look, I’m not going to pretend like I’m some web-wizard who truly knows what she’s doing. That’s why I went with A2 Hosting for my WordPress site. I was in over my head when I was setting it up, and the customer support here was quick, effective, and super friendly.
Amazon Affiliates: They accept anyone, and I can make a bit of extra change off the sale of my books and other Amazon goodies. I’d hate myself if I didn’t take advantage.
Canva: Book promos, blog post images, and bridal shower invitations for my best friend? I make them all through this cheap and easy software that helps even me look like a design pro (kinda).
Mailerlite: I tried so many email list sites (MailChimp, Vertical Response, random plugins, etc.) and FINALLY I found one that is simple, effective, and free. I love it.
BoardBooster: This site automates, cleans, and promotes your Pinterest pins in ways you could never imagine doing by yourself. I did the free trial, saw so much growth on Pinterest, but then somehow thought I could keep the growth up myself so I wouldn’t have to pay the $5/month. (I’m cheap, okay?). Needless to say, one month later I was down by like 30,000 views on Pinterest, and then pulling my wallet out to reinstate BoardBooster.
WordPress: I was initially using Squarespace, but then switched to WordPress for my site because I wanted more control and creative freedom. It’s difficult at times, but I’m glad I made the switch.
Spare Change Apps
Ibotta: Ibotta is an app that gives you literal money back for buying certain things at certain stores. Hell, half the time they’ll give you 25 cents for buying any item. I hate grocery shopping so I don’t do it often, but when I do, I always try to use Ibotta. Before going to the store I jot down the basic things I need, then scroll through the app to see if I can get any money back for a specific brand. I’ve only been using it for a few months, and already I’ve made $40.
If you sign up by clicking this link, you’ll get a $10 welcome bonus!
Survey Junkie: I know survey sites and apps to make spare change are all the rage for bloggers to recommend. I won’t lie, I’ve signed up and used multiple due to bloggers raving about how easy they are to use and how much money they’ll give you. What they don’t mention is just how spammy the sites are and how rare it is to get a survey that doesn’t kick you out after three questions because you “don’t qualify”. Survey Junkie, to me, is the simplest and cleanest to use and gives you the least amount of kick-outs.