It’s time to put some positive energy in the air and highlight ten money success stories from everyday people like you and me.
Tools and Resources
At the end of 2019, I decided that in 2020, I want to simplify the way that I look at a lot of things. One of these things is the way that I budget. When it comes to my finances, I tend to overthink something as simple as budgeting. Over the years, I’ve changed my… Read More »The Simple Budget Worksheet
At some point in time, we all need a little help with getting our financial business on the right track. This page is dedicated to all of the resources which include products; services; and companies that can make your journey a lot easier. These are my personal recommendations based on my experience with using the products and services mentioned.
Disclaimer: There are some affiliate links below, which may or may not provide me with a small commission. You are not obligated to click on the links or purchase any of the items recommended. If a link has a “*” next to it, it means that it is an affiliate link. If you click on the link and make a subsequent purchase, it may benefit Odd Cents.
There are lots of resources that offer helpful information about personal finance. In most cases, taking action is the best way to organize your personal finances. There are several tools available which can help you to take control. Here are a few tools that I’ve used and recommend that can help to put things into perspective.
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Debt Payoff Calculators
Debt Snowball Calculator – See what it takes to be debt-free and create a smart, actionable debt payoff plan.
The Transformation Blueprint* – A book for women looking to take control of their life and plan for the future.
My Money and Me*– Change the way you view and manage your money
Annuities – Learn about annuities and structured settlements
Bank Rate’s Loan Calculator – Determine your estimated monthly payments for a loan
Mint helps you to manage your personal finances and manage your money.
You Need a Budget promises to help you gain control of your money.
Build a Budget That Works* is a helpful book written by the Budget Mama.
Small Business and Entrepreneurship
There are lots of free resources available for prospective and current small business owners who are working with a tight budget. I found lots of helpful information on the following sites:
FreshBooks – Cloud accounting software that lets you keep your business accounting organized.
Blogs and Websites
Entrepreneur – Excellent site for established and aspiring entrepreneurs.
U.S. Small Business Administration – A great place to start to look for information about starting a business.
Quora – An amazing question and answer site, where experts answer your finance related questions.
The Paper Money*- A valuable collection of business workbooks, guides and checklists.
Zions Bank – Tools to build and grow your business including business plan templates and financial statements templates.
How I Make Money Blogging* – If you are thinking about taking the dive into blogging and making money from websites, this is the perfect introduction.
Each business should have a website because it’s a constant connection to potential customers. You can showcase your products and services all day every day in a virtual environment for a very small price. In my case, finding the right website themes, logos, photos, plugins and hosting companies were all necessary to ensuring that I launched this website the right way. Here are a few of the products and services that I have used.
GoDaddy – I have purchased several domains from GoDaddy. I bought the majority of the domains with coupon codes and received massive discounts. However, the renewal rates can be pricey.
Name Cheap* – Over the past few years, I’ve purchased many domains from Name Cheap. I love that they provide free domain privacy on all of their sites.
Canva – The fairy god mother of all website and social media images.
Visme – I have used Visme to create article images, presentations and marketing materials.
PicMonkey – Awesome site that allows you to edit and create unique images.
Piktochart – They have affordable packages, so that you can create your own posters, reports, presentations and marketing materials.
For this blog, I currently use Foodica*, which is a gorgeous theme from the WPZOOM team. I chose WPZOOM themes* because they are simple yet modern, functional, and require little or no customisations.
Big Scoots*- I’m currently using Big Scoots to host all of my websites and I would recommend them to anyone and everyone. I’ve never had a problem with them and their customer/technical support team is exceptional.
Fat Cow*– I’ve used Fat Cow to host my websites in the past and I did not have any issues with them. They were reasonably priced, the sites loaded at average speed, and the customer support was fast and reliable.
Please bookmark this page because it will be updated with new recommendations periodically.
Can you believe that it’s already March? Just the other day we were making resolutions and setting goals for what we hoped would be an excellent year. For me, it’s going great so far. I’ve met lots of interesting people and happened upon some amazing opportunities which have to potential to change my life. I’m… Read More »Favourite Posts of the Week – March Madness Edition
It’s been a very long time since I wrote a favourite posts article and writing this one reminds me how much I miss the simpler times. I used to spend hours checking out the personal finance blogosphere; take in the words of wisdom from my favourite financial stalwarts and then share all of that goodness… Read More »Favourite Posts of the Week – Financial Stalwarts Edition
Since Odd Cents was launched in 2011, the services available through the site have changed substantially. Due to an increase in interest about the site and its content, I have decided to offer a new, smaller suite of services. These services are designed to better serve readers and clients, by providing helpful solutions in varied formats.
However, it must be noted that Odd Cents aims to help people first. This means that this blog will continue to comment freely about positive and negative experiences, products and services. The site will remain independent from commercial objectives, whether or not the services below have been purchased.
From time to time, I will post sponsored posts that fall within the business, finance and personal finance fields. Sponsored posts will contain approximately 1,000 words and can be accompanied by up to three (3) images and/or infographics. You can also include up to three (3) links to your website. The title of the article will include the word “Sponsored” and there will be a paragraph at the beginning of the article that explains that it is a sponsored article.
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Extra cash in your pocket each month could have a big impact on your personal finances. If you can make a second income, then its more likely that you will reach your financial goals a bit faster. Extra funds can be used to pay off a credit card debt, boost an emergency fund or increase good… Read More »Odd Income: How to Make a Second Income
Fixing your personal finances can be as simple as navigating a few financial management apps on your phone. There are hundreds of apps which promise to help you to cut costs, track expenses, manage money and manage your personal finances overall. In a world that runs on mobile applications, how can you select the best… Read More »Best Financial Management Apps 2017 | Monitor Your Money on the Go