Welcome to my Resources Page!
This is a list of products and services that I use all in one place for easy access. This list will be updated whenever I find something new worth sharing, so be sure to check back!
Disclosure: Affiliate or referral links may be included in this list. All products or services are things I personally use and all opinions are my own. Please read my Disclosures for more info.
My email service is powered by MailChimp, they are user friendly and especially good for newbie bloggers.
Siteground – A lot of bloggers will tell you to use other services so Siteground might not be a name you’ve heard too much. I have been with two other more “popular” hosts and recently switched to Siteground. If you read reviews of the hosts out there you’ll see that they have a great reputation for their customer service and reliability. It’s very important to me that my site is always up for you.
Canva – I make nearly every graphic on my blog using Canva. It’s super easy to use, and you don’t need to have a lot of design experience to use it. You can upload your own photos, or use some of their stock images. It’s free unless you decide to purchase one of their paid images, or upgrade to their paid version to have access to more features.
Pixabay – I get a lot of my images from this site. They have tons of high quality royalty free images, as well as some you can buy if you like.
Tailwind App – This is one of my favorite resources by far. Pinterest is a huge traffic source for most blogs, and this tool allows you to schedule pins and grow your boards and followers. Use my link and you get a free month of Tailwind Plus!
30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success – Gina Horkey at Horkey Handbook has an amazing freelance writing course that I have learned so much from.
30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success – I know this isn’t exactly writing, but this is another course by Gina Horkey that is amazing. If you’ve ever thought about being a virtual assistant you’ll want this course.
Become a Pinterest VA – One more course by Gina Horkey that is worth it if you want to specialize in helping people with their Pinterest accounts. This is a big market right now.
Money Saving/Money Making Resources:
You Need a Budget – Hands down this is my favorite tool for money. I had a spreadsheet prior to finding this program and it was working OK, but I was still finding myself unprepared for even simple things like renewing my Costco membership. YNAB is changing my relationship with money and I’m confident it can change yours too. Sign up for a free 34-day trial through my link, and if you purchase a subscription we’ll both get a free month!
Cricket Wireless – This is my current cell phone provider. I have four lines, and my bill is only $100 a month! They offer great multi-line discounts, and you can bring your number and your phone! If you sign up through my link we both get a $25 bill credit! They also have their own rewards program once you’re a customer. Use code EMMYCAITLIN1-E93D39 when signing up. You can also shoot me an email at email@example.com and I can email you a link.
Swagbucks – This is one of my favorites! Shop, take surveys, use their mobile apps, and earn bucks that can be redeemed for gift cards or cash! Read my in-depth post about how I make money with Swagbucks to get you started.
EBates – This is a cash back shopping site that also offers a ton of coupons for online shopping. You can install the Chrome browser extension so that when you’re on a site that offers cash back you will be notified. You can also download their app for you phone if you prefer shopping that way.
iBotta – This is a shopping app that is really handy for people who buy name brand groceries. Even if you tend to buy generic, or don’t buy a lot of processed food you can still earn some money with this one. You can scan through the offers, unlock them, then follow the steps to verify your purchases.
Shopkick – Another shopping app that allows you to earn “kicks” for things as simple as walking into a store. You can also scan listed items as you go about your shopping, and in some cases earn for purchases too. You can cash out for gift cards.
Checkout51 – This one is very similar to iBotta, but with fewer offers. I suspect that over time more offers will be added.
Wal-Mart Savings Catcher – If you shop at Wal-Mart this app has you scan your receipt, then it scans the prices and compares them to other stores in your area. If they find a lower price at another store, they will give you the difference. You can cash in for a Wal-Mart gift card at any time.
Target Cartwheel – This app will allow you to scan or search for products in the store to see if there is a discount on that item. Then you add it to your barcode, and let the cashier scan it at checkout to get your discounts. I’ve saved a lot of money with this app.
MileUp – This app keeps track of how much you drive without even opening the app. Just set it up and it will keep track of your miles driven. You can then use the points you earn to enter drawings. They also have cool challenges that you can join to earn more points. Disclaimer: I’m in no way advocating or suggesting you open this app while driving. It does not need to be opened to work. Set it up before you begin driving! Please drive responsibly!
Target Red Debit Card – This gives you the same 5% cash back as the credit card, but it links to your bank account!
Cardpool – If you have a gift card that you won’t use, you can go here and sell it for one that you will use, or get cash for it! Generally you get more for it if you go with the gift card option.
Groupon – I don’t shop here a lot, but I’ve purchased a phone and an Xbox Live membership at amazing discounts. They’re a bit slow to ship items, but if you’re not in a hurry you can find some great deals here.