How To Get Awesome Courses To Grow Your Blog Dirt Cheap

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Do you want to learn how improve your blog, but your budget is tight? What if there was a way to get blog courses that will grow your blog without spending a fortune? Well thankfully there is one.

Learn how to grow your blog on a small budget. Great tips on how to get good blog courses for dirt cheap.

How To Get Awesome Courses To Grow Your Blog Dirt Cheap

Where Youtube, Blog Posts and Podcasts Fall Short

Before I tell you exactly where to find blog courses to grow your blog for dirt cheap, let me explain why you’re missing out if you depend 100% on free sources of teaching to grow your blog. After all, there are a ton of Youtube videos, blog posts and podcasts that cost nothing and offer lots of great free information to grow your blog.

I used that free content for years, but I started noticing a huge downfall. Free content tends to be short so it either covers just one small part of a topic or it barely scratches the surface of a subject. Meaning you need to find a lot of different blog posts, YouTube videos and podcasts to get enough information to truly go another step further in whatever aspect of blogging you are trying to improve in. Or you learn just enough to get started and spend a lot of time learning the rest through trial and error.

In either scenario TIME is the key factor in using free blog training content successfully. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of time, and yet I don’t have the money for expensive blog courses either. Instead I use the strategies listed below to get great blog courses for either free or dirt cheap.

How To Get Awesome Courses To Grow Your Blog Dirt Cheap

A Few Sources For Blog Courses That Cost Just Your Email Address

Mini Email Courses

There are many “How To Blog” bloggers out there who offer a mini course for the price of only your email address–in other words, you sign up for their email list and they will send you the mini course free of charge. I have taken several now and found some to be very lacking in depth, but others are a gold mine of information!

I spent a few minutes while researching this post Googling “free ______ courses” (fill in the blank with Pinterest, Facebook, blogging, twitter, etc.) and found that with each search I did numerous free courses came up. These courses are more lengthy than blog posts, but as I said it is hit or miss as to whether you get depth or fluff.

Webinars

If I see an interesting Webinar that covers an area of blogging I want to improve in I usually will sign up. The only cost is my email address and a bit of time. I rarely watch them live (they generally don’t work with my schedule), but I will view the replay. I know within about five minutes if the Webinar host gave away useful free content during the webinar or if it was one huge sales pitch. I usually get great blog growing advice 50% of the time and the other 50% of the time I just end up exiting out at the five minute mark.

Now although these two free sources of blog courses can be great, they are still really hit and miss, which means I am still wasting my time now and then.

How To Get Awesome Courses To Grow Your Blog Dirt Cheap

How To Get The Information For Dirt Cheap–Without Wasting Time

If you have a small amount of money to invest in your blog and you’d rather not spend time signing up for and flipping through free courses and webinars to see if they will tell you something you don’t know, then blogging course bundle sales are your answer. For less than the average cost of one blogging course you can get dozens! 

Two Annual Blogging Course Bundle Sales

BC Stack

The BC Stack sale is put on by Blogging Concentrated (that is what the BC stands for) and is happening right now, but only until Wednesday, July 26th at 11:59 p.m. CST. It costs just $27 and has over 65 products, many of which are full-length eCourses that can help you grow your blog in numbers and income.

Don’t miss out! Go here to find out more about the $27 BC Stack Sale

The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit Bundle

I grabbed a copy of The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit Bundle last November and I plan to grab the 2017 version when it is released later this fall.  Join my weekly email list to be notified when it is available again. This bundle is priced right around the $100 mark, but it is 100 percent worth that price as it contains thousands of dollars of worth of valuable courses from top bloggers.

 

BC Stack bundle on sale now!

What You Need To Know About Bundle Sales Before You Buy

To Make Sure The Bundle Is Worth It For You Personally, Do This

Before heading to a Blogging Courses Bundle Sale Homepage (Like this one for the BC Stack 2017) grab a pen and a piece of paper. Write down three to five areas of blogging you want to improve in. Now click on over to the homepage and read through each course description. Take time to write down the ones that you feel would help you in those three to five areas of blogging you wrote down.

Did you list come to more than three? If so, then chances are you are going to save money buying the bundle. Sometimes all you need is one course! For instance, one course I want to take in the BC Stack 2017 sale is $97, but the entire bundle costs $27. So I am saving money even if all I do is take that one course and forget about the rest (but I won’t do that–I will go on to take several more).

Some Courses In The Bundle Won’t Be A Great Fit

If it seems like most of the courses in the bundle are not a great fit, that doesn’t mean it isn’t still a good deal for you. As long as the sale prices of the courses that are a good fit equal less than the price of the entire bundle, you come out ahead.

However, it is entirely possible that you can get into a bundle and the course you thought would be super helpful ends up being a dud. This happened to me in the Genius Bloggers Bundle I bought, but then I found a course worth more than the price of the bundle that turned out to be pure gold in helping me with my social media that somehow I overlooked when I was looking at purchasing the bundle. So the dud was soon replaced with a real gem.

Some Courses Will Rock Your Blogging World And Make The Entire Bundle Worth It

So far three eBooks and two eCourses in the last bundle I bought have helped me grow my blog in specific ways. These five products would have been $369 if purchased separately, but I paid under $100 for the entire bundle with plenty more products to dig into that have potential to help me grow my blog.

How To Get Awesome Courses To Grow Your Blog Dirt Cheap

What You Need To Do After You Buy A Bundle To Get Your Money’s Worth And More

Download, Sign-up And Redeem Codes For All The Courses You Are Interested In

Usually bundles come with an expiry date–meaning you have a certain time period to get your stuff. However, once you download, sign-up or redeem codes generally you have access to those courses you bought for as long as you want.

I like to mark the expiry date of the bundle on my calendar and circle it so that I see it days in advance, causing me to take action before my access expires.

Make A Priority List Of  The Courses And Schedule Class Time

After purchasing bundles set aside 10-15 minutes to go through the entire bundle again, making a priority list for the courses and eBooks as you do. With a list of what courses you want to take first look at your calendar and start scheduling in class time.

I like to spend Sunday afternoons either on the couch or my front porch swing (depending on the weather) curled up with my laptop in front of me, a glass of sweet tea by my side and a notebook and pen in hand. I then attack a course for several hours at a time.

Create A Google Drive Folder For Access Codes And Notes

For each bundle I buy I make a folder in Google Drive labeled the bundle name and the year. Then each time I sign up for a new course, I create a new document within the folder and label it the class name. On that document I put the link to the course, my password, and when I complete the course I type in some of the notes I took on the course, and at least three action steps the course has inspired me to take and a deadline to implement them. After all, taking a great blog course won’t grow your blog, but implementing a great blog course will.

 

The BC Stack sale is happening until July 26th!

My Top Picks For The BC Stack 2017 Bundle Sale

Traffic Now Technique  ($97 retail)

Media Kit Smash ($87 retail)

Social Media H.I.T. Kit ($97)

As you can see even if I take just one of these three courses, my $27 investment in BC Stack 2017 is more than paid for and I have already saved money. But of course, I will take more than one course.

Now That Your An Informed Buyer Go And Grab Your Copy Of The 2017 BC Stack

BC Stack 2017 Starts  12:00 a.m. CST July 19th and ends July 26th at 11:59 p.m. CST

 

BC Stack sale 2017
There are 65 products included. The retail price on this $27 bundle is over $9000!
Courses, books, tickets, gift certificates, videos, software and more–all for the low price of  $27 this week only.

Hurry–This Sale Doesn’t Last Long!

BC Stack bundle on sale now!

Go Here To Grab Your Copy!

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10 Ways To Keep Clutter Away For Good: Tips That Really Work!

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Have you been working hard at eliminating clutter? Are you now shifting from tossing clutter to keeping clutter away for good? If so, these 10 ways to keep clutter away for good should help.

Keep household clutter from ever coming back!

 

These clutter controlling steps are ones I have been using lately to keep my own clutter from growing while I was tossing and now from growing again. The 10 steps are vital for keeping your clutter gone for good!

10 Ways To Keep Clutter Away For Good

1. Make And Keep A Decluttering Routine

Above are five different decluttering routines that can help you to not only make your home clutter free, but to keep it that way. There are more ways; the key is to find the way that works for you and stick with it–even when you don’t feel like it.

2. Open Your Doors

The anticipation of having a guest in our homes tends to make us see building piles of clutter that we might otherwise be blind to. So if you want to keep your home clutter free, invite someone over at least once a month or better yet, twice a month. That way clutter won’t have time to build.

10 Ways To Keep Clutter Away For Good

3. Stay Accountable

You are not the only one out there struggling with clutter, join a facebook group that holds you accountable to keep working at obtaining and keeping a clutter free home. I have one called Snail Pace Clutter Removers and it has some very active and encouraging members. (click here to hop over to Facebook and join)

4. Give Collections Firm Limits

Love books? Put them in a small bookcase and when they start overflowing those shelves sort through them and toss until you have room for at least six books or more in the bookcase. Love knitting? Buy a good sized plastic tote with a lid to store your future projects in a closet and a basket to store your current project close to where you knit and don’t let yourself collect more yarn at one time than what fits in it. Hate going through receipts? place a small bowl or basket near where you tend to throw them and when they start to overflow discipline yourself to take few minutes to go through them, keeping only those you really need. Toss or shred the rest and then file those you kept.

10 Ways To Keep Clutter Away For Good

5. Set A Resale Goal

Some clutter does have significant value and if you are on a tight budget, it can be tough to just give those items away to charity. If you really do need the money from the items you no longer need, then I suggest that you create a reselling plan that works for your life and stick to it.

6. Stop Buying

Yes, I know you can’t stop buying thing altogether. Food gets eaten, clothes wear out, things break–but chances are if you have a clutter problem, you have been buying more items than you really need.

Before you buy anything, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I really need this?
  • Where will I store it?
  • Is something I already own serving the same purpose?
  • Do I have the cash to buy it right now?

 

  • 10 Ways To Keep Clutter Away For Good

7. Stop Accepting (Most) Free Items

As a blogger who also writes about thrifty topics, I can’t tell you with a clear conscious that you should avoid all free items you are offered. After all, I love my free books from Tyndale Rewards and my free magazines from Recycle Bank. I also find the free samples I acquire from various sources to come in handy.

However, there are some free items you should stop accepting–but only you can decide which ones they are. For me I no longer accept free flyers, brochures, water bottles, plastic cups, and I even turn down the odd free t-shirt. I know that once I get home these free items turn immediately into clutter.

8. Make Rewards Moments, Not Things

If you are the type of person who loves to reward yourself for a job well done, you might want to spend a bit of time thinking about the clutter you are creating with your rewards. Perhaps instead of a new journal you know you won’t really use you could reward yourself with a trip to get your nails done. Perhaps instead of yet another kitchen accessory you could reward yourself with an afternoon of hiking with a friend. Spend sometime brainstorming rewards that won’t create clutter in your home or on your hips and it truly will be a reward instead of something that was in the moment, but soon became a frustration.

10 Ways To Keep Clutter Away For Good

9. Ask Others For Clutter Free Gifts

Another source of clutter for many is gifts from friends and family. If those you love do ask for gift suggestions, steer them toward items that won’t become clutter in your home. Do you love lighting scented candles, but you rarely splurge on them? Add them to your gift list. Have you always wanted to try the local climbing wall but never got around to it? Put a gift certificate to it on your gift list. Do you love a certain coffee, but rarely treat yourself to it? Add it to your gift list.

1o. If It Takes Less Than A Minute To Attack, Do It Right Way

I really struggle with this one, but when I stick to this rule our home’s paper clutter stays fairly tamed. Basically if you see a pile of whatever building somewhere in your home and you know it would take you less than a minute to return the items to their proper places or to recycle or trash them, then stop what you are doing and do it.

Obviously you can’t do this all day long or you would never get to the priorities on your to do list. However, typically there are only a few times during a day that you might see a pile you can knock out in under a minute and my guess is you can make up for those few minutes each day without it getting in the way of completing your main tasks.

How do you keep clutter from piling up?

3 more posts that will help you bust through your clutter:

You Can Outsmart Clutter

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10 Ways To Create Some Serious Wiggle Room In A Tight Budget

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Are you barely getting by each month? Does it feel like one small extra expense could cause your budget to come tumbling down? I recently read the book More Than Just Making It: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated and it caused me to reflect on all the things my family has done over the years to give a tight budget some wiggle room.

Most of the things our family did were small, simple actions that in and of themselves created very small income gains that hardly seem worth it on their own, but combined these little actions created a decent amount of wiggle room in our budget.

Create some space in your budget with this list of money saving and money earning tips.

There were dozens and dozens of these little budget stretching rain drops that were either income streams or money saving in nature, but that would fill a whole book so today I will just share 10 of the simplest ones that can create a big difference when combined.

10 Ways To Create Some Wiggle Room In A Tight Budget

Please note that the biggest thing that you can do for your finances is, of course, sticking to a budget. This post assumes that you are already doing that and if not, I urge you to do so before you do any of these 10 things. Without a budget, your money will always be tight. If you don’t know how to make a budget, More Than Just Making It has a chapter that covers that.

1. Resell At Least One Item You Are No Longer Using Each Week

Except for the homes of extreme minimalists, all homes have clutter. Guess what? Clutter can be worth money. Just last year I made over $5,000 reselling items we were not using that was clutter in our home. It isn’t hard to resell an item–especially with all the new websites and apps popping up all the time to help you reach people who want what you no longer need.

The problem is many people tend to procrastinate the chore of listing items for sale, which is why I recommend setting the goal to resell at least one item a week. Once your goal is made figure out the best time each week for you to spend time reselling and use it to do so.

When I get in the habit of setting aside Saturday afternoon to list items to sell I, in general, can list three to four things in an afternoon and that can reap me anywhere from $40 to $100 or more depending on what I am reselling. That can make some serious wiggle room in a budget each month–making prioritizing reselling worth it.

3 articles to help you with your reselling efforts:

2. Take One Thing Out Of Your Grocery Cart Each Shopping Trip

This is a tip I learned from the book Slaying the Debt Dragon: How One Family Conquered Their Money Monster and Found an Inspired Happily Ever After and it can help a tight grocery budget more than you might think. Once you are done collecting the items you want to buy in your grocery cart, go through your cart and put one item back on the shelf.

You might think that one item won’t make that much of dent in your grocery budget, but this simple action makes you start questioning all the purchase in your cart and often that will lead to putting several items back. Chances are all those items were not on your list, but instead put in your cart almost subconsciously due to the amazing selling techniques of the store you shop in.

If you are wanting more grocery savings tips, More Than Just Making It has an entire chapter dedicated to them.

3 other articles that will help you lower your grocery bill:

10 Ways To Create Some Serious Wiggle Room In A Tight Budget

3. Join And Use Point Reward Programs To Earn Gift Cards To Help With Everyday Expenses

Point Reward programs are basically websites that pay you for completing simple actions online. Some of these actions you are probably already doing like searching the web, shopping online, and printing off coupons. Pay isn’t high from these programs, but every bit helps and as I said some of the earning potential comes from things you already do so why not get paid to do them?

Here are 3 point programs that offer various ways to earn gift cards:

These companies pay you in electronic gift cards. When my children were little I was able to earn about $25 to $50 in gift cards a month, mostly earned through three different point reward programs. Depending on how tight the budget was that month I would either cash out for gift cards for places like Walmart where I could buy groceries or restaurants like Panera so my husband and I could go out on a date.

4. Make Your Groceries Stretch Longer

For the longest time, I used to write a menu for 7 days and then shop every eight or even nine days. During that last day or two, we would get pretty creative with our meals using up all sorts of random leftovers and forgotten about cans and items in the pantry.

If that method doesn’t work for you, how about holding an “eat what you have” the last week of each month or you could do this once every three months. One last way is to hold an annual “eat what you have” month. During this month you buy just the basics such as milk, eggs and produce and then challenge yourself to make meals from items in your fridge, freezer and pantry. A month long challenge works great for those that stock up on sales.

If you do the week long or month long challenge, keep in mind that you will have to put aside some of the money you save to restock more basic items than you usually do the first week you go grocery shopping again. However, you still will be able to save some money from completing this challenge which you can either save or use to start a fund for buying in bulk when you see rock bottom sales, which in turn will lower your grocery budget every month.

3 other simple ways to stretch your grocery budget without using coupons:

10 Ways To Create Some Serious Wiggle Room In A Tight Budget

5. Regularly Use Coupon And Rebate Apps

New coupon and rebate apps are popping up all the time. How much they will save you depends on where you shop and what you buy, but on average I save about $1 or more per grocery shopping trip using coupon apps.

3 coupons and rebate apps I use:

  • Ibotta–use it almost anywhere: restaurants, clothing stores, pet stores, hardware stores, movie theaters and more.
  • MobiSave–deposits money into your PayPal account within 24 hours of you earning it no matter what you earn.
  • Checkout 51–almost always has a few nonbrand item offers for things like milk, fruit and vegetables.

It is a small income stream, but remember: small streams add up.

6. Keep Your Eyes Out For Free Items

Free items can be found everywhere if you keep your eyes out for them. I use free photo book codes to create memory-filled photo books my family loves. I enjoy reading numerous magazines for free. I receive free paperback books in the mail almost every month. I get free samples of toothpaste, shampoo and more in the mail frequently for free. We have a huge flower garden edged in brick that was 100% free. Free items are everywhere.

3 of my favorite places to find free items:

  • Tyndale Rewards: I earn free books by doing simple tasks such as answering short surveys or reviewing books.
  • Recycle Bank: I earn free magazine subscriptions by answering simple and quick surveys.
  • Money Saving Mom: This site lists free samples regularly along with other great low price deals.

10 Ways To Create Some Serious Wiggle Room In A Tight Budget

7. Shop Your Home Before You Shop The Stores

Chapter 9 of More Than Just Making It talks about shopping your closet in great detail. However, you can shop your home for more than just clothes. Need a birthday gift? What craft supplies do you have hanging around that could be used to create one? Need a frame for a new print? Is there an old print you’re not using anymore that has a frame that will fit? Need an ingredient for a recipe? If you google substitutions for the item, does something come up that you do have?

Shopping your home first can save a lot of money and it can save you time, which you can in turn use to save or earn more money. Proving once again that little steps can have bigger impacts than we might think.

psst…I have a chapter on this in my own book, Thrifty & Thriving: More Life For Less Money.

8. Search YouTube Before Calling The Repair Man

In the last few years, this tip right here has saved my family thousands of dollars. Videos on YouTube have shown us how to replace the elements on our flat top stove. How to replace our above ground pool liner. How to fix the door on my husband’s truck. How to replace the stereo and speakers in my husband’s truck. And a few more.

Repairmen in our area charge $25 and up with most charging $50 an hour. Our wallets are usually much happier when we check YouTube for how to videos before calling the repairman. There have been a few times when we decided we just felt more comfortable hiring a professional, but those incidents have been rare. YouTubers, in general, make excellent DIY videos.

10 Ways To Create Some Serious Wiggle Room In A Tight Budget

9. When Out Yard Sale Shopping, Shop For More Than Your Family

I know that families on tight budgets generally already know that shopping yard sales can help them stretch their budgets, but few are taking advantage of another way yard sale shopping can help them financially.

By taking just a few hours to search eBay, Craigslist, Facebook Buy & Sell groups and other reselling websites and apps you can get a good idea of just how much certain secondhand items go for. Pay attention to the items that you run into at yard sales a lot and that are selling for at least $20 or more than what you generally find them for at yard sales. When you are out yard sale shopping, pick these items up and then resell them and pocket the profit.

I did this for several yard sale seasons in a row and I earned enough each year to pay for a week of camping as a family. For a year or two, I gathered enough to sell a few items a week all year long and I made enough each month to pay for my children’s swimming lessons, soccer team fees and more.

The nice thing about this income stream is that you can easily start it when you have the time and stop it when you don’t.

10. Develop Thinking Outside The Box Skills

If you want to stop Just Making It and move into the More Than Just Making It category that Erin mentions in her book, then you are going to have to develop “thinking outside the box skills“. What this means is that you look at a problem that you are having financially and come up with a creative, money stretching way to fix it.

For our family that has meant buying an old moving van to move 3,000 miles instead of renting one. Not only was it cheaper, but we sold it for the same price we bought it for when we reached our destination, which drastically cut our moving cost. That is a large “out of the box” thought though, and here we are supposed to be concentrating on smaller changes.

Here are a few smaller “out of the box” things we have done to help our finances. I purchased my daughter some deeply clearance priced Halloween webbing to stuff the pillows she was making. This saved our family $20. When the springs in our sofa gave out, we placed a board under the seat cushions, screwing it into the frame. This fix gave the sofa an extra 2 years of life–saving us money while we waited for a steal of a deal on couches (we later got new, genuine leather ones for less than half price). We have fixed our vacuum hose with duct tape on numerous occasions giving it longer life (looks like that fix might finally need to be upgraded to a replacement soon–time to start looking for a deal).

Why You Should Grab A Preorder Copy Of More Than Just Making It

More Than Just Making It: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated doesn’t officially release until September 5, 2017.  I got a pre-release copy for being on the launch team (but my opinions of the book have not been altered by receiving a free copy). However, you can hop over to Amazon (or online retailer of your choice) and place a preorder of the book. When you do, you become eligible for a pretty cool set of free bonuses.

To claim your pre-order bonuses, you need to go here to the book page and fill out a form that includes your order/receipt number as well as the store where you bought the book. You will then get an email with the password to claim the bonuses.

Here is a list of the bonuses you will receive:

  • The What’s For Dinner Challenge eCourse–$47 value
  • A Gratitude Journal and 3 decorative art prints–$25 value
  • The Eat At Home Cooks Mealplanning eCourse–$15 value
  • two month free membership to YNAB (You Need A Budget)–$15 value
  • The first three chapters of More Than Just Making It (so you can get started reading right away)
  • A 40% off Coupon to ThredUp (new customers only)
  • A gift package from Free Reign Farm Goats including milk soap & lip balm (must pay shipping)–$15 value
  • A child’s budgeting sheet from A Time For Everything Esty shop–$10 value
  • The Everything Beans eCookbook by Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship–$10 value
  • A coupon for 22% off your first order from Zaycon Fresh
  • That is a bonus package worth over  $150! for a book that cost less than $20!

Plus–Erin is offering a five day, free Eating Well On A Healthy Budget course when you sign up for her book’s email list! This is also available on the book page with a sign up form at both the top and bottom of the page.

This book is full of more than just money-saving tips and money management know how–it has a story that will warm your heart and bring you encouragement. If you are feeling like you will never get free from your financial struggles, Erin’s story will help you erase those feelings and give you the hope and wisdom you need to rise above just making it to thriving financially. So grab your copy of More Than Just Making It today and then head over to the book page to grab your pre-order package.

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