One of the coolest things about starting a blog and networking with other bloggers is that it gives me the opportunity to read a LOT of articles about personal finance. I have been surprised by not only how much I’ve learned abut blogging and website creation (which is a TON! I knew nothing when I started) but how much more I have learned about personal finance as well. Here are some of the top financial tips that I’ve learned from other bloggers.
1) That it is totally possible to be such a wizard with credit card reward points that you can literally take entire trips on points alone. Before I started blogging, I thought that the word “churning” referred to the making of butter from cream! Well, I think it still does, but now I am also aware of the fact that there is a much cooler alternative definition of that word. Becoming a blogger has afforded me the opportunity to read many posts about how people are being smart with their credit card rewards and has made me realize that Mr. CMF and I need to get better at this. I’m actively researching credit cards with travel rewards at this time, so please feel free to let me know in the comment section which cards you like.
2) Swagbucks. I had heard of this site before becoming a blogger, but since reading lot of posts about it and trying it out I have become a frequent Swagbucks-er. Or Swagsbucks-ista. Whatevah. I literally do internet searches every day, so I may as well earn some points for gift cards and things while I’m searching!
3) That I need to start doing some comparison shopping to compare Amazon Prime (which we have) and Hulu (which we don’t have) with standard basic cable. We’ve had regular cable forever, but fellow bloggers have helped me realize that these days there may be better deals out there.
4) That maybe there is something to the idea of rebalancing, and we should probably be a lot better about analyzing the composition of our investment classes to make sure that we are not too heavily or lightly weighted in certain areas. I think this may have to become a 2014 resolution…
5) That we really need to think about creating an account with Mint.com in order to make keeping track of our finances easier.
So for you readers who are bloggers, thank you!! You are helping us become better at personal finance and therefore helping us achieve our dreams that much sooner. Every step is one step closer.
What do you think? Do you have a favorite travel rewards credit card that you’d recommend?
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