“Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back.”
And we definitely have your back! But in order to have success, you have got to have the right tools in your arsenal. While many of the items on our list are affiliate products, meaning we will receive a commission if you purchase or click, we have vetted/ and or tried each and every one of them.
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Tello Mobile: Let's talk about your phone bill. How much are you paying a month? $100, $200, $300 a month? What if I told you there was a way for you to pay only $14 a month and you could keep your phone?
That my friend, is what Tello Mobile is all about! Plans start as low as $5 a month. You can get unlimited text and minutes and 2GB of data for only $14 a month. It's kind of unbelievable.
I know what you are thinking…..”but I probably won't have service anywhere”
Wrong! Tello Mobile uses the Sprint network so wherever they are covered, you will be too! If you've been looking for a way to save some extra cash this may be a way for you to put significantly more money into your savings, paying off a debt, or just putting more towards that vacation you've been dreaming about.
Stop paying astronomical phone bills like a sucker.
Rakuten is a site that allows you to earn money back when you spend. It is as simple as that.
It does not cost anything to join and when you join they start by giving you $10 cash or a $10 gift card to Walmart.
Nav: Question for you… Do you know your business's credit score? It could mean the difference between getting a credit card or a line of credit for your business or not.
Nav makes it easy for you to know. It’s important to stay on top of your business credit score since not knowing could hinder deals you make in the future, such as someone decided to buy your blog if you decide to sell it.
TurboTax: If you've never done your own taxes before it's time to put on your big girl panties and use Turbotax.
The best part about it is if you do run into issues you can call them and they will answer your questions for you quickly and without judgment. One of our contributors goes into pretty good detail on filing your taxes like a pro with Turbotax here.
Affordable Wealth Coaching: If the idea of handling your money overwhelms you, why not have a Certified Financial Planner help you manage your whole financial life…on the cheap?
This Wealth Coaching Plan by Invibed will not only monitor your expenses, educate you on the basics but also help you reach whatever financial dream you may be working towards. We had a Facebook Live Event where we talked money and the benefits of this program here.
Ellevest: If you are looking for a tool to invest, check out Ellevest. Ellevest is a digital investment advisor whose algorithms factor in gender differences in pay, career breaks, and lifespan.
Another factor that set's them apart is that they are a goal based investing platform. So you set your goals, and the system tells you how much you should invest to meet it on time.
The best part is that they offer a free goal-based investment plan with no obligations to invest with them.
KeeperTax: I am a big fan of everyone having a side hustle. But if you out here hustling, you should make sure you are getting all the tax benefits for doing so. That’s why I like tools like KeeperTax.
They automatically categorize your whole year's worth of card and bank statements to find tax write offs worth $1000s. If you are looking for a way to save money, this is a good one!
If you are into scary movies, Hulu has this amazing thing they do where they come out with a new scary movie every single month related to the holiday that month. It’s called Into The Dark and they are pretty darn good! Don’t have a Hulu subscription? You can sign up today for only $5.99 a month!
Who does not want to make more money? Here are some cool ways to make more of it.
For example, a group of stocks that do the best for me is called “Young Money” and includes companies like Starbucks, Apple, Home Depot, and Disney. Right now I am averaging a 3.79% return on everything I've invested on Stash so far which is pretty darn good considering the average interest rates for savings accounts is 0.09% APY.
Stella and Dot: If you like fashion and are looking to make some extra cash each month, you should consider becoming a Stella and Dot Stylist.
The best part is that when you become a stylist you get $650 in free product! many stylists make a full-time living with Stella and Dot. But it makes for a great side gig if you are social and enjoys posting selfies on Instagram.
Opinion Outpost: I am all about making money with surveys. I did it in college and was bringing in well over $200+ per month. If you want to learn my step-by-step strategy on how I did you should read my article called How to Strategically Make Significant Income From Survey Sites.
If you want to start making money with surveys I say start with Opinion Outpost since they are consistent with surveys and pay a decent amount per survey.
30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success: Freelance writing is another great way to bring in income. But where do you even start?
Gina Horkey put together an amazing course that not only shows you how to become a better writer, but she tells you how to pitch clients, how to create a writing portfolio and knowing what to charge for your work. I can happily say that I have already made my money back after taking this course.
Uber: Uber is a great option to make some extra cash. So much so that I've seen Uber drivers of every age, shape, and gender. It is pretty amazing actually that if you have a car, you have the ability to make some extra cash.
I love that you get to make your own hours and you can definitely do it while working a full-time job. If flexibility is the name of the game, I highly suggest driving for Uber.
Uber Eats: If you've considered driving with Uber, but have not pulled the trigger, another option for you may be to try Uber Eats instead.
Uber Eats is an app where you can pick up the food from various restaurants and deliver it to people's doors.
The great thing about Uber Eats is that you can do it whenever you want. If you have a few hours in the day when you want to make some extra cash, you can just turn on the app and start delivering food.
Airbnb: If you have a room or home to spare, I would highly suggest using Airbnb to make some extra cash.
If you ever considered doing real estate investing then Airbnb may be a good way to get started with that.
HostGator: If you are interested in earning money through blogging, the first thing you need is a hosting provider.
I've used Hostgator for years and for a few reasons. They have really affordable plans, set up WordPress for you and they have 24/7 phone customer service. This has helped me more than times than I'd like to admit.
While I am not using them anymore since we outgrew their service, my time with them was awesome! You can read my Step by step guide to setting up a blog post here.
Looking to travel more on the cheap? Check out our travel sites below.
Airfare Watchdog: This site is awesome because it takes the work out of finding the lowest price for airline tickets.
All you have to do is put in dates and locations of when you plan on traveling, and airfare watchdog gets to work. If the prices of flights drop, it will let you know. EASY! One of our contributors goes over some details on getting low priced airlines tickets here.
HomeAway: I feel like HomeAway is often overlooked when looking for places to stay in a new city. Everyone turns to AirBnB which is an excellent service.
However, I find that HomeAway usually has more options to choose from when looking for places to stay. And of course, both options are typically less expensive than going the hotel route.
World Nomads: World Nomads offers travel insurance, and they cover everything from lost bags to breaking your leg on a ski trip.
A lot of people swear by travel insurance and say if you can't afford the insurance, you can't afford to travel. And the best part is that World Nomads is pretty reasonably priced.
Lonely Planet: If you’re interested in traveling more, but are not sure where to go I highly suggest reading any of the Lonely Planet books.
I purchased the Ultimate Travel: Our list of the top 500 places to see…ranked and it has been a source of inspiration for me for choosing my next destination.
The books are filled with beautiful images of places you may or may not have heard about. So it gives you the ability to stretch the imagination of what is outside of our day-to-day bubble.
Want to better yourself in general? These resources are exactly what you need.
Talkspace: There are some days where this fear of feeling like you are not enough can completely take over your thoughts and it can seem impossible to get over the hump you may be facing. In these cases, I recommend talking to a therapist. I can personally say that therapy works! Not sure how to even go about finding a therapist?
There is this amazing service called Talkspace that allows you to be connected with a licensed therapist via text, video, and audio messaging. it is SUPER convenient for even the busiest of us. So if you feel like your burdens are too much to bear, you should check them out.
Udemy: I LOVE LOVE LOVE Udemy! Right, when I was getting into my fresh out of college learning rut, I discovered Udemy, and we've been inseparable ever since. I've taken online courses on everything from driving traffic to my blog, eating healthier to starting a new business altogether. I do pay for courses now, but back in the day, all I did was free courses that added so much value to my life on a regular basis. Udemy is awesome, and you should sign up for a free account here. If you do not know what courses you should be taking to start, check out this article I wrote called 6 Udemy Courses that will teach you how to make money online.
Okay true story, I have been a raving Fitbit fan for the last 5 years or so. So much that even though I am also an apple fan, I would never exchange my fitbit for an Apple watch. Here is why. They have amazing customer service. So if anything goes wrong with your watch they have your back. And the new ones track EVERYTHING! Your sleep, heart rate, different kinds of exercise, weight loss, your water intake, counts your calories, and for ladies it even tracks your menstrual cycle. You can even talk to Alexa on the thing!
Audible: I cannot speak highly enough about Audible.
It's cool because you don't have to worry about your brain turning to mush after graduation, you can listen while on your way to and from work, and you can download just about any book. You can check them out for a free trial here.
It's so convenient, and despite my own and off relationship with my audible account I always come back to it. Check out my review of Audible and why I plan on keeping it around for good here.
23andMe: Exploring your heritage is so much fun, especially as Americans. Our country is such a melting pot of cultures and nationalities that you never know who your ancestors might have been!
Even if you think you know your family tree inside and out, doing a DNA test could surprise you. I did my 23andMe DNA kit and found that I was 30% European! This was a surprise for me since both of my parents are definitely black.
Grammarly: Grammarly is a nifty little tool that checks your grammar while you type. It's a Chrome extension right in my browser so I use it when I write a blog post, emails and even when creating messages on Facebook. If you are working on your resume or work a job where you send emails regularly, I would highly suggest Grammarly.
The best part is that they do have a free version, but I have the paid version since it lets me know better words I can use and fix some complicated grammatical errors as well. It's pretty cool!
The 5-Minute Journal: I am a huge fan of the five-minute journal. It only takes 10 minutes a day to write out your intentions your gratitude and your goals for that particular day.
I especially look forward to opening my journal at the end of each day and writing out and reflecting on how my day went. The five-minute journal is set up in a way to ensure that you are happier more successful and overall more intentional about your day.
Rosetta Stone: What better way to improve yourself into learning a new language?
Rosetta Stone has been one of the leading tools for learning a new language easily and efficiently for many years. Now they have a new program where you can subscribe or wine for their service and learn a new language without having to buy software to download on your computer.
The Productivity Planner: If you are tired of spinning your wheels during the day, I highly recommend the productivity planner.
It helps you focus on your most important tasks for the day and keep your other tasks in focus as well.
Created by the same people who created the 5-Minute Journal it is designed with your success in mind.
Book of the month club: What better way to improve yourself than to read? Reading is so essential for personal growth, staying creative, and becoming a better communicator.
The Book of the Month club sends you a new book every month that you choose from a short list. No more wondering about where to find a good book and how to buy it. Book of the month club does this for you.
The best part is that they deliver the book right to your door. So you don’t have to go anywhere to find what you’re looking for.
If you have a blog and are looking for some excellent tools to help it grow, this list is for you. Check out the tools I personally use at Miss Millennia Magazine.
ConvertKit: I’ve used some email marketing tools that not only confused me but really got out of hand on a monthly cost basis. The email marketing tool I use today is called ConvertKit. What I like about ConvertKit is that it is an email marketing platform design for creators. So all the functions they develop is with bloggers in mind. They make it easy to create automatons, forms to collect emails, and you even can create landing pages with easy drag and drop elements.
Blogging Money Update: Sponsored posts are a great way to make money with your blog. With The Blogging Money Update you can get them directly emailed to you 3 days a week. Did I mention that my first time making real money, was with sponsored posts? My first opp was for $50 and I was so happy! Even though I wasn’t getting much traffic (about 2,000 uniques per month). Ever since then I was hooked! Since then, I’ve made $7,000 in a single month, mostly from sponsored opportunities. So let’s just say that creating the Blogging Money Update was a labor of love for me. I LOVE being able to help other bloggers make more money with their blogs all without having to sacrifice something that is so precious to them…Their Time.
Tailwind: In case you've never even heard of Tailwind, it is a social media management tool for Pinterest. Tailwind makes it so easy to schedule your pins for your articles so easy. But what originally sold me on Tailwind was the idea of using Tribes. Tailwind Tribes are different groups, categorized by topic where other bloggers can jump in and share their own content in exchange for sharing the content of others in our group board. I like the platform because not only does it tell you who is not repinning when adding to the board, it allows you to see how your pins are performing in a given tribe. Since I've been using tribes, I am happy to say that they are a great way to see a rush of traffic to my pins, especially my newer pins that I really want to get some traffic too as soon as possible. Looking to get more traffic to your blog? You should join my new Tailwind Tribe called Millennial Lifestyle Bloggers.
It does not cost anything to join. Sign up for it here.
Canva: When was the last time you got new business cards? How about new cover images for your Facebook and Twitter profiles? If the answer is too long ago, then it's time to revamp it a bit! Get a free Canva account and use their templates to get these things created for yourself ASAP.
Leadpages: Are you collecting emails? How about selling a product? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you should be using landing pages to do this. A landing page makes conversions easy for your customer. They have less distractions and pages are to the point. Leadpages has drag-and-drop templates you can use to get more conversions. My best page on leadpages right now has a 29% conversion rate which is huge!
WP Tech Support: Have a WordPress Website? If you've ever run into tech issues you know how frustrating it can be if you are not a tech savvy person. That’s why I use WP Tech Support for any tech issues related to my site. I just create a ticket and they fix it fast!
SEMRush: SEMRush is another tool that helps with your overall SEO, but it is so much more than an SEO tool. It not only increases your search volume but is an awesome keyword research tool. It can help you determine ways to make the blog posts you've already written better by pointing out broken links and helping you find easy ways to show up on Google. I love this tool so much, that I had to include I here as a bonus.
Free Blogging Roadmap: Blogging can be frustrating and exhausting. Sometimes, you may wish you had a guide to show you where to turn next. You're in luck! This blogging roadmap contains the exact steps you need to start a profitable blog, grow your business quickly and become a kickass blogger.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: This course on affiliate marketing is hands down one of the most influential courses on my business to date. I swear by Michelle's methods here. I mean she makes over $100,000 a month with her blog. She knows her stuff! Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing was my first affiliate course I took, and it really helped me get in the right mindset for selling more on my blog. I think all bloggers have this initial aversion to selling. But after I took this course, I got it. Affiliate links can help your reader if it's relevant and it's a great way to make passive income. If you are new to affiliate marketing, I think this course is definitely the one to take first.
These websites are just plain useful. If you have not heard of them, get familiar. They will make adulting so much easier.
SetApp: I’ve had my Macbook Pro for 5 years now and it truly is my “moneymaker.” So when it started to slow down I feared the worst. I did not want to replace my laptop with a new one, especially since it still serves me pretty well. And that is when I discovered SetApp.
Setapp is a plethora of mac apps to help you get the most out of your Mac. I downloaded the CleanMyMac app, and my laptop was good as new. It cleared out a bunch of files that I was no longer using and sped my computer up. And that is just 1 of 160+ apps for your macbook. Setapp has all the apps you need to handle your business on your Mac.
Amazon Prime: When Amazon Prime first came out, I remember thinking the cost was kind of high just for free shipping. I gave it a try and was hooked ever since! There are so many perks to having an Amazon Prime account that it's almost crazy not to have one!
You get free 2-day shipping on almost anything you buy on Amazon, you get access to a ton of TV shows and music you can stream online, and you have access to Amazon Prime Now which allows you to have some things delivered to you within hours or ordering to name a few (only available in certain cities.)
Amazon Prime is where it is at. One of our contributors happily wrote about why it is a necessity here.
Adore Me: A lot of women get stuck on Victoria’s Secret when it comes to finding a good bra because it’s such a well-known bra brand. And while they do offer many great styles and fits, they still might not be the best place for you. Why not branch out?
Try a website like Adore Me for easy online shopping and cute styles. I currently have an ADoreMe subscription and love the variety of undies, lingerie, and workout clothes I can order every month. It’s great quality and fits like a dream. Plus, they’re affordable and run from sizes 30A to 46G so you’re almost guaranteed to find the right size.
Hello Fresh: If you have yet to try a food delivery box service, you MUST try Hello Fresh. It's great if you are trying to keep from going out to eat too much but still, want a delicious meal.
They are great too if you want to learn how to be a better cook without paying for an expensive class. They deliver all of the ingredients you'll need along with a few recipes. They will even show you how to plate the dish. (Date night anyone?) Even if you get tired of it, it is worth at least pursuing their discounted trial for $35 off plus free shipping here!
AT-A-GLANCE Planner: I am always working to be more organized. And despite all the tools that I have used in the past, the one that always works for me is having a physical planner.
I personally enjoy using the AT-A-GLANCE planners since they come in beautiful designs and a variety of sizes. They also give you enough room to list your most important things for each day all while taking notes and keeping a record of important events going on in your life. I much prefer to write down my list has a post to type them out with some sort of digital planner.
Dinner Daily: Not sure what to eat this week? You should check out the Dinner Daily. It's this amazing resource that gives you meal plans for the week and all the coupons for your local grocery store!
The best part is that plans start as low as $4 a month. It's seriously a steal. The Dinner Daily makes delicious dinners easy and affordable for busy families and couples with our customized weekly dinner menus based on your store sales. Save $1,200 a year or more on grocery costs!
Paribus: Here is one of those tools that allow for me to set it up and forget it.
Paribus links up to different accounts used to buy things online. And if something you purchase goes on sale after you purchase, Paribus finds you the difference and gets a refund for you.
There’s no need for you to have to reach out to the company or do anything for that matter. Paribus just lets you know when you have a refund back in your account.
Paribus is free to use and it is a tool I recommend everyone download. You literally have nothing to lose except for a few dollars here and there if you don’t have the tool.
Daily Burn: Staying in shape can be difficult, especially when you’re busy. Gyms can be expensive and even more so when you don’t have time to go to them.
This is why Daily Burn is the ultimate tool for staying in shape for the busy millennial. There are a variety of classes that you can follow and do your work out at home. From yoga to Pilates to Boxing and Cardio; DailyBurn has it all.
FabFitFun: FabFitFun is one of those subscription boxes that I think would benefit everyone.
It’s not just fitness items such as clothing and fitness equipment. But you can also expect fun thing for like a book or a sleeping mask or even bath stuff.
Long story short, FabFitFun is a box of happiness to yourself every single month. If you wanted to get yourself a gift for your birthday this year I highly recommend getting a FabFitFun subscription for the year. At the end of the day, no one can take better care of you than yourself.