What I really do for a living… And no, it’s not watching soaps and playing on Facebook.


I work a lot of hours, most of which are done in my home office or at my kitchen table.  Occasionally I’ll take off to teach a seminar, attend a conference, or spend an entire day holed up in the back corner of a coffee shop (the rarest of all occasions).  I’ve been trying desperately to follow a routine that allows me to have the tiniest bit of a social life, which I’ve found simply opens me up to more questions about my work.

For some strange reason, when someone asks a family member (outside of my husband and kids) what I do, they reply ‘she coupons’.  How impressive is that?!?  I went to college SIX times to coupon.  I guess I see where they get it.  I’ve taught couponing workshops for ten years, but they are just a small portion of what I do, and honestly, they are a ‘for fun’, make no money job on the side.

Even though I know exactly what I do, when someone asks me, I usually reply with a canned response, ‘I work from home’. That used to invoke curiosity.  Everyone was interested in working from home. Now it can stop a conversation dead in its tracks and send the person who asked running for safety.  Working from home is now associated with multi level marketing scams and direct sales recruiting.  So why the canned response?  Because I do so much that it’s hard to narrow it down to a short conversation, and when you work at home, you’re so excited to speak to another human that it might actually take longer than normal.  It also lessens the idea of success.  I tend to keep to myself because I fear that even speaking of my accomplishments might be considered bragging.  I prefer to be humble.  

So, what do I really do?  I own a media company, which encompasses several small companies.  I’m actually in the middle of incorporating, which is a huge step!  I’ve always loved learning about anything and everything, and I’ve found a way to wrap all of that useless knowledge up and create my own dream job.  

  • I create and photograph recipes and crafts for hundreds of popular magazines, cookbooks, and websites.  
  • I own and run 23 active websites, along with over 100 Facebook pages and groups, in addition to all other social media accounts.  
  • I design planner pages.  
  • I have several books published, both fiction and non-fiction.  
  • I design party supplies.  
  • I am an accounting consultant, specializing in freelancers and internet businesses.

In addition to all of the above, I also have a lineup of over 40 workshops that focus on bootstrapping and personal finance.  I’ve taught at four universities and several technical schools, along with hundreds of conferences, events, and private groups.

The opportunities that I’ve been blessed with are things that I never thought possible.  I’ve worked with and met dozens of celebrities, including Bob Harper, Mario Lopez, and Molly Ringwald. I’ve written articles for magazines that I idolized as a child.  I’ve taped segments for national news shows and syndicated columns for newspapers.  The biggest blessing has been the tens of thousands of families that I’ve helped get their spending under control and bootstrap their dream job.

I’m often asked how I found my job- and for that, my answer is simple.  I created it.  




Springboard US Panel Now Accepting New Members!

Springboard America rewards you for voicing your opinion!  When you sign up, you’ll receive offers and surveys that will pay you to complete.

They are now open for new members, so apply now!

*As always, I advise setting up a separate free email account (gmail, hotmail, etc.) when you sign up with a survey company so that you can separate your work and personal life!

Survey Opportunity: Pinecone Research is Open for Everyone!

Pinecone Research is now accepting applications from everyone.  This is one of the oldest and most trusted survey companies.  It is the first one I signed up with and has paid me the most to date.

Because it’s so good, there are rarely openings for new applicants.  If there are, they are often limited to a specific demographic. 

Sign up today- you don’t want to miss out!  These spots fill fast.

Pinecone Research Now Accepting New Applications | My FAVORITE Survey Site!

PineCone Research is one of the highest paying survey companies and very rarely accepts new applications.  It seems lately when they do, it’s target at a very specific demographic.

They’ve now opened registration to ALL demographicsSign up now, so that it’s available to you when you decide to use it.

Earn Some Extra Cash with CashCrate

Did you know that there are companies out there that want to pay you to try their products and services?  CashCrate provides you with the opportunities to do just that! 

You’ll earn cash for taking surveys, completing offers, watching videos, and even shopping online! 

Sign up to see what offers you qualify for today!

If you like this offer, you should check out Jingit.  It’s a mobile app that pays you cash to watch videos, scan products at your local retailer, and even earn cash back on purchases you make (similar to Ibotta).

New Paid Survey Opportunities Available

Taking surveys is a great way to earn some extra spending cash.  Many companies take limited registrations, and some of my favorites are accepting applications now. Make sure to sign up for as many as you can to maximize your earnings potential.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Toluna (make sure to confirm your email address)

Valued Opinions (click the photo above)

Shopper’s Voice (you’re entered to win several prizes just from signing up)

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This also has the ability to run two phone lines- perfect for home businesses!

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*New* Survey Opportunity: Household Panel (Old Fashioned Snail Mail Surveys)

While I’m not very familiar with this company, I really like the concept!  Household Panel offers incentives and rewards for filling out surveys the old fashioned way.  They will mail you the survey and you fill it out and send it in!

When you sign up, you must click the confirmation link in the welcome email to complete registration. 

*Right now they are accepting applications for ages 18-24.

*NEW* Sensible Earnings Workshop | Hundreds of Legitimate Work at Home Jobs


Is it your dream to work from home?  This workshop covers hundreds of opportunities that you never knew existed!  Work from home jobs are available at an all-time high, but it can be difficult to know where to start searching.

This workshop will teach you:

  • How to begin your search
  • Setting up your WAH career
  • Basic bookkeeping and tax information
  • Licensing and insurance
  • Types of employment
  • Turning your passion and skills into a career
  • Success strategies
  • Pros and cons of working from home
  • Organization

This class covers both contract and W-2 positions, with pay ranging from extra spending cash to part and full time incomes.

We will also touch on the topics of freelancing and creating your own dream job!

This is currently our most demanded class- join us and see why!

*When registering for a workshop, you are purchasing a seat and informational material. Absolutely no refunds or transfers are permitted.

Sensible Earnings

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room (Adjacent to Library Station)
North Kansas Expressway
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $18 in advance, $25 at the door (if seating is available)

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Sensible Earnings: Ipsos i-Say is Now Accepting Moms for Surveys

Ipsos i-Say is now accepting applications for moms.  Ipsoshttp://strk.enlnks.com/aff_c?offer_id=1188&aff_id=201 is a great survey company that allows you to earn points redeemable in their rewards catalog.  They also give away a lot of great prizes to their dedicated users!

They don’t often accept new applicants, so if you fit this demographic, apply now!

Sensible Earnings: Get Paid to Read Emails + $5 Credit

If you’d like to make a little extra money from home, I recommend signing up for Inbox DollarsInbox Dollars pays you to read emails, take surveys, play games, and more!  You select what you want to do and when you want to do it.

They are offering a $5 bonus to all new members right now- that’s FREE money!

*I recommend setting up a separate, free, email address to use for surveys and email work at home jobs.  You will receive a lot of communications and it’s nice to have them separated from your personal email.