How to Start a Blog using WordPress and SiteGround

Do you want to start a blog using WordPress?  Have something you want to say and share with the world?

start a blog using WordPress Trust me, I understand.  That's why I started Run The Money.  With the Internet and technology the way it is today, you can start a blog using WordPress and have it up and running in less than 30 minutes.

Sound like a plan?  Great!

There are 3 areas I'll focus on with you today and that's the following:

  1. Domain name
  2. Hosting company
  3. Blogging platform

We will keep things basic for all you blogging newbies and non-technical people.  Don't get discouraged as you start a blog using WordPress because understanding the ins and outs takes some time.  You just have to be willing to learn and put in the time.Read more

Paying Off Debt: How Danielle Paid off Over $48,000 in Debt

Paying off debt is one of those subjects in personal finance and money matters that never seems to get old.  We've covered it a few times on Run The Money -- both with my story and the stories of others like reader Jody.

paying off debt I think seeing or reading about others paying off debt has to do with people believing it's possible for them after seeing somebody else do it first.  Kind of like the sub 4-minute mile.  Until Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute mark in 1954.  Then, other runners saw it as attainable and reached it themselves.

Let me tell you.  Paying off debt -- no matter how large -- is possible.

Enter Danielle from the personal finance blog, The Pennies We Saved.  She and her husband are in the process of paying off debt totaling $73,000.  So far, they've paid off over $48,000.  Not too bad!

She was kind enough to share her story with us and how she changed her life to get her finances under control.  Take it away, Danielle!Read more

Lessons from Dad: A Tribute to the Fathers that Shape Us

What lessons from dad have stuck with you into adulthood?  That's the question I have for all of us today.

lessons from dadI realize that in today's culture it's acceptable to poke fun at fathers and men in general.  The idiot savant father figure is practically a staple in today's American family sitcom.  Think Phil Dunphy from Modern Family or Tim Taylor from Home Improvement.

However, whether we realize it or not, the impact of our fathers and the lessons from dad shape us in a way we never truly understand until we're parents ourselves.  How can we know what it's like to raise a child when we're still children?  You have to experience that and so many other things in life to "get" why your dad is the way he is.

So, allow me to explore that today with you.  After all, it's important to discuss things that go beyond money and fitness.  Why?  Well, our understanding of and mindset behind these subjects are very much impacted by our parents' behavior.

That's why I believe it's important to explore it.  And to do so, I'll share with you some things that my father and father-in-law taught me.  Further, I'll also give you a glimpse of what I've learned in the 20 months I've been a father.Read more

5 Reasons To Refinance Your Home That Every Homeowner Should Know

Hey RTM fans, thanks for stopping by today. I wanted to share this post with you below from the good folks at MyFinance. Going about the process to refinance your home is a big decision for anyone. My refinance your homewife and I did it twice at our previous house and there so many things to consider. I wanted to make sure everything was covered, so I want to share this post with you today. I believe you all will benefit tremendously from it. Let me know if you have any questions! Email me at RunTheMoneyBlog@gmail.com.

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Why Refinance Your Home?

Millions of Americans are refinancing their homes, but what are the reasons why? Hint: It's actually less complicated than you'd think.

More and more people are refinancing their homes to solve their financial woes...but why? One reason is that refinancing saves homeowners an average of $4,264/year.In fact, just last year almost 2,000,000 people refinanced their homes to the tune of $749 billion. While many have already taken advantage of historically low rates, there are still 6.7 million homeowners that have yet to cash in on the potential savings.

You see, this opportunity was born out of the 2008 Housing Crisis. The Fed dropped rates to historical lows to fight off the recession and opened a window where many Americans could refinance and save. But recently the Fed has signaled interest rates are about to rise.

That’s why it’s important to see if you could benefit from refinancing, before it’s too late.

So, what should you do if you still haven’t refinanced?Read more

$5 Discount for Hershey Color Run on Saturday, June 17, 2017


Hey Run The Money Fans,

The good folks over at The Color Run contacted me to provide a $5 discount count code for the 5K in Hershey, PA.  Go to their website and just enter code "RUNTHEMONEY" to get the discount at checkout.  Hope to see you there!

Family Finances: An Aussie Mom’s Take

family financesWe all have trouble maintaining the family finances.  Don't we?  You never know when something unexpected will happen or what surprise bill will show up in the mail.

That's why I stress the importance of budgeting, saving, and having that emergency fund.  And also doing whatever you can do to pay off debt and relieve yourself of that financial burden.

In that vain, I asked Zoe from TheMummyLife.com to give us some insight about how she handles her family finances.  She was kind enough to answer some of my questions and I look forward to inviting her back as a guest blogger.

So, now, coming to us all the way from Australia, here's Zoe.  I trust you will find her advice helpful and hope it provides some insight for your own situation.

Discussing Family Finances with Zoe from The Mummy Life

Zoe, can you provide the readers a brief introduction of who you are?

My name is Zoe, I’m 26 and a first-time mum to a beautiful little girl. I live in Australia. My interests consist of helping others, savvy shopping & learning new things every day.Read more

Running Inspiration: 9 Twitter Accounts Runners Should Follow

running inspirationOne of the things I enjoy about running the community.  Runners are incredibly supportive of one another.  And social media is an endless source of running inspiration.

I included the 9 Twitter accounts below because they provide consistent content that promotes individual runners, the ups and downs of training and racing, and the running community at-large.  If you're a runner, I believe they will give you the push you need to keep going when the training miles get long.

And if you aren't a runner yet, but would like to be, use what these amazing people do as the inspiration to hit the pavement or trails.

Either way, make sure to follow all these Twitter accounts for the running inspiration you need.  When you're done, lace up the shoes, get out there, and rack up the mileage!Read more

Looking for a Last Minute Graduation Gift? How about Stock?

I know what you’re thinking. What teenager graduating from high school or 20-something leaving college wants stock as a graduation gift?  It’s the last thing on their minds.  They just want to party and live it up.

graduation gift stockpileHowever, it’s the only gift I remember when I graduated high school back in 2002. Then, I worked for Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA.  I spent my summers as food cart guy, or as they misleadingly named the division – Culinary Operations.  I don’t know what else to call it, but we were not exactly dishing out French cuisine.

But, I digress.

Sesame Place is a children’s water and amusement park owned by Anheuser Busch. So, my parents purchased one share of stock with the ticker symbol: BUD.  The certificate of stock was very “official looking” and came in a frame with my name and graduation date at the bottom.  It still hangs in my childhood room to this day.

As I said, it was one of the more memorable gifts I ever received. My parents actually repeated the process with my brother, Jim, who got stock in MTV.  He was always a big music buff and loved playing the guitar in various garage bands.

With the giving spirit in mind, I want to introduce you to Stockpile. They were kind enough to reach out to me because they want to get their product in front of as many people as possible.  After checking them out and having a conversation with them, I agreed to share them with all of you.Read more

Fitness Motivation: 7 Instagram Accounts to Follow Promoting Physical Health

When it comes to fitness motivation, social media is never in short supply. There are countless Facebook pages and groups, Twitter accounts, Pinterest boards, and Instagram accounts dedicated to keeping you inspired.

fitness motivation instagramAnd rightfully so. Working out and getting in shape is hard. It's a mind game that you are playing with yourself.

We all need a little motivation in our lives. No matter what the challenge may be that we face, knowing that others are dealing with the same thing is important to each of us. After all, we humans are social animals and we like to know there are others in our "pack."

With that said, I compiled a list of 7 Instagram accounts that inspire me to perform my best. I may not always live up to that hype, but it's not from lack of fitness motivation. That's for sure.

Start following these accounts and you'll see what I mean. Enjoy!

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Not Taught At School: How Mark from the UK Made £150,000 in 18 Months Online

I recently reached out to various Facebook groups and on social media looking for guest writers. My plan is to build up content for Run The Money to bring you the latest and most interesting topics.  With Mark Furniss today, we have a great interview about how to make money online.

make money onlineMark runs a site called Not Taught At School and is based in Yorkshire in the UK.  His mission is to help people like you and me learn more about how to make money online through blogging and providing services.  He’s had some great successes in his decade long career and I think we can all learn something from this interview.

So, here we go. Check out my discussion with Mark and let’s get you thinking about the possibilities of starting an online side hustle!

Mark, can you provide the readers a brief introduction of who you are?

Hey everyone, I’m Mark the owner of Not Taught At School, from Yorkshire in the UK, I'm engaged to Catherine and we are getting married on the 7/7/17. We have a beautiful son called Harry who is 4 years old.

I’m lucky in that I have a full time job that I enjoy and get to travel all over the UK. I run several different online businesses and love learning all the different ways you can earn online.Read more

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