Cash The Checks Personal Finance Blog


The new self-employed life is not found in startups and small businesses, it’s in remote working on the internet with a laptop! While none of the ideas below will make you rich overnight, a few hours a week on any one of them can supplement your income nicely and at least pay for all those grande lattes!

Market Your Skills By Freelancing Online

Are you a reasonable writer? Have you a clear spoken voice and a microphone? Are you a dab hand at photoshop? Are you creative with a digital camera? You’re skills are in high demand and immediately marketable!

Online agencies like and allow you to market and sell your skills to people and businesses from all around the world. Starting off as low as $5, you can easily make $200 a month while parked on your favorite Starbucks sofa.

Sep 17 2015 Spending No comments


There are a lot of things to consider when getting a car. Should you go for new or used? Should you lease or buy? And, of course, there’s the choice of make, model, color, and all the optional items. Unfortunately, car insurance is the last thing we think about.


When applying for a new mortgage, one of the things you need to decide is the term of the loan. The most common mortgages are 15 and 30 year terms. While a 30 year mortgage is considered the gold standard in this country, many homebuyers are finding that a 15 year mortgage is more advantageous for their needs.

Read on to learn the differences between a 15 year and 30 year mortgage to help you decide which one is right for you.


What it’s a car repair, an illness or a sudden and unexpected bout of unemployment, sometimes life can catch you off guard and leave you in dire financial straits. When the unexpected happens, it’s time to dip into your emergency fund to cover life’s ups and downs.

Aug 23 2015 Other No comments


Can’t afford to go to college? Have you considered applying for scholarships? You can’t afford not to! Now more than ever, scholarships are vital to those who wish to attend a four year university.


If you’re ready to settle down and buy a home, you may be so excited by house-hunting to think clearly about the entire process. Instead of being overwhelmed and confused, use this guide to walk through the 6 steps of buying a home.


As the winter frost starts to thaw and you see the first hint of fresh flowers poking their way up from the frozen ground, many of us start planning to give our homes a good scrub. Spring cleaning is a way to provide a fresh start, getting rid of waste and unwanted clutter. Rather than throw this clutter away, why not think about recycling and even making a profit out of your used household items.


The typical car loan lasts for 5 years, which isn’t a long time in the grand scheme of things, but paying that loan off early can save you significant money in interest payments and it can bolster your trade-in value if you plan on getting rid of the vehicle before the loan is up.

Whatever your reasons are for wanting to get rid of your car payment early, check out these 4 ways that you can pay the load down faster to knock one more debt off your list.