I decided to put this page together as a reference guide for all the tools I use during my travels, on this blog, my health & wellness, and personal finances. I personally use (or have used) each of these tools, so please let me know if you have any questions, and I will be happy to answer them!
Disclaimer: Some of these tools may have affiliate links where I receive a commission if you decide to make a purchase. This is one of the ways I make money on the blog and appreciate your support.
These are the technical tools and software I use to keep Wes Meets World running smoothly.
Bluehost: This is the most reliable web hosting service available, and I’ve used it for years. It’s super easy to sign up with Bluehost to get your website going with 1-click installation of WordPress. If you decide to purchase a web hosting plan for 12 months or longer, you can also get your domain name for free. You can also get my free guide on How to Start a Successful Blog here.
Studio Press: Wes Meets World runs on the Genesis Framework. Genesis is very SEO-friendly and easy to use, with lots of plugins to help customize your site. If you decide to use Genesis, you will need a nice-looking theme to download on the framework. I use the Simply Pro by Bloom, but there are lots to choose from.
Mailer Lite: Once you get your blog going, you will want to start capturing your readers’ emails so you can stay in contact with them. Mailer Lite is super easy to use, and it’s free up to 1,000 subscribers (and very affordable after that).
I use these websites every time I book a new trip. They will help you find affordable places to stay.
Booking.com: Use this website to shop around for affordable hotels. Booking.com always has amazing deals, so check back frequently before you book your next trip.
Airbnb: This is my absolute go-to resource when booking a trip, and I can’t image my life without it! If you’re looking to stay a couple weeks or longer, you definitely need to check out Airbnb. Most hosts will give you a deal if you stay for an extended stay, up to 50% for long-term (and you can sometimes negotiate a discount).
Outsite: This is a unique company that offers amazing places to stay around the world. It’s geared toward digital nomads or those who would like to work and travel; however, anyone can stay at them. You can find places to stay in California, Texas, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Chile, Portugal, and France.
Whether you’re looking to make extra cash, save more money, or improve your credit, these are some good resources to get you started.
Credit Sesame: It’s no secret that your credit score can be a big deal when you’re applying for a loan. It can even affect which jobs you get, which credit cards you qualify for, and how much interest you’ll pay on your home or car. With Credit Sesame, you can easily check your credit score and get tips on how to improve it (which means saving you money on interest in the long run).
Swag Bucks: This is a great website that pays you to take surveys, watch videos, play games, and shop online. It’s easy to earn gifts cards too, like for Starbucks, which ultimately helps you save money on your everyday expenses. Swag Bucks has paid out over $1 million in rewards and cash to its members.
Survey Junkie: I use Survey Junkie to take simple surveys and make a little extra cash. For each survey you take, Survey Junkie will give a payout in your virtual account until you cash out. It’s an easy way to make extra money for your coffee habit or even groceries.
American Consumer Opinion: This survey website only requires your website to sign-up and join. They also offer multiple choice surveys which make it super easy to complete. Take surveys in your spare time and rack up extra money for daily expenses.
Ibotta: I love using this app to get cash back for things I already purchase every day. Simply download the app and sign up. Then, scan receipts for everyday purchases you make at stores like Walmart, Kroger, and Target. Ibotta will search for deals on those receipts and pay you back cash for each qualified offer. They also give great sign on bonuses and bonuses for referring friends (I made $20 my first month as a sign on bonus!).