Veneta Lusk

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Veneta graduated in 2005 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism. Veneta’s award-winning, 14-year career has been spent empowering people to get smart about their finances and health.

After becoming debt free, she and her husband created a flexible lifestyle so they can travel more, focus on fun projects, and spend time with their children.

Her work has been published on,,,, and she has been featured on Yahoo! Finance, GoBankingRates, The Penny Hoarder, MSN Money and more.

When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she enjoys reading, baking, and planning the next big adventure.

To learn more, connect with Veneta on LinkedIn.

9 Cable TV Alternatives for Saving Tons of Money

If you’re considering cutting cable TV, you’re not alone. Nowadays, only 78% percent of U.S. homes subscribe to a pay-TV service of some kind, down 8% percent in five years. And, according to the most recent data from market tracker S&P Global Market, 1.1 million subscribers cut the cord in the third quarter of 2018.[1]…

Veneta Lusk 25 May

What Is the Cash Envelope System and How Does It Work?

Creating a budget is the foundation for financial wellness. But making a budget can be difficult, especially if you’re not tech-savvy and don’t like updating spreadsheets. The cash envelope method can help people who want an easy, low-tech approach to budgeting. It doesn’t require you to register for any apps or pay for software. All…

Veneta Lusk 06 Feb

How to Recycle Aluminum Cans for Cash (Up to $0.02/c)

Have you ever wondered what to do with the empty soda cans after a party or beer cans after a barbecue? While you may recycle them, you can also sell those cans to recycling facilities or scrap metal yards for cash. There are a few start-up expenses to recycling and selling cans, but you’ll keep…

Veneta Lusk 24 Jan

5 Legit Ways to Get Paid to Watch Ads

Getting paid to watch ads sounds like a scam. We’ve done the digging ourselves and tested out this side hustle. The verdict? It’s legit, but it’s a very slow process to earn any meaningful amount of money. As long as your expectations are reasonable, this is an easy way to earn a few extra dollars…

Veneta Lusk 15 Aug

4 Things I Learned Paying Off $30,000 in Student Loan Debt

These days, it is common to graduate with student loan debt. If you’re among the 2021 graduating class, you may find comfort in knowing that your peers are straddled with an average $36,900 in student loan debt, according to the most recent data.[1] I graduated from college more than a decade ago, but my results…

Veneta Lusk 08 May

11 Best Places to Sell Furniture for Cash

In the not-too-distant past, the only places to sell used furniture were garage sales, consignment shops, or the local newspaper classifieds. With the proliferation of online marketplaces like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, there are now a variety of ways to unload your used goods. Selling used furniture offers a unique and flexible way to make…

Veneta Lusk 01 Mar

18 Best Coupon Sites for Extreme Savings in 2024

No matter whether you are shopping online or in store, using coupon websites can save you money. Coupon use is at an all-time high. Studies have found that as many as 96% of shoppers report having used coupons on a purchase. Thanks to free coupon websites and apps, you now have even more options for saving money…

Veneta Lusk 20 Jan

How to Start Couponing for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know

Once you learn how to start couponing, chances are you’ll never want to stop. When I first found out about couponing, I was fascinated by the idea. While it can seem intimidating at first, once you figure it out, it becomes second nature. Now I make it a point to look for coupons for anything…

Veneta Lusk 07 Jan

How to Make a Travel Budget in 5 Easy Steps (Free Planner)

Many people enjoy traveling the world, exploring new places, or just relaxing in a tranquil environment. Taking a vacation is a great way to reduce stress and improve productivity, but traveling can be costly. Making a travel budget will make a big difference while planning your next getaway. Those who love to travel should incorporate…

Veneta Lusk 06 Jan

9 Best Places to Sell Your Wedding Dress for Cash

When I was planning my wedding, I wanted to find the perfect dress. Going from bridal boutique to bridal boutique, I tried on countless options until I finally found it. But since the wedding, my dress has been sitting in my closet gathering dust. One day, I realized that I could probably try to sell…

Veneta Lusk 14 Nov