Ask Me Anything

A little over one year ago, I published my first Ask Me Anything here on Making Sense of Cents. That went super well, so I decided to make it more of a regular thing! Ask Me Anything is literally that – you can ask me anything. If you’re struggling to figure out what to ask, here…

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Last Updated: May 24, 2023

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A little over one year ago, I published my first Ask Me Anything here on Making Sense of Cents. That went super well, so I decided to make it more of a regular thing!

Ask Me Anything is literally that – you can ask me anything. If you’re struggling to figure out what to ask, here are a few of the topics you may want to know more about:

  • Personal finance
  • Blogging
  • My life
  • Travel
  • RVing
  • Sailing
  • Being location independent
  • Business
  • Making extra money
  • Questions about my dogs

And so on, and so on.

Seriously, ask me anything in the comments below, and I will take the time to answer every single one. Of course, please nothing inappropriate or creepy. I’ll let you be the judge of what is creepy, I guess, haha!

All right, go for it, ask away!


P.S. If you’re looking to see all of the comments and questions, make sure to hit “Older Comments” or “Newer Comments” below. The comments break apart in pages once there are over 50 comments.

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Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Author: Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Hey! I’m Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and I am the founder of Making Sense of Cents. I’m passionate about all things personal finance, side hustles, making extra money, and online businesses. I have been featured in major publications such as Forbes, CNBC, Time, and Business Insider. Learn more here.

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  1. Kelli

    Hello! My question is how do I get more clicks and conversions on my affiliate links in my blog posts? I feel that I am struggling with breaking into making consistent sales with affiliate marketing. I know I need to do something to make it click but I’m stuck. How did you get affiliate links to “click” for you?

  2. Hi Michelle!

    I am fairly new to the blogging world and you are actually the first blogger who inspired me to start my website. Just a simple website to share my experience after reaching F.I.R.E but I was wondering how important is having a low bounce rate? What is the ideal rate you should shoot for? Also, do you have any recommendations on a good plugin for custom calculators for websites? Thank you in advance.

    1. I honestly don’t even know what my bounce rate is and I don’t know what a good one is, haha.

      I don’t have custom calculators on my website either.

      Sorry, I wish I could be of more help in those two areas!

  3. Congrats on starting a blog! I do think that you’d benefit from a nicer looking homepage 🙂

  4. Hi Michelle! I am a 25 year old living on the east coast. I recently started a blog about paying down 40k in student loans in 2 1/2 years.

    I was wondering if you could take a look at my website, and offer one piece of advice. For instance, anything that may stand out to you that you think I could change on the page itself or anything that you see and like that you think I should continue to do?

    It would mean so much to hear some feedback from you because one day I’d love to live a more *free* life like you, without so much constraint from work, and more time to do what I’m truly passionate about.

    Thank you!

  5. Minie

    Hi Michelle! Been following you since before I started my blog and I actually bought my Bluehost through your affiliate link.

    My niche is a combination of Fitness and Finance and I was surprised to read on one of your blog posts about the sameness of my topic to your sister’s blog so I also followed her since then. 🙂 I’m happy to know that the topic I’m passionate about can really be something big.

    I have started already, I have around 30+ posts, started collecting emails, and currently in my fourth month – I was discovered through Google and got a brand sponsorship for one of my marathons in Thailand!

    But despite this, I am struggling with increasing my website traffic. I want to start doing Affiliate Marketing already and saw on Amazon that I have 6 months to do at least 3 qualified sales.

    Is it okay now to start Affiliate Marketing while I strive to increase my traffic so that the links are ready once the traffic comes into my blog? Also, I am not from the US and from the Philippines — I researched that I can still do Amazon Associates even if I am not from the US right?

    Thanks for being an inspiration both you and Alexis! 🙂



    1. Hey Minie!

      Thank you for your email. You can start with affiliate marketing right away 🙂 No need to wait!

      1. Minie

        Thanks, Michelle! I thought I need to wait for at least a couple more traffic to my website before starting hahah! Thanks for the confirmation! I will now apply 🙂

  6. Trisha N

    I’d like to downsize to become a full-time RVer. When it comes to setting up a physical address, how does that work? I’ve thought of using my parents’ address. However, ultimately the state they live in is not retirement friendly when it comes to withdrawing (and having taxed) pensions, 401k’s, IRA’s and social security. What recommendations do you have for setting up a “home” address? And how do you actually receive your mail when you’re not close to that address?
    Thanks so much! I love reading your posts!

    1. We belong to a mail forwarding company, called St. Brendan’s Isle. All of our mail gets sent there, and then this company forwards our mail to wherever we are.

      This address is on everything we use, even our driver’s license. Completely legal.

  7. Did it take 2 years until you say your 1st $25k montly income check?