How to blog on a budget: Money friendly version

When it comes to blog expenses and budget we all have something in common: spend as few money as possible. But in a good layout, a good theme (also mobile friendly), a good camera and a great design is something I love investing in – and you should too. That’s how your blog is going to look modern and serious. That way more collaboration will be going on soon.

But nevertheless, blog photos need props. Camera needs equipment. If you don’t have connections or you don’t work with brands, you need to buy stuff to review. So how can you blog and spend less? Lets see.



1. Work with what you have. Put together some pretty books and jewelry, a phone with your blog on and here you have a beautiful flatlay. With some great lightning and and some inspiration you will save money that you would be spending on monthly picture subscription pages otherwise.

2. Blog props can be sooo cheap. Check out some dollar stores (we have stores like Jysk or Tedi in Slovenia) or explore Ebay. There is everything you need for a cool blog: artificial flowers, beautiful rose gold details, sparkles or marble accessories.

3. Keep a list of expenses. Excell is your friend. Write down every penny you spend for your blog, save receipts and make a summary at the end of the months. Also, set aside some money for your blog every month.

I always say: Blogging is firstly a hobby (later maybe a job). Photography is a hobby too. Exactly like photography needs camera, lenses, equipment, blogging needs a hosted site, great design, props etc. That’s why we need to invest in it.

4. Make a wish list every month when you make your expense summary. Whatever you wish for your blog, write it down. Slowly you will have it all.

5. But on discounts. Yes, makeup is expensive. Travelling is expensive. Why not wait for discounts and buy then? You can make saving cards in some stores (in Slovenia DM, Takko, Tuš drogerija for example) and this way collect points that you spend on your next purchase. Great!

I hope this post helped you a bit. Just don’t give up. 

Love, M.

  • Amanda | Maple Alps

    Great tips for blogging on a budget!

  • Dani Naughton

    good tips! love the tip about getting cheap blog props! didn’t think about buying artificial flowers and cheap surfaces for photos!

  • Excell needs to be every blogger’s friend, especially if you blog for a living!

  • Jojo Vito

    I was also very conscious with my spending when I was still starter my blogs 7 years ago…. On my part of being a travel blogger,the camera and other gadgets are the biggest in my investments 🙂

  • I am like you…I definitely run my blog on a minimal scale. I do the web design myself (it may take longer but better than paying someone $200 an hour!). My only expenses are photoshop and domain and hosting. I think that’s pretty good!

  • Great tips! I definitely think a blogging budget is something that can grow with your blog as well. I did it for free for the first many months and grew consistently, so it’s definitely doable!

  • I have made no money with my blog, but I have gotten quite a few free items. Canva is a great resource to help with graphics and text…and it’s free:)

  • I don’t like to spend a tonne of money on my blog as it’s only a hobby for me, so I love using inexpensive blog props for my flatlays. I thoroughly enjoy exploring craft shops and Target for cute, cheap pieces. 🙂 Thanks for the great tips, girl.

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

  • Mary Anne

    This is so true, specially to work with what we do have in the moment, I think it is not necessary to get extra money for the blog, just being creative is enough!

  • Number 3 is an awesome tip! I don’t think post bloggers consider keeping track of their expenses when they first start. Not only is it important for knowing what you are spending but it can be important when it comes to taxes!

  • Nicole Pharr

    Such great advice. I definitely follow #3 to keep up with expenses. It’s so easy to spend money here and there and not keep track and find that it really adds up over time.