It is my goal to help you get from where you ARE to where you WANT to be when it comes to your finances. These are resources that have been helpful to me and I hope that you find them to be the helpful as well. I will make sure to update the list as I come across more resources that I think may be useful.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that these are products or services that I think are valuable. I only recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
BlueHost: Starting a blog is one of the best things that I have ever done. It helped me to create some income on the side so that I could quit my day job. I use Bluehost because they offer inexpensive hosting for your website starting around $3.95/month and they also provide the domain name for FREE. If you are new to blogging and want to figure out how to get started, check out my post on how to start a blog from scratch.
Banking & Investing
EverBank: An online bank that is FDIC insured and offers one of the highest rates for money market accounts as well as checking accounts. Currently the rate is around .76% for a checking account and .86% for a money market account for the first year. They even offer a bonus rate for the first 6 months of 1.10% (Updated 3/18/2014). For more details check out my review of the Everbank money market account that I opened.
Personal Capital: This is a FREE way to see all of your investment accounts in one place. I like using this service because it clearly shows the fees I am paying to hold my investments and what my return is relative to the market. This is a great way to track your investments for free and it even gives you suggestions on how to reduce the fees you pay. See my review of Personal Capital for more details.
Do you like to learn from others and improve yourself? Reading is a great way to both of those. Here is a list of my favorite books that I have found valuable over the years.
Credit Karma: This is a great FREE resource to check and monitor your credit. I was amazed how quick and easy it was to to sign up. They will ask you some verification questions, but they do not ask for payment information. Check it out and get your free credit score in minutes! For more information, check out our review of Credit Karma.
ReadyForZero : This is a FREE website that helps people get out of debt on their own. ReadyForZero’s online tools have helped users pay down over $50 million in debt.
Get Direction Worksheet – A form to help you get direction in life when it comes to finding a career you love.
Couples Guide to Money – An 8 question guide to help you and your spouse talk about money on a weekly basis.
Libsyn: This is a hosting company that I upload my podcast episodes to and it creates an RSS feed that automatically updates iTunes, Stitcher, Blackberry and Zune.
Skype: I use this program to make all of the calls for my podcast. I even pay $2.99 per month with them so that I can make a call to any phone in the US or Canada through Skype.
Podcast Equipment: I use the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone for recording my podcast.
Free podcast course by Meron Baraket: Learn how to create from scratch a Successful Podcast that ranks at the Top of Apple’s New&Noteworthy and builds your brand, list, and authority – even if you have no previous experience!
Cell Phone – Plans starting as low as $5/month from Republic Wireless!
StudioPress Themes for WordPress: This is who we used originally for our site. This is a great way to make a professional looking website at a reasonable price.
WordPress: A blog publishing platform that makes it easy to create a site in a matter of minutes. P.S. This is what we use for Well Kept Wallet