The following contains resources that I have personally found value in.
Personal Finance Companion
I maintain an all-in-one personal finance companion that I use alongside my budget to acquire a holistic view of my finances, forecast the future, and analyze different scenarios.
Before purchasing I would consider checking them out from your local library because:
- Your tax dollars already fund the library.
- In between readings they won’t take up space.
Dive into this one if you’re really confused on where to start with budgeting. Jesse doesn’t push his software on you, he instead offers good overall budgeting advice. I enjoyed it even after years of successful budgeting.
JL Collins did a great job making this book easy for everyone to understand. If you have considered delving into the world of investing, but are confused how to start, then this book is for you.
This one is another great reference piece for investment knowledge and personal money management.
You know John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard? This book comes from those who have followed his investment advice (low-cost index funds). The first edition of this book was my first foray into investing and the second edition doesn’t disappoint. It’s very thorough so grab a highlighter and get ready to use it as a reference piece.
Don’t let fear of what others think keep you from living the life you want. This book is packed with great philosophies on letting go of that fear. You have one life, so make the most of it.
What you surround yourself with can consume your thoughts. Be mindful, intentional, and organized with your belongings.
To maximize your time, experiment with increasing the speed of the podcasts you listen to. Start with 1.1x and move up from there as you become more comfortable. My typical range is 1.2x – 2.0x depending on the podcast.
On the Financial Independence Podcast, I dissect the brains of some of the most well-respected fientists in the field to discover their techniques and strategies for achieving financial independence.
Join me for discussions on money, investing, and all things early retirement and financial independence!
A weekly dose of just the right medicine to help you get out of debt, save more money, and beat the paycheck-to- paycheck cycle. We also have a podcast series where we talk about debt (not getting into it, but more of the whole getting out of it thing).
Put a little hustle in your earbuds as I extract the actionable tips and business strategies from successful entrepreneurs. Each week you’ll get new business ideas, side hustle opportunities, and high-value content to help you earn more money and make the most of your time.
LibreOffice is a great free and open-source alternative to Microsoft Office. It takes getting used to but the core functionality of the spreadsheet software is all here.
You Need A Budget (YNAB) is versatile budgeting software that works across Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. Check out the starter guide to see if it’s for you. While there is an annual cost of $84, they offer a free trial and college students can get a year free. The value it brings makes me more than happy to pay for it.
Selling secondhand goods via a local marketplace (like Craigslist or OfferUp) has been a good source of side income for me. Instead of donating/trashing everything you can try to sell it instead; you’d be amazed what people will buy. For useful tips, check out my comprehensive Secondhand Local Seller’s Guide. These tips also work for similar sites where you sell items as well.