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Here is a list of my recommendations:
Banking, Budgeting and Investing:
Personal Capital: Track & Manage your Net Worth.
I recently started using Personal Capital, but I am quickly liking it better than Mint because it has more features (even on the free version). It continually adds new features which allows me to track both my net-worth and portfolio performance. Sign-up and use for free.
I have been using Mint for the last 6 years. It very beginner-friendly and completely free to use. Good place to start budgeting and managing your money. This app helped me pay off my student loans quicker than planned.
Betterment: Simple Automated Investing.
I have been using Betterment for over a year and I love it! Betterment is a robo-advisor that uses an algorithm to manage and re-balance an investor’s portfolio. I recommend this type of investment platform if you are looking for an easy to use, hands-off avenue that also has some amazing features.
I opened up a savings account with Ally in 2012, and I absolutley love them and highly recommend them. I now have a checking account with them. Voted Best Online Bank 2017 by Go Banking Rates! They offer great products. With my savings account, my average APY is 1.00%. I have never been charged a fee! Even my checking account is free, and has a 0.10% APY.
Ally is growing! Whether you’re new to investing, an experienced trader or somewhere in between, Ally Invest offers the same great services, products and value you expect from TradeKing. Ally bought TradeKing in 2016. I am looking forward to this immensely.
I absolutely love free products, especially one that helps me track something as important as my credit score! Credit Sesame allows you to track your credit score without having to put in a credit card # or pay a dime. Plus, you’ll also get $50,000 of free credit fraud protection when you create a profile.
Student Loan Refinancing & Debt Consolidation
Need to refinance your student loans? The best place to start is SoFi. The first company to allow refinancing of federal and private student loans together. They have refinanced $5 BILLION student loan debt. They offer competitive, low interest rates. The average SoFi customer saves $19,000 by refinancing with them!
While LendingTree does not fund debt consolidation loans itself, it can connect borrowers with a wide range of potential lenders and allow customers to negotiate directly with those lenders. Many of those lenders work with people who have less-than-perfect credit, making LendingTree a great one-stop shop for researching the best debt loan for every kind of borrower.
Start a Blog/Website
I host this website on Bluehost. I highly recommend it because of the simple pricing and super easy set-up process. It only takes a few clicks and a few minutes and you are up and running almost immediately. It’s also super easy to install WordPress and other plug-ins for blogging.
My Inspirations- Other Blogs:
The Minimalists: A website By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus about learning to live a meaningful life with less stuff. Also check out their documentary and books.
The Frugalwoods: A couple in Vermont living a very frugal lifestyle.
Millennial Money Man: Bobby paid off $40,000 in student loan debt on a teacher’s salary!
Millennial Money: Grant is a millennial who became a millionaire at the age of 30.
Books ( if you are a bibliophile like me)
The Simple Path to Wealth: Your Road Map to Financial Independence and a Rich, Free Life by JL Collins
Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny by Suze Orman.
Bonus: Learn how to read these books for free here!