Below is a list of items that I recommend because I use them or read them frequently. I will only recommend things that I have used. Once I have used an item or read an item, then I will recommend the item on this site.
Most of my reading these days are on Mr. Money Mustache, because I am trying to read all blog posts. I started reading MMM in November of 2014. I still have 1 year of posts to read.
- The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey - I have this book in an audio version and I have listened to it atlas five times. It has given me lots of motivation to change my financial life. Read my review of the book here. Below are two links to purchase the book from amazon.com.
- The Legacy Journey by Dave Ramsey - I have also listened to this book in an audio version. I chose to read this book, because I am a Christian and this book talks about how to handle money God's way. It is a good book for anyone interested in learning about what the bible has to say about money. A book review will be coming soon. (Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4).
- Gazelles, Baby Steps and 37 Other Things that Dave Ramsey Taught Me About Debt by Jon Acuff - This book is a humor book, but it still teaches good lessons about getting out of debt in an entertaining and fun way.
Most of my financial knowledge comes from Dave Ramsey and the blogs I recommended above. All of these books are good, but I would like to broaden my financial understanding. E-mail me any book recommendations, because I would be interested in expanding on my financial knowledge.
- Miracles and Massacres by Glenn Book - This book is a good read. It is made of 12 short stories detailing different parts of American History.
- Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly - This book tells the historical and documented history of the death of Jesus Christ. The authors take a historical perspective and avoid their religious beliefs in this historical documentation. This book was a very good read.
- Start by Jon Acuff - This book details the importance of doing the work that you love and gives strategies of how to start living a life of awesome. My book review can be found at this link.
- 41 by George W. Bush
- Quicken - I have used Quicken for many years as my budgeting and financial tracking software. It costs me $39 every two years to download the new software and use it. I only use quicken for my daily expenses.
- Mint - Mint does a fine job of tracking finances and is a free service. I got tired of the ads that tried to push me on different products that I didn't need, therefore I went back to Quicken. Mint is a great service if you don't mind the ads.
- Vanguard - This company allows you to invest in very good no load funds and does a good job of keeping the expense ratios down. My non-taxable investments are with Vanguard and I am planning to open my wife's Roth IRA at Vanguard.
- Fidelity - My wife's 401k is at Fidelity. This company has good options and also offers a retirement calculator.
NET WORTH TRACKING
- Excel - I use a good old Excel document to track my net worth. I do this because I like to keep my investments out of Quicken and only use quicken for daily expenses. I use Personal Capital to track my investments. I combine the two to calculate my net worth. If you are interested in tracking your net worth with Excel, then e-mail me and I will send you a template of the document.
- Personal Capital - I use Personal Capital to track all of my investments. This a great service that allows you to track everything by just signing into one account. Personal Capital also just launched their very own retirement planner.
I have recently started listening to podcasts daily. These are the podcasts that I personally listen to frequentlyThese podcasts are not all financial. I subscribe to all of the podcasts through iTunes.
- The Glenn Beck Program - "Never again is Now" that is all that needs to be said.
- The Dave Ramsey Show - Debt Free Screams and the Millionaire hour are the best parts of this show. I listen to this show for motivation daily.
- Retire Inspired Podcast - Good motivational podcast about preparing and dreaming about your retirement.
- Dough Roller Podcast - Rob Berger goes in-depth about the numbers to financial independence. Does not agree with Dave Ramsey, but it is good to see different opinions.
- Primal Blueprint Podcast - This podcast is connected to Mark's Daily Apple and has inspired me to stop eating grains.
- Championship Drive Podcast - I am a huge fan of college football, so I have to listen to college sports every once in a while.
That is all of the recommendations that I can think about at this current time. Come back to this page to check out any other recommendations that I may have.
Above photo was taken at Zion National Park in Utah.