The State of Our Financial Union: Some Resources

Usually, as you know, I try to share some personal stories about what we’re doing financially.  This week, I thought I might share some of the things that I read/find to be interesting in the realm of personal finance.

  • I just discovered the Open Account podcast and that is a great listen.  I wish I knew about it sooner!  It’s sponsored by a bank, which made me a little suspicious but I’ve really enjoyed listening to SuChin talk about money with people who have had so many different life experiences.  I don’t know that this will give you a roadmap for your finances, but if you like hearing about other people talk about their financial lives, it’s great.
  • Every month my Dad sends me Bill Gross’ investment outlook.  I don’t know that he’s had a really upbeat one since Critter was born (I usually end up reading them while I’m feeding Critter) but it’s good information.
  • Dad also sends us Howard Marks’ memos.  Worth reading.
  • If you’re into Extreme Frugality and Early Retirement, Mr. Money Mustache and Frugalwoods are some good choices for blogs to read.  Mr. Money Mustache does not blog with great frequency anymore, but the archives are pretty robust and once a month or so, he writes a new post.
  • If you are just getting started with getting your finances in order, I am not Too Proud to admit that I am a closeted Dave Ramsey lover.  Two years ago I read The Total Money Makeover. Even though we have not used his snowball, his books motivated my efforts to lower our car insurance bills through provider consolidation and our cable bills by waging a regular war with Comcast.
  • Also good to read for beginners: Pound Foolish by Helaine Olen and The Index Card by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack.
  • If you’re feeling slightly more advanced, The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias and The Little Book That Beats The Market by Joel Greenblatt are great.  I would really like to put the principles from Greenblatt’s book into practice, but considering the first time I read the book was during maternity leave, I think I need a little more time to digest the information and come up with an actual implementation plan.
  • Marcus is a time-traveler from 2003.  He goes to finance.yahoo.com.  He enjoys it because it’s all finance in one place where he can get a summary of what is happening in the market and personal finance. I will be teaching him about Bloomberg shortly.
  • Mint.com. I feel like this is probably super-obvious because most of you have already tried it or are using the site. But if you are not/have not, give it a try (if you want to!). Marcus still keeps a master budget on an Excel spreadsheet, but this has some great tools for visualization of spending and consolidation of account balances. For free. 

Friends, are there any sources that you turn to for information or motivation where your finances are concerned?  I’d love to check them out!

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4 responses to “The State of Our Financial Union: Some Resources

  1. My dad is currently leading a session of Financial Peace University! Nick and I are frequently referencing the Dave Ramsey Deity as we discuss our finances.

    • Oh I love it! You all (like you, Nick and parents) attended last spring, right? Love that your Dad is now leading!

  2. Always appreciate the finance updates and the learning you share too. If it makes Marcus feel better, my Dad is also an avid user of Yahoo Finance 😉 For travel budgeting, the Trail Wallet app. is excellent. It does currency conversion, averages, spreadsheet exports, and categories.

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