I put together this list of products and resources that I love. Some of these are affiliate links so I do get credit if you use them, but in no way does it cost you more.
Books I RecommendI Will Teach You To Be Rich
by Ramit SethiThe Intelligent Investor
by Benjamin GrahamThe Millionaire Next Door
by Thomas J. StanleyThink and Grow Rich
by Napoleon Hill The Total Money Makeover
by Dave RamseyMoney Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke
by Suze Orman Banking
I’ve been using this free, new app called Digit for the last month. It’s awesome and has already saved me about $30. Basically, it learns your spending habits and then starts saving your money for you…automatically. I’ve written a review for you, interviewed the founder & CEO of Digit, and created a video so you can see Digit in action before you even start using it! Please disregard my terrible jokes 🙂
Capital One 360– This is the bank I use for my checking account. No ATM fees at more than 38,000 ATMs. Plus, you actually earn interest on the money in your checking accounts. Another thing I love about them is that they actually calculate your balance including pending charges. When I had Bank of America I always had to whip out the calculator to figure out what my balance was going to be once these all went through. It’s the small things in life 🙂 Check out my full Capital One 360 review here.
Ally Bank – I love Ally bank for their great online accounts with pretty decent interest rates right now. Yes, this is another online-only company, but I actually enjoy having this account more than my old account at one of the larger chain stores.
Protect my ID – This is a great service to have with all of the nonsense going around with identity theft. Also, if you’re a AAA member you get the basic level for free. Pretty cool!
Mint.com helps you create budgets and get a snapshot of your current financial standing. You can also create money goals for yourself, like saving for an emergency fund or down payment on a home.
Personal Capital is a great tool for keeping track of your finances. Like Mint, it pulls in all of your information and gives you a quick snapshot of where you stand and provide suggestions on where you can improve. This tool is a lot better at reviewing your investments than Mint.
UnDebt.It is a great tool for help with tackling your debts. This tool keeps track of your debts, and allows you to put together a comprehensive plan for paying them off. Not sure whether the snowball method or stacking is best for your situation? This tool will help you. I put together a short tutorial to help get you started with this tool. Check it out here.
Betterment – If you are looking for a super easy way to get started saving for retirement or get more involved with your money, this is the way to go. In addition, you can get $25 for just trying them out using this link.
All of the greatness of Mint.com in an easy to use app Debt Payoff Assistant
This app looks really basic when you first get it, but it is powerful! You can set up your personal snowball on the app, and keep track of your payments. I use the free version, but there is a paid one available. Capital One 360
Depositing checks, finding ATMs, and checking your balances all right here.
Refinancing Student Loans
Sofi Consolidation and Refinancing – Fixed refinancing rates as low as 3.63%
Common Bond – This company offers refinancing loans, as well as general student loans. The coolest part? For every degree fully funded through Common Bond, they fund the education for a student abroad for a full year. They have variable interest rates (be careful) as low as 2.66% and fixed interest rates as low as 3.63%. I love a company that takes such a regulated industry and gives back in such a great way.
Other Sources of Savings
Smarterbucks – This is like a cash back program without having to use a credit card. You can earn money towards paying off your student loans! You can also sell your old books and take surveys to increase the amount you make.
Swagbucks – If you are already going to be shopping somewhere, why not take advantage of rewards points?
Free Amazon Prime – If you have a college email, you can get free Amazon Prime for 6 months, and half price on Prime after that.