7 Pros Share their Favorite Financial Resources
Did you know that we spend, on average, 11 hours a day interacting with media? When it comes to managing our finances, this barrage of information can be totally overwhelming: Who should you listen to? What apps should you try? What services are helpful?
Part of the difficulty is that different things work for different people. At some level, you’ll have to figure out what works for you… But you can also learn a lot from other people's experiences.
So we decided to ask our Peak Guides:
“What financial resource was the most helpful to you, when you were first getting started on improving your relationship with money?”
Here’s what they had to say...
Jennifer (ADLT 101): Apps were the most helpful for me. I wasn't really big into ready financial books yet but once I found the Mint app and a few other budgeting apps I was hooked on logging in daily and seeing if I had met my goals.
Natasha (WealthStylist): The most useful tool I used to jumpstart my financial journey started with journaling. It helped me become self-aware of my attitude, beliefs, and behavior around money.
Ashley Copeland (Stacks & the City): Investopedia, bankrate, Afford Anything, Budgets are Sexy. I had the most success when finding regular people choosing to share their success with their relationship with money.
Tyler Hood (When the Money’s Good): When I started my blog, When the Money's Good, Mint was my most favorite tool to use. I felt like it was the only one that made sense at the time. However, I didn't understand the graphs and other fancy stuff 🙁. But, being able to see all my transactions, money, loans, etc in one place was really helpful!
Mandyy Thomas (Financial Coach): The most helpful resource when I first began learning how to effectively manage my money, was reading books. In particular, Rich Dad Poor Dad was very helpful for me because it gave me a positive role model around money to look up to. This book challenged me to broaden my perspective and to start to shift my way of thinking when it comes to money. Books helped me to change my mindset, which influenced my behaviors and habits, which had a very positive affect on my finances.
Nicole Rule (Greatest Worth): We signed up for YNAB (You Need A Budget) budgeting software around 6 years ago now. We still use it to this day. It helps us create a Zero-Based Budget (rather than use cash envelopes - which were not working great for us since I had a habit of losing them!), allows us to balance all of our accounts in one place and gives us a clear place to integrate our values and our choices to create money goals that bring us happiness!
Tasha Danielle (Financial Garden): During my debt payoff journey, Dave Ramsey’s podcast (although I didn’t follow his baby step methodology) and Glinda Bridgefort’s books on holistic financial planning really kept me motivated and improved my relationship with money. There was not a great deal of financial podcast during my debt payoff phase.
My money mindset has grown so much from listening to podcasts. Currently, I am working towards F.I.R.E. through real estate all because of podcasts like: Bigger Pockets, Morris Invest, Afford Anything, Journey to Launch, His and Her Money and FIRE Drill podcasts.
So, how about you?! Do you have any favorite resources that you think others need to know about? Share a comment, and spread the word!
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