Money Toolbox

This page collects some of my favorite financial tools. These are the actual accounts and products that I use every day — and that Get Rich Slowly readers keep in their toolboxes. If you have suggested additions, please leave a comment below (or send me email).

Please note that this page makes me money. I earn a commission for recommending many of these products and tools. That said, I never recommend a resource unless I believe in it. [This would be a great spot for a table of contents so that readers can jump to the section they want.]

Get Rich Slowly Tools

From time to time, I create downloadables and tools for Get Rich Slowly articles. This is the master list of everything I’ve created so far for this site. All of these items are free.

This library of documents and tools will grow with the Get Rich Slowly website. Check back now and then to find new additions.

Blogs

There are lots of great blogs and podcasts about money, but only a few focus on what I call “advanced personal finance”. Here are some of my favorites. I’ve met and talked with each of the folks who run these sites, and feel confident that their financial philosophy matches mine. You can trust them. I do.

Other great non-financial blogs I read regularly: The Art of Non-Conformity (Chris Guillebeau on living a remarkable life), James Clear (on mastering your habits), Tim Ferriss (on life experimentation), Raptitude (David Cain on how to improve your quality of life), Derek Sivers (on learning from life), and Zen Habits (Leo Babauta on finding simplicity amidst daily chaos).

Podcasts

If you’d rather listen to financial advice, there are lots of great podcasts about smart money management. Here are some favorites of Get Rich Slowly readers:

And, of course, there are the big-name shows like Marketplace, Planet Money, and Freakonomics.

Other Websites

The U.S. government’s Consumer Expenditure Survey is an amazing pile of information about the earning and spending habits of average Americans. There’s a lot here and the site might feel intimidating. If you have time to sit down and sort through things, however, you can learn a lot about how people handle their money — and how their habits compare to yours.

Kelley Blue Book is the ages-old source for calculating the value of your used vehicle. Many of us remember using the print version when we were younger. The modern website has all sorts of search tools and car-buying aids.

Franklin-Covey has an online Mission Statement Builder that walks you through a series of questions about your values, goals, and desires. When you’re finished you’ll have a rough draft of a possible mission statement. (You’ll need to massage the results to get a more concise statement.)

Numbeo collects a variety of stats for cities around around the world. If you’re curious about what it might be like to live somewhere else, this tool can help you crunch the numbers. Numbeo includes information on housing prices, crime rates, traffic, and more. For our purposes, the most useful piece of the site is the extensive cost-of-living calculator, which allows you to explore how much bang you get for your buck from one city to the next.

Zillow allows you to estimate real-estate prices (and rents) in your area. Lots of people use this website when they’re house-hunting, but it’s also useful for keeping tabs on the housing market in your neighborhood, and fur updating your home’s value when you’re calculating net worth.

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