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.
Our net worth calculator gives you a template for calculating your current “score”. How much are you worth?
A few years ago, I collaborated with my friend Lisa to create a one-hundred word summary of my philosophy on how to be happy. A lot of people have asked me to provide a PDF version for download. At last, I have.
Get Rich Slowly is built on a clear and specific philosophy. I’ve collected that philosophy into a free 70-page book I call A Brief Guide to Financial Freedom. You can download the PDF version here.
This library of documents and tools will grow with the Get Rich Slowly website. Check back now and then to find new additions.
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.
Afford Anything with Paula Pant documents the author’s ongoing quest to build the best life she possibly can. Pant shares her experience with rental properties, lifestyle design, and hustling to earn money on the side. She’s a great example of how you can have anything you want — but not everything you want.
Early Retirement Extreme by Jacob Lund Fisker. Fisker’s wasn’t the first blog about Financial Independence and early retirement, but it’s certainly been the most influential. Everyone else in the space owes a debt to him. He codified and clarified both the numbers and the philosophy behind the movement. The archives here are gold.
Financial Mentor by Todd Tresidder. If you like nitty gritty details, Todd’s your man. More than anyone else in this space, he has the knowledge and experience to help navigate even the most difficult parts of the journey to Financial Independence. His site offers tons of free tools and his articles are comprehensive. Be warned, though: The advice here can seem complicated to some.
I Will Teach You to Be Rich with Ramit Sethi is one of the oldest money blogs and still one of the best. Sethi has no patience for strategies that save pennies instead of dollars — and he’d prefer you focused on hundreds or thousands of dollars at a time. The centerpiece of his site is a library of courses designed to help people make more money and live a richer life.
Mad Fientist with Brandon. This blog and podcast tackle the “science” of Financial Independence. Brandon explores loopholes and strategies to help you achieve FI (and other goals) as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Mr. Money Mustache with Pete. Mr. Money Mustache challenges conventional wisdom about life and money. Pete’s goal is to get readers to question consumer culture — especially their own personal consumption. He argues that how much you spend is almost completely unrelated to how fulfilling your life is.
Wallet Hacks with Jim Wang. Compared to the other sites listed here, Wang writes less about Financial Independence and more about everyday personal finance. As somebody who’s already achieved financial freedom, he knows what he’s talking about.
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:
If you’re into real-estate investing, check out Bigger Pockets with Josh Dorkin and Brandon Turner. The hosts try to provide info for both beginners and experiences investors.
The Financial Independence Podcast is from Brandon at Mad Fientist. He interviews people about techniques and strategies for achieving early retirement.
Afford Anything Podcast with Paula Pant. My colleagues (and friend) started a podcast about money and entrepreneurship. This is high on my to-listen list.
Radical Personal Finance with Joshua Sheats is my personal favorite. Sheats is smart and thoughtful, and his philosophy is similar to mine. Plus he has a background in finance. This show tends to run long, but it’s worth it.
Stacking Benjamins does a great job of covering the gamut of money topics and opinions. The hosts aren’t afraid to explore different ideas and viewpoints. Plus, they consciously work to keep their show hopping so it doesn’t drag.
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.