Resources

Budgeting Software

Mint

Mint is a web based software tool that allows you to import all of your financial accounts in order to get a clear view of your finances.  Mint is also great because it allows you to easily create and stick too a budget. All you need to do is simply link all your financial accounts and your transactions are automatically updated. Plus once you enter in a few transactions, mint remembers them for next time. Mint has an easy to use and aesthetically pleasing mobile app which makes it great for those who want easy access to their financials on the go.

 

Personal Capital

Personal Capital is also an excellent option because it offers many of the same features as mint. The budgeting abilities are very similar, but not quite as visually pleasing as what mint offers. What sets personal capital apart is its investment tools. After linking your accounts you can easily see a break down of your investments in all your accounts. You’ll see asset allocations, investments fees, personal net worth trends, and all sorts of other helpful data.

Quicken

Quicken is great for those who want the budgeting tools, but like using their desktop computer and also having the data downloaded on their hard drive. This is the main difference between Quicken and the previous tools.  Quicken does have a mobile app, but it is not as intuitive as what you will find with mint or personal capital.  In order to use Quicken you need to download their software on to your computer.  The software works great, and has many nice features.  The only downside is that you will not be able to access your data over the web like with the other 2 web-based programs.

Must Reads

The Warren Buffet Way

This book is excellent because it lets you in to the mind of one of the greatest investors of our time.  Who better to listen to than the best? Highly recommend this book for those who want to learn more about investing.

I Will Teach You to be Rich

If you know you want to kick-start your finances, but don’t know where to begin, this book is for you.  This book lays out a step by step process to get you on track to reach your financial goals.  This book touches on subjects from bank accounts, budgeting, credit cards, and many other everyday financial topics.

Helpful Links

Investopidia – an excellent website to search for and learn about financial terms and concepts.

 

Morningstar – a helpful website to search for funds and stocks to learn before investing.

 

AnnualCrediReport.com – everyone must check their credit report to make sure there isn’t any fraudulent activity. You can check each of your 3 reports for free once a year.

 

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