I wrote a post about my recommendations what feels like forever ago. In fact, it was less than 2 years ago but that’s basically forever in blog time. I realized a lot has changed since then so definitely time for an updated list of recommendations from me!
Promote All the Things!
Last time I wrote this post I was pretty anti-advertising/affiliate links. It wasn’t really a problem then as I didn’t have much traffic or associated costs. Now that I’m getting consistent traffic and big spikes, I had to go up a tier in hosting which costs more. I’m also leaving my cushy job with steady paychecks and need to turn this into an asset on my balance sheet instead of a liability.
2 years ago, I also didn’t have any life changing products I was comfortable recommending. Now I happily use and recommend several. People have also asked me how they can support me to encourage me to keep writing here. Clicking links for products I love is definitely a great way to do so!
It was a shock to realize I can run this blog with affiliate links AND still do all the great things like meet people and share my stories.
I’m less sold on ads at the moment. I have a few offers to place ads, but I don’t think the costs outweigh the benefits yet. I’m hoping to increase my traffic more and gain access to a premium ads network, but I have a bit more growing to do before I can get approved for that.
My pledge to you is this: I will only recommend services I use, that provide value to me, and that I would recommend to my closest friends and family members.
TL;DR: Some affiliate links, no ads, same great content
Setapp: Setapp is a collection of premium apps for Macs. In my Optimizer post I talk about some software I started using to help optimize my time. All of that software is available in Setapp. I like it because I can try different apps out without having to buy them and waste money. Guestimer, Ulysses, and HazeOver are the apps I use the most.
Google Fi: I’ve written a post (or two) about how much I love Google Fi, but allow me to espouse that love a little bit more. Having access to 3 carriers at once is amazing. I have coverage unless I’m in the absolute middle of nowhere. With their foreign data costing the same as domestic data, I even have service overseas! My favorite thing is the price though- I’ve averaged a $35–40 monthly bill since switching, which is at least $60 than what I paid with Verizon. Use my link to get $20 off your first month and I’ll also get $20. Win Win!
OnTrajectory: A fantastic projection tool to play with. You can put in any number of variables and see how your future trajectory will change. Easy to understand, yet covers almost any scenario you can think of. See how a change in income impacts your net worth, or look into seeing what happens if you need to take a required minimum distribution from an IRA at age 70. So many variables, so little time!
ConvertKit is amazing. I tried out several different email clients (I even attempted to cobble something together on my own which I ended up not using) and I didn’t like any of them. ConvertKit is easy to use and offers tons of different features. I can pick and choose who gets my emails, see who is opening my emails, and even see who’s clicking my links!
SiteGround: My web host. I don’t necessarily recommend it to someone just starting out (it’s a bit more expensive than other hosts out there) but I do recommend it to people with established blogs who are looking for more stability. My site has never crashed and I’ve had several LARGE spikes in traffic. Support is easy to contact and very responsive for any issues. 10/10, would host again.
The Simple Path to Wealth: Written by The Godfather of FIRE himself, JL Collins. I once gave a copy of this book to the guy sitting next to me on the plane #truestory. I can’t recommend this book enough! Check out my review of the book I wrote when it was released here.
Meet the FrugalWoods: Mr. and Mrs. FrugalWoods were two of my original inspirations when I started my FIRE journey. Now, you can read all about their journey in their new book! Liz is an incredibly talented writer. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy and read it in one sitting. Don’t miss out March 6th, 2018 when it’s released!
Broke Millennial: Need help getting your financial life together? Know someone who does? Get this book. My friend Erin lays it all out in her fantastic book! Be on the lookout for her second book on investing coming out late 2018/early 2019!
Don’t get me wrong, my other post on recommendations has a ton of great people linked that I still follow to this day. However, a lot has changed in 2 years and there are some new players on the scene I want to give some love to!
Waffles on Wednesday: A super awesome couple who are kicking butt, taking names, and drinking nice craft beer while doing so. They cover their journey to early retirement through entrepreneurial endeavors!
JD Roth: Originally of Get Rich Slowly fame, then of Money Boss fame, and now back to Get Rich Slowly! A prolific and insightful writer on all things personal finance.
The Mastermind Within: Equal parts self improvement and personal finance blog. Follow Erik’s story as he navigates side hustles and a blossoming career!
Chad “Coach” Carson: One of the sharpest investors in real estate I know! He mixes his sweet Southern charm with stories of real estate investing and geo-arbitrage.
Millennial Boss: Hustla extraordinaire. She’s crushing side hustles and her career. Also happens to be my co-host on the Fire Drill Podcast! Catch us every Sunday and Wednesday on your favorite podcast platform.
Guy On Fire: A high income Millennial in DC who invests in real estate on the side. Definitely someone to follow for wisdom in all aspects of early retirement!
Military Dollar: Current active duty Air Force on the path to early retirement.
Our Next Life: Newly minted early retirees! They post thought provoking articles that address some of the deeper themes of the FIRE movement.
The Military Guide: Advice posted on getting the most value out of your military career from Doug Nordman, an early retiree for the last 20 years!
She Picks Up Pennies: Early retirement from a teacher’s (and new mom!) point of view. She lives in the Chicago area and gives great advice on everything!
Miss Mazuma: A passionate flight attendant on the path to early retirement. She overcame losing everything in 2008 and loves to travel.
Physician on Fire: A high income anesthesiologist on the path to early retirement. Excellent advice for high income earners! Plus, lives in Minnesota 🙂
Budget on a Stick: Awesome family oriented guy looking for financial independence. Part of the Minnesota FIRE group!
Apathy Ends: Great writing by a family guy with a career. I relate sooo much to his posts about his career. Also part of the Minnesota FIRE group (there’s so many and it’s awesome!).
Wealth Well Done: Truly inspiring story of getting out of prison and rebuilding his life. You need to read his story! (also part of the MN FIRE group. Join us!)
Financial Panther: Former highly compensated lawyer, now happily working a lower paying job like the rest of us. He has an excellent outlook on side hustles. Did I mention he’s also part of the MN Fire group?
Well, there you have it. A totally not complete and not exhaustive list of recommendations from me. If you didn’t make the list, please don’t feel bad. I’m already at 1300+ words and didn’t want to go completely crazy. If you’re not on the list, I still love you and think you’re doing great!
Please don’t feel obligated to sign up for these things or get things just because I recommend them. If you think they’ll add real value to your life, then do it! (and thank you for supporting the blog just by reading my posts!)