This page contains my collection of recommended products and services. Nothing will ever show up on this page that I haven't personally used or experienced. Please note that some of the links are affiliate programs that I opted to join based on my personal endorsement of that particular product or service. You can read more about that on my disclaimer page.
I've also included a shout-out to a handful of bloggers that inspired me to get started with my own site. This is not meant to be a blogroll or all-inclusive list by any means. There are many fantastic bloggers out there who provide incredible insight, and I read and contribute to a lot of them. This is simply my way to thank those authors whose material I read consistently during my early personal finance blog exploration.
I use Bluehost as the domain hosting platform for my site, setting a website up with them is easy, cost effective and fairly painless. Take advantage of their current special rate by clicking on the banner.
I used LegalZoom to set up my blog professionaly by setting it up as an LLC entity. Their service was fantastic and worth the cost when you factor in the included tax and legal advice during the initial 30 day period.
I use Personal Capital's Free Net Worth Tracking Tool weekly to track my net worth and all my assets. I've bee using it for many years and love the convenience and mobile app.
I recommend LendEDU's free student loan interest rate comparison tool to refinance or consolidate student loan debt. If you still have student loan debt, you should spend the <5 minutes it takes to check out the rates. It could save you thousands of dollars, better used towards financial independence.
Mrs. Max and I drug our feet on drafting a Will to look after little Max and our assets for far too long. I'm glad we came across Willing, which is an online platform designed to simplify the process. Check out our experience with their service, and don't forget the promo code!
I use the Genesis Framework by StudioPress as the website building platform, along with one of their premium themes. It takes a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, it's a pretty flexible platform to build on.
I signed up for Michelle Schroeder's Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course as part of my continuing education curriculum. It taught me about how to generate affiliate income, and has been a good reference to help refine this blog.
If I could only recommend one book dealing with personal finance and financial independence, it would be JL Collins' The Simple Path to Wealth. It's a fantastic summary of all the principles, beliefs, and actions that financial freedom practitioners have applied in one way or another during the course of their life, including yours truly.
One of the first blogs on early retirement and frugal living, the Mr. Money Mustache blog was when I first realized that there were other like minded individuals out there.
I've been following Sam's blog Financial Samurai for a couple of years now, and really appreciate the in-depth posts he writes. He's got his stuff together, and has truly achieved financial independence.
Joe at Retire by 40 was able to step away from the hamster wheel before turning 40, and has been blogging about it ever since. He's got a real down to earth view point on early retirement.
Michelle at Making Sense of Cents is another amazing success story in the blog realm. If you're looking for some additional inspiration, her blog is worth a peek.