Personal Finance Tools

Vertex42 Debt Reduction Calculator for Excel, OpenOffice, and Google Sheets. The free version works great if you have 10 or less debts to list.

What’s the Cost online calculator to help you figure out what method – snowball or avalanche – will get you out of debt faster.

Blogging Resources

Bluehost is a great place to host your WordPress site. I’ve been with them for 10 years +. Don’t want a shared server? Ask them about their Dedicated or Cloud hosting options.

Need a theme? Check out the line of StudioPress Premium WordPress Themes.

Want to learn how to make money with your blog? Check out the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing School. It really is a well-designed course with a great private Facebook group for support.

Would you guess that I use a cheap laptop for blogging? I do. My Samsung Chromebook has been my awesome side kick for a few years now (and I was a former Mac user). I recommend going with 4GB or more if you stream videos or have lots of window tabs open like I do.

Picmonkey – an online editor – is a low-cost way to make great Pinterest and blog graphics for your site.

Favorite Personal Finance Books

The Millionaire Next Door – I love stats, so this book is on the top of my list. Written by Thomas J. Stanley and William Danko, the book shows that the wealthy lead more of a stealth wealth lifestyle and not the glitz & glamour one might expect.

The Total Money Makeover is the perfect book if you need an easy system to follow for getting out of debt and onto the road of financial freedom. Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby steps to Financial Freedom have shown success time and time again.

I’ve always enjoyed David Bach’s books on personal finance. Smart Women Finish Rich is no exception. The book offers women (and men) the 9-step program for getting one’s finances in tip top shape.

Want a good read about making ends meet? Check out Carol’s book, In The Trenches: Financial Survival During Times of Hardship. It’ll make you realize you might not have it as bad as you think or you’ll be able to commiserate with Carol’s stories in making ends meet. (If latter is the case, please ask the library to carry this book for check out).

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