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Personal Financial Education

The number 1 tip I can give, is to get serious about your finances.  What this means is pay attention to your income, expenses, and net worth.  Track these things over time and practice financial mindfulness.  Absorb content related to personal finance.  Increase your knowledge, so your finances start to work for you, rather than holding you back from the life you want to live. There are many resources available to help increase your personal financial knowledge base.  Some that I follow, and would recommend to you, are linked and described below

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Podcasts ​​

  • I drive a lot, and so I have a lot of time to listen to podcasts.  The following are some of my favorites; follow the links below for the associated websites, and/or subscribe using your podcast player of choice:

    • Choose FI - this show and the associated website covers the range of personal finance topics.  If you only have time to follow up on one resource, I would recommend this one; the extensive website is full of helpful personal finance resources.  If you're wondering where to start with the podcase, I recommend Episode 100 titled Welcome to the FI Community.

    • The Bigger Pockets Money Podcast - this is the first personal finance show I started listening to, and still a favorite of mine.  They cover a wide range of personal finance topics, with a real estate investment bent, and have "Finance Friday" episodes where they work through listeners' financial situation and offer suggestions.

    • The Money With Katie Show - as a Millennial myself, I appreciate Katie's Millennial perspective on things, and her episodes always seem very well researched and put together.

    • I Will Teach You To Be Rich - on this show, Ramit Sethi, author of the book I Will Teach You To Be Rich, talks with couples and delves into the psychology behind the callers' money views and habits, which I find to be very interesting.

Social Media

  • Instagram is my social media of choice, and the following are some of the pages I follow and recommend.  I've gotten lots of good tips and useful information in my feed from these and other pages.  If you aren't on Instagram, seek out personal finance content on your platform of choice - it's a low-effort way to soak in new ideas and expand your knowledge base.

    • PersonalFinanceClub - this is by far my favorite personal finance education page on Instagram, with an eye catching style and well rounded information, and he has a very informative website as well. 

    • BlackWomxnAreWealthy - lots of great content for building generational wealth and more

    • InspiredBudget - helpful content about budgeting

    • DebtFreeGonnaBe - lots of great content focused on student loans and debt paydown.

    • MoneyWithKatie - nicely laid out content  by Katie of the Money With Katie podcast recommendation above

Books

  • Whether you are reading a book yourself or listening to an audiobook, this is probably the most classic way to gain knowledge on any topic.  Here are some favorites of mine:

    • The Simple Path to Wealth, by J.L. Collins​ - this book pretty much defines my investing philosophy, and explains how simple investing can actually be

    • Profit First, by Mike Michalowicz - great money management concepts for business owners

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