From Book Reviews, Cutting Cable to Electronics and Web Hosting
All Recommended by FTP
All of the recommended products, services and companies listed below I have used or am currently using. Some will save you money and some are just great products, either way I think they provide value and I personally recommend them.
Disclaimer: Some of the products listed below have affiliate links. However, you will never find a product on this page that i don’t personally use myself and highly recommend.
Save, Make or Manage Your Money Better
Totally crazy! EBATE’s provides cash back each time you shop at the stores you already shop at. Whether your shopping online or in stores (with mobile app) make money by buying the items your going to purchase anyways. Sign-up Here it’s Free.
Betterment provides a host of financial services including retirement planning and automated investing.
Credit Sesame will help you manage and monitor your credit, sign-up for free.
esurance provides auto insurance, check your rates at least once annually to see if you can save more on your premium, quotes are free.
Great Reads – Life & Personal Growth
Personal Finance isn’t just about money, it’s also about personal growth and self-empowerment. If you’re looking to change your perspective on life or maybe think differently about what you’re already doing, here are some great complimentary books to read.
10% Happier, by ABC news co-anchor Dan Harris
This book focuses on Dan’s career journey, and his path to understanding the power of meditation. A very well written, lighthearted and true story – an excellent read regardless of whether you believe in meditation, or not.
Emotional Agility, by Susan David, PhD
Explores the reasons we often get stuck in our own emotions and behaviors and provides valuable insight on how to get unstuck, and that change is best approached in small steps.
An excellent book on understanding why being vulnerable leads to self-empowerment. My favorite is her use of an excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech Citizen of the Republic – Man in the Arena.
The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss
This book will change the way you think about traditional work norms, delayed retirement…and life. A New York Times bestseller.
Great Reads – Personal Finance
I would love it if the only personal finance books you read are mine. But if not, then here are two great books for successful money management. I have read both and highly recommend them.
Total Money MakeOver, by Dave Ramsey
Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin
Cut Cable for Good
VUDU Online Rental
I have personally used the service for over 10 years. This service is not as well-known as Netflix, but they provide great movie and TV streaming content. If you’re looking to cut cable, VUDU is another option. There is no sign-up or monthly fee, you pay only when you rent. You can access their content from any device.
Sony Steaming Media Player
Another great product for cutting cable. This box is wireless and allows you to access VUDU, Netflix, Hulu and many more online streaming services. This is what I use to access my VUDU account via the Internet.
More Great Reads
When I find a great book I have to tell people about it!
My Two Elaines, by Martin Schreiber, former governor of Wisconsin.
If you or anyone you know is dealing with Alzheimer’s as a caregiver, this book is a must read.
Born A Crime, by Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show on Comedy Central.
Great story telling, perspective and insight into growing up with apartheid in South Africa.
Killing the Rising Sun, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
Regardless of what you think you know about the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan, this book provides new facts on what actually transpired before the days of the bombing. If you love history, this is a must read.
The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
A must read. This book will captivate you from the moment you start reading. It’s the true story of Jeanette Walls and her siblings growing up in a dysfunctional family environment with unconventional parents who believed in living a nomads lifestyle. Heart warming and heart breaking, but most importantly it shows how the bonds of a family can overcome even the most challenging situations. New York Times Bestseller, and soon to be movie.
Self Service Web Hosting
QTH.com Web Hosting
I use this service for multiple websites, great customer service and pricing. Packages start at $4.95 per month for 4 Sites.
Bluehost is one of the largest WordPress web hosting providers. They boast over 2 million hosting sites. Packages start at $2.75.
Software & Applications for Home Based Business
If you currently run your own business or are considering starting one, these are great tools for streamlining your processes. I have used all of these for over 15 years.
Am a big fan of this product. If you are looking at doing your own taxes, this application will work great. Simple to use and great customer service make doing your taxes a breeze.
Work group database software. Great for building customized small business applications. Easy to program but does require some understanding of databases.
Great for managing all aspects of a small business, from expenses, sales, payroll, you name it. You can purchase an online version or desktop version.
Electronics and Work from Home
I currently use all these products to author my books, produce video and manage this blog and other websites. If it’s one thing I have learned over the years, good equipment pays for itself over and over again.