My 5 Favorite Places on the Internet

| January 22, 2012 | 10 Comments

Due to the nature of my career as well as my interest in learning about topics of interest to me, I spend a ton of time online. For those of you who perhaps don’t spend as much time online as I do or just haven’t found a lot of resources online in the topics that I touch on in this blog, I figured I would share where my favorite places on the internet related to my blog’s topics are and why. Here’s my current top 5 favorites:

5. MyTotalMoneyMakeOver.com

My Total Money Make Over is a subscription based site which currently costs $9.95 per month or $89.95 (Regularly $120.00) for a one year subscription. Here’s what it does for me, why I like it and why you may want to sign up too:

The Dave Ramsey Show Podcast

Daily, Commercial Free Podcasts of the Dave Ramsey Show

The Dave Ramsey Show is a daily, nationally syndicated radio talk show about “you”, the audience. Listeners call in and Dave takes your calls, listening to your story and responding with what he would do if he was in your situation. His advice is valuable because of his track record. Dave lived like everyone else in his 20′s, borrowing up to his eyeballs until his lenders called his notes, causing him to lose everything he had. He built his financial life back up from nothing after making a promise to himself and his family to never borrow money again. He’s since built a 300+ person company founded on the principle of “debt is dumb” and “cash is king” and helping people succeed financially.

His radio show is currently one of the Top 10 most-listened to radio shows in the country. It’s entertaining as well as motivating. It is a big part of why I changed my lifestyle and started paying attention to my finances. He motivated me to “Live like no one else, so that later I can live like no one else”, which is his slogan. This show rocks. And if you don’t want to sign up for this subscription, you can get the first hour of the show free, with commercials, on iTunes, everyday.

The MyTMMO Online Community

The Forums

I haven’t utilized this anywhere close to its potential, but MyTMMO.com has a large and very active online community. It’s sort of like the personal finance blogging community, only everyone is on the same page (Dave’s page). To be a Dave follower means you don’t like debt and are following the Total Money Make Over plan, which consists of these 7 Baby Steps. Many times when I have hard financial decisions to make, I post my question on there to find 10, 20 or even 30 responses within a few hours. Where else can you get advice from that many people who are thinking smart about this stuff?

My favorite blog, Zenhabits.

4. Zenhabits.net

Zenhabits is my favorite blog and the inspiration for Create My Independence. Leo, the blog’s author has a mindset that’s very similar to mine, in which he challenges the normal lifestyle and is on a path to improve the way he lives. Zenhabits covers a broad range of topics, including:

  • Simplifying your life
  • Getting organized
  • Becoming healthier
  • Being more productive
  • Becoming successful
  • Motivating you personally and professionally
  • Personal finance
  • and many more

If you haven’t checked this blog out, I strongly encourage you to take a look. Here’s a link to the getting started page. Another good page to skim over is the archives page, where you can find posts on topics that interest you. If you find that you love this blog too, tell me about it in the comments below. I’d love to discuss.

Where I manage my finances, Mint.com

3. Mint.com

I’ve discussed before how I use Mint.com to Organize my Financial Life. I don’t just take a look at it once in a while, I log in multiple times every day to enter my cash transactions and assign unrecognized transactions to their appropriate category. I believe that if you’re going to track your finances, you may as well do it right. And with Mint.com, that requires being very involved and spending 5-10 minutes each day looking things over online. If you haven’t yet heard of Mint.com and what it can do for you, I encourage you to check it out.

2. YoungCheapLiving.com

Of course, my new blog is one of my favorite places on the internet. It’s only existed for 49 days, but I think I’m on a role. It isn’t getting any organic search engine traffic yet, so that’s what I’m working on right now. I’m actually surprised at how much time it takes to get a blog up and running. The writing is very time consuming and so is just making sure you’re getting found on search engines, staying informed on what’s going on in the category, networking with other bloggers in the niche and everything else that’s involved in the process. I’m still very new to it all. Yesterday, I started a Twitter account. I’m still not sure how to use it, but I’m trying to figure that out as well. At least this stuff keeps me busy on something that I like doing. So what’s the downside if it’s a complete flop? If you like my new blog even half as much as I do, please subscribe to it via email or RSS, bookmark it and/or follow me on Twitter @yngcheapliving.

1. Personal Finance Blogs

I  love reading other personal finance blogs on the internet. My single favorite blog is above (www.zenhabits.net), but if I lump all of my favorite personal finance blogs together, they become my favorite “group of sites, or community”, online. Instead of listing them out here at the end of this already intense post, I’ll dedicate one of my next posts to my favorite personal finance blogs and list them out for you in a little more detail. In the meantime, if you have any favorites that you want to make sure I know about, send them my way and I’ll check them out.

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  1. Mary says:

    I’m a fellow TMMO’er (but found your blog from a comment you left on GetRichSlowly today). I agree that TMMO is the best financial site on the Internet right now and (like you) I love them all and spend way too much time visiting them all. I have a financial blog on my website too (there’s a blog tab at the top) and I’d love for you to visit sometime.

  2. I love Zenhabits. New to your blog, but I definitely spend a lot of time on PF blogs in general. My neighbors are attending the Financial Peace University class, and they are really loving it and insisting that my BF and I attend as well. I just don’t want to part with the $…maybe it’s worth it but $100 could go toward paying off debt right now! I’m trying to keep my gazelle intensity :)

    • Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog. I haven’t gone through Financial Peace University personally either. My sister and brother in law have though and it changed them big time. I also bought it as a gift for my co-worker earlier this year. I haven’t heard about the outcome out that yet. Great work if your gazelle intense! Keep it up and you will be in great shape!

  3. JD says:

    I just found your site today and am glad I did. I just want to share that I too enjoy TMMO and also read Money Saving Mom and a couple others on a daily basis. I am always open to figuring out new ways to save, organize and reach our goals.

    • I’m glad you found my site too. I’m actually just getting ready to turn on the TMMO show podcast while I cook dinner. Way to go on always striving to do more financially. Hope you will stop back again soon!

  4. I agree with you–some of my favorite places to visit on the internet are other personal finance blogs. I’ve never visited the TMMO forums; maybe I should. But when I could, I would listen to DR’s podcasts. I loved them!

    I also like to take a break and visit some other types of sites. PF is great but it’s nice to see what else is out there!

    • Thanks for the comment. The TMMO forums are pretty awesome if you want great advice to any personal finance question. I also agree that at times, you need to go outside the PF community and read on other things that interest you. I do that a lot!

  5. Daisy says:

    I’ve actually never visited the first site, so I’m excited to read through the premise and see if it’s something I want to do! I’m with Jana – I’m all about other sites as well. I read quite a few mommy blogs, which is odd since I don’t have kids but still. They’re fun!

    • If it’s the My Total Money Makeover site that you’re referring to, I’d suggestion taking the free trial for a test drive. If you’re into Dave Ramsey and his personal finance strategy, you will like the resources there and the awesome support community.

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