Online Learning & Reading
- Optimize. I only learned about this site earlier this year, but I have been devouring the video content. It has everything from short, actionable advice, book summaries, to longer classes. If you enjoy Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Cal Newport, Ryan Holiday, David Allen, and Malcolm Gladwell, you will love this.
- +1 is where you will find over 800 bite-size videos that focus on a single actionable step you can take to “plus one” your life
- Philosophers Notes has over 545 videos. Each one extracts the most impactful ideas from personal growth books.
- 101 is full of longer class-style videos that do a deep-dive on a variety of self-improvement topics.
- CreativeLive. Despite a heavy focus on content for photographers and other creatives, there is a great Money & Life section here that has classes on entrepreneurship, health, travel, money, time management, and other self-improvement topics. They stream selected content free 24/7, but you can also buy the classes to download and watch whenever you want. I’ve been a member since 2012 and own several classes. Kelly Starrett will teach you to maintain your body, Chris Guillebeau will teach you travel hacking, Ramit Sethi and David Bach will teach you personal finance. There are hundreds of great classes here. Also, iOS users get a free lesson every day for free!
- Libby. Yes, Audible is great, but don’t forget about your local public libraries. Libby gives you access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks completely free. All you need is a library card.
- Mint and Personal Capital. While similar, they each have different strengths that complement each other.
- I have been using Mint.com for over 10 years to track my spending and net worth.
- A year or two ago I added a Personal Capital account because I had heard good things about its investment tracking. Those things were true, but the feature I have fallen in love with is the Retirement Planner. This feature lets you create different savings/spending scenarios for tracking and comparison.
- Lively. I mentioned before in the HSA post that I use Lively as my HSA provider. It is completely free for individuals and families, even for the investment account. It has a clean, simple UI and is easy to use.
- Betterment. I am a lazy investor, and like to keep things simple. Betterment lets me choose my risk level and takes it all from there. It even handles tax loss harvesting to reduce tax exposure.
- Ally. All of my checking is done here. Online, free, and simple. You can deposit checks through the app, and $10 of ATM fees are reimbursed each month. If you need a brick and mortar bank, you will want to look elsewhere. There are no physical locations, so if you need to deposit cash, you are out of luck.