Welcome to my recommended resources page! Recommendations on this page are for tools, resources and services that I like and trust. If you are looking to save money, invest or track your money, or maybe even some tools and ideas to start your own blog you’re in the right place! I update this page every time I come across new, useful or interesting products, each time with new ways to make extra money online.
Disclosure: Some of the links found below are affiliate links. I may earn a small commission if you decide to click on these products – at no additional costs to you. I would never recommend something I don’t personally use.
Finance Management and Tracking
Mint — If tracking your money is something new, Mint is a great place to start. It’s a free online personal finance service which automates all your accounts. It is really useful when it comes to budgeting and tracking net worth, spending patterns, investments and more. It also features a very user-friendly iOS and Android App.
Tangerine – Big Cash Back, No Annual Fee. As a true online banking service, Tangerine offers everything you need in a bank, and does so at a low price. If you are looking for the best rates and free accounts, I think Tangerine is the best choice! They even offer a $100 sign up bonus. The downside? It’s only available in Canada!
Credit Sesame – This is a simple service which allows you to track your credit score without having to pay anything. They offer a 90 second sign up without a credit card, and it’s a true FREE service. You even get a $50,000 of free credit fraud protection when you create a profile (which I think is awesome).
Investing and Automation
Wealthsimple – Wealthsimple is a robo-investment service for Canadians (and Americans also since 2017!) that invests your money in low cost index funds. Sign-up process is really smooth (check out my Wealthsimple review here)! The first $5,000 are managed for free, yet it goes up to $10,000 when you sign-up with my link.
Mylo – This is a completely free, automated way to achieve your financial goals (only available in Canada). Simply list your cards from any bank with an easy three minute signup process. Mylo will then automatically rounds up everyday purchases and invest the spare change in a personally tailored diversified portfolio of ETFs!
Student Loan Refinancing
LendEDU – LendEDU is a completely free service. You just have to answer 10 questions and it takes only a few minutes to find your best student loan refinancing rates, all from multiple companies at once. What’s also fantastic is that this will not impact your credit score at all, as they’re not using a hard credit pull.
Bluehost – This is definitely the best place to start for new bloggers. The price is really cheap, their uptime is great. You also get the domain name free with any of their hosting packages. If you haven’t done it already, take the chance to start a website now and check out my complete guide on how to start a blog on Bluehost!
X-Theme – X-theme is a premium theme for WordPress, which offers multiple unique designs, plenty of extensions and close to unlimited customizations. It comes with 4 primary templates (stacks). It’s highly-flexible and bundled with multiple plugins and extensions, and it’s also one of the all-time top selling WordPress themes.
Genesis – Genesis is also a premium theme for WordPress. It’s made by StudioPress and there are hundreds of theme stores out there with custom Genesis child themes. Definitely one of the themes I’d recommend along with X-Theme which I’m using on this website!
MaxCDN – MaxCDN is one of the top WordPress CDN provider. It’s a large distributed system of highly-optimized servers deployed across the globe serving content to end-users with high availability. CDN solutions are designed for performance and are typically used for images, CSS and JS files if you want to improve their performance.
Social Warfare – Social Warfare is one of the best social sharing plugin for WordPress. I tried many different social plugins before using this one here, but this one features everything you would expect from a nice and clean social plugin! It features visually stunning social share buttons, click-to-tweet functionality and it is fully responsive.
PicMonkey – PicMonkey is a free online photo editor which I use to edit all of my photos on this website. It is a *must have* if you want to improve your photos in a simple and convenient way! Adding images to my blog posts isn’t my favorite task, but PicMonkey makes this process so much more simple.
ConvertKit – ConvertKit is simply the best email platform for bloggers and anyone who runs a content based online business. Matched against email service providers like Aweber or Mailchimp, I don’t think there’s much doubt that ConvertKit is better. What makes it stand out is its polished UI design and its easy to use automation rules.
BoardBooster – BoardBooster is a powerful tool to optimize, automate and grow your Pinterest traffic. Compared to its main competitor Tailwind, BoardBooster is free to try, then $5 a month (which is well worth it considering how it brings you more page views than any other method!).
Amazon – Finance For Geek is a proud member of the Amazon Affiliate Program. Every time a reader clicks an Amazon Portal link and purchases something, I might get a commission based on the item purchased. This doesn’t come from you – the commission comes from Amazon. It’s the perfect way to support this website!
Drop – This is an awesome app, aimed at millennials which helps users collect points they can then put towards claiming gift cards from retailers. It is totally FREE and you just have to link your cards (debit or credit) and everything else is automated! All the rewards come to you immediately and you don’t have to do anything.
Ebates – This is a rewards website much like SwagBucks, but unlike SB, it only focuses on online shopping. It allows its members to earn up to 25% cash back on their online purchases from more than 1,200 online stores without asking them to redeem their points, mail in forms, or pay any fee for joining as a member!
What about you? What’s your most favorite resource?