I Know What You’re Thinking…Nice Hair!
Greetings to any visitors making their way here from the Journey to Launch website. Last month, Jamila and I spoke for 45 minutes about some of my favorite topics: 457 plans, hardcore savings, frugal living and wealth building in general. All in all, I think the podcast turned out great. Jamila did a great job keeping me on message. (You might have noticed that I have a tendency to ramble during my podcast interviews. I’m working on it.)
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Good luck to you wherever you are on your path to financial independence. Please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.
Yours in FIRE’d frugality,
|Useful Resources: Companies and Services that We Actually Use.
|Investing: The majority (90%+) of our money is invested at Vanguard. If you know of a better low-cost option, please let me know. Why Vanguard?
|Net Worth Tracking: We use Personal Capital to track our various accounts. Personal Capital is an great way to aggregate all of your financial accounts at one easy-to-use website. (If you have less than $100k in assets, please register with this link.)
|Banking: We have used USAA for our checking and savings accounts since 1997. We also have checking and savings accounts at three credit unions: Alliant, Elements Financial, and Navy Federal. Finally, we have an online checking account with Simple.
|Health Savings Account: We use Elements Financial to access commission-free, low-cost
|Vanguard ETFs at TD Ameritrade.
|Phone Options: My wife loves her $10 a month plan at Republic Wireless (new plans now start at $15 a month). I had the same plan and liked it too, but unfortunately I broke my phone in Mexico. I currently use a WiFi-enabled phone at a cost of $0 a month thanks to three Google apps: Voice, Hangouts, and Hangouts Dialer. We also have a Skype subscription with its own number for unlimited U.S. calls ($80 a year).
|Travel Rewards: If you'd like to learn how to get "free" flights and hotel rooms, take the free course at Travel Miles 101. When we slow travel, we use Airbnb to find low-cost, month-long rentals. Whenever possible, we try to use Uber instead of taxis.
|Credit Score/Report: Here are some websites with free services to verify your credit history: Credit Cards / Credit Sesame / Credit Karma / Annual Credit Report
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