The Best List: 17 tools to improve your financial life

What’s in your “financial toolbox?” Building net worth is a lot easier when you have the right tools in place to help you make more money and spend less money every month.

I put together this list of the products and services that I personally use to manage my finances  — many are free!

Referral links are how this blog makes money, so I’ve included a few of them below. Let me know if there’s something you think I should try out and add to my list…

Budgeting and Investing 

  • Google Sheets: I use the free budgeting template that’s included with Google Sheets to manage my money and track expenses on the go with the app. (Read my review)
  • Personal Capital: Free tool lets you enter your target retirement age and see if you have enough money to support your goals.

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  • Discover Bank: This is my favorite online checking account! Features include 1% cash back on debit card purchases, no monthly fees and access to over 60,000 surcharge-free ATMs.
  • CIT Bank: My online savings account has a 2.10% interest rate with a $100 monthly deposit. (Read more here)

RELATED: How I’m using 5 bank accounts to save more money 

Credit cards 

RELATED: Best credit cards: My strategy to earn the most cash back

Cash back websites and apps 

  • Ibotta: Download this app to earn the most cash back for your grocery purchases. I’ve made more than $2,000 in four years. Get started with a $10 welcome bonus.
  • Fetch Rewards: Use this grocery rebate app along with Ibotta to maximize your rewards! (Read my review)
  • TopCashback: If you do a lot of online shopping, start with TopCashback to earn cash back from your favorite retailers. I prefer this website over Ebates.

Make more money 

RELATED: 5 easy ways to work from home and make extra money online

Lower your monthly bills

  • Xfinity Mobile: Available to Xfinity internet customers only, this cell phone service runs on Verizon’s network and has lowered my bill to $12/month before taxes and fees. (Read my review)
  • Sling TV: Ditch cable TV and start streaming CNN, ESPN, HGTV and more with Sling TV for as low as $25/month. (Read my Sling TV and Philo comparison)
  • Hulu with Live TV: This is the best overall live TV streaming service. It has a great channel lineup, cloud DVR and includes access to Hulu’s entire streaming library for $44.99/month.
  • Trim: This bill-cutting tool gets me refunds for cable and internet service interruptions. (Read my review)

RELATED: 9 ways to lower your bills and save money every month

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  1. aka Nicole April 2, 2019
    • Michael Timmermann April 2, 2019

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