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Dinkytown.com provides calculators for everything from estimating your taxes to seeing how long it will take to pay off your credit cards.

SavingForCollege.com As the name suggests, if you are trying to figure out how best to help fund your children’s education, this is the website for you.

Vanguard.com, Fidelity.com & Schwab.com are three large, established discount brokerage houses.

Napfa.org and GarrettPlanningNetwork.com can help in finding fee-based financial advisors.

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RECOMMENDED BOOKS

General Personal Finance

Your Money or Your Life – by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Rubin. Have you ever found yourself asking, “Is this all there is?” If so, this book is for you. Your Money or Your Life is the seminal book on how to think about the trade-off between earning money and having time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Pay It Down! – by Jean Chatzky. No nonsense advice from a personal finance veteran on how to dig yourself out of debt. If you are struggling under the burden of credit card or other debt, this gem of a book will show you how – on as little as $10 a day – you truly can “pay it down.”

The Total Money Makeover – by Dave Ramsey. Straight-talking advice from the famed money coach and radio host. Dave takes a no holds barred approach to explaining how to have a balanced relationship with your money.

Investing

The Random Walk Guide to Investing – by Burton G. Malkiel. Legendary Princeton professor Burton Malkiel boils down years of academic research into a highly readable primer on the basics of investing. If you read just one book on investing, let this be it!

Stocks for the Long Run – by Jeremy J. Siegel. Highly lauded Wharton professor Jeremy Siegel explains in this classic work why stocks really are the best place to invest if your time horizon is longer than five or ten years. If the thought of investing in stocks gives you the willies, this book is the antidote.

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing – by John Bogle. Vanguard founder and highly acclaimed industry statesman John Bogle points out that when it comes to investing, common sense isn’t so common. If you are interested in why index funds are so powerful, this book is for you.

Day Trade Review – Day Trade Review is a great website for finding reviews of financial services. There are so many different services out there right now and it can be difficult to understand which ones are legit and which ones just make bold promises. Day Trade Review has a team of professional traders who will do thorough reviews. If you’re thinking of signing up for a service, make sure to check this site first to see the reviews.

The Sociology of Money

Green with Envy – by Shira Boss. Journalist Shira Boss takes the reader inside the “last taboo” and lays bare the relationship that real people, from a variety of backgrounds, have with their money. After reading this eye-opening book you will understand that more often than not when it comes money and possessions, “things are not what they seem.”

The Overspent American – by Juliet B. Schor. Harvard Professor Juliet Schor applies a scholar’s eye to the topic of excessive consumption. In this thoroughly researched work Schor explains both how and why Americans have ended up in a never-ending spiral of consumerism run amuck.

The Millionaire Next Door – by Thomas J. Stanley & William Danko. Think the average millionaire wears custom made suits and drives the latest model sports car? Think again. Stanley & Danko blow the lid off commonly held misperceptions about the wealthy with this bestselling book.

Career Advice

Getting from College to Career – by Lindsey Pollak. This gem of a book is chock full of actionable, practical, realistic advice… and not just for those right out of school. Even the “not-so-recent” grad can benefit from tips such as #15 (Shine Online), #76 (Think “And,” Not “Or”), and our personal favorite, #68 (Follow Every Rainbow). A whip smart Yalie who has herself done a bang up job of getting from college to career, Lindsey Pollak is a woman to be listened to! We only wish this delightful book had been around when we were graduating from college ;

The Anti 9-to-5 Guide – by Michelle Goodman. If you’ve ever longed for the wide open spaces of a self-directed career, this delightful book is for you. Whether you want to pursue a hobby/project on the side or do a complete career 180, Michelle Goodman’s book will give you the roadmap. It’s chocked full of powerful advice on the range of questions that inevitably pop up on a such a journey (What do I really want to do with my career? How do I prepare financially for a transition? Where do I get started???). If you’ve got the urge to “flee the cube,” this book will lead you out into the light.

Making Work Work – by Julie Morgenstern. So you like your job, but you want to be more productive…or get more confidence…or move up the ladder, you get the point. Written by a woman who knows how to get even the most chaotic person organized, this book will help you take your work to the next level with sensible, clear-cut strategies.

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