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Articles and Educational Tools
Money Management & Spending
- Mind Over Money module on Spending and Saving (Mind Over Money)
- The Ultimate Guide to Budgeting (MoneyGeek)
- Mobile budgeting app suggestions to look into (Mint, YNAB, CoPilot)
- Some of the best Excel/Google Sheets spreadsheets for money management (The Balance)
- How to Manage Your Money (Clever Girl Finance)
- Personal finance/budgeting guide (Reddit: r/personalfinance)
- First steps on prioritizing spending, developing a plan, budgeting, and more (The Balance: Move Your Money Forward)
Saving Strategies & Goals
- Where to keep your savings (The Balance)
- SFCU student benefits (Stanford Federal Credit Union)
- High-Yield Savings vs. Money Market Accounts (SmartAsset and Yahoo Finance)
- Best High-Yield Savings Accounts (Investopedia, The College Investor, SmartAsset)
- Best Money Market Accounts (Investopedia, The College Investor, The Motley Fool)
- Building an emergency fund (CFPB)
- Debt-repayment strategies and payoff calculator (Nerd Wallet)
- View your student loan information + debt-repayment plans (U.S. Federal Student Aid)
- Guide to Paying Down Student Loan Debt (MoneyGeek)
- Student Loan Forgiveness, Cancellation, Discharge and Repayment Plans (MoneyGeek)
- Mind Over Money module on Investing (Mind Over Money)
- Start Saving and Investing (MoneyGeek)
- Investing for Beginners (Clever Girl Finance)
- Saving and Investing for Students (SEC.gov)
- Where to invest (Find a brokerage) (Investopedia)
- Tips for Successful Retirement Investing (Investopedia)
- Order of Operations for Saving for Retirement (The College Investor)
- Roth IRA (Investopedia)
- ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds) (Nerd Wallet)
- Guide to Low-Cost Index Funds (US News)
- How to Diversify with Index Funds (Investopedia)
- Prioritizing Investments (Bogleheads)
- 529 Education Savings Plan Overview (Investopedia)
- Money Market Funds vs. Money Market Accounts vs. Savings Accounts (Investopedia)
- Mind Over Money module on Taxes (Mind Over Money)
- IRS Tax Information for Students (IRS.gov)
- TaxFellows accessible tax services for Stanford students (TaxFellows.org)
- Car-buying guide (Investopedia)
- Leasing vs. buying a new car (Consumer Reports)
- Buy vs. lease calculator (Money Under 30)
- Uber vs. owning a car (The College Investor)
- Real-estate investing guide (Investopedia)
- Another real-estate investing guide (Clever Girl Finance)
- First-time home buyer guide (Nerd Wallet)
Personal Finance for Couples
- Best ways for couples to manage finances (The Wall Street Journal)
- Financial Playbook for Married Couples (MoneyGeek)
- Marriage and Student Loan Debt (Federal Student Aid)
LGBTQ+ Personal Finance
- Guide to Finance for LGBTQ+ Americans (Investopedia)
- Financial Factors Impacting the LGBTQ+ Community (MoneyGeek)
- Health and Health Insurance for LGBTQ+ People (Investopedia)
- LGBTQ+ Healthcare Directory (GLMA Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality)
- Transgender health care coverage (HealthCare.gov)
- Research on money management in same-sex relationships (The Journal of Socio-Economics; Stanford sign-in through Science Direct)
Military-Affiliated Personal Finance
- US Office of Financial Readiness
- Military OneSource Personal Finance (US Department of Defense)
- The Essential Guide to Personal Financial Support for Veterans (MoneyGeek)
- Military Financial Guide to Transitioning to Civilian Life (MoneyGeek)
- Military Family Guide to Personal Finance (MoneyGeek)
- What to Do With a Large Inheritance (Investopedia)
Online courses and content
Free education, resources, and tools to learn about investing, from investing on your own vs. with a financial professional, understanding interest and fees, as well as protecting yourself from fraud.
Morningstar Investing Classroom
Less visual, but free and in-depth courses on topics like funds, portfolio, stocks, bonds, ETFs, and more. Start with the "Mutual Funds Basics" course.
Ray Dalio: "How the Economic Machine Works" (YouTube Video)
Created by Ray Dalio this simple but not simplistic and easy to follow 30-minute, animated video answers the question, "How does the economy really work?" Based on Dalio's practical template for understanding the economy, which he developed over the course of his career, the video breaks down economic concepts like credit, deficits and interest rates, allowing viewers to learn the basic driving forces behind the economy, how economic policies work and why economic cycles occur.
by George S. Clason
Written in the 1920s, packed with insight in the form of Babylonian parables to emphasize the timeless principles around thrift, financial planning, and personal wealth. In simple language, these fascinating and informative stories set you on a sure path to prosperity and its accompanying joys. A short, enjoyable read to help understand the wisdom of acquiring money, keeping money, and making money earn more money.
by Ramit Sethi
Written by a Stanford Alum and one of the most popular knowledge influencers in personal finance, this book offers actionable advice on personal finance with a more modern approach that is meant to be applied over the span of 6 weeks. Don't let the name of the book turn you away, as the book is more about living a rich life versus trying to get rich. The advice is easy to understand and practical when it comes to spending, saving, paying off debt, building and managing credit, and other topics to improve your financial life.
by Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer and Michael LeBoeuf
A DIY handbook that espouses the sage investment wisdom of John C. Bogle, founder of Vanguard and pioneer of the index fund. Investing can be simple, but it’s certainly not simplistic. This book can help you choose a sound financial lifestyle and diversify your portfolio, start early, invest regularly, and know what you’re buying, preserve your buying power, keeping costs and taxes low, and throw out the "good" advice promoted by Wall Street that leads to investment failure.
by Beth Kobliner
From tackling taxes to boosting credit scores, Get a Financial Life can show those just starting out how to decrease their debt, avoid common money mistakes, and navigate the world of personal finance in today’s ever-changing landscape.
by Bola Sokunbi
An accessible personal finance book written specifically for women. This first book in the Clever Girl Finance series will help you save, budget, invest and manage your finances so you can build real wealth, enhance your financial well-being and achieve financial wellness, and learn from stories of everyday women who have achieved financial independence.
At the Smart Money podcast, NerdWallet's in-house writers answer your real-world money questions. Our Nerds are your guides so you can get smart about personal finance, then get back to doing you.
The College Investor podcast is a daily audio show that's dedicated to bringing you the best of TheCollegeInvestor.com. We discuss a variety of topics, all relating to millennial money.
With over 20 years of experience, Quint Tatro and Daniel Czulno have a passion for helping folks who desire to go it alone in the world of personal finance and investing. Whether you're looking to start a simple budget and get out of debt or you're developing a full blown financial and retirement plan, DIY Money is for those who want to drive the ship towards their retirement future.
Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best-known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.
The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening.
Your Money Briefing is your personal-finance and career checklist, with the news that affects your money and what you do with it. From spending and saving to investing and taxes, the Wall Street Journal’s finance reporters and experts break down complicated money questions every weekday to help you make better decisions about managing your money.
Take control of your life and money once and for all. The Ramsey Show offers up straight talk from Dave Ramsey and his team of co-hosts. Millions listen in as callers from all walks of life learn how to get out of debt and start building for the future
Personal finance with a rainbow twist. Queer Money is dedicated to the intersection of personal finance and being LGBTQ. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer, we all have money needs.
In search of less stress and more balance? ZenFounder podcast hosts Sherry Walling, a clinical psychologist, and her husband Rob Walling decode the psychological challenges of entrepreneurship, such as coping with stress and loneliness and staying motivated through rough patches.
Business strategist and coach Natalie Eckdahl hosts the weekly BizChix podcast focused on helping women entrepreneurs grow their business. Eckdahl interviews other female entrepreneurs on topics ranging from financial management, such as hiring a bookkeeper or CFO, to content marketing and social media to work-life balance.