The Best of My Financial Reviews – 2012 Edition

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As I’m working on some posts for next week (including our financial goals for 2013) and beyond, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for a wonderful year. I started My Financial Reviews almost a year ago.

My goal with this site is to help MFR readers gain control of their finances by reviewing various financial resources that fit their particular needs. I do this by reviewing books, financial services, products, and companies.

my financial reviews

The idea for this blog started over at my other site at Couple Money. Over there I write about how couples can build their finances together by living on one income and achieving their dreams with the second.

One aspect I enjoy about blogging is helping others discover personal finance books and services that could help them, but if I accepted every review off Couple Money would lose its focus. To maintain the same continuity as Couple Money I transferred over older review posts and included their original dates.

I decided to go and start My Financial Reviews as a way to make it easier for readers to find information they can use. It also allows me to write reviews to help others build their net worth while maintaining Couple Money’s own objectives.

My Favorite Posts of 2012

As I look back at 2012, I want to share a few of my favorite posts on MFR with you for those new subscribers that may have missed them.

  • 3 Personal Finance Books to Build Your Net Worth – Don’t feel like you have to read every personal finance books to get a handle on your money. If you read these 3 you’ll be set. Ok, you’ll be 80% done with your finances 🙂
  • Why We Love ING Direct (and How It Earns Us More Money) – We’ve used ING Direct for several years and have been happy customers. When a bank looks for a win-win situation versus just sending you fees, it’s a beautiful thing.
  • Our Debt Reduction Strategy – We’ve paid off credit card debt, a car loan, and we’re working on the student loan. I share some things that have helped us.
  • Watching Our Money with Mint – One of the easiest tools that we use is also free- Mint helps us track our spending and sends us emails when we’re going over our budget.
  • How Much is Home Ownership Costing Us? – Depending on your circumstances, home ownership can be a great deal or it can be a money pit. I wanted to give some of the expenses we’re experiencing with having a mortgage.
  • Finding a Reliable Used Car in Our Budget -When we were looking for a new car, we used Consumer Reports’ list to narrow down our search.
  • Driving Smarter and Going with Cash in May – In May I looked for ways to cut back on two of my expenses – eating out and gasoline for the car. I ran a Fuel Challenge which was a lot of fun.
  • Using Fuelly to Track Our Gas Mileage – Another handy and free tool that I’ve used this past year was Fuelly. It allows you to submit your gas receipt data and runs the numbers for you so you can track your gas mileage, prices, and cost per mile driven.
  • The $100 StartUp – Can You Do It? – If you’re looking for a get rich quick solution, this is not the book for you. It’s about finding a passion that fills a specific need for potential customers.

Thank you again for a fantastic year! I’m really looking forward to building this site up for you so you can have an online resource for financial tips and services.


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