Below is a list of products and services that I use on a daily basis and highly recommend. Some of these products are free, others are not.
The links below are referral links. If you click one, and then immediately create an account for that product/service, then we both receive some type of reward.
- Robinhood - Fantastic app and completely free ($0 trading fees). Simple and fun way to get your feet wet buying & selling stocks
- If you sign up using the above link, we each get one free share of a stock picked at random. No requirements on adding funds to your account or anything; literally, free money
- Coinbase - Bitcoin wallet and online marketplace
- Sign up using the link above and purchase $100 worth of Bitcoin and we both receive a $10 bonus
- Digit - Digit uses machine learning to study your spending habits, then incrementally transfers small amounts of money into a savings account at times where it knows you won't notice
- It's like that old "Keep the change" program that most banks had, except way better,
- Acorns - Exactly the same as that old "Keep the change" program, except it puts the change into an investment account instead of a savings account
- Simple - Easy online banking
- Billshark - Upload your bills and their team negotiates a better rate on your behalf. They keep a portion of what you save
- I saved $72 ($120 - 40% commission) simply by uploading a PDF of my Comcast bill
- Chime - An online bank, kind of a combination of Simple & Digit
- Wealthfront - Investment management
- Amex Platinum Card - Best credit card out there
- Project Fi - Best service on this list. Ditch the whole Verizon/AT&T/Sprint nonsense and make Google your wireless provider. Great coverage, no long-term contract, and super cheap
- Manage your entire wireless service through a simple app
- My cell phone bill is now ~$40 a month
- Requires a Google phone (Nexus or Pixel)
If you're one of those people who have only had iPhones for the past decade, then you likely have an outdated opinion of Android. You should give the Google Pixel phone an honest look; Android isn't the same complicated, ugly, & bloated system that it used to be.
- Exist - Really cool. Aggregates all your personal data and identifies coreelations between behavior patterns and mood. In other words, it helps you discover what activities & behaviors ultimately bring you the most happiness
- RescueTime - Tracks time spent in various applications (computer & phone) to give you insights into what makes you productive versus what commonly distracted. Works great with Exist
- Fitbit - Activity tracker that you've probably heard of by now
- New Vision Nutrition - Healthy pre-made meal plans delivered to your door
- Digital Ocean - Simplified cloud hosting
- Heap - Best web analytics platform I've ever used
- GitHub - Simplified code hosting & collaboration
- Google Authenticator - Simple Two-Factor Authentication app that works with almost everything
- Replaces all those annoying text messages. Side note: two-factor auth is important
- Keybase - A social network, messaging system, and file sharing service, all based on cryptography
- Super simplified; great intro into the crypto world for those who know nothing about it (like me)
- Google Opinion Rewards - Quick 3-question surveys to earn free Google Play credits
- I generate enough Google play credits through this app to earn ~1 free movie rental per week. Android only
- Hired - Effective recruiting platform
- Honey - Chrome extension that automatically applies discount codes on the checkout screen for major online retailers
- Gusto - Easy-to-use payroll/benefits management system
- Kite - Smart copilot for programmers
- Uber - On-demand transportation.
- Lyft - Same as Uber.
- Tripcase - Easy travel planning.
- You can forward any hotel/flight/train confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and it generates a useful, shareable itinerary for you
- Rocketmiles - Generic travel booking site, except you get a ton of frequent flyer miles when you use it
- National Car Rental - Simple and easy rental cars.
- Seamless - On-demand food delivery
- Google Express - On-demand delivery for groceries and a bunch of other stuff
- Drizly - On-demand alcohol delivery
- Instacart - On-demand grocery delivery
- Rinse - Same as the fallen Washio; on-demand laundry delivery
- DoorDash - On-demand food delivery, including restaurants that don't normally deliver