I get a lot of questions about the superhero tools I use for my money and my comics, so I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page for all your debt-crushing, doodling needs.
FYI – A lot of these resources are free, and some of the links below are affiliate links. That means I earn a commission if you decide to sign up. There’s no extra cost to you, and it means I get to put food on the table 🙂 I only recommend things that I use and love. Period. And since I want you to master your money (and not into more debt), please only buy things that you think will really help you reach your goals.
SUPERCHARGING YOUR MONEY
Quizzle (credit score): You’ve got to know where you’re starting before you transform your money, which means checking out your credit score. There are lots of sites that make you pay for your score, which is why I like Quizzle so much: it’s totally free. It’s technically an estimated credit score, but it’s pretty damn accurate. Plus they let you know if anything changes to your score and give you recommendations for how to boost it.
You Need a Budget (YNAB) (budgeting software): Yes, this is the name of an actual budgeting software. While I love sites like Mint.com that automatically sync your accounts for you, YNAB makes you work a little bit harder to maintain your budget – and that actually makes all the difference. I used YNAB for a year to manage my money because I needed something that forced me to look at every single penny in my life. They also have an awesome series of webinars with tips for getting out of debt and buiding an emergency fund. You can get 10% off of YNAB by using this link: bit.ly/YNABdiscount
SmartyPig: I can’t recommend SmartyPig enough. It’s my favorite way to save up for big purchases. It actually makes saving money fun (no joke). I saved up for my “Freedom Fund” using SmartyPig’s goal-setting tools and calculators. It’s really satisfying watching the little digital piggy bank fill up with money as you save 🙂
Wacom Bamboo Capture Pen and Touch Tablet (CTH470): This is the tablet for my cartoons and animations. It’s really simple to set up and use, and I was drawing within 5 minutes of installing it. Needless to say, I wouldn’t be where I am today without this tablet 🙂
Camtasia for PC (Camtasia Studio): Growing up, I always wanted to be an animator – and who would’ve thought there’d be a software to make animation so easy! With my tablet, I can create and edit whiteboard animations without any training in actual animation (nope, none).