Welcome to the best in finances & productivity for August, 2014.

I have been reading daily.

These are truly the best articles I have found on finances and productivity.

Enjoy the list and be sure to check out the rest of the articles on these blogs.

If it’s on the list, it’s a blog worth reading.

After you read through those, be sure to check out the blogs I nominated for the Liebster Award, as well as my answers to the questions I was asked.

Without further ado, here’s the list…

The Best in Finances

The Art of Landing Cheap Airline Tickets
@Airline Miles Experts
Great tips to travel on a budget.

How to Score a Kick-A** [Cheap] Wardrobe
@Budgets Are Sexy
Check out this article and the place to get cheap clothes. And check out Rockstar Finance for the best finance articles!

Why Money Doesn’t Solve Money Problems
@Christian Personal Finances
This article brings a great point. Great read!

Old Coins in a Tilt Arcade Game?
@Coin Thrill
Very interesting, especially if you love old coins.

25 Awesome Tools and Sites to Save You Money!
@Debt RoundUp
Awesome tools and sites to save money. I learned about a few new ones.

Creating and Selling Digital Products on eBay and Etsy
@A Disease Called Debt
Great guide to creating and selling products online.

Foolish Dividend Investing
Interesting read on an investing strategy I have used before.

Ever Consider Starting a Microgreen Farm?
@Femme Frugality
Awesome idea to make money from home. I had never heard of it before.

Save a Million? Yeah, Right.
@My Money Counselor
Interesting read on retirement planning.

Why I asked My Section 8 Tenant to Leave
@No Non-Sense Landlord
I didn’t know what a Section 8 tenant was before reading this.

Why I Could Never Live Without Multiple Streams of Income
@Plunged in Debt
I love multiple streams of income.

How to Learn Frugal Tricks in a New Town
@Prairie Eco-Thrifter
Great guide to saving when you move to a new city.

5 Budget Areas You Can Cut Back on Each Month
@Suburban Finance
I’m all about cutting back in some areas to spend more in others. Like investing!

Why It’s OK to Make Money Mistakes
@Young Adult Money
I’m writing a series on my money mistakes and this fit in well.

What is Your Vision of Retirement?
@Debt Debs
I love to hear different people’s view on retirement.

How to Start Investing
@Debt Discipline
Great guest post on getting started with investing.

Investing in Commercial Property
@Monster Piggy Bank
If you have ever considered investing in commercial property, read this.

The Best in Productivity

30-Day Productivity Challenge: Is It Possible to Manage My E-mail with One-Touch Rule (OTR)?
@Productive Superdad
Great article! Also, be sure to subscribe to PSD+ย [no longer available] for some extremely valuable, yet free, resources.

The Art and Science of Time Management: Classic Brian Tracy
@Jeff Sanders
I love Brian Tracy, so this is awesome. Jeff also runs the 5am Miracle podcast, which is one of my top 3 favorite podcasts!

Breaking Bad Habits: How Vietnam War Veterans Broke Their Heroin Addictions
@James Clear
Seriously, subscribe to James Clear’s newsletter. I look forward to every email he sends. His tips on creating positive habits actually work.

7 Rules That Keep My Life Simple
@Zen Habits
Simplify your life. Check out the rest of Zen Habits as well.

How to Become an Expert on Anything
@The Broke and Beautiful Life
Explains everything you need to become an expert on anything, for real.

Liebster Award

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Brian @ Debt Discipline!
Thanks, Brian!

Liebster Award

The Liebster Award is an award that bloggers award to other bloggers. It’s about continuing to build our blogging community and meet new bloggers.

Here are the rules (all 2 of them):

  1. Answer the questions you are asked.
  2. Nominate 3 other newer/smaller blogs.

The exact definition of newer and smaller varies, but typically blogs with fewer than 200 followers. Ask them to answer some questions for you and nominate others. The main criteria I used was that the blog is less than a year old, since it’s usually hard to tell how many followers a blog actually has.

The questions I have been asked:

What was the biggest amount of debt you were ever in?

$160,000. Since then we have paid off over $24,000 in consumer debt and turned our previous home into a rental property. Now we are free of all consumer debt and we only owe on our income property, which we profit from each month.

Whatโ€™s your goal with your blog?

My #1 goal is to help people and serve others. I would like to be able to supplement my income to make up for the time I spend on here, but that’s the only monetary motivation I have.

When did you first become financially literate?

After we increased our debt by another $14,000 (I’m writing about this in my money mistakes series). That was the last straw. A few days later, I sat down and looked at all our debt on paper. That’s when I made the decision to become financially literate. I actually became financially literate about a year later. This was around 2008.

Whatโ€™s your dream job?

Being a full-time blogger/writer, while also playing music professionally and getting paid for all of it. Is that too much to ask?

I nominate:

Just answer the following questions and post (or comment, if you prefer) about it:

  1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
  2. What is your favorite way to invest? (I know, Eric, real estate ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
  3. What is the most important thing in the world to you?
  4. If you had an extra $100,000 right now, what would you do with it?
  5. [Write in your questions for your 3 bloggers]

Congratulations to everyone!