This is what I have personally used to help us get through our medical journey simpler, wealthier, and happier. I denote anything with an affiliate link with an asterisk.* If there are other resources that I missed that should be included, please contact me. Would love to hear what was helpful to you!

SIMPLER

*AirbnbThis is one of our favorite ways to travel frugally as well as find a place to stay when interviewing. If you use my link, you get $40 bonus off of any booking over $75.

Rotating Room. If your DrSpouse needs a place to stay for an away or clinical rotation or even an interview, you can get a room for very cheap.

Life3600 App. I can’t tell you how many times my husband has told me he’s on the way home, only to be delayed at work for longer. This app sends me a notification when he arrives and leaves the hospital and has a GPS where he is on the map as he’s driving, like Harry Potter’s Marauder’s Map where he sees everybody’s footsteps (I’m a nerd). Now I know when he REALLY is on the way home.

*Shipt. I have groceries delivered to me weekly using Shipt and highly recommend it. Game changer. Use my link and you’ll get 50% off membership for $50 (reg. $100).

*Hello Fresh. I like this meal kit the most and use it during the busiest weeks of my husband’s schedule.

*Tile. I can’t spend any time looking for my phone and wallet when I go out the door. This device sticks to your phone or wallet and makes a chime so I can find them.

WEALTHIER

1. Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing by Mel Lindauer, Michael LeBoeuf & Taylor Larimore – If you had to get just ONE book on finances, this would be it. It was the “a ha” moment that changed my life. One of my friends calls it the “best $15 you will ever spend.” You can act immediately upon it to start investing.

2. The Four Pillars of Investing by William J. Bernstein

3. The White Coat Investor by Dr. James Dahle

4. The Final Hurdle by Dennis Hursch, Esq. – This is THE guide about physician employment contracts written by a contract attorney.

 5. The Doctors Guide To Eliminating Debt by Dr. Cory S. Fawcett

The most powerful student loan calculator by Student Loan Planner.

*Personal Capital. This allows you to see all your savings and investments in one place. No more shifting between your bank accounts, 401k/403b, 457, HSAs, and IRAs to calculate your net worth. While it’s an ah-mazing tool, I don’t recommend using their advisors so decline if they try to call you. It’s FREE, and use my link and you and me each get $20.

Mint. This software tracks all your ins and outs for your household. It’s essential for “money dates” with your DrSpouse. And it’s FREE.

LegalZoom. If anyone depends on you financially, you need a Will. You can create a straight-forward one for you and your DrSpouse for FREE.

*LastPassMost of us are guilty of using one password for everything, which is one step away from having our identity stolen. LastPass stores all your passwords in a cloud. There’s a “Freemium” version but I recommend the Premium Family one to add your DrSpouse as a user.

*AwardWallet. This is a place that safely stores all your award points. You no longer have to toggle between screens to find out how many Chase Rewards, Airline, Hotel points you have. It’s all here, and it will notify you when points are about to expire. I use the “Freemium” version.

*Digit. It’s a great app for saving for an emergency fund without you realizing it. I reviewed it here.

Ibotta. This app is for saving on groceries. It’s FREE.

*Rakuten. This shopping portal saves a ton without costing you a dime. And it’s FREE. If you join using my link and spend $25, you’ll get $10 back.

Physician Finance Facebook Group. I started this group in March 2015 to talk about all things related to finances and it has 4,700+ members and growing. Doctors and spouses are welcome.

Doc Wives Talk Money Facebook Group. As the Physician Finance group got really huge, I started this group in March 2018 for women married to doctors to talk about all things money in a smaller setting than our other group. Only women 😉

HAPPIER

Memoirs of a Surgeon’s Wife: I’m Throwing Your Damn Pager Into The Ocean by Megan Sharma.

Physician Family COMMUNITY. This is a private Facebook group hosted by AMA Alliance and Physician Family Media for all spouses of doctors. Currently at 1,500+ members, it’s a place to seek and share information, resources, support, thoughts, concerns and encouragement.

Physician Family. This is an online magazine founded by Donna Rovito specifically for medical spouses and their families. Their articles are fantastic and completely FREE to read.

Married to Doctors. This is a podcast and blog by Lara McElderry for those who are married to doctors. Putting her husband through surgical training while raising five boys, her work focuses on helping successful families you through the medical journey and creating strong marriages.

Side By Side. While social media friends are great, I can’t emphasize the importance of establishing a village wherever you live. With over 80+ chapters, you will find friends in real life instantly. This organization branched off of Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA) and all religious and non-religious backgrounds are welcome.

Dads Married to Doctors. This is a private Facebook group for dads who are married to doctors.

Dr. Kim Blackham. She is a licensed family therapist who concentrates her practice on medical marriages. She met and married her husband while he was still in surgical training and understands all that the medical lifestyle entails.