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

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.

A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living by Emily Ley.

*AirbnbThis is famous as an alternative to hotels. But it’s also a great way to find a place to stay while interviewing or for away rotations. If you use my link, you get $40 bonus off of any booking over $75.

Rotating Room. This site is designed specifically for medical folks who need a place to stay while interviewing or for away rotations. Usually all of the rooms are owned by a medical student, resident, fellow or attending.

Life3600 App. This app sends you a notification when your DrSpouse arrives and leaves the hospital and has a GPS where they is on the map as they’re driving. Now you know when they are REALLY on the way home.

Shipt. Have groceries delivered to you without having all your kids in tow. Game changer. Use my link and you’ll get 50% off membership for $50 (reg. $100).

*ThredUp. The largest online consignment store. You can buy great quality second-hand clothes to create your capsule wardrobe. Use my link and you’ll get $10 to shop with.

Hello Fresh. Meal kit in your mail that will help you make healthy, easy meals during the busiest weeks.

*Tile. If each time you do the “phone, wallet, keys” adult version of “head, shoulders, knees, and toes,” then you really need this game changer. This device sticks to your phone, wallet or keychain and makes a chime so you can find them faster.

WEALTHIER

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.

The Four Pillars of Investing by William J. Bernstein.

The White Coat Investor by Dr. James Dahle.

The Final Hurdle by Dennis Hursch, Esq.

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

The most powerful student loan calculator by Travis Hornsby of the 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 securely stores all your passwords in a cloud. There’s a “Freemium” version to give it a test run. But we use the Premium Family version so my husband and I can share.

FamZoo. This is an app for teaching kids how manage money by building an allowance system using prepaid debit cards, effectively creating a “Bank of Mom & Dad.”

Ellevest. Robo-advisor created especially for women with special consideration for our situation such as being out of the workforce longer than men. 0.25% management fee and $0 minimum to open an account.

*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. There is a “Freemium” version.

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

*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 5,000+ 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 the above group. Only women 😉

HAPPIER

Real-Life Physician Family: Secrets to Surviving, Even Thriving During Medical School, Residency, and Beyond by Stacy C. Dunn.

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. Lara McElderry hosts a podcast 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. Are you a dude? 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 her husband while he was still in surgical training and understands all that the medical lifestyle entails.