This page lists resources that are extremely helpful to me, and that I sincerely recommend. I’ve had extensive experience with all of them, in my quest to optimize my life. Hopefully you find value in them too.
Some of the links below are affiliate links — meaning if you do buy anything — I’ll get a small fee to support my website. But at absolutely no additional cost to you.
Maybank 2 Cards: Update 1st August 2015 — The Maybank 2 cards are no longer the best credit cards in Malaysia. They’re still pretty good though. Free for life, 5% cashback on dining on weekends, and 5x Reward Points on almost all transactions. The annual income requirement is low too — anyone who earns RM 2,500 a month qualifies for the Gold card.
Still recommended for anyone who’s looking for a first credit card.
Resources Used on mr-stingy.com
Bluehost: mr-stingy has been hosted on Bluehost from day one. I initially signed up because Pat Flynn (see below) highly recommends them. And my experience so far has been wonderful: easy-to-learn website, excellent performance and great customer service.
If you’re looking to start a website, I highly recommend starting with Bluehost. Click on the icon above for a special discounted price of $3.95/month.
Blink WordPress Theme: Like the design on mr-stingy.com? It comes from a group of very talented designers called Codestag. Not only are their designs beautiful, they’re reputable for producing highly-optimized code, ensuring great performance.
Check out their other awesome themes here.
Free Web Headers: The web headers on this blog and my Facebook page come from this awesome free resource.
Mark Manson’s Blog: I’ve been a fan of Mark Manson’s writings for a long time. IMHO his best work is in the realm of men’s development a.k.a how to become a better man (probably due to fact that I can relate to him in many ways). He’s moved on to a more gender-neutral perspective nowadays, but his content remains meaningful, entertaining and genuinely helpful. My favorite blog in the world by far.
Models: Attract Women Through Honesty, by Mark Manson: The best book I’ve ever read on becoming an attractive man. Contains honest, actionable and non-creepy advice on how to attract women. I highly recommend this if you’re struggling with women, and want to improve. Women will love this book too.
And just because Mark and I are nice guys, click here to read the first three chapters for free.
Barking Up The Wrong Tree: A simple-looking but great blog — packed with scientific advice on how to be happier, achieve more success, and generally be more awesome at life.
iMoney.my: The best (and prettiest) Malaysian financial comparison portal. Come here to compare financial products like loans, credit cards, and insurance plans. So you can get the most for your money. Also includes a really-easy-to-understand learning center to improve your financial literacy.
GenX GenY GenZ: The ultimate resource on credit cards for Malaysians. Written from an entertaining first-person perspective — a treasure trove of information on which are the best credit cards, and how to maximize them for your benefit. Yes, credit cards can actually help you save money and give you all sorts of cool privileges when used rightly.
The $100 Startup: Reinvent The Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future, by Chris Guillebeau: One of the most inspiring books that I’ve ever read. The writing itself is simple, but the material is remarkable: case study after case study of people who successfully make a living on the Internet, doing what they love. It makes you ask the all-important question:
“If they can do it, why can’t I?”
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brené Brown: If you’ve ever felt ashamed, insecure, or had low self-esteem — this book is for you. Professor Brené Brown leads us on an emotional journey: teaching us why we feel shame, how it disrupts our lives, and what to do about it. And paradoxically how our greatest strength is when we are most vulnerable.
This book will make you love others better. But more importantly, it will make you love yourself more.
On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, by William Zinsser: Whether it’s an office email, a formal report or your blog, writing better will make your life better. This is the book to learn writing. The book on writing that professional writers refer to. James Altucher (probably the best writer in the world right now) was a big fan of the late William Zinsser, and I can see why:
Sometimes when reading this book, I feel like standing up and giving him a standing ovation.
The Wirecutter: Like reading reviews before you buy stuff? Would it be useful if you could speak to multiple expert reviewers for their opinions before you buy stuff? And what if an ingenious expert himself spoke to multiple other experts, got their opinions, and summarized all the information for you in the-mother-of-all-reviews website? Well, that’s what The Wirecutter is.
Price Panda: The best Malaysian price comparison site I’ve used. Allows you to compare prices from a wide variety of stores (both online and physical) in order to get the best possible price.
Smart Passive Income: The founder, Pat Flynn calls himself the crash test dummy of online business. But in reality he’s the ideal whom most bloggers aspire to become: 1. Write blog. 2. Create following. 3. Monetize. 4. Earn “passive” 5-figures a month. 5. Write about how to do it. Check out his site for transparent, no-bullshit advice on how to create a profitable blog.
Problogger: For tips from the legendary master blogger himself, Darren Rowse.
These are the WordPress plugins that I use on mr-stingy. Guess what, they’re all free!:
- BackUpWordPress: For automatically backing up all your hard work.
- Custom Share Buttons with Floating Sidebar: The best-looking free social sharing sidebar I could find.
- Google Analytics by Yoast: For analyzing my blog performance.
- Google XML Sitemaps: To help search engines find my website.
- Jetpack by WordPress.com: To allow WordPress.com features on my website.
- Magic Action Box: The opt-in form I use for newsletter signups.
- MailPoet Newsletters: To manage newsletters for my email subscribers.
- Scroll Triggered Boxes: Activates a popup whenever my readers reach a certain point.
- StagTools: Adds functions to beautify the Blink WordPress theme.
- TablePress: For creating tables within blog posts.
- W3 Total Cache: Install this to drastically improve the speed of your website.
- WordPress Related Posts: For serving up “You may also like” articles to readers.
- WordPress SEO: For improving SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
- WP-SpamShield: To eliminate spam comments.
- WP Smush: To “smush” images into smaller sizes and help improve website performance.