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It’s instructive and even inspiring to look back over the last year to see how you’ve lived. Reflecting on the good times and bad help us learn, grow and improve. So I was grateful to receive this email from a reader named Neil:

Are you going to do a Best of 2014 show? I know it is subjective, but I would love for you to list some of the best tips you have offered in 2014, based on listener feedback.

I’m thankful that Neil sent this email.  While it may seem like an “obvious” thing to do, it wouldn’t have happened without Neil’s inspiration.  So what follows are the top 10 podcasts and articles of 2014 based on user input.  I also share three emails received from listeners, as well as my top picks of the year.  Enjoy!

 Top 10 Podcasts by Download

  1. My Interview with Joshua Sheats, CFP (DR 123)
  2. How to Stick to an Investment Plan (DR 118)
  3. 8 Tips for Blackbelt Budgeting (DR 106)
  4. Million Bucks by 30—Interview with Alan Corey (DR 104)
  5. Advanced Social Security Strategies—Interview with Marc Kiner (DR 119)
  6. Tools to Track Your Net Worth (DR 114)
  7. Save for a Down Payment or Invest for Retirement (DR 120)
  8. 100 Ways to Improve Your Finances (DR 100)
  9. Which retirement accounts should you withdrawal from first–Interview of Stuart Ritter of T. Rowe Price (DR 121)
  10. 5-year Rule on Roth IRA Contributions (DR 105)

Top 10 Blog Posts

  1.  31 Day Money Challenge:  From January 2014, 31 articles and podcasts in 31 days to help you make the most of your money.
  2. The One-N-Done Method of Saving Money:  How to save buckets of cash without changing your lifestyle.
  3. The 50/20/30 Budget:  A simple yet effective way to budget.
  4. Cheapest Place to Buy an iPhone 6: The price difference from one carrier to the next will surprise you.
  5. 100 Ways to Improve Your Finances: The article was every bit as popular as the podcast.
  6. Review of Future Advisor: This review of a robo advisor made the top 10, which was a bit of a surprise.
  7. The #1 Way to Save Money:  As chosen by all of you.
  8. Warren Buffett’s Asset Allocation:Based on his 2014 letter to Berkshire shareholders.
  9. 20 Ways to Save Money Without Pain or Sacrifice:  We look at specific “one-n-done” ways to save money,
  10. How Best to Use a Backdoor Roth IRA:  A great strategy for those who don’t qualify for a Roth IRA.

Your Favorites

Here are the top picks from three readers:

Neil:  Here are a few of my nominations (in no particular order)

  • SmartyPig
  • Understanding Expense Ratios on investments (DR 28)
  • Personal Capital
  • The admonishment that all budgets should clearly tell you how much money you have to spend per month. If it doesn’t do that, then it falls short of the intended purpose of a budget.
Lauren:  Hands down, the most beneficial podcast of the year was the one on social security. (DR 119)  I learned so much — not the least of which was to engage a social security expert to help determine the best approach!  A complicated issue that eventually everyone will need to deal with.  Great resources mentioned in that podcast too.
Thanks for the great year, Rob.
Jim: I think my favorite podcast was the one on how to construct an asset allocation. (DR 25) It clearly explained what the point of picking an allocation is, and also how to construct an allocation quickly and easily.

My Personal Favorites by Month

February:  Me vs. the S&P 500
If you have a favorite from 2014 not listed here, leave a comment below.
Happy New Year!

Author Bio

Total Articles: 1083
Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

Article comments

1 comment
Mihir says:

Thanks for the articles. I really enjoy reading them.

I was wondering if there is anything that could send me a “Rebalance alert” if my AA goes if by certain percentage points (via email or text message)? Basically something similar to personal capital, but where I can set my own AA instead of one calculated by the software?