There are a number of reasons that I am an avid reader of personal finance blogs. Some alleviate some of my guilt over not being able to save more. Many help me learn how to keep the money I have longer and some help me better understand what to do with the money I have managed to hang onto.
So without further ado:
1. My Open Wallet http://www.myopenwallet.com
I often find this blog more than amusing and helpful. She talks about needing a raincoat because her pants ripped and the ensuing trip to Ann Taylor. Or she talks about Quicken for MAC, and frankly saved me from buying the newer version. I’d like to know her better, but all I really know is that she calls herself Madame X. She is from NewYork and she used to be 30.
2. The Simple Dollar http://www.thesimpledollar.com
Trent Hamm has had this blog going on the topic of frugality for many years. He does cost breakdown analyses, tries products and He has a book out that is available online or at major bookstores: “365 Ways to Live Cheap”. I like the blog much better. In the blog are topics from an interview with Amy Dacyczyn (the author of “The Tightwad Gazette” to how much you can save if you wash out and reuse ziplock bags.
3. My Money Blog http://www.mymoneyblog.com
I enjoy this blog due to its variety. I often refer people to the post he has about “Best Online Savings Account Reviews and Comparisons. He generally keeps this post updated. He has wonderful variety and many truly helpful posts whether one is trying to make money, save money or invest money. He’s a nameless Californian close to or in his early 30s.
4. All Financial Matters http://www.allfinancialmatter.com
This blog while covering such things as budgeting, what I appreciate from this blog is the investment advice that isn’t full of hype. It talks about IRAs, 401Ks, investment planning, insurance and cash flow. Very few blogs talk about cash flow. The writer is a Texan by way of Kansas and is currently self-employed after a stint at Payne-Webber.
5. Get Rich Slowly http://www.getrichslowly.org
In the links to his blog are really valuable tools and information. There you will find links to Money Tools, The Best of Get Rich Slowly and Essential Money Skills. These are a great place to start if you are just learning about money matters. There are links about how to eat healthy while keeping it cheap and how to get out of debt. This blog is by J. D Roth who is a former cardboard box salesman who has dug his way out of debt that he thought he couldn’t dig out of.
6. Smart Passive Income http://www.smartpassiveincome.com
I am watching this blog, not sure yet where it will end up. His best read post is “The Bloggers Guide to Facebook”. There are a lot of things to like about this blog if you are trying to earn money online.
7. Wisebread http://www.wisebread.com
Wisebread is all about living large on a small budget, which many are trying to do today. He covers everything from legal ways to rent from Redbox video machines for free to 19 Tips to Save money while using your oven. Wisebread is a community of bloggers so the posts and the writing is varied. It was started by Will, Lynn and Greg.
8. Financial Samurai http://www.financialsamurai.com
This blog is about attaining financial independence sooner rather than later. It says it exists to provoke thought and learn from the community.
9. Planting Dollars http://www.plantingdollars.com
This blog talks about seeding your financial freedom. It talks about making money and asks if living on minimum wage is possible. That is a good question that many seem to be trying to find the answer to.
10. The Consumerist http://www.consumerist.com
This is a blog that is tied into the “Consumer Reports” magazine. It is chock full of hard hitting, solid financial information. They invite consumer comment and help viewers get some resolution to some of the problems they have.
These are ten of my favorite consumer blogs. I have read many of them for years and hope you enjoy them.