This is a guest post by Kelly Whalen. Kelly is the author of The Centsible Life, a blog designed to help you live the life of your dreams on a budget. Kelly and her blog have been featured on The Today Show, her local affiliates in Philadelphia, and she has been featured in magazines and print in both national and local publications including Money magazine, Kiplinger’s, and Women’s Day. Kelly is a mom to 4, and loves that she can stay at home with her kids, and still pursue her passions for writing, personal finance, and social media. Kelly is a paid contributor of Wealthfront.
Many of us were raised without a financial education. We may know a little bit about the basics if our parents shared how to balance a checkbook, or save on groceries, but typically we aren’t taught basic personal finance, and investing. With the advent of blogging there are now thousands of blogs covering everything coupons and deals to high risk investing. To help you sift through and find the best advice we put together a list of the best blogs to help you keep your finances on track.
Personal Finance Blogs
There is a reason these blogs are well-known with millions of visitors. They offer actionable personal finance advice whether you’re looking to save on vacation, pay off your debt, or invest.
- Get Rich Slowly – The title says it all. The blog started as a personal journey for author J.D. Roth as he dug his way out of over $50,000 in debt. Now it has staff writers with various perspectives and life experiences, but the aim of the blog is still to teach readers how to get out of debt, live more frugally, and get rich slowly.
- Wise Bread – “Living large on a small budget,” is their tagline and their staff of writers offer tips, tricks, and sometimes wacky concepts to save your money. Articles focus on actionable steps or lists. Frugality is the main topic of the blog. There are also daily deals, and forums so you can interact with fellow frugalites. Disclosure: I work for them, but am a longtime fan.
- The Simple Dollar – This blog by author Trent Hamm shares his story of transformation of overworked, debt ridden new dad to blogger and author living a debt free lifestyle. The advice is simple, and Trent offers his own opinions on topics, but every post is meaty-filled with lots of info. If you want a place to dig into a meaty opinions and how-tos along with weekly book reviews on the ever expanding personal finance field The Simple dollar won’t disappoint.
- Deal Seeking Mom – If you’re looking for a deal, Deal Seeking Mom will have it. Multiple postings a day guarantee that you will find something worth saving on whether you are looking for deals on grocery items, freebies, or deals on everything from DVDs to magazines and more.
- Consumerist – If you like your consumer info with a side of snark and sharp reporting this is the site for you. While not strictly personal finance, Consumerist covers topics that consumers need to know about. Part of Consumers Union who own Consumer Reports, the Consumerist offers a place for many consumers to share their tales of woe and horror when dealing with customer service. There are posts outlining how to contact executive customer service at major corporations (meaning you get to talk to someone who actually cares), advice on buying, and the yearly “Worst Company in America” bracket polls. “Shoppers bite back,” is their tagline, and it fits.
- The College Investor – If you are new to the investing, or a recent grad this blog is a great resource for learning the basics of investing. With common sense advice the College Investor makes investing choices easy to understand.
- My Journey to Millions – Personally I like my investing with a side of personal finance. My Journey to Millions is not strictly an investing blog, but offers advice and thoughtful articles on the topic of investing. You’ll find advice on how to invest for retirement, passive inch streams, and more.
- Buy like Buffett – Author Mark runs an independent advisory firm and offers advice on investing and shares his own choices as a seasoned investor. Whether you are a beginning investor or look for in depth advice on specific stocks, Buy like Buffett has it. Of course you’ll also find articles sharing tips on how to invest like Warren Buffett.
- Invest it Wisely – Not just a basic investment site-here you will find all kinds of info on investment vehicles, reviews of investing books, and advice what to invest in, and what markets are ones to watch.
What personal finance or investing blogs do you frequent? What keeps you coming back to read more?