Blog Profiles: Personal Finance Blogs

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Personal Finance Blogs

OK, we were pretty busy in April.

In case you missed some of it, we covered foodrunning and fitness and music blogs.

As it turns out, April also was Financial Literacy Month. So, we’re catching up, and today, we’re going to look at some good examples of personal finance blogs.

1. Money Crashers

Money Crashers is “your guide to financial fitness.”

The site aims to educate folks on making good decisions about credit and debt, investing, real estate, insurance, and spending. All of it is based on Money Crashers’ 11 “indispensable principles,” which include spending less than you make, getting and staying out of debt, saving money for the unexpected, and investing for the long term.

I like Money Crashers a lot. It’s incredibly accessible and makes the subject of financial well-being less overwhelming and stressful.

In 10 Ways to Curb Financial Anxiety When You’re Stressed About Money, blogger Jacqueline Curtis reminds us to focus on the positive and quit losing sleep over finances.

“There’s a lot to be said for focusing on the good aspects of your finances instead of the negative issues,” Curtis says. “Of course, thinking positively won’t magically pay your bills or stretch your budget, but it can help calm your fears. It can also help you recognize and appreciate your financial strengths, which could lead to solutions to some of your problems.”

I also found intriguing (and kind of challenging) this post: How to Use a 21-Day Financial Fast to Improve Spending Habits. Lots of good stuff to consider in there.

Follow @MoneyCrashers on Twitter.

2. Thousandaire

Thousandaire is an entertaining personal finance blog by founder Kevin McKee and writer Allen Francis.

While he was blogging about personal finance, McKee also wrote about his wedding budget planning.

“The whole reason I work hard and make money is to have incredible life experiences. After I put a roof over my head, food on the table, and money into savings, everything else is mostly allocated towards creating incredible memories,” McKee says.

There’s a lot of good information on Thousandaire.

I especially liked a couple of posts: How to Save Money When Moving and A Couple of Simple Ways to Spring Clean Your Credit.

Follow @dmthousandaire on Twitter.

4. Frugal Beautiful

The last blog on our list aims to be “your guide to a beautiful life on any budget.”

The site was launched by Shannyn in Jan. 2011, when she was a “broke graduate student trying to make it on $800 a month.”

“Since then, the blog has grown, so has my income, but frugality is still a cornerstone of my life,” Shannyn says on her blog. “I love LouBous and Tiffany, but you gotta pay for it in cash!”

I liked a number of posts on Frugal Beautiful, including Frugal Fashion: Savvy Wardrobe Secrets To Save Money & Make Your Clothes Last Longer and How Much Of Your Paycheck Should You Save?

Follow @frugalbeautiful on Facebook.

Honorable Mention

While my last brief profile on personal finance isn’t a strictly financial or budget/saving-type site, I have to give honorable mention props to The Muse’s Negotiation & Money section.

Here’s a place where you can get personal finance advice, negotiation tips, and a whole host of other things to help you manage money.

Fifty Personal Finance Tips That Will Change the Way You Think About Money is a very deep read. It covers everything from financial basics and budgeting to earning and retirement.

And while we’re spring cleaning, here are Six Easy Ways to Whip Your Finances Into Shape.

Follow @TheMuse on Twitter.

P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our blog profiles? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for finance news, let us know. We can customize a newsfeed for you.

Christine Cube is the former media relations manager with PR Newswire and a freelance writer. She’s definitely learned a thing or two about personal finance and spending, but freely admits there’s always room for improvement here. Follow @cpcube or give her a shout at PR Newswire’s Google+.

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