Blog Profiles: Personal Finance Blogs
Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, we select an industry or subject and a handful of sites that do a good job with promoting and blogging about the space. This list is all about personal finance blogs. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tell us why @BeyondBylines.
For even more financial content, check out Personal Finance Blogs, Volume 2.
OK, we were pretty busy in April.
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.
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.
This blog is for those of us who need “both cents and sense: people fighting debt and bad spending habits while building a financially secure future and still affording a latte or two.”
The blog was started by Trent Hamm in April 2006.
Hamm admits he went through a “complete financial meltdown” before turning things around within eight months. At that point, Hamm said he paid off all credit card debt, his vehicle, and established an emergency fund. (This kind of drive and determination really is to be applauded.)
I liked several posts including Seven Simple Tactics We Use to Keep Summer Energy Bills Low and When Personal Finance is Boring: Five Tactics for People Who’d Rather Do Anything Than Manage Their Money.
Follow @thesimpledollar on Twitter.
Thousandaire is an entertaining personal finance blog by Kevin McKee.
McKee actually plans to get married this month. So while he’s blogging about personal finance, he’s also writing about his wedding budget planning.
“I’ve gone from being a bachelor living in an apartment with $30k in student loans to being a debt free homeowner who’s marrying an amazing woman,” 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 @iAmKevinMcKee on Twitter.
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?
And then there’s this: Fave Running Gear. Shannyn’s a runner who prefers to shop for her running gear online. That’s pretty cool.
Follow @FrugalBeautiful on Twitter.
And 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. (All in the same post. Very impressive.)
And while we’re spring cleaning, here are Six Easy Ways to Whip Your Finances Into Shape.
Follow @dailymuse on Twitter.
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+.