Check out this list of my favorite financial blogs. I promise you’ll bookmark a handful of new websites to expand your money knowledge!
I have been reading personal finance blogs for about 10 years. I have easily browsed through hundreds of different money blogs, and tens of thousands of articles. The following 5 personal finance blogs are my favorites – I credit them for helping me create a budget, learn about credit cards, understand the importance of saving for retirement, and most importantly, encouraging me as I paid off my six figure student loan debt.
The blog name says it all! This site features two (sometimes up to four) bloggers who are currently in debt. They blog at least once a week about the details of their debt, their strategies to pay it off, what is working for them, and what isn’t. The bloggers are very different from each other – they have different types of debt, amounts of debt, and family situations – you will find something you can relate to!
There is also a great community of readers who comment on each post, giving their advice and encouragement. I obsessively check this website for new posts – they always seem to blog about something that I have either gone through, or likely will go through. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY suggest reading.
Stephanie, the writer of this blog, is one impressive lady. Just like me, her family had over $100,000 in student loan debt (from her husband’s law and MBA degree). But she also has 4 kids, doesn’t work outside the home, and her husband was making around $40,000/year for most of their debt payoff journey.
Despite the low salary and high debt, they managed to pay off their loans in record time ($130,000 in about 3 years)! Each month Stephanie posts her family’s spending, and it always impresses me how little this family of 6 spends!
She posts 3 times a week (MWF) about their debt payoff journey (now about their journey to save to buy a house), the crazy frugal things she has done, and great tips on low cost recipes. She is so encouraging and inspiring in her blog; I feel like we paid off our debt together.
This is a fantastic website because it organizes all of the top finance articles in one spot. Each day, there are three new articles waiting for you. This site selects articles on EVERY aspect of personal finance – I always find the most incredible and unique articles. You’ll learn something new every day and get exposed to so many different blogs and opinions.
This website has a little bit of everything – information on credit cards, personal finance, frugal living, life hacks, etc. They are short, easy-to-read articles, and I always seem to find myself browsing the front page of this website.
I keep on coming back to this website – I think I like the millennial twist (the slogan of the site is “anti-entitlement advice”). Bobby posts every couple of days about money topics relevant to folks in their 20s and 30s. He doesn’t just focus on debt (although he covers the topic very well), but also writes about moving in with parents, bitcoin, the cost of pet ownership, and delayed gratification. I definitely suggest reading his blog, especially if you are a millennial.
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*Update: A new favorite of mine is PlungedinDebt.com – I just love reading their series on the net worth of famous people.
Financial education and support through blogs
I love reading personal finance blogs – it’s where a good majority of my financial education has come from. I especially love reading the blogs that document someone getting out of debt (like #1 and #2 mentioned above).
When I graduated with $125,181 in student loan debt, I didn’t have any friends that could relate to my situation. They all graduated debt free, or with $5,000 or $10,000 in loans – that just didn’t compare to the challenges I faced. I had nobody that I could talk to about this HUGE part of my life.
Luckily, I found a community of friends online through reading these blogs (although, I stayed completely anonymous). These blogs helped me so much in my debt payoff journey. It’s always nice to know that there are other’s going through your exact same situation.
What are your favorite personal finance blogs? Why do you read them? – to help you get out of debt, to help you save more, to learn about investing, or some other reason?