Over my years of financial struggle I have found great inspiration reading what others have to say on the subject of personal finances.
Fortunately, blogging about money became popular at my financial low-point, providing me with several great role models for a financial turnaround.
Since then, several newcomers have also made it on my daily reading list. Here are five financial blogs I believe you should add to your reading list.
1. Mr. Money Mustache
I enjoy Mustache’s no-nonsense tone, and his unique approach to living on less. You can get a flavor of his overall tone with this line from his About page, which describes his motivation for beginning the blog:
“…The whole country seemed to be displaying the same odd behavior: living ridiculously expensive lifestyles while thinking they were completely normal, and then being baffled when they had no money left over to buy their own freedom.” (mrmoneymustache.com)
2. Debt Free Martini
Petrish’s story reminds me of my own. Well, at least the part about serving others better than she has served her own finances.
I enjoy her blog because it is personal – she shares her struggles with breaking up with Starbucks and provides monthly updates on her debt free progress.
“I am a active duty military single mom who is brilliant when it comes to serving others and my country, but have not done so well with handling my finances.” (debtfreemartini.com)
3. Get Rich Slowly
I first stumbled upon J.D Roth’s blog back in 2007 and was immediately hooked. I found much to relate to in JD’s writing, and I appreciated his personal style of writing.
Today, J.D. has largely moved on to bigger and better things after becoming debt free and selling his website (he still contributed articles occasionally).
The site remains one of my favorites thanks to its excellent staff of contributors. (getrichslowly.org)
4. Good Financial Cents
I’ve been a big fan of Jeff’s work for a long time now. Sure, he’s a certified financial planner, author and CEO of his own wealth management firm, but he is a down-to-earth guy who served his country in Iraq.
Not exactly your stuffy, buttoned-up financial adviser. If those credentials don’t inspire you to follow Jeff, perhaps these will:
“…I’m obsessed with In-N-Out Burger, can deadlift over 500lbs, and may have threatened to punch some other financial advisors in the face.”
5. The Simple Dollar
Trent Hamm saw meteoric growth in his blog in the first few years.
Still, it doesn’t seem to have changed him. He consistently cranks out inspiring, thought-provoking articles on daily basis – at a pace I find enviable!