As good as our intentions are, saving money is never an easy task. Whether shopping, holidays or nights out are your obstacles to saving for that big ticket item, there is always room for a little help when it comes to personal finance.
Here are 8 of the best personal finance blogs that will help you reach your financial goals faster:
Who? Luke Landes, who has been writing about personal finance for 10 years.
Why? This award-winning blog is packed to the brim with invaluable advice. Updated on a daily basis, no area of finance is missed – with topics ranging from credit cards and bank accounts through to investments and taxes.
Where to start? Where do we begin! You can spend hours browsing through the easy-to-read articles, so here’s a good starting point that most people can learn from, How to save money at the gas pump: http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/save-money-at-the-gas-pump/.
Who? Neal Frankle, a Certified Financial Planner based in California.
Why? As a qualified professional with over 25 years experience, you know you’re in safe hands! His advice is relevant, usable and to-the-point. And no big finance words either, even us ‘regular joes’ can understand it.
Where to start? A good place to start is this blog post: http://wealthpilgrim.com/ways-to-make-more-money/, which has simple savings advice that anyone can use.
Common Sense With Money
Who? Mercedes Levy, a certified accountant and stay-at-home mum of two.
Why? This beautifully designed blog is a one-stop-shop for bargain lovers. From coupons to money saving tips, her aim is to make you live well for less. As well as online deals, she focuses on bargains and deals at popular local grocery and drug stores, which you might not have otherwise known about.
Where to start? For instant money saving, check out Mercedes’ regularly updated printable coupon database http://www.commonsensewithmoney.com/coupon-database/.
Good Financial Cents
Who? Jeff Rose, a financial advisor and former sergeant in the U.S. army.
Why? His, and top-notch contributors’, blog posts offer a great range of advice that spans from serious long-term investing to everyday money saving tips. To get the most out of his blog, subscribe to the email updates – fantastic tips into your inbox.
Where to start? If you have debt, big or small, his popular article on dumping debt will help get you back on track: http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/ten-tips-for-dumping-debt/.
5 Dollar Dinners
Who? Erin Chase, a mother and author.
Why? 5 Dollar Dinners is a unique and addictive blog, which shows you that $5 can go a long way! The recipes are mouth-wateringly good, it’s incredible just how little they cost to make and the wide range of coupons and money-saving tips will help you stretch your dollars even further.
Where to start? Warning, if you’re feeling hungry, this list of her most popular recipes won’t help! http://www.5dollardinners.com/popular-recipes/
Who? Melissa Garcia, a money-saving mom.
Why? Living up to her self-confessed title of ‘consumer queen’, Melissa’s pretty-in-pink blog is as useful as it is beautiful. Covering coupons and bargains across all major stores and online, you’ll feel richer just by visiting! Oh, and if you subscribe to her newsletter you can go into a draw to win monthly prizes. Bonus!
Where to start? As well as her endless lists of bargains and freebies, Melissa’s guides to couponing are a must-read for anyone wanting the insider tips on money saving: www.consumerqueen.com/coupons-2/getting-started.
Who? Mike Piper, accountant and author.
Why? With a refreshing blend of serious yet easy-to-read advice, Mike’s widely-read blog is a first-stop for many investors looking for advice. He takes serious, usually complex investing issues and delivers them in layman’s terms, making his blog accessible for people from all levels of finance knowledge.
Where to start? Social security benefits can be hard to understand, but his guide breaks things down into manageable chunks: www.obliviousinvestor.com/how-social-security-benefits-are-calculated/.
Money under 30
Who? David Weliver, a self-confessed recovered ‘debtaholic’.
Why? Despite what the name suggests, you don’t need to be under 30 to benefit from this diverse and useful blog. While the aim of the blog is to help people who are transitioning from college into adulthood, there are snippets of advice that anyone can use. From cheap ways to decorate your apartment to teaching good financial habits, David has this personal finance thing spot on.
Where to start? No one wants to be in debt, so whether you’re in it or you want to avoid it, check out David’s guide to kicking debt’s butt: www.moneyunder30.com/big-fat-guide-get-out-of-debt-on-your-own.
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