6 Essential Personal Finance Blogs You Should Be Reading

Money is an important factor in almost everyone’s life, regardless of your financial situation. No matter where you stand, a little guidance and information from experts or people who have been in your situation before can be helpful. Fortunately, there are plenty of financial blogs that offer information on money management and finance in general. Because there are so many websites, it can be difficult knowing where to start. Ultimately, you should turn to sites that are relevant to your situation and that provide information from knowledgeable sources. Below are some great finance blogs to get you started!

Get Rich Slowly (https://www.getrichslowly.org/)

There’s always some new get-rich-quick scheme that sounds too good to be true. The problem is, for a majority of people, those schemes don’t work. Get Rich Slowly understands this, which is why it’s a valuable blog for people who are trying to gain financial freedom and build wealth. The site, which was founded by J.D. Roth, is dedicated to personal finance and covers topics such as frugality and investing.

The Penny Hoarder (https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/)

The Penny Hoarder is a popular personal finance blog read by millions of people every month, and it’s easy to see why. Founded in 2010 by Kyle Taylor, it has something for anyone who wants to save and better manage their money. Deals are posted regularly, as are coupons and freebies. Other areas of interest include topics such as budgeting and taxes. The advice given on making money, whether it’s about a full-time job or a side gig, helps make this site shine.

WiseBread (http://www.wisebread.com/)

Just because you have a small budget doesn’t mean you can’t live a full life. That’s why WiseBread is such a great source of information. It’s a blog created in 2006 by Will Chen, Lynn Truong, and Gregory Go, and today, a community of bloggers offers information and advice on frugal living and personal finance. The site includes a credit card guide and articles on careers and income, coupons and deals, and life hacks.

The Simple Dollar (https://www.thesimpledollar.com/)

The Simple Dollar is a leading personal finance blog founded by Trent Hamm. It’s been named as one of Kiplinger’s top ten personal finance blogs and one of Technorati’s top 20. This site offers helpful strategies from financial experts that can help you save and invest your money wisely. As you read the blog, you’ll find information on saving, loans, investing, and credit cards.

Budgets Are Sexy (http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/)

Budgets Are Sexy is the personal finance site of blogger J. Money, who’s been featured in magazines and newspapers such as Forbes, Kiplinger, and Business Insider. This is a casual yet informative blog where you’ll find a range of financial information meant to help you become more financially confident. Blog topics include early retirement information and free budget templates. Looking for extra ways to make money? Just click on the side hustle tab for a list of interesting and doable gigs. If you’re one of many who dream of becoming a millionaire, then make a pledge and add your name to J’s Million Dollar Club.

Money Saving Mom: (http://moneysavingmom.com/)

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