personal finance

10 Personal Finance Blogs Worth Reading

These sites are informative and inspiring -- and some are even entertaining.

I read a lot of money-related blogs to compile my weekly roundup of great personal finance advice from around the Web. There are plenty of people out there sharing their tales of taking control of their finances and offering tips for others. Only a handful, though, routinely offer solid advice in language even a personal finance novice can understand. Here are the ten blogs that I think stand out from the pack.

DOWNLOAD: The Kip Tips iPad App

Get Rich Slowly. I'm not alone in naming this one of the top money blogs. Time and Money magazines have also called it one of the best. Creator J.D. Roth's philosophy that building wealth takes time is similar to ours at Kiplinger's. He believes in setting goals, spending less than you earn and paying yourself first -- and the posts on his blog reflect these beliefs. Most of all, his tales of overcoming $35,000 in debt and achieving financial independence are inspiring.

Wise Bread. This site is about being smart with your money -- or as its tagline says, "Living Large on a Small Budget." What I like about it is the broad range of money-related topics it tackles -- from opening a Roth IRA for your child to reusing detergent bottles as a way to spend less and save more.

Money Crashers. Although it's run by two twentysomethings, Money Crashers provides sensible advice to people of all ages and stages of life. It covers all aspects of personal finance, including investing, credit and debt, careers, family and home, and even small business.

20Somethingfinance. Yes, as the name suggests, this is a great site if you're just starting out and looking for advice on how to spend less and save more from someone in your age group who's actually managed to do this. But 20Somethingfinance creator G.E. Miller's advice is applicable to people of all ages -- and his story is inspiring. He dramatically cut his expenses and now saves 85% of his income.

Consumerism Commentary. Luke Landes, who goes by Flexo on the site, has been blogging about personal finance and his own finances since 2003. He started the blog to hold himself accountable for his money decisions. Now the site covers all aspects of personal finance and provides reviews of financial products.

MoneyNing. The posts by MoneyNing creator David Ning and the site's other bloggers tend to be well written and substantive. And this site is more about offering solid financial advice rather than personal anecdotes.

Len Penzo dot Com. Len Penzo is always entertaining, informative and original -- that is, you won't find the same ol', same ol' advice on his site that you can find elsewhere. Here's a sampling of some of his posts: "What's That Smell? The Costly Joys of Maintaining Older Cars," "Sometimes It Pays Not to Look for the Best Deal," and "10 More Old Wives' Tales Masquerading as Financial Rules of Thumb."

Budgets Are Sexy. J. Money (the pseudonym of the site's creator) knows how to make personal finance fun (what else would you expect from a blog called Budgets Are Sexy?). He sports a mohawk, appeals to a young, hip crowd and openly shares his budget and his financial ups and downs. His advice is pretty solid -- you just have to look past the grammatical errors and mild profanity.

The Simple Dollar. This site has a wealth of tips on cutting expenses and living frugally. In fact, the site's founder, Trent Hamm, has written a book called 365 Ways to Live Cheap!.

The Digerati Life. This site is a good source of basic investing information, as well as general personal finance advice. The editor, known as Silicon Valley Blogger, also provides a lot of tips for entrepreneurs and the self-employed.

Follow me on Twitter

Most Popular

11 Good Reasons to Cancel Amazon Prime
Budgeting

11 Good Reasons to Cancel Amazon Prime

You probably aren't using most of the perks tucked into that $119 annual fee -- which you don't need to pay to get the free Amazon shipping you crave.
April 13, 2021
2021 Child Tax Credit Calculator
Tax Breaks

2021 Child Tax Credit Calculator

See how much money you'll get in advance under the new child tax credit rules for 2021.
April 14, 2021
Monthly Payments of the 2021 Child Tax Credit Will Begin in July
Coronavirus and Your Money

Monthly Payments of the 2021 Child Tax Credit Will Begin in July

After doubts about whether it was up to the task, the IRS says it's on schedule to start sending monthly child tax credit payments this summer.
April 13, 2021

Recommended

What You Need to Know about College 529 Savings Plans
529 Plans

What You Need to Know about College 529 Savings Plans

Do you know how much you’re able to contribute or what the funds could be used to pay for? How about how contributing affects your taxes? Check out th…
April 14, 2021
37 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2021
business

37 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2021

We flag a wide variety of cool side hustles to earn bonus bucks to cover expenses expected and unexpected as we begin to emerge from the pandemic lock…
April 8, 2021
6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Third Stimulus Check
Coronavirus and Your Money

6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Third Stimulus Check

If you don't have to use your third stimulus check for basic necessities, consider putting the money to work for you. You'll thank yourself later.
March 20, 2021
Brandon Copeland: Make the Most of Your Third Stimulus Check
family savings

Brandon Copeland: Make the Most of Your Third Stimulus Check

Kiplinger.com contributing editor and NFL linebacker Brandon Copeland offers guidance on targeted ways to wisely utilize your third stimulus check.
March 16, 2021