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Our Picks for the Best Money Blogs

These eight stand out for the valuable personal finance advice they offer.

The December issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance with our annual best list will hit newsstands November 9. This year our list includes our favorite personal finance blogs, and I supplied several of the picks because I read a lot of blogs for my weekly roundup of great advice from around the Web.

Here are the picks as they appear in the December issue:

Best investing blog. RealClearMarkets.com is a collection of research and commentary on finance, the economy and politics gathered daily from top money managers, economists and journalists. It's where insiders go before their cup of morning Joe.

Best consumer blog. Consumerist.com is the always useful, frequently fun and deliciously snarky place to get the latest on a wide array of consumer issues. Recent posts: A ripoff at Target, foreclosure hell and a toddler-costume tag that's dangerous to toddlers.

Best blog for frugalistas. Wisebread.com isn't about being cheap, it's about being smart with your money. Or as its tagline says, "Living Large on a Small Budget." It features everything from restaurant strategies to 30 uses for the humble cardboard box.

Best blog for saving money. From feeding your family steaks for the price of burgers to making your water heater more efficient, TipHero.com has more than 3,000 money-saving ideas. Tips are posted daily, or you can receive them weekly in your in-box.

And here are a few of my other favorites that don't appear in the December issue:

Best all-around blog. The Mint Life blog at Mint.com has well-written, trustworthy posts on a variety of personal finance topics. Plus, you won't find the same ol', same ol' advice here.

Best blog for twentysomethings. This is a toss-up between Budgets Are Sexy, which aims to make personal finance fun (can't you tell by the name?), and 20Somethingfinance.com, which takes a more serious approach to teaching young adults how to get out of debt and build wealth.

Best blog for fashion deals/affordable fashion tips. BudgetFashionista.com can help you dress to impress on a budget with its daily deals, shopping guides and tips for getting celebrities' looks for less.

Best offbeat blog. LenPenzo.com makes me laugh. The posts aren't just entertaining, though -- they offer valuable tips on how to be responsible for your finances (and plenty of other things in life).

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