Okay, caveat here… These are the blogs that
Sadly, I’m quick to point out that most of them are men. There are not that many women writing about money which is a bummer because the gap between gender and money is as big as the ocean. We need more women talking about their finances! So if you’re a gal looking for a new hobby in the new year – consider this a sign from the universe to get writing!
Okay, on to my favorite money blogs.
Before I get to my favorite money blogs, first I want to tell you how I read them because that’s just as important as which ones I follow. I like to collect money blogs on my Feedly App that I keep exclusively on my iPad. I like reading them at night before bed (don’t judge – it beats scrolling Instagram). For whatever reason, reading about money puts me to sleep. Can’t imagine why?
No seriously though, reading about personal finances gives me this sense of calm… as though I’m doing something really good for myself, like eating kale or getting an annual pelvic exam, only better. Ya know?
Okay, onto my reading list….
Financial Samurai – Sam is prolific and smart AF. That said, he takes the perspective of a guy who retired early from a finance career and lives in the SF Bay Area. Because of that, I totally relate to his perspective on real estate and cost of living. If you live in Minnesota, you probably won’t. He’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I think he’s a financial smarty-pant.
Budgets Are Sexy – very much an “every man’s” perspective on money combined with a big heart, a great sense of humor and a funky hairdo. What else could you want from a money blogger?
Think Save Retire – he lives in an Airstream with his wife and pets. Kinda my dream, but so not my reality. I read his work anyway because I like his perspective on living – simple, minimal and free to roam.
Mr Money Mustache – as his name suggests, he’s one of a kind. You may not resonate with his lifestyle, but his ideas will make you think hard about your current life choices. I’ve read every single blog post he’s written. I can’t say that about any other blog out there.
1500 Days to Freedom – named after the stage of his journey when he first started out reaching for FI. He’s now retired (although his wife still works for Bigger Pockets) but I love the way he writes.
Afford Anything – her writing is just as awesome (if not better) than her podcasting skills. Love everything she produces. It’s always well thought out and a pleasure to read.
Making Sense of Cents – She shares her income reports on her blog and they’re crazy huge! If I could make more than 50 bucks from this website I’d be thrilled! I find her content is focused on millennials (of which I am clearly not), but interesting to follow nonetheless.
ESI Money – he does weekly millionaire reports where he features a person with a net worth of seven figures. It’s interesting to see that the majority of the stories he shares are of people who have been w2 employees their whole life and just made smart money choices. Goes to show that you don’t have to win big with a start up or be born into wealth to acquire it. I find these stories really inspirational.
Dash 2 Retire – I’ve recently started reading this blog and I love it because we live opposite lives. She’s an American living in Canada (she calls herself an AmeriCanadian), and I’m the reverse (a CanadiMerican?), but we’re both asking the same questions about where to retire and how soon can we do it. She’s got a ton of great info on cross-border retirement that’s invaluable if you find yourself in a similar situation.
Honestly, there’s a TON more that I read, but these are some of my favorites. With that said, I’d love to know your favorites as I’m always looking for new content to be inspired by.