Everybody’s favorite topic around the dinner table - money. Well, maybe not quite.
If money isn’t openly discussed around your dinner table, you’re in luck - there is an endless supply of personal finance blogs across the internet today.
I want to give you a quick summary of the blogs I follow on a regular basis, so you can explore around yourself.
The personal finance community is both knowledgeable and open in talking about finance, which is great for anyone wanting to learn.
My favorite blogs range from technical to just plain fun (at least fun for me). I believe if you get into following one or two of these sites, you will be better for it.
Without further ado, here are my favorite money nerds:
As the title of the site suggests, this blog is pretty humble. The founder Jonathan Clements and his fellow contributors provide a straightforward message a few times per week. If you want clear and concise advice, this site is for you. There are no frills and long, drawn out stories - HumbleDollar gets straight to the point and helps you learn a little something along the way.
MMM for short, is pretty much the Godfather of personal finance blogs these days. He started his blog in 2011, a few years after he retired at the age of 30 (not a typo). Did he win the lottery or come from a wealthy family? No, MMM was an engineer making a nice income, but radically optimized his expenses to eliminate unnecessary waste and consumption. This isn’t an extreme frugality or couponing blog, it is MMM himself bringing awareness to his community of how everyone should be able to achieve financial independence far sooner than most are lead to believe.
Michael Kitces, whom I’ve mentioned multiple times in my blog, is a financial services industry leader in research and business insight. This blog is where I learn a tremendous amount about the more technical side of financial advice, which in turn gets passed along to my clients. Michael is also the co-founder of XY Planning Network, which Lyndale Financial is so proudly a member of. XYPN is the leading organization of fee-only financial advisors who specialize in helping members of Gen X and Gen Y.
On the more entertaining side of personal finance blogs is Budgets Are Sexy, founded by J. Money. J. Money has shared his ongoing personal journey towards financial independence in great detail ever since starting his blog in 2008. He now posts three times per week, where you will find everything from his monthly net worth reports (with the real numbers) to guest posts from other personal finance bloggers with particularly interesting stories to share. This is where you can find short, sweet, and entertaining stories on personal finance on a regular basis.
The final site I read on a regular basis is The Wealthy Accountant, which was started by Mr. Money Mustache’s accountant, Keith Schroeder. Keith has provided a tremendous amount of knowledge to me through his blog and is a recommended read for anyone interested in learning more about personal finance. He writes in a practical, no-nonsense way that gets straight the point. Here, you will not only learn a little bit about ways to save on your taxes, but more importantly how to optimize your life by minimizing unnecessary expenses and maximizing your income.
After perusing a few of these sites, let me know if you find any of them particularly interesting. Also, tell me about a personal finance site you enjoy reading on a regular basis - I’m always looking to add to my list. Send me your messages here.