It’s been over two years since I published the Top 50 Frugality Blogs that Will Help You Save Money and during that period of time, while the recession hasn’t shown any signs of “being over”, the resources available to help you live a more frugal and financially secure life have grown. I’m still a huge fan of the sites previously listed, but I want to focus on new sites so that you guys have over 75 incredibly useful sites to turn to for both personal and professional development and how to live frugally.
So, in no particular order, I present my 35 favorite personal finance/frugal living sites of this year. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend that you add them to your “to read” list. And because I know all of you are busy, I’ve included an interesting post from each site. I hope that you not only find new gems, but rediscover old favorites.
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1. Dumb Little Man offers a wide array of tips that will help readers save money, become more productive, and enjoy life a little more each day.
Favorite Post: 7 Warning Signs That You’ve Given Up on Your Dreams
2. Get Rich Slowly does what its title implies: it offers personal finance advice and contextualizes the larger financial landscape for those who are unfamiliar with this realm. The site features home and mortgage advice, as well as debt relief info.
Favorite Post: The Road to Wealth is Paved with Goals
3. Zen Habits offers advice on simplicity, health, and inspiration all while promoting frugality and developing a path towards a more zen future.
Favorite Post: 6 Money lessons for My College-Aged Daughter
4. Debt-Proof Living offers its readers a custom-made plan for getting out of debt, alongside a substantial archive of blog posts that lend prime financial insights. You can utilize tools and calculators on-site in order to get started.
Favorite Post: When Wants Become Needs
5. Surviving and Thriving demonstrates, through smart writing and relevant backstories, how frugality is less about denial and more about mindfulness. The site encourages its readers to make the most of what they have, however much that is.
Favorite Post: Think You’re Broke? You Probably Aren’t.
6. The Art of Manliness aims to rediscover the quintessential elements of a healthy and virtuous man. The blog encourages men to reclaim the positive traits that make them a functioning, responsible and proud member of society.
Favorite Post: A Young Man’s Guide to Understanding Retirement Accounts: IRAs
7. Consumerism Commentary is a sobering but informative and encouraging personal finance blog. Many of the posts tap into current events, and reflect an ever-changing financial landscape.
Favorite Post: Is Following Your Passion a Luxury?
8. Generation X Finance caters its financial advice to those born between 1965-1980. The news and suggestions aren’t exclusive, however, and other generations can still learn how to control debt and establish a successful career.
Favorite Post: Top 5 Ways to Become a Millionaire
9. My Dollar Plan explores the difficult-to-navigate world of college savings, retirement planning and tax strategies. On top of finance tips, readers can receive deals and discounts to help them save more money.
Favorite Post: 5 Alternative & Creative Gift Giving Ideas
10. StopBuyingCrap.com isn’t your run-of-the-mill personal finance site. Not only does it offer advice, but its tone is exceptional–the whole site is devoted to making saving fun and excited, instead of tedious and humdrum.
Favorite Post: 10 Simple Ways to Feel Rich Without Materialistic Means
11. The Digerati Life keeps its readers up-to-date on the latest investment studies and financial forecasts. The site is especially tech-savvy.
Favorite Post: 14 Staycation Ideas & Ways to Save Money with Local Travel
12. Afford Anything suggests that time is more important than money. The blog encourages readers to invest wisely, live your wildest dreams, and maximize each moment on their way to a life that is richer in every way.
Favorite Post: Stop Crying That There Are No Jobs. Create One.
13. Enemy of Debt takes an aggressive stance against debt and helps its readers find and then maintain a debt-free lifestyle. Self-reliance is the name of the game – the ultimate goal – on this site.
Favorite Post: Stop Spending Money – It All Depends on Your Definition of STOP!
14. I Will Teach You to Be Rich takes a hard-nosed approach to ensuring that its readers’ financial lives are advanced and enriched. Strategies are shared through books and other media, and the exploration of psychology is a huge component to the site’s success.
Favorite Post: 7 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Money
15. The Diary of a Frugal Family is devoted to sharing recipes, thoughts, and tips on parenting. The tone is friendly and conversational – a perfect site to ease your way into the world that is frugal literature.
Favorite Post: Homemade Nutella Cookies
16. Bad Money Advice is home to the often bitter but entertaining and informative rants of a Boston resident. Frank shares his financial thoughts with readers “because mainstream personal advice is not what it should be.”
Favorite Post: A Tax on People Who Can’t Do Math
17. Pick The Brain is a web site that aims to motivate readers on toward a more productive, healthy and better-educated lifestyle. Self-improvement is the name of the game here, meaning psychology and philosophy are prominent features.
Favorite Post: Time is All We Have: 3 Ways to Increase ROI
18. Clever Dude is a smart blog that offers advice on family, marriage and finances. Any and all advice stems from the very mistakes “Clever Dude” has made himself – his family has reduced their debt by at least $200k over a 4-year period; it’s this first-hand experience with debt that makes this site such a great resource.
Favorite Post: Frugal Lunch by Clever Dudette
19. Kiplinger doesn’t just give exceptional personal finance advice. Going a step further, the site features business forecasts, and helps readers anticipate and therefore secure their financial future.
Favorite Post: The Most Overlooked Tax Deductions
20. Five Cent Nickel is a forum in which money matters, and the proper management of it matters more. The site discusses credit card usage, savings and CD rates, as well as mortgages and insurance policies.
Favorite Post: How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?
21. Man Versus Debt is an encouraging website that advices its readers to sell unnecessary belongings (remove the barriers), pay off debt (remove the chains) and then live the adventurous lives they dream of.
Favorite Post: Tyler Durden’s Guide to Personal Finance
22. Shoestring is devoted to encouraging and maintaining a healthy, cheap and environmentally sound lifestyle. The site offers money-saving tips, as well as a collection of advise on vintage/thrift shopping and swapping.
Favorite Post: Homemade Condiments: Just Like Grandma Made
23. Suddenly Frugal is a warm, inspiring and humane site that offers coupons and savings advice to mothers and families. Leah has years of experience, having been raised from childhood that being frugal is a lifestyle, not a whim.
Favorite Post: 4 Tips for Charitable Contributions at the Holidays
24. On the Financial Samurai, personal finances are explored and discussed in-depth. Possibilities for a more secure future are provided to the readers, and are done so with a tone that’s informal/safe yet informative.
Favorite Post: Don’t Have Children if You Can’t Take Care of Yourself
25. Budgeting in the Fun Stuff provides readers with a savvy lineup of personal financing advice. The owner posts her monthly budget and leads the way to a more frugal life by example.
Favorite Post: Tipping After a Bad Experience
26. 20 Something Finance provides advice on reducing clutter, casting debt away, and finding the career that’s most suitable for you. This site is particularly geared towards those in their twenties, as the title suggest. As their tagline states, “Get a Head Start on Your Freedom” – great advice.
Favorite Post: The US is the Most Overworked Developed Nation in the World – When Do We Draw the Line?
27. Love Money keeps their readers abreast with an ever current roll of articles, blogs, and news from pertinent media outlets. Love Money focuses primarily on a British population, but the financial tips and psychology is transferrable.
Favorite Post: The UK’s Cheapest Ever Meal
28. Sweating The Big Stuff is unique in that it is operated by a recent college grad. He wants to help others spend wisely as he goes through his own fiscal maturation.
Favorite Post: The Different Types of Student Loans
29. The Budget Fashionista embarks on the mission to find quality yet affordable clothing and apparel. She enthusiastically invites all of her readers to join in on the process.
Favorite Post: How to Sell Your Gift Cards
30. The Frugal Cook is a compelling food blog, replete with astounding recipes and ideas for affordable but tasty meals and beverages. Fancy, difficult sounding recipes become a possibility – both in the kitchen and on your wallet.
Favorite Post: How to Entertain on a Budget
31. Frugal-RV-Travel is a fun, unique site that encourages readers to see life as an adventure. The bloggers document their affordable RV travels, and offer advice on how to follow suit.
Favorite Post: 17 Tips to Find Free Overnight RV Parking Anywhere
32. Million Dollar Journey offers an empirical glimpse at today’s financial situation. The writer lives through and manages the same issues we all do, and most of the the advice given comes from personal experience. There are also a lot of educational articles written on mature investments.
Favorite Post: How Investing Taxes Work; Part 1
33. Doughroller is a site about making, saving, giving and spending money. The site regularly posts advice on real estate investing, on gaining and using insurance, and on the mastery of credit card debt.
Favorite Post: 55 Painless Money Saving Tips
34. Entrepreneur.com is a community forum in which today’s top technological and financial developments are discussed. A special focus is placed on what it takes to establish a startup, franchise, or other business.
Favorite Post: Scrambling to Build a Business on a Viral Trend
35. Smart Spending combines the best monetary advice from MSN Money and other blogs/sites. Retirement, loans, and taxes are heavily featured. Articles are posted quite frequently and are great for those testing out the financial waters.
Favorite Post: Should You Raid Your 401k?
Check out these other great sites that made the previous best frugal living list.