Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with Amber from Blonde and Balanced on a great idea. We see a lot of Top Blog Lists popping up everywhere around the blogosphere, and while we both think they’re great, we wanted to make a list of personal finance bloggers who share their stories and interact with the blogging community on a more personal level.
To us, being a great personal finance blogger doesn’t necessarily mean being able to generate the most income, report the news, have thousands of subscribers, or even a lot of fame – it’s the connection you can make with your readers and the stories you are willing to share with the world that make you approachable and real.
So Amber and I came up with this list (in no particular order):
The Top 10 Realest Personal Finance Bloggers!
- Fabulously Broke in the City – I’ve known FB for a long time. Her blog has evolved a lot since she began writing, and I think she does an amazing job coming up with unique content every day that combines life and personal finance. She really takes pride on making her blog great – editing photos and creating a story behind each post.
- Well-Heeled – I’ve been reading her blog since I started PF blogging. I think we have a lot in common – especially because we were both unemployed at the same time earlier this year and both got jobs around the same time too. I really like how thoughtful and relavent her posts are.
- Girl Red Balloon – Red is a 20-something blogger finishing up her college degree. I enjoy her posts on being frugal and saving money because it always reminds me that, even though I’m almost 4 years out of college, living and budgeting like a college student can still be done in a fun way – and save you tons of money.
- Punch Debt in the Face – I heart Debt Ninja. His posts are always hilarious and unexpected – between his stick figure drawings to his personal finance ninja rapping, he always comes up with surprising ways to entertain his readers.
- Budgets are Sexy – I remember when J$ first came on the blogging scene, I thought to myself: “this guy is crazy!” And I was right. He makes personal finance fun in a very unique and engaging way. He very recently got laid off, and is now trying his hand at becoming a full-time blogger! He has the drive and ambition to succeed so I’m excited to read about his freelancing journey.
- Enemy of Debt – This is a great blog, and it is inspiring to know that he came from over $25k worth of debt and was able to eliminate it all in 18 months.
- Stacking Pennies – SP is amazing! She is a running machine, goes on amazing hiking trips (maybe one day BF and I will get to go hiking with her!), and is great at budgeting and saving.
- Small Steps for Big Change – SSBC writes an amazing PF blog about getting out of debt, saving, living frugally, and life in general.
- Young and Thrifty – She is a fellow Vancouverite who has just bought her first house! She blogs about investing (which I need to learn a lot about), savings and personal finance tips. I also cannot wait to hear more about her new place! Maybe … some pictures? Hint, hint.
- Paying Myself – She is a lawyer from Ontario who has set up her own practice. Her goals include getting out of student loan debt, saving and living frugally. I love how she blogs about her real life issues and problems with money. It’s interesting and refreshing.
You can check out Amber’s post about this Top 10 list HERE!
$6.81 Subway (forgot my lunch. again.)
$8.85 dessert (for BF and I)
$61.44 Christmas gifts
$27.68 dinner & 2 drinks (10 year reunion dinner)
$11.00 pub (2 drinks)
+ $60 sister (owed from her half of a couple Christmas gifts)
+ $199.52 freelance/side income
$8.53 breakfast (for BF and I)
No Spend Day!
$8.40 Starbucks (for sister and I)
$4.97 RW&Co. (leggings, on sale from $18)
$16.78 Calvin Klein (2 bras $7.49 each, on sale from $24.99 each)
+ $15 casino :)
TOTAL: + $91.45
Well, I offset a lot of my spending by being able to bring in extra income, making this week cash-positive. Plus it helped that I spent half of the week in my hometown over the holidays, which meant minimal spending.
My shopping ban is officially over for a week so I went Boxing Day shopping. As you can see, I went completely crazy and spent over $20! :) While there were a lot of great things on sale, there wasn’t anything I really needed. On Wednesday I’m going to go shopping across the border. I really want to make it my mission to find a great pair of boots (because I’ve wanted a pair for almost 10 years and because of my upcoming trip to Toronto in a few weeks). I also want to check out a few other things from my wish list.