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Top 10 Realest Personal Finance Bloggers

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Small Steps for Big Change – SSBC writes an amazing PF blog about getting out of debt, saving, living frugally, and life in general.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!

Author: Krystal Yee

I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.


Comments

  1. Maureen says:

    i have read posts from almost everyone of your top 10 and I agree they all have something special to offer the blogging world.
    Congratulations Girls and Boys.
    My recent post Returning to normal- and counting up the costs

  2. Maureen says:

    i have read posts from almost everyone of your top 10 and I agree they all have something special to offer the blogging world.
    Congratulations Girls and Boys.
    My recent post Returning to normal- and counting up the costs

  3. Mercedes says:

    Thanks for the list. There are a few on here I have not run across yet, so it's nice to have some new content to read through!
    My recent post Merry Christmas!

  4. Mercedes says:

    Thanks for the list. There are a few on here I have not run across yet, so it's nice to have some new content to read through!
    My recent post Merry Christmas!

  5. jolie says:

    As I read your list I found myself nod nodding in agreement. What a great list. There are several that are my first reads in the morning as I am still brushing the sleep out of my eyes. Yours is in there too, for me. thanks to all of them and you for inspiring lil folks like me.
    My recent post 2010 A quick glance

  6. jolie says:

    As I read your list I found myself nod nodding in agreement. What a great list. There are several that are my first reads in the morning as I am still brushing the sleep out of my eyes. Yours is in there too, for me. thanks to all of them and you for inspiring lil folks like me.
    My recent post 2010 A quick glance

  7. Fox - financefox.ca says:

    I follow almost everyone on the list. Awesome bloggers, great people, wonderful insight. I read these every day, througout teh day at work and that includes yours as well. Thanks for sharing the list.
    My recent post Controlling Your Own Destiny!

  8. Fox - financefox.ca says:

    I follow almost everyone on the list. Awesome bloggers, great people, wonderful insight. I read these every day, througout teh day at work and that includes yours as well. Thanks for sharing the list.
    My recent post Controlling Your Own Destiny!

  9. Red says:

    Thanks a lot, Krystal! :) It's such an honor to be included in a list with these great bloggers!

  10. Red says:

    Thanks a lot, Krystal! :) It's such an honor to be included in a list with these great bloggers!

  11. Thank you so much!!!

    I really have evolved but so have you :) You were one of the first blogs I ever read and I can't wait to see you in 2011. :D
    My recent post How to buy for cheaper on eBay or Amazon from a former eBay seller

  12. Thank you so much!!!

    I really have evolved but so have you :) You were one of the first blogs I ever read and I can't wait to see you in 2011. :D
    My recent post How to buy for cheaper on eBay or Amazon from a former eBay seller

  13. J. Money says:

    Thanks for making me blush. I'm going to go cuddle with debt ninja now and rejoice ;)
    My recent post My 7 Worst Money Mistakes

  14. J. Money says:

    Thanks for making me blush. I'm going to go cuddle with debt ninja now and rejoice ;)
    My recent post My 7 Worst Money Mistakes

  15. Brad Chaffee says:

    This was an awesome idea, and not just because I made the top ten! Okay maybe a little. Haha! seriously though, thank you for putting me on such an awesome list of bloggers!

    Here's to an even better 2011! :-D
    My recent post Homemade Wedding Tips and Benefits for 2011

  16. Brad Chaffee says:

    This was an awesome idea, and not just because I made the top ten! Okay maybe a little. Haha! seriously though, thank you for putting me on such an awesome list of bloggers!

    Here's to an even better 2011! :-D
    My recent post Homemade Wedding Tips and Benefits for 2011

  17. Ninja says:

    honored to make the list. Would it be creepy if I heart
    Krystal? hope not :) My recent post Seriously Girl Ninja

  18. Ninja says:

    honored to make the list. Would it be creepy if I heart
    Krystal? hope not :) My recent post Seriously Girl Ninja

  19. Thanks Krystal for mentioning me! I feel so honoured
    I’m going to put this mention in my “In the
    Media” page LOL! I check your blog out every day, love it!
    It’s truly like a personal finance diary :) I’m
    like a GMBMFB stalker (online, not in person). LOL okay
    I’ll show some pictures of the place once it’s
    DONE. Right now it just looks like a gutted mess. :) My recent post
    Top 4 Things to Buy After Christmas and New
    Years

  20. Thanks Krystal for mentioning me! I feel so honoured
    I’m going to put this mention in my “In the
    Media” page LOL! I check your blog out every day, love it!
    It’s truly like a personal finance diary :) I’m
    like a GMBMFB stalker (online, not in person). LOL okay
    I’ll show some pictures of the place once it’s
    DONE. Right now it just looks like a gutted mess. :) My recent post
    Top 4 Things to Buy After Christmas and New
    Years

  21. Jessie says:

    Fab list! I haven’t heard of some of those
    bloggers yet! My recent post Wedding Planning Update

  22. Jessie says:

    Fab list! I haven’t heard of some of those
    bloggers yet! My recent post Wedding Planning Update

  23. A great list — I already follow (stalk?) a few of the
    people mentioned, but will definitely check out the others. I think
    the best is, everyone seems to have a good sense of humor when they
    pick their blog names! My recent post Gift Cards- Show Me the Money!

  24. A great list — I already follow (stalk?) a few of the
    people mentioned, but will definitely check out the others. I think
    the best is, everyone seems to have a good sense of humor when they
    pick their blog names! My recent post Gift Cards- Show Me the Money!

  25. Taylor in Texas says:

    What about Cynthia’s Debt Marathon a/k/a The Grass
    is Greener? It seems like she is one of the few that still
    meticulously budgets, explains her financial goals & budget
    analysis, and answers the small timer’s questions. Her
    link is: http://debt-marathon.blogspot.com/ She
    is debt free now (are there any financial bloggers out there are
    still in debt, like the rest of us?) except for a truck payment.
    Anyway, love you guys – love the list.

  26. Taylor in Texas says:

    What about Cynthia’s Debt Marathon a/k/a The Grass
    is Greener? It seems like she is one of the few that still
    meticulously budgets, explains her financial goals & budget
    analysis, and answers the small timer’s questions. Her
    link is: http://debt-marathon.blogspot.com/ She
    is debt free now (are there any financial bloggers out there are
    still in debt, like the rest of us?) except for a truck payment.
    Anyway, love you guys – love the list.

  27. Big Ass Superstar says:

    Ack, it ate my comment. Anyway, as someone who’s
    read your blog for what seems like years … watching you virtually
    grow up in public … I think you should’ve put yourself
    on the list. I’ve been reading some of the other blogs on
    your list for almost as long, and you guys are so real, I feel fake
    in comparison. Not quite true, as I’m so bloody real that
    I don’t post as much as I should :) … But just wanted to
    pass on an attagirl and attaboy to eveyrone mentioned. And the
    phonies can just dream of your street cred. Big w00t to you. Good
    show. Cheersch from the big ass. My recent post Christmas decoration – 2010
    Flickr

  28. Big Ass Superstar says:

    Ack, it ate my comment. Anyway, as someone who’s
    read your blog for what seems like years … watching you virtually
    grow up in public … I think you should’ve put yourself
    on the list. I’ve been reading some of the other blogs on
    your list for almost as long, and you guys are so real, I feel fake
    in comparison. Not quite true, as I’m so bloody real that
    I don’t post as much as I should :) … But just wanted to
    pass on an attagirl and attaboy to eveyrone mentioned. And the
    phonies can just dream of your street cred. Big w00t to you. Good
    show. Cheersch from the big ass. My recent post Christmas decoration – 2010
    Flickr

  29. WellHeeled says:

    Thanks so much Krystal! I love reading your blog too so
    I’m very flattered. :)

  30. WellHeeled says:

    Thanks so much Krystal! I love reading your blog too so
    I’m very flattered. :)

  31. creditbuddy says:

    I definitely agree with your list. I’ve read and followed some of these blogs and I must say they all give wonderful insights and share great ideas to their readers. Of course, your blog is on my list. :) One of these days, I’ll visit some of the blogs above which I haven’t gone into. Thanks for the list. This is surely helpful to those who are looking for great reads on personal finance.

  32. creditbuddy says:

    I definitely agree with your list. I’ve read and followed some of these blogs and I must say they all give wonderful insights and share great ideas to their readers. Of course, your blog is on my list. :) One of these days, I’ll visit some of the blogs above which I haven’t gone into. Thanks for the list. This is surely helpful to those who are looking for great reads on personal finance.

  33. uhnw says:

    I refound your site after losing it a year or so ago now. Its good to be back. I like the list. I have followed a lot of these bloggers for a couple of years now and its good to see their networth improving.
    My recent post Your Charity Portfolio – High Net Worth Donation Management Part 1

  34. uhnw says:

    I refound your site after losing it a year or so ago now. Its good to be back. I like the list. I have followed a lot of these bloggers for a couple of years now and its good to see their networth improving.
    My recent post Your Charity Portfolio – High Net Worth Donation Management Part 1

  35. Tom says:

    Thanks for this list! Your blog is one my favourites (especially because you bring a Canadian perspective to it).
    You're starting to make me think that I should get into the PF blogging arena (if for no other reason than it seems like there isn't a PF blogger from Toronto around here and a blog could help focus me further).

  36. Tom says:

    Thanks for this list! Your blog is one my favourites (especially because you bring a Canadian perspective to it).
    You're starting to make me think that I should get into the PF blogging arena (if for no other reason than it seems like there isn't a PF blogger from Toronto around here and a blog could help focus me further).

  37. Miss T says:

    Thanks so much for this list. There were a few Canadian bloggers that I didn't know about. I have signed up for their feeds now. I too am a Canadian blogger from Manitoba that also writes about living green, frugal, and saving money.

  38. Miss T says:

    Thanks so much for this list. There were a few Canadian bloggers that I didn't know about. I have signed up for their feeds now. I too am a Canadian blogger from Manitoba that also writes about living green, frugal, and saving money.

  39. Doctor S says:

    Great list. I read almost all of em and picked up on the two that I didn't. Not your typical "Best Of" list. love it.
    My recent post NYE or Just Another Day

  40. Doctor S says:

    Great list. I read almost all of em and picked up on the two that I didn't. Not your typical “Best Of” list. love it.
    My recent post NYE or Just Another Day

  41. debtmaven says:

    Thanks for the list! Half of the people on my bloglist are
    crapping out, giving up blogging, or don’t blog very often
    anymore, compared to when I started 2 years ago! I need fresh
    blood, and this should help. Having a blog about personal finance
    is great, but it’s just as important to have motivation
    from other blogs, and I dearly need that right now! Thank you thank
    you! Oh, and I keep coming back to your blog over and over. I
    should just add you to my ‘roll. Thanks krystal!

  42. debtmaven says:

    Thanks for the list! Half of the people on my bloglist are
    crapping out, giving up blogging, or don’t blog very often
    anymore, compared to when I started 2 years ago! I need fresh
    blood, and this should help. Having a blog about personal finance
    is great, but it’s just as important to have motivation
    from other blogs, and I dearly need that right now! Thank you thank
    you! Oh, and I keep coming back to your blog over and over. I
    should just add you to my ‘roll. Thanks krystal!

  43. Jackie says:

    I just found this post and it is awesome. I have posted a
    link to it on my blog.

  44. Jackie says:

    I just found this post and it is awesome. I have posted a
    link to it on my blog.

  45. Michal says:

    Great list – Looks like some of my favorites made the cut!

  46. Great list… maybe I could make it next year? ;)

  47. SP says:

    I feel totally lame for not even saying thanks for creating this list AND including me on it! Better late than never! Thanks krystal!
    My recent post January Goal- Make progress on combining finances

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