Working as the blogger relations manager for PR Newswire, I come across my fair share of great blogs that cover a wide variety of subject matters and interests. And as you might expect, some blogs are better than others. With that in mind and in an effort to highlight the better ones, I do my best to review one of these blogs every day. This week my focus is on personal finance blogs. Personally, finance baffles me. I try to save and do right. But there’s so much in the way of online shopping and food trucks to make me lose sight of my long-term goals. So I’m glad there are blogs like these helping people like me. Because even though I’m not an expert, my bottom line is still, well, my bottom line. And like most people, I could stand a little help with my own bookkeeping. So with that in mind, let’s tally up our loose change, balance our checkbooks, and take a tour through this brief roundup of some of the best personal finance blogs I’ve seen lately.
Don’t let the name fool you. The Motley Fool is a smart personal finance blog. And that’s partly due to the fact that they’ve been writing about finance for almost 20 years. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything to do with finance. Stories that directly affect and, ideally, assist the individual investor are also encouraged. Stay away from “penny stock” schemes, however, unless you want them ridiculed. Check out the full review here.
Man Vs. Debt is the story of a man (and his wife) selling off their possessions in order to see the world and be debt free. The site that popped up around this endeavor strives to help readers reach the same debt-free status. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything that helps families save money. And I might skip product giveaways, as they’re not all that into the whole possessions thing. Check out the full review here.
My Bank Tracker is a site dedicated to the consumer. This site tracks everything from candidates’ economic policies to bank hours. If there’s something of interest to a bank customer, you’ll more than likely read about it on here. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for something that had to do with banking as it relates to the consumer. Check out the full review here.
Christian Personal Finance is a blog for people who want to do well financially. But it’s also the blog for those who want to do well by their fellow man. This blog is about making money and saving money. But it’s also about giving away that money to those in need. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for something to do with finance and social responsibilty. Check out the full review here.
Wise Bread is not the type of blog that will tell you what not to buy. In fact they want their readers to live as great of a life as they can afford. Still, afford is the operative word here. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for something to do with coupons, discounts, giveaways and anything else that will help people (specifically Wise Bread’s readers) save some dough. Check out the full review here.
That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…
Author Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations. And as you may have guessed, he has a twitter account.