Bust Out Bloggers

by Kristina on October 8, 2010 · 13 comments

This week I Googled Personal Financial Blogs, I was amazing to see exactly how many Personal Finance Blogs are actually out there in cyberspace.  Here are my favourite picks for some fun, creative, and informative Personal Finance blogs.

My favourite blog is BudgetsAreSexy by my friend J.Money.  The reason I love this blog so much is because J is a real person who writes about real financial situations.  As a bank employee I deal with personal finance all day long and believe me, by Thursday night all money starts to look the same (no disrespect to American dollar bills).  Traditionally, personal finance is very boring and we often hear the same advice.  J.Money makes finance fun. If you want a break from your budget spreadsheet then I suggest you pimp your personal finances with J.Money @ Budgets Ar eSexy.

Frugal Dad is “making frugal cool again”.  This is an interesting personal finance website that offers finance tips while sharing personal stories.  He discusses family money issues in his Kids and Money category. Frugal Dad also offers helpful tips as he discusses how to get out of debt, as well as which online banks give us the most bang for our buck with high interest rates on e-savings accounts.

I like Investor Junkie because the focus is on investing and not on money management.  This is very unique because so often personal finance blogs are focused on budgets and money, that we forget about saving and asset allocations.  As a personal financial planner I enjoy this blog because he offers tips on investing as well as recommends his favourite investing books.  This is great for those of us who like to turn a page instead of click a mouse button.  He is not an “investment professional” and doesn’t claim to be.  Investor Junkie is well read and self educated on the topic of personal finance. The website layout is not extraordinary but the investing advice and tips are priceless.

The one thing that I found was missing from my Personal Finance search were Women’s blogs. Ladies, I know that historically finance has been a mans world but this is 2010.  Please let me know if you have a favourite female finance blog. I would love to read some financial blogs through the eyes of other women.

The lack of female personal finance blogs could be due to the fact that traditionally women have not been the head of households or CFOs.  Traditionally we have not been in charge of finances whether it is corporate or personal.  Women have also never been dominant in the world of finance or in the world of technology (historically). This may be a reason why I found a lack of Women’s financial blogs for women by women.  I think that this is an even stronger reason why women should “Go Online and Get Creative” with their blogging. If we share our stories we can learn from each others success.

Happy Friday!

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PS: The Early Retirement Extreme book is also now out!  By our friend Jacob from Early Retirement Extreme Blog. Should be a great read.  Here are our other favourite articles from the week:

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1 Investor Junkie October 8, 2010 at 9:19 am

Thanks for the mention!! Working on the web site layout. It’s a work in progress as I have more time to devote to it. :-)

2 Sandy L October 9, 2010 at 7:51 am

Frugal Dad was the very first PF blog I ever read.

My two favorites are http://everydaytipsandthoughts.com/ and http://www.budgetinginthefunstuff.com/ both female bloggers.

Plus, I’m a chic and I do write about financial topics..even though my blog name doesn’t have the word money in it. There are also loads of mommy blogs that talk about household budgeting and stuff.

3 leslie October 9, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I am not sure if my first response went through or not. I feel this is extremely important and have no idea how Kristina did not find ANY female bloggers in her google search. Apparently, this commenting system will not let me post url’s so here are the site names, again.

Rainy Day Saver
Fabulously Broke In The City
Girl With The Red Balloon
27 And Frugal
Brooklyn’s Bitches on a Budget
Money Crush
Money Funk
Savvy Sugar
Serendipity’s Guide to Saving
The Centsible Life
Well Heeled Life

4 Rainy-Day Saver October 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Wow, the sexism boggles the mind. As Leslie pointed out, there are plenty of female personal finance bloggers out there. Many of us just talk about different things than the ‘menfolk’ — our focus is on being frugal and paying down debt because hey, we’re usually the ones running the household and handling the finances there. YES, I find that the majority of the women I know are in charge of the family finances.

Adding insult to injury, many post roundups (such as yours) don’t even attempt to include a female-written PF blog. So that’s not helping us poor, defenseless women who know nothing about finances.

More fantastic woman-run PF blogs (many your fellow Canadians):

A Gai Shan Life
Bucksome Boomer
Couple Money
Blonde and Balanced
Fabulously Broke… in the City
Give Me Back My Five Bucks
Little House in the Valley
Ultimate Money Blog

… I could go on, but I’m sure you get the point by now.

5 SP October 9, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I think female PF blogs are typically less “big” than males and we tend to go off topic a lot more. This isn’t true for all, and some great pf blogs are mentioned above, some of them very popular!

I don’t read many male PF blogs myself – I know they are out there, but I don’t relate to them the way I do to the blogs listed above!

6 Sandy @ yesiamcheap October 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I don’t know about this lack of female Pf bloggers. I’ve met quite a lot of them and they are outside the scope of the “mommy blog” genre. Perhaps one just has to look and not just go to the top 10? Wisebread even ran a list of top female personal finance blogs back in 2008.http://www.wisebread.com/the-complete-list-of-personal-finance-blogs-by-women Let’s also not forget about the entire Blogher network where there are tons of finance bloggers. Tsk, tsk Dinks. Very disappointed.

7 Kristina October 12, 2010 at 12:50 am

Thank you everyone for your responses and for all of the great female blog references. I will definitely check them out.

8 FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com October 12, 2010 at 9:41 am

Wow. I feel totally honoured to be mentioned twice in the comments.

I am also curious as how you haven’t come across female bloggers. There are a ton of us out there, way more than guys I’d say, and we tend to update more frequently…

We aren’t just mothers. Single women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s are not uncommon and some of us are freelancers too….

9 Amber - Blonde and Balanced October 12, 2010 at 11:18 am

This is so silly. When I google “personal finance blogs” the 2nd site that comes up is Madame X’s My Open Wallet – a female ran PF blog! Also, The Digerati Life shows up before Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You To Be Rich. Geez…

10 Stephanie Christensen November 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Ladies, ladies. Give her break! There are lots of women-run PF blogs out there…but a good lesson learned that perhaps all of women money bloggers need to unite and give ourselves a better voice! I am starting a new segment on my site called $mart Chick$, devoted to making personal finance cool, interesting, and important to those of us in our 20s and 30s…check it out and please give me suggestions. thanks!

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