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Looking for a list of the top financial bloggers to follow this year? I’ve been following several financial bloggers for the past 12 years, and it’s incredible how much good advice is available at our fingertips. What’s scary, though, is that literally anyone can start a blog today and start giving financial advice, with no credentials. So who is the cream of the crop? These bloggers are my favorite, must-follow top personal finance blogs today.
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Top Financial Bloggers to Follow
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Dave Ramsey, DaveRamsey.com
Dave Ramsey is America’s Trusted Voice on Money. He’s the shiny, bald guy behind the mic on the Dave Ramsey Show, a radio talk show in which he offers money and financial advice weekdays from 2-5pm EST. You can watch or listen to his show on YouTube or iTunes podcast, and he’s got hundreds of videos of debt-free screams from motivated followers. Dave’s advice is pretty straightforward. He has seven baby steps for folks to complete in their journey to debt freedom, with the ultimate goal being able to “live and give like no one else”. Dave is well-known for his debt snowball payoff plan. I’ve written about the differences between the debt snowball vs debt avalanche, and I also created a free spreadsheet so you can see exactly how many months you have until you could be debt free. Enter your email in the box below and I’ll send it right over!
He often talks about the nerds and the free spirits. But he never has spoken about the free-spirited nerd (which is me to a T). A free-spirited nerd struggles with two personality types. They know what the practical, logical thing to do is (pay off debt, save more money, etc), but they’re easily distracted by flashy objects, cars, toys, things that have nothing to do with their goals.
Here is today’s live-streamed radio show. You can visit his YouTube channel to hear lots of inspirational stories. He’s got some good ‘meat and potatoes’, but if you start following him, make sure you consider your OWN financial situation before taking his advice as if it’s Dave’s way or the highway. You can read more about why my husband and I changed up Dave’s plan to work for our family, saving us thousands of dollars every year. We sold our upside down car, started working diligently on our debt snowball, and started an emergency fund.
Philip Taylor, PTMoney.com
Philip Taylor aka “PT Money” offers his readers ways to make extra money, save more money, spend your money wisely, and “build the life you want”. PT speaks my language! He was a CPA when he started the blog in 2007, but he says he still had too much debt and not enough savings but a passion for helping others reach their financial goals.
I was a banker for eight years before I became a licensed Realtor®, and I can relate to his passion for helping others. I’m gonna be so bold as to say that I bet PT is a free-spirited nerd like myself.
PT also created FinCon, an annual financial content expo helping hundreds of top financial bloggers reach millions with positive money messages. The event has now grown to host more than 1,500 attendees from across the globe. A personal goal of mine is to attend FinCon 2018 this September which happens to be during my birthday! It would be my first blogging conference (since I just started this blog January 3rd) so I’m gonna try to make it happen. 🙂
Jeff Rose, JeffRose.com
Jeff Rose’s mission is to make your financial life awesome. Yes please! He’s very transparent about who he is. A Jesus Follower, Husband, Dad, Financial Planner, Iraqi Combat Veteran, Author of Soldier of Finance, In-N-Out Burger Addict, and Crossfitter
His “day job” is a Financial Advisor, with the distinct certification of Certified Financial Planner and formed Alliance Investment Planning Group LLC, an independent financial planning firm based in Southern Illinois, in 2007. In 2011, Jeff formed his own Registered Investment Adviser, Alliance Wealth Management, LLC.
He started the blog Good Financial Cents in 2008 and it has since grown to become one of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Top 10 Money Blogs. Pretty incredible, huh? Jeff knows his stuff, and how lucky am I that he’s in my backyard?! One of these days, I’ll have to drive down to Carbondale to meet him face to face and pick his brain. Update: Jeff has moved to Nashville! Guess I’ll have to meet up with him at FinCon in Orlando with PT!
Bonus Financial Blog to Follow
Melissa Blevins, MelissaBlevins.com
Perhaps the newest kid on the block, having just created this blog in January 2018, I couldn’t possibly have left out my own personal finance blog when sharing my favorites! I created melissablevins.com after nearly a decade of dreaming of a way to help others with personal finances. When I was a banker, the best part of my job was educating people on the different products available and solving problems or pain points for clients.
I didn’t graduate from college. At this point, my kids’ college is all that’s on my mind, so going back to school to become a CFP wasn’t an option. I knew there had to be another way to help others with financial literacy. That’s why I started the blog! I offer practical money tips for the free-spirited nerd. It’s for women who want to create a better life for their families, but they just don’t know where to begin or are overwhelmed. I want to teach women to take control of their finances once and for all!
These are just a few top personal finance blogs, although there are so many more to follow. My friend Jeremy over at ModestMoney created a compilation of the top financial bloggers. I love referring to this list for different financial bloggers to follow from time to time. It’s so well-organized! Remember, the more varying opinions and advice you follow, the more confusing things can get. So try to stick with just a few and tweak the plan to fit your own needs. If the thought of coming up with a budget is daunting to you, I can create one for you! Just fill out this form, and I’d be happy to help.
I’ve done all the things! Girl, I’ve washed my face. I’ve trashed everything that doesn’t spark joy. I’ve walked the baby steps. I’ve cried. I’ve prayed, but my perfectionism has really held me back.
Perfection Hangover can be crippling. Stop comparing yourself to others and start living your best life! That’s why PH exists! I want to encourage you to take control of your money, your blog, and your business.