Hey there, Picky people! It’s time for another installment of my favorite frugal bloggers. Check out the first and second posts here if you missed them.
As a personal finance writer, I spend a lot of time reading other personal finance sites. In fact, I probably spend 10 hours a week reading other people’s blogs!
There’s so much awesome content out there that I wanted to introduce y’all to a few of my favorite bloggers. This list is by no means exhaustive; it would take forever and a day to list all of my favorite bloggers. So I’ll feature a few of them from time to time if you’re looking for a new blog to read.
I’ve always found it interesting how saving money and the Earth go hand in hand. Unconventional Sustainability talks about practical ways to save money while living an environmentally-friendly lifestyle. Read all about car-free living and running an urban homestead—you can save money while doing some wicked-fun stuff in your own backyard. Sounds like a win to me.
The site also focuses on building positive behaviors, decluttering, and bike riding. This blog is a joy to read and reminds me that I can stretch myself even further to be a producer instead of a consumer.
My pal Dan over at Pennies and Dollars is a fantastic writer. He’s a fellow Millennial with lots of advice for decreasing expenses, investing, and eliminating debt.
In particular he focuses on raising financially-literate kids, which is something Millennials should be concerned about, since many of us are starting families. Dan also explains a lot of things I have difficulty wrapping my head around, like retirement accounts and investing. If you’re new to the idea of investing (like me), Pennies and Dollars is a fantastic resource.
Steve, the mastermind behind Think Save Retire, retired at the ripe ol’ age of 35. That’s a feat by itself, but Steve impresses me for another reason: he lives in an Airstream trailer named Charlie. Since his retirement I’ve noticed his blog is much more irreverent and a complete joy to read. There’s something to the “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” mentality that I admire. J
Nowadays the blog focuses around Steve’s musings as an early retiree, as well as money topics about housing, credit, and healthcare. Check out Think Save Retire to hear what life’s like on the other side of FIRE.
I adore Penny of She Picks Up Pennies. Her blog covers a little bit of everything, from picking up extra cash with side hustles to fun savings strategies. Aside from saving money, there’s also something really nostalgic about her blog. She often talks about her family and those memories—it gives me the warm fuzzies.
She Picks Up Pennies is also great because she has a huge heart for charity and for real-world money experiences. Her content is far from the “Just skip your daily Starbucks!” advice we’re all used to hearing. The result is real, honest strategies to cut expenses and grow your money—with privilege left at the door.
Check out She Picks Up Pennies for well-written bits of wisdom with a humorous bite.
At first I had no clue how mustard seeds related to money—hell, I barely knew what a mustard seed was. But there’s a fantastic meaning behind this blog’s name. In the words of MSM: “Mustard Seed Money stems from a passage in the Bible. In Mark 4:30-32, Jesus speaks of the smallest seed, a grain of mustard seed. Once sown, it grows and becomes one of the largest plants in the garden.”
That’s nice. 🙂 It just goes to show that you can grow something small into something huge and extraordinary.
Mustard Seed earns points for blogging on nearly everything under the financial sun: job hunting, investing, saving, and more. He often writes about fun little tidbits like how your dominant hand affects your financial choices and how music affects your shopping habits. His writing always keeps me on my toes, and I always walk away having learned something new. As a fellow introvert, his writing style is more toned-down, but he has wisdom beyond his years.
Mustard Seed is on target to retire at age 40, which isn’t too far away! Be sure to tune in to his blog as he encroaches on his FIRE date.
The bottom line
There are so, so many great personal finance sites out there.
Hopefully one day I can catalog all of the awesomeness that they collectively publish. But in the meantime, enjoy this first list of just a few of my favorite bloggers. It just goes to show you that frugality and early retirement comes in all shapes and sizes; but it’s all about being Picky and doing what’s right for you.
We want to know: What are some of your favorite money blogs?