Getting in charge of your finances is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
I used to feel totally powerless with money and thought I’d be in debt forever. I took control and decided I didn’t want it to be that way. You can do the same. You can pay off ALL of your debt (including your mortgage), save for your retirement, and spend on things that matter to you.
Taking control of my money has allowed me to…
- pay off $15,000 in student loans the day I graduated
- pay off $25,000 in debt
- build a net worth of $20,000 by 25
- create a comfortable emergency fund
- max out my 401(k) and IRA
- give generously to charities
- take family and friends on vacations
- on track to reach $50k net worth at 26 years old
Below are 10 of my favorite personal finance bloggers that will motivate you to save and make more.
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1. Making Sense of Cents
Making Sense of Cents is a personal finance blog by Michelle Schroeder. It should come as no surprise that MSOC is #1 on my list since Michelle is my sister.
Not only that, Making Sense of Cents is filled with tons of free information to get you in control of your finances and can even help you start your own business at home.
Michelle is known for creating Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, a course that tells you everything you need to know to be successful with affiliate marketing. My favorite thing about the course is the private Facebook group, which I use weekly to ask questions related to blogging. She’s a #boss when it comes to affiliate income, as you can see from her income reports.
She also shared ten tips for bloggers who want to make money blogging.
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2. Natalie Bacon
Natalie Bacon is one of my favorite websites to follow. Natalie’s website is primarily about personal development now, but she started out as a personal finance blogger and has some amazing articles on money.
Natalie quit her six-figure job because she dreaded going to work every day. She even has her own YouTube channel, which has quickly become one of my favorite channels.
On top of being a Certified Financial Planner and blogger, Natalie is also paying off $200,000 in student loans. She’s already paid $100,000, which is no small feat.
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3. Club Thrifty
Club Thrifty is a blog written by Holly and Greg, a married couple who used to work together as morticians. I love learning about careers that aren’t as popular as others, so I was immediately drawn to their blog by their mortician blog post.
Holly and Greg now earn a living online.
They’ve paid off their debt, saved five figures for their daughter’s college education, and now live a frugal lifestyle while also traveling to some pretty exotic and historical locations.
Their posts are fun to read, informative, and filled with tons of advice and tips that they’ve personally learned in their lives.
- Working to Live: How Being a Mortician Reshaped My Money Mindset
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4. Financial Best Life
Financial Best Life is written by Lauren Bowling, who has been featured on several publications, such as Forbes, U.S. News, CNN Money, Business Insider, and more.
She had a shopping addiction in college, moved to New York City at 24 with less than $300, and even managed to pay off $10K in credit card twice.
I love Lauren’s style of writing. When I read her blog, I feel like she’s talking to me as a friend.
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- 6 Steps On How To Start Investing In Your Twenties
- How I Paid Off Debt While Living In New York City
5. Millennial Money Man
Millennial Money Man is by Bobby, a millennial who was once a high school teacher. After graduating from college, Bobby realized he didn’t want to struggle with debt for the rest of his life.
While he was a high school band teacher, he managed to pay off his student loans in 2 years on a teacher’s salary.
He originally started his blog to document his story, but now runs a successful personal finance blog that shares brutally honest information on finances and living frugally.
- I Make $200,000 a Year and Dress Like a Scrub
- The Real Reason I Live Debt-Free
- The Reason That Most People Don’t Pay Off Debt
6. Caroline Vencil
Before becoming a blogger, Caroline lived off of one income (her husband made $17,000 per year) and lived off of a pretty strict budget.
They managed to buy two cars, build savings, and even buy a house.
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7. My Debt Epiphany
My Debt Epiphany is by Choncé, a personal finance expert who is also a freelance writer.
She even previously guests posted on my blog on her story of being a freelance writer.
I love Choncé’s story because it’s both heartbreaking and heartwarming.
In 2013, Choncé was a single mom who would once search for quarters in parking lots to do her laundry.
A few years later, she now runs a successful business where she gets to work for herself and be her own boss.
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- How to Eat Well With a $300 Monthly Grocery Budget
8. Young Yet Wise
Candice is the creator of Young Yet Wise.
Like most personal finance bloggers, Candice started her blog to document her finance journey.
Young Yet Wise eventually became a website where people came to learn how to take control of their money and pay off debt.
Alongside her blog, she offers one on one coaching and even has a monthly paid membership service called The Young Yet Wise Society, which helps women manage their money and hold them accountable to meet their goals.
She even recently paid off almost $50,000 from student loans and credit card debt. So inspiring!
Candice also has an awesome YouTube channel, where she shares tips on paying off debt, personal development, entrepreneurship, and more.
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- Money Tips I Wish I Learned Sooner
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9. Stefanie O’ Connell
Stefanie O’ Connell is a millennial money expert and is helping young adults all around the world with their finances.
Stefanie graduated college with a degree in drama and went on to travel the world on tour of Cinderella the musical.
After the tour, she came back to NYC and was unemployed at the height of the financial crisis in the U.S.
She realized she wanted to get ahead and take control of her finances.
When she wasn’t working, she was budgeting, learning about investment principles, and eventually started helping others through her blog.
She even has a book, The Broke and Beautiful Life, which will get you excited about budgeting and investing, instead of falling asleep or feeling a rush of anxiety.
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I couldn’t write this post and not include my blog. 🙂
FITnancials started several years ago as a hobby blog. Never did I ever think this blog would become my full-time job.
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