Earlier today, I wrote about how I like to keep track of how much money I save by writing lists. My lists chronicle just about everything I do that makes even the smallest contribution to my wallet or the environment (because little things add up to very big things). My favorite ways to save money? Mobile coupons (with SnipSnap!), running instead of driving, collecting free food (and loving leftovers!), using mobile gift cards (Wrapp), purchasing discount gift cards (GiftCardRescue.com), and knowing how to shop sales while setting limits for how much I’ll pay for food and wardrobe staples.
Budgets Are Sexy: The man behind Budgets Are Sexy, J. Money, may sound mysterious, but he’s actually just a regular guy who likes beer and has a baby. His home-grown personal finance blog is full of fascinating ways to save money and keep track of your savings. I’m in serious aw of his meticulous lists, charts, and graphs: his mortgage pay-off plan, his “baby cost tracker” (seriously, read this before you even think about having a kid!), and his collection of budget templates are really a must-have for budget-savvy folks (or just folks who aspire to be budget-savvy!)
Frugal Confessions: Amanda from Frugal Confessions writes a beautiful and smart blog; her posts about how to play the drugstore “game” and why you should drive a beater car (I’m SO in line with this!) will absolutely change how you think about spending your money. She also writes great, outside-the-box advice; my favorite post is her “Frugal Lessons from People Who Survived the Great Depression.”
Free Money Finance: The man behind Free Money Finance writes one of the most comprehensive, inspiring blogs (really, this blog is better than a book on personal finance!) about everything from how to shop for credit cards, how to score extra sources of income, and how to use the 80-20 principle to enhance your finances and your career.
One Cent at a Time: SB from One Cent at a Time writes a wonderfully motivation blog about how to live completely debt-free, no matter what stage of life you’re currently occupying. His focus is on living a beautiful, rich life without suffering the financial pit-falls so many people succumb to in the pursuit of happiness. Check out some of his posts: 51 Ways to Get out of Debt and Conventional (and Unconventional!) Ways to Save Money While You’re in College.
Frugally Sustainable: I absolutely love Andrea’s blog; I adore her frugal philosophy that stems from an appreciation of nature + simple, delicious, and nutritious food + craftiness (check out how to sew adorable summer skirts from recycled bed sheets!)
Go Gingham: Sara from Go Gingham writes a fabulous blog about how to live frugally in good taste. Her posts make me feel like I can control absolutely every area of my life, from how to track my basic expenses, to what kind of pens to use (anyone else have a pen fetish?!)
Squawkfox: Kerry from Squawkfox isn’t just my personal finance hero; she’s also my personal fitness hero! Kerry’s completed two Iron Man triathlons (she breaks down the cost of being a triathlete here with advice on how to be a budget athlete). Basically, Kerry is a super-human encyclopedia of everything you need to know about saving money in every single facet of your life. (I’m loving her 32 cent frappucino recipe!)