The Top 10 Realest Personal Finance Bloggers of 2010

I’ve been working with Krystal from Give Me Back My Bucks on something really cool!

We see lots of top blog lists floating around the blogosphere highlighting various personal finance blogs.  These lists are usually AWESOME, but they often lack a certain genre of personal finance blogging:  personal finance blogs with a voice behind the words, a story behind the name, and real-life scenarios that people can relate to.

So, we thought it would be fun to come up with a different list.  Enter: 

The Top 10 Realest Personal Finance Bloggers!

Without further ado, here are the Krystal & Amber’s Top 10 Realest PF Blogs of 2010 (in no particular order):

Girl with the Red Balloon

Punch Debt in the Face

Young and Thrifty

Paying Myself

Well-Heeled Blog

Enemy of Debt

Stacking Pennies

Small Steps for Big Change

Budgets are Sexy

Fabulously Broke in the City 

    (Check out Krystal’s blog post with the list and her reasonings behind the picks HERE.)

Girl with the Red Balloon

Red is recently married and finishing up her college degree.  Red is ultra-frugal and a budding minimalist.  The stories on her blog about how she struggles to make ends meet while studying for her degree are real and inspiring.

Punch Debt in the Face

Well-known for his hilarious stick figure drawings, “Debt Ninja” is also fun to read and a nice break from normal personal finance posts.  He isn’t afraid to piss anyone off either and recently called broke people “stupid”.  His articles are refreshing and fun – a skill that’s tough to combine with personal finance topics!

Young and Thrifty

Young from Young and Thrifty is a twenty-something Canadian who started her blog because her sisters didn’t know the difference between a debit and a credit card!  Although, I’m sure they know now (since their sis is a PF blogger and all), Young has also become and awesome blogger through the process.  And her PF ramblings and link love posts are often my favorite even if they are just ramblings. 😉 

Paying Myself

Jenn is a new lawyer living in Canada.  Although she thought she was going to be rich as a lawyer, her post titled “I Thought I Was Supposed to be Rich” was very popular around the blogosphere.  Her frequent posts are inspiring to any reader!

Well-Heeled Blog

I have to admit that Well-Heeled was one of the first blogs I ever read when I became introduced to the PF blogosphere.  Although Well-Heeled doesn’t reveal much personal financial information, her posts are still intriguing and interesting.  From her love for food and the argentine tango, to her recent interest in fitness and traveling, you’ll find tons of various topics to keep you coming back for more! 

Enemy of Debt

Brad from Enemy of Debt has to be one of the nicest bloggers around.  He is always super nice and never comes off as a know-it-all.  Brad joined J. Money from Budgets are Sexy in their 2nd annual Christmas Stimulus contest this year and is fresh off of a No Restaurant challenge.  Not only is he nice, he’s also giving and writes an interesting blog – a great combo! 

Stacking Pennies

SP was also one of the first bloggers I read.  SP has been around the PF blogosphere for a long time!  With consistent posts that venture out into different life topics – like living an active lifestyle and planning a wedding – SP is about as real as it gets. 

Small Steps for Big Change

SS4BC has taken on some crazy challenges, most notably her No Eating Out challenge of 2010.  She went a staggering EIGHT MONTHS without eating out!  Wow!  That is something I could never do.  SS4BC’s posts really let you into her life and she doesn’t hold anything back. 

Budgets are Sexy

Almost everyone knows about good ‘ol J. Money’s blog.  Not only is J hilarious, his posts don’t hold ANYTHING back!  J also recently started a new career – as a full-time blogger!  J’s getting fired story was crazy, entertaining, and shocking.  If you somehow haven’t been to his blog yet, check it out!  You’re in for a treat.

Fabulously Broke … in the City

I have to admit: sometimes FB rubs me the wrong way.  Especially when she called the Jersey Shore characters “morons”.  I’m not debating their intelligence, it just drives me nuts when people go around calling others names when they haven’t even met them.  That being said, FB is one helluva PF blogger.  Even with sometimes controversial posts, she puts a lot of work into her blogging and is a great PF blog to follow.

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  1. I love this list, and you’re right about the ‘personal’ aspect making a blog really compelling to read.

    Two smaller blogs I enjoy reading are:

    http://wealthisgood.blogspot.com/ and http://www.dogatemyfinances.com/

    They are personal in the true sense of the word and offer really interesting perspectives far removed from my own life.

  2. Thank you so much for including me! It’s an honor to be on a list like this. :)

  3. I think I’m already following most of those…looks like I have to add a few more to my google reader! Thanks for sharing this list. I think sometimes some blogs are all “finance” and no “personal”. :)

  4. I follow a lot of blogs, but the list introduced me to SS4BC and PayingMyself…Fantastic list!

  5. This includes so many of my favorites, especially FB and J. Money.

  6. Thanks for the very kind words and thank you for adding EOD to such an awesome list of bloggers!!

    2011 is going to ROCK!! 😀

  7. Thanks for adding me to the list, even if it’s only to say how much you hate my labeling of Jersey Shore “actors” and “actresses”.

  8. Thank you so much Krystal & Amber for this mention! You guys both rock :)

    I’m glad to hear that you enjoy reading my “rambling” posts! Sometimes I think that people might not be interested in what I’m doing and this and that :) Gives me a bit of direction with what to focus my blog on in 2011.

    LOL, I’ve drilled the difference between debit and credit cards into my sisters now. I think they have it ingrained in their memories, hopefully. 😉

  9. I think you are forgetting to add a blog to the list…yours! I’ve enjoyed reading about your wedding shenanigans. I’m glad I don’t have to deal with them anymore :) If you ever need a favor don’t be afraid to hit me up.

  10. What a great post!!! I’ll definitely be sure to start reading all of these blogs. Thanks for helping choose out some fabulous new reads!

  11. Hey Amber! Thanks so much for including me. I’m super flattered. I love your blog for how open you are about finance… and also because I love to read about wedding budgets! Hahha. Weird no? :) Plus, you’ve inspired me to get serious about fitness.. I’m sure you will kick those 10 pound’s butt.

  12. oooh, thanks for the list. looks like I follow about 60% of the blogs you mentioned and the rest I must check out. I read a lot of PF blogs and I do like the ones that have real personal stories instead of you should do this because one, two and three. I find that a lot of blogs start out personal but end up becoming very didactic and I guess that’s when I unsubscribe.

  13. Great list… maybe I could make it next year? 😉

  14. I am a pretty late to say this, but thank you for putting together this list and for including me! I’m trying to stay motivated to keep up the pf blogging (well… pf-ish) and your blog is truly an inspiration!

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