The other week, I finally got around to crossing one of the big things off my to-do list. I’ve been meaning to revamp my blogroll (or recommendations list) since I rebranded back in January, but I didn’t want to just put up a regular list with links to blogs and podcasts like I did with my old blog. I wanted to make something that was sortable, searchable and gave a clear idea of where these bloggers and podcasters are at in the world and what their main personal finance focuses are.
After doing a ton of research, I finally found a WordPress plugin that would do exactly what I wanted. The finished product can be found on the recommendations tab on my site’s main menu.
Although there are a ton of awesome personal finance blogs and podcasts out there, I started out this list with 20 of my favourites. These are bloggers and podcasters I’ve known for years, many of whom have been guests on my podcast, and I 100% recommend them if you’re looking for another motivational personal finance blog or podcast that will help you in your money journey.
That being said, I do plan on regularly adding to this list, so if you’re a blogger or podcaster and want to be considered, make sure to check out my submissions page. Or if you have some suggestions, forward those bloggers and podcasters my way!
To give you some more info on these top 20 bloggers and podcasters, here’s some in-depth info about each of these great personal finance content creators.
1. A Gai Shan Life
I’ve been reading Revanche’s blog A Gai Shan Life for years, and I was thrilled when I was able to chat with her on my podcast last summer. She has an incredible story of paying off a huge chunk of debt, helping out her family, and investing like a boss. Revanche (not her real name in case you’re wondering) currently lives in San Francisco with her husband, child (Little Bean) and dog Seamus.
Listen to my podcast interview with Revanche:
2. Boomer & Echo
So far I’ve only met and interviewed Echo from Boomer & Echo, but Robb Engen is seriously a delight! Not only is he probably the nicest guy in Canada, he is definitely the go-to person for almost any personal finance question. Robb (Echo) and his mom Marie (Boomer) have been blogging about all things money since 2010.
Listen to my podcast interview with Robb Engen:
If you’ve already listened to our podcast episode together, then you already know that I first met Melissa Bondar at FinCon 2014 in New Orleans. We were roommates and I liked her right off the bat. I can so relate to her story, trying to master her finances while working in the arts industry. I know a lot of you reading this can probably relate too. Make sure to check out her journey on her blog BrokeGirlRich.
Listen to my podcast interview with Melissa Bondar:
4. Budget & the Beach
There aren’t many bloggers I would make a special trip on my honeymoon to go visit, but Tonya Stumphauzer from Budget & the Beach is pretty darn special. I love how she documents her personal finance journey and life as a freelancer, and I’m also a bit jealous she lives near the beach. If you want some good advice and some straight up honesty, make sure to check out Tonya’s blog.
Listen to my podcast interview with Tonya Stumphauzer:
5. Budget Bloggess
Since I moved to Toronto, Michelle Summerfield from Budget Bloggess and I have become really great friends, which is honestly a pretty cool thing. If you would have asked me back in 2009 if I thought I would have made friends from the Internet, I would have thought you were crazy. But I can confidently say I’ve made so many great friendships through the personal finance blogosphere, and Michelle is one of them. What I love most about Michelle’s blog is her honesty about a tough topic — overspending. Shopaholism is a real thing that not many other bloggers write about, so I highly recommend you visit her site.
Listen to my podcast interview with Michelle Summerfield:
6. Budgets & Cents
Such a good name for a personal finance podcast, right? And to top it off, two of my favourite bloggers, Carrie Smith from Careful Cents and Cait Flanders, joining forces for a great show that makes you feel like you’re hanging out with your girlfriends talking shop. Definitely make sure to subscribe to Budgets & Cents on iTunes (after subscribing to the Mo’ Money Podcast of course).
7. Budgets Are Sexy
Only J. Money can make budgets sexy, and for that I salute him! He really is the coolest guy, and I was so glad to get to know him better on my podcast. He’s always up to something new, including Rockstar Finance (which I’ve been featured in a few times), but I’m most impressed by the fact that he started his blog Budgets Are Sexy back in 2008!
Listen to my podcast interview with J. Money:
8. Cait Flanders
Cait Flanders just goes by her name now, but you may remember her from when she was Blonde on a Budget. Well, she’s still blonde and on a budget, but she now also writes about minimalism, shopping bans, solopreneurship and everything else that basically makes me want to quit my job to focus on writing my great Canadian novel in a cabin in the woods.
Listen to my podcast interview with Cait Flanders:
9. Careful Cents
Another blogger who makes me want to quit my 9-5 to be my own boss lady is of course Carrie Smith from Careful Cents. She is such a cool chick and such an inspiration to the freelancing community. I just love her stuff, her brand…her everything!
Listen to my podcast interview with Carrie Smith:
10. Dear Debt
Melanie Lockert from Dear Debt is the person you need to go to if you need a kick in the pants to start tackling your debt. Don’t believe me? Well, she did win the Best Debt-Focused Personal Finance Blog award at the 2015 Plutus Awards!
Listen to my podcast interview with Melanie Lockert:
11. Family Money Plan
I’ve known Andrew from Family Money Plan for a few months now, and he’s probably the most enthusiastic blogger I know! He’s always super active in my Money Life Balance Facebook group, he writes great content on his blog, and his guest post on my blog is one of my highest traffic posts this year!
12. Freedom 35 Blog
Liquid Independence from Freedom 35 Blog is from my hometown and got me crazy obsessed with farm investing. To the point where I seriously considered dropping some cash and buying a farm. But I didn’t. But I really wanted to. Who knows, maybe I will in the future. In any case, his blog is a great one to check out when it comes to investing…and farms.
Listen to my podcast interview with Liquid Independence:
13. Her Money Matters
Jen Hemphill, host of the Her Money Matters podcast, was an awesome guest on my podcast and I’m excited to share that I’ll soon be a guest on hers! We have a lot in common, and we hit it off like we already knew each other in a past life. Make sure to subscribe to her show on iTunes for some great interviews and helpful financial advice!
Listen to my podcast interview with Jen Hemphill:
14. Money After Graduation
Bridget Eastgaard from Money After Graduation has graduated university twice, so she definitely knows a thing or two about personal finance and being a post-grad. She’s also a whiz when it comes to stocks and investing.
Listen to my podcast interview with Bridget Eastgaard:
15. Money Bulldog
My only UK blogger, but hopefully not my last, Adam from Money Bulldog has been blogging for as long as I can remember. It’s really cool to read about personal finance from the perspective of someone from across the pond, so I highly recommend you check out his blog out if you haven’t already.
16. Money We Have
Barry Choi from Money We Have is another Toronto blogger who has turned into a real-life friend over the years. He’s the guy I go to for investing, travel and business advice, and he shares his wealth of knowledge on his blog too.
Listen to my podcast interview with Barry Choi:
17. My Alternate Life
Jordann Brown from My Alternate Life is just like her blogger persona — friendly, honest and genuine. She started up her blog the same time I did and I’ve been following her journey from $38,000 in debt to $38,000 in savings ever since.
Listen to my podcast interview with Jordann Brown:
18. NZ Muse
I’ve been reading Esther’s blog way back when it used to be called Musings of an Abstract Aucklander. She may be the only New Zealand personal finance blogger I know, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that NZ Muse is still my favourite.
19. Plunged in Debt
Catherine MacLean from Plunged in Debt is one of my favourite debt-focused and frugal living blogs. She’s down-to-earth and has some great tips on how to make paying off debt, raising a family and sticking to a budget work.
Listen to my podcast interview with Catherine MacLean:
20. The Wallet Diet
And last but not least, Christine Nguyen from The Wallet Diet, another awesome Toronto personal finance blogger! Our podcast episode together about money and relationships is still one of my top downloaded episodes, and we recorded that over a year ago! Not only does she have some great insight into managing money with your partner, she’s also super knowledgable when it comes to budget travel and starting your own business (she runs HostCall on top of her day job). You go girl!
Listen to my podcast interview with Christine Nguyen:
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