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a tour through my blogroll: all financial matters to cleverdude

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So last weekend I introduced you properly to the m-network. This week I’m going to start on the rest of my blogroll.

all financial matters

One of the first things that got me interested in personal finance bloggers was JLP’s October project last year. Unusually for a personal finance blogger, JLP actually has professional qualifications in finance and works as a financial planner. All financial matters has recently added Meg as a regular writer and she’s pretty good - JLP should watch out. Some of my favourite posts include:

  • a look at magic formula investing - not only are is he looking at it, he’s set up a fake portfolio to see whether it’s successful or not
  • a comment from a reader about my dave ramsey post - JLP has a loads of great reader inspired posts, and this one is really about retirement and credit card debt rather than Dave Ramsey

This week I enjoyed:

  • passive income is the key to freedom - and retirement - I agree with Meg here, pretty much everyone wants to live off passive income, even if they don’t realise it

blueprint for financial prosperity

Jim writes about general finance issues and has a particularly good, if infrequent, devil’s advocate series, which takes the opposing view to some personal finance truths. In his spare time he maintains the festival of frugality, the place to go for your fix of money saving ideas each week. My favourite posts include:

  • should married couples combine finances? - this question comes up all the time. I like Jim’s take because it doesn’t assume that there is a single right answer
  • rent forever, don’t buy a home - the first in the devil’s advocate series, it outlines why getting a mortgage is really throwing your money away

This week I liked:

  • seven wonders of the personal finance world - because all these things are great, especially an employer match to your retirement fund, and personal finance blogs

blunt money

Blunt money is written by a small business owner and mother. She writes quite a bit about organising and decluttering - something that I’m a big fan of - as well as all sorts of personal finance issues. Some of my favourites include:

  • the power of the 24 hour rule - simply put, don’t do anything with repercussions without waiting 24 hours to see if it’s still a good idea
  • what happens when you’re in over your head? - a look at one person’s disconnect between what they want, and the reality they’re living

This week’s choice:

  • this kind of attitude helps - don’t look to everyone else , define your own cool

brip blap

Currently living in New York, but having had the good fortune to have spent time all over the world, brip blap is a consultant in what sounds suspiciously like accounting, but more importantly a husband and father and a blogger. Some of my favourite posts include:

  • things I learned from my grandparents about money, part 1 - does exactly what it says on the tin, brip blap’s grandparents seem to have given him many excellent lessons
  • follow the poor dad sometimes - an explanation of why you should always consider the worst case scenario

This week I liked:

  • rich mom, poor mom - this post is really good - even though I mostly disagree, as do a number of other commentators - because it makes you think

cash money life

Patrick over at cash money life used to be in the US Air Force and is now planning on starting his MBA. As well as looking a military finance, he also covers careers and education with a personal finance slant. Generally full of excellent advice, some of my favourite posts are:

  • credit cards and guns - this could only have been written by an American, but still an excellent post. Personally, I prefer the guns are like bombs analogy but each to their own
  • the ten commandments of money - much better than the original version in the Bible (which to be fair, aren’t trying to cover money ;) ) follow these and you won’t go far wrong

From the past seven days:

  • build a professional wardrobe on a budget - everyone can look good in clothes, even if they don’t want to spend a fortune on them

cheap as chips

Straight from the land down under, tehnyit writes a money saving blog with an Australian spin. He’s married with kids and lives in Melbourne, in the great state of Victoria. Some of my favourites are:

  • what to tell the kids if you’re in financial hardship - I think that you should be honest, and tehnyit agrees, but also points out that you should ensure that your kids feel secure
  • what are you really saving for? - it’s difficult to save money if you don’t have a goal in mind, here are some suggestions

In the past week:

  • how has the soaring dollar affected you? - a look at the impact of the current US$ - AUS$

chief family officer

Hailing from southern California, amongst other things like a job, and motherhood, Cathy is in charge of the finances for her family. Chief Family Officer is half personal finance and half parenting and family life and has been going on and off since 2005. My favourite posts include:

  • your options when your local public school isn’t a real option - that’s public as in state-funded by the way, not Eton
  • how much is your privacy worth? - every time you fill in an application form you let someone else know quite a bit about you; is it worth it?

From the past week:

  • why I use a credit card: rewards, fraud protection and no monitoring of account balances - some great reasons to use a credit card, as long as you pay off the balance in full

clever dude

Happily married to a dietician, Mike is a technical analyst originally from Pennsylvania but now living in metropolitan Washington DC. He got into personal finance blogging after speaking to his neighbour Nick from Punny Money. Some of cleverdude’s best posts include:

  • frugal lunch by the clever dudette - get you packed lunch ideas here. Mike’s wife Stacie actually wrote this one, which is probably why it’s so good ;)
  • sharing money works for our marriage - although I don’t agree that it suits everyone, nor that it’s a trust issue, this is a great explanation as to why it works for them

From this week:

  • choosing the right healthcare plan - introduction - we don’t have healthcare plans over here, but if you do, clever dude has a great series on how to choose the right on

If you’re a personal finance blogger and you’d like to be on my blogroll, email me and I’ll start subscribing to your feed. If you then post pretty regularly with content that I can recommend I’ll add you after a little while.

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13 comments for “a tour through my blogroll: all financial matters to cleverdude”

  1. Hey, 2 out of 3 of your highlights for my site weren’t even written by me, and you didn’t agree with the one I DID write! It’s ok, I’ll forgive you.

    Hey, when you coming to DC?

    Posted by Clever Dude | November 4, 2007, 8:27 pm
  2. Thanks for the mention, Plonkee. It’s nice to be included in some great company. :)

    Posted by Patrick | November 4, 2007, 8:54 pm
  3. @cleverdude:
    Funny how it seems to work out ;)
    I’ll be in DC between 28th Nov and 3rd Dec (I fly out on the 3rd I think). Which reminds me that I must get my travel insurance sorted.

    Posted by plonkee | November 4, 2007, 9:45 pm
  4. Aw, thanks for including me, Plonkee! And I LOVE this idea so much, I might borrow it, if you don’t mind!

    Posted by Chief Family Officer | November 4, 2007, 11:29 pm
  5. I agree with CFO completely. I have a blogroll and in a since it’s sometimes a forgotten feature of blogging. This was a great idea on your part and something I’ll consider doing, as well. And, of course, thanks for including me! You are semi-right that I sound suspiciously like an accountant - technically I’d call myself an auditor and not an accountant but it’s usually a fairly tiny distinction :)

    Posted by Brip Blap | November 5, 2007, 12:39 am
  6. Thanks for the write-up and your very kind words regarding AFM!

    This was a cool idea.

    Posted by JLP | November 5, 2007, 5:16 am
  7. I’m glad you all like the idea. All the blogs on my blogroll are ones that I truly recommend, so I thought it would be good to highlight them.

    Posted by plonkee | November 5, 2007, 9:20 am
  8. I hate that I want to copy everything you post.

    Neat idea!

    Posted by rocketc | November 5, 2007, 5:16 pm
  9. Thanks for write up. It is such a great idea doing a quick summary of your blogroll, and for me to be in the company of such wonderful writers.

    Many thanks.

    Posted by tehnyit | November 6, 2007, 2:55 am
  10. Thanks for the love! This is a great idea…

    Posted by jim | November 8, 2007, 12:11 am

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