Gen X used to get a lot of stick for being lazy slackers, but that has abated since the advent of Gen Y. As you might expect, generation x finance focusses on the issues affecting those in their late twenties and thirties. Unusually for a personal finance blog, Jeremy actually has personal finance qualifications. Some of the best posts include:
- reader question: I can’t pay my bills! what bills should I pay first? – mostly, I agree with this order, although I think that paying the heating bill should probably have a high priority in winter
- 24 signs that you could be in financial trouble #18: using one credit card to make a payment on another – I’d say that this was a pretty serious indicator of financial trouble, but even if you get off scot-free on this one, you might want to check out the rest of the series
This week I liked:
- it’s time for generation x to grow up – and get serious about investing for retirement
Geeky comic lover and all round nice guy (even if he does support the worst football team in the world) JD Roth shouldn’t really require an introduction, since get rich slowly is one of the most popular and successful personal finance blogs around. Some of the best posts include:
- what do you want to be when you grow up? – how do you find what you want in life? the key is to be open to new ideas, like blogging about personal finance
- money blueprints: what our parents taught us about money – everything you are and do is as a result of your previous experiences, recognising this can be illuminating
Last week I liked:
- are you a shopaholic? six steps to curbing compulsive spending – as it happens, I’m not a compulsive spender, but if you suffer from the urge to buy, check out these ideas for stopping
I’m aware the ‘american’ starts with an ‘a’, but this blog is marked by me as ‘getting green’ has recently been re-branded. Fortunately it remains an excellent read, and now has more writers. Some of my favourite posts include:
- the problem with gift buying – I think that the real problem is that people can afford to buy stuff that they want now. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing in general, but it does make gifts harder to find
- have a debtectomy performed on your financial body – I’m not sure that I entirely agree, but being debt-free seems to be the fashion in personal finance blogging
From the last week:
- never purchase pop or candy from a vending machine again – paying a premium for junk food is bad for your wallet as well as your health
ispf over at grad money matters writes for the reasonably recent graduate on all matters personal finance. A pretty cool blog, my favourite posts include:
- 101 tips for frugal living – I bet you can find at least half a dozen that you could be using
- should parents try to influence their children’s college applications – I basically think not, at some point the ‘kids’ have to start making their own decisions, and living with the fallout if necessary
Last week I liked:
- gifts to avoid this holiday season – and please, for the love of all things sensible, do not get anyone a pet as a gift
The title of this blog sometimes annoys people, but I love it. Successful gen y entrepreneur Ramit wants you to be rich and not sexy with your money. The archives on this site are absolutely invaluable, even though it’s not a blog that updates frequently. Some of my favourites include:
- success and the shrug effect – success really can happen to people like you, if you start doing things
- the $28k question: why are we all hypocrites about weddings – why don’t single people just plan that they’re going to have a really expensive wedding, because they probably will. I guess if you don’t spend the money on the wedding, you can use it on something else
Recently I liked:
- sleep research discusses sexy vs. rich – it’s not only in personal finance that the simple boring things are likely to have the best effects
In having three blogs (…and health, …and sports), I’d say that lazy has proven to be the opposite of his moniker, although he alleges that the nickname comes because he can’t be bothered to do housework. In any case, his stated aim of making his money work so he doesn’t have to is a pretty good one. My favourite posts include:
- how do independent couples divide up expenses – I’d probably do what lazy posted here, although I’ve always wondered whether I’d feel the same way if the other party earned significantly more or less
- some ways that we are thinking small – small is the new big, or why multi-function is sometimes much better idea
Recently I’ve liked:
- the toughest questions for me to answer – what do you say when you don’t have a job, but that’s ok because you have a secret online identity that works for a living?
Dani and Mer want to be retired when they grow up. I think that that’s an excellent goal, one to which many people should aspire. As they’re busy with finishing their respective degrees, they don’t update too often, but usually make an exception for their seriously good SRSLY slow-cooker recipe series. My favourite posts include:
- techniques that guarantee career happiness – my favourite of these is to read, but sadly, I also have to agree that a real customer service job could be the making of you
- $25 dinner party – one of the stellar points of this blog, and the thing that got me subscribing, was and is the food. Read and salivate.
Lately I’ve liked:
- cereal killers: the incredible crock of things you don’t need – I can testify that the original Special K challenge did indeed consist of replacing two meals with a bowl of Special K. I never took it myself because I don’t like milk.
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