plonkee money an english-er's thoughts on personal finance

October 23, 2008

finding personal finance information

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How do you find personal finance information?

I mean, if you read plonkee money, then hopefully you get some information from here, and there’s always the mighty google, but sometimes you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. Where else do you turn?

The places I go for information depend on the sort of things that I’m looking for.

the best/cheapest financial products

With a full-time staff of five, the impartial and independent has the resources to find the best savings account rates, the best utility and insurance providers and a whole heap more. If I have something a specific product or service in mind, I’ll check here first to see if they can tell me where the best rates are.

tax rules

Nothing beats hearing it from the horse’s mouth. Unlike some organisations, information provided direct to the public by HMRC is reasonably clear and they make an effort to write in plain English. Sometimes there are jargon problems, though.

benefits, compensation, and other government policies has great information on all sorts of things, and is my first port of call. It acts as a portal, so will often lead you to other more useful sites.

how tos and opinions

Normally, I search some likely sites on my blogroll. Although most personal finance bloggers are American, if I’m looking for fairly general information, or some basic principles to start off with, or strident opinions that doesn’t much matter. The sites on my blogroll are essentially the ones that I read every day, and I have a reasonable idea bout who might have which information.


BBC all the way. Not without their bias although they aim to be impartial, they do at least make an effort to include international information. The website is easy to navigate and covers the salient information quickly.

anything else

If I’ve exhausted my usual sources, I get my best search skills out and spend time hunting around for the information that I need. Often, if I think it will interest anyone else, I’ll write it up into a post here – the power of knowledge comes in the sharing of it.

How do you find personal finance information? Are there any particular sources that you find yourself using again and again? Let me know in the comments.

August 28, 2008

pfblogsround – end of August 08

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I’ve been reading so much great stuff that I’ve been meaning to share with you. I normally try and give you a bit more than the title, but done is better than perfect. Here it is, plain and simple.

If you’ve seen a great post that you want to share, let me know.

July 22, 2008

check out some great posts on other sites

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Great posts that I’ve been holding on to in my reader for a while, you should check them out. If I think they’re good then maybe you will too.

what other people will pay for @ – if others will pay for it and you will do it, then maybe there’s some money in it for you

getting back on the horse @ – in case you didn’t know, Annie is a great British blogger, and this is another cracking post, because we all slip sometimes

the dirty secrets of debt reduction @ get rich slowly – JD should need no introduction, as he’s the (only occasionally disputed) king of personal finance bloggers. He’s the king because he’s such a good writer. In this case the topic is the mistakes that will lead you into debt. JD should know, he made them.

whoa! my 401k is losing money @ gather little by little – now, if you’re not an American like gibble, thenĀ  you probably don’t have a 401k, but it’s just an investment vehicle so this post really is for everyone. Your investment is going down, but the sky is not falling in, which I know you know, because you’re all sensible, but maybe someone you know doesn’t.

top 10 tips for frugal skincare @ notes from the frugal trenches – a newish British blogger that I thoroughly recommend posts tips for skincare. And I like them.

portfolio returns: the basics @ simple pound – another Brit (yes, we are taking over the world, thanks for asking). This time it’s a nice geeky spreadsheet formula post about how to calculate investment portfolio returns. You’ll love it.

treat yourself like a child to be more grown up @ wisebread – yes, folks tricks that work on kids will work on adults too. Mostly because children and adults are from the same species. In this case you’re going to be arguing with yourself about how you don’t really need such and such an item because you have a perfectly good one at home. I think an internal monologue is going to work best on this one.

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