I have a confession to make. While at work, I remember how a lunch time ritual first came about which began several years ago. I’d cruise the internet for financial stories. One of my favorite pastimes then was to read people’s blogs and check out their net worth. YOU won’t believe what kind of voyeuristic high I got by reading their personal thoughts and experiences. What can I say, I like reading about people’s lives, their achievements and their progress. I find it quite inspiring, among other things.
Let’s fast forward to the present, where I’ve actually become a financial blogger myself. I believe that a lot of personal finance bloggers started out in the same way I have — by being inspired by other writers who love to discuss the topic of money and responsible financial management. Well, since I’ve started this “project” (or “journey” as some others have called it), I’ve had quite a lot of great experiences and opportunities to work with like-minded people, some of which culminate in the formation of a network or two.
So today, I’d like to announce the creation of a new financial blog network called The Money Tips Network, which is comprised of 13 blogs I’ve grown to know and love in the personal finance blogosphere. I am happy to say that I’ve become part of this new network of money saving maniacs (mavens?) and am truly honored to get to join it with some of the people I respect and enjoy in this space.
So what’s the Money Tips Network about? It’s one that shares a passion for finance as well as commits to sharing diverse money management views and tips with all of you. The Money Tips Network (MTN) blogs collectively reach over 5 million visitors a month and over 200,000 subscribers altogether. So it’s a solid group that I’m very proud to be a part of, just as I’m proud to belong to The Money Writers Network, the original personal finance network I had joined some time ago with a group of blogger friends.
The Money Tips Network
In no particular order, let me introduce to you the blogs behind this new group!
2. Stop Buying Crap – Despite the title, Cap doesn’t preach being cheap. Stop Buying Crap is about understanding your unlimited wants and how you may fulfill it with your limited resources.
3. The Frugal Duchess – Miami Herald columnist Sharon Harvey Rosenberg offers a fun, frugal and fashionable way to save money & live well.
4. The Simple Dollar – Trent Hamm is arguably the most respected personal finance blogger today. There’s a great new article on The Simple Dollar everyday, and Trent’s book reviews are legendary. Get a copy of his recently published book, 365 Ways to Live Cheap: Your Everyday Guide to Saving Money, that helps you save money every day of the year.
5. Bargaineering – Written by Jim Wang, Bargaineering is a blog that chronicles his personal finance life. Jim is co-host of the Personal Finance Hour podcast with JD Roth of Get Rich Slowly.
6. Consumerism Commentary – Created in 2003 by Flexo, Consumerism Commentary has been honored by Kiplinger as a must-read blog and named as one of Yahoo’s “Ten Money Blogs Everyone Should Read”. Flexo runs the original (and still the best) PF blog aggregator pfblogs.org, and recently started the Consumerism Commentary Podcast.
7. Wise Bread – A community dedicated to helping each other live large on a small budget.
8. Five Cent Nickel – Written by a man who has been meticulously recording his finances since 1997 (stored in Quicken), Five Cent Nickel is one of the oldest and most respected blogs around.
9. Free Money Finance – This site is about one simple thing: growing your net worth. The 5 Principles of Free Money Finance is a PF blog classic. Business Week says Free Money Finance “offers an inspiring mix of timeless investing wisdom and money-making ideas”.
10. No Credit Needed – NCN started this blog in 2005 to track his debt reduction efforts, and has since been inspiring others in their debt reduction efforts. In addition to the blog, check out the No Credit Needed Network and the No Credit Needed Podcast.
12. Get Rich Slowly – Get Rich Slowly, recently named “most inspiring money blog” by Money magazine, is devoted to sensible personal finance. JD Roth is the other half of the Personal Finance Hour podcast.
13. The Digerati Life – Well you know who we are.
For more on this network, you can visit the Money Tips Network homepage where you’ll find all the latest posts from the MTN blogs aggregated in one place, as well as the profiles of all the members. If you have a moment, please consider subscribing to the Money Tips Network feed via RSS or email. And if you’re a blogger, you may also want to check out the Wise Bread forums and their Bloggers Corner, where you’ll find bloggers congregating around the virtual water cooler.
The MTN promises to have a lot more in store for you in the coming months. It should be fun.
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