7 must-read blogs about personal finance
Whether you read them on your computer or tablet or in good old-fashioned hard copy, newspapers and magazines are still great places to get news and read about topics that interest you. But the Internet has created a whole new frontier for people to publish and share information.
If you want a steady stream of articles on a particular topic, blogs are a great place to go. You can find a blog on just about any subject under the sun, and here are seven blogs about personal finance and retirement that you’ll definitely want to bookmark.
Squared Away Blog (squaredawayblog.bc.edu). Sponsored by the Center for Retirement Research of Boston College and written by former Boston Globe reporter Kim Blanton, this blog offers interesting analysis of financial behavior, psychology, and money culture in the U.S. As stated on the website, the blog’s mission is simple: “We want to provide any information that might help Americans of all ages better understand their behavior so that they can act in their own best interest—and get their all-important financial matters ‘squared away.’”
Retirement Researcher (retirementresearcher.com). Blogger Wade Pfau, who is a professor of retirement income at The American College and has a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton, applies academic research to practical questions about retirement, such as “What is the appropriate mix of stocks and bonds in retirement?” and “How can I build retirement income strategy that will last?”
The Krazy Koupon Lady (thekrazycouponlady.com). Income tends to be fixed in retirement, so you want to figure out how to get the most bang for every buck. The Krazy Koupon Lady is chock-full of practical tips on stretching your dollar. Recent posts include “50 Bills You Can Pay With a Credit Card to Earn Points” and “12 Little-Known Ways to Save on Your Next Flight.”
Living Richly In Retirement (frugaltexasgal.com). This blog is written by a widow and early retiree who, as her tagline states, is “Living and Loving Life and Retirement on a Fixed Income.” Popular posts include “The Retirement Food Budget—Making It Work for Me” and “Retirement on $30,000—More or Less!”
Retirement Revised (retirementrevised.com). Mark Miller, a former Chicago Sun-Times editor and author of The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security, blogs about retirement planning, social security, midlife careers, housing, and investing for people planning their retirement. Recent posts tackled topics like Medicare Part B premiums and how working during retirement affects your financial plan.
Frugal Travel Guy (frugaltravelguy.com). One of the top items on most people’s retirement agenda is to travel. And if you spend your travel dollars wisely, you can see even more of the world. This blog offers a wealth of information on maximizing credit card, airline, and hotel points. Look for posts such as “Disney World Hotels That Can Be Booked With Points” and “Booking Hidden-City Tickets Can Save You Hundreds—But Should You Do It?”
Next Avenue (nextavenue.org). Produced by PBS, this blog covers a range of topics related to Baby Boomers and careers. Posts offer advice on everything from mentoring young people to starting a business after age 50 to finding a part-time job with benefits.
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