73 Must Read Personal Finance Posts of 2009

by RJ

in Random

I have been reading personal finance blogs for a few years now. This year, I decided to bookmark my favorite posts. Every single one is worth reading. Take your time and enjoy!

The Art of Nonconformity

  1. 24 Ways To Travel For (Almost) Free
  2. The Latest In Travel Hacking
  3. 7 Life Lessons My 1-Year Old Taught Me While Backpacking Abroad


  1. Understand Your Financial Fortress
  2. Rent Forever, Don’t Buy A Home
  3. Work to Live or Live to Work?

Behavior Gap

  1. Confusing Investment With Entertainment
  2. Great Information Doesn’t Replace Real Financial Planning

Bible Money Matters

  1. Are You Emotionally Invested in Your Credit Card

Christian Personal Finance

  1. How To Make Money Blogging
  2. What is Timebanking?
  3. Are You Taking Responsibility or Playing The Blame Game?

Consumerism Commentary

  1. Seven Zen Principles To Guide Your Money and Your Life
  2. The Paradox of The Paradox of Thrift
  3. How To Create Your Own Extended Warranty
  4. Ten Things I Will Teach My Children About Money
  5. What Percentage of Income Should Be Saved to be Financially Responsible?

Dumb Little Man

  1. The Bruce Lee Approach to the Valuing of Money
  2. Are You Your Own Worst Financial Enemy
  3. How To Be Frugal Without Being Miserable

Fiscal Fizzle

  1. 55 Ways To Simplify Your Finances

Five Cent Nickel

  1. Stock Are For Losers?

The Four Hour Work Week

  1. The Psychology of Automation: Building a Bulletproof Personal-Finance System
  2. Spotting Mistakes in Jon Stewart vs. Jim Cramer

Free From Broke

  1. The 25 Traits Of The Not So Well To Do

Free Money Finance

  1. The 5 Stages of Investing Enlightenment

Frugal Dad

  1. How To Destroy Your Investment Portfolio
  2. The Cost of Watching Television
  3. The Three Most Influential Lessons My Parents Taught Me

Gather Little by Little

  1. Be Prepared

Generation X Finance

  1. 20 Free Online Finance Courses – Take Money Classes From The Comfort of Your Own Home

Gen Y Wealth

  1. Net Wealth Mindset – Discover a New Way of Thinking About Wealth
  2. Fundamentals of Financial Planning
  3. How To Diversify Your Income
  4. How To Stop Worrying and Start Caring About Money

Get Rich Slowly

  1. How I Cut My Television Bill in Half
  2. How To Build Confidence and Destroy Fear
  3. The Psychology of Passive Barriers: Why Your Friends Don’t Save Money, Eat Healthier, or Clean Their Garages
  4. My Financial Infrastructure
  5. Goals Are The Gateway To Financial Success
  6. Pay Yourself First
  7. The Razor’s Edge: Lessons in True Wealth

I Will Teach You to Be Rich

  1. Travel Full-Time for Less Than $14,000 per Year
  2. Is Frugality About Saving Money or Making You Fell Less Guilty?
  3. Time Management: How an MIT Postdoc Writes 3 Books, a PHD Defense, and 6+ Peer Reviewed Papers – And Finished by 5:30 P.M
  4. 20 Questions Your Financially Unprepared Friends are Afraid Of?

Man Vs. Debt

  1. The Debt Tsunami: The Ultimate Method to Pay Off Debt
  2. Tyler Durden’s Guide To Personal Finance
  3. Travel Hacking for Noobs
  4. Be Your Own Part Time Boss: Pros and Cons

Money Ning

  1. I’m Losing 50 Bucks to Be Happy, and I’m Not Crazy


  1. What To Do With a Financial Windfall

The Oblivious Investor

  1. The Asset Allocation Pyramid
  2. What Does a Good Financial Advisor Do?
  3. Why Index Funds Are Rarely At The Top….And Why I Like Them Anyway
  4. The Advantages of Passive Investment via Index Funds


  1. When You Try to be Frugal and Hit The Wall

The Simple Dollar

  1. Trent’s 14 Money Rules (link starts out on number 1)
  2. The Low Interest Debt Debate
  3. Are You a Money Victim?
  4. How I Look at Economic News


  1. The Ultimate Home Buying Guide – Buying Vs. Renting Detailed Comparison

Wealth Pilgrim

  1. 3 Reasons Why You’re A Genius For Not Investing In Gold (Now or Ever)
  2. 5 Best Mistakes I Ever Made


  1. 40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune
  2. Beware of Pretty Things: 4 Reasons I’m Keeping My Ugly, Old Stuff
  3. Failed Frugality: 5 Clues You’ve Gone Too Far
  4. What is Simple Living and Why Should I Care?
  5. Things Wear Out
  6. The “One Big Lump” Theory of Your Money
  7. How the Economic Crisis Challenges Our Financial Beliefs
  8. Who Cares About Where the Stock Market is Headed?

Zen Habits

  1. 10 Essential Money Skills for a Bad Economy

Thank you to all the wonderful personal finance bloggers who made me think, create, write, take action, and inspired me in 2009.

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ChristianPFNo Gravatar December 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

RJ, great list and thanks for including me!! Much appreciated!
.-= ChristianPF´s last blog ..Cash for Caulkers Home Star stimulus program =-.

GeorgeNo Gravatar December 16, 2009 at 9:33 am

Great list! Now is such a great time to look back on the year and think about our finances. That prepares us to make next year better.

I think my favorite blog from the above is Tim Ferriss’.
.-= George´s last blog ..Weekly Wisdom: The Do-It-Yourself Nation =-.

MoneyProgressNo Gravatar December 16, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Hi, I tried to use your contact form to write this, but either I can not do basic math (add the two numbers to verify) or it is broken. So here is what I was going to say.


I stumbled onto your blog today from a comment on FMF I think. Anyways it interested me enough to click around and read a bit and I thought I would write you a note with some random things.

First, your blog is loading pretty slow for me… it was a bit annoying waiting for pages to load.

I like your Net Wealth idea. I’m a huge fan of Net Worth but I also recognize that there are other important ways to recognize financial success and this is a cool idea.

It looks like you did a few monthly updates of your Net Worth and Net Wealth, but haven’t kept up with it (or the Monthly Update category didn’t have them. Those always interest me and is a big reason I got into financial blogs for some reason. Anyways I think they would be more meaningful if you provided actual numbers or a category breakdown if you don’t want to give net worth numbers.

It seems like the Net Wealth number is abstract enough that you could post it, I would be interested in seeing that.

Anyways, that’s it I guess. Just felt like mentioning those things :)
.-= MoneyProgress´s last blog ..Tracking your Net Worth with Yodlee MoneyCenter =-.

Neal@wealthpilgrim.comNo Gravatar December 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Yes…..this is a great list. I’ve read most of these and they certainly are fantastic. I will go thru those I’ve missed.
Thanks a million for including my 2.

Much Appreciated.

Why doesn’t everyone just use reverse alpha when making lists????

JoelNo Gravatar December 16, 2009 at 3:04 pm

A very helpful list. I really like the Wealth Pilgrim blog — a very personal, approachable way to approach finance.

FFBNo Gravatar December 16, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Now that is a list! It’s an honor to be included amongst all of these great sites, thanks.

Wojciech KulickiNo Gravatar December 16, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Thanks so much for including me on this list! 2009 came and went, and with it some awesome money posts. :)
.-= Wojciech Kulicki´s last blog ..A Personal Finance Reading List =-.

PeterNo Gravatar December 21, 2009 at 9:07 am

Fun list, thanks for including me! Can’t believe the year is almost over!
.-= Peter´s last blog ..5 Ways To Give More And Spend Less This Christmas =-.

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