If you’re a busy mom or dad working to support your family on a budget, then you probably already know that there are tons of blogs across the web that can help you make the most of your money. In fact, there is a good chance you are already a regular visitor on a few blogs that offer advice on savings and personal finance.
If however you haven’t explored the blogosphere much yet, it can be a bit overwhelming to sort through the endless search results when looking for some helpful information on how to save more and spend less.
For this reason, we’ve decided to share our pick of the Top 5 Savings Blogs for US shoppers. Continue reading to learn why these sites made the list and why you should be visiting them today!
Super Savings Blog #1: Frugal Dad
Founded by Jason White back in 2007, Frugaldad.com is an outstanding source of free information on personal finance and wise spending habits for families. His dead simple savings tips have been featured in the New York Times and BusinessInsider, among others.
What we love the most about FrugalDad is the level of transparency when it comes to all matters of personal finance. In particular, their “Guide to Credit Cards” resource is truly the most comprehensive collection of tutorials and tips on the subject of credit cards and how credit agencies operate.
Since credit cards are a necessary evil for most modern day consumers, we highly recommend bookmarking his guide because you are sure to learn a thing or two as you read through the helpful chapters. It will guide you through everything from the credit card application process to how to perform a balance transfer and much more.
Super Savings Blog #2: Simple Mom
Started by Tsh Oxenreider in 2008, SimpleMom.net is an outstanding resource for any head of the household. This blog really goes beyond offering great advice on how to save money. It also features entire sections devoted to kids, relationships, food, DIY, productivity and organization to name a few.
With over 70,000 Twitter followers and upwards of 40,700 email subscribers, we are definitely not the only fans of SimpleMom.
In addition to offering one of the most solid sources of savings advice for family-oriented individuals, Tsh has also published more than one eBook in the Kindle store to help more people transform their financial and personal lives.
We especially recommend checking out “One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler,” which is a collection of some of her best blog content presented in small parts that are easy for consumption. The book also features tons of brand new content and provides readers with actionable tasks to start managing their lives. Best of all, it’s only five dollars and you can read it on your Amazon Kindle device immediately.
Super Saving Blog #3: Almost Frugal
We can thank Kelly Rigotti for this amazing savings blog. She started writing for the blog back in 2007 and today she has welcomed on several more contributors who post content to help people spend smart. We love the link in the main navigation that reads “New? Start Here,” since it will take first time visitors to a page that lists all of the most popular pages and posts from each category, allowing you to start browsing the site and seeing the value it has to offer.
Besides the sheer volume of helpful tips and information in their blog, we have to give AlmostFrugal extra points because they offer special rates for moms who are business owners if they would like to buy advertising on the site. We think that’s pretty neat.
Super Savings Blog#4:Money Saving Mom
You know a blog has got to be pretty amazing when it was started by endless requests and downright popular demand – which is exactly how Money Saving Mom came to be. Founder Crystal Paine first shared some tips for bargain shopping on a previous blog years ago and was quickly swamped with feedback and questions from readers dying to know how she fed her family on such a modest budget.
Despite going on to write an entire ebook on the topic and offering an ecourse on top of that, the interest didn’t wan at all. And so it started – MoneySavingMom.com has bloomed into a huge online resource for savings tips and tools for the financially conscious household.
Crystal now has a full team that helps her manage and run the blog, which may even be slightly overwhelming at first glance. Here are some highlights that we were especially fond of:
MoneySavingMom has a whole section of free downloads like meal planners and goal planning worksheets to make your life easier and get things done more efficiently.
To maximize your savings, MSM has pages dedicated to coupons, store deals, freebies, giveaways and much more.
They also accept submissions from readers who want to share their own DIY projects, guest posts and even share new deals with the rest of their community.
Super Savings Blog#5: The Simple Dollar
Trent Hamm knows his stuff. Not only has he written over 3,000 articles for TheSimpleDollar, but he’s also the author of two books that are literally jam-packed with savings tips. The second of which is titled “The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams,” which is pretty self-explanatory.
Like many of the other blog founders in this list, Trent was able to dig himself out of a tremendous amount of debts and blogs to share his experience with others who struggle to regain their financial freedom.
We had to include this savings blog of epic proportions because of the variety they offer in terms of resources and downloads to help you get your saving habits on the right track. While his book is available as a Kindle download for only $8.79, you can also sample Mr. Hamm’s writing by downloading his free 49-page ebook titled, “Everything You Ever Really Needed to Know About Personal Finance on Just One Page.”
Last but not least, be sure to check out his collection of free downloadable ebooks and reports that you can print and share with friends and family. All these reports are priced at two bucks and you can grab your copy by visitng the blog today.
Surprise Blogger: YOU!
Notice a common theme among these blogs, besides the topic? They were all started by normal people just like us, who found themselves in very similar positions. Their blogs have helped them turn their personal struggles into a source of inspiration and guidance for others to help avoid the same mistakes and start reaping the benefits of smart savings starting right now. Time to read up!