To wrap up last year I put together a round-up post of some of the best personal finance content from the year but with a unique twist. Instead of choosing the posts myself, I put my fellow bloggers to work and had them choose their own favourite post of the year. Some of the picks were surprises to me, and others were the exact posts I would have chosen. It was super cool to see what they most enjoyed writing. And so I’m making it an annual tradition!
This will be my last post of the year. We are heading off to Vancouver Island on Saturday to spend Christmas with the bf’s family so I’m embracing the vacation and nixing the blog for next week. I’ll be back with some fun stuff in January! I’d also like to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas, and thanks for hanging out with me on my little part of the internet.
And now let’s see what your favourite money bloggers nominated to be in this round-up…
When Burnout Hits by Little Green Revelation
Kicking things off with my roomie from the Cents Positive retreat. She has had one heck of a tough year and talks about that in this recent post about dealing with burnout and taking care of yourself when life throws you a series of impossible curveballs.
How We Crushed Nearly $25k Of Debt In One Year by The $76k Project
Paying off almost $25k of debt and hitting the one year anniversary for blogging, now that’s two big reasons for celebrating. Get inspired by the $76k project and find out what they’re doing to get debt free.
Impoverished Schools And Making The Best Decision For Our Child by A Gai Shan Life
I don’t have children but I found this such an interesting post from Revanche. I grew up in the very middle-class suburbs and let’s just say that my school was seriously lacking in the diversity department. Honestly, it’s not something I considered at the time but looking back it likely wasn’t the best set of circumstances.
Six Mini Retirement Obstacles by Kiwi & Keweenaw
Taking a mini retirement might sound fantastic, but it takes a lot of thought and preparation to set yourself up for success. Find out what obstacles Mrs. Kiwi had to deal with to prep for her mini retirement.
What FIRE Bloggers Owe Readers by Our Next Life
I’m so happy Tanja pitched this post; it’s such an important one for bloggers to read. She lays it down and pushes for transparency in the FIRE community and how your word can impact readers. I may not be specifically a FIRE blogger but after reading this post I knew I had my own room for improvement on this site. And yes, I do believe you can be transparent and still stay anonymous.
Four Money Lessons I Learned From Hip Hop Songs by Bravely
I was lucky enough to meet Kara Perez at the Cents Positive retreat, and this is such a Kara post! It’s a completely unique take and her larger than life personality shines through. Even better, it’s still got no-nonsense financial advice.
The Unknown Creative And A Box by His and Her FI
This post resonated with me so much. It’s beautifully written (everything Bethany writes is), but it’s also incredibly personal. Whether we consider ourselves creatives or not, we all have that thing that follows us around and needs to be unboxed.
Meet The Women Of The Financial Independence Movement by Tread Lightly, Retire Early
Angela is such an incredible advocate for women and nothing speaks that more than her collection of the women of the financial independence movement. If you are ever looking for new blogs to follow, this is THE place to go to find smart, relatable, and encouraging content. (I kinda think she cheated though. This is more of an epic database than a blog post 😉)
I Am Worth More Than My Money by Smart Woman Blog
“I have this entitled feeling now that I deserve all the money I need to create the life I want.”
Sometimes it’s ok to use money as a tool to take care of yourself. After getting out of a long-term relationship, Jaymee spent money on herself instead of saving every penny. And that’s ok. Seriously, sometimes you need to use what you’ve built to get you through the hard times.
They Say Money Cannot Buy Happiness…They’re Wrong by Money Maaster
This is one of my favourite posts of the bunch. Jordan was hesitant about this one because he wasn’t positive it fit my ‘has to be about money’ caveat, but sorry dude, this totally counts. Go read his story about how money bought his family happiness, and stay for the adorable pictures of his daughter.
How To Shift Your Mindset From Consumerism To Frugalism by Money Saved Is Money Earned
I’m not all for living that frugal life, but I am all for shifting our mindset away from straight up consumerism and more to mindful spending.
The Worst Financial Mistake Of My Life by Partners In Fire
I was so happy to see so many people sharing incredibly personal stories of struggle. As hard as it can be to share such experiences on the internet, I really do believe it’s important and can help others in similar situations. In this post, Melanie talks about her relationship with an alcoholic and how she even
5 Foolproof Ways To Waste Money by FinHealthy
Instead of telling you what you should do with your money, FinHealthy switches is up and tells you what you shouldn’t do. I agree with most of these points but would argue that sometimes paying for convenience is worth it to free up your time.
How My Money Mindset Changed When I Bought A House by Tiny Ambitions
I’ve followed Britt’s blog for quite awhile and was so excited when she bought a house this year. It’s been interesting to see how she has approached that as a minimalist and how her attitude towards home ownership has shifted. And yes, you do spend a heckuva lot of time in Home Depot!
Yes, yes, and yes! I completely agree with Martin on this one. Crazy success stories are click bait, that’s why you constantly see them popping up on social media and in the news. The problem? They are very rarely inspirational, and in fact often make you feel terrible about yourself. Full transparency is rare so remember you’re not comparing apples to apples.
The Simple Plan To Financial Security by OthalaFehu
This is such an informative post and won’t trick you into thinking achieving financial independence is easy. I thought the focus on building data was really interesting and not something that’s often discussed.
Grand Admiral Thrawn: Reviewing Life Lessons by Your Money Geek
I’ll be honest; I’m way out of my depth on this one. I have no idea who Grand Admiral Thrawn is (not a Star Wars expert), but even so, this is a fun post from Michael Dinich with contributions from a few other bloggers you will likely recognize.
Financial Freedom Is Not About Money, It’s About Living Your Best Life by Invested Wallet
This is a good reminder that the path many of us are on to achieve financial freedom isn’t really about the money. It’s about the security and options that money brings with it.
Wealth Building Habits of Frugal People by Cash Crone
We can all use a tip or two that will help us save money, and cash crone provides a full list of options. My favourite? Use your local library! It’s a fantastic resource for getting free stuff that often goes far beyond books.
This was an interesting read for me because, like Matt, I’m also a huge sports fan. I’ve seen the good and the bad of working for a sports organization as my bf did it for a few years. There were lots of fun perks, but his schedule was ridiculous! I prefer the fan side than the employee side for sure.
Hurricane Michael Taught Us How An Emergency Fund Can Save Your Life by Money Manifesto
We’ve all heard how important it is to have an accessible emergency fund, but Lance’s real-life story hits that home in a big way. He credits his emergency fund with getting his family to safety in the midst of a hurricane. Tragedies like this happen, but having access to money makes a stressful situation a tiny bit simpler.
How Will You Spend The Hours Of Your Life by The Frugal Good Life
Frugality doesn’t necessarily have to be just about money, and the Frugal Good Life discusses that here. They are working to taking a more holistic approach to the concept and incorporating it into all areas of their lives.
Five Opinions And Ideas About FIRE That I Do Not Agree With by From One Geek To Another
The more popular FIRE gets the more controversy it drums up in the media. We’ve noticed that quite a bit lately and I agree with G on most of these points. At the end of the day, FIRE is going to look different for everyone, and there’s no set of rules you have to meet to qualify.
How To Buy A Car Using Craigslist by Life Before Budget
This round-up has been full of personal stories but here’s a super helpful, practical post on buying a used car. This is not a topic I know much about at all. My current car I purchased brand new (I know, bad PF blogger) and it’s the only car I’ve ever purchased.
Save Money This Holiday Season With Fun Free Christmas Activities by Lead A Healthy Lifestyle
We still have a few days until Christmas so why not get inspired and find a few free activities in your community that you can participate in?
I’m a big fan of meal prepping so I’m so happy Rich chose to share this mega post with tons of cheap meal ideas. It’s precisely what we all need after a holiday season full of too much eating.
Be Inspired To Leave a Legacy by Financial Pilgrimage
A little late but I’ll start with saying congrats to Financial Pilgrimage on the birth of their little girl earlier this year. This post got me thinking. Leaving a legacy is not something I’ve really considered. I don’t have (or plan to) have kids, and I think that generates more discussion on the topic.
My Finances Are A Mess! by FiftyFitFI
FiftyFitFI hit a low point just over a decade ago, and here he is sharing his storing about climbing out of debt and what tools he used to get to where he is today. Seeing what has worked for someone else can be so helpful when you’re just starting on your own journey.
How To Use Google Flights & Other Tools To Find Cheap Flights by The Frugal Wallet
Another practical post about saving money, and this time it’s for travel. I am not much of a travel hacker, so I learned some new tips on how to seek out the cheapest flights.
Learning To Stop And Smell The Roses by Reaching for FI
I am 100% someone who gets embarrassed by her family way too often. I am not chill. This post hit home for me because living in the moment is not something I’m great at. Thanks for the reminder to take the time to enjoy life and not always be rushing off to the next thing.
Dear Kids, Check Out These Millennial Bloggers by Downsize Your 2080
Yay for millennial bloggers! I love seeing how many personal finance bloggers there are from my generation and this list includes many of my favourites.
7 Essential Mindset Changes to Become Financially Independent by Peter Michael
Knowing why you’re doing something is a huge aid in actually getting that thing accomplished. This is no different for financial independence. This is a really comprehensive post from Peter and why FI is important to him and his reasons for working towards it.
My 10 Biggest Money Mistakes And 5 Things I Did Right by Financial Peacock
Reading other people’s money mistakes is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine (I shared some of my own here.) No one is perfect with money and sharing what we’ve done wrong can help others avoid doing the same thing and also inspire openness. Always a good thing.
Debt Snowball vs Debt Avalanche by Melissa Blevins
If you are struggling with debt repayment then this is a really helpful post from Melissa. She goes into lots of detail on the snowball and avalanche methods and even has a downloadable spreadsheet so you can figure out exactly how long it will take you to pay off your debt.
To finish things off I want to include my own favourite post from the year. It has to be Why I Don’t Consider Myself Frugal. This one stirred up a bit of controversy but it also triggered some positive discussions about money and spending. And I sure do love money conversations. If you missed it, check it out and let me know how you feel.
Ok, that’s it. That was a lot of posts! I hope you all stuck with me and found some new bloggers in the personal finance sphere to follow. I’ll see you again in the New Year!
Did you miss my call for posts? Feel free to share your own favourite from 2018 in the comments!
This post was proofread by Grammarly.