Ask the Readers: Who is Your Online Personal Finance/Frugality Hero? (A Chance to Win $10!)

By Linsey Knerl on 4 August 2009 (Updated 10 August 2009) 74 comments
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Winners update!! -- Congrats to the following winning submissions:

Bargaineering.. Submitted by FairyDust (comment #55):  "I started reading PF blogs because of Jim Wang at http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/." 

 

@Kelsbnfo: "I like the blog Poorer Than You http://poorerthanyou.com/ -tips and advice geared toward college kids.

 

Is there an online blogger, columnist, or personality who has really inspired you to take charge of your finances?  Do you secretly hope to meet a big-name PF writer some day?  Is there just one name or blog at the top of your daily RSS feed? 

Tell us who you read or like the best for a chance to win $10!  It can be a long-time author, an up-and-coming money motivational speaker, or one of the writers here at Wise Bread (or any of our partner bloggers in the Money Tips Network.)  Maybe it's someone we've never heard of (and should ask to guest post here in the future.)  Maybe it's your depression-era, blogging Grandma!

Comment on this post or via Twitter to give us the scoop on who you really admire, and if they have a website, be sure to include it!   All entries will be eligible for a chance to win one of two $10 prizes. 

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 Those of you who aren’t familiar with the “drill,” read below for full details:

Win a $10 Amazon Gift Certificate

We're doing two giveaways -- one for random comments, and another one for a random tweets.

How to Enter:

  1. Post your answer in the comments below, or
  2. Tweet your answer.  Include both "@wisebread" and "#WBAsk" in your tweet so we'll see it and count it.

If you're inspired to write a whole blog post, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.

At the end of the drawing, we'll update this post to include (and link to) all of your helpful responses.

Giveaway Rules:

  • Contest ends Thursday, August 6th at 11:59am CST. Winners will be announced after August 6th on the original post and via Twitter. Winners will also be contacted via email and Twitter Direct Message.
  • You can enter both drawings -- once by leaving a comment and once by tweeting.
  • Only tweets that contain both "@wisebread" and "#WBAsk" will be entered. (Otherwise, we won't see it.)

 Good luck!  

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Teresa

The frugal dutchess!

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Eric

It is a toss up between Ramit Sethi and Tim Ferris. I like Tim's worth ethic (4 hour work week) and Ramit's ideas about frugality (make more than you spend, not spend less than you earn).

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Dave Ramsey of course!

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This entire blog is usually really helpful.

http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/

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Fianna

Trent at Simple Dollar. Hands down the best.

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Guest

Dave Ramsey... his message doesn't change and it always works.. no debt!

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Jennbug

Definitely Boston Gal from BostonGals.com (Boston Gal's Open Wallet)!

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Emily

The Simple Dollar is great.

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T'Pol

Boston Gal got me hooked to the PF blogging world. I love to read about her investments, her topsy turvy planters, Solar panels and the suspense she has recently created regarding her new car purchase.

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MomPaula

Trent at the simple dollar.

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It doesn't get better than Squawkfox.

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I was inspired by Tim Ferris and Leo Babauta. These two people are the ones who I think helped me the most regarding personal and financial development, and also inspired me to launch my own blog.

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Trent Hamm from the Simple Dollar

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adi

Single Ma at Fabulous Financials is awesome! I love to read her career moves, about her daughter, and how she got out of debt.

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Ross

Naomi Dunford at ittybiz.com is pretty cool

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MichaelM

JD Roth at Get Rich Slowly. A lot of blogs talk about a lot of things I'm interested in, but GRS is probably the closest to where I am along the frugality spectrum.

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Liz N.

Some people hate her, but I love Suze Orman.

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Carl

Financial Tales! I love the stories, thanks!

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Melvyn

Another vote for Trent at thesimpledollar.com

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Holly Marie

Suze Orman ... for that Will and Trust kit alone.

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Maggie

Is my favorite!

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Joe Dominguez. Who? He's the guy who came up with most of the ideas in "Your Money or Your Life," the best money book I've ever read.

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Anthony Moralez

Absolutely my favorite personal finance blogger.

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Molly

I love his practical real world advice!

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Gayle

I Will Teach You To Be Rich. His writing is so down to earth, especially in his book, and he gives lots of examples and scripts to follow.

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Russel.G

I have always been a big follower of Clark Howard. His frugality inspired me early on.

I have to say that Trent @ The Simple Dollar is my current favorite. His blend of wise financial input, frugality, and simple living is good for the balance sheet and the soul.

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Dee

Suze Orman for her realistic advice
Ramit Sethi especially for his advice on setting up automatic saving by using ING direct

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Deb

I just love The Simple Dollar!

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Sally

Jacob from Early Retirement Extreme.

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ryan

Adrian at 7 years to 7 million. Regular personal finance blogs get very old hat and repetitive, but the "outside the box" thinking at Adrian's site really inspired me.

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BrianD

Dave Ramsey, of course, and it's because he has a way of motivating people to attack their problem and not giving up no matter how insurmountable the challenge seems.

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Zengirl

My favorite money blog is by Pinyo at "http://www.moolanomy.com/". He has every topics ranges from credit cards, to being frugal, to increasing income, investing etc. He also does nice charts and figures to make it easy for everyone to see it. his recent ask question/answer part of the blog is superb.

10 vote for Pinyo!! his blog is the best, if you have not checked it out, do so.

Zengirl

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Kate

but I love Noah Kagan's "Jewgality" series and and BrokeGrad Student. I also really like Pussycat magazine's money section. As a single college student, these tips apply to me more then any of the other frugal blogs.

Also, Young Money.

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Totally JD at Get Rich Slowly.

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Carole

Extremely Frugal... is one of the best.

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Cheryl

There are so many to choose from!! But, Dave Ramsey was the one that changed the way I think about money!

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Sandy

He always has great advice and touches on relevant topics. His personal story is very motivational.

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Trent Hamm, my crush

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Indy

My vote goes to Trent @ The Simple Dollar. He is just awesome!!

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Irene

My older heroes are my husband who lived a frugal lifestyle all his life, and Ron Blue who wrote The Debt Squeeze (no longer in print) which got me out of debt 20 years ago. As for today it would be Trent at the Simple Dollar because he understands and communicates well that a frugal lifestyle embraces a lot more than just what you do with your money.

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pammybear101

Clark Howard - a man after my own heart.

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Kate

I would say Stephanie from Poorer Than You, for getting me hooked on PF blogs!

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valerie

JD Roth @ Get Rich Slowly!!

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Valerie R.

JD Roth at Get Rich Slowly is my favorite!

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Kumi

Dave Ramsey!

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Shan

Dave Ramsey, who credits Larry Burkett.

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Sarah

Everyone loves Trent @ TSD, but I could only take so much of his uber-sentimental posts.
My vote goes to Lindsay of Passionate Homemaking - "simple and natural living on a budget." While not about finance per se (and definitely too heavy-handed with the religious stuff for this atheist reader), her blog has changed the way I buy (and what I don't buy) more than any other.

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I like Trent Hamm of the Simple Dollar!

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Trang

I like Myscha Theriault, from this web site. Actually, most of the blog writers here are excellent. Thanks!

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J. money

Jonathan @ MyMoneyBlog.com for sure... I've got a total man crush on that guy...plus he's a brilliant blogger.

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ladygoat

His situation isn't at all like mine, but the Frugal Bachelor is one of my very favorite bloggers. He can be both really funny and serious, and he has also been a good reminder that you shape your finances around your own priorities and long term goals, and not those of others. His perspective on life in other countries has also emphasized for me how much we have here in the U.S., and how I should appreciate what I have.

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Fran K.

I vote for Trent Hamm. I enjoy his wholesome perspective on life and finances.

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Viviana

I adore Dave Ramsey so much that I have written about him in my PF blog more than once. Straight and to the point.

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SMB

JD, Get Rich Slowly

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fairydust

I started reading PF blogs because of Jim Wang at http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/

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I personally enjoy reading Philip Brewer's posts here at Wisebread. Trent Hamm and J.D. Roth also top my list of favorites, and both inspired me to start blogging.

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Sara

I love FB of wwww.fabulouslybroke.com! She is frugal and militant about debt while still being fashion conscious and aware of her own (minimal) needs. She has taught me so much about what it means to be frugal without denying yourself the things that make you happiest. And her own debt reduction story is absolutely amazing. I would recommend to anyone!

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Angela

My favorites are jd at getrichslowly.org, trent at thesimpledollar.com, sharon at frugalduchess.com, the freemoneyfinance.com guy.

For what it's worth, I always check Get Rich Slowly first.

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Sarah

I will almost certainly not be the only person to mention his name, but it was stumbling across The Simple Dollar that first interested me in the lifestyle and culture of frugality. I am lucky in that I have no debt, but I can't take much credit for that. A combination of scholarships and my parents saw me through college. The time I spent reading The Simple Dollar has almost completely formed my attitude towards money - namely, one of respect. I appreciate Trent's thoughtful, philosophic, and kind attitude towards both money and life. He is an absolute role model.

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Jordan

I would have to say JD Roth at GetRichSlowly

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Mariel Martinez

From the bible, several histories have taugh me how to handle property, money and life. The book of LEVITICUS even describes what you should and should NOT eat, or do... I think Finances is not just about money, but the administration of your TIME...

Therefore, on top of having that book as a guide, I ask my grandmother how to live with NOTHING, after all, she managed to have 25 kids, not go insane, survive the deaths of some of them, raise them well (they all fight and look like a reality show) but none would steal, or kill or something mayor that may involve jail or something, and the best/worst part is... SHE WAS A COMMON PEASANT MOST OF HER LIFE, with absolutely NO MONEY, and my grandpa even had to go hunting once a month to eat a WHOLE animal... I cannot imagine being nine or ten years old, living in a small house with more than 12 people in 4 bedrooms...

If she managed, and she is still alive and kicking, we all can... The point is, everyone helped, she teached her skills to everyone from the eldest to the youngest, and they all included TIME managment and PREVENTION... They grow some fruit trees, and they all learned how to improvise and do the best, with whatever they got, and my grandma at some point decided to study to become a teacher, and she managed that as well!!!! Which is what I want to do now... Only I am 29 and I do not want children, yet...

Our brains are the best tool we have to manage our finance, our life and our time, if we can slow down to determine what game are we playing, where is the ball, and while we are at it, keep the eyes on the ball at all times...

I once even heard the story of how my AUNT, which was a teen at the time, delivered my uncle in their own house because they did not have a car, and the hospital was too far away (there were no phones available whatsoever)... Again, our brains and keeping a common goal is key for success... If you have people who would not participate or who would create more problems and expenses, then, you are all gonna fail... COMMUNICATION AND ORDER (i think ORDER is more important) IS KEY. MY GRANDMA TAUGH ME THAT. Not only that, I think if you are lucky and have an elder member of the family, I am sure they will show you how to live SIMPLER, because thay probably do not even know how YOU can be SO COMPLICATED... Do you even have that answer?

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I would have to say my favorite personal finance blogger is Trent Hamm at Simple Dollar. He is wise beyond his years.

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Kelli

Remember the "Save Karyn" blog? She actually got people to send her money to help her pay off her CC debt! So I have to pick her for her pure resourcefulness even if it was an unorthodox way to go about digging out of debt and many don't agree with her method. I only wish I'd thought of it first when I had CC debt! :P

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Matt

Man...tough choice for a money blog freak like me.

J. Money at Budgets Are Sexy is always throwing down the funny with the money
Josh Smith at WalletPop is killing it with the insights on absolutely current events
Jason at Frugal Dad blows the house down with wisdom and deep money thoughts far beyond his years.
Trent Hamm at the Simple Dollar is...well...Trent Hamm at the Simple Dollar.
Flexo at Consumerism Commentary beats everyone at being able to turn from high level down to nitty-gritty on a dime.

Meh...I can't choose.

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Angie

He brought me to this whole frugality thing. His writing is practical. Even non-native English speakers like I am can understand the messages he conveys.

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Chrissy

Get Rich Slowly was the first personal finance blog I read, and it's still my favorite.

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Stephanie

MOneysavingmom.com - this blog writer seems to make it so easy! THanks!

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Clark Howard.

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Ashley Sherer

John C. Bogle, founder of the Vanguard funds. Low expense index funds are the way to go.

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Michelle

I really like the woman from I've paid for this twice already www.paidtwice.com. In less than two years she is almost debt free. Her total debts started at over 30K and she is down to her last student loan.

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ZJ

Trent of The Simple Dollar

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Chris

Dave Ramsey and also Rob Black.

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Make your life time easier take the loan and all you want.