The world of personal finance is filled with approximately 530,382,091 blogs, each unique in its own special way.
Even the debt blogs. Hell, especially the debt blogs.
Some of these are good, some are terrible, and most are somewhere in between. But since we naturally think the things we create are fantastic, even the terrible ones keep going–at least for a little while. How Financial Uproar has lasted almost six years is beyond me. We all know this site sucks and I have about as much sticktoitiveness as a baby doing calculus with about an eighth of the cuteness.
As I continue to evolve from a monkey to something slightly resembling a man, I find myself not reading many personal finance blogs any longer. I still check out the ones from this list of the best ones out there semi-regularly, but that’s really about it. It’s nothing personal; I just find that there isn’t much I can learn from somebody’s house purchase journey, their portfolio of index funds, or the myriad of identical debt repayment or saving cash on groceries tips. That stuff just isn’t valuable to me any longer.
That doesn’t really make these blogs bad, per se. It just doesn’t make them valuable to me. Sometimes I forget there’s a difference between the two.
Instead, I’ve switched my reading, at least a little. Here are five different financial websites I check often that aren’t finance blogs.
Red Flag Deals
Before I buy anything worth more than about $10 I’ll check the deal forums at Red Flag Deals.
There are thousands of
cheap-asses deal hounds who regularly post there, letting the masses know about the latest hot buy they’ve found. Some of these deals are fantastic, others pretty meh.
Every category is covered. Want to find a cheap getaway? No problem, especially to Asia or Europe. Electronics? Oh you know it. Store flyers to find the cheapest steak? Yes, including the one guy who goes to Costco every week and takes pictures of their in-store only sales.
Before you buy damn near anything, I’d recommend checking it out.
Wait what? Nelson, come on. Who shops at eBay?
I do. Pretty often, actually. In fact, I’m starting to go there more than Amazon lately. GASP NOBODY TELL THE CHILDREN.
Here’s an example. Right after buying our new place, I decided I’d finally bite the bullet and buy myself a bidet. It’s cheaper than using toilet paper, it feels good, and I swear to God once you try it you’ll never go back. The Japanese are better than us in many ways, bidets included. The French are not.
So I go on Amazon and found the bidet I wanted (I bought this one, btw, which is working well for me. Would definitely recommend). It was $63.02, which I thought was a reasonable price.
Before I checked out, I went on eBay and searched for the exact same product. In a matter of seconds I found it for $11 less.
The best part was when it showed up at my house a few days later in an Amazon box. CAN’T LET THE MASSES KNOW I SHOP AT eBAY, RIGHT?
Basically, I do this. If I’m pretty sure there isn’t a robust deal market for something, I’ll check Amazon and eBay for it. Whichever one ends up cheaper gets my business.
The other nice thing is you can use Paypal to buy stuff on eBay, which is nice for guys like me who end up with Paypal balances from my various online activities (cam shows, mostly).
It doesn’t really matter which one you choose. As long as you’re reading the news daily, you’ll end up ahead of most other people.
I like the National Post, but those bastards now limit me to just 10 articles per month like jerks. So instead, I just follow a few different media outfits on Twitter. My news now comes from a combination of the National Post, CBC News, the Globe and Mail. Wall Street Journal, and so on. Business Insider is pretty good too, except there’s a lot of stuff on politics on there these days.
In 2016 it’s easier than ever to stay well informed about what’s going on around us. You don’t have to be like Warren Buffett and read five newspapers a day, but it’s still good to spend 20-30 minutes daily on the news.
Motley Fool Canada
Okay, I’m biased, since I write for that particular site. So we won’t officially count it as one of our financial websites. Think of it as more of a bonus. WE TAKE CARE OF OUR READERS HERE AT FU.
If you’re looking for Canadian-specific advice on individual stocks, it’s the best place to go. Nowhere else gets even close.
Another decent choice is Seeking Alpha, which focuses on American names. There’s a lot of content there and I find the crap-to-good stuff ratio a little lacking sometimes, but there’s a great deal of good stuff there. There’s also plenty of news stuff there, making it a decent place to get your American-centric business stories.
If there was a viable Canadian alternative to Wisebread I would have listed it. But as far as I can tell such a thing doesn’t exist.
It has everything personal finance related in one place. There’s a daily post on great deals. There are roundups featuring other great reads. And there are multiple articles every day talking about all sorts of other financial topics.
The beauty of a site like that one versus a blog is there’s always going to be something there for everyone. The half of you who are here for the investing stuff hit back ages ago because this post isn’t your cup of tea. You won’t have that problem at Wisebread.
Honorable mention: Lifehacker, which is basically the same thing. But nobody likes Gawker Media so it only gets an HM.
Know any other financial websites that deserve to be on this list? Comment it up, yo.