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Let’s be practical – trying to set news alerts for every personal finance topic that you need will get exhaustive quickly. Your inbox will be loaded down in short order. We know, because as a personal finance new team, we have all of them set. So, we thought why not make things easy on our readers by doing all that browsing work for you? And thus, Around the Web was born! Around the Web is weekly feature that captures the top financial news stories of the past week. We hit up all the big players in finance plus bloggers to find the stories you can’t afford to miss. Then we put them together and summarize them for you into easily digestible Around the Web packets of news. It’s like a content value meal for your money!

How does choose the sites and blogs that we feature in Around the Web?

Basically, when we look for stories to feature here, we search for things that are unique or noteworthy. A million different blogs will tell you how to save for retirement. We only feature them when they have something new or different to say. Our editor-in-chief has a serious pet peeve against “buy less, save more” generic financial advice. So, you won’t see any of that garden-variety advice here unless it has some kind of unique angle.

Beyond that, we also stick with people that have financial expertise. Around the Web featured experts aren’t all certified public accountants, but they all have some kind of proven record. We want people that have been writing in personal finance for years. People that have tried the solutions they writing about and can speak from experience.

These are some of the top personal finance writers and websites that we love. You’ll see these names regularly in Around the Web, because they have always have great advice:

Money Talks News

If you’ve ever watched a financial news segment on a local news channel there’s a good chance that you’d recognize the founder and owner of Money Talks News, Stacy Johnson. Stacy got his start on Television doing Money Talks segments that were nationally syndicated. Then he turned that segment into a daily personal finance news site.

Money Talks News is famous for its “hacks” – which are basically clever ways to cut costs in your budget. It’s not garden variety advice. One MTN writer didn’t wash her jeans for a year to see if the resulting smell was worth the cost savings (it was, but not for a year).

Making Sense of Cents

Michelle is the owner and author of Making Sense of Cents. She started her financial journey when she graduated in 2010 with $20,000 in student loan debt. Then she added another $18,000 to get an MBA in Finance. Michelle managed to pay off that $38,000 in seven months. The blog followed that journey and then evolved from there.

Michelle speaks a lot from personal experience. Like telling people how to make money off renting out your RV. That’s a topic she knows, because she lives out of her RV.

Frugal Rules

The Frugal Rules motto is “Freedom through Frugality.” The founder John admits he hasn’t always made the right choices with money. For instance, her left school with $25,000 in credit card debt. That’s why he and his wife Nicole started Frugal Rules. They wanted to create a community of users all working towards improving their financial literacy.

They have three other writers on staff, all of whom specialize in their own special financial niches. They offer saving advice, debt elimination strategies and can even give you an easy, not-at-all-intimidating introduction to investing. This is investing for regular Americans who may not have huge lump sums to start. They tell you how to start from very little.

The Penny Hoarder

The Penny Hoarder was founded by Kyle Taylor, who had a similar journey to Michelle from Making Sense of Cents (and a lot of other Millennials personal finance writers). They story starts with massive student loan debt. Kyle first started blogging about saving money and paying off that debt. Out of that venture, The Penny Hoarder was born.

If you’re a foodie, The Penny Hoarder has an entire section of their finance site that’s perfect for you. It’s all about how to eat like a king on a peasant’s budget.

Stefanie O’Connell

Stefanie didn’t start as a financial expert – she acted her way into it. She graduated with a degree in drama in 2008. That was great when she had a job that paid well, but as soon as that show closed, she considered her future prospects and realized she needed to learn everything she could in order to succeed.

So, on the backs of tour buses and between side jobs, she studied and learned and studied some more. She started chronicling her journey online and wrote her first book, The Broke and Beautiful Life in 2015. Her latest mission is the #BreakingBroke campaign.

Rockstar Finance \ Budgets are Sexy

Rockstar Finance is a financial news curation website. It basically does what Around the Web does on a daily basis on steroids. So, if five little packets of financial news per week are not enough, go to Rockstar and go nuts. Rockstar Finance was started by J. Money (the writer, not the rapper), whose favorite quote about himself is that “he’s the Miley Cyrus of finance.”

He started much like many of our other favorite bloggers. He got into trouble with money, blogged about his own journey and then turned that into a business. He started with Budgets are Sexy, then built his empire from there.

Money After Graduation

As you can guess from the name, if you’re a pre-retiree then this blog probably isn’t for you. It touts itself as “your guide to making, saving and spending money in your 20’s for a healthy, wealthy and happy life.”

The president and CEO of Money After Graduation is Bridget Casey, who has an MBA from the University of Calgary. Yes, this blog is Canadian but the advice they give works no matter which side of the border you call home. Come here for big advice. As they say, they won’t tell you to give up lattes because they’re too busy showing you how to become an investor, business owner and general financial boss.

The Dollar Stretcher

The Dollar Stretcher is all about helping you “live better for less.” It’s been around since 1996 (yes, Gen Xers, this is one financial blog that’s by one of your own). The founder Gary Foreman went from purchasing manager for a computer manufacturer to a financial planner.

The Dollar Stretcher is all about helping you achieve a specific financial goal. They target their articles to specific groups. So, just because you aren’t a Gen Xer like Gary, it doesn’t mean that they don’t have you covered. They have sections for 50+ finances and 20 Somethings.

See Debt Run

See Debt Run is a site dedicated to helping people overcome challenges with debt. They fully admit it’s not always easy, but it’s “about making the choice to end this nonsense and take control.”

They also fully admit that their writers are not certified financial experts. They’re just normal people trying to get out of debt just like you. They tell you what’s worked from them, so you can decide if it will work for you.

Len Penzo dot Com

Len Penzo is also not a certified financial planner. In fact, he’s an electrical engineer employed in the aerospace industry. But he started his blog out of a strong disdain for debt. He’s the kind of guy with no debt to speak of but a $600 mortgage payment. Which might explain why he’s so successful, because even we got envious just writing that.

The blog touts itself as “the off-beat personal finance blog for responsible people.” It’s won all sort of awards and features content like Len’s all-time most popular post: 19 Things Your Suburban Millionaire Neighbor Won’t Tell You.