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10 Best Personal Finance Blogs for Families in 2023

10 Best Personal Finance Blogs For Families In 2023
Mike Senecal

Written by: Mike Senecal

Mike Senecal
Mike Senecal

Mike Senecal draws on more than 20 years of editorial experience to update CardRates.com readers on industry trends, business news, and best practices in budgeting and credit use. Mike has worked for decades in academic and trade publishing, including roles as managing editor and technical editor at the University of Florida and as contributor to finance industry publications, including Surety Bond Quarterly and Independent Agent, among others. Mike holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina, and he enjoys bringing his years of academic and industry expertise online to help consumers of diverse financial backgrounds.

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One of the biggest challenges for modern families is to get everybody on the same page with money. It’s no easy task for parents (and children) to assess their financial status, set goals for the future, and work diligently toward them.

We want to help. Our team surveyed the extensive landscape of personal finance blogs to compile this merit-based 10-best list that ticks the right boxes for all sorts of families with all kinds of goals.

Check out the results. We’re sure you’ll find a blog or two you’ll come back to again and again as you build your family’s financial future.

Best for Family Financial Independence: Marriage Kids and Money

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Andy Hill is the proprietor of Marriage Kids and Money, a blog that started as a hobby, morphed into a side hustle, and eventually became a full-time job.

Andy shares his family’s journey of paying off $50,000 in debt in less than a year, becoming mortgage-free by 35 years old, and achieving millionaire status in less than 10 years. The message is that family financial diligence can result in financial independence and a stronger family unit.

More About Marriage Kids and Money

  • Andy offers folks who get on his mailing list a free 39-page Family Wealth and Happiness guidebook along with periodic updates to help families get to the next financial level
  • He offers an extensive list of recommended products and services that helped his family achieve financial independence

Best for Nontraditional Career Advice: The Savvy Couple

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Kelan and Brittany Kline, the founders of The Savvy Couple, could not figure out what they wanted to do with their lives. The $40,000 in student loan debt they were dealing with didn’t help.

Then they got serious, which meant getting out of the rat race of conventional careers and using their skills as freelance side hustlers working online in many capacities.

Their student loan debt is a thing of the past, and now they both work from home. Oh — and they’re millionaires.

More About The Savvy Couple

  • Kelan considers himself a personal finance nerd, but that doesn’t sound like a bad thing to us, given the results
  • Brittany considers herself the frugal saver in the family, always looking for a deal

Best for Healthy Communication: Money in Matrimony

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Busy parents often feel parts of their lives are out of control. When money’s an issue, problems can build up until they seem overwhelming, and that’s when a downward financial spiral is liable to start.

Blogger Danielle Davis started Money in Matrimony to help ensure those things don’t happen to your family. She firmly believes couples can improve their money habits by strengthening communication to change their money mindsets.

More About Money in Matrimony

  • Danielle is a New Orleans native who lives a faith-based lifestyle as a wife and mother who graduated from a historically black college or university
  • Families that sign up for the mailing list receive a free 30-day money challenge plan to reduce stress and anxiety associated with money

Best for Simple Living: Frugalwoods

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If you’re a typical modern family, getting away from it all to live a simpler, more harmonious life may seem like a pipe dream. But at Frugalwoods, Elizabeth (Liz) Willard Thames and her husband prove that a self-sufficient homesteading lifestyle is possible even with children.

The family lives in a rural setting and makes and grows what it can to break free from the cycle of consumerism and materialism. Liz and her family exemplify the commitment to intentional living that can make time for families to prioritize what’s most important to them.

More About Frugalwoods

  • Liz and her husband both started their careers as cubicle dwellers before deciding together at around 30 that there was more to life than working for someone else
  • Frugalwoods supports a vibrant online community of people who prioritize living with purpose and intention over spending money

Best for Travel Buffs: Go Curry Cracker!

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Winnie Tseng and Jeremy Jacobson are a couple that recoiled naturally from the typical linear lifestyle of school, grades, jobs, a house, and retirement on a golf course.

Instead of conspicuous consumption, they chose apartment living, walking and biking instead of owning a car, and cooking at home instead of spending on restaurant meals. Then, they took the extra money they were saving and learned to invest it.

Go Curry Cracker! tells their story. Now, instead of taking a couple of weeks off every year, they live life as a permanent vacation.

More About Go Curry Cracker!

  • Winnie and Jeremy’s blog got its name from a curry-flavored cracker snack they made to give them energy on a mountain hike
  • Extensive travel-hacking resources on their blog help families take the same journeys

Best for Family Budgeting: Budgets Are Sexy

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We wouldn’t have believed Budgets Are Sexy until blogger J. Money showed us how. His journey toward blogging about financial freedom started almost by chance, but his passion for saving and spending as a married father of three proves the point because fun is always the watchword on his blog.

J. Money turned his blogging journey into a varied and lucrative career in finance. His creed is that learning to budget builds confidence and there’s nothing sexier than a confident person. Sounds right to us!

More About Budgets Are Sexy

  • J. Money decided to learn about budgeting after he and his then-fiancé bought a $350,000 home with no understanding of how they were going to pay for it
  • So he Googled “budget” — and the rest is history

Best for Retirement Planning: Arrest Your Debt

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Courtney Luke, proprietor of Arrest Your Debt, understands that a plethora of financial advice is available online. As a mother and a woman who is married to a law enforcement officer, she also understands the importance of putting your financial house in order.

As Courtney and her husband welcomed their baby, Courtney’s mortgage company restructured her five-year adjustable-rate mortgage, and the couple suddenly couldn’t make ends meet. That’s when they decided to buckle down financially, and Arrest Your Debt is the result.

More About Arrest Your Debt

  • Courtney’s husband-to-be put her engagement and wedding rings on a credit card, so the couple spent their first few years of marriage paying that off
  • The blog focuses on helping first-responder couples (law enforcement and fire officials) understand how to make the most of their money

Best for Women With Families: Savvy Ladies

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Savvy Ladies is a nonprofit dedicated to providing free financial education to all women. Thousands of women from all walks of life have turned to Savvy Ladies to identify goals, make proactive financial choices, and ultimately lead more rewarding lives.

Volunteer professionals and industry experts write the content, which runs the gamut from starting and building a financial relationship to partnering, retirement planning, and wealth building through a modern and distinctive female lens.

More About Savvy Ladies

  • Savvy Ladies operates a free financial helpline that connects women in need of assistance with qualified financial advisors through a phone app
  • Free courses and webinars cover all aspects of financial education for women

Best for Large Families: Medium Sized Family

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Jamie Jeffers is the owner and writer at Medium Sized Family, and we think the title of her blog is a little inaccurate. That’s because what Jamie calls a medium-sized family, almost anyone else would think is large.

Jamie addresses the challenges of raising SIX children on a single income while paying off $20,000 in credit card debt and adding a second bathroom to their home. That’s right: Before that addition, eight people shared a single bathroom! The family accomplished all of this through savings and money-making strategies.

More About Medium Sized Family

  • Cooking at home is a big money saver for Jamie, and the blog contains ample recipes for putting good food on the table without spending much
  • Jamie’s goal-driven budget planner includes 71 pages of tools to identify unexpected expenses, plan an annual budget, and get debt-reduction help

Best for Stay-at-Home Moms: Family Finance Mom

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Meghan Rabuse is a former financial analyst who left her 60-hour-a-week job as a hedge fund manager to become a homemaker (to use an anachronistic word). She’s never looked back. Now, she’s a mother of three and an authoritative source of financial education for women like her.

Family Finance Mom doesn’t shy away from complex topics for turning income into lasting wealth. She even offers an economics workshop to help families understand the underlying issues that may impact family financial planning and how to compensate for downturns.

More About Family Finance Mom

  • The Family Finance Mom Book Club works like a discussion group and tackles one important finance book each quarter
  • Meghan does a live question-and-answer session on Instagram every Monday at 9:00 AM ET (@familyfinancemom)

There you have it! If there’s one thing we know for sure about families, it’s that every family unit faces financial challenges uniquely. That’s why our team picked a wide variety of family finance blogs for this authoritative 10-best list.

No matter where you and your family are in your journey to financial success, there’s a blog here for you. Check out this list of the best of the best in family finance blogs to find the right guidance to move you forward.