I fell into reading the personal finance (PF) blogging world about two years ago. New to the job market and overwhelmed by all of the information getting thrown at me about savings and 401(k)s and benefits, I turned to personal finance blogs as a way to sort of filter all of the “noise” I was encountering and to see what real, live people were doing with their finances. I was always conscious of the fact that different financial rules apply to different situations; I didn’t turn to PF blogs as an failsafe resource because that would have been ridiculously stupid. Rather, I turned to PF blogs as a way to see how different personal finance “rules” were being applied in real time to actual people’s lives.
I’ve fallen out of like with a lot of the personal finance blogs I once read, namely because I got tired of reading SEO content/poor writing and posts by staff writers. Since I had purged the majority of PF blogs I used to read from Feedly, I was at a bit of a loss for how to fill the PF-shaped hole in my feed reader. Then I stumbled across The Billfold, courtesy of NZ Muse. An entire website with a treasure trove of an archive filled with good writing about a topic as broad and varied as money? SCORE. Taken from their about page:
The Billfold is not another personal finance site. A personal finance site is a site for people who have decided to overhaul their financial lives, and want help doing it. We are a site about money. We are interested in people’s lives and how funds make those lives awesome, and not-so-awesome.
The Billfold aims to do away with the misbelief that talking about difficult money issues is uncomfortable, and create a space to have an honest conversation about how we save, spend and repay our debts. We are going to break one of the last taboos in our culture—talking about what you earn, what you spend, what you owe.
I’ve spent hours getting lost in The Billfold’s archives, which is likely apparent to anyone with a good memory and a close eye on my weekly link love roundups. I firmly believe that The Billfold is a site that will interest just about anyone — at least, anyone who’s as curious about other people’s lives and fascinated by the topic of money as I am. Some of my more favorite sections include How Other People Do Money, Rental Histories, and My Last Hundred Bucks. (I’ve even written a guest post for My Last Hundred Bucks.) I also enjoy the series they’ve done on “How the Baby-Sitter’s Club Does Money” and “How Wizards Do Money.”
That’s only scratching the tip of what The Billfold offers in its archives, but it’s a good place to start for anyone who’s in the market for a new favorite website. Personally, I’m off for my daily read of The Billfold’s homepage…