The Best Personal Finance Articles of 2010

The end of the year – it’s a time to look back and remember all that’s happened. It’s also a time to reflect on the best of the best for the year.  I thought it would be fun to put out a call to those in the personal finance community and ask for their best article of the year.  These are articles that either the author thought was their best work or perhaps the readers responded strongly to.  I think as you read through these you’ll find a lot of gems, great information, interesting stories, and even a little controversy.  Enjoy!

The following are the best of personal finance articles in 2010:


PT Money | 104 Ways to Save Extra Money

The Saved Quarter | Make or Save $1,000 This Month

Prairie EcoThrifter | Creating Wealth With What You Already Have

Sustainable Personal Finance | Don’t Lighten Your Wallet with Inefficient Bulbs


Picking investmentsOblivious Investor | 401k Rollover: Where, Why, and How

Generation X Finance | The Lost Decade of Investing: Or Was It?

The Smarter Wallet | Modern Portfolio Theory & Building A Well-Diversified Portfolio

Money Smarts Blog | Canadian Discount Brokerage Comparison

Cash Money Life | Investment Strategies For Beginners

The Military Wallet | Best Investment Options for Deployed Military Members

The Dividend Guy | Why Dividend Investing Will Become The Investment Trend In 2011

Smart On Money | 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Open A Roth IRA

Money Cone | Switching Brokers? What You Need to Know to Avoid Getting Hit With Fees!


Live Real Now | 10 Ways to (re)Use Shopping Bags

Bucksome Boomer | The Old Days Weren’t Frugal by Choice

Money Crashers | How to Find Cheap Apartments for Rent – The Ultimate 5-Step Guide

Wealth Informatics | Free consumer reports – Credit , Banking, Insurance, Employment & More

Personal Finance By The Book | Change Your Mindset and Save a Fortune: 200,000 Miles is the New 100,000 Miles

Aloysa’s Kitchen Sink | Five Reasons To Stop Being Frugal And Get A Life


Wealth Web Gurus | Marginal Tax vs Average Tax – Canada


Couple Money | Debt Reduction Strategy Guide

The College Investor | Government Debt Reduction and Your Investments

Financially Poor | Bankruptcy Is Not A Sin

KNS Financial | Should I Cosign For a Loan?

Deliver Away Debt | How to Pay Off Debt Fast

Sense To Save | Reader question: How To Get Motivated To Pay Off Debt?

PerkStreet Financial Blog | How You Stack Up: What Does the Average American’s Debt Look Like?


Career LadderStudenomics | Going Full Time With Your Side Business– When is it the Right Time?

Christian PF | 24 Home Based Business Ideas

The Financial Blogger | Running Multiple Blogs, Earning 6 Figures, Working Less Than 40 Hours – A How To Guide To Financial Freedom

Moolanomy | Lessons That Everyone Can Learn From Successful Entrepreneurs

Advisor Think Box | What Will Your Business Look Like One Year From Today?

Budgets Are Sexy | I Got Fired.

Financial Samurai | The Dark Side Of Early Retirement

Free Money Finance | Career Insurance: Insuring Your Most Valuable Asset


Wealth Pilgrim | Ways to Improve Your Credit Score Fast

Personal Dividends | Credit Card Fees: Designed to Exploit Your Inner Ape?

Not Made of Money | Eliminate Credit Card Debt – 47 Ways To Save Money and Get The Cash You need to Get Rid of Your Credit Card Debt

Nerd Wallet | How Will a Charge Card Affect My Credit Score?

Money and Money Management

Good Financial Cents | Get Your Free Money: Treasure Hunting Online

My Dollar Plan | 10 Lessons from the Downsized TV Show

The Digerati Life | Skip Commercial Banks! How Cash Only Living Can Work

Passive Income Now | Income Sources to Avoid At All Costs

Soldier of Finance | How My Grandmother’s 1998 Chevy Lumina Made Me Over $2 Million Dollars

Money Smart Life | Seven Habits of Financially Healthy Couples

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff | Top 10 Ways To Make Money

Cash and ChangeMoney Crush | Making Money Online: Is It All That It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Frugal Confessions | Yoga and Money: Focus and Strengthen Your Finances as Preparation for When Opportunity Knocks

Your Smart Money Moves | 5 Important Financial Questions To Ask Your Parents

Retire by 40 | Retire by 40’s Money Flowchart

Enemy of Debt | Great Financial Advice From The In-Flight Safety Handbook

My Journey To Millions | Does Money Buy Happiness? Evan’s Theory

US News Money | 6 Best Money Tips for Young People

Canadian Finance Blog | Control Your Spending With A Budget

Personal Finance (overall)

Bargaineering | Seven Money Lies from Monopoly

The Wisdom Journal | 10 First Time Homebuyer Mistakes

Man Vs Debt | 11 Reasons to Ditch Your Television

Bible Money Matters | 5 Ways To Successfully Fail At Personal Finance

Money Under 30 | Sell Your House! How to Beat the Market, Find a Buyer, and Fetch More for Your Home

Saving Money Today | 7 Things I Learned Watching Honeymooners Re-runs

Frugal Zeitgeist | How To Simplify Your Life

The Canadian Personal Finance Site | The Good Wine

Little House | Psychic Predictions

DINKS Finance | DINKS (Dual Income No Kids) – Smart or Selfish?

Clever Dude | The Power of Forgiveness

Investor Junkie | Life Isn’t Fair. Now Get Over It.

Yakezie Personal Finance | The Clock Builder vs. The Time Teller

Sweating The Big Stuff | Why You Should Donate More Money to Charity

Consumerism Commentary | The Quest For a Balanced Life

Yes, I Am Cheap | How Social Networking Can Negatively Affect Your Finances

Green Panda Tree House | How To Not Lose Your Pants On Your First Mortgage

And there you have it, the best articles of 2010 from some of our favorite sites!

What are some of your favorite articles?  Let me know in the comments.

Do you have a site and your best article isn’t in this list?  Shoot me an email and include your site name and the article.

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Published or updated August 21, 2016.


  1. Thanks for the mention and inclusion in this prestigious list! Happy New Year!

  2. Awesome list…one I need to bookmark. I am honored to be included.

  3. Thanks for including me in the roundup – some great articles there for 2010 – the PF blogosphere keeps getting better and better!

  4. huge list! thx Craig!

  5. Thanks for putting together the list! A great reading listing for us all to go through. I think I’ve read 60% of them, and will go through them all.

    Cheers, Sam

  6. This is a great selection and we are honored to be a part of it! I can think of nothing better than usher in the new year better prepared financially after having read through this list!

  7. Woah fantastic list! Its going to take me a while but I’ll be visiting each entry

  8. RealizedReturns says:

    Wow. Great list. There’s plenty there that I missed this year that i’ve grabbed for some reading later.

  9. Awesome list! Thanks for including us!

  10. It is an honour to be a part of this round up. Some pretty awesome articles were written in 2010. Thanks so much for putting this together. I have some excellent reading ahead of me.

    Best of luck in 2011.

  11. Wow! I have some reading to do to catch up. Thanks for putting it together.

  12. Thnx for including me with this great list!

  13. That is one heck of a list! Thank you so much for including Budgeting in the Fun Stuff!!!

  14. I have some financial goals set for myself this year. Hoping to take a nice vacation, but I’m gonna need the self control to stick to my budgets 😡 Lots of good stuff around the web this year, hope the next one brings the same!
    This is a pretty good article about negotiating debt, – and another one that I recently used to cut my cable:

  15. Thanks so much for including me! I’m honored to be one of your top four! 🙂

  16. Great year-end wrap up! Thanks for including my post. 🙂

  17. Great list Craig, happy to be included!

  18. Thanks for including my link! Great list.

  19. Thank you so much! Great list! I need to catch up on some of them.

  20. Thanks for including me in your list. It is a real honor!
    Happy New Year!

  21. Thanks for including my article! 🙂

  22. Awesome list! Thanks for including my post…and happy New Year!

  23. Great list! I’ve got some reading to do!

  24. Nice work, FFB. Thanks for including me.

  25. That’s one heck of a list. But I feel strangely left out. 🙂 It’s awesome to see the quality of work that everyone puts out.

  26. Craig – You rock!


  27. Thanks for the great list Craig! Here’s to a happy and successful 2011 for all! 😀

  28. This is a great list! I like the way you broke up the various categories for easy reading. Thanks for including my link!

  29. So many good tips, the only problem is going to be finding the time to act on them all! Thanks for including my post.

  30. Thanks for including my post Craig, this is an excellent all round list featuring many of my favorite bloggers 🙂

  31. Great list, Craig!

    All the best,

    Len Penzo dot Com

  32. Hi Craig, great list. I like The Smarter Wallet’s post on Modern Portfolio Theory & Building a well diversified portfolio, as this is key to investing. Over on the Jemstep blog readers might also enjoy this original post on Investing Lessons from Nelson Mandela:

    Thanks again.

  33. Craig,

    Thanks so much for inlcuding my article in the list. I think if every person took the time to read all of these articles, and implemented just three of them they would greatly improve their financial situation in 2011. Perhaps a worthy New Year’s resolution!!

    Ted Jenkin

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