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As we approach 2018, I have had some time to reflect on some of the things I learned in 2017 and the progress I’ve made with this blog since starting it in October 2016.

I have always been a voracious reader and as part of my strategy to educate myself on money management, investing, real estate, etc., I follow a tonne of personal finance blogs – in Canada and the U.S.

For your 2018 personal finance education goals, I’ve compiled a list of 12 homegrown (Canadian) blogs you should consider following. They will keep you updated and focused on your journey to financial freedom!

The following blogs are not listed in any particular order of awesomeness (listed alphabetically).

1. Boomer and Echo

Managed by a mother and son combo (Marie and Robb Engen), this personal finance blog was one of the first blogs I followed after immigrating to Canada. Expect to see a lot of fresh and relevant content here.

Some must reads include: 35 Ways to Save Money and How to Get Started With an Index Portfolio.


2. Canadian Couch Potato

If you want to learn about passive investing, index funds, ETFs, and the DIY approach to investing in general, Dan Bortolotti’s blog is a good place to start.

Some must reads include: Model Portfolios and Recommended Funds.


3. Canadian Finance Blog (Maple Money)

Tom Drake is a financial analyst who started his blog in 2009 to share his financial experiments. He writes about making, saving, investing and spending money wisely.

Some must reads include: How to Save Money Each Month and Year and Are Fees Eroding Your Wealth?


4. Give Me Back My Five Bucks

Krystal Yee started her blog in 2007 to document how she dug herself out of debt and paid off over $20,000 in debt in 12 months. She frequently writes about responsible spending and financial independence.

Some must reads include: 5 Ways to Diversify Your Income This Year and How We Saved A Six-Figure Down Payment.


5. Half Banked

Desirae Odjick manages this personal finance blog that is focused on helping millennials manage their money and still have a life.

Some must reads include: 10 Amazing Reasons to Automate Your Investments and How to Choose the Right Robo-Advisor for You.


6. Jessica Moorhouse

Jessica Moorhouse is a millennial money expert and speaker who blogs and podcasts about savings, budgeting, and investing.

A must read is: Personal Finance Books for Millennials by Millennials and must listen: How You Can Earn More By Not Going to University.


7. Million Dollar Journey

The Frugal Trader started buying mutual funds when he was 16 years old and started his blog in 2006. His goal was to hit a net worth of $1 million by the age of 35 and he was able to reach that goal ahead of schedule in 2014.

Some must reads include: 8 Key Sources of Income during Retirement and Completing the Million Dollar Journey.


8. Money We Have

Barry Choi is a Toronto-based personal finance and travel expert. On his blog, he writes about credit cards, debt, investing, real estate, budget travel and much more.

Some must reads include: How to Use Credit Cards to Your Advantage and Best Travel Credit Cards in Canada.


9. My Own Advisor

Mark Seed writes about saving and investing his way to a million dollar portfolio. On his blog, you can find valuable information about DRIPs, ETFs, retirement planning and much more.

Some must reads include: How to Start Investing in Dividend Paying Stocks and What Makes a Great ETF?


10. Retire Happy

Retire happy is a retirement-focused blog managed by Jim Yih and several other personal finance experts. You will find lots of information on retirement benefits and estate planning here.

Some must reads include: How to Calculate Your CPP Retirement Pension and How to Get Your CPP Early.


11. Young and Thrifty

This resource-rich blog was originally founded by Gen Y Money. It is currently being managed by Kyle Prevost and Justin Bouchard who bought the blog in 2012. They talk about Investing, Credit Cards, Getting out of Debt, Frugal Living, Real Estate, and lots more.

Some must reads include: Top Seven ETFs for Young Canadian Investors and The Complete Guide to Canada’s Robo Advisors.


12. Savvy New Canadians

I’d be remiss if I do not urge you to also follow my fairly new personal finance blog. Here you’ll find updated personal finance information relating to saving and making money, investing, getting out of debt, retirement planning, real estate, DIY, free resources, and lots more.

Some must reads include: A Complete Guide To Canada’s Retirement Income System and Supercharge your Canada Child Benefit by Making an RRSP Contribution.



13. A Wealth of Common Sense

Yes, I know this blog is not Canadian, but I could not resist the temptation of mentioning it. This blog is managed by Ben Carlson. Here he writes about wealth management, financial markets, investor psychology, and investments in a unique and refreshing style.

Some must reads include: 36 Obvious Investment Truths and How the Dollar Affects the Stock Market.

Canadian Personal Finance Blogs to Follow