Guest Top Ten List

When Kathryn Finney started her wildly successful site The Budget Fashionista in the summer of 2003, she had no idea she was creating the "Budget Fashion" movement. Kathryn's frank advice and Midwestern charm turned a small site about looking fabulous on a budget into one of the top lifestyle sites on the Internet. In 2010, Kathryn joined Maria Shriver and Elizabeth Warren on AOL's list of the Top Ten Women in Money.

The release of her Amazon best-selling book, How to Be a Budget Fashionista - The Ultimate Guide to Looking Fabulous For Less (Random House/Ballantine Books). Kathryn has been profiled and/or featured in The New York Times, O Magazine, Instyle, People, Wall Street Journal, Essence, Redbook, and over 600 other print publications.

Kathryn Finney's Top 10 Budget Living Blogs

Deal Seeking Mom

There’s a lot to love about DSM, like the downloadable weekly meal planning guide that pairs nicely with the exclusive grocery coupons available in the site’s extensive coupon database.

Free From Broke

FFB provides straight-forward personal finance advice for normal people who just want the basics to living a more financially secure life- which is exactly what you expect from a blog that bills itself as the “personal finance blog for regular folks.”

Penny Pinchin’ Mom

Part blog, part coupon database, Tracie and the gang at PPM features tips and tricks to get the most bang for your buck. “Check out the Lessons From Mama” section for real-life personal finance tips.

Real Simple

Yeah, I know it’s a popular magazine, however the Real Simple website features a series of blogs that helps you do everything from use condiments from your frig as household cleaners to creating frugal wedding favors from candies you can buy at your local Wal-mart.

Savvy Sugar

Who says budget living has to be boring and dull? I love the hip voice of this personal finance/ money blog, part of the Sugar network of sites.

Shoestring Magazine

This up and coming blog + magazine supplements its savvy original content with aggregated content from some of the top budget living sources from around the web.

The Budget Fashionista

Founded in 2003, TBF made budget fashion cool. The site features a wide range of topics from the best mobile coupon sites to how to build a recession proof closet to how to get out of debt.


This AOL blog provides news and tips that help you save money, but I love their tips on investing and guides to starting your own small business.


Wisebread is one stop reading for all things budget, with so much content that the site can be borderline overwhelming. However, when looking for information on how to live on a small (er) budget this site has it all.

Zen Habits

Okay, so this isn’t a budget living blog per-see, but best-selling author Leo Babauta’s site is a straight-forward guide to simple living, encouraging you to spend less time and money on stuff and more on living yourself.