Top 10 Personal Finance Articles of the Month — February 2019

It’s time again for my favorite feature here on Dyer News: a look at my top 10 personal finance articles of the month. This month we start off with some unique money perspectives as bloggers look at how personal finance can impact your happiness, anxiety, and more. Then we’ll take a look at some tips for budgeting and savings along with the benefits of such practices. Finally we round things out with some financial fallacies, an interesting investment metaphor, and signs that you’ve reached financial stability.

As usual, this month’s list includes a couple Dyer News Top 10 mainstays as well as a few first-timers. Without further ado, below is my list of the top 10 personal finance articles published in February of 2019, along with their title, author, and the site they originally appeared on.

Money Perspectives

7 Ways to Manage Money Anxiety— Abigail Perry, I Pick Up Pennies

Ignorance may be bliss but we all know that paying attention to your finances if always better overall. Of course this doesn’t mean that managing your money will be easy and there may be times when financial anxiety kicks in. Luckily Abigail has some suggestions for curbing such panic and staying the course.

Tip the First Domino – How One Change Can Lead to a Happier Life — Raina, Start Living Richly

Something else that can help alleviate anxiety is breaking big tasks down into smaller ones. Not only can this make the overwhelming seem overcome-able but can also give you a path toward your goals. On top of that, as Raina shares, sometimes one change can set of a positive chain reaction that can lead to much more.

Two Big Ways to Master Your Money and Live the Life You Want — Kyle Burbank, Money@30

There’s no doubt that money is an important tool that can help you live life to the fullest and on your own terms. While some might take this to mean they should accrue as much as they can, the truth is that you may be able to do more with less — as long you know how to manage your funds. That’s exactly what Kyle preaches as he looks at two particular ways he plans on maximizing his money to achieve a work-life balance.

Budgeting and Saving

How Budgeting Saved My Marriage A Dime Saved

It’s no secret that the majority of couples fight about finances. But why is that and how can things change? This post from A Dime Saved looks at those questions and shares how budgeting made a big difference in their marriage.

How to Make the Most Out of Your Emergency Fund — Brittany Kline, The Savvy Couple

As we’ve discussed plenty of times in the past, having an emergency fund is key to avoiding financial disaster. At the same time the way you treat your emergency fund may mean that you’re giving up earning opportunity. That’s why Brittany takes a look at some strategies for getting more from your funds, including some of the pros and cons for each options.

Sinking Fund: What, Why, How? —  Debt & Cupcakes

While it may sound similar to an emergency fund, a sinking fund is actually something else entirely. Instead of preparing for the unexpected, this savings strategy can help you plan for long term expenses or large purchases. Debt & Cupcakes explains more about what a sinking fund is and how it can be a benefit to your finances.

How to Stop Impulse Buying — Mary, A Merry Life

Perhaps the biggest threat to any budget is the dreaded impulse buy. Even if you know you shouldn’t purchase something, often times the emotional part of your brain can take over and cause you to splurge. If impulse shopping is proving problematic, Mary offers a few helpful tips that can make it easier to just say “no.”

Personal Finance Tips

The 4 Financial Lies Everyone Falls ForMiddle Aged Money Man

These days there’s no shortage of financial myths that abound. While some may seem silly, others can actually have a profoundly negative effect on your money. For his post, Middle Aged Money Man debunks four such lies and looks at what each of them gets wrong.

Ingredients vs. Recipe Josh Overmyer

Although there are principals of personal finance that are practically universal, the reality is that there are several different paths one can go down to end up at the same place. In fact, even among so-called experts and gurus, there are still disagreements about aspects of money and what’s best. As a result, it’s really up to you to customize your money order and choose your “ingredients.” With that, this article from Josh utilizes a tasty metaphor to look at different investment options and how to season your portfolio to taste.

31 Signs You’re Financially Stable— John Schmoll, Frugal Rules

Bookending this month’s roundup, there will hopefully come a time when years of hard work focusing on your finances will pay off and the anxieties you felt will no longer be warranted. However realizing that you’ve reached a good money place may not actually be as simple as you’d assume. To help, John looks at 31 signs that your finances are stable and you can breathe a small sigh of relief.

Thanks for checking out my top 10 personal finance articles published last month and congratulations to all of the bloggers who made the list. To find more of these great articles on a daily basis, be sure to follow me on Twitter @jondyer9 and of course visit

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Love your list as usual. I also enjoy discovering new blogs through this list every month.

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Jonathan Dyer

I'm a small town guy living in Los Angeles looking to make solid financial decisions. I write for a number of finance websites, including HuffingtonPost and Business2Community. I founded in 2015 to focus on personal finance and the emerging FinTech markets.

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