8 Websites to Help You Plan Your Financial Future

Mark O'Neill 20-04-2015

From birth, we are told that it is essential to make money and save it. This is why our parents often open up savings accounts in our name when we are born, why we have a piggy bank for our coins, and why we do part-time jobs after school and at the weekend (running your media distribution empire, a.k.a. a paper route). Even after school and college, it never ends, with having to pay off student loans TuitionIO: Track & Manage Your Student Loan Repayment To Various Sources Read More , taking out a mortgage Best Online Mortgage Calculators & How to Use Them Figuring out how much a mortgage will cost you in the long run can be hard, but these calculators make it easy, no matter how much information you have. Read More , a bank loan Personal Loans Online -- How Peer-to-Peer Lending Is Changing the Game A number of services on the market right now allow lenders to provide credit, and for borrowers to gain access to funds without dealing with a bank. They're shaking up the finance game. Read More ….Our entire lives are ruled by money, whether we like it or not.


The Internet has many websites on every conceivable subject, and finance is definitely not an exception. Here are 8 websites you could take a look at that’ll help you improve your bank balance or wipe out your overdraft.


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Investopedia, as the name suggests, covers all aspects of investing, but it also has a section on personal finance. Everything from credit and loans, to insurance, taxes, retirement, and many more, make this a good website to bookmark and peruse through.

One area which I particularly like the Stock Market simulator, where you are given $100,000 in virtual cash, and you have to see whether or not you can gain more or lose your shirt. I lost the shirt – as well as the trousers, pants, and socks.

MSN Money

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MSN being Microsoft, there will all of the Microsoft haters and bashers who will not like this page. But MSN does a surprisingly good finance page, which delves into more than just stocks and shares. They also cover personal finance, real estate, a currency converter, and a broker center. And lots more.

The articles are all aggregated from other sites, and by no means are they dry and boring. They also have quirky interesting articles such as 10 Notorious Tax Cheats [No longer available], and “rich people watching [the movie] Furious 7”.

Yahoo Finance

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Just like MSN, Yahoo also has their own finance page. I think the Yahoo design is more pleasing to the eye, and well designed. Although again, just like MSN, the vast majority of articles on the Yahoo Finance page are sourced from other places.


The article categories tick all the right boxes, but Yahoo Personal Finance also has two other categories – Career & Education, and Health & Lifestyle. You can also customize the page, depending on what stock quotes you want to see displayed.

Get Rich Slowly

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“Get Rich Slowly” is one of my favourite reads, and is no stranger to MakeUseOf Simply Frugal: How To Learn Personal Finance The Easy Way Do you fret over bills and debt on a regular basis? Do you feel lost when others speak using financial lingo? Here's the good news: it's never too late to learn about money. Read More .  This is a site with completely unique content, excellent writers, and a vibrant active community of readers. As well as discussing the important financial issues such as taxes, retirement accounts, interest rates, and so on, they also discuss other kinds of useful stuff, like how to prepare for an unexpected tax bill, and how to make yourself look employable to a prospective employer.

Wise Bread

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With the tagline “Living Large On a Small Budget” (sounds good to me), Wisebread dives right in and analyzes financial subjects such as Cars & Transportation, Debt Management, Insurance, Investments, and much more.

One section which particularly appeals to me, being Scottish, is Frugal Living. After all, nothing appeals to Scots more, than being frugal with “oor pennies”. Subjects include 15 Things To Put In a Blender, and 47 Cheap Fun Things To Do At The Weekend (apart from counting our pennies).

Budgets are Sexy

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As well as the great content, the title of the site itself is enough to get my attention at least. The site describes its purpose as “to keep personal finance fun”, and with 200,000+ subscribers, it has positioned itself as a great site to read if you want to improve your financial situation.


Check out the fantastic free budget templates and spreadsheets, as well as 50+ Side Hustles.

Punch Debt In The Face

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If I thought that “Budgets Are Sexy” was the best title ever for a personal finance blog, then I was recently mistaken. During my research travels I found a site called “Punch Debt In The Face” (how could you not love a site called that?!), and with little stick figures explaining stuff, it was if XKCD had suddenly jumped onto another site.

This is a site that doesn’t take itself too seriously, as the language and tone is very informal and laid back. Some of you will appreciate the change in tone, while some of you will think the stick figures are a bit juvenile. Each to their own tastes.

The Muse

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“The Muse” is actually a career advice website, but it has a very good finance section as well. It features articles and advice for people leaving education, and about to enter the marketplace for the first time. This can include What To Do When Someone Asks You To Work For Free, and “Which US Universities Produce The Best Paid Grads?” (a good article for budding headhunters).

Your suggestions

Are you an avid reader of any of the sites we listed? Which is your favourite? Do you have a website that you swear by when planning your finances? We’d love to hear from you – leave us your tips and feedback in the comments section below.

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  1. clara
    May 16, 2015 at 12:58 am

    how does a older person do something with very little money besides social security but wants to invest

  2. Tom Walters
    April 20, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Mark,

    Look up 4 paragraphs from the bottom for your answer. Just passionate about seeing younger people having a way to finance their future when they have little time to fool with the markets for the most part. Their largest earning years are ahead of them and yet few introduce them to simple ways to virtually insure a nice future retirement.

    In spite of all that the gurus tell you about how to make money in the markets, I'm a firm believer that most don't talk about dividends because there is no real money in it for them. Once you buy the stock.....that's it. No more commissions for anyone. From then on, the only person making the money is you with your dividend check.

    If you sold fish, would you sell the stink or the fact that fish tastes good. In the markets you sell get in.....get out.....get in......get out and hope you keep timing it right. Who wants to bother with long term boring stocks that you buy and don't have to look at everyday.

    Statistics show that if you get in and out at the right times you make a bundle. But then it was the economist who said show me the statistical result you want and I'll give you the numbers to prove it!

    My intentions are honorable. Just passing on some knowledge for those who might not have heard of or want to try the technique along with a place that makes it easy to implement.

    Good Day!

  3. Tom Walters
    April 20, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Check out Dividend.Com.

    The day you retire, your accumulated savings "is what it is." That's it! It has to last for your remaining lifetime. I know, I forgot Social Security. Really. While there will be some SS to offset your savings account, you can count on the fact that as years go by, that stipend will be less and less maybe to the point of being insignificant.

    Instead of dabbling in the stock market, why not let the efforts of the folks at Dividend.Com help you put together a portfolio of quality stocks that you can buy over time and for each share you have, the company pays you a quarterly check just for holding on to the stock!

    In fact, if you're halfway to retirement and start right now, you can start accumulating those shares and instead of accepting the quarterly check, let the company take that dividend and buy you more stock with it. Over the years you'll have accumulated a substantial amount of stock that will produce some nice quarterly checks the day you retire since instead of having the dividend buy more stock, you simply have the check sent to you.

    Believe me, if you give up a few Starbucks and a few beers each month now, you'll be glad you did when you hit retirement. Hardly anyone is going to look out for your retirement anymore. You have to do it yourself and if you'll just stop and think ahead you'll be glad you did.

    While for some it may seem daunting if you know nothing about the stock market and stocks but Dividend.Com can care of that part for you. They will lead you to the water.....but you'll have to drink!

    Nope.....I don't work for or have a monetary interest in the company other than the fact that I have used them for years and live a quite comfortable life off of the checks I get each quarter. I started my kids doing the same and they always tell me that they look at their statements each month and smile at what has happened to their accounts. That wasn't the case when they were using a financial planner.

    There are plenty of opportunities out there to choose from and even if you didn't use Dividend.Com, think about this......if you eat, drink, drive, depend on water or wipe your butt, those activities should be a good start to finding companies that have and should continue to pay dividends long into the future.

    Some will say.....what if......what if.....what if. Okay......if we run into Armageddon......all bets are off!

    Don't look for excuses......I say check out Dividend.Com and you won't need anything else. Just do's easy!

    • Mark O'Neill
      April 20, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Do you work for ;-)

  4. Rintu Dey
    April 20, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    MSN Money is really a good website.

    • Mark O'Neill
      April 20, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Yes it is. I was really surprised at how good it was. Microsoft websites are quite often a bit "meh", rather bland. But the Money page was surprisingly informative.