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Financial Blogs You Should Read

These sites can help you plan your retirement, invest more effectively, and even save more money

Psychology of Money

My pick: IncBlot. Daniel Crosby consults for companies looking to improve their financial-services products and advisory services. He also writes a stellar blog that gets to the heart of why we do things with our money that even we know aren't in our best interests. When you land on the home page, jump right to the IncBlog for posts on "What You Fear vs. What You Should Fear" and "10 Things Smart Investors Never Say."

Also worth a look: Freakonomics. OK, maybe you've heard of this one — or at least heard of the book by University of Chicago economist Steven D. Levitt and coauthor Stephen J. Dubner. But I love the musings on subjects ranging from whether the right music can get you out of a traffic ticket, to the price of margaritas and other seemingly random things.

Good Overall Mix

My pick: Get Rich Slowly. Though started by J.D. Roth in 2001 ("before blog was even a word," as he notes), today GRS provides a number of voices on a wide array of topics, from high-deductible health insurance to money and happiness. It has an especially strong community — so again, if you're looking to chat among like-minded people, this is a good place to go.

Also worth a look: Consumerism Commentary. Luke Landes started his blog in 2003 to track his own finances publicly. He figured it would help keep him more accountable — and it worked. He started making better decisions. Today the site offers others the opportunity to do the same through its Naked With Cash series. If you're into things like auto investing and simple tricks to help you manage your money more effectively, this will be a good fit.

Jean Chatzky, best-selling author, journalist and money editor at NBC's Today, is AARP's financial ambassador.

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