Seeking Alpha: If you want to invest in stocks that will grow, or "short" a stock (in effect betting the stock will fall, not rise), but don't know where to begin, you can get ideas and join in discussions at Seeking Alpha.
The plain-English analysis is geared for a wide range of users. You can join the website to set up a portfolio that aggregates news about the shares and companies you are interested in and to get email alerts.
The home screen has handy categories, such as "market currents" to show what's coming up on the day's economic calendar and trends to watch for; seeking alpha.com.
Get Rich Slowly: The "about" page by J.D. Roth at the Get Rich Slowly blog explains that writers and readers use it to "share stories about debt elimination, saving money, and practical investing."
The lead post when last we looked was a first-person account of a financially strapped family that drastically cut its housing expenses to "enjoy living below our means."
While some other mavens make reaching financial goals seem unrealistic, much of the advice here is refreshingly encouraging; getrichslowly.org/blog.
Bargaineering: You could run into an article like "Pros and cons of making money by donating your bodily fluids and eggs" at the Bargaineering website.
But there are also a lot of arguably more practical personal-finance items, including contributor videos. Some, by the site's founding blogger Jim Wang, are on how to find a good stock broker and how to figure out whether your mutual-fund company is ripping you off; bargaineering.com/articles.
WiseBread: "Living large on a small budget" is the motto of the WiseBread site. There's user participation in requests for ideas on how to tame debt, where to find deals today and how to get a job.
A recent post advised how to get your day off to a good start with exercise, declarations of love for the family and getting a five-minute jump on your commute; wisebread.com.
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