15 Sites that Can Help Improve Your Finances, Without Focusing on Money

by Matt B

ideaThere are thousands of web sites that concentrate on various topics.  Almost anything you can think of has at least one site or blog devoted to that particular subject.  It would be foolish and ignorant of me to read nothing more than personal finance sites and I would be doing myself and readers a great disservice.  There are plenty of ways to concentrate on your finances without focusing solely on money.

Financial Health does not exist solely based on money.  Healthy habits, creativity, self-improvement and many other variables depend on financial success.  These sites will help you organize, earn, plan, invent and make the best of daily habits.  Enjoy!

Personal Development/Motivation

  • Stepcase LifeHack
  • Technology, workplace productivity, home productivity, habit forming, web site optimization and more await you here at LifeHack.  This is one of my favorite sites of all time.

  • Zen Habits
  • The mantra here is very straight forward.  Do more with less.  Take every part of life, and strip it down to the essential, creating a more enjoyable and productive life.

  • Dumb Little Man
  • The Team at Dumb Little Man put together some of the best personal development articles I could think of.  They run the gamut of subjects from why you need more sleep to how to get more out of Wikipedia.

  • Good Plum
  • Feeling unproductive? Want to streamline your business/internet relationship?  Need help with your blog?  Head over to GoodPlum and browse their categories to find exactly what you need.

  • Urban Monk
  • Urban Monk focuses mostly on personal development.  Lucky for us, personal development can mean almost anything!  The articles here are insightful and thought provoking, so if you are looking for mindless internet fun, look elsewhere!

  • Pick the Brain
  • This site relates to all things mental.  Do you put yourself down, making life even harder?  Visit pick the brain for motivation, how to articles, psychology, philosophy or any number of other subjects.

  • Did I Get Things Done
  • This site usually has one or two good articles per week, but the beauty comes in the form of links posted every week.  Like my “weekly links”, DIGTD offers up the best articles from personal development blogs around the web.

    Removing Clutter

  • Clutter Control Freak
  • Tons of crap lying around the house? Need products to help you organize or advice on how to get rid of everything altogether?  Clutter control freak will help you.

  • Unclutterer
  • Clean and de-clutter everything at home and work, with daily tips from Unclutterer!


  • DIY Happy
  • Do not visit DIY Happy expecting articles on how to build a deck or fix up the house.  They will touch on larger projects, but DIY Happy is for fun, creative and original DIY endeavors.

  • Thrifty Homeowner
  • Now here’s the stuff.  Need to fix some stuff around the house?  Thrifty Homeowner will help you with a bunch of DIY projects.  This site is a great resource for thrifty homeowners.

  • EHOW
  • EHow is becoming a household word for many people I know.  It has user submitted articles on how to do just about anything.  You will occasionally run into a poorly written or bad “how to” piece, but for the most part, EHOW will be a huge asset.


  • Toilet Paper Entrepreneur
  • Sure, it sounds weird or just funny.  This is an amazing site.  Wonderful layout, great writers and loads of subject matter for entrepreneurs or those aspiring for their own business make TPE the place to be!

  • Jared Reitzin
  • Jared is a successful and intelligent entrepreneur.  His site is aimed primarily at E-Business, but there is plenty here for entrepreneurs of all shapes and sizes.

  • Blogtrepreneur
  • Young entrepreneurs arise and be heard.  This, like Jared Reitzin has a focus on internet entrepreneurship, but also offers articles that are useful for your brick and mortar business.

    Hopefully these sites will take money off of your mind for a bit, and help you focus on finance without concentrating on money.  I know that all of these sites prove to be useful resources for many problems and questions I have every day.

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    Mortgage Guide July 7, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    The Zenhabits article you mentioned was very insightful. I feel that we spend too much money on making ourselves feel better – when in the long run the reason why we mostly feel bad is because of money and other financial woes. You posted a lot of other great resources, but the Zenhabits one was what I took away with me.

    Albert | UrbanMonk.Net July 8, 2009 at 5:21 am

    Thank you so much for the link, I appreciate it 😀

    mattb July 8, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Thanks for the site, I appreciate it!

    Miranda July 8, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I think it’s important to note that a well-rounded, successful life isn’t just about finances. And when you have other aspects of your life in order, it is a little easier to take care of your finances properly.

    Personal Financial Planning July 13, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Thanks for sharing such great post, according to me Our financial life planning is also the same as football, there are so many similarities like never give up, have patience, try another goal, etc.

    oneadvice July 16, 2009 at 5:39 am

    I like the Zen one too – “do more with less”
    Think that is something thate everything can realistically live by and reign in their finances in the process.

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