The editors here at Mason Finance are excited to release our list of the top 10 retirement blogs of 2019.
For this year’s list, we’ve broken it down into two categories: blogs focusing on life during retirement and blogs planning for retirement.
Too many retirement blogs are created by younger people striving for early retirement and financial independence. We thank financial planning is essential, but we don’t want to leave out the individuals who’ve already made it to retirement and are looking to make the best of it.
Best Retirement Blogs of the Currently Retired
First up, our the 5 best retirement blogs for currently retired folks. These retirement blogs touch on everything from vacation tips and ways to stay active, to advice on reverse mortgages and selling a life insurance policy.
1. Sightings Over Sixty
Sightings Over Sixty is by a baby boomer, for baby boomers. This retirement blog looks at health, finance, retirement, grown-up children and how time flies. It’s an entertaining blog that looks at nearly every topic you can imagine in a light and easy to digest format.
2. Alliance for Retired Americans
This Alliance for Retired Americans blog covers nearly every hot button topic for people above the age of 60. If you want to learn about the latest politics on Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, Fair Trade, Pensions, Social Security, Prescription Drugs, Resolutions, or the Voting Record of key politicians, this is the place to go to.
3. Baby Boomer Retirement
Baby Boomer Retirement is a source of information for “ALL retirees and the 10,000 Baby Boomers who turn 65 every day!”. Covers a plethora of topics such as travel, retiring overseas, retiring in the US, medical concerns, financial services, technology tips on how to stay safe on Facebook and more.
4. Having Fun Cracking Retirement
Having Fun Cracking Retirement is a delightful collection of weekly posts on retirement’s challenges, how to travel, and how to save money in later years.
5. Soldier for Life: Army Retirement Services
This is a blog for retired military personnel. Army Echoes informs retired soldiers, surviving spouses, and their Families on changes to their benefits and entitlements, developments within the Army, and how they can continue to support the Army.
Nomen est omen! TopRetirements.com is an excellent resource for today’s retiree that helps answer tough questions such as how to find purpose in retirement as well as places to retire in. Beyond that, it shares its insights from social security quizzes as well as information around the invisible retirement wrecker.
7. Life Lived Forward
Life Lived Forward is an outstanding and original blog compiling thoughtful tips around retirement finance as well as the active senior lifestyle. Main topics covered are travel, passion, finance, resources, exchange, and wellness.
Best Retirement Planning Blogs
For the second half of our list, we’ve compiled the best resources for people who are not quite ready to retire. These blogs provide retirement research on how to best prepare for retirement by looking at finances, housing, healthcare and more.
8. How Much Can I Afford to Spend in Retirement?
This How Much Can I Afford to Spend in Retirement? is a very deep financial resource by actuaries on retirement finance. Here you can find spreadsheets to calculate your retirement finance needs, articles on the space, calculators such as an actuarial budget calculator and other tools. We love this site because it gives you a straightforward look at if you have enough money squared away for retirement. This is important for everyone from the average Joe to the billionaire down the street.
9. Real Deal Retirement – Retirement Made Simple
As the name says, Real Deal Retirement is a great destination for simple and straight to the point retirement advice. It helps answer questions around where and how to buy immediate annuities. The financial advisors behind the site provide information on saving for retirement, investing for retirement, retirement income, and lifestyle planning.
10. The Retirement Café
The Retirement Café is about “planning for the unwealthy” written by a retired Fortune 500 technology executive and wins the heart of the most advanced retirement finance experts with deep as well as technically advanced insights using tools such as Monte Carlo simulations. Reading the Retirement Café is like having a personal financial planner by your side at all times. One of the main points this blog makes clear is that you don’t have to be super rich to retire; you just need to be smart with your finances.
11. Mr. Money Mustache
Mr. Money Mustache is a personal finance blog dedicated to frugal living and financial freedom. The writer has some very strong opinions and takes it to the early retirement extreme, but the advice is sound, even if you don’t take it to heart. The author quit his full-time job at the age of 30 and lives a satisfying retirement by adhering to his low-cost retirement manifesto.
The Best Retirement Blogs of 2019:
- Sightings Over Sixty
- Alliance for Retired Americans
- Baby Boomer Retirement
- Having Fun Cracking Retirement
- Soldier for Life: Army Retirement Services
- Life Lived Forward
- How Much Can I Afford to Spend in Retirement?
- Real Deal Retirement – Retirement Made Simple
- The Retirement Café
- Mr. Money Mustache
If we missed one of your favorite retirement blogs, we’d love to hear about it in the comments!