As a college student, you’re probably not sweating the effect events in Greece or Spain will have on the markets. Retirement is about 45 years away, so while you might read this or that about 401(k)s and IRAs, it’s really more of an educational endeavor for you. What you need is practical money advice from financial planners* who can help you make it through college as little into the red as possible. Follow one, three, or all of these tweeters to do just that.
*We use the term “financial planner” loosely. Some of these are certified financial advisors who say so on their bio, and some are individual or collections of knowledgeable businesspeople and experienced money savers who have good advice to give.
The Green Panda Treehouse blog is written by two financial industry pros, a college student already seasoned in investing, and a personal finance blogger who “charged on a credit card like crazy in college.” The blog’s Twitter feed connects you with posts like “Making Big College Decisions … One at a Time.”
Wang launched the personal finance blog Bargaineering after graduating from college and realizing he knew nothing about money. Learn from his mistake and start educating yourself know with the help of his enlightening Twitter feed.
Ms. Torabi keeps busy hosting the personal finance web show Financially Fit, authoring personal finance books, and appearing on talk shows to share her wisdom. Find links to her videos and helpful articles on subjects like job interviews and credit cards here on her Twitter page.
The articles of the personal finance journalists and experts that contribute to personal finance online magazine Moolanomy are tweeted out here. You’ll find great resources for financial events that often face college students, from having an inexpensive wedding to consolidating student loans.
This thought-provoking feed acknowledges that building a solid financial foundation is tough. Author and entrepreneur Ning does his best to help you in that task by tweeting advice on watching your spending habits, tips for frugal hobbies and activities, and more.
She’s one of the most well-known financial experts around, and she may be the top authority on helping people in their 20s take control of their financial lives. Tweet your dilemmas at her and she may reply (she has more than 1.3 million followers, after all), or just learn from the answers she gives other people who’ve dug themselves into a deep financial hole.
The articles posted here have “college student” written all over them: “7 Ways to Make $50 in a Day;” “10 Grocery Items With Long, Long Shelf Lives;” “Everything a New Grad Needs to Know About Personal Finance.”
The U.K.’s “Money Saving Expert,” Lewis is a celebrity author, presenter, and journalist whose prowess in financial advising is very well-respected ‘cross the pond. Being a Yank doesn’t mean you can’t cash in on his suggestions; just replace “pounds” with “dollars” and you’re good to go.
Many readers have found Weston’s book The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy a great one for new college grads. As in the book, Weston tweets solid financial info and prompts to get you thinking about your financial future, all with a sense of humor.
Sherin Dev is not a financial planner, but he is a certified money hacker. He is debt-free, has been investing for nearly 20 years, and is an excellent source of financial planning knowledge across a range of subjects, from basics like saving all the way up to advanced tips on investing in commodities.
This host of the radio show The RichLife tweets a mix of uplifting thoughts and financial advice based on 13 years of experience as a financial planner. It skews a bit toward older workers but there’s still much to glean from him if you’re just starting to build your financial knowledge base.
The engineer who tweets here is in his mid-30s and is debt-free, having paid off a house, a vacation apartment, and two cars. If that sounds like a financial accomplishment you’d like to mimic, you’ll want to make his tweets your guide to early retirement.
This is a new but promising feed that urges you to “stop spending and start living.” You’ll find blog posts about traveling on a budget, couponing, and more, written by an early-30s couple shooting for debt-free life by the age of 40.
Gehring is a personal financial counselor who tweets to help people make money decisions that don’t suck (his words). He shares his wisdom over atMyFirstFinancialPlanner.com, and the wisdom of colleagues in the financial sector via retweets.
From her experience working as a tax specialist with H & R Block and as an accountant for 10 years, Smith uses her Twitter feed to keep you connected with new posts on her blog, Careful Cents. Money, debt, work, and occasionally The Bachelor are all subjects on the table.
Get Rich Slowly contributor and MSN Money blogger Donna Freedman is a fount of frugality insight. Her tweets can definitely benefit a college student or recent grad, with cheap ways to furnish your place, where to find freebies, how to cut costs on a road trip, and more.
The titular lazy man (Corey) writes the stuff he can’t find in Money Magazine, spurred by an interest in personal finance stretching back almost 20 years. He tweets and blogs about financial company reviews, credit cards and scores, and more.
A husband-and-wife team celebrating their 17th year of debt-free life is behind this Twitter handle. They don’t claim to be financial planners, but that shouldn’t stop you from heeding their advice on things like cutting your energy bills, improving your credit score, and having fun on a budget.
Finn Lane is the personal finance blogger behind this feed and the blog of the same name. There’s great info here for college students and baby boomers alike, with articles like “Saving Money: Frequently Asked Questions” and “Get a Financial Education in Your Twenties.”
“Jon the Saver” is the financial guru behind this feed, which aims to give people a grip on their finances and get themselves out of debt. Recent posts that would especially interest a student are “Five Tips for Eating Out on a Budget” and “What is a Stock Certificate Anyway?”
Tweets from the personal finance site Kiplinger.com post here, together with financial news and retweets from money management experts. Career tips and advice that should interest college students also show up, like “How to Turn Your Internship Into a Full-time Job.”
We probably don’t have to tell you “J. Money” is not a senior financial planner at a New York firm. All he is is a personal finance blogger for his priceless advice. He’s also one of the most interesting bloggers/Tweeters around.
The “personal finance blog for regular folks,” the man behind freefrombroke.com tweets here with personal finance recommendations colored by his own struggle to get out of student (and other) debt. It’s a good spot to be introduced to saving, investing, credit scores, and other areas of personal finance.