5 Financial Gurus You’ve Never Heard Of

We know all about Suze Orman and Dave Ramsey, but what about Jen Smith?  If the gathering of your recent financial knowledge is influenced mainly by Oprah or the national news, you could be missing out on some real gems in the world of frugality and better living.  We’d like to introduce you to 5 financial gurus you might not know about, and why they are well worth getting acquainted with.

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Jen Smith, a.k.a “Millionaire Mommy Next Door”

According to Jen’s own site bio, she “went from earning minimum wage as a graveyard shift donut and coffee waitress to financial freedom as a self-made millionaire by age 40.”  That sounds like someone who knows a little bit about making good financial decisions, doesn’t it?  Her blog combines a nice mix of reader’s questions, personal stories, and useful tools – and you don’t need to be a woman (or a mom) to be inspired.

Melissa Massello

Some may not agree that this fashion-forward frugalist could be considered a general expert in personal finance.  Personally, however, I believe that anyone who can dish tips for snagging free designer clothing should have everyone’s attention.  If the thought of ditching your latte and living a style less existence is not your preferred method of saving up for an emergency fund, you’ll find the advice she offers at Shoestring Mag and The Swapaholics to be second-to-none.  Because, after all, we each have our own financial priorities.

Mark P. Cussen

Sometimes, the best advice can be found from a certified, experienced financial planner.  With 15 years under his belt, Mark is a whiz on the ins-and-outs of investments, insurance, mortgages, and taxes.  (Did we mention that he can also write about them?)  You can find Mark’s expertise all over the internet, including sites like Investopedia.

Donna Freedman

This popular columnist from the MSN Money Smart Spending site has a few years of living lean under her belt.  Best known for suggesting that hostels aren’t just for students and doing several very odd jobs to make money (including donating blood and watching porn), she tackles tough topics to inform her readers about the real world and money.


Believe it or not, if you’re out of debt, are living better than paycheck-to-paycheck, and can inspire others with your wisdom and positive attitude, you are a rather qualified personal finance expert.  With the explosion of personal finance blogs, books, and seminars, it seems that just about anyone can call themselves a “money guru.”  Before you doubt how capable you already are, take a good look at your situation.  Chances may be good that you have a good grasp of financial literacy and just need a little light reading from places like Financial Highway to keep you fresh!

Do you have a little-known financial expert in your feed reader?  Share your most inspiring author, blogger, or TV personality here!

8 Responses to 5 Financial Gurus You’ve Never Heard Of

  1. Great names here! Especially mine (“you”)! 😛

    There is also Kim Lavine, Mommy Millionaire, inventor of the Wuvit (rice filled pillows sold in the mall kiosk at one time).
    Or Manisha Thakor, author of “GET FINANCIALLY NAKED how to talk money with your honey”. She great at teaching women financial literacy.

  2. Oooh! Great suggestions! I can especially appreciate any experts that tackle marriage and money. The late Larry Burkett was great in that area, and I love hearing about how others handle the money issues that can crop up. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Aw, Linsey, I’m so flattered to be your top “fashion-forward frugalist”! Focusing on sustainable style, in your closet and elsewhere in your home, sure does free up a bunch of money to invest elsewhere – plus thrifting, consignment/vintage shopping, and swapping are just so. much. fun! Thanks a million for the intros to these other awesome peeps, too – love at first read and onto the RSS feed they go. <3 Melissa

  4. You are right, I am 75% debt free and I growing more and more wealth everyday. Diversification is the key and I love sharing my experiences with the world.

  5. I have to recommend Kenny Soward. He is fairly unknown, but I found his book The Budget of Your Life… and it helped me get rid of my credit card debt. You have to add him to the list, he is an average everyday guy… was $60K in debt and figured out how to get out of it.

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