My Favorite Personal Finance Blog Posts From Making Sense of Cents in 2017

2017 is almost over, can you believe it!? As the year comes to a close, it seemed like a great time to round-up all of my favorite blog posts on Making Sense of Cents from the past year in one easy spot so that you can check them all out. I have divided all of…

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Last Updated: May 27, 2023

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2017 is almost over, can you believe it!? As the year comes to a close, it seemed like a great time to round-up all of my favorite blog posts on Making Sense of Cents from the past year in one easy spot so that you can check them all out.

Here are over 120 money tips that will change your life! #moneytips #personalfinanceI have divided all of my blog posts into the following categories:

  • Money saving tips
  • Debt tips
  • Money management tips
  • Make money blogging
  • Make extra money
  • Income reports
  • Life, motivation, and inspiration
  • Travel

Also, I started a private community group in 2017 for readers of Making Sense of Cents. If you want to improve your life and your financial situation, join here and let’s all help one another out!

My private group has already reached over 8,000 members and continues to grow. We can’t wait to hear from you!

You can join the private support group here.

Enjoy these personal finance tips!


My most favorite

Okay, so in case you just want to see my absolute favorite Making Sense of Cents articles from 2017, I have included those ones first:


Money saving personal finance tips

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Pay off debt tips

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Money management tips

Related personal finance tip: Personal Capital is a great resource that I highly recommend. They provide financial software somewhat similar to Mint, and it is free as well. Personal Capital is much more detailed though, so between the two, I would definitely choose Personal Capital. You can track your net worth, your cash flow, your portfolio, your investments, and more. Personal Capital pretty much picks up in the main area that Mint is not the greatest in, which is investment planning. Read Personal Capital Review – An Easier Way To Manage Your Finances.


Making money blogging

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Make extra money


Income reports


Life, motivation, and inspiration



One last thing. My sister runs a great blog called FITnancials. Here are some of my favorite blog posts of hers:

What are the best personal finance tips that you received in 2017? What was your favorite blog post from my blog or someone else’s?

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Hey! I’m Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and I am the founder of Making Sense of Cents. I’m passionate about all things personal finance, side hustles, making extra money, and online businesses. I have been featured in major publications such as Forbes, CNBC, Time, and Business Insider. Learn more here.

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  1. I guess I know what I’m reading over the break. Have a happy new year!

  2. Thanks for including me!

  3. Thank you! Happy Holidays 🙂

  4. Sean @ FrugalMoneyMan

    Thank you for consolidating all of these GREAT posts! I will definitely be diving in to your posts on money saving tips, debt tips, and money management tips!

    I wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

  5. Those are some impressive numbers!

    More importantly, each article/post is of high quality – an even more impressive, consistent accomplishment.

    Thanks for continuing to share your thoughts – much appreciated!

  6. Catherine @ My Work Money Life

    You know, I think my favorite one is hands down “Is Debt A Relationship Dealbreaker”. Prior to “adulting”, I was always under this fairytale assumption that if your significant other truly loves you that they will love you regardless of your faults.

    Then I was thinking if you are financially irresponsible by putting them in a financial limbo, are you really “loving” or caring for them? In my opinion, I don’t think so.

    Not only do I think that they don’t care for their spouse/significant other but really they are at such a low emotional frequency (a.k.a. low self-esteem) that they really don’t care for themselves. There honestly just filling a void with these things that they “just had to have”.

    I think one of the best things that that person who does have a lot of debt can do for themselves (and any potential relationship they are wanting to salvage) is figuring out what the real issue is.

  7. Woah, that is such a great list! I love the female breadwinner post!

  8. I’ve enjoyed following you this year, Michelle. My favorite post was definitely the female breadwinner one. I’ve also enjoyed reading the stories of people doing wild and awesome things to pay off debt, like the most recent on living in a van. Looking forward to 2018.

  9. Elijah Smith

    Loads of good info in here, keep it up in 2018!

  10. Hey Michelle,

    This is good that you did a Making Sense of Cents blog post roundup. It keeps your past blog posts relevant and good for SEO.