140 characters doesn't offer a lot of room to impart financial wisdom. But when it comes to money advice on Twitter, these experts, reporters and bloggers use the microblogging site to make their followers more financially savvy. If you want to brush up on your personal finance knowledge, consider following these accounts.
Day job: Certified financial planner, author of "Soldier of Finance," founder of GoodFinancialCents.com, CEO of Alliance Wealth Management, former U.S. News & World Report contributor
Why follow him: Jeff Rose knows money and has been known to dance on film to get his point across. He uses Twitter to share his own content, answer financial quandaries and even asks the tough questions, like "Which is better: bologna or spam? #toughdecisions." Rose shares valuable content including humorous videos, he's responsive to his followers and infuses his feed with personality. And to answer his question: always bologna.
Day job: Author, TV and Web host, personal finance expert
Why follow her: Farnoosh Torabi embodies a no-nonsense approach to handling finances, which is important for people of any age. Torabi dug herself out of $30,000 of debt on a modest salary, and her personal life launched her into writing nationally acclaimed books including: "You're So Money: Live Rich Even When You're Not" and " When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women." Torabi uses Twitter to share her blog posts, interviews, articles and favorite financial information with followers.
Day job: Consumer expert, author and host of the "Clark Howard Show"
Why follow him: From his short, practical videos to his helpful blog posts, Clark Howard helps make finance easy for everyone. Nearly 88,000 people turn to Howard for financial advice on Twitter, and you should too. He helps consumers avoid financial scams and learn how to handle their money. Howard's Twitter feed is an easy way to keep an eye out for the recent deals and steer clear of rip-offs. Howard uses his Twitter feed to educate followers, start discussions and share content from his show and website.
Day job: Financial editor for NBC Today, author
Why follow her: Jean Chatzky got her financial chops writing reports for research analysts on Wall Street and then as a fact checker at Forbes before becoming a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Now, Chatzky is the financial editor of NBC's "Today Show" and uses her Twitter feed to share the best in financial news. Scrolling her feed will give followers a feel of the pertinent issues in personal finance today -- whether it's learning 34 percent of people say they have zero nonretirement savings or how to protect your identity from crooks.
Day job: Host of "The Suze Orman Show," author
Why follow her: Suze Orman's Twitter bio defines her as, "America's Most Trusted Personal Finance Expert." While a few other top personal finance experts may dispute her claim, she's undoubtedly a force in the world of dispensing money wisdom. Her Twitter feed is a mixed bag of personal tweets -- "I am in Juneau Alaska and just ate at the best Indian Restaurant I have ever eaten at. If you ever go its Saffron on 112 N Franklin St." -- and promos and crowd sourcing for her show. Die-hard Orman fans should follow her on Twitter to monitor what's coming up next, but those looking to learn about finance would be better served picking up her book or watching her show.
Day job: Host of "The Dave Ramsey Show," author
Why follow him: Similar to Suze Orman, Dave's Twitter feed is better suited for his loyalists than the average Joe looking to pick up some financial advice. Ramsey shares content from his show and 140 characters of scripture or other quotes he finds moving. Ramsey's take on personal finance has proved effective for many Americans, but his tough-love, and religious-centric mentality is certainly not for everyone.
Occupation: New York Times columnist: The Sketch Guy
Why follow him: Carl Richards takes often complex financial ideas and expresses them in a simple sketch accompanied by an article. He often addresses the psychology behind financial decisions instead of just regurgitating copy from a press release. His style is a breath of fresh air.
Occupation: Editor of finance and economics for the Guardian US
Why follow her: Heidi Moore must have a phone permanently affixed to her hand, because she's a prolific tweeter. She's witty, shares the best of what she reads and interacts with her followers.
Occupation: Writer of U.S. News & World Report's Alpha Consumer blog, author
Why follow her: Kimberly Palmer not only shares her own content with followers, but other relevant financial topics. Palmer, author of "The Economy of You," weaves money wisdom into stories about real, relatable people.
Other reporters to follow:
-- Mandi Woodruff, Yahoo Finance, @mandiwoodruff
-- Catey Hill, MarketWatch.com, @CateyHill
-- Liz Pulliam Weston, AskLisWeston.com, @Lizweston
-- Danielle Douglas, The Washington Post, @DaniDougPost
-- Cameron Huddleston, Kiplinger, @CHLebedinsky
-- Jonnelle Marte, The Washington Post, @Jonnelle
-- Rob Carrick, The Globe and Mail, @rcarrick
-- Tim Maurer, Forbes, @TimMaurer
-- Donna Freedman, Money Talks News, @DLFreedman
Experts and reporters may get paid more to talk about money, but personal finance bloggers offer some great financial fodder, especially on Twitter. Follow these bloggers, and you won't be disappointed.
Personal Finance Bloggers
-- Shannon Ryan, The Heavy Purse @TheHeavyPurse
-- J. Money, Budgets Are $exy, @BudgetsAreSexy
-- Joe Saul-Sehy, Stacking Benjamins podcast, @AverageJoeMoney
-- LaTisha, Young Finances, @YoungFinances
-- Deacon Hayes, Well Kept Wallet, @DeaconHayes
-- The College Investor, @CollegeInvestin
-- Money Crashers, @MoneyCrashers
-- Shannon McLay, Financially Blonde, @blonde_finance
-- Dave Grant, Finance For Teachers, @davegrant82
-- Listen Money Matters, @MoneyMattersMan
-- The Billfold, @TheBillfold
-- Mary Beth Storjohann, Workable Wealth, @marybstorj
-- Sophia Bera, Gen Y Planning, @sophiabera
-- Kali Hawlk, Common Sense Millennial, @KaliHawlk
-- Stefanie O'Connell, The Broke and Beautiful Life, @brokeandbeau
Other outlets offering great content:
-- LifeHackers' Two Cents blog, @TwoCentsLH
-- GoGirlFinance, @GoGirlFinance
-- WiseBread, @WiseBread
-- Get Rich Slowly, @GetRichSlowly
Now, go use Twitter to get financially savvy instead of sharing what you ate for lunch. #NoOneCares And don't forget to follow @USNewsMoney.
Erin Lowry writes about personal finance and manages social media for MagnifyMoney.com, a site dedicated to helping consumers save money by finding simple, transparent financial products. She is also the founder of the personal finance blog Broke Millennial.
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