Updated for 2019 is my list of best personal finance related YouTube channels. I originally wrote this post a few years ago, but I’m republishing it today with an updated list of YouTube channels I’ve been watching that you might want to watch too.
There’s a lot of great content out there that can help you improve your finances – way more than anyone can discover by themselves. For the past few years, almost all of the content I’ve consumed has come in the form of blogs and podcasts. I recapped 9 of my favorite podcasts in another post.
But I’ve discovered that YouTube, far from being a place for cat videos and other silly stuff, is an incredible place to gain knowledge and inspiration. A lot of these videos are ones that you can just listen to while you’re doing other things, so you don’t need to sit down and watch them straight through like you would with a TV show.
YouTube videos won’t be for everyone. And we all have different ways of consuming content. The key is to pick the way that works best for you.
What follows is a post that shares some of my favorite YouTube channels that I’ve been watching over the past few months or years. I think all of these channels can help readers like you who are interested in improving or optimizing your finances.
Favorite Personal Finance Related YouTube Channels
1. Beat The Bush
Beat The Bush, as described by the host, makes videos about credit cards, personal finance, early retirement, and finance hacks. For readers of this blog, this information is right up our alley.
Topics on this channel range all over – from credits cards to traditional personal finance topics to just random life hack stuff. This was one of the first personal finance YouTube channels I started following, and one I still watch regularly.
2. Graham Stephan
Graham Stephan is a real estate investor and entrepreneur that puts out a lot of good videos covering money and real estate. I think he does a good job tackling a lot of different personal finance related topics, and importantly, he does so in an interesting way. If you’re looking for information and inspiration about how to generate more income, this is a good channel to look into.
3. Ryan Scribner
I really have a lot of respect for people that take chances and follow their dreams. Ryan Scribner seems to have done that, as he went from having a steady job with a utility company, did YouTube on the side, then after getting some traction, decided to take a risk and go all-in on his passion.
He covers a lot of basic topics, but the topics I enjoy most are when he goes into his own story of entrepreneurship and creating multiple income sources. Definitely worth subscribing to if you’re looking to learn more and figure out ways to make more income.
4. Minority Mindset
Minority Mindset is a YouTube channel I watch when I’m looking for inspiration and advice on how to improve my own thinking. The host is Jaspreet Singh, and he has a lot of videos about how to think about the world and live life differently (i.e. living the minority mindset, not the majority mindset).
Interestingly, Jaspreet went to law school because that’s what he thought he was supposed to do. He ended up going out and doing his own thing instead of practicing law. If you want to learn how to think differently, you should watch this channel.
5. One Big Happy Life
Joseph and Tasha from One Big Happy Life popped up on my radar when I saw a video they made about how they have 1 million dollars worth of student loans. This particular video really clicked with me, and I’ve been tuning in regularly ever since to see what’s going on with their lives.
Both of them went to law school, so I relate to them as an attorney that also went to law school and took out student loans to do so. They are super transparent with their finances and budget, which I really appreciate – money is just a lot easier to think about when you can see real numbers. Be sure to check them out.
6. Vanessa Lau
Vanessa Lau is a newer channel I recently found when I went on YouTube and searched for “how to quit my job.” Like I’ve mentioned before, I have a ton of respect for people who realize when something isn’t working out and instead of letting themselves get stuck, go and chase their dreams.
This is exactly what Vanessa did. She worked hard in school, was in the beginning stages of a good career, but then quit that in order to chase her dream of entrepreneurship and building her own business. I’m firm in my belief that all of us have the ability to impact people and support ourselves doing the things we love, and Vanessa’s channel really resonated with me as I’ve continued to grow my own blog. If you want information about money, careers, and passions, this is a great channel to start following.
Favorite Credit Card/Travel Rewards Related YouTube Channels
1. Ask Sebby
Travel hacking is pretty complicated – it’s why there are so many blogs and podcasts that talk about this topic. For a newbie starting out, just getting started can be pretty intimidating.
Thankfully, I found a great YouTube channel called Ask Sebby. Hosted by Sebastian Fung, Ask Sebby has been an invaluable source for me as I’ve been figuring out my way through this complicated world. He releases a new video every day and I pretty much watch them as soon as they come out.
In terms of content, Ask Sebby focuses primarily on credit cards and travel hacking, with the occasional dip into other personal finance topics. It’s great for anyone who’s into travel hacking or optimizing their finances (like a lot of you probably are). If those are topics that interest you, then this is the #1 channel you should be watching.
2. The Credit Shifu
The Credit Shifu is another travel hacking/credit card YouTube channel that I’ve been following for a while now. Like a lot of these type of channels, Credit Shifu goes in-depth into a lot of credit card and travel hacking topics. He’s worth taking a look at if you’re trying to learn as much as you can about how to optimize your credit card use.
3. Travel Rewards Coach
The Travel Rewards Coach is awesome also. His channel has gone through a couple of name changes in recent months, but it’s still the same good content. He provides a bit of a different style of video compared to AskSebby or Credit Shifu. Really in-depth and informative stuff. I especially like his surfer bro demeanor.
4. Waller’s Wallet
Waller’s Wallet is another points and miles YouTuber that puts out some great content and that I follow regularly. Very informative stuff and he does a lot of walkthroughs that are really helpful. I also recently learned that he’s a former pharmacist that took the leap to YouTube to try to follow his passions. That gives him mad props in my book.
5. Trip Astute
You can probably tell by now, but it seems like travel hacking and credit card stuff lends itself well to YouTube channels. For whatever reason, I find it easier to consume my travel hacking and credit card information in video form, rather than in a blog post or podcast.
Trip Astute is another travel/credit card channel that covers those topics. The production quality is especially good. On this channel, you’ll learn, not only about travel hacking and credit cards, but also about basic travel stuff that’s worth knowing.
There are way more YouTube channels out there that are worth checking out, but these are just a few of my favorite ones that I keep coming back to regularly. The key with them is that they’re entertaining, but also informative. I learn something from pretty much all of them.
Check them out and let me know what you think. Or if you have any favorites, let me know about them. I’m always looking for new stuff that can grab my attention.