Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 1, Posts 39-42

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Without further a due, let’s continue on with the first Stage of the 2011 My Personal Finance Journey Tour de Personal Finance (to follow all of the action, click on the Tour de Personal Finance category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject).
Going along with Tour de France cycling tradition, I’ve listed each competition within each stage as an “intermediate sprint” (one post versus another) along with the description provided by the blog author when the post was submitted.

Also, if applicable, I will give a brief description of the stage of the Tour de France that took place the same day as the competition.

How to Vote

You can vote for the two articles (one from each intermediate sprint) you’d like to see proceed in the Tour by commenting in the comments section below and telling which are your favorites.

I’ve listed a keyword after each post title to make it easy to vote (as a made-up example, you can just comment: Sprint 1: Mutual; Sprint 2: 401k, etc.) Be sure to comment which one you like the best out of each set of two! Criteria for the best article is completely up to you, but you can use these factors as a guide: 1) post of your favorite blogger, 2) most interesting post, 3) most thought-provoking post, 4) most unique post, or 5) most actionable post.

Here are today’s games (the posts from Sprints 1 and 2 were posted earlier today at the following link):

Voting will continue until July 5th!
Intermediate Sprint # 3
  • My Brand New Car (Car): If you enjoy personal finance advice that challenges conventional thinking (i.e. always buy used), check out this post on why I bought a brand new car.  I may have just had bad luck, but used vehicles don’t work for me.  When I buy new, I know all the regular service is being done on a timely basis and I know how the car has been driven.  I’m leery of cars being sold that are only one or two years old – what is the matter with them?  You might think I’m an idiot, but ultimately my time and (especially) my peace of mind are much more important in this case than saving some money.
  • What The Piano Tuner Taught Me (Piano): You can learn a lot from a person by their chosen profession even if that profession is not something you fully understand or are familiar with. Their passion, their spirit, their seemingly perfect fit with the intricate details involved – these things are clear when someone truly loves what they do. That and much more is what I learned from Howard the piano tuner. Read this article to learn more! 

Intermediate Sprint # 4
  • How I Make Money Blogging (Money): I enjoy blogging more than anything else I’ve ever done as a hobby or job in my life.  My online community is one of the first things I look forward to in the morning and blogging is the last thing I do almost every night.  This post covers how I made nearly $6000 between February and December 2010 doing what I love.  I have since banked another $15,000 and am have started making $3000 or more every month.  Check out how I am turning a hobby into my full time career!
  • What Is Your Favorite Board Game To Teach Financial Literacy (Game): Many families recognize the bonding experiences possible, educational & entertainment value, and inexpensiveness of having a regular family game night at home. Playing family games that also teach financial concepts is an excellent way to have fun while helping your kids (and sometimes yourselves!) learn and practice financial concepts. This article analyzes five board games, telling you what the game can teach you and your family about finance; detailing little known facts about the game and sharing our personal experiences with the game.

Tour de France Daily Recap

Today was Stage 1 of the 2011 Tour de France. The race traveled from the Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts to the Mont des Alouettes Les Herbiers. It was supposed to be a flat stage to get us started in the 2011 race and not have much effect on the overall race.

However, at the end of the day, Philip Gilbert won the stage, and due to several late crashes, most of the main contenders for the overall (yellow jersey) classification lost anywhere between 1-2 minutes. This included last year’s winner and overall favorite, Alberto Contador, from Spain.


  1. Brad Chaffee says:

    Piano and Money

  2. I'll take Piano and Money.
    My recent post Don’t Go Cheap When it Comes to Comfort

  3. Car and Money

  4. I vote for Piano and Game!
    My recent post Grandma's Money Camp 2011- Teaching My Grandchildren About Money

  5. KNS Financial says:

    I vote for Piano and Money.
    My recent post Why The Contingent Workforce Is Growing, And What That Means To You

  6. They are all great posts. My vote is piano and money. Good luck everyone.
    My recent post 5 tips to keep your tax organised

  7. Car and Money

  8. Piano
    My recent post Weddings: Stop the bleeding

  9. Car and Money for me too 🙂
    My recent post 2011 June Product Recalls

  10. JoeTaxpayer says:


  11. Car and Game!
    My recent post The $6 Million Man?

  12. Piano
    My recent post Is it better to invest or repay debt?

  13. Piano
    My recent post Tips To Stay Away From Impulse Buying

  14. Thanks for voting everyone! If you have a second, dont' forget to stop by and vote in the other Stage 1 “sprints” that were posted last night at the link below
    My recent post Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 1, Posts 43-46

  15. Piano
    My recent post Yakezie Jiyuu

  16. Piano and money!

  17. Car Money
    My recent post Where to Change Your Name After Marriage

  18. Voting for this Stage is now closed. The winners are Piano and Money, and those two will advance to the next round of competition.
    My recent post Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 4, Posts 15-18

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