Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 12, Round 3 – Posts 9-16 & 41-48

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Without further a due, let’s continue on with the 12th Stage (the third Stage of the 3rd round of competition) 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).

To view the most up-to-date brackets of the competition, click the following link –2011 Tour de PF Bracket

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 is today’s competition:

Voting will continue until July 16th for this Stage!

Intermediate Sprint # 1
  • Bicycle In The City (Bicycle): This article was produced out of both frustration at city traffic congestion, and with optimism for real alternatives to the car. Cars are stressful, from financing the purchase to filling the tank. There must be a better way. Cities that integrate the bicycle and support carless lifestyles are the way forward.   
  • An Argument for Privatizing Social Security (Argument):  Just as our country’s finances reach a critical point, Social Security is set to start failing. Social Security makes up 1/5 of our federal budget and is facing a huge deficit if changes aren’t made quickly.  This article argues that privatizing Social Security could be a permanent and sustainable solution.   

Intermediate Sprint # 2
  • 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! 

  • How I Went From 30K To 100K in 5 Years (100K) I went from an admin clerk making 30K to a financial professional making over 100K in only 5 years. That’s the equivalent of getting annualized raises of 27% per year. How did I go from 30k to a 6 figure income in 5 years? Here’s my story!

Tour de France Daily Recap
Today was Stage 11 of the 2011 Tour de France. The riders traveled 168 km from Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur.
It was another flat stage and the race stayed together going in to the finish town. The Manx Missile, Mark Cavendish, won the sprint to claim his third Stage win of this year’s Tour. Congrats Mark! 

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    1. Bike

    2. joetaxpayer says:


    3. JoeTaxpayer says:


    4. Bicycle and Piano
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    5. Bicycle
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    6. Bicycle

    7. Jeffrey Trull says:


    8. Bicycle
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    9. Bicycle
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    10. Bicycle
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    11. Bicycle

    12. Bike
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    13. Mr Money says:

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    14. Argument
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    15. argument
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    16. KNS Financial says:

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    17. Piano
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    18. Voting for this Stage is now closed. Bicycle and Piano are the winners and will advance to the next Stage. Thanks for voting and participating!
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