Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 16, Round 5 – Posts 1-32

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Without further ado, let’s continue on with the 16th Stage (the first and only Stage of the 5th 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).

There are only 4 blogs/posts remaining in the 2011 Tour, so the competition should be quite interesting from here on out! 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 one article (since there’s only one intermediate sprint today) 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 competitions:

Voting will continue until July 24th for this Stage!

Intermediate Sprint # 1
  • Getting Started With Your Money Idea (Idea): Don’t know where to start or how to promote yourself? This article gives you the starting steps as well as a stack of ways to advertise and promote for free or very cheap. It is also an excerpt of my book 365 Ways To Make Money. 
  • This isn’t your grandparents’ recession (Grandparents): 
    Ever since the recession began I think there’s WAY too much blaming of the victims. I’m good and sick of hearing pundits grumble about how lazy and soft Americans have become, and how we ought to take a few lessons from the Great Depression. Here’s the thing: The world was a different place back then. Heaven knows I’m no apologist for slackers, credit-card spendthrifts or people who won’t take anything but the “right” job, but a lot of the advice our elders offered/modeled isn’t relevant today. Plenty of folks are in big trouble not because they’re lazy, but because of complex personal, local, national and global economic issues.

Tour de France Daily Recap

Today was Stage 17 in the 2011 Tour de France. In today’s Stage, the riders raced 179 km through the Alps from Gap to Pinerolo. Unfortunately, the race ended after a long downhill/descent. Because of this, the overall contenders for victory at the end of the Tour were unable to create any time separation between each other.

It appears that the Tour organizers are trying to deliberately keep the race as close as possible as long as possible.

Tomorrow and the next day are uphill finishes, and there is a 41 km individual time trial the day before the race finishes in Paris. These challenging Stages should put a positive ID on a winner! My money is on Alberto Contador for taking out the win at the end!

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      Grandparents is my all time favorite Donna Freedman post. Am keeping this one forever!

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    22. Voting for this Stage is now closed. Grandparents is the winner and will advance to the championship sprint to face “If I Had a Million Dollars, I'd Go Into Debt.” Should be exciting to see how it ends up!
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