Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 2, Posts 31-34

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Without further a due, let’s continue on with the 2nd 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 competitions:

Voting will continue until July 6th for this Stage!
Intermediate Sprint # 3
  • If I Had a Million Dollars, I’d Go Into Debt (Debt): What would I do if I won a million dollars? This post describes how I’d invest every last penny, scrutinizing tax benefits, risk, returns, real estate, and why I would go into debt — yes, I would go into debt — if I were a millionaire. And don’t just take my word for it: Einstein backs me up, and so does third-world poverty theory. Read this post to find out more.
  • Do the Amish Pay Taxes? (Taxes): There is a lot of controversy and confusion surrounding the Amish and their tax payments. This is in part because they use some public services without paying for the consumption taxes that fund those services because their consumption habits are much different from the average American’s. Honestly, could you imagine a horse and buggy pulling through a highway toll booth, or an Amish person gambling in a casino? 

Intermediate Sprint # 4
  • Invest in Both Fitness and Finances (Fitness): Your health is a much more important investment than your personal finance life.  Learn how to master both and you’re set for life!
  • Building a Better Blog (Blogging): My online life started with finding the wide world of personal finance blogging and starting my first blog.  Building up a blog is what brings advertisers knocking on your virtual door and it gives credibility for other online ventures like staff writing.  Here is how I built up my site as quickly as possible. 

Tour de France Daily Recap

Today was the Team Time Trial in the 2011 Tour de France. This is a special event because viewers get to watch a group of 10 riders power through at 55 kph around a course in flashy skin-suits and $12,000 bikes. Nice right?!

It is also a cool event because it tends to have a pretty significant impact on the outcome of the overall Tour de France race. In today’s race, the US based Garmin-Cervelo team won the stage and placed sprinter/overall hard-man Thor Husovd in the yellow jersey!

Of the favorites for overall victory at the end of the 3 week bike race, the best placed riders are Andy and Frank Schleck, Cadel Evans, and Bradley Wiggins. Alberto Contador is over a minute back. However, he is such a good climber that he’ll most likely be able to recover most of this lost time when the mountains start.

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    1. Debt
      My recent post Quit Your Job, Travel, and Live Remarkably

    2. Taxes
      My recent post Plant Trees At Home And Save Green

    3. Amanda L Grossman says:

      My recent post Woe to the Lean Purse: Cures to Fix it

    4. I vote for the Debt post

    5. Debt and fitness
      My recent post 2011- 2012 Financial Year Goals

    6. Rachael says:


    7. Debt and fitness, all the way!

    8. Jon | FMW says:

      debt and fitness!

    9. Fitness!!!

    10. Voting for this Stage is now closed. Debt and Fitness are the winners and will advance to the next round. Thanks to everyone for voting and participating! This is a fun month already!
      My recent post Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 5, Posts 7-10

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