Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 3, Posts 23-26

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Without further a due, let’s continue on with the 3rd 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 7th for this Stage!

Intermediate Sprint # 3
  • How To Get Rich In A Recession (Rich): The article is about strategies to undertake to build wealth in difficult times.
  • Buy the Pricey House? Or the Moderate House? (House): My wife and I recently purchased a house. Instead of buying at the top of our “affordability,” we decided to buy a house that we could pay off in less than 5 years. Once paid off, we’ll be able to build severe wealth, and we’ll be in a position to help our community as well! I hope that this post will inspire others to take the same action so that we’ll soon live in a better place!

Intermediate Sprint # 4
  • THE Top 10 Bad Financial Lists (Lists): I grow weary and tired of bloggers putting out Top 5, 10, and 20 lists of various financial things that would make our lives better. So, I have devised a most nefarious, ugly, and downright useless list of financial lists (there is the twist) that could ever be published and still be labeled as SFW (Suitable for Work). Careful reading this, you may find yourself suddenly wanting to write a similar list mocking other bloggers. 
  • The Standing Blogger…or, Computer as Idiot Box (Standing): We’re told that spending upwards of six hours a day in a seated position (as in, say, blogging and doing any computer-based desk work) can shave years off our lives.  Given that few of us are about to get offline, here’s a hack that may save your life.

Tour de France Daily Recap

Today was also Stage 3 of the Tour de France. There were several breakaways during the stage, however, all of the riders eventually came together for a spring finish. 

American Tyler Farrar won the sprint for 1st place with all of the contenders for overall yellow jersey victory finishing safely in the main pack.

You can view the complete results of today’s Tour de France stage by clicking here.
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    1. Rich
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