Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 4, Posts 19-22


Without further a due, let’s continue on with the 4th 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 8th for this Stage!



Intermediate Sprint # 1


  • The SCAM Series: The Death Star Laser (Scam): Ever wondered how much the Death Star Laser would cost? If you have slightly nerdy tendencies like myself, then maybe you have. Then again, I’m kinda unique… but you should find out the answer to this incredibly intriguing question anyway! Hint: It’s a really, really big number. 




  • 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.


Intermediate Sprint # 2





  • Firefighters Let House Burn and Pets Die Over $75 (Burn): Firefighters allowed a home to burn down, taking with it pets, precious heirlooms, and memories…all because the owner forgot to pay $75! See the full story and share your thoughts on the “pay to spray” rule, and on the concept of insurance!






Tour de France Daily Recap



The race is going on right now! I’ll share a recap in the post later today.


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  1. Grandparents
    My recent post 5 New Retirement Planning Rules

  2. Grandparents & Tool

  3. Grandparents

  4. J. Money says:


    I freaking HATE that house burning down situation!!! what an f'ing joke… I understand there are rules and business practices in effect and all that, but we're all humans and can make our own decisions on whether to help someone or not – I could never just watch it burn to the ground and not do anything about it. sad 🙁 i blogged about it too and i'm still fired up! no pun intended! haha….

  5. Grandparents
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  6. Grandparents

  7. Caela Strong says:


  8. KNS Financial says:

    My recent post Why The Contingent Workforce Is Growing, And What That Means To You

  9. Ross @ Go Be Rich says:

    Scam and Tool
    My recent post Long Overdue Updates

  10. Grandparents
    My recent post Build Up Debt While You are Young?

  11. Grandparents
    My recent post Finding Car Insurance Quotes Online

  12. Grandparents

  13. Grandparents!!!!!!

  14. Grandparents

  15. scam
    My recent post 19th Century Baseball Day in Virginia

  16. Reta Davis says:


  17. Sprint 1- Grandparents
    Sprint 2- Tool

  18. Scam
    My recent post Happy 4th Of July!

  19. SherryH says:

    Sprint 1: Grandparents – best overall
    Sprint 2: Burn (No matter how sweetly you think you're saying it, your spouse is not a tool. Got under my skin the first time I read it, too.)

  20. Grandparents!

  21. Sprint 1- Grandparents
    Sprint 2- Tool

  22. Sheturtle says:

    Grandparents: Best
    Burn: Thought provoking, I live in a rural town where you 'donate' to the local fire dept and they give you special house numbers to put out so they know where to fight the fire and where to ignore.

  23. Grandparents

  24. scam

  25. Kelly McMillen says:

    Sprint 1-Grandparents
    Sprint 2-Burn

  26. grandparents

  27. Burn

  28. Grandparents

  29. cheapcat says:

    Grandparents is definitely the best article!

  30. Suzanne says:


  31. Jeannine says:

    grandparents and tool

  32. Grandparents
    Best article ever!
    Tool, very good

  33. Thanks for voting all! This is turning out to be an interesting Stage!
    My recent post Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 5, Posts 7-10

  34. Grandparents

  35. grandparents

  36. imawindycitygal says:


  37. Sprint 1 – Grandparents
    Sprint 2- Tool
    My recent post (I Wish I Could) Just Say No

  38. Sprint 1 – Grandparents
    Spring 2 – tool

  39. Kelly S. says:


  40. grandparents

  41. grans

  42. grandparents
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  43. Grandparents!!!!!!
    My recent post Friend's Friday!

  44. Gramdparents
    My post Lard and Eggs are Good for You
    My recent post Finding money in Coinstar and elsewhere

  45. Sprint 1-Grandparents (my favorite)
    Sprint 2-Tool
    My recent post Double Rainbows, Grandpa Pizza, and Dancing With the Hired Help

  46. I liked grandparents and burn the best.

  47. Mr Money says:

    My recent post From Billionaire To Broke: One Wealthy Heiress And Her Slide Into Bankruptcy

  48. Voting for this Stage is now closed. With over 50 votes, this was the most highly contested Stage so far! Nice!

    The winners are “Grandparents” and “Tool.” These two will advance to the next Round. Thanks to everyone for participating and voting!
    My recent post Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 7, Round 2 – Posts 25-32

  49. Grandparents

  50. Grandparents

  51. leslie ponzo says:

    “Burn” is my pick!

  52. Grandparents and Tool

  53. anonymousPerson says:


  54. JohnsonSmith says:

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