Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 5, Posts 7-10

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Without further a due, let’s continue on with the 5th 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 9th for this Stage!

Intermediate Sprint # 3
  • Four Ways to Make Money in Real Estate (Four): Despite the bursting of the real estate bubble, there is still an opportunity to profit from real estate provided you have an exit strategy in mind prior to purchase.  There are four ways to make money in real estate.  Maximizing the potential of these four real estate profit centers can help any investor make the most out of any purchase. 
  • Getting Stated 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.
Intermediate Sprint # 4
  • Why Pursue a Side Business When You Already Have a Successful Career? (Business): The majority of individuals are oblivious to what their true tax expense is. It is our biggest expense, more than food, clothing and shelter. This post emphasizes the crux of my blog and explains why everyone should have a side gig to maximize financial abundance and get ahead in life. 
  • 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.   

Tour de France Daily Recap

Today was also Stage 5 for the Tour de France. It was a flat Stage that took the riders from Carhaix to Cap Fréhel. 

The race ended with a bunch finish, with all of the contenders for overall victory finishing safely in the pack. My favorite (and probably the best) sprinter in the world, Mark Cavendish, won the Stage is stoic fashion!