Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 6, Posts 1-6

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Without further a due, let’s continue on with the 6th Stage (the final Stage of the 1st round) 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 (there are 3 because we needed to get the 1st round done in a timely manner! So, be sure to vote for all 3 face-offs):

Voting will continue until July 10th for this Stage!

Intermediate Sprint # 1
  • Can You Make Money and a Difference With Social Impact Bonds? (Bonds): My article explains social impact bonds, a means of investing money with individuals who are trying to accomplish some social good (decreasing recidivism of ex-convicts is a popular one). Investors contribute money that is used to meet these goals, and if the goal is met, the government pays back the money (with interest); if not, the government owes nothing. These bonds have the potential to alter both how governments fund many of their programs and how charitable individuals spend their charitable contributions. These bonds could be the future of investing and charitable giving, all in one package.  
  • How to feed a family of 6 on roughly $200 per week (Family):  Groceries account for one of the highest household expenses. However, it is also a variable cost that we can all budget for. Nikki Holloway, a Canadian mother from Arrowwood, AB, who feeds 6 on roughly $200/week, has provided her top 11 tips to putting the money back in your bank account and not on your plate.
Intermediate Sprint # 2
  • Shepherd And Sheep herder, Story About Your Money (Sheep): This is an inspiring blog post which urges people to take charge of their money matters. The example is drawn from a story of shepherds and sheep herders. A shepherd manages each of his sheep individually with care, where as a sheep herder manages them as a group, without individual attention. The blog post emphasizes the need of being a Shepherd on money matters in order to become aware of every single dollar, including how a dollar is being earned, how a dollar is spent and invested, and how much return is realized.   
Intermediate Sprint # 3
  • Why You Should Donate More Money to Charity (Donate): There are so many reasons people do not give to charity. We’d rather keep the money to ourselves, it requires action, and it won’t have any effect are just a few. This year, we should be donating more than ever, and here are 8 compelling reasons why.  
  • Not So Extreme Couponing: Couponing for the Rest of Us (Couponing): The Extreme Couponing show on TLC may be entertaining to watch, but it’s not very practical or appealing for most of us. Here’s how the rest of us can save big money with couponing without using extreme couponing tactics.    

Tour de France Daily Recap

Today was Stage 6 in the Tour de France as well. The riders traveled 226 km from Dinan to Lisieux. 

It was a fairly flat but windy/rainy day with several crashes occurring. It ended with a bunch sprint, and the Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen won the stage. Thor Hushovd held took 3rd place on the Stage to keep his overall yellow jersey. 

Most all of the contenders for overall victory at the end of the 3 week bike race finished safely in the peleton. They are most likely awaiting a big show-down in the 1st mountain stages!

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  1. Voting for my own post
    Sprint#2 : Sheep
    My recent post 2nd Weekly Yakezie Challenger Round Up

  2. Thanks for hosting this. How fun!

    Sprint #3: Couponing.
    My recent post How to Give the Gift of a Flag Flown Over the US Capitol

  3. Voting for:

    Sprint1: Cable
    Sprint2: Family
    Sprint3: Couponing
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  4. Financial Uproar says:

    Just like Steve above me, I'm voting for:


  5. Cable
    My recent post When Needs Are Actually Wants

  6. My votes (thanks for hosting by the way:

    Sprint #1: Bonds (But of course)
    Sprint #2: Cable (I agree completely)
    Sprint #3: Donate (Charity's usually a good thing)

    Thanks very much for running this, and here's hoping the next sprint is just as interesting.
    My recent post Guest Post – Outsourcing: Protecting your Small Business from Failure in a Fragile Time

  7. Voting for this Stage is now closed. The winners are “Family,” “Cable,” and “Couponing.” These posts will advance to Round 2 of the Tour! Thanks for reading, voting, and participating all!
    My recent post Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 8, Round 2 – Posts 13-20

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