Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 7, Round 2 – Posts 37-44

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Without further a due, let’s continue on with the 7th Stage (the first Stage of the 2nd round of competition) 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 (these are the first competitions of the 2nd Round of the Tour de Personal Finance, so enjoy!!):

Voting will continue until July 11th for this Stage!

Intermediate Sprint # 1
  • I Refused To Pay Someone What I Was Charged (Refused): What do you do when the value of a service or product doesn’t match the price you were charged?  In this personal finance story, you’ll find out how my situation played out (it may not be what you think) and what you can do if you find yourself in a similar situation.
  • How I Make Money Blogging (Money): I enjoy blogging more than anything else I’ve ever done as a hobby or job in my life.  My online community is one of the first things I look forward to in the morning and blogging is the last thing I do almost every night.  This post covers how I made nearly $6000 between February and December 2010 doing what I love.  I have since banked another $15,000 and am have started making $3000 or more every month.  Check out how I am turning a hobby into my full time career!
Intermediate Sprint # 2
  • What The Piano Tuner Taught Me (Piano): You can learn a lot from a person by their chosen profession even if that profession is not something you fully understand or are familiar with. Their passion, their spirit, their seemingly perfect fit with the intricate details involved – these things are clear when someone truly loves what they do. That and much more is what I learned from Howard the piano tuner. Read this article to learn more! 

Tour de France Daily Recap

Today’s Stage of the Tour de France is going on right now. I’ll give an update on the outcome of the race in the post later today.

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    1. Money

    2. refused
      My recent post Make Money With Your Blog

    3. joetaxpayer says:

      MONEY /
      PIANO (man)

    4. money

    5. Brad Chaffee says:


    6. KNS Financial says:

      My recent post 5 Tips For Saving Money On Vacation

    7. Mr Money says:

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

    8. Piano
      My recent post Friday Night at the County Fair

    9. Money
      My recent post 4 Thrifty Ways To Hire A Lawyer

    10. I'll vote for myself (Refused) and also for Piano.
      My recent post What To Do When Having A To-Do List Fails

    11. Voting for this Stage is now closed. The winners are Refused and Piano and will advance to the next round (Round 3). Thanks to everyone for reading, voting, and participating!!! 🙂
      My recent post What Would I Do If I Inherited One Million Dollars?

    12. piano

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