Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 2, Round 1 – Posts 9-12

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Without further a due, let’s continue on with the 2nd Stage of the 2012 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).

To view the most up-to-date brackets of the competition, click the following link – 2012 Tour de PF Bracket

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 (or that has happened since the previous Stage of) the competition.


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 (Sprints 3-4 of Stage 2 will go live later this afternoon, so be sure to cast your votes for those articles as well!):

Voting will continue until July 5th for this Stage!


  • 5 Worst IRA Mistakes Made Everyday (Mistakes): Everyday in the US, thousands of people are making these basic IRA mistakes that are costing them huge amounts of money.  Find out what they are so that you can avoid them! 



  • How To Get Hired Freelancing (Freelancing): A look back at how I got started freelancing and what I did to be successful.  I also highlight some mistakes I made and my takeaways from them.
  • How to Be a Conservative Investor (Investor):  In a volatile stock market, people are always looking for ways to protect their money. Unfortunately, that often means getting too conservative and letting it sit in the bank earning little or no interest. Instead, I’ll show you how to be a true conservative investor and make real money, safely, in even a difficult economy.  


Today’s stage (Stage 3) in the Tour de France takes the riders 197 km through a rolling stage from Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer. The stage is going on right now, so I’ll be sure to include an update on the result of the race when the sprints go live later today. 

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    1. Sprint 1: Money
      Sprint 2: Investor

    2. Jim Wang says:


    3. JP@Novel Investor says:

      My recent post How To Compare Online Brokers

    4. Sprint 1: Money
      Sprint 2: Investor

    5. Edward Antrobus says:

      My recent post June Net Worth Update

    6. Money Freelancing
      My recent post My First Job: Lessons Learned

    7. Mistakes
      My recent post Want a Method for Clearing Debt that Really Works? Make it a Game!

    8. Money
      My recent post Over 60 Years Old and Need Term Life Insurance? No Problem!

    9. Money

    10. Voting for this Stage is now closed. The winners are Money and Investor and will advance to Round 2, starting in a few days time. Thanks to everyone for participating and voting!
      My recent post Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 5, Round 1 – Posts 37-40

    11. money
      My recent post The Cost Of The Decision To Have Children And How Many Children To Have

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