Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 2, Round 1 – Posts 13-16

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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 1-2 of Stage 2 went live earlier today, so be sure to cast your votes for those articles as well!):

Voting will continue until July 5th for this Stage!


  • 15 Ways to Grow and Protect Your Net Worth  (Grow): We often talk about making more money, investing, saving, and reducing debt.  What it all comes down to, really, is increasing our net worth. This post takes a holistic look at increasing net worth, with 15 ways we can do so.

  • An Under-Invested America:  Is Conservative The New Norm? (Conservative): Nobody has gotten rich earning less than 1% on their money.  Yet, more of it has been put into savings accounts than into stock and bond funds, since the crash of ’08.  What’s driving this ultra conservative view and is it the next big financial mistake?



  • Extreme Couponing 101: How to Extreme Coupon and Save 84%+ on Groceries (Coupon): This is one of the most thorough step-by-step guides for extreme couponing, with real-life examples on how you can save money on groceries and everyday purchases.  Find out how the author saved 84% ($6,341.67) in three months on groceries without sacrificing quality or health.
  • 7 Financial Advisors I Would Like to Punch in the Face  (Punch):  There are plenty of financial advisors in my industry that give financial planning a bad name (Madoff anyone?),  and unfortunately they’re everywhere. I’ve been in the business for almost 10 years, and I’ve had countless run-ins with these types of advisors and despite my laid back personality, I would like nothing more than to punch them in the face, seriouslyHere are some financial advisor horror stories that other clients have shared with me, the lessons learned, and let’s just see if you would want to pull a Rocky Balboa on their face, too.


Today’s stage (Stage 3) in the Tour de France took the riders 197 km through a rolling mid-mountain stage from Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer. In the finish, a rather large group (including all of the favorites for overall victory, but not including several of the pure sprinters) came together, with the Slovakian champion, Peter Sagan, taking the win over the pack. 

Fabian Cancellara held on for 4th place on the stage, which was plenty to keep him in the yellow jersey for another day! 

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    1. JP@Novel Investor says:


    2. Edward Antrobus says:


    3. Grow Punch
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    4. Grow
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    5. Grow
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    6. Grow
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    7. Voting for this Stage is now closed. The winners are Grow and Punch and will advance to Round 2, starting in a few days time. Thanks to everyone for participating and voting!
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