Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 3, Round 1 – Posts 17-20

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Without further ado, let’s continue on with the 3rd 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.

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


Voting will continue until July 6th for this Stage!


INTERMEDIATE SPRINT # 1

  • The Long Road to Budgeting Bliss (Budgeting): Even for a born saver who’s always been good with money, budgeting when things are tight is a painful process. Throw in low (student), variable (wages) income and a partner who likes to spend, and you get a cocktail of financial frazzlement. So, how did we get to financial nirvana (relatively?)? 

VERSUS
  • 11 Things I Learned in 2011 (Things): 2011 was a crazy year, involving unemployment, landing a book contract, launching a new career, renovations, learning to adapt to new situations, and overcoming hardships. I share what I learned with all of that happening in this post.

     

INTERMEDIATE SPRINT # 2

  • How Far Would You Go To Pick Up a Penny? (Penny): Most of us love free money, but how far would you go to pick some up? Would it matter who you were around, or how dirty the coins/dollars were? What if they were on the bathroom floor? These are all questions I pondered at a bachelor party recently… figured better that than some other things 😉 
VERSUS
  • I Got A Crazy Deal: Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket (Deal): After debating for months on whether to get a Smartphone or not, I finally decided to get one. The only thing standing in my way was the upfront cost of the phone I wanted. I called AT&T after preparing myself with reasons why I should get a $150 Smartphone (cost after signing a 2 year contract) for free and waive the $36 upgrade/activation fee. My post explains my reasoning and how I pulled it off.


TOUR DE FRANCE DAILY RECAP

Today’s stage (Stage 4) in the Tour de France takes the riders 215 km through a flat stage from Abbeville – Rouen. The stage is going on right now, so I’ll be sure to include an update on the result of the race when the 3rd and 4th intermediate sprints go live later today. 

    ***Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/tdm911/5050914854/sizes/l/in/photostream/

    Comments

    1. Things
      Deal

    2. Budgeting
      Deal

    3. budgeting
      penny

    4. Sprint #1: Budgeting
      Sprint #2: Penny!
      My recent post Happy 4th of July!!

    5. Things
      Deal
      My recent post Homeowners Insurance: My Friend’s Best Friend

    6. Things
      Penny

    7. Melissa says:

      Things

    8. Rachael says:

      Things
      Penny

    9. Michelle Rook says:

      things

    10. Things
      Penny

    11. Things
      My recent post 3 year plan

    12. Danielle McInnes says:

      Things

    13. Things
      Penny
      My recent post The Great Western Hotel, Newtown, Geelong

    14. The Asian Pear says:

      Sprint 1: Budgeting
      Sprint 2: Penny
      My recent post My Precious

    15. Barb Friedberg says:

      things and deal
      My recent post READ A PERSONAL FINANCE WEBSITE THAT ANSWERS YOUR MONEY QUESTIONS

    16. Things
      Penny

    17. Things
      Penny
      My recent post Avoid Value Traps with these 3 Catalysts

    18. Kim maxwell says:

      Things

    19. WorkSaveLive says:

      Budgeting
      Deal
      My recent post Why I’ll Never Get My Future Kid a Credit Card

    20. Voting for this Stage is now closed. The winners are Things and Penny 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

    21. Things

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