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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).
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?)?
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 😉
- 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
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