Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 4, Round 1 – Posts 25-28

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Without further ado, let’s continue on with the 4th 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 4 will go live later this afternoon, so be sure to cast your votes for those articles as well!):

Voting will continue until July 7th for this Stage!


  • 6 Life Lessons From Famous Failures (Lessons): It seems that failure is inextricably blended into the pathway toward success.  Fortunately for us, some very famous people have traveled this path.  These are 6 inspiring life lessons that we can learn from them. 
    • Online Poker: Is It as Legit as Stock Picking? (Poker): There are those that believe stock picking is a lot like gambling — and those that believe online poker is a safer bet than stock picking. Could online poker be as legit as picking stocks?



    • Small Money Mistakes that Have Big Consequences (Mistakes): You’ve heard “it’s the little things that count,” right? I’m sure everyone can name many little things that have more meaning than a big event in their lives. The same can be said about finances – it is often the little things you do, the small actions you take, that have the biggest impact on your financial security, both in the present and in the future. Of course, this concept is true whether the little things are positive or negative.
    • How Young Adults Can Still Thrive Financially (Thrive): With all that’s gone wrong in the economy lately, it’s hard to see the silver lining for today’s youth.  Most pundits believe that generation Y is screwed. Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom.  There are plenty of opportunities for young adults to thrive financially. Here’s why:


      Today’s stage (Stage 5) in the Tour de France takes the riders 197 km through a flat stage from Rouen to St. Quentin. 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. 

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        1. Poker

        2. Poker

        3. Poker

        4. Lessons

        5. Poke & thrive

        6. Poker and Thrive!
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        7. Poker

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        8. Matt Bell says:

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        9. Matt Bell says:

          My recent post Breaking the cycle of financing vehicles

        10. Poker
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        11. Poker
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        12. Poker
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        13. freefrombroke says:

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        14. Lessons
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        15. Voting for this Stage is now closed, the winners are Poker and Thrive and will advance to Round 2, starting in a few days time. Thanks to everyone for voting and participating!

        16. Lessons
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