Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 4, Round 1 – Posts 29-32

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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 1-2 of Stage 4 went live earlier today, so be sure to cast your votes for those articles as well!):

Voting will continue until July 7th for this Stage!


  • Key to Saving Money is Controlling Impulse Spending (Spending): Have you gone to the grocery store for milk and eggs and come home with steak and eggs?  Have you ever been tempted to buy something just because it was on sale?  Impulse spending can wreck your finances and is a major reason why most people have difficulty saving money.  Learning why you buy on impulse can be the key to saving more money.


  • How to Write a Resume that Gets Job Interviews – 34 Tips & Examples (Resume): There is more to a successful job search than slapping together a resume and mass submitting it to online job search engines. It starts by crafting a resume that is customized for each job, includes keywords from the job description, and makes a strong first impression. We cover these tips and more than 30 others as we show you examples and tips to help you create a resume that gets you on the shortlist for interviews.  



  • This Chelsea Flat Was Furnished by eBay, Thrift Shops & Salvage Yards (Flat): On the face of it, Miss Thrifty’s friend, N, isn’t a poster girl for frugal living. She lives in the most expensive part of London, works in fashion, and plans to celebrate her next birthday in Versailles. But, just wait until you see N’s apartment, which she has kitted it out almost entirely with items from eBay, thrift shops and other bargain basements…
  • The Grass Isn’t Always Greener (Greener): We’ve all wondered at some time or another if another job would be better than the one we currently have. Sometimes it is, and sometimes it it’s actually a lot worse. This the story of my ill-fated job change and realization that we don’t really know what we have until it’s gone  


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

In the finish, the sprint was taken out for the 2nd day in a row by Andre Greipel from the Lotto team. However, the result was again marred by a huge crash at 3 km from the finish that took out several of the sprinters.

Fabian Cancellara finished in the main pack for the stage, which was plenty to keep him in the yellow jersey for again another day! However, he expects he will give up the jersey this Saturday on the first serious mountain finish. Should be exciting to see how the weekend unfolds! 

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    1. thefamilyfinances says:

      Thanks for including my post in this year's Tour de Personal Finance!

      Spending & Greener

    2. Spending
      My recent post Avoid Value Traps with these 3 Catalysts

    3. AverageJoe says:

      Wow! Can I vote for all four?

      Spending & Greener

    4. Thanks for hosting this again this year Jacob!
      Spending & Greener

    5. ZAGRUBBS says:

      Spending & Greener!

    6. Greener
      My recent post The Last Weekly Goal Update for Now… #11

    7. Voting for this Stage is now closed, the winners are Spending and Greener and will advance to Round 2, starting in a few days time. Thanks to everyone for voting and participating!
      My recent post Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 6, Round 1 – Posts 49-52

    8. D'oh! Went out of town and missed the voting deadline!
      My recent post How Does Your 401k Plan Stack Up?

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