Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 5, Round 1 – Posts 37-40

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Without further ado, let’s continue on with the 5th 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 5 went live earlier today, so be sure to cast your votes for those articles as well!):

Voting will continue until July 8th for this Stage!


  • Realising the Sacrifices Our Parents Made (Parents): Recently, when I saw a hitch hiker, I remembered my dad hitch hiking to work practically every day. I thought it was normal, but now realise that no, my parents sacrificed a lot for us kids. There is so much we can learn from how frugally they lived, although I couldn’t hitch hike!
  • My Next Home Is Going To Be A Hotel (Hotel): How much money could you save by not having to pay your electric bill, Internet, cable, or other expenses every month? Many people do not consider all of the little things that we spend our money on every month when we rent or buy a home. These items tend to be taken for granted as necessities, but these small costs can quickly add up. But, how much money could you save every month if you simply live in a hotel? The savings can actually be quite substantial.



  • My Previous Job as a Pizza Delivery Guy (Pizza)In 2004, I worked as a pizza delivery guy.  I re-tell the story and my experiences of delivering pizza.  The reader has knowledge of what it is like to deliver pizza, and for individuals that delivered pizza, it brings back good memories.


Today’s stage (Stage 6) in the Tour de France took the riders 208 km through a flat stage from Épernay – Metz. 

In the finish, the sprint was taken out for the 3rd time this Tour by the young green jersey holder, Peter Sagan. However, the result was again marred by huge crashes throughout the stage.

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. economics
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    2. myfamilyfinances says:

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