Debt Free Direct Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 16 – Round 3, Posts 49-64

Without further ado, let’s continue on with the 16th Stage (now the 3rd Round of the event) of the 2013 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).

We greatly appreciate Debt Free Direct for being the title partner of the 2013 event and for all their great support. If you’re interested in learning more about the help and advice Debt Free Direct offers to people in debt or their money-saving tips on how to prevent building up debtclick here.


A Quick Reminder On Prizes For The 2013 Competition

The 2013 edition of the Tour de PF will be doubly exciting because we have some very nice cash prizes to give away to the winner and also to charity to continue helping the community.

These will be as follows:

  • Yellow Jersey (1st Place) Winner of the 2013 Tour de Personal Finance will receive $100 cash via PayPal.
  • In addition, the Yellow Jersey Winner will also get to decide what charity they want me to donate $700 to in honor of their efforts/victory. 


To view the most up-to-date brackets of the competition, click the following link – 2013 Debt Free Direct 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:

Voting will continue until July 14th for this Stage!


Intermediate Sprint #1

  • Could You Live on Minimum Wage? (Wage): 4.4 Americans live on minimum wage. SPENT is a game designed to show the tough choices made everyday by the working poor.


  • Financial Lessons Learned from The Bachelor (Bachelor): I’m a fan of the TV show, The Bachelor, on ABC. After a few episodes, I realized that  not only is the show about finding love, it can teach us about investing, debt and general personal finance as well. So what financial lessons has The Bachelor taught you?


Intermediate Sprint # 2

  • 10 Simple Ways to Suck at Life (Life): Ever wanted to know exactly what you need to do to make sure you fail at everything? Ever wanted to know what do to the exact opposite of to succeed? It’s all right here, in these handy, easy to follow, steps.


  • 10 Things I Don’t Get (Things): Do you ever wonder why people do things that, to you, are the same as flushing money down the toilet? Here’s my list of ten time and money wasters.


Tour de France Daily Recap

The Tour de France in real life continued today with Stage 12, a flat 218 km stage taking the riders from Fougères to Tours. The pack stayed together up until the up, with the race finishing in a bunch sprint. Marcel Kittel took the win ahead of Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan.


  1. Tia Piccolo says:

    Sprint 1: Wage
    Sprint 2: Life

  2. bachelor

  3. Jessica says:


  4. Jana @ Daily Money Shot says:

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  7. Tie the Money Knot says:


    All 4 are good, had to pick only 2 though!
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  9. Khaleef @ KNS Financial says:

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  14. Jenniemarie @ Another Housewife says:

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  18. The voting for this Stage is now closed. The winners are Bachelor and Life and will advance to the next Round. A big thanks to everyone for voting and participating! 🙂
    Jacob A Irwin recently posted…Debt Free Direct Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 18 – Round 4, Posts 17-32My Profile

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