Debt Free Direct Tour de Personal Finance, Stage 8 – Lifestyle Group – Posts 61-64

Without further ado, let’s continue on with the 8th Stage (featuring posts from the “Lifestyle” category of articles submitted) 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 6th for this Stage!


Intermediate Sprint #1

  • Is Money the Only Measure of Success? (Success): An all time favorite, this article reminds readers of what’s really important. Money offers freedom and the ability to buy things and experiences. Learn the secret to true wealth and grasp how to define what success is for you.


  • 10 Wealth Creation Habits (Habits): Saving is great, and so is making money.  But the bottom line is creating WEALTH, and this post shares 10 tips on how to increase wealth.


Intermediate Sprint # 2

  • 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.


  •  Key to Saving Money is Controlling Impulse Spending (Impulse): Impulse spending can wreck your finances and prevent you from saving money for other things like retirement. By learning how to identify the triggers for impulse purchases you can limit their impact on your ability to save money!


Tour de France Daily Recap

The Tour de France in real life continued today with Stage 5, a flat stage taking the riders 142 miles from Cagnes-sur-Mer – Marseille. As expected, the Stage ended in a bunch sprint, with the number one sprinter in the world, Mark Cavendish, taking the win! Way to go Mark!

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