We're continuing with the third round of Free Money Finance March Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Madness and/or click on my March Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. Be sure to comment which one you like the best out of each set of two as commenters have the chance to win a free book. Here we go:
- Ten Low Cost Ways to Reduce Money Stress - Money can be stressful; don't let it rule your thoughts. When you're overwhelmed with money issues turn to this list and your troubles will melt away.
- The Science (Fiction) of Coupons - This is my most controversial article ever. Coupons might look like a great deal, but they're really not worth the trouble for most people. I received a lot of heat from coupon fans, but I stand by my philosophy that coupons are a waste of time.
- Introducing the 401(kid) - Teach your kids the benefits of saving for the future by providing a parental match.
- Teaching Kids the Value of a Dollar - I like this one because it's a perfect example of how easy it is to use everyday occurrences to teach kids about money. And guess what? It works!
- Get Rich!! Play the Lottery!! Somebody has to win - I like this post because it shows how absolutely impossible it is to win the lottery. Yes people win the lottery, but they also get struck by lightening, drown in their own bath tub, and get killed by errant fireworks, and unfortunately you have thousands times better luck having the former happen to you that win the lottery.
- Don't Let Real Estate Clean You Out - This article was well received, especially in the real estate blogging community. It took in a lot of comments and turned out to be one of my most popular posts. I think this is both a funny as well as an informative post -- and a warm tribute to my dry cleaning guy.
- Dave Ramsey is Bad at Math - This is probably the most controversial post I've ever written. Love it or hate it, it has certainly gotten people fired up over repaying their debts. Nearly two years and well over 100 comments later and it's still going strong.
- Teaching Your Children How To Save - When you have children, one common question that parents seem to discuss is the concept of an allowance and the desire for their children to be responsible with money. This post details how we established our allowance system and have started our children on the path to saving money.