Here we go with the first 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. I've also listed a keyword(s) after each post title to make it easy to vote (as a made-up example, you can just comment: Game 1 - Saving; Game 2 - Investing, etc.) Be sure to comment which one you like the best out of each set of two -- you will help determine the winner! Criteria for the best article is somewhat subjective, but you can use these factors as a guide: 1) practicality of the post 2) how interesting/provocative/unique it is, 3) the "personal-ness" of it and 4) its impact on net worth.
Here are today's games:
- Do you appreciate what you have? (Appreciate) - Read about what how a simple volunteer event for my son one evening turned out to to have an impact on our whole family. His one hour volunteer effort gave us a completely different perspective on what we have and how fortunate we are. Do you appreciate the things you have? Don't ever forgot, some people have little to nothing.
- People Here Don't Give A Crap What Kind Of Car We Drive (Car) - This post is one of my favorites because it was the final stake in a life I had lived for so long and was working to get away from. Living in LA, buying more than I could afford, and trying to make sure everyone thought I was doing better than I was - it was something I woke up to one day and was forever trying to get out from under...and I feel like I have finally done it.
- Guess What??? We did it! We finally got our wedding pictures! (Wedding) - After 5 months of BEGGING for our wedding pictures with no luck, we created a blog detailing the whole experience for all to see! And guess what? We had those bad boys in hand within 48 hours! It turns out people respond a lot faster when you market their name all over the internet. ;)
- 10 Personal Finance Essentials (Essentials) - Personal finance is about more than just spending less than you earn and staying out of debt. You need a balance of insurance to protect your assets, investments to prepare for retirement, and a plan to take care of your loved ones when you pass away. What follows are 10 personal finance essentials that everyone needs as part of his financial plan.