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:
- 8 Rules you Must Follow when Buying Stocks During a Recession (8) - Investing in turbulent times is never easy, and can actually be quite frightening. However, when you follow sound principles and choose winning companies, the potential for profit can be monumental. Now is not the time to sit on the sidelines. This post shows you what to look for in a stock in today's recession.
- Debt Collection Practices: Going From Debtor To Debt Collector (Practices) - This article is interesting as it offers the view of someone who had debt, who then eventually experienced what it was like to be on the other side of the debt management spectrum, as the debt collector! Since we often complain about our bill collectors, this post offers a fresh perspective on the debt collection situation.
- Setting up a Budget, Lower Debt – the Internet is Full of Advice (Advice) - This post aims to convince readers to set up a budget so that they can lower their debt and reach other financial goals. It makes a compelling case that setting up a budget and following it is the first step to get one's financial house in good order. We all work so hard for the income we earn. Why don't we also apply some effort to make sure that our hard-earned income is spent well?
- Tips for College Graduate (Graduate) - So many college graduates are unaware of how important it is to begin a financial life with the right foundation. I offer ten key, finance, tips for the recent college grad.