We're now into round two 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:
- 100 Money Saving Tips for the Holiday Gifting Bonanza Post (Bonanza) - Don't let the title fool you, these money saving tips are applicable at any time of the year, they just seemed especially useful so that you could save money to buy your friends and family more gifts! They are categorized by what aspect of your life they apply to (from eating & drinking to your home) and come with pretty pictures to boot! You are guaranteed to find at least one or two (or twenty) tips that you didn't know before or you will get your money back!
- 36 Ways to Earn Extra Money (36) - What should you do if you've cut your budget to the bone and you still can't make ends meet? Earn more money! This post lists three dozen practical tips for bringing home a bit more bacon.
- Airport Car Rentals are a Ripoff (Ripoff) - Short, sweet, and to the point. You can save a ton of money by skipping the airport rental desk and catching a cab to a nearby location.
- Discussing Retirement with Parents: Is a Comfortable Retirement No Longer an Option? (Option) - This post has been among my more popular articles because it hits a subject area we're all thinking about, that causes anxiety just by seeing the title, but yet, we neglect to really confront the issue. Writing this was probably one of the most difficult post I've done to date since I've looked up to the gentleman in this post all of my life. It's a post that everyone can related to on a personal level in terms of concern for their parents quality of life as they age. It also suggests a few ways to approach the issue with your parents, as well as illuminates segments of parent-child relationships that we might not want to visit because it's a taboo subject. Best part is that I've had younger adults, as well as those reaching retirement age leave comments, but also contact me directly.