Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money 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 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:
- Forget About Retirement (Forget) - I vote for retiring the word “retirement,” as it’s traditionally been used: The period of time beginning with leaving paid employment and ending with death. It's obsolete. In the modern world, permanently ending any paid employment is risky, both financially and personally.
- No Matter What, We Are Still Responsible For Our Financial Future (Responsible) - This post allowed me to vent about individuals and organizations that are blaming the government for their problems. I am tired of people always blaming others for their lack of money or how they continually get screwed by the government. My advice in this post is to "get over it" and get your act together. If you stop worrying about others, then you can finally take control of your financial future.
- My Personal Philosophy at Age 31 (Philosophy) - Birthdays are a time to reflect, and here I list my own personal philosophy about how I live my life, and the 31 things I've learned by my 31st birthday.
- First Steps to Investing in the Stock Market (Steps) - The post is extremely helpful as it helps boil down the essentials to start investing in the stock market. Many are held back, or limit themselves, from investing in the stock market largely out of fear or lack of knowledge. My post helps lower the barrier to entry and educate readers as to how to get started investing in the stock market.