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:
- What Games Taught Me About Life and Finances (Games) - Who didn't play games growing up? I did. I am sure you did too. Did you ever thing about the life and financial lessons and habits you picked up playing games that in one way or another helped form the person you are today?
- I Make $100,000 And Live Paycheck To Paycheck (Paycheck) - It's hard to make $100,000. What's even harder is figuring out how to manage it so you keep more of what you make. More and more, the lifestyles of American families tend to expand to match their incomes. This is why although we have highest average wage earners in the history of our country, we have more and more people who make six figures and sadly spend it all. How has it become so difficult to live on what used to be considered a wealthy income family?
- How I Helped My Handyman Get into Debt (Handyman) - I agreed to buy my handyman a motorcycle that is worth 1 year of his salary, after just a few weeks working with us. Was it wise? Having never been in consumer debt myself I was able to witness first hand all the process a person goes through before going into debt.
- How We Paid Off $30,000 in Credit Card Debt (Paid) - Have you ever had so much debt you felt like there was no way to overcome it? This post summarizes our journey from lifestyle inflation and living beyond our means to determining what we value and deciding to change our ways. Over a year and a half, we paid off over $30,000 in credit card debt. This is how we did it and what we learned along the way.