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:
- I Almost Made an Emotional Investing Decision (Decision) - I almost made a huge investing mistake by making an emotional investing decision but instead I learned an important lesson without making the mistake. My goal for the money I had invested changed from a mid-term goal to a short-term goal and I was invested too aggressively. To find out how much money I almost lost make sure to read the post!
- Tracking Your Net Worth is Not an Option (Option) - Do you know what your current net worth is? If not, you need to start tracking it TODAY! Join me as I give you a step-by-step guide on how to track your net worth along with reasons why you'll be glad you started!
- Shopping for a Good Cheap Car Under $5,000 (Car) - Transportation is often the second highest expenditure for a family so cutting that cost can make a big difference on a budget. However many people feel that you need to spend a lot of money on a new or late model used car. I show this is not really necessary and how with some smart shopping you can get a good car for under $5,000.
- Dividend Investing in Plain English (Plain) - One of the best ways to build wealth is to invest in stocks that pay dividends. Dividend stocks not only give you the opportunity to make money through capital appreciation, they also provide a steady source of income as long as you own the stock. In this post you'll learn the advantages of dividend investing and how to get started.