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:
- Outsourcing Life for a Working Professional - How to Achieve More Balance (Balance) - This is a revolutionary post that introduces a very unconventional view on outsourcing. Outsourcing is normally associated with large companies, small business as well as entrepreneurs, particularly internet based entrepreneurs. This post introduces how successful working professionals can leverage outsourcing to become more successful in their careers, as well as achieve more freedom, flexibility, balance and contentment in life. This post also lists specific items/things a working professional can outsource, as well as specific resources that are available for use, thus providing a practical road map for implementation instead of merely discussing theory.
- Lessons in Gratitude: I Opened That Box and Couldn’t Stop Crying (Gratitude) - Sometimes the greatest gifts are not expensive or glittery. Sometimes they aren't appreciated and treasured until long after the wrapping paper is ripped off and the box is opened.
- Why Should a Car Be Embarassing? 3 Compelling Reasons to Drive A Crown Vic (Reasons) - It seems like anyone who can let go of keeping up with the Joneses gets exponentially closer to financial freedom. For many people, there's often no greater money pit than a shiny new car saddled with hefty car payments and high insurance premiums. Join me as I get a good lesson in not worrying about what my car looks like and appreciating the utility of Ol' Faithful, AKA the Ford Crown Victoria.
- Small Money Mistakes That Have Big Consequences (Big) - You’ve heard “it’s the little things that count”, right? I’m sure everyone can name many little things that have more meaning than a big event in their lives. The same can be said about finances – it is often the little things you do, the small actions you take, that have the biggest impact on your financial security, both in the present and in the future. Of course, this concept is true whether the little things are positive or negative.