Women's Personal Finance Wednesday Roundup

Women’s Personal Finance: Wednesday Roundup August 2, 2023

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Welcome to the Women’s Personal Finance Wednesday Roundup! We started this series back in 2018 on TreadLightlyRetireEarly.com to showcase the fabulous women in the online personal finance community who are talking about money online. Even now, there is a perception that women aren’t good with money, don’t care about money, or don’t understand it on a granular level beyond perhaps knowing how to coupon and score a good shopping deal.

These roundups are our way of doing a small part to change that perception. There is no shortage of women online doing their part to make it clear that they DO understand money, and these posts are meant to amplify that fact.

Why does it matter? Because representation matters. Because reading and hearing stories from those who (may or may not) look like us show us that yes, we too can figure out this money thing, that we too have important stories to tell. And that we too know quite a lot about money and are experts worth listening to.

Since Women’s Personal Finance has grown up to get its own website, it’s time to transition these roundups over here to the dedicated website. Same great content, new home!

Our Women’s Personal Finance Facebook group on Facebook also has a sharing thread on Fridays, and that’s the place to read all the blog posts written by members over the previous week. If you’re looking for more articles written by women and nonbinary folks, that’s a great place to continue reading (plus we have plenty of great discussions on finances the rest of the week as well!).

If you don’t have the time or inclination to go searching down myriad posts, though, we will be continuing this series every week to showcase some of the best of the new content we read. If you ever read a post you think we absolutely need to consider for this roundup, please let us know! We are always open to reading new blogs and want to celebrate those newer voices as well as the more seasoned ones.

And with that, here is the best (in our opinion) content by women and nonbinary folks this past week. Let us know what you think in the comments! We love discussion.

Women’s Personal Finance Weekly Roundup #99 (Actually, 238)

1. Purpose of Life: What’s It All For, Anyway? FI Venturers

“I’m beginning to think my aunt was spot on. Maybe we are doing it right by focusing on the seemingly small, daily enjoyments of life: seeing new places and people when time allows, helping and connecting with friends and family, having adventures together, and leaning into what we truly enjoy, no matter how big or small.

While I’ve been searching for years for some grandiose, complicated answer, maybe the answer has been right in front of me over the past nine months: the small, simple, enjoyable things I do on a daily basis.”

2. Our first year of living… Going Smaller

“This entry to our story might feel a bit negative at times, but that’s largely because all the good things are just that: good. Perfect may well be the enemy of good, and when it comes to learning to live in a new country with fairly different culture, norms, and expectations, we have found that to be more true than any other time in our life. Embrace the good, try and let the frustrations shed like water off a duck, and just enjoy living.”

3. We Took Out More Student Loans Social Work to Wealth

“Yep, you read that right. We took out more student loans.

We made this decision a few weeks ago and I haven’t been able to sit down and write about it. And now, student loans are really on the forefront of all our minds with the recent supreme court ruling to block Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan.

To say I am disappointed about that is an understatement… but that’s not what this post is about. This post is about us making the decision to take out MORE student loans and why.”

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As always, if you’re looking for a categorized list of self-identified women and nonbinary folks writing and speaking about personal finance, here is the comprehensive guide to the Women of the Financial Independence Community.

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