Women's Personal Finance Wednesday Roundup

Women’s Personal Finance: Wednesday Roundup August 24, 2022

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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, 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 #59 (Actually, 198)

1. I want to be weak I Pick Up Pennies

“So when I expressed trepidation about old pain being triggered, I wanted sympathy or concern — not to be told I was strong.

I’m sick of being told that, and I doubt I’m alone in that sentiment. I think most people who have faced one too many of life’s perfidies are sick of that phrase too.

Because telling us that we’re strong as we face (or potentially face) hardship… It’s not comforting. In fact, it boxes us in.”

2. My Ever-Evolving Relationship With My Clothes Frugalwoods

“Longtime readers will recall my three-year-long all-out ban on buying clothing. I successfully went three years without buying anything because I desperately needed a re-set. I bought clothes at thrift stores and yard sales constantly. I had enough to clothe an entire soccer team. Several teams.

I’ve only recently realized how intertwined my clothing obsession was with my previously undiagnosed depression and anxiety. I’m starting to unravel the emotions I carried in my clothes and my appearance. It’ll probably take me the rest of my life, but I’m happy to take you along with me. So this post isn’t about money, but it is about how material things can take on too much importance in our lives. “

3. We Doubled Our Cost of Living to Move to a State That Respects LGBTQ+ Rights Healthy Rich by Daniella Flores of I Like To Dabble

“We also wanted to move because the state of Washington and this area of the country support our rights and identities more than Missouri does.

I am nonbinary, and my wife is a trans woman. In Missouri, you can’t legally change gender markers on your driver’s license, birth certificate or any legal identifying documents without medical documentation showing completion of gender affirming surgery.

This is a ridiculous requirement and one we refuse to accept. So we moved to a state that openly accepts us and has laws in place to protect us from discrimination for being queer and trans, in the event that we lose even more federal rights (which, based on the actions of the U.S. Supreme Court, isn’t looking so good).”

Thanks For Supporting These Women and Nonbinary Creators!

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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