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 #27 (Actually, 164)
1. Are You a Time Millionaire? Millennial Revolution
“The Japanese even have a specific word for “working yourself to death” called “Karoshi”.
Why is working yourself into an early grave a badge of honor? Why are we killing ourselves for work?
If time is our greatest resource, why are we happily trading it for money and prestige?
Maybe it’s time to take a deep breath, step back, and re-evaluate how much time we are willing to give up for money.
One of the few bright spots of the pandemic is that it forced workers to do exactly that.”
2. Are your gifts codependent? Creative Money
“Whether or not you can “afford” to be generous at the holidays, it’s a good practice to start asking yourself “why” every time you add someone to your list or go to make a purchase. Buying a small gift for your child’s teacher is an appropriate expression of gratitude. Putting together Pinterest-worthy gifts for every member of the school staff is probably overdoing it.”
3. I’m done blaming (only) myself – aka childhood trauma rode again & I’m taking away its horse I Pick Up Pennies
“I realized a couple of weeks ago that I have a bad habit: When someone (other than a romantic partner) critiques me/my actions, I tend to assume they’re 100% right. So I fall all over myself apologizing and promising to do better without stopping to think critically about how accurate their view may be.
And I think this is mostly or wholly because of the dynamic I was steeped in growing up.”
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Angela is the cofounder of Women's Personal Finance. When she's not talking about women and money, she's riding her e-bike, hanging out at her urban micro-farm with her family, or listening to a new audiobook.