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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 #28 (Actually, 165)
1. What a Mild COVID Case Feels Like When You Were Always Healthy Before We Want Guac
“I’ve also taken a helluva lot of precautions as it relates to COVID, complete with getting both vaccine shots, being anal about masks/social distancing, and even getting mad at people when the grocery stores had one way aisles (KINDERGARTNERS CAN FOLLOW DIRECTIONS BETTER THAN YOU CAN). Which definitely helped keep me healthy for almost 2 years now.
But then I did what many people have done and wasn’t as careful in recent weeks. I hung out in close quarters with others unmasked, because we were all fully vaccinated and I didn’t think much of it. It’s also very hard to get a vaccine booster if I didn’t want to drive far outside of my local area; I figured I could wait until the New Year to get a booster once demand lowered a bit. There’s a lot of kids that need the vaccine, after all.
And lowering my defenses just that much was enough for COVID to sneak in.”
2. Do You Have a Fear of Being Ordinary? One Frugal Girl
“Those Instagram images make me think my life should be more significant or somehow more important, but then I realize happiness and fulfillment are right here in front of me.
When I stare at the internet, I realize that my dreams may be quieter than the dreams of others. Reaching the next big thing might keep me away from the things I most desire—a quiet, happy home.
It was tough to walk away from a high-paying career. It’s also challenging to give away my possessions and live with less.
But what’s wrong with choosing a different, some might say, ordinary path? What if the simple pleasures of life are all that I need. I don’t want to spend my days hurrying from one place to another, and I don’t want to waste my time on a career that doesn’t fill my soul. Am I leading a small life or one that is perfectly pleasant? One that fills my heart as much as old extraordinary goals?”
3. What Can Sinking Funds Do For YOU? Step-by-Step Demo to Plan for Large Purchases and Expenses. AJ Money Coach
“Watch a step-by-step instructional video that shows you HOW to create sinking funds, identify categories, estimate the amounts you need, and easily track your monthly contributions and spend within each category!”
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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.