Women's Personal Finance Wednesday Roundup

Women’s Personal Finance: Wednesday Roundup February 15, 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 #80 (Actually, 219)

1. Planning for the Future while Living in the Present Maura Madden

“I don’t believe that people exist to toil and suffer. The more that I study, the more I learn that our current societal systems are based upon colonization and oppression. Capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy tell us that our value is in our output rather than our existence. We must fight these ideas.

Yet, the history of the human race is one of planning ahead. We build shelters, we cultivate farms and gardens, we store and preserve food for the winter. Our brains are wired to think toward the future. Our species has survived and thrived through forward thinking.

This dichotomy makes intentional living very challenging. How do we live in the present while planning for the future?”

2. Leaving Academica to Become a YouTuber Kristine Vike on The Fioneers

” As soon as I finished my Ph.D. in late 2021, I transitioned to making sewing and sustainability videos with a historical flair on YouTube. I now do this full-time. That seems a couple of very odd sentences to sum it all up, and yet here we are.

With me are my spouse and our two cats. We have a goal to achieve financial independence through entrepreneurship and front-loaded passive income such as writing books and publishing videos. Creative work suits our brains best, and we both struggle with traditional employment. I have autism and get overwhelmed and exhausted by all of the interactions with people in a normal workday. My spouse has a chronic illness that makes their days unpredictable. “

Editor note: this connection between Jessica and Kristine happened on our WPF community platform, Woven, which is so awesome. There’s something magical about getting folks together in more intentional spaces.

3. How Do You Know When You’re Financially Ready To Buy A Home? From One Geek To Another

“Recently I got the question: How does one know they are ready to buy a home, in financial terms? Pretty good question, I think, and considering that we are getting ready to buy a home, very timely. Here are the four steps I would recommend you take to make sure you are financially ready to buy a home.”

(Editor note: this Home Buying conversation came up on WPF Insiders Discord and we have a great forum discussion going on there. Mrs. FOGA is super knowledgeable and helpful on this front, and I love that she’s taken the information she shared with all of us on Discord and turned it into a blog post for everyone to reference.

Thanks For Supporting These 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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