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 #42(Actually, 179)
1. Identifying Financial Abuse in a Relationship Nav.It by Kaitlyn Ranze
“42 million women suffer intimate partner violence with 99% of those suffering financial abuse.
But the data may not show the full picture about how much financial abuse impacts its victims.
“I was the model wife, dressing and looking the park… dyed my hair the way my husband liked and represented the family at the PTA the way he thought I should,” explained one anonymous victim.* “I married really young so when my husband said it wasn’t my job to know what was going on financially, I believed him. I also believed him when he called me selfish for asking for free access to our joint accounts or a little more allowance.”
2. On Debt and Divorce – How to Start Over and Take Control of Your Mental Health and Financial Life: An Interview with Vee Frugal Fox Mental Health and Wealth Podcast
“There are times that you have to start from scratch and start all over again.
Join me as I speak with Vee Weir about the journey she had to go through to pick herself up from ground zero. Vee is the owner and founder of Vee Frugal Fox, an inclusive online brand for those paying down debt, saving money, and living their best financial lives.
We talk about paying off debt, dealing with divorce, healing, and how mental health and money are interrelated.”
3. 7 Ways We’re Managing Our Portfolio For Generational Wealth – And Still Not Spoiling Our Kids Costa Rica Fire
“Generational wealth for my kids, their kids and beyond is a key priority for the same reason I also prioritized financial independence – as a hedge against an increasingly difficult job market. It’s not that I don’t expect my kids to work. I just don’t want them to get stuck if AI reduces job prospects considerably, or if future careers (and therefore earning potential) are even shorter than careers are now. FI ensured I had options, and generational wealth ensures my kids will, too.
As it turns out our oldest is getting her Masters in Social Work, and our youngest is looking at teaching or working in the arts. None of these career paths is known for big salaries, though they are beneficial roles for society. Knowing we can help with generational wealth makes me feel better about their prospects.
We’re like a patron of their dreams, and I can’t imagine a better use of money than to invest in our kids’ dreams.“
BONUS When it comes to debt, start small and plan ahead Zero Broke Girls
“A lot of us were taught that debt is always bad. That’s not the case.” (TikTok video)
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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.