Women's Personal Finance Wednesday Roundup

Women’s Personal Finance: Wednesday Roundup November 2, 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 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 #68 (Actually, 207)

1. Financial independence is the worst of budget culture (but it can be salvaged) Healthy Rich by Dana Miranda

“Between the extreme deprivation and the emphasis on wealth accumulation, you can probably guess where I stand on this version of the FIRE movement. That’s a big no from me.

This form of FIRE, popularized among white men working in tech or finance in their 20s and “retiring” by their 30s, is the worst of budget culture: toxic, competitive, obsessive and starkly individualistic.”

2. Why We Fucking Hate Buy Now Pay Later Vee Frugal Fox and Price of Avocado Toast

“BNPL, or Buy Now Pay Later, is all the rage these days. And Haley and Vee are ragin’, all right. They capital H– HATE BNPL — and for good reason.

Let’s say you want a fancy, new HydroFlask water bottle. You see it’s $40. Sheesh! As you’re getting ready to checkout, you’re asked if you want to split the payment into 4 **interest-free** payments of $10. This sounds like a pretty sweet deal, right? Why wouldn’t you want to do this!?”

3. Working Part-Time: Pros and Cons The Fioneers

“In a recent discussion with one of my coaching groups, someone made an acute observation. Every single member of the group had mentioned feeling resentful toward their jobs. It wasn’t that everyone hated their jobs. Work simply took up too much time, keeping them from focusing on what matters most to them – adventure, relationships, creativity, and health.

Many people say that they want to retire early because they want more time. But, what if the answer isn’t to quit work entirely? What if you could reduce the amount of time spent working and have a better balance between all of the areas of your life?  

One way you can reclaim your time along the path to FI is by working part-time.”

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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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