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.
Here is Women’s Personal Finance Weekly Roundup #2 (Actually, 139)
1. Why Rest Is The Key To Creativity A Purple Life
“In direct contrast to that endless sea of possibilities, my retirement is intentionally devoid of hardcore monthly or yearly goals. I just want to see where life takes me. As a result of this lack of rigid structure, there’s less to talk about and less set topics I want to hit on.
However, despite seemingly having less topics to discuss, I have written more words than ever in retirement. So I reflected on why that might be. I think it’s because I have time to do nothing. The countdown to retirement may be over, but I’m still a person trying to learn, explore and navigate my way through life in the most conscientious way possible.”
2. After 6 months, I’m still learning about retirement. Burning Desire for FIRE
“It honestly didn’t occur to me that I could feel the twinges in my back, walk to the shed and put the secateurs and bags of leaves, compost and pea straw away and go inside and read a book. I just kept pushing through because that’s what I’ve always done in the past.
Interesting. Even after 6 months of retirement, it still didn’t dawn on me that now – for the first time in my adult life – I have the time and space to pace myself. To tackle tasks in a more leisurely fashion, rather than race at them and attack like a bull at a gate. In the big scheme of things, does it matter if the garden beds take 2 weeks to be bedded down for winter, rather than 2 days?”
3. Ask yourself this simple question before spending money Money Gremlin
“Trying to live more intentionally and true to myself has saved me money countless times. Ask yourself this simple question before spending money:
“If no one ever saw this, would I still spend money on it?”
It’s simple, but I think it’s game-changing. If you can truly answer yes each time before swiping your card then every purchase is 100% for the right reasons.”
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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.