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 #10 (Actually, 147)
1. My Home Was a Bad Investment…But an OK Savings Vehicle Good Life. Better
“Home ownership means you can’t just move cross-country for a better job at a moment’s notice, or if a loved one needs a caretaker. If you have crappy neighbors that move in, with a pack of threatening dogs and who set off fireworks late at night year around, you are basically SOL. If you are in a 100-year flood zone that, due to climate change, is now an annual flood zone, that’s your problem too.
Home ownership can be good but it can also be very, very bad. Pick the wrong place and you too could be living in your very own pleasant prison.”
2. What to Do When You’re Facing Eviction Poorer Than You
“Short of being a billionaire wannabe-space-cadet, becoming homeless can happen to anyone. Let me tell you it’s a terrifying feeling coming face to face with the reality that you no longer have a safe place to call home.
If you have never been unhoused or close to it, consider yourself very lucky. Due to an unstable housing situation in my mid-20’s, my boyfriend and I were nearly homeless three times. Those experiences gave me a lot of insight into how to adjust to being unhoused. It is not a skill set I like that I have. With millions facing the same decisions I faced, I want to share what I learned to make the transition into being unhoused as realistic as possible.”
3. How to cope with rising inflation The Twenty Percent
“You may well have heard about inflation. Many economists and financial experts have been discussing the potential for increasing inflation rates in the wake of recovery from the pandemic.
High levels of inflation is something very few of us have dealt with in our adult lives. We haven’t seen really high levels of inflation since the 1970s and 1980s. Therefore, it’s normal to be unsure about what it could mean and whether we should be concerned about it.
Here’s a short guide on how to cope with inflation.”
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