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 #14 (Actually, 151)
1. Making the Transition to Early Retirement: Our 5 Year Plan Rich Frugal Life
“In the end, it took a couple attempts and over a month to finally come up with our 5 year plan. Although, technically it’s closer to a 6 year plan.
Although I’m sharing this plan with you below, keep in mind that our plans are not set in stone. Nor should yours be.
Mr. RFL and I are big fans of what we call the “loose plan.” It’s how we approached our travel when living abroad, and how we try to approach most things in life. Admittedly, this approach to life is a little more challenging now that we’re also responsible for a young child. Loose plans provide a path to follow, but also allow exploration of other paths that may arise along the journey. I find that it also helps to reduce my stress or frustration when things don’t go as planned.
Creating a plan was tricky since some of our wants are mutually exclusive.”
2. The Dress No Longer Fit – Money Gremlin
“ I think there’s a misconception that fear dissipates when something is “right”. To that I say hogwash. Fear dissipates when you actually start and see that you’re capable of doing the thing you questioned. Those 5 seconds before you jump into the cold, shocking water will always be nervewracking.”
3. Self Advocacy is More Important than Ever. Here’s How to do it. Partners in Fire
“I think it’s important to discuss the difference between compromising, abuse, and setting needs/boundaries. These things can get muddled up, especially in relationships, and someone may think they are just “setting boundaries” or “getting what they need” when they are, in fact, abusive. The opposite could be true as well. People often compromise on their own needs and end up being abused because they think compromise makes a healthy relationship.
There is a fine line between setting a healthy boundary, compromising, and abuse.”
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