Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 28
Pssst… there are four posts in today’s round up, so be sure to read all the way to the bottom!
1. If You See These Keywords In A Job Description, Run… Money The Wright Way
Clearly, I’m not looking for a new job, but if you are or might be in the future, you might want to read this one. As too many of my friends seem to be learning lately, there are a lot of not so awesome jobs out there, and any edge you can have to try and avoid the landmines is probably a good one.
To be honest, a lot of these descriptions make you realize that we really could use a full overhaul of corporate culture here in the United States, because so much of this is made to seem normal, and it isn’t. It really comes at no surprise that burnout is so prevalent these days when even subpar jobs have overly intense expectations.
2. Being The Best You Kassandra Dasent
“A grave mistake that we make is that we feel we need to wait for the ideal time or circumstances to make a change or challenge ourselves. There is no such thing as the perfect moment…rather it is the result of many small moments and actions that will ultimately move you forward and toward what you want.“
I love this lady, and the directness in which she writes, and this post is a great example of that. It is so easy to keep telling ourselves we’ll wait to do something “until.” While most of us realize this fallacy when it comes to having children (“there’s no right time”), I think we tend to have a harder time remembering this for other things.
Are there things you’re putting off to make room for other people? Is there something you’d do if you were being completely selfish? Hmm. Maybe I need to think about this for me as well.
3. We Can Afford Internet, But We Choose Not To Our Table For Two
While there is a ton of airtime spent discussing cutting the cord when it comes to cable television, internet has become so ubiquitous that it’s seen as just a given, like a groceries or a housing payment. Moriah Joy and her husband have gone a ill step farther than “cutting the cord” and have fully cut it up – decided to pass on Internet in their home.
While I’ve made it no secret that I could take or leave television and could do without any kind of streaming with very little thought, taking away the internet causes a much bigger reaction in my brain. Of course, it’s not like they are fully cut off from the online world while they’re home (hello, cell phone service), no data means they have to be way more mindful of what they are doing at home, and I think that might be a very good thing.
I don’t expect I could ever get my family (or my computer obsessed roommate) on board here, but if it were just me, I think I’d be pretty tempted to give it a shot.
4. Slow And Steady Wins The Race Pomplas Pennies
So, while this roundup is almost always three posts each week, there is sometimes (see: one other week) where I feel that I absolutely need to sneak in a fourth post to the list. This is that second week where I just couldn’t help myself, so I’m sharing four posts instead of my typical three. I hope you’ll trust me on this one and make it through this last one, because last certainly isn’t least.
By now, you’ve probably heard me talk at least a few times about how money is emotional, your journey is personal, and all that. And almost nothing makes that clearer than the route that suits you best on the road to debt freedom. Debt avalanche? Debt snowball? Which one is likely to get you the most fired up to stay the course during the long slog to that last debt payment?
Consider whether you are the tortoise or the hare. Rebecca digs into this analysis of both herself and her fiancé, discussing delayed gratification and how that fits into personal finance and day to day decisions. From here on out, I’m directing people to this post when the inevitable discussion of debt payoff methods comes up.