Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 42
1. Home Squeezed Home: Why I Love Living In 160 Square Feet From One Geek To Another, by Radical FIRE
I live in a home that’s a bit bigger than this (there are four of us in 1,350 square feet). Really, that puts me at about 335 square feet for my “share” of that house, and I can see how we’d be able to go even smaller and be pretty comfortable. We do have two large dogs though, so the space doesn’t feel too large.
We also live with a roommate (and I’ve never had an apartment to myself). I actually prefer having people around most of the time, though I realize not everyone feels this way. I love that Radical FIRE wrote about this here because there is definitely a stigma that you aren’t a “real adult” until you can live by yourself / just with your significant other. There are so many reasons to live with others – and in small spaces – and she does a great job outlining some pretty good reasons to consider it.
2. Money Anxiety Ladder Modest Millionaires
I actually just recently asked on Twitter about who still has money anxiety. Most of the people I interact with there are particularly good with money (hello, personal finance niche), and yet that tweet resonated with so many people. Apparently having and being good with money doesn’t automatically preclude you from being anxious about it – or maybe we’re more inclined to that anxiety since we’re paying attention?
Ms. Mod walks through what she calls the “money anxiety ladder,” and lays out some great ways to combat that feeling. She even created some worksheet examples for how to fill them out yourself – so cool. I love it, and I think you will too.
3. How to Avoid Getting Taken Advantage of as a Female Breadwinner Partners in FIRE
While I’ve been lucky enough to avoid this in romantic relationships (I’ve been married to my husband since we were just twenty one), I definitely recognize a number of these from past friendships. As Melanie says, many of these problems can crop up for men as well, but women tend to be raised to be more caring/nurturing/etc and those tendencies can definitely exacerbate this kind of thing.
I’m really loving the open and honest dialogues that seem to be going on in the online space as of late, and this is definitely one of those. It’s hard to share the not so good parts of life, but those are sometimes the pieces that someone needs to hear the most.