It’s hard to believe I’ve been doing these Women’s Personal Finance Wednesday Roundups for an entire year now. I might have initially fallen into the Women’s Personal Finance niche mostly by accident, but I’m loving it here. One year, 52 weeks, of these posts down. Here’s to year two. I can’t wait to see what it brings, but it’s going to be good. Here goes the last roundup of year one:
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Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 52
1. The Real Financial Cost Of My Partner’s Transition The Financial Diet
I can’t remember who shared this article with me initially, but I’m so glad they did. I was aware of some of these costs, but they were definitely higher and more varied than I would have guessed. Hannah does a wonderful job telling the story of their spending diary around her partner’s transition, while acknowledging the privilege the two of them also had along the way.
I hope we will continue to see more of these types of stories written, because unless we talk about them, we don’t know what things really cost. While the mental and emotional cost is talked about more frequently in terms of transgender issues, I love that this article tackles the financial bit. While money is clearly not everything, it’s an integral part of everyday life, and we should talk about it as such.
2. The Loudest Silence: How to Pinpoint Where You’re Settling in Order to Improve Your Life Missfunctional Money
I love the way this post begins with a an analogy of a hurricane and the wind. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the day to day cycle of life and not pay attention to the little stuff, especially when the wind is blowing so loudly.
After reading this post, I think I’m going to make her questions into an exercise that I can walk through for my own life. Really, this would be good practice to do every year or so to reflect on how things are really going and how I want them to go.
3. Sexual Terror and How it Costs Women The Dumpster Dog Blog
I don’t have words for this one. Just go read it.
4. Bonus: Living on $2 a Day (w/ Kathryn Edin) Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn
“It is not a victim mentality if you are actively being victimized.”
I’ve never included other media in this roundup before, just blog posts, but since is the year anniversary of this series, I wanted to do something a little different. Thanks to Stephonee and The 76K Project, I finally got around to listening to Bad With Money with Gaby Dunn.
I may have started with this episode, but how I’m hooked and am currently binging my way through all of her content. I usually listen to financial independence related podcasts, so this one feels so fresh and different. She doesn’t pull punches, and she talks about the systemic issues about money, and from the perspective of someone who’s just learning along as she goes.
This was the perfect episode to begin with, and it is so, so good. I will now be requesting the associated book with the same name from the library and reading it as soon as I can. If you’ve read it, please let me know what you thought.