Welcome to another week of the Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays roundup. I started this series after months of debate because I wasn’t certain I wanted to up the ante and commit to publishing three posts a week. However, now that I’ve started sharing these posts, I’m so glad I started.

There are so many fabulous women writing about personal finance online, and yet there is still 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 my way of doing a small part to change that perception. There are 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.

The hardest part of this post every week always is narrowing it down to my favorites, because there is just so much good content out there. If you’re ever interested in what else I’m reading, I share quite a few other posts on Twitter (and that’s also where I read most of the content to begin with these days).

Our Women’s Personal Finance Facebook group 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, I will be continuing this series every week to showcase some of the best of the new content I read. If you ever read a post you think I absolutely need to consider for this roundup, please let me know! I am always open to reading new blogs (and posts of blogs I do know, because I miss some).

Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 61

1. How Therapy Helped Me Use My E-Fund Guilt Free Our Table For Two

I can relate to the emotions in this post all too well. As Moriah says, “the common narrative is that you’ll feel relief” when you use the money from an emergency fund when an emergency does arise. I’m with her though – the emotions that come with it are way more complicated than just relief. In fact, relief is waaaay down on the list, even if your head says that is the whole point of an emergency fund – to use it when you need to.

I will be re-reading this post whenever we have a large (expected or unexpected) expense come up and I’m stressing about the cost. I might not get to guilt and stress free, but hopefully closer.

2. It’s going to be imperfect. Keep trying anyway. The Frugal Girl

As I get ready to attempt a Plastic Free start to December, I’ll be reminding myself about this post. Because, let’s be honest, being 100% plastic free – even just for a week – is a huge goal in the society we live in. Odds are, I’m going to be imperfect. But I’m going to keep trying anyway.

I love Kristen’s reframe here with the zoom out and comparison to other parts of our life. We only expect to be perfect in some ways, and when we compare it to everything else, the ridiculousness of perfection shines through.

3. A Green Christmas: 8 Tips for Sustainability Dandelion Seeds Positive Parenting

Instead of wishing for a white Christmas these days, Sarah’s hoping for a green Christmas (and making it happen for her family). This. This is what I want. A green Christmas for everyone this year.

If you’re looking to do things a little bit differently this season, this is a great place to start with a few simple ideas. Tell me, does your holiday look like for your family? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, this can be expanded out to any celebration that ends up being focused on gifts and big meals.

I  hope you enjoy the posts this week as much as I did. I read a ton of content and it was hard to narrow down my favorites. I’m looking forward to sharing some new ones with you again next week!

As always, if you’re looking for a categorized list of self identified women writing and speaking about personal finance, here is my comprehensive guide to the Women of the Financial Independence Community.

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