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 64

1. Poverty leaves a mark. Burning Desire for FIRE

Unless you’ve lived it firsthand like Frogdancer has, living below the poverty line is something pretty hard to imagine. And like she says, it leaves a mark.

While not everyone who has experienced poverty and then ended up in a better financial situation feels the same way she does, I think this is an important post and one worth reading. Our experiences are all so very different, and reflections on those life experiences are so valuable.

2. They say the first is the hardest… Reaching For FI

I’m not going to spoil it here, but ERIN is celebrating a pretty awesome money milestone in this post! No matter what, this post would have made it in this round up for the fact that I feel like we need to shout to the rooftops and share our successes outside of marriage and babies (see these awesome Statement Cards if you want to lift up your friends in a tangible way).

More than that, though, this post is included today for the rest of what she talks about – not the milestone itself, but the knee jerk reactions that live too often in the financial independence community, especially when it comes to making more money / reducing expenses. And I can also seriously relate to her money anxiety comments – as can probably most people who graduated into the Great Recession / struggled their first few years post college.

3. How I Bought No Clothes For Over A Year & Lessons From My Clothing Ban Radical FIRE

Clearly, anyone who shares that they’ve completed a clothes buying ban (for any amount of time, but especially a year or more!) is going to get my attention. It feels a bit odd sharing this one because she does note that I was a big inspiration for her ban – even the same things on the list (clothes, shoes, accessories, make up), but it also feels pretty darn good to know that I am inspiring people to make big changes in their life. And regardless, a huge accomplishment like this needs to be shared.

I’ve definitely experienced the same thing she mentions here – that my clothes buying ban has significantly impacted the way I look at all purchases these days. When you have a hard stop on one part of mostly mindless consuming, it heightens your awareness to the rest of it.

She ends the post with some great suggestions on how to make your clothing last longer as well. When you’re committed to not buying more, you pay much closer attention to the clothing you do own, and a lot of that has to do with making sure they last as long as possible. If you’re considering a clothes buying ban, I highly recommend it, and this post is a great place to start for inspiration.

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.

Featured this week? I’m so glad to showcase your work! Grab a badge for your site! 

6 thoughts on “Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays: Week 64 Roundup

  1. Love this post, Angela! Thanks as always for sharing. In my pursuit to be less online, I scaled back my blog reading but I’m so happy you curate some good content for me.

    All articles were outstanding but I want to give Erin a virtual high five! That is such a huge accomplishment. And she was also an inaugural cents positive attendee and I’m glad I got to meet her in person.

  2. Thanks for including me Angela, it’s true that you’re my inspiration for starting this and I’m sure a whole lot of other people are feeling the same way. Keep up your amazing work!

Leave a Reply