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 70
1. Frugal-Not-By-Choice A Dime Saved
“We need different but KIND perspectives.”
This blog post evolves from a thread on Twitter and then the ensuing discussion. I’m so glad that she continued this topic here with a full post.
While I believe that overwhelming the online personal finance space is welcoming and supportive, there is a certain amount of tone deafness permeates the community. Get a job / make more money / don’t bother with that thing that saves you five dollars but takes time are all reasonable advice – if you’re in a place where that advice is applicable to your life. For so many, there is way more to it, and that needs to be acknowledged. Or we are just writing to a select group.
2. How to Ask for a Raise and Get It: Beating the Gender Pay Gap Jackie Beck
I’m not here to debate the pay gap here. Like climate change, it’s a real thing rooted in scientific studies. But just because something exists doesn’t mean that it always needs to. There are big systemic barriers that are a associated with that pay discrepancy, but we as individual women – and men – can work to change that reality as well.
Jackie tackles head on all the regular excuses as to why someone can’t get a raise and gives detailed, methodical advice on how to ask for more – and get it. If you’re looking to negotiate a higher salary at a current or future job – or if you are on the other side and decide who gets a raise – read this.
3. No-spend hour Freedom FIter
Over the course of this blog, I’ve written pretty extensively about my no spend days and months. They were crucial to adjusting my mindset and seeing clearly where every dollar we spent actually went. This type of challenge doesn’t work for everyone – and I’ve even gone away from it in time – but some kind of game or challenge that involves looking closely at your spending is a good idea.
I really like this spin on no-spend time because it can feel like a day has been wasted once you “mess up” and spend any money on a day you didn’t mean to. This look at it gives you a bit more grace and flexibility, while still keeping a tight grasp on where you’re money goes.
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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