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 71

1. ABCs of Wealth: Guest Post by Vicki Robin Triple Bottom Line FI

I love Vicki Robin’s focus on community and intentional living, and there’s a reason why she is the foremother of the current financial independence movement (or community, as she prefers). Wealth is so much more than money, and she lays out that truth in this post.

Talking in these terms, I absolutely believe financial independence is and will be a happier place to be than if money is your sole focus. Sustainability and systems thinking is a clear match in my head to doing money well, and Vicki lays that out well here.

2. Invest Like Somebody’s Watching My Economics Education

I may not have students watching me invest or track my finances, but I do have all of you who follow along with this blog. I found myself nodding along through this post; you can know information well enough, but sometimes it takes that extra accountability to then follow through.

Before I started this blog, I’d read plenty on personal finance and knew quite a bit, but my habits didn’t drastically change until after I started blogging and sharing my goals publicly.

3. 5 Lessons I Learned from Saying “No” to Low-Paying Freelance Work Money The Wright Way

Freelancing can be an amazing thing, whether as a side hustle or as something that becomes a full time gig, like it has for a number of my blogger friends at this point. But it can also be way more difficult to get paid a living wage than while working a 9-5. It is absolutely shocking how low some offers are, and freelancers can find themselves working for less than minimum wage.

If you’re new -or not- to freelance work of any kind, this post is one you’ll want to reminder yourself of exactly why it’s not worth accepting those bonkers low ball offers.

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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6 thoughts on “Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays: Week 71 Roundup

  1. 1. an article like this shows why vicki robin is at the top of the heap. it hits the softer side of life but without turning off an admitted curmudgeon like me. as far as community; i’ll tell you a story. i knew my neighbor 2 doors down enough for “hello” and some small talk but about 10 years ago she told me: “i don’t know if you knew this, but you have a hole in your roof.” i was unaware as it’s on the side you can only see from another neighbor’s yard. we got it fixed without major damage but the result is that now i would do anything for that neighbor and her two teenage kids. she didn’t have to go up and fix the roof but just the mention was pure gold. people don’t talk to one another…maybe because they’re too busy staring at their phones.
    2. teaching is why like like putting a strategy and asset allocation on the site for public mockery. it helps me make better decisions and i’ve been told a handful of people have made positive changes as a result. double bonus!
    3. “we” sell art in our house. i always urge mrs. smidlap not to lower the price of the paintings. raise them, if anything. if we were having to scrape by for life’s basic needs it might be different but valuing your own work can take you far.

    nice collection today.

  2. Angela, I’m glad you found so much value in Vicki’s guest post. I really believe this broader view of wealth is the foundation for living a rich and resilient life.

    On another note, like you I have found my blogging efforts to have had a similar impact on my investing. It provides a kind of accountability that has reduced (but definitely not eliminated) my procrastination around moving my money into the more sustainable investing options as I learn about them. I enjoyed that Invest Like Somebody’s Watching post from My Economics Education. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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