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 82

1. Embracing Life Lessons During Uncertain Times Goat Dog Simple

To live well, we don’t need a lot of stuff or to spend more than we realistically can afford. We’re seeing for ourselves what’s important. Let’s remember that going forward.

I’m with Ana here. I think there are ways that our lives our changing for the better (if it weren’t for that global pandemic). I’m hopeful that once that threat goes away, we will read back on our journals of these times and hang on to the slower, more intentional parts of our lives and continue to cook more, be more creative, waste less, and share and love more with our communities.

2. Why You Don’t Want Nice Things Financial Mechanic

Jessica could have been describing my house and my life in this post. Anyone who has been over for a dinner party or just to hang out can tell you that our house has a definite “lived in” feel: our furniture (and our dishes) are mismatched, and we aren’t concerned about another scratch in a door.

But it also means, as she writes, that we don’t have to stress about it. With two big dogs and a rambunctious five year old, nice things wouldn’t stay nice that long anyway. So we furnish our home with hand me downs and thrift store purchases and focus our attention on the more important things – and people – in our lives.

3. Practice Cooking Meditation to Live Slower Wanderlust Wendy

I resisted being suck into the constant chase after brunches and dinners in the latest hot spot. After all, that was the life I had left behind in Shanghai. I wanted to live slower, and to live more deliberately. Cooking allows me to achieve this goal.

Like Wendy, I was once a young college student who couldn’t cook to save her life, nor did I really see the need. If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know how much that’s changed. And in this time of quarantine, that slow cooking and baking time has grow to an even bigger part of life.

4. Covid Parties and Second Hand Smoke Vicki Robin

This is a long post, but when you take the time to sit down and read it all, you’ll understand why I needed to add a fourth post in this week’s roundup. There is so much nuance to understanding the competing views about how to handle covid, and Vicki does an excellent job of breaking it down.

While it’s clear that she has an opinion of which “side” is more right here, she writes with grace and empathy to all acknowledged in a way that I very much appreciate in my most cardinal rule: “Always be kind.”

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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