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 83
1. The Stimulus Package Isn’t Enough Partners In Fire
“I’m not going to pretend to have all the answers. I don’t know what would be enough to address this situation. However, I do think a single payer health care system and a UBI would be great starts. If we already had these two programs in place, we wouldn’t be seeing the huge amounts of financial insecurity and ruin that we’re seeing today. People would feel taken care of. They’d know they could seek medical treatment if they needed it without breaking the bank. They’d have a little something to fall back on if they lost their jobs, and more options for quitting their jobs to keep themselves safe.
Would that be enough to get people through this pandemic? I don’t know. But it would be better than what we have.”
This post was written almost a month ago, but it feels like it could have been written this week. The stimulus money still isn’t enough for most people, and I know too many stories of unemployment still not going through. I don’t have any answers, but I do know that this pandemic has amplified the ugly parts of our society.
2. Cobbling together hope in a time of uncertainty Our Table For Two
“This is a pandemic. This is traumatic.
And it was like I was able to give myself permission to notice the anger, but not judge it. I noticed the depression. But I didn’t judge it. I meditated. Once.”
Eight weeks in to this Covid thing, I can definitely relate to Moriah’s experience here. In the past couple of weeks, a new sense of “normal” has settled in after weeks and weeks of absolutely ungroundedness (not a word, but it seems to fit here). I’m starting to find some hope now too, in between the days of really hard.
3. How I am coping (and not coping) with the COVID-19 crisis Graduated Learning
“In a true food crisis, a few tomatoes or pea pods aren’t going to save us. But it helps me feel better having this extra bit.”
Much like my Frugal Five every week, I enjoyed reading Steph’s insights into her family’s day to day life right now. We might all be living this weirdness right now, but eventually, we’re going to want to have these snippets of life to look back on to remember (or block out) what things were really like here in 2020.
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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