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 86
1. I Could Retire Next Year At The Age of 28— But I Won’t. Financial Mechanic
“Sometimes when I get sidetracked thinking about all the options, I remind myself to pause. Financial independence is not a race. It’s not a panacea. In the end, it’s just a journey we should stop and enjoy.”
Just because someone has a good plan that differs from yours doesn’t mean it’s a good plan for you. Well done, Jessica, on knowing the difference and reasoning through what makes the best sense for your life situation.
2. My COVID-19 Leave of Absence That Frugal Pharmacist
“So here’s the benefit of having an emergency fund and practicing living frugally.
When I finally said enough is enough, I was able to take an unpaid leave of absence.”
This one is for everyone who has read (and believed) one of those news articles asking if this is the end of the FIRE movement. This pandemic / recession / stage of life we’re all in is exactly why FIRE matters.
3. In COVID-19, Know When to Fold The Traumatized Budget
“During this unprecedented time, when many of us are socially distancing and baking sourdough out of an abundance of caution, I want to pledge this to you: even though I do have more time now, and have learned a thing, I continue my commitment to lacking discipline.”
Okay, really though, just go read this one for the levity. But also. A good reminder not to take yourself too seriously if you haven’t mastered a new language by this time in quarantine.