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.
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 132
1. Thoughts on “strength” from an ex-shattered vase I Pick Up Pennies
“So when you tell us we’re strong — as though we’re permanently whole and healed — what you’re telling us is that you have decided we won the battle and the fight is in our rearview mirror. Which tells us that you don’t want to deal with our messy reality: not just that our fight will restart at unpredictable intervals/severity, but also that sometimes we don’t win — or maybe that day we just aren’t up to fighting at all.
When people say we’re strong, what we hear is that we can’t be vulnerable, that they have an immaculate image they’ve built of us, and we shouldn’t do anything to mess with that. Like struggling with trauma they’ve decided is in our past.”
“I had an emergency fund of my own, and my first instinct was to pull money out of it to help my family. But what if I emptied out my emergency fund to help family, and then couldn’t handle my own emergencies?
I wanted a way to structure family financial assistance into my budget, so I reached out to Anna N’Jie Konte, [who] suggested setting up a family emergency fund. It was the first time I’d ever heard of the concept. I was thrilled, yet baffled that this concept isn’t something that’s more commonly spoken about. In fact, I tried Googling the term “family emergency fund” and came up empty handed.”
3. How Much Does It Cost To Live The FIRE Life Near Detroit? (As A Family Of Five) Eat Sleep Breathe FI
“In today’s interview, we’ll meet Carrie, who lives with her husband and three kids in a suburb near Detroit, Michigan. Carrie isn’t a blogger or podcaster, but still generously volunteered to join this interview series. Thank you, Carrie!
I love featuring non-bloggers in this series—if only to stick it to the Internet Retirement Police (who spread the myth that anyone who FIREs only does so by making money from blogging—totally untrue!)
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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