Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays: Week 99 Roundup

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 99

1. Corona gave me financial stability Disabled Girl on FIRE

“Because of coronavirus, I was able to pay off my debt. Because of coronavirus, I now have the largest emergency fund I’ve ever had. Because of coronavirus I was able to self pay for a $1k genetic test that I’ve been waiting a year for. Because of coronavirus my shed to office conversion is happening. I will be able to help other low income and/or disabled people gain more financial security.”

Finances when you’re disabled are complicated. I’d had some sense of that before, but following along with Tami’s story has made it clear how much that is true.

What really blew me away with this update from Tami though is her generous heart. She is so good with money, is able to stretch it to incredible lengths if need be, and is in the best financial situation she’s been in. And yet, she still gave thousands of it away. She is such an inspiration to me, and this solidified that.

2. 7 Ways to Reduce Food Waste in your Home A Dime Saved

We might still be in a global pandemic, but our environmental concerns aren’t going away. And really, ecofrugal choices like reducing food waste saves money as well, considering it will lower your food bill. In a time where we should probably all be watching our funds more closely, food waste is an obvious focus point.

If you’re getting used to having more food on hand since you’re frequenting the grocery store less often these days, food waste might be an even bigger problem. This post has some great tips, including some new ones to me that I plan to implement in my own life.

3. College and Real Estate Investment: How we plan to pay for college Abundance with Little

I really love the baton analogy used in this post. A college degree paid for should be a help, not a free ride. And I absolutely agree with making sure your own retirement finances are in place ahead of college savings; loans are for education, not for retirement.

Really, this post is a great place to really dig into how to pay for college – and what it might cost. If you’re struggling about how best to go about it, here is a great place to start.

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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