Rockstar Rumble, Round 1, Posts 1-8

Posted January 22, 2018 5:00 am by with 24 comments

Here are the latest games in the first round of the 2018 Rockstar Rumble.

We’ve listed each “game” (one post versus another) along with wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. Also listed is a keyword after each post title to make it easy to vote. Be sure to vote for your favorites since you will help determine the winner!

Criteria for the best article is what makes Rockstar content which includes these factors:

  • Starts with an interesting title
  • Includes unique content — we like posts that are edgy, feisty, funny, failure-focused, and super helpful
  • Easy to read
  • Positive/uplifting (vs. negative)

The voting will run for 48 hours. At that point, a winner will be named and will advance. You can follow the results in the brackets here. Please note, there is ONE VOTE PER PERSON.

To be sure you see all games, click on the Rumble category link and scroll down.

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Today’s games are brought to you by Mediavine, a full-service ad management solution for digital content creators.

Here are today’s games:


  • How We Increased Our Annual Income From $0 to $160K to $400K+ (Income) – Poor new immigrants, who put ourselves through school, worked 2-3 jobs at the same time, barely had food to eat, lived in not so safe neighborhood surrounded by alcoholics, gang members, gamblers, phone sex operators, drug dealers/users…But we were able to overcome the challenges, graduate college, get good jobs, start successful side gigs; and have been able to increase our income from $0 to $160K to $400,000+ and this post tells you how we did it.


Round 1, Game 1: Income vs. Upgrade

  • Income (52%, 106 Votes)
  • Upgrade (48%, 97 Votes)

Total Voters: 203

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  • Tax Cuts? Why Not Raise Your “Taxes” Instead? (Raise) – Everyone is feverishly reading news summaries and blog posts of the recently-passed tax bill. Most Americans will receive a tax cut, but perhaps they should impose a “tax increase” on themselves instead. This “personal Social Security system” is something both Republicans and Democrats can get behind.


  • What To Do When Someone Puts £100,000 In Your Bank Account (Bank) – This is a true story of discovering £100,000 in a forgotten savings account, and all the temptations that come with it. Would you take a bite out of this forbidden fruit? Did I? You’ll have to read the post to find out!

Round 1, Game 2: Raise vs. Bank

  • Raise (53%, 118 Votes)
  • Bank (47%, 106 Votes)

Total Voters: 224

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  • My dividend employee Steve (Steve) – This is a lighthearted and funny way to introduce people to the magic of dividends and compounding. An employee like Steve works for everyone and helps many investors realize their dreams. For many wise investors, Steve is the only and best employee they’ll ever have and the only one they’ll need!


  • Know Thyself – Why I Am Scared to Travel Hack (Scared) – We have all heard about how great and easy travel hacking is. Alas for some of us what sounds good in theory causes major anxiety. I chronicle almost 20 years of trying to master credit cards and the lessons I’ve learned. A very personal take on a topic we’ve heard so much about.

Round 1, Game 3: Steve vs. Scared

  • Scared (63%, 196 Votes)
  • Steve (37%, 114 Votes)

Total Voters: 310

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  • BMW is Your Secret to Early Retirement (BMW) – Everyone in life has to start somewhere and sometimes, it’s the little things that can make the greatest difference. In this article, I share the letter I wrote my little sister when she left the house to live on her own. These are the tips I gave her to succeed, live a happier life, and reach financial freedom.


  • Frugal Fun With Not A Box (And Other Fun Objects) (Box) – Kids are expensive-right? Well, they don’t always need to be. My three boys love playing with boxes, old pretzel containers, and other fun frugal things. Kids just don’t need expensive “stuff” to be happy.

Round 1, Game 4: BMW vs. Box

  • Box (65%, 100 Votes)
  • BMW (35%, 55 Votes)

Total Voters: 155

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24 responses to Rockstar Rumble, Round 1, Posts 1-8

  1. Nominated for Best Money Post! Please Vote for Us Today! - 99to1percent January 22nd, 2018 at 5:33 am

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  2. Jason@WinningPersonalFinance January 22nd, 2018 at 7:25 am

    There are some fantastic posts here. Good luck everybody!


  3. Peerless Money Mentor January 22nd, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Best of luck to everyone!


  4. Lee January 22nd, 2018 at 8:14 am

    So pleased to be included! All the best to everyone here :)


  5. Brian January 22nd, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Good luck! Great opening round.


  6. Dave January 22nd, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Best of luck.

    They are all great.

    It is hard to decide.


  7. Mr. JumpStart January 22nd, 2018 at 9:58 am

    The competition is tough. There are some solid articles here. Good luck everyone.


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  9. BusyMom January 22nd, 2018 at 10:21 am

    That was tough! Loved all 8 articles, but could vote only for 4!


  10. Damn Millennial January 22nd, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Great day of articles this is going to be fun.


  11. JoeHx January 22nd, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    This is great not only for the votes but it’s bringing to my attention some awesome posts I may have missed!


  12. Saving-Sherpa January 22nd, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Ughh. Gov computers let me open a total of 2 of these articles. Great work so far. Excited to get home so I can read them all and vote


    • ESI January 22nd, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      Haha! The voting is open for 48 hours, so you can read some from home tonight. ;)


  13. SC January 22nd, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    I find it interesting that every post I voted for was losing in that match…


  14. ESI January 22nd, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    It’s interesting to me that the games have such vastly different numbers of voters…


    • Lee January 22nd, 2018 at 5:24 pm

      I think a higher number of votes might probably be the result of social followers or email subscribers turning up to vote and not necessarily taking the time to browse around all the others.


  15. Peerless Money Mentor January 22nd, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Game 1 is tied right now!


  16. Diana January 22nd, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Just finished voting — Great job everyone! Looking forward to reading more …


  17. Krystal @ Simple Finance Mom January 22nd, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Oh wow! Some of these were really, really hard to pick from!!! Great job everyone!


  18. Olivia @ Birds of a FIRE January 23rd, 2018 at 1:11 am

    How are the first two games so close?! Crazy!


  19. Mrs. Farmhouse Finance January 23rd, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Great posts! Good luck, everyone!


  20. Christine January 23rd, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Good luck to everyone! Off to a great start!


  21. ESI January 24th, 2018 at 8:35 am

    This round is now over and voting has closed.

    The winners are:


    The brackets will be updated to reflect these results.

    Thanks to all for playing and voting. Congrats to the winners!


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