Rockstar Rumble, Round 1, Posts 1-8

Here are the latest games in the first round of the 2019 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. If you like great posts like these featured, you can subscribe to the Rockstar Finance weekday email and get the best personal finance articles delivered to your inbox. Today's games are brought to you by Mediavine, a full-service ad management solution for digital content creators. Here are today's games: GAME 1

  • Six Personal Finance Lessons from Mr. Rogers (Rogers) -- Life lessons from Mr. Rogers are creatively used to showcase the authenticity of the financial independence movement. The use of inspiring quotes and humor bring a new light to the field of personal finances.


  • Acceptable Incompetence is Absurd (Absurd) -- Your financial plan exists to turn your hopes and dreams into a financial reality. A great financial planner tells you what you need to know, not what you want to hear. To save us from ourselves! If you are honest with yourself when formulating your plan, hold yourself accountable while executing it, then the chances of your dreams successfully becoming realities will be high indeed.

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  • Debt Free Journey Hacks: 9 Ways To Speed Yours Up (Speed) -- This post is JAM PACKED with unique and practical advice on how to pay off debt faster. One reader commented "So much detail I actually feel like I know what the path is to paying off my mortgage sooner".


  • A Really Old Babysitting Check And a Missed Opportunity (Missed) -- When my daughter sat on a babysitting check for over a year, I worked hard - too hard - to help her resolve it. I learned that letting kids suffer some negative financial consequences is sometimes good for their development.

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  • Be Inspired to Leave a Legacy (Legacy) -- Having our second child earlier this year really got us thinking about the legacy that we want to leave behind for our family. Thinking through the process has made me appreciate even more the legacy that my grandparents left behind for us. Their story as immigrants includes escaping the war, moving to a new country in their 30s without speaking the language, and still finding a way to save enough money to leave a legacy for future generations. I hope you are as inspired by my grandparents' story as I am!


  • 8 Gift Ideas When You're Buying for a Frugal Person (Gift) -- The title sounds boring but don't be put off! Here are some creative solutions to that perennial problem of what to gift that lovable frugalist in your life. (Or if YOU'RE the frugal one - point them towards these ideas so they don't waste their money on things you'd rather not have.)

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  • Nobody Wants Your Wedding China (China) -- A cautionary tale about the darker side of rampant consumerism. A tide of hardly precious knick-knacks threatens to drown our world in a sea of unwanted ceramic and porcelain. Not even Ebay can save you now!


  • Dear Bank: It's Not Me, It's You (Bank) -- Paying off the mortgage is a great accomplishment. And it will result in the most satisfying breakup you’ll ever have. The day you break up with the bank, when you walk in and make your last mortgage payment EVER.

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