Rockstar Rumble, Round 1, Posts 1-8


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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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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ESI is the owner of Rockstar Finance and writes at ESI Money, a blog about achieving financial independence through earning, saving, and investing (ESI).

He’s an early 50’s retiree who achieved financial independence, shares what’s worked for him, and details how others can implement those successes in their lives. He is also the author of a free ebook titled Three Steps to Financial Independence and spends a lot of his time interviewing millionaires.

Last modified: January 18, 2018

24 Responses to :
Rockstar Rumble, Round 1, Posts 1-8

  1. There are some fantastic posts here. Good luck everybody!

  2. Lee says:

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

  3. Brian says:

    Good luck! Great opening round.

  4. Dave says:

    Best of luck.

    They are all great.

    It is hard to decide.

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

  6. BusyMom says:

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

  7. Great day of articles this is going to be fun.

  8. JoeHx says:

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

  9. 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

    1. ESI says:

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

  10. SC says:

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

  11. ESI says:

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

    1. Lee says:

      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.

  12. Diana says:

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

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

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

  15. Great posts! Good luck, everyone!

  16. Christine says:

    Good luck to everyone! Off to a great start!

  17. ESI says:

    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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