Rockstar Rumble, Round 1, Posts 113-120


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:



  • We’ll talk to our friends about sex, but not money!? (Sex) – Sex – which used to be a culturally taboo topic – is something we easily discuss with our closest friends…in detail! But money (how much we have, what we do with it, where we struggle) is still considered something we “don’t discuss in polite company.” This is bananas! I’m proud of how this post challenges a damaging cultural norm and provides practical tips on how to have the “money talk” with your closest friends.

Round 1, Game 57: Egotrage vs. Sex

  • Egotrage (79%, 88 Votes)
  • Sex (21%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 112

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  • Paying cash for our house is only half the story (Half) – Paying cash for our house wasn’t even the impressive part of the story! When we know what really matters to us, we will do whatever it takes to make those unreasonably amazing thing happen.


Round 1, Game 58: Half vs. Time

  • Half (54%, 70 Votes)
  • Time (46%, 60 Votes)

Total Voters: 130

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  • Keeping Up With The Mustachians (Up) – Social comparison and the desire for perfection push us to achieve, but can also trap us in a cycle of inadequacy. Whether our aspirational models are the debt-fueled Joneses or the wealth-accumulating Mustachians, we’re never going to feel fulfilled by chasing social media feed fantasies or lush bank accounts. You can’t math your way to contentment.


  • According to “Retirement Calculators” I’ll Never Be Able to Retire (Never) – There are a LOT of “retirement calculators” on the web, a LOT. Most have so many flawed assumptions built into them that you end up being told you can’t live off less than $500k/yr like one I stumbled across. This post evaluates different “retirement calculators” and compares them against our own numbers and assumptions to see how reasonable or just plain wack-a-doo those “calculators” really are.

Round 1, Game 59: Up vs. Never

  • Never (55%, 54 Votes)
  • Up (45%, 44 Votes)

Total Voters: 98

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  • How My Savings Saved Me (Saved) – My savings saved me from a life I didn’t want to have and have empowered me to go after my dreams. I now understand what the hell I was saving all that money for. It wasn’t for a big house, a fancy car, or any material good. My savings were and still are for opening doors and creating opportunities to build the life and lifestyle I want to have.


  • Your Budget – The Unsung Hero in the Abyss of Debt (Unsung) – Readers will navigate through the mindset of a person we all were at one point in our lives. It takes readers through the journey of ignorance to knowledge to freedom, all while sharing a personal story that is so common for millennials and Gen Xers alike. It gives hope and new meaning to the power of budgeting.

Round 1, Game 60: Saved vs. Unsung

  • Unsung (53%, 71 Votes)
  • Saved (47%, 64 Votes)

Total Voters: 135

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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: February 3, 2018

One Response to :
Rockstar Rumble, Round 1, Posts 113-120

  1. 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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