Rockstar Rumble, Round 1, Posts 17-24

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 9

  • Meet The Women Of The Financial Independence Community (Women) -- Women are a huge part of the financial independence community, but there’s been a lack of attention on women’s stories in particular, to the point that many still can’t point to women writing about and living financial independence. This post was born out of an ask for more women bloggers in a roundup and the answer was “I don’t know.” Well, I know, and here they are.


  • 7 Lessons Learned from Tracking My Net Worth for 14+ Years (Tracking) -- I've been tracking my net worth ever since I started working and in those 14+ years, I've evolved how I think about my money. When I started, I had very little, and so the monthly check-ins were good because it kept me on track with my saving. As I aged, I learned that my investments gains and losses were having a greater impact on my money. My day to day had less and less impact, which helped me develop a longer term view.

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  • 7 Companies That Will Pay You To Lose Weight (Lose) -- I honestly can't think of a bigger win-win-win scenario. Plus these programs are actually funded by private insurers, hospitals, and government agencies that want to encourage Americans to make healthier, longterm life choices. There is money to be made *now* and money to be *saved* later. *Clap clap clap*


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  • The Best Order Of Operations To Pay For College (Order) -- Paying for college can be confusing - many people think you can't get scholarships and you have to jump right to student loans. But, the fact is, there are a lot of options to pay for college, and there really is a best way to go about it.


[poll id="143"] GAME 12

  • The Unexpected Reason Why It's Easier for the Rich to Save and Harder for the Poor (Unexpected) -- These days, it's common to see people of humble means with expensive clothing or fancy phones. If only they knew that this was a foolish use of their money! But more than likely, these people know that mathematically, this is not the optimal choice. Instead, there's a much stronger motivation than wealth driving their monetary decisions.


  • Why I Don't Consider Myself Frugal (Frugal) -- I'm not frugal, but that doesn't mean I'm bad with money! Frugality is a controversial topic in the personal finance community. There are those who will argue it's an essential way of life, and others who see it as depriving yourself. I tackled the subject to show how I'm able to stay on track with my financial goals, while still living that unfrugal lifestyle.

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