Rockstar Rumble, Round 1, Posts 65-72

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. 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 33

  • How I Retired In My 30s – From Ugly Crying To Retiring Just 10 Years Later (Crying) - In 2000, JT was down to his last dollars living in a hostel, ugly crying with just a few dollars to his name because he thought he was a failure. He was rejected from job after job and was having a tough time in life. Just 10 years later, he hit his retirement number and retired in his 30s. Here's how he changed his life around.


  • Frugality, Can You Take the Frugal Life Too Far? (Far) - When we pinch pennies to save more and retire early we are all accused of being cheap. This is an honest look at myself and society in general to see when frugality is taken too far. My wife called me out, and I just had to write about it.

[poll id="36"]   GAME 34

  • 5 Side Hustles I Had Before Side Hustles Were Called Side Hustles (Hustles) - This post chronicles the entrepreneurial spirit of The Wealth Hound, how I started my first business at the age of 17, and how anyone can harness their inner entrepreneur to make extra cash on the side. Side hustles are a good way to pad your income, pay down debt and reach financial independence sooner! One time, I was paid $30/hr to cleanup dead fish! If that doesn't catch your eye, I don't know what will!


  • How To Trick Your Lizard Brain Into Saving More Money (Lizard) - The lizard brain is a really fun way to talk about why people fall into bad financial habits. Plus, I use self-deprecating humor and make fun of my wife's Lululemon shopping addiction. Lizard brain makes us do the same things – good or bad – over and over again so it’s the king of bad habits. It makes us act emotionally and live each day as if it were our last. Think of it as the original proponent of YOLO. Here are three ways to block your lizard from making poor spend-or-save decisions.

[poll id="37"]   GAME 35

  • The Money Doesn't Care Who Makes It (Care) - In sports, the play doesn't care who makes it. Well, the money don't care who makes it either. This article is going to inspire you to get over yourself. Take action on your interests. And get the money!


  • The Happiness Fund (Fund) - Sometimes you just have to remember that money can buy you a little bit of happiness, and it doesn't mean spending big bucks in doing so. When everybody is doing great in saving and earning more, we do need to find the right balance to spend, and not be miserly in our finances. It's time to live it up and be part of the YOLO or treatyoself movement sometimes.

[poll id="38"]   GAME 36

  • The Dog Years of Investing (Dog) - Using a simple example, illustrates that Compounding isn’t what it’s often sold as by mainstream finance. You need this “key behavior” mentioned in the article - in measures far beyond what you even thought you may have - to really benefit from investing. If you don’t get this one right, almost everything else doesn’t matter.


  • Why Frugal is My Least Favorite F-Word (Least) - Faith, freedom, even failure (and other F-words) are useful from time to time. But I'm done with "frugal." "Frugality" is used as a way of judging one set of personal finance choices as better than others. I'd rather err on everyone having the freedom (F-word) to do their own thing.

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