Rockstar Rumble, Round 2, Posts 17-24

Here are the latest games in the second 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 9


  • 6 Hard Truths I Learned About Myself While Getting Out of Debt (Hard) - After paying off over $40,000 in 11 months, I realized getting out of debt is as much about self discovery as it is about money math. I had to face some hard truths about why I was living beyond my means. By sharing these lessons, I hope to inspire others to conquer their debt too.

[poll id="77"]   GAME 10


  • What to do if you didn’t get a promotion and your boss is an idiot (Boss) - We spend such a big portion of our lives working so it really burns when we get denied for a promotion we believe we really deserve. When I got shot down I was a total wreck! But with a lot of grit and determination, I managed to turn the tables around in my favor and I want to help you be prepared to do the same.

[poll id="78"]   GAME 11

  • Did I Waste My Twenties or Did I Beast Them? (Beast) - Older people typically tell young people to enjoy their youth while they have it. I follow a different philosophy and now I'm conflicted. Did I waste the best years of my life working my butt off in a cubicle or did I absolutely beast them?


  • How This 9 Year Old Saved Up More Than Most Americans (Saved) - This boy isn't special. He likes spending money on toys and Pokemon cards and he earns $4.50 per week. However, he has saved up more than what most Americans have. This post gets into the secrets behind it.

[poll id="79"]   GAME 12

  • The secret to saving money is to trick yourself into being poor (Trick) - Not all of us are natural savers. For the spenders who want to save money, there are ways to work around your spending tendencies, and convert your habits into ones that are more frugal-inclined. It's all about power of the mind (AKA you can't spend your money if it isn't actually there).


  • I Owe My Money An Apology: An Open Letter of Forgiveness (Apology) - I first started blogging about my personal finances as a way to hold myself accountable to improving my fiscal health, documenting the process, and hopefully inspiring others along the way. This "Apology" post represents the first in my "Steps Toward a Profitable Life". I feel that improving your finances is nearly all about finding a positive mindset and can-do attitude. Forgiving yourself for past failures and defeatist attitudes is an imperative first least, it certainly was for me.

[poll id="80"]