Rockstar Rumble, Round 3, Posts 9-16

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 5


[poll id="105"]   GAME 6

  • 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.


  • 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).

[poll id="106"]   GAME 7

  • The Wealth-Health Connection - How Does It Affect You? (Health) - Being a doctor doesn’t make me an obvious choice for financial advice, but I see the consequences of poor money-management skills every day amongst the sick. I wanted to highlight my understanding of how money can make a difference to our health and how this has an impact globally.


  • That Clutter In Your Home Used To Be Money (Clutter) - This title came to me one day looking around the first floor of my home. I was frustrated with all the clutter. Each item laying around cost me money, and I wished I had the money instead of the mess. Anyone with a home and too much stuff can relate.

[poll id="107"]   GAME 8

  • The Dream of Barista FIRE (Barista) - A lot of us have had those simple, chill jobs that we love for whatever reason - golf pro, bookstore worker, sports coach, bike messenger. Unfortunately, these jobs usually don't pay enough to make live from it. But it's possible to put yourself in a position where you can take a job like this. It's called Barista FIRE, not quite financial independence, but maybe just a step below it. And maybe it's just as good.


  • Once you've bought it, it's your problem (Problem) - Rarely do we think about the downside of consumption except for the monetary cost. But the cost of buying "stuff" runs much deeper and has a more profound impact on us that we're not generally aware of until it becomes painfully obvious. Stress, anxiety, time and precious energy is also invested into everything we buy. But are we investing those resources into the things that make us better, happier human beings?

[poll id="108"]