The 7 Personal Finance Articles We Loved This Week

Hello all, and welcome to another edition of The 7 Personal Finance Articles We Loved This Week brought to us by ESI of Rockstar Finance!

Most people who know me well know that I live for one kind of story specifically: one told by a woman who is single by choice and loving it. Even though I’m not single, I genuinely believe there are plenty of choices that are becoming more and more the norm for women (and others!), and they should be celebrated — like opting to be single, opting to be childfree, or opting for single parenthood.

But, of course, single life looks different than partnered life, especially when it comes to finances. I loved this honest post from Ms. Fiology, all about being single while striving for financial independence. I loved what she had to say about making the most of the life you have:

I have been married before and for many reasons, it failed, but in it, I learned that I loved being a wife. I gotta believe that I’ll have the chance at it again. However, it’s not a guarantee, so what kind of mindset do I want to embrace? I could choose to dwell on what I don’t have in my life. Or I can choose to embrace all that I do have: 

  • A loving supportive family
  • A great job
  • Fabulous friends
  • My health
  • Drinking water
  • A budget for groceries
  • Debt-freedom
  • The ability to save towards FI
  • My faith
  • Brothers & sisters to share in my faith
  • My education
  • This blog
  • FI Friends
  • Time

1. A Response: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Full-Time Job – Rose Colored Water

“You can’t be anything you want to be. I bought into the lie that I could do anything I wanted.”

2. How It Feels to Resent Someone for Being Spoiled – The Frugal Gene

“Now I’m just being completely honest here. I believe you can be an objective friend and support them even if there’s jealousy creeping behind some of it.”

3. Could You Welcome an Income Decrease? 6 Takeaways From the Pay Cuts in My Life – Downsize Your 2080

“It’s perfectly fine to work hard and hustle to get ahead. Commit to as many hours as possible, especially if you’re trying to get out of debt. But know that eventually you will need and/or want a break and your relationships with family and friends are more important than those paychecks.”

4. A Letter to Old Acquaintances Selling Me Lash Booster and Patterned Leggings – Dumpster Dog

“I’ve seen many iterations of the same message from the bounty of women I know who are leveraging their social networks to sell anti-aging potions, frankincense oil, wellness shakes and pills, patterned leggings, and press-on nail decals, to name a few. There’s a social media playbook out there, and by now, I could probably write the thing myself.”

5. Frugal Isn’t Everything — Here’s Why – The Frugal Fellow

“You know what’s easier than chipping away at expenses, though? Increasing your income.”

6. Single Doesn’t Have to Mean Lonely – Ms. Fiology

“There is no one else relying on me financially which means I have fewer factors that subtract from a high savings rate.  It also means I don’t have anyone to share in the expenses.”

7. Why You Should Be Happy Your Job Sucks – Simplistic Steph

“Surely with an undergrad in marketing and management, I would jump into a six-figure career as soon as the diploma hit my hand. As you’d expect, life didn’t turn out that way.”

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