The Spectrum of Personal Finance: Round Up

Blackest Night - Green Lantern Corps
As you know by now I am a comic book dork, and I sometimes make references to what I read here on this blog. Today’s event in particular was inspired by a sort of “color war” that is currently ongoing in Green Lantern comics. If you are unaware, the Green Lanterns have an infinitely powerful ring that is fueled by their willpower. The other colored Lantern corps have rings that are fueled by a corresponding emotion.

In this event I delved into each emotion (compassion, love, rage, willpower, fear, death, hope and avarice) and gave my opinion on how each relates to personal finance. Below is a recap of each article that you can find scattered throughout the blogosphere today.

Debt Free Adventure - Willpower Willpower – At Debt Free Adventure you will find my story of how my willpower lead me to change from a hyper consumer with a gambling problem to someone with their finances under control and keeping my addictions at bay.

Bargaineering - FearFear – When making decisions where several thousands of dollars are at stake, its normal to feel a certain amount of fear. At Bargaineering you will read about eleven different fearful situations and suggestions on how to mitigate fear in those scenarios through preparation, education and some creative strategies.

Poorer Than You - RageRage – Relationships and money don’t play well together. At Poorer than You I go in depth into ways to discuss finances with your partner so that no one’s feelings get hurt. With so many marriages ending in divorce because of money, it’s important to find ways to communicate openly and effectively.

Budgets are Sexy - HopeHope – You know what you are getting when you head to Budgets Are Sexy. There I discuss how hope is nothing without taking action and how there is no better day than today to make small, measurable improvements to your life.

Free Money Finance - DeathDeath – The time is coming for Congress to start debating the Death/Estate tax. At Free Money Finance you will find the current taxation rules as well as ways one can circumvent paying taxes on a large part of their estate when they pass.

Consumerism Commentary - AvariceAvarice – Have you ever seen someone showing off an expensive purchase giving you reason to shake your head and ask, “Why would you even bother to own that?” At Consumerism Commentary I look at 6 different items that represent conspicuous spending – owning to be seen owning them.

Mrs. Micah - LoveLove – Love is the one emotion that will make us forget about all the personal finance rules we have learned from one another. At Mrs. Micah’s Finance for a Freelance Life I look at ways to prepare yourself for the worst case scenario in case you are forced with having to aid a loved one in need regardless of the financial ramifications.

Get Rich Slowly - CompassionCompassion – The recession has had everyone down this year. However, during the holidays people tend to be a bit nicer and a bit more giving.  At Get Rich Slowly you will find 9 suggestions on how to give back to your community that won’t break your bank.

I really hope you enjoyed this series. It was a lot of hard work to produce in a short amount of time. I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off if it wasn’t for each of the bloggers that hosted an article (so please make it to each one of their sites at some point today!) and my friend Baker from Man vs. Debt (who encouraged me throughout the process). If you enjoyed reading today’s articles throughout the blogosphere, you should subscribe to my feed for more blogging goodness. Have a happy thanksgiving and see everyone next week!

Images created by Gorzki and Ed Benes, Rob Hunter, Nei Ruffino, Doug Mahnke

Green Lantern is property of DC Comics

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34 Responses to The Spectrum of Personal Finance: Round Up
  1. Jeff
    November 24, 2009 | 6:14 am

    Wow, you sure put some work into this series. I love the wonderful colors and how you tied everything back to your true love, comics. In one day you’ve managed to explain and relate how these powerful emotions play into our financial and daily lives.


  2. Savings
    November 24, 2009 | 6:25 am

    This is AMAZING!!!!!!! I love visiting each of the sites and reading about the different colours of the spectrum!

  3. Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog
    November 24, 2009 | 6:33 am

    Now that is impressive! Great job on the guest posts and I love how they all come together here!

  4. jim
    November 24, 2009 | 6:50 am

    It’s a great series, I’m glad to be able to participate!

  5. Aaron @ Clarifinancial
    November 24, 2009 | 6:54 am

    Simply an amazing feat of perseverance. Is there a perseverance ring? Anyway, great job.

  6. J Money
    November 24, 2009 | 6:56 am

    Dude, seriously – you rocked this out. And I don’t even like comic books! Haha…Very cool to see these finally live after all that work you put into it. Absolutely brilliant man, good work.

  7. David @ Money Under 30
    November 24, 2009 | 7:03 am

    Incredible job, Brian! Great idea, and congrats on all the hard work that must’ve gone into this. I’m about half way through the series now and looking forward to the next few posts!

  8. Financial Samurai
    November 24, 2009 | 7:56 am

    I agree, great job Brian! Really great to see you execute your idea after we spoke a month or so ago. Great networking!

  9. Kelly
    November 24, 2009 | 7:59 am

    Awesome job! I enjoyed all the articles. You put a ton of work into this and it shows.

  10. Len Penzo
    November 24, 2009 | 8:21 am

    Hey, that was really cool! Great job! Very very enjoyable read!

    Len Penzo dot Com

  11. Craig
    November 24, 2009 | 9:32 am

    Great idea and love the comic book aspect to it. You really worked very hard on it and wish you the best of luck with it.

  12. Brian
    November 24, 2009 | 9:58 am

    @ EVERYONE! – Thanks for the feedback so far. Its been a great day and i really appreciate you all being involved. The success of today is brewing more and more ideas.

  13. Matt Jabs
    November 24, 2009 | 12:41 pm

    Love the colors and the logos you used here, looks awesome.

  14. Mike
    November 24, 2009 | 1:49 pm

    Dude, this is awesome. never got into comic books but collected the marvel cards. thanks for bringing back the memories! :)

  15. Brian
    November 24, 2009 | 4:27 pm

    Well Mike, the best way to relive those memories is to dive back into them. Glad you enjoyed the articles.

  16. Mike
    November 24, 2009 | 4:47 pm


    I would dive continue, if only collecting as a hobby was FREE. Trying to cut back unnecessary spending, i have to practice what I preach after all. One day though, I will be able to justify that fun hobby again!

  17. Money Funk
    November 25, 2009 | 2:54 pm

    That’s a hell uv a lotta work you put into this! But what a FANTASTIC job you’ve done! I am having a blast working my way around to each emotion – everypost post each has a great point to make.

  18. Credit Card Chaser
    November 27, 2009 | 11:57 pm

    I just stopped by after reading your post over on DFA and just wanted to say great job – and awesome idea for this series! – Joel

  19. sary
    September 14, 2011 | 8:52 pm

    Incredibly intriguing subject, thank you for putting up.

  20. Oakley Fake
    June 9, 2013 | 8:56 am

    Asking questions are actually good thing if you are not understanding something entirely, except this paragraph gives pleasant understanding even.

  21. Lupus Bracelet
    October 8, 2014 | 6:53 pm

    Great blog here! Also your website loads up fast! What host are you
    using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?
    I wish my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

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