Okay people, it was International Women’s Day this week. We male financial bloggers aren’t known for our social skills around women, so I decided to try something a little different and let them do the talking this week.

Last week, I asked my female readers to share their biggest challenges about money. I picked two stories that really stood out to win one free ticket each to The Future Is Female women-only conference on 8 Apr.

So congrats to “Y.” and Linda H. for submitting the two winning entries! (cue confetti, party horns, and a cycling bear). I thought their stories were too inspiring to stay in my inbox, so I’m sharing them here (edited for brevity) with their permission.

 

Y’s Story: Paying Rent Ain’t Stopping Her From Saving

When I was 20, I didn’t save a single cent because all I wanted was to have FUN. However, my family decided to move out of …