The Friday Feast ~ the 13th of May

Published May 13, 2016   Posted in Friday Feast

The personal finance community is filled with so many talented writers and inspiring families in search of something better out of life than the traditional society-approved plan of buying lots of stuff and retiring in your 60s if you’re lucky.

Here is a look at the best of this week’s personal finance blogs.

In this episode of Friday Feast: QuietRev, Budgets Are Sexy, Tristan de Montebello, The Dough Roller, It Pays Dividends, Plan Invest Escape, The Green Swan, Deals Plus, Pretend to be Poor and Physician on FIRE.


Uh oh – it’s Friday the 13th. Raise your hand if you are superstitious in any way! Okay, I’m not, but this Friday marks the end of another awesome week in the personal finance community.

Let’s check out what all you find people have been writing about, shall we?

First, Kelly O’Laughlin wrote an awesome piece on QuietRev about how caring less at work can provide much-needed happiness. Well stated – and it reminds me of my unawesome blog post of month’s past!

And elsewhere, J$ from Budgets are Sexy reminded us this week that there are no rules in this life, and no “one way” to live, eat, sleep, invest, work or so many other things that we do. “Just please stay true to yourself and remember that time is limited”.

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post this week comes from Tristan de Montebello who wrote on Wednesday about what people are actually doing when they work from coffee shops.

“So this Tuesday around 12:30 pm, my friend Andrew and I decided to ask everyone at the Deus Ex Machina coffee shop what they were doing at that exact moment.”

From students to designers, photographers to writers – and even some dude in “tech”, the answers were interesting. Would you have the guts to walk around asking everybody working in a coffee shop what they are doing at that exact moment?

More from the personal finance community

The Dough Roller chat with us about how to read a personal finance book the right way. Honestly, I didn’t realize that there was a “wrong way”…until I read this post.

Challenge accepted! Thias from It Pays Dividends accepted my challenge and posted his version of the commencement address that he would give to graduating seniors. Awesome address, and thanks for accepting the challenge, Thias!

Also this week, Plan Invest Escape addresses the issue of chickening out in early retirement. “Have you ever wondered, even very briefly, if you’re doing the right thing?”

Lastly, The Green Swan talks to us about four frugal life lessons, and starts it off with perhaps the most important lesson of all – wants vs. needs.

BONUS: I love this YouTube video of a studio photographer who realized that he was just going through the motions of his work. Then, he decided to do something about it.

Honorable mentions: Deals Plus talks about how to save $100 Washingtons living paycheck to paycheckPretend to be Poor gives us a brief history of work and lastly, Physician on FIRE discusses the things that he will miss the most after early retirement.

Photo of the week

My wife and I are designing a business card for our traveling adventures and want to include a photo of the entire family on the back. So far, this photo is leading the way. What do you think?

Our business card photo

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: On Monday I’m talking about unexpectedly giving notice to my boss that I’m quitting in December! On Wednesday, I will dive into the stock market and the important lesson that it taught all investors over the last several months.

Thanks for reading, and cheers to another financially productive week ahead!

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23 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 13th of May”

  1. Thanks for another great roundup! Always a few articles I haven’t read yet. And I think the photo is great! Do you get a lot of interest for your blogs from fellow campers?

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Claudia! Not necessarily blog specific, but it is nice to stay in communication with people as we travel. It’s just a way for us to get out from underneath our naturally introverted ways and force us to connect with others on the road doing the same thing that we are. Exchanging business cards is a good way to do just that, and you never know when that contact information will come in handy.

  2. Thanks for including me Steve! You have my vote for the picture!

  3. Honored by the honorable mention. Contemplating and then detailing “The things I’ll miss” was a redeeming exercise. When you start focusing on early retirement, it’s easy to develop blinders to the positive aspects of the workday / worklife. Writing about them re-energized me a bit.


    • Steve says:

      Appreciate that, PoF. It is very true that there are things about this life that I’ll miss too, but honestly, not nearly enough to not go through with early retirement. But you’re spot on, keeping those things firmly in mind is an incredibly healthy thing to do as your time to finally call it quits approaches. Well-written article indeed, sir!

  4. Thanks for the shout out, Steve!

    Definitely go with that photo! Awesome.

  5. Thanks for the honorable mention. I am intrigued by a couple of these, including the coffee shop one. Thanks for the recommendations!

  6. Mrs. PIE says:

    Yay! Thanks for the mention! Another awesome round up. Looking forward to reading the ones I missed.

  7. Nice feast Steve. I am looking forward to the story about how you accidentally gave your notice. I did that once, and the next 3 months was extremely awkward…..mostly because my boss was a passive aggressive ass. Anyway, I hope your situation is better….and always love a good story.

    Have a good weekend guys

  8. Happy Friday. Thanks for the recap. I missed a few, a busy week for me and didn’t get as much reading in as I would have liked. Thumbs up on the photo!

  9. I love the photo, you have my vote 🙂

    Do share the business card on the blog, when it is ready 🙂

  10. A good round-up. Most of these were my favorites, too.

    And the photo gets my vote!

  11. Doan Duong says:

    Steve, check out this site, it post up free camping all over the country and the world. Man I wish I am where you at in term of early retirement and living the nomadic lifestyle.

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