The Friday Feast ~ the 15th of April

Published April 15, 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: Retirement Savvy, Nurse On Fire, Give Me My Five Bucks Back, Financial Slacker, From Cost To Coast, Go4ITUSA, Millennial Budget, Apathy Ends and Freedom 40 Plan.


Welcome once again to another wonderful Friday (and tax day, ugh)! Another week has passed and we continue to love the Airstream. In fact, we officially produced our first video about picking up Charlie for the first time and showing a little bit more of the inside.

Check out our Buying Our Airstream, Charlie post over on A Streamin’ Life.

Around the blogosphere, James from Retirement Savvy talks about how to increase your savings when income stays the same. It all begins with understanding your spending.

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post this week comes from Nurse On Fire who wrote an awesome blog post about the anatomy and physiology of personal finance.

“Our heart begins beating around the sixth week of development and in the realm of personal finance, I liken our budgets to the heart,” he wrote.

Where do you think debt falls within our physiology? Also, what within our society brings up the “proverbial rear”?

It’s a fun read, so don’t miss it!

More from the personal finance community

Give Me My Five Bucks Back put forth some wise advice about how to handle your money. Remember, nobody cares more about your money than you. Oh, and thieves.

Also, check out this clever write-up by the Financial Slacker about how to play golf on the cheap.

Over at From Cost To Coast, Mrs. CTC reminds us once again that the drive towards financial independence is a marathon, not a sprint. Always a key concept to keep in mind.

Lastly, I was lucky enough to stumble on a new-to-me blog over at G04ItUSA, where a dude quit the rat race and is now living his life of true happiness. Success!

BONUS: Check out this wicked cool small space that was built in Hong Kong. Amazing attention to detail, and masterful creativity.

Honorable mentions: Millennial Budget talks about disguised debt blessingsApathy Ends teaches us a grade school money lesson and lastly, Freedom 40 Plan talks about getting his financial shit in order.

Photo of the week

I grabbed this shot of the Airstream after a night of rain in southern Arizona as the sun crept up from behind the Tucson mountains. Love this shot!

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: On Monday, I will talk about my tongue-in-cheek regrets about leaving our big ass home and downsizing into our 200 sqft Airstream. On Wednesday, I will deliver my first State of Our Retirement address about exactly where we are in our drive towards happiness and bliss.

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

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23 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 15th of April”

  1. Great photo! How how was the first week living the dream? Thanks for the reads, missed a few.

    • Steve says:

      Hey Brian – we are actually closing in on the first TWO weeks of living the dream, and it’s been wonderful thus far. Even though we are still in the middle of the city, the campground feel is a very nice change. People all seem to be happy, content and comfortable around here, which is great. Pools, hot tubs, a fitness center and laundry facilities all go into making this a nice first stop for us. Even though we’re living small, it really doesn’t “feel” like it. 🙂

  2. James says:

    Thanks for the inclusion, my friend. Have a fantabulous – when fantastic collides with fabulous – weekend!

  3. Apathy Ends says:

    Thanks for the mention!

    looks like I have some more reading to do

  4. Thanks for including me on this list! Will be checking out some of the other articles!

  5. Mrs. CTC says:

    Ha! Suddenly I see my name up here. Thanks for the mention Steve, enjoy your weekend!

  6. Mr. PIE says:

    Beautiful picture.

    Just occurred to me, how are you handling some of the traditional things home dwellers get used to and forget about? Things like mail, laundry, you know mundane things we wish that we didn’t have to deal with. I am sure you guys have it all planned and figured out but just curious.

    Hope last night was warmer than night # 1…

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Mr. PIE. Good question. We are actually going to changing our mailing address to my in-laws’ address, who will accept our mail and ship the things that we need, once we begin traveling, to where ever we happen to be. There are other services that do this exact thing (including the Escapees organization). Regarding laundry, we’ll find a laundromat where ever we are, or just watch clothes in the sink if need-be. Most campgrounds have laundry facilities.

      So yeah, there are ways. 🙂

  7. Thanks for the mention, Steve.

    Enjoy another wonderful sunny southwestern weekend!

  8. These are good posts. I really like Nurse on Fire. I always come back to that site every time just because I find the posts thought-provoking and valuable.

  9. Hey Steve,
    Today was my first day hitting triple digits on my site’s visitor count so THANK YOU!!! I really appreciate the mention and am thrilled that you enjoyed my post! 🙂

    Excellent pic of Charlie. Love the angle and how “AIRSTREAM” is very bold and really pops out at ya.

    And FYI, tax day isn’t until Monday the 18th this year so everyone can rest well this weekend and enjoy the celebration of Emancipation Day!

    Thanks again! Have an awesome weekend! 🙂

  10. Steve says:

    Another great review of what’s out there, and some real talent in this community. BTW, that’s an incredible picture…really cool.

    Thanks again for putting these together.

  11. Thanks for the mention in the Friday Feast! Good luck as you continue to get settled into the Airstream! Sounds like things are going well so far!

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