The Friday Feast ~ the 15th of July

Published July 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: Mad FIentist, Financial Samurai, Go Curry Cracker, Money Q&A, Steveonomics, Boomer & Echo, Freedom Is Groovy, The Financial Buff, Distilled Dollar and Money Under 30.


Welcome to another Friday! It was an exciting week as I finally, after countless delays, sold my house, making us 100% debt-freaking-free. No mortgage. No car payments. No credit card payments. No debts of any kind. Free at last!

Now I’ll stop tooting my own horn and start talking about the amazingness in the personal finance community.

First, Mad FIentist graced us with an epic post about accessing your retirement stash before the government-approved retirement age.

And elsewhere, Financial Samurai teaches us how to live like the top 1% without actually being rich – if that kind of thing is important to you.

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post this week comes from Go Curry Cracker who writes about the opportunity cost of early retirement. How much has early retirement set GCC back? Eh, around $5 million.

“I walked away from years’ worth of stock options, and the stock has more than doubled since (related, perhaps?) Had I continued to work, I could have exercised these options for at least $400,000,” Mr GCC wrote.

“But bean counting is only one side of the evaluation. How do we determine the value of our time? People like to say that time is money, but they are two completely different currencies.”

More from the personal finance community

Money Q&A gives us five sneaky ways to save some serious cash when selling our car.

Over at Steveonomics, Steve, who enjoys writing about “liberty, menswear and money”, discusses getting rich in expensive cities.

Also, Boomer & Echo gives us the scoop on five so-called “rules of thumb” about personal finance that probably need an update.

Lastly, Freedom Is Groovy gave us a cool post about financial tough guys.

Honorable mentions: The Finance Buff talks credit cards at CostcoDistilled Dollar reminds us that personal finance is sexy, and lastly, Money Under 30 implores us to change our habits by staying out of debt.

Photo of the week

Last week, my wife and I took a one-week vacation to Baja California, Mexico. Just down the beach from our rented house, we saw this arch naturally carved in the rock along the sea shore. Very cool!

Looking down the Baja California coast

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: On Monday, I’m discussing how to make those “I retired at XX age” posts actually connect with your audience, and Wednesday I discuss the Pareto principle and how to 80/20 the hell out of your life.

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

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14 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 15th of July”

  1. Happy Friday Steve! Boomer & Echo and the Finance Buff – a few totally new reads! Loved GCC lines about time & money being different currencies too! Awesome pic – stay cool out there! We’re getting a little break from the 90’s in the northeast. We aren’t used to that heat – (but we’ll take it!) Cheers!

  2. Happy Friday to you too! Another set of great posts I can’t wait to get my teeth into! Love the picture you’ve got for photo of the week.

  3. Thanks for putting this list together. The GCC post sounds great, can’t wait to read

    What an incredible picture! Have fun on the rest of your trip.

  4. Robb Engen says:

    Thanks so much for the mention, Steve. Enjoy your weekend!

  5. Thanks for mentioning Steve! Hope you have a good weekend too.


  6. Jack says:

    I just like saying Go Curry Cracker. :-). Now I’d better go check out the story.

    Congrats on being debt free! I remember vividly what that was like before my mortgage, and I’m looking forward to getting back there again soon.

  7. Love the photos as always Steve. Sad that I didn’t get mentioned in the Friday Feast. 🙁 Oh well, I’ll just keep writing. Maybe someday…

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