The Friday Feast ~ the 19th of February

Published February 19, 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: Cheap RV Living, Retire Before Dad, Generation YRA, Mr. Fire Station, How To Retire Early, Pretend To Be Poor, My Journey To Millions, The Happy Philosopher, It Pays Dividends, and Million In 10.


Hey everyone! It’s already mid-February and my wife and I are gearing up to potentially make a huge purchase in the very near future. Will provide more details later if it happens. It’s gonna be exciting!

We have a couple of retirement notices in the blogging airwaves this week along with the regularly-scheduled personal finance content from this wonderful community. Let’s get right to it!

First, let’s start off with an inspirational tale from Cheap RV Living who talks about his remarkable metamorphosis from a more traditional drone going through life to one who understands what makes him truly happy.

Retire Before Dad offers an interesting idea: Abandon your cushy job to expand earning potential. “Comfortable jobs usually come with an income ceiling. Only so much money is available for raises and promotions. Once a worker hits a certain level, raises flatten.”

“Money can also be an illusion that’s created inside our heads”, says Alyssa from Generation Y Retirement Account.

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post this week comes from Mr. Fire Station, who officially gave his resignation notice to his boss. That’s right, he’s done come April. Finished! Terminado! Finito!

And yeah, I’m all kinds of jealous.

“It was an epic day almost from the dawn’s first light.  A magical snowstorm came through our state, leaving ten inches of crystal white snow over the landscape.  We greeted the day as a family with buckwheat flapjacks, real maple syrup and a one hour “late start” to work and school.”

Well done, Mr. Fire Station, and a big, humungous, monumental, gigantic congratulations!

More from the personal finance community

Stockbeard from How To Retire Early talks about the one financial fear that actually keeps him up at night.

Pretend To Be Poor talks about pretending to be warm after the bitter cold snap throughout the eastern U.S.

According to My Journey To Millions, you probably don’t know shit about the IPO market, but don’t worry, that’s okay!

Honorable mentions: The Happy Philosopher reminds us of how simple life hacks can be, It Pays Dividends talks about why he invests in index funds, and lastly, Million in 10 says that investing can be scary, but….

Photo of the week

Here is a photo that I shot from the 2015 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM last October. This was an amazing event to attend – though very, very crowded!

A mountain lion at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum outside of Tucson, AZ

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: On Monday I am going to dive into making sense of blogging statistics available through Google Analytics and talk about what numbers actually matter the most, and Wednesday will be the day where I discuss how overrated multi-tasking is and how much productivity we might truly be losing in the process.

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

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20 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 19th of February”

  1. Thanks for including me Steve! There are a few here that I will be adding to my weekend reading list. Have a good weekend bud!

  2. Thanks for the mention, Steve! Lots of other great stuff here, as usual. Mr. Fire Station’s giving notice is inspiring!

  3. TSR,
    Thanks for the mention. Great collection here. Loved the Mr. Fire Station resignation!

  4. Happy Friday! Missed a few of these posts and need to check them out. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thanks for the mention Steve. Always appreciate a summary of things I may have missed from the week.

    Now if you will excuse me I have to go do some dead lifts, take an ice bath and learn to speak Navajo!

  6. Thanks so incredibly much for the mention, Steve! 🙂 I am anticipating what purchase you & your wife may be making in the future! Wasn’t Mr. FireStation’s post on giving his resignation notice incredible? I enjoyed how supportive his boss was about the whole situation, and that negativity wasn’t at all present in the conversation. That photo from the 2015 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is stunning, what a great event to attend!

    • Steve says:

      Hey Alyssa – yup, I loved his post. I am always happy to hear about the successes of those in this community. My favorite posts, for sure!

      Thanks for the kind words about the photo. It was an amazing experience! 🙂

  7. Maarten says:

    Thank you for the mention. As always an honor. I continue to enjoy your contributions. Look forward to the one on statistics.

  8. Tawcan says:

    Great list of articles, thanks for sharing them with us. Really enjoyed what The Happy Philosopher wrote.

  9. Thank you for the mention! Really appreciate it.

  10. Wow, Steve! I am overwhelmed by your call-out and kind words. I always enjoy your Friday Feast, so I am amazed to see my clumsy words featured! Thank you SO much. On Monday I am going to post about how going to work feels when you are a ‘short timer’. Tentative title will be “Dead Man Walking” 🙂

    • Steve says:

      Thanks MrFireStation – absolutely my pleasure. Looking forward to reading that upcoming piece! I’ve been in that position before, but not when actual *retirement* is what I’m leaving to do. 🙂

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