The Friday Feast ~ the 1st of July

Published July 1, 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: Frugal Rules, The Irrelevant Investor, Just One More Year, Tawcan, My Alternate Life, Half Baked, 40 To Wealth, Making Sense of Cents, PT Money and Tiperosity.


Hot damn, it’s officially the other side of the halfway point in 2016. We are going to celebrate this momentous occasion by vacationing for a week in Baja, Mexico. It’ll be nice to escape the heat of Arizona.

As usual, the blogosphere was active this week. Here are some of the best articles that I got to read.

First, Frugal Rules gives us 31 signs that we are financially stable. Can you sleep at night? Do you have low DTI? Do you even know what DTI is?

And elsewhere, The Irrelevant Investor reminds us of how the stock market tends to respond to a supposed “crisis”. It should put the Brexit fiasco in full perspective.

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post this week comes from Just One More Year who asks an imposing question: What if our future expectations are completely wrong?

“As I listened to the students’ graduation speeches, I got the sense that they were painting an overly optimistic picture of the future, while of course wearing rose-colored glasses,” Bryan wrote.

“Seeing the hope and creativity of young graduates is energizing, and reminds me that, no matter how discouraged I’m feeling today, there is still the opportunity to create a bright future. ”

More from the personal finance community

Tawcan gives us another reason to reach financial independence.

Over at My Alternate Life, Jordann writes about that time she banished all of her credit card debt once and for all.

Also, Desirae from Half Baked talks about the wisdom of automating your investments.

Lastly, 40ToWealth takes a look at the costs of raising a child vs. retiring early.

Honorable mentions: Making Sense of Cents talks 17 life-changing financial booksPT Money argues that just talking about money can raise your credit score, and lastly, Tiperosity gives us 21 tips for working towards your next promotion at work.

Photo of the week

This is one of my all-time favorite shots that I captured of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ a couple of years ago.

Cathedral rock in Sedona, AZ

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: A one-post week coming up, as we’ll be in Baja for the 4th of July holiday. On Monday, I’m doing my best Jeff Foxworthy impression with a probably-unfunny blog post about “You might be ready to retire early if…”

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

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18 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 1st of July”

  1. Thanks again Steve! I only caught about half of these articles this week. The summary is super helpful to find new folks out there! Your comment about the year being “half past” to consider too! Have a great time in Baja!

  2. Enjoy Baja! and have a great 4th of July.

  3. Mrs. PIE says:

    A great list as always, providing us with some vacation reading. Happy 4th!

  4. Thanks for the shout out Steve! 🙂

    It really hit me when I was listening to the graduation speeches discussing how great their expectations and hope for the future is. I too wanted the best for them; however I could not help thinking about all of the pain and hardship that will certainly come their way. As a father, I have attempted to prepare my daughters the best I can. Some of these things they will find out on their own and will become part of their own experience.

    Take care my friend!

  5. I agree John’s financial health list was helpful. Awesome picture!

  6. Tawcan says:

    Thanks for the mention Steve. Have a great long weekend!

  7. Charles says:

    Thanks for the shoutout. I really enjoy your list and all the great articles I missed so far this week. I’ll be following and checking out the rest of your website.

  8. I’m glad you mentioned Tawcan’s post; if anyone missed that one, read it ASAP.

    Have a great holiday weekend!

  9. Jordann says:

    Thanks so much for sharing my blog post! I appreciate it!

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