The Friday Feast ~ the 21st of October

Published October 21, 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: Our Next Life, Stay At Home Yogi, Cait Flanders, Financial Samurai, Money Mozart, Wallet Hacks, Wise Bread, Done by Forty, Financially Alert, Make Smarter Decisions.

readingWelcome to another Friday, and congrats for making it here. Now, onto the personal finance gems!

First, Our Next Life published an awesome post by Jim Wang (the dude behind about the thing they don’t tell you about early retirement.

Next, what happens when your spouse isn’t on board, financially? Stay At Home Yogi offers up some advice to bring your partner around.

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post this week comes from Cait Flanders who, like me, doesn’t buy into using the term “minimalist”.

I wrote about being sensible, not minimal, in the past. Minimalism isn’t about owning 100 things or less, or wearing the same outfit twice a week, or just having the bare minimum to get by.

“More recently, [minimalism] has morphed and is now used to describe a person who lives with a minimal amount of stuff,” Cait wrote. “Personally, I define minimalism as: the mindset that helps you recognize what adds value to your life, so you can let go of what doesn’t.”

It’s about being sensible, not minimal. It’s about understanding what “enough” means to you and sticking to your guns, even though relentless marketing, advertisements and distractions designed to part us with our money.

More from the personal finance community

Financial Samurai is teaching his daughter to look at a man’s house, not his car.

Chris from Money Mozart offers up 20 freelance writing resources for your side hustling dreams.

Also, Wallet Hacks writes about why he will never be an angel investor again!

Lastly, is American retirement changing? Wise Bread sure as hell things so.

Honorable mentions: Done by Forty talks about class-based purchasingFinancially Alert saves money by being nice, and lastly, Make Smarter Decisions asks how you’d pay for $4200 in car repairs in one week!

Video of the week

Curious about how much money we spend to live full-time in our Airstream? Check out our video below.

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: On Monday, I’m getting into politics on the blog! Well, not really. Okay, kinda. Just sorta. I’m skirting around the elections, putting all this nonsense into perspective. And on Wednesday, I’m talking about how to make a $100 bill worth a whole hell of a lot of money.

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

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22 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 21st of October”

  1. Happy Friday Steve! Thanks so much for the shout-out! We spent $0 this week outside of groceries. Thank goodness after all the car repairs! This is a great list but I missed about half of them! Good reads for a rainy 50 degree weekend! Crappy weather really for the first time since May – so not complaining! Have a great one!

  2. Thanks for the mention, Steve!

    I’m looking forward to reading your upcoming posts for next week. Wednesday’s post with the $100 bill sounds intriguing!

    Hope you are enjoying the Airstream. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  3. I always enjoy your roundup! I didn’t know Jim’s story before reading the ONL post. It reinforced for me that I’m working to create a life I enjoy, not something I want to escape from.

    To say it’s been an interesting election is an understatement, so I can’t wait to see how you handle it!

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Claudia – I hadn’t either. I knew of Jim’s blog, of course, but I had never actually read his story.

      And regarding the election, yeah – I know what you mean. I’m not taking sides in this one, though. It’s all about perspective. 🙂

  4. Your video left me with one question, why does the 750 for campsite go away. Is that because campsite boasting or things like park passes will make parking the rev free?

    • Steve says:

      Hi FTF – once we set sail, our plan is to find as many free boondocking camp sites that we can. This will help to keep our costs down – some months we may not have a rent at all. But even if we do stay at a campground every once in a while, it’ll still be a far cry from the $750 / month that we’re paying now. Nightly fees will include electricity, too, so blasting the A/C in the summertime, if we are hooked up to shore power at a camp site, will all be included.

  5. Steve, saw your note on “free boondocking”. We’re planning the same when we FIRE in 18 months, I just bought a book you should be aware of: “The Wright Guide To Free and Low Cost Campgrounds”, by Don Wright.

    $22 bucks, and it has 851 pages of free and low cost campground detail, by State!

    Love your Friday Feast – great “food” for the mind!!

  6. Good collection this week Steve. I’ve got some reading to do!

    That $38k annual budget sounds very reasonable for two. One question though: How much do you guys expect to pay for campsites when your traveling? Those KOA places can get expensive.

    Just curious.

    • Steve says:

      Hey Mr. Tako – we are estimating a couple hundred, max. Even when we do pay to stay at campsites, we certainly won’t be staying at KOAs all that much because, like you said, they can be pricey. We are only staying at one now because we had to endure the entire summer in southern Arizona and wanted a comfortable, dependable place while we finish up work.

  7. Thanks for the mention, Steve. We’re enjoying the vlogs! Keep on truckin.

  8. Thank you so much for including my post in this great round-up. I really appreciate it and I hope my tips are helpful for anyone in a situation similar to mine, where financial goals don’t quite line up with your spouses. Have a great weekend all! 🙂

  9. Excellent choices! I’m so grateful that Mr. Picky Pincher and I are on track with our goals financially. It can be really difficult to achieve FIRE if you and your spouse are on different pages and you share a bank account.

    • Steve says:

      Very true, Mrs. Picky Pincher. We’ve enjoyed the same thing that you have…the both of us were on-board with this “retire early” thing from the very beginning as well. It makes this much, much easier.

  10. Thanks for the shout-out, buddy! Though I can’t take credit for this week’s mention. 😉 Definitely love that Jim was willing to share his reflections on what happens after you retire early over in our corner of the internet. Hope you have a great week!

  11. Jef Miles says:

    Thanks for sharing Steve! I particularly loved Sam’s article, he’s got some great stuff going on over there

    Hope you’re well

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