The Friday Feast ~ the 23rd of September

Published September 23, 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: Millennial Moola, Let’s Take This Online, Picky Pinchers, Money Q and A, Million Endeavour, Hey It’s Just Money, Rich On Money, Money After Graduation, Cash Smarter and Budgets Are Sexy.

readingWelcome to another Friday, and congrats for making it here. Thanks to everyone for making my I will tweet out your favorite article blog post such a success. I appreciate everyone’s interest and I hope that these tweets drove some traffic your way. If you missed that post, comment with your favorite post and I’ll see what I can do.  🙂

Now, onto the personal finance gems!

First, Millennial Moola published a post asking a question that’s on all of our minds: How much money is enough to walk away? “If I had stayed on as a bond trader, my net worth today would probably be around $300,000 to $400,000.”

Next, Let’s Take This Online wrote a clever post about how to compare yourself to others. “You know what really grinds my gears?” he asks. “People who assume their financial valuation of crap applies to everyone else.”

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post this week comes from Picky Pinchers who wrote about a topic that was all too familiar with me: How excuses made us poor.

“We can’t move to another area of town. We can’t save money. We can’t get a used car. We can’t be completely debt-free. I can’t leave my job. We can’t cook at home.”

Wow, that’s a lot of “cant’s”, isn’t it? Excuses are those annoying roadblocks that are standing in our way, preventing us from achieving our goals and mastering our financial lives.

“Where is the line between frugal, miserly, and spendy? I think that line is different for everyone,” they wrote. And I agree, it’s definitely different. But, the larger point is that excuses prevent us from making progress, and they are all too easy to make.

Breaking through them could be the key to your financial freedom.

More from the personal finance community

Money Q and A talks about the lies that we tell ourselves about our net worth.

Million Endeavour asks a very well-known question: Enjoy life now or invest for the future?

Also, Hey It’s Just Money wrote about the realization that personal finance snobbery really does exist.

Lastly, check out Rich On Money‘s first ever blog post about money. He paid off over $300,000 in debt in six years. Not bad!

Honorable mentions: Money After Graduation talks about privilege and moneyCash Smarter discusses hiding debts from a spouse, and lastly, Budgets Are Sexy tells us 7 places NOT to take pennies from!

Photo of the week

Photographed this guy chillin’ on a flower of a Bird of Paradise right outside of our Airstream last week.

Butterfly on a flower outside of our Airstream

Butterfly on a flower outside of our Airstream

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: On Monday, we’re talking about the meaning of the word “deserve”. Do we deserve early retirement? And on Wednesday, I’m publishing my second installment of the State of Our Retirement.

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

We track our net worth using Personal Capital


17 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 23rd of September”

  1. Thanks again for the Twitter mention. I definitely saw some traffic. I’m still exploring whether to utilize Twitter for the blog. In your experience how useful has it been?

    • Steve says:

      Honestly, I never was a huge fan of Twitter until I started this blog. It’s been a big help. It engages people. You meet new bloggers, follow their adventure, and they usually follow back. I can observe upticks in site traffic, too, when I post heavily. It all helps. So many people are on Twitter these days, so it can definitely help you to get exposure on your blog.

  2. Hey, thanks for the feature! 🙂 I’m still constantly fighting the “can’ts” (and the more sneaky “I deserve…” attitude). It’s so important to test your own boundaries when transitioning to FIRE. I’ve tried a few things, like walking to work, that seemed like a good idea but just weren’t right for me. I’m still figuring it all out. 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing these posts! I especially like that post from Let’s Take This Online. I hadn’t seen it it before, but it really hit some points that have been bugging me as well in the PF world – assuming that everyone should value things the same.

    Personal finance is exactly that: it’s personal! We don’t all have to cut cable or stop going out to eat or not buy the newest iPhone. We all have different financial situations and what I might value and afford is exactly something that you might not care about at all (and vice versa). Really grinds my gears too! Thanks again for sharing it.

  4. Thanks for the mention! Lots of interesting posts for me to catch up on over the weekend. 🙂

    I think my favourite will be from Picky Pinchers too. There will always be new excuses even after the previous one is gone!


  5. TJ says:

    I actually had the highest number of daily page views (65) on my blog yesterday. I’ve only had three other days over 40.

    I have to think that your tweet had a little something to do with it. Somebody actually looked at nearly all of my posts. So I either had a binge reader, or I have a kind friend juicing my view count and boosting my ego, but I’m happy to take it as validation that I should keep writing. 🙂

  6. John says:

    Hi Steve,

    Thank you for the mention here and on Twitter today. Your post reminds me of the power of networks and that we’re all in this together. I hope to read up and bounce around ideas from here and the many other great sites I’ll run into!


  7. Adam says:

    Some great reads this week, thanks Steve!

    I’m loving the way you tell us what’s coming up on the blog, now i’m looking forward to Wednesday… And Monday sounds good too!

  8. Jef Miles says:

    Thanks for the tweet mention Steve!
    Appreciate someone like you paying it forward, will keep this in mind and thanks for the weekly round-up 🙂

  9. weenie says:

    Thanks for the Twitter mention, I got a bit more international traffic 🙂

    Also, thanks for these links, some very interesting articles, in particular the ‘Excuses made us poor’ one!

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