The Friday Feast ~ the 26th of August

Published August 26, 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: Budget Bloggess, Retire Before Dad, Long Haul Trekkers, Money Commando, Million Dollar Journey, Fruclassity, The Simple Dollar, Stacking Dollars, Red Two Green and Financially Alert.


Welcome to another Friday, and congrats for making it here. Half way through August already and less than a week from our vacation to the higher altitudes of Colorado. Can hardly wait. Prepare yourselves for epic pictures (hopefully!).

Now, onto the personal finance gems!

First, Budget Bloggess writes about making the choice to live a simple life. “It’s baffling to me that day after day, so many of us make the conscious decision to live outside our means and choose debt as a way of life.”

Next, check out Retire Before Dad‘s strangely awesome post about nude selfies of personal finance.

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post this week comes from Long Haul Trekkers who argues an important point: Why you should quit your job.

“As a product of the United States, I was taught that my identity is defined by my success. If I put my head down and do well in school, good things will come to me. I will achieve the “American Dream,” he wrote.

But, what if that “American Dream” comes at the cost of our very livelihoods? “Here is another bubble buster for you old hat traditionalists; there is no guarantee that you’ll even live to retirement.”

People are working themselves into the ground. Obesity continues to plague Americans, perhaps in part due to our workaholic nature in pursuit of some dream. “Quitting your job is the first step in changing your path.”

More from the personal finance community

Money Commando asks an important question that has been on my mind for, well, since I went to college: Is it worth it?

Million Dollar Journey answers an important question: You’ve got a million bucks? Cool, what next?

Also, Fruclassity delivers an interesting message about finding motivation when things are on autopilot in your life.

Lastly, The Simple Dollar published a post filled with numbers that suggest how shitty most Americans are with handling money.

Honorable mentions: Stacking Dollars has officially cut the cordRed Two Green made a cool $3,000 selling stuff around the house, and lastly, Financially Alert teaches us how to construct a million-dollar mindset from scratch.

Photo of the week

This is one of my favorite shots from our trip to San Francisco, CA over the winter of last year. Seagulls even love the views of water and bridges out there!

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: On Monday, I’m revealing the 7 dumbest things that I’ve ever said about personal finance, and on Wednesday I’m talking about why my wife and I don’t need to be millionaires before calling it quits.

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

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18 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 26th of August”

  1. Happy Weekend Steve! Lots of new sites to check out this weekend -Love it!

  2. Jen says:

    Thanks so much for including our post! We’re glad you enjoyed it and we hope your readers get something out of it as well!

  3. I love these Friday Feasts. Quite the impressive collection of blogs you must keep up with.

    I couldn’t agree more with Long Haul Trekker’s post of the week. Definitely some great posts featured here.

  4. Thanks for the shout out!

    I think it’s worth questioning a lot of the conventional wisdom out there about things like the value of college, private vs. public school, and engineering vs. liberal arts. Sometimes the conventional wisdom is right (the analysis in my blog about “Is college worth it” pretty clearly shows that college is worth the time and money), but I think in other cases it’s not (I don’t think pricy private schools are worth it).

    I’m hoping to dig into some of these other topics soon.

    • Steve says:

      You’re very welcome. Conventional wisdom is a killer. There is so much MORE that most people can do with their lives than what conventional wisdom would have them believe.

  5. I appreciate the mention, Steve!

    I was also featured on Rockstar Finance today which makes this already fabulous Friday, even more fantastic!

    Have a great weekend. I’m looking forward to checking out some of the sites you pointed out above. 🙂

  6. Josh says:

    Thanks again for putting these together. Makes for good Saturday morning reading and I always find a new blog I hadn’t heard of.

    I am looking forward to Wednesday’s article. $1MM seems to be the magic # that is so often thrown around.

  7. Great list of articles Steve. So many blogs, so little time!

  8. Jef Miles says:

    Nice round up here Steve! 🙂
    All the best with that trip to Colorado, would love to hear a post on that one as a big fan of trekking/hiking, if you’ll be doing any

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Jef – we will definitely do quite a bit of hiking. Should be fun, and living in Arizona during the summer, we could certainly use the fresh air!

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