The Friday Feast ~ the 28th of October

Published October 28, 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: Apathy Ends, True Tightwad, Living A FI, My Debtspiration, Reverse The Crush, Root Of Good, Untemplater, Par Compounded, Rental Mindset, Larry Kim.

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

First, Apathy Ends used an incident he witnessed on a bus to remind people to be assertive, but don’t be a freaking asshole.

Then, the dude behind True Tightwad wrote that through all of our struggles, financial freedom is a choice, not a gift. Beautifully written!

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post this week comes from Dr. Doom (Living A FI) who wrote at some length that quitters never win…except when they do.

If you haven’t read this guy’s stuff, read it. Everything he writes comes across as surreal, yet vivid. His writing style is second to none, I say. And, this is one of his best works.

“My boss assumes a horrified expression as I say this, his lips pulling to the sides of his face in a full-on grimace. As recently as ten seconds ago, he had a fake smile plastered to his face, but it’s nowhere to be seen now. I find I prefer the grimace. At least it’s authentic.”

This is the day that he gave his boss notice of his early departure.

“He’s dumbstruck. Not a word,” he writes of his boss.

More from the personal finance community

My Debtspiration offers wise advice about college: Don’t even think about going to college without a financial plan.

After taking a year off, Reverse The Crush writes about why he’s ready to go back to work.

Also, Root of Good talks about running out of cash in early retirement.

Lastly, what is it like to be a manager? Untemplater reveals the juicy details.

Honorable mentions: Par Compounded warns us about timeshares, Rental Mindset offers a new way to think about cash flow, and lastly, Larry Kim gives us the ugly truth about being an entrepreneur.

Photo of the week

I was having a little fun this week around the KOA campground. We have both lemon and grapefruit trees at each campsite, fruit free for the picking. Woohoo!

When life gives you lemons...or a grapefruit?

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: On Monday, I am talking about the only two reasons to EVER go into debt, and on Wednesday I am publishing my guide to the personal finance blogosphere and how to get the very  most out of this community.

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

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16 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 28th of October”

  1. Have a great weekend Steve! I missed almost every one of these because of WORK… Done today (for at least a month or so….) new decision about going back for 2 months for a maternity leave coming next week. Loving the fruit trees you have access to!

  2. Apathy Ends says:

    Thanks for the shoutout Steve!

    Looking forward to you Wednesday post next week, sounds like and interesting one

  3. Andrew says:


    Thank you for the shout out! Very much appreciated!

    Very interested to see your posts next week, especially the Wednesday one.

    Btw, LOVE the caption about the grapefruit/lemon–I actually did laugh out loud hahaha

  4. Beth says:

    Holy Crap! Thank you for recognizing my post AND sharing it! You just made my day…and it’s Friday…and it’s a payday. It’s gonna be a good one. 🙂 Thanks again!

    I really like this post. I will be making it a point today and the rest of the weekend to check all of these posts out. And I am especially looking forward to your Wednesday post. I could use your knowledge.


    • Steve says:

      Thanks Beth, appreciate you stopping by and taking a look. Sounds like a good Friday to me…any day that’s a paycheck day is a good one, eh?

  5. I love the Debtspiration post about college and finances. I went to college with a vague idea of “career” in mind, but to18-year-old me, it was really just High School 2.0. I wish I had sat down and thought out a plan for the next 3-4 years to set myself up for success. But I did not! I think going into college with a gameplan (and an idea of what career you actually want and can make money doing) is the best strategy.

    • Steve says:

      I was very similar, Picky Pincher. College was just something that you did in my family. It was the natural next step. Luckily, I winded up picking the right major that set me up for some pretty respectable earnings in my career, but that was probably purely accidental at the time. 🙂

  6. Thank you for the shoutout Steve! I really appreciate it.
    There are a ton of great articles to check out here so thank you for taking the time to put this together. Have a great weekend 🙂

  7. A couple articles I hadn’t seen before. Thanks Steve!

  8. Jef Miles says:

    Looking forward to Wednesday’s post from you there Steve, should be one to take a look at for sure!
    Agree on living an FI life, he’s a great writer and I’m steadily working my way through his back catalog as we write 🙂

    When life gives you grapefruits I say turn them into grape juice 😉 haha (maybe not that original) :O

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