The Friday Feast ~ the 29th of July

Published July 29, 2016   Posted in How to Think

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: RodansOdyssey, Make Smarter Decisions, Mr. Tako Escapes, Apathy Ends, Family Money Plan, Retire in 2019, Business Insider, It’s a Kate Life, Debt Discipline and Physician on Fire.


Welcome to another Friday! Today, we are busy installing a new composting toilet in our Airstream so we won’t have to deal with the dreaded black tank any longer. My wife has been looking forward to this for a while, and the time has finally come.

Now, onto the personal finance gems!

First, RodansOdyssey gives us three reasons to blow the budget and make it rain!

And elsewhere, Make Smarter Decisions reflects on five decisions made as a teenager that helped make her rich.

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post this week comes from Mr. Tako Escapes who writes about the importance of maintaining goals, especially after early retirement.

“Life is short.  And then we end up dead,” he writes, setting the stage. “I chose the path of financial independence instead of the corporate life.  It freed up a whole lot more of my time for actually living.”

Goals, Mr. Tako writes, gives life purpose. Something positive to strive towards, to keep your brain active and heart pounding. “So what do I want to achieve with my financial independence?  Read on to find out!”

More from the personal finance community

Apathy Ends gives us four money mistakes that we need to avoid.

Over at Family Money Plan, Andrew talks about the one thing that you should change about your mortgage, today!

Also, Retire in 2019 got laid off recently, prompting the question: Can I retire now?

Lastly, thinking of buying a house? This Business Insider flowchart might help!

Honorable mentions: It’s a Kate Life asks: Do your principles get in the wayDebt Discipline talks about offsetting your mortgage by making extra cash, and lastly, Physician on Fire finally announced his retirement?

Photo of the week

Captured a shot of this snake at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum early this year. Isn’t he cute?

Looking down the Baja California coast

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: On Monday, I am discussing five ways to be creative working full-time, and Wednesday, I will talk dodgeball and how that could possibly relate to early retirement.

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

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18 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 29th of July”

  1. Hey Steve – thanks so much for the shout out! Sounds like you have an interesting project on the docket for today (I was going to write fun – but…)! There are four new folks here for me to check out this weekend and that’s what I love about your round-ups! Can’t wait to read about dodgeball…my son’t favorite game.

    • Steve says:

      You’re welcome, Vicki! Yup, exciting day today, hope that everything goes well. We’ll be filming the whole thing so everyone can view our screwups! 😉

  2. Apathy Ends says:

    Thanks for the shoutout Steve!

    Not a fan of snakes but that is a sweet picture! Looks ready to hunt something down.

  3. Happy Friday. Good luck with your project. Not having to deal with the murky waters sounds like a good thing. Thanks for the link love. Great photo!

  4. Kate says:

    Thank Steve! I really appreciate everything you do for fellow bloggers 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Happy to have made the cut. The weekend’s off to a great start!

    I look forward to the dodgeball post.


  6. Hi Steve!

    1000 thank you’s for the mention. You sir are a scholar *and* a gentleman.

  7. Thank you for commeting my blog! We are 95% sure that we will retire soon.

  8. Great feast this week! From a flashback to teenage jobs to passive-aggressive driving, there are lots of life lessons to be learned.

  9. Very much appriciate your mention of my post above! Thanks.

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