The Friday Feast ~ the 2nd of December

Published December 2, 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 Money, The Latte Budget, Two Cup House, Freedom Is Groovy, The Retirement Manifesto, Thinking Thrifty, L Bee And The Money Tree, Jason Fieber, Northern Expenditure and Our Next Life.

readingWelcome to another Friday, congrats for making it here and happy December! We have returned from our trip up to Oregon to get solar panels installed on Charlie, our 200 square foot Airstream. More on that next week, but be sure to watch Part 1 of our Oregon adventure below.

Now, on to the personal finance blogosphere!

First, Millennial Money put together an awesome collection of SEO tips for bloggers. Topics like site speed, keywords, headlines, categories and tagging are all discussed. Check it out and decide which of them work best for you.

And, The Latte Budget is another blogger who’s doing a No-gift Christmas this year. “Personally, I have a large family. I save around $400 by not giving Christmas gifts. This really helps out during the holidays, because I usually have to budget another $300 for a flight or gas to just drive home for Christmas.”

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post for this week comes from Two Cup House who wrote about achieving their goal of paying off their mortgage. I love it when a plan comes together.

How did they achieve this monumental achievement? They worked smart (and hard).

“We didn’t do anything special to get here. We eat all of the food we buy, which we didn’t do before. We live in less house than we could afford and made extra principal payments, which we didn’t do before. We hustled.”

“I think this entire experience of downsizing our home and crushing our debt showed us what power we have to make changes in our life and finances.”

Amen to that. If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen.

More from the personal finance community

Freedom Is Groovy talks about how holiday time charity drives can really tick them off.

Don’t miss The Retirement Manifesto‘s post about the best retirement advice ever received by a variety of personal finance bloggers. Super cool post.

Also, Thinking Thrifty writes of the hidden costs of being a landlord.

Lastly, L Bee And The Money Tree talks about what happened when she stopped eating out for 30 days.

Honorable mentions: Jason Fieber writes about financial freedomNorthern Expenditure asks is it time to quit your job?, and lastly, Our Next Life posits the question: Are we the Jonses?

Video of the week

Check out Part 1 of our adventure up to Oregon to get solar panels installed on our Airstream. It was fun, but very, very rainy! Part 2 will be released Saturday!

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: On Monday, I am spilling all the details about our new solar-powered Airstream and on Wednesday I might run another guest post from a very kick-ass Millennial who transitioned from working for someone else to working for himself.

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

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26 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 2nd of December”

  1. Thanks so much for including me, very honoured!

  2. Thanks for sharing Steve. Another fine list of posts to check-out. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving knocked me for a loop and I am still digging out of my blogger to-do list!

  3. Great links and video! Mishaps in the Airstream – just like in our homes! So interesting though – great scenery too! Have a great weekend!

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Vicki! When it wasn’t raining up there, it was pretty beautiful. Cold, but a nice change from what we are used to. I probably couldn’t actually live there, though! 😉

  4. Looking forward to hearing more about the new airstream setup. Of your other blog links I have to say our next life’s are we the Jones was one of my personal favorites. Have a great weekend.

  5. Steve, thanks so much for the “Best Advice” shout out! Always love your Friday Feast, an honor to be a part of it today!

  6. Mrs Groovy says:

    Wow, thanks for including my post, And I’m especially tickled for the double dose of love ’cause Fritz quoted me in his. I appreciate all you do for the community.

  7. Wow! Thanks, Steve! 🙂 Appreciate the inclusion. Have an awesome weekend!

  8. I love the idea of a No-Gift Christmas. We did this one year and it was actually one of the best Christmases I’ve ever had. We did do gifts for the kids, but the adults just relaxed sans presents and it was AWESOME.

  9. Thanks for the shout out! Lots of great content here to dive into for the weekend!

  10. Jason Fieber says:


    Appreciate you including me. Thanks so much!

    I watched the video. Pretty cool, man. Living the dream!

    Oregon is actually one of my favorite states. I sometimes think about moving over that way (specifically Portland), but I worry about the rain, clouds, and the onset of seasonal affective disorder. It seemed like almost as soon as you hit Oregon, the rain and clouds just turned on. I guess that’s a natural check on too many people moving there. But I also understand it’s continually one of the top states for inbound moves. Enjoy it up there!


    • Steve says:

      You’re welcome, Jason – appreciate the thoughtfulness of your post! I agree, Oregon is an awesome area to visit, especially in the summer. While I’d rather live THERE than many other places in the country, not sure that I’d chose to live there if I had other options. I’m just not an overcast/rain kind of person. It would drive me batty! 🙂

  11. Loved that SEO Tips post Steve. Thanks!

  12. I love getting lists of hand picked articles. Sure makes it more time friendly than sifting through so many different blogs. Looking forward to reading the Jonses and ‘no eating out’.

  13. Jef says:

    Cool trip here Steve! Thanks for sharing the articles as well..
    Have a fantastic week ahead 🙂
    Looks like you guys had some cold weather there, gotta head down under, where it’s around 80 Fahrenheit right now 😉

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Jef! Yup, Oregon and the entire Pacific Northwest is definitely enveloped in cold and rain…pretty much for the entire fall and winter season. We’re back in Arizona now and the high today is 70. I can deal with this kind of weather. 🙂

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