The Friday Feast ~ the 8th of April

Published April 8, 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: A Streamin’ Life, Wallet Hacks, Self Employed Movement, Physician on Fire, She Picks Up Pennies, Britt & the Benjamins, Living A FI, Northern Expenditure, Simple Economist and Mark Manson.


Phew! As you probably know, we’ve done it. We moved into our Airstream and may have sold our house for $11,000 over our asking price on the second day it was on the market. Needless to say, we are pretty damn stoked.

First, a plug for my wife’s new Airstream blog, She wrote about our adventures with picking up our new house and moving in this week. It made for long days, but the experience was truly wonderful.

Around the blogosphere, Wallet Hacks wrote a bloody awesome article about the dirty little secrets that most “portfolio managers” don’t want you to know. Did you know that very few of them actually beat market averages?

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post this week comes from The Self Employed Movement who drastically changed his tone on his blog and his entire outlook on life. I love it!

“Money is no longer our greatest motivation; adventure is. We place much more importance on experiences rather than things. We do not put money in front of our health. We give more generously with no strings attached.”.

Preach, brother!

Life is too short for negativity. Forgive easily. Live simply. Work hard, but play even harder. Adventure is the spice of life, and Marc just found his favorite seasoning!

More from the personal finance community

Physician on Fire blogged about how easy it is to double your money without trying your luck in Vegas. Use the Rule of 72.

Tired of people asking you to buy things under the guise of “having fun”? Yeah, so is Penny from She Picks Up Pennies.

Over at Britt & the Benjamins, Brittney talks about how to take full control of your life by quitting the selfies and living a fulfilled life. Sweet!

Lastly, Living A FI’s tongue-in-cheek article about how much early retirement bites is certainly not to be missed. After all, who really *needs* freedom, anyway?

Honorable mentions: Northern Expenditure talks about when money and love don’t mixSimple Economist chats about less information and more reflection and lastly, Mark Manson explains why people don’t want to feel like they suck.

Photo of the week

I made this photo on Tuesday morning while sitting at my desk (read: nook) in our Airstream. The sunrise was beautiful and had to grab my camera.  Not a bad view!

Sunrise out of the window of our Airstream

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: On Monday, I will talk about home ownership and why, in many cases, it is a losing proposition from a financial perspective. On Wednesday, I reflect on our first night in the Airstream and spill the beans about how it all went.

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

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23 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 8th of April”

  1. Happy Friday! What a great photo looking out “Charlie’s” window. Thanks for the great reads.

  2. Marc says:

    Thanks for the shout out, Steve! Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Thanks for sharing Steve. That was a great post by Self Employed! I had missed it yesterday, and really appreciate you pointing it out. Hope you guys have a great weekend!


  4. Your photography. AMAZING. Thanks for the shout out. Can’t wait for more Charlie stories next weekend!

  5. This was another week of getting behind on blogs. Thanks as always for picking the best… Saves me time in getting caught up! Enjoy the weekend in your new home!

  6. I loved the Self Employed Movement New Manifesto.

    I am still a long way from this perspective, but it’s what I’m going for.

    Thanks for highlighting a couple of great reads.

  7. Tawcan says:

    Happy Friday Steve, that’s a nice view from your home for sure. 🙂

    Lots of great articles, thanks for pointing them out.

  8. I’m honored to be included in the Feast. Thank you for the mention.

    Cheers & have a great weekend!

  9. Loved all of these posts this week, but there are some I missed! Always a great recap, Steve. 🙂

  10. James says:

    Great photo. Continue to soak in all the goodness, my friend.

  11. Steve says:

    another great breakdown, and found another blog to follow. Awesome pic as well. Thanks again!

  12. Mr. PIE says:

    Nice summary of the latest cool reads this week. And thanks for introducing us to some new blogs we are just starting to read more. Look forward to your stories of life in the Airstream unfolding!
    Long time reader of your blog but never commented.

    Only just started our very own FIRE blog so getting late to the party! Better a little late than never.

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