The Friday Feast ~ the 7th of July

Published July 7, 2017   Posted in In Retirement

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: Optimize Your Life, 1500 Days, Life Zemplified, Dads Dollars Debts, Budget On A Stick, Jason Fieber, Smile and Conquer, High Income Parents, The Happy Philosopher, Saving George.

readingWelcome to the end of another week. The Friday Feast is my opportunity to highlight some of the best personal finance content that I read during the week. Both old and new articles get mentioned here because I enjoy going through people’s posting archives.

Now, on to the personal finance blogosphere!

First, Optimize Your Life says that hard work doesn’t pay. Whaaa?

And 1500 Days explains why just being yourself is super freaking sexy.

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post this week comes from Life Zemplified who wants people to just get over themselves and get things done.

“You hear it around the office; you hear it talking with friends, overhear it at restaurants and parties, you’ve probably even said it or something like it yourself. Over and over again. I need to do this, we should do that, yet we often make empty promises to ourselves, have endless false starts and struggle to stop procrastinating and get things done.”

Making excuses is easy. Putting aside those excuses and focusing on achieving your goals and improving your life seems to be much, much tougher for a lot of us.

“Telling yourself, you’ll start your diet on Monday is just another excuse to not take care of yourself today. Instead, start now, just do it!”

More from the personal finance community

Dads Dollars Debts talks about paying off your debt as asset protection. Amen to that, by the way.

And, Budget On A Stick details the anti-deprivation allowance.

Oh, and Jason Fieber says that it’s not about the money.

Lastly, Smile and Conquer argued that working your typical 9-5 job is old news.

Honorable mentions: High Income Parents talks about setting up your kids for financial successThe Happy Philosopher goes back to full-time work, and lastly, Saving George discusses how a little saving now adds up to huge bank later.

Photo of the week

We are spending a couple of weeks chillin’ on the Oregon coast. Yeah, views of the Pacific aren’t bad.

Beautiful blue water on the Oregon coast

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

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22 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 7th of July”

  1. Awesome round-up! There seems to be a lack of follow-through in a majority of the things we NEED to do or that we COMMIT to doing. If it’s truly something you should be doing, then JUST DO IT. Where’s Nike at right now?! LOL

  2. Thanks Steve. I’m honored to be honorably mentioned.

    It looks beautiful in Oregon. My brother and sister-in-law just returned from there. They rewatched Goonies and tried to find some of the filming locations from around the coast in Ecola State Park.
    Reliving a little of the old childhood. Have a great weekend.

    Tom @ HIP

    • Steve says:

      Oregon is wonderful this time of year. Cool days in the summer isn’t something that I’m used to after spending the last nine years of my life living in southern Arizona. It’s a nice change!

  3. I loved Amy’s post too! Just get it done – stop the excuses. Love the take charge and stop being apathetic attitude. I love seeing your pics! We haven’t been to the West coast at all (it is on the agenda for the next couple of years!) We want to slow travel like your doing – even if it means living in a little dirt 🙂 Your posts always sound like you are having fun, getting some important things done – and living life on your terms! Exactly what we want to do! Happy Weekend – although every day is a weekend now for us too!

  4. Steve, thank you so much! I’m truly honored and appreciative!

    Wow, that picture is gorgeous. Staring at the water brings such a sense of calm. I’ve not made it to Oregon, but I miss the Pacific views from the southern coast of California. As always, thanks for sharing all that you do.

    • Steve says:

      You’re most welcome, Amy! Great post. And thanks for your comment about the photo. Beautiful place. I love blue/clear water. Like you said, it brings about a killer sense of calm. 🙂

  5. Thank you so much! Its awesome to be listed amongst such great posts!

    I wouldn’t mind a road trip to that ocean view right about now 🙂

  6. Wow, thanks so much for including me Steve, I’m honoured to be included in such a great list! There’s a couple of posts I haven’t read yet so I’ll get to that ASAP. Have a great weekend!

  7. DadsDollarsDebts says:

    Great round up and thanks for the shout out! I really enjoyed the working 9 to 5 is old news piece. Every day when I am sitting at work and twiddling my thumbs I imagine where else I can be. It is almost like I am Truman from the Truman show. Imagining what it is like out there in the world….anyone else feel that way?

  8. Man, your photos are gorgeous! Not sure if you’ve mentioned it elsewhere, but do you sell these for stock photos, etc.? Could be a neat way to monetize it. And thanks for the new reading suggestions!

    • Steve says:

      Thanks! I do have an Etsy store, but that’s it. My photography is mainly for me rather than a source of income, but I will earn a sale every now and then…the extra change is always nice. 🙂

  9. oldsteronfire says:

    I enjoy reading your weekly synopsis. Keep ’em coming!

  10. Jason Fieber says:


    Thanks for including me!

    Love that picture from OR. If I could deal with the gray/rain (and higher COL), I’d move to the Portland area in a heartbeat.

    Best regards.

    • Steve says:

      You’re welcome, Jason! Totally man – Portland isn’t cheap, but there are definitely worse places to call home. Love it up here.

  11. jmeeks7 says:

    I’m extremely honored to have made the list! Thank you so much! It really meant alot to me. You are appreciated!

  12. I’m still learning all this lol….I actually just stumbled across this by accident! Nevertheless, I’m honored. Thanks again!

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