The Friday Feast ~ the 30th of October

Published October 30, 2015   Posted in Friday Feast

The personal finance community is filled with so many talented writers and truly inspiring people and families who want something much different in life than the traditional plan of buying lots of stuff and retiring in their 60s.  Here is a look at the best of this week’s personal finance blogs.

In this episode of Friday Feast: Freedom 35, Dividend Mantra, Money Saving Mom, She Picks Up Pennies, The Simple Dollar, Dinks Finance, Debtless In Texas and No Credit Needed.

readingWelcome to Halloween Eve, which also happens to be the best night of the week for those who still have their dreaded full time jobs.  It’s another Friday, and let’s get right to some of the best material that the personal finance community had to offer.

First, congratulations to Freedom 35 for quitting their jobs. While they aren’t retiring quite yet, they amassed enough FU money to quit their full time jobs to look for other opportunities that are more fun. All I can say to that is HELL YEAH!

Next, Jason from Dividend Mantra talked about how an Auxiliary Fund can help speed up retirement, perhaps enabling sweet, sweet joblessness a year or more early.

And, check out this guest post on Money Saving Mom about a jewelry store manager coming face-to-face with the person that she wanted to be – a person completely debt-free.  “We’re debt-free.  No thank you”.

Rapidly becoming one of my favorite blogs to read, She Picks Up Pennies wrote an poignant piece about keeping money in perspective and not being an asshole by judging others based on their outward appearance.

One of the more thought-provoking posts of the week came from The Simple Dollar about the damage that comes from pretending to be rich. This reminds me of a lunch I had with a friend of mine on Wednesday. He stopped devoting to his 401k at work because his discretionary spending has spun completely out of control.

And while not personal finance related, I couldn’t help myself but share this incredible time-lapse video of the Croatian landscape.  Definitely give this a view, and if you’re at work, mute your speakers or wear headphones. 😉

Honorable mentions: The biggest money rip offs of all time by Dinks Finance, how Debtless In Texas is managing a windfall of money, and how No Credit Needed finds free, inexpensive and cheap tools.

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: On Monday, I am going to drop some knowledge on you fine folks about how college students can best manage their student loans. Wednesday’s blog post will discuss how much I hate working hard. Instead, I work smart, and I will discuss six killer ways to make the best of smart work.

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

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12 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 30th of October”

  1. Chris Muller says:

    Nom nom nom… I saved my appetite for this week’s feast! mwahahaha I can’t wait to dive into these this weekend. Thank you! Also looking forward to next week’s posts 🙂 Have an awesome weekend you guys!

  2. Tawcan says:

    Boy I’d love to go to Croatia one of these days after seeing such incredible video of Croatian landscape.

  3. Jason Fieber says:


    …sweet, sweet joblessness.”

    Couldn’t have said it better myself!! 🙂

    Thanks for including me. Hope you guys have a great weekend over there. Looks like you guys are on the home stretch for sweet, sweet joblessness yourselves.

    Happy Halloween!

    Best regards.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Jason – indeed, the home stretch! Next year’s gonna be pretty darn exciting, especially towards the end of it. 🙂

      Happy Halloween to you as well! 🙂

  4. I really loved She Picks Up Pennies’s post too. Plus, she’s obviously got great taste in blog names!

  5. Freedom40 says:

    I was lucky enough to go to Dubrovnik all the way back in 2000 before pretty much anyone had heard of it. If you ever get the chance to go – I can say it is definitely worth it. In fact, the entire Dalmatian coast of Croatia is AH-MAY-ZING!

  6. Tell us more about this lunch with your friend whose spending is out of control! Did you sit on your hands and just let them make their own mistakes? Offer gentle advice? Or scream, “What the F are you doing, you idiot???” 🙂

    • Steve says:

      Hehe. Well, I pretty much sat on my hands for this one, cause it wasn’t the time or place to lecture or offer advice. It sure was an interesting conversation, though. 🙂

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