The Friday Feast ~ the 6th of January

Published January 6, 2017   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: The Money Habit, Lazy Man and Money, Mad Money Monster, Cantankerous Life, Wallet Hacks, Frugal Mermaid, The Frugal Farmer, Six Figures Under, Thrifty Livin’, Our Next Life.

readingWelcome to the first Friday of 2017 – and the first real Friday where I get to call myself a true, officially-christened early retiree! The goal is to make this the best damn year ever as we both set sail into the sunset as full-time travelers.

Now, on to the personal finance blogosphere!

First, The Money Habit wrote about the secret to not wanting fancy shit. It’s about switching from consuming to producing, baby.

Oh, you wanna read some blasphemy? Lazy Man and Money‘s new years resolution is to spend more money!

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post for this week comes from Mad Money Monster who wrote a gem about avoiding massive debt going through college.

It’s called putting in your time by doing grunt work in exchange for beautiful-smelling greenbacks. “I started working full time after high school. First it was McDonald’s, then I sexed chicks.” Umm…rock on!

Good decision-making, especially when young, has profoundly positive effects later in life. “As much as I wanted to go to [my dream] school, I knew the smart financial move was to go to school #2, offering a scholarship, resulting in me paying only $14,000 for both remaining years.”


More from the personal finance community

Cantankerous Life wrote a post about the worst pieces of financial advice – EVER – from the perspective of personal finance bloggers.

Check out Wallet Hacks‘s trick for saving green when shopping online! It’s called “Cart Abandonment“.

Also, Frugal Mermaid talks about dreading an international vacation and “vacation regret“.

Lastly, The Frugal Farmer asks an important question: What is your dream, and how will you get there?

Honorable mentions: Six Figures Under loves credit cardsThrifty Livin’ talks about making money by blogging, lastly, Our Next Life has declared 2017 “The Year of No“.

Video of the week

We hiked Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona the day I retired (December 23rd). The wife wore antlers on her head with bells. Yeah, it was romantic.

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: On Monday, publishing a guest post about what they don’t tell you about living on the road full-time (Ummm…..), and on Wednesday, I’m responding to a request from a reader about building a photography system without going broke.

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

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16 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 6th of January”

  1. Thanks so much for the kudos on my college debt article! We really worked our butts off to get our degrees without slipping down the slippery slope of massive debt. As you can see in the article, it wasn’t always glamorous, but in the end, it paid huge dividends. 🙂

    Mrs. Mad Money Monster

  2. Great articles to check out as always. Definitely a few here that I would have missed otherwise. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for sharing these. Love the one on Worst Pieces of Financial Advice. Those are classic! Sadly, many believe them. Hey, if you say it enough times, it must be true, right?

  4. Slow Dad says:

    Thanks for the shout out Steve, and for contributing to the worst advice list.

  5. Watched the video. The house with the bridge triggered a thought. As a kid I desperately wanted a house with a moat. However here we are after ten years of homeownership all I can think of is what kind of maintenance does that thing involves. How life changes your perspective.

    • Steve says:

      A moat, huh? That’s a unique want, but I must admit a pretty cool one. But yeah, the maintenance…unless I had people for that job, not sure I’d want that responsibility either.

  6. HUGE congrats on reaching early retirement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the mention – I appreciate it. Enjoy your glorious new life!!!

  7. Woop woop! You’ve earned the moniker of Early Retiree quite nicely. 🙂 I can’t think of a better way to celebrate retiring early than hiking up a mountain with antlers on my head.

    That’s the dream. 🙂

    Dewwwwd, I can’t wait for the new posts. You and Michelle Gardner are giving me RV envy–although I know it’s not easy. We just moved into our first house so I don’t think full-time traveling is in our future soon, but it’s nice to see what you guys are up to. 🙂

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Mrs. Picky Pincher! It’s definitely a unique lifestyle, but we like it. When the weather gets bad, we move. If we’re tired of our view, maybe we’ll try the other side of the mountain. 🙂

  8. Look everybody — Steve early retired and he didn’t explode!

    Congrats again Steve! Where will you guys travel first?

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Mr. Tako! After my wife quits, we’re going to spend some time in the southern Utah area. We’ll probably visit Zion again, then make our way up to Bryce Canyon. And after that, we’ll slowly meander our way up towards Oregon for the summer. Escaping the heat! 🙂

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