The Friday Feast ~ the 6th of November

Published November 6, 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: Gen Y Finance Guy, Our Next Life, Rockstar Finance, Two Cup House, Freedom With Bruno, She Picks Up Pennies, Ditching The Daily Grind, Retire By 40 and FI Big Sky.

readingHalle-freaking-lujah, it’s November! A refreshing and long-awaited crispness now fills the morning air, days are markedly shorter and the holiday season and consumer insanity is right around the corner. Some of you have even seen snow already (I’m looking at you, Our Next Life!). The most expensive part of the year is inching near – yep, check out that rhyme!

On the bright side, the markets have rebounded nicely, bringing many net worth’s back up to where they were in August – maybe even above! For example, check out the kick ass job Gen Y Finance Guy did last month to totally rock it financially. Beautifully colorful blog post, too!

And speaking of colorful charts and stuff, Our Next Life took their first stab at revealing some details on how close they are to achieving that sweet, sweet creamy goodness of financial independence. They are getting damn close.

Also, another special thanks to J$ over at Rockstar Finance for picking up my retirement renaissance article and posting it for his readers to consider.  J is doing some truly amazing things for the personal finance community over there.

While we are on the subject of doing amazing things, Claudia at Two Cup House wrote about destroying all of their credit card debt through simple savings techniques and side hustling. Awesome job, Claudia.

Freedom with Bruno, a blog that I just stumbled on, is chronicling the journey of a dude and his Toyota 4Runner who’s already at financial independence. His latest post spills the beans about how his first six months of retirement went – in Costa Rica!

And by the way, how would you like it if everybody whom you work with knew your salary? She Picks Up Pennies wants to know your thoughts. Quite frankly, so do I!

Honorable mentions: Ever heard of a minimalist challenge? Ditching The Daily Grind is doing one. Retire By 40 dives into three ways to fund early retirement, and an awesome post from FI Big Sky talks about how lazy weekends relate to being productive.

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: Monday’s article will take a closer look at what to do with all your extra money after maxing out both your 401k and Roth IRA. On Wednesday, I am going to turn my sights over to student loans and talk about how to most effectively maximize your education and minimize debt. It’s gonna be a good one!

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

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12 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 6th of November”

  1. Jason says:

    Good stuff as always.

  2. Thanks for taking the time to post on Fridays….good reads going into the weekend…….Steve

  3. It’s unreal to be included on this list. I love all of these feasts. It’s such a great way to cap off my Friday and make sure I didn’t miss any of these compelling posts this week!

  4. Freedom with Bruno thanks you for the honorable mention! Happy to be listed among such incredible blogs spreading the word about living (and retiring!) on less.

  5. Thanks for including us in the feast! There are a ton of great posts here. I look forward to your feedback on student loan debt as it is an ever-present topic in my life today. 🙂

  6. Haha — Yep, the snow is legit here! Having snow in early November is not unusual in most mountain towns, but it’s a little crazy that it’s still here! It didn’t all melt this week! Brrrrrrrrrrrr!!

    Thanks for featuring our charts and graphs post. 🙂 We’ll probably make that a quarterly thing.

    And on your post for this Wednesday, on student loans, here’s my very best tip: Go to college not just at an affordable school, but at an affordable school in a low cost of living place. I went to a state school (on a full ride, actually), and thought I’d have no trouble getting through debt-free. But it was located in a super pricey urban area, and that’s what killed me. Rent was a fortune, groceries were a fortune, transportation was a fortune, basically fill in the blank: ______ was a fortune. I ended up graduating with $10K in loans that went to pay for exotic things like my electricity bill and bus pass. That said, I would go to that school again in a heartbeat, so for me, it was worth it. But the cost of the actual place where the school was based never entered into my thinking.

    Hope you guys had a great weekend!

    • Steve says:

      Ah, yes! The cost of living in general around the school that you go to is another great tip. I do talk about attending less expensive state schools, but I didn’t specifically hit on the cost of living part. Nice tip.

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