November 28, 2019

FIRE Doesn’t Fix Everything (Millennial Revolution) – Financial independence/early retirement solves your money problems, but it doesn’t magically fix everything.

 

Help! Analysis paralysis is stopping me from investing (Monevator) – Most passive investing strategies will land you in roughly the same ballpark. Stop trying to predict which strategy will do best, and just start investing.

 

Grocery Services: Are They Worth It? (The Three Year Experiment) – The time savings and health benefits of grocery delivery services are worth the cost for many people.

November 27, 2019

The seductive peril of loving your job (Ditch The Cave) – “I’ve been down this slippery slope before. The short term hit of approval at work turns into a longer-term addiction. As all the other sources of external validation get neglected the esteem of work colleagues becomes a drug of choice.”

 

Why I Sold My Index Funds and Quit the Stock Market (Mostly) (Nat Eliason) – “If you have the time to work on projects using your money, if you can be smart about how you spend it investing in yourself and your work, and if you can handle being on the line for your own success, it might be worth considering liquidating whatever personal accounts you have (the non-tax advantaged ones) so you can invest in yourself.”

 

It’s going to be imperfect. Keep trying anyway. (The Frugal Girl) – There will be plenty of imperfect days and weeks on your financial journey. Just accept it and keep chugging along.

November 26, 2019

How to Save $1,047 This Black Friday (Becoming Minimalist) – “Only in America do we wait in line and push past others to buy items one day after giving thanks for everything we already have.”

 

When to Fight Your Frugal Instinct and Spend the Damn Money (Cash for Tacos) – “Think about what you want your money to provide for both yourself and the world around you. What are your values and how can you adjust your spending to reflect those values?”

 

A Simple Year-End Tax Checklist (Go Curry Cracker) – A useful list of financial and tax-related activities you should get in order before the end of the year.

November 25, 2019

The Pessimists are Always Right (In the Short Term) (5AM Joel) – “Listen to the pessimists, they are always right in the short term – Then get working on your long term plans!”

 

Talking openly about my Financial Independence Plan (Modest Millionaires) – “Sharing my experience can allow others to learn about this whole idea of financial freedom. Even if they have no interest in following that same path, it can allow them to open up about their own goals, struggles and experiences with their own finances which are a huge part of their lives.”

 

Making Money vs. Sounding Smart (Movement Capital) – “It took me a while to realize that the solution to complexity isn’t managing it better – it’s avoiding it altogether.”

November 22, 2019

Pizza Delivery is for Millionaires (Mr. Money Mustache) – On the benefits of a more streamlined lifestyle.

 

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls (All About Your Benjamins) – Before you make any changes to your asset allocation, do these things first.

 

Front-Loading My Retirement To Fight Sequence of Returns Risk (Bonus Nachos) – An explanation for why investing a large sum early on, as opposed to spacing out investments over time, can be an effective way to fight sequence of returns risk.

November 21, 2019

There’s Treasure Everywhere! (Financial Panther) – “The world is full of opportunity – more than we’ve ever had in history…We just have to be willing to look for it.”

 

News headlines make investing seem scary. Ignore them. (The Financial Bodyguard) – “Investing is a risky pastime. But, if done within sensible parameters which are aligned to your emotions and your personal goals, it’s rarely a deadly pursuit.”

 

The Money You Don’t Invest (The Irrelevant Investor) – “It’s probable that returns will be lower over the next decade but that doesn’t mean you should stop investing if you can afford to. You may not receive the same level of compensation for each unit of risk, but you spend 100% of the money you don’t save.”

November 20, 2019

Shift Your Thinking, Not Your Investments (Worth) – “If you’re living in fear of the next downturn, consider shifting your thinking instead of your investments. Focus on controlling what you can control, such as how much you save, or finding the right stock/bond mix.”

 

The Modern Trap of Turning Hobbies Into Hustles (Man Repeller) – “We don’t have to monetize or optimize or organize our joy. Hobbies don’t have to be imbued with a purpose beyond our own enjoyment of them. They, alone, can be enough.”

 

What Am I Doing? …When To Call It Quits (Accidental FIRE) – “The breaking point isn’t quantifiable, there’s no clear threshold to reach.  But you have to find your own “what am I doing?” point in life to know when to call it quits. You’ll know it when you feel it.”

November 19, 2019

The Fear of Spending Money (The Physician Philosopher) – “It’s important to strike a balance between the future goals we set and living today. If you can meet your financial goals and a change is within those parameters, there is nothing wrong with making a change. In fact, I encourage you to spend lavishly as long as you are track to meet your goals.”

 

Cash Back (Humble Dollar) – Most companies get knocked off by competition over a long enough period of time, which is why diversifying your investments is so important.

 

Tending to the Garden of Your Financial Plan (The Belle Curve) – “Life will throw you curveballs. A financial plan is not a beautiful report in a fancy binder that collects dust in your drawer. It is a living and breathing instrument that should be maintained throughout the years. If you are not doing planning this way, it may be time for a change.”

November 18, 2019

Why we bought a brand new car (JL Collins) – “Life choices are not always about the money, but you should always be clear about the money choice you are making.”

 

Remember when you wanted what you currently have? (Budgets are Sexy) – “Don’t stop striving, but remember you’re doing a lot better than you used to be.”

 

The greatest value investment of all time (Eight Fat Swine) – There is one value investment that generates massive gains while remaining immune to market cycles, bubbles, fads, crashes, rates or the economy…

November 15, 2019

No Goals (Paul Jarvis) – Paul shares why setting a goal to make one million dollars a year turned out to be a disaster and why he’s much happier with not setting goals at all anymore.

 

Are You Checking Your Portfolio Too Often? (Investment Masters Class) – Why checking your portfolio balance every day is a bad idea.

 

Do I Want My Boss’s Job? (Stop Ironing Shirts) – “Once I got past the desire for my boss’s job and the prominence that came from higher and higher positions, I was able to slowly part ways with my professional identity.”

November 14, 2019

Income Percentile by City Calculator (DQYDJ) – This calculator shows you how your income (either individual or household) stacks up to everyone else in your city.

 

Should I Have Stayed in the Corporate Grind? (Wanderlust Wendy) – “For every year that I would’ve stayed in the corporate grind, it would become increasingly difficult to leave. The one-more-year syndrome is so easy to repeat, because monetary reward increases nearly exponentially. I was afraid to get trapped. I wanted time before potentially having kids to try out a different life, and I am glad I did.” 

 

5-Hour Workdays? 4-Day Workweeks? Yes, Please (NY Times) – “If like many digital knowledge workers, you’re exhausted by endless work and flooded inboxes, the good news is that better and more sustainable ways of producing valuable output with your brain might be coming — if we can find enough visionaries willing to try out “radical” new ideas about how best to get things done.”