October 17, 2019

What If I Don’t Get Hit By a Bus? (Trip Of A Lifestyle) – “What if you get hit by a bus?” is a common argument against saving and long-term thinking…but saving money and living your best life aren’t mutually exclusive, and this article turns those arguments on their head.

 

Land & Capital: Two Source of Income That Lead to Financial Independence (Morningstar) – “In economics, we learn that there are only three ways to produce income – land, labor and capital. If you want to stop laboring (retire, reach financial independence, whatever), then you need to acquire other two.”

 

How to Not Feel Financially Behind Your Friends (Casual Money Talk) – It’s easy to feel like you’re financially behind your peers. However, by changing your circle of comparison, shifting your perspective on wealth, and decoupling your self worth from your net worth, you can minimize this feeling.

October 16, 2019

Thankfully, Life is Full of Problems (More To That) – “Having problems is a natural constant of life, and feeling overwhelmed is a symptom of forgetting this very fact. Without these challenges, life would cease to have meaning, nor would it be any fun.”

 

Going against the grain (Josh Overmyer) – A friendly reminder that you should question conventional financial wisdom every now and then.

 

Bored to Death: What is Boreout Syndrome? (Big Think) – “Many would scoff at the idea that not having enough work to do would be anything to complain about, but boreout can have some serious impacts on your physical and mental health.”

October 15, 2019

How to Save Money Without Sacrificing Your Taco Habit (Cash for Tacos) – Some practical advice on how to save money for the future and enjoy the things you love (like tacos) now.

 

How I Became Location Independent At 22 (Tom Blake) – Tom shares the major factors that enabled him to become location independent by 22 along with some helpful tips for others aspiring to do the same.

 

The Nocebo Effect and How It Could Harm Your Wealth (The Financial Bodyguard) – “If you’re constantly being told the market is going to tank, you might end up believing it and make financial decisions that are detrimental to your financial health.”

October 14, 2019

Life is Short (Paul Graham) – “Relentlessly prune bullshit, don’t wait to do things that matter, and savor the time you have. That’s what you do when life is short.”

 

How are the 2000 and 2008 retirees doing? (Go Curry Cracker) – A fascinating look at how the portfolios of people who retired right before the two most recent market crashes are doing today.

 

Self-Management Matters More Than Money Management (Brave Saver) – You can’t really manage your money (or anything else) until you can manage yourself.

October 10, 2019

The 9 Types of People You’ll Meet in Retirement (Advance Capital Management) – “Everyone’s experience in retirement is unique. But there are some characterizations we can draw from data collected in various surveys and studies of retirees. Put together they form the nine types of people you’ll encounter throughout your later years. Some offer attributes you may want to adopt and others those you are best to avoid. They all, however, can provide lessons on how to live a fulfilling retirement.”

 

It’s Official: I’m Leaving My Job (The Dragons on FIRE) – Dragon Guy from The Dragons on FIRE shares his decision to leave his full-time job.

 

Successful Success (Calibrating Capital) – “Make your own definition of success your’s – and then design and measure your life accordingly.”

October 9, 2019

Reflections On Turning 30: From Job Seeker To Corporate Deserter In 10 Years (A Purple Life) – “A decade ago I was obsessed with finding a job so that I could support myself and not be relegated back to my parents’ house as a failure… And exactly ten years later, I’m focused on leaving the corporate world as fast as possible without sacrificing my current happiness.”

 

Visualizing the Average, Median, and Top 1% Household Incomes in the U.S. (DQYDJ) – Some fascinating data that shows income distributions for U.S. households in 2019.

 

Having a Bad Day at Work? (Simple Life Compass) – “The pursuit of financial independence helps me cope, insulates me from economic downturns and gives me hope for the future.”

October 8, 2019

Why ‘Buy Experiences, Not Things’ Is Bad Advice (Dawn Teh) – Chasing “amazing” experiences can be just another form of materialism.

 

How We Bought 3.5 Rentals in 4 Years (Misadventures in FIRE) – One couple shares a detailed look at how they got started investing in rental properties and how they’re using real estate as a vehicle to financial independence.

 

This Is How I’m Saving My Life (Point Literature) – “I’ve made an active decision that I’d rather make small sacrifices now to take back potentially 20-30 years of my life, one where a week is measured in 168 hours and I’m free to plan my daily schedule around nothing more than sunrise and sunset.”

October 7, 2019

SeasonalFIRE: Work Less, Enjoy Life More (Abandoned Cubicle) – “Could there be such a thing as SeasonalFIRE where you pound it out working full-time for six or seven months during the crappy seasons, then take late spring through early fall off?”

 

Work Hard, Play Hard: Flawed Justification for Lifestyle Inflation (Educator FI) – “Work Hard. Play Hard. It makes sense. You bust your ass at your job, work long hard hours and then when you’re free you play equally hard. The problem is, it creates a vicious cycle. In reality, it’s not a solution or a way to balance your life. It’s just a flawed justification for lifestyle inflation.”

 

Three Criteria (Bone Fide Wealth) – Three questions you should ask yourself before purchasing something new.

October 4, 2019

You Are the Weak Link (Accidental FIRE) – “You can achieve financial independence while still failing sometimes.  A successful path to FI does not require 100% perfection, all the time.”

 

4 Lifehacks From Ancient Philosophers That Will Make You Happier (Barking Up The Wrong Tree) – 4 psychology tricks from “A Guide to the Good Life” that you can use to live a happier life.

 

One tweak a week! (Budgets Are Sexy) – Why making just one tweak a week with your finances can lead to significant long-term improvements.

October 3, 2019

It’s later than you think (J.R. Storment) – A gut-wrenching story about losing a child in their sleep and why it’s important that you don’t delay making memories and having experiences until a later point in life.

 

Funding the Pivot (Frazer Rice) – Practical steps to take to switch careers when you aren’t close to retirement.

 

The 2019 S&P 500 Sector Quilt (A Wealth of Common Sense) – A fascinating look at how different stock market sectors have performed since 2009.