Good Sunday morning everyone! I’m traveling at the moment so if you’re reading this Camp FIRE post right now it means I’ve successfully used the ‘schedule post’ functionality on my blog.
It’s our Spring Break this week so we’ve left grey and soggy Seattle and are driving back to our home state for a little family time, to celebrate Easter, and to throw a surprise retirement party for my dad.
Regular readers of this blog will know that I’ve blogged about my dad quite a bit. He’s had a long, physical career and I had the honor to work side-by-side with him for several years as I was growing up. We’ll, Dad is finally hanging em up and riding off into the sunset. Literally.
Not long ago he and my mom sold the home that I was raised in and they’ve built themselves a brand new retirement home in a sun-belt city. On May 1st they’ll be off to enjoy sunshine, warm weather, early bird specials, AARP discounts and everything else that their retirement years have in store – I couldn’t be more happy for them!
I’ve been thinking about all of this a lot recently and maybe that’s why the posts I’m sharing today have rung true for me. I think you’ll like them too, so let’s toss some gasoline on this flame and get the Camp FIRE burning!
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The Best Personal Finance Articles of the Week
Here are some posts I’ve recently read that have stood out to me for one reason or another. I hope you get as much from reading these posts as I did. Feel free to add to the discussion in the comments section. And because this is a “round-up” post – PLEASE do leave a link back to one of your own recent posts, or to an article that you’ve enjoyed so that the rest of us can check it out!
A house is only wood and stone …
I’m going to re-purpose a well-known quote to better suite my needs here. It goes “a house is only wood and stone, but memories make our house a home.” A house shouldn’t be defined what what’s in, rather by who is in it. Cait Flanders recently posted A Home is Meant To Be Lived In, Not Looked At and I couldn’t agree more. Initially I was sad, and a bit mad, when my folks sold my childhood home because of all the memories I have from that place. But now the house has been sold, guess what? I still have the memories! Now my parents are off to create new memories for themselves in this new stage of their life. I hope they enjoy the hell out of it and I hope you’ll check out Cait’s post. It’s a great read.
Working hard or hardly working #AmIRight
Do you live to work, or do you work to live? What about work/life balance? Does that exist for you? When I saw the title of a post over at Slowly Sipping Coffee I knew I’d love it. And I was right. I Like Work, but I Love Life wasn’t written by me, but it might as well have been. Mr. SSC ends with a quote that had me nodding like a bobble head doll: “It’s not that I don’t like work, but I like life outside of work so much more.” Check out this post and I’ll bet your turn into a bobble head as well.
Money talks. You should have them.
Money is a touchy subject and talking finances with your significant other (and kids) can be a tough conversation to have. But whatever discomfort you might feel in advance of the conversation will likely go away afterwards. Significant Others and Financial Conversations is a great post from Brian at DebtDiscipline.com that shows you a great way to have great financial conversations, why you should have them, and how your life might get better because you did.
A picture paints a thousand words
I’m a visual guy and love it when I find an image, or infographic, or chart that tells a story better than words can. I recently found such a chart over at Four Pillar Freedom. Check out The Early Retirement Grid – it’s a fantastic visual representation of the time it will take you to reach financial independence. With just a quick glance you can easily see that the greater the gap between your income and your spending is the key to reaching financial independence in a reasonable amount of time. Check out this chart, bookmark it, reference it, then do all you can to grow your gap and Get Rich Quick’ish!
Make it a quickie
This is the third week in a row that I’ve shared a podcast with you. If I’m not careful, this could become a thing for the Camp FIRE. Millennial Money Minutes is a cool new concept (new to me anyway) that delivers you a personal finance episode in five minutes or less. These bite-sized morsels of audio goodness are perfect for anyone that doesn’t have an hour (or more!) to dedicate to a normal podcast. It also makes binge listening easy. Check out what Grant from MillennialMoney.com and Matt from DistilledDollar.com are putting together.
Death by a thousand paper cuts
At one point or another I think we’ve all thought to ourselves “where the #@!* did all my money go?” Jackie from Undo My Debt recently had that same experience. That sucks for Jackie, but her loss was our gain because it inspired this post from her: 7 Ways I Reduced My Spending By 80%. The best part about this is that there aren’t any crazy or wild tricks. Just some common sense and self-discipline. Check it out and see if you can find some quick and easy ways to tighten up your budget.
Last the best of all the game
Last on today’s list, but certainly not least, comes from Jack over at Enwealthen.com. April is Financial Literacy Month and Jack has taken on a MASSIVE project that he’s calling the Financial Literacy Chronicles. Every day in April features an interview with top financial writer that is sharing their education, upbringing, and stores that made them obsessed with personal finance and financial literacy. And yours truly has had the honor of participating. At the time I’m writing this my interview hasn’t gone live yet, but fingers crossed, this link right here will take you to my interview (it was scheduled to go live yesterday). Check out my interview and the others that have been posted already, then keep checking Enwealthen.com each day this month to support Financial Literacy Month!
There you have it. Six great posts & one awesome podcast.
I hope you find one that inspires or motivates you to keep grinding and striving to reach your goals. Did you have your own favorite post of the week? If you’ve recently posted something that you like then please leave a link to it in the comment section so that we can all come check it out!
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