The Sunday Best (6/5/2016)

Sunday Best

The Sunday Best is a collection of a handful of posts I share with you each week. With so many informative and inspirational writers out there, I have no trouble coming up with 5 worthwhile reads each week.

Most posts will be from recent weeks, written by physicians, and related to personal finance, but expect to find a post or two that are lacking some or all of these elements.

Presenting, in no particular order, this week’s Sunday Best:


SmartMoneyMD may have read my 20 Steps to Effective DIY Investing, and decided that was too many steps. Striving for simplicity, the good doctor presents A Financial Plan for Busy People.

Many early retirement bloggers are decidedly frugal. Others maintain a fleet of luxury vehicles. Mr. FireStation added a BMW z4 35i Roadster to the mix to enjoy when it’s not snowing in Minnesota. Read more about how the newly retired couple is Zipping into Early Retirement.

In an oldie but goodie, Joe Udo @ Retireby40 (he did) responds to the internet critics, answering the question, Is Early Retirement a Terrible Idea?

Rebekah Bernard, MD, author of How to Be a Rock Star Doctor, writes what many of us are thinking @ KevinMD. We tend to be people pleasers, but you can’t please everyone. It’s Time for Physicians to Stop Being Pushovers.

Sticking with an unintentional theme in today’s edition of The Sunday Best, OurNextLife talks about finding balance between money and time in When Frugal is the Worst Thing We Can Be.


Have a great week!

-Physician on FIRE


  • MCD

    Great pulls this week – the OurNextLife article inspired some good dialog with my wife.
    Curious where you fall in the DIY vs Contractor spectrum.


    • Thanks! I like to DIY as much as I can. That being said, when the jobs pile up, and time is short, it makes sense to hire the job out. If a job is something I can handle, have the tools to do (or can borrow them) and won’t take a ton of time (like painting the 2-story house and detached garage), I like to do it myself. If it’s potentially dangerous, overly time consuming, or beyond what I can learn to do, I’ll find someone else to do it.

      My father is amazingly handy, is retired, and lives 30 minutes away, so DIY is often more like DIWD (Do It With Dad). DIWD is rewarding in several ways. I highly recommend it if it’s an option.

      I did finish off this area under the deck all by myself. Built walls, installed windows and basic siding, and slapped a floor on the ceiling. My biggest DIY project to date.

      my diy brewing and hot tubbing patio


  • Thanks for the callout – your readers must be car guys like me, because about 80 people clicked through to see our new “Red Devil” BMW!

    • Looks like it’s up to 100 now. I guess we deserve the stereotype! Although, to be fair, the clicks were spread out remarkably equally among the five Best posts this week.

      Keep writing great stuff, and I’ll continue to send interested readers your way.


  • Hey thanks for the shout-out, pal! 🙂 (Playing catch-up on blogs… more than a little behind!)

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