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The Sunday Best (11/20/2016)

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 a number of worthwhile reads each week.

Every featured post should be of interest to any physician seeking financial independence. Some will be written by your physician colleagues; others will be written by our friends and patients who share common goals and interests.

Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:


Frugality and Procrastination are two traits that help define me. I hadn’t considered the interplay between the two until I read a guest post from Chris @ Keep Thrifty, hosted by the Mystery Money Man. An Odd Couple. The Surprising Truth about Frugality and Procrastination.


Nobody’s perfect. Recognizing your past mistakes and learning from them can make you a better person. Dr. Wise Money admits some of hers in My Million Dollar Mistakes, Your Free Lessons.


LeverageRxBonds don’t get a lot of love, especially the last couple weeks as bond funds have been dropping in value. The Financial Samurai makes The Case For Buying Bonds: Living For Free and Other Benefits.


Changes. More than just a Bowie song. The healthcare banker known as The Green Swan explains healthcare changes coming in Healthcare to Change Again and How It’ll Impact You.


In an oldie but goodie, The White Coat Investor exudes common sense in Spend Your Money on What Makes You Happy. Sounds like a plan.


I’ll admit to updating this site or responding to comments from the call room, but I’ve never done this. Passive Income MD shares How I Bought an Out-of-State Investment Property From My Call Room.


A caring cardiologist in California who writes @ Dads Dollars & Debts (and enjoys alliteration as much as me) also buys into the idea of financial freedom as a worthy goal beyond financial independence. Work for Freedom, he says.


I thoroughly enjoy a post that is less opinion and more math. Nobody maths better than Dr. Big ERN @ Early Retirement Now. Here’s his practical look at a big question: Housing Choice in Early Retirement: Rent vs. Own.


Some things need to be insured. Insure wisely with the help of smiling CPA Brent Esplin who blogs @ The Micawber Principle. He shares some wisdom in The 10 Smartest Things Ever Said About Insurance.


Yesterday, for the second time this fall, I had the pleasure of meeting up with another personal finance blogger who happens to live Up North like I do. After cheering my alma mater on to victory on the gridiron, and staying to the bitter end despite a three-score lead to give the seniors the ovation they deserve (that’s why I was running a little late, by the way, AE), I found the man who is responsible for Apathy Ends.

I figured a brewery would be a good place to connect, because, you know… beer. Also, there’s free street parking next to one of my favorite breweries, which happens to be a block or two from the $20 parking spots and seven or eight blocks from the football stadium. So we got together and talked shop and life over delicious beers called Bender, Hopshifter #7, and Furious Black. Catch the Harry Potter pun?

As I might have guessed, my guest was an overly pleasant, down to earth guy who also has designs on an early retirement. He’s also well ahead of his millennial counterparts in the way he handles money. Personal finance bloggers tend to be that way. He also brews beer which is something we didn’t even talk about, so we will obviously have to get together again to trade tips and swap suds.

blizzardLike me, he is choosing to stay relatively anonymous. At least for now, I would rather keep my personal life and online persona separate, save for the occasional real life encounter in the shadow of the 100-barrel fermenters. I don’t know how long I’ll keep up that separation, and my mentor / inspiration Dr. Jim Dahle of The White Coat Investor wondered out loud how long it will last.

He wrote a selfless post reviewing all of us “Other Guys” who have sprung up over the last year or so, most of whom have been featured here in The Sunday Best at some point.

I enjoyed the showcase and I thought it was pretty cool that the good Dr. Dahle shared the love and sent his readers to sites that could be considered competitors. We all have a unique voice and story, and I believe that the rising tide will float all of our boats, but not everyone sees it that way. WCI has a mission of hooking his readers up with “the good guys” in the finance industry and he has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is one of the good guys as well.

In other news, I wanted a Blizzard for my birthday — Candy Cane Oreo being the flavor of the month — but I got more than I bargained for. Buy one, get one free, and spend half the day shoveling and blowing snow. Just another day in November here Up North.



Have a great week!

-Physician on FIRE


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26 thoughts on “The Sunday Best (11/20/2016)”

  1. I had to drive in a blizzard once. My defroster couldn’t keep up and when I finally only had a small circle to view through, I had to pull over, hope that someone didn’t crash into me, clean off the windshield, and start again. I was in the midst of it for about 90mins I guess.

    I use to enjoy Blizzards (the drinks), but can’t drink them any longer. I have found some wonderful coconut and almond mike based ice creams that are delightful.

    Thank you for the Sunday round up. Some great articles there. You, like WCI, are very kind to other authors.

    Have a fantastic Week.
    cd :O)

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  3. Thanks for the shout out! You and WCI have been a motivation to me. It is great to hear different voices about investing, saving, retirement, etc. Really motivates me and I am sure others out there. Stay warm and dry and if you need some better weather come back out to California.

    • Happy to hear it, DDD. Welcome to the club! It’s great to see more physicians sharing their voice, knowledge, and experience online.


  4. Happy birthday PoF! We just missed the blizzard here. Glad to be in the north, but not as far north as you are! Didn’t have a candy cane Oreo blizzard, but had some Culvers frozen custard for my son’s birthday.

  5. Happy birthday! A blizzard is a great way to work off a Blizzard, eh?
    Happy Thanksgiving this week too, and kudos to you for staying to cheer the seniors. I’m sure they appreciate it.

    • Thank you, CBL!

      I definitely burned off those calories and then some between working the shovel and wrestling with the snowblower.


  6. I saw the snow totals for ya this morning and cringed

    Happy we got to meet up and we need to get a longer beer tour setup (where we don’t need to drive after)

  7. Happy Birthday, Dr.! Thanks for including us. Again! This is a great lineup as usual.
    Very intriguing post about becoming an out of state landlord, all online.
    Have a great Thanksgiving week everybody!

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  9. Candy Cane Oreo!? Wow. Gotta get me some.

    Love your Sunday Best, and selflessness you show in promoting so many great writers out here in the blogosphere. Happy Belated Birthday (good thing you got some snow to shovel, helped burn the calories from your BOGO CandyCane Oreo Blizzards!

  10. Happy bday PoF – nice round-up as usual. Just a dusting of snow last night in Philly, but it’s a coming…boy, it’s a coming…

    I’ll be curious to see if the winter increases or decreases my productivity.

    • Thank you, Jon.

      While there are always outdoor activities you can do, I tend to do less of them and for less time in the winter.

      Except for Tuesday evening. That’s men’s league at the Curling Club. Not much else gets done on Tuesdays.


  11. I’m starting to think all the bloggers are concentrated Up North. It must have something to do with being locked up inside during most of the winter. I have yet to hear about the PF bloggers down in Miami, but surely they’re there!

    Happy belated birthday. So far we’ve been able to stay away from the snow here in NYC.

    • Thank you, Green Swan. I enjoy a good dumping of snow, but it’s a little early in the season to be dealing with a foot of the heavy, wet stuff. Makes for great snowmen (and snowwomen) but is no fun to clear from a sidewalk.



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