The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure.
Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:
I feel like I’m approaching a similar junction with my half-hearted attempts at a more minimalistic existence. My Sons Father reports My Minimalism Journey Hits a Crossroad. I hear you, friend. As Bone Thugs-N-Harmony once said, I’ll see you at Tha Crossroads.
ESI Money poses a question: Are Travel Reward Bonuses Worth It? The comments are full of great insight. My short answer, by the way, is Yes. We just booked $3,000 worth of tickets for $360 in fees.
Speaking of travel, some people hop on big cruise ships to sail the Caribbean. Others, like Michelle of Making Sense of Cents, charter a small sailboat to visit the islands more intimately. Our 10-Day Sailing Charter Around The British Virgin Islands.
Some dude named Ben retired early, and a couple of my friends chose to highlight him this last week.
- The Wealthy Doc reports: Early FIRE Blogger Retired at age 42.
- My Money Wizard promises: These Three Famous Early Retirees Will Surprise You.
Another dude named Mr. 1500 retired early. He chose to highlight himself this last week. In a guest post @ Budgets are Sexy with a Kubrickesque title, he describes How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Money and Quit My Job.
A Wall Street professional discusses life insurance. From Mama Fish Saves, Whole vs. Term Life Insurance: Let’s Do the Math. I heart math.
We’re a one-income household, so combined finances only makes sense. But that’s not necessarily the case in other households. In a guest post from The Luxe Strategist’s husband, he says, We Had Our Wedding: Does Our Money Have to Get Married, Too?
Drew Housman of The Simple Dollar offers a counterpoint: Married Millennials Merging Money: How and Why We’re Doing It.
Back to School?
I’ve been enjoying summer with some time off in recent days, and my boys still have a couple weeks of summer left, but my social media feeds have already started to feature back to school photos!
Summer always seems to fly by, and this one was no exception. It seems like a few days ago that we loaded up the vehicles to the gills to spend the better part of the summer at the lake. Last night, I packed my car as full as I could, with bikes stacked precariously on the rack in the back for the long ride home.
While I never want summer to be over in the blink of an eye, I had a feeling that’s how it would go. It’s not all bad, though. When the summer started, I had four months of full time work remaining. Now, I’m down to six weeks.
While it is a bit of an adjustment, I know my boys miss their school friends, and the routine of school and the schedule has generally been good for them. I will also admit that the seven hours of school does give me some coveted free time on my days off. I can’t wait to have more days off — we just booked our first extended trip, a three-weeker in November. More on that at a later date.
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Have a great week!
-Physician on FIRE