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The Sunday Best (05/01/2022)


The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated from the furthest reaches of the internet for your reading pleasure.

Every week, I scan hundreds of headlines, read dozens of posts, and bring you the best of the best to save you time and mental energy.

Financial Independence (FI) is a primary focus, but it’s an awfully broad topic. I tend to approach FI and early retirement from a fatFIRE perspective and through the lens of a physician, so expect to see those biases in the selected articles.

Related topics that have become recurrent themes include early retirement, selective frugality, tax issues, travel, physician issues, and of course, investing.

For more great articles, take a peek at The Sunday Best Archives. Now let’s get to the best… The Sunday Best!





Be disciplined today. Do as you please tomorrow. The Physician Philosopher champions The Benefits of a Disciplined Life. Worked for me!


Not everyone has that discipline, according to the Banker on FIRE. Six Reasons Why High Earners Don’t Get Rich.


The Prudent Plastic Surgeon isn’t jealous of high earners. Not even the ones you see on TV. Comparing the Financial Lives of Doctors & Professional Athletes.


The financial life of a FIRE blogger can be equally interesting. Jeremy & Winnie of Go Curry Cracker sold nearly a million dollars in assets last year. So how did they pay only $38,000 in federal income tax? I’ll let him explain. Go Curry Cracker 2021 Taxes.


I can holler “stay the course” ’til the cows come home, but my pleas may fall on deaf ears. Let’s try listening to Jim Wang at Wallet Hacks. How to Convince Yourself to Keep Investing during a “Falling” Market.


“The Market” isn’t the only market, as the Debt Free Dr. reminds us. You’ve got options. Active vs Passive Real Estate Investing – 5 Factors To Consider.


How might inflation impact your real estate investments? Our friends at AcreTrader aren’t sweating it. How to Hedge Against Inflation with Farmland.


A couple can hedge against all sorts of challenges with two incomes rather than one. FIRE Crossroads 029: Two CRNAs Seeking Work-Life Balance.

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I swear it won’t be a waste of your time. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. A Lawyer and Her Money make a case for just laying low. Why I Love Wasting My Precious Time.


Can your kids be well-balanced without stepping foot in a traditional school? Max My Money makes a case for keeping them home. Homeschool Your Kids: 10 Reasons You Should.


We don’t keep our boys home, exactly, opting instead for a life of frequent travel. I think they learn more when we do these kinds of things. Family FIRE Travels: Malta in the Mediterranean. It’s an amazing place, and I’ve got the pictures to prove it!


Our FIREd up friends behind Millennial Revolution were also in Europe recently, visiting a place that we’ll be checking out this fall via a transatlantic cruise (contact me for details).


So I’m buying a space heater that mines Bitcoin. Or is it a Bitcoin mining rig that creates heat? Either way, this 1,300 watt box is going to do its thing in the garage of our new home during the cooler months, which is almost all of them in northern Michigan. Savoteur runs the numbers behind mining. Mining Cryptocurrency – Is It Profitable in 2022?


Please join me in bidding a heartfelt and respectful farewell to XRAYVSN, a radiologist who has been an integral part of the physician personal finance community for the last four years. RIP XRAYVSN: Blogoversary & Exit Stage Left.


I've got my 2 acres of non-leveraged, crop-producing, cashflowing farmland via AcreTrader. Get yours.


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Wasting Time


Other online entrepreneurs have advised me to value my time at a serious premium. “Act like your time is worth $2,000 an hour.” I’m not making that up.

Using that metric, putting  this post together costs me darn near $20,000. Just watching a movie costs like $4,000. Happy hour? $4,000 to $6,000 or more because it’s never just an hour.

I want to be able to waste time without feeling a hint of guilt. And I do, day after day, because I refuse to live as though every hour that passes is a missed opportunity. I have all that I need for my family and me, and that’s kind of the point of FIRE. Set aside what you feel is enough and do as you please.



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We wasted time in a most satisfactory way this week, spending four days in Galveston, Texas waiting for a cruise ship to carry us away to the south, which it did the other day.

In the meantime, we took our boys to the beach for three consecutive days and scoured the interwebs for the best happy hour bites and deals. Props to for putting together the “passport” that introduced us to a half-dozen places that we may not have found without the aid of the discounted, pre-paid beverages.



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Happy May Day! Have an outstanding week!

-Physician on FIRE

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2 thoughts on “The Sunday Best (05/01/2022)”

  1. Wow. Thanks Leif for that incredible send off.

    I credit Physician on FIRE to have been THE most important factor in my blog’s former success. So much of my blog’s traffic came from being featured on numerous Sunday Bests and from the honor of having dedicated entire posts on your site.

    Your style of blogging inspired me to try it for myself (it is hard to inject humor with financial teaching but you found the right combination that made reading about finance enjoyable and not like a math lesson).

    It was the pinnacle of my blogging experience when I got to meet you in person (along with the other pantheons of the Physician blogosphere).

    I hope you never come to the decision I made and this blog lives on in perpetuity.

    I hope one day our paths will cross again.

    • Awww, now you’ve made me blush.

      At some point, I’m sure I’ll retire from this, too, but I will ensure that the blog lives on in some way, shape, or form. I’m glad you have chosen to keep yours live for quite some time. Maybe you’ll even surprise us with annual updates or a post when you feel the whim to write again.

      Or not. Whatever floats your boat; you’ve got the FI piece. Now you get to do as you please.

      THanks again for your many contributions to the physician blogging landscape.



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