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.
For more great articles, take a peek at The Sunday Best Archives. Now let’s get to the best… The Sunday Best!
The Sunday Best
How do super savers know when they can quit their jobs? Ali Malito shares the inflection points of three early retired couples in this recent Marketwatch article.
Ali and Alison of All Options Considered were interviewed by Ali Malito for the post just above. Alrighty, then! Ali shared a more detailed account on her own blog, describing how she moved on from her career to live this new and exciting life. It Has Been 1 Year Since I Retired!
James & Emily Lowery were also interviewed for that Marketwatch article (as was I). The couple is Rethinking the Rat Race and taking some time away from work. The best part about leaving a job? You Can STILL Be Anything You Want to Be.
The Lowerys are doing the digital nomad thing. The Nomad Numbers couple has mastered it, traveling full time and staying in Airbnbs all over the world. Based on their extensive experience, they shared the Pros & Cons of a Nomadic Lifestyle.
It’s tough to travel the world if you’re not at least making progress towards financial independence. Are you up to the task? The Banker on FIRE has his doubts. Eight Reasons You Will Never Reach Financial Independence.
Last year, my wife and I set the beers down for a Sober October. We’ve decided to repeat the feat, and we’re nearly three weeks in. Deanna of Recovering Women Wealth has realized that a sober life suits her best. She shares her inspiring story on Budgets are Sexy in How Getting Sober Changed My Life and My Money.
Is renting throwing money away? Is buying a home as lousy of an investment as some make it out to be? Big ERN‘s followup looks at real returns of various asset classes across many cultures over a long period of time. How To “Lie” With Personal Finance – Part 2 (Homeownership Edition).
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My Ecuador Chautauqua experience is just four weeks away! Mrs. Chaos of Cutting Through Chaos talks about her experience with JL Collins’ FI Chatauqua in Europe. The Reluctant Chautauquan : 10 Weird Things I Learnt About a Chautauqua
- Bonus follow-up: One year on: 10 things that changed for the Reluctant Chautauquan
Does having 25x your anticipated expenses guarantee a safe and sound retirement? Not necessarily. The Top 5 Reasons to Exceed 25 Years of Expenses Before Retiring.
Accumulating a large sum of money is not the only way to become financially independent. Craig Curelop reached that goal in his mid-twenties with some clever living arrangements. He shares how he made it happen in Your Complete Guide to House Hacking.
Safe and Sound… We’re Safe and Sound… Safe and Sound… We’re Safe and Sound!
A week ago, Quito, Ecuador saw the worst day of nearly two weeks of protesting and rioting. I joined several expat Facebook groups to get a feel for what things were really like, and it was truly ugly.
Fortunately, we were able to make a last-minute change, booking four flights to Mexico (using miles from credit card bonuses, of course). I feared we might face some questionings regarding the one-way flights booked within 24 hours of departure, but the customs and immigration officials didn’t bat an eye.
Fortunately, we were able to get our money back on flights to Ecuador (thank you, Orbitz) and on our two months’ of apartment rental (thank you, Airbnb). I learned that the AmEx card I used to book this travel did not carry travel cancellation / interruption insurance. Whoops!
From now on, I’ll be booking our travel with a Chase card. If you missed my recent post on travel insurance and other travel perks provided by various issuers, I suggest you read it and doublecheck what’s in your wallet.
Now that calm has returned to Ecuador, I will be continuing on to attend the Ecuadoran Chautauqua at Hacienda Chorlavi. I hear from past attendees that there’s a brewery onsite (and sober October will be over by then)!
Back to Guanajuato
In the meantime, my family and I will be enjoying some familiar stomping grounds. Having spent a few weeks here just two years ago, I feel very comfortable roaming about the city.
With many hills and at mile-high elevation, my body is still adjusting, so my intended jogs end up looking a lot like walks. That’s because I’m walking, but I am putting on 5 to 10 miles a day checking out new neighborhoods and vistas. It’s good to wander.
Guanajuato is not only beautiful, but it is very affordable. Our Airbnb with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and an outdoor patio is costing us $24 a night, all expenses included. That’s the monthly rate, which is often significantly discounted from the nightly and weekly rates.
The other night, we set out to revisit a gastropub we really enjoyed in 2017, but we were drawn to the street food along the way. We never made it to the restaurant.
Instead, we bought the following:
5 small carne asada tacos 🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮
1 “gigante” carne asada quesadilla
4 hot dogs
1 crepe with sugar
1 crepe with Nutella
I shared this in our Physicians on FIRE Facebook group in the weekly Frugal Friday thread (as opposed to the weekly non-frugal Friday thread in the fatFIRE group), and it got a lot of attention. This pic didn’t hurt.
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Have an outstanding week!
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