The Sunday Best (11/25/2018)

The Sunday Best
The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure.

Expect most of the writing to be from recent weeks and consistent with the themes presented on this website: investing & taxes, financial independence, early retirement, and physician issues.

 

Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:

 

RealtyShares recently announced it would no longer be taking on new investors. I don’t expect it to be around in its current form much longer. Passive Income MD asks, Is Real Estate Crowdfunding in Trouble?

 


I invested with RealtyShares and the deal went full circle as planned and I have no regrets. The Semiretired MD has some regrets. My Worst Real Estate Investing Mistakes.

 

A pediatrician reflects on his career as his calling. Or is it? Must a physician feel called to the profession? Pediatrician Finds FI contemplates These Four Words.

 

FIRE. What could possibly go wrong? Michael Dinich, a.k.a. Your Money Geek, has a few ideas. Are You Ready For FIRE or Just Kidding Yourself?

 

Prepare yourself for FIRE better with The White Coat Investor’s Fire Your Financial Advisor Course. Today and tomorrow, he’s offering 15% off with the code CFE2018. See the financial plan of a young white coat / white collar couple based on the course’s teachings.

 

Amy Dacyszyn was writing about FI before blogs even existed. Liz, The Chief Mom Officer, was reading, and I was just focused on being a stellar high school and college student. Who is Amy Dacyszyn Anyway? And can I buy her a vowel?

 

Amy had a focus on saving money. Amy would not have gone to CRNA school. The Student Loan Planner has analyzed many CRNA’s financial situations with a focus on student loan debt and repayment. CRNA Salary: Is it Worth the Student Debt?

 

Ryan Inman of the Financial Residency podcast discusses student loan debt and forgiveness among other topics with a mutual friend of ours. Curbside Consult with White Coat Investor.

 

lucidity
That was a good interview with a millionaire physician. Here are some more interviews with millionaires, courtesy of ESI Money.

 

Must one have a high income to become a millionaire and achieve financial independence? Not according to the Financial SamuraiAchieving Financial Independence On A Modest Income: $40,000 In Manhattan.

 

With your help, we gave away over $10,000 this week to 100+ charities. I’ve been more generous since becoming financially independent, but my generosity is nothing compared to Michael Peterson’s. He shares his story in a conversation with ChooseFI: Episode 099 | Generous Giving On The Path To FI | Michael Peterson.

 

You Are Awesome

 

Last Tuesday, I asked you, my readers, to help me distribute $10,000 from our Fidelity Charitable Donor Advised Fund. Thanks to the recommendations of my site sponsors and you, more than 100 charities will be the recipient of a $100 anonymous gift from our personal stash of donated dollars.

These are the charities you chose, and as anticipated, I was able to make all these grants in the matter of a couple of hours on Friday night. By making anonymous grants, we will not end up on the mailing lists, saving them some money in their marketing department, and helping to ensure that the money is used in an efficient manner.

 

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY INC
AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION
AMERICAN PRAIRIE FOUNDATION
ARIZONA PUG ADOPTION AND RESCUE NETWORK
BIG BROTHERS-BIG SISTERS OF THE BLUEGRASS INC
BLINKNOW FOUNDATION A NJ NONPROFIT CORPORATION
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METROPOLITAN BALTIMORE
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS
CAMP FIRE
CARVER SCOTT COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY TREASURER
CATHEDRAL ARTS PROJECT INC
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY INC
CHOLANGIOCARCINOMA FOUNDATION
COLORECTAL CANCER COALITION INC
COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
COMPRESS AND SHOCK FOUNDATION
CROSSROADS INC
CYSTIC DREAMS INC
CYSTIC FIBROSIS RESEARCH INC
DONOR NETWORK WEST
DYF
EASTVIEW COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
EL GRUPO NORTE YOUTH CYCLING
FAMILY GIVING TREE
FLYING FUR ANIMAL RESCUE
FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION INC
GARY SINISE FOUNDATION
GIRLS ON THE RUN NJ EAST
GIVE MORE HUGS
GLOBAL EMERGENCY CARE INC
GODS STOREHOUSE SOUP KITCHEN
GREATER TWIN CITIES UNITED WAY
GUARDIAN PARTNERS
GUITARS FOR VETS
HEALING THE CHILDREN NORTHEAST INCORPORATED
HEIFER PROJECT INTERNATIONAL
HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS INC
HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY ASSOCIATION
INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE INC
IOWA CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY FRIENDS FOUNDATION
IOWA HEART FOUNDATION
JDRF INTERNATIONAL
JEREMIAHS PLACE – PITTSBURGH RELIEF NURSERY
JOURNEY HOUSE INC
JUNTOS SERVIMOS
KCNQ2 CURE ALLIANCE INC
KIDNEY CANCER RESEARCH ALLIANCE
MARC LUSTGARTEN PANCREATIC CANCER FOUNDATION
MEDASSIST OF MECKLENBURG
MEDICAL DEBT RESOLUTION INC
MICHIGAN MOUNTAIN BIKING ASSOCIATION
MINNESOTA TEEN CHALLENGE INC
MOTHER HUBBARDS CUPBOARD INC
MOTHERS MILK BANK OF THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES INC
NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY INC
NATIONAL PANCREAS FOUNDATION
NATIONAL WOMENS LAW CENTER
NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL INC
NATURE CONSERVANCY
NELSON MANDELA CHILDRENS FUND USA INC
NORTH VALLEY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
NORTHLAND MIRACLES
PARENT BOOSTER USA INC
PENCILS OF PROMISE INCORPORATED
PHAGES FOR GLOBAL HEALTH
PKD FOUNDATION
PLATTSMOUTH EDUCATION FOUNDATION
PLUTUS FOUNDATION INC
PRAYERS FROM MARIA FOUNDATION
PROJECT ANGEL HUGS
PROJECT PINBALL CHARITY GROUP INC
PUPPIES BEHIND BARS INC
REMOTE AREA MEDICAL
REPAIRERS OF THE BREACH INTERNATIONAL INC
RISE ABOVE FOUNDATION
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF OREGON
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
ROTARY DISTRICT 6000 HUMANITARIAN AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION INC
RUFF START RESCUE INC
SCHOLARSHIP AMERICA INC
SICKLE CELL DISEASE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA INC
SPECIAL OLYMPICS TEXAS INC
SPINAL CSF LEAK FOUNDATION
ST JUDE CHILDRENS RESEARCH HOSPITAL INC
ST JULIE BILLIART SCHOOL OF ST SEBASTIAN PARISH AKRON
SUSTAINABLE HARVEST INTERNATIONAL
TEACH FOR AMERICA INC
THE CLEAR FUND / GIVEWELL
THE MALALA FUND
THE PREEMPTIVE LOVE COALITION
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
THE SALVATION ARMY
The SHARING Clinic
THE WILD ANIMAL SANCTUARY A COLORADO NON-PROFIT CORPORATION
TRAVERSE AREA RECREATION & TRANSPORTATION TRAILS INC
UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL ALABAMA INC
VANESSA BEHAN CRISIS NURSERY
VIOLENCE POLICY CENTER
WOMENS FOUNDATION OF ARKANSAS
WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT INC
YOUNG MENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF METROPOLITAN DENVER

We’re providing scholarships for students, finding cures for rare and common diseases, helping military veterans, the homeless, and the abused. We’re buying books, supporting California fire recovery efforts, and building bike paths. Entering these grants one after another after another was a very satisfying experience.

Thank you all for your input. Without your requests, we never would have come up with such a wide variety of charities to support around the nation and around the world.

I’m not going to lie; I was amazed at how long it took to get these requests. With 28 requests from advertisers, I was looking for 72 recommendations from readers. With a mailing list of nearly 6,000, over 12,000 members between my Physicians on FIRE and fatFIRE Facebook groups, and another 12,000 Twitter followers, I thought the comments section would fill up before breakfast.

Instead, it took about 16 hours and a surprising amount of prodding promotion. I know from writing about giving in the past that it’s not a very popular topic, but when I offered to do the giving on the reader’s behalf, I was not expecting such agonizing apathy.

Perhaps it was the small hurdle of looking up the charity on Guidestar to give me the link or maybe I wasn’t clear enough that I was actually donating real money to a charity of your choice, but I hope to see a more rapid response if I do something similar next year (which I suspect I will).

My initial disappointment turned to joy when I went through the comments one by one, made the grant recommendations online, and realized how successful the experiment really was. Thanks again to those of you who were a part of it. I know most of you are also supporting the charities you recommended to me.

 

Easy Cash Back

 

I’ve been using the eBates browser extension (there’s also a phone app) to make my Black Friday / Cyber Monday purchases a little sweeter. I’ve had it for a couple years and it integrates seamlessly with your online shopping with a little corner popup to activate savings that range from a couple percent to 20 percent or more.

 

It works at amazon, too

 

This weekend, they’ve doubled the cash back on many sites. I’ve found it can be especially lucrative for travel sites, with up to 4% back at Hotwire, 10% with Priceline, and 14% back at Orbitz. We just booked our trip to Costa Rica (from which we’ll travel to Honduras for a May medical mission — details coming on Tuesday) and will get $60 back. The discounts stack with other programs like Orbitz’s Orbucks.

 

 

I’m not sure what’s better. Paying only $1500 for four round trips to Costa Rica or getting $60 back with zero effort. Either way, I’m looking forward to hanging out with monkeys again.

To get started with eBates, my referral link will give you $10 right off the bat. My site gets a reward, as well, furthering our charitable mission.


Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

 

A Recommended Financial Advisor

 

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Have an outstanding week! And don’t forget Giving Tuesday!

-Physician on FIRE

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8 comments

  • Scott

    Thank you so much for your donation to Project Angel Hugs, a small, local charity which helps children in need with health concerns. I am part of a service organization which donates regularly and I have donated personally as well. But we are just a small town, in a flyover state which typically doesn’t matter to most people. I did mention that I had entered their name when I participated in a Thanksgiving parade with them a few spots apart, but I didn’t give them much hope, because all I did was ask, like when does that work? I felt like I won the lottery when I saw your list. So once again on behalf of all who will benefit from this positive organization, Thank you.

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  • Thanks for sharing These Four Words. I’ve been wrestling with these ideas for a while and I’m glad to be part of the conversation 😊

  • Thanks again for making a donation on my (all of us readers) behalf!

  • The CRNA post is interesting. I’m not going to get into the politics of advanced practice providers scope or quality of practice. However, I do feel the “is it worth it” article to be a little tone deaf. They’re talking about 6-7 years of schooling + 1 year working as a critical care nurse to get a salary of 165k plus and debating the worth. The general pediatricians in HCOL areas are starting at less than that for more debt and more opportunity costs (8 years of schooling, and 3 years of residency which is nowhere near as lucrative as being a critical care nurse). The competitive CRNAs who get into the competitive programs and probably have worked for a few years as a nurse in either an OR or critical care setting and probably have even more bank.

    If we’re saying that 150-200k of debt is not worth it for a salary of 165-200k, what about the opportunity costs to do gen peds, or family med. No wonder we have a doctor shortage….

    This is in no way discouraging nurses from doing this. One of the nurses in my PICU has toyed with the idea and I’ve told her to go for it given how lucrative it is. I’m just saying they should recognize the sweet deal they are getting.

  • Thanks again for conceiving and executing such a terrific idea: crowd-sourced charitable giving using PoF’s DAF! And the best part is how it sounds like it didn’t take a lot of effort on your part. Can you imagine how long it would take to send $100 checks to each and every organization on the list above? Not to mention the subsequent paperwork for tax purposes, etc.

    PS – I had never heard of Guidestar before but that website made “nominating” a charity super easy so thanks for the suggestion. I think if everyone knew how easy it was to just leave a comment with a Guidestar link you may have gotten closer to the quick response times you were hoping for. Looking forward to round 2 if you do this again next year. I hope I’m quick enough!

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