The Sunday Best (11/25/2018)
The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure.
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?
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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?
That was a good interview with a millionaire physician. Here are some more interviews with millionaires, courtesy of ESI Money.
- Millionaire Interview #86
- Millionaire Interview #87
- Millionaire Interview #88
- Millionaire Interview #89
- Millionaire Interview #90
Must one have a high income to become a millionaire and achieve financial independence? Not according to the Financial Samurai. Achieving 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.
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.
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.
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Have an outstanding week! And don’t forget Giving Tuesday!
-Physician on FIRE
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