The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure.
Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:
I’ve recorded another podcast, discussing careers, financial independence, and beer with Dr. Tarang Patel of Doctor Money Matters. Line this one up for your Monday commute! Episode 24. Physician on Fire, MD — Achieving Financial Independence.
Canadian Dream Free at 45 has done so and FIREd last year. An update: Life After FIRE, Six Months In.
Another northerner reflects on his life after retiring two years ago just shy of his 50th birthday. From the still-frozen tundra of Minnesota, Mr. Firestation shares FIRE Second Anniversary – ‘Kidult-hood’ Revisited.
Bob Clyatt, author of Work Less, Live More: The Way to Semi-Retirement, has been semi-retired as a sculptor for a decade and a half. J.D. Roth features his story in a guest post at Get Rich Slowly. Fifteen years of semi-retirement: A real-life look at what it’s like to live more and work less.
The Doc of All Tradez is quite literally following in my footsteps. The now part-time anesthesiologist and part-time blogger recently spent a chunk of time in Hawaii. Sound familiar? His Part-Time Medical Career Update from Hawaii.
Cyclically Adjusted Price to Earnings ratio isn’t the only thing an investor should fear. There’s also inflation and it comes in different varieties. The Actuary on FIRE asks, What’s Your Personal Inflation Rate? — Inflation Risk for Retirees Part 3.
Early Retirement Now, Inflation Risk for Early Retirees — Part 4: Hedging.
When trying to optimize your financial life, remember that sometimes Perfect is the Enemy of the Good. We are reminded of this by Full Time Finance as he shares how good enough works in a variety of ways.
A 14-month maternity leave? Dr. McFrugal‘s wife is taking an extended break from her day job and she has earned every day of it and then some. Channeling his inner Jay-Z, the good doctor tells us She’s A Hustler Baby, And I Want You To Know (That She’s Leaving Work).
Join us in Honduras?
My family and I are going to be helping out on a surgical medical mission in Honduras with One World Surgery on the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos compound. Families are encouraged to join and housing is provided on-site.
We are looking for any preop or PACU nurses, OR circulator, anesthesiologist or CRNA available to join us May 5 – 12. One World Surgery can offer a partial flight scholarship.
Contact Maria @ [email protected] for details.
This will be the third big family trip since I went part-time last fall. Flying a family of four around the world can get to be expensive, but we haven’t paid anything but taxes on any of the dozen flights we booked to get to Guanajuato, Hawaii, or Honduras.
We’ve booked our flights using travel reward miles, largely from bonus points and miles earned on introductory offers on new credit cards. On these three trips alone, we’ve saved close to $10,000 by spending rewards instead of cash.
Chase now has a great business card with no annual fee that offers 50,000 points worth $500 by meeting the minimum spend of $3,000 total in the first three months. If you have a different premium Chase card, those points can be transferred to Ultimate Rewards points, which can be used on a number of travel partner programs like Southwest, United, Hyatt, and many more for a value significantly better than the cash value. Click to learn more about this card.
If you don’t mind a $95 annual fee, they offer a Preferred business card with 80,000 Ultimate Reward points awarded after spending $5,000 in the first three months. Click to learn more about this card.
If you do choose to pursue one of these cards via my links, this site is rewarded with a referral fee, and I donate half my profits, so please keep this site in mind any time you’re considering a new credit card. And please don’t use a credit card if you can’t afford to pay your balance in full each month.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is an excellent first (or only) rewards card. $50 annual hotel credit for bookings via the Chase UR tavel portal & 5x points for all travel via the portal. 3x points on dining, 2x on other travel. Flexible rewards good for cash, travel, or transfer to travel partners, great travel protection & new Peloton, Lyft & DoorDash perks! $95 Annual Fee
The Chase Sapphire Reserve offers great travel perks including Priority Pass lounge access, a credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓ and a $300 annual travel credit. When using Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal, get 10x points on hotels and car rental & 5x points on flights. 3x points on other travel & dining. Elevated Peloton, Lyft and DoorDash benefits. $550 Annual Fee
Have a most excellent week!
-Physician on FIRE