The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated for your reading pleasure.
Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:
Camp FI Midwest this coming weekend. What kind of ridiculous nerd camp is that? This kind: I Went to Money Nerd Camp (a.k.a. Camp FI Mid-Atlantic) from Erin of Reaching for FI. She makes it sound kinda cool and it is.
It just so happens that Erin joined is joining us at Camp this coming weekend, as are many other people with lives more exciting than mine. Like Miss Mazuma who shares her trippy experience from a month-long adventure in a modiified van. Road Trip Finances, Factoids, & #VanLife Wisdoms.
If a month is good, a year is great, right? Noah of Money Metagame fame, who, like everyone else featured today, will be at Camp, is on a Gap Year Adventure, a journey he also refers to as The $1,000,000 Road Trip.
Replace your job income with rental income and you can embark on adventures of indeterminate or indefinite length! Coach Carson, who is back from a year and a half with his family in Ecuador, profiles Anthony Petz, who is now in a position to afford a similar lifestyle. How a 38-Year-Old Replaced His Job Income With Rentals (After Almost Giving Up).
Gwen is one of those Fiery Millennials who wasn’t interested in holding down a day job until she had reached or surpassed her FI number. Instead, the twenty-something with military experience left her “career job” and is building a business while expanding her skillset, gradually Transitioning into FI.
Mr. 1500 transitioned into FIRE last year. You can do that when you’re worth a couple million dollars. But what do you tell your kids when they ask how you can afford to skip work? About The Time I Told My Child Our Net Worth.
You may have read about some month-long and even year-long shopping bans. Cait Flanders, the author of The Year of Less, actually had two years of less. What It’s Like to Shop After Not Shopping for Two Years.
Minnesota Meetups This Thursday
I can now confirm the following get-togethers for seekers of FI on 8/23.
1. The MN State Fair (the highest rated fair in all the land). It happens to be opening day at the fair, and I’ll be there throughout the day, along with a handful of bloggers (including Budget-on-a-Stick, appropriately), Camp FI attendees and others. Planning on a 5:00 pm happy hour at the Ball Park Cafe, a block east of the giant yellow slide.
Join us for one-of-a-kind beers, amazing food both on-a-stick and off-a-stick, and good conversation. If you’re not willing to fork over the $11 or $12 entry fee or have a healthy fear of prized livestock, you many want to check out Our Next Life’s alternative meetup at…
2. Minnehaha Falls. Skip the Great Minnesota Get-Together and meet up with Tanja Hester & friends at the most scenic waterfall in the Twin Cities. It’s a big park, but I read to meet on the picnic lawn at 6:00 pm. It’s the N spot on this map, I am told — just a skosh northwest of the G spot.
Later in the evening, the St. Paul and Minneapolis meetups will merge, reconvening at…
3. Brit’s Pub around 8:30 pm. The meetups converge in the downtown Minneapolis theater district. There’s a great rooftop patio with lawn bowling. I’ll see you there!
Summer is Almost Over!
The back to school sales have been in full swing since June, and I’ve already see the transition at our neighborhood drug store to Halloween candy. What?!?
I can deal with Oktoberfest beers in August, but I’m still trying to enjoy the last couple weeks of summer before Labor Day arrives and the kids go back to school.Of course, for some of you, school has already started for your little ones and you’re settling into those fall-like routines despite the beautiful summer weather. Football’s back on television and people are returning from their final summer vacations; I guess it’s time to accept the inevitable.
This has been my first summer as a part-timer, and it was outstanding. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t spend any time apart from my family. In past years, my wife and kids would spend at least half the summer at our cabin near her family, and I’d commute back and forth as best as I could while working full-time two states over.
This time around, we went back and forth a couple times as a family, spending five weeks at the cabin in two multi-week stretches. While I’ll be going back to full-time work for most of the winter, I will be back to working a lovely part-time schedule next spring and summer. And my schedule only gets better after that. 😉
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How was your summer? Ready for it to be over?
Minnesota locals and end-of-summer visitors, are you able to join us for a meetup? Talk to me in the comments.
Have a fair week!
-Physician on FIRE