The following are posts that caught my little eye, and gave me a bit o’ inspiration this past week. Have a look, and share the goodness at your office water cooler, break room, or wherever your clandestine early retirement chatter takes place. Enjoy, and have a great start to your week!
1.) Budgets are Sexy
The first one up at the water cooler is a doozy, with all the stats you could ever possibly need the get you through the week, the month, or maybe even the entire year? I love this stuff! Statistics and me are like peas and carrots. For example, did you know that the average engagement ring spend is $2,841, up from $2,016 last year? (and J. Money spent $7,800 on his??) J. drops a bunch more fascinating figures in: Financial Stats Bomb!
2.) Mustard Seed Money
Next up is a wonderful post from Rob at Mustard Seed Money. This is a very well-written gem that reads like a parable about smart investing. Even if you aren’t into baseball or sports, you’ll enjoy the financial lesson laid-out here, in Why You Shouldn’t Invest Like This Baseball Player.
3.) Millennial Boss
If there’s one thing I’ve discovered since starting this blogging journey almost two years ago, it’s the power of the 5AM wake-up call. If you’ve got a full-time job and many other commitments, your best bet is to brew up a strong cup of coffee and hit those keys in the quiet early morning hours. Boost your productivity today, and read Waking Up at 5AM Improved These 9 Bloggers’ Lives.
4.) Get Rich Quick’ish
Ty has the Camp FIRE off to a great start in just six short months. His post at GRQ is an entertaining run-down that reveals some of the challenges in pleasing all corners of our Financial Independence / Early Retirement community. I’m sure J. Money and John at ESI Money can relate!! Check out the happenings and progress at Camp FIRE Finance – A Behind the Scenes Look at our First Six Months.
5.) Retire by 40
What a fun and useful post RB40 star Joe drummed up! Take his quiz and figure out where you stand in the early retirement sweepstakes. The one caveat I’d add? Well, if your student loans are set with <2% less interest, it’s not bad debt. That’s basically free money! Otherwise I’m right there with Joe – pay off those loans (and the mortgage too!) Spend some time reading his excellent post and take the quiz. Learn the 10 Goals to Hit If You Want to Retire Early in 10 Years.
That’s a wrap! Remember to read these when your boss isn’t watching. And of course, remember to stay hydrated with a little water cooler talk. Cheers!