Inspirational Posts of the Week (November 23, 2013)

This year has gone by fast, and now we are entering the holiday season with Thanksgiving just around the corner! Amazing… Year 2, also known as “The Grind” is nearing an end, and I’m so thankful for all of the success this year. I was able to GRIND through work all year, yet retain my health. I’ve won three rental properties this year, and thanks to the stock market’s returns, my retirement portfolios are all up big. From a financials point-of-view, I couldn’t be more pleased with the results made thus far this year. Most importantly, I’m thankful for my friends and family who have stuck by my side through all these years.

Now, let’s get to some of my favorite posts from this week:

Secret to Building Wealth – Buy Assets, Avoid Liabilities by Retire by 40

Earlier this week, I wrote a post blasting wealth seminars and wealth gurus for scamming innocent folks out of their hard earned cash. I argued that there weren’t any “secrets”, especially none that should cost $20,000. Joe reveals that “secret” in his latest post. If you follow these steps, you’ll be on the right path towards financial freedom.

When Is The Best Time To Sell Rental Property? Three Targets To Consider For Maximum Profits by Financial Samurai

Landlording isn’t exactly passive, so the best your earned income off rentals will ever be is semi-passive. After many years of doing this, I’m sure the wear and tear starts to eat at a person. If you’re in this boat, you’re probably wondering when would be a good time to sell? Sam analyzes how to answer this important question.

Real Estate – Raising the Rent by Write Your Own Reality

On the subject of landlording, one very important question every real estate investor asks themselves is, “when, and how often should I raise rents?” Writing2reality discusses his own personal situation and gives readers an inside peak on his thought process.

A Lending Club Filter by Retire Before Dad

I don’t currently use Lending Club or invest in notes, but I would love to in the future. I’ve always been curious about Lending Club, and Retire Before Dad has a great new article you’ll definitely want to check out.

Giving by The Fast Weekly

It’s always important to give back to others, in any way that we can. I think some people lose sight of that as they focus more and more intently on their own financial journey. However, a good reminder every now and then may be just what we need to get back on track. Bryan shares his story and has inspired me to do more!

How I Paid For A Trip to Ireland With Simple Savings Tricks by Making Sense of Cents

One of the driving forces pushing me towards early FI is to gain the ability to travel internationally. Lately, I’ve been finding myself reading more and more travel blogs. Michelle has a great post on how to save money on travel to Ireland using some simple tricks.

Four Tips For Avoiding The Resume Black Hole by The First Million is the Hardest

Getting that first real job is always the most challenging. I vividly remember my first experiences applying through different websites, career centers, university networks, etc. A lot of times I did feel like my resume was just getting sucked into a black hole. Jay gives us some tips on how to make sure this doesn’t happen to us!

The First Time I Needed My Emergency Fund by Student Debt Survivor

Almost everyone knows you need an emergency fund. It’ll bail you out when you need it most. However, sometimes it’s a personal story you need to hear to help hammer home this important concept. KK shares her own traumatic experience, and luckily she had an emergency fund handy to help deal with this situation. I need to work on this, as I tend to live on the edge…

Portfolio Value Reaches $50,000! by Tsumashiku Kurashi

One of the first financial independence blogs I started reading. Kechi has built his dividend portfolio up to $50,000! Congratulations, fellow biker. Can’t wait until you hit the next big milestone, $100,000!


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6 years ago

Thanks for the link FI Fighter and the awesome comment earlier on my post. There is absolutely a line in the sand as to when one should raise the rent, with no clear right or wrong.

Retire Before Dad
6 years ago


Thanks for adding me to your list this week. I really enjoyed your post on FI before marriage. I tried to leave a long comment but I started getting 403 errors and could not. Seemed like your site was down. Next time I’m at my computer I’ll try to remember what I wrote and comment again. Great list of links here!

6 years ago

Nice list for reading. Thanks for sharing. I will visit them shortly.

Financial Samurai
6 years ago

Thanks for the highlight. We should grab some grub in San Francisco when I’m back in mid to late December if you are around!

KK @ Student Debt Survivor

Sorry I’m stopping by so horribly late. Last week was a nutty week for me with the holidays and whatnot and I’m really behind on all of my blog reading and commenting. I appreciate the mention!


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