Category Archives: The Legion of Super-Posts

The Legion of Super-Posts – Issue 8

Each Saturday, The Legion of Super-Posts chronicles a number of posts which piqued my interest due to their uniqueness, insightful analysis, or emotional impact. I hope to share articles which you may not have read during the week while enhancing a sense of community and promoting other bloggers.

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In this week’s issue:

The Lucky Ones – Grizzly Mom and Dad

I am always on the lookout for new bloggers to follow, and thanks to Pete at Mr. Money Mustache, I stumbled upon a new blogging couple fairly early into their journey. Grizzly Mom and Dad are a couple who grew up in middle class families, received college educations, and earned high paying jobs. They wrote,

Most people are idiots, and we woke up to this fact over the past year and a half. Our jobs, our high salaries, our house, our cars, our stuff – nothing but a ever growing pile of chains. Golden chains but chains nonetheless.

Top 5 Productivity Tips: Add More Hours to your Busy Day – Aaron at Income Honcho

Time is the great equalizer which levels the playing field in many ways. In order to do more, it is necessary to increase productivity. Aaron provides excellent tips to do exactly that.

What I Learned By Donating And Giving Away Nearly All Of My Stuff – Michelle at Making Sense of Cents

Based on twisted Western logic, most people subscribe to the idea that more money = more stuff. Michelle is one of several bloggers who rejects this idea despite earning a king’s ransom through her blog. She wrote,

We don’t miss anything, we don’t feel like we need anything – we are happier and much more carefree now by living with less stuff.

Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer – Mr. Crazy Kicks

Mr. Crazy Kicks shares a fascinating story about his purchase of a bike and its long-term impact on his thoughts and life.


Have a great weekend everyone!

The Legion of Super-Posts – Issue 7

Each Saturday, The Legion of Super-Posts chronicles a number of posts which piqued my interest due to their uniqueness, insightful analysis, or emotional impact. I hope to share articles which you may not have read during the week while enhancing a sense of community and promoting other bloggers.

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In this week’s issue:

Risk Appetite – Don’t Consume the Sh*t They Feed You – The Code to Riches

Paul writes, “Any financial advisor worth his/her salt is going to discuss risk appetite with you.  They’ll sit down at your dining room table, with a fancy briefcase and slight air of superiority. . .

And then they’ll talk about your investment options, expected return vs. reward, yaddah yaddah yaddah.  And then they’ll tell you one of the most detrimental things your finances will ever have to suffer through:

“Whatever investment choice you make, you have to make sure that the amount of risk you’re taking willallow you to sleep at night.”

…and that’s where they’ll get you.

3 Things EVERY Financial Plan Needs – Hope and Cents

Alaya writes,

There are many different worthwhile financial goals one can pursue.

And for each one of those goals, there are various paths that lead you there. Whatever your big-picture goal is, and whatever method you are using to achieve it, there are three essential things your financial plan needs.

In fact, I will be as bold as to say you likely won’t meet your goal UNLESS these three things are incorporated into your financial plan.

5 Things I’ve Learned About Successful People – Millennial Money Man

Like only he can, Bobby lays out what he has observed about successful people and how he aims to implement in his own businesses.

The Time Has Finally Come – The Mad Fientist

In an oldie-but-goodie, The Mad Fientist writes about his feeling on the precipice of leaving his job. “Even though it feels like finally crossing the finish line on this journey to FI, I realize this is only the first stage of a much bigger voyage. A self-directed life of freedom and unlimited possibilities begins for me on August 1st and I have to say, I’m very eager to get started.”


Enjoy the weekend everyone! I’ll be enjoying a relaxing weekend on vacation with Mrs. Superhero and our friends? What are your plans?

Legion of Super-Posts – Issue 5

Each Saturday, The Legion of Super-Posts chronicles a number of posts which piqued my interest due to their uniqueness, insightful analysis, or emotional impact. I hope to share articles which you may not have read during the week while enhancing a sense of community and promoting other bloggers.

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In this week’s issue:

How to Build a Stronger Brand For Your Business, Blog, or Career – FinancialSamurai

Who am I kidding? There is no way you missed this post! On the off chance that you did, Sam has crafted the “How to start a blog/business/enterprise” post that every business-minded person has always waited to read.

I started this blog after lurking on Sam’s site for years, and I am consistently amazed by how he continues to give back to the blogging community.

6 Tips For Teaching Your Kids The Real Value of Money – Kara Masterson, Guest Post at ThePracticalSaver

The educator in me will always have a soft spot in my heart for kids. Youth are truly our greatest societal asset, yet here in the United States, most school systems and parents teach their children virtually nothing about me. Kara suggests six very wise tips to teach kids the value of money in hands-on ways.

Investment Risk is More Than Losing Money – Apathy Ends

When I look at my investment performance from time to time, I am reminded of a family member who feels that investing is too risky. Her fear has led her to invest money solely in CDs and savings bonds – yes, you read that right: savings bonds! I wish I could convince her to read this excellent article by Mr. AE, as it captures the real heart of assessment risk.

7 Priceless Lessons My Dad Taught Me About Money – Michael at Financially Alert

In a very inspirational post, Michael shares how his father, a CPA, slowly yet surely taught him to manage money wisely. Because of his father’s wisdom, Michael was able to retire early while only in his mid-thirties.


Enjoy the three day weekend, everyone. Happy Labor Day!

 

 

The Legion of Super-Posts – Issue 4

As part of the qualitative shift and related goals I established in my July Blog Report, I launched a new weekly feature in August here at FinanceSuperhero:

The Legion of Super-Posts

Published one day later than usual, this post chronicles number of posts which piqued my interest due to their uniqueness, insightful analysis, or emotional impact. I hope to share articles which you may not have read during the week while enhancing a sense of community and promoting other bloggers.

You can review previous issues here:

Legion of Super-Posts – Issue 1
Legion of Super-Posts – Issue 2
Legion of Super-Posts – Issue 3

In this week’s issue:

Making Smart Decisions – A Short Version of the Process! – Vicki at MakeSmarterDecisions.com

I find myself returning to this pillar-like post by Vicki from time to time when I have decisions to make. Though I haven’t encountered too many difficult decisions lately, I anticipate several will arise in the next year or two – as a result, I am aiming to prepare myself to undergo the process that Vicki has so eloquently explained. If you haven’t read this oldie-but-goodie, what are you waiting for?

1500 Days: Bringing Out the Worst in People Since 2013! – 1500 at 1500days.com

A short excerpt is all that is needed to convince you to check out this outstanding and hilarious piece:

My buddy Jim wrote a post last Tuesday about trolls. He was inspired by an article about us that went viral and showed up on Yahoo!. Like every other personal finance success story, the trolls came out in force. No bother, seasoned bloggers know not to look at the comments.

While I don’t entertain their vitriol, lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the trolls. I mostly feel sorry for them. One of my goals for the blog is to inspire people to live a better life. However with some people, I’ve only succeeded in inspiring them to reveal the ugliest parts of their personalities. Most of the trolls are probably OK folks, but the anonymous nature of the internet brings out the worst.

The Problem with Simple Living – Kallie at PretendToBePoor.com 

Kallie writes:

Simple living used to be a euphemism for resisting over-consumption. Living on less certainly makes life easier. Cutting the stuff we don’t care about, like pedicures and elaborate birthday parties and toddler tee-ball, saves so much time and money. “Simple living” in this sense allows us to be a one-income family and do volunteer ministry.

Recently, the terms simplicity and minimalism seem to encompass all of life—your time, experiences, relationships, possessions, work—everything. I agree with so much of this thinking. Cultural trends to over-schedule kids in lots of extracurriculars, stay hyper-productive at all times, or work crazy hours to pay for crazy stuff are bogus and need to be challenged.

But why do I leave the simplicity articles feeling frustrated by my not-so-simple life?

Our 5 Favorite Money Saving Travel Tools – Greg at ClubThrifty.com

Mrs. Superhero and I are currently deep in the planning stages for an October trip to Las Vegas (our first!), so when I came across the above headline in my inbox, I was very intrigued. I have checked out all of Greg’s suggestions and am happy to share that his words of wisdom will save us money on our trip!


Have a great Sunday, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

The Legion of Super-Posts – Issue 3

As part of the qualitative shift and related goals I established in my July Blog Report, I launched a new weekly feature in August here at FinanceSuperhero:

The Legion of Super-Posts

Each Saturday, I will chronicle a number of posts which piqued my interest due to their uniqueness, insightful analysis, or emotional impact. I hope to share articles which you may not have read during the week while enhancing a sense of community and promoting other bloggers.

Related: Legion of Super-Posts – Issue 1 and Legion of Super-Posts – Issue 2

In this week’s issue:

This One Simple Act Gave Me Control of My Finances (and Left Me Debt-Free) – Francis John at MyBreadMoney

Francis John writes:

Many of us have taken the backseat in our financial journey and have placed money (the unconscious driver) in control, to manage itself. Can you really get to your desired destination with this approach?

55 Fun and Fabulous Fall Date Ideas that Cost Less Than $15 – Becky at FrameToFreedom

In a recent goal setting post, I set a goal of spending more time with my wife and being intentional about taking her on one date per week. I was thrilled to find a notification about Becky’s post in my inbox this week and genuinely found her recommendations to be unique and interesting.

What My Orchard Teaches Me about Investing – Preston at TheDrunkMillionaire

Preston shares the four lessons he has learned about investing from starting an apple orchard.

Work-Life Balance – The Parable of the Mexican Fisherman and the Banker – Jon at BeNetWorthy

I’m not very good at work-life balance. I tend to tip the scales heavily in favor of work. Reading Jon’s piece led me to pause and think about my choices, and ultimately showed me that I am doing what is best for my family. He writes:

Parables are not about real events, but merely stories intended to illustrate an underlying truth or to provoke thought. In the context of a business school setting where people are making major life choices, this parable was particularly relevant and I think it’s relevant to any discussion of personal finance issues.

The fundamental issue it raises is, how to know when you have enough and can start to focus more on family, friends, and community instead of just focusing on your career and making another buck. There’s no easy answer and many people have gotten it wrong.

Money, Achievement, Fame, & Suicidal Ideation – PhysicianOnFire

PoF crafted a fascinating examination of Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time. He writes:

The comeback story is impressive. His talent and resolve are remarkable. But to me, the victories and medals aren’t the story. It’s where he was two years ago, and how he ended up there.

5 Simple Rules We Live By To Stay Debt Free – Mr. CBB at CanadianBudgetBinder

In response to an e-mail he received from a reader, Mr. CBB provides a shot of motivation and clarity. He writes:

You can take a large debt and turn it into a debt free empire that will free you from the number one worry most people in this world are slaves to, money.

When you become debt free you automatically have created money rules that you’ve lived by over the years and know they work so you will continue to live by them. Why change something that isn’t broke, right?

Take Advice From People Who Have What You Want – J. Money at BudgetsAreSexy

J. Money, in his usual style, offers straight-up, non-sugar coated advice:

You gotta surround yourself with people DOING the stuff you want to be doing! And *actually* doing it too, btw, not just talking or blogging about it 😉

$2 Worth of Plastic Bags are Teaching Me about Breaking Bad Habits – Emily at JohnAndJaneDoe

I read many, many blogs each week, but Emily has clearly emerged as one of the most introspective bloggers I have encountered. In this piece, she shares how she made meaningful changes in response to a small mistake that many of us would easily gloss over without much thought.


Enjoy these posts, and have a great weekend!

 

 

The Legion of Super-Posts – Issue 1

As part of the qualitative shift and related goals I established in my July Blog Report, I am excited to launch a new weekly feature here at FinanceSuperhero:

The Legion of Super-Posts

Each Saturday, I will chronicle a number of posts which piqued my interest due to their uniqueness, insightful analysis, or emotional impact. I hope to share articles which you may not have read during the week while enhancing a sense of community and promoting other bloggers.

In this week’s issue:

I Got Married! And I’m Still Debt-Free – Alyssa @ Mixed Up Money

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Alyssa and her now-husband were able to pay for their entire wedding by saving for six months. In her words, “We worked our asses off. And it was worth it. Every penny.”

The article is superb, but honestly, it’s worth reading just for the GIF alone. Trust me. And while you’re there, offer Alyssa and Mr. Mixed Up Money (that’s what I’m going to call him from now on) your congratulations.

Redefining a Middle-Class Lifestyle – SKA @ The Jolly Ledger

This article asked all of the right questions about a very difficult, even touchy, subject. An excerpt:

Over the past century, this dream has warped into an expectation about owning things and making money. It might be defined as being middle-class, complete with all its trappings. When you are middle-class do you have to buy a house? What kind of car must you drive? Do middle-class adults have to fund the college education of their children? Do their kids join every sport, league or club and pay the associated fees? How must you dress? How often must you eat out? What is the cost of being middle class? Why are we so emotionally attached to this idea of buying our way into a “successful” life? 

Avoid the 4% Rule to Stay a Millionaire in Retirement – Financial Libre

Up until a few weeks ago, Financial Libre was the best PF blog I had never read. Now, I’m always eager to read new articles as they are published.

In this post, FL writes

The allure is intoxicating: A simple calculation that tells you precisely how big your doughy nut has to be in order to retire…and never fear running out of funds.

But the siren’s wail has a dark side as well, and if you’re not careful with heuristics like the 4% Rule, your doughy nut can run across some pretty gnarly rocks in the economic seas. And nobody likes gnarly rocks on their nuts.

So many balls thrown at my face, and it was fun! – Steve @ ThinkSaveRetire.com

Steve touches on the finer points of everyone’s favorite childhood game and draws a powerful moral lesson in the process.

Tailwind and Boardbooster: Why You Need Both – Latoya @ Life and a Budget

This article will be very valuable to any blogger looking to learn the finer points of using Pinterest as a marketing tool. Prior to reading this article, I knew very little; now, I’m learning more every day.


Have a great weekend, and Go Team USA!