Weekend Reads: Week of December 11, 2016

Another weekend and another weekend reads! This weekend’s posts include old but good ones. You are guaranteed to get a lot out of them.? They are “soldier of luxury”“the worst retirement ever”, “the real cost of shopping habits”, and “how to start travel hacking: fly for free – even in first class”.

As usual, pour yourself a mug of your favorite coffee or tea, find your favorite spot in your house and get ready to enjoy the weekend reads:


Here are this weekend’s four articles. I hope you find them worthy of your time and enjoy them as much as I did. Have a great weekend.

Soldier of Luxury by Mr. Money Mustache. What do you, the modern Soldier of Luxury, do if not living in a village and peacefully averting tribal wars? You might instead live in a modern city, spending less time in the office and more with family friends. You might take sabbaticals, or retire early, travel to some actual jungles or deserts, or do some form of work which is so fun you would gladly do it for free. This concept of “I can be absolutely happy, with virtually nothing” is critically important to unlocking your mind from the little cage that consumer society welds around it.

The Real Cost of Shopping Habits by Emma JohnsonThe road to bankruptcy is paved with good deals. The answer to spending less is not coupons or blow-out sales. SHOP LESS. That’s it. Yes, it is wise to negotiate the price of things. Take advantage of coupons and deep discounts when they makes sense. But if you want to save money and improve your finances, shop less.

The Worst Retirement Ever by Go Curry Cracker. Reviewing all periods in the Trinity Study, the year 1965 was amongst the worst.  While the future may provide even worse economic conditions, this period can be used to explore how strategies to improve portfolio longevity would have performed historically. By being flexible with spending, and being willing to adapt goals to economic conditions, what at first appears to be a certain failure can become a long and rewarding retirement. In the worst of times, the difference between failure and success is small and largely within everyone’s control.

How to Start Travel Hacking: Fly for Free (Even in First Class)  by David WeliverFour out of five people sitting in first class aren’t rich – they’re smart. Enter the world of travel hacking to score rewards flights and free first-class upgrades on most of your flights. It’s all possible.



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