The Sunday Sharies: Volume 16

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Sunday Scaries (n): The Sunday evening dread that creeps in when anticipating work in the morning.

Shut down Sunday Scaries with this series: Sunday Sharies! These are the articles, links, and content I’ve read this week that I think are worth sharing.

Finance Articles

4 Topics Finance Experts Always Disagree On (The Financial Diet)

Financial news is not unlike any other news: bold headlines tend to get the attention. Quick rules of thumb can help writers make bold headlines and write a punchy story. 

For Some D.C. Parents, It’s Too Expensive To Work (NPR)

As D.C.-area parents contend with some of the highest child care costs in the country — annual fees in the District average about $24,000 for infant care and $19,000 for toddler care — some are deciding to opt out of the workforce, forgoing a salary and avoiding high child care costs.

You Only Have To Do One Thing Right With Your Money At A Time (Money After Graduation)

Once a good financial habit becomes second nature, it frees up mental bandwidth to tackle something else. Can you learn how to invest in the stock market while you’re trying to get in the habit of tracking your spending? Maybe, but maybe not.

FIRE Articles

Some Thoughts On Having No Salary (Four Pillar Freedom)

I can only think of one drawback to quitting my job: no more salary. I can no longer count on receiving a specific amount of money deposited into my bank account every two weeks by an employer. This has had some interesting effects on both my daily actions and my thoughts about income in general.

Big Family Minimalism (Becoming Minimalist)

Turns out, we didn’t want more and bigger. Our entire life already felt “more and bigger.” We wanted less. Actually, we all needed less.

Less clutter. Less cleaning. Less overwhelm. Less hectic.  Less appointments.

We needed margin for the right kind of more: More engagement. More quiet. More stories and cuddles. More adventure. More travel. More time in the garden. More focused time. More creativity.

More stuff and more space weren’t going to give us any of that.

What do you think?

Let me know what you found interesting in the comments below!

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  1. Great post :)I really enjoyed reading “thoughts of having no income” by 4 pillar freedom. I have grown accustomed to receive a monthly paycheck. Getting a stable full time job is kind of a normal route to take after graduation, unless one has a strong sense of entrepreneurship. I have a huge amount of respect for what Zach is going.

  2. Nice breadth of stories. I think the NPR piece is worth quoting in the section that talks about the long-term issue of leaving the workforce — pay cuts of 10-20% or more are significant, especially since the child-rearing years are often peak earning years. Financial decisions, in general, often come down to balancing short-term and long-term tradeoffs.

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