Weekly Roundup – Momentum’s Finest On Saturdays VOL 26 [Aug 11]
Happy Saturday Momentum Makers!
It has been another week of great content around the personal finance community. I’m excited to shine some light on a collection of those here.
This week with Volume 26 of Momentum’s Finest we have 14 blog posts and 7 podcast episodes.
MY POSTS THIS WEEK
- Ebates Review – How To Earn Free Money Online With The Cash Back App & Site: If you aren’t using a cash back service like Ebates to make some free money on your online purchases, you’re missing out. It’s free, easy to use, has access to thousands of deals and you can get a free welcome registration bonus after signing up (Americans get $10 free and Canadians get $5 free).
- Momentum Series Interview – Spills Spot: Debt Freedom, Goal Setting And Blogging: This week’s interview was with the personal finance blogger Matt from Spills Spot. Matt stopped by to share his financial journey, hitting debt freedom, the importance of goal-setting with your finances and more.
- 6 Fundamental Financial Lessons From Hockey To Apply To Your Money And Life: You can find financial and life lessons no matter where you look. Check out these 6 fundamental financial lessons from the great game of hockey.
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PERSONAL FINANCE BLOG POSTS
This Calculator Tells You How Long You Need to Save Before You Can Retire from Four Pillar Freedom
This article from Zach at Four Pillar Freedom highlights a great retirement calculator from Engaging Data. This early retirement calculator is supported with visuals and flexible inputs. In the post Zach shares his own inputs and runs through a detailed overview of how to get the most insightful data out of it.
Questioning The American Dream: Why I’m Not Obsessed With Buying A House from The Luxe Strategist
In high cost of living areas where real estate prices are swelling to crazy heights, does it make sense to buy? As with any decision with money and life, it’s personal and unique to an individual’s situation. In this post, The Luxe Strategist shares why she is questioning the American dream in New York. As a fellow HCOL resident here in Toronto, I know the same feeling and thought process.
We Paid Off the Mortgage: Our Debt Free Journey from Financial Pilgrimage
Congrats to Financial Pilgrimage! He and his wife paid of their mortgage in full earlier this month and now sit debt free. This post reflects back on that journey and the road ahead for the FP family. FP was also on Andy Hills’ Marriage, Kids And Money Podcast this week to share his story there as well.
Vanguard Investments Canada: Investing for the Common Sense Investor from Jessica Moorhouse
This post from Jessica Moorhouse features a comprehensive overview on investing for Canadians, with a particular lense on Vanguard Canada. As a fellow holder of Vanguard ETFs, I too am appreciative of the efforts they’ve made since entering Canada in 2011. Jessica breaks down the fundamentals of investing within the post as well, covering fees, portfolios and options to get started with Vanguard in Canada.
25 Best Freebies For College Students That Can Save You Lots Of Money from Frugal Rules
John at Frugal Rules pulled together this list of 25 freebies for college students to leverage to stretch their budgets. This is a super helpful post that I wish I could’ve had access to during my post-secondary education. One area I wish I would’ve taken better advantage of is the resume writing and career coaching services most schools offer. It’s a timely post with actionable advice that I sent over to one of my cousins who is still in college.
Personal Finance Plan Example (Manage Your Money Like A Pro) from Millionaire Mob
What a post from Millionaire Mob! It’s a lengthy one but it’s chalked full of financial advice to help you take control of your money mindset. This runs through a case study scenario of building out a financial plan and covers the gamut of managing your money.
SIDE HUSTLE BLOG POSTS
How To Make Money Fast from Michael Dinich
Michael Dinich at Your Money Geek shares some different, unconventional ways on how to make money fast. Whether you need cash to pay off debt, start your emergency fund or start investing, there are plenty of ways to pad that bank account. Michael gives context to 7 ideas here.
LIFESTYLE, WELLNESS & PRODUCTIVITY BLOG POSTS
I Will Become A Millionaire! Never Let Anyone Tell You What You Can Or Cannot Do! From Duke Of Dollars
Chris from Duke of Dollars shares a personal story around a conversation in his own life that still serves as a motivating factor to this day. Check out the post to read about that conversation, a mindset for reaching your goals and not letting others deter you. It also includes some motivational moments from movies like The Pursuit Of Happiness and Toy Story (with Shia LaBeouf).
The Perils of Social Media Addiction from Elementum Money
People walking out into traffic. Drifting off the side of the road. Scrolling endlessly in bed. Playing the FOMO game. Aimlessly clicking around. I’m guilty of it all too. This post from Elementum Money hit my inbox in the daily Rockstar Finance Newsletter and really got me thinking about how much time I spend online. Between my career, blog, sports fandom and general curiosity… the hours are quite staggering. Give this post a read as Aparna discusses social media addiction, the reasons why, the potential side effects and strategies to improve if you are taking in some of the negative aspects.
How to Have an Attitude of Gratitude from Money With A Purpose
Practicing gratitude is something I’m continually working on in my own life. Whether it’s with my girlfriend, family, friends, coworkers or strangers. In this post Frank from Money With A Purpose explores the idea of gratitude, psychology behind it and tips to become more grateful.
PERSONAL FINANCE PODCAST EPISODES
Investing for Beginners: How to Get Started on a Low-Cost Portfolio from MapleMoney Show
Joining Tom Drake on the MapleMoney show this week is John Robertson, a Canadian personal finance blogger and author. I’m a big fan of John’s book The Value Of Simple, it’s one of, if not the best, investment books for Canadians. In this episode the two discuss the ins and outs of investing and retirement.
When Is The Right Financial Time To Have Kids? from FIRE Drill Podcast
As an avid reader of Financial Samurai, it was a nice surprise to see him pop up on the FIRE Drill Podcast this week. Kids are definitely in my future so listening in on different viewpoints of the financial impact they have (or can have) was great. The show also touches on Sam’s FI journey, family finances and leaving the working world.
7 Paths to Financial Independence from BiggerPockets Podcast
Usually we profile the BiggerPockets Money show, but this week we’re featuring the head of the dinner table from the BiggerPockets family. This episode with Brandon and David (new full-time co host of the show) discusses different paths to financial independence with real estate. It’s a long one but wow it’s packed with so much real estate investing knowledge. I saved this one for a re-listen so that I could take additional notes and do some clicking around online.
So Money’s Farnoosh Torabi Doubled Her Salary and Tells Us How We Can Too (encore) from Financial Grownup
This is an encore (re-publishing) episode of Financial Grownup with Bobbi Rebell. The guest? Farnoosh Torabi from the great So Money Podcast! I enjoyed this one and the advice shared on growing your income, changing career paths, managing money and a ton more. Great episode with dozens of knowledge bombs in a condensed 13 minute episode.
Take Control: Don’t Let the Past Define Your Future! from The Everyday Money Show
Sitting in the guest chair on The Everyday Money Show this week was the personal finance blogger, Ms. Fiology. This was quite an inspiring episode that featured Ms. Fiology’s backstory, turning that around, getting her financial life in order and pushing forward. It’s never too late to improve any aspect of your life – financially, professional, personally or otherwise.
Retirement Planning Tips for Entrepreneurs from Popcorn Finance
The great PT Money aka Philip Taylor joined Chris on a recent episode of Popcorn Finance to answer a listener’s question about retirement planning as an entrepreneur. Given it’s different than the traditional route of having a company 401k (or RPP/RRSP) to include in your plan, this was a helpful listen for anyone out there currently working for themselves (or hoping to).
SIDE HUSTLE PODCAST EPISODES
Launching A Course From Start To Finish In 2018 from Fizzle Show
I’ve been a longtime listener of the Fizzle Show, it’s safe to say this show always brings quality content (often with a couple laughs) every week. This was no difference as Chase and Steph discuss the process of launching a course in 2018. For anyone looking to launch a product in the future, this is a must-listen.
Another week of amazing personal finance content to give you your fix of blog posts and podcast episodes.
Which did you enjoy the most?
Did you have any other top posts or shows this week?
Let me know in the comments below.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!