Friday Night Highlights Vol 13

Friday Night Highlights Volume 13

Welcome to this weeks edition of the Friday Night Highlights, where I scour the personal finance blogging world to bring you interesting articles you may have missed.

Did you already forget about last week’s Friday Night Highlights? Not to worry, I’ve got you covered. Click here to catch up. Here is what you missed.

  • Last week’s theme was 2 truths and one bald-faced lie.

This week we have 3 new articles.

  • Dr McFrugal shares with us the wrap-up of his year-long buy nothing challenge.
  • Financial Mechanic asks the question, are you a frugal fraud if you don’t pay for your own subscription services?
  • The Happiest Teacher shares how the death of a close friend makes him question FIRE.

Buy Nothing December Challenge Update


Dr. McFrugalWhether you are trying to get out of debt or trying to build wealth, cutting back can be a challenge. Dr McFrugal shares with us the December update of his buy nothing year 2018.

Overall, my wife and I didn’t buy a whole lot. The buy nothing challenge wasn’t particularly hard for us.

Frugality does not mean deprivation. Dr McFrugal walks us through his approach to spending money only on things that bring value and nothing else. Go check out his story to learn more about his zen-like approach to frugality. Read the story 

Confessions of a Frugal Fraud

Financial Mechanic

Are your frugal ways borne on the backs of others generosity? The Financial Mechanic ponders this question.

With the rise of subscription services, such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Spotify, these inconspicuous fees can add up to a handsome monthly sum. Are you a frugal fraud if you share account passwords to these subscription services? The answer might not be what you think. Check out the full story to see why these companies might actually want you to share. Read the story →

If I Die Today, Pursuing FIRE Is Still Worth It

I’ll admit, when I choose stories for the Friday Night Highlights, I pick them partly for my own selfish reasons. I find that they resonate with me and may be useful to you.

Last night, I received the heartbreaking news that no one ever wants to hear. My stepfather suddenly and unexpectedly had passed away. Although stepfather by title, he was like blood. For the past 25 years, he taught me patience and love in ways only a father can.

Death with all of its finality brings up the question, are you living your current life in a way you are happy with?

Zach from the blog The Happiest Teacher shares with us the story of his close friend’s death. His loss brought him to question his own life. Zach shares with us why, if he died today persuing FIRE (financial independence retire early) is still worth it. Read the story →

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