Hump Day- July 5th, 2015

Hump day

What is hump day? It’s Wednesday. The hump to your work week. 2 days down and 2 days to go. On hump days I will be sharing articles, videos, or other form of entertainment. It will include links to other posts I have liked throughout the week. Some are parenting articles, others are personal finance ones, and occasionally there will be a random funny article. Enjoy!

On this day

On July 5th, 1994 was founded by Jeff Bezos in Bellevue, Washington. I almost just want to leave this as… Nuff said.

This guy has revolutionized shopping and the way we spend money in this country. From a simple on-line book store to now the seller of everything, he has had complete world domination. Plus, since he is buying Whole Foods, he is going back to owning brick and mortar stores (there is actually a Amazon Book Store in Seattle. Talk about irony).

This weeks articles

There have been a few good articles out this week. I feel like as there are more and more bloggers my in box is getting bigger. Every morning I crunch through about 10 articles before going to work. From the 40-60 I read a week, I try to pick out the few I have really enjoyed. So here we go!

If you want a good primer on Mutual funds, then check out the White Coat Investors recent post. He summarizes everything from the different assets to expense ratios pretty clearly. For anyone investing in taxable accounts, it is definitely worth the read. While you are over there check out my guest post on whether your child should become a doctor.

One of my favorite writers, Steve at Think Save Retire, discusses the 6 months he has lived in an RV. While there have been some hiccups, he would do it again in a heart beat. I personally am debating a 16 foot RV versus a tear drop campers now. Vintage Overland makes some pretty sweet tear drop campers that I could likely tow with my Toyota Camry.

If you are looking on some good information about child rearing, High Income Parents has done the heavy lifting. In their Monthly Round up they have outlined some important child raising points. We stick to most of these tenants in the DDD household, but could improve on some other points.

Next up  is a post by Sam at Financial Samaria. He discusses why each spouse needs their own bank account. My wife and I share accounts and while I had never thought of it, Sam makes some really good points. I know that my wife feels guilty spending some of our money because of our joint goals of debt pay down and saving money. Hopefully as we continue to improve financially she will be able to feel more comfortable spending.

Surprisingly few 4th of July articles

Finally I was looking for some good Independence Day posts and Physician on Fire did not disappoint. He covers the need for all of us to make our declaration of independence today! Financial independence that is.

Final thoughts

So there you have it. Another week of great articles. Now the year is officially half way done and summer has begun. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly life goes by. Time seemed much slower as a child. Maybe this is why the idea of financial independence is appealing. Or is it the ability to break a schedule/routine and focus on the things that make us happy. To spend time with family. While not preoccupied and influenced by co-workers who may have wilder spending habits then us.

I am not sure, but I am willing to find out. How about you?

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I am a Dad and Doctor trying to find financial freedom by owning my dollars and debts. Helping dads with their finances so they can focus on the family.

7 thoughts on “Hump Day- July 5th, 2015

  • July 6, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks for the articles DDD especially Steve’s experience being a full time RV’er. Although me and the wife would have doubts doing it full time, going out on the road for a month or two would sound sweet. You should consider the 16 footer RV, more room for the family.
    And yes, life goes by fast as an adult with constant daily routines. Sometimes I would like to be in my 1 year old shoes where he discovers new things all the time(saying new words, learning to walk, etc..) and having fun while doing it.

    • July 6, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      Yeah I am looking at some 16 footers. My latest obsession is the Happier Camper. Modules you can modify to fit your family. Brilliant!

      Ah the fun of our little kids. Seems amazing how much they enjoy things.

  • July 5, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Dude, you rock! Thanks again for the mention. A 16 foot RV sounds perfect if you want something to get away with. You could probably get just about anywhere that you’d want to camp.

    • July 5, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      I have been looking at some tear drops too, though the wife reminds me it may be a bit tight for 3.

  • July 5, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I’m glad you liked the parenting studies. They were quite interesting to me and made me feel a little better about the things we are doing as parents.
    PoF hit it out of the park with his Financial Independence Day post. I liked that one too.

    Tom @ HIP

  • July 5, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I was just thinking about how fast time flies by when you’re an adult. When I was a kid, days seemed three times as longer. It’s funny how we perceive things as we change. 🙂

    And I nearly spit out my coffee laughing at Steve’s Think Save Retire article about dealing with bags of pee in the Airstream. Glad to see that he’s not making it look too glamorous. 😉

    • July 5, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Ah pee on an Airstream. Things we definitely did not think about as a child.

      The funny thing is, yesterday I spent the entire day with my son and it was just like being a kid again. The day moved slower and was way more fun. So maybe the way to recapture it is to take a few days here and there and be fully immersed with our kids.


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