Weekend Toast 3/1

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The Weekend Toast series is a collection of recently published articles by other bloggers that I put together to share. Consider this your one-stop-shop for remaining up-to-date on being a badass.

So, grab your drink of choice, put your feet up and get ready to read!

This week: cap rates; which funds to invest in, budget templates; read for free; don’t never give up; eco-friendly restaurants; learn writing skills



I’ve been hearing a lot of people recently speak about investing in real estate. I myself have it as a goal for this year to purchase an investment property. However, you need to do your due diligence before taking a leap into this area. There are different calculations to do and terms to familiarize yourself with. One of them is the “cap rate”. What does that mean? DebtFreeDr has the answer in his post What Is A Good Cap Rate And Why It Matters. If you’re interested in going down this road, definitely check it out and arm yourself with some great info!

I was just having a conversation the other day and giving advice on how to get started investing. This gives this next post a timely intro: How to Choose the Best Index Funds and ETFs by Just Start Investing. I personally am a fan of Vanguard and have written about how to get your finances in order by investing with them. However, there are a bunch of options out there to get started. You just have to start!

For anyone trying to get their budgeting house in order, check out this post by How to FIRE on The Best Google Sheets Budget Templates which breaks down all the template options available to you. You never have an excuse now to not get your finances in order 🙂


Not too long ago I shared a post on how to read every day and make it part of your daily routine. I also shared some budget-friendly ways to do so. The Frugal Fellow takes it a step further and has compiled a list of apps that you can use to read. This is especially useful for those of you who don’t like having an actual book to read (or if that’s not your jam). Check it out and see if any of these options work for you! 14 Free Books Apps To Fuel Your Reading Addiction

This next post by Steve Adcock is great life advice. We often hear the phrase “never give up”, he says you absolutely should…if you have the course you’re on and need to pivot, you should certainly give up what you’re doing. He’s not saying to quit entirely, he’s saying to quit doing what no longer serves you and know when to move on. It’s great food for thought. Check it out: Stop Telling People to “Never Give Up”. Do this instead

How many of you pay attention to where you go out to eat? There are restaurants everywhere that are becoming “green” and more environmentally conscious. These eco-friendly restaurants are a great business model to support, especially now with the climate changes we are seeing. We can all do our part to reduce waste on a daily basis at home, and you can continue to do your part when you’re out and about with family and friends. It doesn’t cost you extra, and can have great benefits. See more at Why You Should Support Eco-Friendly Restaurants by My Life I Guess


Writing a great creative outlet. If this is something you’re interested in learning, or maybe you already are a writer and want to improve your storytelling, then check out This is How to Write a Story (Expert Tips for Writing Great Stories) by Your Money Geek. No matter what kind of writer you are, or if you just want to get better at journaling your own life story, practice and knowing how to frame your thoughts always helps!

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