Afford Anything – Paula is a fierce champion of independent living via passive income. Her path is not ours, but we love her attitude and approach to life. Great tips on personal productivity and living life on your own terms.
Can I Retire Yet? – Mr. Kirkpatrick’s blog was the single most influential source of information for our decision to seek an earlier rather than later end to our full-time working careers. His no-nonsense and practical information continues to be the “early retirement whisperer” to us. There’s no “true path” advice from Darrow as he has the wisdom to know that retirement is strictly personal. Instead, he typically discusses a variety of approaches with some detail about what he has chosen for himself. Check it out!
Early Retirement Extreme – This blog title says it all. Whenever we think we are making a challenging frugal living decision, we swing on over to ERE and get a slice of humble pie. Jacob definitely walks the talk and his blog is a super resource for an aspiring early retiree – all delivered with a dose of attitude! And… he has a good forum with lots of passionate ERE-ers.
FinancialMentor – Most of your early retirees are squarely on the contrarian side of the aisle and Mr. Tresidder is no exception. He cautions against getting too cozy with The 4% Rule and backs it up with lots of his own research and personal experience. I credit Todd with informing me to be a bigger thinker than “our retirement number”. This site supports his ongoing career as a financial coach, but there’s tons of free information worthy of your time.
JL Collins – I like to think of Mr. Collins as the Garrison Keillor of investing and wealth accumulation (a compliment I hope he can tolerate). His folksy and straight talk resonates with many, including Jenny and me.
Mad Fientist – We love the Mad Fientist’s site for the wide variety of topics he tackles via articles, his podcast, and his free tools. If you fancy yourself a travel hacker, he’s got a nice page on credit cards ripe for travel rewards.
Mr. Money Mustache – Early retirement, frugal living, and the pursuit of “badassity”. It has a good forum as well. One of our early influences in deciding to make a break for a simpler life.
Oblivious Investor – My exposure to Mike Piper is mainly through his excellent books (one of which is on our “Recommended” list below), but this blog is his home base on the web and it is a great source for simple passive investing strategies, both before and in retirement.
Retirement Researcher – One of my favorites for top-shelf technical analysis on retirement planning, saving, and spending. Dr. Pfau does a good job balancing math and approachability for a wide audience. Some of the material here is meant for financial advisors, but don’t let that stop you from checking out the excellent articles in this blog.