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Early Retirement Blogs for Everyone

It’s Memorial Day Weekend in the US. While viewed as the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering the people died while serving in the armed forces. It is also around the end of the school year here. This means field trips, graduations, pot lucks, end of the year crafts, and getting thank you gifts for the teachers. RB40Jr was a handful this year and we really appreciate his teachers’ help.

Junior will be home for the next 2 weeks so it will be a little more difficult to blog. Luckily, my mom is here for an extended visit so she can watch him once in a while. He has swimming lessons at the community center twice a week and that’s about it for scheduled activities. I want to sign him up for martial arts, but I suspect he is not quite ready for it yet. He does not follow instructions well and it might be too disruptive for the class. We’ll drop by and check it out.

His preschool will open up for summer camp after 2 weeks. We’ll probably sign up for camp (basically childcare) every other week. That will give me time to work a little. We don’t have a lot of plans this summer. We’ll go camping at Crater Lake in July. Mrs. RB40 has training in August. I don’t have other big plans and we’ll play it by ear. Mrs. RB40 might take a weekend off to go visit her parents without us.

Anyway, I picked up some baby back ribs to BBQ this long weekend. Do you have any plan for the Memorial Day weekend? Mrs. RB40 has Monday off so we’ll do something fun with the whole family. The county fair is this weekend so we’ll probably go check that out. I’m taking it easy this weekend and you should too.

Early Retirement Blogs

Okay, if you’re anything like me, you can’t get enough of early retirement blogs. I used to be addicted to personal finance blogs when I was working full time because I was in front of the computer all day. It’s easy to take 5 minute breaks here and there to catch up. Now that I’m a stay at home dad/blogger, I can’t keep up with all the blogs anymore. I still spend a few hours a day on the computer, but I’d be working on Retire by 40 and don’t browse around that much. Anyway, I thought I would compile a list of early retirement blogs so you can read your fill while you’re stuck in a cubicle. There are quite a few more early retirement blogs than when I started in 2010 so I think you will find at least a few that speak to you. Enjoy!

These blogs are listed in no particular order. Help me maintain this list by letting me know if there is a good early retirement blog I should add. I will update and repost this list periodically.

  • FI Fighter – Another engineer just retired early. Yes! I hear a bell ring. 😉
  • Mr. Tako Escapes – Mr. Tako and his wife saved over 50% of their salary every year and reached financial independence at 38. He left the rat race in 2015 and is enjoying more time with his sons.
  • 1500 Days to Freedom – Mr. 1500’s goal is to build a portfolio of $1.2 million by February, 2017. That’s 1500 days from the start of his blog. He is very close and it should be an exciting finish.
  • Our Next Life – Mr. and Mrs. ONL is on a mission to retire in late 2017. The are saving over 70% of their after tax income! That’s fantastic.
  • Physician on FIRE – A great FIRE (financial independence Retire Early) blog, especially for physicians.
  • Frugal Woods – Who doesn’t dream of calling it quits and heading off to homestead in the woods? Great articles, an extremely cute baby, and a Frugal Hound.
  • Tawcan – Quest for joyful life & financial independence.
  • Mr. FIRE Station – Retiring next week (4/1/2016.) Congratulation!
  • Financially Alert – Michael “retired early” in 2016 when he was 36. His larger FI goal is to reach $10 million in net worth.
  • Think Save Retire – Steve started his FI journey a little later in life at 34. It’s never too late.
  • Financial Samurai – One of the best personal finance blogs ever. I always learn something new when I drop by.
  • The Retirement Diary – Bob is transitioning into retirement and he is happy to share his experience.

The blogs below are awesome, but they are updated just once per week or less. IMO, these bloggers are doing it right. Blogging is a lot of work!

  • Root of Good – Justin retired at 33 through careful planning and saving. He and his family are living the good life at a very moderate cost in North Carolina. I’m always jealous when I read his monthly expense report.
  • Sydney Lagier retired in 2008 when she was 44 years old and has been blogging ever since. It’s great to read about early retirement from a woman’s point of view.
  • How to Retire Early? – Journey to reach financial independence by 40.
  • Go Curry Cracker – Jeremy and Winnie left their high tech jobs to travel the world in their early 30’s.
  • Paul and Vicki Terhorst retired early over 30 years ago and they are still going strong.
  • Mr Money Mustache – MMM is probably the most popular early retirement blog today.
  • Financial Mentor –  Todd supported a family for 17 years without any significant earned income. If you’re looking for a financial coach, then check out his site.
  • Mike and Lauren – Recently retired to Costa Rica.
  • The Military Guide – Great resource for the military.
  • Freedom with Bruno – Hit the road with Bruno (a 2000 Toyota 4Runner.)
  • madFIentist – The Science of Financial Independence.
  • Early Retirement Extreme – ERE was one of the first early retirement blogs around and is probably the blog that got me thinking seriously about early retirement. I’m not sure, but I think the articles are mostly reposts now.
  • jlcollinsnh – Jim Collin’s financial independence blog.
  • Brave New Life – Great blog, but not much update since he retired in 2014.
  • Can I Retire Yet? – Darrow Kirkpatrick is a little older than other bloggers. He saved, invested, retired at 50.
  • The Green Swan – The Green Swan is a metaphor coined to describe a deliberate approach to managing and investing money with a major effect: wealth accumulation, financial independence and early retirement.

Not quite a blog, but great early retirement resources. 

  • Ernie J. Zelinski is an international best-selling author, innovator, professional speaker, and prosperity life coach who inspires adventurous souls to live prosperous and free. I love Ernie’s books.

New Since Memorial Day

  • Believe FIRE – J & D believe financial independence can be obtained by anyone. They have left their jobs to travel the world in 2016.

Good luck with your early retirement journey!

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  • Ernie Zelinski March 18, 2016, 1:49 am

    Funny, the first blog you mention is:

    FI Fighter: Another engineer just retired early. Yes! I hear a bell ring.

    I wasn’t aware about this blog until the last week. I have a basic subscription to Mention.com which sends me an email every time they find someone mentioning my name on a blog or news story. I got an email a few days ago (on March 14) about my name being mentioned by a guy who wrote a whole blog post about “The Joy of Not Working”:

    http://www.fifighter.com/book-reviews/2016/03/book-review-the-joy-of-not-working-ernie-j-zelinski/

    It turned out to be FI Fighter, another engineer . . .

    Of course, I am still another engineer who wanted to get out of engineering — and managed to get fired at the age of 30. Even though I was broke within two years of getting fired, and had a negative net worth for the next 12 years or so, it was the best thing that ever happened to me.

    • Jeff V May 27, 2016, 11:42 am

      I am reading and enjoying “The Joy of Not Working” right now! I hope to fully embrace it someday…

      – Jeff V

  • Mr. Tako @ Mr. Tako Escapes March 18, 2016, 2:39 am

    Thanks for featuring us Joe! Looks like we’re among good company!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Steve March 18, 2016, 3:35 am

    Thanks for the list, looks like i have some reading to do. One of my personal favorites is livingafi.com

  • PhysicianOnFIRE March 18, 2016, 4:13 am

    Thank you for the mention and kind words, Joe!

    One more for the list: http://mrfirestation.com/
    Thanks for compiling the blog roster. There are a few here that I’m not yet familiar with, but will be shortly.

    Cheers!
    -PoF

    • MrFireStation March 18, 2016, 9:22 am

      Thanks for the callout, both of you! I agree that the more time I spend on blogging, the more great sites that I find!

      • retirebyforty March 18, 2016, 11:19 am

        Sorry I missed your blog the first time. 🙂 Thank you both for help maintaining this list.

  • Chuck March 18, 2016, 7:48 am

    Thanks for the list. There are a few here that I haven’t visited. Heading to do that now…

  • Tawcan March 18, 2016, 8:16 am

    Thanks for the mention Joe. Hopefully we’ll get to the “retired” only blogging once a week or so list soon. 😀

    It’s interesting that quite a number of these bloggers come from engineering background.

    • Mr. Tako @ Mr. Tako Escapes March 18, 2016, 8:34 am

      Perhaps it’s engineers that feel the most comfortable creating a blog? Most non-engineers I know would never attempt such a thing.

  • Jim @ Route To Retire March 18, 2016, 8:32 am

    Thanks for putting this list together, Joe. I’m exactly like you mentioned – I love getting my hands on all the info I can to digest.

    There are a number of these I haven’t seen before so it looks like I’ll be giving Feedly some new RSS feeds here shortly!! 🙂

    — Jim

  • Justin March 18, 2016, 8:40 am

    Thanks for the inclusion on your list, Joe! I’m familiar with most of this motley crew but I see a couple of less familiar names to check out. It’s great to be a part of such an awesome online FIRE community!

    Take care,

    Justin

  • Nathan @ Investment Hunting March 18, 2016, 9:35 am

    Great list of inspirational blogs. I follow most but not all, there are about 4 I’ve never heard of. Thanks for sharing these.

  • FI Fighter March 18, 2016, 9:35 am

    Thanks for sharing Joe! Your blog has always been a big inspiration, and funny enough when I first learned that you were an engineer trying to quit your job, I had my lightbulb moment which got the whole blogging thing all started for me 🙂

    Cheers!

  • Michael @ Financially Alert March 18, 2016, 9:52 am

    Awesome list Joe. Thanks for including me in such excellent company!!

    My 4-year old daughter almost ate as much corned beef as I did the other day. Even better was that she decided to try a couple new things (i.e. cabbage and mustard) and loved them both. I think she’s going to be Daddy’s foodie buddy too. 🙂

  • freebird March 18, 2016, 10:46 am

    Newbies! The TerHorsts were the first ERs I became aware of from a Money magazine article back in the late 1980s I think it was.
    https://sites.google.com/site/paulvicgroup/
    IIRC they got out aged 30 with about a half million USD saved to travel the world. Looks like they’re still going strong 30+ years into it. I think it’d be interesting to sit in on a conversation between ERs from different generations for wider perspectives and such.

    • retirebyforty March 18, 2016, 11:20 am

      Yes, they have a great story. I was thinking about them, but couldn’t find their site on short notice. I added their site.

  • Michelle March 18, 2016, 11:22 am

    What an awesome list! I don’t talk about early retirement a ton on my blog, but it’s something that we will be able to reach in the next year or two. So amazing!

  • Alex March 18, 2016, 3:25 pm

    Thanks for the list, I was literally just putting one together I could send to people I think might be interested, now I can just send them here. I have read through many of those. I need to check out the others. Also worth reading through the archives of dividendmantra and getrichslowly. Until they cashed in those were two great financial independence blogs. I wonder if the buyers are making enough off those quality archives to make up for the evident drop in participation/readership. Personal stories woven into the financial information are most of what makes any of these blogs worth reading.

  • Diana March 19, 2016, 4:48 pm

    I would be very interested to read how people are paying for-maintaining health care insurance with early retirement. Of course I realize I could pay this out of pocket but it would rapidly deplete my funds… so what is the best approach to the biggest obstacle I can see to early retirement: health care insurance???

  • Sam March 19, 2016, 11:45 pm

    Thanks for the mention Joe! Really appreciate it.

    Always good to read new blogs as well. Very entertaining!

    Sam

  • Cindy March 20, 2016, 3:24 am

    Hi Joe,

    I have been reading your blog since 2013 and your blog inspired me to start my own.
    I noticed all the blogs you listed are all male/couple bloggers. Where are the female bloggers on early retirement?

    Cindy

    • retirebyforty March 20, 2016, 2:07 pm

      Thank for reminding me. I added Sydney Lagier’s blog to the list. She has a great blog from the woman’s point of view. I don’t know other female ER blogger. Let me know if you find some. Frugal Woods is mostly from the female point of view.

      • Mike H. May 27, 2016, 7:21 am

        Well Rounded Investor and Afford Anything. Neither is exactly early retirement, but they are both about financial independence, and, in the case of Paula at Afford Anything, a good resource on investment properties.

  • TheHappyPhilosopher March 20, 2016, 8:09 am

    Great list Joe, can’t think of too many that you missed. One I really like which is not really about early retirement, but more about financial freedom is JD Roth’s blog:
    http://moneyboss.com/

    My blog is not focused on early retirement, but I am heavily influenced by the FI/early retirement blogosphere, so a little trickles through in my writing. I try to be as subversive as possible.
    🙂

    • retirebyforty March 20, 2016, 2:05 pm

      I like JD’s blog too. I probably should put a list of FI focused blog together. I have a feeling that it will be much bigger than this list.

  • Steve @ Think Save Retire March 20, 2016, 8:25 am

    Thanks for the shout out! And very nice list of some truly awesome financial resources. Found a couple that I hadn’t seen yet. 🙂

  • Robert March 20, 2016, 10:41 am

    Joe,

    Thanks for sharing this list. I’ve been following your blog for about a couple of years now and have also read Mr. Money Mustache. I’m 38.5, and have always planned to retire early, but your blog gave me a specific target age! Happily, I’m pretty much to the point now of building up extra safety net funds, but could walk away any time. After a career of being a hard worker, I’m not just doing the minimum and getting by. I can’t understand why they haven’t fired me yet!

    Anyhow, thanks for sharing these other blogs. I’ve focused so hard on reaching financial independence, but not on what to do to feel fulfilled in my life. Work takes up so many hours that you don’t have to think about such things. But now that I’m getting closer to being the rare brown-haired guy in a world of gray haired, I need to make it a priority.

    Yours and these other blogs are very helpful. Thanks again.

    • retirebyforty March 20, 2016, 2:04 pm

      Thanks for the compliment. Enjoy your last few years at work. I’m sure you will find something fulfilling to do once you have more time. Good luck!

  • Clancy March 21, 2016, 12:57 pm

    This list was perfect! I’ve loved reading RB40 and have been inspired by your journey Joe. The links you posted are very helpful (and appreciated). The Frugal Woods couple is adorable and I look forward to checking out more of the links. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jan March 22, 2016, 10:19 am

    this a really helpful list, thanks! Quite a few that are new to me.

  • Stockbeard March 22, 2016, 11:47 am

    Thanks so much for the shout out, Joe! And thanks for the great recommendations too! Personal finance blogs are like pokemons to me now, I have to read them all 🙂

  • Dividendsdownunder March 26, 2016, 6:23 pm

    It’s great that this is such a beefy list of bloggers who have reached early retirement! As part of the financial blogging community it is very inspirational to read about people who have “made it” whilst also reading about those who are still on their journey.

    I am a fan of a few of the bloggers you’ve mentioned here, but I admit I haven’t heard of quite a few and now have many hours of reading ahead of me with this huge list, thanks for sharing RB40.

    Jasmin

  • Our Next Life April 1, 2016, 8:57 am

    Thanks for including us on this list. We’re honored! Joining this community has been one of our best decisions ever. 🙂

  • The Jolly Ledger May 30, 2016, 1:37 pm

    Great list! I would second that living afi is an excellent blog even though his doesn’t update frequently. There are some real gems in there!

  • Dividend Beginner June 6, 2016, 5:29 pm

    Hey RB40,

    I myself write a financial independence / early retirement blog based around dividend growth investing. I’d be super grateful if you included it in your list here.

    Regards,
    DB

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