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Early Retirement Bloggers I Admire


I hope everyone is enjoying their long Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer in the United States and I’m looking forward to warmer weather. We had a very busy weekend here at the RB40 household.

  • Friday – All three of us went to the zoo with RB40 junior’s class. Here is a tip for the general public – don’t go to the zoo around the end of the school year. The zoo was packed full of crazy kids of all ages. It was fun and exhausting at the same time. The little guy and Mrs. RB40 both fell asleep early and missed the 10 pm fireworks.
  • Saturday –  I put in another toilet and this time it only took about 2 hours. I found my old Vaughan SuperBar and it helped tremendously.
  • Sunday – Grocery shopping in the morning. Dropped off the old toilets at the recycling center. Birthday party at an organic farm in the afternoon. The farm was a lot of fun, but I’m glad we live in the city. There was so much dust and other particulates in the air. Junior’s eyes got puffy because he kept rubbing them and I’m all stuffed up from pollen. I guess we’re city people.
  • Monday – Kick back, read some books, go for a walk, and BBQ some ribs. Yum… Maybe we’ll go to the county fair if we feel up to it.

The weekend is almost over, but we’re really happy for the extra day off on Monday. It will give us a chance to relax and reflect a bit. How did you spend your Memorial Day weekend? 

Early Retirement Bloggers

Anyway, I took it easy and didn’t work on the blog much this long weekend. I thought I’d round up the early retirement bloggers I admire. This way, I can just point a reader to this page when they are looking for some inspiration.

Root of Good – Justin retired at 33 through careful planning and saving. He has 3 young kids and he is enjoying the early retired lifestyle. I admire Justin because he’s doing the whole early retirement thing much better than I am. His expenses are low and he’s enjoying life. He blogs about once a week so he’s not constantly thinking about personal finance. They are heading down to Mexico for a 7 week adventure in early June.

Dividend Mantra – Jason quit his day job in 2014 to become a full time blogger and freelancer. He plans to achieve financial independence through dividend income and living a frugal lifestyle. I admire Jason because he shows that a regular guy can achieve financial independence if he puts his mind to it. He started his dividend portfolio in 2010 and the dividend income can already cover a significant portion of his monthly expenses.

Financial Samurai – Sam left the lucrative financial industry and semi-retired for a couple of years. He’s consulting for a couple of companies now, but he still has time to travel internationally and enjoy life. I admire Sam because he is a great writer. His articles are in-depth and he is very knowledgeable about various investments.

Go Curry Cracker – Jeremy and Winnie left their high tech jobs to travel the world in their early 30’s. They just had a baby. Congratulations! I admire the Go Curry Cracker team because they are living the dream. It takes good teamwork to accomplish something as audacious as what they’re doing.

Mr Money Mustache – Pete and his wife retired from their day job in their 30’s. I admire Pete for his unique writing style and cult figure status. Pete is a great guy and he has probably done more than anyone to popularize early retirement.

Frugal Woods – Mr. and Mrs. Frugalwoods are planning to pack everything up and go homesteading in 2017. Good luck!

Early Retirement Extreme – Jacob is one of the original early retirement bloggers.

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.

More Resources

Financial Independence forum at Reddit

* Check out more blogs suggested by our readers in the comments below.

Do you know any blog I should add to this list? I haven’t been able to read new blogs lately so I’m a bit out of date.

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Joe started Retire by 40 in 2010 to figure out how to retire early. He spent 16 years working in computer design and enjoyed the technical work immensely. However, he hated the corporate BS. He left his engineering career behind to become a stay-at-home dad/blogger at 38. At Retire by 40, Joe focuses on financial independence, early retirement, investing, saving, and passive income.

For 2018, Joe plans to diversify his passive income by investing in US heartland real estate through RealtyShares. He has 3 rental units in Portland and he believes the local market is getting overpriced.

Joe highly recommends Personal Capital for DIY investors. He logs on to Personal Capital almost daily to check his cash flow and net worth. They have many useful tools that will help every investor analyze their portfolio and plan for retirement.
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  • sendaiben May 25, 2015, 12:33 am

    Hi Joe

    You should of course include my blog on the view from Japan 🙂

    Although it may be a bit basic and weird, to be honest!

    • StockBeard May 26, 2015, 11:33 am

      Ben, I’ve lived in Japan for 10 years and plan to get back there in a couple years. You and I should definitely connect! Get in touch with me

  • Sam May 25, 2015, 2:24 am

    Greetings from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! Thanks for the shoutout Joe!

    Now that a mortgage is paid off, I think I’m going to go back to doing zero consulting again. Traveling around now really reminds me about the benefits of ER. Gotta get back to this lifestyle, as I’m no longer as excited about consulting anymore.

    Thanks for being a good affiliate partner for How To Engineer Your Layoff as well!



  • Ramona May 25, 2015, 4:05 am

    Love your list, I have some of them in my bookmarks already and will visit the rest. I find myself addicted to personal finance blogs lately, a lot of great information and cool ideas to use for our own family finances.

  • Jim May 25, 2015, 5:15 am

    Hi Joe! Ironically, I was planning to post in the next couple of weeks some of my biggest influences and I absolutely plan on including you! Your blog has been a true inspiration to me as our lives are very similar.

    I follow most of the other sites you have mentioned here, but there are a couple I’ll need to check out.

    I hope both you and your readers would check out and enjoy my early retirement blog – http://www.routetoretire.com

    Thanks so much for all you’ve done for others and good luck to you in the future!

    — Jim

  • Retired To Win May 25, 2015, 5:18 am

    On my blog, I’ve got a page listing a dozen early retirement & personal finance blogs I recommend and my reasons why. I too am a big fan of Mr Money Mustache, Root of Good, and Early Retirement Extreme — so they’re on my list. And so are you, Joe!

  • Merlion May 25, 2015, 6:07 am

    Thanks Joe for the list. I first learnt of the concept of ER from MMM and was completely intrigued by it. When researching the topic further, I came across your blog and must say that you are my favorite because you are authentic and your blog is full of practical and useful advice as well as provide thought provoking insight on the topic of ER. I also enjoy Root of Good, especially his detailed and in depth analysis of financial topics and his recent article on the ACA was outstanding.

  • Passive Income Mavericks May 25, 2015, 6:56 am

    Of-course, my blog 🙂 where I keep track of 4 portfolios: DRIP, HID1, & 2 and Roth IRA. I started with a very small amount, slowly built up my portfolios and it provides an inspiration to others. You do not need to be born with a silver spoon, it can be done with a small amount.

    Happy memorial day! I’ve been busy fixing playground for my kids and sea-life stuff at mall.


  • connie munoz May 25, 2015, 8:03 am

    Hi all, Im the one who posted about quiting my job, if I should quit or not quit, well its only been a couple of weeks, I had surgery on my shoulder 4 days after I quit my job so im almost 2 weeks post op and 3 weeks of not working. I am glad I quit, when I decided to quit I had started to already look at where I could save on costs, since we have no bills what so ever other than our mortgage and just household bills, I can see money savings just by not working, food budget is about the only place I can save money on, we basically have no other way to save money except to get rid of cable, before I quit my job i had already got our life down to the bair nubs as far as cutting costs,really food was our biggest expense, our mortgage payment is only 400 dollars a month for a 3000 square foot house, we have the money to totally pay off the house, but that is our cushion to live on for us to move to Puerto Vallarta in 3 1/2 years when my husband retires at 55. we never eat out, maybe once or twice a year, only because i love to cook and i cook well…for the last month, i have gotten our grocery bill down to 75 dollars a week, which normally we could spend 500 dollars in one trip to Costco, only because we could. i was actually able to stick $3,000 in savings this month, with what i had taken out of my checks for my thrift savings plan at work and everything else i was only bringing home1300 every two weeks, i had $1000 a month i was putting into my thrift savings plan, so with taking a 2600 hit in cash a month, i was still able to put 3000 in savings, normally i put 5000 a month into our regular savings account,so far so good financially for me quiting my job, as far as mentally, haven’t been able to do much because of surgery, this week, i will be able to somewhat start a schedule because im off of pain meds and arm is healing here i am to do more than take pain mediation and watch day time TV. So we will see how his month goes, i really want to start a blog,im finding all sorts of ways to save money and would love to share, plus there are not a lot of blog out there about retiring to mexico, the ins and outs of it, so i have to research now how to get a blog started and i want to start a utube channel, i am going to start june 1, doing an expense and income chart, so people can see how we took 51000 a year cut in income and we will still be able to have hubby retire at age 55..thanks all for the input on quiting my job, so far i am so happy i did….

    • Vawt May 26, 2015, 7:50 am

      Great news Connie! It is amazing how much Costco can suck out of your wallet on one trip, isn’t it? We suffer from it too, but try to keep the costs down when we can.

      I was also motivated to start a blog from reading several on Joe’s list. It is a great creative outlet.

  • Jason May 25, 2015, 11:20 am


    Glad you had some fun with the family and got away from the personal finance space a bit. Enjoying your time through ownership of your time is one of the main benefits of retiring early – you get to spend that time however you want. 🙂

    I also took the weekend off. I usually post every Sunday, but I decided to relax a bit this weekend for once.

    Thanks so much for including me. It’s an honor to be up there with some other really talented, driven, and inspirational people/bloggers. I’m really proud of the community we’ve all built over the years. It’s an incredible resource for people out there looking for a way out.

    Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

    Best regards.

  • Justin @ Root of Good May 25, 2015, 12:36 pm

    Thanks for the shout out, Joe! I think I’m just lazier than you, otherwise I would post more. I think it’s easier to post in the middle of winter when it’s not as pretty outside. These days I’m lounging around or exploring outside that I hardly find the time to write. And I imagine it won’t get any easier to write once we start our 7 weeks in Mexico. Maybe I’ll just upload a lot of awesome pictures. 🙂

    Anyway, it’s always a great honor to be included among these other noteworthy ER bloggers, most of whom have been at it longer than I have. And probably no coincidence that I’m a regular reader of most of these other blogs listed.

  • Gen Y Finance Guy May 25, 2015, 12:46 pm

    All great selections and blogs I read regularly.

    Other blogs to add to the list:




    And maybe mine someday 🙂

    Happy Memorial Day!


  • Jan May 25, 2015, 1:46 pm

    great list! some I’ve followed for a while but theres some new ones here & in the comments for me to look into on the weekend. I’m planning on retiring at 57, five years away so not that early but can’t come soon enough for me 🙂

  • Kate @ Cashville Skyline May 25, 2015, 3:28 pm

    You’ve got a great list there! Have you checked out http://www.frugalwoods.com? They’re a couple in their early thirties who are planning to retire by 2017! Pretty inspiring.

  • Jeremy May 25, 2015, 10:21 pm

    Hey Joe!

    My Mom & Grandma are in town to visit GCCjr, so we are catching a few of the tourist sites this weekend. Having 4 generations of family all in one place is pretty cool

    Thanks so much for including us in your short list of great bloggers. I enjoy reading each and every one of them. Sam and I might manage to meet up for some dumplings when he is in town too

    Enjoy the ribs! (and the fair)


  • Camille May 26, 2015, 2:43 am

    Great list! Have you checked out the Mad Fientist? He retired recently and had a great post on the emotional challenges associated with hitting his “number”. Fantastic writer.

    Glad you had an opportunity to enjoy time with family and be productive around the house as well 🙂

  • Mike Drak May 26, 2015, 3:39 am

    Joe, besides your blog which I enjoy for it’s thought provoking questions I would recommend Jonathan Chevreau’s site http://www.findependencehub.com. He has published a book on FI entitled Findependence Day and his site covers a number of topics such as wealth/debt & frugality/decumulate and downsize/longevity and aging etc. A good resource for everything relating to FI/Retirement.

  • Mrs. Frugalwoods May 26, 2015, 4:09 am

    Sounds like a great weekend! That’s an excellent list of bloggers–all favorites of mine too. Now that we’re expecting baby #1, I’ve been especially interested in reading about early retirements folks who have kids and so I love Root of Good, MMM, you, and Go Curry Cracker. Another absolute favorite of mine is 1500 Days to Freedom.

    • Jeremy May 26, 2015, 9:24 am

      Whoa, congrats! That is so awesome!

      I bet Frugal Hound is ecstatic!

      • Justin @ Root of Good May 26, 2015, 1:37 pm

        Until his tail becomes a constant target of toddler “affection”. 🙂

        • Mrs. Frugalwoods May 28, 2015, 7:52 am

          Thanks, Jeremy! Justin–that’s exactly right! When we had Budget Blonde and her one-year-old twins stay with us, they discovered that Frugal Hound’s tail is totally awesome for putting in their mouths ;). Fortunately, she’s a patient dog.

  • I recommend Frugalwoods!

  • Our Next Life May 26, 2015, 9:43 am

    Just had to comment on your pollen note — it doesn’t mean you’re city-only people. Just go somewhere with less pollen, or after the spring pollen season has died down! We want everyone to get outdoors more, so don’t let a little spring pollen hold you back. 🙂

  • StockBeard May 26, 2015, 11:03 am

    Great list, thanks, adding them to my RSS reader!
    I started a blog myself about 6 months ago. Not extremely original but it shows my struggles to reach early retirement: http://howtoretireearly.net
    Hopefully in the future I’ll be able to brag about how easy it actually was, just like MMM 😀

  • Dave Robbins May 27, 2015, 11:30 am

    Please consider adding mine…

  • Chris Muller May 27, 2015, 5:12 pm

    TOTAL RELAXATION! That was my Memorial Day weekend. I do want to comment on the blogs you’ve listed. I agree with every one of those, and I’m glad you added Root of Good – I hadn’t heard of that one but am now bookmarking it to start reading regularly, so thanks for the share. Oh yeah, pollen sucks. It’s been covering our cars and making my life miserable 🙁

  • CashFlowDiaries May 30, 2015, 12:28 pm

    These blogs are great. There are some new ones on here I did not know about. These types of blogs are exactly what inspired me to create my blog. My plan is to document my journey to early retirement. It’s still pretty new but please check it out and let me know what you think. It’s really exciting to me to be able to show others how I will create my financial independence. I really like your blog too by the way.


  • Rey June 10, 2015, 4:57 pm

    Hey Joe, Awesome blog! I’ve had a similar journey as you with the only difference is that I have 3 kids. I actually got inspired to write my own blog from reading blogs just like yours… (it’s super simple at the moment as I’m learning as I go).. I’d like inspire people that there are a ton of solutions out there to solve life’s little financial problems.


  • Joe March 20, 2017, 3:44 pm

    Nice list. Wish I could be on there someday:

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