Editor’s Note: This is Part II of the Best of Mr. Money Mustache. This is advanced reading intended for those who already have a basic understanding of personal finance. Start with Part I if you are just trying to get everything figured out.
Once again the reigning champ has returned for round two of solid financial blogging gold. I’ll reiterate what I mentioned in the previous post. With an author as prolific as MMM, the amount of content that is often produced can be staggering. As a long time reader (like ERE before), I’ve read every post since the beginning and I’ve sifted though all of it to pick out the very best. Like I said, start with Part I if you are just getting introduced; but if you are looking to pick up your graduate degree in financial freedom, here is the advanced reading list. I’ve also included some additional reading, book recommendations and other blogs that have similar types of early retiree/financial efficiency information contained within them.
The MMM Philosophy
(Disclaimer: Not all the writing is PG; several use strong language)
How to Go from Middle-Class to Kicka**
One of the best ever written. The original zero to hero in one post.
The Principle of Constant Optimization
A newer article but a solid keeper. A perfect reminder that efficiency is a journey not a destination.
Embracing the Nagging Voices of Success
For productive people, this is a must read.
What is Stoicism and How Can it Turn your Life to Solid Gold?
I’m a pretty big fan of Seneca and this is a great introduction if you are not familiar.
Safety is an Expensive Illusion
Before you meet with that insurance agent.. read this.
The MMM Lifestyle
A Peak Life is Lived Off-Peak
Do you enjoy waiting in line? Being like everyone else can be utterly inefficient.
The World’s Most Efficient Air-Conditioner
Quit complaining and get in shape.
The Practical Benefits of Outrageous Optimism
I tend to identify with this one. I feel like so many others are negative! Optimism is underrated.
You Can’t Cure Obesity with Bigger Pants
Title says it all. Fix the problems; don’t patch up the symptoms.
Avoiding Ivy League Preschool Syndrome
Love this debate about why suburbanites must live in the neighborhood with “The Best Schools”.
Brave New Life: Understand The Marginal Utility of Money
A personal touch of economics that describes getting the most out of your resources.
How to Tell if You’re a Complainypants
Great to send to that ultra complainer we all know.
Frequently Complained Questions
I stopped answering questions long ago and now I just forward haters to this post.
My Recommend MMM Style Reading
Letter of a Stoic – Seneca
One of the best reads for under a dollar. Amazing, especially for its age.
Walden – Henry David Thoreau
Another free classic built on the idea of simplicity and sustainability. Before it was cool.
No Impact Man – Colin Bevan
An interesting and challenging look at how we impact the environment. The movie might be better than the book!
Food Rules – Michael Pollan
A quirky, entertaining read about natural food and healthy eating.
Your Money or Your Life – Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez
The original handbook for early retirement. If you haven’t read it, read it today.
Joy of Less – Francine Jay
This is the one my wife enjoyed the most. A ladies prospective but I enjoyed it too.
Still one of the best. Amazed that the content is still great after many years.
You may have to dig through the archives a little bit but the blog has 100+ quality posts.
100 Days of Real Food
If you are interested in eating healthier natural food check here.
I Will Teach You To Be Rich
Not updated frequently with great content but the archives contain tons of epic free material.
Extreme Early Retirement
Not longer updated but once again, tons of epic technical content. Not as easy to read but great for advanced learners.
Finally, and epic collection of awesome content. This should keep you busy for a while. If you have any other suggestions or favorites include them in the comments. Again, feel free to share this post, or for the uninitiated, share Part I of The Best of Mr. Money Mustache. I’m particularly interested in books so if you have any books to add to the list feel free to mention those also. I know MMM has a ‘recommends sections’ but the books are pretty weak/not well curated.