The Best of Mr. Money Mustache

Mr. Money Mustache is currently the North American (and maybe Canadian too) reigning champion of face punching financial efficiency. His posts are motivational, unique and inspiring for those who desire to live a more efficient life. His posts are also equally as offensive and painful to read for those who live a typical, inefficiently normal American lifestyle. If you are like me and desire to live a slightly lower impact lifestyle, not waste all of your money and still enjoy life you will be thoroughly entertained by his writing.

kudy-monetarymusings-logo3 (1)I try to read everything I can about personal finance and investing. I’ve been through most of our local library’s catalog and finished with all the popular authors. For me, it is rare to hear a fresh set of ideas when it comes to the age old topic of money. But MMM has done it. He is my current favorite author that is writing about money. I think the issue we often run into when we find a new author or blogger is filtering through all the content they produce to find the gold. And authors like MMM produce tons of awesome content but it can often be difficult for new readers, or even seasoned veterans, to find the absolute best that has been produced. I often find posts that are quite awesome but fail to bookmark them or ever read them again after they have been posted.

For me, it can be quite nice to have several of an author’s best content all contained into one simple post. I love to share others’ work but I’m often at a loss when someone is brand new to an author or material. I think we are all waiting for Mr. Money Mustache to write an easily digestible book but until then here is a list of the all-star posts to help you get acquainted.

Introduction to MMM
(Disclaimer: Not all the writing is PG; several use strong language)
Getting Rich: from Zero to Hero in One Blog Post

All the goods in one simple article. From start to finish. If you only read one, this is it.
Meet Mr. Money Mustache
Who is this financial blogger guy?
The Shockingly Simple Math Behind Early Retirement
For the details person. Don’t let math in the title scare you away.

The MMM Philosophy and Lifestyle
Is it Convenient? Would I Enjoy it? Wrong Question
Probably my favorite article he has written. Is more always better? Get ready to be punched in the face
My Deprived Life: Raising a Family on Under $27,000 per Year
The nuts and bolts of what optimized spending actually looks like in Colorado.
Cure Yourself of Tiny Details Exaggeration Syndrome
I find lots of friends and individuals that suffer from this. Another one of those read and send articles.
What is Hedonic Adaptation and How Can it Turn You Into a Sukka?
If you don’t understand this concept you will be on the hamster wheel your entire life!

The Final Two
What Do You Mean “You Don’t Have a Bike”?!
A must read. I’ve sent this out so many times already. Seriously, get a bike.
Selling the Dream – How to Make your Spouse Love Frugality
Filled with practical application when dealing with those who do not share the same opinion that you do.

Special Thanks to Thinslicer, Yolfer, Kudy (Money Musings) and everyone in the forums. There has been quite a bit of discussion about some of the best posts but I’ve never before seen it in a non-forum setting. Hopefully this post will be useful for those who want to share a little bit about MMM with others.

There are also several things I have purchased that I truly enjoy based on MMM’s recommends. I purchased his recommend hair trimmer and my wife now cuts my hair (she is much better than the old great clips!). We also purchased our low flow shower head based on his recommendation (under $15) and we opened an account the bank he recommends Capital One 360 (they have great bonuses). I have also found his reading list to be helpful.

This is an introductory selection but for many long time readers I’ve put together a Part II Best of MMM for advanced learners.  I actually put together several of his best posts into an ebook (epub/mobi) format for a few family members and for reading on the go/kindle. I’ve called it Mr. Money Mustache Guide to Life and Money but it is his work so I’ll have to ask MMM before I share it with anyone. What about you? Who are your favorite financial authors? Any favorite posts?

MMM’s article about starting a blog was the tipping point for me to finally start making my writing public. Here are a few of my most mustachean articles:

Crush Debt and Retire Before 40
Earn More vs. Spend Less: Attacking Financial Freedom from Both Ends
The $10 a Month iPhone Plan
(Updated: First published in 2011)

17 thoughts on “The Best of Mr. Money Mustache

  1. I like Mr. Money Mustache, but he’s a little extreme for my tastes. For instance, I have no desire to ride my bike everywhere with my kids in tow, and I tend to enjoy some modern conveniences without guilt.
    But, just like with anyone’s advice…I take what I want and leave the rest! I do like his message of anti-consumerism and those posts are the ones that I tend to like the most.

    • True, I think his ideas are definitely not mainstream. As an avid biker I actually enjoy all the biking stuff. Even if his stuff is extreme, I think it does an awesome job of forcing people to consider alternatives even if they never intend to grow a stash. I tend to enjoy this environmentalist slant but it does seem to offend some.

    • I agree that he is a bit extreme. However, if I had to choose between doing what he does and what the average American does financially, I would following his lifestyle in an instant!

      • That is a great point. Even people that don’t agree with all of his writing would probably trade places with him.

    • I think it is has been pretty good for me to go back through a lot of his older stuff. Old post tend to get buried when you produce a lot of content so it can be nice to bring it back up. There are tons of jewels tucked away in the archives. I like the tiny detail one too.

  2. I found his blog during my blog hopping a few months ago (and subsequently found this blog through his blog!)

    As a young person (20), I want to spend more of my life travelling and building my hobbies, then working. It sounds lazy and selfish, but its true. I have a lot of hobbies ;)! Before I his found his blog, I’d been trying to come to terms with the idea of a life that is not my own. Forty hours a week sounded terrifying. Sixty hours a week, which my dad pulls on a regular basis? Plus a commute? Impossible.

    His blog completely blew my mind, and showed me, if I put in a few years of super hard work and investing and lived a non-consumerist lifestyle, that life I envisioned backpacking through South America and chilling in Thailand is possible. Permanently!

    • I think you have it correct! Most people are the other way around. Actually, most people don’t even think about their life until they have been working for 20 years and realize that it is not that fun.

      I actually did a ton of traveling before I started the job I have now. I worked for the study abroad department at my university so they led me work hours to get free trips. I was able to backpack (really enjoyed thailand, highly suggest it) around about thirty countries and I was able to study abroad in seven. The crazy part was how inexpensive it was. I also took my first job in the Philippines and worked there for six months and I just traveled throughout SE Asia every weekend.

      I think we might try to go to South American next year and travel around there for a few weeks or months!

  3. I love MMM also, and while I don’t do some of the things he recommends, I still think that overall he has a great outlook and way of life 🙂

    • I agree. I think most people take the best parts of every financial author and adapt them to their own needs. I like almost all of his stuff but it can be over the top for a lot of people! I think I still enjoy sharing his message to people who don’t think like he does for the great response it gets.

  4. SE. Nice post, the MMM random link article is one of my favorites. Do you have any other suggestions – books or blogs – for things to read in the same vein as MMM?


  5. Yeah, the random links button can be pretty entertaining. I’ve spent many afternoons reading various links in the random order they come up. I enjoy this type of content and it can actually be a little tough to find this style of writing. Jacob at ERE wrote in the same vein but his post were much more technical. Some of my favorites books are YMYL, Walden, and Power of Less. I’ll put up detailed descriptions in my post tomorrow for advanced readers. A lot of the commenters on MMM’s site write in the same vein but I’ve yet to find someone who is as good.

    • Another great post. His posts on habits ring strongest for me and I’m about to begin the book 59 seconds.

      • I’ve never read that one. I’ll have to check out the preview. Thanks for the suggestion.

    • That is a really good one. It reminds me of the early ERE stuff that I used to read. It is a pretty good one for stage II after people understand the basics. It is also a good target to shoot for at 4%.

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