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.
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)