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I thought it would be good to just have a place to point out some of the sites and other things that I’ve found to be both impressive and considerably helpful to me…
Personal Finance Sites I Enjoy:
- Retire by 40 – http://retireby40.org/ – This is a blog from a guy named Joe. I found his site a little bit before he was able to retire and have been following him ever since. His life path and thoughts are almost exactly the same as mine. His posts are very thought-provoking and open and honest. I respect him quite a bit.
- Our Next Life – http://www.ournextlife.com/ – This site is run by a married couple inching up on early retirement. Their take on everything is very refreshing. They aren’t just focused on the money (though they do take that seriously). They’re very open about whatever is on their minds.
- Financial Samurai – http://www.financialsamurai.com/ – I’ve been following Sam’s blog for a while now. His site focuses on all things revolving around personal finance and he always has a unique take on things. He does his research and I find a lot of good facts in his posts and enjoy reading what he has to say. He was also able to retire early (from his 9-5 job).
- 1500 Days to Freedom – http://www.1500days.com/ – The goal of 1500 days was to build a debt-free portfolio of $1,000,000 within four years… he did it in only three. I enjoy his articles and he doesn’t take things too serious, which I definitely enjoy.
- Jim Collins – http://jlcollinsnh.com/ – Jim has been blogging for quite a number of years, but I only recently happened across his site and was hooked immediately. He is an extremely smart guy and from the minute I started reading his articles, I couldn’t stop and needed to feed on more of his knowledge. I probably read 20 of his articles alone on my first visit to his site.
- Mr. Money Mustache – http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/ – A lot of great information can be found on this site. Written by a guy in his thirties, he was able to retire by simply cutting back and being more frugal in life. He has some good ideas that can make you really think. If you’re not someone who feels the need to always own the latest and the greatest, this is a great site to check out.
- Root of Good – http://rootofgood.com/ – Justin is a very smart guy who was able to retire early (33 years old!). That was years ago but he continues to share tons of great information. He’s also very active in the financial independence community helping others in their quest to get there as well.
Podcasts I Listen To:
- BiggerPockets – https://www.biggerpockets.com/podcast/ – If you’re considering adding real estate to your portfolio (which you should!), I highly encourage you to check out the podcasts here. I really didn’t even know what a podcast was, but now I put these on a flash drive and listen to them almost daily on my commute to work. I have learned a tremendous amount of applicable information that makes real estate investing more about numbers and less of a guessing game. I highly, highly recommend checking these out.
- The Million Dollar Plan Podcast – http://petetheplanner.com/podcast-2/ – I love Pete the Planner’s show! He calls it the The Million Dollar Plan Podcast and believes anyone can become a millionaire. He definitely knows his stuff and is very entertaining to listen (he could have been a comedian). Even when topics come up that I well-versed in, I continue to listen just because I enjoy his take on them.
- Afford Anything – http://podcast.affordanything.com/listen/ – Paula’s podcasts are always great to listen to. She has fun, but stands by her guns and isn’t afraid to disagree with someone if she questions what they’re saying. Topics range from budgeting and student loans all the way to real estate and running your own business.
- Financial Independence Podcast – http://www.madfientist.com/podcast/ – Brandon (aka the Mad Fientist) used to only have a handful of podcasts out there. However, he’s kicked it up and notch and has been moving forward with some great guests. Brandon’s one of those really smart guys (he read the tax code one time just to get a better understanding of it!) so it’s good to get his take on things.
- Radical Personal Finance – https://radicalpersonalfinance.com/archive/ – Joshua Sheats is a go-getter and quit his job to do these podcasts. He does them 5 days a week (that’s crazy!). Very informative and covers a lot of topics across the personal finance area.
- Clark Howard – http://clark.com/category/podcasts/ – Clark’s been around forever and Mrs. R2R and I used to watch his TV show years ago. His podcasts are entertaining. Of course, he knows his stuff, but he’s also entertaining because of the reactions that he makes. You can tell he’s just a great guy and really cares about what he’s talking about. His mission is to show you ways to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off.
- Planet Money – http://www.npr.org/sections/money/ – Ok, this one’s not always about money, but Joe from Retire by 40 turned me on to this one and I really enjoy it. They’re much shorter than the other podcasts I listen to and they generally just take on one topic each show. Very interesting and I’m always learning something new.
Books I Love:
Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Without a doubt, Robert Kiyosaki changed my thinking more than anyone else. Although not the first book I read from him, this is the defining book of his career. Critics are quick to complain that it’s not a step-by-step guide, but most people are able to see past that and the importance of just understanding ideas like buying assets instead of liabilities. I highly recommend you read (or re-read) this book to put your mind on the right track.
Rich Dad’s Prophecy – Another Robert Kiyosaki book and the first one of his that I read (and I’ve read them all!). This was actually the book that made me finally figure out a plan to get out of the rat-race so I can enjoy life instead of living every day going through the motions.
The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing – I recently finished reading this book… boy, do I wish I had this book when I first started investing. This would have saved me tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you’re newer to investing in the stock market, you need this book. If you’ve been investing in the market for a while, you still should read this book.
The Art of the Deal – This was the first real business book I ever read. I was only 12 years old when it came out and my mom had bought a copy of it (not sure if she even ever read it). I borrowed it and was fascinated. I read it again probably a decade ago and then once again recently… very good book! This is before Trump got involved in politics and shows the mind of a fantastic businessman.
Your Money or Your Life – Referred to me by Our Next Life, I decided to give this one a whirl. This book was a really good read. It’s designed as a 9-step program to help you get out of any debt you might be in and work your way to financial independence. It’s not your typical get-rich book though. The idea is to separate your life from your work so you can find happiness. Definitely worth reading!
The Millionaire Next Door – I’ve heard this book mentioned over and over, but was a little late to the game in reading it. I just finished it recently and thought is was very intriguing. The gist of this is that a very large number of millionaires was extensively surveyed to determine trends. The results would probably surprise some people. Millionaires tend not to live in the very expensive neighborhoods or drive expensive cars or spend a lot of money on many of the things you might expect. It’s very, very interesting to read and might help you rethink some of the direction of your own life.