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Why We are Not Really All Doomed

Behold, the almighty Nail Gun. Symbol of human ingenuity and productivity, and also builder of my new house. This particular one, my trusty Ridgid R350, has blasted just over 10,000 large nails into the framing members of this residence, and perhaps 100,000 additional ones into the other houses I have built or worked on since […]

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MMM interviews ERE on Peak Oil

One of the questions that comes up in the face of Mr. Money Mustache’s unrelenting optimism about the state of the world is, “Will human prosperity continue even as we run out of the cheap fossil fuel energy that has powered us for the last 200 years or so?”. In a nutshell, I always say: […]

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First Understand, Then Destroy Stress

“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself” – F. D. Roosevelt, 1932 “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – B. McFerrin, 1988 Most of us know enough not to disagree openly with unassailable pillars of wisdom like those above. But somehow, we also have a hell of a time putting them into practice in […]

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Protecting your Money Mustache from Spendy Friends

Mr. and Mrs. Money Mustache have just returned from a very spendy night on the town. The night and the people were lots of fun. But almost equally fun was the sheer amazement and marvel I felt at just how crazy the spending habits of our modern culture are, and how they continue to drift […]

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King for Just One Day

These summer vacations are great. I’m sitting in a 150-year old house in the heart of downtown Hamilton, Ontario and enjoying the steamy warmth of the Great Lakes area, the lush vegetation and well-tended gardens that only our elders seem to master, and some of the world’s best home cooking. During earlier stops on this […]

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News Flash: Your Debt is an Emergency!!

I like to think of Mr. Money Mustache as an advanced personal finance blog. We don’t talk about cutting up our credit cards, or clipping coupons to save $5.00 on the newest Swiffer mop, or making a budget that forces us to save 10% of our income while we devote the rest to “guilt-free spending”. I […]

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Get Rich With: Nature

I’ve got yet another secret to share with you today, that could further destroy our economic system if it got out beyond the confines of this blog. You know the office building or house you’re sitting in right now? With all the accessories and products and painted walls and carpeted floors? And the rooms you […]

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What Would You Do with WAY MORE Money?

One of the things that happens when you get older, living in an affluent area of a rich country, is that the concept of gigantic amounts of money becomes commonplace. There are wealthy people sprinkled all over the Boulder County of Colorado where I live, and to a certain extent, this wealth is contagious. People […]

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Get Rich With: Blogging?

Well, there goes another million. Sometime last week, this blog reached the “two million page views” milestone. It took less than three months to get that second million, compared to nine months for the first one, which I wrote about on December 10th. I remember we all thought we were pretty big business back then, […]

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Housing Prices: Bargain of a Lifetime, or Much Further to Fall?

Back in November, I read an article in the Economist with the tagline “House of Horrors: the bursting of the global housing bubble is only halfway through”. I usually pay close attention when the Economist calls a bubble, because unlike the daily rollercoaster of stock cheerleading and fear you read in most US newspapers, the […]

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Frugality: the New Fanciness

I grew up in a pretty low-key family, financially speaking. We always had plenty of money for groceries and my parents never went into debt, but if you were one of the Joneses* living down the street from us, you’d be hard-pressed to notice any flashy spending. This upbringing occurred in a pretty small town […]

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Brave New Life: Understand The Marginal Utility of Money

Today I have the rare opportunity to share a guest posting from my Southern Colorado friend who runs the Brave New Life blog. Brave, as I like to refer to him, is a family man with two children. And he is about 477 days away from beginning his own early retirement. His blog offers wise […]

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Guest Post from The Military Guide – Frugality is Not Deprivation

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Nords of The-Military-Guide.com. This is a great blog about leveraging  both the training in Badassity and the career perks offered by the US military to earn yourself  some very early financial independence. Some of you may already know him from Early-Retirement.org or his guest post at EarlyRetirementExtreme.com. […]

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Mustache on the Move: Heading to Lake Tahoe

Once every year, a magical time comes where a bunch of grown men get to act like teenagers again for a week. It’s called the Safety Pirates Snowboarding trip, and it involves a binge of out-of-bounds powder seeking, groomer speed competitions, moderate substance abuse, and late nights on the town or in the resort hot-tubs. […]

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Mr. Money Mustache’s Big Mistake

“The problem with Mr. Money Mustache”, some people say, “is that he has led this blessed and privileged life where nothing ever went wrong for him! He never makes any mistakes, and that’s just not the case for most people.” I can see why you might think that, since I tend to write to you […]

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Your Money Can Work Harder than You Can

I’ve been adding up the number of hours I worked last year, just out of curiosity. The biggest burst of it took place in November and December, when I was renovating the new rental house. Man, I sure felt like I was working hard at the time. Five days a week, for all of my […]

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