An Online Forum for Mustachians on Reddit

Hey, just a quick note while I’m running around cleaning up the house for a big family visit:

Some cool person (it wasn’t me, honest) started a new category on the excellent online forum site called Reddit.

If you haven’t heard of Reddit, it is a place where people gather to ask and answer questions on a certain topic and help each other out. They also share links from around the web on that topic, and the whole collection of ideas gets democratically sorted out by You the Readers using a simple system where you click on an up arrow if you like something, and a down arrow if you don’t

I have been a Reddit reader and occasional writer for some time. I was following the “personalfinance” and “frugal” areas. But recently, a category called “financialindependence” was added. I was honored that the Mr. Money Mustache blog, along with Early Retirement Extreme, was listed as one of the inspirations!

This forum is just getting started (it has about 500 readers right now), but it is a good place to brush up on your Early Retirement skills. And you will probably get faster answers to specific questions than you would get directly from me through the contact submission form, since I am embarrassed to say that I have about a week of them piled up waiting to answer right now :-(

Anyone can read freely without signing in, and you can create a username and password for yourself on Reddit if you want to vote and make your own posts.

Here it is!


A big thanks to the Reddit user named triestoohard for starting this helpful category, and for the kind mention in his introduction.

  • Redditor November 17, 2011, 11:59 am

    Interestingly enough I found your blow through a comment in r/frugal a few months ago.

    • Redditor November 17, 2011, 11:59 am

      Correction, blog not blow…

  • Joe O November 17, 2011, 8:54 pm

    MMM, you absolutely NEED to set up a forum on this site. They’re cheap or free, easy to set up, and it would be great resource for your readers. It’d give you blog post ideas, and make this site even more of a community.

    It may start slow, with few posts, but it would snowball quickly! (Think of how early articles got a few comments, and recent ones have gotten dozens.)

    Please, please consider it. :D

    • MMM November 18, 2011, 9:24 am

      I like the idea.. I just figured why should I host it here when Reddit is great and brings in outside ideas as well?

      Also, Jacob started a forum long ago on ERE, and I didn’t want to steal any of his forum commenters or compete with it. Would it really help more people to have a third early retirement forum which would tend to spread out the ideas over a larger area of the Internet?

      • Joe O November 21, 2011, 8:26 pm

        I believe it would, and here’s why: YOUR readers don’t go to those sites. They come HERE.

        I, for example, don’t visit reddit. I do visit here, and would enjoy interacting with other aspiring Staches. I can guarantee you have readers that don’t visit ERE or reddit.

        And while I do visit ERE, and post on the forums there, I think there is some fundamental differences between the ERE style and the MMM style. Further, I think as this site grows, more and more people will appreciate the ability to interact beyond a static comments section, and have whole back and forth discussions. I don’t think it would compete significantly, I think many would choose to participate in both, as I would. And if a reader ultimately decides that the MMM forum is a better fit for them than the ERE one, isn’t that a GOOD thing? They’ve found a community that ey enjoy contributing to even more, and are even more engaged than they might be?

        And if you start a forum section of the site, and it gets hardly any posts, who cares, what have you lost? It’s free, takes very little time to set up, why not do it? I think it may start slow, like I said, but I think in six months or a year would snowball and be awesome.

        There’s no downside, and a big upside.

        Do it.

        • MMM November 21, 2011, 8:43 pm

          All right, fine bossy man, I’ll set up a Big Money Mustache Forum just for you. Stay tuned!

          Sheeeeesh ;-)

          • Joe O November 22, 2011, 6:10 pm

            Yay! Looking forward to it! :D

            • Oh Yonghao July 25, 2014, 6:14 pm

              Two and a half years later and I can’t imagine the site without the forum. There is such a huge wealth of information available there, and the Journal section helps to encourage and motivate so many.

              Thanks for being bossy with MMM, Joe.

            • EarningAndLearning April 26, 2017, 3:15 pm

              Hmmm I gotta go find the forum on the site. This is really the first blog I’ve ever properly READ, as in read more than one article & read from the beginning. This is also the first blog where I’ve read the comments, which are such a wealth of bonus information & feels very “community” too. I imagine the forum is even more so, I’ll have to check it out!

          • triestoohard November 23, 2011, 3:35 pm

            In order to avoid fragmenting the discussion too much, maybe we could put persistent links to one another on the different forums? (And possibly get Jacob on board?) Joe O makes a good point about different readerships, to which I’d add that reddit has a very different format… but since there’s a thematic overlap, I’m sure some readers might appreciate the connection.

            I think I’m allowed to mess with my subreddit’s css, so I might just put a box at the top of r/fi with links to the ERE and (future) MMM forums.

  • ael October 21, 2012, 1:53 am

    The comments here are more mature than those of Reddit. So I strongly support a forum here. Although the comments alone are pretty good in lieu of a forum.

    • Joe O October 21, 2012, 8:31 am

      ael (and any future visitors): Mrs. MM was kind enough to set up a forum here a few months after this post.

      In the banner above it’s the second link, or you can click here: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/

  • SarBear December 30, 2014, 8:56 am

    I’m already an avid Redditor and after spending hours binge reading your blog, I’m directed here to do even more binge reading… I’m not sure if I’m happy or sad about this.

  • Jayman April 12, 2015, 10:09 am

    Good Morning from Ottawa MMM: it is with a tremendous amount of pride that your philosophy is grounded on the socio-culture of les Canadiennes/ Canadians. It’s Sunday morning, the Santa Cruz Blur awaits a ride to nearby Gatineau Park, Monday we have a scheduled trip to Costco, I read “where to live” to my girlfriend” to form her dreams, I googled the nearest Public Library for Pale Rider, the lead character Uthred is serious badassity. The whole point of writing is a challenge and question. I have a great pair of ruggedOR pants with a 6 inch chainsaw scar needing repair. The leg has a neat zipper and the dog stitches healed. Nough said. With mediocre sewing skills, prior to finding a 1st generation Canadian with the skills, I have challenged myself to “home repairs” in an area of weakness. Buttons, rough work sure, but the finesse required seems to be a sewing machine or skill set. And no I have not yet searched “sewing” into your site or Google. Oddly, I did once stitch together a racing sail but that was rough work & not what’s required.

  • STBJ January 16, 2016, 7:47 pm

    Really late to the party but enjoying it. MMM you really don’t need reddit. I did enjoy the real time response process but the real education occurs here.


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