Financial Independence Blogs

Mr Tako Escapes: A very well written blog by a stay at home father of 2 boys who retired in his late 30's. He is also a handy cook that posts pictures that have me drooling over the computer screen.

Think Save Retire: Steve and his wife retired in their mid 30's to travel the US in their Airstream classic trailer called Charlie. Steve is a veteran of the early retirement community and regularly publishes great content.

Mr Money Mustache:  Pete AKA Mr Money Mustache (MMM) is another well respected veteran. MMM made personal finance cool with his witty and inspirational writings.

JL Collins: Jim started his blog as a resource for his daughter to learn from. Well it turns out that thousands of other people have found his information useful too. Jim's story telling style of writing makes for a easy read. He does not post as regularly now but his website has an archive of fantastic articles. 

Accidental Fire: Dave is a mid 40’s part time retiree and writes about his experiences with a sharp sense of humour.

Abandoned Cubicle: Cubert is currently on his journey towards financial independence. Join him and his amusing observations as he makes the final descent!

Four Pillar Freedom: Zach is in his early 20's at the early stages of his financial independence journey. He is making great progress and is mature beyond his years. His site is jam packed full of great data and information for those seeking financial freedom. He posts almost on a daily basis!

Budgets are Sexy: J Money is another blogger with a relaxed, story telling writing style. His writing speaks to you as if you are friends from way back. J covers a wide range of personal finance topics.

Our Next Life: Tanja is recently retired. She has a writing style that connects with the readers as she isn't afraid to avoid the hard topics. 

The Retirement Manifesto: Fritz has just retired in his mid 50's. He has a fantastic attitude towards life and his blog content covers a wide range of topics you may have never even thought of considering when it comes to your retirement. 

 

* These bloggers are all US centric but the lessons can be applied here in NZ. There is a broad mix of men, women, older and younger, kids and no kids to pick your poison. There are so many more great blogs I couldn't possibly name them all, but if you need more recommendations let me know.

 

Financial Independence podcasts

Your Money Your WealthHosted by Joe and Big Al who have great chemistry and banter. They have a huge library of podcasts on all matters personal finance. A significant amount of material is dedicated to retirement planning.

Bigger Pockets Money: Hosted by Scott and Mindy, they discuss all things personal finance with a wide range of guests, ranging from those in debt, to those in real estate, to those who are financially independent.

What’s Up Next?: My favourite new podcast hosted by Paul and Doc G. They host guest panelists (usually 3 - 4 per show) and lead an informative group discussion on all things financial independence related.

Afford Anything: Paula hosts a wide range of guests and she manages to host some of the biggest hitters in the personal finance space. A great listen.

So MoneyFarnoosh has conversations about money with some of the most well known guests in a Q & A type podcast. 

Choose FIBrad and Jonathan are passionate about financial independence and it shows in their enthusiasm. You can't help be caught up in their discussions.

Your Money: A NZ based podcast hosted by Radio NZ with special guest expert Mary Holm offering loads of great advice specific to kiwis. 

Active New Zealand personal finance blogs

Passive Income NZ: Rohan in in his early 30’s and is also on a journey towards financial independence. He writes all about his experiences, as well as educational topics.

The Happy Saver: I’m sure Ruth won’t mind me saying, but she is a veteran of the New Zealand blogging scene. She writes about all things personal finance and even has a podcast too.

Wealth and Risk: Sonnie is an authorised financial adviser with a lot of experience in the industry. Sonnie writes on a wide range of topics that will help you get on top of your finances.

Money King NZ: Kelvin is a new blogger, but already has some educational articles on his site, specifically around investing in New Zealand.

Piki Living: An anonymous blogging couple, who identify as Pilipino Kiwis. They write on a wide range of topics from healthy eating to cheap activities to financial independence.

Retire2Asia: Another anonymous blogger who lives in New Zealand, but is planning to retire by the age of 37 to a cheaper country in Asia.

 

Books

The richest man in Babylon by George S Clason
The intelligent investor by Benjamin Graham
Your money or your life by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez & Monique Tilford
The millionaire next door by Thomas J Stanley & William D Danko
A random walk down Wall Street by Burton G Malkiel
How I found freedom in an unfree world by Harry Browne
The little book of common sense investing by John C Bogle
The four pillars of investing by William J Bernstein
The behavior gap by Carl Richards