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FIDough’s Favorite Websites

There are many excellent websites that focus or touch upon Chasing, Raising, or Managing FIDough.  Below are some of FIDough’s favorites.

 

Can I Retire Yet?

Darrow Kirkpatrick retired at age 50, and in 2010 founded CanIRetireYet.Com.  This site focuses on the personal finance needs of anyone who is thinking about retirement or early retirement, but comes at it from the perspective of someone slightly older, who actually has saved, invested, and retired early.  As Darrow explains on his site, “[t]he ideas covered here aren’t speculation, future plans, or wishful thinking. They are first hand experience.”  Some of his popular posts include My Investment Portfolio, Real Estate, Retirement Calculators, and Small RVs.

The Financial Mentor

Financial Mentor Todd R. Tresidder has a gift for bringing clear thinking to wealth building and other financial topics.  He founded Financial Mentor to educate business owners and investors about the wealth building principles he learned from years as an entrepreneur in the investment management industry.  His site includes some useful resources, and interesting archived podcasts.

The Mad FIentist

I consider the Mad FIentist a kindred spirit who is also spreading the word about financial independence and how to achieve it.  But he focuses on helping people achieve very early financial independence.  As the site explained, “[m]ost personal finance advice is geared towards people retiring in their 60s or later and doesn’t apply to those of us pursuing early financial independence.”  His site includes a “laboratory” where you can track your FI progress.  He also has written some great articles, particularly in the area of maximizing tax favored accounts and other tips for those wanting to break away from full-time employment very early in life..  Add to that his podcast, travel hacking tips, and you have one great site to help with your FIDough!

Paul Merriman

Paul Merriman is a nationally recognized authority on mutual funds, index investing, asset allocation and both buy-and-hold and active management strategies. Now retired from Merriman, his website includes free eBooks, podcasts, articles, recommendations for mutual funds, ETFs, 401(k) plans and more, at his website.  All of it comes with a no-nonsense, straightforward approach that is a breach of fresh air.

Mr. Money Mustache

Mr. Money Mustache is the king of Financial Freedom through Badassity.  Although his frugality mission is not for everyone, he has motivated thousands to get rethink the way they live, save, and invest all for the better.  His blog has lots of great information, and suggestions for new readers.

The Retirement Researcher

Retirement researcher Wade Pfau is one of the only individuals who focuses specifically on retirement research.  His site aims to provide useful information to help guide individuals along the path toward a successful and sustainable retirement.  His research covers topics such as the 4% rule, annuities, and other topics.

Money Boss

J.D. Roth went from being a financial wreck with over $35K in consumer debt to financially independent in under a decade.  His site describes his journey, and his philosophy of viewing your own finances through the lens of a CFO by becoming your own money boss.  The slogan of his site “master your money – and your life” accurately describes his focus.  The site also includes a money boss toolbox and access to J.D.’s free book.  J.D. is the real deal, and has done a great job spreading the message of FI.  You can listen to an interview with him here by FIDough Favorite the Mad FIentist.