Financial Freedom Resources
My husband and I were completely financially free by age forty – including a mortgage-free home – and two years away from being able to retire from the rat race. We want you to join the Financial Freedom Club!
If you simply read the following three books, you will have all the tools you need to obtain early financial independence:
Your Money or Your Life will help you prioritize your life and learn to live beneath your means. It will also give you a way to track your progress. I do not, however, recommend their investment strategy. The next book will take you much further, much faster:
The Permanent Portfolio: Harry Browne’s Long-Term Investment Strategy. If I could only read one of the books mentioned in this list, this would be the one! Permanent Portfolio investors lost only 1%, instead of 40%, or their retirement nest eggs in the 2008 crash! Find out the secrets in the book!
The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness is your get-out-of-debt Bible.
Optional books to consider
If you want to get crazy with your frugality, you might try Extreme Simplicity: Homesteading in the City, which provides great inspiration on how you can live sustainably, even in the middle of a large city.
Want to get out of the rat race, make a decent living, and have many hours more free time than you have now? You don’t have to join an MLM or do day-trading! Just grab your copy of Ernie Zelinski’s book Career Success without a Real Job: The Career Book for People Too Smart to Work in Corporations.
Another book that can help you along these lines is Dan Miller’s 48 Days to the Work You Love.
The best advice I can give you in order to help you find financial freedom is: get busy! There are hundreds of blogs and books about personal finance, many (books, at least) containing information that is meant to only make the author money, not you. Get the basics down in the books listed above, and then close your computer and do what you need to do!