Early Retirement Resources

Early retirement can seem overwhelming at first. You’ll have a lot of questions. How does it all work? How can I be sure my money will last? WHEN CAN I DO IT?

First of all: Calm down. Breathe. 🙂

This page is a collection of books, blogs, and tools to learn about, and calculate the various aspects related to early retirement. I hope you find it useful!


Your Money or Your Life

The Simple Path to Wealth

Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early): How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom?

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor

The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed and Overworked- 21st Century Edition

Early Retirement Extreme

The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement

The Millionaire Next Door

Cashing in on the American Dream: How to Retire at 35 (Out of Print)


These are some of our favorite early retirement blogs.

Mr. Money Mustache
Mad FIentist
Root of Good
Portfolio Charts
Brave New Life

The final three don’t post any more, but they’re worth going back through the archives, starting at blog post 1, and reading through them all as you would a book, from oldest to newest (this is the case with all of them, and especially Mr. Money Mustache, if you’re new to the concept of early retirement).

Calculators & Other Tools

Track Your Net Worth: NetWorthShare

Test Your (Planned FI) Portfolio’s Robustness Against History: cFIREsim

Calculate and Track Your “Crossover Point” with YMOYL Spreadsheets.

Calculate Your Time to Retirement:

Kick-ass Spreadsheet to Study Your Own Situation In-Depth: Case Study Spreadsheet from MMM forums.
Once you have used it, you can post in the case study subsection of the MMM forums from feedback from members there!

Investing Resources:

I hope all these various resources–books, online, and otherwise–have been useful for you!

Let me, and other readers, know in the comments any other resources you recommend, or if you have any other resources you’re looking for that I can add to this post!

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