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Life Lessons: The Rewards Of Rejecting The Consumer/Debt Culture

May 10, 2013

Mr. Money Mustache (okay, that’s his pen name) retired at 30. How? he and his family don’t over-consume and aren’t wasteful. And they are happy:

To hundreds of thousands of devotees, he is Mister Money Mustache. And he is here to tell you that early retirement doesn’t only happen to Powerball winners and those who luck into a big inheritance. He and his wife retired from middle-income jobs before they had their son. Exasperated, as he puts it, by “a barrage of skeptical questions from high-income peers who were still in debt years after we were free from work,” he created a no-nonsense personal finance blog and started spilling his secrets. I was eager to know more. He is Pete (just Pete, for the sake of his family’s privacy). He lives in Longmont, Colo. He is ridiculously happy. And he’s sure his life could be yours.

Read the interview with Mr. Money Mustache (how could you resist advice from a guy who calls himself that?).

I know a guy who does oddjobs, plays bagpipes at Renaissance festivals, sleeps under his pickup, and lives on $10,000 a year. It can be done. The “American Dream” you see pitched on TV is all about getting you to buy lots of stuff. It is not the only path (and in fact it is a path with serious pitfalls).

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2013 6:45 pm

    Reblogged this on Play and commented:
    This is a post slightly out of character for this interesting blog… at least, at first glance. I think this will resonate with some many of you.

  2. May 24, 2013 8:26 am

    Reblogged this on newearth818 and commented:
    Progress in the last two centuries has been great for medicine, communication and transportation BUT the dark cloud of consumerism has become a deliberate addiction agenda pushed upon the unsuspecting masses by the moguls and the media.

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