MadFientist is probably where everything started for me. Sitting on the couch with my wife, sipping some coffee, wondering what we could do to make our dollars go a bit farther. We listened to some Dave Ramsey on YouTube, and after that, a bit frustrated, we went out for a walk with a link suggestion from YouTube to this random guy’s podcast known as Mad Fientist.
Chose my first podcast to listen to, which was a very casual interview with Mike Kitces:

Michael Kitces – The 4% Rule and Financial Planning for Early Retirement

That sent me down the rabbit hole, and for the very first time made me wonder if I could ever retire; If that was something attainable for someone like me.
After listening to every single episode I started looking for that ONE interview, with that ONE lady talking about “buy and hold strategies for real estate” She really resonated with my ambitions and perspectives. Not to mention her ethos, “You can afford anything, but you can’t afford everything.” That’s how I landed in the hands of Paula Pant and J. Money at Afford Anything. Paula Pant introduced me to some great ideas and concepts, such as those by  Vicki Robin’s , Your Money or Your Life. I also started reading J. Money through his blog Budgets are Sexy. J. Money is a super cool and approachable guy that has a great presence on Twitter. He even sent a couple of collectible coins to one of my daughters. Is that nice or what?!
Another great interview that became a beacon of hope for me was the one by Mad Fientist with Ed Mills from  The Millionaire Educator. Not only are his strategies great and well worth reading, but his approach to life and frugality are very practical and inspiring.

Then there is  Mr. Money Mustache and his blog and forum of Mustachians, which is awesome to read and always offers a different outlook on things. Through some of his readings I have become acquainted to some deeper philosophical concepts on frugality like the so called “hedonic treadmill.” Anyway, this has kind of been the path I have followed to be where I am. All the content put out by these bloggers has been a great source of inspiration and learning. I have read multiple books by the authors interviewed in many of these bloggers’ shows as well. Once you start, it is REALLY hard to stop. Now, you can just shrug this off and go back to your paycheck to paycheck life, making monthly payments to your credit card, and only $400 away from a financial crisis. Or you can start learning about financial independence and find your path to get ahead of the game. I try to share as much as I can about my journey on this blog. Strategies and hacks that have helped me to free myself of the burden of debt.
Feel free to share and comment in any post as much as you want. If you need any help or opinion I am also willing to help.
Now take the red pill
Good luck!