Blogroll

There are a gazillion financial independence blogs out there and more are being launched all the time. It wouldn’t be physically possible to follow them all, so we have to make some tough decisions! We both follow dozens of blogs (too many to list here) but we decided to put together a list of our absolute favourites that have stood the test of time. There are some we could agree on and some we couldn’t, so we’ve divided them into three lists – the blogs we both love, the blogs Mrs W loves and the blogs Mr W loves (in no particular order).

Metasites

First of all we can recommend the following metasites where you can browse through hundreds of blogs to see what’s available. The blogs and the bloggers behind them are all very different, so no matter your tastes you’re sure to find several you like.

FIREhub.eu

A website we started with some other FI enthusiasts that aims to collect as many European FI blogs as possible in as many languages as possible. It also has an articles feed featuring posts from the English-language blogs on the site, a list of FI meetups happening all over Europe and a wiki (which is still a work in progress) to collect useful FI-related information relevant for Europeans.

Finanzblogroll.de

Specifically for the German-speaking community, this site has a tonne of resources including book reviews and useful YouTube channels. It also features its own blog and podcast besides an article feed of the best articles from the blogs it lists.

Blogs We Both Love

Retire in Progress

Retire in Progress

Mr RIP is an Italian guy who lives in Switzerland and earns a ridiculous amount of money working at a major company which he calls Hooli on the blog. Famous for his enormously long posts and for making fun of himself throughout, he manages to make even the technical investing stuff interesting thanks to his very readable style and complete lack of ego.

 Frugalisten

Frugalisten (in German)

Oli combines an in-depth knowledge of investing with a totally badass frugal lifestyle that a lot of people find hard to understand. He’s a very laid-back, down-to-earth guy who’s realized that he needs very little to be truly happy in life. His blog features a good mix of financial and lifestyle posts and he always finds something original to say even though these days most FI topics have already been discussed at length by other bloggers.

 30as nyugdijas

30as nyugdíjas (in Hungarian)

Szabolcs is the god of the Hungarian FI community. So minimalist that he doesn’t even have a blog (he’s working on it, ok!), he uploads his posts directly to his facebook page, which at the time of writing has 11697 likes. That’s a lot. Especially considering he only started writing in April 2017 and that only 12,605,590 people in the world can understand what he writes. According to my calculator, 0.09% of the world’s Hungarian speakers follow this blog. Yikes! Has that gone to his head? Does he live in a mansion and cruise through the streets of Budapest in a limo? Not a bit of it. He’s one of the friendlies, most down-to-earth people we know and he’s just as passionate about building the European FI community as we are.

 Smelling Freedom

Smelling Freedom

Mrs Smelling Freedom is a very mysterious woman. We don’t know her name or where she lives (ok, we do really but shhh, it’s a secret!) but the insights she gives into her life and her way of thinking make us feel like we’ve known her for years. Her posts always include a personal aspect which makes them very relatable and her energy and enthusiasm are truly enviable. This woman does a million things at once and seems to be successful at them all. Respect!

 Amber Tree Leaves

Amber Tree Leaves

ATL is a Belgian guy with an unpronounceable name who we renamed George when he turned up at FIWE 2016. He’s a hardcore options trader who also reflects deeply on why he’s investing and what kind of life he wants to offer his family. His dedication to bringing the Belgian and Dutch FI community together is equaled only by that of this next guy:

 Cheesy Finance

Cheesy Finance

Cheesy is ATL’s other half in the BENL FI community and they do awesome work organizing meetups every few months in different cities in Belgium and the Netherlands. Oh, and he tracks his progress to FI using a thing called the Cheesy Index, which is a nice touch!

Blogs Mrs W Loves

Cracking Retirement

Cracking Retirement

Erith reached FI some years ago aged 56 and blogs about what she does with all her free time. (Spoiler alert: she doesn’t have time to get bored!) This is a very reflective blog that offers a rare insight into what it’s actually like to be FI and is a joy to read. Erith is also a great laugh at the Edinburgh FI meetups which she helped set up by scouting for a good pub that would hold us all.

 Ankur Garg Simple Life

Ankur Garg Simple Life

Ankur is living his dream. He reached FI at the end of 2015 and since then he’s been travelling, writing, cycling and enjoying raising his kids. When you talk to him he gives off a really relaxed, happy vibe and he always has a huge smile on his face. He doesn’t post very often because blogging is purely a hobby for him and he only writes when he has something to say. His relaxed attitude and down-to-earth nature make him a pleasure to have in the FI community.

 Quietly Saving

Quietly Saving

Weenie is one of the veterans of the UK FI blogging scene who’s been writing since way back in 2014. Throughout that time she’s managed to keep her posts interesting and original and regularly writes about topics as diverse as home brewing, book bingo and her Dogs of the FTSE stock picking experiment. She’s also a very active commentator on other blogs and is good at supporting and encouraging newer bloggers. I love her community spirit.

 The World's Worst Employee

The World’s Worst Employee

WWE is a Danish lawyer who narrowly avoided having to shut down his blog when he switched jobs. Fortunately his new employer decided not to take the name of his blog at face value and WWE has since been working on becoming a better employee. He’s still aiming for FI, although he predicts it will take him another 15 years or so to get there.

 The Canny Contractor

The Canny Contractor

The Canny Contractor has an unusual lifestyle travelling around the world on short-term contracts. His blog offers valuable insights into this kind of lifestyle and is a breath of fresh air in the FI blogging scene as it offers a totally different path to FI. Oh, and he’s the only other real live Scottish FI blogger I’ve found so far!

 theFIREstarter

theFIREstarter

Another veteran of the UK FI blogging scene, TFS has a tongue-in-cheek writing style that makes his posts very entertaining to read. This blog is very comprehensive and since 2013 has covered every FI-related topic you could ever imagine (and some you couldn’t).

 Little Miss FIRE

Little Miss FIRE

This is one of the newer blogs on the UK FI blogging scene but it has quickly made a big splash. Little Miss FIRE is very open about the fact that she’s no expert. I love her disclaimer: “I am not an expert in anything let alone Finances! Please do not blindly copy me as I will make mistakes.” This honesty and lack of ego is what makes her posts so relatable and is probably one of the big contributors to her success.

Blogs Mr W Loves

 Finanzwesir

Finanzwesir (in German)

Albert writes really valuable and easily understandable content about all the most important technical things you need for early retirement. His success in Germany is absolutely understandable. If you want to understand how ETF investing and preparing for (early) retirement works in Germany, you have to read his blog.

 The Poor Swiss

The Poor Swiss

A relative newcomer in the European FIRE blogosphere but I like his stuff and already in the first posts he wrote about stuff that interests me.

 Mustachian Post

Mustachian Post

A shy Swiss guy on his way to FI. It’s good to see people like him who try to build a local FIRE community. Although many things he writes about are specific to Switzerland, I always find interesting stuff on his blog. Hope to meet him in person sometime.

 Dividend Cake

Dividend Cake

I met this guy during one of the BENL meetups in Eindhoven. He’s not just an interesting blogger but he also writes about teaching his kids about money. He event shares the teaching materials he’s put together. That’s something that really interests me and I am pretty sure I’ll have more contact with him on that subject.

 

Halt Catch Fire

This guy is from Serbia and lives about an hour’s drive from my hometown. He’s pretty new to the FIRE blogging scene and writes about FIRE topics from a Balkan perspective. Here in Eastern Europe we’ve experienced completely crazy financial situations that are pretty much unknown to Westerners. He’s a coder and gives the blog a geeky touch as well.

 Ex-Studentin

Ex-Studentin (in German)

Jenny is famous in Germany for her well-researched, detailed but also philosophical posts. I like that. It was good to meet her at FIWE 2016 and she visited us a couple of times when we lived in Germany. Although she’s quite young she’s somebody many people (including us) can learn a lot from.

Mr Money Mustache

Mr Money Mustache

This guy changed my life. His attitude to life in general and finances and his philosophy are things I relate to a lot. He wrote down pretty much everything I always new was wrong with most people’s mindset and made me realize once again that most of the time less is more. In many situations he’s there in my mind telling me “C’mon man, be a badass!”

 Mad FIentist

MadFIentist

Brandon has a huge number of followers in the US because of his high-quality, detailed FIRE posts. I first found him through his YouTube podcast when he interviewed MMM. It’s good to meet him and his wife every now and then when we’re visiting family in Scotland. They are really down to earth and nice people and we’re happy to call them friends now.