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I met a MM fan

April 22nd, 2016 at 09:16 am

I met someone who said they read the Mr Money Mustache blog. I nearly laughed but I couldn't say we're die hard followers before it was a word and that we were a case study. I said we're mustachian followers and have long been so.

I just found it so cool that I met someone in real life who might actually like the same things. I've always been a little odd in real life always looking for deals and watching our spending. It's a habit many on here share. It's not what you make, it's what you spend.

And people on here think nothing of watching every penny and making it shriek. The idea of spending freely is a hard thing to do once you get into the mindset.

But this new friend said their takeway from MM blog was that it was too rigid. They didn't want to retire early or save. Rather they decided that streamlining their life and simplifying their spending seemed like a good idea. That they would try to pay off debts and live more debt free, but it probably wouldn't change their retirement age.

I said that we love MM because he preaches freedom. That even if you are working, having a big savings gives you the freedom to say FU to any job or career. To move on and do what you want.

I think that even if people aren't into saving 75% of their income (we're not hard-core in that sense), MM can make sense even for the average person. Don't spend too much and save a little just in case you want to say FU one day to whatever you're doing.

Have you meet any other frugalites in real life?

7 Responses to “I met a MM fan”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    heck, I'm trying to convert everyone we know!

  2. Ima saver Says:

    No, I haven't met too many. Even my good friend, who claims she is very frugal, is not a very good saver because her husband spends way too much money. She says she cannot stop his spending.

  3. Frugalista Says:

    I've never read his blogs. Wink

  4. greenleaf Says:

    Love his blog! Even if they read nothing else on the site, I think his "Your Debt is an Emergency" post should be required reading for every American. Even though I've always hated debt and was uncomfortable with my student loans, that article was definitely a kick in the pants.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That's pretty cool. Smile I've gone to a local MMM meetup and met three people there. Our accountant (former accountant) just recently retired ... at the age of 56? We were talking about retirement strategies Smile He told me that he'd told his financial planner about 15 years ago when he was part of a company that disintegrated and got on at our office, that he wanted to retire by 50. The financial planner told him, yeah sure. Ten years later he went back to that financial planner, and the person told him that 50 probably wouldn't work, but maybe by 55.

  6. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I was reading Dr. Doom from MMM forum and thought to myself I couldn't retire on $20k/year but I can see the point of just having flexibility to do so is great.

  7. rob62521 Says:

    There are about three people we know who are frugal like we are that we normally see regularly. The rest, not so much. Most of the people I work with are crazy with spending and then whine when things get tight.

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