Personal finance is one of the evergreen topics on the Internet. The genre has grown quite a bit since the financial crisis hit in 2008 and 2009. But a lot in the personal finance field has now turned in the so-called FIRE movement. FIRE stands for financial independence, retired early. Born from the (forced) minimalism stemming from the financial crisis, the FIRE movement took an old concept, re-packaged it, and “sold it” to the millennials who were hungry for a non-traditional way to financial independence. When I write “sold it” I mean this in a very good way.
Personally I wish I would have learned about this earlier as this totally resonates with me. I am now determined to use the same principal ideas and make them work for myself. I am 51 years old and I find it disturbing to think that I would have to work until I am 67 years old (or even 70) to maximize my social security benefits.
Filled with a completely new level of motivation and hunger for a better way to makes the best out of my financial situation I read one FIRE blog after another, but it felt something was missing. A lot of these individuals did not have kids and well – we got a kid and I feel it is a different challenge when you are already further down that road. Can I suddenly force my kid into minimalism without starting a major fight? Probably not. Hey, do not think it is an excuse, but it is a very different way to do the FIRE thing right after college compared to a member of Generation X who has a mortgage and a family to support. The approach to reach financial independence in that situation must be different.
As mentioned, I did not feel that the generation X situation has been receiving the same level of attention and so I started my own website. Of course I am not the only one out there and I feel it is important to team up with others and to learn from each other.
So, I want to share with you my list of other websites and blogs that I feel would resonate with you – assuming you are part of Generation X (born between 1965 – 1980).
Max, a Gen-X executive planning to retire by the age of 45
… a 41 year old family guy living in Colorado with wife and two young children.
an executive with a Fortune 50 company who has learned a lot about personal finance over the past 20+ years
Born in 1971, his goal is to invest and hold onto dividend stocks that pay for the living expenses.
Karsten, originally from Germany just like myself, who is now settling down in the Pacific Northwest.
The Mad Money Monster couple is there to help other people just like us. Up until a few years ago, we weren’t making our finances a priority and needed a reboot. After that, their wealth started to skyrocket.
Meet Jim – who is just a regular guy who’s figured out the path to financial freedom and early retirement for his family.
Here is Marc, who is not a financial expert or professional financial advisor. He has been a self-employed internet marketer since 2008.
Fulltimefinance who practices stealth wealth for good reason.
This list of Generation X Personal Finance blogs is certainly not complete and there are a lot more of these type of blogs out there. I carefully selected the ones I feel provide most value. Others might as well, but I have not had time to read and research all of them, so please bare with me. If I missed a good Generation X Personal Blog, please reach out via the comments and let me know. I am very happy to add good websites to this list.