This morning I was reading one of my favorite personal finance blogs (Mr Money Mustache, highly recommended) and he pointed to an article he had written on a different blog (Frugal Dad).
The gist of the article was basically to follow the ERE method. But some of the comments blew me away.
"So my advice is to keep working until you no longer can, because there may no social security or medicare for you."
"A specific breakdown on how you lived on “$15 to $25 grand of take-home pay per year” would be insightful. Hard to imagine that you didn’t live somewhere with bars on the windows, had no running water, and was frequently visited by rodents."
"Our investments and assets are approaching the million dollar mark but we would feel totally insecure and frightened without an income because we are raising children."
These are people self-selecting as frugal!
Over the past few months I've noticed that the personal finance blogs I was reading for a while (Get Rich Slowly, The Simple Dollar) were more and more irrelevant. 50% of their articles concern getting out of debt, and another 25% are about how, if you save 15% of your income, you're in good shape, and it's ok to 'reward yourself'. Perusing other personal finance/frugality blogs, this seems common. Compare with the ERE forums, where average savings rates range from 40-80%.
The only truly useful extreme frugality/early retirement blogs I've seen are the ERE blog and Mr Money Mustache. Am I missing any?