Imagine working hard for all of nine years. And then at the ripe old age of 30, you and your spouse retire to start a family. While it may sound like a fairy tale, that’s exactly what an engineer named Pete did.

Pete is better known as Mr. Money Mustache. We talk a bit about blogging. Pete has done a masterful job marketing his blog by doing one thing–writing content that people are hungry to read. He talks a bit about how he did it.

Then we turn the interview to the main topic–how he retired at age 30.

Topics Covered in this Podcast

  • How Pete was able to graduate with a degree in engineering with absolutely no debt.
  • How he went from having a degree, a backpack, and a bike, and then retiring 9 years later
  • What he did to keep expenses down early in his career.
  • How he saved as much as 65% of his 5-figure salary.
  • How renovating his own home helped him retire early.
  • How rental income helped Pete save more money for retirement.
  • How saving 50% of your income will enable you to retire in 17 years.
  • How to “build your frugality muscles.”
  • How Pete invested his money for retirement and why he doesn’t invest in bonds.
  • What the rent-to-price ratio is and how to use it to evaluate a rental property investment.
  • The 25x rule of retirement spending from stock investments.
  • What the Rule of 752 is and how it can help you better understand the real cost of “small” expenses.

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  • Rob Berger

    Rob Berger is the founder of Dough Roller and the Dough Roller Money Podcast. A former securities law attorney and Forbes deputy editor, Rob is the author of the book Retire Before Mom and Dad. He educates independent investors on his YouTube channel and at