It is impossible to define what best means accurately. Do we rate it by popularity or rarity? By quantitative measures or qualitative measures? By importance or timeliness? It is almost as hard to define as success. Was ERE a success in 2008? To me there is only one way to define success. Getting up each morning, doing what you want, and providing value to others. By that measure ERE was a success: I still write, I still write exactly what I want, and readers still tell me, occasionally, that my utterings are useful :-) .

January
How to be happy in the long run
Is your stuff holding you back?
Cash flow diagrams for the poor, the middle class, and the investor class
Better goal setting with S-curves
Am I cheap?!?
How I became financially independent in 5 years – Part III
Stranger in a strange land
What early retirement means when you’re too young to retire
How to get wealthy on minimum wage

February
MBTI and societal behavioral patterns
A plan to financial independence at 35
Get wealthy trick: Don’t spend any money until it is re-earned.
Using the Crowbar Maneuver to get cash fast
The efficient market hypothesis
No need to save millions – here’s a quicker way to financial independence
The secret of education
Precision, accuracy and the importance of using the right model
My list of 25 money saving tips
Ecological capitalism and consumer capitalism

March
Minimalist inspirations
How to do original research
Big on methods, poor on fundamentals.
Diversification
The real reason it is so easy/hard to get ahead
Choosing a retirement plan for extremely early retirement
The ones we don’t know we don’t know or why specialization is the biggest problem in the world
Why I hate eating out
Fit Dad Fat Dad

April
Quo vadis?
Good housekeeping
Letter from the establishment
Maximize your 401k early in the year
How we eat
Why I won’t join the middle class
The major risks of buy and hold index investing
Row, row, row your boat — On the law of comparative advantage
A salary veils economic reality

May
Accident by construction – why technology and regulations increase risk
The vehicle dependent mindset
The Gamesmen
Reinventing yourself
The opportunity cost of early retirement

June
Can I retire with 2 million dollars?
Which morals are most useful for personal finance?
Big sacrifices now make all the small differences later
What I “pay” for health care
Dear Graduate, do you want to retire in five years?
Learning to cook saves at least $5000 a year
Retiring happy in the 21st century

July
Money for nothing and the shirts for free
Think Big, Basically and Simply.
Who needs a college degree anyway?
15 baby steps towards voluntary consumerism
The cult of index investing
Advanced cash flow diagrams
Cheap fruits and vegetables via loss leaders

August
DCF analysis of student loans
How I would get out of debt (if I had any)
Net worth calculations are useless
International travel (for free)
The two year fitness program
The total cost of TV
How much do I need to save for extreme early retirement?
How to retire in 5 years
Our new 289 sqft home
A meaningful life after early retirement

September
Manifesto
Credit crunch 101
Is being process-oriented better than being goal-oriented?
How we found a place to park and live in our RV
What should my savings rate be?
Challenge: Wear something out
Are we qualitatively different?
How do I get my spouse to go along with my frugal plans?
We are going to cut our expenses in half
How well are you doing on your way to early retirement?

October
What if you lived forever
Early Retirement Extreme for sale: $85,000
Why we bought an RV to live in
The death of index investing
Second day in the RV

November
The best Xmas ever
The death of buy and hold?
What the down market means for extreme early retirement?
Overdoing it!
Seeing the unseen
What do you see when you look at someone?
Rant on society’s expectations …
Early retirement extreme: Living in “squalor” since 2000
Economic oversimplication
Zero-sum games
How to live out of a suitcase
What retirement means to me
How little do you need to retire?

December
Day 13: Insurance
Day 12: Establishing a savings account
The power of metaphors
Day 10: Calculating net worth
Day 9: Budgeting
With great freedom comes great responsibility
Day 7: Going car free
Day 4: Drop the cell phone plan
Post your $1-2 recipes
Day 3: Grocery shopping
Day 2: Decluttering and managing stuff
Day 1: Finding a place to live