070R Left Behind

070R | Left Behind

Updates from Brad and Jonathan, review of Vickie Robin’s episode, discussion of how ChooseFI aims to handle politics, and more updates from the ChooseFI community.

Notes from the show:

  • Brad is moving houses, making good community a priority in his family’s life.
  • CampFi MidAtlantic this weekend is Virginia this weekend, but there’s two more this year: Aug. 3-6 in Joshua Tree, Calif., Sept 7-10 in Little Rock, Ark. More info here: CampFi.
  • Jonathan started Skinny Waste, Fat Wallet. First episode is up on YouTube. www.choosefi.tv.
  • Review of Vickie Robin’s episode.
  • Brad and Jonathan’s thoughts about “making a dime” and “real hourly wage”.
  • Everything you buy beyond “enough” is just clutter.
  • Can people get rich pinching pennies?
  • Brad is coming face-to-face with his family’s clutter as he’s packing up his house.
  • Brad has more than 70 library books in his house right now!
  • Jonathan wonders how we can better manage our society’s waste problems?
  • ChooseFI has always been, and continues to be, apolitical – the podcast is about finding common ground.
  • Brad is really excited about how the ChooseFI community responded to Vicki Robin’s podcast.
  • Jonathan questions Vicki’s suggestion about free college.
  • Is a bachelor’s degree becoming the new high school diploma?
  • Should Vicki’s “real hourly wage” include the cost of education and the age at which someone is making their wage?
  • Brad talks about how we can find common ground trying to solve problems.
  • Wendy and her husband made $86,000 in gains in just 10 months. Biggest change: grocery shopping at Aldi’s.
  • Is it possible to spend more than $100 at Aldi’s?
  • ChooseFI-er Brad emails about how travel hacking helped his family cover medical care costs and will help him spend quality time with his son.
  • ChooseFI podcast is even easier to access now, having been added to Amazon’s Alexa devices in Canada, Australia, India and the U.K. Access the podcast by saying “Alexa, start ChooseFI”.


Links from this episode:

Great Pacific Garbage Patch now three times the size of France

Khan Acadamy

Wendy’s Blog: Girl.Fi.Day

The Simple Path to Wealth

Design Your Future

Freelance to Freedom



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5 thoughts on “070R | Left Behind”

  1. Doesn’t college give you something other than money? How about the friends you gravitate too, where did you meet them? How about your spouse? Where did you meet your spouse? Maybe not college, maybe your job-but how did you get that job? Just the way people speak or write you can tell how educated people are. Even Bill Gates children go to one of the best private schools in the country. Maybe they won’t go to college, but their high school is better than quite a few colleges.

  2. love the show guys, funny that I did not see anything political in Vicki’s message
    regarding healthcare, education and universal basic income.
    A perspective from Australia , I suspect people from the northern Europe would have a
    similar view.

  3. Dudes! just now finished listening to every podcast. Started with Pillars of FI then went back to #1 and went through them all. Listening to 3-5 or so per day as I work. Learned so much info from all of these. We live in an amazing time where we can have this technology to use for the betterment of mankind. I wish I had this information when I was in my youth. I recommend this podcast to everyone I know. I miss having an Aldi near me after moving. I use the concepts from the show to teach my kids the things I’ve learned and they have now started asking to listen to them as well. Got the Choose FI shirts for me and the kids to help make us all more self aware and be able to bring it up in conversation when people ask what it is.

  4. Hey guys! found it encouraging to hear the correlation between money, time management and clutter. I came upon this relationship decades ago after a professional organizer came to our office to help us develop more efficient time management practices. Its pretty clear to me, if you or your business puts “stuff” away where it belongs, then you spend fewer billable hours looking for it later. Apparently in business and in life we waste millions of man hours or “life energy” looking for our “stuff” because we weren’t deliberate about organizing it in the first place. Or course, if we don’t have a lot of stuff or clutter that helps too. What works for me is just staying on top of it, putting things away where they belong and not letting it get out of hand (at least NOT too out of hand.) Its important to have a system otherwise, you’ll end up with stacks of paper or clutter laying all over the place. How about having a professional organizer speak on your podcast?

    Unrelated, but in the social responsibility realm: I would like to hear about how our diet affects the world, specifically with regards to what western medical students are subjected to, pharmaceuticals industry, and how western medicine plays into our diet, consumption, our health and our overall happiness. I read parts of the book “The China Study”. I read this after I became ill and found my diet was contributing to my issue. Im an athlete and if anyone asked you if I was sick they’d say I was one of the healthiest people they know!

    Thanks guys for all that you’re doing, I enjoy the podcasts immensely.

  5. Great episode, as usual, you guys rock!

    The comments Brad made about removing clutter and simplifying by becoming organized hit home for me. Part of my FI journey started with reading Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up while going through a painful business bankruptcy. It’s taken me two years to purge, declutter and organize but along the way I discovered FI and started us on the path in part due to how little we really need and how much stuff we already had. You purchase so much less when you are organized and know exactly what you have on hand. I have two teenagers who discovered the organizational gospel with me which has helped them in school and also has taught them how to avoid reckless consumerism (not to mention it keeps my house cleaner). If you’ve ever lived with a teenager you know how they can be such messy hoarders.

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