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074R | ChooseFI Scholarship

An update the community on recent activities, discussion about the opportunity cost of college and potential alternatives, a ChooseFI scholarship announcement, and a few voicemails from the ChooseFI community.

What you’ll hear in the show:

  • Brad recaps his trip to the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, and a visit with the ChooseFI local group in Omaha.
  • Jonathan shares how he recently cut his grocery costs by nearly $700.
    • Use up the foods that are stockpiled in the pantry
    • Shop at Aldi’s; it’s nearly impossible to spend more than $100 in a trip
    • Repeated meals requires purchasing less meals
  • How is Jonathan’s Skinny Waist Fat Wallet challenge going?
  • Review of Monday’s episode with Ryan Carson at TeamTreehouse.
  • Is college the obvious choice, or are there other good options for young adults preparing to enter the workforce?
  • What does Brad recommend that people consider while making this decision?
  • John, from the ChooseFi community, suggests that some companies still look for college degrees, as opposed to a coding certificate. How can someone manage that?
  • How does Treehouse support students by helping them find jobs at the completion of their degree?
  • ChooseFI wants to sponsor someone to go through the Treehouse program. Brad and Jonathan will set up a scholarship application on the website.
  • Neil, from the ChooseFi community, suggests that students looking for internships should be both persistent and creative when contacting a company you might want to internships with: not all internships are advertised position.
  • Todd shares some life hacks for $300 expenses per month:
    • Eliminate costs of mortgage or rent
    • Use free transportation to save on gas expenses
    • Find ways to decrease or eliminate grocery bills
    • Internet is free at the library
  • Voicemail from Kevin in Sydney, Australia: The podcast makes him feel good about self-improvement, and requests more info about property investment from ChooseFi.
  • The power of pursuing financial independence is the lifestyle changes that it allows.

*Update | on May 15th after the release of this episode we became an affiliate for the Treehouse Code School

Resources mentioned in this episode:

The Simple Path to Wealth

Design Your Future

Freelance to Freedom


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