079 _ Embrace Retirement-Go with less- Amy Tim Rutherford

079 | Embracing Retirement | Amy And Tim Rutherford

Tim & Amy Rutherford talk about early retirement, living with lower expenses and a busier schedule of fun, free activities, and what life changes they made to get there.

What you'll hear in this episode:

  • How did Amy and Tim meet and what were their spending habits at the time?
  • What did “frugal” look like for Amy and Tim initially?
  • With enough money in the bank, cutting their spending gave them an opportunity to retire almost as soon as they became aware of financial independence.
  • Managing spending is equally as important as replacing income when it comes to reaching financial independence.
  • Optimizing life is one of the most enjoyable things Amy & Tim ever did.
  • What factors did Tim & Amy consider prior to leaving the workforce?
    • Physical health
    • Mental health
  • How did a chart help Amy get excited about saving?
  • “What’s tracked and measured can be improved.”
  • There are fun, free activities in every part of the world.
  • How do Tim & Amy fill up their days now that they’re retired?
    • Walking
    • Inviting friends for dinner
    • Finding local activities
  • Who are Tim & Amy’s “tribe” and how do they find them in new cities?
  • What does it look like for Tim & Amy to be house sitters?
    • They watch houses and pets, for free, with a place to stay for free.
  • How much are Tim & Amy spending now, and how did they get there from $115k?
  • Tim & Amy are actually living below their current budget – they aren’t missing out on things they wish they weren’t.
  • “I want to walk the world while I still can.”
  • How do Tim & Amy describe their retirement?
  • Would Tim & Amy consider selling their house and traveling full time?
  • How would people get started with house sitting?
    • House Sitting Magazine
    • House Sitting World
  • Tim & Amy buy experiences instead of things.

Listen to Brad and Jonathan's thoughts about this episode here.

Links to resources mentioned in this episode:

Mr. Money Mustache

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Tim & Amy’s YouTube Channel

Mr. Money Mustache: What Does Your Work Truck Say About You?

Mad Fientist: Retire Even Earlier With Earning More or Spending Less


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4 thoughts on “079 | Embracing Retirement | Amy And Tim Rutherford”

  1. A great episode guys and so inspiring to listen to. Thanks also for the mention of our magazine… we love helping more and more people achieve FI by trying house sitting. It’s certainly helped us achieve a full-time travel lifestyle!

  2. Great episode! Tim, I also have a skinny wallet and I love it. I carry two credit cards, my license and insurance card and that’s it. My butt and back love me 🙂 Tim mentioned about hacking Air bnb, I would love to hear what the hack is.

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