About ChooseFI

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Our community helps people discover and accelerate their path to Financial Independence.

The main themes covered by the ChooseFI network are personal finance and intentional living, with the goal of helping you earn more, spend less, and enjoy the journey towards FI.

Packed with Content

Every podcast, video, and article is packed with content and actionable tips. It has been crowdsourced from the world’s largest FI community as they share their own life hacks, such as how to pay off debt, crush your grocery bill and living expenses, and travel the world for free.

Whether your preferred way to learn and take action is by listening, watching, or reading, there is no better time to start building towards FI – and there is no better team to help you get there than with ChooseFI. ChooseFI Media is led by Co-Founders and Co-Hosts Jonathan Mendonsa and Brad Barrett, and backed by a passionate team led by CEO Edmund Tee.

Meet Jonathan

Prior to discovering the financial independence/ early retirement movement, Jonathan Mendonsa followed the “normal path,” which ultimately led him to graduate pharmacy school at the age of 28 with $168,000 in student loans. Now, four years later, he has clawed his way out of debt and is aggressively pursuing financial independence. From his own experience, Jonathan is passionate about the pursuit of financial independence and its power to change lives. 

Meet Brad

After years in public accounting as a CPA, Brad reached financial independence at the age of 35 through diligent savings and investing. Brad Is passionate about everything from saving money, to living a more healthy lifestyle, to ‘boring’ things like tracking your finances and cutting down on your tax bill. But his favorite topic is leveraging credit card rewards to save more money, and take trips you never would have dreamed possible for pennies on the dollar.

Meet Ed

Ed has been a soldier, dive instructor, journalist, publisher, project manager, marketing consultant, event planner, and serial entrepreneur. At 40, he reached Financial Independence and retired from corporate America. He found a new direction in his life volunteering as a financial coach for first responders and veterans, and was one among the first ChooseFI community members in 2017. His organizational abilities and enterprise experience prompted Brad and Jonathan to recruit him to bring Financial Independence to a wider audience. Ed is responsible for the day-to-day operations of ChooseFI.