Kicking off our FI Case Study Series | Kashia Palmer | Ep 212

Case Study Series

In Today’s Episode What You’ll Get Out Of Today’s Show One of the biggest things holding people back from getting started on FI is the fear of putting down all their financial obligations and living expenses on a sheet and finally seeing what their lives costs. Kashia had the same anxiety, but the desire to get her family’s finances in order helped her push past that fear. The top three … Read more

How To Start A Blog: A Complete Step-By-Step Guide

How To Start A Blog: A Complete Step-By-Step Guide

Whether you’re new on the journey to Financial Independence or you’ve been traveling the path for years, you likely know that one of the staples of FI is establishing a side hustle. A good one brings in extra income that you can save in order to reach your money goals earlier. It can also bulk up your emergency fund. A blog is one of the more promising money-making side hustles … Read more

Clear Is Kind Communication With Brad Barrett


In this semi-solo episode, Brad Barrett joins Jillian in the studio to discuss communication and an example he was involved in with Jillian in the past. The theme of the episode is all about how being clear equals being kind, and the focus is on three different things: clear boundaries, clear expectations, and clear preferences. “When we’re honest and transparent, that is kindness.” About a year ago, Jillian sent an … Read more

How to Negotiate Your Salary Without Burning Bridges | Financial Mechanic | Ep 211

The financial mechanic

Download Jessica’s 7 Negotiation Tips & Script Template here Jessica, The Financial Mechanic, shares how she created a ten-year path to financial independence through a career shift and salary negotiations. Jessica earned a degree in mechanical engineering but pivoted into the software engineering field. She says that it is possible for anyone with a willingness to learn to break into the software engineering field. In fact, many of her peers … Read more

Little Known Roth Hacks | Ep 210

Little known roth hacks

In Today’s Episode Distributions from Roth 401(k)s are NOT the same as distributions from Roth IRAs. With Roth IRAs, contributions come out first tax and penalty free. With Roth 401(k)s, distributions are subject to the so-called “cream-in-the-coffee” rule – all distributions take out contributions and earnings (which is bad news – the earnings piece is taxable and likely subject to the 10% penalty). As a practical matter, the employer may … Read more

Longest Lasting Cars On The Road Today

Longest Lasting Cars On The Road Today

Buying a car that will last a long time is a good way to get the most for your money. But how can you know if you’re spending your hard-earned money on a dependable, long-lasting car? iSeeCars can help with that. Each year they publish a list of the top ten most reliable cars. Every vehicle’s reliability rating is based on the percentage of its vehicles on the road today … Read more

What To Do When The Paycheck Stops With Fritz Gilbert Part 2 | Ep 209

When the paycheck stops part 2

In Today’s Episode Fritz Gilbert Discusses Investing During Retirement The Retirement Manifesto What You’ll Get Out Of Today’s Show How to use the bucket strategy to go from accumulation to withdrawal in retirement. How to handle large expenses, such as buying a car, during retirement. Asset allocation and rebalancing strategy as you approach retirement. Avoiding sequence of return risk after retirement. Using taxable account and tax-advantaged accounts as your approaching … Read more

The Best Investing Apps For Each Level Of Investing

The Best Investing Apps For The Best Investing Apps For Each Level Of InvestingEach Level Of Investing

In today’s digital world, anything and everything is controlled by an app. That includes investing–and there are enough of them available that it can be hard to separate the best investing apps from all the rest. To pick the one that’s best for you, you’ll want to consider how much control you want to have over your investments, how automated each app’s process is, and how much knowledge you yourself … Read more

How To Actually Find Your Passion


Follow your passion? This is one of Jillian’s least favorite pieces of advice. And that’s the discussion in today’s episode. Why is this bad advice? It’s actually not very helpful at all. It’s like telling someone they need to be good at something without telling them how. Often, we think that finding our passion is the first step in the journey–you go from not really knowing to having it all … Read more

There Is No Failing With FI | 208

There Is No Failing With FI

Bianca shares her story of financial resiliency. As a flight attendant, she reached Financial Independence in her late 30’s after many bumps in the road. Bianca made the choice to become a flight attendant after deciding that a career in education wasn’t for her. After a friend suggested the career path, she applied to three companies and landed at an incredible opportunity. After a few weeks of flight training, she … Read more