049R | FI Festival

049R | FI Festival

In the Friday Roundup we discuss our big takeaway from Episode 49: The Aggregation of Marginal Gains. Plus, upcoming plans for the ChooseFI website, a FI Festival and local meetups. In Today’s Podcast we cover: A review of Episode 49 with Alan Donegan and Barney from The Escape Artist The growth of the FI community throughout the US and now the world Jonathan just returned from his 2 week trip … Read more

049 | Alan Donegan & The Escape Artist | The Aggregation of Marginal Gains

049 | Alan Donegan & The Escape Artist | The Aggregation of Marginal Gains

In today’s podcast we discuss The UK Path to FI with Barney of The Escape Artist and Alan Donegan of PopUp Business School, plus much more in the way of life optimization hacks from both Alan and Barney.    In Today’s Podcast we cover: An interview with Barney from The Escape Artist and Alan Donegan from PopUp Business School Voicemail from Sarah from the UK with questions about reaching FI … Read more

048R | The Roadmap to FI

048R | The Roadmap to FI

In this podcast we recap Episode 48 with Jeff from The Happy Philosopher plus a life hack update from Brad and a question on how to present the FI concept to others. In Today’s Podcast we cover: Recap of Episode 48 with Jeff from The Happy Philosopher Jonathan and Brad’s recap of the Fincon conference How Brad and Jonathan brainstormed the future of ChooseFI at Fincon How the FI community … Read more

048 | The Happy Philosopher | The Happiest Man in the Room

048 | The Happy Philosopher | The Happiest Man in the Room

In this podcast we discussion the pursuit of happiness with Jeff from The Happy Philosopher including how he reached a burn out point in his job as a radiologist and how his focus on happiness helped him find a path forward. In Today’s Podcast we cover: A discussion with Jeff from The Happy Philosopher An introduction to Jeff’s background story Jeff found himself burned out about four years into his … Read more

047R |The Rule of 72

047R |The Rule of 72

In today’s podcast we recap Episode 47 with Bryce and Kristy from Millennial Revolution including talk of home ownership and world travel, but a reader case study and voicemail. In Today’s Podcast we cover: A recap of our main takeaways from Episode 47 with Kristy and Bryce from Millennial Revolution How Brad explained the concept of compound interest to his daughter Anna and it was a lightbulb moment How Brad’s … Read more

047 | The Cult of Home Ownership & Crushing Geoarbitrage | Millennial Revolution

047 | The Cult of Home Ownership & Crushing Geoarbitrage | Millennial Revolution

Today we have Kristy and Bryce from Millennial Revolution on the podcast to discuss home ownership, international geographic arbitrage and much more… In Today’s Podcast we cover: A discussion with Kristy and Bryce from Millennial Revolution They initially were contemplating buying a house and were shocked by the process This is what led them to finding the Financial Independence community Home ownership seemed like a “cult” to them What did … Read more

046R | Selectively Hardcore

046R | Selectively Hardcore

In today’s podcast we discuss our takeaways from Episode 46 with Ms. ONL from Our Next Life plus community feedback and voicemails and a discussion of travel rewards. In Today’s Podcast we cover: A recap of Episode 46 with Tanja from Our Next Life Brad and Jonathan are on their way to Fincon – the annual financial bloggers conference Jonathan’s upcoming trip to South Africa with his family using travel … Read more

046 | Our Next Life | The Reveal | Are you Ready for Early Retirement?

046 | Our Next Life | The Reveal | Are you Ready for Early Retirement?

In today’s podcast we have a wide-ranging conversation with Ms. ONL from Our Next Life on her decision to stop being anonymous on the blog to what their journey looked like to FI plus what they expect life to be like after FI and much more. In Today’s Podcast we cover: A financial independence discussion with Ms. ONL from Our Next Life The big reveal: Their names are Tanja and … Read more

045R | The Journal

045R | The Journal

In this podcast we discuss our takeaways from Episode 45 with JD Roth of Get Rich Slowly, including the big news that he just purchased GRS back, as well as our frugal wins of the week and the elegance of simplicity. In Today’s Podcast we cover: A review of Episode 45 with JD Roth from Get Rich Slowly and Money Boss Jonathan’s frugal win of the week on purchasing a … Read more

045 | JD Roth | Get Rich Slowly | Breaking News | Full Circle

045 | JD Roth | Get Rich Slowly | Breaking News | Full Circle

Today we discuss JD Roth’s backstory behind his financial journey, Get Rich Slowly and Money Boss, plus JD’s philosophy AND a very special announcement… In Today’s Podcast we cover: A discussion with JD Roth from Money Boss and Get Rich Slowly How JD impacted Brad’s life and put him on the trajectory to becoming a travel rewards expert JD’s backstory and how he found the personal finance community JD started … Read more

044R | The One Way Ticket

044R | The One Way Ticket

Today we discuss our takeaways from Episode 44 with Brandon Pearce from Pearce on Earth plus feedback from the community and our thoughts on international travel with our families. In Today’s Podcast we cover: A discussion of Episode 44 with Brandon Pearce from Pearce on Earth Jonathan’s frugal win of the week by having a potluck dinner and a movie in the backyard for his friends and neighbors Jonathan is … Read more

044 | Brandon Pearce | Into the Wind

044 | Brandon Pearce | Into the Wind

Today we discuss how Brandon Pearce went from a call center job to being a full time entrepreneur, traveling the world with his wife and children and how he started the Family Adventure Summit. In Today’s Podcast we cover: Episode 44 with Brandon Pearce, who was recommended to us by Andrew from the ChooseFI community Discussion of geo arbitrage, starting your own business and designing your future all wrapped up … Read more

043R | Mega Backdoor Roth | Should I Ever Consider Using the Roth?

043R | Mega Backdoor Roth | Should I Ever Consider Using the Roth?

In this podcast we discuss our takeaways from Episode 43 with Fritz from the Retirement Manifesto plus an in-depth discussion of the Roth IRA conversion and Mega Backdoor Roth, and taxable income scenarios for retirement contributions.  In Today’s Podcast we cover: Our big takeaways from Episode 43 with Fritz from Retirement Manifesto Brad as a ‘Mystery Reader’ for his daughter’s class plus their trip to Natural Bridge State Park and … Read more

043 | Drawdown Strategy | The Retirement Manifesto

043 | Drawdown Strategy | The Retirement Manifesto

In this podcast we have a far-ranging conversation with Fritz from the Retirement Manifesto about retirement drawdown strategies, his ‘buckets’ system, and his upcoming retirement. In Today’s Podcast we cover: Retirement drawdown strategies with Fritz from Retirement Manifesto How Fritz focuses on what life is about after retirement such as how you’re going to spend your time Fritz is 9 months away from retirement himself A background on his story … Read more

042R | Perfect Utilization

042R | Perfect Utilization

In today’s Friday Roundup we discuss Episode 42 with JW from The Green Swan, plus various discussions about community and feedback from the audience. In Today’s Podcast we cover: A discussion of Episode 42 with JW from The Green Swan Scott Rieckens and his crew from the documentary Playing With FIRE were in Richmond this week filming our podcast, lives and a Richmond FI get together The importance of community … Read more

042 | The Green Swan | Why Start a Business, When You Can Buy One?

042 | The Green Swan | Why Start a Business, When You Can Buy One?

In Episode 42 we have a wide ranging discussion with JW from The Green Swan about his FI path, going into business with family, buying an existing business and much more. In Today’s Podcast we cover: A discussion with JW from The Green Swan about financial independence and busing buying and ownership How JW got involved in the FIRE community A discussion of life insurance and how much someone in … Read more

041R | Extreme Ownership

041R | Extreme Ownership

In this Friday Roundup we discuss Episode 41 with Paige and Sam on extreme frugality, radical insourcing and the high cost of living path to FI plus a voicemail from Big Ern and members of our community. In Today’s Podcast we cover: The discussion of Episode 41 with Paige and Sam about reaching early retirement through extreme frugality and radical insourcing in a high cost of living city like Los … Read more

041 | The High Cost of Living Path to FI

041 | The High Cost of Living Path to FI

In today’s podcast we discuss the High Cost of Living Path to FI with ChooseFI community members Paige and Sam who live in Los Angeles and have been pursuing FI in a HCOL with sub-$50,000 per year jobs. In Today’s Podcast we cover: Episode 41: A conversation with Paige and Sam about pursuing Financial Independence in a high cost of living area on a lower income Paige pushed back on … Read more

040R | The Power of the Reset Button

040R | The Power of the Reset Button

In today’s Friday Roundup we discuss our takeaways from Episode 40 with Noah and Becky from Money Metagame, plus voicemails from the ChooseFI community and our in-house expert Keith from the Wealthy Accountant. In Today’s Podcast we cover: Discussion of Episode 40 with Noah and Becky from Money Metagame about the Gap Year Jonathan took action and followed Geoff’s advice to start culling his closet and decluttering his life Jonathan … Read more

040 | Take a Gap Year | Money Metagame

040 | Take a Gap Year | Money Metagame

Today we have Noah and Becky from Money Metagame on the podcast to discuss their story, their upcoming ‘Gap Year’ of travel plus an incredible college hack they used to get full-tuition scholarships. In Today’s Podcast we cover: A discussion with Noah and Becky from Money Metagame Noah and Becky’s history behind their path to FI Travel Rewards was what initially got them into the world of Financial Independence How … Read more

039R | Cruise Control

039R | Cruise Control

In today’s podcast we discuss Episode 39 with Gwen from Fiery Millennials, plus a ‘Cruise Control Path to FI’ case study example and voicemails from our community members. In Today’s Podcast we cover: The Friday Roundup after Episode 39 with Gwen from Fiery Millennials A whole new FI world for Brad and Laura after their youngest daughter went to kindergarten They have the opportunity to live more of a FI … Read more

039 | Millennial path to FI | Fiery Millennial

039 | Millennial path to FI | Fiery Millennial

In today’s podcast we have a conversation with Gwen from Fiery Millennials about her millennial path to FI plus some hacks that she used to save on college and increase her savings rate. In Today’s Podcast we cover: Our guest on Episode 39 is Gwen from Fiery Millennials Was Gwen from the generation that grew up with electronics from day 1? A background on Gwen’s story saving money when she … Read more

038R | Firewalker

038R | Firewalker

In today’s podcast we discuss Episode 38 The Why of FI plus we announce three of the finalists for the business building competition with Alan Donegan of PopUp Business School and a voicemail from community member Geoff. In Today’s Podcast we cover: Discussion of Episode 38 on the Why of FI Jonathan’s Frugal Win of the Week at Costco by saving on protein bars Jonathan’s nutrition goals and the underlying … Read more

038 | The Why of FI

038 | The Why of FI

In today’s podcast we discuss one of our most important topics: The Why of FI. Why we pursue this path, why we think it’s a life ‘superpower’ and how it can help you escape the hamster wheel of life decades earlier than most people could ever dream. In Today’s Podcast we cover: Discussion of the Why of FI as an introduction to the concept of Financial Independence and why we’ve … Read more

037R | The Friday Roundup

037R | The Friday Roundup

Today we discuss Episode 37 with Scott Rieckens, the filmmaker behind the FI documentary Playing with FIRE, plus emails and voicemails from the community and a discussion of reaching FI in a high cost of living area. In Today’s Podcast we cover: Discussion of Episode 37 with Scott Rieckens, the documentary filmmaker behind the upcoming FI documentary called Playing With FIRE The great American Eclipse and our viewing Brad’s vacation … Read more

037 | Playing With FIRE | Documentary | Scott Rieckens

037 | Playing With FIRE | Documentary | Scott Rieckens

In today’s podcast we speak with Scott Rieckens, the creative force behind the upcoming FI documentary called ‘Playing With Fire’ and we learn about his FI journey and this exciting project. In Today’s Podcast we cover: A discussion with Scott Rieckens, the creative force behind the upcoming FI documentary ‘Playing With Fire’ we’ve discussed on previous episodes Scott is devoting the next year of his life to create this documentary … Read more

036R | The Friday Roundup

036R | The Friday Roundup

In today’s podcast we discuss the power of community and future meetups and events for the FI community, plus voicemails from the ChooseFI community and frugal wins of the week. In Today’s Podcast we cover: Discussion of the community aspect of Episode 36 with JL Collins There is a yearning and desire for community meetups with other members of the Financial Independence community The spread of these community meetups and … Read more

036 | Community, Chatauqua & AMA with JL Collins

036 | Community, Chatauqua & AMA with JL Collins

In today’s podcast with Jim Collins from The Simple Path to Wealth and JL Collins NH, we discuss the Chautauquas, in-person events plus an ‘Ask Me Anything’ series of questions from our ChooseFI community. In Today’s Podcast we cover: Part 3 with JL Collins from JLCollinsNH, the Simple Path to Wealth and Stock Series fame Jim’s discussion of Alan from PopUp Business School and how the UK Chautauqua came to … Read more

035R | The 4% Rule | Friday Roundup

035R | The 4% Rule | Friday Roundup

In today’s podcast we discuss our takeaways from Episode 35 with Big Ern from Early Retirement Now, plus paying off mortgages and student loans early and frugal wins of the week from the community. In Today’s Podcast we cover: The Friday Roundup after Episode 35 with Big Ern from Early Retirement Now This episode was long awaited, but was necessary to wait for until we provided the background of FI … Read more

035 | Sequence of Return Risk | Early Retirement Now

035 | Sequence of Return Risk | Early Retirement Now

In today’s conversation with Big Ern from Early Retirement Now we discuss safe withdrawal rates, sequence of returns risk and much more. In Today’s Podcast we cover: A wide ranging discussion with Big ERN from Early Retirement Now on sequence of return risk and safe withdrawal rates This is Big Ern’s first podcast! And a thank you to him for helping with Paul’s case study Ern’s thoughts on social security … Read more