Why You Should Fund Your Roth Even If You Won’t Need It

If you’ve read anything from the financial independence community, you’ve read about Roth IRAs. They provide tons of benefits to all retirees, like tax-free growth and the absence of required minimum distributions. There are some benefits more applicable to early retirees, like the ability to access principal before age 59.5. But, what if you don’t need to access principal early, or expect to have enough passive income to sustain your … Read more

HSA Study–How I Saved Thousands Switching To An HSA

I used to attend “Broke University” where most of my financial decisions were short-sighted, based on what I could afford today and ultimately resulted in a poorer me. I couldn’t see past what I needed right now. It was survival mode always and I often borrowed from Peter to pay Paul. There was no room for optimization or cost/benefit analysis in this lifestyle. I was stuck in the bottom level … Read more

How To Plan Itemized Deductions With The New Tax Bill

This new tax bill has really gotten some press coverage, huh? And let’s be honest, it hasn’t been too good. So, how about some real analysis so you can use it to your advantage instead of worrying about how it’s going to be detrimental? By Bunching Deductions, You Can Deduct More Than Your Expenses! Given that the new tax bill contains a higher standard deduction and limits itemized deductions, is … Read more

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

028 | Order of Operations | The Buckets | The Roth IRA

028.Order of Operations.The Roth IRA

In today’s podcast we discuss the four different “buckets” available to savers plus an in-depth look at the Roth IRA and the ‘Backdoor Roth.’ In Today’s Podcast we cover: The order of operations for how you should approach the different “buckets” available to you both for retirement accounts and for your taxable savings Four basic ways for your retirement and investment funds to be taxed Best case is an account … Read more

026 | Physician on FIRE | FI for Medical Professionals | Financial Freedom vs Financial Independence

026. Physician on FIRE

Today we welcome the Physician on FIRE to the podcast to talk about his path to FI as well as tips and hacks for other high income and medical professionals to get on the path to Financial Independence. In Today’s Podcast we cover: Our guest on the show today is Physician on Fire, who is here to tell us his story as well as some Financial Independence hacks for doctors … Read more

025 | The Wealthy Accountant

Keith from The Wealthy Accountant makes an appearance on the show to discuss tax optimization for individuals and small businesses with plenty of tax tips for your FI tool chest. In Today’s Podcast we cover: Keith from the Wealthy Accountant presents his tax optimization strategies for individuals and small business owners Keith is the most knowledgeable accountant we have ever met. We met him in Florida at Camp Mustache and … Read more

018R | Capital Gains Harvesting | Never Pay Taxes Again

Harvest long term capital gains tax free

In Today’s Podcast we cover how to harvest long term capital gains tax free. Friday Roundup 7 Review of Monday’s episode with Jeremy from Go Curry Cracker Brad and his family just visited Washington DC for the weekend and used Chase Ultimate Rewards points to stay at the Hyatt Place National Mall Brad’s trip to Walt Disney World with his family, parents and in-laws Jonathan now understands harvesting capital gains … Read more

018 | Go Curry Cracker | Capital Gains, Losses and The Roth Conversion Ladder

Capital Gains & Losses

Introducing Capital Gains Harvesting In Today’s Podcast we cover: Our guest: Jeremey from Go Curry Cracker Jeremy and Winnie are living the geo-arbitrage life: currently in Taipei, Taiwan and then on to a four month trip to Europe They are using travel rewards points to get nearly free business class flights from Taipei to Europe. Using Alaska Airlines miles on Cathay Pacific they got nearly 20 cents per point in … Read more

017R | The Roth IRA Conversion Ladder | A Case Study

The Roth Conversion Ladder… Let’s talk about what it looks like in a real world example In Today’s Podcast we cover: This is our 23rd episode and providing a home for the FIRE community Thank you for our 50th review on Itunes (from Chad Carson!) – we plan to implement the voicemail feature on the website so we can use your input on the show Episode with Brandon from the … Read more

017 | Mad Fientist an Origin Story

Introducing the Roth Conversion Ladder In Today’s Podcast we cover: Today’s guest: Brandon from MadFientist.com and the origin story of the Mad Fientist How did the Mad Fientist website come about? He first stumbled on the Early Retirement Extreme website He thought there’d be investing strategies to get him to financial independence more quickly, but he realized index funds were the best way to go about it Then he stumbled … Read more

013 | The Unfair (FI) Advantage of Teachers | 457b

457b-Millionaire-Educator

Millionaire Educator Shares the Secrets of the 457b Our guest: Millionaire Educator shows us how to invest your money. He shows how teachers, firefighters, police officers and public employees can leverage the power of pretax savings to supercharge their retirement , and become millionaires. Take this information to learn how to invest your money and retires decades before your peers Ed’s journey from a college basketball player to a Spanish teacher Graduate … Read more

Early Retirement: 20 Must Read Websites To Retire In 5 Years

Interested in Early Retirement

Early Retirement should be attainable for everyone. Do you want to be financially independent in 5 years. Not sure where to start? These 20 websites will give you all the information you need. for free. This is a living list and will be subject to change as the quality of content available continues to grow.

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The Reluctant Frugalist

Frugal

Frugal Living is the Fastest Way to Financial Independence

So I'm not naturally frugal. I don't crave minimalism or get express enjoyment from having less. If I could drive a massive 2016 Silverado without payments I would probably go for it. But, I am a practical frugalist. I realize that the dollars and cents add up, and a dollar saved now is a dollar I can put to work for me down the road. Frugalism is a means to an end for me. The end goal is Financial Independence. I want to work because I want to, not because I need to.

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