Start Using A Meal Planning Calendar To Save On Groceries

Meal Planning Calendar

You’ve probably heard people talk about meal planning as a way to save money on groceries. It might even be something you’re considering but haven’t started yet. Maybe you’re confused or overwhelmed or feel like you can’t get a handle on what to do. It’s okay. I’ve been there, too. It took me a while to get into the groove of meal planning and really stick to it. What made … Read more

How To Start Buying Your Groceries Online

How To Start Buying Your Groceries Online

Grocery shopping–some people love it, some people hate it; either way, it’s something we all need to do. Eating out every day isn’t cost-effective, and it’s certainly not healthy. Luckily, there’s a very easy way to buy groceries these days–online. Here are the best places to buy groceries online, plus I’ll discuss if it’s really cheaper than going to the store yourself. Why You Might Want To Buy Groceries Online … Read more

The ‘Make Life Better Journal’ To Track Your Improvements (Free Spreadsheet Included)

Tracking Spreadsheet

A Community member of the ChooseFI Facebook group, Sharah M. shared her method for tracking optimizations and improvements: “Inspired by the weekly Choose FI “What did you do this week” posts, I started a Make Life Better journal last January (could also be called an Aggregation of Marginal Gains tracker). Each Friday I recorded the 1-4 things I did to make my life a little bit better that week. 2018 … Read more

Disability Insurance: The Most Important Insurance People Don’t Buy

Disability Insurance: The Most Important Insurance People Don't Buy

Buying insurance reminds us of our mortality. We could get sick, hit by a car, or have our home destroyed. However, we still buy medical, auto, and home insurance to protect against those risks. But there’s one policy that most people don’t buy even though there’s a 1 in 4 chance that they’ll need it–disability insurance. Why Is Disability Insurance Needed? Many people fear death, but disability should be a … Read more

131 | Community Building With Mr. Money Mustache And Mr. 1500

Community Building With Mr. Money Mustache And Mr. 1500

Jonathan and Brad take a short walk down memory lane with Mr. Money Mustache and Mr. 1500 to discuss community building and second generation FI. Personal Stories Although most in this community are familiar with Mr. Money Mustache content, many might not know his story and how his Financial Independence journey started. Pete was a software engineer from 1998 to 2005 before Financial Independence. Once he hit FI, he was … Read more

127R | Cutting Through The Noise Of Dieting And Debt

Cutting Through The Noise Of Dieting And Debt

Brad and Jonathan dive into tactics to optimize both your health and your debt. The goal is to simplify your finances and your health by stacking multiple optimization tactics together. Make small changes in your life, that when done over many months and years are going to add up to a better life. Cutting Through The Noise Of Health Optimization Around the country, Americans are realizing that we need to … Read more

127 | How To Optimize Your Health With Dr. Scott Sherr

127 | Scott Scherr | Health Optimization

Brad and Jonathan discuss health optimization strategies with Dr. Scott Sherr. The episode is packed full of useful information, however, do not make life altering medical decisions based on this show alone. Although we are talking to a real doctor, do not take this as medical advice. Consult with your own physician before making any major medical decisions. Dr. Scott Sherr Back in high school, Brad and Scott played soccer … Read more

126 | Estate Planning With Mark Moss

126 | Estate Planning Wills vs Trusts | Mark Moss

Brad and Jonathan are continuing the conversation about estate planning and planning for your family’s future with estate lawyer, Mark Moss. Why Estate Planning? If the worst happens to your family, it is vitally important to have an estate plan for your survivors. Estate planning is not just for the extremely wealthy. It is for any adult that has any assets. The goal of an estate plan is to really … Read more

Why Nursing Is Great Job For FI (And 3 Ways To Get Started As A Nurse)

Why Nursing Is Great Job For FI (And 3 Ways To Get Started As A Nurse)

If you want to become a nurse while pursuing FI, two things will be key to your success. First, you’ll want to save as much money as you can on your education. Second, you’ll want to find ways to increase your earnings potential. Nursing allows for both. Nurses are in high demand. Nursing is expected to grow 15% between 2016 and 2026, that’s over double the average job growth rate. … Read more

Career Hacking: Speed Up Your Path To FI

Career Hacking: Speed Up Your Path To FI

The traditional approach to building a career is a passive one. After college or vocational training, most people never pick up a book again. Some simply clock their time from 9-5 year over year, keeping pace with inflation without much thought. Most workers hope to earn a 2-3% yearly raise, and many don’t take advantage of other employer benefits available to hack their savings and aggressively grow their earnings. Although … Read more