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167 | Learn Hustle Grow

Rob and Reshawn from Learn Hustle Grow discuss combining their finances and building a real estate portfolio. Money Mindsets Rob and Reshawn came from similar backgrounds with teenage single mothers. However, they developed very different opinions about money. Rob’s Journey Rob grew up poor and found his way out of

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166R | It’s A Small World After All

Find out more about the upcoming ChooseFI documentary series, Andrew and Zach’s experiments in Financial Independence, and community corrections. Andrew shares his experience selling plasma as the first of ChooseFI’s experiments in financial independence. Andrew and Zach will be sharing their experiences on YouTube as they document their attempts to

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166 | Modern FImily With Court

Court joins the show to share how she and her wife tackled six figures of student loan debt and achieved Financial Independence in their early 30s with a family. Achieving Financial Independence Although they only spend around $25,000 each year, the family doesn’t feel deprived at all. They have eliminated

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165R | Do You Realize What You Are Doing?

Answers to several reader questions about investing efficiently for your financial freedom. Learn more about low-cost broad-based index funds or if you should max out your 401k early. Recent market volatility has provided an opportunity to test your investment resolve. Any low-cost broad-based index fund is a solid investment strategy,

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164R | What Are The 5 Love Languages?

Learn about the five love languages and how they can help you communicate with your partner better. The five love languages are: words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, quality time, and physical touch. Use these languages to think about Valentine’s Day through a new lens. Resources The Five Love

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164 | Our Rich Journey

Amon and Christina join the show to share their journey to Financial Independence as two federal employees with young children. The couple was able to retire early in just eight years! Finding FIRE Eight years ago, Amon came home with the idea to retire early. The idea was sparked after

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163R | Roth IRA Conversion Ladder Case Study

An updated case study of the Roth IRA conversion ladder and a challenge for the community are some of the topics that Brad and Jonathan tackle. $1,000 Challenge Most personal finance advice starts with building your first $1,000 in savings. However, if you are struggling to get from paycheck to

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162 | The Four Tendencies And FI With Gretchen Rubin

Although finding the path to FI can be exciting, it can be frustrating to have difficulty communicating this vision to your family and friends. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, sheds some light on the Four Tendencies or people and how to communicate with each tendency. Gretchen’s Story Gretchen

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161R | Reignite

The announcement of the new FI101 course! Plus a discussion of the power of community and the impact it can have on your finances. Everyday Courage Everyday Courage launched earlier this year. It is off to a great start! It is already in the top 200 in all podcasts and

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160R | Everyday Courage

Jillian joins Brad and Jonathan to share her story and celebrate the launch of the new podcast Everyday Courage. Everyday Courage The ChooseFI family is launching a new podcast today. Everyday Courage is officially live! Please take a moment to subscribe to this new podcast. Jillian wanted to create this

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160 | End of Year Wins 2019

As we ring in the new year, it is time to celebrate our community’s wins. This episode is dedicated entirely to the wins that have happened throughout the community this year. The goal is to congratulate everyone on a fantastic year and inspire the community to continue to achieve amazing

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159 | Eventual Millionaire | Jaime Masters

Jamie Masters shares her story of overachieving and burn-out, finding Personal Finance, Business Coaching, and Mentoring. Jaime’s Story Jaime is a self-proclaimed classic overachiever. At age 19, she was earning $40,000 per year and bought her first home. At age 22, she was already earning a six-figure income. With that,

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158 | Real Hourly Wage | The Frugal Engineers

Kim from The Frugal Engineers shares her journey and the importance of determining your real hourly wage. Kim’s Story Kim’s story starts as a 15-year-old in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. While growing up in South Carolina, she realized the employment opportunities in that tourist town were limited, especially for young

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157R | The Compound Interest Of Self Improvement

After learning more about habits with James Clear this week, Brad and Jonathan discuss the compounding interest of self-improvement and turning intention into action. Building Habits James Clear outlined the four stages of building habits in Monday’s episode. If you haven’t listened yet, then check out the full episode here.

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156R | Coming Back From A Gap Year

A gap year might seem unthinkable for some but Noah and Becky share exactly how they navigated their gap year. Plus, Brad and Jonathan discuss emergency funds and your risk tolerance.

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155 | FI For Single Parents| Leslie Tayne

Leslie Tayne opens up to Brad and Jonathan about her journey as a single parent, financial problems in her first marriage, and how to move forward from debt. Leslie’s Story Leslie’s money story starts in her childhood. In her parents’ marriage, her father controlled the money. So naturally, when Leslie

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154R | Inception

Tim and Amy from GoWithLess join Brad and Jonathan to discuss their unique travel strategy. Plus, tips on how to design your dream life.

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154 | Hacking The FAFSA | Brian Eufinger And Seonwoo Lee

Graduating from college debt-free can accelerate the path to FI dramatically. Brian Eufinger and Seonwoo Lee share their best tips on hacking the FAFSA on today’s episode. Hacking The FAFSA The FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, helps colleges determine how much student aid your student will receive. Understanding

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152R | Can I Retire Yet?

Big ERN comes on the show today to break down the numbers of Becky’s retirement plan. He works through their real numbers to determine how solid their retirement plan is.

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152 | Is It Too Late? | Becky Heptig

Becky Heptig shares her personal story to show that FI is an attainable goal at any age. It is an encouraging story because it shows no matter what age you find FI, it is not too late to change your life for the better. Watch the episode on ChooseFI TV:

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151R | Fit Waist Fat Wallet

Using David Hauser’s framework from last week of decision making through split testing, Brad and Jonathan look at their sleep, fitness, and diet. Split Testing Split testing allows you to test small differences to determine what can make a big impact. Little input differences or little changes in wording can

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150R | Goals vs Systems

Building your blueprint to FI starts with the basics. A simple thing like tracking your spending can set you on a path that will change your life forever. Today, we get back to FI 101 and uncover the stark difference between goals and systems. What Will Life After FI Look

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150 | Accountability | Diania Merriam

Diania Merriam discusses accountability, shifting perspectives, and community. She has a great perspective on building community and life with balance. Diania’s Money Story At an early point in Diania’s life, she aspired to be the highest-paid female CEO. Since then, she has realized this is no longer her goal. It

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149R | Whole Life Insurance

Jonathan digs deep comparing whole life insurance and term insurance. Laura gets over $130 of clothes from Old Navy for 80 cents! How Laura Broke Old Navy According to Brad, this may be Laura’s best shopping experience of all time. She only paid 80 cents for goods that would normally

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149 | On Trajectory With Tyson Koska

Tyson Koska shares his On Trajectory tool and what led him to his own path of Financial Independence. They discuss how Tyson got started with FI and how On Trajectory tools cover net worth tracking and digital options. Tyson’s Story Brad and Jonathan had heard about Tyson from many members

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148R | FI 101| Expense Ratios and House Hacking

House hacking, takeaways from this week’s episode with Andréa Motenko, and the tenents of FI. ChooseFI: Your Blueprint To Financial Independence Our book, ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence, launched this week. The plan has taken all of the information from our podcasts and turned it into a linear path to FI.

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148 | Struggle | The Psychology Of Poverty With Andréa Motenko

Andréa Motenko grew up with food and housing insecurity. She’s on the show discussing the psychology of poverty and how it allows us to be resilient and push forward through adversity. Andréa has committed her life to social studies and taking FI information to people experiencing poverty. Andréa’s Position Andréa

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147R | Contributions, Corrections And Criticisms

Compounding vs total return, envelopes vs simplifying your finances, and the potential value you could get from working with a “assets under management” financial advisor. Also, Tori Dunlap reached her goal to save her first $100k by age 25 on the day her interview aired! Compounding In the show today,

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146R | Fork In The Road

Brad and Jonathan discuss this week’s episode with Shannyn Allan, as well as talk to Chuck Jaffe and his thoughts about Financial Independence Retire Early. Brad and Jonathan also discuss skills versus a degree. Building Skills As a part of the path to FI, many decided to learn new skills

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146 | Embrace The Suck With Shannyn Allan

Shannyn Allan joins us to discuss “embracing the suck”–when life just doesn’t go as planned. Shannyn’s Story Shannyn’s money story starts when she was a broke graduate student in Chicago. She had started a blog to talk about how broke she was and how impossible it felt to survive in

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145R | Stuck

A discussion of what to do with a windfall, a review of turnkey real estate investing, and a meditation for stock market investors when the market is falling. Fincon In Main Stream News In last week’s episode, Brad and Jonathan discussed their experience at Fincon. This week, Brad found two

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144R | Guard Rails and Dumpster Fires

A recap from Jonathan and Brad’s visit to FinCon, FI Military, YNAB, and “what if my finances are like a dumpster fire?” FinCon Recap Last week, Brad and Jonathan were at FinCon. Although it was originally intended to be a business to business conference, it has turned into an annual

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143R | Is This The Top?

A discussion of community and market volatility. NYC Playing With FIRE Premiere Brad just returned from a trip to Long Island to visit family. While he was there, he was able to attend the sold-out Playing with FIRE premiere in NYC. It was a great night full of community connections.

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143 | Beyond Financial Independence With Edmund Tee

Edmund Tee talks about reaching FI and the goals of teaching more people worldwide about Financial Independence. Beyond FI Although the idea of permanently sipping Pina Coladas on the beach sounds like a dream, the majority of FI people do not seem to take that route. What are you going

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142R | Envelope Overwhelm

A discussion about simplifying personal finances as well as this week’s episode with Paula Pant’s take on real estate. Personal Finance Made Simple Although many spend hours each month dealing with bills, Brad has set up his personal finances on autopilot. With that, he only has to devote a total

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