126R | What Is An Annuity

126R | What is an Annuity

Brad and Jonathan tackle a listener question about annuities and discuss some updates to the travel rewards landscape. Second Generation FI Many people in our community struggle with how to pass along the lessons of FI to their children. Brad shared stories about passing FI lessons along to his children. The little things really are the big things in life. Brad and Laura take the opportunities to teach their kids … Read more

116 | Adoption, FFLC & the House of FI | Wendy Mays

116 | Adoption, FFLC & the House of FI | Wendy Mays

Wendy Mays, from House of FI, tells the story of growing her family from 4 to 8 through adoption all while moving states and changing careers, and ultimately kickstarting her family’s pursuit of financial independence. Wendy and her family first learned about financial independence about 4 years ago. Wendy was commuting from Phoenix, Az., to San Diego, Ca., as her husband was living in California in pursuit of a new … Read more

Redefining The American Dream: MotherFIer’s Story

Redefining The American Dream

After immigrating to the US, MotherFier and FatherFier built a typical American life. They went to college, got good jobs, and found themselves deeply in debt. It wasn’t until they were considering building a 4,000 sq ft custom home that they woke up to discover that their American Dream was really a nightmare. Facing huge payments made them realize that this was not the life they wanted, so they started … Read more

109 | Exploring International Teaching Opportunities | Scott & Rob

109 | Exploring International Teaching Opportunities | Scott & Rob

Scott, a math teacher in Santiago, Chile, and Rob, a blogger at Getting Canned, share their experiences teaching abroad, including the financial and lifestyle benefits, and the how-to for making it happen. Scott Barrett, Brad’s brother, completed a bachelor’s in psychology, then earned his masters for free through the New York City Teaching Fellows program, then taught for three years in the city. When Scott finished his education, he had … Read more

FI Community Events To Check Out in 2020

FI Community Events To Check Out in 2019

Financial Independence can be lonely sometimes. But there is actually a huge community of others on this journey. Being part of the FI community can make a major impact on your finances. Not only do FI friends help you stay motivated over the long term but they can also give you great financial advice. Or at least give you a different perspective on your situation. It can be great having … Read more

Starting Late But Retiring Rich: The Story Of Stephen And Becky

Starting Late But Retiring Rich: The Story Of Stephen And Becky

Becky and Stephen were latecomers to the ChooseFI way of life. Their situation is pretty rosy now with Stephen getting ready to retire at the end of December this year at the age of 63. At that time, he and wife Becky, 62, will uproot from their home in Houston, Texas to be closer to their kids in the Colorado/New Mexico area. With high property taxes in Texas, a Geoarbitrage … Read more

107 | Entrepreneur Case Study | Craig Attkinson | GreenSide Up Landscaping

107 | Entrepreneur Case Study | Craig Attkinson | GreenSide Up Landscaping

  Craig Attkinson, owner and founder of Green Side Up, a landscaping company in Richmond, Va., explains how he started his business in his mid-20s, what it took to grow and optimize the business, and how he’s optimized other aspects of his life as well. Craig started out his career on a golf course, with a degree from Virginia Tech in turf grass and horticulture. Green Side Up started in … Read more

How To Move Money From A Financial Advisor To Vanguard

How To Move Money From A Financial Advisor To Vanguard

If you’ve been educating yourself about how to achieve financial independence (FI), you’ve probably learned a lot about investing on your journey to reach your FI number. You’ve probably also learned that fees can eat up a huge portion of your investment return over time, especially as the losses–due to fees, compound. Let me give you an example of how fees will eat into your nest egg. In 2019, you … Read more

091R | Real Estate Inside an IRA

091R Real Estate Inside an IRA

An overview of how to own a house with an IRA, Jonathan attempts to optimize his recipes and shopping list, a list of the top 5 ChooseFI episodes and a travel rewards win. What you’ll hear in today’s Friday Roundup: Is the financial independence movement growing? “Playing with FIRE” documentary set to come out in early 2019. Jonathan and Dani are ready to accept the vegetarian challenge. How is Jonathan … Read more

091 | Rich Carey Real Estate | Building a Rental Real Estate Snowball Machine without Debt

091 Rich Carey Real Estate Building a Rental Real Estate Snowball Machine without Debt Wordpress

Rich Carey, officer in the U.S. Air Force, talks about learning to live frugally, buying his first townhouse, and building his real estate empire from one to 20 houses in Montgomery, AL. How did Rich get interested in financial independence? What did Rich’s frugal life look like before he found financial independence? How did Rich’s wife inspire their frugal living? Rich and his wife paid off their mortgage in seven … Read more