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 community event. At Brad’s first FinCon six years ago, there were just a dozen other self-identified FIRE community members, now … Read more

144 | Junior Achievement: 100 Years Of Financial Education With Crystal Law And Laura Goodman

Junior Achievement

Crystal Law, Director of Financial Literacy Experiences, and Laura Goodman, VP of Volunteer Engagement join us to discuss Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement Junior Achievement has been around for 100 years. In the beginning, Junior Achievement started as an after school program where students would learn more about business from a company. Since then, it has expanded to include entrepreneurship and financial literacy in its programs. Our programs are taught by … Read more

143R | Is This The Top?

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. As we always say, it’s not about us, it’s about them getting up off the couch and taking action. And … Read more

143 | Beyond Financial Independence With Edmund Tee

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 to do with all of your free time once you’ve walked away from the nine to five? [Financial Independence] is … Read more

142R | Envelope Overwhelm

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 of 10 minutes a month to personal finance problems such as writing a check to pay a bill. Personal finances … Read more

142 | Real Estate Investing Strategies With Paula Pant

Real Estate Investing Strategies With Paula Pant

Paula Pant comes back to the show to discuss real estate as a path to Financial Independence. Brad’s Real Estate Story Back in 2005, Brad bought a speculative property in North Carolina as an “investment opportunity.” [Buying and selling bare lots] was without question one of the biggest financial mistakes of my life. Brad was buying bare lots of land with the assumption that they would increase in value over … Read more

141R | Translating FI For The UK

The UK Path to FI

David Sawyer comes back on to discuss the UK path to FI, and Jonathan makes a big personal announcement. Life Updates Jonathan and his wife welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Rees, into the world this month. She’s 7 pounds and 14 oz of joy! Brad and his family just returned from a 20 day trip to Maui. Brad was able to connect to members of the ChooseFI Maui group through … Read more

141 | Reset: An Unconventional Guide For Getting Unstuck With David Sawyer


Jonathan and Brad talk to David Sawyer who just released his book, . The book is aimed at helping people who feel stuck in their careers as well as an optimization strategy for Financial Independence in the UK. Inspiration For RESET David grew up in a home where his parents didn’t follow the fads. He graduated from university without any idea of what he wanted to do. In his mind, he … Read more

140R | The Real Cost Of A Financial Advisor

The Real Cost Of A Financial Advisor

Brad and Jonathan dive into the costs of a financial advisor and college hacking. Financial Advisors Jonathan recently recorded an episode with Pete Matthews from Meaningful Money. Pete mentioned that he had been at a financial planning conference where they told the audience that financial advisors need to be prepared to talk to people about reaching Financial Independence. FI is a framework on life. That’s what people are looking for. … Read more

140 | FI Lifestyle Before FI Number With Nick True

140 | FI Lifestyle Before FI Number With Nick True

Nick True from Mapped Out Money talks about designing an FI lifestyle before reaching an FI number. Currently, Nick and his wife live in an Airstream trailer with the flexibility to live wherever they want to be. Quitting His Day Job For Life On The Road When Nick and his wife quit their jobs for a life on the road, it was not because they had achieved FIRE. However, the couple … Read more