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Travel Rewards | Part 3 : Sweet Redemption

To maximize your travel rewards check out ChooseFI’s free travel rewards course. Congratulations you have now learned how to earn more points in one year than your neighbors or Facebook friends will earn in a lifetime. Now, what the heck do you do with them? Let’s discuss the 3 options for redeeming these Chase Ultimate …

Travel Rewards | Part 2 : The Chase Gauntlet | Card Opening Strategy

To maximize your travel rewards check out ChooseFI’s free travel rewards course. It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Chase credit cards! We find their Ultimate Rewards currency to be the most valuable of all the transferable point currencies. These points are currently transferable to 13 different airline and hotel partners. The four we …

Travel Rewards | Part 1 :Travel The World for Almost Free – An Introduction

To maximize your travel rewards check out ChooseFI’s free travel rewards course. My Wife Is From Zimbabwe. Her Family Still Lives There. Anyone that marries someone from another country might appreciate what I am about to share. We try to visit her family every other year, and there are financial implications for that decision. A …

008 | Avoid Bank Fees at All Cost

  Bank Fees and fees generally are the financial equivalent of death by a thousand cuts. AVOID THEM – Here’s how Don’t piss off the accountant: Bank Fees Americans spent $32 Billion in overdraft fees in 2016 Bank accounts and credit cards should be financial tools you use for free Overdraft fees mean you have …

007 | America’s Food Obsession | How to Crush Your Grocery Bill

Why you need to take a hard look at your Grocery Bill, and Restaurant Budget and how to to crush it America’s food obsession: We’re fat and broke How Brad’s family saves money on food Being smart with ingredients. Buy in season How often does Brad’s family go out to eat? Go out for lunch …

005 | Why Everyone Needs Dave Ramsey and Why You Should Ignore Him

We discuss where ChooseFI and Dave Ramsey agree and disagree. Dave Ramsey and Jonathan’s history following him Dave’s unyielding stance on debt: don’t do it Review and evaluate Dave’s teaching philosophies Baby Step 1: Get an emergency fund of $1,000 Baby Step 2: Pay off all your debt except for your mortgage Explanation of the …

Congratulations! You’re Broke

Well, maybe things aren’t so bad. As of July 4th, 2016 my retirement accounts matched the remaining balance on my student loans. Neither of those numbers is particularly impressive but it allows me to claim a net worth of $0. Net worth is a snapshot in time, it does not define you or even give …

The Ultimate Costco Meal Plan | Part 1

You need to think about food budgeting America has a food obsession. We have grocery stores at every major intersection, restaurants on every corner and fast food chains to fill the gaps in between. I have talked to many of my neighbors and those conversations mirror the statistics I read online. Most of middle-class America’s …

The Reluctant Frugalist

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 …