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How would your life change if you reached Financial Independence and got to the point where working is optional? What actions can you take today to make that not just possible but probable. Jonathan & Brad explore the tactics that the FI community uses to reclaim decades of their lives. They discuss reducing expenses, crushing debt, tax optimization, building passive income streams through online businesses and real estate and how to travel the world for free. Every episode is packed with actionable tips and no topic is too big or small as long as it speeds up the process of reaching financial independence.
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In this episode: survivor benefit plans, VA benefits, VSO's disability benefits, tax planning, healthcare, and blended retirement systems. This week we are joined by Daniel Kopp, founder of Wise Stewardship Financial Planning, to outline ways you can best prepare for military retirement. Together we cover pensions, navigating the Survivor Benefit Plan and additional benefits, healthcare and disability resources, as well as other financial decisions you can consider as you begin to transition out of the military. When dealing with any kind of retirement planning, taking actionable steps to prepare and get a plan in place for you and your family is essential. While everyone's circumstances may be different as they transition out of the military, there are many resources available and benefit programs you are entitled to before and after you leave duty! Daniel Kopp, CFP Website: wisestewardshipfp.com Podcast: Military to Financial Planner Timestamps: 1:26 – Introduction 2:32 – Approaching Military Retirement/Blended Retirement System 9:38 – Military Benefits/Healthcare 15:36 – VA Benefits/Term Life Insurance 22:12 – Disability Benefits/VSO’s 30:17 – Survivor Benefit Plans 43:13 – SBP Contingencies and Child Coverage 50:41 – Tax Planning 56:26 – Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Blended Retirement VA education benefits for survivors and dependents Everything About The Military’s Survivor Benefit Plan SBP Financial Analysis Tools Daniel Kopp Estate Planning for Military Families | Military Money Manual Podcast Episode 83 Accredited VSO Representatives Transition Planning from a Military Career on the Path to FI | ChooseFI Ep 296 “Military in Transition’s Guide to The Survivor Benefit Plan: Navigating the SBP” by Forrest Baumhover How VA Disability Compensation Affects Military Retirement Pay Income Tax and Rental Properties When You’re in the Military MFAA ChooseFI US Military Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount) Get a cheaper phone plan with Mint Mobile
In this episode: public service accounts, side hustles, making FI possible, frugality, giving yourself freedom, and side hustles. This week we are joined by Chris Travers, a New York City public school teacher and FI community member, to discuss his journey from being a natural saver to becoming a savvy investor, talk advantages and disadvantages of some of the retirement accounts provided to teachers, as well as discuss some ways he has been able to grow his net worth in the last 10 years. Frugality is a term that often comes up while on the FI path, and finding a balance of saving and spending is crucial to reaching your financial goals. Remember that where you decide to save and spend and how you do so will evolve throughout your FI journey! While it can be hard to cut costs of the things you enjoy in the present, being willing to cut out what you don’t need can set you up for success in the future!  Chris Travers: Book: “TL;DR: Financial Literacy for New York City Public School Teachers: Optimizing Financial Decisions Based On Your TRSNYC Benefits” by Christopher Tavers and Karl Fisch Instagram: @thewealthyeducator Timestamps: 0:54 – Introduction 6:47 – Public Service Accounts 11:38 – Diving Into FI 15:08 – Side Hustles/Making FI Possible 22:17 – Renting vs Buying 26:43 – Frugality and Loosening the Purse Strings 32:25 – Giving Yourself Freedom 37:53 – Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Join ChooseFI’s Facebook Group! “The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy” by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko “Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!” by Robert Kiyosaki “Smart Couples Finish Rich, Revised and Updated: 9 Steps to Creating a Rich Future for You and Your Partner” by David Bach The Unfair (FI) Advantage Of Teachers | 457b | ChooseFI Ep 13 The Happy Body Millennial Revolution Karl Fisch Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount) Get a cheaper phone plan with Mint Mobile
In this episode: spending down to zero, the ratcheting rule, the guardrails approach, high fee 401k's, and mini-retirements. This week we are diving back into the listener mailbag with Rachael Camp to address the pressing questions our community has! Whether it's curiosity towards the concept of dying with zero, determining whether it is a good time to take a mini-retirement, or working with high-fee 401k's, Brad and Rachael tackle it all! Listen along as YOU the community dictate the conversation with your hot button FI questions! Rachael Camp: Website: www.rachaelcampwealth.com Twitter: @camp_wealth Timestamps: 0:55 – Introduction 1:38 – Spending Down to Zero 10:15 – The Ratcheting Rule and The Guard Rails Approach 20:38 – Flexible Spending Strategy 27:01 – Does Everything Need to be Optimized? 31:15 – High Fee 401k’s 41:48 – Mini Retirement Considerations 49:54 – Roth IRA Contributions and Faze Out Limits 55:57 – Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: “Die With Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life” by Bill Perkins “Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts” by Annie Duke The Ratcheting Safe Withdrawal Rate – A More Dominant Version Of The 4% Rule? The guardrails approach is a flexible retirement withdrawal strategy: Here’s how it works Early Retirement Now The Problem with the 4% Rule (and Why You Could Retire Even Sooner) The Roth IRA Conversion Ladder | A Case Study | ChooseFI Ep 17R Roth IRA Conversion Ladder Case Study | ChooseFI Ep 163R Retire Often Mini-Retirements to Accelerate Your Path to FI | Jillian Johnsrud | ChooseFI Ep 451 Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount) Get a cheaper phone plan with Mint Mobile
In this episode: wants vs needs, side hustles, tax planning, college hacking, travel rewards, mindset, and living your values. This week we are joined by Joel and Emily Allen, a married couple with children based out of Iowa who truly embody what the FI movement is all about! Not only have they seized control of their life and finances, but have also managed to start a successful side hustle, provide incredible resources to the community around them, travel the world, and so much more! While the FI movement is about financially freeing yourself and your family, it is also important to remember why we want that freedom. Not stressing about money is just one piece of a fulfilling life, once you have that freedom, take advantage of it like the Allen’s have! Timestamps: 1:25 – Introduction/The FI Mindset 9:02 – Budgeting/Wants and Needs 14:59 – Side Hustles 21:02 – Financial Literacy to FI 23:29 – Tax Planning/Travel Rewards 29:11 – College Hacking 42:05 – Living Your Values and Taking Time Off 48:39 – The Importance of Knowing the Rules 53:48 – Traveling Like a Pro 69:25 – Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Dave Ramsey Travel Rewards | ChooseFI Preparing for the Cost of College | Brian Eufinger | ChooseFI Ep 460 The 10 Pillars Of FI Modern States The $100K Glorified Sleepaway Camp | Millionaire Educator | ChooseFI Ep 386 All the Hacks Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount) Get a cheaper phone plan with Mint Mobile
In this episode: building a giving framework, the giving pledge, compound impact, donor advised funds, and different ways to give. Is it better to give to charity in a lump sum versus incrementally? What are the tax implications of donating? What are the benefits of using donor advised funds? This week we answer these questions and more with the help of Rebecca Herbst and Jack Lewars as we discuss charitable donations and effective giving while on the FI journey. A large part of FI is taking actionable steps to improve your life, but this journey also opens up opportunities to improve the life of others. While navigating donations while on the path to FI can seem tricky because we are so focused on attaining our FI numbers, there are still many ways you can give back and make a difference. Creating the habit of effective giving can help you leave an impact on yourself and the world at large! There are many resources available that can help calculate what you can give while remaining on the FI track, as well as help you see how your donations are making a difference!  Rebecca Herbst & Jack Lewars: Yield and Spread: yieldandspread.org Rebecca’s Coaching Program: Coaching for do-gooders 1 For The World: 1fortheworld.org Jack’s LinkedIn: Jack Lewars Timestamps: 1:37 – Introduction 4:24 – The Giving Pledge 11:59 – Building A Framework And Effective Giving 23:20 – Should You Get To FI Before You Give? 33:12 – Compound Impact 39:48 – Feedback From Giving And Fun Funds 51:08 – Different Ways To Give 61:09 – Donating Appreciated Stocks 66:59 – Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Join Your Local ChooseFI Group “The Life You Can Save: How to do your part to end world poverty” by Peter Singer School of Hard Knocks “Practical Ethics” by Peter Singer GiveWell The Life You Can Save “Die With Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life” by Bill Perkins Yield & Spread’s DAF Series “Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Help Others, Do Work that Matters, and Make Smarter Choices about Giving Back” by William MacAskill Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
In this episode: salesforce, lifestyle design, testimonials and verification, the hidden job market, and talentstacking. Once again joined by friend of the show Bradley Rice, the owner and creator of TalentStacker, to update us on the value of SalesForce and career pivoting in 2024. While on the FI journey, you are actively creating the life you want to live. For many that means transitioning out of their life-long careers and opting for ones that offer something different and more accustomed to the life you’re creating. Learning a new skill or starting a side hustle can be the first step to finding that new career, and finding a program that works for you should offer more than just a certification, but assist you in finding new opportunities and a community that supports you! Bradley Rice: Website: talentstacker.com Facebook: Salesforce for Everyone Salesforce 5 Day Challenge: Take the FREE 5-Day Challenge Podcast: Salesforce for Everyone Timestamps: 1:38 – Introduction 4:17 – Work, Lifestyle Design, and Talentstacking 10:15 – Testimonials, Doing Your Research, and Verification 14:55 – The Hidden Job Market 19:36 – Entering a Salesforce Career with Talentstacker 26:39 – Salesforce Security 32:25 – Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: The Hidden Job Market | ChooseFI Ep 379 CampFI Making The Case For Part Time With Bradley Rice | ChooseFI Ep 117 Trailhead Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
In this episode: caregiving and FI, retirement planning, reverse mortgages, long-term care, and long-term care insurance. This week we are joined by Danielle Miura to discuss how her experience as a caregiver has impacted her FI mindset, as well as answer listener questions pertaining to planning for your own long-term care while on the path to FI. As you and your loved ones get older, it’s important to start considering what additional finances they may require. From long-term healthcare to assisted living, there are many factors that not only impact their life financially, but could impact you and your FI plans. While it may be uncomfortable to have conversations with loved ones about their finances and expenses, it is imperative to have these discussions early and create a plan that works for you and your family. Danielle Miura: Website: spark-fin.com LinkedIn: Danielle Miura Twitter: @Daniellemiula Timestamps: 1:19 – Introduction 2:22 – Caregiving and FI 7:28 – Dealing With Poor Retirement Planning 15:38 – Reverse Mortgages and Viability of Selling The Home 21:41 – Having The Uncomfortable Conversation 24:40 – Planning For Your Final Years 32:41 – Long-Term Care and FI 36:10 – Long Term Care Insurance 45:30 – Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
In this episode: optimized exercise, recovering, machine use, increasing your healthspan, and long-term thinking. This week we are joined by Brad’s friend and personal trainer, Dean Turner, to discuss the changing landscape of strength training, and how principles such as consistency and adherence coupled with rest and recovery can also be applied to both your fitness and FI journey. We often talk about how the path to FI is not just about working towards a monetary goal, but rather creating a better life for yourself. For some this can mean taking a personal account of your health, and taking actionable steps to improve it. Just as making financial changes requires consistency, making physical changes requires the same. While these changes don’t happen overnight, these actions continuously build off of one another and make you stronger! Dean Turner: Twitter: @DeanTTraining Website: deanturnertraining.com Timestamps: 2:30 - Introduction 3:41 - Optimized Exercise 9:13 - Recovering and Machine Use 20:51 - Increasing Your Healthspan 27:44 - Long-Term Thinking 29:48 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Your Bold Move for 2023 | Dominick Quartuccio | ChooseFI Ep 419 The New Science of Muscle James Clear, Atomic Habits — Simple Strategies for Building (and Breaking) Habits, Questions for Personal Mastery and Growth, Tactics for Writing and Launching a Mega-Bestseller, Finding Leverage, and More (#648) Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
In this episode: FI in your 20s, the boring middle, compounding, fat FI, compounding, checkpoints, and building a life. This week we are joined by Doug and Carl from the Mile High FI podcast to talk about their respective FI journeys and answer a listener question about pursuing FI in your 20s; as well share some tips for enjoying the experience and navigating times in the journey that can feel a bit slow. While figuring out your FI goal requires you to do some work to figure out your FI number, that number and the steps you take to reach that goal are all unique to the individual. That being said, it can be tricky at times to know if you are on the right track when the journey to FI is different for everyone. Remember, although this journey is about reaching financial independence, it’s also about changing and creating the life you want and joining a community that will always inspire you when times feel slow.  Mile High FI: Podcast: milehighfi.com Newsletter: Join the Mile High FI Club Timestamps: 1:13 - Introduction 2:41 - Analyzing Finances In Your 20s 9:31 - Compounding Power 13:25 - The Boring Middle 21:01 - FI Role Models 26:41 - Building A Life On The Journey 35:01 - Fat FI 45:37 - Saving Versus Life Enhancement 54:21 - FI Checkpoints 57:52 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: The Cure for the Boring Middle | Fioneers | ChooseFI Ep 472 Mr Money Mustache JL Collins "Die With Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life" by Bill Perkins The Spectrum of Financial Independence and Tools to Track Your Progress with Brad Barrett Mini-Retirements to Accelerate Your Path to FI | Jillian Johnsrud | ChooseFI Ep 451 The Stages and Checkpoints of FI | ChooseFI Ep 324 Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
In this episode: buy and hold, macroeconomics, interest rates, bond investing, when to sell, mindset, and thinking differently. This week we are joined once again by friend of the show Brian Feroldi to discuss the stock market and investing as we head into 2024. As most of you know by now, keeping your head down and staying the course is a pretty typical investing strategy in the FI community, but it is important to remember personal finance is personal. Depending on your situation, life may require you to mold that strategy into something else as your mindset and seasons of life change! Make sure your are not only optimizing your financial situation, but also your life in the process! Brian Feroldi: Website: stockinvesting.school Website: longtermmindset.co Twitter: @BrianFeroldi LinkedIn: Brian Feroldi Timestamps: 0:33 - Introduction 3:42 - Buy and Hold 8:36 - "Macroeconomics" 15:17 - The Impact of Interest Rates/ Bond Investing 20:36 - High Yield Savings Accounts 27:18 - 2024 Investing 33:19 - When to Sell 38:05 - The Evolution of Your Mindset 43:40 - Thinking Differently 47:52 - VTSAX 51:21 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: The Motley Fool "Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!" by Robert Kiyosaki The Role Of Bonds In A Portfolio with Frank Vasquez | ChooseFI Ep 194 Risk Parity Radio "Die With Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life" by Bill Perkins Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
In this episode: the wonderful ChooseFI community shares advice by taking the hot seat through listener voicemails. Ginger joins the podcast this week for a special “Hot Seat” episode to listen to some voicemails set in from our listeners, in which our community answered questions that we typically ask our guests when they take the Hot Seat! From discussing favorite books and podcasts, to learning some new tricks and takeaways that have helped you on your FI Journey, it’s incredible to hear the ways you are taking action and creating habits that are making your journey to FI meaningful and motivational! We often stress that living FI isn’t about chasing a number, but rather building up the life you want in the process of working towards your goals, and while there may be mistakes made, there are many learning opportunities and new perspectives of success that make this journey incredibly rewarding.  Timestamps: 1:45 – Introduction 2:29 – Ashley and Atomic Habits 10:17 – Tyler and Opportunity Cost 19:09 – Amanda and Mental Wellbeing 25:17 – Caesar and PSLF Forgiveness 30:56 – Aaron, House Hacking, and DIY 37:17 – Ginger Takes The Hot Seat 59:33 – Brad Takes The Hot Seat 76:19 – Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” by James Clear Atomic Habits | James Clear | ChooseFI Ep 157 “Die With Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life” by Bill Perkins “Just Keep Buying: Proven ways to save money and build your wealth” by Nick Maggiulli BitWarden “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative” by Florence Williams I Will Teach You To Be Rich Book your custom student loan plan “Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It” by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Risk Parity Radio “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams” by Matt Walker The Matt Walker Podcast Peter Attia Ginger’s New Sheets My First Million Podcast Prof G Show Pivot Podcast Todoist Dean Turner Training Send Us A Voicemail Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
In this episode: what follows tragedy, the importance of wills and beneficiaries, intestate succession, and probate. This week we are joined by Amy to discuss her personal account and experience with estate planning in the event of an unexpected passing, and what this can look like when plans aren’t in place. While death can be an uncomfortable topic to think about, it’s important to take time to garner a plan in place so that your loved ones are both prepared and not overwhelmed in the event of your passing. A large part of FI is about taking actionable steps to make your life easier, and estate planning is no different. From designating beneficiaries and setting up wills, to utilizing password verification methods on your accounts, there are many actionable steps you can take in order to make the process of passing easier for your family and loved ones. Amy’s story is not meant to be a cautionary tale, but rather a reminder to not ignore or avoid a personal subject matter just because it’s uncomfortable. Timestamps: 1:23 - Introduction 2:45 - Amy's FI Journey 9:03 - Income Planning and FI 17:24 - What Follows Tragedy 28:33 - The Importance of Wills and Beneficiary Designation 36:23 - Preparing in Advance and Considering The Possibility 44:27 - Immediate Access and The Ancillary Things 48:15 - Probate 59:09 - Setting Up Your Estate 65:09 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: The Shockingly Simple Math Behind Early Retirement Intestate Succession The Family Emergency Binder | ChooseFI Ep. 125 (Promo Code "ChooseFI") Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
In this episode: taxable accounts, the 72(T), inherited retirement accounts, 457B's, roth conversion ladders, and the rule of 55. This week we are joined by the “FI Tax Guy” Sean Mullaney to walk through examples and discuss some strategies you could use when accessing your retirement funds early. No matter where you are on your FI journey, there can come a time where retiring early becomes a feasible option, but there can be many stipulations and tax implications that come with withdrawing your funds before the age of retirement. Tune in as we discuss several different options you can pursue in order access your money without having to wait until the 59 and a half year old threshold. The discussion is intended to be for general educational purposes and is not tax, legal, or investment advice for any individual. Brad and the ChooseFI podcast do not endorse Sean Mullaney, Mullaney Financial & Tax, Inc. and their services. Sean Mullaney: Website: fitaxguy.com Website: Mullaney Financial and Tax Twitter: @SeanMoneyandTax YouTube: @SeanMullaneyVideos FIRE in Vegas: Join Brad Barrett from ChooseFI, the Donegans from Rebel Finance School and other FI enthusiasts for a weekend of inspiration, education and fun in Sin City. Timestamps: 0:47 - Introduction 3:39 - Taxable Accounts 19:03 - Inherited Retirement Accounts 25:30 - The Rule of 55 28:39 - 457B's 30:46 - Roth IRA Conversion Ladder 39:12 - The 72(T) 54:52 - Paying the Penalty 57:25 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Mailbag: Inflation and FI, ACA Subsidies, Roth vs. Trad and More | Cody Garrett | ChooseFI Ep 471 The Roth IRA Conversion Ladder | A Case Study | ChooseFI Ep 17R Roth IRA Conversion Ladder Case Study | ChooseFI Ep 163R Retire On 72(T) Payments 72(t) Payments in Google Sheets Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
In this episode: social security, disability, calculating social security, claiming social security, and due diligence. This week we are joined by listener and owner of Financial Security Advocates Dennis Shapiro, to talk thru some of the insights and misconceptions surrounding Social Security Benefits, and what factors and resources you should consider while approaching retirement. The beauty of FI is that it opens up opportunities for you to retire early, but oftentimes we don’t consider how retiring early or even starting your own small business can impact your Social Security. While there is no true way of mastering the system to get the most benefit, there are many ways to prepare and plan in order to get the most out of your social security benefits! Remember, these benefits are not just safety nets when it comes time to retire, but can be an additional tool for investment that keeps you comfortable in your FI.  Denis Shapiro: Website: fsadvocates.com Timestamps: 1:16 - Introduction 5:10 - What Pays for Social Security? 11:13 - Social Security and FI/Disability Insurance 17:30 - What Earnings Go Towards Social Security? 23:19 - Disability, Work Subsidies, and Income Related Work Expense 29:03 - How Social Security Benefits Are Calculated 37:05 - Claiming Social Security 39:59 - Social Security and Medicare 44:28 - Social Security and Due Diligence 56:27 - Working and Disability Benefits 59:59 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: SSA.gov Social Security Fact Sheet Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
In this episode: calculating when you retire, tracking expenses, health insurance, the importance of planning, and health spanning. This week we are rejoined by Teresa as well as Fritz Gilbert of The Retirement Manifesto to walk us through a case study of how to approach retirement while on your FI journey. It’s a common question to ask when you can retire or when you can stop working? Luckily there are plans of action and resources available covered in today's episode that will leave you feeling better prepared to proceed with a plan for retirement, no matter what part of your FI journey you are on. While there are many factors to consider when planning for retirement, such as savings versus spending rate and repositioning your portfolio, all these factors are manageable when you have a good plan in place. Take the time now to feel confident for what life will be like leading up to and after you retire! The Retirement Manifesto: Website: theretirementmanifesto.com Book: "Keys to a Successful Retirement:  Staying Happy, Active and Productive in Your Retired Years" by Fritz Gilbert Case Study: From Food Stamps to FIRE: A Case Study on Retirement Planning Timestamps: 1:33 - Introduction 2:37 - Calculating When You Can Retire 7:46 - Does Retiring Early Effect Social Security? 15:06 - Tracking Spending and Expenses 20:55 - Health Insurance in Retirement 29:49 - The Importance of Planning/Changing Your Assumptions 40:17 - One More Year Syndrome/Your Health Span 45:00 - The Second Phase of Retirement 49:51 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: From Food Stamps to FI | Theresa | ChooseFI Ep 453 New Retirement SSA Tools Open Social Security SSA.gov How To Determine When To Claim Social Security (Retirement Manifesto) The Retirement Manifesto Net Worth Template "Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity" by Dr. Peter Attia with Bill Gifford What Happens When The Paycheck Stops? – Keys To A Successful Retirement With Fritz Gilbert (Part 1) | ChooseFI Ep 206 Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
In this episode: the boring middle, lifestyle design, flow states, moving towards purpose, experiments, and experiences. This week we are rejoined by friend of the podcast Jessica from The Fioneers to the discuss the point of your FI journey known as the “Boring Middle,” and how through actionable steps and lifestyle design you can turn what feels like a stagnant stage in your FI journey, into one filled with growth and change! When you are well on your path towards reaching your FI goal, it is easy to feel like you’re not doing enough. But what feels like a waiting game can actually be an important time for self growth and experimentation. Taking the time to do some introspection to figure out what your core motivations are can allow you to begin opening yourself up to newer experiences that bring value into your life. So if you feel like you are currently on autopilot, there are steps you can take to shake up your routine and usher in new opportunities into your life. While you may have to quiet your own limiting beliefs in this process, you will learn more about yourself and what you want out of your life!  The Fioneers: Website: thefioneers.com YouTube: The Fioneers Timestamps: 1:12 - The Boring Middle/Lifestyle Design 7:19 - Determining Your Version of Success 18:41 - Finding Your Flow State 28:16 - Implementing Your Designed Lifestyle/Moving Towards Purpose 36:09 - Questions, Experiments, and Experiences 46:59 - Making Dreams Actionable 52:09 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Living Without Regret w/ Hospice Doctor (Slow FI Meetup) Find Your Local ChooseFI Group Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
In this episode: inflation, coast FI, early retirement planning, future tax liability, IRA's and 401k's, and diversification. This week we are rejoined by founder of Measure Twice Money Cody Garrett for another installment of the Mail Bag, where we will be talking through questions from our listeners covering topics ranging from inflation and its implications on your FI number, ACA subsidies and early retirement, as well as the similarities and differences with Roth accounts and future retirement tax liabilities. Listen along while we dip into the listener mailbag this week and discuss topics chosen from YOU the listener! Cody Garrett: Website: measuretwicefinancial.com LinkedIn: Cody Garrett Timestamps: 1:02 - Introduction 1:35 - Inflation and Your FI Number 11:41 - Early Retirement Planning 21:55 - Calculating Future Tax Liability 30:15 - Distinctions Between IRA and 401k 33:37 - Diversification and Tech Stocks 44:26 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: The DIY Financial Plan | EP 352 Find Your Local ChooseFI Group Measure Twice Financial Calculator See Healthcare Plans and Prices Measure Twice Planners Preview: How to Review a Federal Tax Return Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
In this episode: FI versus FIRE, coast FI, lean FI, tools for FI, the skill of spending, dying with zero, and prioritizing health. This week we are joined by our friend and host of the “All the Hacks” podcast, Chris Hutchins to discuss the “spectrum” of FI, and all that falls in between. From the evolution of FI over the years, to the changes we’ve made on our respective journeys, and even differentiating terms such as FI versus FIRE and Coast FI, we cover it all! We also found some time to share some tools and resources that can be beneficial to you and your FI journey. While the path to FI allows you to take control of your financials and future, this journey can usher in so many new perspectives and changes that affect all areas of your life! Allowing yourself flexibility and remembering that what you are working towards isn’t just a number or early retirement, but rather a more fulfilling life!  Chris Hutchins: Podcast: All The Hacks Newsletter: All The Hacks Newsletter Timestamps: 1:16 - Introduction 3:19 - FI Versus FIRE 10:11 - Lean FI 17:11 - Coast FI 30:20 - Tools for Tracking FI 41:48 - Optimizing Accounts 47:56 - The Skill of Spending and Dying With Zero 60:12 - Prioritizing Health 70:01 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Silicon Valley FI | Chris Hutchins | Grove | ChooseFI Ep. 71 Financial Independence Without a Six Figure Salary Reflecting on All the Hacks, Valuing Time and Focusing on the Year Ahead Early Retirement Now Safe Withdrawal Rates Series Copilot Kubera ProjectionLab Die With Zero: Net Fulfillment Over Net Worth Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
In this episode: real estate, upskilling, taking action, tracking your expenses, setting goals, getting on the same page, and the hot seat. This week we are joined by listener Navish Bahl to discuss his journey on the path to FI, the actionable steps he’s taken in order to maximize his life, answer some questions in the HotSeat, and navigating your FI journey while your significant other or family may not be on board. There are many avenues you can utilize in order to achieve FI, and while it may be overwhelming at times to figure out what works for you and your journey, remember that the goal is to learn and go through life with more freedom and balance, not stress and burnout trying to chase a number. The path to FI is a personal one, and as you embark on your journey allow yourself some patience but also some flexibility, and don’t forget to extend some patience to others in your life who may not be on the same path.  Navish Bahl: LinkedIn: Navish Bahl Timestamps: 0:52 - Introduction 2:30 - The Inspiration to Start and Taking Action 11:44 - Real Estate and Rental Properties 18:42 - Upskilling, Getting New Jobs, and Making Connections 33:09 - Discovery, Education, and Action in FI 39:52- Tracking Your Expenses 46:34 - Getting on the Same Page 50:21 - The Hot Seat 55:18 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: "Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School" By Andrew Hallam "The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life" By J.L. Collins Small and Mighty Real Estate Investor | Chad Carson | ChooseFI Ep 446 CIT Bank Review: High Interest Rate Options Find your Local ChooseFI Group Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
468 | Year End Wins 2023

468 | Year End Wins 2023

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In this episode: checking boxes, supplementing income, life by design, taking action, the value of time, and year end wins! This week we are re-joined by Johnathan for our 7th annual year-end-wins episode! Together we tune into voicemails sent by you the listener and celebrate your victories from 2023! From confidently investing in your future, to finding new friends and support systems within the FI community, we are proud to be a part of your journey towards reclaiming your freedom and your time! There are many small and large goals you all met that deserve to be celebrated! Listen along as we discuss and commend you for taking action and making the most out of your FI journey this year!  Timestamps: 0:53 - Introduction 3:03 - Katie, Supplementing Income, and Checking Boxes 6:56 - Rakesh, Second Generation FI, and Investing 9:02 - Stephanie, Life by Design, and the Health Snowball 11:45 - Brian, Coast FI, Teaching FI, and Choosy Consulting 16:16 - Boyd and Emergency Funds 18:13 - International Coast FI, Taking Action, and Reclaiming Your Time 21:25 - Anthony, Skilling Up, and Chasing Your Dream With FI 25:35 - Donna, Helping Family, and Finding Peace Through FI 30:24 - Bryan, The Value of Time, and Deciding to Change 37:31 - Paul, FI Travel Wins, Healthcare, and College Hacking 42:01 - Sabrina, Breaking the Cycle, Marginal Gains, and Being 1% Better 47:52 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: From Vision Board to Action: A FI Success Story | Rakesh | ChooseFI Ep 436 Finding Your Locus of Control | Stereo Live Q&A | ChooseFI Ep 305 From Blood Cancer To The Boston Marathon | Boyd Dunleavey | ChooseFI Ep 394 Millionaire Educator House Hacking With Coach Carson | ChooseFI Ep 16 Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount)
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Habia Khet

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Feb 5th
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Chantie

Every time I feel like I understand parts of reaching FI, along comes an episode that goes completely over my head. Off to read even more.

Apr 26th
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Tat

Very short sighted to say 5k take home is a reasonable expectation.

Feb 8th
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Matthew Berlingieri

mandatory listen for all FIRE members

Nov 10th
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David Rushing

Normally love ChooseFi, but the guest this time was too focused on talking about herself, hubby, and kids and what they do/did.

Aug 10th
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Destiny Young

financial freedom

Aug 9th
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David Rushing

Paula had some great info to share, but like most realtors (which she's not), she seemed to be attempting to justify the skyrocketing prices as the new normal. Apparently, as of 6/21, lumber prices are now plummeting faster than they rose. One would expect that alone to slow down the housing price inflation.

Jun 22nd
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Jonathan Susemihl

Napoleon Hill was a con man who made up literally every interview in think and grow rich. It's common knowledge that he never interviewed Carnegie, Ford, or any other of the "titans" he claimed.

Jun 3rd
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sub60

Having trouble downloading this one.

Mar 2nd
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Amber Ackerson

I never thought to use instagram or twitter to find work. great podcast!

Jan 14th
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Matthew McKibben

I bought my first rental property Jan 1st 2020. it's a triplex in St. Paul, MN. I'm house hacking with the lady and we paid $245,000 for it. it needed a little work but we moved into the rough unit and have completed everything but the bathroom remodel. we are now living in an almost 1/4 of a million dollar property and pay about $340 out of pocket after all bill's and cap x. we now own our own property and are able to save an extra $860 a month because we are no longer paying $1200 to rent our old apartment. I got laid off for over a month because of Covid-19 and idk if we would have been able to afford our apartment. House hacking has not only increased my net worth but it also saved us from needing to move into my parents house to be able to afford our other responsibilities.

Nov 6th
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Steve Diahy

what was the point of this episode

Sep 25th
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Rute Silva Brito

Really interesting episode that will literally save me a ton of money! Thank you.

Jul 18th
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Astrid Poole

You lost me at "we both had high salaries"... not relatable.

Jul 9th
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Chad Crispell

Excellent episode.. Inspiring.. its just math! taketh what the alley giveth !

Jun 26th
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Guillaume de Lamaziere

good for you

Jun 7th
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Mr Charles

I have enjoyed this podcast from the beginning but no more. They're more focused on politics and censoring people at their Facebook page

Jun 4th
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Mark

Great podcast but they have massively uped the number of adverts.

May 16th
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Dominic

This podcast has truly disrupted my status quo in all of the best ways possible. I was never a good saver or investor. After finding this pod in 2017 my wife and I have made incredible financial strides and it's all owed to Brad and Jonathan and their super informative, easily digestible, game changing teachings. These guys come off just like regular dudes that are extremely interested in getting this super power out to as many people as they can. Thank you Jonathan & Brad please keep up the great work...the fire is spreading!

Mar 5th
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Steve Diahy

would of been nice to hear more of the how to and info on their portfolio

Jan 27th
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