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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: taking the unconventional path, the price of time, early entrepreneurship, talent stacking, and the pursuit of learning. At least once in most of our FI journeys, we have pondered what our life would look like if we started earlier. Maybe you have even wondered what value could've been gained if you had started in your teenage years. Well, for some context into the possibilities decision that could provide, we decided to have 17 year old listener Devin on the podcast to discuss what life can look like when you go against the cultural norm of going to college, and instead opting for an entrepreneurial and FI friendly lifestyle. Oftentimes we mention that there are rewards that come with stepping out of your comfort zone, and the same can be said for going against the societal norm and carving out your own path! For our younger audience who may be interested in getting started with their FI journey, let this episode be a useful resource and reassurance that this journey can begin no matter your age! Timestamps: 1:55 - Introduction 5:28 - Taking The Unconventional Path 11:58 - The Cost Of Time 16:36 - Early Entrepreneurship 30:45 - Building The Talent Stack And Real Estate Investing 36:56 - The Pursuit Of Learning 45:18 - Saving And Investing 51:53 - Early Retirement Planning 69:49 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Raising Voyagers TalentStacker House Hacking With Coach Carson | ChooseFI Ep 16 My First Million Podcast Dominick Quartuccio M1 Finance Review 2022: Commission-Free Automated Investing For Everyone "Die With Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life" by Bill Perkins How And Why To Set Up A Roth IRA Conversion Ladder | ChooseFI Go Curry Cracker | Capital Gains, Losses and The Roth Conversion Ladder | ChooseFI Ep 18 "Why Does The Stock Market Go Up?: Everything You Should Have Been Taught About Investing In School, But Weren't" by Brian Feroldi Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode: taxes, the secure act 2.0, the best news, roths, 529's, catch-up contributions, and the new options you have. On December 29th 2022, Joe Biden signed into law the Secure 2.0 Act. As this law may have ramifications on your retirement tax planning, to stay ahead of the curve we decided to have The FI Tax Guy Sean Mullaney back on the show to discuss what this law is and ways one may be able to approach and utilize it going forward with there retirement planning. While laws and regulations may change, staying prepared and aware can keep us worry free as we prepare for the tail end of our FI journey! The discussion is intended to be for general educational purposes and is not tax, legal, or investment advice for any individual. Sean Mullaney: Website: fitaxguy.com Book: "Solo 401k: The Solopreneur’s Retirement Account" Twitter: @SeanMoneyandTax Timestamps: 1:25 - Introduction 2:55 - The Most Important Change and The Best News 14:19 - More Roth Options 27:05 - The Backdoor Roths And Catch-Up Contributions 31:46 - New Options For 529's 42:27 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode: Secure 2.0 and The FI Community Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode: mindfulness, removing judgement, thoughts creating reality, envisioning, awareness, and the hot seat. Oftentimes on our show we like to remind listeners that achieving FI isn’t an end all be all to one’s problems, and that reaching financial independence doesn’t automatically equate to happiness. An important part of the journey is the work you do inward along the way, and this week we are tackling what that can look like. This week we are joined by coach and host of Mindful Fire podcast, Adam Coelho, to discuss the important link between mindfulness and FI, and the power our brains have to envision the life we want, and put dreams into action. Taking the time to be aware of how you’re thinking and feeling can be an effective tool. It will not only keep you centered, but allow for you to be open to experiences you might not have thought were achievable. So whether you are familiar with mindfulness practices or are curious where to begin, allow this episode to serve as a resource to begin or strengthen your practice!  Adam Coelho: Podcast: mindfulfire.org MindfulFIRE.org/choosefi : Adam's Free Guide with takeaways, a short guided meditation and Adam's envisioning guide Timestamps: 1:56 - Introduction 4:33 -The Definition Of Mindfulness/Removing Judgement 12:08 - Your Thoughts Create Your Reality 19:08 - Gateways To Meditation/Awareness 27:56 - The Science Of Mindfulness 35:50 - Envisioning 40:25 - It's Not Out There, It's In Here 49:27 - Mindfulness And FI 52:44 - Adam's Google Story 58:21 - Adam Takes The Hot Seat 76:06 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Headspace Yoga Nidra Atomic Habits | James Clear | ChooseFI Ep. 157 "Atomic Habits" by James Clear Calm Insight Timer Playing With FIRE Documentary "Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body" by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson "Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day" by Amishi P Jha Mark Divine All The Hacks "Die with Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life" by Bill Perkins Alchemized Life| Jordan Harbinger: How to Build a Podcast | Episode 19 "The Predicting Brain" by Regina Pally The Tail End Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode: bold moves, building bold moves, dreams, themes, uncomfortable awareness, and finding energy. For most people, a new year can signify new goals that we hope to accomplish. Regardless of where you are on the FI journey, the new year ushers in a time for change and welcomes the opportunity to learn and grow! In this episode we are re-joined by Dominick Quartuccio to discuss navigating new beginnings and designing your “Bold Move” as we enter the new year. Instead of having a new year’s resolution which may remind you of what you didn’t accomplish the year before, try making a bold move that can act as a quantifiable metric for designing the life you want to live! The journey to FI is filled with ebbs and flows, and with that comes lessons that allow you to grow and learn as you find your way towards the life you want to live! Dominick Quartuccio: Website: thegreatmanwithin.com Course: The Bold Move Masterclass: Use Code CHOOSEFI For 50% Off Podcast: The Great Man Within Book: "Design Your Future: 3 Simple Steps to Stop Drifting and Start Living" Timestamps: 1:21 - Introduction 7:20 - Quiet Desperation And Community 14:32 - The Bold Move 22:28 - Building A Bold Move 30:32 - Increasing Your Luck Surface Area And What Gives You Energy 33:50 - Finding Your Theme And Dream 39:28 - Uncomfortable Awareness And The Turbulence Of Life 47:19 - What You Want Will Reveal Itself, Eventually 56:27 - Using Bold Moves To Identify Dreams 59:04 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Find Your Local ChooseFI Group "The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich" by Tim Ferriss "Outwitting the Devil: The Secrets to Freedom and Success" by Napoleon Hill "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life" by Mark Manson "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl "Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time" by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz John Olsen YouTube Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode: the federal reserve, interest rates, buying the hype, the problems with effortless earning, and narrative follows price. It’s suffice to say this past year has been one of distinct changes from a financial perspective, with investment techniques and former practices no longer working the same as they did two years ago. However, there is much to be learned and a lot to be gained as we move forward into 2023. This week we are re-joined by a friend of the show Brian Feroldi to discuss his observations on the market changes, and lessons he learned over the course of 2022. Settle into the new year and tune in as we share our thoughts on the macro impact of the federal reserve, psychology of investing, inflation and interest as it relates to different kinds of assets, and so much more! Brian Feroldi: Website: brianferoldi.com Twitter: @brianferoldi Course: Financial Statements Explained Simply Book: "Why Does The Stock Market Go Up?: Everything You Should Have Been Taught About Investing In School, But Weren’t" By Brian Feroldi Timestamps: 1:46 - Introduction 6:51 - The Federal Reserve/Interest Rates 15:03 - Inflation Is Still Here 17:21 - Beware Of Effortless Money 24:14 - The State Of Crypto/Buying The Hype 33:48 - Is Cash Still Trash? 36:13 - Bonds Are Worth Consideration 39:25 - Growth Stock Troubles 46:31 - Narrative Follows Price 52:56 - Your Risk Level Is Revealed 56:09 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode: The Motley Fool The Simple Path to Wealth | JL Collins | ChooseFI Ep 411 Early Retirement Now The Role Of Bonds In A Portfolio | ChooseFI Ep 194 Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links And Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
417 | Year End Wins 2022

417 | Year End Wins 2022

2022-12-2601:00:281

Happy Holidays! As the year's end approaches, it's only natural to look back and think of all that you’ve accomplished. Whether you just began your FI journey this year or are well on your way, recognizing the improvements you’ve made throughout the year is essential and worth celebrating! This episode is our 6th annual year-end wins episode, and we are re-joined by MK Williams to listen and read submissions from our listeners and celebrate the progress of our audience through different stages of their FI journeys! This episode is meant to not only inspire but remind us how personal this journey is, and remind you to take some time and reflect on the progress you have made this year. Celebrate the wins of your own, no matter how big or small! Timestamps: 1:27 - Introductions 3:43 - Adrianna's Wins 6:00 - David's Wins And The Post-It Note 9:48 - Will and Abby's Wins And Retirement Accounts 13:45 - Melissa Devon, and Brittany's Wins, Traveling And Saving 16:40 - Dominic and Leila's Wins, Stacking Accounts And Side Hustles 20:35 - Erica's Wins And Leveling Up In Life 24:11 - Justin's Wins And Financial Wellbeing 27:41 - Kristen's Wins And Paying Off The Mortgage 30:38 - Tommy's Wins And Changing Careers 33:24 - Wes And Sarah's Wins, Erasing Debt And Job Upgrades 35:50 - Lindsey's Wins, Travel Rewards And 2-Player Mode 38:18 - Tom and Danielle's Wins, Taking Action And Paying Off Student Loans 40:00 - Kelly's Wins, Budgetting And Communities 42:41 - Yvette's Wins And Making FI Do-Able 44:42 - Dennis' Wins And From Student Loan's To Disney World 47:00 - Valerie's Wins And Dumbfounding The Experts 48:56 - Dilyara's Wins And Crushing Early Stage FI 51:19 - Lauren's Wins And Doing The Legwork 56:28 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: "Quit Like a Millionaire: No Gimmicks, Luck, or Trust Fund Required" by Bryce Leung and Kristy Shen From Pandemic Layoff to $100k+ | A Salesforce Success Story | ChooseFI Ep 297 Step-By-Step Guide to a (Nearly) Free Disney Vacation (2022) Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode: using your resources to create change, your employer is your customer, identifying discrimination, and abundance mindsets. For some on the journey to FI, it may seem like you must at all cost continuously strive to meet your monetary goal as quickly as possible. However, staying in toxic and unfulfilling work environments to hold the course with your goal is not what this journey is about. This week we are re-joined by Diania Merriam to have an intimate conversation about leaving a toxic work environment, navigating internalized beliefs, and the power and control gained while on the journey to FI. The greatest part of this journey is not only the earning and having more financial resources, but rather learning that your money is a tool you can use to reclaim your time! Remember, striving for FI is never about deprivation or devaluing yourself, nor does it mean tolerating poor treatment in order to stay on track!   Diania Merriam: Website: EconoME Conference (Promo Code "CHOOSEFI") Podcast: Optimal Finance Daily Timestamps: 2:00 - Introduction 4:25 - The Resignation 15:46 - Identifying Discrimination 25:07 - Culture Shifts And Subtleties 30:10 - Using Your Resources To Create Change 33:12 - Allowing Your Money To Protect You And Coast FI 40:28 - Operating From An Abundance Mindset 48:57 - Your Employer Is Your Customer 54:20 - Shifting From Saving To Covering Expenses 62:30 - EconoME Conference 66:56 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: What I've Learned From One Year Of "Fun-Employment" - Diania Merriam The Reality Of Leaving A Toxic Work Enviornment - Diania Merrian Accountability | Diania Merriam | ChooseFI Ep 150 Myths and Misconceptions | Diania Merriam | ChooseFI Ep 306 Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode: slowing down, stoicism, finding something to neglect on purpose, focusing on the present, flow states, and actionable steps. Throughout the history of this podcast we have had many guests discuss books that have offered great advice and education to them on the Journey to FI, and with the large selection to choose from we can't think of a better time to start working down the list! On today’s episode we are joined by Josue and Ginger in our new series The Choose FI Book Club. This week, we’ll be sharing our thoughts and takeaways from the book "4,000 Weeks: Time Management for Mortals" by Oliver Burkeman, as well as share some opinions on the book from our listeners who shared their opinions with us! While many of us on the Journey to FI feel that this lifestyle can be very future-driven, it can be overwhelming to want to accomplish so much with only so much time. This book reminds us that time is finite, and you can’t spend it worrying about what you have or haven't yet accomplished. Instead, it may be best to live in the present and appreciate the day to day as it relates to your journey. Having a timeline and working towards the finish line is part of the journey, but remember that the decisions you are making in your life and the experiences that come with it are just as important as the end result! Book Club Selection: "Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals" by Oliver Burkeman Timestamps: 1:48 - Introduction 2:41 - The Concept Of Reading And Retaining 6:23 - Slowing Down And Focusing On What's Important 10:20 - Stephanie's Observation 18:53 - Amy's Observation And Stoicism 23:52 - You Can't Do Everything And CJ's Observation 30:29 - Choosing Something To Neglect On Purpose 33:34 - Shelleys Voicemail And Finding Time To Spend With Others 39:42 - Josh's Voicemail And Planning For The Future While Not Forgetting The Present 46:31 - Flow States 50:27 - Gayle's Perspective And Criticism Counterpoints 57:45 - The Action Steps Taken By YOU 61:47 - Our Actionable Steps 65:34 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: 18 Months of Massive Action | Josue | ChooseFI Ep 406 The Imperfectionist The Mad Fientist "Outwitting the Devil: The Secrets to Freedom and Success" by Napoleon Hill The Great Man Within "Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi "Die With Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life" by Bill Perkins "A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted" by Will Bowen Ginger's Blog "FI Is Fun" Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode: the value of a door, the hour FIRE method, tax breaks, focusing on income, and return on hassle. Many of our listeners have tuned in to hear our guests discuss the real estate market, mortgages, and taxes as it relates to obtaining property. However, many of us on the road to FI may not realize how scaling the properties you own can actually act as a mutual fund-like portfolio. On this week’s episode we are joined by our new in-house real estate expert, author, and podcaster, Alan Corey. Alan sheds light towards what expanding your real estate portfolio can look like from from a larger standpoint, and how approaching investment from a spreadsheet rather than lifestyle point of view can ultimately offer greater returns in the long run. While we know many listeners may be apprehensive to consider investing in multiple or larger real estate properties, or how this may not seem like a feasible option, this episode is available to you to educate and offer the mental framework on how to approach real estate in a way that it can be achievable! Alan Corey: Website: realestatemaxi.com Podcast: Real Estate Maximalist Book: House FIRE: How to Be a Red–Hot Real Estate Millionaire with a Wealth of Time and Money Timestamps: 1:57 - Introduction 2:48 - The Value Of A "Door" And The Business Behind It 8:21 - Navigating The Sea Of Options 16:35 - Reducing Vacancy Impact/Maximizing Potential 23:37 - Tax Breaks 29:54 - The House FIRE Method 39:33 - Focusing On Income 49:59 - Selling 50 Doors 61:19 - Return On Hassle/Million Dollar Value Properties 67:50 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: "A Million Bucks by 30" by Alan Corey Coach Carson Paula Pant Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode: success on paper, building the life you want, therapy, craving progression, and what leads to change. When beginning and well into your FI journey, it may seem like reaching and achieving your end goal of financial independence will somehow leave you feeling happier and more fulfilled. However, reaching this end goal doesn’t automatically solve all your problems. On this week’s episode we are joined by founder of FindMoreBalance.com and host of "The Mental Wealth Show" Rich Jones to have a conversation about mental health, rebuilding mindset and behaviors, and importance of finding your network of support in life. The FI journey is a great one because it allows you to introduce changes into your life, and no matter how big or different the changes are, they are still significant! The best part of this journey is that it is a personal one, so try to remember that! While the end goal may be reaching a monetary number, it is also about rebuilding and progressing into the person you want to be in all areas of life! Rich Jones: Website: richrunstrack.com Podcast: The Mental Wealth Show Instagram: @richrunstrack LinkedIn: Rich Jones Timestamps: 4:12 - Introduction 5:36 - Success On Paper 12:31 - The Inflection Point, What Made You Change? 16:14 - Therapy 20:54 - Re-Finding The Person You Want To Be 27:38 - Craving Progress And Mastery 35:11 - Rebuilding Your Day-To-Day Life 43:50 - Leveraging Your Career To Get More From Life 52:21 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: LeaveUs A Voicemail For Your Year End Wins The Top Chase Business Credit Cards for 2022 Alignment & Adjustments | Scott & Taylor Rieckens | ChooseFI Ep 403 The Tail End Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode; global funds, it's not doctrine, index funds, VTSAX, what is in index funds, and the opposite of active investing. If you've been in the FI community for a while now, you've probably at one point have heard of index Funds. However, whether you are familiar with this concept of investing, have invested in index funds, or are unfamiliar entirely, you may not necessarily know the mechanics and specifics of what certain types of index funds can actually do for you on your FI journey. This week we are rejoined by Alan and Katie Donegan, co-founders of The Rebel Finance School, to dive into the topic of index funds. Together, we discuss the differences between certain types of index funds, fee structures and returns, self-regulating funds, as well as break-down the benefits of what certain types of index funds can provide for you regardless of market and economic fluctuations! While we are not giving direct financial advice on what invest in, this week’s episode is meant as a resource to our listeners who may be curious to learn more about index funds and passive investing!  Katie & Alan Donegan: Website: alandonegan.com Podcast: alandonegan.com/podcast Rebel Finance School: www.alandonegan.com/rebelfinance VTSAX Breakdown: alandonegan.com/vtsax Timestamps: 4:11 - Introductions 5:13 - What Is In Index Funds 11:19 - Global Funds 21:54 - It's Not Doctrine, Don't Get Bogged Down In The Details 25:50 - Am I Getting What I Want When I Invest? Should I Be Concerned? 35:14 - The Opposite Of An Active Investor 45:09 - Is Cap-Weighting The Only Way To Run Index Funds? 52:50 - Is There A Future Where Passive Investing Isn't A Good Option? 57:46 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Leave A Voice Message Of Your Year End Wins The Top Chase Business Credit Cards for 2022 The Simple Path to Wealth | JL Collins | ChooseFI Ep 411 Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode: VTSAX funds, bonds, cap-weighted funds, finding your ballasts, staying the course, and the simple path to wealth. This week, we are getting back to the basics! While many of you who have been in the FI community for a while now have definitely heard of JL Collins, those who are new should absolutely be prepared to absorb the wealth of information he provides every time he decides to grace our podcast! Listen along as he and Brad review the basic information that can put you on the simple path to wealth that so many in the FI community have walked! Believe it or not, creating wealth for yourself can be simple! JL Collins: Website: jlcollinsnh.com Book: The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life Chautauqua: Get Information About Chautauqua Here! Timestamps: 1:46 - Introduction 2:40 - Back To Basics, What Is The Simple Path To Wealth 10:15 - Low-Cost Funds And High-Cost Funds 14:56 - Index Funds Are For Lazy People (Just Kidding!) 20:00 - Is It VTSAX Or Nothing? 26:58 - Cap-Weighted Funds 30:53 - Staying The Course 36:32 - Are There Times When Index Funds Aren't A Good Choice? 42:28 - The Highest Likelihood Of Replicable Success 46:38 - Bonds 51:36 - Rising Rates 55:17 - I-Bonds 58:22 - Finding Your Ballasts 64:55 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: JL Collins from jlcollinsnh | The Stock Series | Part 1 | ChooseFI Ep 19 The Stock Series Part 2 | JL Collins | ChooseFI Ep 34 What is The Simple Path to Wealth? | JL Collins | ChooseFI Ep 284 Alan and Katie Donegan's VTSAX Blog Chautauqua | Oh The Places We Will Go | ChooseFI Ep 64 Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode: finding mentors, the superpower of making less, traveling while making less, rental properties, and the one percent rule. For some who begin the FI journey, it's about doing all they can to reach that FI number, but for many people the journey to FI is about the people you meet and learn from along the way! On this week’s episode we are joined by longtime listener Kelly Cronin to discuss the importance of mentorship, her interesting take that gives a new meaning to traveling while working, and the importance of pursuing what drives you and leads to a life filled with with intentionality. In Kelly's case, a passion towards travel lead to a fascinating side-hustle that affords her the opportunity to make money while seeing the world, who knows where a passion could end up leading you? Kelly Cronin: Website: croninscastles.com Rental Property Class: Cronin's Castles STR Class Timestamps: 1:55 - Introduction 3:11 - Kelly's Early Financial Influence 6:45 - Finding Mentors 9:02 - The Superpower of Making Less 15:26 - Traveling While Making Less 21:09 - Rental Properties 29:54 - The Mechanics of Acquiring Rental Properties 34:23 - The 1% Rule 41:32 - Running The Numbers 46:50 - How Is Kelly Marketing This? 55:46 - The FI Aspect, How Does This Intersect With Your Job? 64:20 - Where Do You Go From Here? 65:37 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Travel Rewards: How To Travel The World For Almost Free (The Easy Way) | ChooseFI Ep 9 Peter Attia Huberman Lab Alignment & Adjustments | Scott & Taylor Rieckens | ChooseFI Ep 403 Intuit Mint The BiggerPockets Money Podcast Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode: w2 employment to self-employment, s-coporations vs self-employment, avoiding penalties, megas backdoor roths, retirement planning, and health insurance. Most of us are familiar with a W2 job, and there is a certain level of convenience that comes with working a W2 job as it relates to retirement planning and taxes. So much so that it can be daunting to want to embark out on your own journey and have to figure it all out on your own. This week we are re-joined by our “in-house tax expert” Sean Mullaney to discuss the tax and retirement sphere as it relates to being self-employed. While we are not offering advice, this week's episode is meant to act as a resource to listeners curious about the steps and unknowns that come with the self-employment territory. With the same excitement and motivations gained from getting to run your own business, those same motivations and excitements can still be applied to navigating your retirement and taxes once you remember that it is now within YOUR control!  The fear of the unfamiliar may not be as daunting and complicated as you may think, and figuring out these factors requires you to take the same initiative and action that is required throughout your entire FI journey!  The discussion is intended to be for general educational purposes and is not tax, legal, or investment advice for any individual. Sean Mullaney: Website: fitaxguy.com Book: Solo 401k; The Solopreneur's Retirement Account Timestamps: 1:42 - Introduction 2:38 - W2 Employment to Self-Employment 11:34 - S-Corporations vs Self-Employment 14:03 - Avoiding Penalties When Making Estimated Payments 19:29 - Saving For Retirement As An Entrepreneur 24:00 - Employee vs Employer 401k Limits and Mega Backdoor Roth 33:54 - Is The Mega Backdoor Plausible For The Self-Employed? 41:03 - Roth IRA Conversions 43:15 - Addressing The Uncertainty Around The Employer Maximum 53:40 - ACA Plans and Navigating Health Insurance As A Solopreneur 63:34 - What Counts As Income? 68:41 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Paying Taxes When You're Self-Employed IRS Publication 560 IRS Form 8962 Instructions on Premium Tax Credit IRS Publication 974 Premium Tax Credit Creating Your Dream Job | ChooseFI Ep 117R Roth IRA Conversion Ladder Case Study | ChooseFI 163R Healthcare.gov ACA Plans Cody Garrett's Tweet Illustrating ACA Medical Insurance Premiums and PTCs Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode: taking action, travel rewards, career progression, the mission to net zero, and value propositions for college. Whether you were raised to live frugally or if the lessons and lifestyle of FI are just now being introduced into your life, the journey to FI is full of ebbs and flow, not only with your finances, but with the knowledge you pick up along the way. This week we are joined by Audrey to talk about her journey with FI, her path to intentionality, and to discuss the power of optimization. Everyone who begins the FI journey comes from a different place of financial literacy, and a lot of the times we may grow up following the “do’s and don’ts” of financial planning that we were raised with. However, you may be missing out on new ways to optimize your FI journey! The best part about FI is that it's a personal journey that allows you to learn new ways to plan, as well as new ways to reallocate your savings and spending in order to live your best life in the present and future!  Timestamps: 1:53 - Introduction 5:03 - Natural Savers 8:25 - Value Propositions For College 11:40 - Tackling Student Loans, The Mission To Net Zero 20:50 - Traveling On Points/Travel Rewards Cards 28:59 - Travel Rewards Hotel Strategy and Point Optimization 32:23 - Credit Cards and Children/Second Generation FI Training 34:50 - Taking Action In Your Post-Debt Life And Evolving 42:16 - Career Progression and Optimization 47:18 - Audrey Takes The Hot Seat 55:24 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Dave Ramsey Step-By-Step Guide to a (Nearly) Free Disney Vacation (2022) Travel Rewards Refresher 2022 | Lyn Mettler | ChooseFI Ep 393 The Tail End "Die With Zero" By Bill Perkins TalentStacker's Salesforce Career Development Program Making The Case For Part Time With Bradley Rice | ChooseFI Ep 117 From Pandemic Layoff to $100k+ | A Salesforce Success Story | ChooseFI Ep 297 From Stay At Home Parents to High Paying Salesforce Careers in Under 6 Months | Salesforce For Everyone Mama Bear Apologetics All the Hacks Join ChooseFI's Facebook Group! Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode: growth during the job hunt, exploring entrepreneurship, tips for career growth, and second generation FI. It's only natural that on the journey to FI you will want to pivot. Whether it is your financial outlook or even your career outlook, it's only natural to have reservations about making a change that could benefit you in the long run.  On this week’s episode of  The Households of FI, we are joined by Kristi to fill us in on how her FI journey is going, as well as discuss the topic of “leveling-up”. Changing jobs or moving on to the next career chapter while on the journey to FI can seem farfetched, because often times we want to stick to what is familiar and what is more in line with our plan. However, there is no shame in expanding your network and your options in terms of finding better employment that is more aligned with your values! Don't be afraid to be “un-stuck” and see what career options you have, and make sure you are surrounded by those who are aligned with the same principles as you are!  Timestamps: 2:03 - Introduction 3:41 - An Update From Kristy 5:53 - Growth During The Job Hunt 13:03 - Tips For Career Growth 19:45 - Exploring Entrepreneurship 23:39 - The Finances Of Engagement 27:07 - Being On The Same Page Financially As Your Partner 31:48 - Where Is Your Salary Raise Going? 38:59 - Laying The Seeds For Second Generation FI 51:52 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Kristi & Big Ern | ChooseFI Ep 259 Is My Company’s Stock Overpriced | P/E Ratio Explained | ChooseFI Ep 314 Career Hacking With ESI Money | ChooseFI Ep 23 Negotiate Your Salary With Tori Dunlap | ChooseFI Ep 147 How to Negotiate Your Salary Without Burning Bridges | Financial Mechanic | ChooseFI Ep 211 Rebel Entrepreneur Alan and Katie Donegan's Free Extraordinary Life Course Money With Katie | Katie Gatti | ChooseFI Ep 399 Transition Planning from a Military Career on the Path to FI | ChooseFI Ep 296 The Simple Startup Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with
In this episode: taking action, asking questions, navigating information, getting to where you want to go, the reason we learn, and growth mindsets! Beginning your FI journey often means facing a lot of unfamiliar knowledge being thrown at you. With all the resources and alternative information provided, we know firsthand that it can be overwhelming. However, you should not feel intimidated to start your FI Journey! This week we are joined by an avid ChooseFI listener Josue to discuss the power that comes with learning new information, as well as the importance of taking action from information presented! No matter what financial or educational background you come from, your FI journey starts from a personal square one. Whether the information and knowledge presented from this journey is completely new or relatively familiar, there can be a sense of motivation that can be gained from continuing this journey! If you are searching for early FI excellence defined, then look no further than Josue! Timestamps: 1:48 - Introduction 2:41 - 18 Months Ago... 5:53 - What Made You Chase FI? 10:43 - Taking Action and Asking Questions 17:30 - Growth Mindset and Changing 20:07 - Navigating Information/Combatting Echo-chambers 33:07 - Getting Where You Want To Go and How Josue Did It 39:40 - The Cost of Not Knowing 42:43 - Retirement Accounts 51:50 - This is Why We Learn/Life Insurance 56:36 - Leasing Cars 60:16 - Savings Rate Based On Value 65:47 - Josue Takes The Hot Seat 77:09 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Flexible Spending Rules For Early Retirees | ChooseFI Ep 176 JL Collins "The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life" by JL Collins "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" by Robert B. Cialdini The Knowledge Project "Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones" by James Clear The Trades Path To FI | Captain DIY | ChooseFI Ep 103 The 18-Year-Old Who Actually Listened | Ep 388 Just Keep Buying | Nick Maggiulli | Ep 404 Leasehackr "Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortal" by Oliver Burkeman Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode: income-producing assets, REITs, the 4% rule, optimal spending, saving too much, and why you will never feel rich. It is believed that in order to reach FI, cutting expenses and limited spending seems like the ideal way to your end goal, but are you missing out on ways to spend-to-earn because it feels right? Well, this week we are rejoined by friend of the show and guest host Brian Feroldi to interview Nick Magguilli, author of the excellent book Just Keep Buying: Proven Ways to Save Money And Build Your Wealth. Together we discuss using data to grow your wealth and fighting the stigmatization of spending your money. On the journey to FI it is easy to focus more on saving so much that we’re afraid to spend, however, by not spending we could be missing out on assets, both monetary and non-monetary, that could bring us greater fulfillment in the present and future! By rethinking your approach to spending, rather than looking at it as something that is negative, you may find that your money can go farther for you when its spent rather than saved!  Nick Maggiulli Website: ofdollarsanddata.com Book: Just Keep Buying: Proven Ways to Save Money And Build Your Wealth Twitter: @dollarsanddata Instagram: @nickmaggiulli Brian Feroldi Website: The Motley Fool Book: Why Does The Stock Market Go Up? Twitter: @BrianFeroldi Timestamps 1:29 - Introduction 2:31 - Just Keep Buying 9:27 - Income Producing Assets 10:55 - Macro-Level Mind Changers 14:08 - REITs 16:57 - You Can Save Too Much? 21:40 - How Nick Thinks Through The 4% Rule 26:20 - Spending Optimally 30:59 - Catching Up Financially Through Exercise 34:01 - Examining 401k Maxxing 38:47 - Saving Raises 41:50 - Why You Will Never Feel Rich 46:16 - Investment Properties & Nick 47:55 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode 3 words got me 3 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS "Die With Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life" by Bill Perkins "The Tail End" By Tim Urban Peter Attia Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Commission-Free Investing with M1 Finance
In this episode: balancing deprivation and happiness, making adjustments, everything is negotiable, the evolution of alignment, adjusted awareness, and intentionality in community. Five years ago, Scott and Taylor Rieckens publicly began their path to FI by creating the fantastic documentary "Playing With FIRE." The documentary depicts their life as they start out and navigate the early stages of their FI journey, which is often the period of time when we act our most frugal, cut as many expenses as possible, and in turn save as much as we possibly can! While this kind of lifestyle is a great jumping off point early in the FI journey, oftentimes people find this lifestyle to be limiting and ultimately detrimental to their own happiness. Now that Scott and Taylor are significantly further down the path compared to the last time we heard from them, we decided to have them return to the show to discuss the adjustments they have made in their lifestyle in order to live in a manner that fully aligns with their idea of a happy life! Remember, FI isn't suppose to limit your ability to be happy, rather it exists to enhance your life and help you find fulfillment as progress down the road less traveled. Scott and Taylor Rieckens: Website: playingwithfire.com Documentary: Playing With FIRE Book: Playing With FIRE Timestamps: 1:59 - Introduction 2:38 - What Makes You The Most Happy? 8:41 - The Evolution of Alignment and Adjusted Awareness 18:30 - The Craziest 36 Months 23:13 - Revisiting What's Important After Evolution 35:05 - Balancing Deprivation and Happiness 37:58 - Making Adjustments 43:03 - Decisions Are Based On The Information You Have 49:57 - Wonderful Evolutions and Learning Together 51:23 - Everything is Negotiable 57:02 - Everybody is the Star of Their Own Movie / Intentionality in Community 66:34 - Conclusion Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Playing With FIRE | Documentary | Scott Rieckens | ChooseFI Ep 37 "The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work" by Shawn Achor The Tim Ferris Show The Great Man Within "Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts" by Annie Duke More Helpful Links and Resources: Earn $1,000 in cashback with ChooseFI's 3-card credit card strategy Share FI by sending a friend ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence Track your personal finances with Personal Capital Keep learning or start a new side hustle with one of our educational courses Slash your cell phone bill without sacrificing service with Mint Mobile
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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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Kim Litinas

Great podcast! Connected with me.

Dec 8th
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