ChooseFI
ChooseFI
The Unstuck Network
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.
412 | What's In Your Index Fund? | Katie & Alan Donegan
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
Dec 1
58 min
411 | The Simple Path to Wealth | JL Collins
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
Nov 27
1 hr 8 min
410 | Short-Term Rentals on the Path to FI | Kelly Cronin
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
Nov 20
1 hr 4 min
409 | 401(k), Mega Backdoor Roth and the Premium Tax Credit | Sean Mullaney
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
Nov 17
1 hr 9 min
408 | Debt Payoff, Disney & Taking Action | Audrey
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
Nov 13
56 min
407 | Kristi | Households of FI Update
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
Nov 10
53 min
406 | 18 Months of Massive Action | Josue
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
Nov 6
1 hr 17 min
404 | Just Keep Buying | Nick Maggiulli
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
Oct 30
48 min
403 | Alignment & Adjustments | Scott & Taylor Rieckens
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
Oct 23
1 hr 7 min
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