Companions for your FI Journey
Choose FI is a fantastic show! Absoultely one of a kind in the FI and personal finance space. Brad and Jonathan are truly my companions in my journey to FI. Though we've never met, I feel like I know them just from listening. I love the banter from their day-to-day experiences and stories as well as the actionable tips that are given in every episode. I've been on the FI path for years now and have implemented most of the strategies they present, but still listen to ChooseFI weekly for the companionship, entertainment, and occassional new way of thinking of things. Good job Choose FI! Love it!
I’ve been following Brad and Jonathan for years so it’s about time I left a review! I can’t say enough about this podcast and how it’s changed the trajectory of my life. I’ve learned so much about frugal living, what NOT to do, and how to get ahead financially. I am forever grateful. Highly recommend this podcast!
Amazing tool for your FI journey
Came for the JL Collins interviews...and have been binging all episodes ever since. These guys are incredible and make everything so simple. Couldn’t recommend highly enough!
I’ve learned so much
I have been on this journey to financial independence twice now. The first time, I had a lot less debt and was able to eliminate it quickly. Life happened, and a wedding, babies, cars, and mortgage later, I am back under debt waters. Luckily with my personality, I don’t get discouraged. I just use this opportunity to learn. I found this podcast about a week ago and I am hooked. I am pretty good a budgeting and save an emergency savings but that’s as far as it goes. This podcast has really made me think about ways to build wealth for my family as I am getting rid of debt. I love this podcast. I started from the first episode once I listened to the last two that were added. It’s amazing! So excited to keep learning.
Hey guys, love the podcast! I’ve had the Fi-mindset for years but never knew what I was saving for. Retire early to me was you won the lottery or discovered a dead, rich uncle. You and your guests have put things into perspective for me and now the “RE” part of FIRE is part of my future. I’ve already learned so many life hacks and I’m only on episode 42! I’ve opened an equity account, opened and maxed an IRA, and just earned my first 100,000 bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards miles and many other hacks. I have never found a podcast that sparked my interest but I honestly look for opportunities to listen to yours. I wanted to post a major frugal-win; I recently built my second house but this time, instead of splurging on a 4,000 sq ft home, packed with over-priced upgrades, I built a nice, small home that meets my needs for less than an existing fix-R-up’er in my area. I’ve torn out carpet, bricks, and cupboards on a brand new house (which my non-FI neighbors have been unable to fathom) and performed my own upgrades, preparatory to turning this house into a rental to help accelerate my path to ER. By doing the upgrades myself, I’ve kept the TV off, burned tons of extra calories, kept my mind occupied with ChooseFI Podcasts, and saved over $15,000 in just the upfront cost and I’m assuming years off my mortgage. Perhaps Brad can clue me in on just how many years I’ve cut out of my mortgage? Thanks for the great content and please keep it coming! -SB
Great source of information
I’ve considered myself part of the FIRE movement for the last several years as I’ve been saving and investing large sums toward retirement, but only this year found The Mad Fientist and ChooseFI which have really helped solidify a lot of the concepts and point me toward many strategies to employ in my own FI journey.
Nolan R M
I love what I’ve been able to apply so far and can’t wait to apply more!
Great insight and offers a great personal finance education to listeners! This has given me many ideas to ponder to improve my finances. Thank you!
Very helpful and easy to understand!
Relatable and insightful
Brad and Jonathan are relatable, insightful, and an easy listen. They tackle useful topic and are positive and user friendly. I would love to work with you guys and hope to join you in the FI community some day. Keep up the great work!
There is a true ROI from listening to this podcast
I have benefitted so much for the wisdom and ideas and tips put out on this podcast. And I know I’m not alone there. Highly recommend. You don’t need a business degree to understand, the hosts dumb it down and make it easy to digest for anyone looking to take more control of their finances and investments!
And horribly uninteresting
The show is awful now
Loved the older episodes of this show but I can’t even listen anymore. Enjoy the fb group.
Lost its appeal
The shows gotten too “fun” for me over the last while.
Nick in Utah
Nice but Looong
Great interviews but way too long. Maybe they could be more succinct and condensed to under 60 minutes. Btw Brad’s voice is very easy on the years.
Love the show
Brad and Jonathan have created a great podcast. Over the past 6 months I have listened to all of the 400+ episodes and learned a ton. They have definitely helped me move toward FI. I’ve switched from a high cost cellular carrier to Consumer Cellular, given up cable, switched from a paid service to library audiobooks. The show deserves 5 stars. (Would like to return to the early days of less promotion though)
I have learned so much
I have been listening for quite a while and cannot even begin to list all that I have learned. I love the varied guests and topics and feel so much more well rounded in my financial life because of this podcast!
Was a fan. They’ve lost prospective
I’ve listened to choosefi since almost the beginning. Jonathan and Brad I believe are well intentioned guys who are trying to present the best material they can. However they are losing prospective and have started to push those options they Believe to be correct. As well as having a condescending tone when talking about those with which they disagree. I just hope they realize this and take a step back to being those two guys I enjoyed listening to. Unfortunately the show continues to get worse and worse.
I’m enjoying this podcast and don’t find the hosts ever rude, condescending or privileged like I have found some other financial podcasters. They are actually very open minded to everyone’s experience and pretty compassionate. I’ve learned so much. Thanks guys!
Helped start my journey to FI
The show notes are incredibly thorough, but please add minutes to them. Personal finance is personal so it would be helpful to be able to forward to content that is pertinent for each individual listener. Thanks for getting me started on my FI journey!
The ChooseFI team consistently provide life changing feed back and ideas toward my FI journey.
Cut back on the M1 speeches!
No need to mention M1 ten times per show! We get it. They are a sponsor. Let’s get back to financial info. Older shows were fantastic.
5 months ago, I started listening to the ChooseFI podcast and my husband and I finally got on the same page on our finances and turned a negative $75,000 net worth into a positive $75,000 net worth in that short time. The long term impact that simply taking action on the things that Brad and Jonathan have put together in this podcast will forever change the trajectory of our marriage and the financial stability of our home. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything you do. You are changing lives for the better every day!!!
Not worth a listen anymore!
I used to listen religiously and they had some great content however now it’s become quite boring. There are so many other financial podcasts that give you much better content. There ship has sailed.
Thank you so much !
You guys have helped me so much - this podcast and bp money have helped me reach Lean FI w 6 rental doors. Only back in 2018 was having trouble even paying monthly bills. Thank goodness for u and all ur content! So appreciate what you do - especially Brad’s calm thoughtfulness. Also really appreciate Jonathan sharing the weight loss, talks w his Dad, and the many thought processes you both give us ! ...in optimizing and enjoying life and and ! Will also welcome even more on the topic of what happens when one reaches FI - there r a few episodes on podcasts about this but need more. Cheers !!!!
My go-to for everything FI!
This is such a powerful and educational podcast! Brad and Johnathan do an excellent job of making the information both entertaining and actionable. This show will get you “FIRE”d up! Keep up the great work, guys!
Early episodes really inspiring
Just stumbled across this podcast (a few years too late) and starting with the early episodes. I wish I could recommend them to more of my friends. I recognize that it feels a bit hyped-up or gimmicky with the talk of “unlocking the ‘secrets’ to financial independence” and all, but if you can get past that, there’s value here for anyone that wants more choice, control, and flexibility in their lives. The early shows felt a bit like “coming home” to a place where I could put more of a framework around my existing mindset and values - and the early shows have given me inspiration and a level of confidence to begin seriously making some impactful changes and ultimately to lead to a better life. Just a few episodes helped me to realize a lot of my financial ignorance, but also helped motivate me because I could see that I had inadvertently stumbled into a semi-FI mindset already. With the actionable advice and ideas in the early shows, I feel like I have more agency in my life and can make changes for the better. So thank you to Jonathan and Brad for the early work! Please note: this review is only really applicable to the early 2016-2017 shows. There may be issues with the more current phase of the show and I will be on the lookout as to when it no longer adds value.
Jordan D "Netman"
Not very good anymore
The show started out great, but now it’s just kind of disappointing.
Lots of straight forward information about FI and thought provoking topics. I like that it doesn’t try to sell me anything.
Pedro Gallegos Macias
Some good content buried in a lot of jibber jabber
It’s better to jump around and listen to several of their key podcast.
Use to be great but now is more like an infomercial
The early episodes are incredibly useful but they have clearly focused on monetizing. The final straw was the shameless promotion their salesforce training program and related podcast which had little concrete information and lots of promises of making lots money. Sketchy.
Best FI Podcast I’ve Found
Not only does ChooseFI have a huge archive covering everything you need to know about FI, but they continue releasing content. I find that it’s helpful to have regular reminders of these concepts to stay on the path to FI and beyond. There’s something here for everyone. Thanks to the team for creating this resource!
Newsies Sell Papers
Have managed to cultivate a racist community.
ChooseFI was my gateway to the FIRE movement. I listened to and learned a lot from the first handful of episodes—maybe 50 or so. I also joined their ChooseFI Facebook group. That group is a dumpster fire of racism and misogyny. I have seen no effort by Brad or Jonathan to change that culture in the Facebook group or on their podcast.
Almost 5 Stars
With the simple muting of Jonathan’s mic, this would be a 5 star review. He brings nothing to the interviews for me but awkwardness and annoyance.
I have been listening to this podcast for years and have loved it really up until recently, so I took 1 star away from the 5 star podcast it once was. Jonathan shoving M1 finance down your throat almost every episode is getting to be a little much. I enjoy the interviews and the information provided, but I cringe every time I hear “M1 finance”.
Used to be the best podcast on Personal Finance
I have started listening to Brad and Jonathan around episode #30. First hundred or so episodes supercharged me on knowledge and definitely helped me retire early last year. Unfortunately, it is very hard to find the same level of the quality in the content for the last several months. Also, commercial inserts are really really annoying. Still subscribed though hoping for guys to turn around in quality even with less quantity.
M1 Finance Ads where a very good podcast used to be
The guys at ChooseFi used to have my favorite financial independence podcast. Lately, they’ve very clearly gotten a massive influx of money to promote M1. Instead of actionable tips to help those on the path of FI, it’s now actionable tips to put more money into M1. Financial independence is easier to attain when you change your podcast into an ad and can live off that revenue instead of having to worry about a 4% safe withdrawal rate.
Great podcast about the FIRE movement
Jonathan and Brad cover just about every topic under the sun in the FIRE world. Their episodes can go beyond the typical financial topics which may see odd for someone just learning about FIRE. Start from episode one or follow the episode guide on the website if you are getting ready to dive in. Enjoy!
Marketing and meandering
Many ads. Very drawn out. Hard to listen to twenty minutes about Smoothies and guacamole and New Years resolutions (or lack thereof) and friends of the hosts I’ve never heard of when I want to learn about financial Independence.
Moving FI Forward
Brad and Jonathan, Thank you for your podcast and all your work and others that go into your podcast. 2020 shut us all down for some time. I personally decided I was living my financial life wrong. I found out I was living it horribly...Since June of 2020 I have listened to every podcast(which I caught up yesterday, Jan 1, 2021) and read 7 books based on finance and suggestions from your podcast. I paid all my debt off in 2020 by taking money from my 401k. I have to pay the taxes on that 40k but I am debt free minus my mortgage and living expenses. I sold my 3200sq foot house and downsized both my house and my mortgage. In this month of January 2021 I hope to purchase my first home for my LLC to either flip or rent as a side hustle. I also decided to write a small book about my path to how I got where I am and where I get to. I now have a savings rate of 40-45% depending on how much we eat. That is the one thing my family loves and will not sacrifice any corner for within reason.. This podcast and the tips your team puts out have changed my financial life and I appreciate it. Thank you for all your work. Derrick Meredith
This podcast is life changing and I could see that in my life. Simple steps can go long way for financial independence longevity
“I’m curious...” “I’m just curious...”
Content is great, but can you handle every question during every interview prefaced with “I’m curious...” Just ask your question. The person knows you’re curious because you’re asking them a question about their life, strategy, situation, etc. Drop the “I’m curious” before every question to get 5 stars from me.
Objectionable advice & a spiteful group of followers
ChooseFI was once ingenious, applicable podcast of helpful ideas. It’s group of followers were a well meaning, open, and encouraging. Unfortunately neither is true anymore. ChooseFI has continued to attempt to reach further and further into “hacking the system” for free money, such as opening several credit cards to trick unintelligent companies like Visa, into giving them free money. FI followers try to retire early, on often with a very modest lifestyle and very low income as advocated by followers. The ChooseFI community was once supporting and helpful. This has changed though as I have seen on their Facebook group that they will quickly attack and ridicule ideas from others if the ideas are not of like mind. Be careful of this podcast and group as they have swung far from what they once were when a well intended idea began.
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Love this podcast!
This podcast is the reason I am almost debt free. 5K left from 65K in 2 years. I love the actionable items and I find myself deep diving and researching many items after the episodes. I found FI 5 years later than I would have liked, but now I’m playing life from a place of strength. Thanks Brad and Jonathan for lighting my FIRE!
One big advertisement
“I love listening to intrusive ads in my podcasts—said no one ever!” This new format is incredibly frustrating. Is it really worth the extra money for the annoyance to your listeners? Please move them to the beginning or end so people can skip them. Every other sentence is “go to this link” or “buy this product.” No longer going to recommend this podcast to friends and family. Update: They have really run out of content. Talking about a checking account on episode 276? Cmon guys. I wish there was a 5x speed button
Wow the anti corporate guy have sold their soles. Too many adds Chase Sapphire card how more corporate can you get. Hypocrites.
This podcast used to be the absolute best one out there. Been listening for a long time and have implemented many things I learned from the show. The show has changed towards a focus on monetizing it. You deserve to make money from your work but it’s all a big commercial now. I used to check out the stuff you recommended and that was because it was with FI in mind and I felt it was vetted .Now I realize it’s to make a buck. I can no longer recommend the podcast to anyone.
Choose Podcast Retirement?
This podcast historically had talked a lot about the ‘community’, the path to FI, etc. Those episodes are quite good and a lot of fun. Lately it seems like the ChooseFi team has run out of things to say. Perhaps the path to FI is just pretty simple and once you get to a certain point in a podcast like this the next step is to recycle the same topics over and over and try to monetize every sentence that is spoken?
The Decline and Fall of ChooseFI
This was an awesome podcast. Please guys, get back to what made you popular. Cut the commercials. Cut the trying to make a dollar off the FI community. They are trying to profit off this community now. How can we take them serious about saving a dollar here or there, yet they want to sell coffee cups and sweatshirts for $20 on their site? Don’t use an advisor watch fees, but buy our stuff and use our advertisers. Are they really pursuing FIRE like us? Or are they just in it to take a buck from the FI community?
Occasional great nuggets, deeply buried
I’ve only recently started listening to this podcast, and it sounds like some of the earlier episodes were more worthwhile so I may go back and listen to those. The current episodes have the occasional nugget of wisdom or applicable advice, deeply buried around the 30 minute mark after listening to the hosts blabbing in circles reiterating the same points over and over, nothing of substance. I wish they would add chapter breaks, so you could jump to the timecode of what section is interesting and skip the nonsense. Hearing practical tips from people within the community is nice, but that’s about 5 minutes at the end of the episode (and also on their newsletter, which is better than this podcast). Some of the guests have been excellent and led me to check out their own website or podcasts instead. There is so much excellent FI knowledge out there on the web, I’d skip this podcast in favor of others.