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December 9, 2019
James Clear, author of Atomic Habits , shares his story. The conversation dives into the difference between systems and goals. How To See Through The Short-Term For The Long-Term The Compounding Effect How Identity Drives Your Habits Goals, Systems, and more For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/157
December 6, 2019
A gap year might seem unthinkable for some but Noah and Becky share exactly how they navigated their gap year. Plus, Brad and Jonathan discuss emergency funds and your risk tolerance. For more information, visit the show notes at https://www.choosefi.com/156R
December 2, 2019
Rob Berger, founder of Dough Roller and Retire Before Mom and Dad, talks about the simple math of early retirement and more essential FI lessons that are important to talk about.  For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/156
November 29, 2019
Sean Mullaney joins the show to discuss year-end tax planning. He goes into deductions, self-employment income, and how to get the most from your deductions. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/155r
November 25, 2019
Leslie Tayne opens up about her journey as a single parent, financial problems in her first marriage, and how to move forward from debt. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/155
November 22, 2019
Tim and Amy from Go With Less join Brad and Jonathan to discuss their unique travel strategy. Plus, tips on how to design your dream life. Some of the topics in today’s show: House Sitting With Tim And Amy Build Your Dream Life FI 101 and more For more information, visit the show notes at https://www.choosefi.com/154r
November 18, 2019
Graduating from college debt-free can accelerate the path to FI dramatically. Brian Eufinger and Seonwoo Lee share their best tips on hacking the FAFSA on today's episode. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/154
November 15, 2019
On today’s Friday Roundup, Jonathan's shares his experience with health coverage after his wife welcomed a new baby into their family. We also discuss Healthshare plans and Healthcare After FI. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/153R 
November 11, 2019
Medical debt has the power to seriously hurt your financial future. Many Americans are faced with unavoidable medical debt that has crippled their financial situation. RIP Medical Debt is a nonprofit working to forgive medical debt for pennies on the dollar. Today on the show, they share their background and the amazing progress they've made. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/153
November 8, 2019
Big ERN comes on the show today to break down the numbers of Becky’s retirement plan. He works through their real numbers to determine how solid their retirement plan is. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/152R https://choosefi.com/becky
November 4, 2019
Becky Heptig shares her personal story to show that FI is an attainable goal at any age. It is an encouraging story because it shows no matter what age you find FI at, it is not too late to change your life for the better. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/152 
November 1, 2019
Using David Hauser’s framework from last week of decision making through split testing, Brad and Jonathan look at their sleep, fitness, and diet. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/151R 
October 28, 2019
As a successful start-up founder, David Hauser felt mercilessly driven to create success through extreme measures. Today, he opens up to Brad and Jonathan about his drive to succeed and how he has applied an experimentation framework to his health and wellness. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/151
October 25, 2019
Building your blueprint to FI starts with the basics. A simple thing like tracking your spending can set you on a path that will change your life forever. Today, we get back to FI 101 and uncover the stark difference between goals and systems. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/150r
October 21, 2019
Diania Merriam discusses accountability, shifting perspectives, and community. She has a great perspective on building community and life with balance. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/150
October 18, 2019
How to break Old Navy and cockamamie life insurance schemes are just two of the topics Brad and Jonathan cover in today's episode. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/149r
October 14, 2019
Tyson Koska shares his On Trajectory tool and what led him to his own path of Financial Independence. Brad and Jonathan discuss how Tyson got started with FI and how On Trajectory tools cover net worth tracking and digital options. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/149
October 11, 2019
Craig Curelop, author of The House Hacking Strategy: How to Use Your Home to Achieve Financial Freedom, shares his house hacking strategies. We also discuss Expense Ratios and the new book, ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/148R
October 7, 2019
Andréa has committed her life to social studies and taking FI information to people experiencing poverty. She grew up in a similar situation. At age seven, Andréa saw her first violent murder. Throughout her childhood, being raised by a single mother, she struggled with food insecurity and housing insecurity. However, she was also a student in the elite private school system, which led to an Ivy League education. After coming such a long way, she has a unique perspective on the relationship between poverty and reaching FI. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/148
October 4, 2019
Compounding vs total return, envelopes vs simplifying your finances, and the potential value you could get from working with a “assets under management” financial advisor. Also, Tori Dunlap reached her goal to save her first $100k by age 25 on the day her interview aired! For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/147r
September 30, 2019
Tori Dunlap about starting a business as a kid and tips for negotiating your salary. She is on a mission to help women earn their first $100k. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/147
September 27, 2019
This week’s Friday Roundup includes a discussion with Chuck Jaffe about why he can’t be part of the FIRE movement because he has no plans to retire. Also, a recap of Shannyn’s story from Monday and ChooseFI Book Launch Parties. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/146R
September 25, 2019
A Guided Meditation for When the Stock Market Is Dropping The market is plunging. You’re starting to panic. You want to hit the “sell” button! DON’T! Tune into this relaxing meditation, and let the soothing voice of JL Collins help you embrace this wonderful market cycle We interviewed JL Collins on episode 19 of our podcast https://www.choosefi.com/019-jlcollinsnh-stock-series-part-1/   Check out JL Collins Website JLcollinsNH where you can read the entire Stock Series https://jlcollinsnh.com/stock-series/   and his book the Simple Path to Wealth https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1533667926/  
September 23, 2019
Shannyn Allan joins us to discuss "embracing the suck"--when life just doesn't go as planned. Listen to Shannyn's stories about graduate school, calling off a wedding, and wire fraud during the purchase of her first home. ...and how she found FI at the right time in her life. Listen to the whole story at https://ChooseFI.com/146
September 20, 2019
A discussion of what to do with a windfall, a review of turnkey real estate investing, and a meditation for stock market investors when the market is falling. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/145R
September 16, 2019
Paula Pant of Afford Anything returns to dive deeper into real estate investing. In this second conversation, Paula covers turnkey, deal syndication, and building a team. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/145
September 13, 2019
A recap from Jonathan and Brad's visit to FinCon, FI Military, YNAB, and "what if my finances are like a dumpster fire?". For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/144r
September 9, 2019
Crystal Law, Director of Financial Literacy Experiences, and Laura Goodman, VP of Volunteer Engagement join us to discuss Junior Achievement. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/144
September 6, 2019
As most have probably seen, the news is calling for a recession soon. Specifically, Peter Schiff, a prominent economist, is warning of an impending financial disaster. However, this market volatility is nothing new. Join us today as we talk about Market Volatility, going Beyond FI, and Andrew Luck Embraces FI? For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/143r
September 2, 2019
Edmund Tee talks about reaching FI and the goals of teaching more people worldwide about Financial Independence. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/143
August 30, 2019
How to simplify personal finance and discussing Paula Pant’s take on real estate from Monday’s show. Personal Finances Made Simple Jonathan’s Budget Evolution How ChooseFI Makes Money For more information, visit the show notes at https://www.choosefi.com/142r
August 26, 2019
Paula Pant discusses real estate as a path to FI as Brad shares his biggest financial mistake of his life - a speculative property in North Carolina. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/142
August 23, 2019
David Sawyer comes back on to discuss the UK path to FI, and Jonathan makes a big personal announcement. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/141r
August 19, 2019
David Sawyer released his book, Reset.  The book is aimed at helping people who feel stuck in their careers as well as an optimization strategy for Financial Independence in the UK. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/141
August 16, 2019
Diving into the costs of a financial advisor and Nick from Mapped Out Money returns to discuss college hacking. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/140r
August 12, 2019
Nick True from Mapped Out Money talks about designing an FI lifestyle before reaching an FI number. Currently, Nick and his wife live in an Airstream trailer with the flexibility to live wherever they want to be. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/140
August 9, 2019
Last week, Jonathan ended up at the DMV on a Friday afternoon with a crazy wait time. What should have been a quick trip turned into an ordeal worth avoiding. Today Jonathan and Brad discuss: How to Reclaim Your Time Side Hustling through the Secondary Market and how Sunny funded a Roth IRA for his child For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/139R
August 5, 2019
Sunny and his wife are 88.92% of their way to FI at only age 28 while living just 15 minutes outside of New York City. How did they do it? They share ow to pay for collect, the Department of Defense SMART Scholarship, car flipping, and more. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/139
August 2, 2019
Brad and Jonathan talk about Brad’s daughter's mindset, plus a review of Monday's episode with Anthony. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/138R
July 29, 2019
Anthony talks about the strategy he used to go to college for profit in his senior year. The strategies he outlines could be used as early as freshman year to make college a profitable experience. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/138
July 26, 2019
Brad and Jonathan discuss the Richmond Screening Of Playing With FIRE, FI 101, and how to be a storyteller. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/137R
July 22, 2019
Christine and her husband, Jack, rebuilt a life that they love after an 85% reduction in pay 6 weeks into their marriage. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/137
July 19, 2019
Jonathan and Brad discuss a case study on funding a child's Roth IRA and listen to feedback from the community. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/136R
July 15, 2019
A dive into taxes with Sean Mullaney, the FI Tax Guy, who talks about FI tax-efficient strategies and career paths in accounting. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/136
July 12, 2019
Another look at whether you should pay off your mortgage or invest, plus: Spam Caller Life Hack Life Hack for Small Business Owners Achieving FI on a Modest Income For more information, visit the show notes at https://www.choosefi.com/135r
July 8, 2019
Joel from How to Money talks about how he has pursued FI on a relatively low income, how he is reaching FI with five rental properties, and working on the Clark Howard Show. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/135
July 5, 2019
Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung talk about their new book, Quit Like a Millionaire. Plus, Brad and Jonathan give updates on solar panels and YNAB. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/134r
July 1, 2019
Jim from Route To Retire talks about about life after retirement and geo-arbitrage. His path to FI didn’t start with a community, it began when he was testing for Y2K bugs with Quicken. Don’t know what we’re talking about? You’ll just have to listen to find out. For more information, visit the show notes at https://www.choosefi.com/134
June 28, 2019
Possibly the most burning questions of FI: Should you Invest or Pay off your Mortgage early? We go through the numbers in today's show. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/133R
June 24, 2019
Zeona McIntyre built a successful AirBNB business and shares her best strategies, including Buying Properties Scaling the Business and Best Practices for an AirBNB Business For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/133 
June 21, 2019
Find out what kinds of insurance you actually need and where to find them. Jennifer Fitzgerlad, the CEO of Policy Genius walks us through everything you need to know. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/132R 
June 17, 2019
Lisa Duke talks about her mindset shift and turning liabilities to assets. On today's show: Second Home--Asset Or Liability? Action Steps To Renting Out Your Home Getting off the "hedonic treadmill" ...and more. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/132 
June 14, 2019
A recap of our conversation with Mr. Money Mustache and Mr. 1500. Plus, Jonathan and Brad answer listener questions about compounding and drawdowns during retirement. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/131R 
June 10, 2019
Mr. Money Mustache and Mr. 1500 discuss community building and second generation FI. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/131 
June 7, 2019
Brad and Jonathan just returned from the world premiere of Playing with FIRE in San Diego. They discuss future showings (visit choosefi.com/tugg) and then get into the ultimate buy and hold portfolio strategy. For the entire show notes, go to https://choosefi.com/130R 
June 3, 2019
Today we talk to Paul Merriman. The goal is to contrast the "Simple Path to Wealth Approach" with the "Ultimate Buy and Hold Portfolio." Paul is a proponent of the Ultimate Buy and Hold strategy and a legend in this space. The insights Paul provides about this strategy are priceless. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/130 
May 31, 2019
Earlier this week, Liz from Chief Mom Officer explained how she leveraged her work ethic and will to succeed into a successful six-figure career. Today we dig deeper into the work ethic topic with John, a 24 year old currently making 6-figures. We also announce our newly created Travel Rewards Course. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/129r 
May 27, 2019
Liz from Chief Mom Officer.org talks about working moms building careers from the ground up. In this episode we learn: ⁃ How To Grow Your Salary ⁃ Figure Out What You Should be Paid ⁃ Work Hard Strategically ⁃ How To Negotiate For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/129 
May 24, 2019
Multi-level marketing, side hustles, energy audits, and expanding your "Zone of Awareness" -- all in today's Friday Roundup! For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/128r
May 20, 2019
Alan Donegan joins us to discuss leveraging the power of FI to pursue your dreams with the ability to be free to fail. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/128 
May 17, 2019
Gina Pogel joins us to discuss different types of debt and how to tackle them. We also dive into tactics to optimize both your health and your debt. The goal is to simplify your finances and your health by stacking multiple optimization tactics together. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/127R 
May 13, 2019
Brad and Jonathan discuss health optimization strategies with Dr. Scott Sherr. This episode is packed full of useful information, however, do not make life altering medical decisions based on this show alone. Although we are talking to a real doctor, do not take this as medical advice. Consult with your own physician before making any major medical decisions. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/127 
May 10, 2019
Brad and Jonathan tackle a listener question about annuities and discuss some updates to the travel rewards landscape. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/126R 
May 6, 2019
Last week, Brad and Jonathan talked to Chelsea Brennan about her Family Emergency Binder. In the same theme of planning for your family's future, today we talked to Mark Moss about estate planning. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/126 
May 3, 2019
Ways to optimize your grocery shopping, the family emergency binder, and sharing stories from the community. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/125R 
April 29, 2019
Chelsea Brennan from Smart Money Mamas and creator of the Family Emergency Binder is here to talk about her unconventional choices that led to a happier life. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/125 
April 26, 2019
Brad and Jonathan discuss the release date of a ChooseFI book, finding the best auto insurance rates, and Lynn Frair's path to FI. The book, "ChooseFI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence" will be released on October 1, 2019. The goal of the book is to outline options for your path FI. Everyone's journey will be different because the concept of FI is really based on choosing your own adventure. However, there are common threads between all of the success stories. We pull that together so that you can make your own journey a successful one. To pre-order the book, go to https://www.choosefi.com/book  The complete show notes can be found at https://choosefi.com/124R 
April 22, 2019
Chris Mamula, the "Dirtbag Millionaire," describes the mistakes he made on the way to FIRE, the challenges he facing in his early retirement, and the origin story of a book that will outline a Blueprint to financial independence based on the information shared by members of the ChooseFI community. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/124 
April 19, 2019
Brad and Jonathan give us an update about the "Playing with FIRE" documentary, hail mary FI and how to build an escape route from the corporate hierarchy that doesn't make room for you. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/123R 
April 15, 2019
Kiersten and Julien from Rich and Regular talk about the specific challenges that the black community faces on their journey to FI. Recognizing the fact that not everyone starts from the same spot is important, so we are diving deep into the differences today. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/123 
April 12, 2019
Brad and Jonathan are joined by Brian Feroldi and Karsten from Early Retirement Now. With the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of dividend investing, Brad and Jonathan ask the hard questions. As the devil's advocate, they uncover more information about dividend stocks from passionate investors. If you are ready to learn more about dividend investing, then let's dive in. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/122R 
April 8, 2019
Dividend investing has been a hotly debated topic in the FI community. Brad and Jonathan dive into the details of dividend investing with Craig from Retire Before Dad. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/122 
April 5, 2019
Brad and Jonathan sleep habits, energy efficiency, and the best ways to land a job with Chris Hutchins from Grove. For details, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/121R 
April 1, 2019
Angela from Tread Lightly Retire Early has been an active member of the ChooseFI community for around two years. She has built a life that combines FIRE with sustainability. Additionally, she is a leader that recognizes the women in the FIRE movement. Brad and Jonathan learn about Angela's journey and practical sustainability advice that could help the FI community. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/121 
March 29, 2019
Jonathan and Brad discuss wielding the flexibility of money, how to move to the upper end of your salary range, and hunting with eagles in Mongolia. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/120R 
March 25, 2019
Jean Chatzky is a well-respected figure in the personal finance community. The financial editor of the NBC Today Show and author of several books is recognized for a specialized understanding of the relationship between women and their money.  However, both men and women can learn something for Chatzky's insights. On today's episode, Brad and Johnathan will delve into the relationships that each of us has with money. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/120 
March 22, 2019
Jonathan and Brad discuss their favorite books from 2018, negotiating from a position of power, career hacking, and what they would do differently if they were recording episode 1 today. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/119R 
March 18, 2019
Mr. Refined from Refined by Fire has overcome a staggering amount of debt that accumulated from student loans and medical bills. After finding the FI community, he was able to triple his net worth! Mr. Refined talks openly about his debt, how he negotiated his way out of debt, and why he is pursuing FI. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/119
March 15, 2019
Talent stacking, becoming a renaissance man, and financial infidelity: We recap Monday's show and highlight some listener comments. For more information, visit the show notes at  https://ChooseFI.com/118R 
March 11, 2019
118 | Talaat McNeely from His and Her Money talks about how his money mistakes led to financial infidelity. Most importantly, he shares how he was able to rebuild trust with his wife Tai and successfully work towards common financial goals together. Through Talaat and Tai’s story, you will learn practical ways to build the financial trust that many couples hope to achieve. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/118 
March 8, 2019
Brad and Jonathan discuss "the Kleenex" of low-cost mutual funds, Bradley Rice's story about choosing to move towards part-time work, and make an announcement about a new voice on the podcast. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/117R 
March 4, 2019
117 | Bradley Rice has successfully reclaimed the hours in his day by transitioning to part-time work. He made this unconventional choice to take back his time when his daughter was born to spend more time with her. Bradley works 20 hours a week, while still earning a high salary. Bradley openly talks about the path that allowed him to reclaim his time and how you can recreate a similar journey. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/117
March 1, 2019
116R | Karen Hoxmeier joins the show to share how and why she built a coupon-sharing website, Brad and Jonathan talk about optimizing food, taxes and home insurance, and a review of Monday’s episode with Wendy Mays. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/116R
February 25, 2019
116 | Wendy Mays, from House of FI, tells the story of growing her family from 4 to 8 through adoption all while moving states and changing careers, and ultimately kickstarting her family’s pursuit of financial independence. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/116
February 22, 2019
A how-to conversation about strategies for tackling consumer debt, a review of Monday’s episode with Bonnie Traux, and a few updates about the ChooseFI community. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/115R
February 18, 2019
115 | Bonnie Truax, a blogger and early retiree, shares her story of growing up below the poverty line, scraping her way out of inherited debt, reaching financial independence without knowing what it was, and understanding how to talk about money with your spouse. Bonnie grew up with family income that was technically half of the poverty level, but always debt free. In a town of only 35 people, W2 jobs were hard to come by, so Bonnie worked any odd job that she could find – mowing lawns, decorating cakes, roofing. What did Bonnie do with the income from her side hustles? Bonnie got married shortly after college and inherited significant debt. The first step to getting out of that debt, was learning spreadsheets and prioritizing which debt she would tackle first. Bonnie was managing thousands of dollars of debt and got back to broke, even as her spouse was actively spending and maxing out credit cards. What is Bonnie’s financial advice for people before they get married? Financial literacy isn’t distributed evenly throughout the country – not everyone understands how to manage finances. Not everyone is comfortable talking about money, even with their spouse. If Bonnie could do it again, she would start by talking about fears associated with money. When Bonnie started over she was 30, earning about $25k. Bonnie learned IT with her free time at a reporting job, eventually becoming the manager of an IT team. Before she got remarried, Bonnie and Trin had become very close friends at work and had already talked about finances, so she was confident about their joint approach to money as a couple. Trouble doesn’t have to be a disaster. Getting out of debt on a low income is possible – you shouldn’t have to eat rice and beans your whole life, but if you’re getting out of debt, you might have to them for a while. Bonnie and her husband automated their finances and didn’t give much attention them; they found a comfortable way to live regardless of their increasing incomes. Bonnie didn’t plan to retire, but when work became toxic, their savings gave them the freedom to leave work. Instead of just leaving money in their savings account, Bonnie and her husband began purchasing foreclosed home and renting them out. Without a knowledge of the financial independence community, how did Bonnie determine that she and her husband were financially ready to leave their jobs to retire? Bonnie and Trin are traveling the world for a few years before they decide where to retire abroad. It’s never too late to make tomorrow better. Anything that comes into Bonnie’s blog goes to support a safehouse in Ecuador. Fear of missing out is just an excuse; you are always choosing what you miss out on.   For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/115 
February 15, 2019
Brian Eufinger returns to fill the gaps and address questions from the community about PSATs and National Merit Scholars, Brad and Jonathan discuss the benefits of creating a college-hacking strategy early, and the ChooseFI community responds to Monday’s episode. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/114R
February 11, 2019
Brian Eufinger, co-founder of Edison Prep, dives deep into the college admissions process and explains how a student should approach grades and test scores to give themselves the best college options, and how to pay for college without collecting a huge student loan debt. For more information, visit the show notes at https://www.choosefi.com/114
February 8, 2019
Tanja Hester retired early 15 months ago and joins the show to share her experience of being work optional, Brad makes a decision about solar panels, and a review of Monday’s episode with Grant Sabatier. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/113R
February 4, 2019
113 | Grant Sabatier from Millennial Money and author of Financial Freedom, shares his story of unemployment and entrepreneurship, and his strategies for increasing your income and optimizing your finances. In 2010, with a college degree in philosophy Grant had been laid off twice and found himself living at home as 24-year-old. Grant sent out more than 200 resumes without a single callback before he found the information he needed to start learning Google Ad campaigns. The certification process took about 30 days and he received a job offer almost immediately. The first step to getting out of a rut is being honest enough to admit that you’re stuck. Most people are only 2 or 3 steps away from a life that they’d love. A million dollars could be 10 years away; just take the next step. When Grant looked at all his friends and his parents’ friends, they were stressed about money so he decided to learn how to do it differently. Grant learned how to build Wordpress websites and began selling his services to law firms, quickly securing large contracts at lower prices than large agencies. Grant’s first client became his most valuable client because he served as a credible reference for more than a year. How does Grant recommend getting your first client? What matters is helping your client look good to their boss. Selling is story telling – who you are as a person is more important that what you’re selling. The paradox of the gig economy is that many people are actually less flexible and more stressed about getting their next client than they would be working a 9-5. Whether you’re happy with your current job or not, optimizing your finances through your full-time job is where you need to start. Talking to recruiters in your particular industry will give insight into the direction the industry is moving, what parts of your resume might be lacking, and the market value of your work. How does Grant maintain relationships with recruiters? Face-to-face meetings Taking people out to lunch Form an actual relationship, don’t just try to get something from them. For Grant, forcing someone into a budget that cuts out small things like wine and coffee just reinforces a scarcity mindset. The only way to get from a 5% to a 30% savings rate is to decrease your housing, transportation and food costs. There is a limit to how much someone can cut back, but making money is unlimited. Grant invested 100% of his side hustle income. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/113 
February 1, 2019
An evaluation of the long-term savings that result from driving old cars, a review of how Naseema McElroy has optimized her finances and reversed lifestyle creep, and a series of voicemails and messages from the ChooseFI community. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/112R
January 28, 2019
112 | Naseema McElroy, a registered and practicing nurse and blogger at Financially Intentional, explains how to accumulate $1 million in debt, and how she earned her freedom through financial independence. How does someone accumulate $1 million of debt? Naseema is from West Oakland, Ca., where she was taught to either join the military or go to college. She attended the University of Southern California for both her undergraduate and graduate degree, then later completed an accelerated nursing certification program at the University of California in San Francisco. Floor nurses where Naseema works earn above $200,000. How could Naseema have been significantly more efficient with her college education? Many nurses have two jobs: Naseema works part time with benefits (three eight-hour shifts), and a per diem job (two 12-hour shifts) without benefits, at a higher pay rate. Even after finishing her education and working full time, Naseema accumulated more than $1 million in debt, and was living paycheck to paycheck. Most of her debt was student loans and Bay-Area mortgage costs. What inspired Naseema to move from a 5002ft apartment closer to the city into a 40002ft home in the suburbs? Even with the house and the car and the seemingly perfect set up, Naseema did not feel secure, and even owed her family money. Dave Ramsey set Naseema on the course to pay off her debt. What was her first step? Once Naseema began tracking her expenses, she was an early user of Dave Ramsey’s Every Dollar app. A zero-base budget is projecting how much you’ll earn and set aside how much is intended for paying off debt, then adjust the remaining numbers to reflect other obligations and other adjustable expenses. What inspired Naseema to begin blogging at Financially Intentional? Before Naseema sold her suburban house, she had already paid $300k of debt. Naseema chose to leave one of her jobs when it became an unhealthy environment, because living debt-free gave her the room in her budget to do so. Currently, Naseema has moved out of the Bay Area and commutes back into the city 6 days a month for work. Building wealth is a mindset. You have everything it takes to be successful.   Links: Clever Girl Finance The Stock Series For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/112 
January 25, 2019
111R | Jillian from Montana Money Adventures gives advice for laying out roadmap in your life, right after and Brad and Jonathan review Monday’s episode and highlight activities from several local groups around the globe.   Brad and Jonathan reflect on last week’s episode with Billy Banholzer. A video inspires Brad to learn swimming from his daughter. Your current behavior or mistake doesn’t have to define you for the rest of your life. One of the first steps to Billy’s success was setting goals. What are Brad’s suggestions for developing into a better writer? Billy found ChooseFI while he was looking for a community of people who were pursuing the same things he wanted to pursue. Getting started on the path to financial independence can be really hard at first, but it gets easier as you move further down the path. Brad shares excitement about a local meet up and changes people are making locally. Highlight reel of local group activities: Combined Southern California and San Diego groups have a sold-out meeting where Jillian from Montana Money Adventures will speak. The Nebraska local group is meeting every two months with specific topics. A new group in The Netherlands has more than 20 members. The local group in Portland, Ore., met every week in 2018. A Northern Ireland local group doubled its membership in the past month. Alex, an admin from the Baltimore group, is setting up mastermind groups.   Jillian, from Episode 84, talks about building a life roadmap: Focusing on your values is the first step to building a better life. How did Jillian and her husband create space to talk about their values and what they wanted their life to look like? Be. Have. Do. Jillian uses sticky notes to brainstorm her ideas and organize her thoughts. What is a Quit List? How does Jillian consider seasons of life? Each person’s superpower includes: What you’re passionate about. What you’re naturally good at. What activities you get caught up in and find really fun. Brad talks about listening to where there’s resistance in your life. Could. Should. Want. Writing down your thoughts helps clarify and anchor them. Tickets for Chautauqua 2019 will go on sale soon.   For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/111R 
January 21, 2019
111 | Billy B., a writer, entrepreneur and blogger at Wealth Well Done, shares his story of finding freedom in prison, starting over in his 30s and pursuing financial independence despite the setbacks. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/111 
January 18, 2019
110R | Voicemails from the ChooseFI community about saving on grocery bills, making life changes to optimize your circumstances, and a travel suggestion, as well as a review of Monday’s episode and updates from Brad and Jonathan about bills, travel, solar panels and more. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/110R 
January 14, 2019
Rocky Lalvani, blogger at Richer Soul, shares his story of growing up as an immigrant’s child, learning how to save money in his early years, and how he’s teaching his own children about finances now. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/110
January 11, 2019
Big ERN, from Early Retirement Now, joins the show to talk about the current market climate – how it’s impacting investors, who could benefit, and what markers he uses to evaluate its actual condition – and a voicemail from Abby H. provides a few more helpful hints for teaching abroad. For more information, visit the show notes at https://choosefi.com/109R
January 7, 2019
109 | Scott, a math teacher in Santiago, Chile, and Rob, a blogger at Getting Canned, share their experiences teaching abroad, including the financial and lifestyle benefits, and the how-to for making it happen. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/109 
January 4, 2019
Brad and Jonathan talk through the various methods of calculating a yearly savings rate and the numbers necessary to do so, and review Monday’s episode about setting up special needs accounts. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/108R
December 31, 2018
108 | William McVey, ChooseFI’s Chief Technology Officer, walks through investment options available to meet the financial demands of special needs children, and the strategies he’s used to prepare for his children’s future.  For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/108 
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