For those who have money… or want more of it!
Join Mindy Jensen and Scott Trench (from BiggerPockets.com) weekly for the BiggerPockets Money Podcast. Each week, financial experts Mindy and Scott interview unique and powerful thought leaders about how to earn more, keep more, spend smarter, and grow wealth.
196: Finance Friday: Debt-Free, Great Pensions, But Will it Be Enough?
Getting out of debt can be very empowering, which is exactly how Azar and Jeffrey felt when they paid off $83,000 of debt in under 3 years! They thought it may be the best time to start investing in real estate, but with a surprise baby on the way, they need to be sure they’re prioritizing stability over growth. Since they’re in such a great position, they should be able to do both!
Azar works as a school nurse bringing in a respectable salary, while Jeffrey gets disability payments. Both have pensions and retirement accounts, but they want something more than just those retirement options. For them, real estate seems like the next step. They’ve taken out a HELOC (home equity line of credit) in order to buy their next property, but need advice on whether or not it’s a smart move to stockpile cash for the new baby or go ahead with the real estate purchase.
In This Episode We CoverGetting yourself out of high consumer debt Refinancing so you can take advantage of far lower interest ratesHow much should you have in an emergency fund for a family of five?The potential benefits of paying off your primary residence before buying rentalsWhy HELOCs should be used for short term debt onlyAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets Money Facebook GroupBiggerPockets ForumsFinance Review Guest OnboardingScott's InstagramMindy's TwitterCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/moneyshow196
195: 3 Degrees, Debt Free, and “Coasting” to Financial Independence
Student loans can often drag people into debt, especially when chasing more than one degree. But here’s an unusual story: Brenda Olmost, PhD student, nurse practitioner, and member of the FIRE community is graduating with NO debt. Amazing right? Brenda has worked her tail off over the past decade getting scholarships, living below her means, and working whenever she can so she graduates her program with no debt.
Not only has Brenda done a fantastic job making extra income, she’s been investing on the side! She has a growing 401(k), a maxed out Roth IRA, and 2 rental properties. At 31, she’s in a phenomenal position to reach financial independence. Lucky for her, she loves her career, so even if she does hit her FI number, she’ll still be bringing in the dough to pursue more and more investment opportunities.
If you want to hear more from Brenda, you can check out her podcast, Minority Millennial Money where she talks about budgeting, investing, saving, career, and relationships!
In This Episode We CoverStaying off the hedonic treadmill and living below your meansPursuing high demand, high-income careersGetting scholarships and working on the side to pay for schoolWhy you SHOULDN’T buy that new car you wantHitting “Coast FI” in your early 30sUsing your extra income to invest, buy rental properties, and saveAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets Money Facebook GroupBiggerPockets ForumsFinance Review Guest OnboardingScott's InstagramMindy's TwitterBiggerPockets Money Podcast 169BiggerPockets Money Podcast 81BiggerPockets Money Podcast 24Check the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/moneyshow195
194: Finance Friday: Will I Still Be Able to Hit Retirement At 60?
It’s a common concern among many Americans on whether or not they can retire on a timeline they feel comfortable with. In this episode, we talk to Deb, who’s having some of those same concerns. She has over $100,000 in assets (not including the house) and wants to be sure that she can provide a great life for her children all while saving more and more for retirement.
Deb has read so many money and financial independence forums about mid twenty year olds with six-figure incomes and five-figure savings per month. Many people read about these stories and feel like they can’t compare, but if you’re in Deb’s situation, you’re already doing well with retirement savings! It can be dangerous to compare your journey to others who’s backstory you don’t know. That’s why we encourage everyone to save, invest, and spend at a rate that works for their goals!
In This Episode We CoverFinding side-income sources and business that will help you with retirement savingsKeeping an expense tracker and budget so you know exactly what you’re spendingHaving a sizeable emergency fund so you’re never in a bad positionGiving every dollar a purpose in your budgetSetting up your children with Roth IRAs so they can start investing soonerAnd So Much More!
193: Building a Business After Homelessness, Addiction, and Debt
Part of the mission of the BiggerPockets Money Show is to share journeys from all walks of life. Our guests show that no matter where you’re at, you can reach financial freedom and enjoy your life on your terms. Today’s guest, T Christopher Colton, is a shining example of pulling yourself out of the depths and into the light.
Chris never liked school, and was spanked all throughout elementary and middle school for failing to pay attention in class. He was told he needed to go to college, but didn’t have the passion for higher learning that other classmates did. He ran away from home multiple times, ended up being homeless, and addicted to drugs. He had stints as a car salesman, before going into carpentry.
With the help of his wife, Chris was able to get off the streets and live a stable life with his full time income. But, he wanted more. He became an electrician apprentice and started doing side work to help pay off the $100,000+ debt he had accumulated. Thankfully, he found out about financial independence through Dave Ramsey, putting him on a path to reject consumer debt, go hard on retirement accounts, and bring in more income.
In This Episode We CoverThe financial danger of buying a new car, and the costs that come with itSelling everything to get out of debt fastMoving states and reducing costs of living dramatically401(k)s, IRAs, and Roth IRAs for retirementStarting a side business and having your W2 pay for your everyday expensesGetting your children on a path to success with early financial independenceAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets Money Facebook GroupBiggerPockets ForumsFinance Review Guest OnboardingScott's InstagramMindy's TwitterWECA ApprenticeshipCarMaxThe Ramsey ShowCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/moneyshow193
192: I Make Great Money - Why Do I Feel So Broke? Finance Friday
In many of our lives, we make a decent salary, we try to save and invest, but we still feel bogged down by debt. How is it possible to feel “broke” while making a great salary? That is the question that Tiara, today’s guest, is asking. Tiara works as a park ranger in Texas, but wants to take a break in the next few years to go on a big travelling holiday.
This is a great idea! She’s worked very hard, managed to get some assets under her name, and needs a break. But before she can go out and explore the world, she needs to take care of some high-interest credit card debt eating away at her bank account and her financial sanity.
Tiara is also sitting on a rental property that has appreciated since she bought it. This rental property used to be her primary residence, so she still has some emotional ties to it, but with her current needs growing greater than her need to hang on to a negative cash-flowing rental, it may be time to sell the house.
191: It’s Not Your Money, It’s Your Future Self’s Money with Angela Rozmyn
Many of us have had the benefit of growing up in households where our parents taught us about money, saving, and investing. Angela Rozmyn was raised in one of these households, and when she wanted something like a bunk bed, her parents got her to work so she could split the cost of it. Clearly this has helped her even to this day as she pursues financial independence and runs the Facebook Group “Women’s Personal Finance (Women On Fire)”.
Before she was on her financially independent journey, she had to get rid of her student debt. She did so by working two jobs before getting into a full-time position and paying off small amounts of the loan as quickly as possible. She paid off $24,000 in student loans in less than 4 years, a huge accomplishment! One of the biggest factors that pushed her to pay off her loan so early was when she calculated how much she was paying in interest on a daily basis. This lit a fire under her to become debt-free.
Now, Angela writes on her own blog Tread Lightly, Retire Early where she shares her money journey, mistakes, and tricks to hitting financial freedom. Angela prides herself on having such a strong community and blog position in a niche that tends to be led mostly by men.
In This Episode We CoverInstilling a money mentality in children at a young agePaying off your student loans as fast as you canHaving separate accounts when married/in a long-term relationship Maxing out your IRAs and doing as much as you can for your future selfHouse-hacking and finding a roommate that benefits your lifeAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets Money Facebook GroupBiggerPockets ForumsFinance Review Guest OnboardingScott's InstagramMindy's TwitterThe Millionaire EducatorOne Frugal GirlStudent Loan CalculatorRetire by 40BiggerPockets Money Podcast 161 with Mad FientistBiggerPockets Money Podcast 187 with Tiffany AlicheBiggerPockets Money Podcast 124 with Millionaire EducatorBiggerPockets Money Podcast 13 with TanjaCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/moneyshow191
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The hosts are always interviewing the right people. They find good stories that do not just inspire but always make you want to work for your own dream and earn the money you've always wanted