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You can afford anything, but not everything. We make daily decisions about how to spend money, time, energy, focus and attention – and ultimately, our life. Every decision is a trade-off against another choice.

But how deeply do we contemplate these choices? Are we settling for the default mode? Or are we ruthlessly optimizing around a deliberate life?

Host Paula Pant interviews a diverse array of entrepreneurs, early retirees, millionaires, investors, artists, adventurers, scientists, psychologists, productivity experts, world travelers and regular people, exploring the tough work of living a truly excellent life.

Want to learn more? Download our free book, Escape, at http://affordanything.com/escape

Afford Anything Paula Pant

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You can afford anything, but not everything. We make daily decisions about how to spend money, time, energy, focus and attention – and ultimately, our life. Every decision is a trade-off against another choice.

But how deeply do we contemplate these choices? Are we settling for the default mode? Or are we ruthlessly optimizing around a deliberate life?

Host Paula Pant interviews a diverse array of entrepreneurs, early retirees, millionaires, investors, artists, adventurers, scientists, psychologists, productivity experts, world travelers and regular people, exploring the tough work of living a truly excellent life.

Want to learn more? Download our free book, Escape, at http://affordanything.com/escape

    PSA Thursday - Get Ready for a School Year Like No Other with Mandy Bert and Rob Phelan

    PSA Thursday - Get Ready for a School Year Like No Other with Mandy Bert and Rob Phelan

    Do you have school-age children? If so, then brace yourself for a school year like no other.
    This year, some children will return to school five days a week. Others will learn from home five days a week, and yet others will experience a hybrid of the two.
    You and your kids may face wildly different schedules and challenges than anything you've encountered before.
    How can you cope with this? Mandy Bert and Rob Phelan, who both work as teachers and are on the K-12 Education Team at the ChooseFI International Foundation, join us to share tips to help your children - and you! - survive the school year.
    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/psathursday

    • 37 min
    Ask Paula: Should I Invest or Pay Off My Mortgage Early?

    Ask Paula: Should I Invest or Pay Off My Mortgage Early?

    #268: Natasha has $3,300 per month to either invest or use toward an early mortgage payoff. Which option should she choose?
    An anonymous caller and military member wants to know if she should move money from a USAA brokerage to Vanguard to pay less in fees. Her goal is to retire in 12 years with $3,000/month in passive income from rental properties, which will supplement her military pension. Should she only contribute to her TSP up to the match, and invest the rest in rentals?
    Chaim and his wife live in the Middle East and have $30,000 in a U.S. bank account. However, they don’t plan to relocate. How can they best use this money?
    June and her husband are in a sticky situation: they bought their dream house in Michigan last winter, ahead of plans to relocate there. June lives there with their kids, but her husband is unable to find a job despite the numerous contacts he has in the state. He currently works in a job that he dislikes in Southern California, living apart from his family. They’re currently a one-income family, though June has plans to open a firm in Michigan. What should they do?
    Anonymous in Portland has three questions: is a 75/25 US stock/international stock split aggressive? Is an S&P 500 index a close enough equivalent to a total US stock index? Is Betterment worth it for automatic tax harvesting?
    My friend and former financial planner Joe Saul-Sehy joins me to answer these questions. Enjoy!
    For more, go to https://affordanything.com/episode268

    • 1 hr 39 min
    How to Talk To Your Tenants About Financial Difficulties

    How to Talk To Your Tenants About Financial Difficulties

    Welcome back to PSA Thursday, a mostly-weekly segment (sometimes on Thursdays) in which we talk about how to handle money, work, and life in the middle of a pandemic.
    This week, we continue the conversation on what landlords can do to create and maintain open lines of communication with tenants. Doing so can help you avoid a situation in which your tenants ghost you.
    If you find these tips helpful, head to https://affordanything.com/psalandlord to download word-for-word scripts you can use with your tenants.

    • 24 min
    This Year’s Financial Reckoning, with Farnoosh Torabi

    This Year’s Financial Reckoning, with Farnoosh Torabi

    #267: This week, one of the most acclaimed names in the world of personal finance journalism joins us to reflect on the events of 2020.
    Farnoosh Torabi started covering personal finance in 2003 as a reporter for Money Magazine. She later became a correspondent for Jim Cramer's The Street and the host of CNBC's primetime show Follow the Leader. She's the host of the award-winning So Money podcast and the author of several bestselling personal finance books, including When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women.
    She's a contributing editor to NextAdvisor, a personal finance platform in partnership with TIME, as well as a financial columnist to O, The Oprah Magazine and a contributing editor for Bloomberg Business.
    She joins us to discuss how the events of 2020 have led to a great financial reckoning.
    You'll enjoy this if:
    - You want to hear candid discussion about race, privilege, and the wealth chasm
    - You're curious to hear about how the personal finance landscape has changed in the last two decades
    - You're wondering if, in fact, "this time it's different"
    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode267

    • 57 min
    Ask Paula: Your Real Estate Questions, Answered

    Ask Paula: Your Real Estate Questions, Answered

    #266: Paul’s parents own a property worth $100,000, and they owe $80,000 on the mortgage. If he wants to buy this property from them, how should he do it?
    Max is torn between investing in a rental property or taking advantage of a mega backdoor Roth 401k through his company. Which is the better option?
    Ali is a travel nurse and wants to get into real estate investing. Should she buy a duplex that needs fixing up or a cheaper apartment that’s rent-ready?
    Kate and her husband own a townhome that has appreciated substantially, but they need a bigger house. They’re wondering: is it wise to keep it, rent it out, and use a cash-out refinance as a downpayment on their next property?
    I answer these questions on today's episode. Enjoy!

    For more information, visit the show notes at http://affordanything.com/episode266

    • 1 hr 6 min
    PSA Thursday: The Impact of Evictions, with Princeton University Eviction Lab expert Alieza Durana

    PSA Thursday: The Impact of Evictions, with Princeton University Eviction Lab expert Alieza Durana

    Welcome back to PSA Thursday, a mostly-weekly segment in which we talk about how to handle money, work, and life in the middle of a pandemic.
    This week, our focus is on answering a question that many landlords in our community have asked in recent months: what do we do when our tenants can't pay the rent, and our bills are due? 
    To answer this, we asked Alieza Durana, a journalist who works with the Eviction Lab at Princeton University, for her expertise. 
    The Princeton Eviction Lab is a group that rigorously researches the causes and consequences of the affordable housing crisis, housing instability, and the impact of evictions. Alieza shares data gathered from The Eviction Lab and offers tips for landlords who want to be part of the solution, but struggle with the reality of having their own bills to pay.

     
    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/psathursday

    • 34 min

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