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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.

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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.

    Your Social Security Questions Answered | Mike Piper

    Your Social Security Questions Answered | Mike Piper

    In this episode: full retirement age, earnings, spousal benefits, survivor benefits, filing for benefits, and the earnings test.
    This week, Mike Piper joins the show to talk all things social security and answer listener questions that arose from our last social security related conversation back in episode 474! Whether it is discussing the full retirement age, discussing when to file for benefits, and different situations and their correlating differing types of benefits, Brad and Mike cover your burning questions so when the time comes you can catapult yourself into retirement confident and comfortably. While the topic of social security can often be confusing, being informed and prepared based on you and your families situation can make approaching it a lot less formidable, so listen along now to be ready down the line when it is your time to file!
    Mike Piper:

    Website: opensocialsecurity.com Book: "Social Security Made Simple: Social Security Retirement Benefits and Related Planning Topics Explained in 100 Pages or Less" by Mike Piper Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode:

    Social Security Deep Dive | Denis Shapiro | ChooseFI Ep 474 SSA.tools Social Security Calculator Why Are ETFs (Sometimes) More Tax-Efficient Than Mutual Funds? Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount) Get a cheaper phone plan with Mint Mobile

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Mailbag: Roth vs. Trad, $35k Roth to 529, Combining Finances | Rachael Camp

    Mailbag: Roth vs. Trad, $35k Roth to 529, Combining Finances | Rachael Camp

    In this episode: roth versus traditional IRA, second generation FI, FI and newlyweds, and retirement planning optimization.
    This week we are diving back into the listener Mail Bag with our returning guest Rachael Camp to answer questions from the community! Today we will be discussing the differences between Roth and Traditional IRAs and the future variables and factors you should consider, as well as discuss the new rules and considerations surrounding 529 plans and how to best financially plan when considering your children and your spouse. Listen along as YOU, the community, dictate the conversation with your hot-button FI questions! 
    Rachael Camp: Website: rachaelcampwealth.com Twitter: @camp_wealth YouTube: @CampWealth Instagram: @campwealth Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Mailbag: Spending Down to Zero, High Fee 401(k), Mini Retirements | Rachael Camp | ChooseFI Ep 485 Limits Of Tax Diversification And The Tax Alpha Of Roth Optimization Love, Loss, and Money: The Shocking Financial Aftermath of a FI Spouse’s Death | Amy | ChooseFI Ep 476 Becoming Work Optional Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount) Get a cheaper phone plan with Mint Mobile

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Lazy Landlord | James Lowery

    The Lazy Landlord | James Lowery

    In this episode: real estate, lazy landlording, attracting the right tenants, finding ideal situations, and traveling.
    This week we are joined by returning guest James Lowery to discuss his “lazy landlord” concept to streamline and simplify real estate investing as well as set processes in place that not only make your life easier as a landlord but make it easy for your tenets as well! If you are on the FI journey and curious about adding real estate into your portfolio, whether it be long or short term rental properties, there are ways to make it a more simple process than you might think. With some planning and intentional action, the lazy landlording life could be well within your grasp!
    James Lowery: Website: rethinktheratrace.com eBook: Tenant Proof Your Property Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Vegan Path To FI | ChooseFI Ep. 90 EconoME Conference “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich” by Tim Ferris “The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman” by Tim Ferris BiggerPockets James Lowery: How to Become a Lazy Landlord Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount) Get a cheaper phone plan with Mint Mobile

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Money is Your Best Form of Protest | Tori Dunlap

    Money is Your Best Form of Protest | Tori Dunlap

    In this episode: financial freedom, starting your own business, you can't sprint forever, buying vs renting, and investing.
    This week we are rejoined by host of Financial Feminist podcast and creator of Her First 100K, Tori Dunlap, to fill us in on her journey with FI over the last few years, discuss what financial equity and the importance of building financial foundation and literacy among marginalized groups, as well as discuss how financial advice can differ for men and women. While money can be linked with stability and ease in one's life, the real power that comes from personal finance and independence is the freedom it allows you to not only change your life, but instill change in the communities around you. Although there can be times you feel guilt or shame when discussing financial literacy, there are endless resources at your disposal to educate and have you feeling confident.
    Tori Dunlap:
    Website: herfirst100k.com Book: “Financial Feminist: Overcome the Patriarchy’s Bullsh*t to Master Your Money and Build a Life You Love” Podcast: Financial Feminist Instagram: @herfirst100k Where to Start: Her First 100k Quiz Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Negotiate Your Salary With Tori Dunlap | ChooseFI Ep 147 Marriage Kids and Money The Impact of Fees on Your Investment “The Simple Path to Wealth: Your Road Map to Financial Independence and a Rich, Free Life” by JL Collins RENTING VS. BUYING: WHAT’S RIGHT FOR ME? Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount) Get a cheaper phone plan with Mint Mobile

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Design Your Extraordinary Life | Alan & Katie Donegan

    Design Your Extraordinary Life | Alan & Katie Donegan

    In this episode: doing everything but not at once, building your extraordinary life, optimizing your time, and what to do after FI.
    This week we are joined by Alan and Katie Donogan as well as my guest co-host Ginger live from the Design Your Extraordinary Life Weekend event in Las Vegas, where we will be discussing their exercise of envisioning what an extraordinary life can look like in designated areas of your life, as well as learning how identify and overcome limiting beliefs that can hold you back from achieving your dream life. Reaching your FI goal can radically change your life and usher in new freedom, but it doesn’t necessarily mean all your problems go away. While you may be focused on taking actionable steps to to hit your FI number, it's just as important to take actionable steps to build and create the life you want to be living! By taking account of certain areas of your life and identifying the areas and mindsets that need to be changed in order to achieve your extraordinary life, you will not only be on track to living your best life on your FI journey, but continuing to live it well after you reach the finish line!
    9 Life Snapshot Categories (Explained here.)
    Love and Relationships Career or Business or Mission Finances Physical Environment Friends and Family Fun, Adventure and Passion Health and Wellness Personal Growth and Development Spirituality Alan and Katie Donegan:

    Website: alandonegan.com YouTube: The Donegans Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode:

    The Cure for the Boring Middle | Fioneers | ChooseFI Ep 472 EconoME Conference "The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living" by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman Viola and Dan’s YouTube Channel General Donegan update Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount) Get a cheaper phone plan with Mint Mobile

    • 1 hr 16 min
    The RRTTLLU Investing Framework | Jesse Cramer

    The RRTTLLU Investing Framework | Jesse Cramer

    In this episode: RRTTLU, actual risk, actual return, balancing portfolios, understanding your timeline, taxes, and legal situations.
    This week we are joined by Jesse Cramer of the “Best Interest" blog and podcast to discuss “RRTTLLU”, an acronym that provides a framework and guide of some of the factors one should consider when they start investing. While investing on your own can seem complex with many factors to consider such as your risk tolerance, the potential tax liabilities, and returns; being realistic about what you want to get out of your investment and what timeline you are on will only ensure your success. Considering some of these factors before you start investing can help you to choose your investments smartly, and give you the confidence and self-assurance for when changes or uncertainties come and go! 
    Jesse Cramer: Website: bestinterest.blog Podcast: The Best Interest Podcast Resources Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Join ChooseFI’s Facebook Group! Investor Policy Statement | ChooseFI Ep 189 Bucket Your Money The Safe Withdrawal Rate Series “Die With Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life” by Bill Perkins How to Access Your Retirement Accounts Before 59.5 | Sean Mullaney | ChooseFI Ep 475 Answering Your Questions on How to Access Money Before 59.5 | ChooseFI Ep 491 RRTTLLU: That’s Not a Typo, Investors Subscribe to The FI Weekly! More Helpful Links and FI Resources: Top 10 Recommended Travel Rewards Credit Cards Empower: Free Dashboard to Track Your Finances CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account M1 Finance: Commission-Free Investing, 1-click rebalancing CashFreely: Maximize Your Cash Back Rewards Travel Freely: Track all your rewards cards and points Emergency Binder: For Your Family’s Essential Info (code ‘CHOOSEFI’ for 20% off) Student Loan Planner: Custom Consult (with $100 Discount) Get a cheaper phone plan with Mint Mobile

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Makes you feel you can do this

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Brad’s thoughtful kindness is a breath of fresh air in this genre. He really listens, and he sounds curious about the things I’m curious about—even though some of it is stuff he knows inside and out.

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