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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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    • 4.7, 2.3K Ratings

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: The History of the PPP -- and 4 Extra Relief Options for Entrepreneurs

    PSA Thursday: The History of the PPP -- and 4 Extra Relief Options for Entrepreneurs

    Here's the sordid history of the Payroll Protection Program, plus four additional options for getting pandemic relief as an entrepreneur.
    In this episode we share the following resources for small businesses:
    Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
    Employee Retention Credit.
    SBA 7(a) Program
    Mainstream Lending Program
     
    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/psa-thursday

    • 29 min
    How to Build Financial Resilience in 2020, with Dr. Brad Klontz, financial psychologist

    How to Build Financial Resilience in 2020, with Dr. Brad Klontz, financial psychologist

    #263: It’s been a tough year, and we’re only halfway through it.
    Today’s guest has insights and actions to help you build financial resilience in 2020. Not only will you emerge from the events of this year stronger, you’ll also face future personal challenges and economic downturns with more confidence and knowledge.
    Our guest is Dr. Brad Klontz, a clinical psychologist and Certified Financial Planner. He’s the author of five books on the psychology of money, a founder of the Financial Psychology Institute, a managing principal of Your Mental Wealth Advisors, and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. He’s also a former associate professor of personal financial planning at Kansas State.
    Dr. Klontz appeared on our show in April 2018 to discuss unhealthy attitudes towards money. We invited him back for his expertise on coping with recent situations and developing financial resilience
    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode263

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ask Paula: I'm Taking a Mini-Retirement in a Pandemic. What Should I Do?

    Ask Paula: I'm Taking a Mini-Retirement in a Pandemic. What Should I Do?

    #262: Tyson is taking a year off of work and plans to devote some of his time to domestic travel, volunteer work, and bolstering his rental property portfolio. He originally planned to travel internationally, but won’t due to the pandemic. How does this plan sound?
    Jace is wondering whether she should take advantage of the low stock market prices or keep a larger emergency fund due to the pandemic. Which is the better option, given her goal of financial independence?
    Jace also wants to know: where do you park your money after maxing out a 401k and Roth IRA?
    Venkat had to relocate after living in a condo for one year. He rents out the condo, but he’s in the red. Should he sell this condo? If so, when?
    TW has $250,000 in cash that he can use to either pay off his rental property or purchase two more properties. Which is the better option?
    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode262

    • 54 min
    PSA Thursday - Your Complete Guide to Donor Advised Funds

    PSA Thursday - Your Complete Guide to Donor Advised Funds

    For more information, go to https://affordanything.com/tag/psa-thursday

    • 26 min
    Why I Quit My Job in the Middle of a Recession -- Interview from Lessons from a Quitter

    Why I Quit My Job in the Middle of a Recession -- Interview from Lessons from a Quitter

    #261: I quit my job at the beginning of a recession and made it work. Two years ago, I did an interview with Lessons From a Quitter explaining how.
    Given that so many community members want to leave their jobs for something better in the future, whether it's freelancing, self-employment, or early retirement, I'm re-airing the interview.
    I hope my story sheds light on what's possible in the most inopportune times.
    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode261

    • 57 min
    PSA Thursday - How Does the CARES Act Impact Student Loans?

    PSA Thursday - How Does the CARES Act Impact Student Loans?

    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.
    In this episode, we cover how to manage student loans in the midst of the pandemic with Travis Hornsby, a Chartered Financial Analyst and the founder and CEO of Student Loan Planner. He's an expert in the complex topic of student loans.
    Travis shares deep insights into the changes that have occurred, and how those changes might alter the way you think about and manage your student loans going forward.

    • 28 min

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2.3K Ratings

Chitown Jamie ,

Horrible Title, Great Podcast

Paula has guests that help to explain complex financial situations to laypeople like me. Looking forward to going back to listening to older PCs.

HungryWave ,

Intelligent and clear communicator

One of the best I’ve heard. Truly a pleasure to hear her walk through her lines of reasoning.

Vylinh Nguyen ,

A now balanced educator

I might have already written a glowing review for your wonderful podcast l, but just in case I didn’t, here’s one. As an idealistic educator who graduated college 25 years ago, I was not very careful with money until my early 40s. I was not irresponsible but possessed an overall lack of intentionality about my spending and investment, perhaps in reaction to my materialistic Vietnamese family who came here as boat-people and have fixated primarily on material wealth. Since listening to you for the past three years, I have freed myself of $20,000 of credit card debt and am actively inching my way toward financial integrity and independence. Thank you for the honesty and thoughtfulness of each of your show and for adding value and balance to my idealistic-but-now-also practical life.

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