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#46: Engineering Passive Income Streams to Fund the Life You Want with Financial Samurai

11/12/2018
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This week’s episode features Sam Dogen from Financial Samurai. After one month working for a top investment firm, Sam knew 70-hour workweeks were not the life he wanted. So Sam took action immediately. Instead of fancy cars and dinners out, Sam shared a studio apartment with a friend and socked away HUGE sums of money—50% of mediocre starting salary. He invested in real estate (shocker), stocks, and bonds—and continued his massive savings rate. Taking advantage of the economic downturn,...

Duration:01:20:34

#45: The Truth About Entrepreneurship with Matt Giovanisci

11/5/2018
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Matt Giovanisci is a serial entrepreneur. He decided early on that “working for the man” was not in his cards, and set out to never have to do that again, creating side hustles that generated income so he could be his own boss and do everything on his schedule and his terms. But entrepreneurship isn’t always the pie-in-the-sky fairy tale that it is sometimes made out to be. On today’s episode, we talk to Matt about the successes and failures he’s had as an entrepreneur - from the pool/spa...

Duration:01:15:15

#44: DIY Your Way to FI with Tinian Crawford

10/29/2018
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Tinian Crawford went to college - and took 6 years to complete his Associates Degree in Graphic Design. College just wasn’t for him - he didn’t enjoy it and didn’t get much out of it. He knew he needed a job, but wasn’t sure what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. A series of odd jobs led to a position at a sign shop. Connecting the dots, he saw that many of the signs needed electricity, and figured he’d be worth more if he was an electrician. After mentioning this to his wife,...

Duration:01:00:43

#43: Using the Power of Goal-Setting to Fundamentally Alter Your Financial Path with J Scott

10/22/2018
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You’ve probably heard J Scott’s real estate story (spoiler alert—he’s killing it!). But he’s never really told his money story that led up to this massive real estate success. Today, we talk to J and discover that in his 20s, he knew nothing about money, investing, or real estate. He started off $35,000 in debt, with no plan and no goals. An investing discussion with friends led to the creation of a spreadsheet to display his financial position in terms he could not ignore. The spreadsheet...

Duration:01:15:11

#42: How to Invest in Real Estate with Joshua Dorkin & Brandon Turner

10/15/2018
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Real estate is a hot topic right now, and who better to talk about the subject than BiggerPockets founder Joshua Dorkin and BiggerPockets Real Estate Investing Podcast Host Brandon Turner? No one, that’s who. So we went to these experts, and grabbed some excellent real estate advice. We get a brief history of their experiences with money and chat about their new book, How to Invest In Real Estate. Buy the book at www.biggerpockets.com/investinre This fun episode also includes tips for...

Duration:01:21:28

FinCon Bonus Episode: Debt Free in Three Years With Zina Kumok

10/13/2018
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Zina Kumok’s parents immigrated to the United States, with no money education and completely unprepared for the consumer society they found themselves in. They quickly got into credit card debt in order to have the lifestyle they “deserved.” An avid listener of Dave Ramsey, Zina quickly determined she did not want to ever be in debt. However, she graduated with $24,000 in student loan debt and made it her mission to pay that off as soon as she could. Every single extra dime she found, she...

Duration:00:25:23

#41: How to Find the Best Possible Certified Financial Planner (CFP) for Your Needs with Kyle Mast

10/8/2018
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You’re on the path to financial independence—but you’re not sure what to do with your money. Index funds sound great, but your total financial situation doesn’t end with index funds. Today we sit down with Kyle Mast, a Certified Financial Planner. Kyle LOVES his job as a CFP, but there aren’t enough hours in the day for him to help every single person. He gives advice on how to find a GREAT CFP, shares exactly what a CFP is, how they get paid, and how they can help almost anyone make their...

Duration:01:39:11

#40: Taking Command of Your Finances by Understanding (& Controlling) Money with Joe Saul-Sehy

10/1/2018
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Today we chat with Joe Saul-Sehy from Stacking Benjamins. Joe shares his money story, which starts off with him figuring out how to get into debt, then discovering he didn’t like being there. He learned that you can’t diagnose what’s wrong with you until you have it all in front of you, so he laid everything out, and started a monthly money date with his wife to get everything sorted out and under control. Joe has three fantastic tips to help you stay on your chosen financial path. He also...

Duration:01:35:23

#39: From “Bad with Money” to Intentional Saving and Spending with Jamila Souffrant

9/24/2018
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Jamila Souffrant grew up watching her mom struggle to provide for her. She decided early on that she wanted to be a millionaire, her solution to not having enough was to simply make a lot of money. She saved like crazy, but didn’t have a plan for it. A good student, she attended college and got into an internship program that places minority students with Fortune 500 companies and pays them well. During college, she saved 80-90% of her salary - but was still considered herself “bad with...

Duration:01:09:00

#38: Getting Serious About Paying Off Debt with Phillip Taylor from PT Money

9/17/2018
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Phillip Taylor studied to be a CPA in college, just like his dad. He graduated with some debt and decided to add to it by buying a house. In order to afford his new house, he didn’t max out his 401k—he didn’t even contribute enough to get the full company match! By the time he got serious about paying down his debt, it totaled $95,000. PT decided to journal his experiences on a blog he called PTMoney.com. And something amazing happened. He found his tribe. PT soon discovered that there was...

Duration:01:12:09

#37: Paying Off Student Loan Debt with a Median Income and Two Kids in Northern California with Kyle Renke

9/10/2018
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Kyle Renke graduated from college and hopped right on the American dream bandwagon. He started off with a starter house, added a couple of kids and moved onto a bigger, better house—one that he could barely afford. He then went back to grad school, tacking on another $40k in student loans. Kyle and his wife spent money left and right, never seeming to be able to get ahead. Finally, he got sick and tired of being sick and tired. Kyle read books and connected with friends in a better...

Duration:00:59:44

#36: From Childhood Poverty to Financial Freedom by Age 32 with Jillian Johnsrud

9/3/2018
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Jillian Johnsrud grew up lacking the privileges that many of us take for granted. Jillian Johnsrud grew up poor, with an abusive step father and a mother unable to leave due to lack of funds. She emancipated herself during her junior year of high school, living in a camper in high school, waiting tables after class. Still, she managed to save $8,000 by the time she graduated. She married young, and medical debt and student loan debt put her family in a tough starting position. From there,...

Duration:01:21:29

#35: Hacking Your Life to Live for (Almost) Free with Craig Curelop

8/27/2018
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Graduating from college, Craig Curelop had amassed an impressive $25,000 savings account - AND $85,000 in student loan debt. Conventional advice is to pay off your student loans BEFORE investing. In this episode, we hear how Craig ignored this advice and started buying properties to House Hack in the hot Denver real estate market while making the minimum payment on his student loans. Fast forward a few years, and now Craig generates significant income through his primary residence and can...

Duration:01:06:32

#34: The Low-Stress, Surprisingly Simple Way to Pursue Financial Freedom with Andy Hill

8/20/2018
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On today's show we discuss the highest-probability way that a family can move toward financial independence—without stress and worry—while enjoying incremental freedoms along the way. We’ll also talk about all-cash real estate investing, where to park your money as you save up for a large real estate investment, and how families can find ways to cut back in spite of having expensive kids to care for. Andy Hill usually plays the role of interviewer, but today he's switched seats to share...

Duration:01:03:57

#33: From Debt to Financial Freedom While Active Duty Military with Stuart Grazier

8/13/2018
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Stuart Grazier joined the military and immediately went into debt. A chance encounter with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University showed him how to manage his finances, and he returned from his stint overseas with his more than $40,000 in debt paid off! His wife had roommates while he was overseas, and they continued to have roommates when he returned, House-Hacking to cover his mortgage so he could stockpile his cash. Attending a local real estate meetup introduced him to someone...

Duration:01:02:42

#32: Financial Freedom Through Small Life Changes and a Modest Real Estate Portfolio

8/6/2018
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Today we sit down with Mr. and Mrs. Planting our Pennies, or Mr. and Mrs. PoP for short. Mr. PoP never wanted to be anchored to an inflexible job. Mrs. PoP never wanted to be financially insecure. A reward trip to Hawaii after a good sales year at his job led Mr. PoP to the internet where he found Early Retirement Extreme and Mr. Money Mustache. Mrs. PoP ran the numbers and discovered that their target number for a mini-retirement really wasn’t that hard to reach. A few more calculations...

Duration:01:09:02

#31: How to Boost Your Income & Investments for a Faster Route to Financial Freedom

7/30/2018
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Continuing where we left off from last week’s episode, this show discusses increasing your income by recognizing existing opportunities and making your own opportunities through side hustles. The show progresses through investing basics, both traditional stock market investments as well as real estate investing. (This is BiggerPockets, after all.) Do you have your spending under control? This is the show that takes you to the next step in your journey—increasing your income to grow your...

Duration:01:00:51

#30: How to Cut Expenses for a Faster Route to Financial Freedom

7/23/2018
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We’ve interviewed more than 30 people for the BiggerPockets Money Podcast over the course of this year — and we’ve got a LOT more people to interview! We’ve heard from so many listeners: “I’d like to get started on the path toward financial freedom, but I don’t know where to begin." Today, Scott and Mindy share EXACTLY how you get started with tracking your spending, and how to make SIGNIFICANT cuts in your budget to move you down the path faster. Looking to become financially free? THIS...

Duration:01:01:42

#29: From $200,000 in Student Loan Debt to $150,000 Net Worth in 3 Years with Nick and Alyssa Parros

7/16/2018
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Nick and Alyssa were high school sweethearts, who went to college where their family attitudes toward money came to light. Nick’s “save up for it” mindset saw him graduate with around $50k in student loan debt, while Alyssa’s more spendthrift attitude towards the college lifestyle had her graduating with $80,000 in debt—and her graduate degree piled another $60,000 on top of that. They got married and quickly discovered their vastly different views on money. Through budgeting,...

Duration:01:13:59

#28: How Anyone Can Easily Make Extra Money Using Side Hustles with Nick Loper

7/9/2018
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Side hustle is a huge buzzword in the FI community. Make extra money on the side doing something fun, something you love, or even just something that pays really well. Today we bring in Nick Loper, Founder of Side Hustle Nation, to share his expertise about side hustling: What they are, who they’re for, and how to implement one of your own. Nick also shares some of his favorite side hustles, including some surprisingly easy ways to make money. Looking to increase your income? You MUST...

Duration:01:11:27