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080 | FI is an Amazing Race | AlabaMayasia

6/18/2018
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Khai Shing, a former contestant on The Amazing Race, and blogger at ALABA+MA+LAYSIA, talks about balancing her pursuit of FI while finding ways to travel, worldwide, at discount prices. Did Khai start with global travel, or with The Amazing Race?Took about 3 months from applying to The Amazing Race with her twin brother, to being selected for the show - traveling all over China.Khai grew up in Malaysia, and plans to return there for retirement, once she achieves FI.How did Khai and her...

Duration:00:55:21

079R | Personal Brand

6/15/2018
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Highlights of Monday’s episode with Tim & Amy Rutherford, discussion about healthcare, additional podcast recommendations, and voicemails from the ChooseFI community. For more information, visit the show notes at http://ChooseFI.com/079R

Duration:01:03:54

079 | Embracing Retirement | Amy and Tim Rutherford

6/11/2018
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Tim & Amy Rutherford talk about early retirement, living with lower expenses and a busier schedule of fun, free activities, and what life changes they made to get there. How did Amy and Tim meet and what were their spending habits at the time?What did “frugal” look like for Amy and Tim initially?With enough money in the bank, cutting their spending gave them an opportunity to retire almost as soon as they became aware of financial independence.Managing spending is equally as important as...

Duration:01:00:13

078R | College Hacking Toolbox

6/8/2018
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Lots going on in this episode with a recap of Episode 78 with Travis Hornsby about Student Loan Debt Repayment Options. But also, Brad sold his house and Jonathan has become a “rockstar” at selling things on Craigslist. For more information, visit the show notes at http://ChooseFI.com/078R

Duration:00:59:49

078 | Student Loan Debt Repayment | Travis Hornsby

6/4/2018
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Travis Hornsby, founder of StudentLoanPlanner.com, talks early retirement, traveling Europe, and developing a passion for helping people crawl out of student loan debt. What you'll hear on today's show: Why did Travis attempt retirement at 25?If you’re unhappy before reaching FI, will you be happy afterward?Where did Travis’ frugal tendencies come from?How did Travis get paid to go to college?Do many universities offer full scholarships, and where should students find that...

Duration:01:11:49

77R | Side Hustle Coaching Series Part 2 | Alan & Tallis

6/1/2018
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An second part to the conversation between ChooseFi community member Tallis, who teaches dance classes in retirement facilities, and Pop-Up Business School founder Alan Donegan, to help get Tallis’ side hustle off the ground. Precursors to this episode:Episode 30andEpisode 56.Tallis gives an update on her side hustle to-do list.Client feedback: the questions you ask impact the results you’ll get.What is the best way to sell Tallis’ dance classes to the retirement facilities.Tallis...

Duration:01:00:54

077 | Advanced Travel Rewards From 3rd Generation FI | Marla Taner

5/28/2018
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Experienced travel hacker and world traveler Marla Taner shares story of reaching financial independence, and her best tips for getting to Hawaii, Costa Rica and the Caribbean with minimal expenses, using credit cards points and air miles. ——————- Thank you for being a part of the ChooseFI community! 🙂 If you want to support us, here are some easy ways: 1) Leave an iTunes review: http://www.choosefi.com/itunes 2) Use our page to sign up for travel credit cards Note: We may...

Duration:01:20:03

076R | Race or Journey?

5/25/2018
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Brad and Jonathan brainstorm ways to implement local adventure into their own lives and the lives of the ChooseFI community. Also, achat about high school reunions, local libraries, and a few clarifications about 401k contributions. Jonathan's 26-year-old sister just hit an 85% savings rate.Living at home can be super helpful to the recent college graduate, or young person entering the workforce.Getting to $100k net worth is the hardest part: after that, compounded interest starts working...

Duration:01:00:14

076 | Planned Spontaneity | Mrs Adventure Rich

5/21/2018
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Mrs. Adventure Rich talks about making the choice to live an adventurous life, her family’s pursuit of financial independence, and finding a balance between maximizing financial opportunities and living a happy, fulfilling, high quality of life. ——————- Thank you for being a part of the ChooseFI community! 🙂 If you want to support us, here are some easy ways: 1) Leave an iTunes review: http://www.choosefi.com/itunes 2) Use our page to sign up for travel credit cards Note: We...

Duration:01:02:33

075R | Mainstream Adoption

5/18/2018
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“Personal finance is becoming financial independence.” Financial independence doesn’t necessarily mean retiring early; it means allocating your resources in the way you see fit. This is just a taste of what we discuss in this recap from Monday's interview with Brian Feroldi from The Motley Fool. Jonathan talks about blowing his budget on breakfast at the cold bar in Wegman’s, while Brad thinks that grocery shopping at Wegman’s is the same cost as Walmart.Brad talks about meeting...

Duration:00:50:14

075 | The Unfair Advantage of the Individual Investor | Brian Feroldi

5/14/2018
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Brian Feroldi talks through the advantages and disadvantages of individual investing, the realistic expectations for performance, and his strategies for beating Wall Street. ...and more at https://ChooseFI.com/075 ——————- Thank you for being a part of the ChooseFI community! 🙂 If you want to support us, here are some easy ways: 1) Leave an iTunes review: http://www.choosefi.com/itunes 2) Use our page to sign up for travel credit cards Note: We may receive a commission if...

Duration:01:01:10

074R | ChooseFI Scholarship

5/11/2018
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An update the community on recent activities, discussion about the opportunity cost of college and potential alternatives, a ChooseFI scholarship announcement, and a few voicemails from the ChooseFI community. ...and more can be found at http://ChooseFI.com/074R ——————- Thank you for being a part of the ChooseFI community! 🙂 If you want to support us, here are some easy ways: 1) Leave an iTunes review: http://www.choosefi.com/itunes 2) Use our page to sign up for travel credit...

Duration:00:54:14

074 | Ryan Carson | Learn to Code | Treehouse

5/7/2018
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Ryan Carson’s tech-education company, Treehouse, teaches computer coding as a trade skill, giving students an opportunity to enter the work force, or change careers in nine months, at a fraction of the cost of a four-year degree. Ryan considers coding a trade skill, rather than profession that requires a four-year degree.Ryan founded Treehouse to help people avoid student debt, get a job sooner and start saving for their 401k sooner.There will be 1.4 million new jobs in tech, and only...

Duration:00:56:32

073R | How to Make Money Online

5/4/2018
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7 ways to make money online, plus a review of Monday's interview with Jamila Souffrant from Journey To Launch. We dive deep into making money with: For more information, visit the show notes at http://ChooseFI.com/073R ——————- Thank you for being a part of the ChooseFI community! 🙂 If you want to support us, here are some easy ways: 1) Leave an iTunes review: http://www.choosefi.com/itunes 2) Use our page to sign up for travel credit cards Note: We may receive a...

Duration:00:57:49

073 | Jamila Souffrant | Fail Forward

4/30/2018
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Jamila Souffrant tells us about college internships, buying real estate right out of college, a few failed business ventures, and her decision to pursue FI, starting by saving $85,000 in the first year. We talk to Jamila about: ...and more at https://ChooseFI.com/073 ——————- Thank you for being a part of the ChooseFI community! 🙂 If you want to support us, here are some easy ways: 1) Leave an iTunes review: http://www.choosefi.com/itunes 2) Use our page to sign up for ...

Duration:00:59:48

072R | The Five Most Important Financial Conversations you need to have with your Child

4/27/2018
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Lively discussion about cryptocurrencies as investments, review of last week’s MidAtlantic Camp FI, and several exciting contributions and questions from the ChooseFI community. What you'll hear in today's roundup: Brad’s brother is visiting from Santiago, Chile – how is he managing his path to financial independence as an international teacher?Review of Monday’s episode discussing Bitcoin with Myles WakehamWhat are drawbacks of cryptocurrency?Is Bitcoin a good investment, or is it just...

Duration:01:01:10

072 | Bitcoin| What Am I Missing? | Myles Wakeham

4/23/2018
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Myles Wakeham tells us how he discovered Bitcoin, how and why cryptocurrencies have to value, and gives us a nuanced perspective of where cryptocurrency might go in the future. How did Myles, a software developer, come to invest in Bitcoin? Myles spent years figuring ways to pay his Bangladeshi software developer, until mid 2011, when his contractor discovered Bitcoin as a more effective method of payment. There's much more to this story - and to learn about cryptocurrencies, so check...

Duration:01:23:22

071R | The Real Value of Soft Skills

4/20/2018
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Brad and Jonathan compare their college experiences to Chris Hutchins’ from the Monday episode, they discuss the importance of owning your own FI decisions, and we get updates from several members of the ChooseFI community. Brad considers starting a blog for his daughter as second-generation FI.Review of Chris Hutchins’ episode last Monday.Brad compares his experience of packing meals ahead for vacation to Chris’ grandparents growing up.What is value of cultivating relationships, and how...

Duration:01:03:51

071 | Silicon Valley FI | Chris Hutchins | Grove

4/16/2018
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Chris Hutchins, founder/CEO of Grove, a new, optimized financial planning company based in San Francisco, talks about how a life and career of entrepreneurship led him to the FI community, and his current business venture. And, how his new company meets the needs of the average person better than a traditional financial planner. What you'll hear in this episode: Is Chris a risk taker or financial conservative?How did Chris find his way into the financial planning and optimization...

Duration:01:07:36

070R | Left Behind

4/13/2018
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Updates from Brad and Jonathan, review of Vickie Robin’s episode, discussion of how ChooseFI aims to handle politics, and more updates from the ChooseFI community. Highlights: CampFiwww.choosefi.tv ...and more can be found at https://ChooseFI.com/070R ——————- Thank you for being a part of the ChooseFI community! 🙂 If you want to support us, here are some easy ways: 1) Leave an iTunes review: www.choosefi.com/itunes 2) Use our page to sign up for travel credit cards Note:...

Duration:00:57:26