Author: Jonathan Mendonsa & Brad Barrett | Choose FI Media

Subscribed: 11,598Played: 529,730


Jonathan & Brad explore the world of Financial Independence. They discuss reducing expenses, crushing debt, building passive income streams through online businesses and real estate. How to pay off debt, Crush your grocery bill and travel the world for free. Every episode is packed with content and actionable tips and no topic is too big or small as long as it speeds up the process of reaching financial independence.
315 Episodes
Liz grew up with a single mom that struggled financially after getting divorced. Due to that, she had to learn how to budget at a very young age. She helped her mom pay off some debt over a period of years. Braden had a completely different relationship with money. He grew up in a well-off family, so he never had to worry about money. He did get a job at 16 because his parents wanted him to learn the value of hard work. Liz and Braden share their story of: • Landing over $100k in scholarships • World Travels • Finding FI • Staying at Home For more information, visit the show notes at
Half full? Half Empty? Ehh... There's some water in the cup. Medical bills are never fun, but at least you met your deductible... at the very end of the year. Brad and Jonathan discuss building credit from ground zero, and reflecting a bit on Gretchin Rubin's "The 4 tendencies". In addition, we share a segment with Larry Hagner from the Dad Edge Alliance discussing the importance of financial intimacy. This is your Friday Roundup! For more information, visit the show notes at
Although finding the path to FI can be exciting, it can be frustrating to have difficulty communicating this vision to your family and friends. Gretchen Rubin joins the show to shed some light on the four tendencies or people and how to communicate with each tendency. For more information, visit the show notes at
161R | Reignite

161R | Reignite


Welcome to the first Roundup of 2020! Brad and Jonathan share exciting announcements like: • Launch of Everyday Courage by Jillian Johnsrud • FI101 and the ChooseFI International Foundation • Updates To The Tax Code For more information, visit the show notes at
Jackie Cummings Koski shares her story of a single mom that made FIRE a reality. She proves that there is no one way to achieve FI. The goal can be accomplished by people from all walks of life and Jackie offers a unique perspective of FI. For more information, visit the show notes at
160R | Everyday Courage

160R | Everyday Courage


The ChooseFI family is launching a new podcast today. Everyday Courage is officially live! Please take a moment to subscribe to Jillian Johnsrud's new podcast
160 | End of Year Wins 2019

160 | End of Year Wins 2019


As we ring in the new year, it is time to celebrate our community’s wins. This episode is dedicated entirely to the wins that have happened throughout the community this year. The goal is to congratulate everyone on a fantastic year and inspire the community to continue to achieve amazing things next year. For more information, visit the show notes at
It's the last Friday roundup of the decade! Learn how to level up your skills with: Everyday Courage New Year's Resolutions Building A Business with Intentionality For more information, visit the show notes at
Jaime Masters has been a part of the personal finance space since 2011. It all started with a desire to share her story. Listen as she talks about time management, building a business, sales and marketing, and more. For more information, visit the show notes at
Learn how to calculate your real hourly wage and savings rate. We discuss Kim’s story shared on Monday’s episode, meal planning, and more. For more information, visit the show notes at
Kim from The Frugal Engineers shares her journey and the importance of determining your real hourly wage. Kim’s story goes from Boarding School to College to a real hourly wage to quitting her day job and building a business. For more information, visit the show notes at
After learning more about habits with James Clear this week, Brad and Jonathan discuss the compounding interest of self improvement and turning intention into action. What’s covered in today’s show: • Building Habits • Identity Statements • Find Your Tribe …and more. For more information, visit the show notes at
James Clear, author of Atomic Habits , shares his story. The conversation dives into the difference between systems and goals. How To See Through The Short-Term For The Long-Term The Compounding Effect How Identity Drives Your Habits Goals, Systems, and more For more information, visit the show notes at
A gap year might seem unthinkable for some but Noah and Becky share exactly how they navigated their gap year. Plus, Brad and Jonathan discuss emergency funds and your risk tolerance. For more information, visit the show notes at
Rob Berger, founder of Dough Roller and Retire Before Mom and Dad, talks about the simple math of early retirement and more essential FI lessons that are important to talk about.  For more information, visit the show notes at
155R | Year End Tax Planning

155R | Year End Tax Planning


Sean Mullaney joins the show to discuss year-end tax planning. He goes into deductions, self-employment income, and how to get the most from your deductions. For more information, visit the show notes at
Leslie Tayne opens up about her journey as a single parent, financial problems in her first marriage, and how to move forward from debt. For more information, visit the show notes at
154R | Inception

154R | Inception


Tim and Amy from Go With Less join Brad and Jonathan to discuss their unique travel strategy. Plus, tips on how to design your dream life. Some of the topics in today’s show: House Sitting With Tim And Amy Build Your Dream Life FI 101 and more For more information, visit the show notes at
Graduating from college debt-free can accelerate the path to FI dramatically. Brian Eufinger and Seonwoo Lee share their best tips on hacking the FAFSA on today's episode. For more information, visit the show notes at
On today’s Friday Roundup, Jonathan's shares his experience with health coverage after his wife welcomed a new baby into their family. We also discuss Healthshare plans and Healthcare After FI. For more information, visit the show notes at 
Comments (40)

Kim Litinas

Great podcast! Connected with me.

Dec 8th

Karen Meyer

guys, i love your podcast! after listening to this episode i purchased The Simple Path To Wealth and Choose FI. thank you so much for all you do...for educating me and giving me the tools i need to do this!!

Nov 19th

Gaurav Tewary

The maths is way off! If you’re paying 35% tax and need to spend $1000 post tax, you need to earn almost 1600, not 1300$ pre tax. 1600*.65=1040

Nov 18th

Ephraim Muchemi

This is such an amazing episode! It was relevant and due.

Oct 8th

Aaron Webb

this is super helpful!

Sep 30th

Christopher Wills

Super podcast, I have been listening for just under 2 years and the content is still relevant. great job covering a variety of topics associated with reaching FI, lifestyle and just being a good human.

Sep 16th

Clare Tyler

a lot of preamble! 15 mins in and haven't addressed the podcast title. I'm sure theres great info here but it makes for hard listening. I would appreciate a to the point style.

Sep 6th

Jenn l

how do you find the baseline point cost in order to determine the sweet spot?

Sep 4th
Reply (1)

Aoriseth Nirmno

What options are there for people living in Europe? Credit card rewards here seem to be underwhelming or non existent. Is it possible to open an American credit card while living in Europe and use the bonuses that way?

Aug 17th

Timera Boateng

one property per year for 5 years then attack the debt for 10 years(if you are planning to buy 5 properties)

Aug 5th

Michelle Valente

just want to clarify... after you earn the rewards on a particular card are you calling and closing the card?

Jul 18th
Reply (1)

Greg Mitchell

I found this podcast three months ago when Brad was on the Millionaires Unveiled podcast. I gave the ChooseFI podcast a listen because my family and I also live in Richmond and I could not be more glad that I did. This podcast and the feedback from the community have had a profound impact on me in the past three months. While it's not my biggest life hack to date I even joined the local library. My wife and I have always been good about saving but our spending has not always been as intentional as it is now. As an Engineer, I love efficiancy and this is the ultimate task to optimize. I can say without a doubt that this podcast has sparked a new fire within me and I cannot wait to share what we will learn in the years to come with our family, friends and our daughter. She's turns one next week but with all of the actionable items from the episodes I'm very much looking forward to having her be second generation FI and always thinking of how I'll present these topics to her. Thank you guys for all that you do and we are truly looking forward to watching the Playing with Fire documentary at the Byrd theater later this month. The path to financial freedom couldn't be more clear and we are very excited to be a part of this movement. Cheers! Greg Mitchell

Jul 6th

Ryan Hill

⬆️😣⤴️😣📩🤷🇮🇷♥️🇮🇶🤷💘🏤🤷🤷umTouch aumTouchnd hold a clip to pin it. Unpinned clips will be deleted after 1 hour.Touch and hold a clip to pin it. Unpinned clipshttp:/ The xx will be deleted after 1 hour.

Jul 2nd

Monica Richardson

This podcast touches on so many levels. I loved it so much.

May 15th

Steve Diahy

i disagree when he says focusing on income is more important than cutting expenses

May 2nd

Antonio Franca

great thanks!

Apr 30th

Lisa Renton Hudson

I'm a 1st time listener and I am very intrigued to know how you eat a meal for $2 per person. A head of broccoli or can of spaghetti o's costs almost $2! Please share your secrets! Thx!

Mar 28th
Reply (1)

Joe Reed

Great show!

Mar 8th

Melissa Janczura

Great info guys! I'm in the learning process and my head is spinning! 😊 This gives me a great starting point. Thank you! 😊

Feb 25th

Pavlina Atanasova

FINALLY!!!! Someone with an actual business that is living a FI life. As a business owner myself it's great to hear other people that have gone through this and how they've done it. LOVE IT! Go Craig.

Feb 13th
Download from Google Play
Download from App Store