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Author: Jonathan Mendonsa & Brad Barrett

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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.
297 Episodes
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 
Medical debt has the power to seriously hurt your financial future. Many Americans are faced with unavoidable medical debt that has crippled their financial situation. RIP Medical Debt is a nonprofit working to forgive medical debt for pennies on the dollar. Today on the show, they share their background and the amazing progress they've made. For more information, visit the show notes at
Big ERN comes on the show today to break down the numbers of Becky’s retirement plan. He works through their real numbers to determine how solid their retirement plan is. For more information, visit the show notes at
Becky Heptig shares her personal story to show that FI is an attainable goal at any age. It is an encouraging story because it shows no matter what age you find FI at, it is not too late to change your life for the better. For more information, visit the show notes at 
151R | Fit Waist Fat Wallet

151R | Fit Waist Fat Wallet


Using David Hauser’s framework from last week of decision making through split testing, Brad and Jonathan look at their sleep, fitness, and diet. For more information, visit the show notes at 
As a successful start-up founder, David Hauser felt mercilessly driven to create success through extreme measures. Today, he opens up to Brad and Jonathan about his drive to succeed and how he has applied an experimentation framework to his health and wellness. For more information, visit the show notes at
150R | Goals vs Systems

150R | Goals vs Systems


Building your blueprint to FI starts with the basics. A simple thing like tracking your spending can set you on a path that will change your life forever. Today, we get back to FI 101 and uncover the stark difference between goals and systems. For more information, visit the show notes at
Diania Merriam discusses accountability, shifting perspectives, and community. She has a great perspective on building community and life with balance. For more information, visit the show notes at
149R | Whole Life Insurance

149R | Whole Life Insurance


How to break Old Navy and cockamamie life insurance schemes are just two of the topics Brad and Jonathan cover in today's episode. For more information, visit the show notes at
Comments (36)

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
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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
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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

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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
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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

Alina Leonardo

great episode!

Feb 8th
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