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For those who have money… or want more of it!

Join Mindy Jensen and Scott Trench (from BiggerPockets.com) weekly for the BiggerPockets Money Podcast. Each week, financial experts Mindy and Scott interview unique and powerful thought leaders about how to earn more, keep more, spend smarter, and grow wealth.




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381: Is Financial Fear Stopping You from Living the Life You Dream Of?
00:45:45

Knowing how to build wealth may come as a given for most investors. Buy assets, hold on to them, profit, and repeat. While this formula may seem simplistic at first glance, the emotional side behind investing is something rarely ever talked about. For those just starting to build wealth, wanting to become financially free, it can be anxiety-provoking tosacrifice most of your money for a single investment that could profit or end up failing. Rookie real estate investors constantly feel this fear before doing their first deal. But what about the fear of never moving forward?

Tamar Hermes grew up without much money, and for most of her life, she never felt she deserved to have a financial surplus. For Tamar, money was something tied to guilt, but she knew to become a self-made millionaire, she’d need to change her mindset. Now, she’s helping other investors, many of whom relate to Tamar’s “starting from zero" story, get their start by building passive-income-producing empires. If you want to repeat Tamar’s path, you’ll have to stick around!

In this episode, Tamar breaks down the simple ways anyone can start building wealth in 2023. She also hits on breaking past financial fear, building your money mindset, and why big goals should always be done in small steps, so you can hit your milestones faster than you think. 2023 is your year, and this is the best way to get started!

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In This Episode We Cover

Overcoming money fears and why so many of us don’t think we deserve wealth

Knowing your “worst-case scenario” and how it can set you free when investing

2023 goals and how to turn yours into bite-sized steps you can accomplish every day

Becoming the person you need to be to build wealth in 2023 

What to do when your social circle/partner disagrees with your financially-free dreams

Pushing through “the grind” and why sacrifice is a prerequisite for success

Scott and Mindy’s simple 2023 steps that you can use to get on the right financial footing for this year

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Scott's Instagram

Mindy's Twitter

Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!

Subscribe to The “On The Market” YouTube Channel

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Check Out Mindy’s 2022 Live Spending Tracker and Budget


Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-381


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Feb 03, 2023
380: The 2023 Tech Layoffs: What HR Won’t Tell You
00:51:18

The 2023 tech layoffs have already begun to make the 2022 tech layoffs look like small-scale firings. What started as a few large companies firing unneeded hires quickly ramped up to an industry-wide cost-cutting exercise as hundreds of thousands of employees were forced to walk away from their stable salaries, free lunches, and healthcare. With tech companies being some of the most generous in terms of compensation, it makes sense that these would be the first businesses to force mass layoffs. But what about those of us who aren’t in tech? Or those that are in tech but still have a job?

Tara Pramme joins us as a human resource expert, explaining exactly why layoffs are happening now, who will be most affected, what to do if you’re let go, and getting back into the job market. Tara knows how hard layoffs can be, especially for those with families to feed or work visas that only last as long as they’re employed. She knows precisely which document means what, what you should know before signing layoff contracts, what you can expect as severance, and how to keep yourself mentally stable during this challenging period.

With large-scale layoffs looking to last for at least the near future, Tara wants to ensure you’re ready for whatever happens next. You’ll also hear about the common warning signs that a layoff is about to happen, why you should NEVER post negatively online after a firing, and what to do on your last day at work.

We hope a layoff never happens to you, but if it does, this episode will leave you prepared to bounce back stronger than ever!


In This Episode We Cover

The 2023 tech layoffs explained and why so many companies are letting employees go

Common warning signs that a layoff is heading your way 

Who is first to be fired when a layoff is announced, and how to tell if your company is planning one

Severance packages, non-disparagement agreements, and how to avoid your final paycheck getting taken away

Healthcare, COBRA, and how to make sure you’re insured when you lose your job

Getting back into the job market and why it’s never too early to update your resume

The “why” behind layoffs and how companies choose to cut staff

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Scott's Instagram

Mindy's Twitter

Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!

Subscribe to The “On The Market” YouTube Channel

Listen to The “On The Market” Podcast: SpotifyApple PodcastsBiggerPockets

Check Out Mindy’s 2022 Live Spending Tracker and Budget

Silicon Valley Investors Club


Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-380


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Jan 30, 2023
379: Finance Friday: Stock-Based Compensation Explained and Tax Traps to Avoid
00:55:13

For the entry-level worker, employee stock options may seem completely foreign. But for most tech workers, this is commonplace and can be highly lucrative if understood correctly. In short, employee stock options, employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs), and restricted stock units (RSUs) all give an employee far more upside (and downside) than a traditional salary. As a result, you’re trading steady take-home pay for the potential to own company stock sharesthat could be valued at even more when you decide to sell. But is this gamble ever worth it?

JT, long-time tech worker, has spent most of his life tinkering away as an engineer at some of the biggest companies in computing. He’s no stranger to the world of stock-based compensation and knows it can be worth the lack of salary if done correctly. In this episode, JT gives a complete overview of what stock-based compensation means, the three different types of stock you’ll be offered, and how this type of payout compares to a regular salary.

He also goes in-depth on timing the sale of your stocks, the tax traps that could cost you thousands, and how to create a plan that lets you profit when getting paid in shares. If you ever foresee yourself working at a startup, tech company, or publicly-traded conglomerate, you MUST know what these types of compensation mean. Or, you’ll risk losing the real reward of a stock-based salary.


In This Episode We Cover

Stock-based compensation explained and why companies would rather pay shares than a salary

ESPPs, RSUs, stock options, and the different ways you could get paid at a tech company

When to sell your company shares and tax tips that can stop you from owning a big IRS bill

Who is eligible to be paid in stock, and whether or not entry-level workers can get access

The stock-payout schedule and when employees can expect to receive full compensation for years of company loyalty

JT’s stock-selling strategy and whether he chooses to sell or hold on to company stock

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Scott's Instagram

Mindy's Twitter

Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!

Subscribe to The “On The Market” YouTube Channel

Listen to The “On The Market” Podcast: SpotifyApple PodcastsBiggerPockets

Check Out Mindy’s 2022 Live Spending Tracker and Budget


Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-379


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Jan 27, 2023
378: Billion-Dollar Jackpots and the Bright Side of Buying a Lottery Ticket
00:56:37

What to do if you win the lottery." This question is getting more online searches than ever before. But what would you do? The wheels start turning as soon as those lucky numbers get picked. You stare down at your ticket in disbelief. Then, you make sure to match the ticket in your hand to the numbers on the screen. You could be staring at a million or billion-dollar prize, and for a second, most of your financial worries start to slip away, soon to be replaced by a new set of challenges. How will you manage it? How much will you owe back in taxes? Should you take the annual payouts or the lump sum? A better question is, “how do I redeem this thing!?”

The lottery is played by millions across the United States, hoping to get their hands on the winning prize. But how does the lottery work? Where does the money you spend on a ticket go? And do you really have a chance of ever winning? Carolyn Becker from the California State Lottery knows more than most. She’s been working with lottery agencies for years, making sure that winners are genuine players and ensuring that a percentage of the lottery profits go to good causes within the Golden State.

She outlines exactly how the lottery works, how the winning numbers are chosen, the philanthropic side of buying a ticket, and what to do when you win millions or billions of dollars at once. She also drops some tips on better ways to play the lottery and why there’s a higher chance of you winning than you think. So, if you’re buying a ticket in hopes of a billion-dollar jackpot, Carolyn’s advice could help!


In This Episode We Cover

The history of the lottery and using ticket sales to fund philanthropic causes 

Why Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are hitting the billion-dollar mark 

The actual odds of winning the lottery and the chance of you getting a cash prize

Interest rates and the Federal Reserve’s effect on lottery jackpots 

What to do if you win the lottery and why a financial advisor should be your first hire

The “lottery curse” and why so many winners blow their money after hitting a big win

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Scott's Instagram

Mindy's Twitter

Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!

Subscribe to The “On The Market” YouTube Channel

Listen to The “On The Market” Podcast: SpotifyApple PodcastsBiggerPockets

Check Out Mindy’s 2022 Live Spending Tracker and Budget

Megamillions


Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-378


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Jan 25, 2023
377: Mr. Money Mustache on Life After FI: The Truth About Retiring Early in Your 30s
01:11:19

Mr. Money Mustache is the internet’s poster child for early retirement. At age thirty, Pete Adeney was able to leave a lucrative job as a software engineer to focus on building a financially free life. He brought the FIRE movement to the mainstream by teaching others online how simple spending skills could allow them to quit their corporate jobs, keep more money while working less, and live a life centered around passion, not a paycheck. His popular blog has garnered millions of visits, as early versions of himself flock to the financially-freeing wisdom so rarely talked about in average American society.

Pete has been retired for nearly twenty years now, meaning he’s been FIRE more than double the amount of time he spent in the working world. So, how does he spend his days? What keeps him going? Does he still have enough money?And how can someone repeat his system? Scott and Mindy spend this episode asking the “life after FI” questions, so you can know exactly what you’re getting into when you retire early. Pete’s answers shed light on often untouched topics that most of the money community can’t answer.

We’ll go deep into planning for financial independence, developing “spending skills” that can bring early retirement decades sooner, and the right way to quit your job and wean off work. Pete also shows what the day in the life of an early retiree looks like and how today’s stock market crash has affected his portfolio. Want to retire early? Strap in—we’ve got the man who brought FI to the masses on today’s show!


In This Episode We Cover

Pete’s repeatable plan for FI and the simple steps that can lead to financial freedom

Quitting your 9-5 and why leaving work all at once could be a big mistake

Why most early retirees never touch their nest egg (and why you probably won't either)

Whether or not early retirement truly lives up to the hype

The 2022 stock market crash and how it’s affected Pete’s portfolio and investing mentality

Stocks vs. bonds and why someone who’s chasing early retirement should choose one over the other

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

Find an Investor-Friendly Real Estate Agent

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Mindy's Twitter

Scott's Instagram

Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!

Subscribe to The “On The Market” YouTube Channel

Listen to The “On The Market” Podcast: SpotifyApple PodcastsBiggerPockets

Check Out Mindy’s 2022 Live Spending Tracker and Budget

Mr. Money Mustache

The Surprising (Scientific) Truth Behind What Makes You Successful

Multpl.com

Cfiresim calculator

Early Retirement Extreme


Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-377


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Jan 23, 2023
376: Margin Loans: Low-Interest Lending or Risky Rates?
00:38:56

Margin loans could be the sneakiest way to snag a low-interest rate loan in today’s Fed-influenced environment. What most investors don’t know is that you can use your stock portfolio as collateral to get massively discounted lending, but it comes with considerable risk. Carl and Mindy Jensen used this type of lending to buy their most recent real estate purchase, a medium-term rental renovation project in the same neighborhood as their primary residence.

At the time, Carl could get an interest rate so attractive that it was almost impossible to pass up. We’re talking about mortgage-sized loans with less than 2% interest! This seemed like a steal at the time, but as the market started to tank and big tech stocks like Tesla took a tumble, Carl and Mindy’s margin loan began getting hit. They faced a tough decision: either get liquidated and lose much of their stock portfolio or come up with the difference themselves.

In this episode, you’ll hear exactly how Carl and Mindy grew their stock portfolio to multiple millions in worth, the mistakes they made along the way, why they took out a margin loan, and whether or not they’d do it again. If you’ve got a sizable stock portfolio but don’t know how to get funding for your real estate deal, stick around! Margin loans could be an option for you, but you’ll need to know how to work them first.


In This Episode We Cover

Margin loans explained and the risk that comes with a low-interest rate loan 

Investing in tech stocks and whether or not they’re worth it now that stock valuations are down

Index fund investing and why single stock-picking may be riskier than you think

What getting a “margin call” means, and what to do when your stock values drop

HELOCs (home equity lines of credit) and using them as a safety net for paying off debt

Carl and Mindy’s new medium-term rental and whether the headache was worth the new house

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

Find an Investor-Friendly Real Estate Agent

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Mindy's Twitter

Mile High FI Podcast

1,500 Days to Freedom

Carl's Email

Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!

Subscribe to The “On The Market” YouTube Channel

Listen to The “On The Market” Podcast: SpotifyApple PodcastsBiggerPockets

Check Out Mindy’s 2022 Live Spending Tracker and Budget

Finance Friday: My Home Renovation Put Me in a HELOC Hole


Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-376


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Jan 20, 2023
375: FTX, Fraud, and the Case for Cryptocurrency in 2023
00:54:37

Cryptocurrency is dead in the mind of most investors. What started as an awe-inspiring investment reaching massive multiples in just months, quickly became a subject of contention within the investing community. Some moretraditional investors called cryptocurrency an outright fraud, while others claimed it was the final puzzle piece in the battle for a stable fiat currency. Now, with many crypto prices down, is there any reason to invest?

For long-time listeners of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast, you’ll know that hosts Scott and Mindy don’t have a terribly favorable view of cryptocurrency. Not because they think it’s illegitimate, but because of its massive volatility that has borderline bankrupted many inexperienced investors. We wanted a deeper insight into why cryptocurrency could be worth investing in, so we brought Laura Shin onto the show.

Laura is host of the Unchained podcast, where she updates the crypto community on the latest news stories, price action, and more. Laura is an agnostic crypto investor with a level-headed view of the benefits and risks of investing in this volatile asset. She gives us a masterclass on the current state of cryptocurrency, the history of Bitcoin, why assets like Ethereum may be more valuable, and why exchanges like FTX are not to be trusted.


In This Episode We Cover

The history of cryptocurrency and how Bitcoin started a worldwide craze

Ethereum vs. Bitcoin and why “ultra-sound” money could beat the rest

The “crypto winter” and whether or not now is a buying opportunity for investors

Money crypto vs. tech crypto and why there may be more than one coin left standing

FTX, fraud, and how crypto exchanges can lose your coins, and the best way to protect yourself

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Scott's Instagram

Mindy's Twitter

Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!

Subscribe to The “On The Market” YouTube Channel

Listen to The “On The Market” Podcast: SpotifyApple PodcastsBiggerPockets

Check Out Mindy’s 2022 Live Spending Tracker and Budget

Finance Friday: First Down Market? Here’s How to Stop Stressing

Unchained podcast

Bitcoin: Investing Fad or Final Bullet to Fiat Currency?


Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-375


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Jan 18, 2023
374: Private Equity: Passive, Profitable Investments You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
00:53:13

Private equity is a term often left undefined. Ask most people if they’ve heard of private equity, and they’ll say yes. But ask them to explain what it is or how it works, and most Americans will struggle to come up with even a sentence. The industry of private equity investing is shrouded in mystery, but it probably shouldn’t be. If you know what private equity is and how to invest in it, you could take home passive income that beats the stock market and real estate investing with none of the headaches or short-term panic of either.

This simple-to-understand but constantly overcomplicated industry could make you better returns, with far less work, investing in businesses you already know and trust. This is precisely what Sachin Khajuria’s book, Two and Twenty: How the Masters of Private Equity Always Win, is all about. As a former partner at one of the world’s largest alternative asset firms with over two decades of experience, Sachin can explain the ins and outs of private equity better than anyone.

Sachin will demystify the often shadowy world of private equity in this episode. He explains why it’s such a lucrative business and how it’s coming close to matching the same firepower as the public markets many of us invest in. With potential returns far higher than traditional assets, Sachin makes a strong case for why you should be looking into private equity now before the masses find out about it and flood the market.


In This Episode We Cover

Private equity explained and the simple yet highly profitable business model behind it

The two and twenty rule and why private equity firms are designed to maximize your money

Private equity returns and whether or not the high profits are worth the long time horizon

The “unloved” businesses that have seen massive growth thanks to private equity

Rising interest rates and how this could affect the value of private equity investments

The businesses you already buy from that are owned by private equity

How to find and invest in private equity even if you’re not a mega-millionaire

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

Find an Investor-Friendly Real Estate Agent

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Scott's Instagram

Mindy's Twitter

Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!

Subscribe to The “On The Market” YouTube Channel

Listen to The “On The Market” Podcast: SpotifyApple PodcastsBiggerPockets

Check Out Mindy’s 2022 Live Spending Tracker and Budget


Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-374


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Jan 16, 2023
373: The Money Show’s Guide to Personal Finance for Beginners
00:42:17

Mastering personal finance is one of the most important things anyone can do. If you know where your money is coming from, where it’s going, and how to make more of it, you can retire comfortablyretire early, or have less financial anxiety at the end of the day. But, the world of personal finance can be complicated for beginners. With so many spreadsheets, calculators, money methods, and mistakes to avoid, where does someone just getting started go to understand the basics?

We brought Scott and Mindy, our two masters of money, on for a solo show where they walk through some of the top tips in personal finance. They’ll touch on budgetingsaving, and expense tracking so you can know the ins and outs of your finances with far less effort than ever before. You’ll also hear about the different methods for paying off debtgood debt vs. bad debt explained, and the right way to think about interest rates. Finally, Scott and Mindy will go over investments, when the right time to invest is, how to prioritize what to invest in, and when you’re ready to invest in real estate.

No matter where you’re at on the personal finance spectrum, investing or not, debt-free or full of debt, this episode can help you prioritize the dollars and cents in your life so you can reach financial freedom faster. And if you still don’t know where to start, stick around, as this episode is chock full of links to debt payoff methodsinvestment plansbudgeting examples, and more to help you on your journey!


In This Episode We Cover

Personal expenses vs. business expenses and why you should never mix the two

Expenses explained and what does (and definitely does NOT) count in your budget

The two skills every investor or business owner needs to succeed

The different ways to pay off debt and how to know whether your interest rate is too high

Good debt vs. bad debt and why many investors are choosing to hold on to low-interest loans

The right and wrong way to use a HELOC (home equity line of credit) when investing in real estate

How to prioritize your investments and building a personalized investment plan that will help you build wealth

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

Find an Investor-Friendly Real Estate Agent

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Scott's Instagram

Mindy's Twitter

Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!

Subscribe to The “On The Market” YouTube Channel

Listen to The “On The Market” Podcast: SpotifyApple PodcastsBiggerPockets

Check Out Mindy’s 2022 Live Spending Tracker and Budget

Finance Friday: My Home Renovation Put Me in a HELOC Hole

The Money Date: What You Should (And Definitely Should Not) Do to Align Your Finances as a Couple

Finance Friday: Got Extra Cash? Here’s the Investment Plan for You

Scott Trench’s Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Perfect, 1-Page Investment Plan

Rookie Podcast Episode 200: Scott Trench’s 10-Step Checklist to Buy Your First Rental Property

Rookie Readiness Checklist

Scott Trench's Investment Investment Philosophy Worksheet


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Jan 13, 2023
372: Franchises 101: How to Find, Fund, and Profit from Owning a Franchise
00:57:46

Want to buy a business? If so, you’ll need franchises explained. At first, franchises seem like something only for fast food, gas stations, or hotel chains. But, in reality, a whole world of businesses are up for sale that have proven track records and could put profits into your pocket faster than starting your own business. But first, you’ll need to make sure you’re ready to own and run a franchise, as it’s not always the passive income stream investors believe it to be.

When done right, franchises offer an almost irresistible offer to young entrepreneurs or those trying to escape the corporate ladder. You can trade in your soul-sucking nine-to-five, receive top-tier support and training, and get paid a salary, all while your business grows in the background. But before you start window shopping for which hair salon, water restoration, or pool cleaning business you want to own, you’ll need to talk to someone like Greg Mohr, author of Real Freedom: Why Franchises Are Worth Considering and How They Can Be Used For Building Wealth

Greg acts as a franchise consultant, helping match potential franchisees to a parent company that works best for their schedule, goals, and income-earning potential. You may think you know how a franchise works, what type you’d like to buy, and how much money you would make, but Greg’s in-depth, multiple-decade-long knowledge may tell you otherwise. So, if you want to run a business but don’t know where to start, Greg may be the perfect person to turn to.


In This Episode We Cover

The history of franchises and why buying a business often beats building one

The true profits of running a franchise and how much an owner can expect to make

How much franchise consultants cost (much less than you’d think), and why you need one

Most common franchise mistakes to avoid and why you should never look at JUST the franchise fee

Funding a franchise and how to use retirement accounts, HELOCs, and more to buy businesses

Business partnerships and who should join forces to buy a franchise together

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Scott's Instagram

Mindy's Twitter

Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!

Subscribe to The “On The Market” YouTube Channel

Listen to The “On The Market” Podcast: SpotifyApple PodcastsBiggerPockets

Check Out Mindy’s 2022 Live Spending Tracker and Budget

The Benefits of Franchising vs. Starting a Business from Scratch


Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-372


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Jan 11, 2023
371: Bitcoin: Investing Fad or Final Bullet to Fiat Currency?
01:08:04

Asking for Bitcoin explained is like asking how a rocket works; it's a little complex. A digital currency is valued at a certain amount of dollars (or euros, yen, etc.) and is used to pay for goods or exchange for other currencies. That makes sense. But things can get complicated as we go deeper into Bitcoin and the blockchain. There's no need to get overwhelmed; we brought Saifedean Ammous, economist and author of The Bitcoin Standardonto the show to explain.

Saifedean, like many investors, was skeptical of Bitcoin at first. He thought it was merely a fad that would pass away in a few years. But, after researching the history of money, the rise and fall of fiat currencies, and the standard that Bitcoin was built on, Saifedean changed his tone. Now, he's a huge proponent of this new "digital gold" and has spent years of his life warning others of fiat currency's faults and the opportunity behind Bitcoin itself.

In today's episode, Saifedean explains what Bitcoin is, how it works, why the blockchain is needed, and why saving money isn't enough in today's fiat inflationary environment. You'll also hear why "hard money" like Bitcoin beats "easy money" like the American dollar and why the latest cryptocurrency crash isn't as bad as mainstream economists think. So if you've thought of snagging a bit of Bitcoin, this is the best place to start.


In This Episode We Cover

The history of money, fiat currencies, why rare, hard money is always the most safe

The dangers of easy money, debasing currency, and the fallacy of required inflation

How Bitcoin solves the fiat problem and why it can never be inflated or over-printed

The blockchain explained and why it works for Bitcoin and not other applications like real estate

Cryptocurrency's latest crash and why fluctuating Bitcoin prices are more typical than they seem

Whether to bet on businesses, real estate, Bitcoin, or all three when investing

And So Much More!


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Jan 09, 2023
370: Finance Friday: How to Build a Six-Figure Business (in Your 20s!)
00:47:42

How can a simple pressure washing business make you six figures of income a year? With a startup cost of only a couple hundred dollars, today’s guest Chris expanded his pressure washing, Christmas light-hanging, gutter-cleaning operation into a profitable business with multiple employees and a stacked schedule. But, as Chris has started to expand, he’s seen his personal profits decline, so should he outsource less so he can keep more of the revenue he’s working hard to bring in?

Welcome back to another Finance Friday episode, where we talk to Chris, a twenty-six-year-old entrepreneur learning to navigate profits, payroll, customer acquisition, and more in his pressure washing business. Chris found an interesting niche to serve; older communities in his home state of California. He’s been able to build a brand, grow his business, and have a Rolodex full of repeat clients, but he still doesn’t know the best way to scale. Not only that, Chris also started investing in real estate, with a cash-flowing house hack allowing him to eliminate his housing costs.

Chris wants to know the best way to expand his business while still retaining his high margins, what type of healthcareplan he should be on now that he’s twenty-six, when he should look to buy another house hack, and how to keep investing. Chris is on a bright path already, but with a few tweaks, he could be financially free in only a few more years!


In This Episode We Cover

How to build a business that will gross six figures even if you have no entrepreneurial experience

Payroll, employees, and how to outsource more of your work so you can focus on expanding

Turning a service-based business into a profitable, repeatable empire

House hacking explained and using it to reduce your cost of living significantly

Healthcare for entrepreneurs and why the HSA is the “ultimate retirement account”

Growing your business so you can reach financial freedom even faster

And So Much More!


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Finance Friday: Tips to Build a House Hack STACK in Your 20s

Finance Friday: From $33k in Debt to $100k+ in Net Worth Through House Hacking & Smart Saving with Budget Girl

The House Hacking Strategy with Craig Curelop


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Jan 06, 2023
369: The Capitalist Cult: How MLMs and Pyramid Schemes Trap Average Americans
00:50:47

Multi-level marketing companies (MLMsoperate in secrecy. They don’t want you to know where the products are coming from, how they’re being sold, who’s making a profit, and how the business works. They only want you to buy. Buy this starter kit, host that party, convince your friends and join the cult—sorry, the “club.” Operating in darkness is how these pyramid schemes build their membership count, branch into new cities, and keep average Americans in debtbut still chasing an empty dream.

So how did MLMs even come to be, and if they’re so blatantly nefarious, why hasn’t the government permanently shut them down? To answer these questions and many more, we brought on Jenner Furst, director of LuLaRich, the documentary that exposes the multi-billion dollar MLM empire, LuLaRoe. Jenner has worked tirelessly to uncover how these entities exist, what causes them to become so cult-like, and how unassuming Americans can fall prey to their money-making traps.

We also talk about the hierarchy of pyramid schemes, the culture inside of one, and the uneven pay structure that falsely tricks new members into believing they can strike it rich. You’ll learn about the history of MLMs, the so-called “Amway Rules,” and how snake oil salespeople have used social media to grow their empires to even greater heights.


In This Episode We Cover

The history of pyramid schemes and MLMs and how they become popularized in America

MLMs vs. pyramid schemes and the loose differences between these two types of businesses

The cult-like culture that exists inside an MLM and the blatant red flags that stick out

The false pay structure of MLMs and how they artificially promise returns that are impossible to achieve

How social media and live posts caused the MLM fire to grow even faster

How pyramid schemes play to people’s fears and desperations to get them to join

And So Much More!


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Jan 04, 2023
368: Lynne Twist’s “Want Less, Obtain More” Philosophy All FI-Chasers Should Follow
00:58:07

Lynne Twist’s The Soul of Money sparked a conversation we needed to have. It didn’t make people think “how do I make more money,” instead it asked, “what world am I making with the money I have?” For decades, Lynne has beenfundraising for charities and causes around the globe. From ending world hunger to fighting for the climate, she’s made sure that her dollars are best put to use, helping the most people she can with the money she makes.

Lynne’s rock-solid financial sense came from an unusual background. Her mother was raised well-off, but her family’s wealth came crashing down when they were forced to flee the home abroad they had made for themselves. Then, when Lynne’s father died, her mother became increasingly frugal, but for a good reason. Lynne’s mother wanted to use her money to give, not get, making every cent count in the budget. Later in life, Lynne and her husband lost a massive portion of their wealth, forcing her to ask the question—why pursue riches in the first place?

On today’s show, we have a lively discussion on the toxic money culture that has enveloped American society, why financial independence is worth pursuing, and what those with much can do to help those with so little. Lynne’s take on wealth-building opens up a refreshing debate among early retirees and forces you to ask “why” instead of “how” when it comes to making money. Tune in, and be sure to check out Lynne’s new book, Living a Committed Life

 

In This Episode We Cover

The “soul” of money and the scarcity belief that is causing society’s financial anxiety 

When is “enough” and how making less but giving more makes you richer

The importance of self-sufficiency and why chasing financial freedom is always a worthwhile goal

Learning to forgive yourself for money mistakes and why losing wealth isn’t always a bad thing

Fighting world hunger and how Lynne is using her voice to tackle huge global issues

Lynne’s brand new book, Living a Committed Life

And So Much More!


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Jan 02, 2023
367: Finance Friday: Tips to Build a House Hack STACK in Your 20s
00:52:01

Couch flipping may be the best side hustle you’ve never heard of. It’s so lucrative that today’s guest Parker used couch flipping to save up his down payment for his first house hack! Of course, who could have assumed otherwise from someone like Parker? He’s a financial analyst who made an intelligent move from expensive Boston to sunny Tampato house hack for the first time with one of his best friends. He’s making some impressive moves at a young age, but he still has questions about what to do next.

Although Parker is thankful for buying the house hack, he doesn’t know what he should do after he moves out. Does he sell the property, keep it as a rental, transfer it into an LLC, or go back to renting as he saves up enough money for the next house hack? He also has some very pressing capital expenditures on his mind, like a new roof, HVAC, and other large system replacements that could cost him and his house-hacking partner tens of thousands out of pocket. These replacements won’t be cheap, but they could help improve the property before he potentially sells.

And like most FIRE-minded twenty-something-year-olds, Parker needs to know where the highest ROI for him is. Does he continue to save up to buy another house hackor should he be contributing to his tax-advantaged Roth, HSA, and 401(k) accounts? Plus, with such an unbelievably lucrative side hustle like couch flipping, how much time should he put into building this income-replacing revenue stream? Parker is on a great path, but with guidance from Mindy and Scott, he could reach financial independence even faster!


In This Episode We Cover

House hacking explained and the benefits of building a house hack stack early on

When to transfer an investment property into an LLC (and whether it’s even worth it)

How to calculate cash flow on an investment property to ensure you’re turning a profit

The “shotgun” clause every investor should sign when partnering on a deal

Couch flipping and how this side hustle can make you thousands every month

Capital expenditures and how to estimate your costs for big future repairs

And So Much More!


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Dec 30, 2022
366: The Repeatable Steps to Financial Freedom in 4 Years w/TheFICouple
00:50:22

Financial independence means something different to everyone. For some, it means having enough to not worry about being laid off. For others, it could mean making more money to buy a yacht, but for Ali and Josh (TheFICouple), financial independence means more time together, growing a family, and a community that helps others reach their highest potential. Just four years ago, Ali and Josh were strapped with six figures worth of debtliving paycheck to paycheck, struggling to survive. Now, they’re financially independent, working their jobs just two days a week, and spending the rest of the time building a better life for their future child.

Ali and Josh are tenacious savers and investors, but they weren’t always like this. They were used to spending everything they made, scared to look at their bank accounts, and hoping that the future would somehow become brighter. Once they took the financial blinders off, Ali and Josh saw that the only way to build their ideal life was to deal with their financial hardships head-on. From there, they house hacked, heavily investedpaid off debt, and began publicly posting their wins, and losses, on social media under the @TheFiCouple handle.

They’ve gone from surviving to thriving, and this episode hints at just a portion of what Ali and Josh are building. With a baby on the way, they’ve become even more aggressive with growing their online brand, their real estate portfolio, and their investment accounts. If you want to repeat the four-year path to FI like Ali and Josh, tune in!


In This Episode We Cover

Paying off over six figures of student debt and the beauty behind taking small steps

Seller financing real estate and using it to buy properties without the big banks 

Quitting full-time work and still saving over eighty percent of your income

Growing your online brand and building a community that’ll push you to new heights

Why building a massive real estate portfolio isn’t what it’s all cracked up to be

Tips for those that are still in debt or just starting in their investing journey

And So Much More!


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From Fired to FI Couple in 2 Years with Josh and Ali

Budgeting for a Baby: The Costs EVERY New Parent Should Expect


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Dec 26, 2022
365: Finance Friday: How to Become Real Estate Ready in 2023
00:56:51

Don’t know how to become a millionaire? There’s a pretty simple formula for seven-figure wealth that the average American doesn’t know about. It isn’t complicated, but it does take a fair amount of time to come to fruition. If you follow the same strategy, regardless of where you’re starting right now, you too could become a millionaire in under ten years. This wealth-building formula is exactly what today’s guest, Remy, is looking for.

Remy is doing his mid-twenties the right way. He’s got a great incomecontributes heavily to investing, and already has six figures in equity thanks to buying his home two years ago. He’s made moves that many young investors would envy, but he wants to go even further over the next ten years. Remy is looking to become “real estate ready” in 2023, meaning he needs to be in a favorable position to start building his rental property portfolio so he can have a million dollars of real estate by the time he turns thirty-five.

The plan is simple for Remy, but he’ll need to make some serious tradeoffs. Is more real estate worth forsaking his growing retirement accounts? Should he slash his emergency fund to pile more fuel onto the FIRE? And where can he cut his budget so he’s saving as much cash as possible, ready to invest in the next great deal that comes his way? If you want to get real estate ready like Remy, stick around! 


In This Episode We Cover

How to invest more when you’re financially treading water every month 

Why requoting your car insurance after a certain age could save you thousands 

Real estate vs. retirement investing and which one is worth a bigger contribution

Renting vs. selling your primary residence and when freeing up cash is the right move to make

Emergency reserves and the certain situation when Scott and Mindy are against them

Why retirement accounts can be a “trap” for the investor who wants to retire early

And So Much More!


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Dec 23, 2022
364: Divorce: The Biggest Marriage and Money Mistakes to Avoid
00:53:24

Everyone makes financial mistakes, even those that we trust with money the most. Rachel “Money Honey” Richardsto many people online is the epitome of someone who has their finances locked down. She grew a massive real estate portfolio in her twenties, hit financial freedom before thirty, and has written bestselling books that others use to increase their financial acumen. And although Rachel still is a financially free money nerd like no other, her recent divorce changed most of what she knew.

Through a few simple mistakes, Rachel’s recent divorce dragged on longer, cost more, and left more up to chance than she would have liked. After going through the pain, struggles, and anxiety of leaving the marriage, Rachel wants everyone, whether single, dating or married, to not make the same mistakes she made. These mistakes are often small, and can be easily overlooked, but making them could be deadly to your finances and allow an unplanned divorce to bury you.

But this isn’t all advice on what to do before or during a divorce. Rachel shares personal advice on red flags you should look for when starting a relationship, how to separate your finances so you keep what is yours, and why overlooking a prenup can be one of the worst moves to make when starting your marriage. No one plans for a divorce, and Rachel didn’t as well. So happily ever after or not, these life-saving moves are ones you should be thinking about making.

In This Episode We Cover

The “misaligned vision” that led to Rachel and her ex-husband’s divorce

Red flags to watch out for and an instant sign that a relationship may not work out

Losing 50% of your real estate portfolio to divorce and how to protect against it happening again

What most couples get wrong about marital assets and how they’ll get split during a divorce 

Rachel’s four biggest money mistakes that you should NEVER make when married

The trust cost of divorce and how much Rachel had to pay to separate

And So Much More!

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Prenups, Projects, Prolific Spending, and Planning for 2022 w/ Carl & Mindy Jensen

Why You’re (Probably) Wrong About Prenups


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Dec 19, 2022
363: Finance Friday: Savings Stuck At Zero? Here’s How to Grow Your Bank Account
00:54:57

Once you know how to save money, you can start stacking those savings to buy real estate and businesses or invest in long-term wealth-building investment accounts. But, without a steady stream of savings coming in, you're treading water, and one emergency expense could completely blow you off course. In a high-cost-of-living area like Washington, DC., this can seem even harder as rent, gas, and going out prices are far above the national average. But, there are some surefire ways to save (and make) more every month.

On this Finance Friday episode, we talk to Richard, a government tech worker who makes a great salary but could potentially be bringing in much more. Richard’s dream of being the President naturally led him to real estate investing, and now he’s focused on building bigger, stronger, and smarter income streams so he has ultimate time freedom (and a high net worth) in the next few decades. But even with his tech salary, Richard struggles to save every month, with random expenses knocking him out as soon as they arise.

Mindy and Scott go through Richard’s income and expenses as well as his debts, much of which are forgivable student loans. Richard debates whether sticking with his perk-heavy government job is worth the pay difference he could gain in the private sector. And whether or not buying cash-flowing businesses is a smart move, especially for someone without much savings. If you’ve struggled to boost your bank account, this episode may hit close to home!


In This Episode We Cover

Public student loan forgiveness and the “trap” many government workers find themselves in

Emergency fundssafety reserves, and how to build one from scratch

When to change jobs for more pay vs. when to keep big benefits, but a lower salary

How to budget and the better way to track your expenses if you struggle to save

Buying a business and what it takes for first-time entrepreneurs

Creating a vivid vision of what your life, job, and business will look like in five to ten years

And So Much More!


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Dec 16, 2022
362: Scott Trench’s Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Perfect, 1-Page Investment Plan
00:43:23

A financial plan puts you on the path to long-term wealth and a life rich in time freedom. So why don’t most Americans have one? Everyday workers are often so focused on paying bills and having a sliver of time to relax that they completely forget the whole reason many of us work—to one day do what we want, when we want, with who we want. So, if you’ve been on the grind, making money, wanting to build wealth, but don’t know where to start, this is the episode for you.

In it, Scott Trench walks through his “investment philosophy,” a simple, customizable plan that has allowed him to build wealth at record speed all in less than ten years. This document can be used by anyone in any position no matter how much you have invested or saved up. Once written, this simple financial plan gives you laser-focus on building wealth, so market crashes or corrections become a buying opportunity and slow months/years are something to cherish, not worry over.

Scott and Mindy walk through this document piece by piece, giving you the exact answers you need to build your investment plan today. Although this document may sound simple, it’s what will define your life’s effort for the foreseeable future and give you the structure you need to accomplish massive wealth-building goals that may have seemed almost impossible before!

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In This Episode We Cover

Why creating a financial plan/investment philosophy is so crucial when building wealth 

Goal setting and discovering the principles of investing that you follow

How to set your “target state” and what to do after you’ve achieved your biggest goals

How to choose which asset classes to invest in (even if you’re brand new to investing)

Emergency funds, safety reserves, and when or when not to keep a large cash position

The three steps you can do TODAY that will fast-track your wealth-building

And So Much More!


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Finance Friday: First Down Market? Here’s How to Stop Stressing

The Money Date: What You Should (And Definitely Should Not) Do to Align Your Finances as a Couple


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Dec 12, 2022
361: Finance Friday: Got Extra Cash? Here’s the Investment Plan for You
00:46:52

Retirement planning is something best started early on. The more time you give yourself to invest, the faster your accounts can grow, giving you early financial independence well before the age of sixty-five. But what are the two best ways to do this? On one hand, you’ve got cash-flowing rentals that appreciate while giving you freedom-enabling income with long-term wealth growth. On the other hand, you’ve got passive retirement accounts, many of which can save you boatloads on taxes and grow discreetly in the background while you work away.

It’s hard to say which is a better bet, so why not do both? Today’s guest Benjamin is feeling a little under-diversified after heavily investing in real estate, but without much in his retirement accounts. Benjamin is well versed in the pros and cons of pre and post-tax retirement investing, but with a high income, he’s worried that he may have already reached the income cap for his Roth IRA. Thankfully, he’s unlocked the “holy grail” of retirement accounts, one that will skyrocket his retirement quicker than he thinks.

But before all of this is done, Benjamin and his partner need to build their investment plan. This will help them stay the course when life events come up, allowing them to still retire rich, hopefully in less than a decade. If you want to build your own investment plan, we highly recommend using the one from our own Scott Trench!


In This Episode We Cover

Paying off six figures of student debt and using the extra income to invest heavily

House hacking and using primary residences to build wealth

Roth IRA investing and what to do if you’ve hit the income limit

The best way to invest in your retirement with stocks and index funds

The right way to do diversification and safely building wealth at a young age

Speeding up your path to financial independence with rental property investing

And So Much More!


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Dec 09, 2022
360: Year-End Tax Tips and How to Owe Even Less in 2023
00:39:14

If you talk about how to avoid taxes, most people will think you’re doing something fishy in the eyes of the IRS. Very few know you can use the tax code to massively lower your year-end burden, all while making an ordinary income. Real estate investors have been doing this for years, using so-called “tax cheat codes” like depreciation and cost segregation studies to write off massive paper losses on their taxes. But how do they do it, and if you’re an investor, can you do the same?

Natalie Kolodij, IRS Enrolled Agent, works exclusively with real estate investors to lower their taxes as much as legally possible. She knows the tricks of the trade that allow investors to not only pay less at the end of the year but grow their businesses more efficiently so financial freedom comes even faster! Natalie is also an active real estate investor and part of the FIRE movement, so if there’s one person who knows the right tax moves to make, it’s her!

Natalie gives us a masterclass on how investors can lower their 2022 taxes as the year comes to an end, how to set yourself up for a successful 2023, and the massive real estate tax write-offs you should be utilizing. She also touches on how much CPAs and tax preparers can cost, when to start strategizing your taxes, backdoor Roths, and how to legally pay your children tax-free income so they get a boost on their financial future.


In This Episode We Cover

Year-end tax tips to lower your 2022 taxes as much as possible

When to hire a CPA or tax preparer (and how much they’ll cost you)

2023 tax deductions for real estate investors and what you should take advantage of NOW

How to get your children investing early with tax-free income from your business

The biggest tax mistakes that investors make and why you may be overpaying in taxes

Cost segregation studies, bonus depreciation, and how to cancel out the capital gains of a home sale

And So Much More!


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Choosing the Right Tax Professional for YOUR Specific Needs

BiggerPockets Money Bonus Episode: CARES Act: Everything You NEED to Know About the Coronavirus Stimulus Package

Landlord Tax Loopholes That’ll Help You Pay ZERO Taxes in 2022


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Dec 05, 2022
359: Finance Friday: My Home Renovation Put Me in a HELOC Hole
00:56:28

The house hack strategy doesn’t always run smoothly. Turning an old home into a modern, rentable masterpiece takes money—especially if you’re doing a big renovation. One of the easiest ways to get the rehab funds you need? A home equity line of credit (HELOC). But, when used incorrectly, a HELOC’s adjustable interest rate can bury any chance you have at cash flowing, no matter how great of a mortgage rate you get.

Welcome back to another Finance Friday episode! This time around, we’re tackling a rental property problem that is plaguing today’s guest, Josh. Josh has made some sound financial moves by having a stable income, a great side hustle, and his newest house hack. But, to maximize this house hack’s return on investment, Josh was forced to expand and convert many portions of his newly bought, hundred-and-fifty-year-old home. This forced his budget to shoot up higher than he was expecting. Now, he’s trying to figure out the best move as he manages his debt spread across his mortgage, a high-interest HELOC, a family loan, and more.

Josh is poised to continue investing in real estate even after this intensive experience. He wants advice from veteran landlords Mindy and Scott on what his next move should be, how he can best capitalize on his remodeled home, and when he might be able to buy the next house hack. If you’re looking to reach financial freedom using real estate like Josh is, this episode is for you!


In This Episode We Cover

The house hack strategy and why it’s a phenomenal way for new investors to build wealth

Home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) and when using this type of debt makes sense

Home renovation budgeting and what to expect when doing an entire house remodel

Velocity banking and why this form of leverage isn’t a smart move to make now

When to sell a rental property and when to keep a cash-flowing investment

The medium-term rental strategy and how to get higher rents for the same room or unit

And So Much More!


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Dec 02, 2022
358: Giving Tuesday 2022: Which Charities Will Use Your Money Wisely?
00:44:36

For the past decade, Giving Tuesday has been a way for everyday Americans to donate their money, or time, to charities and causes that help collectively make the world a better place. Whether it’s a little or a lot, we’re encouraged to give what we can to bridge the gap between those that have so little and many of us that have so much. But how do you know a charity or organization is using your donation accordingly? How can you spot-check to see if your dollars are being used for those in dire need?

We brought on Elie Hassenfeld, GiveWell co-founder and CEO, to help us navigate the tricky subject of giving to worthwhile charities. Elie knows a thing or two about validating which charities are worth donating to. At GiveWell, he spends his days researching thousands of charities for hundreds of millions of donatable dollars, helping those of us that are too busy to find a home for the donations that we are willing to give.

In just six tips, Elie will give you the framework for finding a worthwhile charity or organization to give to, so you know that your dollar is being stretched the farthest it can. We also touch on whether or not high administration costs are ared flag, whether it's better to give goods rather than money, and how to truly measure an organization's impact to see how many lives they’re saving or improving with each dollar donated. If you're still on the fence about where to give this Giving Tuesday, head over to GiveWell.org to know your dollar is making a difference! 


In This Episode We Cover

Why donating overseas has much more of an economic impact than domestic donations

How GiveWell validates the charities they approve and how to do the same in your local area

Top tips for finding a charity that will use your dollar for its highest use

Red flags to watch out for when researching charities and organizations

GiveWell’s past mistakes and how they’re using them to grow a better organization

Top charities that both GiveWell and BiggerPockets recommend donating to (like CrossPurpose!)

And So Much More!


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Nov 29, 2022
357: Budgeting for a Baby: The Costs EVERY New Parent Should Expect
00:54:45

The cost of raising a child is constantly changing. Every year, a new article comes out claiming that the cost of raising a child is hundreds of thousands of dollars. But is this figure accurate? Could kids actually cost far less than this, or does a few hundred thousand barely even scratch the service? What should new parents know before they bring home their first bundle of joy, and is financial independence even worth pursuing while raising a kid, let alone a few?

We brought in the Investor MamaJen Narciso, who is not only raising kids but also chasing financial independenceand running her own podcast. Jen speaks to mothers all around the world who not only want the best for their children's futures but their finances as well. And, as someone raising two young children, she knows how much kids truly costbetween the car seats, formula, dance classes, doctors' bills, and everything in between.

And, with Scott as a new dad, he’s got some serious questions to ask about how he can best raise his own daughter on a budget without sacrificing any quality of life in the process. Jen talks through the surprise expenses that most new parents overlook, how to save money on some of the most expensive items you need, the cost of child care and how to make it affordable, and whether to invest for your child’s future or your future retirement!


In This Episode We Cover

The average annual cost of raising a child and why it’s not what you’d expect

Common child care costs and innovative ways to significantly lower your spending

Surprise expenses you should prepare for and why you always need an emergency fund

Money tips for new parents and how to sleep soundly even if you’re not financially free yet

Roth IRA investing for your child and how to fast-track them to financial freedom even earlier

Medical costs of having a child from delivery to regular doctors visits

And So Much More!

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4 Ways Real Estate Can Help Offset the Staggering Cost of Having Kids

Taxes, Backdoor Roths, Options, and How to Max Out Your Childrens’ Roths


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Nov 28, 2022
356: Finance Friday: First Down Market? Here’s How to Stop Stressing
01:02:46

Tech stocks were slam dunk investments for the past decade. No matter what you invested in—Google, Facebook, Amazon, or even some obscure AI toaster company—you probably made decent returns. But, after years of continuous economic growth and massive government stimulus, tech stocks are finally starting to get shaky. The problem? New investors like Zoe have huge paper losses on their dashboards. But is this worth worrying over?

Zoe is an ideal investor. At just twenty-four, she already has close to six-figure wealth, with a house hack, a respectable retirement portfolio, and a solid income every month. She’s making the right moves but feels like some of her most recent choices haven’t hit the mark. She dabbled in stock picking as her income went up, investing in some of the biggest names in tech over the past few years. Her house hack, which is almost letting her live for free, was bought at the top of the market with an average interest rate.

Zoe needs to know what to do next. Should she sell her tech stocks and invest the money into index funds where she can let it ride? Should she buy a new house hack that allows her to live for free instead of at a discount? And where should she put the thousands of dollars she’s saving every month to ensure her a life of financial freedom in the near future? Zoe has some enviable problems, and on this Finance Friday, we’ll be solving them!


In This Episode We Cover

The 2022 stock market crash and whether selling and cutting your losses is a smart idea

The right way to invest in tech stocks and how to get educated on stock picking

House hacking and how deals that aren’t “home runs” can still be huge winners

Getting paid to learn about real estate and using your downtime to boost your financial knowledge

FHA loansconventional loans, USDA loans, and other ways to fund a property purchase for low money down

The right moves to make in your early twenties and why Zoe is a role model for new graduates

And So Much More!


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The 4 Steps to Financial Freedom and Debt-Free Wealth

Is Now the Time to Buy as The Housing Market Starts to Dip?


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Nov 25, 2022
355: All the Money Hacks We WISH We Had Known About
00:54:47

Travel hacks, spending hacks, medical hacks. If there’s one thing that Chris Hutchins has learned from hosting the All the Hacks podcast, it’s that everything is negotiable. You can travel to over sixty countries for (almost) free, outsource your cooking at a reasonable rate and even get free money once forgotten. Chris should know—he’s done all this and more as he works to optimize every aspect of his life, both financially and personally!

Chris was hacking at a very young age. In high school, he made a fake magazine so he could score free press passes to concerts. When he was away at boarding school, he would buy whole pizzas and sell them by the slice just to afford a few slices of his own. Then, later when he quit his job to travel the world, Chris and his partner hit over sixty countries, using credit card points to globetrott from South Africa to Singapore!

Now, as a father, Chris is more concerned about hacking his time. He’s got kids to take care of and doesn’t want to waste a second of his day that could be spent planning for, or playing with, his children. In today’s episode, you’ll hear some of the most insane life hacks, from hiring a personal chef for a fraction of the cost to getting free champagne at any hotel stay and even snagging twenty to thirty percent off of your dream vacation villa. These hacks work (we tried them in real-time), and you may need a pen and paper to write them all down!


In This Episode We Cover

Credit card points, travel hacking, and how to get flights for free (or at a steep discount)

Outsourcing and delegating everything so you spend more of your time with those who are most important

Simple principles for an optimized life and why conventional wisdom is usually out of whack

How to get deep discounts off of vacation properties during your next big trip

Why you should NEVER cancel a flight until twelve hours before takeoff

Where to find “unclaimed money” you never knew you had (we found some ourselves!)

And So Much More!


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Nov 21, 2022
354: Frank Advice on What to Do When a Real Estate Investment Goes Wrong
00:58:30

You’re one bad real estate investment away from being cash flow-poor and debt-rich. That’s right, not every investment property works out, and when leveraged the wrong way, a single property could put your financial future on the wrong track. While it’s easy to watch social media real estate investors flaunt their infinite cash flow and no money down tricks, buying profitable real estate is a little harder than it seems. Today’s guest, Shane, finds himself in this position, as an over-leveraged investment is causing him to hemorrhage cash.

Welcome back to another episode of Finance Friday, where hosts Mindy and Scott bring financial suggestions, no matter how extreme, to guests in many different situations. This week, Shane walks through his numbers, and from the start, Scott picks up on a big problem. Shane and his partner bring in a solid amount of income, but it’s slowly slipping out of their accounts every month as an overleveraged short-term rental property and high consumer debt eats away at their respectable income.

This isn’t an easy position to dig yourself out of, and Scott has some serious suggestions for Shane that could flip his financial position 180 degrees. But, doing so will require Shane to make drastic moves that will force him to reevaluate his relationships with spending and debt. While this “rip off the band-aid” type approach can be painful at first, it could save Shane years' worth of time on his path to real estate riches.


In This Episode We Cover

Staying away from consumer debt and how it can destroy your financial position

Real estate leverage and why too much of it can cause you to have negative cash flow

Sacrificing subscriptionseating out, and other spending categories that may be tanking your budget

Having a money date with your partner or spouse to get on the same financial footing

The biggest moves to make if you’re serious about getting out of debt and on the path to financial freedom

Budget busters and how to build a more sustainable pattern of spending

And So Much More!


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Designing a Frugal But Luxurious FI Life by Age 32

Food Spending Eating Away at Your FI Plans? Here’s How to Eat for Cheap

BudgetBytes.com

The Money Date: What You Should (And Definitely Should Not) Do to Align Your Finances as a Couple


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Nov 18, 2022
353: Ask the Money Experts: Debt, Diversification, Retirement, and Real Estate
00:58:25

What should retirement planning look like? How can I invest if I am still paying off student loan debt? What makes a perfectly diversified portfolio? And when is the right time to pay off my rental properties? We went to the BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group to ask what you would like to know from a money expert. And thankfully, we found a couple of them who are friends of the show. Amanda Wolfe and Kyle Mast are here to answer some of your most-asked money questions!

Amanda Wolfe was recently a guest on the BiggerPockets Money Podcast, sharing her story of reaching financial freedom after going through serious financial struggles and childhood poverty. Kyle Mast, Certified Financial Planner, has recently “retired” after helping his clients reach their financial goals with minimal stress and maximum freedom. They’re helping Mindy on today’s show to take questions directly from listeners about everything ranging from real estate to retirement planning and never feeling like you have enough.

If you’ve struggled not knowing how to pay down debt, how much cash to have on hand, or are having a mental block when switching from saving to spending mode, this episode could alleviate your worries. If you’d like to get more connected with the BiggerPockets Money community and potentially get your questions answered on a future show, be sure to join the BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group!


In This Episode We Cover

How to invest while paying down student loan debt, or any other debt for that matter

Transitioning from saver to spender when you have enough to finally retire

Real estate vs. index funds and which is more optimal for a post-retirement portfolio

Roadblocks on the way to financial freedom and why you DON’T need retirement accounts to invest for retirement

What a diversified portfolio looks like (it’s much simpler than you think)

Money moves to make if you don’t have much cash, but do have consistent income

And So Much More!

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Episode 200 Special: A Personal Finance Masterclass with Kyle Mast

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

She Wolf of Wall Street Website

From Extreme Poverty to DIY Wealth and 2 Full-Time Incomes w/The She Wolfe of Wall Street


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Nov 14, 2022
352: Common Money Fears That Are Costing You BIG
01:03:01

With so much going on—a recession, rampant inflationrising interest rates—overcoming your money fears can be more challenging than ever before. The world is changing, and many of us feel like we’re being swept along with it. Our dollars are worth less, our retirement accounts have fallen sharply, and our cash is wasting away. What should we do when it feels like every financial move has a benefit and drawback attached to it? Should we even be making moves right now?

Don’t get overwhelmed with financial anxiety because today we’re bringing you an episode full of financial fixes for the everyday investor! We posted on the BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group a few months back, asking you which money fears keep you up at night. Now, we’ve got answers! Back on the show are J Scott and Kyle Mast! They join Mindy in giving solutions to your greatest financial fears.

J and Kyle give suggestions on topics ranging from rising home prices and the inability to become a homeowner to being nervous about how inflation is eating away at the dollar. We also touch on the age-old question of whether or not we’redoing enough right now to set us up for retirement and how a recession could affect our hard-earned assets. J, Kyle, and Mindy all give their suggestions on these situations and spill some of their own financial fears to show you that even the experts still worry like everyone else.


In This Episode We Cover

Our biggest financial fears and what we’re doing to mitigate them in turbulent times

Growing up with very little and why the “never enough” mentality always lingers

Why buying a home isn’t your only option for building wealth in this market

Setting yourself up for a plentiful retirement even if you got a late start

Whether or not keeping a large cash position is a smart move to make

Changing jobs to get more personal time and when flexibility trumps finances

Inflation, interest rates, and how to stay sane during a recession 

And So Much More!

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The Money Date: What You Should (And Definitely Should Not) Do to Align Your Finances as a Couple

7 Tips for Successfully Investing in ANY Market Condition With J Scott

Syndications: Everything You Need to Know BEFORE You Invest

Episode 200 Special: A Personal Finance Masterclass with Kyle Mast

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

BiggerPockets FIRE Planning Worksheet


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Nov 11, 2022
351: Does the 4% Rule Hold During 2022's Stock Market Crash?
01:07:35

Stock market crashes aren't good news for anyone. For retirees though, this dip in prices can feel like a death wish, as active income is no longer an option. Have the hopes and dreams of financial flexibility gone out the window? Or is a market crash like we're experiencing today just a small blip on a retiree's radar? Pairing this with inflation, how will someone who has just retired make it?

We’ve got Michael Kitcesretirement planning expert and financial genius with enough acronyms coming after his name to spell out the alphabet, on the show to answer whether or not retirees are in trouble. Michael has advised his clients for decades on the right way to save and invest for retirement. He’s been a proponent of the 4% rule and was bold enough to hold his claim even during the flash crash of 2020. But, with such high inflation and stark drops in equity values, does he still agree with his past predictions?

Michael takes us on a trip down memory lane, visiting some of the worst financial crises in American history, showing how they compare to today. He also proposes that holding large amounts of cash, even during high inflationary times, isn’t the worst move to make, and whether or not he’s still investing as the market finds its bottom. If you’re worried about retiring during times like today, this is the man to listen to!


In This Episode We Cover

The 4% rule explained and whether this sage retirement advice still holds up

How past retirees fared during high inflationlow growth time periods

Which types of market crashes can be “dangerous” to retirees (and who should be worried)

Why some of the brightest minds in personal finance are clinging to cash 

Purchasing power and how withdrawal rates are affected by high inflation

The smartest move to make if you’re worried your retirement savings aren’t enough

And So Much More!


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Nov 07, 2022
350: Why We Turned Down a 5% Rate Mortgage | Mindy & Carl’s Budget Review
00:38:54

Margin loans, medium-term rentals, and potential mortgage rate mistakes summarize what Carl and Mindy have been up to over the past couple of months. It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in on the ever-frugal Jensen family. But they’ve been gone for a good reason. Back at the start of the summer, Carl and Mindy decided that they were finished with rehabbing and big fixer-upper projects. Then they found the perfect opportunity, waiting just a few doors down from them. So, they jumped at the chance to make another deal work.

But Carl and Mindy did this type of deal in a peculiar way. Not only did they find it off-market, but they also funded it without a mortgage. Don’t get too excited—Carl and Mindy didn’t drop hundreds of thousands in cash just to buy one house. But, they did use another form of financing that most real estate investors aren’t aware of—margin loans. These types of stock portfolio-leveraged loans can come with unbelievably low interest rates. But, when equity values start to drop, so too can your safety when you use this type of financing.

But it’s not all about property purchasing on this episode of Mindy & Carl’s Budget Review. The duo also talks aboutwhy their expense tracking has fallen off and how not knowing your expenses can cause far bigger problems than you’d think. They also touch on the medium-term rental strategy and how you can use it to get far higher rents with very little turnover in almost any of your rental properties! If this strategy interests you, we highly recommend grabbing the new book, 30-Day Stay.


In This Episode We Cover

Budgeting mistakes and how easy it is to get off track when you don’t know what you’re spending on

Carl and Mindy’s newest fixer-upper, medium-term rental property purchase

Using margin loans (stock loans) to fund your real estate deals

When it makes sense to use a variable loan over a traditional fixed-rate mortgage 

How to profitably provide housing for those that have been affected by natural disasters

The easiest way to get caught for mortgage fraud (and go to prison!)

And So Much More!


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Nov 04, 2022
349: When to Buy New vs. Used and is That Car Repair Worth the Cash?
01:15:30

The new vs. used car debate has been going on for as long as automobiles have existed. For almost the entirety of time when cars were being bought and sold, it seemed like a responsible, frugal decision to buy used, save up some money, and take the repairs with the deal. But inflation has changed this debate in 2022 (and beyond). Used car prices are high—sometimes even higher than new cars—prompting shoppers to reconsider what makes the most financial sense.

In the first half of this show, we talk to Liz Frugalwoods, financial blogger and borderline professional at buying and selling cars. She recently made the bold decision to buy new—a shock to many of her readers. How could Liz, a financial independence expert, do something as careless as buying a brand-new car? Had she given up on the path to frugality? Not exactly. Liz shares some good reasons why buying new instead of used makes more sense, especially today.

To close out the episode, we bring on local mechanic Jesse Johnson, who gives a brief masterclass on buying, selling, and maintaining cars. As a mechanic with decades of experience, he knows exactly what car owners do to slowly destroy their daily drivers. He also knows how to get the most bang for your buck and when it’s the right time to sell that clunker sitting in your driveway.


In This Episode We Cover

The reasoning (and math) behind buying a new car vs. buying a used car

Taxes, registration, fees, and other trade-offs when buying new vs. used

The most important questions to ask yourself when shopping for a vehicle 

Tips when selling a used car and the #1 thing to NEVER do 

What parts of a car are worth repairing and which can wait

How to find a great mechanic in your area and get a free car wash

Trade-in tips and what to know to get the most out of a dealer

And So Much More!


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Oct 31, 2022
348: Finance Friday: How to Start Investing After Becoming Debt-Free
01:03:03

Unless you’re a money nerd, knowing how to start investing from scratch isn’t as easy as it seems. With so many options out there and the economy faltering, how do beginners avoid getting burnt? Is something like real estate investing out of reach for new investors in times like today? These questions become even more complicated if you’re like today’s guest, Steven.

Steven recently became debt-free (woohoo!) after paying off six figures worth of combined student, auto, and credit card debt. But because he’s been so focused on paying off debt, investing isn’t coming easy to him. With a baby on the way, he wants to be sure he’s making the smartest moves possible to put himself, his wife, and his child in a position to succeed. But real estate investing, stocks, and other assets aren’t his only worry.

With two job offers on the table, both with separate benefits and drawbacks, Steven is suffering from analysis paralysis, unsure how to move forward. Should he take the job with higher pay and remote flexibility or go with thelower-paid job that offers career growth potential? Thankfully, with Scott out on dad duty, Mindy doesn't have to serve as the lone suggester. Joining her on this episode is J Scott, experienced investor, father, and author of the newest book, Real Estate by the Numbers!


In This Episode We Cover

Paying off $100K in debt and how today’s guest did it in just three years

Finding your financial tribe by attending meetups, joining Facebook groups, and connecting on the BiggerPockets forums

Flexibility vs. finances in a job and which is more important for a new parent?

Eating out expenses and how investing a few meals’ worth of expenses could change your child's future

How to start investing as a beginner and the dangers in diversifying for those who want to build wealth

Side hustles, moving to inexpensive areas, and more financial tradeoffs for a flexible lifestyle

And So Much More!


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Oct 28, 2022
347: Why “Just Keep Buying” is The Smartest, Simplest Way to Get Rich
00:52:02

Dollar-cost averaging—you may have heard the term before, but maybe not its implications. According to Nick Maggiulli, it’s probably the easiest way to get rich with stocks, real estate, or really anything else. But what about buying the dip? Wouldn’t investing at historic lows be the wisest move to make when the markets take a tumble? Surprisingly, no! Don’t believe us? Listen on!

Nick’s investing theory is simple. But, the math backs it up. Doing less will make you more money—much more money. In his book, Just Keep Buying, Nick lays down the time-tested, proven ways to build wealth without being an expert day trader, cryptocurrency coder, or stressed-out landlord. This simple system of investing will allow you to build an almost unspendable nest egg without being glued to the market charts and graphs all day long.

But maybe stocks aren’t your thing. Maybe you're chasing hundred-millionaire status? Don’t worry, Nick also gives his take on achieving monumental money goals without following the same path as everyone else. No matter where you’re at in life, this is an investing lesson worth learning as early as possible!


In This Episode We Cover

Dollar-cost averaging vs. buying the dip and which will make you more in the long run

How to invest with a falling stock market, high interest rates, and higher bond yields

Individual stocks vs. index funds and who should pick which type of investment

Cryptocurrency, NFTs, and investing in alternative assets

The downside of diversification and why it won’t help you build a big portfolio

Why even billionaires don’t feel like they’re rich enough

And So Much More!


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Oct 24, 2022
346: Finance Friday: How Sabbaticals Make You Happier, Healthier, and Wealthier
00:50:49

Taking a sabbatical from work requires a few things: timemoney, and the willpower to do some soul-searching. Most people think that they can’t take any more than two weeks of the year off work. They rack up excuses, blaming timing, too many projects, and everything in between. But what if taking a sabbatical, gap year, or any other type of long-ish break was the key to building wealth faster and being a happierhealthier you?

Today’s guest Cindy, left a high-paid, stable job to take some much-needed time off. And after doing so, she’s urging you to do the same. Cindy, like most Americans, hasn’t taken time off since starting her working career. Besides the regular vacations and holidays, there never seemed like a good time for Cindy to take a break, recollect, and ask herself what she truly wanted. After taking a mini-sabbatical, she built up the courage to leave her job and hop off the grid for a bit.

Surprisingly, Cindy’s net worth didn’t dwindle during her time off—it grew! This positive push from the markets and her newfound clarity allowed her to discover new passions, try self-employment, and later snag a much better job while continuing to work towards early retirement. If you’ve been debating taking some time off, this episode will give you all the tips you need to do so!


In This Episode We Cover

Building your list of “alternative careers” to widen your job possibilities

Branching out far beyond your job title and doing more than what your degree is in

How to sample a sabbatical to see whether or not you could handle the real thing

Quitting your job during turbulent times and how to temporarily prepare for life without work

Funding life with a job and what to do before you quit

Planning out your passions so your sabbatical isn’t put to waste

How employers look at applicants who just took a sabbatical (it’s not what you think!)

And So Much More!


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Oct 21, 2022
345: Divorced and $250K in Debt to Financially Free in 10 Years
00:53:26

We know financial freedom is possible for those in their 20s and 30s, just starting their careers, without children and serious financial obligations. But what about those getting started on their journey in their 40s and 50s? What about the stories of those who’ve had lifelong debt, went through a financially destructive divorce, or didn’t know early retirement was an option?

Monica Scudieri, author of Grab Your Slice of Financial Independence, wasn’t financially free until recently. For the past decade, she’s been working hard to pay off a quarter of a million dollars in debt, get her investments in line, and rebuild a life that was financially set back thanks to divorce. While she sounds like a veteran money expert, Monica wasn’t always this frugal. She remembers spending 90% of her paycheck as soon as she got paid, and her ex-husband did very much the same.

After her divorce, Monica was left with an astonishing amount of debt, very few assets, and close to no cash. She worked hard for the next decade digging herself out of debt, building up a cash-flowing rental property portfolio, and financially optimizing her life in every way she could. Now, she’s financially free, coaching others on how they can do the same!


In This Episode We Cover

Financial red flags to look out for when dating (and what to do if you spot them)

Budgeting, tracking your expenses, and the smarter way to ensure you’re not overspending 

Having the “money conversation with your partner or spouse before it’s too late

Downsizing and ignoring lifestyle creep even if your partner can’t

Building a small rental property portfolio and the huge benefits of investing early

Side hustles and doing whatever you can to get out of consumer debt

Why the Honda Civic remains the FIRE movement’s vehicle of choice

And So Much More!


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Oct 17, 2022
344: Rethink Social Security: Myths, Benefits, and Clearing Up Misconceptions
00:52:25

Everything you’ve been hearing about social security is a lie. For years, mainstream media and many financial figureheads have said that social security is on a fast track to bankruptcy, with no money left over for Americans when they grow old. But what if we told you that wasn’t true? What if you knew that social security would be there for you when you retire, even if you’ve just started working? Today’s guest, national social security advisor and expert Jeremy Keil, explains the basics of social security and teaches you how to maximize your benefits.

One of the biggest misconceptions about social security is that you have no control over it. The truth is, you control your social security more than the government does. How long you work, when you file, and how you educate yourself are all in your control. While these things may seem insignificant, they could all affect your social security by thousands. If you play your cards right, social security could be the biggest asset of your life.

Jeremy makes a strong argument that social security is the cheapest insurance you might get. In fact, it’s too good of a deal. The original purpose of social security was to help impoverished elderly Americans, so people with a lower income get more from social security. But, that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck with pennies if you have a higher income. Social security is the “deal of a lifetime” since it lasts your lifetime, grows with inflation, and has no commissions. Can you think of a better investment than that?


In This Episode We Cover

Social security misconceptions and the truth about social security and whether or not it’s going bankrupt

The history of social security and its original purpose for Americans

How social security gets calculated and how the number of years you work can significantly affect your monthly social security payment

How and when to file social security to maximize your retirement savings

Survivors benefits, joint life expectancy, and how to file social security as a couple 

The break-even point and how to get “the eight percent guarantee” 

And So Much More!

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Oct 14, 2022
343: Is Now the Time to Buy as The Housing Market Starts to Dip?
00:53:31

The 2022 housing market doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. At the start of the year, competition was fierce, with bidding wars on every home and lines out the door just to view an open house. Now, in quarter three of this year, interest rates have hit decade-long highs, buyers are more in control, and days on market are starting to creep back up. As a homeowner, investor, or renter, you need to know what's on the horizon so you can build wealth while others run for the hills.

Joining us today are James Dainard, Jamil Damji, and Kathy Fettke, a gaggle of real estate veterans and the expert guests on BiggerPockets’ On the Market podcast. They’ve seen up markets, down markets, and confusing markets like today. As investors who touch almost all corners of the United States, with different areas of expertise, they bring the facts on what’s happening in today’s housing market.

We talk about interest rate updates, when the “inventory crisis” will end, why demand has taken a nosedive, and whether or not it’s still a good time to buy real estate. We also talk about the state of the economy, inflation, and how the Federal Reserve may be working to put us into another recession. This up-to-date episode will give you everything you need to make smart buying or selling decisions in today’s housing market.


In This Episode We Cover

Why interest rates are up and what it means for the housing market

Whether or not the Federal Reserve is trying to cause a real estate correction

When and where you can expect price drops and how long they’ll last

Is now still a good time to buy real estate (investments AND primary residences)

Adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) and why they’re worthwhile in times like today

The housing inventory crisis and how Millennial demand drove up prices

And So Much More!

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Oct 10, 2022
342: Finance Friday: Financially Independent, But Not Feeling “Free”
00:50:53

Financial independence isn’t for everyone. That comes as a surprise for most of us within the personal finance community. Whether we like it or not, the “save, invest, and grind” until you can retire early lifestyle isn't a commonly accepted one. But what happens when your partner is the one who doesn’t agree? What steps can you take to help them see why early retirement is such a crucial piece of your life?

This is just one of the topics we touch on with today’s guest, Mark. Mark is in a great position, and he’s already financially free. But, he doesn’t know what to do next, how to optimize his portfolio, and whether or not he’s making the right moves. With a blend of stocks, bonds, and real estate, Mark has a million-dollar diverse portfolio, but where can he tighten it up? And, if he’s able to do so, how does he get his wife on board?

This episode serves as a reminder that even when all the hard work pays off, there is still a life to live. If you’ve spent years, or decades, grinding to finally reach a comfortable position in life, it’s necessary to know how to use that time once you have it. Do you keep stacking up investments so your children are ensured a comfortable life, or do you take some time for yourself, chase after your own dreams, and live a life you would love to live?

In This Episode We Cover

Why cutting down your expenses remains one of the fastest ways to hit financial independence 

Recalculating your rental property profits and making sure your cash flow is correct

Turnkey rentals and using them as a low-stress way to quickly build a profitable portfolio 

Selling off investments to pay for your lifestyle and the risk of doing so

Combining finances as a couple and how to propose the idea to a not-so-convinced spouse

Defining your goals and drafting your “vision” that’ll help you make the right steps to achieve ultimate freedom 

And So Much More!

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Oct 07, 2022
341: Money with Katie’s Middle-Class Myths and The Great Roth vs. 401K Debate
00:58:15

Katie Gatti Tassin from Money with Katie had her “financial awakening” earlier than most. She saw the middle-class wealth trap of working, spending, and repeating for what it really was. This cash-gobbling cycle is one that many Americans fall into, but once you see the light, it’s hard not to almost automatically do better. And that’s what Katie did, trading twenty-dollar daily lunches and “hot girl expenses” for more saving, investing, and skyrocketing net worth.

Through a few short years of self-education, Katie was able to more than double her income, build profitable side businesses, and have a master-like grip on her finances. She’s become an expert in retirement investingpassive income, and saving simply through reading blog posts, listening to podcasts, and starting something of her own. This, coming from someone who just a few years ago had less than $500 to their name.

Katie walks through what spurred her “financial awakening” and how sharing the same thought process could activate your own. She also touches on financial myths that the middle class commonly falls into, the great Roth vs. 401(k)debate, and why lifestyle creep isn’t such a bad thing. She’s proof that you can turn your entire financial situation around in only a few short years, and if she could do it, why can’t you?


In This Episode We Cover

The “financial awakening” that’ll have you saving more and spending less

Financial “truths” that could destroy your wealth if you follow them

Self-education and the best personal finance podcasts and blogs and you should tune into

Retirement investing and whether it makes sense to invest pre-tax or post-tax

Starting side hustles and job hopping to more than double your salary

The bright side of lifestyle creep and using it as a reward for your hard work

And So Much More!


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Oct 03, 2022
340: Finance Friday: When Rental Property Investing Doesn’t Make Sense
01:11:18

Over the past two years, short-term rental investing has become a financial lifeline for those that are trying to make extra income. A small one or two-bedroom basement, garage apartment, or mother-in-law suite brings in enough cash flow for many to pay off a sizable amount of their mortgage. One such investor is Allen, who turned his low-interest rate primary residence into a lucrative short-term rental in the Portland, Maine area.

Allen is a vacation rental house hacker, leasing his garage apartment at a nightly rate for those visiting the area. Thanks to local laws, he’s unable to increase his nightly rates, but the silver lining means Allen has an almost fully-occupied, revenue-producing rental most of the time. He wants to build his short-term rental empire to even greater heights, but after looking at the math, Scott and Mindy aren’t so convinced that this is the right move.

With six figures in student debt and a moderate credit score weighing him down, Allen may be in a better position to do something else with his money. Scott and Mindy go through the numbers, calculations, and everything else you’d need to see whether or not another real estate investment is the right move for you. Even if you’re someone with a high income like Allen, you may be surprised by what Scott and Mindy propose.


In This Episode We Cover

When is the right time to buy real estate and how high-interest rates hurt your chances of getting a good deal

Limiting your monthly spending and taking advantage of earning a high income

Short-term rental house hacking and using it to cover most of your living expenses

Stocks vs. real estate investing and when it’s the right time to choose one over the other

Aggressive debt payoff and how to know whether an interest rate is too high

Credit score tips and the factors that make yours go up and down

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Sep 30, 2022
339: From Sociology Major to Seven-Figure Agent Commissions
01:17:11

Everyone knows that real estate agent commissions are hefty. Those who have sold a house in the past few years may look at their settlement agreement and wonder where those tens of thousands of dollars really went. It’s not hard for a new agent in today’s world to lock in six-figures worth of real estate commissions within their first few years. But, not many agents, even uber-experienced ones, have been able to hit what Pat Hiban has.

Pat was one of the first “billion-dollar” real estate agents. Unfortunately, the “billion dollars” doesn’t refer to commission checks, but it does refer to real estate sales as a whole. This is doubly impressive when you factor in the decades when this was achieved. Pat sold homes in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s when home prices were far less than they are today. So, you could consider Pat an inflation-adjusted “trillion dollar” real estate agent!

But how did Pat, a sociology major without any connection to real estate, reach such heights within a few short years? And, a more important question to ask, why did Pat give it all up at the peak of his career? What was worth more to him than making seven figures and bringing home huge commissions every month? He gives hints as to why he left it all in this episode. And, as one of the newest BiggerPockets authors, you can pick up his books 6 Steps to 7 Figures and The Quitter’s Manifesto today!


In This Episode We Cover

Everything you ever wanted to know about real estate agent commissions and broker splits

Why so many new real estate agents fail during their first few years

Leveraging out your work, hiring employees, and scaling a business instead of building a job

Real estate investing basics and the downsides of taking too much depreciation

Quitting a lucrative career and the financial moves to make that ensure a successful transition

The six steps to reaching seven figures for real estate agents (and any other entrepreneur!)

And So Much More!


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Sep 26, 2022
338: Finance Friday: How to Become Debt-Free 20 Years Faster Than You Thought
00:59:10

Student loan debt—the gift that keeps on giving with interest, stress, and the overwhelming feeling that you won’t be able to pay them off. The larger the loan, the heavier the weight on your shoulders, but in today’s episode, we go over how to start lightening your load. Focusing solely on your debt makes it seem like there's no way out, but financial freedom is always achievable. 

Today’s guests, James and Bianca, have $278,000 of student debt between them. This debt has followed them for a while, and their original payoff plan would last for another twenty-four years. Despite their debt, James and Bianca have a strong financial portfolio with ten cash-flowing rental units. They make over $17,000 a month with only $7,300 in expenses. Even with a strong financial foundation, these student loans have loomed over them and kept them from true financial freedom. 

Scott and Mindy introduce James and Bianca to ways they could pay off their debt in the next few years and completely shift their mindset on defeating six-figure debt. Instead of having a burden on their backs for another twenty-four years, they could get their time back and be debt-free sooner. After listening to this episode, there’s a good chance you could too!


In This Episode We Cover

Living on less than half of your income and how to maximize your unused funds

Income-based repayment plans and determining the best loan payoff plan for you

Reallocating your portfolio and finding creative ways to pay off your debt 

Time management and how to know when you should outsource or delegate tasks

Preparing for a career shift and how to create a solid financial foundation

Getting into a debt-free mindset and finding financial independence even faster

And So Much More!


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Student Loans Update: Repayment, Refinancing, and Potential Forgiveness w/ Robert Farrington

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


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Sep 23, 2022
337: College is NOT for EVERYONE: Joining the Military & Become Financially Free
00:54:05

College isn’t the only option after high school. In fact, it’s not even the best option. Typically, twenty-two-year-olds fresh out of college are launched into the workforce with a lot of debt and little life experience. So how do you enter the workforce debt-free with life experienceJoin the military.

Today’s guest, David Pere, is a financially free veteran with 100 rental units, all thanks to his time in the military. He enlisted fresh out of high school in 2008. While he did the usual “stupid young guy stuff” for a few years, once he read Rich Dad Poor Dad in 2015, he decided to get serious about financial freedom. After thirteen years of active duty, in 2021 he was honorably discharged with a net worth of a million dollars.

The military offers various benefits, from the ability to learn trades to getting life experience to its financial advantages. As a service member, you are in an ideal position to become financially free. Your housing and food get paid for, and you have access to government-backed savings plans and loans. You also get tuition assistance for yourself and your family. With all the support and benefits the military provides, you can start building the life you always dreamed of straight out of high school.

 

In This Episode We Cover

Why the military may be the best option straight out of high school

The various opportunities to start a career through the military

The GI Bill vs. tuition assistance and how to make sure you qualify

The tangible and intangible skills you learn in the military and how they translate into the workforce

The VA Loan, qualifications, and how to get rich with it via house hacks

The TSP and the SDP and how to use them to grow your wealth faster

And So Much More!


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DIY Your Way to FI with Tinian Crawford


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Sep 19, 2022
336: Finance Friday: Six-Figure Passive Income in Just 4 Years!
00:52:52

Becoming a millionaire by 30 is almost every 20-or-something-year-old’s dream. But what if you want to go even further? Instead of seven-figure net worth, what about an eight-figure net worth? Would this be enough to make your wildest dreams come true, or is planning for ultra-wealthy status a wasted pursuit, as most people could easily retire earlywith just a few million? The question we’re trying to ask is, how much is enough?

It’s not Scott and Mindy asking this question, it’s today’s guest, Travis. You could call Travis an overachiever, although he doesn’t have the ego to fit that title. Travis has built close to a million dollars in net worth, with $10,000 of monthly passive income in just four years. He’s done this while working a full-time job and spending just $2,000 a month. If we could give a “You Did It, You Won the Money Show!” award, Travis would be first in line.

But Travis is struggling to get his goals aligned with his portfolio. He set a lofty eight-figure goal for retirement, but with his rock-bottom spending rate, is this dollar figure even worth the work? Travis also wants to pose the stocks vs. real estate question, as he’s almost entirely invested in rental properties with very little left in retirement accounts or any stock accounts in general. So what is Travis’ next move? Quit the job, load up on stocks, or keep doing what he’s been doing?


In This Episode We Cover

Using the BRRRR strategy to grow a large rental portfolio in very little time 

Hitting millionaire status by your thirties through smart spending and consistent investing

When to quit your W2 and pursue entrepreneurial pursuits full-time

Stocks vs. real estate and loading up your Roth, 401K, and other retirement accounts

Goal setting and when to take a step back from building wealth 

CapEx calculations, cash reserves, and prepaying your mortgage 

And So Much More!


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Episode 200 Special: A Personal Finance Masterclass with Kyle Mast


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Sep 16, 2022
335: The (Almost) Guaranteed Way to 31x Your Investments
00:42:00

What do timing the market and a circle have in common? There’s no point, literally and figuratively. Some people would like to have you think they’ve cracked the code and there’s some secret formula. There’s not. They may have been able to “time the market” once or twice, but they probably can’t repeat it multiple times. Being correct for the wrong reasons isn’t repeatable, and with the market being so arbitrary, timing it correctly for the right reasons is unlikely. Despite this, there’s still a way to have enormous success while realizing great returns in the stock market, and today’s guest, Jesse Cramer, explains that.

In Jesse’s article, The Near-Zero Benefit from Timing the Market, he tells the story of three investors. All three investors have different experiences “timing” the market, and while they all have different outcomes, it’s not the outcome you’d expect. While you can’t time the market, time in the market can be just as lucrative. If you let your money compound interest over time, you’d be surprised at how much more you can earn by simply leaving your money alone.


In This Episode We Cover

Time in the market vs. timing of the market and which one wins over decades

The unpredictability of the market and how to combat it

Advice for new investors on how to manage emotions while investing

The benefits of reinvesting your dividends and letting your investments compound

The importance of self-education and how to use it as insurance when investing

The history of the stock market and its overall growth

And So Much More!

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Sep 12, 2022
334: Finance Friday: The 5 Questions to Ask if You Want to Fast-Track FI
00:44:40

If someone told you that financial freedom could be achieved by traveling the world, you probably wouldn’t believe them. How can going on a work vacation to Europe make you richer? Surprisingly, doing this can help cut years off your retirement horizon, allowing you to save more, spend less, and invest for your future faster than ever before. Don’t believe it’s possible? Scott and Mindy prove the profits behind doing so in this Finance Friday episode!

Today we’re talking to James, who is inches away from retirement. He has only a few years left before he can sail off into the sunset, but James wants to know how he can reach his goals even faster. He keeps his spending low, continuously invests, and has a remote work position, allowing him to work wherever he wants. He dreams of living in other areas of the United States but wants to ensure he has enough money to do so.

His highest monthly cost? Housing! Like most Americans, a majority of James’ spending is for the roof over his head, but could geographic arbitrage turn his travel plans into a seriously profitable excursion? For those who are trying to hit FI, are close to FI, or simply want to spend more time enjoying life abroad, this episode is for you!


In This Episode We Cover

Calculating your FI number and getting to early retirement faster 

Defining your retirement goals and knowing what you want to do and where you want to be

The 4% rule and whether or not it holds up as stock values have taken a tumble

Geographic arbitrage and using it to reduce your largest monthly cost

Coast FI and why a more gradual retirement option may work for you

The five questions every investor should ask themselves when planning for retirement

And So Much More!


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Ready to Retire: The Ultimate Pre-Retirement Checklist

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Coast FI: The Calculated Way to Retire Early WITHOUT Giving Up What You Love w/Jessica from The Fioneers

Ramit Sethi’s Money Advice for Couples: Live a Rich Life, Together

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Sep 09, 2022
333: From Broke at 40 to FI at 50 While Raising 4 Kids
00:51:27

In the early retirement movement, becoming a millionaire is a crucial part of the financial path. While everyone has different spending habits, the first million will allow you to start pivoting so you can make choices for your enjoyment, not just for the sake of money. But when is it too late to start making these moves? Is there a certain point where early retirement, or retirement at all, is off the table? If you think so, listen to today’s episode with Courtney Robinson.

Courtney was raised frugal, and unlike most, she never strayed off that path. Buying old cars, eating at home, and seeing matinee movies were the norm for her, but this began to get harder and harder as her family grew. Courtney was raising four children on her own, making only $15,000 per year, with multiple debts to pay off. But now, only ten years later, she’s a millionaire with equity, retirement investments, a large cash reserve, and multiple rental properties.

How did she make the switch in the “late period” of her life? Courtney goes over the details that led her and her husbandout of bankruptcy, into investing, and eventually to millionaire status. By no means was this an easy or quick journey, but Courtney serves as living proof that even if you’re in your forties or fifties, you still have plenty of time to build a strong financial foundation, and maybe retire early!


In This Episode We Cover

Early frugality and the long-term benefits of teaching your children to save

Living off of $15,000 per year and how to intelligently increase your yearly income 

Bankruptcy, debt payoff, and differentiating the “needs” from the “wants” in your life

Paying off your mortgage and living for “free” in just a few years 

Calculating your FI number and making sure your investments match what you’ll need

Emergency funds, cash reserves, and how much to keep in each account

And So Much More!


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Sep 05, 2022
332: Handling Finances as a Couple: Individual, Combined, or a Bit Of Both?
00:55:07

Having shared finances, for most couples, is an automatic thing to do once married or after being together for many years. It seems natural to want to combine income, expenses, and investments all in one big pot. This was the norm for most couples over the past hundred years, but as technology has made individual accounts more defined, some couples are finding freedom in keeping their finances separate from their relationship.

We thought we’d put this theory to the test by having Doug Cunnington and Carl Jensen, hosts of the Mile High FI podcast, on the show. Doug and his wife have separate finances, Carl (Mindy’s husband) has completely combined their cash flow, and David Pere (our trusted military millionaire) has walked the tightrope between combined and separate finances with his wife. But which couple is fairing the best?

Unfortunately, we will not be having a couple vs. couple cage match?—but we will discuss the pros and cons of each strategy. Carl, David, and Doug all bring up interesting, and often emotional, arguments as to why they think their money-splitting strategy works best for their specific relationship. If you’re currently in a relationship, married, or about to be wed, this may be a crucial topic worth exploring before your spouse spends $50,000+ on an impulse Tesla order!

In This Episode We Cover

Three couples with three different ways of splitting finances 

How to combine monthly cash flow so that bills are paid

The bright side of prenuptial agreements and why every married couple should have one

Respecting your partner's money mindset by building a spouse-specific system for the two of you

Saving for your child's college and whether or not higher education is worth it as college becomes increasingly optional

Advice for couples who will (or already) combine their finances and investing

And So Much More!


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Sep 02, 2022
331: From Food Stamps to Six-Figure Flips and Debt-Free On a Teacher’s Salary
00:59:06

How would a six-figure side hustle change your financial picture? Think of the possibilities—being able to travel, becoming debt-free, or even buying your dream home. For most Americans, income is capped at what you make through a salary. There isn’t enough time, creativity, or energy left at the end of the day to make more. But, one specific subset of employees does have an upper hand that most people overlook—teachers. With a sizable summer break, teachers can make more than many others, even with their median incomes.

Someone who took full advantage of this lucrative scheduling was Skyler. Skyler was raised in a very frugal household, resorting to food stamps and government subsidies at times. But Skyler was poised to turn a hard past into hard assets and laterfinancial freedom. He used financial aid to heavily discount his college tuition, rent-hacked (sometimes for free) into his mid-twenties, and thought of every decision as a return on investment.

As he slowly whittled down the debt he had accumulated through school, real estate caught his eye. Skyler not only beganselling homes on the side as an agent but performing live in flips during the off-season of his teaching career. Thisskyrocketed his net worth, debt payoff schedule, and timeline to financial freedom. He’s made so many wise moves that Skyler will soon be saving eighty percent of his income all while living for free abroad!


In This Episode We Cover

Turning frugality into financial success through smart money-saving moves

Student loan payoff and using the “debt snowball method” to become debt-free faster

Live in flips and how to make six-figure, tax-free wealth through this lucrative side-hustle

The true price of adopting a child in the US and why it’s something worth saving up for

Making the most of your median-income job by building wealth in the background

Geographic arbitrage and living for free (and tax-free!) in other parts of the world

And So Much More!


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Aug 29, 2022
330: The Ultimate Teen Money Hack for Parents
00:42:49

You’ve heard of money hacks before, but probably not like this. For the teenagers and parents of teenagers listening, this episode will give you everything you need to make yourself, or your child, financially successful, straight out of high school. Most parents think that a strong financial foundation is built through allowances, debit cards, and making their child get an after-school job. While none of that is bad advice, it doesn’t leave the teenager with a sense of financial security or knowledge of how to manage money.

Thankfully, the Sheek Freak himself, Dan Sheeks, is back on the show to give his “ultimate teen money hack for parents.” This strategy has been built through years of teaching children how to manage and make money and is one of the easiest ways to get teens on the correct financial path. This isn’t an overcomplicated strategy, but it will take some buy-in from your teen. What they’ll get out of it is far more independenceresponsibility, and the ability to save and invest for a better future.

But Dan isn’t the only guest on today’s episode! We also have Carl Jensen and Claire Jensen joining us! Claire is fifteen years old, putting her in the perfect position to take ownership of her finances. She also asks some insightful questions your teen might ask when you try out this strategy. Thankfully, Claire is a fan of Dan's system, and she encourages all the parents (and teens) out there to try it too!


In This Episode We Cover

The “ultimate teen money hack” every parent should try with their high-schooler

Teen debit cards, credit cards, and building up basic frugality

Teaching your teen to “pay yourself first” through strategic spending and investing

Letting your child make mistakes now, so they don’t make life-long mistakes later

The perfect age to implement this strategy and when it matters most

Common questions your teen may ask and getting them excited about money management

And So Much More!


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Aug 26, 2022
329: From Extreme Poverty to DIY Wealth and 2 Full-Time Incomes w/The She Wolfe of Wall Street
01:04:00

Wealth-building isn’t a pre-formulated path for most people. For those raised in poverty, the thought of financial stability seems like a far-out dream. Achieving financial independence or early retirement basically becomes an afterthought, or a fantasy only someone else could achieve. Without basic financial literacy and education, you could spend life aimlessly wandering without saving, investing, or thinking about a more promising financial future.

But Amanda “She Wolfe of Wall Street” Wolfe did the opposite of that. Amanda was raised in extreme poverty, going long stretches of time without food, clean clothes, a shower, or school supplies. From a young age, she knew that most of her problems stemmed from a lack of money. The best way to solve that? Go to school, work hard, and make more money, so she could never feel poor again.

But, when Amanda started bringing in a full-time income, her so-called “savings plan” went out the window. Set on not making the same mistakes as her parents, she revamped and reverse engineered her spending to match her savings and investing goals. She did this purely through DIY financial literacy and tenaciously asking questions. It paid off, and now she boasts a social media following of over 100,000, with two full-time incomes and a large reserve of retirement savings to boot!


In This Episode We Cover

Escaping childhood poverty through basic financial education

DIY financial literacy by asking questions others are too intimidated to

401ks, Roth IRAs, HSAs, and other tax-advantaged investing accounts

Tweaking your “money mindset” to place yourself on the path to building wealth

Amanda’s biggest financial mistake that, once corrected, increased her income two-fold

Building your emergency reserves and using them to catapult your investments

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Aug 22, 2022
328: The Best Alternative Investment No One Knows About w/Alex Breshears and Beth Johnson
01:41:19

For average investors, private money lending has been mentally squared away as “something mega-wealthy people do.” Most investors will write off lending money because they think they lack the experience or funds to do a successful deal. But what if we told you private money lending requires less money than you thought, that it’s almost completely passive, and that today’s high-interest-rate environment may be the perfect time to start?

Alex Breshears and Beth Johnson are graciously coming in as our private money messiahs, teaching us all how easy (and lucrative) it is to be a private money lender. They’ve been lending for years, not only to supplement their real estate portfolios but often to outright replace them. Private money is far more passive and flexible than performing a flip or BRRRR yourself, and almost anyone (and yes, we mean anyone) can do it in one way or another. It’s such a good way to make more money that Alex and Beth wrote the new BiggerPockets book, Lend to Live, on this exact subject.

But before you print off business cards that say “private money expert” under your name, listen to what Alex and Beth have to say. They drop some valuable gems on who should (and shouldn’t) be a private money lender, how to protect yourself when you lend, points, rates, and fees you can charge, and building a pool of borrowers you can trust. If you’re anything like Scott and Mindy, then there’s a good chance you’ll walk away from this episode far more interested in private money than before!


In This Episode We Cover

How any investor can become a private money lender and build a pool of borrowers

Why 2022 presents an interesting opportunity for new private money lenders 

Points, rates, laws, and setting up your private money structure

Building the perfect private money team that can protect you on any deal

The insane returns lenders get when doing different types of deals

Betting on the “jockey” vs. the "horse” when vetting a potential borrower

Private lending red flags that new lenders can easily fall prey to

And So Much More!


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Loans Gone Wild: Turning a Private Loan Into a Profitable Flip After Foreclosure

Private Money: What the Experts Warn Against Before You Lend (Or Borrow!)


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Aug 19, 2022
327: Why the Stock Market Should NOT Scare You (Even As It Crashes) w/Brian Feroldi
00:47:37

stock market crash looks like bad news. The world is ending and everything is down. There won’t be any more profits to take…until the stock market gets back on track, which it always does. We’re not kidding—take a look at the past hundred years of total stock market performance and you’ll see something not-so-shocking. The stock market always finds a way to head back up, even after massive crashes like the great depression and great recession.

You don't need to trust David and Mindy on this, instead, trust a stock investing expert like Brian Feroldi. Brian wrote the book on why the stock market always goes up, appropriately titled, Why Does The Stock Market Go Up?: Everything You Should Have Been Taught About Investing In School, But Weren'tBrian uses this book to educate, inform, and enhance investors’ abilities to invest without stress, headache, or anxiety about future prices.

In this episode, Brian demystifies the calculations behind investing in the stock market. From price to earnings ratios to company valuations, and why individual stock picking only makes sense if you’re the right type of person. He also hints at a “multimillion-dollar mistake” some investors are making when investing for retirement. Simply hearing his warning could save you millions of dollars in the future!


In This Episode We Cover

Why stock market crashes shouldn’t scare the average investor

What causes the stock market to go up in the long-term, even with short-term dips

Price to earnings ratios explained and using them to value companies before you buy

How long you should hold stocks and why consistent trading could cost you more than you think

The 4% rule and how the gold standard of retirement calculations is holding up in 2022

Avoiding the “multimillion-dollar mistake” many investors are making

And So Much More!


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Aug 15, 2022
326: Finance Friday: Still Feeling "Money Anxious" After Hitting FI
01:01:08

The path to financial freedom is different for everyone. Some invest in stocks, others flip houses, but one couple breeds rats, trains horses, and buys rentals in cash. Before you get squeamish, this isn’t a show about flipping rats for profit. But, it is a show about horse training, unique investments, and how to ease off the gas when building wealth. Even if you’re far from your FI number, thinking about this concept will help you tremendously once you’ve retired.

Alexis and Max have an interesting situation, and they aren’t your everyday workers. Both of them work out in the field, up against the elements, making some serious money to help train horses. Max was a self-taught trainer who built an impressive resume while only in his teenage years. He has a passion for finding, training, and flipping horses that will one day be champions. This is his life’s work and it’s allowed him to charge a pretty hefty price tag.

But, the couple hasn’t just been investing in horses. They also have nine paid-off rental properties, subsidizing the entirety of their monthly spending. But, even with their high net worth, they’re struggling to feel comfortable with their financial situation. They’d like to buy a house of their own, take a break from work, and allow themselves more time freedom. But do they really need more money, or do they simply need to rethink their already solid situation?


In This Episode We Cover

Flipping horses and the astounding money this unique investment can make

Rental property investing and why being debt-free isn’t such a bad thing

Sheltering business taxes so you can keep more income at the end of the year

When to use leverage to buy real estate vs. buying rentals in cash

What to do with your “lazy money” even if you’ve already hit financial freedom

Getting clear on your financial goals so you can work less and enjoy your wealth

And So Much More!


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Finance Friday: How to Avoid the “Middle Class Trap” When Building Wealth

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Aug 12, 2022
325: How to Buy Yourself a 6-Figure Income Stream
01:23:19

Buying a business may sound out of your element. Stocks are one thing, and real estate is another, but what about buying businesses? Isn’t business buying something reserved for large companies, wealthy entrepreneurs, or seriously experienced store owners? Funnily enough, the business of buying businesses may be one of the most overlooked, yet most profitable ways to make more money, work less, and retire richer. Don’t believe us? Just listen to Tim Delaney.

Tim did not take the standard wealth-building route. He was making just over $2,000 per year while working in the Peace Corps after college. From there, he was hired on by other non-profits when the opportunity to buy a business fell into his lap. It didn’t require a ton of money, but it did require some sweat equity and a fair amount of time. While he didn’t end up taking the first opportunity that came his way, he did end up buying a business shortly after. And if you like hops-laden libations as much as Mindy and Scott, you’ll love hearing about Tim’s business.

Tim invested in a local liquor store that had almost zero technological improvements. No point of sale system, no running inventory, and a cash register that was appropriate for the 1950s, not the 2010s. Tim saw an opportunity, and with the right upgrades, he was able to turn this into a full-fledged business with multiple employeeshundreds of thousands in profit, and the best part of all, a 10-hour per week work schedule for Tim. Today you’ll hear exactly how Tim did it, how much money it took, and how you can repeat the process.


In This Episode We Cover

Living frugally even when making very little and how your savings can catapult your wealth

How to buy a business and what it takes to turn an outdated trade around

What types of opportunities to look for when shopping for a business to buy

SBA loansseller financing, and how to finance a small business with very little down

Hiring, firing, and how to keep a passionate staff paid and happy with work

Commercial real estate investing and turning profits into property

And So Much More!


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Aug 08, 2022
324: Finance Friday: Why Even Millionaires Still Have to Budget
00:55:22

What is a millionaireBy definition, someone who has a million dollars or more in net worth. But what do you think of when we say “millionaire”? Are you picturing sports cars, expensive vacations, big houses? The reality is that most millionaires are people just like you and me, living in regular homes, still attending their jobs, and trying their hardest to budget. Being a millionaire doesn’t mean you’ve “made it,” but it does mean you’re on the fast track to building wealth.

Gracie is a millionaire, but she doesn’t feel like it. When she discovered financial freedom, she set an impressive goal to hit millionaire status by the time she and her husband hit their mid-30s. They worked hard, were diligent savers, and ended up hitting that goal right on time, but it came with a lot less flexibility than they had hoped. While Gracie was able to quit her job, her husband wasn’t able to, and even as he brings in a great salary, the family still is close to breaking even every month on their budget.

But Gracie isn’t doing anything wrong. She’s got a tame budget, regularly reviews her spending, and knows that something has to change if she wants to reach the life of financial freedom she had been promised. So what should she do, change her assets, completely revamp her budget, or move to a lower cost of living area to increase her monthly cash flow? Scott and Mindy give Gracie some good advice that will most likely apply to you, even if you’re not a millionaire yet.


In This Episode We Cover

Coast FI and using it as an alternative to traditional financial independence

Budgeting, expense tracking, and knowing where your monthly income is going

Pivoting to part-time when trying to slowly leave a job you don’t love 

Increasing your “financial flexibility” without sacrificing a ton of time

Budgeting red flags and where most families fail in saving money

Whether or not being heavy in retirement funds is a wise move in early retirement 

And So Much More!


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Coast FI: The Calculated Way to Retire Early WITHOUT Giving Up What You Love w/Jessica from The Fioneers

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Aug 05, 2022
323: Coast FI: The Calculated Way to Retire Early WITHOUT Giving Up What You Love w/Jessica from The Fioneers
01:01:39

Coast FI is an interesting concept. Unfortunately, to much of Mindy’s surprise, “coast FI” doesn’t mean having enough money to live by the coast. But, just like living down by the beach, the coast FI lifestyle is far more enjoyable than most. We constantly hear from online personal finance bloggers about how you need to save as much as you can, eat at home every night, and never take a vacation. While this does allow you to hit financial independence faster, it makes the journey a highly stressful one at worst and a barely bearable one at best.

What about a different way to reach financial independence? What about still eating out and taking trips, all while working to retire early? This is the path that Jessica from The Fioneers has chosen to take. She and her husband learned about the financial independence movement while they were making just $30,000 per year combined. As their income grew, so did their savings rate. But, Jessica realized that the stress of climbing the corporate ladder wasn’t worth it when she ended up taking a six-month mental health break from her work.

Jessica never ended up going back to work, but she did start working for herself. Now, she’s on the path to coast FI, or as she also likes to call it, “slow FI.” She still takes trips and lives comfortably, but she does so with full autonomy of her time and a plan to retire in her early 50s. She is living proof that you don’t need to burn yourself out to hit financial freedom, and you definitely don’t need to do so just to reach retirement.


In This Episode We Cover

Coast FI explained and how it’s a far more enjoyable alternative to standard financial independence

Saving and investing even while making a below-median income salary 

Resisting lifestyle creep and how to use pay raises to increase your net worth

The danger of going “too fast to FI” and how retiring too early can be a detriment

Part-time jobs, side hustles, and other ways that you can make more apart from your W2

Spending money to “escape” and how quitting a stressful job could save you more money

And So Much More!


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Aug 01, 2022
322: Finance Friday: Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck with 9 Rental Properties
01:04:42

Rental property cash flow is one of the most important metrics to calculate when analyzing real estate. Your cash flow not only helps you make a little extra money every month but also keeps your property afloat during months of heavy expenses or when large repairs need to take place. If you don’t do the correct cash flow calculations, you could find yourself with a cash-hemorrhaging property.

This is why running (and re-running) your “true cash flow” number is so important. It’s also what Pam, today’s guest, might need to do to figure out which rentals to sell and which to keep in her portfolio. Pam owns nine rental properties, which is doubly impressive since she declared bankruptcy just a decade ago. She’s been able to rebuild a financial position that many would envy. And even though Pam and her husband make a great income, they’re struggling to figure out where it’s going every month.

As six-figure earners, they’re barely breaking even on some months and overspending on others. Is Pam being too relaxed with some of her budget categories, or is there another cash flow leak coming from somewhere she isn’t looking? Scott and Mindy go through Pam’s current financial situation and quite quickly come up with a solution that could save her thousands every month.


In This Episode We Cover

How to calculate “true cash flow” for your rental properties so you know what actually comes in every month

Selling vs. refinancing vs. holding and which choice to pick for which property

Why so many six-figure earners feel like they’re living paycheck to paycheck 

Capital expenditure (CapEx) costs and why every rental property investor must anticipate them

Climbing out of bankruptcy and finding financial success after starting from zero

Using private money lending to grow a rental portfolio quickly

And So Much More!


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Jul 29, 2022
321: From Spending Six-Figures a Year to Saving 80% of His Income
01:13:50

Living paycheck to paycheck isn’t sustainable. But, if you’re in this position, you already know that. The stress of always worrying about bills, scrounging for money, and never really feeling security can eat away at you. This is how Anthony Michael felt, but surprisingly, he wasn’t making a small amount of money. He and his wife were making six figures, but only saving around $200/month. This was far less than Anthony was comfortable with, so he sat down, crunched the numbers, and started taking drastic actions.

After he was able to increase his savings rate tenfold, he knew the extra money he was bringing in needed to be deployed. He started listening to The BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast, read Rich Dad Poor Dad, and saw that house flipping could be his way to real estate riches. He found a partner, picked an area to invest in, and since then has madeflipping homes his top money-marker.

Anthony’s story didn’t always go to plan. He had house flipping budget busters that forced him to use much of his emergency savings, a “partner” who ran off with thousands of dollars, and other fumbles along the way. But, all these mistakes lead to Anthony being in the position he is in today, and maybe you can avoid some of his pricey mistakes simply by hearing his story.


In This Episode We Cover

How lowering your expenses is a faster way to save than increasing your income

Flipping products online and choosing side hustles that can quickly bring in some cash

House flipping and how (when done right) it can be a killer side hustle for new investors

The “BRRRRbnb” short-term rental bringing in over $500 per night 

Real estate partnerships and what to look out for before you start sending money

Credit card debt and how to use it the right way when investing in real estate

And So Much More!


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Jul 25, 2022
320: Finance Friday: How to Invest When the 20-Year Grind Pays Off
01:02:01

Retirement strategies range from simple index fund investing all the way to full-on real estate development deals. What works for some investors won’t work for others. What’s most important to you is knowing what will or won’t work for your lifestyle. Some workers can easily do a couple of fix and flips on the side to generate income, while you may have a sixty-hour workweek, without a lot of free time to start investing in more intense asset classes.

Chris feels just like this. As a working professional with a hectic schedule, he's concerned that he can’t participate in more “active” income-generating projects like real estate investing. He's been grinding for decades, making decent money but funneling much of it to pay off expensive student loan bills. When his wife sold her business, an unexpected windfall profit resulted, leaving the couple with more options than they thought.

Now they want to “back into retirement” as easily as possible, while still making wealth-building moves. What’s the best option for them? Stocks, real estate, or focusing on work so they can build a large cash reserve? While Scott and Mindy can’t answer this question for him, Chris is presented with a few good options that’ll help him become a multimillionaire in only a few short years.


In This Episode We Cover

Buying and selling a business, plus some lucrative exit options for when you decide to sell

Short-term rental investing and why big profits usually come with big-time commitments

The “perfect” retirement portfolio and how to build your assets around your lifestyle

Planning for your child’s college and how to invest risk-free while taking tax-advantages

Whether to invest in pre or post-tax retirement accounts when you’re coming close to retirement age

Serious side hustles that’ll help you achieve the “four-week work year”

And So Much More!


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Finance Friday: How to Get to Early Retirement Even Faster

The “Perfect” Investment Portfolio for Early Retirement w/Ask The Money Coach

Bonds: The Perfect Inflation Hedge (with One BIG Caveat)


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Jul 22, 2022
319: The “Deathbed Toolkit” That Makes Building Wealth Much More Enjoyable
00:55:58

Your financial freedom journey won’t look like anyone else’s. It’s your future, your passion, and your life on the line when trying to hit financial independence. But what are we missing out on during the journey? Are we mindlessly walking towards a “money mirage” where everything in life is perfect and happiness is always abundant, simply because we have more money? Or, is the end of the financial independence journey far less satisfying than it’s hyped up to be?

Doc G, from The Earn & Invest podcast, knows about regret. When he’s not recording episodes about residual income, he’s helping hospice patients who are months, weeks, or even days away from life’s end. He knows what it looks like when someone harbors regret about what they should have done. So many of our greatest regrets are caused by not knowing what we truly want to do. The question is, do you know what will actually make you happy?

It’s okay if you can’t answer that question right away. In Doc G’s newest book Taking Stock: A Hospice Doctor's Advice on Financial Independence, Building Wealth, and Living a Regret-Free Life, he gives a concoction of stories, exercises, and thought-provoking metaphors to help you not only reach FI but do so regret-free.


In This Episode We Cover

Why stepping away from a high-paying career could make financial freedom easier for you

Finding what you truly want out of life and how to do so before it’s too late

The “mirage of money” that financial independence chasers can’t get enough of

Why the “death march to FI” is rarely worth it and what to do if you’re on that path

The “three brothers” story that will have you rethinking how you want to reach early retirement 

What hospice patients regretted most and their advice for those who are healthy

And So Much More!


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Jul 18, 2022
318: Finance Friday: The Median Earner’s Guide to Fast-Tracking FI
00:55:14

The “semi-retired” lifestyle seems to go against everything early retirement chasers have been taught. For years, it’s been pushed into our brains that “retirement” is one stark event. You retire once, do what you want for the rest of time, and that’s that. But life doesn’t always go that way. Today’s guest Amanda has spent the past two decades raising children, working, and focusing on getting an advanced degree. Now, with extra money coming in she’s finally in the position to invest.

Amanda wants to have the option to work part-time in her mid-fifties so she can spend time with her future grandchildren. She doesn’t oppose a semi-retired lifestyle but wants to make sure she has the assets to support this financial flexibility she’s chasing. She’s investing in her retirement accounts, saving up a strong cash surplus, but knows that as she makes more money in the future, she should have a better plan on where to put it.

Scott and Mindy walk through the ways Amanda can optimize her lifestyle for future retirement. In just a few years, Amanda will have a high income, with the ability to invest in passive income streams like real estate or simply funnel more money into smart stock investments. But at the stage she’s currently at, which is the smartest way to set herself up for a post-nine-to-five life?


In This Episode We Cover

After-tax vs. pre-tax investment accounts and which to prioritize for early retirement

Pensions and whether or not they’re worth working at the same job for

HSA vs. FSA investing and how to maximize your tax-advantaged healthcare accounts

Index fund investing and how to aggressively invest without making things complicated

The four levers of financial independence and which to pull when you don’t have many assets

And So Much More!


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Jul 15, 2022
317: Early Retirement by 30 with $20K/Month in (Actually) Passive Income
00:59:02

Early retirement is something people in their forties and fifties do, right? It would seem almost impossible for someone to retire in their mid/late twenties or early thirties without a large inheritance or winning the lottery. Today you’ll meet the woman who did the impossible—Rachel “Money Honey” Richards. Her voice may sound familiar as not so long ago Rachel was a guest on The BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast where she talked about retiring in just two years thanks to “aggressive” real estate investing.

This time, Rachel talks about the more “passive” income streams she built over her twenties, allowing her and her husband to travel the world while making an enviable income, much of which requires little to no effort from Rachel. It’s not surprising that Rachel came from a finance-first background, working as a financial advisor immediately after college. She’s had multiple jobs in a variety of industries but knew running her own ship was where she was meant to be.

Fast forward a few years and Rachel has a strong real estate portfoliobestselling financial literacy books, an exclusive mastermind and coaching program, as well as courses to help women feel empowered by finances, not afraid. Rachel is the embodiment of putting your future self first, and you’ll probably do the same after hearing about how she got here.


In This Episode We Cover

Using your age as a benefit and how to get around clients/customers judging you by your youth

Where to find the most cash-flowing real estate deals that no one else knows about

Living frugally as you make more money and resisting lifestyle creep at all costs

The multitude of passive income streams almost anyone can create

Selling your rental properties in 2022 and why the “passive” landlord dream isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Imposter syndrome and why self-doubt could be costing you tens of thousands

And So Much More!


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Jul 11, 2022
316: Spending Categories to Cut During a Downturn | Mindy & Carl’s Budget Review
00:34:56

When building your budget, do you have a line designated for “economic downturn” or “high inflation?” Probably not. Many financial freaks like Carl and Mindy Jensen don’t prepare for economic anomalies like rampant inflation or double-digit stock market losses. And like most Americans, they’re finding it hard to not spend more money every month.

Carl and Mindy understand this, but can't seem to rein in their rebellious budget. This month was their most expensive month ever. And even though these expenses were planned, they nonetheless stung when reviewing them later. But even without these accounted expenses, Carl and Mindy have noticed the cost of goods going up while their stock portfolio continues to drop.

If you’re worried about high inflation, rising home prices, food prices, and everything in between, this is a great time to make the needed adjustments to your budget. This will save you not only a bunch of time but also stress when seeing shockingly high prices for everyday things.

Even financially free couples like Carl and Mindy need to reassess, and you may want to as well!


In This Episode We Cover

Mindy’s most expensive month ever recorded and why you should never books flights a month in advance 

Categories you can cut when an economic downturn hits so you (and your family) stay safe

Why saving is more special when you can truly enjoy the things you’re spending on

Rethinking early retirement and why now may not be the best time to leave the workforce

Budgeting, expense tracking, and keeping an eye on your overspending (before it gets out of hand)

And So Much More!


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Jul 08, 2022
315: From 400 Credit Score to Making $17,000/Month in Passive Income
01:44:19

Passive income and credit scores. While they don't entirely rely on each other, having good credit does allow you to build passive income streams far faster. Andrew Brazell learned this the hard way, but thankfully profited big time by making some needed changes. Less than a decade or so ago, Andrew was living in a rat-infested apartment, riddled with credit card and student loan debt, spending all of his money every month. He felt financially hopeless until he struck up a conversation with his Rugby teammate, and BiggerPockets CEO, Scott Trench.

Scott personally helped Andrew dig himself out of a debt hole, start house hacking, and get well on his way to financial freedom. From there, Andrew understood the formula—save your money, buy income-producing assets, and repeat until financially free. Andrew took this lesson to heart, and shortly after paying off his debt, began rental arbitraging his apartment, helping him eliminate his cost of living. That’s when he met Haley Ferguson, his future wife, and a soon-to-be top short-term rental host.

The duo saved their money and bought their first house hack property. And, because of smart landlording, they were able to bring in more than double their mortgage payment in rent alone, allowing them to live at a profit. Now, they’re well on their way to buying even more properties, helping them go from financial fiasco to financial freedom, and finally financial abundance.


In This Episode We Cover

How to save money every month so you can pay off debt, invest, or just have peace of mind

House hacking, rental arbitrage, and other ways you can eliminate your cost of living

Reducing your credit card, medical, or other debts by making a simple phone call

Lifestyle creep and why every financial freedom chaser should resist it

Vacation rental investing and the massive profits that come with it

Purchasing properties with the VA loan and using low down payment loans to scale your real estate portfolio

And So Much More


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How to Create Financial Security (From Scratch!) and Become “Set for Life”

300 Doors, 100% Creative Financing with Pace Morby

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Jul 04, 2022
314: Finance Friday: How to Get to Early Retirement Even Faster
01:14:53

Those searching how to retire early usually come away with one conclusion—you have to make much, much more money. Most financial independence pursuers think that a large salary or enormous sum of assets is what will bring them closer to FI. Fortunately for you, that isn’t always the case, and you’ll see exactly why when we talk to today’s Finance Friday guest, Rebecca.

Rebecca makes a great salary. Actually, she makes two great salaries, working at her government job during the dayand her technical writing job at night. She’s pulling in six figures, owns her own home, and splits expenses with her boyfriend. But she’s struggling to put together a passive income portfolio that will give her a good amount of monthly income when she decides to leave work. So what’s the missing piece in this passive income puzzle?

Scott and Mindy sift through Rebecca’s finances and find some strikingly simple ways that she (and all of you) can save money every month and get to financial freedom decades in advance. This strategy isn’t hard, but it will take a little bit of willpower to get done. Thankfully, even those FIRE movement and financial freedom chasers who aren’t die-hard FI fanatics can still take these lessons to heart.

In This Episode We Cover

Building a passive income plan that can carry you along in early retirement

Budgeting and expense tracking that can save you hundreds (or thousands) a month

Emergency funds and “financial runway” that’ll give you more choices in life

When luxury spending (pool cleaners, house cleaners, etc.) is acceptable

House hacking and how to build wealth all while lowering your housing costs 

The “true value” of your retirement pension and why it may not be worth the extra years of service

And So Much More!


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Jul 01, 2022
313: The “Perfect” Investment Portfolio for Early Retirement w/Ask The Money Coach
00:51:28

Early retirement is one of those common personal finance topics that always comes up on the show. It’s arguably the most talked-about subject in our Facebook group and is a common theme among guests on the show. But what does a time-tested, well-respected financial journalist and coach think about retiring early? What does the “perfect” early retirement plan look like if you’re starting from scratch?

Today we’re joined by Ask The Money Coach’s Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, who is used to getting personal finance questions thrown at her all day long. She’s dug deep into everything surrounding investing and early retirement. From stocks to Bonds, to real estate investing and cryptocurrency—if you’re interested in building (and maintaining) wealth, Lynnette’s website and books have something that will help you on your benjamin-stacking journey.

Mindy and Scott take some of the top investing, saving, and retirement questions from the BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group and ask Lynnette her opinion on them. Hear answers to top questions like when to invest and when to pay off debt, what makes the “perfect” portfolio, how to stop saving and start spending when you retire, and whether to invest for retirement or start a business.


In This Episode We Cover

The debt payoff schedule you should follow if you want to invest while shedding consumer debt

I Bonds explained and how to get around the $10,000 personal purchase limit

Transitioning from “save mode” to “spend mode” when you’ve hit your retirement goal

How to introduce others to personal finance (without it sounding like a lecture)

What to do before you start a business and getting your personal finances in order

Why younger generations of investors are choosing more “risky” investment options 

And So Much More!


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Jun 27, 2022
312: Buy Now, Pay Later: Consumer Convenience or Predatory Pricing Scheme?
00:47:04

“Buy now, pay later” companies have been around for decades, but not in the form they take today. You may have noticed that when you check out from an online store, a little prompt asks you if you want to purchase your goods for just “four easy payments of…” It seems like a good deal, doesn’t it? You can buy the same goods, for less, today, with no interest payments! Before you add those shoes to your cart, think twice before selecting the “buy now, pay later” option.

Alexi Horowitz-GhaziNPR reporter and host of Planet Money, was interested in how this type of interest-free internet shopping is affecting consumers. Through his research, he found numerous examples of online shoppers overspending, getting into debt, and not knowing their total purchase price. The ease of paying just a fourth of a product’s price and getting it delivered in days became too much for many consumers to resist. And now, they’re paying the price.

If you don’t want to fall prey to this type of split-up pricing, you’ll want to hear what Alexi, David, and Mindy have to say. Using this type of “interest-free” credit could put your financial freedom in jeopardy—and no one wants to trade early retirement for a new swimsuit.


In This Episode We Cover

The “buy now, pay later” programs and how they target online shoppers

How buying now and paying later could affect your credit score in the long run

What happens when shoppers can’t pay their future installment loans?

Why US legislators are taking “buy now, pay later” companies to court 

The marketing tactics used by these companies to get you to spend more at checkout

Why saving now and buying later will help your future finances

And So Much More!


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Jun 24, 2022
311: How to Create Financial Security (From Scratch!) and Become “Set for Life”
01:23:47

What's stopping you from becoming debt-free? Everyone’s answers will vary, but one truth remains the same—excessive debt can prevent you from living the life you deserve. Today’s guest, Joe Bussey, took control of his life once he decided to pay off his $220,000 worth of debt and build a “financial runway” he could rely on.

Joe's debt accumulated as he did what everyone in his life told him to. He was in pursuit of a college education when his life took a series of unexpected and unfortunate twists and turns. It all started when he got robbed at gunpoint for all the money he saved for college. From there, he had to start from scratch to save up for school. He had to work several jobs, once working five jobs at a time, to keep up with rent and student loan payments. He then went back to school to pursue a better career but ended up in school for five more years—forcing him to take out even more student loans.By the time he graduated, he was $220,000 in debt.

After graduation, Joe was only making $1,000 a month and eventually fell into a deep depression. It was then Joe decided he needed a change, so he wrote out all his worries and came to one conclusion—they were financial problems. After doing some research, Joe came across BiggerPockets and Set for Life. He read the book cover to cover in one day, and a light bulb went off. After reading the book, Joe took control of his finances, saving up $25,000 in his bank account while paying off $100,000 in just fourteen months!


In This Episode We Cover

Financial runways and how to create financial security from scratch 

How to become “set for life” and the actionable steps you can take to start your journey to financial freedom 

Living off less than half your income and the importance of earning more and spending less

Using your Roth IRA to maximize retirement savings and find financial peace

The benefits of paying off student loans now and how to refinance them

And So Much More!


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How to Become an “Overnight” Success in 10 Short Years with David Greene

Student Loans Update: Repayment, Refinancing, and Potential Forgiveness w/ Robert Farrington

How to Find Free Money to Finance Your Education & Avoid Extensive Student Debt


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Jun 20, 2022
310: Finance Friday: Sell (Don’t Rent) Your Primary Residence When You Move Out
00:55:16

Retirement investing is a crucial part of planning for financial freedom. While early retirement is a status that almost everyone would love to achieve, the second-best thing is standard retirement, where you can use your smart investments to make the later years of your life that much easier. But, oftentimes those who are born with a strong work ethic don’t know when the right time to ease off retirement investing is. In some cases, even intelligent investors can find themselves with a lot of retirement income that can’t be touched until decades later.

Jill is trying to end up with a future of financial flexibility. She wants to be able to travel the world with her family,leave her W2 job (if she feels like it), and invest more in assets that give her the power of choice today. She has a very good income, impressive retirement accounts, and wants to take her first step into real estate investing. She’s planning on turning her primary residence into a short-term rental, while her family moves into the live in flip she’s buying next.

This rental property income should give her and her family a cushion of passive income to rely on, but she’ll need much more than this to become truly financially free. Scott and Mindy debate the “invest for later” vs. “invest for now” frames of mind, tackling which one will work best for Jill in her high-income but low passive cash flow situation.


In This Episode We Cover

  • How to get over your fear of debt when investing in real estate
  • Why you may want to sell your primary residence instead of rent it out (once you move)
  • Avoiding capital gains taxes and taking home a BIG profit when selling a primary residence
  • Building equity and net worth through simple cosmetic live in flips 
  • Achieving financial flexibility and how overinvesting in retirement can hurt you in the short-run
  • The Rule of 72 and using it to quickly calculate how much you’ll have in retirement
  • And So Much More!


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Jun 17, 2022
309: Bonds: The Perfect Inflation Hedge (with One BIG Caveat)
01:14:38

I Bonds, and treasury bonds in general, have always been thought of as the “retiree's investment choice.” For those that have a short time horizon on investments, bonds have made perfect sense. With a guaranteed return, there isn’t a lot to risk for someone close to retirement age who simply wants to watch their investments stabilize—not grow or decline. And in today’s high-inflation environment, more and more individuals are realizing how worthwhile bonds are, especially as their traditional assets start to nosedive

Neither Mindy nor Scott have heavy allocations in the bond market, so to understand these interesting assets a bit more they invited Shane Shepherd, Assistant Professor at USC’s School of Business, to the show. Shane has seen a recent pique in interest from his students in a few certain subjects—inflation, rising interest ratesand bonds. It seems like even the young generation of investors want to safely store their cash during pre-recession markets. But, does Shane think that I Bonds are a smarter way to save?

If stock market slumps are starting to hit your portfolio hard, this may be the perfect episode to listen to. Shane describes exactly why so many Americans are investing in I Bonds while also explaining who should not contemplate investing in something as stable as bonds. His advice could help you keep pace with inflation or buy killer deals in the coming months!


In This Episode We Cover

I Bonds explained and how they can help you minimize the effects inflation has on your portfolio 

Nominal yield vs. real yield and why you must understand the difference before you invest

What happens to bonds if the US enters into an deflationary period 

Who should (and more importantly shouldn’t) start investing in bonds 

The downside of diversifying and why bonds are a safe, but static investment 

How taking on real estate debt could beat bond rates while building wealth for you

And So Much More!


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Coronavirus: Is It Time to Give Up on Financial Independence?

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Jun 13, 2022
308: Why You Can’t Stop Overspending | Mindy & Carl’s Budget Review
00:36:56

Many FIRE chasers want to know how to stop overspending. But maybe the solution to overspending is simply knowing about it in the first place. For many Americans, credit card debtexuberant living, and buying more than what they need are ongoing problems. And even for money masters like Carl and Mindy Jensen, it’s no different. As two leaders in the personal finance space, they understand why people overspend and how to stop it. But, as they’ve found out this year, giving advice can be easier than putting it into practice.

As many listeners know, Carl and Mindy have been publicly tracking their household spending. They’ve tried their hardest to stay within the limits they set for themselves, but some months' bills creep up on you more than others. In this monthly budget review, Carl and Mindy talk about why they’ve overspent, how to become more “money conscious”, and how to stop yourself from living a “money rich, lifestyle poor” life.

Editorial Correction: On a previous episode of the "BiggerPockets Money" podcast, we stated that gains in a 529 Plan account would be forfeited if not used for educational expenses. This is incorrect and we apologize for the mistake. If you’d like to know more about the 529 Plan rules and regulations, please visit this blog post. Thanks to our wonderful BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group members for pointing out this error! Happy investing! 


In This Episode We Cover

How to budget and expense track the right way (stay up to date on your inputs!)

Umbrella insurance and how to get better insurance coverage for even less

Why many millionaires choose not to use a budget

Carl and Mindy’s newest live in flip project purchase

May’s budget busters and how buying quality goods can save you more in the long run

How to stay “money conscious” while living a proactive (not reactive) life

And So Much More!


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Food Spending Eating Away at Your FI Plans? Here’s How to Eat for Cheap

Carl and Mindy’s Spending Summary: Why We Went $1,000 Over Budget…Again

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Jun 10, 2022
307: The 4 Steps to Financial Freedom and Debt-Free Wealth
01:11:26

Want to work less and make more? With a forty-hour workweek, it seems hard to imagine a reality where you can do less but still get the same results. How can you fit an entire week’s worth of work into only one day’s working hours? Jason Wojo and Peter Kolat, hosts of The Lifeonaire Show, argue that it’s easier than you think to cut out much of your workday, enjoy your life more, and reach financial freedom faster.

Both Jason and Peter grew up in troubling financial environments—raised in households where fighting about money was the norm. As Jason and Peter grew up, took on careers, got married, and had families, they saw themselves falling into the same traps as their parents—taking on debtoverspending, and working far more than they had liked. After hitting “rock bottom”, they decided to take a step in the right direction and change their financial future.

With the help of a financially-free “vision”, Jason and Peter now live lives almost unrecognizable to their pasts. They now help others find their passions, chase their dreams, and achieve financial freedom with ease. So, if you’re tired of the grind, the stress, and the financial anxiety, you may want to consider becoming a “Lifeonaire” like Jason and Peter.


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Why healthy finances are key to keeping a family (and marriage) in-tact 

Hitting “rock bottom” and climbing out of credit card and consumer debt 

Building a rental property portfolio debt-free and how you can do it too

The four core tenants of money philosophy and why everything starts with your “vision”

The 80/20 Rule and why working less can help you make more money

Calculating the cost of financial freedom and why it’s probably less than you think

And So Much More!

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Jun 06, 2022
306: Finance Friday: Self-Employed Income and Short-Term Rental Investing
00:58:54

If you want to invest in real estate, you’ll need a few things: a property, an income source, and some cash. If you’ve got all three, you should be able to finance your way to owning a rental property, but this becomes a little more challenging when you’re someone with fluctuating income. Entrepreneurs, especially those without a consistent client base or consistent schedules, have a seriously hard time tracking, budgeting, and saving their income which changes every other month.

Chelsea and Wade feel this way as well. They’re both entrepreneurs, but, as a filmmaker, Wade has far more fluid income than Chelsea does. Some months Wade will bring in tens of thousands, while other months, nothing. Chelsea can subsidize the household budget with her more regular income, but even then, the couple needs to keep a strong safety reserve to ensure they’re never going too over budget without their bank account being refilled.

Thankfully, Chelsea and Wade are very good at managing their money and may actually have too much of it. They’relooking to dive into real estate investing to start building a path to financial freedom. With a serious amount of safety reserves, they’re thinking of buying a short-term rental as their first investment property. But, does their inconsistent income threaten their vacation rental plans?


In This Episode We Cover

How to manage emergency funds and safety reserves when self-employed

Retirement accounts vs. rental property investing and which is best for early FI

Saving for your child’s college and why a 529 plan may limit your child’s future choices

Self-employed health insurance and whether or not getting a job is worth the lucrative benefits

The most important metric to look at when investing in short-term rental properties 

Whether or not your cash position is too conservative for your investing goals

And So Much More!


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How to Find Free Money to Finance Your Education & Avoid Extensive Student Debt

Is College Worth the Cost? This 30,000 Variable Study Says “Sometimes…”

Why 40% of Master’s Degrees Aren’t Worth It (and Which Are) w/Preston Cooper

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Jun 03, 2022
305: What to Do Before You Quit the High-Pay & Benefits of Corporate World
01:15:03

Before you quit your job, you will need to prepare yourself not just financially, but mentally. If you’re thinking of leaving your W2, and you're not at retirement age just yet, odds are you have a side hustle or even an entire small business. As the side hustle begins to grow, you may be torn between spending time at your job and putting in the hours to scale your business.

This is doubly true if you’re like Daniella Flores from I Like to Dabble, who is at a high-paying, fully-remote job with a solid share of benefits. Before she decided to scale down her full-time work, she had to come up with an action plan that would allow her to slowly slip away from corporate life, so she can avoid the instant shock of being an overnight entrepreneur.

Daniella has some helpful tips for anyone who thinks their time at a job is close to the end. She has spent the last year or so planning for the departure, so when she leaves her job, she doesn’t need to search for a new one! Now, she can spend more of her time writing, designing, and building something that will truly set her up for long-term financial (and time) freedom.


In This Episode We Cover

The importance of having a side hustle (especially when you’ve been working for a while)

Job hopping and negotiating more than just salary at your new or current job

Prioritizing yourself in your company and the downside of saying “yes” too often

Building a stable reserve fund so you can quit with confidence

Self-Directed 401k and other retirement options that self-employed individuals have

Self-employed health insurance and how to keep your benefits as you step away from full-time work

And So Much More!


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May 30, 2022
304: Finance Friday: The Fastest Way to Pay Off $300k in Student Debt
01:10:57

It’s a strange time for student debt. On one hand, many college graduates are electing not to pay their student loans while they sit in forbearance. On the other, some debtors are choosing to take advantage of the zero-percent interest period as a way for them to pay down their loans faster. While neither of those choices is inherently wrong, they may also not be right. Today’s guest, Colton, finds himself in this position with a good $300,000 worth of student debt.

This number encompasses both Colton and his wife’s student loan payments. A good portion of their loans can be forgiven over twenty years, so which loan balance should he handle first? Thankfully, with Colton’s sizable take-home pay, he has options that many wouldn’t think of. Scott and Mindy debate on whether or not paying off debt early, waiting for forgiveness, or investing instead would be the best course of action for Colton.

Regardless of whether you have student debt, a car loan, a medical loan, or any other type of timely payment due soon, this is a calculation worth performing. Scott and Mindy also take a look at Colton’s diversified portfolio of assets, arguing that diversification could be leading him down a long path to FI, instead of helping him gain financial footing.


In This Episode We Cover

How over-diversification can set you back from reaching your financial goals

Why the “grind to FI” doesn’t have to destroy the life you love

Real estate investing as a hedge against large amounts of personal debt

Student loan forbearance and forgiveness, plus when to start paying back your loans

Private mortgage insurance and the multiple options you have to get rid of it

Live in flip tips and how to keep your sanity while renovating your primary residence 

And So Much More!


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Student Loans Update: Repayment, Refinancing, and Potential Forgiveness w/ Robert Farrington

Finance Friday: Using Student Loan Forgiveness to Catapult FI w/ Sammie


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May 27, 2022
303: The Secret Steps to Getting Qualified for the Best Mortgage Possible
01:05:07

You may have seen mortgage tips posted throughout the forums or in the BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group, but rarely do you get preapproval tips straight from a lender themselves. As the housing market stays hot and interest rates continue to rise, it may seem harder and harder to get approved for the amount, or the interest rate, that you want. Now, instead of guessing what you can do to increase your financeability, you can get answers directly from the source!

Joining us today is Jon Lallande, former mortgage lender, now real estate investor. Jon has helped close tens of millions of dollars in mortgages and has funded homes across the US. He’s on today to help us separate the wheat from the lending chaff so you can have a smoother preapproval process. Jon touches on the different types of lenders, how to increase your credit score before you apply for a loan, getting around lender “overlays”, and how tax deductions can be dangerous for self-employed professionals.

No matter your qualification query, Jon probably has an answer to it. Listening to this episode may just give you the steps you need to finally lock down that first deal, primary residence, or next investment property!


In This Episode We Cover

The easiest way to make yourself “attractive” to a lender 

Lender overlays and how to get around them so you can get preapproved

The easiest way to raise your credit score so you can get the best loan possible

The upside of PMI (private mortgage insurance) and how to purchase properties with low money down

Why many investors put themselves in mortgage fraud territory and how you can stay out of it

How to get a mortgage as a self-employed individual and when NOT to take deductions

And So Much More!


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Finance Friday: Building Your Financial Runway Even with Irregular Income w/ Eric Dunn

Finance Friday: Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early or Invest?

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May 23, 2022
302: Finance Friday: Can I Live in Flip My Way to FI at 55 Years Old?
01:19:38

Almost every age group wants to know how to retire in ten years. Whether you’re in your teens, your mid-thirties, or your mid-fifties, retirement can seem like an eternity away. Those who retire early and find financial freedom tend to do so through a combination of smart investing, early saving, and a tenacity for budgeting (without giving up everything they love). But what if you don’t have time on your side? What if you’re still paying off debt? Is it still possible to retire?

Thankfully for today’s guest Rik, and all you listeners at home, we can safely say that retirement is in reach, even if you feel like you’re a little off track. Rik has three degrees and as a result, is strapped with some moderate student debt. He wants to retire in five to ten years and realizes that it will take some work to get him in that position. Thankfully, he has some hands-on real estate investing experience—owning a duplex and performing a live in flip on his primary residence.

Rik is more than willing to get his hands dirty in his pursuit of early retirement, whether that means doing remodels himself, limiting his booze budget, or simply living a little leaner. With some smart investments under his belt, he’s been able to set himself up in a good position to take on more projects, have smarter debt, and keep more cash. But, Rik will need to take care of a few things first before he can continue building this retirement runway that’s already underway.


In This Episode We Cover

Student loan debt forgiveness and how to pay off your debt in the smartest way possible

House hacking, live in flipping, and turning your home into a cash-flowing machine or equity check

Building a strong cash position/safety reserve and having the funds to invest faster

HELOCs (home equity lines of credit) and using them to pay off renovations

Whether to rent or sell a property in these high-interest times

Building a retirement nest egg that allows you to travel, take time off of work, and creatively invest

And So Much More!


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Rookie Reply: Cash Out Refinances vs HELOCs | Which Should You Use?

Finance Friday: How to Avoid the “Middle Class Trap” When Building Wealth

Finance Friday: How Do I Get Out Of This Cash Flow Crisis?


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May 20, 2022
301: Why You’re (Probably) Wrong About Prenups
01:04:01

Asking for a prenup (prenuptial agreement) can be an exceedingly scary ask. To your partner, a prenup may seem like a way of telling them that you’re planning for a future divorce. But, in reality, it could be the thing that secretly saves your marriage. The everyday American knows very little about the prenuptial agreement and has gotten most of their information from movies, reality TV shows, and hearsay from friends and relatives. We wanted to know the truth about prenups, so we invited attorney Aaron Thomas on the podcast.

Aaron Thomas has a wide range of experience in family law, divorce law, and anything that comes from legally joining (or separating) a couple. He knows how difficult divorce cases can be and saw the same mistakes repeated by couples. The lack of communication over finances, minimal planning (if any at all), and wishful thinking led to more and more couples seeking separation shortly after marriage.

Now, Aaron and his team work with couples to form strong prenuptial and postnuptial agreements so that they have a rock-solid financial foundation to stand on when dealing with the daily joys and struggles of marriage. Aaron argues that the prenup may be the most important step in mitigating a divorce and that the protection of a prenup goes far beyond wealth. If you never thought about getting a prenup or postnup before, you definitely will after this episode!


In This Episode We Cover

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements explained and what they protect

Added stipulations in a prenup that most couples don’t know about

The optimal way to combine finances as a couple and how to split uneven paychecks

How to bring up a prenup or postnup to a partner who’s feeling averse to one

The cost of divorce vs. a prenup and why you DON’T want to leave a legal separation up to state laws

Which couples shouldn’t look into signing a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement

And So Much More!


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BiggerPockets Money Podcast 24: Getting Financially “Naked” with Your Significant Other — With Erin Lowry

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May 16, 2022
300: Finance Friday: How to Avoid the “Middle Class Trap” When Building Wealth
01:09:57

You’ve heard of middle-class money traps before. Like spending your whole paycheck on rent, not paying yourself first, and the sneaky seduction of obsessive eating out. Today, we’re talking about a far less known type of middle-class trap, the type that keeps your wealth growing but limits the amount of “freedom” you feel in the process. Oftentimes, savers can find themselves in a position with a big cash surplus but hold tight to it to feel “safe” instead of feeling flexible.

Today’s guest, April, falls into this category. She’s done a phenomenal job at building a millionaire life, keeping large cash savings, and diligently investing in retirement accounts. She’s in a favorable position, but it’s not the position she wants to stay in. April wants to feel a true sense of financial flexibility, with the option to leave her job or decrease the amount of time she spends working. But, to do this, she’ll have to confront her limited “cash scarcity” mindset and chase other investing options.

Scott and Mindy guide April on exactly how to do this, walking through various types of investment options that she (and you at home) can use to maximize a lifestyle for freedom, not just wealth. Even a financial powerhouse like Mindy struggles with these same issues, and you might too once you hit millionaire status!

In This Episode We Cover

Whether or not you’re overinvesting in retirement accounts (and how to find out if you are)

Converting from a scarcity mindset to money abundant mindset to truly take worthwhile risks

Investing in passive income streams like rental properties, syndications, and dividend stocks

How much to keep in your cash position and when to start investing your excess capital

HELOCs (home equity lines of credit) and how they can combat a low-cash position

Whether or not to pay off your mortgage early (or your car loan!)

And So Much More!

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BiggerPockets Money Podcast 243: Ramit Sethi's Money Advice for Couples: Live a Rich Life, Together

BiggerPockets Money Podcast 260: Finance Friday: How to Hit $10M Net Worth in 10 Years (Or Less)

BiggerPockets Money Podcast 18: Accessing Retirement Funds Before Age 59½ with The Mad Fientist


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May 13, 2022
299: Food Spending Eating Away at Your FI Plans? Here's How to Eat for Cheap
00:50:57

Budget meals, cheap eats, and deliciously discounted recipes are all in this episode of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast. As many of you financial freedom chasers know, one of the biggest monthly expenses on your budget tends to be food costs. Whether that be going out or grocery shopping to feed yourself, your spouse, your kids, and anyone else in your family— eating well isn’t cheap…or so most people think.

Beth Moncel is here to tell you that the preconceived notion of good food = expensive food, isn’t exactly right. Beth started her blog, Budget Bytes, over a decade ago during the great recession, when many families struggled to put food on the table. With a degree in nutrition, Beth knew that she could scientifically design recipes that not only filled up her family but helped her do so on a budget.

If you’re constantly going over your food budget, this is the episode to listen to. Beth gives a masterclass on food budget savers vs. sinkers, pantry staples and go-to recipes, meal planning, eating out, and whether or not you should shop on an empty stomach. Prepare to upgrade your dinner time while keeping more cash in your pocket!

In This Episode We Cover

Common mistakes budgeters make when trying to plan weekly meals 

The biggest budget busters you’ll find in your local grocery store and what to buy instead

Beth’s go-to recipes that also act as pantry clean-out meals for less food waste

Meal planning and how to start with simple, filling recipes you won’t get tired of

Shopping without coupons and why the best ingredients are often the cheapest

Calculating the exact cost of your meals and tweaking recipes for frugal shoppers

And So Much More!


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BiggerPockets Money Podcast 251 with Preston Cooper

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May 09, 2022
298: The April Stock Market Slump | Mindy & Carl’s Budget Review
00:24:15

Stock market crashes aren’t common, but when they happen, they often catch you by surprise. Thankfully, we’re not in the middle of a stock market crash, but this current correction or “dip” we’re riding has got some early retirement and FIRE chasers feeling a little anxious. Carl and Mindy Jensen, real estate and index fund investors, have seen a twenty-five percent drop in their portfolio just over the past six months alone. What effect does that have on their future financial plans?


Welcome back to this month’s episode of Carl and Mindy’s Spending Summary, where we finally get to see an under budget month! Thanks to some family frugality, Carl and Mindy were able to shop pretty light this April, even while going over budget on some essentials like groceries and medical expenses. This may be the last under budget month for a bit as some upcoming trips may prop up their expenses as we roll into summer.


Carl and Mindy have also been keeping an eye on the stock market and how its performance is affecting their portfolio and future retirement plans. When Carl decided to step away from work five years ago, he had the tailwinds of a strong stock market at his back. But, with recent drops in stock valuation, it begs the question: would Carl still be able to retire early if the market conditions mirrored today?


In This Episode We Cover

The budgeting and expense tracking “slog” that helps you spend less and keep more 

Expensive summer trips and how to account for future travel in your monthly budget

The Nasdaq’s rough month and what to do when stock indexes start to fall

The 4% rule and how rough market conditions could hurt your early retirement plans

Whether or not you should still retire during a market crash/correction 

And So Much More!


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Hear Our Interview with 4% Rule Creator, Bill Bengen

Michael Kitces’ Interview on FIRE and the 4% Rule

The “Mile High FI” Podcast

1,500 Days to Freedom

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May 06, 2022
297: How to Find Free Money to Finance Your Education & Avoid Extensive Student Debt w/Robert Farrington
01:11:04

The idea of college comes with a lot of questions—but there is one question that isn't usually asked: is college worth the cost? Most would say yes, but the honest answer is sometimes. Today’s guest, Robert Farrington, the College Investor, answers college questions in a detailed manner to help you make profitable decisions on your higher education choices.


Robert goes over how to look at college as a business decision rather than a necessity. A deciding factor in any college decision should be profitability. Is going to college going to make you more valuable in your field? Will the salary you make post-grad outweigh the student loans you took out? What financial resources are available to you to minimize debt and out-of-pocket expenses? How can you leave college debt-free


When you start asking the right questions, each decision gets easier. And in today’s episode, Robert gives you the right questions to ask. He also goes over different ways to pay for college, including FAFSA, grants, and scholarships, and how each of them work. College requires a lot of informed choices, and this episode contains the knowledge to equip you to make those choices. 


In This Episode We Cover

Looking at college as a business decision and determining whether a college education is financially worth it for you (or your child) 

How to finance college through loans, grants, financial aid, and scholarships 

529 plans explained and why it's an ideal way to save for college 

Saving yourself by using the “Yes Model” to save for college 

FAFSA vs. scholarships and how to apply for both 

Cutting your college expenses in half with government-sponsored programs 

And So Much More!


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Here's What I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Racked Up $180,000 In Student Loan Debt

How To Pay For College

How To Save For College

Ultimate Guide To Military And VA Education Benefits

Taxable Scholarships


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May 02, 2022
296: Finance Friday: How Do I Get Out Of This Cash Flow Crisis?
01:05:11

Everyone has experienced negative cash flow. If you have a troublesome rental property, you may experience negative cash flow. If you have a low income but an appetite for expensive eateries, you may also experience negative cash flow. But, more common than most, if you’re in the early stages of building your small business, negative cash flow may be a harsh but hard to mitigate reality. 

Chris is feeling the sting of sinking purse strings every month. At the start of 2020, Chris left his old job as an engineer to start working for himself. He hired a couple of employees and started taking on more and more work. But, he’s spending too much time training his junior engineers and not enough time locking down high-value contracts, leaving him in the red every month. Surprisingly, more business owners face this problem than you would think. 

Scott puts on his CEO hat to dive deep into the finances of Chris’ business and gives some challenging, yet reasonable, advice on how he can immediately improve his financial situation. With suggestions from both Mindy and Scott, Chris may have a better picture of how he can go from cash flow negative to very comfortable with highly positive cash flow in the near future. You may not be in Chris’ position now, but if you ever plan on starting a business, or have already, this episode is a MUST. 

In This Episode We Cover

Cash savings and why it’s always important to keep a strong safety reserve (especially as a business owner) 

How to break down your negative cash flow situation to find the most costly expenses 

Starting a business vs. continuing to work at a job and why entrepreneurs should be prepared for risk (and loss)

How to establish whether or not an employee truly brings value to your company 

KPIs, goals, and getting on the same page with your team and employees

Executive assistants and why high per-hour earners may need them the most 

And So Much More!

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6 Steps to Improve Your Financial Situation

15 Things Every Newbie Needs to Know About Starting a Business

How to Know When to Hire Your First Employee

10 Challenges to Seriously Consider BEFORE Quitting Your Day Job


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Apr 29, 2022
295: Fueling Early Retirement at 36 with Just 4 Rental Properties w/Antoinette Munroe
00:54:08

Early retirement was a goal for today’s guest, Antoinette Munroe, the moment she started making money. Her money journey started in second grade when she sold her Halloween candy for extra cash. By high school, she graduated to selling a wide variety of different things and even started her own distribution network with her cousins at their respective schools. 


By the time she got to college, her main focus was staying out of trouble, avoiding debt and saving. It wasn’t until her last semester of grad school that she had to take out loans. After graduation, her priorities shifted, and she got a job to pay off her debt. Starting with her first check at her new job, she laid out her budget ABCs. Her ABCs follow a simple principle; automation, balance, and consistency. And after two years, she paid off her $27,000 debt! 


In 2015 she decided to start looking for a home, and by the end of 2015, she purchased one. She did a complete rehab on the house while also adding an addition in hopes of getting rid of her expenses to achieve her ultimate goal of not having to work. She put the finished addition on Airbnb, and it now cash flows and pays her expenses. After she realizing the power of real estate investing to build net worth and generate wealth, she did this three more times and now owns four cash-flowing properties. She is now retired and lives the free life of leisure she always envisioned for herself. 


In This Episode We Cover

The importance of saving money and the freedom that comes with it 

How to make an efficient and realistic budget & how to stick with it 

The Budgeting ABCs & how to simplify your budget (and your life!)

Creative financing and using it to buy deals when you don’t have the cash 

How to create and maintain a cash-flowing asset 

And So Much More!


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Apr 25, 2022
294: Finance Friday: Stable Index Funds or Cash-Flow-Reliable Rentals?
00:57:43

Index funds and rental properties are at opposite ends of the investing spectrum. On one side, you have highly diversified, almost entirely passive index funds. On the other, you have cash-flowing, yet far more hands-on, rental properties. Both of these beloved types of investments belong in (almost) every investor's portfolio, but how much should you have of one or the other?


Today’s guest Cecilia has built a strong net worth while keeping her income high and expenses low. She bought at the bottom of the market in Southern California, so while home prices rise all around her, she’s sitting comfortably with her rock-bottom mortgage payment. Thanks to all the housing expense-related savings, Cecilia has been able to dump a lot of her extra cash into the stock market. But, she’s longing for a more travel-focused life, where she can take sabbaticals in any corner of the world she chooses.


Part of her plan to wealth-gaining greatness is buying a short-term rental in a city she loves, so she can still vacation on the cheap. In order to do this though, she may need to sell off some of her investments or swap her strategy entirely for cash-flowing rental properties in cheaper parts of the United States. Which path will set Cecilia on a fast track to FI?


In This Episode We Cover

How much to have in your safety reserves and what to do when you have too much cash

Index funds vs. rental properties and when to focus on which asset 

Long-term rentals vs. short-term rentals and the cash flow that comes from both

Building the perfect investment plan that will coast you to the life you love

Automating your business and spending less time on repeatable tasks 

Whether or not early mortgage payoff is a good idea in low-interest times 

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Scott's Instagram

Mindy's Twitter

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!

Subscribe to The “On The Market” YouTube Channel

Listen to The “On The Market” Podcast: SpotifyApple PodcastsBiggerPockets 



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Apr 22, 2022
293: Why 40% of Master's Degrees Aren’t Worth It (and Which Are) w/Preston Cooper
01:13:07

A master’s degree shows quite simply that you’re a master (at least to some extent) in a certain subject. For decades, getting a master’s degree has been seen as a financially savvy move to open you up to higher pay, better job opportunities, and golden networking connections. But times have changed, and as more students see college as an inferior option to working, it begs the question: is a graduate degree worth the price?


You can’t know the answer unless you compile tens of thousands of pieces of data. Thankfully, we didn’t have to do that, we just invited Preston Cooper on the show to explain the research he and his team at FREOPP did. You may recognize Preston from his previous episode on the BiggerPockets Money Podcast where he mapped out which undergraduate degrees were worth it. Now, he’s back to show which master’s degrees have the highest (and lowest) ROI.


You’ll hear Preston answer questions like when is the right time to go back to school, which master’s degrees are fatal for financial freedom, and how students should go about choosing a degree or a combination of degrees. So, whether you’re pondering going back to school to get a degree in underwater basket weaving, horse training, or law, Preston has the data to help you make that decision! 


In This Episode We Cover

Why different schools can have dramatically different degree ROIs

The best (and worst) master’s degrees to pursue 

How degree combinations can help you make more money in a related career 

When is the right time to pursue a graduate degree (after college or after working)?

The common misconception about MBAs and why most graduate business degrees aren’t worth the cost

The future cost of college tuition as admission rates drop and inflation continues to rise 

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Scott's Instagram

Mindy's Twitter

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!

Subscribe to The “On The Market” YouTube Channel

Listen to The “On The Market” Podcast: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, BiggerPockets 

Hear Our Previous Interview with Preston on Episode 251

Check Out Preston’s Grad Degree and Bachelor Degree Study:

More FREOPP Higher Education Resources 

FREOPP

Is A Master’s Degree Worth The Pay Raise?

Connect with Dave on BiggerPockets


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Apr 18, 2022
292: Mindy & Carl’s Spending Summary: March Money Madness Edition
00:35:44

Financial independence is not a new concept to Carl and Mindy Jensen. For as long as they’ve been together, Carl and Mindy have been open and upfront about their financial situations. When they learned about the FIRE movement, they knew they had an all-time goal to hit. Fortunately for them, they hit it earlier than they needed, but has their current spending forced them to recalculate what it takes to hit financial freedom?


Welcome back to Carl and Mindy's Spending Summary, or as we’re naming it this month, March Money Madness. Carl and Mindy had a few big-ticket items on this month’s expense tracker, namely things like a lovely trip to Seattle and a brand new couch (Mindy bought something new!?). As the months fly by, Mindy has noticed an “over budget” trend, forcing her to either recalculate her FI number or get back into budget mode.


If you’ve gone over budget like Mindy this month, don’t fret! Tracking your expenses and keeping up to date on your budget will still help you achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself. Just be extra mindful in April! 


In This Episode We Cover

Frugal vacations vs. relaxing retreats and how to plan for added travel spending

Gas prices, utility bills, and using solar to lower your cost of living 

The benefits of budgeting and how expense tracking keeps you frugal

Having “money respect” for your partner when sharing finances 

Accounting for big “one-time” purchases like furniture or trips 

How to save money on next month’s grocery bill (look in your pantry!) 

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Scott's Instagram

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Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!



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Apr 15, 2022
291: Turning eBay Profits into Cash-Flowing Rentals w/The Frugal Gay
01:09:27

eBay flipping isn’t something new. You’ve probably bought something on eBay that was sold by a reseller. Maybe a type of makeup you liked got discontinued. Maybe your favorite pair of jeans from a nationwide chain suddenly disappeared. For eBay resellers like today's guest, Tom Brickman (The Frugal Gay), it’s all about finding the products that people love but can’t get a hold of anymore.


Tom is a master of frugality. Raised by a real estate investor, he knew what cash flow could do to a nine-to-five worker's life. So, at age twenty-one, Tom cashed in some company stock to buy his first multifamily. He inadvertently house hacked and was living in his own place for a whopping $138 per month! From there, he moved from his native Ohio to Texas where he got a full-time job, built his eBay flipping business, and never stopped reinvesting into rentals.


As a side-hustle addict, Tom shares numerous stories about how he made (and lost) large sums of money by reselling on eBay. He even bought an entire house on eBay at auction, which came with bullet holes included. Talk about a deal! Now, retired well before sixty-five, Tom lives a life he loves with his partner, thanks to financial frugality! 


In This Episode We Cover

Why frugality at a young age can compound into massive wealth-building benefits 

ESPP and reinvesting your paycheck so you can use investments to buy cash flow

What makes a great eBay flipping product and how to find the best deals around 

Commercial real estate investing and rehabbing properties for enormous equity gains 

Buying homes at auction online and why you shouldn’t solely trust the zip code a house is in

Paying off credit card debt quickly through hard work and smart money management 

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Scott's Instagram

Mindy's Twitter

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!

5 Frugality Myths Americans Believe That Would Make Ben Franklin Cry

A Beginners Guide to Hack Your Housing and Live for Free

How to Pay Down Bad Debt—Fast!


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Apr 11, 2022
290: Finance FAQs: Renting vs. Buying, How to Pay Off Debt, & Creative Real Estate Closings
00:57:03

Renting vs. buying a home, debt payoff, and the best investments of 2022 are just a few of the topics discussed in this week’s Finance FAQs. That’s right, we’re here with a new segment where Scott and Mindy take your questions directly from the BiggerPockets Money Facebook group and give answers so you can make smarter investing, saving, and life-changing decisions.


In this episode, we get into questions from a range of different financial situations. We have questions about debt payoff schedules, whether to sell stocks and invest in real estate, why “safe” investing may not be smart investing, and what to do when three-quarters of a million dollars are given to you. Scott and Mindy not only answer these questions the best they can, but they also give the “why” behind the financial decision so you can be better equipped when situations like this come up in your own life!


If you want to ask a question or give us feedback about this new format, you can do so on the BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group or leave a comment on the BiggerPockets Money YouTube channel. We’ll try and round up the most commonly asked questions so Scott and Mindy can keep the wealth-building wisdom coming! 


In This Episode We Cover

The safest investment vehicle in 2022 (and why safest doesn’t always mean best)

Whether to pay off student loans or invest in retirement and real estate 

Which debt to pay off first so you can coast to debt-free freedom

Renting vs. buying in today’s hot housing market and how to decide for yourself 

Funding home renovation projects (even when contractor costs are high!) 

House hacking and using it to lower your expenses, grow net worth, and build financial runway 

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Scott's Instagram

Mindy's Twitter

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!

Follow Along Mindy’s Live Budget Tracking

BiggerPockets Money Podcast 35 with Craig Curelop (House Hacking)

BiggerPockets Money Podcast 267 with Robert Farrington (Student Loans)

Does It Make More Sense to Rent or Buy in Today’s Real Estate Market?

A Beginners Guide to Hack Your Housing and Live for Free

Pay Off Debt or Invest?


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Apr 08, 2022
289: How to Retire in 3 Years (After MANY Mistakes) with Real Estate w/Hugh Carnahan
01:26:46

Real estate and early retirement go hand in hand. Most people think that it’ll take years (or decades) to build up enough cash flow to simply break even on your monthly expenses (lean FI). Those people probably aren’t thinking as big as today’s guest, Hugh Carnahan, who retired in only three years thanks to speed, diligence, and a courageous amount of risk-taking.


You’d probably assume that to retire in three years, Hugh had to be a very financially adept person. Well, you’d be 100% wrong! Hugh struggled for years with his finances and committed almost every cash flow cardinal sin in the book. He made great income, saved almost none of it, then saved way too much of it, and thought that his path to financial freedom was through getting solar panels on his house, NOT buying houses.


When a local business owner set him straight, he consumed as much real estate investing content as he could. He listened to the BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast religiously and after 386 episodes, decided he should invest in real estate. So Hugh went and bought a nice single-family home, right? Nope. He did something much different—and he’s financially free because of it.


In This Episode We Cover

How to NOT practice the “pay yourself first” principle of investing and saving 

Lifestyle creep and how it can eat away at your wealth, even as a high-earner 

ESPP programs and the benefits of getting discounted company stock

The BRRRR strategy and using it to force equity on your rental properties

Commercial and portfolio loans, plus how they differ from residential mortgages 

How to leverage cash-flowing real estate to hit financial freedom (fast!) 

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

Follow Along with Mindy’s 2022 Budget

Make Your Own Free Mobile Expense Tracking App in 30 Minutes

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Scott's Instagram

Mindy's Twitter

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!


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Apr 04, 2022
288: Finance Friday: Am I Investing Fast Enough to Retire Early in Portugal?
01:13:03

Passive income is a must, especially if you’re trading your life in America to start living in Portugal. Why Portugal? Besides the climate, coastline, and comfortable cost of living, Portugal allows today’s guest, Brandy, to live abroad with a passive income visa. Brandy already works remotely, but will be giving up a significant amount of her income once she makes the move.


Brandy has multiple streams of income—her contract work, her eBay business, her rental portfolio, and her husband's job. In total, this comes out to a handsome $300k per year, and that’s on top of the million dollars worth of equity that sits between her vacation rentals and her primary residence. But what’s the point of so much equity if you can’t use it? This is the main topic of today’s discussion!


Brandy is wondering what will make the most sense for her life abroad—keeping the rental properties or selling and investing in stocks? In order to offer suggestions, Scott and Mindy take a look at Brandy’s entire financial picture, where she stands in terms of retirement, how high her expenses are, and what she can do before her journey to start on the best financial foot possible. 


In This Episode We Cover

Building wealth after bankruptcy, failed businesses, and financial mistakes 

Quitting corporate and coming back in a more flexible, entrepreneurial role

Short-term rental investing and the big profits (and costs) that come with it

What to do if you have too much home equity as part of your net worth?

Backdoor Roth IRAs and retirement investing for self-employed individuals 

Calculating rental property profits and pitting them against other investments 

And So Much More!

Links from the Show:

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

How I Used Real Estate to Pay for My Newborn Daughter’s College Education

Backdoor Roths, Mega Backdoor Roths, and Roth Conversion Ladders

Equity Rich and Cash Poor?

Calculate Potential Airbnb Earnings on Your Short-Term Rental

How I Live Overseas & Still Manage My U.S. Rentals


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Apr 01, 2022
287: How to Ask for a Raise (and Actually Get It!) w/Kassandra Dasent
00:50:40

Do you know how to ask for a raise? If you’re like most people, you probably think that we’re asking a rhetorical question. If you think it’s as easy as simply walking up to your boss, asking for more money, and leaving, you probably haven’t ever asked for a raise before. Behind every pay raise request is a clammy-handed employee, hoping that they’ve done well enough to justify that salary bump. Maybe you’re nervous to talk to your boss, maybe you feel unprepared, or maybe you just find it hard to talk about money.


On today’s show, Kassandra Dasent, program manager and wealth advocate, touches on how every employee can prepare to get the raise they deserve. Despite what most people think, you should NOT prepare for your salary review days before it happens. Kassandra has a simple timeline that allows employees to maximize their raise potential throughout the year. So, when it finally comes time to talk numbers, most of the discussion is already done.


This type of strategy has not only helped Kassandra but numerous listeners of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast. But, what if you can’t get a raise? What if your boss says no? What if there’s no budget left for you at the end of the day? Don’t fret, Kassandra lays out the exit strategies you should plan for when career hiccups happen (which they inevitably will). 


In This Episode We Cover

Building your “success folder” and using it as your greatest tool in a salary negotiation 

Taking initiative on pay raises and not letting your boss control your career

Mitigating the fear of talking about money and using your goals to ask for a raise with confidence 

How job-hopping really looks to employers and how it will dictate your career path

Strategizing your raise and negotiating for more than just money 

How often you should update your resume (even if you’ve been at the same company)

And So Much More!


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Mar 28, 2022
286: Finance Friday: Building Your Financial Runway Even with Irregular Income w/ Eric Dunn
01:22:13

It's not uncommon to have irregular income as a business owner or self-employed individual. But with different amounts of money coming in every month, how can you budget, invest, or plan? Some months you’ll make a killing, while other months may have huge burn rates. How do you gain financial clarity when running multiple businesses with multiple income streams? What about becoming debt-free? Is it possible with such inconsistent income? 


This is how Eric Dunn has been feeling lately. After paying off a significant sum of debt, Eric has seen his income slowly rise and needs help ironing out his finances before he can invest in real estate. Eric has numerous businesses that haven’t been given the accounting love they deserve. Not only that, Eric has been trying to get his safety reserve up to hold himself over during the lean months of self-employment.


Mindy and Scott work with Eric to build a financial framework that allows him to scale simply and with minimal effort. They also talk through self-employment tax, financial planning, safety reserves, renting vs. buying real estate, and more. If you’re a regular listener, you probably have more than one stream of income (or will in the future) making this advice worth its weight in gold so you don’t make some of the mistakes Eric is trying to avoid! 


In This Episode We Cover

Paying off consumer debt and using it to propel forward your financial position

Separating business and personal expenses so tax time is headache-free 

Financial planning and analysis, plus using it to model and predict future income

Self-employment taxes and quarterly tax penalties that you can avoid as an entrepreneur 

Whether to rent or buy a home in today’s hot housing market (and strategies for both)

Why your emergency fund is meant to be spent on the right things 

And So Much More!


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Mar 25, 2022
285: The Difficult Path to Wealth: Losing Money on Your First Real Estate Deal w/ JL Collins
01:17:41

When most people think of JL Collins, they think of smart stock and index fund investing. In his classic, The Simple Path to Wealth, JL lays out the foundational path that investors can follow to secure financial freedom simply, easily, and without a ton of stress. So it may come to many FI chasers’ surprise that JL has written a new book on real estate investing, and not index funds, the stock market, or our current state of high inflation.


In, How I Lost Money in Real Estate Before It Was Fashionable, JL lays out, quite candidly, how not to invest in real estate. And before you get mad about that type of advice on a BiggerPockets Podcast, please note that JL isn’t saying to NOT invest in real estate, but to invest in real estate in a smarter way than he did. 


JL is the first to admit that real estate is a phenomenal way to build wealth, create passive income, and retire early. But, if you haven’t fulfilled your 250+ hours of real estate investing education, you probably shouldn’t be purchasing income properties. In today’s show, you’ll hear JL explicitly list out all the mistakes he made when investing, and how you can mitigate these risks and come out profitable instead! 


In This Episode We Cover

“Stagflation” and how 2022 is looking more and more like 1979’s burdensome economy 

How following the herd mentality to buy real estate may cost you time and money

The biggest home renovation mistakes and how to manage contractors correctly 

Staying cautious when buying in a hot housing market and making an offer based on the fundamentals of real estate investing 

Capital gains taxes and preparing for depreciation recapture when selling a property 

The biggest real estate mistakes rookie investors can avoid when getting started 

And So Much More!


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Mar 21, 2022
284: Carl and Mindy’s Spending Summary: Why We Went $1,000 Over Budget…Again
00:36:33

Travel budgeting, sky-high gas prices, and “free” utilities are coming up in this month’s episode of Carl and Mindy’s Spending Summary. Like many Americans, Carl and Mindy didn’t have the easiest time sticking to their March budget. With rising food, gas, and utility prices, it may seem that your budget is squeezing you more and more as the months go on.


This month, Carl and Mindy touch on their biggest budget busters and wins, plus why budgets are meant to be adjusted when life permits. Carl and Mindy have been publicly tracking their budget and have found it to be a little trickier than they originally thought. That being said, both of them agree that if you have the financial means to do something you love, it’s probably worth the extra money for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


If you’ve felt strained while expense tracking and budgeting throughout the start of 2022, just know that two of the most respected voices in the financial space also stumble from time to time. If you make a mistake, overspend, or forget to track your expenses, get back on track, hit your goals, and keep chasing financial freedom!


In This Episode We Cover

What happens when a big expense bursts your budget early 

Optimizing your budget so you have breathing room when prices go up

Offsetting your electricity bill with solar and siphoning off some free natural gas 

Downsizing your costs and reviewing utility bills so you only spend on what you need

Travel budgeting and keeping extra money to build life-long memories 

Conferences where you can find Carl and Mindy in 2022!

And So Much More!


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Mar 18, 2022
283: 8+ Income Streams as a Single Mom and Money Master w/ Tiffany Grant
01:01:06

Multiple streams of income are a must if you’re trying to hit financial independence, retire early, and have the luxury of time brought back into your life. While most people simply rely on one stream of income, their W2, others want more than one leg to stand on when it comes to their financial wellbeing. How would you feel if every day you had eight (or more) income streams flowing into your bank account?


Tiffany Grant from Money Talk with Tiff spent over a decade building the income streams that would eventually set her free from the golden handcuffs of corporate life. But, that road wasn’t made easy for her. Tiffany unexpectedly became a teen mom, forcing her to pivot her journey from aspiring chef to community college business student. Thankfully, her natural knack for anything related to money allowed her to advance quickly through college and later the corporate world.


She was making good money, she enjoyed her job, and she was saving almost all of her income. Tiffany knew that her real dream was to own her own business, grow her wealth, and build the life she dreamt of. So, thanks to her smart money management, Tiffany was able to leave corporate, build over eight streams of income with one business, and regain control of her time. If you’re looking to do the same, then definitely don’t skip out on what Tiffany teaches in today’s episode. 


In This Episode We Cover

Building credit at an early age and disputing false claims on your credit report

Fighting income/lifestyle creep as soon you begin to make more income

Quitting corporate life and having the emergency reserves to support yourself

Strategizing your current position so you can make more and work less 

Building multiple income streams from a single business and how anyone can do it

Investing in yourself and doing whatever it takes to stay on the path to financial independence 

And So Much More!


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Mar 14, 2022
282: Finance Friday: Got a Late Start? Here’s How to Ramp Up Your Passive Income
01:04:33

Passive income is the name of the game when it comes to real estate investing. While equity can help you build wealth, passive income is what can get you on the road to financial independence. But what if you got a late start in your investing career? With so many millionaire twenty-or-something-year-olds on the internet, it seems like you have to start investing at age eighteen to hit financial freedom.


This couldn’t be more wrong. Even if you feel like you’re a late bloomer when it comes to investing, you’re probably only a few years away from hitting FI—if you make the right decisions. This is the quandary that today’s guest, Nicole, finds herself in. Nicole has recently gone through a divorce and lost a good chunk of her net worth thanks to it. But, she’s poised on investing in real estate so she can hit financial independence sooner rather than later.


Thanks to her service in the military, Nicole has access to the ever-so-helpful VA loan, allowing her to purchase homes with little (or no) down payment. She also has a military pension that will kick in soon, allowing her to mitigate her cost of living even more. So, does Nicole have enough time to build her rental empire and enjoy the Floridian beaches on her time off?


In This Episode We Cover

Why it’s never too late to start investing for your future 

Using VA loans to purchase house hack properties with little to no money down

Short-term rentals, medium-term rentals, and other rental property strategies 

Generating more income through side hustles, job-hopping, and more

The 2022 housing market and the risks/benefits of buying in today’s hectic atmosphere 

Whether or not to invest in retirement accounts when your main goal is cash flow

And So Much More!


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Mar 11, 2022
281: Former Fed President Warns Easy Money Will Bring Big Consequences for Investors w/ Tom Hoenig
01:09:44

Inflation can be a detriment to any early retirement plan. At first, you may think you only need a certain amount of money to retire, and maybe you’re adjusting for inflation when you do these calculations. But what happens when inflation runs more than triple the average or crosses into double-digit numbers. How does your investment strategy change? How does your “dream retirement” come true when it costs ten percent more than you originally accounted for?


These are all questions that average Americans are asking themselves: when can I retire? Can I retire? How can I afford food or gas or pay my bills? Although we can’t solely blame high inflation on the Federal Reserve, we can see how their policies lead to the situation we’re in now. Someone who stood up against the policies of quantitative easing and massive stimulus packages, is former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Tom Hoenig. 


Tom was in favor of quantitative easing back at the start of the great recession, but as this power to pump more money into the economy started to get abused, he rallied against the choice of the fed. Today, Mindy and Scott use this episode to ask Tom the hard-hitting questions that average investors want answered so they can make the best financial moves possible while still building wealth


In This Episode We Cover

The rampant inflation of the 1980s and how it affects Fed policy to this day

Quantitative easing explained and how it artificially inflates asset prices

How asset values and price inflation go hand in hand 

The goal of the Federal Reserve and how many of their policies have backfired 

Whether or not the 4% rule still stands true in an inflationary environment 

What a “good” unemployment rate looks like and how it maps the health of the economy

How investors can prepare to take advantage of times of economic uncertainty and high inflation 

And So Much More!


Links from the Show

BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group

BiggerPockets Forums

Finance Review Guest Onboarding

Scott's Instagram

Mindy's Twitter

Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show

Podcast Talent Search!

What Every Investor Should Understand About Inflation

How the Unemployment Rate Affects Us All (Yes, Even the Employed)

The Fed’s Doomsday Prophet Has a Dire Warning About Where We’re Headed

Tom Hoenig on Wikipedia

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Mar 07, 2022
280: Finance Friday: Who Should (and Shouldn’t) Be Investing in Real Estate
00:59:31

Investing in real estate is a proven way to build wealth, produce more cash flow, and retire early. But, not everyone is cut out to do every type of real estate investing. Some strategies take dramatically more time and effort than others. House hacking may be perfect for investors or couples without kids, live in flips could work best for those with some rehab experience, and BRRRR investing is reserved for those with proven investing experience.


While some of these strategies are as simple as buying a house and renting out a side, others require far more of a time commitment—time that many investors, like today’s guest Jeff, may not have. Jeff is already an established investor, currently living in a house hack that’s helping him offset his mortgage. But, he wants to expand into more return-focused real estate like live in flipping and BRRRRing.


But, with a high-paying job and lots of money in the bank, Scott and Mindy ask the question, “is real estate investing even worth it for Jeff?” Should he be sticking to stocks or does a labor-intensive rehab clearly outweigh the costs? If you’re wondering whether or not you should choose the real estate investing path to FI, make sure you hear out the arguments in today’s episode. 


In This Episode We Cover

Whether or not PMI (private mortgage insurance) is worth it on a low down payment loan

How to make moves to buy a rental property in today’s hot housing market 

Active income vs. passive income and which yields greater benefit 

Live in flipping and the benefits of doing your own work on a rehab

What to do when you have too much cash on hand in an inflationary environment 

Rolling over your 401k to maximize your non-taxable retirement income

And So Much More!


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Mar 04, 2022
279: Digital Nomad-ing and Answering All Your FIRE Healthcare Questions w/Amy & Tim from GoWithLess
01:13:10

Health insurance for early retirement? Is that even a thing? If it is, it doesn’t seem self-evident in the United States. For most early retirees within the USA, you have a couple of options for healthcare—make a low enough income to qualify for government-subsidized healthcare or pay an exorbitant amount of money to either buy healthcare upfront or pay out of pocket any time you get sick. But, that’s not a terribly safe way to live, especially when you’re working with a (relatively) fixed income.


Throughout their world travels, Amy and Tim from GoWithLess have had to learn this the hard way. They were originally insured on a healthshare plan but found it far riskier than they would have liked. Now, as they travel throughout the United States, Mexico, and the world, they’re making sure they’ve covered all bases so a random surgery or two doesn’t force them back into the working world.


Early retirement health insurance is one of the biggest reasons that financial independence-chasers stay at their jobs, so if you’re itching to get your post-work-life travel on, listen to this whole episode. In it, Amy and Tim drop gems about finding health (and auto) insurance when retiring early (or abroad). They also discuss the best questions to ask a healthcare provider or broker, what to look for in a healthcare plan, and how to save money with digital nomad insurance. 


In This Episode We Cover

How Amy and Tim’s post-pandemic travel plans unraveled in 2020 and 2021

House-sitting, dog-sitting, and other ways to creatively lower your travel costs 

“Quick traveling” and the time/mental energy it takes to be a full-time nomad

Roth conversions and using resident-specific tax benefits to convert more

The top questions to ask a healthcare broker when choosing health insurance 

Car insurance as a retiree and how to pay less to be more protected 

And So Much More!


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Feb 28, 2022
278: Finance Friday: How to Quell Your Money Anxiety (Even as a High Earner!)
01:09:03

If you want to know how to save money, just look at your expenses. Odds are, if you’re like most people, you aren't budgeting or tracking your expenses to a tee. But there’s no need to be so hard on yourself, even our money mages themselves, Scott Trench and Mindy Jensen don’t always write down every cent spent. That being said, if you’re planning for a big trip, different expenses, or a sudden life change (like leaving your job), there is no better time than NOW to start tracking your expenses. Today’s guest, TJ, knows this all too well.


TJ makes a phenomenal income and already has a multi-million dollar net worth. But, he still suffers from money anxiety and not knowing how much he’ll need to step away from full-time work. Not only that, TJ is planning to take his children on a two-year-long expedition around the globe, all while TJ and his wife aren’t bringing in their regular high incomes.


But he isn’t just relying on his salary for monthly cash flow. TJ has also invested in rental properties as well as real estate syndications—both of which are providing him thousands a month in passive cash flow. But, after the globe-trotting ends, will TJ have to find himself another job or can he happily ski his way to early retirement upon re-arrival? 


In This Episode We Cover

Retirement accounts, private pensions, and setting your future self up for financial success

Cash savings and emergency funds, plus who needs them (and who doesn’t)

Rental property investing and real estate syndications for passive cash flow

Reducing spending and building a “future budget” that forecasts future spending

Money anxiety and how to mitigate it even if you have a high income and net worth

The 4% rule and using it to easily map out your date of financial independence 

And So Much More!


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Feb 25, 2022
277: Fighting the “Hustle Culture” That Ruins The Joy of Financial Independence w/ Pete McPherson
01:22:28

“Hustle culture” has been a term for the past decade or so. It somehow became a badge of honor to prove that you’re working the hardest, longest, and most stressful job around. You can handle it, you’re making money, putting in the hours, but what do you have left at the end of the day? This constant grind is what Mindy likes to call the “death race to FI” due to its unnecessary harshness on your free time, relationships, and mental health.


Pete McPherson foresaw this “hustle culture” taking over his life when he quit his sixty-hour week accounting job and decided to start his own business. This wasn’t the first, or second, or fiftieth time Pete had started a business, and he was driven to never set foot in an office again. He wasn’t making phenomenal money the first year, but he made enough to provide for his family, and that was enough for him.


Mindy and guest host Sarah Putt from OT 4 Lyfe talk with Pete about the rarely discussed downsides of chasing early retirement and financial independence. Make no mistake, even if you decided to work twenty hours a week, like Pete, you can still make plenty of money all while being able to watch your favorite movies in the middle of the day or spend time with your kids!


In This Episode We Cover

The detriment of “hustle culture” and why working hard doesn’t mean burning yourself out 

The importance of having an available safety reserve in case you get let go from a job

Jumping into entrepreneurship and developing the grind to make it work

Learning from your mistakes and seeing every failure as a lesson

Picking your “good enough” number and living life on your terms

Why time freedom is the ultimate goal of FI, not exorbitant wealth 

And So Much More!


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Feb 21, 2022
276: Carl and Mindy’s Spending Summary: Why Did We Go So Over Budget in January?
00:44:40

Emergency funds, frugal experiments, free photons, and “thoughtful spending” were just a few things that came to light during Carl and Mindy Jensen’s January 2022 budget recap. If you didn’t know already, Mindy has been publicly tracking her expenses and budgeting for BiggerPockets Money listeners (and the world) to see. But of course, as soon as Mindy shared her public budget, things started to go awry.


Nothing says “let’s start the month off right” like car repairs, furnace replacements, and sky-high gas prices. But, Mindy isn’t a quitter! Even with some big emergency expenses, she and Carl have managed to stay within budget for most of their costly categories in spite of life's fun financial curveballs. 


Carl and Mindy discuss their January “frugal experiment” including hotels and air fryers, how “dry January” became “moist January”, and why this financial powerhouse has opted out of the traditional emergency fund. If you’re starting this year with a few budget busters like Carl and Mindy, don’t let it keep you from hitting your overall 2022 spending goals. Track it, stick with it, and shoot for FI!


In This Episode We Cover

How expense tracking inadvertently stops you from overspending 

Using money in the most efficient way possible so you can increase your “thoughtful spending” 

Budgeting wins (and challenges) that Mindy and Carl faced this January 

Preparing from unexpected budget busters and whether or not an emergency fund is necessary 

How to allocate large bills throughout the year so you don’t go over budget 

Splurging on things you truly enjoy while keeping everyday costs as simplistic as possible

And So Much More!

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Feb 18, 2022
275: The Most Common (and Rarely Discussed) Money Mishaps w/ David Pere
00:52:15

Lifestyle creep, budget hesitancy, and cash scarcity are problems you’d likely hear from someone just getting into the realm of financial independence/literacy. But, funnily enough, these wealth woes aren’t coming from newbies—they’re coming from two asset-stacking veterans, Mindy Jensen and David Pere from The Military Millionaire Podcast.


While on the outside David and Mindy may look like squeaky clean financial figures, they’ve realized recently that they have to tighten up their systems to maximize wealth. Mindy has seen a slow and steady lifestyle creep, and although her income can support her, she still wants to have a strong sense of strategy when it comes to budgeting and expense tracking.


David has tried time and time again to budget, but it’s never really gone to plan. He also is feeling a bit stressed at times due to his “cash poor, asset rich” lifestyle that has allowed him to build so much wealth. Our two hosts serve as financial therapists for one another other in this episode as they dive deep into how each other can re-strategize their financial situations. Even the gurus don’t always get it right!


In This Episode We Cover

How to turn budget hesitancy into expense-tracking mastery 

Stocking up your emergency reserve so you (and your business) can survive life’s hiccups

Entrepreneur income and why you should go lean on your business spending, without compromising quality

Lifestyle/income creep and how to fight it so you can save and invest more 

Why everyone (even our money gurus) make mistakes from time to time

And So Much More!


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Feb 14, 2022
274: Finance Friday: What’s The Best Way to Buy Rentals—Partnerships or Solo?
01:16:51

Rental properties can be a phenomenal second source of income for the majority of us who work at regular jobs. One or two rental property purchases every year or so can slowly, but surely, build a strong foundation for financial independence, sometimes within only a few years. Today’s guest Connor has taken this approach to wealth building and now sits on six rental units, splitting some of the profits with his partners.


Connor runs a lot of the operation for these rental properties. He has a background in construction management, making him an integral piece of any future BRRRR, flip, or rehab project he and his partners decide to take on. But, could these real estate partnerships be slowing down his personal wealth growth? And if so, how does he mitigate the risk of being an independent investor in a cash-intensive business?


Aside from his real estate portfolio, Connor also wants to simplify his personal portfolio, plan for future baby expenses, maximize his retirement, and get a better handle on his financial situation in total. Scott and Mindy leave Connor with some clear action items that may help him achieve financial freedom in his five to seven-year time horizon! 


In This Episode We Cover

Real estate partnerships and establishing the value that you bring to them

Generating more income (and reducing expenses) through live in flips and house hacking

Land contracts and seller financing on rental properties that allow you to scale faster

Student loan repayment, deferral, and when you should plan on starting up your payments again

Shopping for a baby as frugally as you can so you can invest for their future 

And So Much More!


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Feb 11, 2022
273: Breaking Down Barriers: From Homelessness to Renowned Surgeon w/Dr. David L. Rhoiney
01:19:40

The poverty cycle is a hard one to break out of. For some people, it is near impossible to climb yourself out of the hole that society, family, or unfortunate circumstances have placed you in. But sometimes, through sheer willpower alone, those who break through can crush this cycle and bring their families up with them. Someone who’s done this (and much more), is Dr. David L. Rhoiney from surgiFI. 


Dr. David is a renowned “robot surgeon”, operating on patients using the finest precision that modern technology has to offer. He holds two degrees, has two homes, and invests heavily. You’re probably assuming he was raised in a family that taught him the worth of hard work, education, and investing early. You wouldn’t be more wrong.


Dr. David’s childhood consisted of a combination of living in cars, homeless shelters, sleeping on friend’s couches, and surviving completely on the edge. After being accepted into the US Naval Academy, he knew that he had to do everything he could to never return to that life. He has been told “no” thousands of times, that he wasn’t good enough, didn’t look the part, or simply that he wasn’t worth it. He proved every doubter wrong and has had the last laugh as he and his family now are on the path to a phenomenal financial future


In This Episode We Cover

Growing up and poverty and using it as fuel to strive for something greater 

Why you should always choose the “hard path” and pursue something others would fear

Medical student loans and going debt-free through intelligent financial decisions 

House hacking and using rental properties to propel your net worth higher 

Affordable housing and what real estate investors can do to help those in need

Giving yourself no other choice but to succeed, even when all bets are against you 

And So Much More!


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Feb 07, 2022
272: Finance Friday: Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early or Invest?
01:06:30

Ahh, the age-old question: pay off your mortgage early or invest? It’s no wonder so many members of the financial independence community have strong feelings about one or the other. With a paid-off mortgage, you’re less in debt, with more free cash to invest or spend on things you love doing. But, there’s another side to that cash flow coin. If you’re paying off your mortgage early, you’ll have less money to invest, leaving you with less compound interest


If you’ve been asking for someone to answer this question for you, be sure to thank today’s guest, Javier. He’s been doing a phenomenal job paying down his mortgage as quickly as he can, especially at such a young age. Javier has a respectable net worth and works not only at his W2 but also as a real estate agent on the side. Javier is struggling to find where to best put his extra $1,300/month once he pays off his primary residence.


And while this is a BiggerPockets Podcast episode, Scott and Mindy do not immediately vouch for real estate investing. Instead, they take a look at his overall risk tolerance, personal finance situation, and work backwards from his goals to find what he really wants out of early retirement, instead of just grasping for cash. 


In This Episode We Cover

Setting up your “bare-bones emergency fund” so you can invest with confidence 

Whether or not you should pay off your mortgage early 

When the right time to leave your W2 job is and pursue your side income streams

How to pay for healthcare when you’re self-employed or without work subsidies 

How much to allocate towards taxes per month as a self-employed individual 

When real estate investing does and does not make sense for your lifestyle

And So Much More!


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Feb 04, 2022
271: The 4 Rules of Managing Your Money w/Jesse Mecham from YNAB
00:58:20

You Need a Budget is the expense tracker/budgeter that requires no introduction…but we’ll give it one anyways! In 2004, Jesse Mecham launched this ground-breaking software, allowing money masters and novices alike to easily track their money and plan for a financially stress-free future. Jesse may have been the perfect person to build a product like this—he started tracking his expenses at age sixteen for fun!


As Jesse grew older, he continued to track his expenses regularly, allowing him to have a tight hold on his money and fight back the urge to go into debt. When his wife decided to take a backseat on working and have children, Jesse started to work harder at converting YNAB from a simple spreadsheet to a full-blown business. He was so conservative that three years into the business when he was making twice as much as his accountant salary, he continued to reinvest almost every cent of profit so he could have a strong financial foundation behind him.


Now, some eighteen years after launching, Jesse still holds the principles that he started YNAB with. He lives a simple lifestyle, enjoying “parlor time” with his seven children, keeping a strong emergency fund, and investing in a very, very conservative manner. Take it from someone like Jesse who has “made it”—budgeting can change your life. 


In This Episode We Cover

Why budgeting and expense tracking are important at an early age 

How simple expense tracking allows you to save and invest more while starving off debt

The four money rules that will change the way you think about your finances 

Where to keep the money that you’re saving for emergencies, down payments, and more

How to know it’s the right time to quit your job and pursue your passions

Running your real estate business through YNAB’s intuitive budgeting 

Why Jesse refuses to invest in high-risk assets while building his business

And So Much More!


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Jan 31, 2022
270: Finance Friday: How to Achieve “Financial Flexibility” on a $65K/Year Salary
01:16:08

Financial flexibility is one of the hidden stages along the path to financial independence. When you hit financial flexibility, you have far more choices than you did before. You can invest more, spend more, save more, and work less if you choose to do so. But, this type of lifestyle can only be achieved by being mindful and proactive about where your money is going, as today’s guest Kevin, knows very well.


Kevin’s story was posted on the BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group, where he relived the horror of his credit card being declined at his girlfriend’s birthday dinner. This struck Kevin, since he made a decent salary and was relatively responsible with his money. He contributed to retirement accounts and kept a lean emergency fund, so where was all his money going?


In today’s discovery, Scott and Mindy walk Kevin through which parts of his budget need a tune-up, and whether or not aggressive loan paydown is worth it for optimal financial flexibility. So where can you tweak your budget to maximize flexibility while minimizing credit-card-induced stress? 


In This Episode We Cover

How to pay off bad debt fast and work your way to debt-free status 

Achieving “financial flexibility” before financial independence and the steps to get there 

Tracking your expenses and budgeting for spending (every single month!)

How to cut food and eating out spending so your stomach and wallet stay happy 

What to do with extra income once you’ve paid off all your debt

The importance of a strong emergency fund and always having a safety reserve

And So Much More!


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Jan 28, 2022
269: From Filing Bankruptcy to $1.4 Million in Income Producing Assets
01:27:23

Today’s guest, Jennifer Grimson, is a prime example that every problem has a solution.  Jennifer has always been a hard worker so she had no problem working through college as she aspired to be a foreign service officer, but her life took a turn when she fell in love and married her (now) ex-husband. Her dynamic with money completely changed as he spent money frivolously while she spent conservatively. When things ended poorly 8 years later he sued her 25 times, not including when he sued her mother and brother, and left her with $500,000 worth of attorney fees. 

At this point, she was left with nothing and had two children to raise on her own. While most would be completely devastated, Jennifer focused on finding a way out. Jennifer had never been scared of a little hard work so she found a job with a steady paycheck and filed for bankruptcy to help with her attorney fees. She continued to file for bankruptcy and start  from scratch until she could build herself back up financially. She was then able to rebuild her credit through various methods and gain financial autonomy. 


Her overall goal was to experience financial peace— but she didn’t stop there. She started building small pockets of wealth and always had at least three streams of income at all times. Once Jennifer found out about short-term rentals, she saw an opportunity and started buying houses to convert into Airbnb properties and turn a profit. After 4 years she created an astounding $1.4 million in income-producing assets! 


In This Episode We Cover

How to properly intertwine money and romantic relationships (and how to protect your personal wealth) 

Filing for bankruptcy and how it can be your saving grace from future lawsuits

Borrowing against a 401k and investing with retirement funds 

Rebuilding your credit from scratch (and even bankruptcy!) 

Short term rentals, passive investments, buying land and other ways to build long-lasting wealth 

Cost Segregation and how to greatly reduce your tax burden 

And So Much More! 


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Jan 24, 2022
268: Finance Friday: Why You Should Focus on ‘Hitting Singles’ for Early Retirement
00:55:28

Expats and rental portfolios go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s no surprise that a fair amount of retired globetrotters owe their freedom to real estate investing. While many real estate investors are looking to retire themselves and their families in the US, today’s guest Paul has other plans.


Paul thoroughly enjoys his full-time job in Utah. He gets paid well, has access to some phenomenal benefits, and isn’t planning on quitting anytime soon. That being said, Paul has had the itch to live as an expatriate abroad, hopping from country to country, enjoying world travel. But, in order to do this, Paul has to create an income stream that can support him and his partner along their travels.


Of course, as a smart investor, Paul has already been building this extra income in the background. Since starting his rental property investing journey only a year and a half ago, Paul is already at five doors, with a sixth closing soon. He needs to be at ten doors to have enough rental income to cover his expenses in the US, but how much farther could that money go abroad? 


In This Episode We Cover

Why rental properties are perfect for those planning on retiring abroad

Keeping your expenses low as your income grows so you can retire early

When to transition from traditional retirement accounts to real estate investing 

Roth conversion ladders and turning pre-tax retirement accounts into post-tax savings 

Out-of-state investing and leveraging your high income to invest in low-cost areas

Using a HELOC (home equity line of credit) to fund real estate purchases 

And So Much More!


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Jan 21, 2022
267: Student Loans Update: Repayment, Refinancing, and Potential Forgiveness w/Robert Farrington
00:45:44

Student loan forgiveness was a hot topic during the 2020 election cycle. With so many outstanding student loan payments, will the government step in to wipe out the debt? While many theorize about this, Robert Farrington takes the opposite angle, urging those who have student loans to prepare for repayment, rather than cancellation. This way, even if your student loans get forgiven, you’re put in a financially advantageous spot.


Robert runs The College Investor, a website dedicated to investing and personal finance for millennials. It comes as no surprise that the biggest thing on millennials’ minds are student loans, especially after two years of repayment moratoriums. So, how does someone strapped with student loans prepare for repayment, especially when so many variables are up in the air? Well, according to Robert, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure you’re paying on time and with as little stress as possible. 


Episode note: This episode was recorded prior to the new student loan pause, set to expire on May 1st, 2022. Mindy and Robert record a special intro to update listeners on the new dates set by the Biden Administration. All other topics discussed in the show, especially around repayment strategy, are still viable and accurate for those who have student loans.


In This Episode We Cover

The most recent student loan repayment moratorium update 

The difference between federal and private student loans and which are preferable 

Refinancing your student loans and why most people shouldn’t 

Student loan forgiveness and whether or not it will come to fruition this year

Steps you need to take NOW to ensure you don’t miss a payment or accrue extra interest 

Which repayment plans work best for your lifestyle and allow you the most financial flexibility 

And So Much More!


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Jan 17, 2022
266: Finance Friday: How to Pay Off Bad Debt + When Is Life Insurance Worth It?
01:17:32

Bad debt is more common than it seems. Many people you know have a car loan, personal loan, credit card loan, or some other form of high(er) interest debt. If you find yourself with bad debt, the first thing to do is formulate a plan to get rid of it, unless you want your savings and potential investments to suffer the consequences.


Today’s guest, Stephanie is in a financially solid position, but she has some bad debt to take care of. She’s on her way to financial freedom by forty after already owning a home and having some retirement investments growing in the background. But, her $13,000 window loan at ten percent interest is causing leakage of investable cash flow. 


Yet, Stephanie may be in a better position than she thinks. Since buying her house, she’s seen a big increase in her property value, which may enable her to secure some lower interest financing to pay off her window loan. Scott and Mindy also help Stephanie develop an expense tracking plan, debate whether or not whole life insurance is worth it, and put her in the driver’s seat to become a cash-flowing landlord only a few short years down the road! 


In This Episode We Cover

The importance of tracking your expenses and why every dollar needs its place 

Good debt vs. bad debt and how to know whether or not an interest rate is too high

HELOCs (home equity lines of credit) and using them to pay off bad debt

Whole life insurance vs. term life insurance and which makes more sense for you

Whether or not that bathroom upgrade will have a positive ROI

Becoming a financial expert slowly through podcasts, books, and enjoyable education

And So Much More!


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Jan 14, 2022
Protecting Your Home (and Wealth!) When a Natural Disaster Strikes w/ Steve Longenecker (Bonus Episode)
00:45:03

Home insurance isn’t the sexiest topic, but in the world of financial independence, predictability is quite an attractive trait to have. That’s why money nerds across the world value insurance as a natural hedge against catastrophic wealth-ending disasters. Whether you’re a homeowner, a renter, or a landlord, home insurance could help you rebuild quicker after the unexpected happens.


Recently, a large fire broke out around the Denver, Colorado area, affecting families in Mindy’s home city of Longmont. Thankfully, Mindy and her family are safe, but many didn’t share the same fate. Hundreds of households were left without homes, while they watched their old neighborhoods turn to ashes and embers. This prompted Mindy to invite her good friend and insurance expert, Steve Longenecker, onto the show to discuss how you can financially protect your family when disaster strikes.


Are you underinsured thanks to rising home prices? How much will your insurance company pay you if your home is destroyed? How are renters protected during natural disasters? And who should you contact to make a claim? All these questions (and more) are answered in today’s bonus episode of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast


In This Episode We Cover

How home price appreciation greatly affects your insurance coverage 

Checking to make sure you’re not underinsured or overinsured 

“Binding restrictions” and how insurance companies use them during disasters 

Tips for homeowners on getting the most appropriate insurance policy for their needs 

Renters insurance and how renters can stay protected as well

How to submit and process a claim with your insurance agent

And So Much More!


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Jan 12, 2022
265: Death and Finances: What to Do (Before and) After A Loved One Passes w/ Allison Nichol Longtin
01:07:00

Death and finances can arguably be called the two things that people hate talking about most. Unfortunately, these are two topics that cannot be kept in the dark, as we all must deal with loss, both emotionally and financially over our lifetime. What can the average person do when they’ve just received the heartbreaking news that a loved one has died. Even worse, what if it’s their partner?


This almost unimaginable shock came to Allison Nichol Longtin when her husband passed away six years into their marriage. Not only did Allison have to carry the emotional burden of losing her partner, but she also had to deal with the financial fallout of his death. She spent over a year carrying around a portfolio of papers, proving to numerous different entities that she indeed was the new owner of her husband’s accounts.


Allison admittedly made some mistakes in not preparing for the unexpected, but she’s since then made a strong case that every couple should do what she overlooked. Today, Mindy and Allison go through the top steps that every couple (married or unmarried) should take in order to keep their financial burden as minimal as possible during an unexpected death. 


This was a very difficult episode to record (due to the subject matter at hand). We wholeheartedly thank Allison for coming on and giving advice that will benefit every couple listening to this episode. 


In This Episode We Cover

How to prepare for the unexpected death of your spouse or partner

The importance of creating a will and estate planning 

Why having joint bank accounts is an often overlooked financial failsafe 

Having a plan in place to share passwords and login information for financial accounts

Defeating your money anxiety and becoming less avoidant about finances 

How to have a money date with yourself or your partner

And So Much More!


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Jan 10, 2022
264: Finance Friday: Passive Income, Syndications, Real Estate, and Retirement
01:09:11

“Can I retire yet?” If you’re today’s guest Jenn, then the short answer is a resounding “yes”. And if you aren’t Jenn, you’ll probably want to be in her position upon retirement. Jenn has a lot of income options: a military pension from her spouse, a great full-time income, real estate syndication cash flow, and a LOT of assets. Jenn’s net worth has reached the height of around $4 million, with more than a million alone in retirement accounts.


If Jenn is so set, why is she coming on the Money Podcast to talk with Scott and Mindy? Well, Jenn has a pretty large amount of expenses: somewhere in the ballpark of nine thousand dollars a month. She wants to know if she has enough passive income and investable assets to continue living life the way that she sees fit. Her family will also be moving to Europe for the next year or so, making it even more crucial that she has enough to enjoy traveling. 


This show talks about some pretty high-level concepts specifically around real estate equity and syndications. Even if you’re not an accredited investor, this information will be worth its weight in gold to you as you scale your income and net worth. Soon, you could be in a position just like Jenn! 


In This Episode We Cover

Military pensions and how to value them for retirement 

Spending less than you earn and joint vs. separate bank accounts for couples 

Building (and then selling off) a high-value real estate portfolio 

Investing in real estate syndications and the tax benefits that come with it

How to avoid “one more year” syndrome when thinking about retirement 

Maximizing your portfolio’s income and calculating your return-on-time 

And So Much More!


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Jan 07, 2022
263: Becoming Debt-Free and Generating $320,000/Year from Simple Side Hustles w/Jannese Torres-Rodriguez
01:12:38

Most people assume wealth is built from a singular source, but the most successful people have multiple streams of income. 2020 was the year of the side hustle. People started to find ways to monetize their hobbies, create services, and capitalize on their talents. While some people are just now catching on, today’s guest, Jannese Torres-Rodriguez, was ahead of the curve. It all began with a food blog she started for fun that has turned into passive income for her $320,000 salary composed solely from her various “side hustles”. 

 

Before the start of her money journey, Jannese was on the traditional path to what most would consider the ideal type of success. She not only graduated from college but got her master's in pharmaceuticals and landed a job that led to her dream, a six-figure salary. Despite this, she was still unhappy and soon realized she was unaligned with the power of money. Over time, she made several lifestyle changes and started learning about financial independence. Using what she learned, Jannese finished paying off her $57,000 student loans and became debt-free in February of 2020.  

After 5+ years of accruing income from her food blog, Jannese discovered she could make her side hustles a full-time business and finally be fulfilled by the work she was doing. She began a podcast about financial independence that aims to help people of color learn more about financial freedom. She also does virtual workshops, digital courses, and brand partnerships as well as several other services that contribute to her salary. Jannese is a perfect example that you don’t have to give up what you love to make money, you just have to capitalize on it. 


In This Episode We Cover

How to find financial independence, even if you’re in a lot of debt 

How to minimize excessive spending while still enjoying your money 

Becoming a full-time entrepreneur and managing the struggles of being self-employed 

Outsourcing work and its importance especially when you’re stretched thin 

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome and overcoming shyness  

The value of diversifying your income and why it’s becoming more popular  

Finding your niche target market, even if you don’t think you have one 

And So Much More!


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Jan 03, 2022
262: Prenups, Projects, Prolific Spending, and Planning for 2022 w/ Carl & Mindy Jensen
01:02:51

Mindy may seem like a financial superhero to most listeners of the Money Podcast, but she’s nothing without her financial education inspiring partner, Carl Jensen. Carl is known quite well around the personal finance community as co-host of the Mile High FI podcast and writer over at 1500days.com. Carl and Mindy are just closing in on their twentieth anniversary, so there’s no better occasion to have them both on the show than right now!


Surprisingly, Carl and Mindy didn’t talk about money for a significant time once they started dating. Mindy credits her faith in Carl’s money skills by how he acted more than how he spoke. Carl was driving around a used car, he lived in a house he inherited from his grandmother, and he used a coupon on their first date (smart move, Carl). 


Now as a financial and romantic powerhouse, they both share thoughts on prenuptial agreements, protecting your wealth, 401k investing, and questions to ask a potential partner. Whether you’re single, dating, married, or a money-hoarding hermit, this episode sheds light on twenty years worth of money lessons learned so you can live a happier, more FI-focused life!


In This Episode We Cover

When a prenup is worth having and whether or not it will protect your wealth 

The telltale “context clues” of dating someone who has a frugal mindset

Frontloading your retirement accounts so you can build wealth faster

The importance of tracking your expenses and regularly updating your FI number 

Margin loans and getting low-interest debt on your stock portfolio

When to start talking about money with a potential partner 

And So Much More!


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Dec 31, 2021
261: Stop Taking Money So Seriously w/ Joe Saul-Sehy & Emily Guy Birken
01:01:10

Building wealth takes decades with some serious hard work and many, many mistakes along the way. The problem? Most financial independence chasers see themselves as having to be perfectionists. Every investment must be perfect, every dollar spent housed within a budget, and at no time can money become something fun or playful.


Joe Saul-Sehy and Emily Guy Birken rightfully see this type of “serious money attitude” as a mistake that should be avoided at all costs. Every financial guru, expert, or leader in the field has made money mistakes, stressed about money, and finally overcame to accomplish greatness. This is exactly what Joe and Emily want you to accomplish through their new book Stacked: Your Super-Serious Guide to Modern Money Management.


Joe and Emily threw out the old-fashioned mentality about money having to be a serious subject. Instead, they littered their new book with humorous anecdotes, financial innuendo, and lessons that will allow you, your child, your spouse, or your best friend to succeed. If you’re tired of stressing about money and want to start stacking it instead, preorder the new book today!


In This Episode We Cover

Why most personal finance books tend to miss the mark on being entertaining and informative 

Risk management and how it goes far beyond simply buying insurance 

The importance of having a financial plan in place NOW before disaster strikes

401ks vs. Roth IRAs and the future tax implications of retirement accounts 

Tax brackets and the simplicity of calculating yours 

Why Joe needed to “fire” his own mother from working on his book

And So Much More!


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Dec 27, 2021
260: Finance Friday: How to Hit $10M Net Worth in 10 Years (Or Less)
01:04:28

Stocks vs. real estate is a regular feud among many financially savvy forums on the internet. While some investors love the passive aspect of stocks, other investors love the tax savings and flexibility of real estate. Regardless of your preferred asset, it’s better to stick your hard-earned money in something that makes money for you, instead of spending it or letting it sit.


Our guest today, Madison, is having trouble deciding which asset class she and her husband are best suited for. They have high-income jobs, a great net worth for their age, and just moved from the expensive San Francisco Bay Area to far more reasonable Texas. They’ll have a lot more money to stash away without the high rent, gas prices, or child care they had in California.


But neither Madison nor her husband have plans to retire early, so should they even plan for early retirement? Scott and Mindy walk Madison through her multiple different investing options, along with giving her the structure to formulate a three, five, and ten-year plan for wealth building and financial freedom. We may hear back from Madison very soon on the progress she’s made!


In This Episode We Cover

Why relocating to another state can be a massive savings lever 

Understanding when you want to retire and how your assets play a part in retirement 

Putting in your “500 hours” to any asset you truly have an interest in 

Turning your primary residence into a rental property after you upgrade 

Stock investing vs. real estate and the pros and cons of both

Reducing your spending so you can save (and invest) much more

And So Much More!


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Dec 24, 2021
259: Pensions 101: Are Pensions Worth It? w/ Grumpus Maximus
01:12:54

If you need pension funds explained, there’s no better person to talk to than the internet’s leading voice on all things pensions and retirement, Grumpus Maximus. After spending twenty or so years in the military, Grumpus began to put his health, happiness, and passions first. Now, retired with plenty of money coming in (thanks to pensions and retirement accounts), Grumpus spends his time blogging and helping others ask the meaningful question, “is my pension worth it?”


Guest co-host Joe Saul-Sehy from the Stacking Benjamins podcast is here to help Mindy tee up some pension-related questions for Grumpus. Whether or not you have a job offering a pension or you’re debating accepting a job with a pension, the research-based questions asked today will help you evaluate whether or not a pension is truly worth it. 


You’ll hear about the safety of pensions, healthcare-impacted pensions, annuities, and Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) so you can make the best possible decision regarding your (early) retirement plans!


In This Episode We Cover

“Cashing out” of a pension and what to do with the money

Understanding the healthcare implications that come with leaving a pension 

Which industries have the riskiest pension plans

Is an annuity ever worth the fees? 

Researching your pension and understanding the benefits 

How to analyze the safety of an organization’s pension plan 

And So Much More!


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Dec 20, 2021
258: Finance Friday: Are “High Cash Flow” Rentals Still Realistic in 2022?
01:08:46

A common debate in real estate is cash flow vs. appreciation. While some investors rely on their rental property income to reach FI, others argue that appreciation will provide them the equity gain to truly build wealth. You’ll hear this discussion in-depth on today’s episode as guest Jackeline walks Mindy and Scott through her $20,000 rental property in Northern Illinois. 


Jackeline is already doing well in other aspects of her life. She’s got a high net worth, with fully-funded retirement accounts and a big cash cushion, but she wants to reach FI by 45 so she has the option to retire. One of the best ways to do that? Cash flowing rentals! The only problem is that Jackeline is buying these rentals in a less-than-optimal area.


With rentals in C or D-class neighborhoods, you can count on more tenant problems, repairs, and headaches. But, these downsides come with the big upside of higher cash flow. Scott and Mindy both help Jackeline balance the scales on what is most important to her: buying in an appreciating market but using more of her cash or continuing to purchase low-cost, riskier rental properties. 


In This Episode We Cover

Building multiple financial safety nets between retirement accounts, cash, and cash flow 

Buying rentals in C to D-class neighborhoods and the pros/cons associated with them

Properly screening tenants to minimize turnover and maximize ROI

Experimenting with different rental property classes to find a strategy that works for you

Finding your real estate tribe and networking with others who can help you grow

1031-ing a property to avoid a tax penalty and grow your real estate portfolio

And So Much More!


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Dec 17, 2021
257: 20 Year-Old Minimum Wage Marine with $850k in Real Estate
01:26:31

We have a lot of impressive guests on the show, and they just seem to get younger with every new episode. You’ve heard the stories of people in their twenties buying rentals, people in their thirties hitting coast FI, and people in their forties and beyond making many, many millions. But, what about a marine recruit, making a low salary, buying more than $800k in real estate within his second decade on earth? Now that sounds like an interesting story.


Jabbar Adesada fits the bill exactly! After moving in with his father, he was given strict instruction to read books like Rich Dad Poor Dad, I Will Teach You To Be Rich, and Automatic Millionaire. Jabbar decided to put down his NBA/med school dreams and open up a brokerage account. Lucky for him, right around the time he started investing was the 2020 stock market crash, giving him all the discount he needed to make his first profits.


After running some “when will I be a millionaire?” scenarios, Jabbar realized that real estate, and not the stock market, was the best path to financial independence. Jabbar shares the story of how he was able to find funding, a down payment, and a property that would allow him to house hack, Craige Curelop style. Not only that, Jabbar just closed on a short-term rental in the Smoky Mountains, which puts his real estate portfolio north of $800k! Let’s mention this again: He’s twenty years old! 


In This Episode We Cover

Why early financial education can make or break your child’s path to success

The best finance books that you (or your child, cousin, niece, or nephew) should read 

Why crashes aren’t a sign to panic, but a sign to buy more

House hacking at a young age, and how to get pre-approved for loans without an extensive job history 

Having an “obsessive mindset to be wealthy” and using it to help not only yourself but others

Practicing delayed gratification and building a brighter future with each investment

And So Much More!


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Dec 13, 2021
256: Finance Friday: Financial Independence in 5 Years w/ Short-Term Rentals
01:04:42

There are many ways to fund your nest egg. You could outright save, or you could invest in index funds, rental properties, or short-term rentals like today’s guest, Charlotte from Charlotte. Working as a teacher in one of the lowest-paid states in the US, Charlotte was able to fully replace her teacher’s salary by operating a single short-term rental cabin in Western North Carolina.


When she discovered the FIRE Movement only a year ago, she knew that intelligent investments like this could fund the globetrotting adventures she and her husband had plans for. But, with her husband four years away from securing his government pension, Charlotte wants to be absolutely sure that her short-term rentals will be pulling the fiscal weight of word travel when he steps away from his job.


Charlotte may be a rookie in the terms of real estate investing, but she’s far from it when it comes to taking actionable steps to ensure phenomenal returns. She’ll be hitting a 100% cash-on-cash return with her newest rental addition! If you have dreams of early retirement through real estate, follow Charlotte’s lead by planning, executing, and financing to FI!


In This Episode We Cover

The phenomenal returns of short-term rentals and why now may be the best time to invest

How to plan for retirement with a pension or predictable income stream 

Investing in index funds vs. real estate when trying to hit FI

Vacation home, second home, and portfolio loans for your next short-term rental

Why the high price of STR property management may be worth the peace of mind

And So Much More!


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Dec 10, 2021
255: Escaping The Rat Race Before Your First Job w/ Dan Sheeks
01:06:35

If you’ve been in the FI community for years, you know the ins and outs of retirement planning, index fund investing, house hacking, and every other money-making opportunity around. But, it’s safe to say that this took you years to figure out, sometimes well into adulthood. What if you were given the same knowledge you have now, but when you were a teenager?


Dan Sheeks is trying to do this exactly, by teaching his students about personal finance, saving, investing, and how they can plan for FI. Dan has taken his knowledge of finance, teaching, and working with teens to write First to a Million, a Teenager’s Guide to Achieving Financial Independence. In this book, Dan takes teens on a journey through the four mechanisms of financial independence and teaches them to plan money around what makes them happy.


So many teenagers have seen their parents run off to work only to come home exhausted, constantly checking emails, and rarely present with the family. Dan wants to make this all-too-real future a thing of the past for teens who are willing to work hard, be frugal, and practice financial discipline. 


In This Episode We Cover

Why The American Dream may be off-course for modern teens 

The financial independence “plan of attack” for teens who want to hit FI fast

Why happiness should be at the forefront of your financial decisions 

Whether or not college is still a viable choice for today’s modern working world 

The importance of having a strong community you can count on

And So Much More!


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Dec 06, 2021
254: Finance Follow-Ups: When to Scale Up (or Down) Your Real Estate Portfolio
00:47:32

We’re back with another Finance Friday Follow-Up! This week, we talk to two past guests and review three life updates. Fabio from episode 174, Clayton from episode 168, and Rachael from episode 190 all have life updates for the audience!


When we last talked to Fabio, he was starting to expand his real estate empire. Since the market has been so hot, he has had to pivot his strategy towards what works best for him in the long term. With a few years of military service left, Fabio wants to wind down his more active income and pursue more passive income streams, while still including real estate and stocks/index funds in the mix!


Clayton shared with us on his solo episode how lucrative living on the road can be. Since then, his girlfriend has turned into his fiancé, he’s been offered a very large pay raise, and he has scaled his real estate portfolio with one more house hack. He also gets to take his foot off the literal gas pedal since he’ll be transitioning into a more stay-at-home role.


Rachael wasn’t able to be here for a video interview but sent Mindy an update on her overall financial situation. Since we last talked, Rachael realized that house hacking wouldn’t be exactly the right fit for her family. Thankfully, she’ll be closing on a new home closer to her children. Rachael also found herself in a particularly scary financial and medical situation since we last talked, something that you’ll hear about in-depth on a new episode in the coming months!


In This Episode We Cover

When is the right time to sell a property, especially in a hot seller’s market?

Paying off high-interest debt so you can reach financial independence faster

The importance of budgeting and expense tracking so you don’t impulse buy

ESPPs (employee stock purchase plans), HSA (health savings accounts), and other lucrative investing options 

Sharing the financial knowledge with your significant other in case of an emergency

And So Much More!


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Dec 03, 2021
253: 7-Figure Net Worth on a Middle-Class Salary w/ Adam Zaleski
01:23:58

On the last day of a semester in college, Adam Zaleski’s geology professor dropped a bomb on his class: the professor was worth a staggering $10,000,000! The reason for telling the students about his net worth wasn’t to impress but to make the case that exponential growth is more likely than most people think. This taught Adam that he needed to choose a profession he enjoyed so he could continue to work, invest, and grow his wealth exponentially, just like his professor. 


Adam did just that, and now, he’s a millionaire professor, working a casual thirty hours per week, doing what he loves! Adam knew from the beginning it was more important to make long-lasting, intelligent financial decisions, instead of chasing after a bigger salary. He did this right out of college, taking a serious pay cut to live in a state with far cheaper housing, allowing him to house hack, build wealth, and reach financial freedom.


Now, Adam is looking to expand his real estate empire a little further, without having to sacrifice a large amount of time to do so. If you’re interested in partnering up with Adam or looking to chat about long-distance real estate investing, market analysis, or the best surf spots in Kauai, shoot Adam a message on BiggerPockets!


In This Episode We Cover

Why lifestyle choices are important when choosing your job, house, and investments 

Understanding the value that comes with exponential wealth growth 

House hacking and analyzing real estate markets with the most growth opportunity 

Buying rentals in places you love, so you can write off the trip!

Scheduling your rent raises so you keep up with market cash flow 

The most important financial lessons of your 20s, 30s, and 40s

And So Much More!


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Nov 29, 2021
252: Finance Friday: Self-Employed Revenue, Health Insurance, and Hiring
00:52:41