Mortgage Free: Complete Debt Freedom During a Financial Crisis – with Keith Robinson

For most of us, housing is one of the biggest expenses we face each month. Experts suggest keeping housing to 30% of your budget, yet high cost-of-living areas can claim much more. It’s a huge expense no matter where you live, and many people can’t imagine what it’s like to live without a mortgage. If you’ve ever wondered exactly what it feels like to be mortgage-free, you won’t want to miss this conversation.

As someone who also prioritized paying off our mortgage, I love to hear other people’s stories about debt freedom. It’s especially important to share these stories, as no two journeys are alike.

Keith Robinson sat down with me to discuss the actual earth-shattering moment he and his family became mortgage-free. In addition to sharing the twists and turns of his debt-free journey in California, he also delivers actionable tips if you want to pay off your mortgage early. 

Let’s dive in. 

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FIRE Movement: Pros and Cons of Pursuing Financial Independence

There’s more to life than working and paying bills. If you’re like most people, you dream of a week filled with more time and more freedom. That’s why a growing number of people are joining the FIRE movement. Here’s a crash course on the pros and cons of financial independence, as well as some insight into how our family is pursuing FIRE.

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Preparing for a Recession: Our Family’s 5 Step Financial Plan

This pending recession has thrown our happy family schedule all out of whack.

  • School: Our kid’s school is closed for the next 3 weeks. It’s looking likely that might extend at least 8 weeks and maybe through the rest of the school year.
  • Work: Our President recommends against gatherings of 10 or more so Nicole will more than likely be joining me as we work from home with kids.
  • Money: Although it probably wasn’t smart, I tracked our net worth losses over the past month and we’re down by at least $100,000 (and that is before the crazy stock market activity this week).

I’m sure our situation pales in comparison to other families who may soon be out of work. That’s going to affect a lot of families, small businesses and our country’s economy.

As we figure out what’s next, I wanted to share 5 things our family is doing to deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) season. I hope it helps you as you’re planning for your family. 

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Teen Entrepreneurs: Inspiring Kids to Start a Small Business – with Rob Phelan

When it comes to mastering personal finance or exploring entrepreneurship, one of the most common laments I hear is that people wish they started sooner. Managing money well and taking the leap into entrepreneurship are no small tasks, so wanting a head start makes sense. But exactly how can parents and teachers help someone become a teen entrepreneur?

I sat down with educator and entrepreneur Rob Phelan to learn some specific steps parents and teachers can take to raise more money-savvy kids. As someone who recently took the plunge into full-time entrepreneurship myself, I couldn’t wait to learn more. If you think that entrepreneurship for kids simply means mastering the art of the lemonade stand, you don’t want to miss this chat.

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3 Real Estate Investing Strategies for Minimalists

For years now, my wife and I have been sitting on the sidelines of real estate investing. We’ve been watching people grow their wealth, expand their portfolio and grow their passive income. 

We have the money to jump into the single-family rental property game. In fact, we saved up over $100,000 over the past few years to buy our first property in cash. 

Our family is convinced that owning rental properties would help us build wealth and we’re financially prepared to do it. But still, we sit waiting and waiting to make it become a reality. 

I didn’t realize the reason until recently … We’re strapped for time and we have a deep desire to maintain a minimalist lifestyle. 

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How Living on 50% of Our Income Helped Us Reach Financial Freedom – with Kelly Smith

There may not be a single right way to achieve financial freedom, but supersizing your savings is certainly a powerful strategy.

But what does supersizing your savings mean? More importantly, how does someone go about doing that?

I sat down with Kelly Smith from Freedom in a Budget to learn more about how she and her husband are crushing their goals and enjoying their lives while living on 50% of their income. 

In our chat, Kelly proves that budgets aren’t constricting. They’re a pathway to freedom. She shares details on making the decision to take the 50/50 path, milestones they’ve already crossed, and where they are headed.

Plus, she offers actionable steps for people who want to make more money and want to make saving 50% of your income a reality. 

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The Top 3 Reasons Marriages End (And How to Prevent It) – with Kimberly Holmes

One of the most important decisions anyone can make is who you choose to spend your life with. Marriage impacts us emotionally, socially, legally, financially, and in so many other ways.

While the divorce rate in America is dropping, so is the marriage rate. That means married couples understand marriage is important, we might not know exactly where to turn for good advice.

Today, I sat down with Kimberly Holmes, the CEO of Marriage Helper, to learn more about the reasons why marriages end and what couples can do to save them. Kimberly explores three broad categories of marriage trouble, details some of the warning signs, and outlines steps that we can take today to be better partners tomorrow. 

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10 Simple Steps to Save Up for Your Next Home Down Payment

Rachel from Chicago has a question about saving up for her home down payment.

Hey Andy! 

My husband and I are trying to save for a down payment on a house. We are pretty good at living within our means. 

Any advice on how to make this easier, smarter, more fun?! 

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Investing On Your Own Without a Financial Advisor

Adam from Tampa is skeptical about working with a financial advisor and wants to know how to invest on his own.


I have a hard question for you. 

For most of my life, I have been told what to do with my money. I had a family member work for Morgan Stanley and he invested for us for years. 

Last year, we had some issues within the family and decided to part ways. My wife and I quickly decided to go with another guy who does good but the last email was life insurance focused.

The main question is I want to handle all of this on my own. I feel like I can’t teach my kids what is best without knowing. Any advice?

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How the Great Recession Inspired Me to Pay Off My Mortgage Early – with Christin McKamey

The Great Recession (2007-2009) caused higher levels of unemployment, plummeting real estate values and a lot of people to feel uneasy about their financial situation. Many parts of the United States were hit hard during this financial crisis, especially my home town of metro Detroit.

Today, I talk with Christin McKamey, a fellow metro Detroiter and the blogger behind Veggie Chick. We discuss how the Great Recession affected her and her husband Robert financially and emotionally. At one point, Christin found herself in nearly six-figures of debt with no job prospects. Her drive to improve her financial situation helped her to eliminate her debt and eventually become mortgage-free.

We chat about her and her husband’s financial past and upbringing, how she earned extra money to get rid of her debt and what they will do with their money now that they are mortgage-free.

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