How House Hacking Helped Me Pay Off My Mortgage Early – with Steven Donovan

On our Mortgage Freedom series today we’re going to introduce someone who paid off their mortgage through house hacking. What is house hacking you might ask? Well, we’re going to learn more about that today.

Steven Donovan is our guest today. Steven is a money coach and his financial advice and his inspirational story have been featured in GO Banking Rates, Bigger Pockets, and Rockstar Finance.

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How to Throw a Budget Party with Your Spouse

My wife and I have had some incredible financial wins during our marriage. We eliminated $48,032 of debt, paid off our $195,000 mortgage and increased our net worth by $800,000 all in the last 9 years. And the one tradition that has been constant throughout the entire process has been our Budget Party.

The Budget Party is a monthly get-together meant to set aside time for me and my wife to have important conversations about our financial future together. We review how we used our money from the previous month, what we want to do with our cash this month and how we’re tracking on our overall financial goals.

Outside of the obvious financial benefits of this activity, these meetings are great for our marriage. We discuss what’s important to us, how we’re going to get there together and how we see our relationship growing over the years to come. With two small children in the house, time for discussion is limited. The Budget Party gives us a little break and helps me feel closer to my wife. 

If all this financial growth and marital relationship building stuff sounds interesting to you, I’ve compiled 10 easy steps for you to build your own Budget Party. This way, you can create your own monthly meeting and strengthen your family tree for years to come. 

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How We Eliminated $27,000 of Newlywed Credit Card Debt – with Chris Browning

According to Bankrate, 29% of Americans have more credit card debt than they have in an emergency fund. That is some scary, scary stuff.

Today, I have a guest that accumulated quite a bit of credit card debt right around the time he got married. We’re going to talk about how he got out of that mess.

Chris Browning is the creator and the host of the award-winning short-form podcast, Popcorn Finance. His topics range from understanding the basics of investing all the way to his love of tiny homes. Chris’s advice has been featured in major publications like NerdWallet, Yahoo Finance, and CNBC.

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Why You Need a Trust to Protect Your Family – with Cody Barbo and Patrick Hicks

As a parent, I’ve always heard that it’s important to have your estate in order. You know … your trust and your will. But since I’ve never felt like I own an “estate”, I haven’t quite gotten everything in order per se.

I invited Cody Barbo and Patrick Hicks from Trust & Will to talk to us about the importance of a trust when it comes to protecting our family wealth and legacy. We also discuss the differences between a will and a trust.

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How Couples Can Stay Motivated When Paying Off $100,000 of Debt

Our first question of the month comes in from Daniel from Texas who wrote to me on my Facebook Page:


Andy, 

My wife and I have been married for 3 years. We are currently trying to pay down approximately $103,000 of debt. We initially started with $190,000 of debt when we got married. So we are progressing. 

What’s the best approach to talking about debt and tackling it together? 

We’ve taken the Dave Ramsey course and are currently doing the Debt Snowball, but at times we get into little arguments on our approach on how to tackle this debt. Any advice on how to handle that? 

And what did you guys do to stay gazelle intense while on your debt-free journey? We are starting to get pressure from family about having kids and she feels like we are stagnant in our lives due to this debt.


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How I Helped My Daughter Secure Her Financial Independence with a Roth IRA – with Doug Nordman

Setting up a Roth IRA for your child can be an excellent way to support their future financial freedom. By demonstrating the importance the investing to your kids at a young age, you’re helping them to develop financial skills that will last a lifetime.

Today, we’re interviewing a father who’s actually put the Roth IRA to use for his daughter. Doug Nordman is the author of The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement and the founder of the website The Military Guide. After serving 20 years of active duty in the US Navy, Doug retired in 2002, at the age of 41. Doug’s financial expertise has been featured in major national publications like MarketWatch, Business Insider, and CBS News.

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How a Roth IRA Can Make Your Kid a Millionaire – with Logan Allec

Compound interest is amazing. When our money starts making money over and over again, that’s when our retirement portfolios can grow rapidly. A funded Roth IRA will have a 6-figure sum in what seems like no time at all.

But what if we could harness that same power for our kids and turn them into future millionaires?

Today, I’ve invited Logan Allec to talk about how we can do this with a Roth IRA for kids. Logan is a CPA, real estate investor, and a full-time personal finance blogger.

And after spending nearly 10 years helping big businesses save money in his role as a tax advisor, he launched his site Money Done Right to help everybody make more money, save more money, and grow more money.

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Finding the Right Savings Rate for Your Family’s Financial Independence – with Scott Rieckens

When we’re pursuing financial independence, we need to discover the right savings rate for our family. This is something that Nicole and I have had a lot of conversations about. How much is too much to save? And how little is too little to save?

I invited Scott Rieckens on the show because he’s been on a very similar (big-screen, public) path with his wife, Taylor. Scott is a 2-time Emmy nominated filmmaker, Executive Producer, and Co-Star of a new documentary called Playing with FIRE. This is a documentary that uncovers the growing community of frugalists, mustachians and valuists choosing a path to financial independence and early retirement.

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How Not Buying a House Helped Us Become 30-Year Old Retired Millionaires – with Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung

The FIRE movement is getting a lot of buzz lately, especially with millennials.

Our guests today, Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung are leaders in the millennial revolution for FIRE.

Kristy and Bryce are Canada’s youngest retirees. They used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, they rejected home ownership. And what resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed them to retire in their 30s and travel the world.

Their story has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, amongst many other publications. They’ve written a book on FIRE called Quit Like a Millionaire and it’s out this month.

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How We Decreased our Spending by $20,000 (While Increasing Our Fun by $10,000)

In order to achieve financial independence, you need to first understand what your annual expenses are. That’s how much money you need to live comfortably every year.

Your annual expenses can include things like housing, transportation, food, utility bills, entertainment, travel and the many other things that make your life … well, your life! 

For our family, I’ve found that number to range between $60,000 and $70,000 per year. That number is after taxes and it doesn’t include money for saving and investing. 

With lower annual expenses, it would definitely be a lot easier for our family to become financially independent.

If we’re using the 4% rule to calculate how much to save to become FI, then we’d need $1,500,000 – $1,750,000. Considering I have around $4,000 in a taxable brokerage account at 37 years old, that’s going to take quite a while!

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