5 Compelling Reasons You Should Start a Podcast Today

18 months ago, I decided to start a podcast called Marriage, Kids and Money. I was looking for a creative outlet and thought I’d try something completely new to shake up my daily routine. The “diapers, work, sleep, repeat” repetitiveness of young fatherhood wasn’t quite doing it for me at the time.

In the beginning, my main podcast goal was to increase my personal finance savvy by connecting with other like-minded individuals who were winning for their families. Since my wife and I had some personal finance success in our 20’s and 30’s, I thought that I could share some of that knowledge through the podcast as well.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected the results that came from producing this little weekly podcast. I’ve grown personally, professionally and really tested myself as an entrepreneur.

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How to Achieve Financial Independence and Retire Early – with Deacon Hayes

Financial independence and early retirement are huge accomplishments. Like running a marathon, becoming debt free or losing 100 pounds, they require focus, patience and a whole lot of perseverance.

This monumental financial status allows you the freedom to do what you want when you want and have the location independence you desire.

Author Deacon Hayes joins me today to talk about his new book, You Can Retire Early! We’re gonna review the ins and outs of how each and every one of us has the opportunity win at the game of early retirement.

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Transition from Double Income to Single Income and Become a Stay-at-Home Mom

Our question of the month comes in from Tyler from Livonia, Michigan:


Tyler:

The thought of potentially living on a single income is scary, but it’s something that we’re considering more and more as a family. My wife is growing tired/weary of simply leaving our son at home and not being there / providing for him as she feels she should.

So, the question is this…

Any tips for transitioning to a single income to support a family?

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The Life-Changing Benefits of Complete Debt Freedom

Recently, my family became completely debt free.

No student loans, credit card debt, personal loans, car payments and, yes …  no mortgage.

After 7 years of educating myself, diligent planning and partnership with my wife, we officially do not owe a single dollar to anyone. (We do have a late fee for Moana at the library. Does that count?)

We’re incredibly excited about our young family’s future and the opportunities that our debt freedom has opened up for us.

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How Early Retirement Can Enhance Your Marriage – with Tanja Hester & Mark Bunge

If you’ve been married and working full-time for a while, you know the importance of quality time spent with your spouse. This is a chance to catch up, to talk about fun memories and make new ones together.

Unfortunately, our busy careers can make these quality get-togethers really difficult most days. There are late nights at work, deadlines and out-of-town trips. But … 

  • What if you woke up on Monday morning and you didn’t have to go into the office?
  • What if there were no more business trips and no more work-related deadlines?
  • How would that enhance your relationship with your spouse?

To answer these questions, I’ve invited Tanja Hester and Mark Bunge on the show today. After 10 years of marriage and 6 years of diligent savings, this young couple decided to retire from their busy careers in late 2017 and give more time to their marriage.

At 38 and 41, Tanja and Mark have regained the best years of their lives. As early retirees, they are pursuing their passion for the outdoors, travel and spending more quality time together.

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10 Pillars of Financial Independence – with Jonathan Mendonsa

Popularized by extreme frugality rock stars like Mr. Money Mustache, the Mad Fientist and Jacob from Early Retirement Extreme, the Financial Independence or FIRE community has grown in popularity over the past 5-10 years.

This is a subset of the personal finance world that encourages earning a solid income early in your life, saving a boat load of cash and retiring earlier than most of your peers.

For a frugal guy like me, this concept makes a ton of sense. Work hard, save and invest early so you can enjoy the majority of your life doing what you love.

But what happens when you’ve retired early? You still need something. You need a purpose or a goal to work toward.

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Creating Multiple Income Streams to Eliminate $100k of Debt – with J from Millennial Boss

Earlier this week, I caught up with J from Millennial Boss. This 28 year-old working professional / entrepreneur sets huge goals for herself and crushes them. J was dealing with around $100,000 in debt from student loans, credit cards and a new car. Through creating multiple sources of income for herself, she was able to annihilate that debt in 18 short months.

Her next big goal is to become a millionaire by 30 … Yes. Not a typo. 30.

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How I’m Growing My Online Business at FinCon

This week, I’m attending FinCon. This is a conference catered to personal finance bloggers, podcasters, speakers, coaches, advisors or really anyone who has something to say about money.

Given that I like to yammer on about money and my wife can only take so much of it (bless her heart), I figured I would make the trip out to Dallas, get my learn on and meet some of my “kind”. It’s four days of money and media in the Lone Star State for me!

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Creating a Profitable and Fulfilling Online Business Based on Fatherhood – with Larry Hagner

Sometimes it feels like we have to choose between a career with a good salary or a career that’s personally gratifying. It’s rare that they two situations should ever met. But what if we could create our own business that is both profitable and fulfilling?

Today, I’m excited to speak to a man who has done it. He’s cracked the code.

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7 Simple Ways to Avoid Distraction at Work and Home

A couple of weeks ago, I had an impactful conversation with Author Curt Steinhorst about his new book Can I Have Your Attention*.  The focus of that interview was all about how distraction affects our work and home lives.

That interview with Curt really hit home for me. I think it’s because Curt and I are in a very similar spot in life. We’re both busy with our work, but we also want to be fun-loving Dads and a supportive husbands. Focus is required to be successful in all of these areas.   

I’m all about improvement and action. I’ve outlined 7 things that I’m working to improve following my conversation with Curt. These action steps will help me enhance both my work and home life.

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