How Becoming a Parent Helped Me Retire at 41 – with Chris Mamula

There comes a point in a parent’s life when they want to own more of their time and spend it with the ones they love the most, but financially, it’s not always the easiest to accomplish.

Chris Mamula is my guest today. He faced this challenge when he became a new father and used his high savings rate and passion for his young family to achieve financial independence and retire at age 41.

Chris is the award-winning blogger behind Can I Retire Yet? A blog focused on helping others navigate financial independence and early retirement. He’s also the author of the new book, Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence.

Joe Saul-Sehy, Chris Mamula and Andy Hill talking money, family and the pursuit of happiness… and board games too.
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How We Got Motivated to Pay Off $40,000 of Debt Fast – with Regan and Ryan Whitlock

There’s a moment in people’s lives when they decide it’s time to become debt-free. For me and my wife, Nicole, it was when we learned we were going to be parents. For some, it’s when they get married, and for others, it’s just when they simply get fed up with owing people money.

Today, I’ve invited a couple who recently eliminated debt from their lives once and for all. Ryan and Regan Whitlock recently paid off $40,000 of debt in 8 short months. We’re going to find out their motivation for crushing this debt, so others can find their moment and their reason for becoming debt-free.

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7 Dreams That Can Come True When You’re Debt Free

For the young couples and parents that are reading this, I think it’s safe to say that a whole bunch of you are looking for a little more freedom and fun in your lives. And I truly believe that when you become debt free, you will experience that freedom. You’ll also experience a reduction of stress like you never have before.

I know that me just spouting off words and phrases like “debt freedom” or “stress reduction” may not motivate you to jump out of you seat and start crushing debt. But perhaps if we get a little more specific together, it may just do the trick.

Here are 7 dreams that can come true when you’re debt free:

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Help Your Family With Their Money Questions (Without Freaking them Out)

Our question of the month comes in from Paul from Michigan:


Hi Andy,

I’ve been into personal finance and financial independence for years. I often have family and friends that approach me about investing and other personal finance topics. 

Money can be such an emotional topic and evoke feelings of shame or guilt. It can also be a very overwhelming topic.

How can I speak with people in my life about financial independence, investing and money without alienating or overwhelming them?

Thank you!

Paul

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