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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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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How We Paid Off $300,000 of Student Loans in 6 Years – with Okeoma Moronu

Americans are currently carrying $1.5 trillion worth of student loan debt. That number reflects a monumental financial burden and a serious emotional one too. Many people find themselves battling poor sleep and anxiety while feeling trapped by their debt. Fortunately, some people have conquered their debt, offering hope for the rest of us.

Today, Andy chats with Okeoma Moronu, a corporate finance attorney who also is the host of The Happy Lawyer Project and the author of the new book series called Money Monsters. She and her husband were once buried under a massive mountain of student loan, and they’ve successfully found their way out. 

We’ll explore how they accumulated their debt, strategies they used to combat debt, and advice she has for other families carrying debt. Here’s her story of how her family paid off over $300,000 in student loans. 

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How I Quit My Six-Figure Job and Took A Year Off – with Michelle and Jacob Wade

Sometimes, hustling to make more money is not the answer.

Today, Andy talks to Jacob and Michelle Wade, who recently took a “year off” with their family of five. Jacob is a former sales professional and the blogger behind iHeartBudgets and Michelle is a stay at home Mom raising and road schooling their three children.

They sold their home and all of their possessions and hit the road in an RV in the summer of 2018.

Our guests will be telling us why they took the leap and left their daily grind, how they planned their sabbatical and how they’re educating their children on the road. 

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Tiny Home Living and Minimalism Are Helping us Become Debt Free – with Jill Sirianni

According to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders, more than half of Americans would consider living in a home that’s less than 600 square feet. And when you ask millennials the same question, that number jumps to 63%. So what’s fueling this interest?

Today, I’ve invited somebody on the show who lives in a 170 square foot tiny home with her husband and absolutely loves it.

Jill Sirianni is my guest today. She is a professional social worker and loves all things minimalism, tiny home living and debt freedom. She’s also the host of the Frugal Friends Podcast, which was nominated this year as the “Best New Personal Finance Podcast” by Plutus.

Her frugal advice and story has been featured in multiple popular podcasts, and recently, the Wall Street Journal.

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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 Fatherhood Sparked My Desire For Financial Independence

On one fine summer day in 2011, I was zipping around on my new moped headed to the local Rite Aid convenience store. I had an incredibly important purchase I was about to make.

After breezing through the sliding doors, I headed straight back to the pharmacy area. I was beaming. I was grinning ear-to-ear.

Given my excited state, the pharmacist probably thought I was a virgin looking to score my first Trojans. Nope. I was after something much more important.

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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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