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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How Being Honest in my Marriage Helped us Pay Off $61,000 of Debt – with Michael Lacy

Being in debt can cause mental stress, physical stress and marital stress.

Michael Lacy and his wife Taylor were under marital stress when their debt caused them more problems than they were prepared for. After some honest discussions and hardcore planning, they managed to pay off all their debt and come out stronger as a couple.

Michael now helps other couples find common ground and work together on their finances through Winning to Wealth and podcast Wealthy Neighbors.

Today, we talk about how they first accumulated $61,000 of consumer debt, how they worked through their marital problems and what they’re doing with their money now that they are debt-free.

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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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Climbing Out Of $1,000,000 of Debt to Achieve Financial Independence – with Wendy Mays


Being neck-deep in debt can make you feel like all the odds are stacked against you, especially when you reach almost the seven figures!

Today, Andy talks to Wendy Mays on how her family is climbing out of nearly $1,000,000 of student loans, home mortgages, car loans, and other consumer debt. Wendy is the host of the House of FI podcast, a part-time work-from-home lawyer and a mother to six children. 

We talk about how she and her husband accumulated their debt, the turning point that led them to fix their situation and their progress on their journey to financial independence so far. 

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How This Stay-at-Home Dad Makes $200,000 Per Year in Passive Income – with Sam Dogen

A lot of us have had this moment in our lives: we become parents and we want less time working and more time with family, but the income is just not there to support it. 

Today, we talk with someone who has developed enough passive income to spend less time on work and more time raising his son. Sam Dogen is the writer behind Financial Samurai, a blog and podcast dedicated to slicing through money’s mysteries.

He is a regular contributor to CNBC and he’s been featured in major publications like MarketWatch, Business Insider, and Forbes. When he’s not writing or talking about money, he likes coaching and playing tennis and enjoying delicious food in San Francisco with his wife and young son.

We dive deep into why he got into passive income, the methods he used to get started and his life as a stay at home Dad.

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I completed Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps. Should I now invest in real estate or the stock market?

Our first question of the month comes in from Christie from Cincinnati:  


Andy,

I love the podcast. I have two questions.

How long have you been on Dave Ramsey’s Baby Step 7?

We are on Baby Step 7 with 1 paid-for rental. We are considering selling the rental property and just investing in a mutual fund instead. 

I know you keep talking about buying a rental, but after 8-10 years we are finding it really isn’t making as much money as we think the stock market could. And we won’t have to worry about tenants calling with a problem. 

What are your thoughts? 

Christie

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Why I Stopped Pursuing FIRE and Early Retirement for a Happier Life Today – with Lisa Harrison

The FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early), has become a wildly popular concept over the last decade, but it’s also become wildly controversial.

Today, Andy talks with Lisa Harrison, the writer and podcast host behind Mad Money Monster. She’s had her story featured on major media outlets like Yahoo Finance, MarketWatch, and Forbes. She started off in love with the FIRE movement and idea of early retirement but then had a change of heart.

We’ll be diving into how she discovered FIRE, what changes she made to her lifestyle and what caused her to abandon the idea of early retirement altogether. 

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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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Creating a Flexible Work Schedule to Live Your Best Life Today – with Angela Rozmyn

Saving for our future financial independence important. Embracing the present moment is important as well. So how do we find a balance that helps us achieve both goals?

I’ve invited Angela Rozmyn on the show today and she’s going to share her family’s journey, trials and tribulations with this conundrum.

Angela is a mother to a 4-year old son and has been married to her husband for the past 10 years. She writes about the balance of saving for the future and living for today on her award-winning blog Tread Lightly, Retire Early. Her story and advice have been featured in major media outlets like MarketWatch, GoBankingRates and Business Insider. 

She also hates most seafood but loves her pets and the outdoors.

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