BiggerPockets Money Podcast

BiggerPockets Money Podcast

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For those who have money… or want more of it! Join Mindy Jensen and Scott Trench (from BiggerPockets.com) weekly for the BiggerPockets Money Podcast. Each week, financial experts Mindy and Scott interview unique and powerful thought leaders about how to earn more, keep more, spend smarter, and grow wealth.


113: Single Hourly Employee with No College Degree and STILL FI by 40 with Bianca DiValerio
Feb 24 • 82 min
This week we sit down with Bianca DiValerio, a flight attendant who makes an hourly wage, has no college degree, experienced THREE short sales during the economic downturn, and yet is STILL financially independent—all before turning 40. How did she do it?…
112: Choosing the Right Tax Professional for YOUR Specific Needs with Natalie Kolodij
Feb 17 • 73 min
Natalie Kolodij is a tax strategist. (You’ve probably seen her in the forums!) With April 15 looming around the corner, we’re going to chat about ways to choose the RIGHT tax professional who can best serve YOUR specific needs. Natalie also shares a few…
111: Starting Late? Early Retirement Is STILL Possible with A Purple Mom
Feb 10 • 63 min
On episode 110, we interviewed A Purple Life. As she was sharing her story of financial independence, she casually mentioned that her mother didn’t start investing until later in life, and STILL managed to retire at age 55! So this week, we’re talking to…
110: Systematically Increasing Income and Intentionally Decreasing Spending with A Purple Life
Feb 3 • 62 min
Purple graduated from college and got a job in New York City making $35,000 a year. And spending $35,000 a year. Her net worth was a whopping $5,000. Her partner shared the concept of financial independence with her, but she wasn’t interested. Two years…
109: Attacking Debt and Tenaciously Pursuing Financial Freedom with Airman Mildollar from Military Dollar
Jan 27 • 58 min
This week, we sit down and talk with Airman Mildollar, from Military Dollar. (Spoiler Alert: Despite the name, Airman Mildollar is a woman!) Airman Mildollar shares her story of college debt, car loans and rapid payoff to start building her wealth to…
108: Starting Early & Finishing Strong with Real Estate with Kristi Tanner Smith
Jan 20 • 57 min
Kristi Tanner Smith considers herself privileged—she was an only child in a big house with lots of toys. But Kristi’s mom was diagnosed with a fatal disease and given six months to live when Kristi was five. While her mom did beat that estimate, she…
107: Choosing Side Hustles (& Happiness!) Over Full-Time Employment with Financial Panther
Jan 13 • 70 min
Financial Panther (Kevin) went to law school, graduated from law school, and took a job as an attorney. Attorneys make a lot of money, right? So, with all this income potential, why is he doing side hustles that pay him significantly less? Happiness.…
106: Planning For Your Future Wealth with Megan Gorman from The Wealth Intersection
Jan 6 • 67 min
Megan Gorman started learning about money very early – at age 5 she begged her parents for a Little House on the Prairie Dress. Her parents said we’re not buying it for you, but you can save up for it yourself. 18 months later, she was the proud owner of…
105: Budgeting Yourself OUT of Debt and Into a Fantastic Life with Jen Hemphill
Dec 30, 2019 • 62 min
Jen Hemphill was born in Colombia and lived there for the first eight years of her life. The economy was really bad, and her earliest memories were of a scary time when her educated father did whatever he had to do to make money. Her redheaded dad stood…
104: Cash-Flowing a Series of Mini-Retirements with Steven & Lauren from Trip of a Lifestyle
Dec 23, 2019 • 78 min
Lauren and Steven met in high school and attended the same college. After undergrad, Steven was accepted into the Ph.D. program at UC Irvine. During the first year, he decided he didn’t really want a Ph.D. in Physics, but he really enjoyed working with…
103: Budgets Really ARE Sexy! with J. Money
Dec 16, 2019 • 77 min
J Money wasn’t necessarily BAD with money, but his first home purchase - made because everyone else was doing it - prompted him to seek out advice about money. He stumbled upon the blogging world and was enthralled with the transparency. Here were real…
102: Understanding How Your Personal Money Story Shapes Your Financial Future with Jean Chatzky
Dec 9, 2019 • 51 min
Jean grew up in a family where money wasn’t a big issue. Her parents saved for big purchases like vacations, but frugality was part of her everyday life. She graduated from college without any debt, and soon found a job - that she immediately regretted…
101: Building a Life of Financial Independence, Starting From Less Than Zero with Sunitha Rao
Dec 2, 2019 • 57 min
Sunitha Rao remembers a childhood of scarcity. Born to immigrant parents, some of her first memories are of her home being broken into, and her things being stolen. The only money lessons she was taught as a child were frugality and saving, because you…
100: From Financial Disaster to Real Estate Master with Brandon Turner
Nov 25, 2019 • 96 min
You probably know Brandon Turner from the BiggerPockets Real Estate Investing podcast. On that show, he sounds like he’s got his life all together. But before he discovered the RIGHT way to do real estate, he made mistakes. LOTS of mistakes. Today,…
99: Life After FIRE - Four Case Studies with Scott, Whitney Hansen, and Doc G.
Nov 18, 2019 • 51 min
On today’s episode of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast, Co-Host Scott Trench teams up with two personal finance superstars in Whitney Hansen and Doc G of Diversefi.com. Together, they hear four “life after FIRE” stories, each completely different, each…
98: Change Your Money Mindset, Change Your Life with Vicki Robin
Nov 11, 2019 • 77 min
You know Vicki Robin as the author of Your Money or Your Life, but on today’s show, we dive MUCH deeper into her story and her background. Growing up without a lot of money, she learned how to use her resources to appear as though she had more. With…
97: Intentionally Choosing the Path to Financial Independence with Financial Mechanic
Nov 4, 2019 • 59 min
Financial Mechanic wanted a puppy - and her parents told her she could have one when her little sister turned her age (in four years). When she asked how much puppies cost, she was told $100. So Financial Mechanic started saving. Everything! Birthday…
96: Speaking Fluent Finance with Wilson Muscadin
Oct 28, 2019 • 62 min
Wilson Muscadin grew up knowing how to handle money. His father assigned him “book reports” rather than simply giving him an allowance. But the books he read were personal finance books, like Rich Dad, Poor Dad, The Millionaire Next Door and Think and…
95: The House Hacking Strategy with Craig Curelop
Oct 21, 2019 • 65 min
One of the most commonly asked questions in the BiggerPockets Forums is “How do I get started investing in real estate with no money?” Craig Curelop has the perfect answer to this question - House Hacking! Craig shares his own story of three house hacks -…
94: 18 Options for Healthcare in Early Retirement with Lynn Frair
Oct 14, 2019 • 68 min
The absolute MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED question I get about Early Retirement is “What do I do about healthcare?” Without going into too much detail, we’re all aware that healthcare costs are fairly ridiculous in America. Not properly planning for healthcare…
94: LIVE from BPCon2019: Ask Us Anything!
Oct 13, 2019 • 79 min
All the BiggerPockets podcast hosts on stage in one place! This bonus episode was recorded at the BiggerPockets Conference 2019 on October 7th in front of a live audience of more than 1,000 people at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. We…
93: Financial Mistakes and How to Avoid Them with Scott & Mindy
Oct 7, 2019 • 60 min
Financial mistakes can have a HUGE impact on your future retirement savings - the opportunity costs can be enormous! In this episode, Scott and Mindy discuss some of the biggest mistakes you can make financially, and ways to avoid them so you can give…
92: An Introduction to Financial Independence with Chris Mamula, Brad Barrett and Jonathan Mendonsa
Sep 30, 2019 • 79 min
Personal finance is easy, right? You read a blog or listen to a podcast and just follow everything they did. Easy, Peasy, Lemon Squeezy. Except that’s not how the world works. What brought success to one person may bring misery - and ultimately failure -…
91: Debt is NOT a Death Sentence with Melanie Lockert of Dear Debt
Sep 23, 2019 • 77 min
Melanie Lockert joins us today to share her story of student loan debt and her subsequent inability to find a job when she graduated into one of the worst job markets America had ever seen, and her spiral into depression and shame over her debt. Melanie…
FinCon Bonus Episode: Improving Financial Education with Billy Hensley from NEFE
Sep 21, 2019 • 20 min
Mindy sits down with Billy Hensley from The National Endowment for Financial Education to talk about Financial Education in America, and how NEFE is working to improve student and adult access to this oh-so-important information. They discuss…
90: From Unplanned Pregnancy to Financially Free with Melissa from Traveling Wallet
Sep 16, 2019 • 66 min
When Melissa found out she was pregnant, she was a sophomore in college. Her counselor gave her a pretty alarming statistic: a frighteningly small number of women who get pregnant in college actually end up graduating. Melissa threw herself into her…
89: Retire Before Mom & Dad, with Rob Berger
Sep 9, 2019 • 66 min
Rob Berger grew up literally with Rich Dad, Poor Mom. While his mother almost lost her house after his parents divorced, his father was filthy rich, picking him up in a Rolls Royce for weekend visits. Throughout high school and college, he spent every…
88: Consciously Choosing to be Debt Free with Ashley Likely
Sep 2, 2019 • 54 min
Ashley Likely grew up with parents who provided everything she needed, but not necessarily everything she wanted. They were able to pay for her housing in College, but not for much else. So (spoiler alert) she graduated college with $77,000 of student…
87: How to Save Money For Your Downpayment with Scott & Mindy
Aug 26, 2019 • 65 min
In Episode 83, Scott and Mindy discussed how to buy your first property. And they were peppered with questions about the buying process after it came out, but the top question they got was “How do you save for your downpayment?” In today’s episode, Scott…
86: Choosing the Right Investment Type for Your Goals with David Stein
Aug 19, 2019 • 70 min
David Stein reached out to us after Erin Lowry’s Episode 81, where we talked about the basics of investing. He really liked that episode, and wanted to dive a little further into the different TYPES of investments you can choose from. In this episode, we…
85: From Financial Disaster to Financially Free with Jacob Wade from I Heart Budgets
Aug 12, 2019 • 82 min
Jacob Wade knew nothing about money growing up. Any money he made at his mall jobs was instantly blown on mall food and silly teenage expenses. His father passed away when he was 4, leaving him an inheritance of $100,000 when he turned 18. Jacob quickly…
84: Traditional Retirement: Social Security, Market Conditions & Managing Expectations with Kyle Mast
Aug 5, 2019 • 82 min
Kyle Mast first visited us on Episode 41 of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast, and he BLEW US AWAY with his suggestions, ideas, tips and tricks for early retirement. Kyle is back again today to talk more to traditional age retirees - those of us who are…
83: Buying Your First House with Scott & Mindy
Jul 29, 2019 • 80 min
Buying your first home - either an investment or a primary residence - can be scary. This is a HUGE purchase, and no one wants to mess that up. But buying a house doesn’t have to be scary, if you’re properly prepared. This week, Scott and Mindy sit down…
Money Dates, Prenups & Combining Finances with Aditi Shekar
Jul 23, 2019 • 38 min
Talking to your partner about money can be very difficult - especially when you’re bringing up the conversation for the first time. Today, we’ve brought Aditi Shekar back to discuss finances from a couple’s point of view. Yesterday we heard Aditi’s…
82: Early Money Lessons Create Healthy Money Experiences with Aditi Shekar
Jul 22, 2019 • 58 min
Aditi Shekar learned entrepreneurship at a very early age - when she asked her father for a toy and he said no, make your own money. She’s been creating businesses ever since. Her father’s advice wasn’t the only great money management tips she received…
81: The Basics of Investing with Erin Lowry from Broke Millennial
Jul 15, 2019 • 57 min
Erin Lowry last joined us on Episode 24 of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast, where she talked about getting Financially Naked with your partner. She’s back today to talk about investing - and all the things many people don’t really know. Erin shares the…
What’s Your Why of FI?: Recorded Live at CampFI
Jul 13, 2019 • 47 min
This Bonus Episode of The Money Podcast was recorded live at CampFI, a financial independence retreat for people on all parts of the journey to Financial Independence. Scott Trench was celebrating his mom’s birthday, so Mindy Jensen is joined by Paul…
80: Managing Money: How a Saver & a Spender Are Living Happily Ever After with Rich & Regular
Jul 8, 2019 • 63 min
Kiersten and Julien came from two very different money backgrounds. She’s the naturally spendy one, and he’s the natural saver. Their money views came to a head on their first vacation, when she put everything on a credit card—not to earn reward…
79: Financial Freedom Through Decades of Hard Work and Hustle with Carol Scott
Jul 1, 2019 • 68 min
Carol Scott has a successful real estate investing company that she runs with her husband, Jay. They have two children, live where they want, and just in general enjoy life on their own terms, free from the stress of having a “real” job, a boss and all…
78: How to Talk to Your Parents About Money with Cameron Huddleston
Jun 24, 2019 • 68 min
Parents are supposed to know everything, and talking about money is impolite. So how do you make sure your parents are taken care of and that their wishes are followed throughout their golden years? Today Scott and Mindy sit down with Cameron Huddleston,…
77: Entrepreneuring Your Way To Financial Freedom with Pete Mockaitis
Jun 17, 2019 • 57 min
Pete Mockaitis grew up in the cheapest place to live, Danville, IL. He watched his mother work her way up the local credit union ladder from teller to CEO, simply by doing more than necessary, repeatedly. His mother strongly discouraged debt, having seen…
76: How to Talk to Your Partner About Money With the Debt Free Guys
Jun 10, 2019 • 77 min
John and David didn’t have “the money talk” right away. They both worked in the financial industry, and each thought the other would be great with money. About a year and a half in, they discovered they were both AWFUL with money. Both had lots of debt…
75: The Most Efficient Path to Financial Freedom With Justin From Saving Sherpa
Jun 3, 2019 • 61 min
Justin grew up without a lot of money in a small town. His parents divorced when he was eight, and his mother eventually quit her job to attend school. Necessity is the mother of invention, and a year of no income led to some very creative ways to squeeze…
74: Making Money From a Legitimate Side Hustle With Mark Wills
May 27, 2019 • 50 min
Side hustle is a big topic on BiggerPockets. But finding the right one—and one that isn’t a scam—can be difficult. Today’s episode focuses on not only a legitimate side hustle, but also one that involves real estate AND can be as much or as little as you…
73: Ramit Sethi Will Teach You to Be Rich!
May 20, 2019 • 93 min
Ten years ago, Ramit Sethi released his groundbreaking book I Will Teach You to Be Rich. Now he’s back, with an all-new, updated version, delivered with the same authority and enthusiasm as the original. But wait, there’s more—MUCH more! Ramit…
72: Increasing Your Income Through Commissions With Dawn Brenengen
May 13, 2019 • 70 min
Dawn Brenengen’s money story begins a bit differently than most. Dawn’s parents shared their finances with her. She knew what things cost, she knew her parents worked hard to pay off their mortgage, and she saw her mother writing checks to pay bills every…
71: 5 Years to Financial Freedom Through Real Estate Investing With Sarah P.
May 6, 2019 • 69 min
Like so many of our guests, Sarah P. did not grow up understanding how money works. She wasn’t bad with money, she just wasn’t very good with it. She learned about financial independence through Mr. Money Mustache and completely revamped her…
70: 7 Tips for Successfully Investing in ANY Market Condition With J Scott
Apr 29, 2019 • 86 min
J Scott is a successful real estate investor (to say the least). But he’s also a student of the markets—and his studies have shown him that we are teetering near the top of this current real estate cycle. In this week’s episode, J shares three reasons why…
69: From Near Death To Debt Free With Liz from Chief Mom Officer
Apr 22, 2019 • 65 min
Liz has always been a frugal gal and self-proclaimed personal finance nerd. Discovering The Wealthy Barber as a teen cemented her course down the financial independence path, even if there wasn’t a formal name for it at that time. And it’s a good thing…
68: Hacking Your Military Benefits to Become Financially Free With J Grayson
Apr 15, 2019 • 82 min
J Grayson grew up poor. But with food on the table every night, he didn’t realize it. Then his sister tragically passed away from brain cancer, financially ruining the family. J fell into a pattern: skipping school, drinking, and doing drugs. A few…
67: How Living An Intentional Life Led to Financial Freedom With Steven Donovan
Apr 8, 2019 • 73 min
Steven Donovan graduated from high school and went to college—because that’s what you do. He graduated from college but got cold feet when it came time to get a “real job.” So, he bounced around random jobs with no plan and no focus. Despite…
66: Investing, Freelance, & Morning Routines With Paula Pant
Apr 1, 2019 • 93 min
Paula Pant has seen it all and learned a thing or two… thousand. Today, we sit down and chat with her about, well, everything. Paula shares her habits, her take on journaling, and her morning routine. We delve into her fascinating backstory with…
65: Getting Your Family on Board with Financial Freedom with Jacqueline Burch
Mar 25, 2019 • 75 min
Jacqueline Burch got married and did what all newlyweds do, spent time with her husband. They continued down the road of “things you’re supposed to do”—had dinners out with friends, purchased a home, and had a baby! After her first son was born,…
64: Scholarships and Other Ways to Pay for College with Zach Gautier
Mar 18, 2019 • 93 min
Zach Gautier oversees academic and college counseling at a Denver-area high school. He reached out to us, and proposed a show to share creative ways to fund college tuition—and blew us away with the depth of his knowledge! This episode is for anyone who…
63: Financial Freedom With 5 Kids IS Possible with Jordan Klint
Mar 11, 2019 • 81 min
One of the most common misconceptions of financial independence is that you can’t do it with kids. But Jordan Klint doesn’t listen to what other people say. He became financially independent with kids—and not just one or two of them. He did…
62: Taking Advantage of ALL Opportunities Life Throws at You with Anna Li
Mar 4, 2019 • 91 min
Anna Li moved to America from Uzbekistan when she was 22. On today’s episode, she shares the opportunities she’s been presented with—and taken advantage of—from an opportunity to learn at the first non-government university in Uzbekistan that…
61: The Repeatable Path to Financial Independence with Reshawn & Rob from Learn Hustle Grow
Feb 25, 2019 • 59 min
Reshawn and Rob got married nine years ago, joining their lives, families and bank accounts. Premarital counseling revealed two different views on money—and they knew if they wanted to stay married, they needed to get themselves on the same page….
60: Rejecting a Scarcity Mindset and Going All-In on Apartment Investing with Gino Barbaro
Feb 18, 2019 • 53 min
Gino Barbaro was a chef, working hard every day. He made good money and had no debt, but never seemed to be able to save more than 10%. He started dabbling in real estate investing, and after closing his fourth deal worth $11 million, he…
59: Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) with Scott Rieckens
Feb 11, 2019 • 75 min
Scott Rieckens was raised in a Navy family. He lived on base and often shopped in the commissary. It gave him a rather skewed sense of what things actually cost. Fast-forward to adulthood. He knew he should be investing, but he wasn’t sure what to…
58: Optimizing Every Channel to Achieve Financial Freedom with Grant Sabatier
Feb 4, 2019 • 74 min
Grant grew up knowing his parents didn’t have much money. He recognized their constant stress about finances throughout his childhood, and one of his first memories was his dad telling him, “Money is freedom.” Graduating from college in the…
57: Financial Freedom, House Sitting & Travel Hacking With GoWithLess
Jan 28, 2019 • 59 min
Tim and Amy were frugal—or so they thought. They spent less than they earned, so they figured they were doing it right. Then one day, they happened upon the concept of financial independence. Turns out, they had a LOT of room in their budget to cut…
56: Change Your Personal Finances (& Your Millennial Money Mindset) with Paychecks & Balances
Jan 21, 2019 • 67 min
Rich Jones and Marcus Garrett are the men behind Paychecks and Balances, a podcast aimed at helping Millennials figure out their finances. And they should know a little on the subject—both Rich and Marcus made some pretty epic money mistakes in their…
Testing Your Portfolio BEFORE Retirement with Millennial Revolution
Jan 15, 2019 • 37 min
A little over halfway into BiggerPockets Money Podcast episode 55, Bryce dropped a bombshell: “We had three years of runway before we actually pulled the trigger.” What he meant is that they tested their portfolio for three years before quitting…
55: How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World with Millennial Revolution
Jan 14, 2019 • 65 min
Kristy Shen grew up poor. Knowing her parents couldn’t help her financially, she gave up her dreams of being a writer, and went to school to make big bucks as a software developer. She even graduated on the five-year program with an internship to…
54: 6 Ways to Reduce Your Taxable Income with Eric Brotman
Jan 7, 2019 • 66 min
Preparing For Retirement By Reducing Taxable Income & Saving More. In today’s episode, we chat with Eric Brotman, CEO of BFG Financial Advisors, who discusses his top 6 ways to reduce taxable income. Eric dives deep into each of these 6 methods,…
53: 2018 Financial Freedom Lessons With Scott & Mindy
Dec 31, 2018 • 70 min
2018 Financial Freedom Lessons Today, Scott and Mindy go guest-less to recap and review the things they’ve learned over the first year of podcasting. Topping the list—and surprising no one—is tracking your spending. But we did learn some new things this…
52: Creating a Life Worth Living Before Retirement With Roger Whitney
Dec 24, 2018 • 52 min
Finding Financial Freedom Before Retirement Roger Whitney learned early on that your life doesn’t always cooperate with your plans. The passing of his mother - who had always worked hard and saved for ‘later’ made him realize that ‘later’ doesn’t always…
51: Using Financial Freedom to Prioritize Family with Crispy Doc
Dec 17, 2018 • 79 min
Prioritizing Family with Financial Freedom Carlos Fuego is an emergency room doctor with a superpower—the ability to realize that money doesn’t buy happiness and family time is far more important than the status of being a doctor. He realized that…
50: Rebuilding Your Financial Life After Bankruptcy with Patrice Washington
Dec 10, 2018 • 69 min
Patrice Washington was flying high in 2006, the multi-million dollar real estate company she had started with her husband was practically printing money. But 2007/2008 came, and things went south fast. A high-risk pregnancy finally pushed her over the…
49: Wealth Transfer—How to Financially Prepare for Inheritance Money with Hari Mix
Dec 3, 2018 • 59 min
Hari Mix figured out money in grad school and started saving for his future before he graduated. He became an assistant professor at Santa Clara University—and then, his mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and his whole focus shifted. Today, Hari…
48: Breaking the Impulse Shopping Twitch to Embrace Minimalism with Anthony Ongaro
Nov 26, 2018 • 51 min
Anthony Ongaro had a habit. Every time he had a bad day, every time life wasn’t amazing, he opened up his online shopping site, and One-Click purchased something. Anything. It didn’t matter. He didn’t need it, it didn’t matter what it was, but…
47: Big Money Wins—Unique Ways to Save & Use Cash Efficiently with Jim Wang
Nov 19, 2018 • 79 min
Jim Wang has been sharing his views on money for more than 14 years—more than enough to earn him the title of Great Uncle of Personal Finance Blogging. And he’s learned a LOT about money in those 14 years. Today, Jim shares his “big money…
46: Engineering Passive Income Streams to Fund the Life You Want with Financial Samurai
Nov 12, 2018 • 80 min
This week’s episode features Sam Dogen from Financial Samurai. After one month working for a top investment firm, Sam knew 70-hour workweeks were not the life he wanted. So Sam took action immediately. Instead of fancy cars and dinners out, Sam shared a…
45: The Truth About Entrepreneurship with Matt Giovanisci
Nov 5, 2018 • 75 min
Matt Giovanisci is a serial entrepreneur. He decided early on that “working for the man” was not in his cards, and set out to never have to do that again, creating side hustles that generated income so he could be his own boss and do everything on…
44: DIY Your Way to FI with Tinian Crawford
Oct 29, 2018 • 60 min
Tinian Crawford went to college - and took 6 years to complete his Associates Degree in Graphic Design. College just wasn’t for him - he didn’t enjoy it and didn’t get much out of it. He knew he needed a job, but wasn’t sure what he wanted to…
43: Using the Power of Goal-Setting to Fundamentally Alter Your Financial Path with J Scott
Oct 22, 2018 • 75 min
You’ve probably heard J Scott’s real estate story (spoiler alert—he’s killing it!). But he’s never really told his money story that led up to this massive real estate success. Today, we talk to J and discover that in his 20s, he knew nothing…
42: How to Invest in Real Estate with Joshua Dorkin & Brandon Turner
Oct 15, 2018 • 81 min
Real estate is a hot topic right now, and who better to talk about the subject than BiggerPockets founder Joshua Dorkin and BiggerPockets Real Estate Investing Podcast Host Brandon Turner? No one, that’s who. So we went to these experts, and grabbed some…
FinCon Bonus Episode: Debt Free in Three Years With Zina Kumok
Oct 13, 2018 • 25 min
Zina Kumok’s parents immigrated to the United States, with no money education and completely unprepared for the consumer society they found themselves in. They quickly got into credit card debt in order to have the lifestyle they “deserved.” An avid…
41: How to Find the Best Possible Certified Financial Planner (CFP) for Your Needs with Kyle Mast
Oct 8, 2018 • 99 min
You’re on the path to financial independence—but you’re not sure what to do with your money. Index funds sound great, but your total financial situation doesn’t end with index funds. Today we sit down with Kyle Mast, a Certified Financial…
40: Taking Command of Your Finances by Understanding (& Controlling) Money with Joe Saul-Sehy
Oct 1, 2018 • 95 min
Today we chat with Joe Saul-Sehy from Stacking Benjamins. Joe shares his money story, which starts off with him figuring out how to get into debt, then discovering he didn’t like being there. He learned that you can’t diagnose what’s wrong with…
39: From “Bad with Money” to Intentional Saving and Spending with Jamila Souffrant
Sep 24, 2018 • 69 min
Jamila Souffrant grew up watching her mom struggle to provide for her. She decided early on that she wanted to be a millionaire, her solution to not having enough was to simply make a lot of money. She saved like crazy, but didn’t have a plan for it. A…
38: Getting Serious About Paying Off Debt with Phillip Taylor from PT Money
Sep 17, 2018 • 72 min
Phillip Taylor studied to be a CPA in college, just like his dad. He graduated with some debt and decided to add to it by buying a house. In order to afford his new house, he didn’t max out his 401k—he didn’t even contribute enough to get the…
37: Paying Off Student Loan Debt with a Median Income and Two Kids in Northern California with Kyle Renke
Sep 10, 2018 • 59 min
Kyle Renke graduated from college and hopped right on the American dream bandwagon. He started off with a starter house, added a couple of kids and moved onto a bigger, better house—one that he could barely afford. He then went back to grad school,…
36: From Childhood Poverty to Financial Freedom by Age 32 with Jillian Johnsrud
Sep 3, 2018 • 81 min
Jillian Johnsrud grew up lacking the privileges that many of us take for granted. Jillian Johnsrud grew up poor, with an abusive step father and a mother unable to leave due to lack of funds. She emancipated herself during her junior year of high school,…
35: Hacking Your Life to Live for (Almost) Free with Craig Curelop
Aug 27, 2018 • 66 min
Graduating from college, Craig Curelop had amassed an impressive $25,000 savings account - AND $85,000 in student loan debt. Conventional advice is to pay off your student loans BEFORE investing. In this episode, we hear how Craig ignored this advice…
34: The Low-Stress, Surprisingly Simple Way to Pursue Financial Freedom with Andy Hill
Aug 20, 2018 • 63 min
On today’s show we discuss the highest-probability way that a family can move toward financial independence—without stress and worry—while enjoying incremental freedoms along the way. We’ll also talk about all-cash real estate investing, where…
33: From Debt to Financial Freedom While Active Duty Military with Stuart Grazier
Aug 13, 2018 • 62 min
Stuart Grazier joined the military and immediately went into debt. A chance encounter with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University showed him how to manage his finances, and he returned from his stint overseas with his more than $40,000 in debt…
32: Financial Freedom Through Small Life Changes and a Modest Real Estate Portfolio
Aug 6, 2018 • 69 min
Today we sit down with Mr. and Mrs. Planting our Pennies, or Mr. and Mrs. PoP for short. Mr. PoP never wanted to be anchored to an inflexible job. Mrs. PoP never wanted to be financially insecure. A reward trip to Hawaii after a good sales year at his…
31: How to Boost Your Income & Investments for a Faster Route to Financial Freedom
Jul 30, 2018 • 60 min
Continuing where we left off from last week’s episode, this show discusses increasing your income by recognizing existing opportunities and making your own opportunities through side hustles. The show progresses through investing basics, both…
30: How to Cut Expenses for a Faster Route to Financial Freedom
Jul 23, 2018 • 61 min
We’ve interviewed more than 30 people for the BiggerPockets Money Podcast over the course of this year — and we’ve got a LOT more people to interview! We’ve heard from so many listeners: “I’d like to get started on the path toward financial freedom, but I…
29: From $200,000 in Student Loan Debt to $150,000 Net Worth in 3 Years with Nick and Alyssa Parros
Jul 16, 2018 • 73 min
Nick and Alyssa were high school sweethearts, who went to college where their family attitudes toward money came to light. Nick’s “save up for it” mindset saw him graduate with around $50k in student loan debt, while Alyssa’s more spendthrift attitude…
28: How Anyone Can Easily Make Extra Money Using Side Hustles with Nick Loper
Jul 9, 2018 • 71 min
Side hustle is a huge buzzword in the FI community. Make extra money on the side doing something fun, something you love, or even just something that pays really well. Today we bring in Nick Loper, Founder of Side Hustle Nation, to share his expertise…
27: How to Get Even MORE from Your Travel Rewards Credit Card with Lee Huffman
Jul 2, 2018 • 74 min
Open up a credit card, earn miles, get a free plane trip or hotel room. Sounds great, right? But what if you could exponentially increase your travel rewards? Fly free every time. Never pay for a hotel room again. Lee Huffman travels the world in…
26: Graduating College on Track for Financial Independence with Cody Berman
Jun 25, 2018 • 77 min
Cody Berman: Remember that name because this kid is going places. Currently traveling in Australia, Cody began his journey into personal finance and intentional living as a child, when his dad taught him about compound interest and the power of saving…
25: Raising a Family While Seeking Financial Freedom with Chris and Debbie Emick
Jun 18, 2018 • 66 min
Chris and Debbie Emick have two daughters—AND are well on their way to financial independence through a combination of local and long distance real estate investing coupled with frugality and conscious spending. Chris and Debbie are everyday Joes…
24: Getting Financially “Naked” with Your Significant Other — With Erin Lowry
Jun 11, 2018 • 68 min
Erin’s parents taught her about money from a very early age. She paid for half of everything she wanted, which helped her figure out financial prioritization. When it came time for college, she decided against her dream college to avoid significant…
23: A Mini-Retirement Road Trip in Your 20s with Becky & Noah
Jun 4, 2018 • 55 min
Becky and Noah are in the first half of their gap gear, a pre-FI road trip around America. They didn’t grow up rich, but they carefully planned out their life to avoid student debt. Both earned the same Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship to Purdue…
22: How to Pay Off 6-Figure Student Loans While Pursuing Financial Independence with Travis Hornsby
May 28, 2018 • 69 min
Student loan debt is a HUGE problem facing millions of people - and it continues to grow every year. Today we are joined by Travis Hornsby from Student Loan Planner who shares several options for paying back your student loans, including loan…
21: How Losing 260 Pounds Spurred Job & Investing Success with Tony Gayden
May 21, 2018 • 74 min
Tony Gayden grew up in a lower middle class household where money and finance were not discussed. He sought comfort in food, eventually reaching 476 pounds and drowning in debt. In this episode, Tony shares his weight-loss journey and how he…
20: The Simple Path to Wealth—Index Funds Explained with JL Collins
May 14, 2018 • 77 min
Jim Collins has literally done it all. From busboy, produce, clerk, and gas station attendant, to ad agency founder, sales trainer, radio co-host, and publisher. He is a prolific world traveler, having visited more than 30 countries on five continents via…
19: The Ultimate Real Estate Retirement Plan with Chad Carson
May 7, 2018 • 70 min
Chad Carson has never had a “real job.” Instead, he has parlayed his experience helping with his father’s rental business into his own real estate rental business. Now, Chad owns enough real estate that he’ll never have to work at a real job. In fact,…
18: Accessing Retirement Funds Before Age 59½ with The Mad Fientist
Apr 30, 2018 • 91 min
Early retirement is a goal many people have. Diligently saving for retirement age to fund your life after you stop working is great, but the same programs that help you avoid taxes while saving come back and hit you with taxes AND penalties if you…
17: Building a Lean Business With (Almost) No Capital with Alan Donegan
Apr 23, 2018 • 69 min
On this week’s episode of the Biggerpockets Money Podcast, we chat with Alan Donegan. Alan Donegan watched - and helped - his father run a super-successful sportswear company, until the economy shifted and they lost everything. Determined to not…
16: Financial Security Through Passive Income with Joel Larsgaard
Apr 16, 2018 • 57 min
As a kid, Joel Larsgaard watched his parents work jobs they didn’t like to pay for things they didn’t need. They missed out on some of the priceless moments that life has to offer, culminating in bankruptcy when Joel was 12. We discuss how that…
15: The Pillars of FI, Pt. 2: Designing the Life You Want with Brad Barrett and Jonathan Mendonsa from Choose FI
Apr 9, 2018 • 47 min
This is the last half of the epic interview with Brad and Jonathan from Choose FI. Continuing where we left off from last week, we finish up the Pillars of FI conversation, including beginner level topics you can be doing such as frugality and index fund…
14: The Pillars of FI: Designing the Life You Want with Brad Barrett and Jonathan Mendonsa from Choose FI
Apr 2, 2018 • 59 min
On today’s epic show, we speak with Brad Barrett and Jonathan Mendonsa from Choose FI. Brad and Jonathan share their pillars of financial independence — the 10 things you need to do in order to achieve FI. We cover beginner-level topics such as…
13: Achieving FI Before 40 Despite Breaking Every Financial “Rule” with Tanja from Our Next Life
Mar 26, 2018 • 48 min
Tanja reached financial independence (FI) and retired from her full-time, high-stress job at age 38—despite not being a natural saver, having purchased two brand-new cars in the past, and not maxing out her 401(k) in the beginning—pretty much breaking…
12: How to Become an “Overnight” Success in 10 Short Years with David Greene
Mar 19, 2018 • 61 min
While David Greene is a long-time real estate investor, best-selling author, and one of the top real estate agents in California today, his career started in the most unlikely of places—as a busboy at a restaurant. Learning how hard work and hustle,…
11: Financial Freedom in Less Than Five Years with Joel from FI 180
Mar 12, 2018 • 73 min
Joel and his wife were barreling down the wrong financial path - saving nothing and spending more than $100,000 every year. A freak car accident literally changed the direction of their lives by causing them to re-evaluate and decide on what was truly…
10: Designing a Frugal But Luxurious FI Life by Age 32 with Liz Thames
Mar 5, 2018 • 64 min
In March, 2014, Liz and her husband made the conscious decision to stop their big city, big spending lifestyle, and adopt a frugal mindset in order to realize their new goal of moving out of the hustle and bustle and into the woods. Their 180 turn took…
9: Financial Independence at Age 30 (by House Hacking + Side Hustles) with Drew from Guy On Fire
Feb 26, 2018 • 54 min
What would happen if someone had early financial independence in mind right out the gate, upon graduating college? Imagine the amount of money that person could stockpile… Today’s guest had exactly that in mind, and made the kind of decisions that will…
8: From Financially Perfect to Rock Bottom (and back again) with Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche
Feb 19, 2018 • 52 min
Tiffany Aliche grew up talking about money. Her dad was an accountant, her mother actively engaged the children in grocery shopping and other areas of finance. She was a teacher at a private school and had just bought her first house. Then she met a…
7: How Breakfast Food Motivated Financial Freedom with Mr. and Mrs. Waffles on Wednesday
Feb 12, 2018 • 67 min
Mr. and Mrs. Waffles on Wednesday (WoW) were doing everything wrong. They ran up ridiculous tabs at a local restaurant/bar just ‘hanging out,’ while getting abysmal returns from their financial planner - and paying 1% for this terrible advice….
6: Fearlessly Paying off Massive Student Debt on $30,000 per Year with Sarah Wilson
Feb 5, 2018 • 30 min
Are you tired of hearing success stories from folks who are earning $60,000, $80,000, or even $100,000 or more paying off debt and moving toward financial freedom? Where’s the inspiration for the folks out there that do not earn above average incomes?…
5: Jump Starting your Early FI Plans by Live-in Flipping with Mindy Jensen
Jan 29, 2018 • 50 min
Mindy was born in a small town, and then she moved and moved and moved. In fact, moving doesn’t phase her at all, which plays right into the core component of her investment strategy — The Live-In-Flip. Mindy moves every two years to take advantage…
4: From Disorganized to Debt Free Through Budgeting and Routine with Rosemarie Groner
Jan 22, 2018 • 54 min
Rosemarie Groner was a State Trooper - a good, recession-proof job. Chronic disorganization led to more than $30,000 in consumer debt when she made the decision to quit her job to stay home with her first child. In this episode of The BiggerPockets Money…
3: Cutting Your Grocery Bill in Half with Erin Chase from $5 Dinners
Jan 15, 2018 • 51 min
As a mom of (then) two, Erin Chase found herself shopping for groceries without a plan, picking up things that sounded good, but no idea what she’d do with them once she got them home. They made their way into the refrigerator, then on to the trash after…
2: An All-Out Approach to Financial Independence at an Early Age with Scott Trench
Jan 8, 2018 • 60 min
Scott Trench wanted something more out of life, so he grabbed it by the horns and pointed it in the direction HE chose. By accumulating a large financial runway through a 50% savings rate on a median income, he gave himself the courage to take…
1: The Surprising (Scientific) Truth Behind What Makes You Successful with Mr. Money Mustache
Jan 1, 2018 • 60 min
On this first episode of the BiggerPockets Money Podcast, we speak with Mr. Money Mustache (AKA Pete) about what truly makes you a happy person. (Hint! It isn’t money, and it isn’t material possessions.) We’ll talk about shifting your mindset to pursue…