The Best Retirement Calculators [How Much Will You Need to Retire?]

Calculating how much money you will need for retirement is one of those inherently frustrating exercises since it seems like you have to start with the information you can’t possibly know—simply figure out when you will die, and calculate backward from there! Despite the built-in difficulty of determining the exact amount you need for retirement, there are a number of excellent retirement calculators available online that can help … [Read more...]

027: Retiring in Your 30s with Startup Founder Michael of Financially Alert

Michael retired early in his mid-thirties after successfully starting and running an I.T. services company. He is currently a stay-at-home Dad, blogger, & investor. His mission to help others find financial freedom so they can pursue their passion freely. He blogs at www.financiallyalert.com. I’ve met Michael in person, at FinCon, but the main reason I wanted to have him on the show is that of he publicly shares his net worth...now over $1.8 million! In this … [Read more...]

10 Small Joys of Early Retirement

Editor's note: This article is by ESI from ESI Money, a blog about achieving financial independence through earning, saving, and investing (ESI). It’s written by an early 50’s retiree who achieved financial independence, shares what’s worked for him, and details how others can implement those successes in their lives. ESI offers a free book titled Three Steps to Financial Independence. We all are aware of the big benefits of … [Read more...]

025: Earning, Saving, and Investing Your Way to Financial Independence with Mr ESI of ESI Money

John writes as "Mr. ESI" on ESI Money, a blog about achieving financial independence through earning, saving, and investing (ESI). He's an early 50’s retiree who achieved financial independence, shares what’s worked for him, and details how others can implement those successes in their lives. I’m excited to share Mr ESI’s story with you because it’s a little different from what you’re used to hearing. A lot of my guests end up being entrepreneurs and achieving … [Read more...]

023: Setting Specific Actionable Financial Goals with Deacon Hayes of Well Kept Wallet

Deacon Hayes is a Personal Finance Expert who is best known for paying off $52,000 in debt in 18 months. He has been featured in the US News & World Report, MSN Money, Yahoo Finance and more. Deacon is a friend, fantastic blogger at WellKeptWallet.com, and podcaster and also the global head of FinCon Local which is a loosely organized collection of local FinCon chapters. Yes, there may be a local FinCon group in your city. In this episode, Deacon shares his … [Read more...]

019: Taking Calculated Financial Risks with Financial Rock Star Scott Alan Turner

Scott Alan Turner is the host of the Financial Rock Star show. He is a self-proclaimed money moron turned early retiree who now spends his time teaching money management to help you get out of debt, save more money, and retire early. Scott is a good friend, amazing burger chef, FinCon speaker, fellow Texan, and amazing podcaster. In this episode, Scott shares how to tell what type of financial advisor you should use, the one thing his boss told him to do that was … [Read more...]

018: Automate Your Savings with the TODAY Show’s Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky is an award-winning financial journalist, author, motivational speaker, and host of the Her Money podcast. Jean is the TODAY Show’s financial expert and has appeared on Oprah, Live with Regis and Kelly, and The View, among others. Jean blogs at jeanchatzky.com. I’ve had the honor of having Jean keynote FinCon, podcast live from the stage there, and she’s always so gracious with her time. In this episode, Jean shares the different savings and … [Read more...]

014: Mastering Money to Gain Control Over Your Life with Rob Berger of DoughRoller.net

Enjoying these show notes from the Masters of Money podcast? Be sure to subscribe to the show in iTunes and you'll get notified when each new episode is ready! Who is Rob Berger? In this episode, we’ll get to hear from Rob Berger. Rob Berger is the founder of the personal finance website Dough Roller and one of my favorite podcasts under the same name. He’s been rolling dough across the interwebs just a bit longer than I have…a little over 10 years now. It’s been … [Read more...]

007: How to Afford Anything by Hacking Your Housing Costs with Paula Pant

Enjoying these show notes from the Masters of Money podcast? Be sure to subscribe to the show in iTunes and you'll get notified when each new episode is ready! Who is Paula Pant? Paula Pant quit her 9-to-5 job, built financial independence (so that she never needs to trade time for money), launched an online business and owns 7 rental property units. She's the host of the Afford Anything podcast and the blogger at AffordAnything.com one of my favorite … [Read more...]

006: Achieving Financial Independence (and Happiness) in Your 30s with Brandon, the Mad Fientist

Enjoying these show notes from the podcast? Be sure to subscribe to the show in iTunes and you'll get notified when each new episode is ready! Who is The Mad Fientist? The Mad Fientist (aka Brandon) is a computer programmer and highly accomplished “fientist” (a word he made up himself) originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He’s now living in Glasgow, Scotland, his wife’s hometown. He achieved his personal financial independence number a couple of years ago at … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Going Broke in Retirement

When I pictured retirement, I envisioned myself on a beach somewhere. After acquiring my first finance job, I had a harsh wake-up call. Looking at retirement accounts all day made me realize, I needed to start planning now if I was going to end up on a beach. Retirement was closer than I thought. Unfortunately, too many of us fail to plan. 1 out of 3 Americans have nothing saved for retirement and will solely rely on social security. Those of us who are … [Read more...]

001: Just Be Helpful and the Money Will Follow with Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist

The Masters of Money Podcast is finally here! This is episode one. Remember, my goal with this show is to help you improve your financial life by bringing you deep, revealing conversations around the taboo topic of money with my money nerd friends who aren’t afraid to share. Who is Joshua Becker? Alright, let’s meet today’s Master of Money. Joshua Becker is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website that inspires millions around the world to … [Read more...]