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The Mad Fientist

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Tony - Going Back to Work After Early Retirement

45:10 | Jan 23rd

It’s easy to think that early retirement will be the answer to all your problems. After all, how could you not be happy when you don’t have to work anymore? I’ve written about why early retirement is not a magic bullet but what if it actually makes y...Show More
Michael Kitces – The 4% Rule and Financial Planning for Early Retirement

1:07:26 | Aug 31st, 2017

One of the internet’s most-respected retirement researchers and financial planners, Michael Kitces, joins me for an episode of the Financial Independence Podcast! You may remember that my Safe Withdrawal Rate post drew heavily from the incredible res...Show More
Ramit Sethi - I Will Teach You to be Rich

54:12 | May 14th

Personal-finance icon Ramit Sethi from I Will Teach You to be Rich joins me for an episode of the Financial Independence Podcast! Ramit first published his New York Times best-selling book, I Will Teach You to be Rich, back in 2009 during the depths ...Show More
Cal Newport – Deep Work, Digital Minimalism, and the Key to a Happy Retirement

49:18 | Mar 5th

On today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, I’m very excited to introduce author Cal Newport! I’ve been a huge fan of Cal’s writing for many years so it was a treat to get to talk to him. We explore many important issues related to earl...Show More
Millennial Money - From Broke to Millionaire in 5 Years

57:36 | Feb 6th

On today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, my buddy Grant from Millennial Money joins me to talk about how he went from having $2.26 in the bank to $1.25 million in just 5 years, 3 months, and 6 days! We dive into the strategies and ta...Show More
Monumental Strength – How to Get Fit (and Actually Enjoy It)

47:34 | Dec 18th, 2018

I made two big mistakes when I was pursuing financial independence… The first was I put off happiness until I hit FI. The second was I also put off my health. In today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, I chat to my personal trainer, Do...Show More
James Clear - Atomic Habits and Building a New Identity After Retirement

50:10 | Oct 16th, 2018

A challenging aspect of early retirement is the loss of identity you may experience when leaving a career you’ve spent a big chunk of your life building. However, one of the most exciting parts of early retirement is that you have the time, money, an...Show More
Travis Shakespeare - Playing with FIRE

1:00:44 | Oct 2nd, 2018

If you’ve been reading about financial independence for a while, you’ve likely seen that the topic is getting more popular lately. Although FIRE (Financial Independence / Retire Early) is far bigger than it was when I created this site in 2012, it’s ...Show More
Chad Carson - Retire Early with Real Estate

1:07:29 | Aug 31st, 2018

Chad Carson from joins me again on the Financial Independence Podcast to talk about the various strategies you can use to retire early with real estate! Highlights: The best real-estate strategies to use to reach financial independen...Show More
Second Year of Freedom

18:56 | Aug 1st, 2018

I can't believe it... It's already been two years since I left my full-time job! To celebrate this special anniversary, I decided to release a podcast episode containing my thoughts on my second year of freedom. Find out what a day in my life is like...Show More
First Year of Freedom

26:54 | Jul 30th, 2018

On August 1st, 2018, it will be exactly two years since I left my full-time job as a software developer. To celebrate, I've decided to release two podcast episodes that contain all the valuable lessons I learned during my first two years of freedom. ...Show More
Scott Trench - Set for Life

40:08 | Jun 20th, 2018

On today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, I’m joined by the president of and cohost of the BiggerPockets Money Show, Scott Trench! Scott breaks down the journey to financial independence into three stages and explain...Show More
Marla Taner – Striving for Happiness After Early Retirement

38:02 | May 9th, 2018

My good friend Marla Taner joined me on the Financial Independence Podcast to go deep into some early-retirement topics that aren’t often discussed. Marla and I met in 2014 at Camp Mustache and we’ve had a lot of fun (and sometimes heavy) conversatio...Show More
Money Talks – Live from the UK Chautauqua with Vicki Robin

50:47 | Mar 28th, 2018

Last August, I was down in England with Vicki Robin (author of Your Money or Your Life) for the FI Chautauqua. We were chatting about the new version of the book she was working on (which is out now!) and she mentioned that she created a game called ...Show More
Elizabeth Willard Thames – Meet the Frugalwoods

1:16:28 | Mar 5th, 2018

Today on the Financial Independence Podcast, I welcome back Liz Thames (a.k.a. Mrs. Frugalwoods)! Liz was last on the show over two years ago and a lot has changed. Since then, she’s made her dream of retiring to a homestead in Vermont a reality, she...Show More
My Brother – Using the Power of Money to Pursue Your Passion

41:42 | Feb 8th, 2018

On today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, I interview my little brother while drinking wine next to a canal in Venice! Brian, who is three years younger than me, isn’t actively pursuing financial independence but he’s done some really...Show More
Chris Hutchins – Why You Should “Retire” Before You Hit Your Number

1:02:00 | Dec 19th, 2017

On today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, I interview a serial entrepreneur who has achieved financial independence three different ways! You’d think that selling a company to Google or buying San Francisco real estate before prices w...Show More
Physician on FIRE – Geographic Arbitrage, Sunk Costs, and Gangsta Rap

19:57 | Nov 14th, 2017

It’s been a while since I posted a new Financial Independence Podcast episode but I’m excited to share one with you today! Mr. and Mrs. 1500 from joined me live at FinCon in Dallas to interview the Physician on FIRE! We sadly only had 25...Show More
The Happy Philosopher - Semiretirement and Finding Happiness

36:58 | Jul 17th, 2017

On today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, Jeff from The Happy Philosopher joins me to discuss the unique challenges that doctors and other professionals face on the journey to early retirement. When you invest so much time, money, and...Show More
Mr. Money Mustache – Early Retirement Made Easy (Rebroadcast)

33:49 | Jun 12th, 2017

To celebrate the 5-year anniversary of launching the Financial Independence Podcast, I've republished the very first interview I recorded back in 2012 with Mr. Money Mustache. In addition to the original interview, this episode also contains an updat...Show More
Think Save Retire - Selling Everything and Retiring to an RV

36:49 | May 16th, 2017

On today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Steve from! Steve initially planned to retire at the age of 40 but after making some drastic lifestyle changes, he ended up walking away...Show More
Your Money or Your Life – An Interview with Author Vicki Robin

1:06:28 | Apr 5th, 2017

I can’t believe it… One of the founders of the financial independence movement, Vicki Robin, joined me for an episode of the Financial Independence Podcast! Vicki and her partner Joe Dominguez wrote the book, Your Money or Your Life – a New York Time...Show More
Our Next Life - Retiring to a Life in the Mountains

41:13 | Feb 27th, 2017

Later this year, at the ages of 38 and 41, the couple behind will be quitting the stressful, time-consuming jobs that they’ve held for most of their adult lives and will be retiring to a life in the mountains. This is particularly int...Show More
Coach Carson - The Simple Way to Retire Early with Real Estate

1:01:25 | Jan 20th, 2017

After delivering an epic guest post on the tax advantages of investing in real estate, I asked Chad Carson from to join me on the podcast to hear more about his own experiences with real estate investing. Chad started with only $1,000...Show More
Fiery Millennials and Millennial Boss – A Millennial’s Guide to FI

45:16 | Dec 30th, 2016

On today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, Gwen from Fiery Millennials and Julie from Millennial Boss join me to talk about millennial finances and what young people should do to reach financial independence as quickly as possible! Hig...Show More
Sane Fientist - My Wife's Thoughts on Financial Independence

34:56 | Dec 22nd, 2016

On today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, I interview my wife, Jill! It took a lot of persuading to get her on the show but I’m glad she agreed because her perspective is very different from mine so it was interesting to hear her thou...Show More
Millennial Revolution – Denouncing the Cult of Homeownership

44:37 | Dec 1st, 2016

Joining me on today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast are FIRECracker (Kristy) and Wanderer (Bryce) from Millennial Revolution! Kristy and Bryce exploded onto the scene after a video clip of them attacking the religion of homeownership ...Show More
PopUp Business School - The Right Way to Start a Business

52:52 | Nov 22nd, 2016

I just returned from a fantastic week at the annual Chautauqua event in Ecuador. This was my second Chautauqua and just like last year, it exceeded all expectations.  It’s amazing what can happen when you put a bunch of interesting, intelligent peopl...Show More
Adventuring Along – From $0 to Retired in 5 Years

57:42 | Nov 1st, 2016

Want to know how two teachers were able to go from $0 net worth to retired in just 5 years? On today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, Ali and Joe (a.k.a. Arebelspy) from Adventuring Along join me to talk about how investing in real es...Show More
Mad Fientist – 1500 Days Podcast Takeover

25:39 | Oct 11th, 2016

My podcast was hijacked! During this year’s financial blogger conference (a.k.a. FinCon) in San Diego, Mr. and Mrs. 1500 from took control of the Financial Independence Podcast and put me on the hot seat (a very hot seat, indeed)! You’ll...Show More
The Military Guide – Angel Investing, Market Crashes, & 14 Years of Early Retirement

58:34 | Sep 30th, 2016

Today on the Financial Independence Podcast, Doug Nordman (a.k.a. Nords) from The Military Guide joins me to talk about how he achieved financial independence at the age of 41 by serving in the military! Doug retired way back in 2002 so we dive into ...Show More
Camp Mustache – Q&A with Mr. Money Mustache, Afford Anything, & The Military Guide

1:06:16 | Sep 12th, 2016

Today on the Financial Independence Podcast, I’m excited to share a live Q&A session with Mr. Money Mustache, Paula Pant from Afford Anything, and Doug Nordman from The Military Guide! This panel discussion took place back in May at Camp Mustache — a...Show More
BiggerPockets – Real Estate, Entrepreneurship, and How to Build an Online Empire

38:12 | Sep 5th, 2016

Joshua Dorkin, founder and CEO of, joins me on the Financial Independence Podcast to talk real estate and entrepreneurship! Highlights: The story of how BiggerPockets got started The advantages of “scratching your own itch” Why you...Show More
Root of Good – A Million Dollars in 10 Years

47:00 | Aug 1st, 2016

Justin from joins me on the Financial Independence Podcast to talk about how he and his wife saved over a million dollars in under a decade! Highlights: The tax benefits and true costs of children How to have a positive net worth afte...Show More
JL Collins – The Simple Path to Wealth

46:54 | Jun 21st, 2016

JL Collins joins me on the Financial Independence Podcast to talk about stocks, bonds, real estate, and his brand new book - The Simple Path to Wealth! Highlights: Origin of The Simple Path to Wealth What’s changed about his investment philosophy ov...Show More
Mike and Lauren – Medical Tourism, RVs, and Why You Should Question Everything

45:59 | May 18th, 2016

Mike and Lauren join me on the Financial Independence Podcast to discuss medical tourism, full-time RV living, and the importance of questioning everything! Highlights: The ins and outs of medical tourism Reasons to give birth in another country Ben...Show More
Side Hustle Nation – Invest in Yourself

34:53 | Apr 4th, 2016

Nick Loper from Side Hustle Nation discusses the importance of side hustles and how they can make your path to FI shorter and more enjoyable! Highlights: Why you need to diversify your income How Nick got his start selling shoes online The importanc...Show More
Travel Miles 101 – Travel Hacking and Financial Independence

1:02:40 | Mar 9th, 2016

The guys from Travel Miles 101 stop by the Financial Independence Podcast to talk about investing, early retirement, and the benefits of travel hacking! Highlights: Using FI savings to become an entrepreneur Dealing with extreme lifestyle inflation ...Show More
Budgets are Sexy – Challenge Everything

59:14 | Feb 4th, 2016

J. Money from Budgets are Sexy joins me on the Financial Independence Podcast to talk about the benefits of challenging everything in your life! Highlights: The importance of tracking your net worth How not to buy a house The importance of side hust...Show More
Frugalwoods – Making Frugality Fun

47:22 | Dec 11th, 2015

The Frugalwoods joined me to talk about how frugality can help you reach your financial goals sooner and also increase your happiness in the process! Highlights: How to maintain a high savings rate while living in an expensive city Tips for avoiding...Show More
Financial Mentor – Hedge Funds, Happiness, & Over 15 Years of Early Retirement

49:00 | Nov 24th, 2015

Todd Tresidder joined me on the Financial Independence Podcast to talk about active investing and lessons learned during 15+ years of early retirement! Highlights: Building wealth with paper assets, real estate, and entrepreneurship Protecting your ...Show More
1500 Days – Pulling the Early Retirement Trigger

51:39 | Sep 29th, 2015

The 1500s from joined me for my first in-person podcast interview to talk about real estate, the economy, and entering early retirement! Highlights: Most tax-efficient strategy for building wealth with real estate Pay off mortgage early...Show More
Millionaire Educator – Financial Independence on Teachers’ Salaries

56:08 | Jun 17th, 2015

Hear how two teachers used tax-avoidance and geographical-arbitrage strategies to save nearly a million dollars in only 16 years! Highlights: Using international and domestic geographic arbitrage to increase income How to save $250,000 in 3 years on...Show More
Empire Flippers – Buying and Selling Websites

41:31 | Oct 22nd, 2014

Justin Cooke from joined me for an episode of the Financial Independence Podcast to discuss website investing! Highlights: Hear how Justin went from building an outsourcing company in the Philippines to building, buying, and selli...Show More
JD Roth – Get Rich Slowly

46:58 | Apr 22nd, 2014

J.D. Roth, creator of, joined me for the Financial Independence Podcast to talk about finding personal and financial freedom! In less than ten years, J.D. went from having $35,000 of consumer debt to becoming a self-made millionaire...Show More
Forever Jobless – Internet Business Investing

40:35 | Apr 7th, 2014

Billy Murphy from joined me for an episode of the Financial Independence Podcast to talk about investing in online businesses! What if I told you you could create $2,000 of monthly recurring income from a single $25,000 investment?...Show More
Go Curry Cracker – Ten Years and a Day

34:01 | Nov 21st, 2013

Jeremy and Winnie retired a few years ago, in their thirties, and have been traveling around Central America ever since. They were kind enough to join me from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to talk about their journey to financial independence and ear...Show More
Radical Personal Finance – Part Two

44:16 | Oct 10th, 2013

In part two of the podcast, the Mad Fientist explores some very powerful tax-avoidance strategies for early retirees. It’s possible to achieve financial independence earlier in life, without having to decrease your spending, increase your income, or ...Show More
Radical Personal Finance – Part One

41:35 | Oct 8th, 2013

Listen to part one of my Radical Personal Finance podcast interview where I discuss frugality, travel hacking, and financial independence! A couple of months ago, a guy named Joshua emailed me to ask if I’d be a guest on his new show – the Radical Pe...Show More
Retire Early Lifestyle – Perpetual Travel

41:21 | Jul 29th, 2013

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli from joined me to talk about 20+ years of travel and early retirement! In 1991, Billy and Akaisha quit their jobs, moved to an island in the Caribbean, and have been traveling the world ever since. T...Show More
Lacking Ambition – Three Months After Financial Independence

42:51 | Jun 3rd, 2013

Mike from joined me for an episode of the Financial Independence Podcast to discuss how he achieved FI in just over 3 years! After working for just over three years, Mike was able to amass enough savings to purchase (with cash) th...Show More
Afford Anything – Dive Into Real Estate Investing

38:27 | Apr 8th, 2013

Paula from joined me to discuss how she’s using real estate investing to achieve early financial independence! Highlights: Frugality vs. wealth building Mental energy is limited so use it wisely Think like a creator, not like a co...Show More
Street Smart Finance – The Real American Dream

41:11 | Dec 21st, 2012

Shilpan from Street Smart Finance describes how he was able to build a million dollar real estate portfolio after coming to America with only $20! Highlights: The Value of Hard Work Commercial vs. Residential Real Estate Tax Benefits of Real Estate ...Show More
JLCollinsNH – The Importance of F-You Money

41:14 | Oct 1st, 2012

In this episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, I interview Jim Collins from to discuss the importance of F-You Money! Highlights: The Importance of F-You Money Surviving Black Monday Don’t “Swing for the Fences” Active vs. Pa...Show More
Mr. Money Mustache – Early Retirement Made Easy

29:40 | Jun 1st, 2012

Mr. Money Mustache shares his early retirement secrets in an interview for the new Financial Independence Podcast! Mr. Money Mustache retired in his early thirties and has recently emerged as one of the most inspiring personal finance authors in cybe...Show More