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If you’ve ever dreamed of early retirement, taking a gap year, a sabbatical, or the financial freedom to quit your job and do something else, then check out these blogs and podcasts that will inspire and inform your journey to financial freedom.
Financial freedom is all about not being tied to a job you hate in order to afford your life. Having the freedom to make choices about your job and the things in your life.
I’m sharing my favorite financial blogs and podcasts with you because they not only share a lot of practical, easy to understand information about saving and investing but they do it by sharing inspiring stories of people who have been able to find financial independence and create a life they love. The stories are entertaining and inspiring. These people were all intentional about their finances and their goals to create a life they love.
Frugal living is one of the steps these authors embrace in order to build up your savings. They believe in figuring out what really matters in your life and spending on those things and saving on the rest. They share excellent tips on how to get the most out of your money without depriving yourself.
My Favorite Blogs and Podcasts
Frugalwoods is the story of a couple that moved from living an expensive city life to a living on a homestead in the Vermont woods. This one is an amazing inspirational story full of frugal living tips!
I first listened to their story on audio book on a long drive across the state. She talks about real life in an honest, funny way. They have two little girls. She shares stories about what it’s like living a frugal life with kids, post-partum depression, and the honest reality of mom life.
She shares specific tips on how to reduce your monthly expenses from cell phone bills, garage sales, and gardening. They post their monthly expenses as an example for us to learn from. She’s my favorite!
Here’s a link to her book on Amazon if you’d like to check it out.
2. Choose FI
Choose FI (Financial Independence) is a podcast hosted two men that share useful and timely financial tips and information. They share their own experience as well as hosting inspiring guest speakers that share how they became financially independent. One of the podcast hosts was a pharmacist who quit his job, so I was instantly inspired! They share interesting life tips and are really all about making the life you love by saving and investing smartly while still spending on the things that truly matter to you.
They have the excellent info about how to get the most out of credit card reward points. Using their tips, we took 4 trips in 2019 on approximately 20% of the full price. Traveling with our kids is one of the things we value most, so figuring out how to use credit card points to pay for our trips has been one of our favorite financial changes.
3. Afford Anything
Afford Anything is a fun podcast by Paula Pant. Her motto is “You can afford anything, but not everything.” She has great tips on saving, investing, and real estate. Like ChooseFI, she hosts inspiring guests that share their stories and tips. Many of her topics are about living your best life.
She breaks down complicated investment principles into simple, easy to understand terms. Listening to her gave us the confidence to purchase our first investment property.
4. Mr. Money Mustache
Mr. Money Mustache started his blog in 2013. He has a HUGE library of articles on savings, investing, and finances.
One of the topics he talks about is having a side hustle, which is a fun job that you do on the side to make extra income while continuing to work at your day job. Side hustles are typically something entrepreneurial, not just a second job.
Since I was struggling with burnout, the idea of a successful side hustle was very intriguing to me. One day while I was looking for information about how people actually make money selling products online through Etsy, I found Mr. Money Mustache.
This was the first financial blog we read and it got us started on the path to financial freedom. I don’t follow it much now, but it was a great way to get started and I recommend it for anyone looking for articles so you can learn about finances.