September 27th, 2018
After driving for 20 hours to Orlando, Florida from Hamilton, Ontario, I decided that my 51st episode of the show would be a live solo episode from the podcast studio at FinCon 2018.
What am I talking about for 25 minutes?
Podcasts, of course!
I listened to 18 hours of podcasts during my drive. The last 2 hours I had a live person in the car, Sarah Li-Cain, from the website High Fiving Dollars and the podcast Beyond The Dollar, so I turned the podcasts off and we had a conversation instead!
Many of the episodes I listened to were more than an hour long so I didn’t listen to as many as you might be thinking. In today’s live, unedited, solo episode, I talk a bit about FinCon but mostly about the 7 podcasts I listened to during my 2.5 day road trip. Here they are, in no particular order:
Beyond The Dollar
The Money and Media Podcast
Mo’ Money Podcast
The Fairer Cents
The Money Millhouse
You should check out all of these podcasts, but also all of the podcasts nominated for Plutus Awards this year. You can find the list here.
If you need to pick one, I 100% recommend The Fairer Cents. Tanja and Kara are talking about things we should all be talking about and they are really good at it. This is my favourite podcast.
I had a great trip down travelling through 8 states - New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. On the way back, I get to add 2 more states, Maryland and the District of Columbia. See you when I'm back in Canada!
52 - David Jenkins
September 22nd, 2018
Tina from Money Flamingo will reach semi-retirement in 863 days.
Money Flamingo is an Australian blog about Financial Independence and Retiring Early, also known as FIRE.
There are many FIRE bloggers on the internet, and I will have a Canadian one on the show in the near future, but Money Flamingo is a bit different and not just because Tina and her husband are Australian.
In May of 2018 they started Project 1000, which is their plan to build their nest egg to $500,000 in 1000 days, then quit their regular day jobs, work part-time for 10 years while their nest egg doubles to $1,000,000, which should provide them with financial independence and the option to stop working.
You won’t find Tina’s picture or last name on the episode cover, because, like most FIRE bloggers, she prefers to remain anonymous. If you had a plan to quit your job in less than 3 years, you might not want your employer to know about that either.
You can check out Tina’s progress at moneyflamingo.com and decide for yourself whether you think their plan is feasible. Many people have achieved early retirement, and there are many ways to get there, depending on various factors like how much you want to spend today and what you intend to need for funds when you do stop working.
But Tina and Mr. Flamingo only started focusing on early retirement recently. A lot had to happen in Tina’s life before she even realized financial independence was possible for her and her husband. Tina met up with me somewhere(it’s a secret!) in Sydney, Australia to tell her personal finance story.
51 - Live from FinCon 2018
September 14th, 2018
Bessie Hassan is passionate about helping people find better deals and save money.
Bessie is the Australian Head of PR and Money Expert at Australia’s largest financial comparison site, finder.com.au.
I reached out to Bessie for the Australian Personal Finance Series because I think it’s so important to provide everyday consumers with as much information as possible, so they can make informed financial decisions. Not only does Bessie do that at Finder, she does it in a way that is relatable and accessible and helps promote financial literacy.
I met up with Bessie at the Finder headquarters in downtown Sydney, or CBD, Central Business District, if you’re Australian, where she shared her personal finance story.
50 - Tina from Money Flamingo
September 7th, 2018
Kylie Travers turns obstacles into opportunities.
During a 3-year period, Kylie Travers lived through spousal abuse and subsequent divorce, she was homeless, robbed of everything including her underwear, she was temporarily paralyzed, had a cancer scare, and on top of all of this had to figure out how to support her 2 girls who had been diagnosed with learning disabilities and needed extra care, which costs extra money.
But Kylie didn’t let any of this get her down. In that same 3-year period, she was a speaker at the first FinCon conference in Chicago in 2011 and won best international personal finance blog at the Plutus Awards at FinCon 2012 and 2013.
Kylie runs her own successful business, where she is consultant, influencer, ambassador, marketer, and is involved in charity work in Australia, which led to her being named finalist for Young Australian of the Year in 2015.
Kylie has written several personal finance books which are available on her personal finance site called The Thrifty Issue and has a ton of free resources and blog posts at kylietravers.com.au.
In July 2018 I travelled to Australia to join my wife, Kaila, who was doing a one month exchange with a Sydney hospital as part of her McMaster University Medical training here in Hamilton. We already had plans to head to Melbourne for a weekend, so I reached out to Kylie, who lives there, and she agreed to meet me in Carlton Gardens to tell her inspirational personal finance story.
49 - Bessie Hassan