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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.

548 Episodes

536: My Property Manager Robbed and Ghosted Me ($40K Stolen!)

If you get your property management wrong, you could lose tens of thousands of dollars. A sketchy property manager could take all your rent and run, leaving you with the bills and no hope of recovering your long-lost rent checks. That’s precisely what happened to today’s guest, a seasoned real estate investor who’s even looked up to as an expert in the industry. Even he made a sizable property management mistake, and in this episode, we’re trying to help you avoid the same fate. The BiggerPockets Podcast Network is bringing you a crossover episode with the Real Estate Rookie podcast’s Ashley Kehr and the BiggerPockets Money podcast’s Scott Trench. Scott is not only the host of BiggerPockets Money but also the CEO of BiggerPockets. And today, he’s sharing every painful detail about how he lost over $40,000 by hiring a bad property manager. This IS an avoidable mistake, but some easily overlooked red flags could put you in the same position as Scott unless you’re very careful. Scott shares the entire story and gives the top red flags to look out for. He’ll explain why he DOESN’T give his whole portfolio to one property manager, why you MUST set communication standards from the start, the questions EVERY investor should ask before hiring a property manager, and the fees you should refuse to pay the next time you outsource your property management. Need a property manager? We’ll share the best tool ANYONE can use to find a property manager TODAY! In This Episode We Cover Deadly property management red flags and signs you should run from a property manager Why you never, EVER give your entire portfolio to a single property manager/property management company Simple questions to ask that immediately show if a property manager is legit Negotiating fees and why Scott is okay with paying a higher monthly rate Communication expectations and what a property manager should be sending you EVERY month The easiest way to find a great property manager wherever you invest And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Property Manager Finder Want to Self-Manage Your Rentals Instead? Grab the New Book, “Self-Managing Landlord” Ask Other Investors Your Property Management Questions on the BiggerPockets Forums Past Episodes Mentioned in Today’s Show: Real Estate Rookie 59 - Rookie First-Time Home Buyer Questions Answered by Scott and Mindy Real Estate Rookie 200 - Scott Trench’s 10-Step Checklist to Buy Your First Rental Property Real Estate Rookie 401 - Boost Your Cash Flow in 2024 with These “Self-Management” Tips BiggerPockets 513 - The “Red Flags” of Investment Fraud from a Former $3.8M Ponzi Scheme Manager Connect with Ashley on BiggerPockets Connect with Scott on BiggerPockets 00:00 Intro 01:20 Hiring the Property Manager 03:37 Things Start Going Wrong 06:12 Losing $40K! 09:32 Property Manager Red Flags 15:39 Questions You MUST Ask 23:34 Negotiating Fees 30:05 Asset Type Matters! 34:54 Communication Expectations 37:29 Vetting for Legitimacy 43:16 Find a GREAT Property Manager Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-536 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 June 2024

535: Achieving FIRE in Her 40s By Taking "Calculated" Risks

What would it take for you to achieve financial freedom? Now, think about what it would take for you to achieve it for your family. Many of us have parents we’ve seen work day in and day out, providing for us when it meant putting their dreams on the back burner. But what if you could repay your parents for all they’ve done for you, helping them retire and ensuring they can truly live the life they love without worrying about money? That’s exactly what today’s guest did for her mother and herself. After her parents divorced when she was a teenager, Delyanne Barros began what seemed like a two-decade-long non-stop grind. Fearing what would happen to not only herself but her family if she didn’t provide, Delyanne chose to go to law school to not only help those in need but also bring home a steady paycheck that would support her and her mother. After realizing that the nine-to-five grind wasn’t what she thought, Delyanne began searching for a way to get into a better financial position. As a result, she found the debt-free and the FIRE movements. Now, only in her early forties, she’s already started a business that brings in millions, retired her mother, achieved financial freedom, and did it all just within six years of finding the FIRE movement. Her biggest tip for success: Take a calculated risk and bet on yourself! If you want to find FIRE like Delyanne did, don’t skip this one! In This Episode We Cover When it’s worth it to quit your “dream job” to start your own business and bet on yourself Supporting your family and retiring your parents BEFORE they’re sixty-five years old Why even lawyer salaries often can’t afford you the life you want to live Paying off huge student loan debt and why you SHOULD invest before you’re debt-free The importance of investing EVEN when the market is dropping fast and you’re feeling fear Why you DON’T have to be self-employed to achieve FIRE (but you DO need to take risks) And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Property Manager Finder What Is the FIRE Movement? How to Calculate the Risks Before Investing The Mad Fientist on Early Retirement in Your 40s and 4% Rule Updates From Extreme Poverty to DIY Wealth and 2 Full-Time Incomes w/The She Wolfe of Wall Street 00:00 Intro 01:10 Supporting Her Family as a Teen 07:34 Why Law School? 14:15 Finding FIRE and Switching Gears 21:50 Watching the Market Crash 27:37 Quitting Her High-Paid Job 35:35 Can W2 Workers Achieve FIRE? 39:19 Retiring Her Mom 41:44 Best FIRE Advice 42:54 Connect with Delyanne! 43:24 Take a Risk! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-535 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 7 June 2024

534: Coast FI at 24 and a $99K Net Worth Thanks to a Few Years of Pure Hustle

Could Coast FI be your BEST path to financial independence? Maybe you don’t want to retire early—not yet, at least. Hustle for a few years, invest your money, and watch it snowball instead! This twenty-four-year-old saved nearly $100,000 with this strategy, and in today’s episode, she’ll show you how to do the same! Emma von Weise was determined to take control of her finances at a very early age, getting her first job at just fourteen years old and saving money at every opportunity. This allowed her to not only escape college debt-free but also build a $99,000 net worth, a figure that will make her Coast FI until retirement—which isn’t on the radar anytime soon! Using her newfound financial freedom, Emma has built her “dream” life by working in a field she loves and taking plenty of time off to travel. In this episode, Emma shares about all of the different jobs and side hustles she took up to supercharge her savings, as well as several creative “hacks” she used to help fund her college tuition. She also talks about some of the pivotal moments that shaped her views on personal finance, such as discovering the power of compound interest and finding an entire support system through the FI community! In This Episode We Cover How Emma became Coast FI by twenty-four and built a $99,000 net worth Creative ways to fund your college education and escape debt-free The real value of buying used cars from private owners (and where to find deals!) How to create a fun and fulfilling life you don’t want to retire from How to fast-track your fortune using the power of compound interest Making your money work harder for you after stockpiling cash And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Property Manager Finder BiggerPockets Money Episode 474 - Mindy and Scott’s Favorite Sleepaway Camp for FIRE Chasers BiggerPockets Money Episode 449 - Coast FI in 4 Years: Cutting Expenses, Doubling Your Income, & HUGE Savings BiggerPockets Money Episode 323 – Coast FI: The Calculated Way to Retire Early WITHOUT Giving Up What You Love w/Jessica from The Fioneers Learn More About EconoMe Conference 00:00 Intro 01:18 Working & Saving at 14! 07:32 Taking Control of Her Finances 10:52 Buying Used Cars 15:32 Creative Ways to Fund College 23:28 Learning to Invest 30:12 Joining the FI Community 37:48 $99K Net Worth at 24! 45:07 The Power of Coast FI Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-534 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email [email protected]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 4 June 2024

533: What Even We Didn’t Know About “Protecting” Our Wealth

Are you working towards FIRE or building a financial legacy? Then DON’T skip this episode! What’s the point of creating generational wealth if it will be lost after you’re gone? Jenny Rozelle, estate and elder attorney, is back on the show to answer some of our most pressing questions about wills, trusts, estate planning, and everything in between! She’s got some answers that even personal finance experts Mindy and Scott didn’t know. And if you’re just starting to think about preserving your future wealth, this episode may shock you, too. From “napkin” wills to bad inheritances, protecting your heirs’ wealth from potential future divorce, and whether or not you’re owed millions after your tipsy Aunt promised you her vacation home, Jenny clears up all the misconceptions that most Americans have about inheritance and estate planning. Plus, if you’ve got children or loved ones you’re planning to pass your wealth on to, it’s crucial to follow Jenny’s advice on updating your will. Neglecting to update your estate plans or planning around the wrong people could put your wealth at risk! Check out Jenny’s part one episode here! In This Episode We Cover Whether or not a verbal promise of inheritance will hold up in the future Revocable vs. irrevocable trusts and the ONLY two situations you’d choose an irrevocable one When to update your will and why Jenny DOESN’T keep a set timeline Protecting your heirs from losing their inheritance to divorce What to do when you get an inheritance that brings you more headache than it’s worth Why communication is critical in estate planning and who you should estate plan with And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Property Manager Finder BiggerPockets Money 532 - Building Generational Wealth? Don’t Lose It with This ONE Critical Mistake w/Jenny Rozelle BiggerPockets Money 401 - The Post-Passing Plan: 3 Steps to Protect Your Family’s Financial Future BiggerPockets Money 503 - How to Keep MORE of Your Inheritance From the IRS (Avoid These Tax Mistakes!) 00:00 Intro 01:28 Revocable vs. Irrevocable Trusts 02:29 The Estate Planning Timeline 05:35 Verbal Promises and Inheritance 10:21 When to Update Your Will 12:04 Protecting from Divorce 14:58 Who to Estate Plan WITH 18:23 The Downside of Inheritance 22:54 The “Napkin” Will 25:34 Make Your Estate Plan Today! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-533 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 31 May 2024

532: Building Generational Wealth? Don’t Lose It with This ONE Critical Mistake

You’re working hard to build wealth, but without estate planning, your assets could easily land in the wrong hands, causing your family a great deal of trouble. No one likes thinking about their death, but you NEED to tackle this issue head-on if you hope to preserve your legacy! Welcome back to the BiggerPockets Money podcast! Today, we’re tackling two of the most taboo topics—death and money—with estate and elder attorney Jenny Rozelle. If you’re nearly ready to retire, you MUST develop an estate plan. Otherwise, intestate succession laws will determine your fortune’s fate. Even if you’re young and have little to your name, there are basic steps you can take today to ensure that your current and future assets don’t go to the wrong person. In this episode, you’ll learn how to find the BEST estate planning attorney and prepare for your first meeting. Jenny also shares the truth behind probate and why it isn’t nearly as painful as it sounds! Stick around for part two, where we rapid-fire estate planning questions at Jenny as she shares information even we didn't know about! In This Episode We Cover Basic estate planning documents every person needs (regardless of age) What really happens in probate court (and why it’s NOT as scary as it sounds) Intestacy explained, and how to stop your assets from landing in the wrong hands How to make sorting out your estate as easy as possible for your loved ones And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Property Manager Finder BiggerPockets Money 404 - How to Build Wealth in Three Simple Steps w/The Money Guy Show BiggerPockets Money 510 - Morgan Housel: Financial Lessons From History Anyone Can Use to Get Rich Grab Brian’s New Book, “Millionaire Mission” Money Guys Show BiggerPockets Money 397 - Estate Planning, Wills, and What to Do NOW to Protect Your Heirs BiggerPockets Money 401 - The Post-Passing Plan: 3 Steps to Protect Your Family’s Financial Future BiggerPockets Money 503 - How to Keep MORE of Your Inheritance From the IRS (Avoid These Tax Mistakes!) 00:00 Intro 01:27 Why You NEED an Estate Plan 07:52 Finding an Attorney & Probate 101 18:10 First Steps for Early Retirees 24:56 Getting Organized & Estate Planning Costs 37:00 Connect with Jenny! 37:29 Start Planning Today! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-532 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 28 May 2024

531: Financial Freedom in 9 Steps: The Money Guy’s Financial Order of Operations

If you follow these nine steps, you will reach financial independence. How do we know? Well, The Money Guy Show’s Brian Preston and Bo Hanson have tested it hundreds of times! Using this simple but extremely powerful “financial order of operations,” anyone from any background can achieve FIRE, even starting with nothing. From free money to becoming easily debt-free, building a solid financial foundation, and even paying off your mortgage early, Brian and Bo break down the exact route to financial freedom anyone can take. But first, we’ll discover if you’re a “financial mutant.” The fact that you’re listening to BiggerPockets Money already proves that you might be. But for those who have struggled with high-interest credit card debt, low savings, and lackluster investing, this episode has EVERYTHING you need to become a financial powerhouse by making nine smart money moves. We’ll walk through the entire financial order of operations, from saving money to cover your deductibles to building an emergency reserve, paying off bad debt, and the “hyper-accumulation” stage you must reach to watch your net worth explode. If you’re ready to take the steps to realize financial freedom in the not-so-distant future, stay with us and grab Brian’s newest book, Millionaire Mission! In This Episode We Cover The nine-step "financial order of operations" that will lead you to financial independence Why building a $1,000 emergency fund is NOT enough and how much you really need Whether or not to pay off your “high-interest” debt depending on your age Why Brian and Bo advise people NOT to invest in real estate until they’re at THIS stage The one investment account to max out before all the rest (it’s NOT your 401(k)!) The “hyper-accumulation” stage that will explode your wealth (IF you can reach it) And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Property Manager Finder BiggerPockets Money 404 - How to Build Wealth in Three Simple Steps w/The Money Guy Show BiggerPockets Money 510 - Morgan Housel: Financial Lessons From History Anyone Can Use to Get Rich Grab Brian’s New Book, “Millionaire Mission” 00:00 Intro 01:38 Financial "Mutants" Among Us 02:52 The Financial Order of Operations 05:54 Cover Your HIGHEST Deductible 07:38 Get Your Employer Match 09:49 Build an Emergency Reserve 11:11 Paying Off "High-Interest" Debt 22:23 DON'T Invest in Real Estate? 28:34 "Hyper-Accumulation" of Wealth 36:47 Prepay Future Expenses 38:22 Pay Off LOW-Interest Debt 46:11 Grab the New Book! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-531 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 24 May 2024

530: Reaching $1M Net Worth and FI in 6 Years with a “Home Run” Rental Property

You DON’T have to spend your entire life chasing financial independence. Play your cards right, and you may not even need a whole decade! With a little hard work and sacrifice, today’s guest became a millionaire (and financially free) in just SIX years! Welcome back to the BiggerPockets Money podcast! After years of “drifting” through life and racking up bad debt, Erichad a moment when he realized he might not be able to rely on his W2 income for as long as he had hoped. Seeing the writing on the wall, he decided to get serious about achieving financial independence—buying rental properties, fixing them up, and eventually flipping them for a huge profit. One “home run” deal catapulted him toward his FI goal and a $1 million net worth! If you dream of financial freedom but don’t want to spend your whole life getting there, this episode is for you! Eric offers some helpful advice for those who are looking to start their own FIRE journey—including why new investorsshould buy “grandpa’s house,” how to uncover “rare” real estate deals on the multiple listings service (MLS), and how to get the maximum return on a few years of sacrifice! In This Episode We Cover How Eric became a millionaire and reached financial independence in SIX years Why buying “grandpa’s house” is a cheat code for building wealth How to start fixing and flipping houses (and turn a HUGE profit!) How to find “rare” real estate deals on the multiple listings service (MLS) Building your real estate portfolio by using your profits to buy MORE properties And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Property Manager Finder Grab Your Copy of “The Book on Flipping Houses” BiggerPockets Money 516 - Jaspreet Singh: Getting Rich Slowly and Why Some People STAY Broke BiggerPockets Money 481 - Building a $1 Million Net Worth in Only 3 Years by Investing in Real Estate Connect with Eric on BiggerPockets 00:00 Intro 01:22Millionaire in 6 Years! 03:34 Buying “Grandpa’s House” 09:04 Eric’s BIG Turning Point 15:24 The Journey to $1 Million 19:08 The “Home Run” Rental 31:45 Moving to New Hampshire 33:13 How to Reach FI 36:13 Share Your Money Story! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-530 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 21 May 2024

529: FI by 25: How to Buy Time and Freedom with a Few Years of Frugal Living

Financial independence by the age of twenty-five?! Today’s guest started working and saving money at a very early age, which allowed him to buy the time and freedom to do the things he values most. Whether you’re twenty-five or fifty-five, applying some of these simple principles to your own life can propel you toward financial freedom! Welcome back to the BiggerPockets Money podcast! Today, we’re chatting with Gabe Bult, a YouTuber, serial entrepreneur, and real estate investor who reached financial independence before his twenty-fifth birthday—all by subscribing to financial minimalism and frugal living. The only thing stopping him from retiring early? Sheer boredom! Instead, Gabe’s day typically involves precious time with his daughter, a few hours making YouTube videos, and an afternoon spent enjoying his favorite hobbies and interests. YOU can have this life, too, but not without a little sacrifice, education, and discipline. Fortunately, it only takes a few years of ferocious frugality to get ahead, save for the future, and become “set for life.” And in this episode, Gabe will show you how to do just that! You’ll learn how to save your first $25,000 (and what to do with it), live for free with the house hacking strategy, and start a business that allows you to earn more and work less! In This Episode We Cover How Gabe reached financial independence by the age of twenty-five “Financial minimalism” explained (and why it’s MUCH easier than you think!) How a few years of frugal living can fast-track your journey to FI Living for FREE with the house hacking investing strategy Starting a business that allows you to earn more and work less And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Property Manager Finder BiggerPockets Money 468 - ‘Bar Rescue’ Host Jon Taffer on the “Secret Recipe” for a Successful Business Connect with Gabe on BiggerPockets 00:00 Intro 01:34 What Is Financial Minimalism? 04:38 A Day in the Life with FI 07:30 Gabe’s Money Journey 13:06 The Art of Entrepreneurship 16:30 House Hacking 101 24:34 Education & EXTREME Discipline 35:41 Connect with Gabe! 36:01 Become a Financial Minimalist! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-529 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2024

528: The Small Business Owner’s Guide to Taxes, LLCs, Deductions, & Audit Risks

Starting your first or next business? This episode is for you. Today, we’re bringing you everything you need to know about small business taxes for beginners. Whether you’re a solo entrepreneur, partner, landlord, house flipper, Airbnb host, or something in between, you MUST know about these tax laws before you start making money with your own business because if you get them wrong, you could be paying a MASSIVE penalty come tax time. You could save yourself thousands, or TENS of thousands, just by tuning in! Brandon Hall, CPA, runs a real-estate-focused tax and accounting firm for big and small real estate investors. But, even if you’re not investing in real estate, these tax tips also apply to YOU. In today’s episode, we threw dozens of hard-hitting tax questions at Brandon so you know what to do with your next side hustle or full-blown business. We’ll discuss whether you need an LLC, the real benefits of getting one, and which business entity (LLC, S-corp, C-corp, etc.) makes the most sense for your specific business and tax needs. Making money on your own but NOT paying quarterly taxes? This could cost you BIG, but thankfully, Brandon goes through exactly how much you could owe. And if you want to owe less to the IRS, we’ll give examples of tax deductions plus, which are NOT worth it and could put you at a BIG audit risk. Need a tax professional for your small business? Find one for free with BiggerPockets Tax and Financial Services Finder! In This Episode We Cover Self-employment and small business taxes for beginners Whether or not you need an LLC and why most real estate investors have this all wrong Estimated taxes and the MASSIVE penalty you’ll pay if you forget about this Tax deductions and the audit red flags that the IRS is looking for The different business entities you can start and which has the best tax benefits The three things you NEED to set up an LLC and the most critical one beginners forget “SALT” taxes and why those selling goods in different states could owe even more And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders How to Obtain Real Estate Professional Tax Status Hear Past Episodes with Brandon: BiggerPockets Real Estate 196 - LLCs, House Hacking, and Saving on Taxes with Brandon Hall BiggerPockets Real Estate 269 - How the New Tax Code Affects Your Real Estate Investments BiggerPockets Real Estate 934 - How to Pay Less Taxes by Buying Real Estate (1 Write-Off You’re Overlooking) On the Market 96 - The Biggest Real Estate Tax Loophole You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of On the Market 165 - Year-End Tax Updates, New IRS Interest Rates, and URGENT News for LLCs On the Market 187 - 100% Bonus Depreciation Coming Back? (Do NOT File…Yet) 00:00 Intro 01:42 Do You Need an LLC? 02:01 Different Business Entities 09:29 3 Steps to Set Up an LLC 16:49 KEY Dates to Know 19:14 Estimated Taxes 25:48 The “SALT” Taxes 31:56 Tax Deductions and Audit Red Flags 44:22 Claiming Passive Losses Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-528 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 14 May 2024

527: Retired at 49 on an Average Salary after Getting a “Late Start” to FIRE

Think it’s too late for early retirement? Do you feel like just because you’re in your late thirties, forties, or fifties, FIRE doesn’t make sense for you? Well, think again because today’s guest defied the odds by retiring over fifteen years early, all while raising her daughter on her own and without a six-figure salary to sail her swiftly to a million-dollar net worth. Plus, she did all of it with no investing experience. If Jackie Cummings Koski can do it, so can you! Jackie grew up in a single-parent household. Her father worked hard to support her and her five siblings. This instilled a strong work ethic in Jackie and made her realize that running towards hard things, not away from them, was the true path to success. She figured out college on her own and, shortly after, landed a corporate job that took her far away from the small town she grew up in. She got married and had her daughter, but then everything changed. Jackie was getting divorced, forcing her to rely on herself fully for her financial future. In true Jackie fashion, she took this as a challenge and began educating herself as best as she could. Through smart saving, spending, and life-changing investing decisions, Jackie built her wealth in record time, reaching financial independence just ten years after finding the FIRE movement—all without any advantages! In This Episode We Cover How to reach financial independence without a high salary, inheritance, or advantages Stock investing 101 and how intentional investing can explode your net worth Why you must max out THESE investment accounts to be richer in retirement How Jackie spends just $40,000 per year owning her own home and raising her daughter Why you DON’T have to follow all the traditional FIRE rules to retire early And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Money Podcast 154 - Bill Bengen (The Inventor of the 4% Rule) Talks Retirement, Past Crashes, and How You Can Withdraw Even More Email Mindy for the Full 4% Rule Article! Money Podcast 344 - Rethink Social Security: Myths, Benefits, and Clearing Up Misconceptions Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Better Investing Root of Good Mr. Money Mustache Mad Fientist 1500 Days 00:00 Intro 01:14 FIRE at 49! 02:50 Making Money in Retirement 06:11 Early Years, College, and Getting Divorced 11:21 Working Her Way Through College 15:06 Getting Hired After College 15:50 Starting to Learn About Stocks 20:02 Finding the FIRE Movement 26:54 Spending and Saving 36:01 Jackie's Podcast and New Book! 38:20 Connect with Jackie! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-527 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 10 May 2024

526: Personal Finance for Beginners: Bank Accounts, Real Estate, and Retirement

Personal finance doesn’t have to be complicated. Saving, investing, and retiring early shouldn’t be a stumbling path to wealth, but many Americans feel this way. So, to clear up some of the money misconceptions, we’re doing personal finance for beginners FAQ episode, where we take some of the most common money questions and answer them for you so you can start building wealth and get closer to financial independence! Many of these questions come directly from the BiggerPockets Money Facebook page, where you can ask your money questions 24/7! First, we answer, “How many bank accounts should you have?” and walk through exactly how we split up our money. If you’re looking to start building wealth, we touch on the numerous ways to invest in real estate, from basic beginner investing strategies to purely passive income-generating expert tactics. How much money do YOU need to retire? With the 4% rule, you can calculate it in seconds! We’ll explain this common money metric early retirees love to use and whether or not it still works in 2024. If you’re close to early retirement, should you start selling your investments to fund your financial freedom? We’ll share why most early retirees never need to sell their stocks, and speaking of stocks, we’ll also get into how to pick stocks and when to sell them! In This Episode We Cover The beginner money questions that you must have answers to if you want to build wealth How many bank accounts do you REALLY need, and Scott’s 3-account-setup Beginner and expert strategies to start investing in real estate (even with little money) The 4% rule explained, and how much money you actually need to retire How to pick stocks and whether or not index fund investing is a smarter move to make Withdrawing money from your accounts when you finally reach financial freedom And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Grab Your Copy “The House Hacking Strategy” Past Episodes Mentioned in Today’s Show: BiggerPockets Real Estate 136 - Shawn Holsapple BiggerPockets Money 35 - Craig Curelop BiggerPockets Money 120 - Michael Kitces BiggerPockets Money 151 - Tony J Robinson BiggerPockets Money 153 - Bill Bengen Forbes: What Is The 4% Rule For Retirement Withdrawals? Secret IRS Rule 72(t)! | Eric Cooper Shares Early Withdrawal Hack! 00:00 Intro 01:14 How Many Bank Accounts? 07:04 Ways to Invest in Real Estate 16:25 The 4% Rule Explained 23:36 Selling Investments to Retire Early? 30:28 How to Pick Stocks Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-526 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email [email protected]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 7 May 2024

525: The Rational Investor’s Case Against Bitcoin

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts can’t fathom why Bitcoin will fail. If you tell them that you’re not investing in Bitcoin or other cryptos, they look at you like an uneducated investor, a sheep following the crowd without thinking for yourself. The promise of Bitcoin is so great that you’d have to be an outright fool to deny it, and anyone who refutes the future golden age of a decentralized society is simply mistaken and is only coping with the oncoming collapse of fiat currency and Western civilization. The problem with that theory? None of it is grounded in reality. Today, BiggerPockets CEO Scott Trench is going to prove it. After years of research on Bitcoin, the blockchain, and cryptocurrency as a whole, Scott has come to a simple conclusion: Bitcoin isn’t worth it. In fact, Bitcoin may be worth, unsurprisingly, nothing! But before all you Bitcoin maximalists come out of the woodwork, claiming we’re forever bullish on index funds and real estate, hear out Scott’s argument. Scott will explain the case for Bitcoin and why its end goal is actually quite altruistic. However, five fatal flaws will stop Bitcoin from ever becoming a world reserve currency or replacing fiat money. Besides its fatal flaws, Bitcoin isn’t a foolproof cryptocurrency by any means, and we’ll prove it! Finally, Scott gives his Bitcoin price prediction and his recommendation if you do want to hold some Satoshis. In This Episode We Cover The rational investor’s case against Bitcoin and why it’s NOT an investment The reasons why Bitcoin could change society for the better (but probably won’t) Five fatal flaws of Bitcoin that will stop it from ever taking over fiat currency How adopting Bitcoin could lead to a crashing economy with no growth The blockchain’s big problems and proof that the world isn’t ready to adopt cryptocurrency Scott’s long-term Bitcoin price prediction that will shock Bitcoin maximalists And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders BiggerPockets Money 371 - Bitcoin: Investing Fad or Final Bullet to Fiat Currency? w/Saifedean Ammous Everyone’s Talking About Cryptocurrencies. Should You Invest? 4 Reasons Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain Technology Are Poised to Transform Real Estate 00:00 Intro 02:16 The Case FOR Bitcoin 09:51 5 Fatal Flaws of Bitcoin 14:29 Bitcoin is NOT a Perfect Crypto 21:46 The Blockchain’s Big Problems 26:58 Bitcoin Price Prediction 28:48 What if Bitcoin DOES Take Over? Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-525 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email [email protected]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 3 May 2024

524: Lessons From the Rich That Took Me from $0 to a $1,000,000+ Business

Want to be a millionaire or build a business that brings in seven figures? Want generational wealth and to be debt-free? Want to know that you have enough money to take big risks while still keeping your bank account safe? If so, you need to start thinking like the rich to begin building wealth the same way they do. “That may be easy for you to say, you host the BiggerPockets Money Podcast!” Well, don’t take it from us; take it from Marc Russell. Marc grew up without advantages. He was in foster care for as long as he could remember, bouncing from house to house until finally, at age thirteen, he was adopted by parents with a strong, valuable work ethic. When Marc went to college, he had no money to pay for it, so he fought tooth and nail with the financial aid office to find scholarships, loans, or anything that could help him graduate. He was even kicked out of school once over not being able to pay a $900 fee! But this taught Marc how the system worked and eventually led to him landing a job at every FIRE chaser’s favorite place, Vanguard! Once Marc started helping the rich manage their money, he looked in the mirror and asked, “Why aren’t I doing these things?” Thus, he began imitating the investing tactics of the rich, budgeting for financial freedom, and investing everything he could, even if it meant a slower path to being debt-free. Now, Marc runs BetterWallet, helping everyday people start building generational wealth, no matter their circumstances. In This Episode We Cover How to copy the rich so you can build wealth no matter your upbringing Student debt, side hustles, and how to make it through college with little money Why you MUST save a large emergency reserve before you start working for yourself Investing vs. paying off debt and why the unconventional choice may be the best one Budgeting for your business and ensuring you have enough money before leaving your W2 And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders BiggerPockets Money 329 - From Extreme Poverty to DIY Wealth and 2 Full-Time Incomes w/The She Wolfe of Wall Street BiggerPockets Money 485 - How to Start Thinking, Acting, and Investing Like the Rich w/Vivian Tu Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-524 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 30 April 2024

523: Americans Say THIS Is How Much You Need to Retire (More Than You'd Think)

Is a six-figure salary enough to achieve FIRE? If you’re working towards financial independence, you know that any extra money at the end of the month can help propel you to your goals faster, but with inflation eating away most, if not all, of your paycheck, what do you do? If you want to reach early retirement, do you need a massive salary to save you from the high cost of rent, food, gas, and other everyday essentials? Or, can you easily retire with a $100K/year incomeif you make the right moves? Let’s find out! Today, Scott and Kyle are reviewing some of the hottest headlines in the world of personal finance and giving you their honest opinions. First, we talk about whether or not a six-figure salary is enough to achieve the “American Dream,” and if it isn’t, what YOU can do to make the most of that money. Then, we venture to a debate that everyone has an opinion on: should you withdraw from your retirement reserves to buy your first primary residence? Is this a smart money loophole or a move that could cost you in the long run? How much do you need to retire? According to Americans, the figure is close to $1.5M, but is this actually how much a smart saver or spender would need? Plus, we talk about the one generation on a surprisingly great track to wealth in retirement (it’s NOT the boomers!). Finally, are you fed up with guilt tipping? Don’t want to pay an extra quarter of your bill every time you go out to eat? Join the club because we’re discussing how tipping is getting out of control. In This Episode We Cover Whether or not a $100K/year income is enough to achieve the “American Dream” Using retirement funds to pay for your primary residence (when NOT to do this) How much Americans need to retire, and ways to retire with even less The one real estate investment ANY young American should be making today Why younger generations are on track to retire rich and achieve FIRE Tipping culture and what percentage we press when the payment screen turns around And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Grab the Personal Finance Classic, “Rich Dad Poor Dad” BiggerPockets Money Podcast 344 - Rethink Social Security: Myths, Benefits, and Clearing Up Misconceptions Articles from This Episode: $100K/Year Withdrawing from Retirement How Much to Retire Gen Z’s House Hacking Guilt Tipping Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-523 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 26 April 2024

522: How to Get PAID to Live in an Affordable City & Fast-Track Financial Freedom

Moving is hard. But could relocating to a low-cost-of-living area help you lead a more fulfilling life and achieve financial freedom? As today’s guest came to find out, the benefits of living in an affordable area often outweigh the glitz and glamor of a big city! Welcome back to the BiggerPockets Money podcast! Today, we’re chatting with Allison Irby Vu, a financial planner who made a huge cross-country move in pursuit of a better financial future. With roots planted in Washington, D.C., Allison hadn’t considered moving until she stumbled across a program that offered her $10,000 to relocate to Tulsa, Oklahoma! Little did she know that this MAJOR life change would not only improve her financial situation but also allow her to spend more time with her son and tight-knit community. In this episode, you’ll hear all about Allison’s journey from her hometown to Tulsa. She shares how she went from living paycheck to paycheck (despite earning close to six figures!) to having an abundance of time and money for the things she values most. Allison also highlights the pros and cons of living in an area like Tulsa and how remote workers can plan their next big move! In This Episode We Cover How to reach financial freedom by moving to a low-cost-of-living area Getting PAID to move to a more affordable city (and how to qualify!) How to pay off large amounts of debt as quickly as possible Creating a budget that allows you to spend money on the things you value How to take FULL advantage of your remote job (and live anywhere in the world!) The biggest pros and cons of moving to an area like Tulsa, Oklahoma And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders BiggerPockets Money 11 – Designing a Frugal But Luxurious FI Life by Age 32 BiggerPockets Money 500 – FIRE Advice from Codie Sanchez, Ramit Sethi, Money with Katie, and More! Learn More About the Tulsa Remote Program Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-522 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 23 April 2024

521: Full-Time FIRE and Traveling the World…All Thanks to Rentals!

Could real estate investing help you reach financial freedom much sooner than you thought possible? Today’s guest had his world turned upside down by one tragic incident, but he was able to quit his W2 job, pivot to real estate, and fast-track his journey to FIRE! Today, we’re chatting with technology instructor turned full-time real estate investor Keith Nugent. After a skydiving accident rendered him unable to perform his previous job duties, Keith knew he needed a new path to financial independence. Fortunately, he discovered real estate at the perfect time. Taking advantage of the fallout from the 2008 housing market crash, Keith started loading up on rental properties—often buying them for pennies on the dollar. In just twelve years, he had not only achieved his goal of thirty cash-flowing units by 2020 but also added an additionalten units to his portfolio! Thanks to real estate, Keith now has a career that fully accommodates his disability and will allow him to retire early. In the meantime, he enjoys his newfound financial freedom by traveling the world and spending time with his FIRE-bound friends. In this episode, Keith offers practical tips on how to start investing in real estate—from choosing your market to buying your first rental property and more! In This Episode We Cover How Keith became a full-time real estate investor after a tragic skydiving accident How to replace your W2 income and achieve financial freedom with real estate Why time in the market is MORE important than timing the market How to determine how much cash flow you need to support your retirement Why you NEED an estate plan and how to decide who inherits your assets And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Money Podcast 330 - The Ultimate Teen Money Hack for Parents Money Podcast 397 - Estate Planning, Wills, & What to Do NOW to Protect Your Heirs Grab Your “Family Emergency Binder” Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-521 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 19 April 2024

520: The BEST Side Hustles You Can Start in 2024 (Outside of Real Estate!)

The best side hustles can put some extra cash in your pocket, help you leave your W2 job, or even launch you toward FIRE. If you’re looking to make money in ways other than real estate investing, you don’t want to miss this side hustle special! Nick Loper, founder of Side Hustle Nation and host of The Side Hustle Show, has been building businesses since he was a teenager. From lucrative digital assets to service-based ventures, Nick has done it all, and today, he’s bringing some fresh ideas for you to try. As you’re about to learn, these fledgling businesses come in all shapes and sizes. Some take years to nurture before you reap any reward for effort, while others allow you to start earning immediately. In any case, you need to choose one you’re interested in and stick with it if you want to see results! In this episode of the BiggerPockets Money podcast, Nick dives into some of his favorite side hustles—many of which you can start TODAY with little to no money and minimal time. You’ll learn whether it’s still possible to build amoney-making blog in 2024, as well as how to make extra income by renting out assets like inflatables, hot tubs, and vending machines! In This Episode We Cover Nick’s favorite low-money side hustle ideas (not named real estate!) How to turn your own side business into a money-making machine Creative ways to earn royalties from YOUR original works or ideas How to build a digital asset that generates income for years to come Why you MUST follow the “rule of one hundred” with every new side hustle The non-digital assets you can rent out for a HUGE profit And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders How Anyone Can Easily Make Extra Money Using Side Hustles with Nick Loper Finance Friday: Pay Off Debt, Invest in Real Estate, or…Buy Vending Machines? Make an Extra $100/Day with These Work-From-Home Side Hustles Hear Nick on “The Side Hustle Show” Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-520 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

519: HSA vs. FSA and When to Drain Your Emergency Fund to Pay Off Debt

Want to know how to avoid capital gains on your next home sale? If you tune in, you may dodge a quarter-of-a-million-dollar bullet (or more!). What about investing in one of the most tax-advantaged accounts that almost EVERYONE should have but most people don’t? What do you do when a family member asks to borrow money from you but has a bad track record with keeping their personal finances together? We’re getting into it all and more on this finance FAQ with Amanda and Scott! We get a ton of personal finance questions through the BiggerPockets Forums and our Facebook Page, so we decided to round up some of the most common ones and answer them for you. First, we’re talking about how to dodge capital gains tax when selling your home. Then, a concerned listener asks whether they should take out a loan on a family member’s behalf. A high-income earner wants to know whether renting or buying is their best bet, and we share whether paying off your mortgage early is a mistake! Got a medical expense coming up, or just want to boost your retirement investing? We’ll answer whether an HSA (health savings account) beats an FSA (flexible spending account)—but make sure you get this one right. If you invest in one of these accounts the wrong way, you’ll be throwing money away. Finally, a debt-free chaser asks whether they should use their emergency reserves to pay off debt or keep slowly slogging away with the snowball method. In This Episode We Cover How to avoid capital gains tax when selling your primary residence HSAs (health savings accounts) vs. FSAs (flexible spending accounts) Whether or not to use your emergency fund to pay off credit card debt Why you may want to reconsider loaning a family member money Whether to buy or rent in today’s housing market (EVEN with low money down) Pay off your mortgage early or invest the rest of your money? And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Fidelity Investments She Wolf of Wall Street Website Emergency Fund: How Much Do You Really Need in 2024? How to Pay Off Credit Card Debt FAST ($30K+ in 1 Year!) Renting a Home Is Financially Better Than Buying—Wait, What?! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-519 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 12 April 2024

518; Shrinkflation: How to Outsmart The Grocery Stores’ Rising Prices

Whether you know it or not, “shrinkflation” is costing you. You’re paying more for less, as manufacturers boast record profits. Your paycheck is getting eaten away faster and faster every month, but you’re left with the same amount of stuff. How did this happen, and when is it going to stop? Phil Lempert, AKA the “SupermarketGuru,” has been analyzing consumer behavior, marketing trends, and the retail landscape for over two decades. Now, he’s sharing thetricks manufacturers use to get you to spend more while expecting less. Shrinkflation has become such a severe problem that even the president of the United States has recently mentioned its damaging effects on the American household. Phil gives us the inside scoop on why prices are rising while sizes shrink, how retailers are actually fighting back to get customers the savings they deserve, and which products are seeing the most shrinkflation today. Phil also shares his top tips to beat shrinkflation and save more money every month, how to show the companies that you WON’T put up with their price gouging games, easy ways to identify shrinkflation, and the supermarket chains that give you the best bang for your buck. If you’re tired of seeing your grocery bill inflate while your bank account shrinks, this is an episode you cannot miss! In This Episode We Cover Shrinkflation explained, and how manufacturers are taking advantage of Americans Products that are seeing the most shrinkflation and which items to avoid Why America’s need for “choice” is making shrinkflation even worse The grocery stores and brands that are the best for budget-conscious shoppers How to identify shrinkflation and the sneaky tricks manufacturers play to get you to spend more for less How to take action against shrinkflation and tell brands to STOP ripping you off! And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Cutting Your Grocery Bill in Half with Erin Chase from $5 Dinners Persuasion Secrets and Predatory Practices Businesses Use on YOU Supermarket Savings Tips: How to Avoid Shrinkflation as Some Companies Give Consumers Less Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-518 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 9 April 2024

517: Everything You Need to Know Before You Buy a Business

Buying a business? Maybe you’ve thought about it before. You could own a laundromat, self-storage facility, plumbing business, or landscaping service. It doesn’t sound glamorous, but these types of businesses can make you millions of dollars and lead you to financial freedom. And, with so many baby boomers retiring, tons of small businesses with built-in customer bases are for sale, just waiting for YOU to come and make money from them. But before you buy, there are some things you should know. Elliott Holland, an expert in acquiring small and medium-sized businesses, helps aspiring business buyers uncover whether a business is worth the price. Elliot’s team specializes in business due diligence, making sure that YOU don’t buy a business that’s worth less than what the owner/broker told you it was. Trust him; he’s saved many new entrepreneurs from making million-dollar mistakes. So, before you buy a business, listen to this episode. In it, Elliot walks through exactly how a business is valued, which loans you can use to buy a business, why you CAN’T trust the financials from the current business owner, questions to ask before you buy, and who should even be buying a business in the first place. Do this right, and you could be sitting on lifetime financial freedom, but take a wrong turn, and you could lose millions (we’ll share that story, too!). In This Episode We Cover How to buy a “boring business” that will lead you to financial freedom How businesses are valued and why you MUST understand “EBITDA” Tricky ways that business owners inflate their numbers to sell to you for more Who should (and definitely shouldn’t) be buying small businesses Three things you MUST look at before you make a bid on a business The wrong move that lost one business owner over $2,000,000 when buying a business And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Codie Sanchez: These “Boring Businesses” Will Make You Rich Leila and Alex Hormozi’s Unbelievably Simple Investing Advice Sites to Buy Businesses: Acquire BizBuySell Flippa QuietLight Elliot’s Resources From Today’s Episode: LOI Template 12 Public Stories of Failed Due Diligence Success Stories Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-517 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 5 April 2024

516: Jaspreet Singh: Getting Rich Slowly and Why Some People STAY Broke

Want to know how to get rich but fear it could be too late? Perhaps you’ve got responsibilities, bills to pay, and a family to feed. How can you possibly get ahead? Jaspreet Singh’s message is clear: you can still build wealth, but you’re going to have to be intentional with your money, just like every other rich person. There are no shortcuts! Today, Jaspreet is a serial entrepreneur, real estate investor, licensed attorney, and host of The Minority Mindset Show. But growing up, his parents wanted him to become a doctor. Despite the immense pressure to fulfill their wishes, Jaspreet found himself gravitating toward entrepreneurship. He started several businesses throughout adolescence and young adulthood—from playing drums at weddings and planning college parties to building ecommerce stores. He lost a TON of money along the way, but taking these risks early on paid off. Eventually, he discovered his true passion, financial education, and built an enormous online business by teaching others how to master personal finance. America’s capitalist financial system benefits those who are willing to “play the game.” In this episode, Jaspreet shares how fostering a “minority mindset” unlocks the ability to use this country’s tax code, banks, debt, and other systems to your advantage. The catch? It’s a hard, long road. Jaspreet recommends drastic lifestyle changes, such as ruthless frugality, a “decade of sacrifice,” and the 75/15/10 rule. Make no mistake—it’s not going to be easy. But years from now, you’ll be thankful you stuck to this tried-and-true wealth-building philosophy! In This Episode We Cover How to foster a healthy relationship with your money The three phases of wealth (and how to handle money in each stage) How risk tolerance varies in different stages of wealth building Why a “decade of sacrifice” is the foundation for long-term wealth What you MUST do to thrive in America’s financial system How to be “intentional” with your finances using the 75/15/10 rule Pre-tax versus post-tax investment accounts and avoiding risk in retirement And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders How to Get Rich Slowly and Retire Early Than Most with a Modest Portfolio How to Become a “Quiet” Millionaire and Avoid the Financial Guru Trap Subscribe to the Market Briefs Newsletter Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-516 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 2 April 2024

515: How I Paid Off $150K in Debt and the 5 Factors That Boost Your Credit Score

Want to know how to get out of debt for good? It’s not as easy as it sounds! The more you chip away at that number, the harder it becomes to resist frivolous spending. But by fostering a healthy money mindset, building credit, and using credit cards the right way, you can stay out of the red! Welcome back to the BiggerPockets Money podcast! Ashley is a business owner and rental property investor who is well on her way to financial independence. But only a few years ago, she had racked up tens of thousands of dollars in debt on not one, not two, but THREE occasions. In this episode, she shares why she struggled to break free from the snare of consumer debt and why a drastic mindset shift was needed to climb out of a $150,000 hole. Ashley also takes a deep dive into credit history and touches on each of the five factors that impact your credit score. Along the way, she offers several personal finance tips that will help you pay off debt and raise your score—such as “tiering down” from credit cards you no longer use, increasing your credit age with one simple hack, and striking the perfect mix of credit accounts. Finally, how important is credit? Is it a trap to avoid or a necessary evil that can help propel you toward financial freedom? Stick around to find out! In This Episode We Cover How Ashley paid off over $150,000 of debt in just a few years Why sixty-five percent of your credit score is within YOUR control Common methods of paying down debt and which one to use When to keep your old credit cards open (and when to close them instead!) The credit card “hack” you can use to make your credit age appear longer Revolving credit versus installment loans (and why you should have both) And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders How to “Travel Hack” Like a Pro and Get FREE Flights, Hotel Stays, and More! w/Eli Facenda The Secret to Saving More, Spending Less, and a Perfect Credit Score How to Pay Off Credit Card Debt FAST ($30K+ in 1 Year!) How to Pull Yourself Out of Car, Student, or Credit Card Debt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 29 March 2024

514: How to “Travel Hack” Like a Pro and Get FREE Flights, Hotel Stays, and More!

Want to know how to travel for FREE in 2024 and 2025? We’re about to introduce you to the magical world of travel hacking. Never heard of it before? You’re about to have your mind blown. Travel hacking is one of the best ways to turn your everyday spending into free trips, hotel stays, business-class flights, and more. And if you’ve ever wondered how to get into those fancy airport lounges or snag yourself a lie-flat seat next time you’re headed across the Atlantic, this is the episode for you! Eli Facenda, a travel hacking expert, joins us on this episode to share the beginner's guide to traveling for free. Eli is so good at travel hacking that he started his own consulting agency to help business owners turn their regular expenses into first-class travel wherever they go in the world. Today, he’s sharing his favorite travel credit cards, tips to fly for FREE for the next four years, the biggest credit card point mistakes, and beginner wins to get you your next trip for free. We’ll also touch on the unbelievable rewards you can get from travel hacking, such as $1,000+/night hotel rooms for free or even a visit to Richard Branson’s private island, ALL through credit card points. Say goodbye to flying coach; these credit card tips will upgrade not only your wallet but your entire trip! In This Episode We Cover The best beginner credit cards to start earning points TODAY How to travel for FREE for the next four years with Southwest’s “Companion Pass” Why you should NEVER take cash back for your credit card points (do THIS instead) The most bang-for-buck points transfers that’ll get you exceptional hotel stays for free Biggest beginner mistakes that’ll cost you when trying to travel hack How to fly to Europe in business class THIS YEAR with just 50,000 points And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Cards Mentioned in Today’s Show: Amex Gold Amex Platinum Barclays American Capital One Venture X Chase Freedom Chase Sapphire Preferred Citi American Costco Card Hilton Aspire Southwest Credit Cards Resources Mentioned in Today’s Show: AwardWallet CardPointers LoungeBuddy Max Miles Points One Mile at a Time TripIt Upgraded Points Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-514 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 26 March 2024

513: The “Red Flags” of Investment Fraud from a Former $3.8M Ponzi Scheme Manager

Please be advised: this podcast episode contains discussions about sensitive topics, including suicide, which may be distressing for some listeners. If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or emotional distress, help is available. You can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 to connect directly with trained counselors who can provide support and assistance 24/7. ____ Could you be ensnared in an elaborate Ponzi scheme? According to today’s guest, cases of financial fraud are MUCH more common than the average investor suspects. Tune in to learn how to protect your nest egg rather than leave your financial future in the hands of untrustworthy people! Welcome back to the BiggerPockets Money podcast! Today, we’re sitting down with investment fraudster turned anti-fraud advocate, James Brandolino. In 2003, James set out to start his own hedge fund, pooling over three million dollars from friends and family. But one “down” month was the catalyst for eight years of fraudulent activity—a Ponzi scheme that included lying to investors, mailing false statements, and pulling money from the fund to keep the lights on. When the guilt became too much to bear, James turned himself in and has since committed his life to warning investors about the real threat of fraud. In this episode, James shares his whole story—from starting his fund to serving six years in prison. He talks about common “red flags” to look out for when investing and the importance of due diligence when something seems off. Of course, fraud is prevalent in the real estate investing space as well. Stick around for tips on avoiding real estate scams and how to vet a syndication partner before entrusting them with your money! In This Episode We Cover How this former fraudster built a $3.8 million Ponzi scheme How to prevent investment fraud from happening to YOU The most common fraud “red flags” to watch out for How to properly vet someone before entrusting them with your money Investment fraud in real estate syndications (and how to avoid scams!) Using your own network to help uncover fraudulent activity And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-513 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 22 March 2024

512: Unemployment Inches Up, Inflation Returns, & Serious News for Student Loans

Has the job market finally flipped? Throughout most of the pandemic, it seemed that any and every worker was a hot commodity. Job-hopping was the new norm as businesses outbid each other to get the best talent. Now, thanks to rising interest rates, a slower economy, and a return to the office, it seems that employees don’t have the same negotiating power they did just a couple of years ago, and the new jobs numbers are showing this. Welcome to a new type of format on the BiggerPockets Money podcast—a headlines show! We’re taking some of the top news stories from the world of personal finance and the overall economy and giving you our takes so you can make better money decisions. First, a strong jobs report comes in, but unemployment still rises as Americans find it harder and harder to get the job they want. Are employers back in control after years of workers owning the market? Then, we’ll touch on the latest inflation numbers and why costs are rising even as work becomes less available. Student loan borrowers receive a huge win as getting their debt discharged during bankruptcy becomes even easier. This could cause significant ripple effects for which degrees become financeable in the future! Finally, a 529 plan update that now gives parents a HUGE reason to invest in their child’s future education. Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-512 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 19 March 2024

511: Pay Your Rent and Level Up Your Home with THIS Creative Side Hustle

Could one side hustle help you pay rent, save money to invest in real estate, or reach financial independence? Today’s guest picked up the perfect hobby that combines his background in art and love for home décor. The best part? It allows him to make extra money each month! Welcome back to the BiggerPockets Money podcast! Because Kyle William earns a modest salary in an expensive city, there’s no room for new furniture and décor in his budget. However, he has found a way to not only fully furnish his apartment without paying top dollar but also turn this passion into a profitable side hustle. In his spare time, he scours the web for items that people no longer value, uses his artistic eye and do-it-yourself (DIY) skills to restore them to peak condition, and then flips them online for a hefty profit! Could you turn your own passion into a money-making side hustle, too? Whether you’re interested in flipping furnitureor another hobby altogether, tune in as Kyle shares where to find unwanted items, the best DIY skills for beginners, and how to cash in on your hard work! In This Episode We Cover The DIY side hustle Kyle uses to cover his rent (and improve his home!) How to start your own furniture flipping side hustle The best places to find valuable used items that can be recycled Beginner do-it-yourself (DIY) skills that YOU can learn today Kyle’s best home decorating hacks for thrifty creatives And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Make an Extra $100/Day with These Work-From-Home Side Hustles How Anyone Can Easily Make Extra Money Using Side Hustles with Nick Loper Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-511 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 15 March 2024

510: Morgan Housel: Financial Lessons From History Anyone Can Use to Get Rich

Morgan Housel’s ground-breaking book, The Psychology of Money, changed how many Americans thought about saving, spending, and investing. Through a collection of financial lessons, Morgan opened up new thought patterns for many of us, showcasing that getting rich isn’t as complicated as you might think, but staying rich can be the actual challenge. Now, this personal finance powerhouse is back with a new book, Same as Ever. In Same as Ever, Morgan doubles down on what has, and most likely always will, work in the personal finance world. By showcasing some of the most commonly repeated financial events of the past, we can better shape our understanding of what will happen in the future and use history to our advantage to build even bigger wealth, enjoy our lives even more, and not repeat our past mistakes. But this episode goes much deeper than that. We talk about why so many Americans will die without building wealth, why people are afraid to invest, when to spend your wealth once you’ve built it, and exactly how Morgan invests his own money. Plus, why getting rich isn’t your biggest concern—staying rich is. In This Episode We Cover Why Morgan thinks you MUST be a “reasonable optimist” to get and stay rich Exactly how Morgan spends, saves, and invests his own money The real reason why most Americans will die without ever building wealth The “competition” which is always looking to take your success from you How to STOP being afraid of investing and start putting your future first When to spend your wealth and why dying with riches isn’t the real goal Financial regrets and mistakes of Morgan’s past, and advice for ANY investor And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! The Simple Path to Wealth—Index Funds Explained with JL Collins How to Get Rich Without Investing in Real Estate Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-510 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 12 March 2024

509: How to Build, Grow, Scale, and SELL Your Online Business

If you want to make money online in 2024, good news: it’s easier than ever! Just ask today’s guest, who had to bootstrap his online business before you could launch a business with little to no startup costs. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and need a little inspiration to get your next business idea rolling, this episode is for you! Welcome back to the BiggerPockets Money podcast! Today, we’re joined by serial entrepreneur Omar Zenhom from The $100 MBA Show. For many years, Omar worked as a full-time educator while nurturing his fledgling businesseson the side. Naturally, many of them didn’t work out. But rather than letting these failures deter him from entrepreneurship, Omar applied each new lesson to his next business venture. Eventually, he struck gold with WebinarNinja, a software company he scaled to 30,000 users before selling his business and enjoying the spoils. Want to achieve financial freedom without being reliant on your W2 job? Stick around to learn the ins and outs of building a business from the ground up—saving money to get started, leveraging your network to scale the business, and ultimately, selling your company for a huge profit! In This Episode We Cover How Omar built, scaled, and SOLD a multimillion-dollar SaaS (software as a service) company How to start your own online business from square one Why teaching is the ultimate skill you NEED to develop for business The pros and cons of bootstrapping versus raising capital Leveraging your network to help grow and scale your company Preparing to sell your business (and how to exit successfully!) And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! The Digital Nomad’s Guide to High-Income Skills and Making Money Online Humphrey Yang: How to Save $100, Quit Your Job, and Build a Business How I Turned My Tiny Side Hustle into a Multi-Million Dollar Business Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-509 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 8 March 2024

508: Budgeting Tips for Families Living on ONE Income

Can you really be a one-income family in 2024? Not if you don’t know how to budget! To achieve her money goalswhile living on a single middle-class income, Emy knew she had to take control of her finances and seize any opportunity to save money. Single or married, you’ll learn to do the same in this episode! Welcome back to the BiggerPockets Money podcast! Today, we’re chatting with budgeting coach Emy Lee, who was able to achieve her lifelong dream of being a stay-at-home mom by cleaning up her family’s finances. Of course, this was no easy feat. Growing up, Emy was taught very little about personal finance. It was only after shifting her mindset, creating a budget, and building smart money habits that she was able to make raising a family on one income a reality. In this episode, Emy shares some of her top budgeting tips—from saving money on groceries to avoiding common spending triggers. You’ll also learn about the 50/30/20 rule that makes budgeting easy, the “spendfluencing” problem to be mindful of when scrolling through social media, and the budgeting hack people with irregular income can use to keep their finances in order! In This Episode We Cover How Emy raises a family on a single middle-class income Lowering your grocery bill each month with simple shopping hacks The “carryover” fund that people with variable income MUST have How to avoid “spendfluencing” pitfalls on social media The most common spending triggers (and how to combat them!) Creating a realistic budget for your family using the 50/30/20 rule And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Slash Your Food Budget by $150+ Per Week with EASY, Healthy, and Tasty Meals Food Spending Eating Away at Your FI Plans? Here’s How to Eat for Cheap Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-508 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 5 March 2024

507: The Path to Early FI, Transferring 401(k) Funds, & Wiping Out Bad Car Debt

Everyone wants to reach financial independence as soon as possible. But if you really want to get on the path to early FI, you’ve got to start making savvy money decisions TODAY. And we’ve got a few tips, tricks, and tools that will help you out! Welcome back to the BiggerPockets Money podcast! In this episode, Mindy and Amanda Wolfe are fielding questions from the r/PersonalFinance subreddit and delivering their best money tips for scenarios that YOU could easily find yourself in. First, we get into 401(k) accounts and some of the different ways to transfer funds when you leave your employer. We also go over some of the different strategies for budgeting, investing, and saving money that will help you reach financial freedom early. But that’s not all! If you live in an area with a competitive housing market, we discuss whether you should ever waive a home inspection to help sweeten your offer. We even talk about the idea of buying a house outright versus going the route of a traditional mortgage. Is a large car payment thwarting your path to financial freedom? Stay tuned for a few creative ways to get rid of that bad debt for good! In This Episode We Cover Tips and tricks to help you reach financial independence early What to do with a 401(k) account from a previous employer Buying your home outright versus getting a traditional mortgage Whether you should ever waive your home inspection when buying a house Creative ways to eliminate car debt (and save thousands in the process!) And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders The Millionaire Fast-Track: How to Hit Financial Freedom Before 30 How to Pull Yourself Out of Car, Student, or Credit Card Debt Fidelity Investments She Wolf of Wall Street Website Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-507 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 1 March 2024

506: How to Use Your Money "Archetype" to Address Your Biggest Financial Burdens

After tremendous research, the “MoneyType” quiz was finally released. All you need to do is answer some basic questions, and in a matter of minutes, you’ll know your biggest financial strengths and burdens, the money traps you could fall into, and how to use your own money “gift” to make your life, and your loved ones’ lives, even better. But before you write off the MoneyType quiz as just another personality test, we can tell you from personal experience it’s shockingly accurate. And there’s no one better to talk about the MoneyType process than the co-founder of HerMoney and co-creator of the MoneyType personality quiz, Jean Chatzky. Jean’s team tested the MoneyType process on hundreds of people, uncovering the core personality traits that could make you a producer, visionary, nurturer, independent, or connoisseur, and what to do once you know what MoneyType you are. In today’s show, Mindy and Scott share their results from the quiz as Jean walks through each of these financial archetypes in detail. You’ll learn what strengths each archetype has, the financial pitfalls they easily fall into, the gifts they can use to empower themselves and others, and the financial pleasures each type lives for. Plus, you can take the MoneyType quiz completely for free here! In This Episode We Cover The five financial archetypes and the pros, cons, and pitfalls of each of them Mindy and Scott’s most prominent MoneyType (and how it led them to financial success) The “sabotage” points of each personality that could lead to HUGE financial problems Using your MoneyType to set up financial “guardrails” in your life and protect against your personality’s downsides Using your MoneyType to understand your partner, family members, and friends more Mindy’s two-percent MoneyType match that proves why it’s SO hard for her to spend money And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Take the Free MoneyType Quiz Understanding How Your Personal Money Story Shapes Your Financial Future w/Jean Chatzky Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-506 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 27 February 2024

505: Need a Financial Advisor? Start Here!

Most financial advisors aren’t what they seem. They paint themselves as stewards of your financial security, carefully analyzing every investment they put your money into. But that’s far from the truth. Many financial advisors simply use you to make a quick buck, leaving you worse for wear when it comes to retirement. So, how do you find a financial advisor who will actually help you build wealth without filling their own pockets at your expense? We’re about to give you the roadmap to finding the perfect financial advisor. We’re back with Jeremy Schneider, the bootstrapped founder who became an overnight millionaire thanks to a decade of tough decisions. This time, Jeremy shares about the world of financial advising, ranking the types of advisors from worst to best and sharing why that life insurance policy might be a BAD financial decision. If you’re struggling to find financial advice from a neutral third party who truly wants the best for your finances, this is the episode to listen to. Jeremy talks about the two financial advisors to never trust, the costly difference between fee-based and fee-only advisors, the financial “meth” that could cost you in the long run, and exactly where to find a financial advisor that truly works for YOU. In This Episode We Cover The four types of financial advisors and the two you MUST stay away from Fee-based vs. fee-only financial advisors and why you CANNOT afford to mix these up The “whole life insurance” scam that’s trapping many Americans with false financial promises The sneaky commissions financial advisors make that you have no idea about One place you can go to find trusted financial advisors with NO strings attached And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Past Episodes Mentioned in Today’s Show: Michael Kitces A Purple Mom Life Insurance (Joe Saul-Sehy) Whole Life Insurance (The White Coat Investor) Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-505 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 23 February 2024

504: Early Retirement at 36 by Doing What EVERY Entrepreneur Should

If you want to reach early retirement, especially in your thirties, you’ll need to take some big risks. Today’s guest turned down what would have been a dream salary to many people, choosing to work for himself while making close to a third as much as a job would have paid him. He put in the time and sweat, making just enough money to survive for over a decade, living as frugally as he could so he could roll everything back into his business. Then, overnight, he became a multimillionaire. And guess what? You can, too. One day, at the age of thirty-four, Jeremy Schneider found himself $2,000,000 richer than he had been the day before. He had successfully sold a company he’d been building for a decade, making him, his family, and his employees wealthy in the process. Then, he did what every burnt-out founder does: travel the world, play volleyball and video games, and get some much-needed rest. But soon after, he decided to return to work, focusing on something much more important. In this episode, Jeremy gives a masterclass on the right way to build your business, how to sell it for millions more than you were originally offered, and exactly what you should do with the money afterward to STAY financially free. In This Episode We Cover How to reach early retirement in your thirties by building (and selling) a business When it makes sense to take a paycheck vs. bet on yourself How companies are bought and sold and the negotiations behind closed doors The MASSIVE amount of taxes Jeremy had to pay after selling his business What Jeremy did with his $2,000,000 payday that set him up for life And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Find an Investor-Friendly Agent in Your Area Find Investor-Friendly Lenders Past Episodes Mentioned in Today’s Show: Michael Kitces A Purple Mom Life Insurance (Joe Saul-Sehy) Whole Life Insurance (The White Coat Investor) Lump Sum vs Dollar Cost Average Calculator Grab the Book “Die with Zero” Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-504 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2024

503: How to Keep MORE of Your Inheritance From the IRS (Avoid These Tax Mistakes!)

With solid tax planning, receiving an inheritance could provide an enormous boost on your journey to financial freedom. One misstep, on the other hand, and you could be lining Uncle Sam’s pockets. Fortunately, we’ve brought on a tax professional to help you keep as much of your newfound money as possible. There are two certainties in life: death and taxes. In this episode of the BiggerPockets Money podcast, we’re combining them. Sean Mullaney, The FI Tax Guy, returns to the show to lend his expertise on inherited investment accounts. Whether you’re the spouse, child, or sibling of a loved one who has recently passed, you’ll need a plan for managing these financial assets. Otherwise, a huge inheritance “tax bomb” could be waiting for you down the line! Sean discusses the four “buckets” of assets you can inherit and the steps you should take in each scenario. You’ll also learn about the “step-up in basis” exemption that allows you to dodge capital gains tax on certain accounts, as well as when you might need to take required minimum distributions (RMD)—even if you’re far from retirement. Grab your pen and paper as we get into the nitty-gritty of inheriting wealth. In This Episode We Cover How to pay less tax on your inherited investment accounts The four “buckets” of financial assets you might inherit Navigating the “ten-year rule” and preventing a HUGE tax bill Dodging capital gains tax with the “step-up in basis” exemption How to avoid early withdrawal penalties on spousal accounts The “worst” account to leave for an heir (and what to do with it instead!) How to pass a retirement account on to a spouse, child, or sibling And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Find a Tax Professional Today Estate Planning, Wills, and What to Do NOW to Protect Your Heirs The Post-Passing Plan: 3 Steps to Protect Your Family’s Financial Future Hear Our Last Epiosde with Sean Grab Your Copy of “Die With Zero” Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-503 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 16 February 2024

502: The Money Apps, Habits, and Productivity Hacks That Helped Us Find FI

These personal finance apps, tools, products, and habits helped us reach financial independence, and they can do the same for you. If you’re on the road to FIRE or have finally made it to financial freedom, ANY of these tools can help you save, invest, and learn more along the way. But we’re not just sharing the FIRE toolkit we love; we’re also sharing the products we’re ditching, plus what we’re replacing them with for a brighter financial future! If you’re already feeling lost with your financial New Year’s resolutions, worry not because these personal finance apps, tools, products, and habits are here to help! Mindy and Scott will walk through every tool they love, what they can live without, and what helped them reach financial independence. We’ll talk about budgeting and money management apps, goal-setting processes that’ll help you achieve even your wildest dreams, how to learn faster than ever, and the“life-changing” money products we would never replace. If you’re in need of beefing up your arsenal of financial independence tools, this is the episode to tune into! Wondering where you can find links to all the products and services mentioned in today’s show? Just scroll down in the show notes! In This Episode We Cover Why you may want to try spending MORE (yes, MORE) in 2024 if you’re in THIS position Indispensable personal finance tools that helped us reach financial freedom Budgeting apps that we personally use to track our monthly spending Mindy’s smart travel hack that’ll help you avoid productivity-killing jetlag The one “journal” that changed Scott’s life forever (and where to find it) How to learn faster than ever before and boost your reading speed significantly The BIG investment Scott is ditching in 2024 and the “crash” on the horizon And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggePockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Tools and Products From The Show: Monarch Money Stessa Venmo Ally Bank Charles Schwab Audible Kindle Unlimited Living Your Best Year Ever Journal Google Keep Empower Personal Wealth The Harsh Reality Real Estate Syndicators (and Investors) Face in 2024 Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-502 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2024

501: Finance Friday: When to STOP Investing and Start Saving Cash Instead

Do you have a cash flow problem? You’re not alone! Dan invests in real estate, has a great W2 job, and maxes out his investment accounts. He wants to hit financial independence by forty, but his lack of cash is making things difficult. Something’s got to give, and Mindy and Scott are here to help! Welcome back to the BiggerPockets Money podcast! Dan has done an amazing job investing for the future and house hacking throughout his 20s. But now he’s got a MAJOR problem on his hands. Although he and his wife earn around $200,000 per year, they have little to no cash available. With real estate debt, hospital bills, and new baby expenses, Dan is starting to feel the pressure. That extra cash he was able to accumulate only a few years ago? It’s not so easy to find anymore. In this episode, Mindy and Scott take a deep dive into Dan’s finances to help solve his cash flow problem. Should he follow his real estate dream and pause his retirement account contributions or pivot to a job that will increase his income by another $50,000 per year? Stay tuned to find out! In This Episode We Cover Savvy ways to increase your cash flow without taking on more debt Dan’s house hacking strategy that covers a HUGE chunk of his mortgage Using a home equity line of credit (HELOC) to buy real estate How to ask for a raise (and when to pivot to a higher-paying job) Investing in real estate versus building up your retirement accounts How Dan plans to reach $10,000/month in “passive” income by the age of forty And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Intentionally Choosing the Path to Financial Independence with Financial Mechanic Systematically Increasing Income and Intentionally Decreasing Spending with A Purple Life Breaking the Taboo of Talking About Money with Friends, Family, and Bosses Hear Dan on the “Real Estate Rookie” Podcast Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-501 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 9 February 2024

500: FIRE Advice from Codie Sanchez, Ramit Sethi, Money with Katie, and More!

After 500 BiggerPockets Money episodes, we’ve learned a thing or two about financial independence. But, for this special episode, we wanted to find some of the best advice we’ve ever received on the show—advice that changed our lives as much as it did yours. So, we’ve lined up a few of our favorite clips from the past 500 episodes with top-tier guests like Codie Sanchez, Ramit Sethi, and more. If you’re a new listener of BiggerPockets Money, this is just a TASTE of what you’ll hear on future episodes. We’ll touch on a “financial awakening” one of our past guests had, finding that many of us live a “broken” life without even realizing it. Then, a spending hack that lets you live in frugal luxury while slashing your expenses. We talk abouthow to escape your nine-to-five and buy a business that helps you achieve true financial freedom. Finally, the “worry-free number” you MUST calculate unless you want to experience zero joy from all the wealth you’ve built. Hard-hitting stuff, right? Thanks for sticking around with us for 500 episodes of the BiggerPockets Money show. We could not have made this podcast happen without you, and we’re looking forward to hearing from and potentially even featuring YOU on an upcoming episode! In This Episode We Cover The “little choices” you’re making that’s blowing your budget every single month Why living for the weekend is killing your bank account and financial future How to live a frugally luxurious life by buying what you truly WANT The ten steps to buying a “boring business” that’ll replace your income The “worry-free number” that removes the emotional weight of finances and lets you actually have fun with your money What you can expect from the BiggerPockets Money podcast in 2024! And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Mindy on Instagram Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Money with Katie’s Middle-Class Myths and The Great Roth vs. 401K Debate Liz Frugalwoods: Designing a Frugal But Luxurious FI Life by Age 32 Codie Sanchez: These “Boring Businesses” Will Make You Rich Ramit Sethi's Money Advice for Couples: Live a Rich Life, Together Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-500 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 6 February 2024

499: How to Make Money as an Artist

Most people pursuing financial independence own businesses or have stable jobs, working as hard as they can to make any extra dollar, throwing their money into the stock market or real estate, and betting on the economy to take them to higher and higher levels of wealth. But what about those who AREN’T chasing every dollar or dedicating their lives to the pursuit of passive income? Can creatives, musicians, writers, or anyone wondering how to make money as an artist still find FIRE? Today, we’re talking to Paco de Leon, business owner, musician, podcast host, and author of Finance for the People: Getting a Grip on Your Finances. Paco’s world involves working with other creatives who rarely speak or think about money, helping them link their creative work with cash flow so they can continue doing what they love while building wealth for the future. Paco knows the system we live in isn’t perfect but recognizes that simply not participating isn’t an option. So, she serves as a voice for those who want to make a difference in the world, go against the grain, or care more about people than profit. In today’s episode, she’ll share the common money mistakes most creatives make that end up hurting them in the long run and why making money and building wealth is something ANYONE can accomplish, no matter your life’s passion! In This Episode We Cover Common money problems for creatives and how to build wealth without selling out The two ways you’ll get rich and how you can “create” your own financial independence Why your good “idea” isn’t enough, and what you MUST do to make money off of it Living in an imperfect world and the “dark side” of capitalism many people ignore Why making money and making art are NOT mutually exclusive (and how to do both!) And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Codie Sanchez: These “Boring Businesses” Will Make You Rich Alex Hormozi on The “Weak Links” That Will Make Anyone a Millionaire What Playing in a Band Taught Me About Making Money Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-499 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 2 February 2024

498: Paying Off $118K of Debt in 2 Years and Buying Real Estate (16 Units!)

Real estate investing is a popular path to financial freedom, but if you’re not careful, bad debt can get in the way. Before today’s guest could buy rental properties, she had to deal with the mountain of debt that stood between her and wealth. But thanks to aggressive saving and new money habits, she became debt-free in just TWO years! Sarah King has been thrown several curveballs on her journey to financial independence. Just when she had managed to pay off $118,000 of debt and buy five properties, her marriage ended in a nasty divorce. Forced to liquidate her and her husband’s assets, Sarah was back at square one. Rather than giving up on her dream of reaching FIRE, she overcame her shaky financial situation and found creative ways to buy real estate. Within a few months, she was back on her feet, and today, she owns sixteen units across ten properties! In this episode, Sarah offers some crucial advice for aspiring investors—including why you should get your financial house in order before buying properties, how to leverage your retirement accounts to buy more properties, and how to use private money (responsibly). You’ll even learn about house hacking—the real estate investing strategy Sarah uses to cover her mortgage payment each month! In This Episode We Cover How to reach financial freedom by investing in real estate The three areas of your finances that will help you build wealth faster How to pay off BAD debt as quickly as possible Why you MUST get your financial house in order before buying properties How to use private money to buy MORE real estate Covering your mortgage payment with the house hacking strategy And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment From Toxic-Marriage to Financially Independent Mom with 13 Units How to Achieve Financial Freedom Through Real Estate in 4 Steps Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-498 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 30 January 2024

497: Persuasion Secrets and Predatory Practices Businesses Use on YOU

By the time you finish this episode, you’ll be ten thousand dollars richer. Just read this testimonial from a recent BiggerPockets Money listener, “I’m so rich now, I have no idea what to spend all my money on. And all it took was listening to this episode.” But act fast because, in five minutes, this episode WON’T be available anymore. None of the above is true. But you probably caught on to a few of the psychological tricks many marketers use to push you into purchasing, even when you’re not ready to. And with so much mentoring, online course-selling, guru-ing, and get-rich-quick promising, it’s hard NOT to fall into these traps. How do you know who actually wants to help you and who’s just waiting to grab onto your wallet? Tarzan Kay has spent years using persuasion-first business tactics to prompt potential customers into purchasing, building a seven-figure income stream in the process. It wasn’t until she realized that these tactics did more harm than help that she decided to burn down the business she had built. Now, she’s sharing all the persuasion secrets marketers are using on YOU and teaching you how to build a business the better way. In This Episode We Cover The “principles of persuasion” businesses use to trick you into buying Common predatory practices online gurus and mentors commonly use HUGE red flags to watch out for before you buy ANY online course How to ensure your business NEVER tricks potential customers into buying Vetting your own clients and customers BEFORE they have the chance to pay you And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Warning: Why You Shouldn’t Buy What the Gurus Are Selling Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-497 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 26 January 2024

496: 24 Money Tips for 2024: How to Save on Rent AND Travel for Free!

If you want to reach financial freedom, knowing how to save money is crucial. Today, Mindy and Kyle deliver some special tips that will help you save on housing, food, travel, and other common money categories in 2024! In this final episode of our four-part money tips series, we’re looking to help you improve your quality of life while saving money. Do you pay a premium to live in an expensive city that you don’t have time to explore? Perhaps it’s time to pack up and move to an area with a lower cost of living. Instead, scratch your itch to see the world by using credit cards to travel for FREE! Is your monthly grocery bill getting out of control? Choose a cheaper store, take advantage of sales, or do “mini” shops that help you eliminate waste. Finally, do you spend a fortune on things like eating out or going to the spa? Learn how you can recreate these experiences at home for a fraction of the cost! In This Episode We Cover How to save money on groceries with savvy food budget tips Why you should consider moving to an area with a lower cost of living Creating “at-home” experiences that put money back in your pocket How to improve your quality of life with small but effective upgrades Building the healthy habit of charitable giving (and how to plan your donations!) Choosing a FIRE goal that gives you “enough” money to support your lifestyle Traveling for FREE by racking up credit card rewards And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Check Out Part 1 of Our 24 Money Tips for 2024 Check Out Part 2 of Our 24 Money Tips for 2024 Check Out Part 3 of Our 24 Money Tips for 2024 Ramit Sethi Revisited: Spend Like Your Life Depends on It Slash Your Food Budget by $150+ Per Week with EASY, Healthy, and Tasty Meals Learn How to Travel for FREE Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-496 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 25 January 2024

495: The Digital Nomad’s Guide to High-Income Skills and Making Money Online

Learning high-income skills can help you make money online—and a LOT of it! Just ask today’s guest, who worked not one but SEVEN internships to develop professional skills that would help her launch several successful online businesses down the road! Welcome back to the BiggerPockets Money podcast! Jo Franco is an entrepreneur, YouTuber, podcast host, and digital nomad with multiple income streams. Born to undocumented immigrants, Jo didn’t have much growing up other than her family and a chance to pursue the American Dream, but what she lacked in money and resources, she made up for in pure work ethic. Throughout her teens and twenties, Jo worked all kinds of jobs, side hustles, gigs, and internships that allowed her to save money and even travel the world for FREE. Since then, Jo has had her own Netflix show, built a successful YouTube channel, and launched her own journaling company. In this episode, she shares exactly how she made all of this happen, the keys to her success, and important money management tips for entrepreneurs. She also talks about the biggest mistake she has made in her career to date: hiring the wrong people! In This Episode We Cover The high-income skills you NEED to become a successful entrepreneur How to become a digital nomad (and travel the world for FREE) Reducing your financial risk by keeping your expenses down The true value of unpaid internships (and how to make the most of them!) Crucial money management tips for all entrepreneurs How to save money WITHOUT the consistency of a W2 paycheck How to get the highest return on your investment in people And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Check Out Our 24 Money Tips for 2024: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-495 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 23 January 2024

494: How to Buy a House with BAD Credit in 2024

Want to learn how to buy a house in 2024? Whether you have outstanding credit or your score could use a little work, there are different ways to buy. In this episode, we’ll lay out your best options and provide actionable steps you can take to boost your credit score in the meantime! Welcome back to the BiggerPockets Money podcast! Today, Mindy and Kyle are fielding some of your biggest money questions. Beyond buying a home, you’ll learn how to use your home equity to fund your new business idea. Have you run into some “extra” cash recently? We share investing strategies that will allow you to “hack” tax brackets and position yourself to retire early. This year, it’s crucial that you get on the same page with your partner, financially. Mindy and Kyle talk about the tough but essential “meetings” you should be having about your budget. Finally, is there ever a time when it makes sense to buy a depreciating asset like a brand-new car? Our hosts’ answer might surprise you! If you want Mindy and Kyle to answer a money question, you can submit a question here or post it in the Money Facebook Group! In This Episode We Cover How to buy a house in 2024 with less-than-perfect credit What you MUST know before entering a home equity agreement The BEST ways to fund your new business idea How to buy a brand-new car and stay on track for FIRE How to invest “extra” money and “hack” your tax bracket to owe less The finance “meetings” you NEED to have with your partner And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment When to Buy New vs. Used and is That Car Repair Worth the Cash The Money Date: What You Should (And Definitely Should Not) Do to Align Your Finances as a Couple Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) with Scott Rieckens Ramit Sethi’s Money Advice for Couples: Live a Rich Life, Together Grab Your Copy of “Playing with FIRE” Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-494 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 19 January 2024

494: How to Buy a House, Fund a Business, & Invest “Extra” Cash in 2024

Want to learn how to buy a house in 2024? Whether you have outstanding credit or your score could use a little work, there are different ways to buy. In this episode, we’ll lay out your best options and provide actionable steps you can take to boost your credit score in the meantime! Welcome back to the BiggerPockets Money podcast! Today, Mindy and Kyle are fielding some of your biggest money questions. Beyond buying a home, you’ll learn how to use your home equity to fund your new business idea. Have you run into some “extra” cash recently? We share investing strategies that will allow you to “hack” tax brackets and position yourself to retire early. This year, it’s crucial that you get on the same page with your partner, financially. Mindy and Kyle talk about the tough but essential “meetings” you should be having about your budget. Finally, is there ever a time when it makes sense to buy a depreciating asset like a brand-new car? Our hosts’ answer might surprise you! If you want Mindy and Kyle to answer a money question, you can submit a question here or post it in the Money Facebook Group! In This Episode We Cover How to buy a house in 2024 with less-than-perfect credit What you MUST know before entering a home equity agreement The BEST ways to fund your new business idea How to buy a brand-new car and stay on track for FIRE How to invest “extra” money and “hack” your tax bracket to owe less The finance “meetings” you NEED to have with your partner And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment When to Buy New vs. Used and is That Car Repair Worth the Cash The Money Date: What You Should (And Definitely Should Not) Do to Align Your Finances as a Couple Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) with Scott Rieckens Ramit Sethi’s Money Advice for Couples: Live a Rich Life, Together Grab Your Copy of “Playing with FIRE” Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-494 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 19 January 2024

493: 24 Money Tips for 2024: The BEST Ways to Invest Your Money THIS Year

Looking to be a better investor in 2024? A few simple adjustments could help your money work much harder for you this year, and our hosts are here to lend a hand! In part three of our four-part money tips series to kick off 2024, Mindy and Kyle offer some top-notch advice on how to invest your money this year. You’ll learn about the importance of tracking your finances year-round, savvy retirement planning, and, if you’re a real estate investor, putting some of your “lazy” equity to better use! Beyond investing, our hosts provide several money hacks that will help you chip away at your expenses this year—whether it’s taking advantage of autopay or annual-pay discounts or pivoting to a low-cost phone plan. Finally, they discuss how spending money can actually propel you toward your FIRE goal! In This Episode We Cover How to be a better investor in 2024 and beyond Finding the perfect method to track your finances year-round Paying a fraction of your current phone bill by switching to a cheaper plan Saving money on bills with autopay and annual pay options How to spend money, enjoy your life, and still save BIG Getting the highest retirement account benefit by planning contributions Making your money work harder by optimizing your investment portfolio Reinvesting the “lazy” equity in your real estate portfolio And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Check Out Part 1 of Our 24 Money Tips for 2024 Check Out Part 2 of Our 24 Money Tips for 2024 Ramit Sethi Revisited: Spend Like Your Life Depends on It Find a Discount Phone Plan: Mint Mobile Visible Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-493 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 18 January 2024

492: How Much Do You NEED to Retire? It’s Less Than You’d Think

Everyone tells you you’ll need millions to retire, let alone retire early. You hear it all over mainstream financial media, “You need FIVE million dollars” or “Three million dollars is enough, but you have to be frugal!” Even having half a million dollars in investments seems like a lofty goal for most Americans. Are these financial “experts” just out of touch with the everyday person? And if so, is there a way to retire with less than a million dollars? Surprisingly, yes! Wes Moss, certified financial planner, money educator, and author of the best-selling book You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think, is here to show you that retirement isn’t that far away. Through some simple calculations, Wes enlightens us on how many Americans are already in the position to retire and why you don’t need many millions to live a comfortable post-work life. But that’s just the tip of this financial education iceberg. We get into a much deeper discussion with Wes about what a happy retirement really looks like and the key signs that you’ll live a satisfying retirement life. There are two main factors to a happy retirement, and if you haven’t been paying attention to them, you can almost guarantee you WON’T enjoy financial freedom when you achieve it. So, if you want a happier, healthier, wealthier, and longer retirement, stick around! In This Episode We Cover The two most crucial factors of having a happy retirement (it’s NOT money) Why you DON’T need to be a millionaire to retire or retire early The wave of “unretired” and why those over fifty-five are going back into the workforce Why eighty percent of Americans DON’T like their job and how this is hurting retirement investing The multiple streams of income you need to retire on your terms Social security, pensions, and other retirement income many Americans forget about in their calculations And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Bill Bengen (The Inventor of the 4% Rule) Talks Retirement, Past Crashes, and How You Can Withdraw Even More! Motley Fool: The Retirement Planning Roadmap: 401(k)s, Real Estate, Bonds & More Michael Kitces: Does the 4% Rule Hold During 2022’s Stock Market Crash? Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-492 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 16 January 2024

491: Why You DON’T Need a College Degree to Reach Financial Freedom

Do you dream of hitting financial independence before the age of fifty, forty, or even thirty? In this episode, we’re joined by two of the SheeksFreaks community’s finest—a pair of scrappy entrepreneurs who decided to skip collegeand pursue a much faster path to financial freedom. First up, we chat with Adrian Zapata, a twenty-two-year-old serial entrepreneur who now owns multiple thriving seasonal businesses. During the spring, summer, and fall months, Adrian delivers lawn care and tree trimming servicesto the locals of San Antonio, Texas. But, once the holiday season rolls around, that’s when the real cash cow takes over: a Christmas lights installation business that brings in a whopping $115,000 in only two months! Next, Javier Leyva shares how he was able to achieve financial independence by just twenty-six years old despite his underprivileged upbringing. After performing his own cost-benefit analysis, Javier determined that getting a traditional bachelor’s degree wasn’t the right path for him. Instead, he joined the workforce and took actionable steps toward FI—doubling down on saving money, finding a higher-paying job, and increasing his income with the house hacking strategy! In This Episode We Cover Two unique ways to achieve financial independence before the age of 30 How to boost your income with the house hacking strategy The HUGE revenue potential of building a seasonal business The case for SKIPPING college and choosing the straight path to FI Why you NEED to plug into a personal finance community (and stay accountable!) Why financial education—NOT a college degree—is the key to financial freedom And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Is College Worth the Cost? This 30,000 Variable Study Says “Sometimes…” Why 40% of Master’s Degrees Aren’t Worth It (and Which Are) w/Preston Cooper 20 Year-Old Minimum Wage Marine with $850K in Real Estate Building a $1 Million Net Worth in Only 3 Years by Investing in Real Estate Hear Our Last Episode with the SheeksFreaks Success Stories Join the SheeksFreaks Community Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-491 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 12 January 2024

490: 24 Money Tips for 2024: How to Slash Your Expenses and Save MORE This Year

With a few money tips for 2024, you could take your savings to a new level this year. From investment fees to utilities, there are all kinds of everyday expenses that you might not have thought to slash! Welcome back to the BiggerPockets Money podcast! In part two of our money tips series, Mindy and Kyle go over some of the best and easiest ways to save money. If you haven’t shopped around for insurance in the last year, chances are you’re paying too much! We talk about how finding a broker can help you out in a big way. We also recommend several home upgrades—such as installing LED bulbs, adding insulation to your attic, and investing in low-flow showerheads—that could help you save a fortune on your energy bill. You’ll find out that even something as simple as stashing your tax refund in a savings account could make a huge difference! In This Episode We Cover How to find out if you’re spending too much on investment fees The energy-efficient home upgrades you NEED to make in 2024 How to save a fortune on your electric bill by insulating your attic The SMART way to use your tax refund this year Why you NEED to shop for insurance every six months (and find a broker!) Protecting your family’s financial future before you pass away And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Check Out Part 1 of Our 24 Money Tips for 2024 How to Find the Best Possible Certified Financial Planner (CFP) for Your Needs with Kyle Mast The Post-Passing Plan: 3 Steps to Protect Your Family’s Financial Future Organize Your Family’s Most Important Information with the Family Emergency Binder Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-490 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 January 2024

489: Humphrey Yang: How to Save $100K, Quit Your Job, and Build a Business

You probably already know who Humphrey Yang is, and even if you don’t, there’s a good chance you’ve seen one of his YouTube, TikTok, or Instagram videos. A few years ago, Humphrey’s internet presence was almost non-existent. He was living off savings, trying to find a business that would hit traction, until one day, he started posting financial content online. Within thirty days, he had a six-figure follower count. But this wasn’t by luck or accident; it was by design. Humphrey knew that to start any successful business, it would take testing—a lot of testing. So, he set out to test content that not many other people were making, showing anyone and everyone on the internet what not to buy, the best ways to invest, and how they, too, could become wealthy, or at least not end up broke. But Humphrey was ONLY able to do this after saving up a significant amount of money from past jobs, going extremely frugal, and realizing that he needed to do whatever it took to work for himself. And if you’re struggling to find your path and feel like being an entrepreneur is what you’re meant to do, Humphrey can help! In this episode, he’ll show you EXACTLY how he “tested” his way to wealth, made financial and entrepreneurial “hypotheses,” and grew an online following to over a million people in just a few years. In This Episode We Cover The benefits of extreme frugality and how to save six figures on an average salary Starting your own business and how to “test" whether it’ll stick Going viral online in only a month and how to find your niche with customers/viewers Why you MUST fail at multiple businesses before you find success Using your “unfair” advantage to get ahead in whatever industry you’re in And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment Grab Your Copy of “Set for Life” Starting Successful Businesses with NO Industry Experience 10 Tips For Leaving Your 9-5 and Adjusting to Life as an Entrepreneur The #1 Wealth Killer No One Talks About Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-489 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 9 January 2024

488: How to Pay Off Credit Card Debt FAST ($30K+ in 1 Year!)

Today, we’re going to show you how to pay off credit card debt FAST. It isn’t glamorous, and it won’t be easy, but if you can do it, an entire world of wealth-building, opportunity, and financial freedom awaits. So, if you’ve gotthousands in credit card and consumer debt and are tired of feeling shackled to failing finances, get ready to take some notes—this is what it takes to become debt-free! Brittney Reynolds found herself like many Americans: out of money, maxed out on credit cards, living well above her means, and having no financial independence. She was going on vacations she couldn’t afford, renting in a high-cost-of-living area, seeing her debt climb with every swipe, but realizing too late how much of a problem it was. By the time Brittney faced reality, her credit card debt had ballooned to $36,000. But, instead of ignoring it, she made some drastic life changes. Now, only a few months into her debt payoff journey, Brittney has already paid off $12,000 in credit card debt, with plans to be entirely debt-free by the start of the summer. How will she pay off such a massive amount of debt in under a year? Stick around to hear her strategy; if you’re in a situation like her, you too could be debt-free faster than you think! In This Episode We Cover How to pay off credit card debt FAST, no matter how big your balance is Building wealth as a complete beginner and how to invest when starting from zero The simple ways that we overspend without even realizing it How not having enough savings can leave you vulnerable in life One move that will help Brittney pay off her debt in record time Whether to invest, save, do both, or neither while paying off debt And So Much More! Links from the Show BiggerPockets Money Facebook Group Network with Other Investors on The Path to FIRE Through the BiggerPockets Forums Finance Review Guest Onboarding Join BiggerPockets for FREE Mindy on BiggerPockets Scott on BiggerPockets Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Apply to Be a Guest on The Money Show Podcast Talent Search! Money Moment How to Pay Down Bad Debt—Fast Click here to check the full show notes: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/money-488 Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email us: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 5 January 2024

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