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Hershswish
Dec 11
Rating:   10
From Fantasy Football Podcasts to FI Podcasts

Jonathan and Brad are great! My wife and I were already heading down the FI path, but now we have the tools and knowledge to do it smarter and with more confidence. For us, the 4 key variables in the FIRE equation are salary income, investing, taxes, and expenses. We were already doing well in the income, investing, and expenses aspect but these two beautiful gentleman opened our eyes to tax optimization in a way I couldn’t imagine. We were contributing to our 401Ks only enough to get our company match because we were afraid to have too much money locked up until 59.5. Thanks to what I’ve learned from ChooseFI regarding tax conversion ladders, tax gain harvesting, and income/distributions at the 0% tax rate, we are able to reduce our federal income taxes by $8,500 per year! Our timeframe for FI has been reduced by a couple of years due to this amazing and POWERFUL knowledge. And to think, I used to primarily listen to fantasy football podcasts in the hopes of finishing top 3 and getting a $300 cash prize. Keep up the great work!!!

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RNmom24
Dec 10
Rating:   10
Great podcast and FB Group community

Long time listener and supporter. I am a single mom, listening to your podcast and being part of your FB group has truly empowered me to handle my finances and future with great confidence. This community is so kind and helpful. I’m so glad to be part of it. Keep up the great work, you’re truly making an impact around the world.

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rayburnpu
Dec 10
Rating:   10
Amazing topics, not just financial either!

This is hands down my favorite podcast! I started because of learning the vast world of finances. But I stuck around because of the community and willingness to be human! Brad & Jonathan cover many topics that are applicable to life and bring on guests that have experience on the topic! I started listening this past spring at episode #1 and am about caught up! Thanks for being real and bringing on good topics!

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JD Mitchell
Dec 10
Rating:   10
'Tis the Season

It's two weeks before Christmas and you've still got a long list of presents to buy and malls to visit, even though you'd rather be saving more and spending time on your couch, staring at your Christmas tree. Choose FI isn't just a podcast about ratios and equations -- it's about recognizing your priorities (staying at home and staring at the Christmas tree) and spending (or not spending) your money to live those priorities. Fantastic, thoughtful guest speakers and actionable advice. Brad, Jonathan and M.K. are the best company for my daily bus ride.

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Skeletal Tactics
Dec 9
Rating:   10
It's a game changer

What a year its been since we have found you guys! We started out with a net worth of 18k in Feburary of 2019 and as of today we are at $106k. I love the technical number side of the show and my wife loves the real world application part. Together we have been unstoppable. Ya'll have helped us grow our accounts and our relationship. Also, im trying for a really great "Frugal win of the week" here. Our library doesnt' have Dominick Quartuccio's book and I figure this could be a great way to possibly obtain it for a xmas gift.This is a fire I am fully behind spreading,AlbertAuburn, CA

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PBrox858
Dec 9
Rating:   10
Great guidance that finally sticks!

Jonathan and Brad have found great ways to articulate and highlight the key foundations of FI. I’ve tried many times to get my family on board with FI principles of frugality and investing but it wasn’t until they listened to Jonathan and Brad that it finally stuck. Now we have spirited discussions on how to achieve FI and have that freedom together. Thank you Jonathan and Brad!

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Erika dear
Dec 8
Rating:   10
These guys are amazing!

I am so glad that I found your podcast. Since listening to you guys I have maxed out my 401k, maxed out my Roth IRA, opened up a Chase preferred card which is covering my trip to Texas to visit my parents this Christmas and got a second job to put all of my earning from that towards VTSAX which of course I would never have done had I not binge listened to all of your episodes. You will never know how much you have changed my life. Keep up the great work!

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Maeve15
Dec 7
Rating:   10
OG Listener, First Time Reviewer

Brad, Jonathan, and MK- I've been listening to Choose FI since episode 1. The FI tenants that you and the community have layed out and explained in the podcast have made a signficant impact on my life these past 3-4 years. I point friends and family to this podcast because of the light banter, non-use of jargon, and overall great content. I look forward to every Monday/Friday episode. I had a slight panic attack Thursday morning when I woke up and saw that the Friday roundup wasn't automatically downloading....until I realized it was Thursday. Womp Womp. Thanks guys!

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Chaseaptorres
Dec 7
Rating:   10
A long journey together

I can't stress enough to the community what a game changer this has been in my life the past two years. I'm currently listening from Afghanistan but I started the journey with you guys over two years ago when I was listening in my patrol car as a cop in Florida. The content you guys have covered has both applied to my previous job and helped me maximize savings with 403(b); and also projected me forward with the realization that I could leverage things like military/LEO experience to net a healthy salary doing contract work. This path that you guys have laid out for our community is exmplified by ChooseFI's eagerness to reach out and find FI in many different forms. I appreciate your open-mindedness to different ideas of this journey and it's truly kept all 150+ episodes fresh and exciting.

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M-MADNESS
Dec 7
Rating:   10
So Very Thankful for ChooseFI

I can't even explain how much I LOVE this podcast. I can honestly say this is the first podcast I have ever heard. I started listening from the start and working my way to the current episodes. I normally listen to the podcast on my way to work and on my home from work.I wouldnt say I have gone full force with doing everything 100% FIRE, but I have made several chnages to my life. To begin with I joined the ChooseFI facebook group along with my local group as well. I also read Quit like a millionaire, The simple path to wealth and of course your book ChooseFI. I originally tried to rent them from my library but neither of the books where available. So what I did was, I purchased all 3 from Amazon and then after reading them, I donated them to my local library so that others can enjoy as well. They have so much information that its going to take some time to just take it all in. The podcast alone is awesome. I have swtich several of my accounts and bought VTSAX along with started budgeting, and opend a Personal Capital account, and even watched Playing with Fire and read the book as well. I mean in all honesty, keep up the great work. I will continue to spread the word of FIRE and maybe in the near future have my wife also learn as much as I have. Thank You.

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dpm182
Dec 6
Rating:   10
ChooseFI keeps your priorities focused on a meaningful life

I love listening to ChooseFI because Brad and Jonathan keep me grounded on my path to financial independence and help me realize what's most important in life. Although they have provided countless steps and tips to help me on my journey towards FI, they make it apparent that focusing on your net worth and savings rate isn't everything. Instead, FI is about pursuing a meaningful life full of opportunity and time spent doing the things you love with the people that matter most. I'm grateful I found this podcast early on my journey to FI!

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jwa365
Dec 6
Rating:   10
Choosefi is awesome!

This is a great podcast! Has a ton of useful information to get started on your path to FI. I’ve learned everything from tax planning, investing, to better life optimization! It really allows you to put a lot of your decisions in focus to get what you want out of life! The fire is spreading! Good job and keep up the good work!

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SV1776
Dec 6
Rating:   10
Not bad

Oh my god stop saying “tongue-in-cheek”. Other than that not bad.

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Connor Thuc
Nov 29
Rating:   10
Great conversations!

Brad and Jonathan,You guys are churning out great contents and I really appreciate all the insights. I found chooseFI earlier this year at 30 year old and am still trying to catch up on all the episodes on my longer commutes. I’ve always been frugal and invest with no other reasons besides rainy days fund until I find this community and ultimately have a goal to work towards. Everything I’ve listened so far has been very educational and engaging so thank you and cheers to many more years of helping people on their personal path to financial independence. The FIRE is spr....nvm it’s already been well said.- Thuc -

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JBall33
Nov 29
Rating:   10
My favorite financial podcast

This is by far my favorite podcast - it’s impressive to find two guys that come off so humble and also just EXCITED about learning and sharing financial Info. They are just fun to listen to and it’s obvious they enjoy what their doing. I love recommending this to others that maybe haven’t heard of FI Or the FIRE movement!

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Silversilence146
Nov 27
Rating:   10
This podcast will change your life xx

I’ve been listening to ChooseFI since graduating college in 2018. I have learned so much about personal finance and life optimization throughout this short time. Brad & Jonathan are humble, down-to-earth individuals who truly have a genuine passion for helping others optimize as many facets of their life as possible. Each week they feature the most engaging guests on their show, and together they dive into discussions on personal finance and improving overall quality of life. Even as an inexperienced 20-something, I can comprehend the topics they cover. Since beginning to listen in 2018, I have utilized Brad and Jonathan’s actionable tips to increase my savings rate from about 0% to nearly 50%. Not only this, but I have gotten my brother and my partner on the FI train. Thanks to ChooseFI, the three of us making smarter financial decisions and are each aiming to retire by 40.

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Logan D44
Nov 25
Rating:   10
A must listen

Another 5 star review. I’ll give you my opinion on the podcast, but the summary version: you have to listen to this, regardless of where you are at in life.Longer version: I am almost finished with my law degree, and I will have some debt. This podcast has made me feel at at ease with where I’m currently at, and where I am going. All they can do is give guidance, it’s up to you to follow through. This podcast focuses each episode on specific topics, all of them interesting or helpful in their own way. I don’t care if you are a multi-millionaire or under the weight of crushing debt. Listen to this podcast and start making the appropriate changes.

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diva8721
Nov 23
Rating:   10
Interested in FIRE? Start here!

I came to learn about FIRE after delving into the minimalism and travel hacking communities. I started researching on my own but became overwhelmed by many unanswered questions. I had so many ideas floating around but had trouble figuring out where to start.Then I discovered Brad & Jonathan’s podcast. I listen to about 1-2 episodes a day on my commute now. I recommend starting from the beginning and listening in order as they build upon and reference past podcasts. These podcasts introduce many concepts, resources, strategies, and gurus of the movement. It provides a solid overview and provides the tools for further research. Since starting listening a couple weeks ago, I have taken many tangible steps towards my FI goal. Many of which I never thought possible before understanding the math and details behind taxes and investments. I came to this podcast a very frugal person, but this has saved me even more money and given my savings a direction. Thanks, guys!

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tbisch55
Nov 23
Rating:   10
For boomers also

Guys, started listening to your show from the beginning a month ago! I realized instantly that this is just as valuable for 60 year olds as 50’s, 40’s,30’s, 20’s and teens!! I’ve gotten my 4 daughters and their significant others hooked on your show. As I retire traditionally at 62 in the next year from a job I love and way past FI its helping me realize many more areas to hack and save money. I tell all my young engineers and others all about it and many are catching on FIRE! Keep up the great work and know it’s for all ages!! Tim

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C17Guy
Nov 22
Rating:   10
WHY?

Why isn’t EVERYONE talking and acting upon this information? I know the answer...evil consumerism. Since stumbling your podcast in Aug I have become a FI salesman. I see people act like they are interested but they don’t do anything with the info. I have forwarded episode 100 to dozens of friends and family! Love e info and can’t wait to teach my teenagers everything!

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