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FIRE the Family Podcast (Financial Independence Retire Early)

39 EpisodesProduced by Nick FrenchWebsite

Learn all about the Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) movement from the family perspective. Raising 3 boys isn’t easy or inexpensive. Learn from Nick and Kayla as they navigate working full-time, graduate studies, and investing their time and love into their family unit. Support this podcas… read more

39 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

#39 Kayla Quit Her Job, Teaching During COVID, and How We Like Texas So Far

November 9th, 2020


Nick and Kayla discuss her recent job change and how important job satisfaction is, what it's been like teaching during COVID, and an update on how they like living in Texas compared to Washington after relocating their …

#38 A Conversation about Work and Retirement Related to the FIRE Movement

August 23rd, 2020


Nick and Kayla discuss their perception on work and retirement. In short, work should be enjoyable and if it doesn't meet your expectations, find …

#37 How We Earned 5 Degrees With NO STUDENT LOAN DEBT

August 3rd, 2020


Nick and Kayla discuss how they have earned 5 college degrees without student loan debt. By utilizing every option available to them, they were able …

#36 Furnishing our 3,400 sq ft Home on a Budget

July 27th, 2020


Nick and Kayla discuss how they furnished their new home on a budget. By planning, saving ahead, and sticking to the plan, they were able to furnish their 3,400 sq ft home without breaking the bank, payment plans, or …

#35 Daycare & Teaching During COVID

July 19th, 2020


Nick and Kayla discuss sending their kids back to daycare during COVID-19, Kayla going back to teaching (virtually), and quite a bit more. This episode marks Season 4 of the podcast and will likely remain the episode …

#34 - Zero-Based Budgeting: How We Started Living Below Our Means and Learned to Allocate Money

July 13th, 2020


Nick and Kayla discuss adding a lawncare service during the hot summer months or adding a monthly cleaning service. Nick wants one, Kayla the other. We have a real-time discussion about this and it ties in really well …

#33 Geoarbitrage: We Relocated Our Family of 5 Across the Country

July 5th, 2020


We're so excited to be back. As many of you know, we took some time off to relocate our family (geoarbitrage) across the country. We moved from Washington to Texas and this episode is all about the move! Joined by my …

#32 Geoarbitrage: Moving Our Family of 5 From Washington to Texas (NEW CO-HOST)

May 16th, 2020


I'm so pumped about this episode. I proposed the idea to my lovely wife Kayla to be my new permanent co-host on the FIRE the Family Podcast. She has so graciously agreed and now we're forging a new podcast path …

#31 - A Conversation Across the Globe with Melanie of Money Savvy Mamma

April 20th, 2020


I hope you enjoy listening to this episode with Melanieof Money Savvy Mamma. She's located in Australia and was gracious enough to join me for a conversation about parenting, budgeting, investing, side-hustles and more. …

#30 - Conversation with Mr. Inspire to FIRE of

March 31st, 2020


I can't thank Mr. Inspire to FIRE enough for being the first guest on the FIRE the Family Podcast. We cover a lot of ground in this episode. From the current COVID-19 epidemic to his own experience on the financial …

#29 - Gratefulness, Expanding into the Contraction and Lay-offs

March 24th, 2020


This has been a tough couple of weeks. Between the virus, the recession, and now being hit with lay-offs and reduced pay. I want to take a few …

#28 Washington Coronavirus, The Recession and Working Remotely

March 17th, 2020


The coronavirus has begun in Washington and the United States. Our family lives in Washington and is dealing with the fallout of the lockdown measures that have been imposed by the government. In this episode, I talk …

#27 - Marriage Retreat, Stock Market Correction, Washington State Coronavirus

March 10th, 2020


This week's episode is a roundup where I talk about current events, recent news.
Topics covered

Marriage Retreat
Stock Market Correction
Oil Prices
Coronavirus (Washington State)


Support this …

#26 - 7 Ways to Shield Investments From the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 3rd, 2020


The economic fallout as a result of COVID-19 has been widespread. It’s affecting far more people than the virus itself and has the potential to throw …

#25 - Creating Your Family Financial Plan

February 23rd, 2020


A financial plan is essential if you want to build wealth for your family. A financial plan is a comprehensive evaluation of your current household …

#24 - REITs vs Physical Real Estate Investing

February 17th, 2020


Getting started in real estate investing can be a daunting experience. Where do you get started? Two of the most common ways to get started in real estate investing is by owning physical real estate or a Real Estate …

#23 - Investing FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

February 9th, 2020


Investing FOMO is the fear of missing out on stock market gains. Watching stocks you may have nearly invested soar to new highs while you sit on the sideline. Investing FOMO can make you feel anxious, depressed and …

#22 - LeanFIRE - The Minimalist Way to Financial Independence

February 2nd, 2020


LeanFIRE is the minimalist approach to financial independence retire early. It’s saving just enough money that your minimum expenses are covered in retirement.
We all need to reach financial independence at some point in …

#21 - Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) FAQ's

January 27th, 2020


This episode is focused on the most frequently asked questions I get about the financial independence retire early (FIRE) movement. Hopefully, it's …

#20 - Cash Flowing Kayla's Master's Degree

January 18th, 2020


In March of 2020, Kayla will begin her Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction through Western Governors University (WGU). The same school that I …

#19 How to Avoid Family Lifestyle Creep, First Day of Judo and Website Updates

January 11th, 2020


Lifestyle creep is dangerous. It comes on slowly, under the cover of darkness and before you know it, you’re left with little money despite a higher income.
Lifestyle creep is also called silent inflation. It’s a …

#18 VTSAX (Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund Admiral Shares)

January 5th, 2020


VTSAX stands for Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund Admiral Shares and it’s the most popular index fund in the financial independence retire …

#17 Income Trajectory: Increasing Your Lifetime Earning Potential

December 31st, 2019


Income trajectory is defined as the growth of an individual’s income over time. Think of a line on paper moving through space from the bottom left to the upper right and back down again.
A trajectory or flight path is …

#16- 9 Marriage From 9-Years of Marriage (In My 20's)

December 26th, 2019


Kayla and I got married at the young age of 19 and just celebrated our 9-year anniversary. As much as marrying my high school sweetheart sounds like …

#15- Common Money Marriage Problems and Solutions, 9-Year Anniversary and Xmas Eve!

December 24th, 2019


The best thing Kayla and I ever did for our marriage (and money) was to combine our finances after marriage. We got married at a young age, I joined the Air Force and we moved to Wichita Kansas.

That decision kicked off …

#14- The B.E.S.T Method for Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE), New Mic & Intro!

December 22nd, 2019


My framework to put you on track to achieving financial independence retire early is The B.E.S.T Method.

Financial independence isn’t a get rich scheme, I once thought that way. I found that by understanding and teaching …

#13- 22 Actionable Ways to Invest in Yourself

December 17th, 2019


I’m a firm believer in investing in yourself and I believe your 20’s are the best years to do that. This list of ways to invest in yourself is not a list of hobbies. It’s a list of actionable ways to invest in yourself …

#12- How Recessions Help the FIRE Movement

December 14th, 2019


Every day we’re inundated with fear. Fear of war, fear of death, fear of the next recession. There’s little to no doubt that there’s a recession on …

#11- 52% of Americans are behind on retirement

December 12th, 2019


52% of American workers say they’re behind where they should be in retirement savings, according to a new study by 16% say they are …

#10- The 25x rule, 4% rule and FIRE calculators

December 9th, 2019


Retirement planning sounds complex. The financial industry uses language and jargon to confuse the general public. The more confused you are, the more likely you’ll pay someone to do it for you.

Let’s talk about the …

#9 Why I Deleted My YouTube Channel (8k subs & 3mil views)

December 6th, 2019


I deleted my YouTube Channel that had over 8,000 subscribers and 3 million views. Why would anyone do that? This is why! 

Resources Mentioned in the …

#8 - All About the WGU MBA Program

October 26th, 2019


I officially completed all of the requirements of the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree through Western Governors University (WGU). This is my review of the WGU Masters of Business Administration (MBA) …

#7- 3 Steps to Index Fund Investing

October 18th, 2019


Index funds are a great way to invest for the long term, but there are many to choose from. Each having there own strategy, expenses and other …

#6 - FIRE Savings Rate for Early Retirement

September 19th, 2019


The higher your savings rate, the more you can invest each month the quicker you can reach financial independence. In order to increase your savings …

#5- Is a Recession Coming? Defining a Recession

September 2nd, 2019


Today's episode is about the upcoming recession. A recession is defined as, “a period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced, generally identified by a fall in GDP in two …

#4 - Creating a Budget, Financial Communication, Everydollar Budget

August 27th, 2019


Today's episode is about budgeting. Developing a way to understand and control your finances. Too many times have we got to the end of the month and …

#3 - 9 Tips on Buying a Car from a Dealership

August 20th, 2019


Today we just bought a 2017 Used Honda Accord from a dealership. In this post, I’m going to break down for you why we made the decision we did, how it fits into our budget and some tips you can use if you ever decide to …

#2 - How I Got Paid to go to College, Military Service, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Vocational Rehab

August 16th, 2019


 Wow, that sounds like the ultimate clickbait title. It’s not. I got paid an average of $1200 a month to go to college for 5 years. Not only that, …

#1 - What Financial Independence Retire Early Means to My Family

August 15th, 2019


 The Financially Independent Retire Early movement has swept the nation in recent years. Though the concept has been around for decades, it’s been seen as a millennial-driven craze. The same people that talk down on my …

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