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Afford Anything | Make smart choices about your money, time and productivity

By Paula Pant – Entrepreneur, investor, and world traveler (40+ countries). Self-proclaimed nerd

You can afford anything, but not everything. We make daily decisions and create habits around how to spend money, time, energy, focus and attention – and ultimately, our life. Every decision is a trade-off against another choice. But how deeply do we contemplate these choices? Are we settling for the default mode? Or are we ruthlessly optimizing around a deliberate life? Are we creating financial independence, early retirement and debt freedom? Are we managing money wisely? Host Paula Pant interviews a diverse array of entrepreneurs, early retirees, millionaires, investors, artists, adventurers, scientists, psychologists, productivity experts, world travelers and regular people, exploring the tough work of living a truly excellent life. Listen to her interviews with Clark Howard, Gretchen Rubin, Cal Newport, James Clear, Chris Guillebeau and Dave Ramsey daughter Rachel Cruze. Want to learn more? Download our free book, Escape, at http://affordanything.com/escape

  1. 1.
    Ask Paula: Should I Sell My Rental Property to Pay Off My Student Loans?03/18/2019
    1:18:25
  2. 2.
    Thirteen Dumb Mistakes Smart People Make with Their Money - with CBS News analyst Jill Schlesinger03/11/2019
    1:13:32
  3. 3.
    Ask Paula: How Should I Plan a Mini-Retirement?03/04/2019
    1:06:45
  4. 4.
    The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business, with Elaine Pofeldt03/01/2019
    1:14:01
  5. 5.
    Ask Paula: We Want to Start Househacking in a Duplex. Should We?02/25/2019
    57:36
  6. 6.
    How to Make Work Optional, with Tanja Hester02/18/2019
    1:07:24
  7. 7.
    Ask Paula: Should I Buy a House or Catch Up on Retirement Savings?02/11/2019
    1:04:29
  8. 8.
    Digital Minimalism - with Dr. Cal Newport02/04/2019
    1:22:19
  1. 9.
    Three Percent is the New Four Percent - with Larry Swedroe, Retirement Planning Expert02/02/2019
    1:16:59
  2. 10.
    Ask Paula: I'm 48 and Retiring Next Year. Should I Buy More Rentals?01/28/2019
    1:13:59
  3. 11.
    When a Child of Financial Chaos Stumbles into Adulthood - with Paulette Perhach01/21/2019
    1:26:48
  4. 12.
    Ask Paula: Should I Buy a Nice Car or Save My Money?01/14/2019
    1:12:23
  5. 13.
    The biggest study of everyday millionaires in 25 years - with Chris Hogan01/07/2019
    1:31:49
  6. 14.
    Ask Paula - When Should I NOT Use the One Percent Rule for a Rental Property?01/04/2019
    58:19
  7. 15.
    One Tweak a Week in 2019 -- Easy Improvements to Your Financial Life in 201912/31/2018
    1:06:01
  8. 16.
    How to Optimize Your Time and Energy -- with Mike Vardy, The Productivityist12/24/2018
    1:03:59
  9. 17.
    Ask Paula: Should I Pay Off Student Loans While in School?12/17/2018
    1:20:32
  10. 18.
    Everything I Learned About Money Came from My Grandmother - with Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post12/10/2018
    1:08:54
  11. 19.
    Ask Paula - Should I Invest in Index Funds or Rental Properties?12/07/2018
    55:19
  12. 20.
    How and Why I Took a Mini-Retirement, with Bob Lotich12/03/2018
    1:06:49
  13. 21.
    Ask Paula - The Future of Index Fund Investing11/26/2018
    1:03:14
  14. 22.
    AI and The Future of Jobs - with author Darrell West11/19/2018
    56:35
  15. 23.
    Ask Paula - How Can I Get My Friends Interested in FIRE?11/12/2018
    1:07:00
  16. 24.
    The Paradox of FI -- with Jonathan Mendonsa and Brad Barrett of Choose FI11/05/2018
    1:17:49
  17. 25.
    Ask Paula - I Have Three Kids and I'm Hoping for Financial Independence11/02/2018
    58:59
  18. 26.
    What I Love About the FIRE Movement - with Clark Howard10/29/2018
    1:09:38
  19. 27.
    Ask Paula - Can You Force a Rental Property to Cash Flow?10/22/2018
    57:36
  20. 28.
    How to Build Incredible Habits - with James Clear10/15/2018
    1:28:27
  21. 29.
    Ask Paula - How Can I Send My 4 Children to College?10/08/2018
    1:08:47
  22. 30.
    Suze Orman Says $2 Million is Nothing; You Need $10 Million to Retire Early. Internet Explodes10/05/2018
    1:01:10
  23. 31.
    Why I Hate the FIRE Movement, says Suze Orman10/01/2018
    1:18:46
  24. 32.
    How to Make Better Decisions -- with Dr. Brian Portnoy09/24/2018
    1:12:32
  25. 33.
    Ask Paula: "I Feel Like I Don't Deserve My Success. What Should I Do?"09/17/2018
    1:00:59
  26. 34.
    How I Reached Financial Independence through Real Estate - with Chad Carson09/10/2018
    1:10:59
  27. 35.
    Tell Me About Something That Scared You - from Camp FI09/07/2018
    1:10:49
  28. 36.
    Ask Paula - Should I Sell My House and Invest the Equity?09/03/2018
    1:03:11
  29. 37.
    How to Believe Your Time is Abundant -- with Laura Vanderkam08/27/2018
    1:04:13
  30. 38.
    Ask Paula - Where Should I Keep My Money if I Want to Retire Early?08/20/2018
    1:04:14
  31. 39.
    How I Paid Off $500,000 in Credit Card Debt, then Launched a Company with $35 Million in Annual Revenue -- with Rand Fishkin, Founder of Moz08/13/2018
    1:07:49
  32. 40.
    Ask Paula - What Do You Think of Real Estate Crowdfunding?08/06/2018
    44:34
  33. 41.
    Life After Financial Independence - with millionaire investor Emma Pattee08/03/2018
    52:25
  34. 42.
    How Can We Downsize from Two Incomes to One?07/30/2018
    57:16
  35. 43.
    The Gap Between Knowing and Doing - with Dr. Stephen Wendel from Morningstar07/23/2018
    1:13:14
  36. 44.
    Ask Paula - Should I Buy a Rental Property with an HOA?07/16/2018
    54:59
  37. 45.
    How I Save Half of My Income as a Firefighter, While Living in an Expensive City -- with Kim E.07/09/2018
    1:15:15
  38. 46.
    How to Create an Authentic Life07/07/2018
    50:40
  39. 47.
    Ask Paula: What the F**k are Annuities?07/02/2018
    1:13:33
  40. 48.
    How I Bought 20 Houses, Debt-Free, While Serving Overseas in the Military - with Rich Carey06/25/2018
    1:16:00
  41. 49.
    Ask Paula - How Can I Get a Downpayment for a Rental Property?06/18/2018
    54:14
  42. 50.
    How Radical Curiosity Leads to Innovation in Life and Work - with Shane Snow, founder of Contently06/11/2018
    1:14:50
  43. 51.
    Ask Paula and Joe -- How to Give More to Charity While Also Building Financial Independence06/04/2018
    57:20
  44. 52.
    Ask Paula - I'm Six Years Away From Financial Independence, But I Want to Quit Now06/01/2018
    36:30
  45. 53.
    How We Slashed Our Costs 70 Percent and Gained Happiness -- with Scott Rieckens05/28/2018
    1:10:39
  46. 54.
    Ask Paula - Should I Sell Stocks to Buy a Rental Property05/21/2018
    58:44
  47. 55.
    How I Paid Off Thousands in Credit Card Debt - with Laura Adams, from Money Girl Podcast05/14/2018
    57:00
  48. 56.
    Should I Choose a Roth vs. Traditional IRA and 401k for Early Retirement?05/07/2018
    1:11:11
  49. 57.
    Four Unhealthy Attitudes Towards Money -- with Dr. Brad Klontz, Financial Therapist04/30/2018
    1:06:20
  50. 58.
    Ask Paula - Should I Buy a Beachfront Rental Property?04/23/2018
    1:04:03
  51. 59.
    How to Gain a Competitive Edge, with Morgan Housel04/16/2018
    1:02:00
  52. 60.
    Ask Paula and Joe - Should I Sell My Brand-New Car (and Lose $6,000 in 4 Months)?04/09/2018
    1:02:13
  53. 61.
    Your Money or Your Life -- with Vicki Robin, bestselling author04/02/2018
    1:03:20
  54. 62.
    Ask Paula - I'd Like to Airbnb a Yurt. Should I?03/26/2018
    48:10
  55. 63.
    How I Retired at Age 32 - with Liz Thames from Frugalwoods03/19/2018
    1:01:21
  56. 64.
    Ask Paula - I'm Retiring at 53. How Will Early Retirement Impact My Social Security?03/12/2018
    45:59
  57. 65.
    How Much Can I Spend in Retirement? - with Dr. Wade Pfau03/05/2018
    59:52
  58. 66.
    Ask Paula - How Do I Buy a Foreclosure? - and Other Real Estate Questions02/26/2018
    44:00
  59. 67.
    How to Avoid Killing Your Spouse (and Should You Get Married in the First Place?) - with Farnoosh Torabi02/19/2018
    53:44
  60. 68.
    Ask Paula -- Help! I'm Underwater on My Car!02/12/2018
    1:20:00
  61. 69.
    How Dave Ramsey Taught His Kids About Money -- with Rachel Cruze02/05/2018
    56:56
  62. 70.
    Ask Paula -- How Should I Invest $100K in Real Estate?01/29/2018
    58:58
  63. 71.
    How I Run a Six-Figure Business and Host an Airbnb while Traveling the World -- with Natalie Sisson01/22/2018
    55:44
  64. 72.
    Ask Paula - How to Convince a Spouse to Invest in Low-fee Index Funds?01/15/2018
    49:00
  65. 73.
    How We Retired at Age 38 and 41 -- with Tanja Hester & Mark Bunge01/08/2018
    55:29
  66. 74.
    Ask Paula -- Get Ready for the Next Recession01/01/2018
    50:44
  67. 75.
    How to Create a Complaint-Free World -- with Will Bowen12/25/2017
    38:30
  68. 76.
    Ask Paula - I Don't Know How to Invest12/18/2017
    48:00
  69. 77.
    How Scott Harrison Brought Clean Water to 7.3 Million People12/11/2017
    1:09:19
  70. 78.
    Ask Paula - How to Estimate Repair Costs, File Taxes on Rental Income, and More12/04/2017
    1:06:55
  71. 79.
    Life as an Experiment -- with A.J. Jacobs11/27/2017
    55:39
  72. 80.
    Ask Paula - How Can I Learn about Money from the People Around Me?11/20/2017
    36:35
  73. 81.
    Random Smattering of Lessons on Money, Work and Life — plus A Call for Radical Authenticity11/13/2017
    54:00
  74. 82.
    Ask Paula - Should I Sell My Rental Property and Invest the Proceeds in the Market?11/06/2017
    53:55
  75. 83.
    The Code of Trust, with Robin Dreeke10/30/2017
    51:55
  76. 84.
    Life After Financial Freedom, with Brandon - the Mad FIentist10/23/2017
    54:29
  77. 85.
    How I Grew BiggerPockets From 0 to 870,000 Members - with Joshua Dorkin10/16/2017
    1:00:00
  78. 86.
    Ask Paula - The Side Hustle Episode10/09/2017
    43:00
  79. 87.
    How to Be Awesome at Your Job, with Pete Mockaitis10/02/2017
    1:00:44
  80. 88.
    Ask Paula - Should I Be an Out-of-State Airbnb Host?09/25/2017
    42:14
  81. 89.
    Money for the Rest of Us, with JD Stein09/18/2017
    54:39
  82. 90.
    Ask Paula - The Early Retirement Episode09/11/2017
    43:21
  83. 91.
    The Secret Lives of Introverts - with Jenn Granneman09/04/2017
    48:47
  84. 92.
    Ask Paula - How Do I Hire an All-Star Rental Property Team?08/28/2017
    36:40
  85. 93.
    How to Spend Less, Earn More and Grow the Gap08/21/2017
    46:45
  86. 94.
    Ask Paula -- I'm Tired of Paying Rent. Should I Buy a House?08/14/2017
    43:59
  87. 95.
    Imagine You Only Have 10 Years to Live ...08/07/2017
    42:40
  88. 96.
    Ask Paula - When is Lifestyle Inflation a Smart Business Decision?07/31/2017
    41:59
  89. 97.
    Myths about Money - Are Your Ideas Holding You Back?07/24/2017
    49:40
  90. 98.
    Ask Paula - Should I Keep My Properties in an LLC07/17/2017
    29:49
  91. 99.
    How to Make Money without a Job -- with Nick Loper from Side Hustle Nation07/10/2017
    59:59
  92. 100.
    Ask Paula: No, Really, I'm Asking for a Friend! -- How to Crush $500,000 in Debt07/03/2017
    53:10
  93. 101.
    This is The Toughest Episode I've Created So Far06/26/2017
    38:24
  94. 102.
    Ask Paula - How Do You Pick a Rental Property?06/19/2017
    38:59
  95. 103.
    Get Me Out of This Crappy Job! - with Jenny Blake, author of Pivot06/12/2017
    48:44
  96. 104.
    Joe Says Life Insurance Won’t Make the Headline. But it Did.06/05/2017
    47:57
  97. 105.
    How I Bootstrapped a $4 Million Company, with Laura Roeder05/29/2017
    58:59
  98. 106.
    Ask Paula (and Will) - How Technology is Changing the Future of Real Estate Investing05/22/2017
    51:32
  99. 107.
    What I've Learned from 9 Years of Nonstop Travel, with Geraldine DeRuiter, The Everywhereist05/15/2017
    53:59
  100. 108.
    Ask Paula - How to Handle an Inheritance, Should I Invest in Properties or Start a Business, and More.05/08/2017
    1:00:04
  101. 109.
    Jen Sincero says she used to be a "grouchy broke person"05/01/2017
    56:15
  102. 110.
    Ask Paula - How to Repay $50k in Student Loans on a $31k Income, What's the Deal with Bonds, and Do I Really Need Insurance04/24/2017
    1:06:30
  103. 111.
    What Chess Taught Me About Making Smarter Life Moves -- with Steve Gossett | Afford Anything Podcast04/17/2017
    1:05:21
  104. 112.
    What Chess Taught Me About Making Smarter Life Moves -- with Steve Gossett04/17/2017
    1:07:54
  105. 113.
    Ask Paula -- Should I Loan Money to Friends? Stay Sane While Repaying Debt? ... and More04/10/2017
    48:59
  106. 114.
    Can I Retire Yet? - with Roger Whitney, the Retirement Answerman04/03/2017
    1:01:00
  107. 115.
    Erin Lowry on Raising Children Who Are Enabled, Not Entitled03/27/2017
    1:01:30
  108. 116.
    Ask Paula - The Real Estate Edition03/20/2017
    1:05:40
  109. 117.
    Ask Paula - How to Invest Your Tax Refund, Save for College, and Avoid Massive Pitfalls03/13/2017
    1:06:00
  110. 118.
    Ask Paula -- How to Care for Aging Parents, Buy a Car, and Organize a Business03/06/2017
    45:35
  111. 119.
    Take Radical Responsibility for Your Life -- a Breakfast Chat with 26-Year-Old Millionaire Emma Pattee02/27/2017
    46:14
  112. 120.
    How to Improve Your Relationship with Money02/20/2017
    42:00
  113. 121.
    Michael Kitces -- Your Mind is More Powerful Than Money02/13/2017
    1:17:17
  114. 122.
    Ask Paula - Travel vs. Passive Income, Proximity in Real Estate Investing and Selling Off Properties02/06/2017
    37:45
  115. 123.
    Ask Paula - Q&A Featuring Special Guest Joe Saul-Sehy from Stacking Benjamins01/30/2017
    1:18:08
  116. 124.
    John Lee Dumas - From Small-Town Kid to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur01/23/2017
    48:46
  117. 125.
    Andrew Hallam (Part Two): The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School01/16/2017
    1:40:11
  118. 126.
    Andrew Hallam: How I Became a Millionaire on a Teacher's Salary01/09/2017
    1:02:19
  119. 127.
    Ask Paula -- Death, Taxes, Crushing Debt and Moving in with Mom01/02/2017
    47:32
  120. 128.
    Philip Taylor - Top 5 Financial Lessons PT Learned in the Past Decade12/26/2016
    52:00
  121. 129.
    Billy Murphy - Expected Value, or What Professional Poker Taught Me About Running a 7-Figure Business12/19/2016
    55:22
  122. 130.
    From Money Moron to Millionaire, with Scott Alan Turner12/12/2016
    52:59
  123. 131.
    Ask Paula - Automating Savings, Starting a Blog, Emergency Funds, Investing in Real Estate Confidently, and More12/05/2016
    38:07
  124. 132.
    Live Q&A with Paula on Real Estate and Travel11/28/2016
    1:00:35
  125. 133.
    How to Combat Lifestyle Inflation, with Julia Kelly11/21/2016
    36:16
  126. 134.
    Six Types of Financial Frenemies, with Mary Beth Storjohann11/14/2016
    47:00
  127. 135.
    Ask Paula - Retirement Savings in Your 50's, Starting a Side Hustle, Buying Health Insurance, Home Warranties, and More11/07/2016
    46:09
  128. 136.
    Behind-the-Scenes Mastermind Call - with J.D. Roth10/31/2016
    1:05:06
  129. 137.
    How to Overcome Procrastination and Perfectionism, with Stephen Guise10/24/2016
    22:18
  130. 138.
    How to Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy, with Clark Howard10/17/2016
    51:10
  131. 139.
    The Unbelievable Power of Building a Community - Live at FinCon10/10/2016
    27:00
  132. 140.
    Ask Paula - Should I Invest $5,500 in One Huge Chunk? - and More Investing Questions10/03/2016
    34:45
  133. 141.
    "Why I Quit My Dream Job" – with entrepreneur Leslie Samuel09/28/2016
    52:22
  134. 142.
    Jean Chatzky Shares Money Rules for Modern Life09/19/2016
    33:00
  135. 143.
    The Incredible Value of Deep Work, Instead of Distraction – with Cal Newport09/12/2016
    1:07:07
  136. 144.
    Ask Paula: Investing, Rebalancing and Renovating09/05/2016
    31:33
  137. 145.
    The Power of Habit Formation, with Gretchen Rubin08/29/2016
    1:11:01
  138. 146.
    The Seven Stages of Financial Independence, with Joshua Sheats08/22/2016
    1:25:15
  139. 147.
    Why You're Not As Busy As You Think, with Laura Vanderkam08/15/2016
    38:30
  140. 148.
    Chris Guillebeau -- How to Live a Remarkable Life in a Conventional World08/08/2016
    35:00
  141. 149.
    Ask Paula -- Should I Buy a Turnkey Rental Property? -- and More Real Estate Investing Question08/01/2016
    25:45
  142. 150.
    How to Start Freelancing on the Side, with Carrie Smith from Careful Cents07/25/2016
    36:15
  143. 151.
    How I Built a Six-Figure Online Store -- with Steve Chou from My Wife Quit Her Job07/18/2016
    42:45
  144. 152.
    How I Became a Millionaire on a Military Salary - with Doug Nordman07/11/2016
    37:37
  145. 153.
    Ask Paula: The Market Might Drop. Should I Sell?07/04/2016
    41:15
  146. 154.
    The Simple Path to Wealth, with Jim Collins06/27/2016
    34:44
  147. 155.
    Okay, I’m Financially Independent. Now What? -- with Jim Wang06/20/2016
    1:26:00
  148. 156.
    Ask Paula: Pay Debt vs Buy a Home? Invest in Index Funds vs Creative Alternative?06/13/2016
    38:30
  149. 157.
    How I Woke Up, Removed the Blindfold, and Noticed My Money for the First Time -- with Evelyn Connors06/06/2016
    43:15
  150. 158.
    Pete the Planner, Comedian-Turned-Money-Columnist, on Millionaires and Mock Retirements05/30/2016
    39:30
  151. 159.
    The Last Show With Jay05/23/2016
    1:13:44
  152. 160.
    The Stacking Benjamins Roundtable Plays a Game of 'Would You Rather'05/16/2016
    40:45
  153. 161.
    Ask Us Anything #4 - Betterment, Wealthfront, Robo-Investing -- What's the Deal?05/09/2016
    1:02:44
  154. 162.
    Farnoosh Torabi, Host of CNBC's Follow the Leader, Spills the Secrets of Successful CEOs05/02/2016
    49:15
  155. 163.
    How Jeremy and Winnie Retired in Their 30's04/25/2016
    57:45
  156. 164.
    Making Money as a Voice Over Actor with Carrie Olsen04/18/2016
    52:00
  157. 165.
    From Debt to Financial Independence, with Get Rich Slowly Founder JD Roth04/11/2016
    58:15
  158. 166.
    Football and Hip-Hop's Financial Advisor Rob Wilson Talks About Managing Celebrity Money04/04/2016
    54:00
  159. 167.
    Ask Us Anything #3 - Real Estate Investing Edition03/29/2016
    56:59
  160. 168.
    Making Money as an Uber and Lyft Driver, with The RideShare Guy Harry Campbell03/21/2016
    1:04:29
  161. 169.
    How Aaron Epstein Went from Side Hustler to Selling a Multi-Million Dollar Company03/14/2016
    1:10:00
  162. 170.
    Ask Us Anything #2 - Dollar Cost Averaging, Pay off Debt or Invest03/07/2016
    56:30
  163. 171.
    So You Want to Be a Blogger?02/29/2016
    1:00:15
  164. 172.
    How to Destroy Your Stupid Debt, with Steve Stewart (and the controversy around Dave Ramsey!)02/22/2016
    1:08:00
  165. 173.
    Ask Us Anything #1 - Student Loan Help, Tax Hacks, Time Management Tips and REITs02/15/2016
    1:08:00
  166. 174.
    Making $100k from eBay and Airbnb with Jay & Ryanne02/12/2016
    54:30
  167. 175.
    From Millionaire to Broke, Plus the Habits of the Rich, with Tom Corley02/10/2016
    57:29
  168. 176.
    Tools We Use to Kick Ass and Grow Wealth02/08/2016
    1:10:29
  169. 177.
    How Jay Became a Half-a-Millionaire -- and Why He Wants You to Track Your Net Worth02/05/2016
    50:40
  170. 178.
    The Mad Fientist Reveals the Science of Financial Independence02/03/2016
    59:30
  171. 179.
    How to Transition from Hustler to Entrepreneur01/28/2016
    59:00
  172. 180.
    How Kids Affect Your Hustle (and it's Okay!)01/28/2016
    1:00:15
  173. 181.
    Ultimate Beginner Guide to Real Estate Investing01/28/2016
    1:00:29
  174. 182.
    Habits We Rock to Kick Ass and Grow Wealth01/28/2016
    1:07:15
  175. 183.
    Don’t Feel Guilty - Buy a Coke Zero and Pay Someone to Mow Your Lawn01/28/2016
    54:00
  176. 184.
    The Story of M.O.N.E.Y. -- Having Heart and Hustle01/28/2016
    42:30

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