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Afford Anything

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


Ask Paula: Should I Pull Money from My Emergency Fund to Invest or Pay Off Debt? 73:21 12/03/2021
The Six Myths of Productivity 78:22 12/02/2021
Ask Paula: How Much Should We Spend on a Wedding? 67:05 11/23/2021
A Candid Conversation with Mr. Money Mustache & Paula Pant 72:10 11/19/2021
Ask Paula: How Should We Invest to Retire By Our Mid-40’s? 75:18 11/09/2021
The Radical Invention of the Index Fund, with Robin Wigglesworth 57:29 11/05/2021
Ask Paula: How Can We Reach Financial Independence by 35? 66:00 11/02/2021
How to Understand Your Medical Bill, with Marshall Allen 52:03 10/26/2021
Ask Paula: I’m Bored at Work, and I’m 14 Years from Retirement; Should I Tough It Out? 62:47 10/19/2021
Are We Heading for a Housing Crash in 2022? 63:25 10/11/2021
Ask Paula: How to Make Smarter Real Estate Decisions 74:28 10/04/2021
Courage and The Consequences of Inaction, with Ryan Holiday 59:42 10/02/2021
How to Make $1 Million in Business with No Employees, with Elaine Pofeldt 80:06 09/29/2021
How to Invest in Real Estate, Debt-Free, from Thousands of Miles Away, with Rich Carey 80:19 09/24/2021
Why Investors Need a Latticework of Ideas, with Morgan Housel 64:23 09/14/2021
Habits are Overrated, with Kristen Berman 61:27 09/08/2021
Ask Paula: Should We Sell a Condo if We’re Barely Breaking Even? 73:42 09/03/2021
What You Think You Want vs. What You Really Want, with Luke Burgis 66:55 09/01/2021
Ask Paula -- What Paintbrush Did Michelangelo Use? (said no one ever) 63:45 08/25/2021
The End of Recessions?, with Ben Carlson 65:35 08/18/2021
Ask Paula: What’s the Point of Financial Independence if I’m Not Going to Retire? 61:23 08/12/2021
Four Thousand Weeks, with Oliver Burkeman 54:45 08/07/2021
Ask Paula: How Do I Know If I’m Ready to Retire? 54:50 08/02/2021
Challenging Your Confirmation Bias, with Economist Larry Kotlikoff 65:04 07/29/2021
Ask Paula: I’m on the Verge of Retirement and My Taxes are Rising … Help! 61:07 07/21/2021
Decoding Greatness, with Ron Friedman, Ph.D 63:26 07/14/2021
Ask Paula: The Dangers of Frugality 64:34 07/07/2021
Bitcoin for Beginners 56:00 07/02/2021
Ask Paula: I Make $50,000; How Can I Buy a House? 74:15 06/28/2021
What's in Store for the Economy and the Future of Work?, with ChooseFI hosts Brad Barrett and Jonathan Mendonsa 88:09 06/21/2021