The Voluntary Life: September 2015

28 September 2015

222 Early Retirement Lifestyle Part 2 (Interview with Justin From Root Of Good)


This episode is part 2 of the interview with Justin from Root of Good. Justin talks about how the goal of early retirement differs from mainstream ideas of "success". He provides suggestions for those interested in pursing early retirement.

Show Notes:
Root of Good
Jack Ma Interview

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24 September 2015

221 Early Retirement Lifestyle Part 1 (Interview with Justin From Root Of Good)

There are many practical steps required to reach financial independence, which we've discussed a lot on the podcast. However, there are also some interesting psychological challenges to early retirement. Who would you be without your job? What would you do all day if you never had to work? Justin retired at the age of 33. He writes about financial independence at the Root of Good blog. In this interview, he gives his take on the psychological side of financial independence and describes his early-retirement lifestyle.

Show Notes:


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16 September 2015

220 What To Expect From Investing


Many people find getting started as an individual investor daunting.  This podcast episode is about how little I knew about investing when I got started. I describe what I came to expect from investing as I learned more about it. If you are starting out in investing, I think hearing my experience will be relevant for you.

Show Notes


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4 September 2015

219 How To Do A Monthly Financial Review


It took me a long time to work out how to stay on top of my finances. After a lot of trial and error, I developed the habit of doing a monthly financial review. This is what enables me to confidently manage my finances without having to think about money all the time. In this episode, I explain how you can implement your own monthly financial review. Topics covered include:

  • Habits to set up when implementing a monthly review, including dedicating adequate time (about 4 hours per month) and making a detailed checklist or task list to use.
  • Key questions to consider when designing your monthly financial review system, such as whether to use an online finance app or one that runs on your own computer.
  • Stages of the monthly financial review to implement: downloading finance data, cleaning data, inputting data, reconciling, and analysis (budget, investments, and net worth calculation)

Show Notes


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