Formulas for FIRE: My Latest Podcast Appearance on Paychecks & Balances

Quick one: Rich and Marcus, hosts of the Paychecks & Balances podcast, just interviewed me in Episode 82: Financial Independence ft. Early Retirement Dude. Lot of laughs while discussing several vital subjects, including the following:1

  • Clearly define your purpose: why do I want to retire early, and if I succeed at my plan, what will I do in retirement to overcome the inevitable boredom?
  • Decide whether you really want to retire, or do you just need a different career field that actually motivates you?
  • How many of your current costs are fixed versus would be avoided or lowered if you worked from home?
  • Are your financial goals and lifestyle more aligned withLean FIRE or FatFIRE retirement saving goals?

Entertaining and informative show; well worth hearing. You can listen to it here, and I hope you’ll subscribe to Paychecks & Balances through iTunes.

Thanks, Rich & Marcus! Good times, and I hope to meet you in person next FinCon.


  1. Text borrowed from the Paychecks & Balances website.

Author: ER Dude

Sick of your job? After a thirteen-year career, Early Retirement Dude fled corporate America for good. You can do it too! Visit or email

2 thoughts

  1. Just listened to the podcast – great job! I really like your perspective on things and your different POV as compared to some in the community. Kept picturing you as Jeff Bridges drinking a White Russian

    Also didn’t know about that podcast so now I’m subscribed. They seem pretty good.

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