500-A Community Celebration of 500 Episodes

Today's show is very special. Together, we celebrate 500 episodes together! The show is centered on your voices and your feedback.

This is a very meaningful milestone for me. When I began RPF, I committed myself to recording 1,000 episodes, even if no one listened. 4 years later, I'm half finished with that commitment! And I'm so honored that thousands of you do listen. Your feedback in this episode is so encouraging to me.

Thank you,

Joshua

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499-How to Live In Your Car and Love It!

Lots of people wind up living in their cars out of extreme financial stress. But today, I'm going to share with you a few of my strategies for living in your car for fun.

I've never lived in my car for a long period of time, but I have done it for up to two weeks. And, living (or more accurately staying/camping?) in your car can be:

  • fun
  • easy
  • comfortable
  • frugal

You should seriously consider it. And I'm here today to tell you why and how to do it well.

Joshua

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498-How to Eat Super, Super Cheap when You're Flat Broke

I recently took a friend of mine (who is super broke) through a grocery store and shared with him some of my strategies to fill your tummy when you're flat broke.

This should help you save some cash...or at least help you teach someone else who's hungry how to eat cheap.

Joshua

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497-Prioritize Your Life, Not Your Money

After reading hundreds of listener emails this week, I've become very clear on the #1 mistake of the Radical Personal Finance audience.

Here's my attempt to help.

Joshua

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496-The Risk of Paying Off Debt Too Fast

Uncategorized Oct 19, 2017

No, that title isn't clickbait. There really is risk created by paying off debt too quickly.

Details in the show.

Joshua

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495-Would My 14-Year-Old Son's Marijuana Habit Destroy My Finances if I'm Using a Healthcare Sharing Ministry Like Samaritan Ministries to Pay for My Healthcare?

Today, we handle this interesting question from a listener:

"In talking about Samaritan to a pastor-friend he threw out the scenario that your middle school age son is injured in an accident while riding in a friend's car, and the police find marijuana in the car--what happens?

When I asked a Samaritan rep about it he said their board would carefully review the situation and if they deemed that your son wasn't responsible for/aware of the pot then his injury would be covered; if he was responsible/aware then he would not be covered.

While my kids are all under 8 right now and this scenario is a ways off as a possibility for us, I'm concerned that when they reach middle/high school age I may need to look into alternatives for a couple reasons: (1) I'm not fully convinced of an investigatory board's ability to discern for sure in such a scenario what was going on and (2) while I'm teaching my kids to obey their parents and the civil authorities, they are still sinners and, growing up...

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494-Planning for Wildfires

Erin writes in and says: "I love listening to your podcast- I know you've had a few episodes recently in reaction to current events. As a resident of the Bay Area I hope you could do an episode in relation to wild fires (if there isn't a past episode I am overlooking)."

Erin et al, here are my suggestions for you!

Joshua

 

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493-Should I Sell My Harley and Buy Some More Mutual Funds?

Fun question today for our Friday episode...comes in from Chris:

Joshua,

Looking to see if you have any insight on emotional/psychological decisions versus logical decisions when it comes to finance.

Back story -

I have a paid for 20 year old Harley. I have not ridden it in three years, I spend $200/year on an insurance policy, each spring I do maintenance on it which costs about $30, and living in Minnesota, we only really have 6 months or so of decent riding weather. I have a big garage so storage is not an issue, apart from each winter when I have to move it around in and tell myself I'll sell it in the spring.

I can make the logical argument to myself that I need to sell this. It is a depreciating asset, costs money to maintain and insure, and it really brings no value to my life.

However, I can not bring myself to sell it. I have no pressing financial obligations so the $5-6k that I would get from selling it would really not do much to improve my life. About the only thing...

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492-Choose Your Hammer Carefully and Stop Beating Up Others for Preferring a Different Hammer

I thought about simply calling today's show, "On Hammers."

You pick the title you prefer...but recognize the truth: tools are tools and their usefulness depends not on their inherent attributes but on their appropriate application.

Joshua

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491-Q&A: More Money Into Retirement or Buy a House, Can I Use a Donor-Advised Fund for Church Contributions, Should I Move From Commission-Based Job to Salary-Based Job, Should I Keep an India-Based Whole Life Insurance Policy?

Today's show rounds out a special series of live Q&A shows. Today we cover:

  • 1:20 Should I put more money into my retirement plan or buy a house?
  • 18:45 Can I use a donor-advised fund as a smart way to get a bigger tax deduction for my contribution to my local church?
  • 32:30 Should I move from a commission-based job to a salary job which also means a salary cut?
  • 39:10 Should I buy a joint universal life insurance policy to protect my new baby?
  • 1:10:00 Should I keep an India-based whole life insurance policy now that I'm a US resident?

Enjoy the show!

Joshua

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