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February 26, 2018

How Early Retirement Can Enhance Your Marriage – with Tanja Hester & Mark Bunge


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If you’ve been married and working full-time for a while, you know the importance of quality time spent with your spouse. This is a chance to catch up, to talk about fun memories and make new ones together.

Unfortunately, our busy careers can make these quality get-togethers really difficult most days. There are late nights at work, deadlines and out-of-town trips. But … 

  • What if you woke up on Monday morning and you didn’t have to go into the office?
  • What if there were no more business trips and no more work-related deadlines?
  • How would that enhance your relationship with your spouse?

To answer these questions, I’ve invited Tanja Hester and Mark Bunge on the show today. After 10 years of marriage and 6 years of diligent savings, this young couple decided to retire from their busy careers in late 2017 and give more time to their marriage.

At 38 and 41, Tanja and Mark have regained the best years of their lives. As early retirees, they are pursuing their passion for the outdoors, travel and spending more quality time together.

What are we covering today?

Tanja, Mark and I discuss:

  • How they saved up enough money to retire early
  • Why they are thrilled about their new adventure
  • How this new situation will enhance their relationship together

If you're interested in early retirement and how it can impact your marriage, join us for this chat today. Tanja and Mark are an inspirational couple that will encourage you to do incredible things with your life.


How Early Retirement Can Enhance Your Marriage - with Tanja Hester & Mark Bunge

About Our Guests:  Tanja Hester & Mark Bunge

Tanja Hester & Mark Bunge
Early Retirees, Tanja (38) & Mark (41)

Tanja Hester and Mark Bunge – the couple behind the award-winning blog Our Next Life – recently retired at the ages of 38 and 41 from careers as political consultants. They achieved financial independence two years before that, at the ages of 36 and 39. And that was without being super savers or even naturally frugal.

Now they’re living the dream in Lake Tahoe, California, skiing and hiking on weekdays and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Tanja’s also getting to write more and do more public speaking on financial independence. And both Mark and Tanja are presidents of local nonprofit organizations and are able to devote much more time to service in the community. In addition to writing Our Next Life, Tanja co-hosts The Fairer Cents podcast.

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Andy Hill

Andy Hill is the award-winning family finance coach behind Marriage Kids and Money - a platform dedicated to helping young families build wealth and happiness. With millions of podcast downloads and video views, Andy’s message of family financial empowerment has resonated with listeners, readers and viewers across the world. When he's not "talking money", Andy enjoys being a Soccer Dad, singing karaoke with his wife and watching Marvel movies.

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