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April 16, 2018

How to Achieve Financial Independence and Retire Early – with Deacon Hayes


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Financial independence and early retirement are huge accomplishments. Like running a marathon, becoming debt free or losing 100 pounds, they require focus, patience and a whole lot of perseverance.

This monumental financial status allows you the freedom to do what you want when you want and have the location independence you desire.

Author Deacon Hayes joins me today to talk about his new book, You Can Retire Early! We’re gonna review the ins and outs of how each and every one of us has the opportunity win at the game of early retirement.

What are we covering today?

Deacon and I discuss:

  • How he reached financial independence in his 30's
  • Why everyone should consider financial independence
  • How we can all gain traction on our early retirement plans

Not only has he written a book about achieving financial independence, he and his family achieved it as well. Get ready to be motivated to win!


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About Our Guest:  Deacon Hayes

Deacon Hayes, You Can Retire Early, Well Kept Wallet

Deacon Hayes is the Founder of Well Kept Wallet, a personal finance site dedicated to helping people make money, save money and pay off debt. He has been a contributor to the US News & World Report, Investopedia, Clark Howard and more.

He is also the author of the book, You Can Retire Early! Everything You Need to Achieve Financial Independence When You Want It.

Money Master of the Week

After 4 years of being a Stay-at-Home Mom, my wife Nicole is ready for a new challenge. She just started a new career as a professional organizer.

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Nicole will be working 10-20 hours a week and will still be able to spend lots of time with our kids. This balance of family and work life is so inspiring to me!

I love you, baby!

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My wife Nicole is our Money Master of the Week!

Andy Hill

Andy Hill, AFC® is the award-winning family finance coach behind Marriage Kids and Money - a platform dedicated to helping 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 relaxing on his hammock.


  • I know that, This I must be pro-active in finding a spacial ways to put a portion of my salary into some kind other savings. My worry is that many companies no longer offer a pension plan, so saving for my retirement will be up me.

  • I am seeking to plan my work life for early retirement. I wish to ensure I have a nest egg saved for retirement. I know that to do this I must be pro-active in finding ways to put a portion of my salary into some kind of retirement savings. My worry is that many companies no longer offer a pension plan, so saving for my retirement will be up me. I have concluded that to successfully save for my retirement. I must get into a saving mindset and determine what percentage of my pretax income I can possibly get by one. The rest will be deducted my paychecks and placed into my retirement savings account. I am under 30. Is this soon enough? What percentage is best? How soon is best to start?

    • These are all great questions Byron! The fact that you’re asking them is a great start. If you have a 401k (assuming you’re in the US) with your employer and they offer some sort of match, take advantage of that first. The more you put into the 401k (pre-tax), the less you’ll owe in taxes today. IRAs and HSAs are also great pre-tax retirement savings options.

      Since I don’t know a lot about your specific situation, it may be best for you to meet with a Fee Only Certified Financial Planner (that is a Fiduciary). This professional can help guide you (for a fee) in the right direction.

  • Deacon Hayes is a champ. Well Kept Wallet grew because the guy really knows SEO. I think it’ll end up being like Nerd Wallet, with tens of millions of views each month.

  • This is exactly what I am trying to do. And congratulations to the money master of the week, your wife! How inspiring!

    • I’m so proud of Nicole! It’s an incredible time in the Hill House this month :) And yes, Deacon’s story is super inspiring. I’m so glad to hear you liked it Daniella!


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