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August 8, 2022

Kiersten and Julien Saunders: Work 15 Years, Then FIRE Yourself

Kiersten and Julien Saunders

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We graduate from college and we get our first job. After the new career happy feelings fade, it’s not uncommon for us to think … “how long do I need to keep doing this?” 

For my parent's generation, it was until your 60’s or 70’s. Then you can stop and enjoy retirement. But a 40 or 50-year career when you’re not overly thrilled with each of your days sounds more like a prison sentence than a fulfilling career. 

For those looking for another way, how about a 15-year career instead? And then you slow down and enjoy more life in your 30s or 40s instead. 

To make the case for the 15-year career, I’ve invited Kiersten and Julien Saunders to the show. They are the authors of the new book “Cashing Out: Win the Wealth Game by Walking Away.”

We also discuss how people can pursue FIRE (financial independence / retire early) and live a life of purpose.

Overview: Work 15 Years, Then FIRE Yourself

Kiersten and Julien Saunders review the following:

  • Why a 15-year career beats out a 40-year career
  • How to financially prepare to cash out from your corporate career
  • The three areas where they invested to achieve family financial independence


Guest Bio – Kiersten and Julien Saunders

Julien and Kiersten are authors of Cashing Out: Win the Wealth Game By Walking Away under Portfolio Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. They are also the creative voices behind the blog, producers of the award-winning video series, Money on the Table, and hosts of the rich & REGULAR podcast.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, their mission is to inspire better conversations about money. The couple has used frugal living, real estate, stock market investing and their online business to build wealth and ultimately achieve financial independence. They paid off $200,000 in five years and their story has been featured in The NY Times, Forbes, CBS This Morning, Marketwatch, the Oprah Winfrey Network and more.

When they're not sharing stories about their experiences with money, they are parents to their son Beau, traveling the world or searching for their next great meal.


Website: Rich and Regular

Book: Cashing Out

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Are you thinking about cashing out after a 15-year career? What do you think of the advice from Kiersten and Julien Saunders?

Please let us know in the comments below.

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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