I love podcasts! They’re a great way to engage your mind and learn while driving, cleaning or doing some other mundane task. I also find them relaxing to listen to on a plane flight, particularly during take off when I’m feeling super anxious. I discovered the FIRE movement through podcasts, and they really have changed my life and helped me to be more productive, financially literate, and mindful about my life choices. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order. I subscribe to them via iTunes, so that I always have the latest episodes downloaded and ready to listen to.
- Afford Anything Hosted by the eloquent and super smart Paula Pant, this podcast was one of the first I found. Paula was a freelance writer who achieved financial independence through real estate investing, and she shares her own experiences and interviews guests. There are also 2 episodes a month dedicated to reader questions. I’ve learned a ton about real estate investing, general personal finance and FIRE strategies through this podcast, and I highly recommend it!
- Writerly I found this podcast after reading and loving The Fortress, a memoir by Danielle Trussoni. I loved the voice of this memoir and wanted to hear more from this author! I think Writerly had just started at the time and I have listened to almost every episode. Most of the episodes are conversations between Trussoni and Walter Kirn. Listening to this podcast is like eavesdropping on an intelligent and insightful conversation between two writers at the table next to you at a restaurant.
- Best of Both Worlds I found this podcast after listening to Paula Pant interview Laura Vanderkam–a time management expert–on Afford Anything. I loved what Laura had to say, and was thrilled that she hosted a podcast with Sarah Hart-Unger. I also read Laura’s latest book, Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done. This podcast is focused on living a full and productive life as a working mother–a topic that will hopefully apply to me in the next few years! It’s a comfort listen and my current favorite podcast. Sarah and Laura have a great dynamic, and I love listening on on their conversations. I recently ordered a paper planner and meal planner worksheets that Sarah recommends on her web site and am looking forward to using both!
- FIRE DRILL: Financial Independence|Early Retirement Hosted by Gwen and J, this is another must listen for me! (Noticing a theme here? Women host many of my podcast favs…) Gwen and J interview people pursuing FIRE in all sorts of ways–selling items on Ebay, Dumpster Diving, living in a Tiny House, through extreme frugality, digital nomads, living on a boat–etc. Great for different perspectives and ideas!
- Bigger Pockets Money Podcast I found this podcast through the Bigger Pockets podcast, which I used to listen to more. I got a little less interested in real estate investing (in the short term) so have been listening more to this podcast lately instead of the Real Estate focused one. This podcast, like FIRE DRILL, features interviews with a variety of people pursuing FI and focuses on actionable tips that you can integrate into your own FI journey.
- Mad Fientist This podcast is updated infrequently, but I’ve listened to probably 75% of the prior episodes. It features more FI interviews, and the founder approaches FI from an analytical perspective. There are some great FI stories and lots of inspiration to be found!
Those are my top 6, though I do listen to others as well. I used to listen to more writing podcasts (Lit Up was a favorite when it was still updating.) But sometimes I find that listening to writers can be a bit anxiety producing for me, especially if I am not happy with how much writing I’ve been doing lately. The money podcasts are just pure fun/actionable entertainment, so I listen to them more overall. But, if I’m interested in hearing more from a writer, I will type their name into the search bar and listen to any podcasts I can. I especially love listening to female literary thriller writers talk about their writing process and work! There should be a whole podcast dedicated to this…
Also, are there any podcasts focused specifically on writers and money? I haven’t found any yet.
What are your favorites that I should know about?!