13 best FIRE podcasts of 2020

Listen in for inspiration, strategies and support as you begin your journey to financial independence.

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The financial independence, retire early (FIRE) movement is less about retiring early and more about boosting your own financial independence. And these podcasts are here to help. Listen along for inspiration, tips and tools you can start implementing today on everything from investing in real estate and the stock market to starting a side hustle and living within your means.

13 best FIRE podcasts

How we chose these podcasts

When compiling our list of the best FIRE podcasts, we considered factors like popularity, range of topics, audience reach and whether they had something unique that offered listeners more bang for their buck. Some were selected because they covered a range of financial independence ideas, while others were chosen because they homed in on one particular theme.

Best for entrepreneurs: The Tim Ferriss Show

  • Why we like it. Witty yet informative guest interviews cover a range of topics important to anyone who wants control over their financial future into retirement and beyond.

The Tim Ferriss Show podcast has been named the No. 1 business podcast of all Apple podcasts for three years running. In each episode, Tim interviews entrepreneurs from sports, investing, business, art and more to extract the tools and tactics they’ve used to become financially independent. Some of his guests include Tony Robbins, Jamie Foxx, Jon Favreau, Neil Gaiman and Whitney Cummings, among many, many others.

Listen to The Tim Ferriss Show podcast.

Best for becoming financially liberated at a young age: Financial Freedom

  • Why we like it. Grant Sabatier retired at age 30. He knows the ins and outs to mastering your money so you, too, can gain financial freedom and retire early.

The Financial Freedom podcast, hosted by Grant Sabatier, shares strategies for mastering money and living a meaningful life while you’re still young. Topics include investing, side hustles, personal finance, real estate, entrepreneurship, early retirement and more.

Listen to the Financial Freedom podcast.

Best for women: HerMoney

  • Why we like it. Jean Chatzky provides quality, lingo-free financial guidance and information that is thought provoking, easy to understand and inspiring for women at any stage of life.

CEO and co-founder Jean Chatzky has over two decades of personal finance expertise that she now shares with other women via her podcast, HerMoney. With the motto, “HerMoney is a judgment-free zone for all things financial,” it’s geared toward real women of any age and in all circumstances looking to take control of their finances.

Listen to the HerMoney podcast.

Best for learning financial basics: The Dave Ramsey Show

  • Why we like it. Dave Ramsey shares his own experiences about surviving at the top as well as at the bottom of the money tree. He is frank, to the point and nonjudgmental. Topics are wide-ranging, from taxes and home buying to budgeting and retirement.

The Dave Ramsey Show podcast offers straight talk about money and life. Millions of people tune in every day to learn how to start building for the future by getting out of debt. The show is a cumulation of lessons learned, bouncing back and taking control of your money once and for all.

Listen to The Dave Ramsey Show podcast.

Best for creating wealth through real estate: BiggerPockets

  • Why we like it.BiggerPockets networks with fellow investors and vendors to answer questions and offer advice that is on point and up to date. They show why the real estate decisions you make today can affect your future into retirement.

Listen to the BiggerPockets podcast.

Best for investors: InvestED

  • Why we like it. Phil Town shares practical techniques and real-time examples on how to invest in your future that both experts and beginners can apply in their lives. We especially love that he makes no assumptions and doesn’t talk down to novice investors.

InvestED is a podcast about investing hosted by Phil Town, a hedge fund manager and author of three New York Times best-selling investment books. He shares investing tips and strategies, the basics of stock market investing and how to invest on your own for a better retirement.

Listen to the InvestED podcast.

Best for connecting with the FIRE community: ChooseFI

  • Why we like it. Friendly and welcoming, ChooseFI offers advice, tips and ideas from real people in the FIRE community who have walked the walk and now talk the talk.

Hosted by Jonathan Mendonsa and Brad Barrett, ChooseFI is a financial podcast by the FIRE community for the FIRE community. It offers actionable tips to earn more, save more and live your best life. Each podcast battle tests new ideas to see what works and what doesn’t.

Listen to the ChooseFI podcast.

Best for seeking financial freedom in 10 years or less: Radical Personal Finance

  • Why we like it. While not ideal for the financial novice, this master’s-level podcast provides specific steps investment-minded people can take to reach their financial goals.

Joshua Sheats takes a formal understanding of financial planning and integrates creative ideas from the world of personal finance to help you gain financial freedom in 10 years or less. From discussions of why moving abroad could help increase your wealth ten-fold to strategies for protecting your investment accounts, Sheats tackles it all.

Listen to the Radical Personal Finance podcast.

Best for getting your questions answered: What’s Up Next

  • Why we like it. Fun and educational, its panel discussions can get a little passionate as experts debate issues and come up with answers to real FIRE questions that aren’t always easy.

What’s Up Next is a podcast that covers a wide variety of financial independence topics. It features a roundtable with top influencers that take the conversation to the next level in the financial independence space. People weigh in with questions that the panel answers in real time on everything from geoarbitrage to whether there’s an age cap to join the FIRE movement.

Listen to the What’s Up Next podcast.

Best for gaining financial freedom via a side hustle: FIRE Drill

  • Why we like it. The Fire Drill podcast is hosted by the engaging Julie from Millennial Boss who has learned a lot about how to manage finances and gain financial freedom via a side hustle.

The Fire Drill podcast covers a wide range of topics in the financial independence arena. From starting your own online business to investing in real estate to writing romance novels, if you’re someone who is making your dreams happen with a side hustle, this one’s for you.

Listen to the Fire Drill podcast.

Best for creating an actionable plan: Journey to Launch

  • Why we like it. Jamila Souffrant is personable and likeable — like she’s talking to her best friend. She offers tips and advice on how to make the best financial decisions to retire early and wealthy.

A Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI) and podcast host, Jamila Souffrant helps her audience create an actionable plan to reach your financial goals. Her mission is to inspire, teach and help others with topics ranging from paying off debt, becoming tax efficient and saving.

Listen to the Journey to Launch podcast.

Best for living frugally now and after retirement: Frugal Friends

  • Why we like it. Jen and Jill give tips and advice about living a frugal life without giving up everything you enjoy. Young and friendly, their advice is practical and fresh.

Being frugal doesn’t mean doing without. Jen and Jill show their audience how to budget and be a better steward of your time and resources so you have something left for retirement. Episodes include topics like retirement 101 and how to pay off high amounts of debt.

Listen to the Frugal Friends podcast.

Best for actually doing well in retirement: The Retirement Answer Man

  • Why we like it. Roger Whitney is a bit light-hearted about retirement — he uses humor and real experiences to speak on subjects like Medicare and Social Security and has a knack for keeping his audience always wanting for more.

A certified financial planner with more than 25 years of experience, he uses his credentials and every channel possible to help people live well today without sacrificing tomorrow. Topics cover everything from long-term care insurance and stock market crashes, to saving money hacks and traveling in retirement.

Listen to The Retirement Answer Man podcast.

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Bottom line

Some of the podcasts that made our list are more focused, while others explore the many facets of personal finance. Each one offers advice, often with wit and humor, in a way even people with little knowledge about finance can easily digest and understand.

If you’re excited to learn more about the FIRE movement, check out our guide to achieving financial independence. Or read our roundup of the 10 best FIRE books of the year.

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