Episode Number: 136

Episode 136- How Anita Paid Off $95,000 of Debt in One Year and Retired Early at 33 Years Old

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This week’s Journey to Launch podcast episode features Anita Dhake, also known as Thriftygal. Creator of the blog The Power of Thrift, Anita, worked as a corporate attorney for several years. Then, one day she committed to her dream to retire early and live her best life. In one year she paid off $95,000 of student loan debt and started aggressively saving 85 to 95 percent of her income. By age 33, Anita was able to retire with over a half of million dollars in investments.

For the last few years, Anita has been traveling the world and doing what makes her happy. On her blog, she shares stories about crossing items off her bucket list, her latest reads, and her daily successful habits. Previously featured in Forbes, Crain’s Chicago Business, and the ABA Journal, Anita’s has also been on television twice. Anita’s FI story can be found in her book, Operation Enough! How to Retire Remarkably Early.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How to accelerate your path to financial freedom and early retirement
  • The benefits of applying stoicism to your financial journey 
  • Several inspiring books you should read now 
  • It is about how much you make and how much you save
  • Where to easily invest your money and watch it grow, and so much more

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Anita is an avid reader and below are a few great books we mentioned in the podcast episode.  

Operation Enough! How to Retire Remarkably Early by Anita Dhake

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger and Gene Stone

The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin 

The Geometry of Wealth: How To Shape A Life Of Money And Meaning by Brian Portnoy  

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine 

Vicki Robin has been on the Journey to Launch podcast. Check out her episode below:

Your Money or Your Life: Transform Your Relationship With Money & Achieve Financial Independence W/ Vicki Robin

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