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Want to stop living paycheck to paycheck and start moving towards financial independence? Learn the process the Frugalwoods took to retire early together! 

What are you two working towards, big picture wise? How often do you guys talk about it?

Talk can be cheap or it can be the start of an incredible journey.

Four years ago a conversation Liz had with her husband Nate was a trigger to achieving their huge dream of becoming financially independent and retiring early.

Working to Achieve Financial Independence Together

What would you do if you were retired right now?

You might expect me to say you too can retire early with just a few easy steps. But the truth is it’s much more complicated than that to break the cycle of consuming and working.

It’s going to take something very powerful a change in your mindset your finances and your lifestyle.

Today Liz, author of Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving financial Independence Through Simple Living, is here to share their journey. 

Hopefully they'll inspire you to examine where you can start setting up your path towards financial independence.

In this episode, we get into:

  • what moved Liz and Nate to go from dreaming about financial independence to making it a reality
  • how they build a sustainable and enjoyable frugal lifestyle
  • why do it yourself is not only good for your wallet but your marriage before their dream became a reality

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Retire Early & Money Hacks 

If you two are looking at early retirement or to become financially independent, check out these resources.

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Meet the Frugalwoods

Elizabeth Willard Thames, better known as Mrs. Frugalwoods, is the creator of the award-winning personal finance blog,

At age 32 she reached financial independence and left a successful career in the city to create a more meaningful, purpose-driven life on a 66-acre homestead in the woods of Vermont with her husband and young daughter.

In 2018, Thames released her first book, “Meet The Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living”.

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Episode originally released August 2016. Shownotes were recently updated September 2022.

About Elle Martinez

Elle Martinez helps families at Couple Money achieve financial freedom by sharing tips for reducing debt, increase income, and building net worth. Learn how to live on one income and have fun with the second..