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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, CBC, and NPR.

Podcast 060 | Finances

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about finances, debt, economics, and they answer the following questions:

  • Should I invest my earnings when I have school loan debt and credit card debt, or should I focus on paying down the debt?
  • My family’s medical debt seems the most pernicious of any of our debt—how do I best address it?
  • What financial advice do you have for recent college graduates?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on paying debt off slowly: “There’s no such thing as good debt.”
  • Ryan on paying debt off slowly: “There’s no such thing as good debt!”
  • Joshua on turning minimal finances into maximal finances: “The best way to give yourself a pay raise is to spend less money.”
  • Ryan on turning minimal finances into maximal finances: “Money can solve only so many problems.”
  • Joshua on budgeting as a minimalist in a household of non-minimalists: “Agree on outcomes before agreeing on actions.”
  • Ryan on budgeting as a minimalist in a household of non-minimalists: “You don’t have to be a minimalist to follow a budget.”
  • Joshua on budgeting for a wedding: “If you have to go into debt, you can’t afford it.”
  • Ryan on budgeting for a wedding: “A wedding doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg to make it a meaningful experience.”
  • Joshua on student loan debt: “There is no such thing as good debt.”
  • Ryan on student loan debt: “There is no such thing as good debt!”

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