Chris Hutchins

There’s no government plan to pay for your life if you didn’t save enough. And if there is… One, I’m not sure it’s enough, two, I’m not sure it’ll be there.

Chris Hutchins is a an avid life hacker, financial optimizer and host of the top ranked podcast All the Hacks, where I share my quest to upgrade my life without having to spend a fortune. These passions have led me to being featured in a documentary on Financial Independence called Playing with Fire and collecting millions of points and miles.

He's also the Head of New Product Strategy at Wealthfront, where I’m focused on making products to help people build wealth through investing. I joined the company after my startup Grove was acquired in 2016

I’ve been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and CNBC. Previously, I was an investor at Google Ventures, co-founded Milk (acquired by Google) and built an organization called LaidOffCamp.

watch playing with fire

A documentary about the FIRE movement and one families quest to achieve financial independence and retire early. Available on the following:

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A perfect follow up on the film to dive deeper into the philosophies and "how-tos of the FIRE movement"
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Reading material

We have assembled the foundational information to get your start on the right foot down the FIRE path to financial independence.

How to Reach Financial Independence

Now that you know what FIRE is and why there is a growing movement of people who are aspiring to reach FIRE — or who have already succeeded — you might start wondering if this is something you could achieve.

Playing with FIRE forward

Playing with FIRE book forward written by Pete Adeney, a.k.a. Mr. Money Mustache

What is the Mega-Backdoor Roth Strategy?

Individuals with high incomes are usually not allowed to use a Roth IRA, but a mega-backdoor Roth conversion strategy is one way for these individuals to contribute up to $39,500 to a Roth IRA, get the tax-free benefits on the growth of these monies, and then withdraw the funds in retirement.