Paula Pant

Paula Pant is a financial expert, blogger, and host of Afford Anything.

Paula quit her 9-to-5 job in 2008, long before she’d heard of financial independence. She just couldn’t stand the cubicle life anymore.

Her starting salary was $21,000 per year in 2005, and her highest salary was $31,000 per year in 2008. Despite her lower income, she managed to save $25,000 during her short career. She lived on these savings after she quit her 9-to-5 job, and spent two years backpacking across the world.

When she returned to the U.S. in 2010, she started a self-employed career as a freelance writer. She and her now-husband, Will, scraped together enough money to buy a triplex as their first home. They lived in one unit, with roommates, and rented out the other two units. The rental income they received allowed them to live “for free,” with no out-of-pocket housing costs. This was their first taste of passive income.

Today they own 7 rental units. Last year, their rental properties grossed $125,000 and netted $43,000 in passive income, after expenses. They are financially independent through the income from their rentals.

Paula’s weekly podcast, Afford Anything, has been downloaded nearly 3 million times. Her website,, gets 250,000 views a month and her email newsletter has more than 50,000 subscribers. She speaks at FIRE meet-ups such as the Ecuador Chautauqua, Camp Mustache and Camp FI, as well as gatherings such as FinCon and the World Domination Summit. You can find her online at:


Podcast: Afford Anything

Instagram: @paulapant

Twitter: @affordanything

Facebook: /affordanything

YouTube: /affordanything


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

What is a Trust and Living Will: How to Set Them Up, What's the difference?

Estate Planning is an often overlooked, yet incredibly important step in your path to Financial Independence. Let's dive into the world of Trusts and Wills, and why you need to create one as soon as you can.

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 Foreword

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