253: Your Escape Plan: How to Make Early “Retirement” a Reality

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Quit my job? “That’s stupid,” Kim Anderson told her husband, Cressel.

But she eventually did quit, and it turned out to be a really smart move. Together the couple paid off $93k in debt in less than 2 years, setting themselves up for a life of “financial flexibility.”

They did it through a combination of conscious spending, creative side hustles, and having a clear goal in mind. And perhaps what’s more exciting is what that new time freedom has allowed: starting a family, starting new businesses, and most recently even “retiring” Cressel from his engineering job.

In this inspiring episode, Kim and Cressel break down their path to financial freedom, which I think will get your gears turning on how to do the same.

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  • How Kim and Cressel strategically attacked their debt in an all-out sprint.
  • The side hustles they used to make extra money.
  • What it felt like to pay off their house and become debt-free.
  • The origin story behind Kim’s blog and her driving motivation in growing it.
  • When they felt comfortable with Cressel walking away from his engineering career.
  • What they’re working on now.
  • Kim and Cressel’s #1 tips for Side Hustle Nation.


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3 thoughts on “253: Your Escape Plan: How to Make Early “Retirement” a Reality

  1. Thanks Nick. Loved this episode! There were a lot of parallels with Kim & Cressel and our family. We live in NC and we had twins when our oldest daughter was almost 5 years old. Thanks for sharing their story! They are an inspiration to me and I am sure many others.

  2. How do people deal with Health Insurance who retire early or freelance? It’s a conundrum of mine.
    I currently work full time and have great health insurance, but would like to have options to work independently.

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