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Meet Julien and Kiersten Saunders

We’re thrilled to be working with Julien and Kiersten Saunders, the co-creators of the Plutus Award-winning Best Personal Finance Blog, Rich and Regular.

Julien and Kiersten have been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, CBS News, Glamour, CNBC, MarketWatch, Vice, Essence, and Black Enterprise. They’ve also appeared on CBS This Morning and the documentary Playing with Fire, the first ever documentary about the financial independence movement, of which Julien and Kiersten are leaders.

In the last five years, they’ve eliminated over $200,000 in debt, and plan to retire early through aggressive saving and other financial smarts. According to Julien, “FIRE gave us the playbook we needed. The principles for FI (Financial Independence) are simple: spend drastically less than you earn, invest more than you ever have and repeat until you reach a point where your investment income covers your expenses.”

Julien and Kiersten are at work on their first book, a guide for upwardly mobile African-Americans, and anyone else, to finding freedom from out of financial hardship. More than educating readers to be in control of their finances—Julien and Kiersten will explore the guilt that can come with success, the shame around frugality, and the fallacy of measuring our self-worth based on our job title.

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