I’m Paula

I’ll introduce myself in a moment.
But first, let’s talk about you.

I'm Going to Make a Few Guesses About You

You want to take control of your money — not be controlled by your money.

You don’t want to spend 40 years in a cubicle.

You’re smart.

You’re different, unconventional. Maybe even a little rebellious.

You own your sh*t – you take command of building a better life.

If this sounds like you, welcome home. You’ve found a great community in this little pocket of the internet.

Afford Anything is a movement rooted in one idea: You can afford anything, but not everything — and that’s true not only for your money, but also your time, focus, energy and attention.

This opens two questions:

  1. How can we make smarter decisions about our money, time and life?
  2. How can we align our daily behaviors and habits with the lifestyle we
    value most?

Afford Anything explores the answers to these two critical questions.

Along the journey, we take interesting forays into topics like investing, travel, lifestyle design, financial independence, and any other topic that jumps into this curiosity playground. We swap stories and ideas about real estate, entrepreneurship, productivity, personal development and a philosophy of money.

Each of these conversations are portals into a larger framework of making smarter choices and building a better life. If you’re intrigued, explore our blog and podcast. Better yet, download our free book, Escape, and join our free online community of 70,000+ subscribers.

And if you’d like to meet me — Paula Pant, the writer and instigator —
read on.

When I graduated from college, I did what society expected: I got a job.

Shocking, eh?

I landed my dream gig: I was a newspaper reporter in a scenic Colorado town. I loved my colleagues; I had a blast everyday in the newsroom. I didn’t earn much — $21,000 per year — but I enjoyed my work. Life was awesome.

Except for one teeny-tiny little problem: I lacked freedom.

I was required to come to the office five days per week and sit in my chair from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. — regardless of whether or not I operated at peak productivity during those hours.

If I wanted to spend a week at the beach or mountains, I needed to “submit a request.”

That irked me. Why should arbitrary rules govern the hours of MY life? Why couldn’t I control my limited hours on this earth?

I wanted escape.


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So I saved money. Like a maniac. I hustled during the evenings and weekends, writing freelance articles, and saved every dime. I landed a few promotions with commensurate pay raises, and tucked this into a savings account.

I earned extra money on the side, and put it straight into savings — $50 here, $100 there. Slowly, hundreds turned into thousands.

In April 2008, I handed in my resignation and bought a one-way airline ticket to Egypt. I held $25,000 in the bank.

I spent the next two years backpacking across Asia and Australia. I rode camels in Cairo, scuba-dived in Thailand, explored Indonesian islands, hiked Tasmanian mountains, drove 27,000 kilometers across Australia … you get the idea.

When I returned to the U.S. in 2010, I had a terrifying thought: I might need to get a job again. Yikes.

I couldn’t go back to a crappy cubicle. I wanted sustainable, long-term freedom. But how?

I started to focus on four elements:

Financial psychology -- mastering my money mindset 

Investing -- in stocks, index funds, and (starting a few years ago) also including a measured, conservative allocation into crypto

Real Estate -- first as a source of rental income and later as a primary residence (although these days I'm back to renting, which means I'm simultaneously a landlord AND a renter)

Entrepreneurship -- as a former newspaper journalist, I began freelancing for both news outlets and private companies when I returned to the U.S. After a few years, I scaled beyond freelancing and created two media companies. 

The first company I created, Catalyst Content Marketing, was an offshoot of my early days as a freelancer; I built a content marketing and management agency and hired a small team of writers and editors to execute client projects.

While building Catalyst, I began writing on my own website about the financial and business lessons I was learning in my own life. This turned into the Afford Anything website, which you're reading now, and has evolved into a community of 70,000 newsletter subscribers. 

Afford Anything is now run by a small team and best known for our podcast, which has more than 20 million downloads.


My early experience as a newspaper reporter shapes every day of my life.

For the past six years, I've used my journalism training as the host of the Afford Anything podcast, a top-ranked financial podcast with more than 20 million downloads.

On the podcast, I interview researchers, academics and authors on behavioral financial, financial psychology, decision-making, critical thinking, investing, stocks, inflation, cryptocurrency, and more.

The overt topic is money. But under the hood, the Afford Anything podcast focuses on how to be a more clear thinker and better decision-maker, told through the lens of money.

 I'm a financial journalist who is currently a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University for business and economics journalism (2022-23).

                     Financial psychologyInvesting, Real estateEntrepreneurship:

                      -- if you can master these four elements, you're on the path to financial freedom.


Through this website, newsletter and podcast, Afford Anything is here to show you how to master your money. 

We start with a clear-eyed look at the psychology of money, and then we help you understand your financial behaviors, habits and decisions. Join 70,000+ people who get our free newsletter .

Welcome to an online community that’s building financial independence. I’m glad you’re here.


P.S. Download our free book, Escape.