Ready for
Rebel Finance School 2024?

The course started on Monday 10 June 2024, but don’t worry, it’s not too late to join in and start taking control of your finances! All sessions are recorded and available on YouTube so that you can catch up. The first video can be viewed here. Please subscribe to our channel so that you’re notified of future videos!

Sign up by filling in the form. The course is completely free, there are no upsells, what have you got to lose?

How is the course free? The Donegans reached financial independence in 2019 and don’t need to make money from you. We just want to help you take control of your finances. Sign up now and let’s make 2024 the year you truly get on top of your personal finances.

If you want to know more about Rebel Finance School and us first before you sign up, then please keep reading!

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    Curious to understand more and how
    we want to help?
    Watch this 90 second trailer!

    Can you answer these questions?

    If you can’t answer these questions (exactly) Then it is time to come on our course and start to
    take control of your finances. Don’t drift along hoping that your situation will change.
    Take charge.

    Why come to
    Rebel Finance’24?

    40% of people in the UK can’t survive 1 month without income. 53% of Americans live pay check to pay check. The average person has thousands of £/$ of credit card debt and lives beyond their means. If you have ever struggled with your finances, worried about where your money is going or coming from then you are not alone!

    Let me ask you some simple but difficult to answer questions:

    • What is your net worth? How much are you spending each month/year?

    • How much are you saving? Exactly
    • How much do you need for retirement?
    • Are you on course to hit your retirement target?

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    If you can’t answer these questions then we will help you figure it all out and make progress.

    The pandemic has shown us how fragile people’s finances are, and Katie and I want to help you get your finances in order. We want to help you take control, start saving, and set yourself up for a financially abundant life.

    Are you
    already an investor?

    If you said no then you might be wrong. You probably are ALREADY an investor whether you like it or not. If you have an auto-enrolment pension through your employer then you are an investor. Do you know where the money that disappears from your payslip is going? You must understand where your money is invested and whether it’ll be enough to live off in retirement. Do you read the annual statements you get about your pension or do they go in the “deal with later” pile that never gets looked at?

    No one else is going to figure this out for you. No one is coming to save you. We are all responsible for our own retirement. Defined benefit/final salary pensions have all but disappeared. Even if you are lucky enough to have one, have you worked out if it is enough to live off in retirement?

    Come to Rebel Finance School and we will teach you how to think about all of this, how to understand what you’re already invested in and whether it’s right for you and how to plan for at least a comfortable, but preferably abundant, retirement.

    What is Rebel Finance School?

    The Rebel Finance School (RFS) is a free 10 week personal finance course. So far we’ve helped over
    15,000 people from 43 countries to take control of their money and we want to help you in 2024

    The course starts with the basics:

    • Where does all the money go? Creating a gap between income and spending

    • How much do you have? What is your net-worth

    • How to pay off credit card debt as quickly as possible

    • How what you believe about money and yourself is might be holding you back

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    ​Then in the later weeks we’ll progress to:

    • How to talk about money with the people you care about

    • Understanding what your auto-enrolment pension is invested in

    • ​How to invest your hard earned money

    • How to set a target for retirement

    • How to figure out when you can retire

    Every time we run the course we are told this stuff should be taught in schools. It isn’t! It is our mission to
    help you learn what you need so you can create an exceptional financial future and feel comfortable
    with money.

    When is the course?

    Rebel Finance School 2024 started on Monday 10th June 2024. It runs once a week for 10 weeks at 8pm UK time. If you’re joining after this you can catch up on the sessions because we record them! You’ll get all the instructions in the welcome email!

    Please still sign up for the course using the form below so you get the course updates, homework, resources and more.

    The course is online and we record the sessions so if you can’t make it live you can catch up during the week on
    YouTube. The recordings will be available for a limited time after the course finishes.

    We also have a new innovation for 2024 with separate ask us anything Q&A sessions midweek to help you implement
    what you have learnt

    How much does it cost?

    Nothing! Zip! Nada! Absolutely sweet Fanny Adams.

    What’s the catch?!

    Is the course really free or are you going to keep selling me stuff the whole time? We get asked this every single year and I don’t think people truly believe us till they have made it to the final week without a sales pitch!

    The course is completely free and always will be. We have no hidden agenda and no upsells. We just want to help. We’ve seen first hand the problems that money can cause to relationships, families and to mental health and well-being. We want to help you avoid this pain and live a happy life free from worrying about money.

    Now that we’re retired we need a purpose. Sitting on a beach is fun for a while but it gets old quite quickly. Our purpose is to help as many people as we can to get their money under control and to save and invest for an abundant retirement. We’ve sorted out our money and finances so we don’t need to charge for this. You can read more about our purpose and our thoughts on purpose here.

    What are people
    saying about the course?

    This course has been amazing. In the past I have been particularly poor with money and I have let it slip through my fingers far too easily. Rebel Finance School has really put me and my partner on the same page. We are now talking the same financial language, it has helped us to feel more connected and given us something else to talk about and be interested in. As much as you wanted to improve financial literacy, you need to know that it has had the benefit of pulling what was a strong relationship anyway, closer together. Finances has been one of the few areas where we have had conflict in the past with me being a spender and my partner being a saver but we are now singing from the same hymn sheet. That is very much appreciated.

    ~ James and Natalia

    This course has been amazing. In the past I have been particularly poor with money and I have let it slip through my fingers far too easily. Rebel Finance School has really put me and my partner on the same page. We are now talking the same financial language, it has helped us to feel more connected and given us something else to talk about and be interested in. As much as you wanted to improve financial literacy, you need to know that it has had the benefit of pulling what was a strong relationship anyway, closer together. Finances has been one of the few areas where we have had conflict in the past with me being a spender and my partner being a saver but we are now singing from the same hymn sheet. That is very much appreciated.

    ~ James and Natalia

    What exactly is the course?

    The Rebel Finance School is a 10 week course designed to give you everything we wish we had known when we started getting our finances in order. Each week we will run a 2 hour session on Zoom and streamed to YouTube live where you can interact with us, learn and ask questions.

    We run the course via Zoom/YouTube live so you can join from wherever you are in the world. On the last course we had people from 43 countries including the UK, USA, Canada, Colombia, Namibia, Lichtenstein, New Zealand and more. Join a truly global group of people working to take control of their finances. And if you can’t make the dates and times, you’ll be able to catch up on YouTube at your convenience!

    We mind mapped out everything we have learnt across the last decade of working diligently on our finances and have condensed it into this course.  We are going to share with you the same strategies that allowed us to retire at 35 (Katie) and 40 (Alan) The modules are:

    Following each module there is a set of homework designed to move your finances and thinking forward. You will receive a follow-up email, course, materials and spreadsheet templates designed to help you get going quickly!

    Since the first course we have been building more resources to supplement the course and help you make progress.

    As we go through the course, if you think we have missed anything, we want you to tell us!

    New for 2024: We will be doing Q&A each week on Thursday nights.  Giving you time to watch the course, implement things and then formulate your questions.  You will be able to join us live for Q&A each week and get your questions answered.

    Course Objectives

    We have some big objectives for this course. Maybe we are being bold?
    We don’t think so! These are the course objectives:

    • Where does all the money go? Creating a gap between income and spending

    • How much do you have? What is your net-worth

    • How to pay off credit card debt as quickly as possible

    • How what you believe about money and yourself is might be holding you back

    • Get a grip on your spending – know how much you spend a month/year
    • Work out your wealth building rate – % of your income you are saving/investing
    • Cut out spending that isn’t adding value to your life
    • Have a clear plan to get out of debt
    • Understand how to invest to create long term returns
    • Get your first £100 invested
    • Project your own retirement date
    • Uncover any beliefs about money that are holding you back
    • Get on the same financial page as your partner/family
    • Know your net-worth
    • Have a clear financial goal for your future
    • Develop the financial habits that will set you up for the future
    • Learn about the FIRE (Financial Independence / Retire Early) world and other ongoing resources. Who are the FIRE characters and what can you learn from each of them?

    If any of that sounds interesting, then sign up to the course below.
    Katie and I are excited to help you with all this.

    Who is the course for?

    Everything you want is outside your comfort zone;
    otherwise you would already have it!

    Katie and I don’t care who you are as long as you have a desire to take control of your finances and do the work to build a bright future. This course is designed to help you even if you are a complete beginner and have no financial knowledge at all.

    Let’s get uncomfortable together and start the conversation about money.

    Most people’s financial plan is to hide from their reality and ignore their finances. They think “it’s ok there will be a government pension for me when I retire!”

    This is not a strategy for long term financial stability, let alone success!

    This might be uncomfortable, but we are going to help you take a good look at your finances and help you take control. Can you answer these questions?

    • How much am I spending each year? What is my annual spend?

    • How much am I saving? What is my percentage savings rate?

    • When can I retire and will I have enough money to live?

    • What is my investment strategy for retirement?

    • What is my net-worth? Can I confidently say how much I have?

    If the answer to any of these questions is “I don’t know” or “I don’t know how to begin to work that out” then this course is for you.
    We want to help you get to grips with your finances and get on top of them.

    Why learn from Katie and Alan​?

    We achieved financial independence at the ages of 35 and 40 years old and have had a huge amount of fun over the last 5 years travelling the world and enjoying our time doing cool things with cool people.

    We retired 25 years earlier than the UK average and we did it through learning about finance, investing and managing our money.

    We learnt about financial independence in 2014 but have been working on self-development and making money for more than 2 decades. Katie was an actuary before she retired and Alan ran Rebel Business School. Alan spent 12 years writing courses on presenting, presence, starting businesses and more. He has delivered workshops for companies like Microsoft, Westminster Council, Oxford University and Henley Business School.

    Over the last 7 years, we have been to courses on Financial Independence, read all the books, blogs and listened to all the podcasts. Not only that, we have applied the techniques to our lives and have figured out what works and what doesn’t. We have also learnt how to translate American to British English as most of the FI resources are from America.

    Using these techniques we were able to retire 25 years earlier than the UK average. We bought back 25 years of our lives so that we can travel, explore and do good.

    We actually don’t want you to trust what we are saying. We want you to learn from us, then do your own homework and take action. The best way to learn is to take action. Why learn from us? We have actually sorted our finances out!

    Featured In

    Here are some articles about The Donegans in the press:

    https://www.thetimes.com/world/us-world/article/what-became-of-the-fire-savers-who-dreamt-of-retiring-early-5gqh09xps

    The Rebel Alliance
    Guest Speakers

    Last time we had some of the coolest guests join us at the Rebel Finance School to help you take charge of your finances and start investing! We haven’t confirmed who the guests will be for the 2024 course; we will let you know nearer the time!

    Brad Barrett
    ChooseFI

    Brad Barret started the incredible podcast ChooseFI (financial independence) and has worked tirelessly for 8 years to help people sort out their finances after having reach financial independence himself.  Find ChooseFI here

    Millennial
    Revolution

    Kristy and Bryce are Millennial Revolution and the Authors of Quit Like a Millionaire.  They were Canada’s youngest retirees and have been travelling the world for the last 5 years. Check out the Millennial Revolution Blog

    Mr Money
    Mustache

    Mr Money Mustache joined us for the last day of the course and the big celebration! Read Mr Money Mustache’s Blog here

     

    What we expect from you

    We are going to be organising everything and deliver the course but this is a long, long way from a one-way street. There is going to be work for you to do as well. The course is completely free in terms of £££s or $$$s. We just want to give away what we have spent a decade learning.

    But there is a cost in time and effort from you. If you sign up, we expect the following things from you:

    Frequently asked questions

    The survey will be anonymised and this is for our use to understand if the course helped or not.  Katie and I are very keen to learn how best to help you and other people.  We want to learn as much as you do.  We will never share your email or data with anyone.  We use Mailchimp to store the data so that we comply with GDPR regulations.

    Katie and I are not experts on benefits and will not be able to help you in this area. We will help you get better with your money and have sound financial plans, but the specifics of government benefits are outside our area of expertise.

    We aren’t going to sell you anything at all. We are doing this to help and give back. The only thing we ask for in return for the course is your active participation and filling out the feedback forms.

    This course is designed to help you from the start.  You need no prior knowledge at all and we will do our best to explain all the terms as we go.  Come along, get involved and ask questions!

    The only skill it might be worth learning before coming along is the basics of spreadsheets.  If you have never used a spreadsheet before the Katie has created a course for you to get going.  She ran a 6 week Beginners Guide to Spreadsheets and you can find the full playlist here on YouTube

    If you are already on our mailing list when you fill out the form above it will say you are already on the mailing list and ask you if you want to update your preferences. Click yes and it will send you an email with a link to update your preferences. Click on the link and then you can just check the box for “Sign me up to the Rebel Finance School course” and click save. If you have any problems contact us

    No you do not.  Katie and I understand sometimes life gets in the way, but to get the most out of the course you should come to as many as you can.  If you are really serious about managing your finances then come to every single one.

    Yes! It’s best if you can attend the course live as we have designed the course to be interactive and we believe it works best this way. However, we know that because of time zones and other commitments you can’t always make the live sessions. For the 2024 course, we’re streaming to YouTube live, so you’ll be able to catch up on the content whenever is convenient for you!

    Of course you can.  The more the merrier!  Katie and I go on all training courses together so that we both get the advantage of the information, we can discuss it and implement it together afterwards and it makes it more fun!  Bring a friend, partner, son, daughter, niece or nephew with you! Please feel free to share this page with people that you think will need the course! We’ll keep the videos available for the duration of the 10 week course and for a short time afterwards.

    We achieved financial independence in 2018 and never need to earn money again if we don’t want to. We have found the biggest source of long term happiness for us is helping other people.  There is only so much sitting on a beach drinking cocktails that one couple can do.  We get such a buzz out of helping others and enjoy giving away our time to make a difference.  So join in and get involved while we are excited about running these courses and helping people.

    In January of 2021 my main business PopUp Business School changed its name to Rebel Business School.  The main reason we did this was because we are planning on opening a permanent business school in Westminster, London and that means we are no longer a PopUp!

    We decided to bring everything in line so we have a consistent brand across everything we do.  From the Rebel Entrepreneur Podcast, the Rebel Business School courses and The Rebel Finance School.

    No, we are not sponsored by Vanguard.  We just love their products and talk about them a lot. 

    © The Donegans 2024