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Subscribers: 2290
Reviews: 13


 May 13, 2021

DeAnne
 Mar 13, 2021
These two clearly enjoy what they are doing & they make the information digestible.

Emily R
 Mar 12, 2021
Relevant, approachable, but clear that a more in depth knowledge is there for specific questions around finance. I appreciate the view of the why and not just the how

pedro
 Aug 6, 2020
great pod with great financial nuggets. they keep financial topics entertaining and interesting.

Cassie
 Mar 10, 2020
My favorite Podcast. They are both so kind and explain things in a way that's easy to understand. Everything they put out is organized and professional. I've enjoyed every episode so far.

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Best friends Joel and Matt are the co-hosts of How To Money which is all about providing the knowledge & tools that normal folks need to thrive in areas like debt payoff, DIY investing, and crucial money tricks that will provide continuous help along your journey. We believe that access to unbiased and jargon-free personal finance guidance is more necessary than ever before. When you handle your money in a purposeful, thoughtful way that works for your lifestyle, you can really start living a rich life.

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Friday Flight - Bricked Phones, Shadow Inflation, & Earning More Without A Degree #426
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: a recipe generator based on whatever you have on hand, inflation spurring us to reconsider buying habits, shadow inflation, childcare worker shortages, the great resignation leading to your ability to negotiate higher pay, lost money in holiday gift cards, bricked phones via planned obsolescence, expensive TVs, the worst student loans available, & earning more without a degree. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 22, 2021
Ownership is THE Key to Wealth Building #425
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Now, we’re not guaranteeing that this episode is going to change your life as much as holding a brand new baby in the hospital changed our perspective as new fathers- but it might! There are times when our worlds are completely rocked and we feel that the concept of ownership and the way that we discuss it during this episode has the potential to radically change the trajectory of your journey to financial independence. After this episode you’ll know the difference between making a purchase or making an investment, how saving money can actually make you poorer, and some of the different ways you can become an owner. And then finally we discuss what it takes for you to realize wealth building through ownership. During this episode we enjoyed a Money Blend by American Solera- thanks to James for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 20, 2021
Ask HTM - Maximizing Tuition Reimbursement, Bank Account Bonus Requirements, Using a HELOC to Pay Off a Mortgage, & More... #424
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it! 1 - How do I get around direct deposit requirements to score a higher savings interest rate? 2 - Do y’all have credit card recommendations for a young, new credit card user? 3 - What steps should I take in order to rebuild my credit? 4 - I receive tuition reimbursement from my employer- what is the best way to maximize this benefit? 5 - Should I use a HELOC and my emergency fund to pay off my mortgage early? During this episode we each enjoyed a Beneath the Tide of Relative Impermanence by Burial! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 18, 2021
Friday Flight - Winter Budget Busters, Housing Market Chill Pills, & Dying Ain’t Cheap #423
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: we got new life insurance policies, slower more expensive mail, finding the most affordable shipping options, Allstate tracking drivers, bosses monitoring employees, housing market chill pills, dying ain’t cheap, winter budget busters due to higher energy costs, contagious commerce, & free money in 529 plans. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 15, 2021
Getting Your Money Etiquette Right #422
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Joel doesn’t like to eat at fancy restaurants- not only because paying a ton of money isn’t his jam, but also because there are all these rules of etiquette that fine diners are just supposed to know. What’s he going to do with that 3rd fork anyways?! The same is often true when it comes to our money and the social situations we find ourselves in. Splitting the bill with friends when we go out- what should we keep in mind there? How should we talk about money with our co-workers, friends, and family? When you’re on a date, who pays for what and how quickly should you dive into money conversations with someone you’re serious about? And because we’re all unique individuals, we argue that there are no hard and fast rules that dictate our actions when it comes to our money. Instead there is a lot of nuance and it takes a lot of emotional intelligence in order to get your money etiquette right. It’s not always clear what path we should take and so during the episode we provide a helpful framework to help you decide. And we also share our thoughts on some common scenarios so that we can all avoid that awkward tension that might arise. During this episode we both enjoyed Paranormal Electricity of Trans-Pacific Airwaves IPA by Burial! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 13, 2021
House-Flipping, Achieving FIRE, & Staying Frugal with Carl Jensen #421
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Today we have the pleasure of talking with Carl Jensen who found himself trapped in a cubicle as a software developer nearly 9 years ago, when he set off on a journey to achieve the status of: financially independent and retired early. That’s when he started his site 1500 Days and has been blogging under the moniker Mr. 1500. Carl has since achieved FIRE and continues to be incredibly productive in the world of real estate with his live-in flips, all while pursuing a very intentional life in Longmont Colorado. Carl also happens to be a good friend of ours who we met years ago. And after spending some more time together recently at a personal finance conference, we realized we were overdue in having him come on as a guest on the show. We discuss everything from the downside of sharing personal financial information publicly, practical tips in finding a great property to flip, to how it is that Carl owns over 600 shares of Tesla stock! During this episode we both enjoyed an Old Chub by Oskar Blues! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 11, 2021
Friday Flight - Scraping by on $500k, Scammer Magnets, & the Cure for High Gas Prices #420
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: Salesforce predicting we’ll pay 20% more on holiday spending, inflation impacting dollar stores, our Black Friday predictions, more scammers on Facebook Marketplace, the cure for high gas prices, scraping by on just $500k, Robinhood on college campuses, & stop paying for your credit score! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 08, 2021
The Insidious Nature of Gig Work #419
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Anytime you see a commercial for prescription meds, everyone always looks so happy- they’re 100% living their best life! But what about those insane side effects?! If you’re considering taking those medications you’ll have to seriously consider whether or not it’s going to be worth it for you. And we believe similar considerations need to be given when it comes to gig work. On the surface gig jobs seem like they could provide you with all that you’re looking for- flexibility, income, autonomy! And with an easy to use app on your phone you could be earning an income before it’s time for lunch. But we believe there’s a darker side to gig work as well. So during this episode we’re going to address both sides of the argument, we’re going to help you to determine if gig work is right for you, and then we’ll help you to think through choosing the best one for your life. During this episode we enjoyed a Fluffo Sando by Pipeworks Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 06, 2021
Ask HTM - House Hacking Instead of Investing, Costco vs Sam's Club, & Investing Too Much Money #418
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it! 1 - How do I know if I’m investing enough when financial advisors always say to invest just a little bit more? 2 - Which warehouse club should I go with- Costco or Sam’s Club? 3 - What should I do with a 401k from a previous employer? 4 - How large should my emergency fund be, where should I keep it, and where can I earn a high rate of return on money in 2-3 months? 5 - Should I start house hacking if that means investing less money in the stock market? During this episode we enjoyed a Southern Crisp by Southern Grist Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 04, 2021
Friday Flight - Investing Hamsters, Free Money for College, & Why Bottled Water Sucks #417
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: a new federal student loan servicer, free money for college is available starting today, what to do about rising rents, preparing for covid healthcare costs, investing hamsters beating the market, “experts” calling for a market crash, Vanguard slashing fees, making bank as an influencer, & multiple reasons why bottled water sucks. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 01, 2021
These Financial Rules Were Made to Be Broken #416
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Do you know anybody who’s never broken the speed limit? Even just a single person- in your entire life?! And if you’re being honest you’re less likely to treat it as a speed limit, and more like a speed minimum. We think we should be going at least that fast, if not more! For better or worse the speed limit is one of those rules in life that consistently is not followed. We break that rule because we believe we can still drive safely, even while exceeding the speed limit. Well the same is true with our personal finances and the money moves that we make. There are a lot of financial rules out there that many believe must never be broken or even challenged, while we believe a certain amount of liberty can be taken. It’s not that we believe that the rules should be done away with altogether- they’re important rules of thumb and reference points that we should definitely pay attention to, especially early on in our financial journey. But as you gain more knowledge and experience there are some financial rules that were made to be broken. Listen as we cover some of those rules as well as why it’s ok to be a conscientious objector! During this episode we enjoyed an Indefinite Staycation by Dogfish Head- thanks Ryan for donating this one to the show! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 29, 2021
The Unspoken Rules Of Career Success with Gorick Ng #415
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Excelling in your career depends on more than just doing a great job. Just because you’re a decent software engineer, or you get the job done as a nurse- that doesn’t mean that you’ll quickly rise through the ranks. Nor does it mean you’ll automatically see big raises or year-end bonuses! That’s because there are things that managers and bosses expect of you, but they’re never explained to you. This is the basis for Gorick Ng’s best-selling book, “The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right.” Gorick is a career adviser at Harvard, focusing on coaching first-generation, low-income students. But before that, he gained plenty of professional experience from working in management consulting, investment banking, and as a researcher with the Harvard Business School. Regardless of your specific job, there are plenty of soft skills and unspoken rules that you need to discover, in order to find success in your career. During this episode we both enjoyed a Belgian Aloha by Olentangy River Brewing- thanks Scott for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 27, 2021
Friday Flight - Rideshare Inflation, Pay Transparency & Emotional Investing #414
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: local channels can no longer be streamed, rideshare inflation, jobs with the most demand over the next 20 years, and the effects of pay transparency laws. And then after the break we speak with Lindsey Bell with Ally Invest about emotional investing, volatility in the stock market, and the rise of speculation. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 24, 2021
Can We Count on Social Security or is it Busted? #413
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Climate change used to feel like one of those things that was way off in the future. But then we see the headlines of extreme weather, or perhaps you’ve experienced it first-hand, and we realize that it could be more imminent than we used to think. It’s no longer an abstract concept but a concrete reality. And so it is with our perception of Social Security- it used to just be an annoyance that shrunk our paychecks as teenagers. But now as more responsible adults, we’re looking ahead and wondering if Social Security will even be a thing by the time we’re retirement age. And recent reports say that the Social Security fund will be insolvent by 2033?! That’s why today on the show we’re asking- whether or not we can count on Social Security retirement benefits and the additional steps we can start taking now to ensure a comfortable future. During this episode we enjoyed a Roosevelt Coffee Stout by Olentangy River Brewing- thanks to Scott for sending this one our way! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 22, 2021
Ask HTM - Bitcoin in Our Portfolio, Fixing a Credit Card Mistake, and Putting Savings in Coke Stock #412
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it! 1 - What do y’all think about Bitcoin? 2 - Where should we save or invest our down payment for a new house? 3 - Is it too risky to keep my savings in Coke stock? 4 - Should I close a credit card that I opened on accident? 5 - Does it make sense to invest in a 403b or a 457? During this episode we enjoyed a Master Shredder by The Veil Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 20, 2021
Friday Flight - The Sports Betting Boom, Record Home Equity Levels & Taco Subscriptions #411
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: scoring a massive Airbnb discount, learning economic theory from Theme Park Tycoon, video game bans, the sports betting boom, buy now pay later consumers are falling behind, leveraging crypto to buy more crypto, subscriptions that are bad for your wallet and your diet, and what to do with sky high home equity levels. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 17, 2021
What if You Won the Lottery? #410
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Winning the lottery shouldn’t be a part of your financial plan- but why are we so enthralled by the idea of winning the lottery?! On average, Americans spend over $1,000 every year for the chance to strike it rich. That’s a lot of wasted money that could be going towards literal investments. But even though we’re not going to win millions, statistically speaking, this exercise can provide some insights about the ways we want to spend our money and our time. This is helpful because there is a much higher likelihood that we would experience some sort of windfall in our lives whether that be a bonus at work, proceeds from a home sale, or even an inheritance. And if we haven’t taken the time to think through what we would do in these scenarios, there’s a good chance we could make the wrong decision in the heat of the moment. We’re going to get personal and share what we would do if we won the lottery, and we’re also going to explain how you can come up with your own money mission statement. During this episode we enjoyed a Crucial Crucial Taunt Taunt Enhanced by The Veil Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 15, 2021
Fight and WIN Against Insane Healthcare Costs with Marshall Allen #409
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Marshall Allen is a journalist who investigates why we pay so much for healthcare here in America, while simultaneously we receive so little in return. He is the author of “Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Win” and he is also the founder of Allen Health Academy, which produces a curriculum of short on-demand videos to equip and empower employees to navigate the healthcare system. Marshall has been investigating the healthcare industry for 15 years, including over a decade at ProPublica. He also teaches investigative reporting at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. We highly recommend that you listen to this episode if you’re looking for practical ways to reduce how much you’re spending on medical costs! During this episode we enjoyed a Fade Away by Cruz Blanca Brewery - thanks to Dennis and our friends at the brewery for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 13, 2021
Friday Flight - Robots Ruining Everything, A New Robinhood Feature, & Kim Kardashian's Crypto Kerfuffle #408
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: Matt scored his $1,250 credit card signup bonus, judging others if they have an old phone, digital driver's license, targeted ads on streaming, trip stacking, Kim Kardashian's crypto kerfuffle, a new Robinhood app feature, robots disrupting the labor market, AI rejecting millions of resumes, and one simple way to score a better job. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 10, 2021
Striving for Work-Life Balance (Bestie Ep) #407
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Feeling overworked?! Between trying to get ahead at your 9-5 and pursuing side hustles, chances are really high that you feel like your work-life balance is out of whack. That doesn’t even take into account that more of us are working from home. We find ourselves chronically fatigued and exhausted because we give too much to our work, leaving little left for ourselves and those around us who we love. For instance, as a result most Americans don’t take all their vacation time- and when they do, they find it impossible to actually stop working! This ongoing cycle of never-ending work is leading more folks than ever to despise the work they once loved while other important areas in their lives like relationships, health, and hobbies continue to suffer. This is an important topic for us to cover as we seek to implement some practices to restore that work-life balance and then create boundaries to maintain that balance. During this episode we enjoyed an I Learned It by Watching You by Burial Beer Co and Other Half Brewing - a big thanks to our friends Waffles on Wednesday for donating this collaboration beer to the show. And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 08, 2021
Ask HTM - Reporting Rent Payments to Credit Bureaus, Bicycle Insurance, & Preparing for Maternity Leave #406
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it! 1 - Should I put all of the proceeds from my home sale towards the down payment on a new home? 2 - As a renter, should I pay extra in order for my rent payments to get reported to the credit bureaus? 3 - Does it make sense to get insurance for my e-bike? 4 - How can we make sure that our finances are in a strong position before having a baby? 5 - Is there a best time of year to invest a lump sum of money? During this episode we enjoyed a 555 by Cruz Blanca Brewery- thanks to Dennis and our friends at the brewery for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 06, 2021
Friday Flight - Employer-Matched Savings Accounts, Annoying Hotel Fees, & Where to Save the Most on a Refinance #405
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: what to watch out for when switching to an online bank, employer-matched savings accounts on the rise, IKEA buying back your furniture, the easiest way to get all of the shampoo out of a bottle, annoying hotel fees on the horizon, simple tricks to supercharge your retirement account, the underutilized Roth 401k, falling investment fees, when it makes sense to see a financial advisor, avoiding eviction through federal rental assistance, & where to save the most on a refinance. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 03, 2021
Valuable ATLien Money Lessons #404
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Since this is episode 404, we’re talking all about the money lessons that we can learn from our city Atlanta (which is sometimes referred to as the 404). You can learn lessons in unintended places- there are things to be learned all around us, if only we’re keeping an eye out for them. For instance, one of the impacts of the Covid lockdowns last year was that we couldn’t go anywhere and our calendars were pretty much wiped clean. And the unintended lesson that many Americans learned was that we probably had way too many events on the calendar to begin with. We quickly learned that less activities and more family time was a good thing. And so when it comes to Atlanta, there are a ton of different personal finance lessons that we can learn- from specific things like terrible traffic, the cultural diversity we find in the city, tax breaks being offered to the film industry, our sports teams, and plenty more! So be sure to listen in order to learn some valuable ATLien money lessons. During this episode we enjoyed BBA Siberius Maximus 10th Anniversary Cuvee RIS by Wrecking Bar Brewpub! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 01, 2021
Ditching Work You Hate & Landing the Job You Want with Ashley Stahl #403
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Today we are joined by career expert Ashley Stahl. She has a new book out titled You Turn: Get Unstuck, Discover Your Direction, and Design Your Dream Career that we dive into during this episode. And while we’re on the topic of job hunting, Ashley has quite the remarkable resume herself- she interned with Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger, pursued a career in counterterrorism while getting her Masters degree in War Studies in London, & then worked for a defense contractor at the Pentagon running an award-winning program. But despite all her success, Ashley still felt a degree of uncertainty until she finally changed her career path. Ashley is now a career coach where she empowers people to discover their authentic careers, land more job offers, and launch their dream businesses. During this episode we enjoyed a Hazy Little Thing by Sierra Nevada! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 30, 2021
Friday Flight - Christmas Shopping Starts Now, Rental Scams & No-Vax Penalties #402
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: small businesses passing credit card fees on to customers, housing rental scams abound, why now is the time to start shopping for Christmas, how subscription fatigue could be beneficial, whether or not you need a 401k to retire, a $20,000 hiring bonus, skipping the vaccine might cost you big, and getting the job you want with a video resume. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 27, 2021
Is Real Estate Investing Right For You? #401
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You should consider investing in real estate! If your personal finances are in a solid position and you’ve already taken advantage of the tax advantaged accounts that are available to you, we believe that it could make a ton of sense for you to become a real estate investor. There are many great benefits from owning long term rentals like experiencing a higher return on your investment, monthly cashflow, tax benefits, and others that we’ll get to during this episode. But just because we’ve found investing in real estate to be a boon in our lives doesn’t mean that you should automatically go out and purchase your first rental. There are a number of different factors that you need to consider, before you start making offers! We tackle some of the common excuses that some folks give for why they don’t want to invest in real estate, in order to help you decide if real estate investing is right for you. During this episode we enjoyed Corn Grisette by Cruz Blanca Brewery- thanks to Dennis and our friends at the brewery for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 25, 2021
Ask HTM - Working with a Partner who is Bad with Money, Best Ways to Pay for Grad School, & Tax Implications of Inherited Money #400
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it! 1 - Should I avoid getting married if my partner and I are unable to get on the same page with our money? 2 - Paying for grad school: should we use savings, dip into an investment account, or take on a student loan? 3 - How can I best go about maximizing my self-employment benefits? 4 - What are the tax implications of an inherited IRA? 5 - Where should we put money that we’re planning to put towards rental properties? During this episode we enjoyed Coco Frio by Cruz Blanca Brewery- thanks to Dennis and our friends at the brewery for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 23, 2021
Friday Flight - Drunk Investing, Help for Homebuyers, and Paying to Cut in Line #399
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: an easy site to help you choose the right streaming services, free Apple TV+, how rent payments will help you qualify for a mortgage, what to do about the T-Mobile data breach, paying to cut in line at theme parks, whether an electric vehicle is more affordable for you, drunk investing, investing fee transparency, whether inflation has impacted the price of brown bag sandwiches, eating SPAM, & cutting the cost of insurance. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 20, 2021
A Money Conversation With Our Partners #398
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Kate and Emily take the mic! It’s that time of year again- when our wives have yet again so graciously agreed to sit down and talk with us about money! Specifically during this episode we dive into Emily’s and Kate’s backstories and histories with money and how that has influenced us today. We also look back to the early days in our relationship and recount what it was like to combine our money as well as some of the first money fights we had and how we went about solving those disagreements. And then finally we discuss some of the different practices that can help all couples to continue to grow- it’s important that personal finance isn’t something that divides but instead unites relationships! During this episode we enjoyed a Tefnut (w/ Blueberries & Blackberries) by The Veil Brewing. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 18, 2021
How To Tackle Your Student Loans with Lauryn Williams #397
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Today on the show we’re joined by gold medal winning, Certified Financial Planner, Lauryn Williams. And we’re not even joking with you- Lauryn was an Olympic athlete and was the first American woman to medal in both the summer and winter Olympic games which is an incredible feat. So not only is she a CFP with her own business, not only has she won gold as an Olympic athlete, but Lauryn is also a Certified Student Loan Professional, a CSLP, so she also has a high level of expertise when it comes to all things student loans. We’re going to hear Lauryn’s Olympic story but we’re also going to dig into some important details that student loan borrowers need to keep in mind when it comes to things like forbearance, student loan forgiveness, and the different income-driven repayment plans. During this episode we enjoyed The Donkey and the Thistle by Mad Fritz- thanks to our friend Cal for donating this one to the show! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 16, 2021
Friday Flight - Student Loan Payment Pause, The Worst Car Loans, & Avoiding This Common HSA Blunder #396
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: the student loan payment pause continues, savers are getting crushed, lower levels of competition are costing us $5,000 every year, everyone is angel investing, avoiding a very common HSA blunder, the worst car loans out there, used cars are no longer appreciating in value, & rental unit bidding wars. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 13, 2021
A Cornucopia of Budget Travel Tips #395
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Who doesn’t enjoy going on a relaxing or adventurous vacation?! But even if spending a week in the Caribbean or backpacking across Europe isn’t your craft-beer-equivalent, chances are pretty high that you have to occasionally do some traveling and we want you to save big. Americans pour a lot of money into travel- to the tune of 972 billion dollars on domestic travel alone back in 2019. But it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. We want you to experience all the joy of travel while lessening the financial pain of it. In this episode we cover a litany of tips and tricks that will allow you to save on your next trip. We cover many different aspects of travel, giving you the knowledge and resources that you can keep coming back to in order to save money every single time you book a trip in the future. During this episode we enjoyed some Vacay Daydreams by Pipeworks Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 11, 2021
Ask HTM - Hidden Expenses When Investing, Keeping Student Loan Payments Low While Earning More, & Vacation Investment Properties #394
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it! 1 - What is this fixed finance charge on a new credit card that I applied for? 2 - How can I prevent my income based student loan payments from increasing as I’m making more money? 3 - Are there hidden expenses when I invest in funds through Cash App or Robinhood? 4 - When it comes to teaching high schoolers about personal finance, what topics or curriculum should I focus on? 5 - Should we buy a vacation property, specifically a condotel, as an investment? During this episode we enjoyed The Bane The Blithe by Newgrass Brewing Co! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 09, 2021
Friday Flight - FREE Health Insurance, Buy Now Pay Later, & Fatter Paychecks #393
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: Joel’s favorite wallet, free or discounted ACA health coverage, college health insurance plans, Target and Walmart paying for college, the slippery slope of buy now pay later, index fund investors saving $357 billion, higher priced diapers, furniture delays, & getting paid more. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 06, 2021
Having an Arbitrage Mindset Changes Everything #392
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Dick Fosbury changed the sport of high jumping forever the first time he jumped backward over the bar. Until then, every competitor had launched themselves into the air going forward, belly over the bar. I’m not sure the last time you watched a high jumping event, but now every high jumper uses Dick’s technique. He essentially exploited a flaw in the high jumping world that no-one else was paying attention to. In a way that’s basically what arbitrage is when it comes to our personal finances- it’s about thinking creatively about the different financial hurdles in our lives. It’s about challenging the assumptions we’re faced with. We’ll cover some very clear forms of arbitrage that you might already be implementing, some problems with arbitrage, and then how you can begin developing more of an arbitrage mindset today. During this episode we enjoyed a Newgrass Brewing Co Pineapple Upside Down Shake! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 04, 2021
Becoming Your Own Consumer Advocate with Clark Howard #391
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Today on the show we’re talking with one of the greatest minds in the personal finance space- Clark Howard. Clark is a money expert with a heart of gold who hosted his own radio show for over 30 years. I had the pleasure of working with him for 14 of those years. He is also the author of 10 books and continues to produce an excellent podcast daily because he somehow has limitless amounts of energy. But some of his more impressive accomplishments have been via the work he spearheads in Atlanta and the surrounding communities, including his partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, and his annual Clark’s Christmas Kids broadcasts which have helped ensure that over 150,000 kids received presents on Christmas morning that otherwise wouldn’t have. During this episode we enjoyed a Self Unaware by Newgrass Brewing Co. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 02, 2021
Creating a Debt Payoff Plan (Bestie Ep) #390
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Our country has opened back up and we’re guessing that you probably spent a lot more money this summer compared to last year. Consumer spending isn’t going anywhere, student loans are ever-present, and car loans are becoming even more of an issue as consumers take out 72 and 84 month loans. The reality and feeling of drowning in debt is compounded when folks don’t know how to get out from underneath this crushing weight. Where do you even begin?! What we need is a plan to help us get out of debt and get our feet set in the right direction this year. Now is the time to get your personal finances in order and creating a debt payoff plan is vital to achieving your financial goals. During this episode we enjoyed a Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout- thanks to our friends there at the brewery for donating this one! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 30, 2021
Biking More To Get Rich #389
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You might be saying “Yea, yea- we know Joel and Matt love biking…”, but did you realize that you’re literally missing out on millions of dollars by driving instead of biking? We crunch the numbers for you in this episode. So if you’re not biking, you should really give it another shot. People change- you’re not set in stone are you?! Just because at some point in time you decided that biking wasn’t for you, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t reconsider. And on top of the massive financial benefits there are a host of other additional advantages of riding more. Plus, we disprove a bunch of common excuses that are given as to why some folks can’t bike more, or bike to work. Then we round things out and share how you can begin incorporating cycling into your life, and how you can get riding today! During this episode we enjoyed a Double Fruited Boysenberry Blackberry Raspberry Hill by Southern Grist! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 28, 2021
Ask HTM - Making the Most of a Meme Stock Mistake, if $50k Advanced Degrees Make Sense, & Selling or Renting a Home #388
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear from you! 1 - How can I use money allocation and automation to reduce my level of financial stress? 2 - Does it make more sense for us to rent or sell our house in the current hot real estate market? 3 - How do I have a better conversation about investing with my partner who doesn’t want to be a part of the “system”? 4 - I’ve made and lost a lot of money from crypto and meme stocks so what do I do now? 5 - Will a $50k advanced degree make sense? During this episode we enjoyed an El Dorado DDH Juicy Bits by WeldWerks Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 26, 2021
Friday Flight - Crazy Rich Millennials, Rising Rents, & A Shady Way to Pay for College #387
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: appealing your property tax assessment, crazy rich millennials, eating out is getting pricier, shrinkflation and generics brands, rising rents, using target date funds incorrectly, shady ways to pay for college, & why paying with cash isn’t always a bad idea. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 23, 2021
Crucial Credit Card Benefits You Aren’t Using #386
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You’re missing out! Imagine using your smartphone only for making phone calls. What if you didn’t know you could use your phone to listen to podcasts, text, interact with friends on social media, or even to use the built in flashlight? What a shame that would be since your phone is capable of so much more than what it’s name implies! Now let’s imagine you’re only using your credit card to make purchases. Are you aware of the long list of benefits and rewards that are provided by some great credit cards out there? Did you realize that debit cards don’t offer the same protections that credit cards have automatically built in? Not to mention that we dive into the ethical question of credit card rewards- is it possible to utilize rewards and points with a clean conscious? During today’s episode, we’re going to convince you to start using your credit cards much more effectively. During this episode we enjoyed a Chief of Chiefs by Bearded Iris! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 21, 2021
The Art of Gaining Peace with Your Money with Ken Honda #385
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Here on the podcast we often talk about how to do smart things with your money, but we also try not to neglect the why behind our actions as well as our attitudes that have a massive impact on our overall approach to personal finance. Today on the show we’re talking with Ken Honda about his book “Happy Money” which is all about the mindset and attitude that we bring to our money which directly impacts our happiness. After a very successful business career, becoming an author was essentially a second career that Ken discovered and developed after retiring before he was 30. Ken’s writings bridge the topics of finance and self-help, focusing on creating and generating personal wealth and happiness through deeper self-honesty. Happiness and handling your money well takes more than just understanding the nuts and bolts, so listen as we talk about the art of gaining peace with your money! During this episode we enjoyed a Black Widow by Original Sin Cider- thanks to the folks there at Original Sin for sending this one our way! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 19, 2021
Friday Flight - Getting Paid On Demand, Sneaky Internet Bill Increases, & New Cheap Drugs #384
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: opting out of housekeeping to save money, child tax credits have arrived, getting paid on demand, living paycheck to paycheck, new affordable discounted drugs, sneaky internet bill price hikes, getting your wifi to work better, cell phone upgrade cycles, and where inflation impacts you the most. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 16, 2021
Breaking Down More Common Money Phrases #383
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There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. You’ve heard phrases like this your entire life but are they true? And how can we specifically apply them to our personal finances? We had fun talking about some common money phrases earlier this year, but since then we’ve realized that there were a bunch of good ones we didn’t cover! So we figured it was a good idea to hit up even more common money phrases that we’ve all heard and dissect them. And the reason we feel this is surprisingly important is because the sayings we hear can often bore into our brains and if we hear them enough we believe them as fact. But many of these common sayings have flaws in them or are just downright wrong. So have a listen as we think through some more money sayings and how they apply to our personal finances. During this episode we enjoyed an Elderberry Northwest Sour Ale by Cascade Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 14, 2021
Ask HTM - Hanging with Friends on the Cheap, Assisting Parents with Their Money, & Smart Contributions to Both an HSA and FSA #382
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Is my job worth the awful commute? 2 - How can I hang out with my friends without spending a ton of money? 3 - Does it make sense to contribute to both an HSA (Health Savings Account) and FSA (Flexible Spending Account) 4 - Should I pay off my mom’s credit cards or car in order to help her with her finances? 5 - What’s the best way to grow money that I’ll need in 2 or 3 years? During this episode we enjoyed a 2017 Kriek by Cascade Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 12, 2021
Friday Flight - New Cheap Travel Hacks, Borrowing is Back, & Beware of Neobanks #381
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: reevaluating 2021 goals, new cheap travel hacks, the price of gasoline, federal unemployment benefits ending for some, scoring sweet hiring bonuses, teenage hiring boom, borrowing is back, whether you should take on debt in order to invest, expected returns in the stock market, & customer service problems with neobanks. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 09, 2021
FIRE: Choose Your Own Adventure #380
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This episode is all about FIRE which stands for Financial Independence Retire Early. This movement came about as an entire generation began to push back against the notion of traditional retirement- working hard in a job you hate so that you can kick back when you’re 65. Thanks, but nah. We have friends who have completely rejected that idea and have retired in their 20s and 30s, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that the pursuit of financial independence doesn’t have to look a specific way. Just like those books we loved in the 90’s you get to choose your own adventure! From leanFIRE to fatFIRE and everything in between, there are a variety of lifestyles we can aspire to. So we’ll talk about the different types of FIRE and then some of the most important tactics to consider on your path to achieving financial independence. During this episode we enjoyed a Smells Like Bean Spirit Double Maple by Mikerphone Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 07, 2021
Financial Independence at 27 via Passive Income with Rachel Richards #379
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Since yesterday was the 4th of July, we’re talking about financial independence with someone who has achieved it at the young age of 27. Rachel Richards is a former financial advisor, a real estate investor with almost 40 rental units, and the bestselling author of “Money Honey.” She has also written “Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement” which we’re covering today as we discuss the lessons Rachel has learned on her way to financial independence. Rachel quit her 9-5 job and now lives off over $15,000 a month in passive income and she spends her time doing whatever she feels like- whether that’s traveling the world with her husband or hiking the Rockies with her dog. Learn how setting up streams of passive income to achieve financial independence is more attainable than you think! During this episode we enjoyed a M-43 Tart Strawberry by Old Nation Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 05, 2021
Friday Flight - Peak Inflation, Saving Money Sucks, & Insurance Scams #378
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: Bobby Bonilla made the wrong decision, keeping utility costs low during scorching heat, peak inflation with costs coming down, appreciating used cars, personal rates of inflation, saving money sucks, Peloton disabling treadmills, new Venmo fees, Gen Zers and Millennials are being targeted with new scams, high costs of title insurance, avoiding extended car warranties, student loan interest rates have increased, & book giveaway winners! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 02, 2021
How To Pay Less For Almost Everything #377
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Nobody enjoys paying full price- who doesn’t like scoring a sweet deal?! Yet many of us don’t think to do what it takes to pay less for the things that we buy. Whether it’s the fear of rejection or not wanting to be perceived as a cheapskate, there are a number of false narratives at play that are keeping us from pouncing on discounts. And it’s important to simultaneously keep in mind that, in the words of Michelle Singletary, “discounts make us dumb!” In the quest to pay less, it’s important to not fall victim to the ploys of marketers and advertising! We discuss all of these patterns of thinking, as well as the steps that we need to take in order to ensure that we’re getting the absolute best deal on almost everything. During this episode we enjoyed an Origins by Crooked Stave! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 30, 2021
Ask HTM - Liability Limits on Car Insurance, Giving Unsolicited Investment Advice, & 15 vs 30 Year Mortgages #376
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - How should we budget for a bi-weekly paycheck? 2 - Should I give unsolicited investing advice to my brother-in-law? 3 - Since I’m building up my net worth, should I increase my liability car insurance limits? 4 - Are I Bonds a good idea? (pronounced ‘eye’ bonds!) 5 - 15 or 30 year mortgages: which should I refinance to? And what are your thoughts on flipping houses? During this episode we enjoyed a Seeing Green by Civil Society Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 28, 2021
Friday Flight - Reverse Cord-Cutting, Living Paycheck to Paycheck on 100k, & Putting Rent on a Credit Card #375
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: Costco mortgages, how you can raid our bookshelf, Advance Child Tax Credit, car rental gift card scams, high earners living paycheck to paycheck, reverse cord-cutting, investing (in) teenagers, more Zillow Offers, putting rent on a credit card, & keeping banks from closing your credit card. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 25, 2021
Is Lifestyle Creep Inevitable? #374
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Most everyone out there has heard of lifestyle creep, also known as lifestyle inflation. We define this phenomenon as the unconscious upgrading of our lifestyle and standard of living which ends up costing us more and more money. And aside from the ability of lifestyle creep to sneak up on us, one of the other dangers is that it is often difficult to turn back the clock and downgrade our standard of living! So we’re asking the question today- is lifestyle creep inevitable? In this episode we discuss some widespread examples of lifestyle creep in our society, why it happens, and how we can thwart lifestyle creep from derailing our personal finances. During this episode we enjoyed a Hobnail by Urban Artifact Brewing- thanks Sondra for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 23, 2021
Crisis-Proofing Your Finances with Michelle Singletary #373
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Michelle Singletary is an award winning personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. She’s also a frequent contributor to NPR and she has also appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and CBS’ “The Early Show.” Michelle has written multiple books on personal finance and her latest book, “What To Do With Your Money When Crisis Hits,” was just published last month. Not only is it an incredible resource for folks who find themselves in difficult times, but it’s also chock-full of practical money advice to implement even during the best of times. It’s the kind of advice that your grandma would approve of! Listen as we get to talk with Michelle Singletary today and as we learn more about her book. During this episode we enjoyed a Squeezebox by Urban Artifact Brewing- thanks Sondra for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 21, 2021
Friday Flight - Quitting Your Job, Micro Weddings, & A Hefty Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus #372
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: micro weddings are here to stay, The Great Resignation, increased employee benefits, acquiring new skills, solid 529 plans, parent PLUS loans are the worst, making millions from speed cameras, vehicles are lasting longer, spending more money on restaurants than groceries, and the best credit card sign-up bonus. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 18, 2021
Using Financial Stress to Your Advantage #371
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During today’s episode we’re going to explain how you need more financial stress in your life!.. Well, not quite, but we do think that the proper amount of stress in our lives can be helpful in achieving the money goals we’re pursuing. All things in moderation though- just like you want to avoid having too much of a good thing, we obviously want to avoid overwhelming stress in our lives. But the thing is, it’s oftentimes not even the stress itself that is bringing us down, but the negative coping mechanisms and habits that we turn to that can be the most destructive, and that can cost us the most. We believe that by reframing how you view stress and by putting it in the proper light, you can use financial stress to your advantage. Listen and we’ll explain how! During this episode we enjoyed a Coconut Stout by Easy Chair Brewing Garage- thanks to Jess for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 16, 2021
Ask HTM - Stashing Money for 3-6 Years, Ways to Teach Kids About Investing, & Taxes on Summer Jobs #370
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Where do I put money for the next 3-6 years for a home purchase? 2 - What should I keep in mind as I’m considering becoming a financial counselor? 3 - Will our teenager need to file taxes for his summer job? 4 - Can I use my credit card as an emergency fund so I can invest my savings? 5 - What’s the best investment account for teaching kids about saving and investing? During this episode we enjoyed a Peach Seltzer by Easy Chair Brewing Garage- thanks to Jess for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 14, 2021
Friday Flight - Free Fancy Phones, Inflation Surging, & Crypto in your 401k #369
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: renting vs buying, actual cost of homeownership, inflation is surging, shrinkflation, post-pandemic spending sprees, how your 401(k) balance isn’t all yours, crypto in retirement accounts, free fancy phones, & Ally dropping overdraft fees. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 11, 2021
Saving for College is Overrated #368
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For most financially responsible parents out there, it’s not a question of if they should be saving for their kid’s college, but how much. Oftentimes parents are wondering how much they need to save in order to be performing their proper parental duty. But we’re taking a more counter cultural stance and are asking the question: should you be saving for college at all? We’re all about thinking in advance and ensuring that we’re properly saving and investing our money, but for a lot of folks, the answer is that they shouldn’t be putting any money towards their child’s future college expenses. Listen as we discuss the benefits of not saving for your kids college, when you can actually start putting funds away in a college fund, and then ways you can go about it properly. During this episode we enjoyed a Coconut Stout by Easy Chair Brewing Garage- thanks to Jess for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 09, 2021
Jargon-Free Money Help with Two Cents #367
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For this episode we sit down for a great conversation with Philip Olson and Julia Lorenz-Olson. As a newly married couple, they transitioned from theatre kids fresh out of college, to money experts as Philip and Julia now own their own financial planning firm in Austin Texas. They also host the PBS YouTube channel Two Cents, where they tackle various personal finance topics ranging from ‘How Cars Keep You Poor’, to ‘Retiring in Your 30s’. Julia and Philip are able to channel their passion for acting and production into videos that inform and illustrate these money concepts in ways that are completely relatable- they make personal finance entertaining and easy to understand! Listen for how they got started in personal finance, why they started creating YouTube videos, and why everyone needs more empathy when it comes to financial planning. During this episode we enjoyed a Big Le-Stout-ski by Bhramari Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 07, 2021
Friday Flight - Fix Your Car, The Solution to Overthinking, & What’s a Better Gift: Stocks or Flowers? #366
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: dumb fees on prepaid debit cards, avoiding rising auto insurance rates, fixing vs replacing your car, preparing for student loans this fall, and what’s a better gift: stocks or flowers? And then after the break, Jon Acuff joins us to talk about how he once bought a package of 48 haircuts in order to save money. We get serious though and quickly discuss his new book, “Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking” where we cover the difference between overthinking and being prepared, how to determine if we have soundtracks that are keeping us from attaining our goals, and overcoming imposter syndrome. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 04, 2021
Don't Trust Money Advice From These Folks #365
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Who are you trusting with your money? We’ve all received some crappy advice at some point in our lives, but when it comes to our personal finances we need to make sure that we’re listening to the right folks. One of the reasons it can be so difficult today is due to social media and entertainment- there are a lot of self-appointed “experts” these days and it can be difficult to tell the difference between sound financial advice and an account or a show that’s meant to just amuse you. For most folks, it might be easier to sniff out a blatant scam where someone is out to swindle you. But potentially even more dangerous- what about the instances of friends or family members who think they’re giving us good advice? Those are situations where they probably have good intentions, but it’s just not the right advice for you. We run the gamut between headlines and social media to financial advisors, and we also discuss how you can determine if the advice you’re hearing is right for you. During this episode we enjoyed a Return of the Tripping Dead by Tripping Animals! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 02, 2021
Ask HTM - Getting a Mortgage with a Low Credit Score, Borrowing from a 401k, and Investing in International Funds #364
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Can I get a mortgage with a low credit score? 2 - Should I borrow from my 401k? 3 - After getting off to a late start to investing, should I focus on investing for retirement or buying a condo? 4 - Should I pay for healthcare I don’t need in order to invest within a Health Savings Account? 5 - Why don’t you guys invest in international funds? During this episode we enjoyed a Barrel Farm Bend #2 by Monday Night Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 31, 2021
Friday Flight - Choosing Between WFH or Getting a Raise, A Better Way to File Taxes, & the Worst Way to Travel #363
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: more state vax cash incentives, small businesses on Google, right to repair laws, planned obsolescence, Americans like filing their taxes, more millionaires than ever, turning a profit on your wedding, choosing between WFH or getting a raise, pandemic unemployment assistance is phasing out, & the worst way to travel. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 28, 2021
You Need a Bare Bones Budget #362
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If you were faced with a financial emergency, how would you respond? Imagine you just found out that today was your last day at work and you had no other income- do you know how you would cut back in order to get by? That might be a terrible scenario to envision, but we believe that having a bare bones budget in your back pocket is necessary as it can be powerful in case of a financial emergency. It’s all about keeping your needs and cutting your wants in order to prevent you from relying on debt or making other ill-advised financial moves. During this episode we discuss what you should include in your own bare bones budget, as well as the additional benefits that accompany thinking through some of the worst case money scenarios that you might encounter. During this episode we enjoyed an Ethereal Vibrations by Monday Night Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 26, 2021
Travel LOTS, on LITTLE with Nomadic Matt #361
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If you’re ready to do some traveling after being cooped up for over a year, then this episode is for you. Today we’re talking with Matthew Kepnes who is better known as Nomadic Matt. Before he turned 23 Matt hadn’t taken a single trip overseas, but since then he’s visited over 100 countries and territories, tried some crazy foods, and made lifelong friends along the way. He’s the NYT best-selling author of “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day”, and his mission is to help would-be travelers realize that they actually can travel- and they can do it all for less money than they think it’ll take. On his site, Matt teaches folks all about affordable travel, ranging from topics like how they can save money by finding affordable flights, all the way to advice on picking out a good backpack. Listen to our conversation with Nomadic Matt to be convinced that you can afford to travel! During this episode we enjoyed a Canela Oscuro by Southern Grist Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 24, 2021
Friday Flight - The Crypto Crash, Tapping Your Home Equity, & $1 Million to get Vaccinated #360
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: small businesses raising prices, getting vaccinated to win $1 million, cash prize-linked savings accounts, monthly child tax credit payments on the way, big bank credit cards ignoring credit scores, monitoring your credit report for free, tapping your house for cash, the best long-term investments, bitcoin blip, cryptocurrency investment scams, air travel ramping up, and avoiding airline fees. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 21, 2021
Will Inflation Wreck Your Finances? #359
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Price increases are making the headlines- from commodities to everyday household items, virtually everything is getting more expensive! Does that mean that inflation is spiraling out of control? This is something we haven’t had to even think about in recent years because while inflation rates in the 70s-80s topped 10%, inflation (or the Consumer Price Index) has been sitting at roughly 1.5% over the last ten years. It’s been stable and it’s also been fairly low, but it seems like things are now changing. After significant increases in recent months, it's clear that there are changes afoot, and we’re going to directly address how to keep inflation from wrecking your finances. During this episode we enjoyed a Be Easy Citra by Monday Night Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 19, 2021
Ask HTM - Switching from a Robo Advisor, Saving or Investing Funds for a Baby, & Does Infinite Banking Actually Work? #358
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Target date funds in my brokerage account- is this allowed and is it a good idea? 2 - How should we deposit checks from another country for our daughter? 3 - Does infinite or velocity banking work and how risky is it? 4 - Should I switch from a robo advisor like Ellevest to my own investment advisor? 5 - Plus a great car tip from a listener for keeping your headlights looking brand new! During this episode we enjoyed a Love Birds 4 by Birds Fly South! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 17, 2021
Friday Flight - Dollar Stores Stink, Inflation Fears, & No Gas For You #357
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: how we can be like Shaq, new home prices continue to increase, rising inflation figures, free internet, parents giving money to kids, retirement happening sooner than sooner than expected, restaurant ‘surprise bags’, bags of gasoline, automobile shortages, the best way to pay for a car, cheap dollar stores, and when the richest couple in the world split. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 14, 2021
Is it Dumb to Buy a House When the Market is Hot? #356
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We’re seeing one of the hottest housing markets in recent history! Bidding wars are driving up prices, homes are going under contract after just one week on the market, and mortgage rates are near historic lows. But that raises the question- is it a dumb idea to buy a home with these kinds of conditions and with the market this hot? What if this is another housing bubble? Are we going to see prices come crashing down like they did just over 12 year ago? We share our thoughts as we discuss a bunch of different reasons for residential real estate being on fire. And if you are ready to buy a home, we also cover a number of different tactics that you should implement to ensure that you get the home you want without overpaying. During this episode we enjoyed a Rhyming Numbers- thanks to Eighth State Brewing for donating this one to the show! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 12, 2021
Breaking Down Business & Investing with Earn Your Leisure #355
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Earn Your Leisure is a podcast hosted by Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings. On their show, they talk with guests who are earning and investing their money in all sorts of different ways- ways that a lot of folks probably don’t even know exist. Rashad and Troy give a behind-the-scenes look into different industries and highlight what makes those industries tick as well as what makes their guests successful. They describe their podcast as a “college business class mixed with pop culture” and that’s what we’re talking about today- a blending of the two together in order as we gleen our own personal finance takeaways. During this episode we enjoyed a Changes by Eighth State Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 10, 2021
Friday Flight - Robinhood vs Buffett, People Still Pay for AOL, & Renew Your Passport Now #354
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: naming our vans so we do a better job maintaining them, more payments for getting vaccinated, what to do with a tax refund, employers dropping college degree requirements, worker shortages, negotiating your pay or benefits, robots taking our jobs, wasting money on identity theft monitoring, is financial literacy or extra money more important, Robinhood vs Warren Buffett, more household wealth in the stock market than ever, & avoiding State Department delays by renewing your passport now. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 07, 2021
Is Passive Income a Myth? #353
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Just like how we can idolize ‘finding the right one’ when looking for a partner or spouse, the same can be true of passive income as we’re talking about our personal finances. We can be tempted into thinking that if we only find the right person then it’s smooth sailing. But as anyone who has been in a long-term relationship knows- the work has only just begun! The same is often true of the different passive income opportunities that we hear pitched in social media or hawked in YouTube videos. Passive income is a legit and real concept, but the way it’s often presented doesn’t include the full story, or they leave out some crucial details. There are very few sources of 100%, purely passive income and so that’s why we are dispelling the myth that there are opportunities around every corner, but have a listen because there are ways you can begin establishing your own future streams of income, today. During this episode we enjoyed a Radix by Halfway Crooks! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 05, 2021
Ask HTM - Crypto Savings Accounts, Buying a Home Using a Housing Stipend, & Skipping Out on Filing a Tax Return #352
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - How legit are the crypto savings accounts that are paying high rates of interest? 2 - Is it true that I don’t have to file taxes if I make below a certain income threshold? 3 - I’ve been living in a submarine, but should I purchase a home with my housing allowance from the military? 4 - As a small business owner with no employees, should I consider a Solo 401(k) or a SEP IRA? 5 - I want to get into house hacking but first how do I boost my credit score, put together a lease, and screen tenants? During this episode we enjoyed a Bumbleberry Honey Blueberry Ale by Fat Head's Brewery- thanks to Rich at Budgets and Brews podcast for donating this one to the show! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 03, 2021
Friday Flight - Refinancing Now, Hypnotizing Scams, & $1,000 Rental Cars #351
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: tax refunds taking longer than usual, higher capital gains are coming, losses in Robinhood, our (not-so) secret to credit card use, qualifying for credit cards with bad credit scores, student loan remorse, $1,000 rental cars, finding affordable rental cars, refinancing your home now, email scams, hypnosis scams, and robo-call scams. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 30, 2021
The Temptation to Spend is Getting Real #350
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With every passing day, it seems like we’re getting closer to being able to resume our pre-pandemic lives. On a personal note, we’re really looking forward to cramming into the Benz here in Atlanta to watch some soccer. And while we’re looking for a degree of normalcy, we need to make sure that we don’t spend our way into oblivion as the economy is reopening! There’s a good chance many of us ended last year without having spent nearly as much money as we typically would have, and now we’re chomping at the bit- shopping might feel like one of the few things we can do right now. Since there is so much pent-up demand, it’ll really be easy for us to fall prey to poor spending. It’s important for us to keep that behavior in check and there are a host of alternatives for us to consider instead of making that purchase. But if we’ve decided that we have to click ‘buy’, then we have a ton of options to make sure that we’re getting the best deal possible. During this episode we enjoyed a Citrus Wheat by Rightside Brewing- thanks to our friends over at Rightside for donating this ‘near beer’ to the show! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 28, 2021
Getting a Deal on a Car Without the Headaches with LeeAnn Shattuck AKA The Car Chick #349
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Our guest today is LeeAnn Shattuck, who is also known as The Car Chick. LeeAnn is passionate about educating consumers about cars and empowering them to make informed decisions when purchasing, selling, and servicing automobiles. She is an automotive expert and is a self-professed “car nut” and a champion race car driver as LeeAnn began learning high-performance driving at the age of 8. She took her passion surrounding cars from NPR on the radio and as the host of the nationally syndicated show: America’s Garage, to the Speed Channel on television. LeeAnn has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to cars that we’re excited to get into and share today. During this episode we enjoyed an American IPA by Rightside Brewing- thanks to our friends over at Rightside for donating this ‘near beer’ to the show! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 26, 2021
Friday Flight - How AI can Hurt Your Finances, Joke Cryptocurrencies, & When YOLO is a Good Thing #348
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make informed money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: free firewood or mulch, YOLO can be a good thing, more financial literacy, flawed ESG funds, staying away from joke cryptocurrencies, confessions of an overnight millionaire, best airports for flight deals, Amazon ads are everywhere, AI assessing auto accident damage, & getting the proper payout for a car accident claim. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 23, 2021
Grit: The Number One Factor in Winning with Your Money #347
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What does it take to win with your money and achieve your financial goals? During this episode, we make a case that the most important factor is grit. It’s not earning six figures, or knowing the exact right investment moves to make. Though both of those are important, they’re not nearly as vital as grit. As Angela Duckworth writes, “Grit is perseverance for very long-term goals”. We begin to succeed when we truly commit to the goals that we’re pursuing. Luckily the amount of grit we possess isn’t static and there are ways for us to cultivate more grit in our lives that will allow us to get ahead with our finances. Passion, practice, and other people are just a few of the really important ways that we can develop more grit and start winning with our money. During this episode we enjoyed a Pales in Comparison by Edmund’s Oast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 21, 2021
Ask HTM - Taking Time Off Work for a New Baby, Should We Get a HELOC, & Prepping for Disasters on the Cheap #346
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - I’d like to take some time off work to spend time with my new baby, but what should I be considering? 2 - Am I missing out if I can’t afford to max out my Roth IRA at the beginning of the year? 3 - Is it ok to get a HELOC on our house in order to finish out a garage for the sake of the business? 4 - How can we best maximize credit card rewards while we are building our house this summer? 5 - How do I plan for disasters without breaking the bank and becoming an all-out prepper? During this episode we enjoyed a Baked Goods Blueberry Lemon Cobbler by Atlanta Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 19, 2021
Friday Flight - Clutch Freebies, Housing Market Insanity, & Outdated Wardrobes #345
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make informed money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: moving incentives, Illinois paying off your student loans, free unlimited data with T-Mobile, free beer and national park entry, the flood of co-branded credit cards, when will the housing market crash, Marxism and index funds, outdated wardrobes, healthcare pricing transparency, & financial scams. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 16, 2021
Debunking Common Tax Misconceptions #344
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There are a number of confusing things in life- for some it’s deciphering the latest Christopher Nolan film, for others it might be the process of building whatever is in that flat pack box from Ikea. But what about taxes? They can also be a puzzling topic and we also tend to have some janky tax ideas in our brains. Unfortunately, those ideas are often what we base our decisions on if we don’t have a tax professional in our life. So our goal for this episode is to clear up some more common tax misconceptions out there and to make sure that we’re all making decisions based on what’s true instead of based on a video that someone made on TikTok, or what we heard a friend say. During this episode we enjoyed a Sponch-O Villa by J Wakefield! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 14, 2021
How To Think Like a Breadwinner with Jennifer Barrett #343
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Jennifer Barrett is a longtime financial journalist and she has written for publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Money, and Newsweek. She has accomplished so much in the world of money: Jennifer has developed and hosted a popular personal finance video course on Udemy, given a TEDx talk on the importance of wealth-building, and she’s also appeared on many TV shows as well. And central to our conversation today, she also has a new book that just came out, that’s titled “Think Like a Breadwinner” which is all about empowering women who want to earn more money. This is a helpful episode for everyone out there, but especially for the working woman. During this episode we enjoyed a Das Yummy Banana Cream Pie by Oozlefinch Beers & Blending! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 12, 2021
Friday Flight - WFH Might Be Ending, Bikers Beware, & Stock Market Bubbles #342
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: DIY pest control, credit card rewards going unredeemed, a 529 plan happy accident, when low-cost is better than free, working to keep your WFH flexibility, bikers need to beware, your car’s paint color impacts resale value, stock market bubbles, and there are travel deals to be had! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 09, 2021
How We Invest Our Money #341
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Here’s a saying that we’ve all heard- don’t put all your eggs in one basket. That makes a lot of sense but does it apply to investing? Is one fund enough if you’re invested in a diversified index fund? Or maybe you’re thinking- forget index funds, what about bonds? Shouldn’t I be invested in those as well? These are all questions that we’re going to address during this episode where we discuss asset allocation and how it is that we personally invest. Everyone wants to make wise investing decisions, but in an attempt to diversify we can easily become overwhelmed with the pure quantity of different investing options that are available. For example crypto, REITs, and NFTs just to name a few. Spending some time thinking about asset allocation is smart but simplicity has its advantages. Listen in as we do a deep dive on asset allocation today to put your mind at ease and help you think through what a solid diversification strategy looks like. During this episode we enjoyed a Haptic by Halfway Crooks Beer! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 07, 2021
Ask HTM - Negotiating Rent, Protecting a Baby’s SSN, & WTD with Ineligible Roth IRA Contributions #340
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - How should I go about negotiating rent at my apartment with my landlord? 2 - What steps should we take in protecting our baby’s social security number and identity? 3 - In regards to retirement, how should I be thinking about income replacement? 4 - What is the absolute best way to pay my credit cards off every month? 5 - As I’m approaching the Roth IRA income limit, should I still contribute even if I might be ineligible by the end of the year? During this episode we enjoyed a Dark Side of the Strawberry Moon by Cherry Street Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 05, 2021
Friday Flight - Stupid Stock Predictions, Prices on the Rise, and Getting Vaccinated #339
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: getting vaccinated, PPE expenses are tax deductible, IRS phishing scams, Robinhood confetti on the way out, irrelevant stock predictions, 91k greasy pennies, inflation concerns, the top stressor for Americans, happiness and the role of money, and better browsers for privacy. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 02, 2021
The Beauty of the Roth IRA (Bestie Ep) #338
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You’ve heard us say before that you should be contributing to a Roth IRA, but what exactly is a Roth?! What’s so great about a Roth and is it better than a traditional IRA? In this Bestie episode, we revisit all the many reasons we’re such huge fans and why it is that you should be investing within a Roth IRA if you qualify. And one of the key reasons we wanted to get this episode back on your radar is because you still have time to make your contributions for last year! You have until May 17th before that window closes so make sure you make your 2020 contributions now! During this episode we enjoyed a Superior BarleyLime by tripelroot - a big thanks to Heather for donating this delicious beer to the show! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 31, 2021
A College Cost-Cutting Road Map with Ron Lieber #337
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This is a must listen if you know someone preparing to go to college, or if you happen to be in that boat yourself! Our guest today is Ron Lieber who has been the Your Money columnist for the New York Times since 2008 and is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award which is financial and business journalism’s highest honor. He is the author of multiple books including the recently released “The Price You Pay for College” which is already a definitive guide to help parents and students think through important decisions when it comes to higher education. We talk through how college actually doesn’t cost quite as much as you think it does, how you can get more financial aid from the colleges you’re interested in, some of the best ways to bring down the cost overall, as well as plenty more on the topic of higher education. During this episode we enjoyed a Austerkopf by Sceptre Brewing Arts! And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 29, 2021
Friday Flight - Shrinking Your Mortgage Payment, WTD with Expiring Travel Vouchers, & Food Freebies #336
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: beer deals and food freebies, WTD with expiring travel vouchers, more realtors than homes, shrinking your mortgage payment, losing 10 BTC after falling for a Twitter scam, used car inflation, avoiding potholes to save money, Borrower Defense to Repayment program, and fewer universities using standardized tests on applications. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 26, 2021
Dissecting the Truthfulness of Common Money Phrases #335
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You can call them maxims, proverbs, or even mottos, but the most common phrases we hear tend to ingrain themselves as truth over time. If we hear something consistently enough it takes root in our psyche! Some of those sayings are about money but what if they’re not true? If we have the wrong information we could have a view of our money, of business, and even of how the world works that is entirely false! During this episode we talk about some of the most common money phrases that we hear and dissect the truthfulness of those phrases. If something we hear about money is incorrect or flawed, we need to correct our course! We want to make sure that we’re not accidentally basing our personal finance beliefs on some catchy sayings we’ve heard over the years. During this episode we enjoyed an Aliens on Moonshine by Torched Hop! And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 24, 2021
Ask HTM - Maximizing Returns on your Savings, Networking While in Grad School, & Avoiding Capital Gains on the Sale of a House #334
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Will going abroad for a graduate program hurt my ability to network and land a great job after I finish? 2 - I want to rebuild my credit score before applying for a mortgage, but I’m worried about racking up debt. What do I do? 3 - Where should I be investing my retirement funds? 4 - How do we minimize capital gains that we would receive from selling a house? 5 - What can we do to maximize what we’re earning on our savings- should we be looking to mutual funds instead? During this episode we shared a 7 Deadly Stouts by Monday Night Brewing. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 22, 2021
Friday Flight - Money in the Bank, Student Loan Forgiveness Taxes, & Streaming Password Sharing Clampdown Begins #333
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: depositing cash with an online bank, the new tax filing extension, stimmy money in the bank, what you should do with those stimmy funds, waived taxes on forgiven student loans, Promise Homes helping tenants become homeowners, Airbnb taxes, Amazon limiting books to libraries, the streaming password sharing clampdown, small businesses weathering covid, lots of new small businesses launching, and how it’s time to refinance your house! And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 19, 2021
Good Luck or Hard Work: Which Gets You More Money? #332
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How big of a role does luck play as we handle our money? Or does it only come down to our ability to work hard and advance our station by sheer will, focus, and determination? Some individuals out there might feel a little shortchanged if you don’t credit them with their good fortunes. But luck and hard work are two of the hardest ideas to dissociate but that’s what we’re doing today. A proper perspective on the role that luck and hard work play in our lives is really important for a number of reasons that we’ll discuss. And most importantly, it’ll inform us as we’re doing things like setting out to land a new job, spend money more wisely, and invest for our future. During this episode we enjoyed a SLUSHY XL Fruitmine by 450 North Brewing Company, thanks to neighbor Mark for donating this one to the show! And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 17, 2021
Smart Tax Planning Moves with Sean Mullaney #331
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Tax season is here and so it’s time to hear from a tax professional! Sean Mullaney is a financial planner, CPA, and the president of his own company where they offer fee-only financial planning. Sean’s career path took him from getting a degree at law school, landing a job with the IRS, to working for a couple of the big 4 accounting firms, and then finally to starting his own business and building it from scratch. In addition to providing fiduciary financial advice to his clients, Sean also writes over at FiTaxGuy.com where he blogs about financial independence and taxes! During this conversation we cover financial independence, some important 2020 tax issues, and overall tax optimization. During this episode we enjoyed a SLUSHY XL Pika-Juice by 450 North Brewing Company, thanks to neighbor Mark for donating this one to the show! And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 15, 2021
Friday Flight - More Stimmy Money, NFT Investing, & Booking Summer Travel Now #330
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: free personal finance books from your truly, more stimulus checks, increased tax credit for kids, unemployment benefits extended, free COBRA and more health care subsidies, booking summer flights now, electric everything and affordable e-bikes, what’s up with NFTs, the rise of non-traditional “investments”, when investing in NFTs make sense for you, checking your credit report for free, and the changing landscape of credit card benefits. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 12, 2021
Covid’s Hard Knocks Have Exposed Our Money Deficiencies #329
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Covid, the pandemic, and lockdowns have affected just about every aspect of our lives. Wearing masks, virtual schooling, and social distancing are just a few things we’ve experienced that will likely change how we fundamentally view the world. Here on our show, of course, we’re all about personal finance and so as we approach a 1 year anniversary of the covid pandemic, the big question that we’re wondering is: has covid changed how we handle our money? In what ways have we changed how we earn, spend, save, and invest. And what happened in the past 12 months that can inform our ability to be financially successful in the future? Whether you’re better off now than a year ago or if your finances are in rough shape, there are takeaways that will help us to win with our money. During this episode we enjoyed an Abraxas by Perennial Artisan Ales. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 10, 2021
Ask HTM - Secured Credit Cards, Renting to a Family Member, & Cheaping Out on Insurance #328
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Do I need to report rental income that I’m receiving from my daughter to the IRS? 2 - Should we stay with the insurer we know and trust or should we shop our coverage to bring down the cost? 3 - What’s the deal with secured credit cards? 4 - How should I minimize my savings in order to maximize financial aid for my college bound kids? 5 - Am I able to still contribute towards my Roth IRA for last year if I didn’t open that account until this year? During this episode we both enjoyed a Seeing Double by Anderby Brewing. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 08, 2021
Friday Flight - Earning More on Your Savings, Making Six Figures without a College Degree, & the Worst Place to Buy a Car #327
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: using VaccineFinder.org to get your Covid shot, the best way to find deals at Goodwill, college enrollment falling, student loan forgiveness scams, blue collar worker shortages, making six figures without a college degree, an easy way to eliminate ads on the internet, the worst place to buy a car, earning more with bonds, expensive realtor commissions, Zestimate cash offers, and why renting is a smart move right now. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 05, 2021
Employer Benefits You're Missing Out On #326
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Your annual salary is not the only thing you should consider when it comes to your compensation at work- you also need to take a serious look at your other benefits. Some of them are straightforward line items on your paystub like retirement plan contributions, but others might be offered more as informal company perks like wellness classes. Hopefully you’re taking full advantage of all of those offerings. But if you’re not, realize that not utilizing those benefits to their fullest potential can be akin to leaving money on the table (and possibly even more money than you realize due to their tax advantage)! You may not be interested in every single option, but it’s at least worth doing a little digging to see what is available so that you can make the best informed decision possible when it comes to compensation. During this episode we enjoyed a Koko Buni by Creature Comforts. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 03, 2021
Redefining Wealth & Overcoming Money Struggles with Patrice Washington #325
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Patrice Washington is a number one best-selling author who has a unique philosophy about money that not only determines how she coaches others, but it shapes how she lives her own life as well. After her own personal struggles with money that culminated with bankruptcy where she lost everything, she has been able to work her way back to a place of financial well-being. She has been the personal finance expert on both Steve Harvey’s radio and television shows since 2014, and has appeared in dozens of media outlets like Dr. Oz and Fox & Friends. Patrice teaches folks how to handle their money in a disciplined manner, while simultaneously living a fulfilling life. She wants you to build up wealth, but she teaches you how to build it with peace and purpose as your foundation. We redefine wealth in this episode and talk about Patrice’s new book “Redefine Wealth for Yourself”. During this episode we enjoyed a Wake-n-Bake by Terrapin. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 01, 2021
Friday Flight - Protecting Your Tax Refund, Credit Reporting Errors, & Fake Amazon Reviews #324
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: protecting your tax refund with Identity Protection PINs, tax filing deadlines extended for Texas, where to donate for winter storm relief, wedding industry opportunities, what to do about rising gasoline costs, affordable solar panels, how paying off your mortgage could be a bad move, how to fix credit reporting errors, & fake Amazon reviews. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 26, 2021
The Actual Costs of Owning a Home #323
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More (costs) than meets the eye! Housing is easily the largest budget item that we have here in the US, and so we’re dedicating an entire episode to the seemingly endless line of expenses that accompany owning a home. There are costs associated with purchasing, maintaining, and selling a home so we want to make sure you know what you’re getting into ahead of time. Many first-time homebuyers think that they are just swapping out a rent payment for a mortgage but it’s not that simple or straightforward. Owning a home will likely cost you more than you think so it’s important to start budgeting now, so you can purchase and maintain a home with a lot less stress later on. During this episode we enjoyed a Derby Juice by Anderby Brewing- thanks for donating this one to the show Aunt Sal-Sal. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 24, 2021
Ask HTM - Extended Car Warranties, Selling Investments to Pay Debt, & Quitting a Job without a New One Lined Up #322
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Should I sell some investments in order to pay off debt? 2 - I’m in the process of refinancing my car- does it ever make sense to get an extended car warranty? 3 - How should I go about ditching a store branded credit card? 4 - What do y’all think about the fact that I’d like to leave my job before I have another offer lined up? 5 - Should I become a life insurance salesman? During this episode we both enjoyed an It’s Tiki Time! by Westbrook. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 22, 2021
Friday Flight - Bitcoin Credit Cards, eBike Tax Credits, & A Quirky Mortgage Payoff Strategy #321
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: the current state of fast fashion, whether you need cell phone insurance, a cell phone coverage app to help you save, velocity banking as a mortgage payoff strategy, Ryan Lochte living paycheck to paycheck, foreclosure moratorium and mortgage forbearance extensions, a potential ebike tax credit, how minor car repairs could cost you a fortune, and Bitcoin credit cards. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 19, 2021
Mind Altering Effects of Simple Money Tricks #320
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Little money tricks alone won’t get us all the way to our financial goals. As we discussed recently, just a couple of bigger money moves can have more of an impact on our bottom line than a bunch of small ones. However there are some small tricks, that when paired with a new perspective, will lead to massive change over the years. So for example we’re not just talking about the $5.00 you’ll save today because you’re doing a no spend week, we’re talking about your ability to question your overall view towards consumption. We’re not just encouraging you to start saving towards retirement, we're asking you to imagine what your life might look like 40 years from now so you can truly connect with your future self! There’s not just the immediate monetary benefit, but there’s also the lasting mental benefit as well. THAT’S a powerful combo and we want you to be thinking about both aspects when it comes to your money. During this episode we enjoyed a Bound by Time by Edmund’s Oast. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 17, 2021
Money: The Origins of a Made Up Thing with Jacob Goldstein #319
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Jacob Goldstein is the co-host of NPR's Planet Money and his stories have aired on This American Life, All Things Considered, and Morning Edition. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two kids, and a small dog. Jacob has previously worked as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal and the Miami Herald- he’s written about money for the New York Times Magazine, and more recently he has published his book “Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing”. And during this episode we’re not only talking about the history and origins of money, but we’re going to dive into where things are today as well as the possible future of money. We run the gamut- from the birth of electrum coins in Greece to Bitcoin today. During this episode we both enjoyed a Rodenbach Classic. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 15, 2021
Friday Flight - The Perils of Investing Apps, Pandemic Pay Raises, & Making Millions on Fivver #318
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: Presidents Day sales, boomers taking to online shopping, perils of investing apps, if stimulus or unemployment money is taxable, getting paid to join a covid clinical trial, skipping out on investing until you’re 40, pandemic pay raises, making millions on fiverr, open enrollment is on for the next 3 months, and some quick thoughts on Valentine’s Day. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 12, 2021
Should Women and Men Handle Money Differently? #317
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Whether men and women should handle their money differently is an important question to ask. There are a lot of different studies and surveys out there that show that your gender has a pretty large impact on how you earn, spend, save, and invest your money- but should it? After all money is money! And of course there are generalities made in these studies because obviously we’re all individuals and handle money in our own unique ways. But that being said, there are still things we can learn from the data about the views, tendencies, and actions of each gender in the realm of personal finance. Recognizing these things will allow us to understand others better, we’ll do a better job at raising our children to handle money well, and we might even gain a better insight of ourselves along the way. During this episode we enjoyed an On Cassette by New Anthem. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 10, 2021
Ask HTM - Investing w/Fundrise, Funky Life Insurance, & Expensive ESG Investing #316
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Should I invest money that I’m socking away for a medium term savings goal like buying a house? 2 - Is it worth it to pay extra for ESG funds? 3 - When does it make sense to drop our term life insurance in favor of indexed universal life insurance? 4 - If I don’t have time to buy and manage a local investment property does it make sense to go with Fundrise? 5 - Am I allowed to max out my Roth IRA when I didn’t earn that much for that calendar year? During this episode we both enjoyed a Cashflow by Two Tides Brewing. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 08, 2021
Friday Flight - Apps that Save You Money, Buying a Car with a Credit Card, & Home Renovation Payback #315
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: dual purpose Instant Pots, more young folks getting life insurance, internet service provider data caps, apps that cut recurring expenses to save you money, buying a car with a credit card, 0% balance transfer credit cards, net worth figures broken down by age, home renovation projects that offer the best payback, & biking through the winter. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 05, 2021
You Need a Credit Union in Your Life! #314
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What’s up with credit unions?! We often suggest them here on the show but we’ve never fully explained what credit unions are and why it is that you need one in your life- it’s time to remedy that problem! We dive into the history of credit unions and why we think there is a fair amount of confusion around them. Are they even legit? There are some serious advantages and so we dive into why it is that credit unions are excellent institutions and how it is that you should utilize their offerings. But we’re also telling the full story and we explain why you shouldn’t be ditching your online bank- credit unions are great, but they’re not perfect. During this episode we shared a Bianca Peanut Butter and Jelly Lassi Gose by Omnipollo. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 03, 2021
Be Happier & More Productive Working from Home with Laura Vanderkam #313
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Who has been spending more time working from home?! ✋ We’re going to dive into how WFH can make us happier and more productive, and joining us for this conversation is Laura Vanderkam. Laura is the author of several time management and productivity books, including Juliet’s School of Possibilities, Off The Clock, and The New Corner Office. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune. She is the host of the podcast Before Breakfast and co-hosts the podcast Best of Both Worlds. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and five children, and she’s also a friend of ours who we had on the show a couple of years ago when we talked about valuing our limited time. During this episode we enjoyed a Science and Sorcery by Equilibrium Brewery. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 01, 2021
Friday Flight - TVs Spying On Us, Student Loan Freeze Extension, & GameStop Won’t Stop #312
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: working out at home on the cheap, student loan payment freeze extension, students appealing their financial aid package, stimulus prepaid debit cards, GameStop and FOMO, Ludacris and his Benz, watching the Super Bowl for free, our TVs are watching us, avoiding Ticketmaster, and Airbnb bans. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 29, 2021
Fending Off Financial FOMO #311
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The fear of missing out- we’ve all experienced that emotion before! Whether some friends are getting together but you’re stuck finishing up a project, or maybe you haven’t been able to get your hands on the latest gaming console (or craft beer!). Well, FOMO has an ability to work its way into many different aspects of our lives, including our financial lives as well. You might feel some serious FOMO seeing individual stocks like Tesla skyrocket this past year while you are investing in plain old index funds. Or maybe with mortgage rates being at all-time lows, you feel like you are the only person in your peer group not buying a house right now. And you don’t want to miss out! This episode is about how to deal with and fend off FOMO so that we don’t make moves that mess up our ultimate goals due to distractions in the world around us. During this episode we shared a Daaank Daniel by Heist Brewery in Charlotte NC. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 27, 2021
Ask HTM - Are We Ready to Buy a House, Joint Brokerage Account Benefits, and Travel Rewards or Cashback Credit Cards #310
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Should we continue renting or are we ready to purchase a home? 2 - Are there benefits of a joint brokerage investment account if we’re not married? 3 - What should I consider as I’m choosing between a cashback or travel rewards credit card? 4 - How do I keep my bank from selling my mortgage to another loan servicer? 5 - Should I be placing riskier investments in different types of investment accounts? During this episode we shared an Ancient Feelings by Heist Brewery out of Charlotte NC. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 25, 2021
Friday Flight - Free Tax Filing, Astronomical Food Delivery Fees & Awful Financial Advice on TikTok #309
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: crazy low mortgage rates, free tax filing, payment app security issues, getting credit card annual fees waived, awful financial advice on TikTok, astronomical food delivery fees, smart grocery carts, states that everyone is moving to, and the states with the highest credit scores. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 22, 2021
The Real Reason to Avoid Debt #308
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Just a few years before he died, author David Foster Wallace gave a now-famous commencement speech at Kenyon College. Here’s a small snippet of what he said. “There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says ‘Morning, boys. How's the water?’ And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes ‘What the hell is water?’” Wallace then went on to argue that we tend to live our lives according to values and rules that are hard to see. Similarly, we live in a culture that pushes us to go into debt for everything! It’s the message we are constantly bombarded with - it’s the water we swim in. So on today’s episode we’re going to push back on that line of thought and give the real reasons we should all be striving to avoid debt. During this episode we both enjoyed a EMO-J by Heist Brewery in Charlotte NC. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 20, 2021
Practical Money Hacks with Lisa Rowan #307
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Lisa Rowan is a staff writer at Forbes Advisor, where she covers banking and personal finance and she was previously a staff writer at Lifehacker’s “Two Cents” covering personal finance. Prior to that, she was a senior writer and on-air analyst at The Penny Hoarder, where she launched the “Dear Penny” advice column syndicated by The Tampa Bay Times. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, CityLab, and many other publications. Now she has recently published her book- Money Hacks: 275+ Ways to Decrease Spending, Increase Savings, and Make Your Money Work for You! We’re excited for you to hear this extremely practical personal finance conversation today! During this episode we enjoyed a Condensation Accumulation by Heist Brewing. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 18, 2021
Friday Flight - Getting Paid to Vaccinate, Generous Return Policies, & the Best Jobs Paying Over $100k #306
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: getting paid to get vaccinated, bringing down the cost of your cell phone bill, generous return policies for online shopping, snagging the best car deal over MLK Jr. weekend, Carmax offering a 1,500 mile return window for their cars, the best jobs that pay over $100k, using accessory dwelling units to generate passive income, 15 months of rent assistance available, and new PPP funding for the businesses we love. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 15, 2021
Big Money Moves You’re Probably Overlooking #305
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When we need to make some serious changes to our personal finances, the small tweaks and changes aren’t going to cut it. Instead, we need to take a look at some of the bigger money moves that will allow us to drastically save and invest more of our money. And often, this isn’t an instinctual response. For many reasons we tend to immediately focus on and get bogged down with the little stuff- it’s the small money moves that often get much of the attention. For example how often do we hear about cutting out a latte or the proverbial avocado toast. But while it is certainly easier to forego a to-go coffee than to look at the bigger money levers in our life, those changes are also going to have a far smaller impact. It’s time to focus on the big stuff! During this episode we both enjoyed a Holmberg Bound by Four Peaks Brewing- thanks to Jacob for donating these beers to the show! And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 13, 2021
Ask HTM - Paying Your Mortgage with a Credit Card, Where to Put Baby Money, Buying and Selling a Car with Carvana #304
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - How can I put my monthly mortgage on a credit card in order to score cashback? 2 - When it comes to long term disability insurance, is it worth it to pay more for a longer benefit period? 3 - How should we start investing money that we’re receiving for our newborn? 4 - Can I rollover my entire IRA into an HSA in order to avoid paying taxes? 5 - Why do y’all recommend Carvana when their prices aren’t all that competitive? And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 11, 2021
Friday Flight - Life w/o Amazon, New Data Saying Roths Stink, & Taking a Sabbatical #303
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: stimulus check delays, new data saying that Roth IRAs stink and why we disagree, life without Amazon, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) changes in the new relief bill, harsher prison sentences for illegal streaming, a new streaming service aggregator service, dirty debt collection tactics, as well as paid time off and sabbaticals. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 08, 2021
The 7 Money Gears: When, to do What, with your Money #302
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“What do I do next with my money?” - if this is a question you’ve asked yourself before, then the answer is: right here, with this episode! We cover so many money topics that it can be difficult to know how they all relate to you on your own personal finance journey. This episode serves as an incredibly helpful tool that will let you know if you’re headed in the right direction. We use the analogy of biking and how there are 7 Money Gears that we all need to follow to get ahead with our money. And it’s important to shift through these gears in order as well! Listen and find out if you’re on the right track, the importance of momentum when shifting money gears, and what it looks like to achieve financial independence. During this episode we enjoyed a Future Knowledge by Paradox. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 06, 2021
The Power of Habit with Charles Duhigg #301
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If you’re wanting to know how to make a New Year’s resolution actually stick this year, then this is your episode! Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who writes for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. He is also author of bestsellers ​The Power of Habit​ and ​Smarter Faster Better, and he’s the host of Slate’s podcast ​How To! As a business and self-help expert, Charles explores habit formation and the science of productivity in order to help folks on a day-to-day basis. We’re excited to have him join us on this episode to talk about how we can implement better habits when it comes to our personal finances, and how we can lead a more productive life in general. During this episode we enjoyed a Boysen in the Yard by Wrecking Bar Brewpub. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 04, 2021
Friday Flight - The New Relief Bill, 2021 Predictions, and Getting Paid in Bitcoin #300
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Hello 2021, it's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like getting paid in cryptocurrency, sports memorabilia at Costco, details from the new relief bill like who is getting stimulus checks and when they should be arriving, extended unemployment benefits, student loan provisions, why we’re not fans of debit cards, and then what to expect in 2021: the stock market, spending habits, housing market, and home equity trends. And as we’ve kicked things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 01, 2021
Money Jubilee: Celebrating Listener Money Wins in 2020 #299
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It’s time to party! During this episode we’re going to hear how many of y’all were able to get ahead with your personal finances this year. The ability for us to slow down and take the time to celebrate our money wins is going to have a lot of positive effects on all of us. Not only does it motivate you personally, but it gets others pumped who might be in a similar situation! And this is even more important after a rough 2020- considering that over 68% of Americans have reported experiencing financial setbacks this year, we need to hear some uplifting personal finance stories! Often we don’t celebrate after we’ve worked hard to achieve something. Sometimes there’s a tendency to have that onward and upward mentality, looking for that next best thing, but not today. Today on the show, we share our money wins for the year and we’re going to feature some of the awesome moves from the How to Money community as well. Thanks to all of you for being a part of this super fun episode! During this episode we both enjoyed a Winter Welcome Ale 2020-2021 by Samuel Smith. And as we’re looking forward to kicking things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Happy New Year, best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 30, 2020
Ask HTM - Payoff My Mortgage or Hold as Cash, Tapping a 401(k) to Pay Off a Credit Card, and MVNO's for Everyone to Save Money #298
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - How can I get a conversation started with my girlfriend about personal finances? 2 - Should I pay off my mortgage or should I hang on to that in cash? 3 - Does it make sense to borrow from my 401(k) in order to pay off a credit card? 4 - Is it worth it to stick with a budget cell phone provider? 5 - How can I avoid underpayment penalties from the IRS and should I set up a retirement account through my business or set it up as a personal account? During this episode we both enjoyed a Trader Joe’s Winter Spiced Ale 2020. And as we’re looking forward to kicking things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 28, 2020
Debt Snowball vs. Debt Avalanche Approach To Paying Down Debt (Bestie) #297
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What is the best way to pay down debt? Americans are in tremendous amounts of debt (think over 400 billion on just credit cards alone)! Not only is this debt keeping folks from reaching their financial goals, but it’s also taking a toll on the mental health of borrowers. Knowing the best strategy to get out of this debt is a big deal and could be the difference between living paycheck to paycheck or achieving financial freedom. Listen as we cover both approaches so you can decide which is better for you: the debt snowball (popularized by Dave Ramsey) and the debt avalanche (also known as debt stacking). During this episode we enjoyed a Maple Vanilla Copra Kai by Southern Grist Brewing. And as we’re looking forward to kicking things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 25, 2020
Cultivating a Healthy View of Work (Bestie Ep) #296
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Every once in a while we like to step back and think about our work. Why do we do it? Are we doing a good thing? There are a lot of misconceptions of work floating around the internet and our workplaces today. There’s the generally more millennial-ish, romanticized view of work as a calling and a means of personal fulfillment, and on the flip side there’s the end goal of a stable career where your loyalty and daily grind results in a predictable paycheck but maybe not much else - many of us fall somewhere on this spectrum. Regardless of your current views toward work, we want you to know that work is a wonderful thing and yet work isn’t everything. Viewing work in a healthy way takes intentionality and balance! Join us as we cover a few key concepts central to developing a healthy philosophy toward work. During this episode we enjoyed a Hawaiian Christmas Land by Little Cottage Brewery. And as we’re looking forward to kicking things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 23, 2020
The Power of Knowing Yourself with Rachel Cruze #295
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We’re excited to have Rachel Cruze join us today on the podcast for an episode all about self-awareness and money. Rachel is a two-time #1 national best-selling author, financial expert, and host of The Rachel Cruze Show. Since 2010, Rachel has served at Ramsey Solutions where she teaches folks to avoid debt, save money, and win with their money at any stage of life. She has authored three best-selling books, and her latest book Know Yourself, Know Your Money is set to release in early January. We dive into self-discovery, unique money tendencies that we all have, the role of fear when it comes to how we handle our money, and the different types of dreams and their impact on our personal finances. Here on the show we often talk about the “why behind our money” and that’s what this episode is all about. During this episode we enjoyed a Shattered Remains of Nothingness- another amazing beer by Burial. And as we’re looking forward to kicking things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 21, 2020
Friday Flight - Important Investing Deadlines, Appliance Shortages, and Privacy Labels #294
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of the pandemic on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like important retirement investing deadlines, buying Airbnb stock, the downside of Poshmark and other gig apps, personal data usage and privacy transparency, where to buy furniture online, avoiding buy-now pay-later installment plans, appliance shortages due to covid, the $300 above-the-line charity deduction, nonprofits and contactless donations, employers matching employee donations, and donating frequent flyer miles. And as we’re looking forward to kicking things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 18, 2020
Conducting A Personal Year-End Money Review #293
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Planning for the future and looking forward to the next best thing in our lives is natural- especially this time of year! But here’s the problem: it’s hard to know how to move forward and what steps you need to take if you haven’t reflected on the past. So during this episode we raise some questions that you can ask yourself before you start thinking about next year. This will not only help you to realize that 2020 wasn’t a complete throw-away year, but it should also directly inform the actions and goals you’ll set for yourself in 2021. These questions will help you to begin your financial year in review. During this episode we both enjoyed a Montmorency & Balaton Cherry Sour by Westbrook Brewing! And as we’re looking forward to kicking things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 16, 2020
Ask HTM - Putting More Expenses on Credit Cards, the Sweet Spot on a Home Refinance, and WTD with an Extra $5000 #292
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - What are the pros and cons of putting all of my expenses on a credit card? 2 - How much lower should an interest rate be in order to make a home refinance worth it? 3 - How do I go about breaking ties with my dad’s financial advisor? 4 - Should I save or invest a gift of $5,000? 5 - If family members loan me money for a down payment, how would that impact my ability to get a mortgage? During this episode we both enjoyed a Fruit/Wood/Time: Black Raspberry which is a Sour by Westbrook Brewing. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 14, 2020
Friday Flight - Virtual Job Interviews, WFH in Hawaii, & Zoom Santas Making Bank #291
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It's time for a holiday season Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like $550 headphones, 401k matches are back, free airfare to Hawaii, travel insurance covering covid, better MBA options, Zoom Santa’s making bank, virtual job interviews, high school grads earning 70% more, and the student loan forbearance extended. And as we’re looking forward to kicking things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 11, 2020
Enjoying the Holidays without Spending a Dime #290
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We don’t want you to cancel the holidays- we want you to cancel the overconsumption and debt that typically accompanies the holiday season. Americans racked up an average of $1,325 last year- how much more of a problem will it be this year as so many folks are still reeling from the impact of covid?! For many of us, our default way of thinking is that in order to have a “successful and fun” holiday season, we need to spend a ton of money. Even for frugal folks like us, it can be easy to get caught up in all the spending even if we are able to avoid the debt. So during this episode we talk about ways to resist overconsumption and how to enjoy the holidays without going overboard. During this episode we both enjoyed an Owl Theory by Fieldwork Brewing Company- a big thanks to Tim for donating this one to the show! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 09, 2020
Negotiating a Fatter Paycheck in Uncertain Times with Rich Jones #289
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On today’s episode we’re joined by a fellow personal finance podcaster: Rich Jones, host of Paychecks and Balances. Rich has also worked in human resources and recruiting for the better part of a decade, and so we’re particularly excited to talk with him about negotiating raises. Entrepreneurship tends to get all the attention, but for most folks, the steady 9-5 job with benefits is how they’re paying for life. It’s really important to talk about handling interviews, identifying transferable skills, and navigating performance review season because these are all factors in determining how much you’re paid! So if you’re interested in negotiating a fatter paycheck, then this episode is for you! During this episode we enjoyed a Boss of the Plains by Fieldwork Brewing Company- a big thanks to Tim for donating this one to the show! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 07, 2020
Friday Flight - Bitcoin Blowing Up, Cars That Hold Their Value, and Christmas Trees- so hot right now! #288
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It's time for a holiday season Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like federal tax credits for biomass stoves, Christmas tree sales spiking, Bitcoin blowing up, cooking at home pandemic fatigue, phone calls on US flights, a new study on car depreciation, spending your FSA money before the end of the year, and some final thoughts on customer service. And as we’re looking forward to kicking things off with a bang in 2021, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 04, 2020
Do I Need a Perfect Credit Score? #287
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Everyone knows that it’s good to have a high credit score- it’s true, but what is high enough? It can be tempting to spend an inordinate amount of time in pursuit of the perfect score, but we’re here to let you know that it’s a waste of time and energy. You’ll find that chasing after the elusive 850 will likely leave you feeling disillusioned, IF you even achieve it. There’s no pot of gold at the end of that rainbow! Yet, our credit scores impact a lot of different areas of our lives. They truly are important and they deserve our attention! So during this episode we talk about what we feel is a healthy credit score, where to track your score for free, as well as some actionable tips in order to raise it. Just don’t get sucked into the trap of thinking you need a perfect credit score. During this episode we both enjoyed a Nuclear Seahorse by Booneshine Brewing - thanks for donating this one to the show Christopher! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 02, 2020
Ask HTM - Putting Down Less than 20 Percent on a Home, Swapping a Used Car for a Used Truck, and Investing Beyond a 401k #286
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Is it OK to put down less than 20% on a home if we can avoid PMI? 2 - Where else should I invest if I’m already maxing out my 401k? 3 - Are there investment platforms that non-US citizens can use to invest in the stock market? 4 - Will my teacher’s pension be enough when I retire at 53? 5 - Should we swap out our Hyundai for a pickup truck? During this episode we both enjoyed a Photon Sphere by Olde Hickory Brewing - thanks for donating this one to the show Christopher! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 30, 2020
Friday Flight - Student Loans in 2021, More Discount Medication Options, & Zillow Surfing #285
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like Amazon Pharmacy and other discount medication options, the most reliable car brands, & Zillow surfing. And then we also talk with Travis Hornsby of Student Loan Planner to discuss the future of student loans in 2021 with the forbearance period soon drawing to a close. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 27, 2020
What's More Important: Earning More or Spending Less? #284
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You only have two options when it comes to saving more money- you can either earn more or you can spend less. But which of these is more important? Depending on your personality, you might find it easier to focus on making more money without too much concern for being frugal. And other listeners are all about more tips to live frugally, but they rarely give much thought to how they can increase their earnings in the coming years. Which side of the fence are you on? In this episode we discuss the importance of both of these areas in our financial lives. We also cover the downsides that must be highlighted when you’re looking to earn more and when you’re spending less. During this episode we enjoyed a Bad Bunny Pie by Tripping Animals! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 25, 2020
Pursuing Entrepreneurship & Avoiding Legal Mishaps with Kae Gruner #283
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Starting a business is exciting- it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, it can be incredibly fulfilling, and you could make some good money while you’re at it! BUT, you want to make sure that you’re going about things in the correct way. You want to make sure that you’re going about things legally! Our guest today is Kae Gruner who is an entrepreneur and intellectual property lawyer, so she’s the perfect guest for this topic. She’s the founder of Start Up Heart Up which exists to bring entrepreneurship to everyone through DIY tools, education, and empowerment. With this episode we’re making sure that your side hustle gets through those awkward, middle school years and that you’re able to transform it into a legit money making business. During this episode we enjoyed a Major Decisions by Mikkeller Brewing! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 23, 2020
Friday Flight - Cutting Health Insurance Costs, Overpaying at the Pump, and the Cheapest Thanksgiving Sides #282
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like overpaying for gas at the pump, free covid tests, open enrollment and affordable health coverage and health insurance alternatives, Tesla in the S&P 500, popular sides at Thanksgiving, grocery store restrictions, virtual real estate closings, instant paycheck access, and new business applications are through the roof. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 20, 2020
Giving Away Money Will Make You Richer #281
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This show exists to make sure that you know the best ways to earn, save, and invest your money so that ultimately you’re in a great financial position down the road. And a part of that journey towards financial independence includes making sure that you have the right attitudes towards money and that you’re not only looking to your own desires, but that you’re looking to the needs of others as well. This is why giving away money is such an important practice to begin implementing ASAP. It’s not a principle or stage of enlightenment that you might reach someday. Rather it’s like working out- the earlier in life you get started, the better off you’re going to be in the long run. Listen to the different reasons we should be giving away our money, how to vet charities, and how to actually go about implementing giving into our personal finance. During this episode we enjoyed a Party Cup by North Park Beer Co - thanks to Craig for donating this one to the show! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 18, 2020
Ask HTM – Financial Coach Accreditation, Hiring a Personal Car Shopper, & Reduced HSA Tax Benefits #280
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - I’m thinking about hiring a personal car shopper- is this a good idea? 2 - Do you have any budgeting and side hustle ideas for someone overseas on a work visa? 3 - What does the cost basis method mean for my investments? 4 - I’d like to become a financial coach- what accreditation should I consider? 5 - Should I tap a 401k and take advantage of the provision in the CARES Act? During this episode we both enjoyed an Apparitional Disintegration by Burial! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 16, 2020
Friday Flight - Contactless Payments, Employer Assisted Savings, & BOGO Flights #279
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like fake high interest banks, election and vaccine impacts on the stock market, BOGO flight deals, disinfecting your credit cards and going contactless with mobile wallets, sneaking treats into a movie theatre, employer assisted savings programs, and cutting a car from your life! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 13, 2020
A Practical Guide to Surviving Black Friday #278
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Even though there are likely going to be fewer individuals actually going shopping in person the Friday after Thanksgiving this year, Black Friday is still a majorly important time for deals. These days Black Friday has transcended time and place- it includes multiple days and even an entire season of scoring really low prices on gifts. This can provide some relief to our bank accounts as we search for gifts for friends and family for less than we can normally get these things the rest of the year. But on the flip side of the coin, this time of year can really strain our personal finances. There’s the temptation to overspend and consume more than we need to and because of this, many American’s end up with boatloads of debt come January. There are a number of different problems that arise during this consumption-driven time of year. In this episode we highlight some of these ‘Black Friday Foibles’, why they’re a big deal, and then we discuss what to do about them. During this episode we enjoyed a Caliente Aqui by Tripping Animals! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 11, 2020
Blue Collar Work Can Generate More Wealth with Ken Rusk #277
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For this episode we are joined by Ken Rusk to talk about the skilled trades. Ken specializes in mentoring and has coached hundreds of young people in goal setting, life visualization, career paths, and sound financial planning. He is passionate about helping folks achieve their dreams regardless of their educational background. And now with his recently published book- “Blue Collar Cash”, Ken explains that blue-collar trades are a source of pride and how you can find your version of happiness by pursuing a good old-fashioned craft. Our economy is in desperate need of skilled tradespeople so listen as we talk with Ken about this massive opportunity. During this episode we enjoyed a Rhymes with Purple by Bhramari Brewing! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 09, 2020
Friday Flight - Open Enrollment, Creditors in your DMs, & Falling Rents #276
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like falling rents and how to pay less for your apartment, investing within an HSA, debt collection agencies using social media, new stimulus check scams, WFH leading to overwork, giving babies credit cards, the best 529 plans for 2020, and the generation who owes the most in student loans. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 06, 2020
Overcoming Common Financial Mistakes #275
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We all make the occasional money mistake. Some missteps are small and the impact they have is a tiny blip on our radar. Other money mistakes can be like an albatross weighing us down for years to come. But whether our mistake is more of a bump in the road or if we’ve made a mistake that will impact us for a long time, it’s important to learn how to overcome these mistakes so we can move on and start kicking butt with our money again. In this episode we cover some common mistakes we make, why we make them, and then how we can pivot to handling money well in those circumstances. And then aside from specific mistakes, broadly speaking there are some important steps to take that will allow us to move forward more quickly when we’ve made an error with our money. This is a great episode for anyone who has ever had some money regrets! During this episode we enjoyed a Hydrus Double IPA by Two Tides Brewing! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 04, 2020
Ask HTM - Money Saving Utility Trackers, Authorized User Status Hurting Your Credit, & Moving Money from a Retirement Account to Real Estate #274
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - What smart devices and software should I consider in order to save more money on my utilities? 2 - As a single female, how can I mitigate any risk if I’d like to Airbnb an extra bedroom? 3 - Should I pull some money out of my 401k in order to invest in real estate? 4 - How did becoming an authorized user on my mom’s credit card hurt my credit score? 5 - Where is the best place for my 7 year old’s savings? During this episode we both enjoyed a Where's My Cellphone by Two Tides Brewing! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 02, 2020
Friday Flight - Credit Scores Rising, Easy Small Dollar Loans, & Shake-ups in Streaming #273
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like the uptick of biking in cities not known for biking, protecting your bike, traffic fatalities and how we perceive risk, streaming content shake-ups, avoiding the trap of becoming a payment buyer, misleading GDP numbers, increasing credit scores and free credit reports every week, 2021 IRS retirement contribution guidelines, and small dollar loans or emergency funds. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 30, 2020
Entrepreneurship vs Working for the Man #272
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Should you work for the man or work for yourself!? There’s a lot to consider when asking yourself that question and there’s certainly not a one size fits all answer. At the same time, it seems that entrepreneurship has been put on a bit of a pedestal in our society causing it to be inaccurately represented. And this question is even more relevant given the high levels of unemployment plaguing our country right now. A lot of folks have been laid off or furloughed while other sectors are doing really well- there are a lot of factors to consider. There are meaningful tradeoffs depending on the choice you make, so during this episode we’ll cover some of the important things you should consider as you think about your future career. We’re here to help you to decide whether or not you should be starting your own business or whether you’re better off in a traditional nine to five! During this episode we enjoyed a Realities by Dssolver! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 28, 2020
Online Privacy, Creepy Social Media, & Cyber Security with Carole Theriault #271
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Chances are that you bought something recently, or maybe you paid a friend- but you likely didn’t do that with physical cash, you probably did it via a digital payment online or with an app like Venmo or the Cash app. Everything is going digital these days and this presents a whole host of issues: we know how to keep people from stealing money out of our wallets and purses, but what about the money we have in our accounts online? Our guest today is Carole Theriault and she knows a thing or two about internet security. Carole founded the Sophos Naked Security site years ago and now co-hosts the podcast “Smashing Security”. She lives and breathes cybersecurity and we are so glad she’s with us today to talk about protecting our identity and ultimately, our money! During this episode we enjoyed a Duh! Snake Blood by Dssolvr. And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 26, 2020
Friday Flight - Used Cars Cost More, Women Exiting the Workforce, & Eating Elephant Ears #270
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like eating elephant ears, affordable solar power, booming used car sales, women exiting the workforce, how we can support our local restaurants, working from home expenses, and finding a 4% savings interest rate! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 23, 2020
Managing Rental Properties Effectively #269
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When either of us are talking with someone and the conversation shifts to the fact that we own rental properties, there’s always the assumption: “It must be a huge pain to deal with maintenance issues!” or “I bet you’ve had some nightmare tenants!”. But in reality that hasn’t at all been our experience even though there are horror stories and personal anecdotes out there. We want potential investors to know that there are steps you can take to ensure that you’ll have a positive experience investing in real estate and managing properties, while simultaneously making money every month and building wealth. We even discuss property managers and when hiring one could make sense. If you’ve thought that you’ll never own rental properties because they sound like too much work, then this episode is for you! During this episode we enjoyed a POG Basement IPA by Scofflaw Brewing! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 21, 2020
Ask HTM - Rounding Up Investment Apps, Buying Property to Build Wealth, and Account Closure Effects on Credit Scores #268
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Should I pay points on a mortgage to get a lower rate? 2 - What kind of impact will closing some credit cards have on my credit score? 3 - Being a recent divorcee, what should be my financial priorities? 4 - Do you guys recommend any investing apps that round up purchases? 5 - Should I buy real estate in order to build wealth? During this episode we both enjoyed a Swoon Units by Fonta Flora! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 19, 2020
Friday Flight - PPP Loan Forgiveness, Where the Jobs Are, & Bacon Masks #267
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like a great way to support your local indie bookstore, an easier path to PPP loan forgiveness, scams on Venmo and Cash Apps, and we wonder if realtors are paid too much. After all of that we talk about free bacon masks, what to do with your frequent flier miles, industries that are hiring, and negotiating a severance package. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 16, 2020
Avoiding the Trap of Planned Obsolescence #266
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“They don’t make them like they used to!” Even though that’s something you might hear a parent or grandparent say, there is some truth to the phrase. Unfortunately, there are a lot of products out there that fail prematurely, and it causes us to spend more of our hard earned money. Planned obsolescence is a concept that we’ve heard as consumers, but what does it actually mean? And is all planned obsolescence a terrible thing? In this episode we cover many examples of it, including the notorious sector of consumer electronics. But then we also dive into how we can do our best to avoid spending more money, due to planned obsolescence. During this episode we enjoyed a Juicy IPA by Squatters Craft Beer- thanks Sam! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 14, 2020
The Psychology of Money with Morgan Housel #265
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Morgan Housel has a degree in economics and started writing about money and investing 13 years ago. He's a partner at The Collaborative Fund which is a venture capital firm that invests in companies that are trying to make the world a better place. Morgan is also a former columnist at The Motley Fool and the Wall Street Journal but his work has also been published in Time, USA Today, Business Insider. He's truly an expert on behavioral finance and he recently published his book, "The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness." This episode is all about the behavioral aspects of our money, because as Morgan explains- there is a massive gap between knowing the right things to do with our money, and doing the right things with our money. During this episode we enjoyed a Polygamy Porter by Wasatch Brewery- thanks to Sam for donating this one to the podcast! And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 12, 2020
Friday Flight - Socially Responsible Investing, Bad Credit Cards, & Finding (literal) Diamonds #264
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like where you can find a literal diamond in the rough, some updates on a new stimulus bill, as well as an update to the original stimulus check, the effects of the election on investing, bad credit cards to stay away from, and our thoughts on the types of spending that will resume after we’re finished with ‘rona. After all of that, we have a chance to talk with Lindsey Bell of Ally Invest about social responsible investing- it’s something we’re doing more of these days and Lindsey explains why it really makes a lot sense! You can find out more at Ally.com/HowToMoney. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 09, 2020
Developing a Home Buying Strategy #263
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How should you approach purchasing a home? With more millennials buying a home for the first time ever, there is a ton of room for mistakes. And there is a lot on the line as well- the average price of a new home now exceeds $300k, so there are a lot of things to consider in order to make a wise purchase! At the same time, mortgage interest rates are at all-time lows. That creates a feeling like you have to move quickly before those rates start to creep back up. But if you move too quickly, you could end up overpaying for that house or not considering the bigger financial impact. We’re going to answer some questions like ‘Does renting make more sense?’, ‘What’s the purpose of this house?’, and ‘What’s your timeline?’. This episode is all about what it looks like to have a solid home buying strategy in place, so that you make a smart buy. During this episode we enjoyed a La Bonte with Figs by Wicked Weed! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 07, 2020
Ask HTM – Investing During an Election, Buying a Home with an FHA Loan, & Paying for a Masters Degree #262
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Getting a 2% loan via M1 Borrow looks too good to pass up- what do you guys think? 2 - Should I consider a small student loan in order to finish up my masters degree? 3 - How should the upcoming election affect how I invest? And what’s a frugal approach to podcasting equipment? 4 - My employer’s 401k match varies, so should I contribute to my own Roth IRA or maximize my company’s profit sharing? 5 - Should I consider buying a house with an FHA loan? During this episode we both enjoyed a Deftones Swerve City POG IPA by Belching Beaver- thanks for donating this one Brent! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 05, 2020
Friday Flight - EV Breakthroughs, Early Retirement Downsides, and Pricey Dumbbells #261
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like the high costs of exercise equipment, bans on new gasoline vehicles, electric vehicle technology breakthroughs, Google paying off student loans, and filling out the FAFSA ASAP. After all of that we discuss the effects of Prime Day and then we have an entire conversation on early retirement- how we feel about financial independence, the impact of retirement on the brain, and then what to do as you work towards retirement including some savings goals. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 02, 2020
7 Ways to Save More Money This Week #260
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It’s time for us to get super practical today! A lot of the different topics we cover on the show sometimes have to do with mindset shifts, or if they are a little more tangible, they’re going to be bigger lifts- and these higher impact money moves often take longer than a week to accomplish. So if you’re looking to increase your cash on hand immediately, this episode is for you. Some of the things we’ll discuss will pay dividends even beyond just this week, but if you tackle one of these tasks each per day in the coming week, you’ll save a decent chunk of change! Let’s immediately improve your financial situation! During this episode we enjoyed a Dad Jokes by Morgan Territory, thanks Brent for donating this one to the pod! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 30, 2020
From Homeless to Debt Free with Anthony ONeal #259
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Anthony ONeal has helped hundreds of thousands of people make smart decisions with their money, relationships, and education. He’s a #1 national bestselling author of Debt-Free Degree and The Graduate Survival Guide. Anthony travels the country spreading his encouraging message to help teens and young adults start their lives off right and people of all ages succeed with money. A part of that message is the ability to pursue passions while living a well-balanced life so we’re excited for listeners to hear Anthony’s story as well as how college students and young adults can avoid the crippling effects of debt. During this episode we enjoyed a Coastal Sunshine by Humble Forager! And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 28, 2020
Friday Flight - Rates for Savers Sink Lower, Housing is Hot, and Saving Halloween #258
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like companies offering paid time off in order to vote, employers raising minimum wages, Etsy mask sales, Hersey and halloween, a crazy hot housing market, and investing in an IPO. After all of that we discuss why savings account interest rates are low and what to do about it, declining new federal student loans, and effects of a fiduciary rule. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 25, 2020
What Are You Worth? #257
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When it comes to our money, how should we measure our progress? For someone out there who isn’t into personal finances at all, it might be tempting to measure your financial success by what they’re able to purchase, or even by the size of their paycheck. But we know those are poor and inaccurate measuring sticks, and this is why net worth is so important. Regardless of where you are on your financial journey, now is the time to start tracking your net worth. It’s a really important snapshot of how we’re doing at the moment, but at the same time it’s not the end all be all. We talk about net worth’s shortcomings, how we track our net worth, and then finally how to grow your net worth in today’s episode! During this episode we enjoyed a Ye Who Enter Here by Orpheus Brewing! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 23, 2020
Ask HTM - Swimming Pools, Paying Off a Car Loan, and Multiple Streams of Income #256
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - How should I go about setting up some additional streams of income? 2 - What should I keep in mind if considering purchasing a home in my name for my aging parent? 3 - Should I take advantage of a 0% credit card in order to pay off a car loan? 4 - Is it a good idea to build a swimming pool? 5 - What should I do with the proceeds of selling my home? During this episode we both enjoyed a Subluminal Imperial Stout by Buxton Brewery! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 21, 2020
Friday Flight - Missing Stimulus Checks, DIY Home Projects, and Flights to Nowhere #255
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like breweries expanding, flights to nowhere, missing stimulus check money, how Americans spend their stimulus money, and the ongoing coin shortage. After all of that we have our friend Tim Harman with the You Can Man podcast join us to talk about saving money with DIY projects around your home. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 18, 2020
The Broken Promises of MLMs #254
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Let’s talk about MLMs. We’ve all heard about multi-level marketing companies but are they all scams? Some of them are legit right? MLM ‘opportunities’ are on the rise and we’re seeing more and more products that are pitched by friends and in particular by folks we know on social media. Americans are more susceptible than ever these days and we might be more likely to get tangled up in a pyramid scheme due to financial insecurity brought on by covid. So in this episode we cover what an MLM is and how it’s different from a pyramid scheme, a brief history of some MLM companies, and then some different avenues to take instead of joining up with a multi-level marketing company. During this episode we enjoyed a Double Up by Monday Night Brewing! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 16, 2020
Making a Living on Airbnb with Zeona McIntyre #253
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On average, housing costs easily account for a third of our monthly expenses. That’s why it’s so important for us to cover how we can cut housing costs to zero, and even make some money while we’re at it! Here to tell us how she did it is Zeona McIntyre. Zeona went from earning minimum wage to becoming financially free in two years with real estate- specifically with Airbnb. Zeona now owns 7 properties and manages 20, all over the world. She also consults by working with her clients and helping them achieve their short-term rental goals: from finding an ideal rental property to purchase, tips on furnishing, all the way through to management. Zeona is using real estate to design the kind of life she wants to live, and hopefully after this interview you’ll be inspired to do the same. During this episode we enjoyed a Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter by Lupulin Brewing! And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 14, 2020
Friday Flight - Your Civic Duty, Rising Car Prices, and Student Loan Relief #252
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some helpful stories like the increased cost of all cars, performing your civic duty, a credit card promotion benefiting small businesses, student loan relief, and tuition discounts. After all of that we touch on the rising costs of lumber, the sinking cost of life insurance, eviction ban extension, and we also announce the winners of the ‘raid our bookshelf’ giveaway! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 11, 2020
Everything Costs More Than You Think (Bestie Ep) #251
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There are secondary costs associated with almost all purchases that we make in our lives. It’s important to consider all of these additional costs that tag along when making purchases, and not just the initial sticker price. In this episode we explain how there are hard secondary costs and then how there are soft or lifestyle secondary costs which are similar to lifestyle creep. And then finally, we go over some helpful and specific tips to remember when making purchases. Keeping all this in mind will help us to manage our money better, specifically when it comes to our spending because everything really does cost more than you think. During this episode we both enjoyed a Pretty Willie’s Imperial Stout by Against the Grain! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 09, 2020
Ask HTM - Credit Card Recommendations, Mortgage Forbearance, and Coast Fire Recommendations #250
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Is it better to buy a new construction or a fixer upper, as an investment property? 2 - What’s the best credit card to replace possessions after an apartment fire? 3 - Should I continue to take advantage of a mortgage deferment even though we could make the payment? 4 - How should I go about dollar cost averaging when my income is seasonal? 5 - What is ‘coast FIRE’ and do y’all recommend it? During this episode we both enjoyed a Red Wine Foederbier Southern Brewing Company! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 07, 2020
Friday Flight - Payroll Tax Holiday, Airline Change Fees, & Rogue Podcasts #249
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some practical topics like the rise of fake podcasts, the increased number of new books to be published this fall, digital coupons, what the payroll tax holiday means for you, and how much money working from home is saving our country. After all of that we touch on what airlines are dropping their change fees, the rush of speculative day traders, and the high cost of money therapists. Also, don’t forget this is your chance to raid our bookshelf! You can win 3 of the dozen books we’re giving away and we’re talking about books of previous guests who we’ve had on the show. Titles like I Will Teach You to be Rich, The Behavioral Investor, Can I Have Your Attention? as well as several others. And the way to be one of the 4 winners is by leaving us a written review over at Apple Podcasts. Once you’ve done that, email us at howtomoneypod@gmail.com with your screen name, and you’re good to go! We’re taking entries until Wednesday September 9th at noon. We’ll announce the winner during next week’s Friday Flight episode. Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 04, 2020
Designing SMARTER Money Goals #248
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We could share the best money tips out there with you every single episode, but it would never really matter if you haven’t identified proper money goals for your life. What good is it to know the best ways to earn more, spend less, and invest your money if you don’t even know why it is that you’re doing those things? And unfortunately if you haven’t identified your money goals and the ‘why’ behind your money, then it’s easy for money itself to become the end goal. Gaining more wealth can become the default metric that you think will make you happy, but in reality that happiness is fleeting. So this episode is all about discovering our passions, figuring out what we want to spend our money on, and thinking through how we want to spend our days. And then we talk through the SMARTER approach to goal setting to ensure that we are taking the steps to get us where we want to be. During this episode we enjoyed an Alpha Abstraction IPA Vol 13 by Wild Leap! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 02, 2020
Starting a Business With Zero Dollars with Alan Donegan #247
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Alan Donegan is our guest on this episode and he is one of the co-founders of PopUp Business School which is on a mission to change the way entrepreneurship is taught. They’re getting folks to create their own sustainable startups by not taking on massive amounts of debt. When almost half of new businesses fail within their first 5 years, it’s clear that this is the type of guidance that is needed today- especially given the uncertain times we’re living in. Alan’s motto is “fail fast and fail cheap”, and through trial and error, he has built up his own business without ever having taken on any debt. Today we dive into his story as well as how you can start a business with zero dollars! During this episode we enjoyed a Cookies with Cream by Little Cottage Brewery! And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 31, 2020
Friday Flight - Mortgage Lending/Refi News, Online Spending Trends, & Pumpkin Spice #246
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some practical topics like the true cost of a pumpkin spice latte habit, the delay of the additional refinance fee, but at the same time some lenders are asking borrowers to waive their ability to request forbearance, and how some companies are beginning to restore hours and salary cuts made back in the spring. After all of that we touch on stimulus check updates, why we should be alert to the fact that online spending has skyrocketed, a new proposal pertaining to health sharing plans, and then what to do with a credit card that has an annual fee. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 28, 2020
The High Cost of Paying for Convenience #245
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Convenience (and the products and services that make it possible) has infiltrated it’s way into our daily spending - so much so, that it’s become our default option. Who doesn’t want things to be a little easier and a little more accessible? Convenience can be a nice perk of our modern economy, but it can also come at a high cost. And the big problem here is that American consumers are spending more money than ever on different conveniences without giving it a second thought. We’re being parted with our money without even realizing it! So our goal for this episode is to shine a light on the different reasons that we often go with the more convenient option. And then we’re also going to suggest some simple solutions for us to overcome these costly options. By recognizing our natural tendencies, hopefully we can resist these urges which will also allow us to save money. We don’t want to take the easy and more expensive way every time we’re faced with a decision. During this episode we enjoyed a Chimay Grand Reserve! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 26, 2020
Ask HTM - Roth vs. Trad 401k, Lower Credit Score After Paying Off CC Debt, and Talking with Parents About Investing Episode #244
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - What should I do with the proceeds from selling my house? 2 - Is it better to max out my HSA now or allow it to continue to be regularly deducted from my paycheck? 3 - Should I go with a regular or Roth 401k and does it make sense for me to stick around until I’m 100% vested? 4 - Why did my credit score drop after paying down a bunch of credit card debt? 5 - What advice should I give my parents who are looking to retire within the next decade? During this episode we both enjoyed a Dr. Fünke’s Sour Pale Ale by Wrecking Bar Brewpub! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out!] Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 24, 2020
Friday Flight - A New Refi Fee & Additional Unemployment Benefits Rolling Out #243
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting topics like the cost of the 10 most popular sandwiches you can make at home, why you might be able to negotiate down your monthly rent, a new refinance fee that will begin next month, and how to go about raising your credit score to snag the best rate when it comes time to refinance. After all of that we cover why the increasing cost of new vehicles is a bad thing, executive orders and their impact on student loan payments as well as unemployment relief, the decrease in full-time jobs, and the S&P 500 hitting record highs. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 21, 2020
No Car No Problem! #242
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More of us need to be considering dropping a car from our lives - especially as so many of us are now working from home indefinitely! Are we even using those vehicles?! But even if you are going in to work everyday, it’s time to question whether or not it makes sense to continue paying nearly $800 in order to own and maintain that vehicle. Transportation costs are typically the 2nd largest expense we have every single month so getting rid of a car can have a massive effect on your monthly expenses. On top of the positive financial ramifications, there are other awesome side effects too. We’ll dive into all of those benefits as well as how you can go about owning one less car in this episode. During this episode we enjoyed a Ourison by Tired Hands Brewing! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 19, 2020
Serial Entrepreneurship and Creating a YouTube Business with Minority Mindset Founder Jaspreet Singh #241
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Jaspreet Singh joins us on the podcast today and he can probably best be described as a serial entrepreneur. However, a life of entrepreneurship wasn’t always the plan for him. Jaspreet was born to immigrant parents and grew up bilingual in a traditional Sikh family, with the strong expectation that he was going to be a doctor, but that didn’t end up being the case! A growing interest in investing led him to YouTube where his channel Minority Mindset now has close to 650k subscribers. Through Jaspreet’s educational and entertaining videos, he is able to share wisdom around personal finance and investing. During this episode we talk all about entrepreneurship, what it means to have a Minority Mindset, and how to go about building a YouTube channel from scratch. During this episode we enjoyed a Bright Day Coming by 3 Taverns! And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 17, 2020
Friday Flight - Executive Order Confusion & Traveling Again #240
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Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting topics like the increase in bike sales, an employer selling a corporate office, and executive order stimulus bill confusion. After all of that we cover traveling again, getting refunds due to cancelled flights, and the decline of household debt during the pandemic! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 14, 2020
Financial Lessons Learned During Covid #239
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The novel coronavirus has had a domino-like effect on so many areas of our lives including our finances. Maybe you’ve lost your job and have had to file for unemployment for the first time ever. Or perhaps you technically still have a job but you have been furloughed and are realizing how little you have in savings. Most of the lessons we’re going to discuss in this episode aren’t brand new, but due to the health crisis, they’re more important than ever. It’s vital to reflect on those lessons so that we don’t forget them - not only do we need to put those lessons to work now during the pandemic, but we also need to continue to implement that knowledge in a way that continues to help us for years to come. During this episode we enjoyed a Modus Vivendi by The Wild Beer Co out of England! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 12, 2020
Ask HTM - Upside Down on My Car Loan, How Should I Tackle Paying Student Loans, and Loaning Money to Family and Friends #238
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - I’m upside down on a car that has huge maintenance costs- what should I do? 2 - Should I forego my company’s match due to their long vesting period? 3 - Does it make sense to focus on our student loans with the largest balance or the highest interest rate? 4 - Should I continue loaning money to my sister if I feel like I’m enabling her poor money decisions? 5 - How can I go about reducing my adjusted gross income in order to pay as little in taxes as possible? During this episode we both enjoyed an I Want to Dance with Somebody by Monday Night Brewing! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 10, 2020
Friday Flight - The Investing Gold Rush and Negotiating Severance Pay #237
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Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like new cell phones and affordable cell phone service, investing in gold and precious metals, and increased private equity options in your 401k. After all of that we cover how small businesses are innovating but still struggling, negotiating a severance pay package, and starting the money conversation with your friends. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 07, 2020
Choosing Name Brands Over Generics #236
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We’re all looking to spend less money, especially during these difficult coronavirus days, and one of the best ways to accomplish this is by going with generic or private label brands. Name brands have worked their way into our lives but they come at a cost. And then there’s the big question of: what products or purchases should I go generic with and when should I just stick with the name brand that I know and am more familiar with? During this episode we talk about why we’re fans of generics as well as some categories where it makes sense to make the switch and how to go about making the switch. But we’ll also make an argument for choosing name brands over generics as well- there are some purchases where we can cross over into the territory of cheap in an attempt to become more frugal. During this episode we enjoyed a Spotted Cow by New Glarus- thanks to James for donating these beers to the show! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 05, 2020
Avoiding Financial Scams & Retirement Planning with Ben Carlson #235
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Ben Carlson is the Director of Institutional Asset Management at Ritholtz Wealth Management. There, he helps to create detailed investment plans and manage portfolios for institutions and individuals to help them achieve their goals. Ben is also the author of the new book “Don't Fall For It: A Short History of Financial Scams” which we’ll discuss. And on top of that, he has his own investing podcast called Animal Spirits, and he writes all about investing over at his site “A Wealth of Common Sense” - not only are we excited to talk about scams with Ben, but also how we as individuals should approach saving and investing for retirement. During this episode we enjoyed a Coconut Stout & Coffee Cream Ale by Kiitos Brewing- thanks to Andy for donating these to the show! And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 03, 2020
Friday Flight - Surprise Covid Medical Bills and New Stimulus Bill Progress #234
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Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like using Netflix payments to boost your credit score, the shortage of disinfectant supplies, upcoming sales tax holidays, working from home into 2021, and the stalled stimulus bill. After all of that we cover reports of surprise covid medical expenses and banks cutting credit lines without warning. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 31, 2020
Why You Are Probably Underinsured #233
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There are a lot of different types of insurance out there and it can be tough to know which types of policies you should look into and which ones to avoid. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of information related to insurance, and that can lead you to not making any decisions at all. The end result is that things remain the same- and you’re underinsured. And then you might hear an anecdotal story of when a warranty or insurance policy came in handy for someone else, so you feel that should be a product to look into, but should you? You don’t want to end up overinsuring and paying too much every month for something you don’t really need! In this episode we’ll cover the role that insurance should play in our lives and then dive into the specifics of which plans we should absolutely have, the ones we should just consider, and then the ones we should completely avoid altogether. During this episode we enjoyed a PB&J Sour by Shades Brewing- a big thanks to Andy for donating this one to the show! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 29, 2020
Ask HTM - Investing in Startups, Refinancing Student Loans on a Fixed or Variable Rate, and Skyrocketing Home Insurance Rates #232
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - Should I refinance my student loans into a variable or fixed rate? 2 - How does it work if I want to take a 401k distribution for some home renovations projects? 3 - Why have I seen my homeowner’s insurance rate climb and what can I do about it? 4 - What should I consider when it comes to investing in a startup via a new investing platform? 5 - In order to increase my credit score, how much of a limit increase should I request? During this episode we enjoyed a Berry Salty by Talisman Brewing Co- thanks to Andy for donating this one to the show! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 27, 2020
Friday Flight - Mortgage Rates at All Time Lows and Back to School Spending #231
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Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like how Aldi is expanding, back to school spending is expected to be higher than ever, where to check if you haven’t received your federal tax refund yet, and how to go about getting out of a lease. After all of that we cover how mortgage rates are at 50 year lows, no closing cost refinancing, and how the options available to us as retail consumers are decreasing. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 24, 2020
A Money Convo with Our Wives! #230
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It’s time to hear from our wives, Emily and Kate! We finally bring the ladies back on for an episode that we recorded while we were together at the beach. We wrestled the kids down to bed, rigged up a recording table in an echo-y beach house dining room, cracked open some beers and got to talking about personal finance. We fielded some questions from the Facebook group and addressed some topics like what it’s like to be married to a hardcore money nerd, frugal date night ideas, transitioning to a single income household, kids and money, teaching kids about money, and plenty more! During this episode we enjoyed a Road Full of Promise by Monday Night Brewing! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 22, 2020
Cutting Healthcare Costs with Crucial Knowledge with Scott Heiser #229
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We all want to reign in the spiraling costs of healthcare, so that’s why we’re talking today with Scott Heiser. Scott has more than twenty years of experience as a consultant for clients in the insurance and healthcare system. During those years he also led and developed an employee benefit practice that managed more than half a billion dollars in health benefits. Scott knows the ins and outs of what can feel like the overwhelming world of healthcare and insurance- in fact in his book: “Healthcare is Making Me Sick”, he dives into this very topic. Today, he is dedicated to sharing his knowledge to help educate and empower all of us who visit the doctor! So be sure and listen if you’re interested in spending less money while receiving better healthcare. During this episode we enjoyed a Juice Willis IPA by Wrecking Bar Brewpub, one of our local Atlanta favorites! And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 20, 2020
Friday Flight - WTD if You’ve Lost Health Coverage & Tipping Extra #228
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Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like the reopening of theme parks, the rise of touchless payments, plans for school districts this fall, and whether or not we should be tipping 50% at restaurants. After all of that we dive into the increased likelihood of losing a job this fall and where to go for health insurance if you’ve been laid off. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 17, 2020
Getting Creative with Vacation Plans #227
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Covid has impacted lots of areas of our lives - including our summer travel plans. So now is a great time to get a little creative if you are hoping for any sort of vacation. Many of us have had our getaways cancelled, or even if not, there’s a chance you may not feel great about being cooped up in an airplane for hours on end. Even if it’s relatively safe, it still isn’t something many of us want to do these days. But if you already have planned for a week off from work it’s important to still take that time off, even if your plans end up looking a lot different than you had originally planned. Don’t abandon that vacation altogether - listen as we explore some creative options for summer travel that will be affordable as well as fun. During this episode we enjoyed a Phinizy Swamp Thing by Savannah River Brewing- thanks to Jeff for donating this one to the show! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 15, 2020
Ask HTM - High Yield Checking Accounts, WTD with a Bunch of Cash Right Out of College, and Cash Value Life Insurance #226
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - Should I always follow the 1% rule as I consider buying an investment property? 2 - If I want to open a new online checking account, should I look to an online brokerage? 3 - How solid is cash value life insurance as an investment tool? 4 - As a recent college graduate, what should I do with a bunch of money I’ve saved up? 5 - I’m a circus performer and am starting a podcast- how do you edit and publish your podcast? During this episode we enjoyed a Blanc-y Kong Vol. 2 by Savannah River Brewing Co- thanks to Jeff for donating this one to the show! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 13, 2020
Friday Flight - Lending Money to a Friend and the Soaring Cost of Streaming Services #225
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Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like how students who lost summer jobs could be eligible for unemployment, what to do if you received a stimulus payment intended for a deceased family member, the coin shortage that small businesses are experiencing, and some thoughts if you’re considering lending money to a friend or family member. After all of that we dive into the new soaring costs of streaming TV services. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 10, 2020
The Simple Steps to Achieve Fire #224
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How do you achieve FIRE? Last week we discussed the pros and cons of the Financial Independence Retire Early movement, and this week we’re covering the practical steps that will allow you to achieve FIRE. There are some basic principles that we all need to follow, even when our individual  journeys towards FIRE all look different. So in this episode we’ll be encouraging you to envision what you would want your ‘post-work’ life to look like- do you picture a more lean or luxurious retirement? And then beyond that we’ll get practical with the financial moves you need to be making now- things like where to invest your retirement, how you’ll know you’ve saved enough, and then how to draw on that money without penalty. During this episode we enjoyed a Speedway Stout by AleSmith Brewing Co! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 08, 2020
Modern Frugality and Massive Debt Reduction with Jen Smith #223
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We have a really inspiring interview today that will encourage anyone who is looking to change their life by paying down debt. Jen Smith is a personal finance expert and she has the experience to back it up. Jen and her husband paid off $78,000 of debt in less than two years making well under 6-figures. She's been featured in Kiplinger, U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine, and she's co-host of the Frugal Friends podcast and blogs over at ModernFrugality.com. Getting out of debt and frugality go hand in hand, so we spend some time talking about why frugality is so important and what it means to be frugal. We also cover some of Jen’s favorite tactics and strategies that she used in order to become debt free. During this episode we each enjoyed a cold brewed coffee since we recorded this episode in the morning (back with craft beer on Wednesday)! And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 06, 2020
Friday Flight - Ridiculous Credit Card Interest Rates & Are Cities Dead? #222
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Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like 2019 Roth IRA contributions, high credit card interest rates, and how federal unemployment benefits are coming to a close. And then we talk some about the future of cities and the impact the pandemic might have on intown vs suburb living. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 03, 2020
The Pros and Cons of the FIRE Movement #221
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Financial Independence Retire Early- you’ve likely heard the term on the show and this movement has gained a lot of steam over the past decade. And even though we agree with most of the tenets of FIRE, there can be side effects or negative consequences that can occur when it’s taken too far. Just like with almost anything in life, when there isn’t a proper balance, something that’s normally good can easily become something bad. That’s what we’re going to talk about today- the pros and the aspects and behaviors that it encourages that we love. But we’re also going to cover the cons of FIRE and how certain actions could actually keep us from attaining the goals we’re truly seeking. During this episode we enjoyed a Fruit and Hops on the Bottom which is a collaboration between Stillwater and Hoof Hearted Brewing! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 01, 2020
Ask HTM - Requesting a Credit Limit Increase, Path to Homeownership Considerations, and Biking with Kids #220
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - Should I ask for a credit limit increase in order to increase my credit score? 2 - What are my options when it comes to paying off an installment loan? 3 - As I begin down the path towards home ownership, what things should I consider? 4 - How much of my company stock should I sell in order to pay off some credit card debt? 5 - What type of bike would you recommend for riding around with a kid seat attached? During this episode we enjoyed a Time, Love, and Tenderness by Wild Leap! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 29, 2020
Friday Flight - Covid Travel Info and Your Debt Collection Rights #219
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Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like where you can find baking help from professionals, your rights if you owe money, and PPP forgiveness guidelines. Then we talk with our friend Scott Keyes of Scott’s Cheap Flights and he shares some really important travel information with us as it pertains to the pandemic. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 26, 2020
Repair or Replace that Old Car #218
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As the repair costs of owning an old car begin to add up, you might be wondering if it makes sense to ditch it. Many folks make the decision to abandon their still solid vehicle based on the desire to drive something newer instead of an actual need for something more reliable. The costs of upgrading your car could blow a hole in your personal finances since transportation costs are typically the second line item on most budgets. But we also understand that a vehicle is more than just a way to get from point a to point b - for many, there is an emotional component as well. Today we’re going to cover when you should repair a used car and when you should consider getting rid of it and opting for something newer. And we'll also touch on how to sell your old car and how to go about making that purchase if you do decide to upgrade. During this episode we enjoyed a Zombie Dust by 3 Floyds Brewing Co - thanks to Doug for sending this one our way! And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 24, 2020
Debt Elimination Strategies & Economic Violence with Lynnette Khalfani-Cox #217
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Our guest on this episode is Lynnette Khalfani-Cox. Lynnette, also known as The Money Coach, is a personal finance expert, television and radio personality, and the author of 15 books, including the New York Times bestseller Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom. A turning point is when she found herself in $100,000 worth of credit card debt and so we’re excited to hear how she overcame that debt, and we’re also covering the important topic of economic violence and the impact it has had on Black Americans. Lynnette is a former financial news journalist, who now teaches individuals nationwide how to better manage their finances - we’re glad to have her join us on the podcast to not only share some money lessons but her personal story as well. During this episode we enjoyed a Funky Gold Mosaic by Prairie Artisan Ales! And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 22, 2020
Friday Flight - Downsides of Free Investing & Rising Pandemic Prices #216
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Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like where to look for a great price on a used car, renewable energy costs, and the effects of a deferment on your credit score. Then we discuss whether stores should raise prices on items during a pandemic and we also dive into speculative investing and the rise of daytrading. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 19, 2020
Money Simplicity Breeds Better Results #215
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Have our financial lives become so complex, that the different ‘advanced’ options available to us are actually keeping us from doing the right things altogether? It seems that the more complicated the approach we take to our money, the more likely the wheels are going to come off as we completely bag the system down the road. It’s a sad irony that applies to many of us- whether because we are overwhelmed with the convoluted nature of our personal finances, or maybe due to the fact that we lose interest as we’re distracted by the next cool piece of technology that promises the results we want to see. For the vast majority of us, the simplest approach is often the best. So we’ll cover the importance of simplicity by highlighting the issues with complexity, and we’ll also discuss how to make your personal financial life a winning mix of straightforward yet thoughtful at the same time. During this episode we enjoyed a Scorpius Morchella by Toppling Goliath- thanks to Kelsey for donating this one to the show! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 17, 2020
Ask HTM - CDs are a Smart Move, Shopping for the Best Mortgage Rates, and What to do with an old HSA #214
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - If I try to purchase a home with cash, can I expect to get a better deal? How does this work? 2 - My employer is changing health coverage options, so what should I do with money that is in my HSA? 3 - What are CDs and are they a good idea these days? 4 - How should I go about shopping for the lowest mortgage rate? 5 - Should I be contributing to my 403b at work, or should I focus on my Roth IRA instead? During this episode we enjoyed a Pseudo Sue by Toppling Goliath- thanks to Kelsey for donating this one to the show! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 15, 2020
Avoiding Burnout, Overdraft Fees, and Getting Back to Work #213
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Friday episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like the updated Paycheck Protection Program and what that means for small businesses, taking time off in order to avoid burnout, and the ridiculous overdraft fees banks charge. Then we also dive into thew new jobs in our country as well as what it looks like to go back to work. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 12, 2020
Money Conversations are Crucial (Bestie Ep) #212
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Money just feels like a topic that is off-limits when it comes to discussions you have with your friends. Is it because it’s too personal? Maybe you feel it’s none of your business? A big part of why we started How to Money is because we feel that money conversations need to happen more often. Talking about money shines a light on it and brings about awareness, which can ultimately lead to improvement as we all have room to grow. Listen as we discuss some of the major ways you’re likely missing out if you’re not talking about money. And then we wrap it up with some practical tips that can help you when it comes to striking up a money conversation with your friends and family. During this episode we enjoyed a Zoose Joose by Westbrook and Angry Chair. And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 10, 2020
Smart People Do Dumb Things with Their Money with Jill Schlesinger #211
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We’ve all made some financial mistakes, but hopefully through reading, listening to podcasts, and learning from our previous mistakes, we can move forward and make smarter moves with our money. That’s what we’re covering during this interview. Our guest today is Jill Schlesinger who is an on-air CBS News Business Analyst who covers the economy as she guides people through their personal financial decisions. Jill is a Certified Financial Planner and also the author of the book "The Dumb Things Smart People do with Their Money". In this interview we spend some time talking about a lot of those dumb things, and we also dive into how Jill got her start in all things money. During this interview we enjoyed a Wedge Salad by Green Bench Brewing that we picked up on a recent ‘work’ bike ride! And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 08, 2020
Falling Interest Rates & Real Estate Investing in the Covid Era #210
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*While we typically try and record our Friday episode just days before being published, we recorded 207 and 210 weeks ago in order for us to be able to take some time off with our families. This means the death of George Floyd and the protests around the country hadn’t occurred yet and we were not able to comment. However, we believe that Black Lives Matter and we encourage our listeners to all work toward making our world a more loving place.* Friday episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like the uptick in scams, falling interest rates and their effect on student loans and savings rates, and pay cuts at work. Then we also talk with our friend and real estate investor Chad Carson to get his thoughts if investing in real estate is still a good idea. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 05, 2020
Yes, You Can Negotiate Your Bills #209
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Is everything in life negotiable? It depends on who you ask. We all enjoy paying less than we have to and getting a deal, but there are certain instances where it makes more sense than others. Just because you can negotiate a bill to get a few bucks off doesn’t mean it’s a good use of your time, when there might be a different bill that you should focus on instead. There are several areas in our personal finances that we often overlook to the detriment of our bank accounts. And then one of the other problems is knowing how to go about the process of negotiating- what strategies to use and what steps to take in order to make the biggest impact. And so we’re going to address, not only how to negotiate, but also who to negotiate with, in order to make it worth our time. During this episode we enjoyed a Tampa Timeshare Grapefruit-Basil Gose by Wrecking Bar Brewpub- one of our favorite local breweries. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 03, 2020
Ask HTM - Applying for a Credit Card with Frozen Credit, Paying Down Student Loans vs Investing, and Purchasing a Used Car without a Local Bank #208
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - How big should my emergency fund be and should I count my Roth contributions towards that cash cushion? 2 - Should I open up a high interest custodial savings account or a 529 Plan for my baby with some gift money? 3 - Is it OK to snag a store discount by signing up for a store credit card, even though my credit is frozen? 4 - As a recent graduate, should I pay down my student loans or begin investing instead? 5 - How do I go about buying a used car without a brick and mortar bank? During this episode we enjoyed an Inexplicable Unease, by Bhramari Brewing. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 01, 2020
Affordable Used Cars & the Future of Office Life #207
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Friday episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like Netflix cancelling subscriptions, the high price folks pay for delivery apps, and AI and customer service. We also spend some time on the most affordable used cars today and where you can buy them, as well as whether or not the work office is dead now that so many of us are working from home. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 29, 2020
Financial Advisors Aren't All Bad #206
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There are professionals who can help us in almost every aspect of our lives. In some cases it’s a slam dunk easy decision, but there are other times when we can, and should, handle it ourselves. The problem is knowing when to DIY it and when to call in the big guns, the professionals, in this case- the financial advisor. There are a lot of aspects of our personal finances that don’t require professional help. You don’t need a financial advisor to tell you that you need to start paying down your debt and get that employer match in your 401k. But there are some more complicated issues that might arise when it would make sense to hire a pro. Listen to this episode and see if you should be considering hiring a financial advisor or going it alone. During this episode we enjoyed a Catharsis by Treehouse Brewing- thanks to Bryan and Caitlin for donating this one to the show! And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 27, 2020
Fighting to Give Consumers Leverage with Richard Cordray #205
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In this episode we have the honor of speaking with Richard Cordray, who served for six years as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB. Since his time at the CFPB, he has written a book, WATCHDOG: How Protecting Consumers Can Save Our Families, Our Economy, and Our Democracy. In his book, Richard shares stories of individual consumers in order to show how the Bureau quickly became a powerful force for good. WATCHDOG tells a hopeful story of how our system can be reformed by putting government back on the side of the people. And we don’t just stop at government help, we also dive into how we as individual consumers can take steps to remain vigilant, especially during this modern pandemic. During this episode we enjoyed a Von Pilsner by Crooked Stave- thanks to our friends at the brewery for donating this one to the show! And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 25, 2020
Changing Healthcare Plans & Graduating in the Middle of a Pandemic #204
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Friday episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of good news we’ve come across in the past week. We also address how you might have the option to make changes to your health care coverage, how your credit score might drop due to the deferment of federal student loans, appealing for more student aid, and some benefits of graduating during a pandemic. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 22, 2020
Career Pivoting in a Changing Economy #203
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Change can be a little frightening, but it’s the only constant. Our entire economy has seen a massive change- industries that were in slow decline are now quickly accelerating towards obsolescence, and we’re seeing other industries that were fairly new and unproven showing explosive growth. There is a good chance you have experienced some changes at work, and so whether you like it or not a career pivot might be on the horizon for you. In this episode, we’ll talk about what these pivots could look like, as well as how you can make these changes successfully. During this episode we enjoyed a Twisted Galaxy by Toppling Goliath Brewing- thanks to Joe for donating this one to the show! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 20, 2020
Ask HTM - Timing a Roth IRA Conversion, Attacking Debt or Saving for Retirement, and Budgeting for Housing Expenses #202
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - Is now a good time to make a Roth IRA conversion? 2 - I’m in my mid-30s, should I focus on paying down debt or investing more towards retirement? 3 - Should I sell some stocks that I’ve purchased via my employer’s ESPP? 4 - How much should I be budgeting for housing repairs and rental vacancy? 5 - Coming off a gap year, what financial tips do you guys have for me as I begin medical school? During this episode we enjoyed a Dankbot by Insight Brewing- thanks to Joe for donating this one to the show! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 18, 2020
Where to Look for a New Job & Is More Stimulus Money Coming? #201
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Friday episodes are all about the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There’s a lot of news and information out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s timely episode we cover a lot of good news we’ve come across in the past week. We also address how spending is up home improvement, whether there is more stimulus money heading our way, and where to look for new jobs. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 15, 2020
Investing In a Volatile Market #200
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Why is it that when a consumer item like a new phone is on sale, we pounce, but when the stock market is on sale, we run? Buying and holding are both far more difficult to do in a volatile market for most investors. And when we see terms like ‘bear market’ and ‘recession’ in the headlines, it makes it even harder for many of us to continue to invest. But what is important to remember is that buying into this market volatility is the source of future returns. The overall American stock market has returned roughly 9.7% over the past 90 years. And those 90 years have included difficult events like wars, depressions, deflation, and various politicians. So while it might feel a lot safer to not invest at all, know that American capitalism has continued to produce results for decades on end despite real challenges. Investing in an economic tailspin, although it feels a bit counterintuitive, is the best thing you could be doing over the long-term. During this episode we enjoyed an Athena Paradiso by Creature Comforts! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 13, 2020
Where to Turn for Debt and Budget Help with Thomas Nitzsche #199
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In his early 20s, Thomas Nitzche found himself in loads of debt. Like so many folks, he didn’t learn how credit cards really worked, and so the charges began to add up, and before he knew it he had an overwhelming balance that he could barely make minimum payments on. Couple that consumer spending with student loans, a car payment, a mortgage, and the final kicker- getting laid off and losing his income. Thomas found himself in a really stressful spot, but he was able to move from a place of desperation to using his experiences to help others. He now works for Money Management International, which is the largest provider of nonprofit financial counseling and education in the United States. He’s all about conversations around money and destigmatizing debt, and so that’s what we’ve tackled in this episode. During this episode we enjoyed an Experimental IPA Vol 13, by Easy Chair Brewing Garage- thanks to our friend Jess for brewing this one up and donating it to the show! And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 11, 2020
Frugality is Cool Again and Bike Riding Surges #198
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Friday episodes are all about the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There’s a lot of news and information out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s timely episode we cover a lot of good news we’ve come across in the past week. We also address the surge in bicycle riding as well as the likelihood of all of us to become more frugal, due to the coronavirus. And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 08, 2020
Battling Money Anxiety #197
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Money anxiety is something we have all experienced in one way or another. Whether it’s student loans, trying to save up enough for a car, or even having enough money to make it to the end of the month- this stress is a very real thing. Covid-19 and its effects on our economy and our jobs have only exacerbated the issue. According to a recent Qualtrics report, 67% of people say they have higher levels of stress since the beginning of the health crisis. And money anxiety doesn’t just plague low-income earners. More personal stories and accounts have been shared in recent years of “rich” people willing to admit their own money anxieties: individuals making $100k or more are just as susceptible to living paycheck to paycheck. So in this episode we dive into some of the symptoms of money anxiety and then we recommend some practical steps we could all implement into our lives to reduce the amount of stress surrounding our personal finances. During this episode we enjoyed a Sour Opal by Firestone Walker- thanks to our friend Josh for donating it to the show! And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 06, 2020
Ask HTM - Ditching a Crappy High-Paying Job, Student Loan Refinancing, and Investing with Fundrise #196
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - I really like investing via Fundrise, but should I be maxing out my Roth IRA first? 2 - Bad news: I’ve recently lost my job. Good news: I just sold my house and got married! What should I do with the money from the sale of my home? 3 - Should I take advantage of super low interest rates and refinance my student loans? 4 - I have a high-paying, but soul-sucking job. Should I pursue a position that pays much less but will yield many other intangible benefits? 5 - Is there a middle ground investment vehicle? I’m looking for something that isn’t too conservative, but something that is also not too risky. During this episode we enjoyed a Fog of War by Easy Chair Brewing Garage- thanks to our friend Jess for donating this one to the show! And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 04, 2020
Credit Card Companies Cutting Limits and Postponing Mortgage Payments #195
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Friday episodes are all about the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There’s a lot of news and information out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s timely episode we cover a lot of good news we’ve come across in the past week. We also address some of the impending changes to credit card limits as well as mortgage forbearance. And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 01, 2020
To Refi or Not to Refi? #194 (Bestie Ep)
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With the Great Lockdown continuing to take its toll on the economy, mortgage rates are at near all-time lows so now is a great time to consider refinancing. Pouncing on these lower rates can lower our monthly mortgage payment, allowing us to free up some money that was being funneled towards housing. But what else should we consider? Are you a good candidate for a refinance? And then on top of that there are also costs involved in refinancing that can make it prohibitive. In this episode we discuss what you need to consider, some great reasons to refi, and how to make sure you are refinancing effectively. During this episode we enjoyed an Old Tuffy by New Belgium- a big thanks to Maggy for donating this beer to the show this week! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts- we’d love to hear from you. Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 29, 2020
Couple’s Finances and Weathering Financial Storms with Farnoosh Torabi #193
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Our guest on this episode is personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi who has transformed what most would consider setbacks, into the very things that drive her forward. She found herself living in NYC at the age of 22 with over $30k in debt, but it was through the process of climbing out of debt that Farnoosh realized her desire to help others with their money. She has done it all, from reporting for Money Magazine, to hosting her own podcast, to writing multiple books including ‘Psych Yourself Rich’ & her latest bestseller ‘When She Makes More’. We’re excited to talk with Farnoosh about couples and all things related to money, but in particular how personal finance is so much more than just understanding the nuts and bolts. During this episode we enjoyed Petite Sour Raspberry by Crooked Stave- thanks to our friends there at the brewery! And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 27, 2020
Reopening the Economy and Getting Refunds #192
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Friday episodes are all about the Great Lockdown, Covid-19, and your money. There’s a lot of news and information out there, but we are distilling that down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s timely episode we cover a lot of good news we’ve come across in the past week. We also share our thoughts on some states reopening for business, getting refunds, and privacy concerns of working from home. And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 24, 2020
Money Chores to Crush During Quarantine #191
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Many of us have been stuck at home with extra time on our hands due to the quarantine. Even if your state or local government hasn’t made it an official order, it’s likely you’ve found yourself trying to figure out what to do with these free nights and weekends! And while we wouldn’t suggest that you must use all that additional time to work on your personal finances, it would helpful to use at least some of it to work on some money matters that typically get swept under the rug. So in this episode we’re talking about the chorelike, everyday money disciplines that are often skipped over. These are the kinds of money moves you may not be paying attention to, but they still have a big impact on your personal finances. During this episode we enjoyed an Adambier by Crooked Stave- thanks to our friends at the brewery for donating this one to the show! And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 22, 2020
Ask HTM - Investing in Bonds, New Student Loan Interest Rates, and Insurance Brokers #190
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - I have a lot of bonds in my portfolio- is now a good time to sell them and buy more stocks instead? 2 - How are new student loans being affect by the health crisis? 3 - I’ve recently started doing business with an insurance broker, saving me time and money! What’s the catch? 4 - Are savings bonds a good product for my young daughter? 5 - I’m considering law school but I also enjoy working with my hands- help me decide! During this episode we enjoyed a Nightmare on Brett by Crooked Stave- thanks to our friends at the brewery for donating this one to the show! And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 20, 2020
The Great Lockdown Effects on Spending and the Housing Market #189
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Friday episodes are all about the Great Lockdown and your money. There’s a lot of news and information out there, but we are distilling that down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s timely episode we cover a lot of good news we’ve come across in the past week. We also take a look at the changes we’ve seen to consumer spending, energy use as an indicator of what’s going on with the economy, and our thoughts on the housing market. And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 17, 2020
WTD with Stimulus Checks and Tax Refunds #188
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A stimulus check, tax refund, or any large windfall doesn’t happen all that often, so it’s no surprise that we’re not all that great at doing something smart with that money. Most of us think of it as a bonus that we should spend! And for people who diligently prioritize saving and investing every single month of the year, that might be ok. But for most people, a more thoughtful approach is in order. Much of it depends on your specific situation, and so we have some thoughts as to what you should be doing with that money when it shows up in your account. We can approach it with the numbers in mind, or values front and center- where you do you land? During this episode we enjoyed a Space Lettuce by Monday Night Brewing! And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 15, 2020
Going Minimalist To Save More with Joshua Becker #187
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We’ve all heard about the minimalist lifestyle- maybe you’re picturing a bearded hipster drinking coffee in his perfectly white dining room or an Instagram worthy, perfectly styled modern kitchen. It turns out that’s not what minimalism is all about- it’s about priorities. Also, we’ve all been spending more time in our homes than we’d probably like to be, and all that clutter might be getting to you. Here to talk with us today about minimalist living is Joshua Becker. While beginning the process of removing possessions from his life, Joshua started the site Becoming Minimalist and has written several fantastic books over the years including The More of Less and The Minimalist Home. Not only can a minimalist approach to life allow us to spend less & save/invest more, but it can have a positive impact in lots of areas of our life. During this episode we enjoyed an I Feel It All by Monday Night Brewing! And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 13, 2020
Retirement Account Rule Changes and Stimulus Check Details #186
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Friday episodes are all about the coronavirus and your money. There’s a lot of news and information out there, but we are distilling that down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s timely episode we cover a lot of good news we’ve come across in the past week. We also dive into some changes to retirement accounts due to the CARES Act as well as a topic on a lot of minds- stimulus checks. Who’s getting one, how much, and when are they showing up? And then we round out this episode by answering a question about taking out a loan to invest in a down market, as well as the likelihood of losing all of your money invested for retirement. And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 10, 2020
Cutting Expenses in Times of Financial Distress #185
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67 million people are anticipating having trouble paying their bills due to the fallout from Coronavirus. A lot of us have seen our income drastically cut, or maybe you don’t have ANY income at the moment. It’s important to prioritize our money now and conserve our cash, because in a tough economic cycle we might have more need for it. So the time has come for many of us to tighten our belts and cut some expenses so that our finances can survive the economic hardship that many of us are facing. There are changes that need to happen, but what expenses do we need to look to in order to make a dent in our monthly or annual expenses? During this episode we enjoyed a Mr. Blue 2019 Edition by TO ØL Beer- thanks to Jeremy in NC for donating this one to the show! And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 08, 2020
Ask HTM - Becoming a Single Income Household, Higher Costs in a Big City, and Long-Term Care Insurance #184
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - What steps can be taken in order to prepare to become a single income household? 2 - In addition to maxing out my Roth IRA, what else should I do if I want to save and invest more? 3 - What are your thoughts on long-term care insurance? 4 - As a newly married couple, how do we budget on a variable income? 5 - What changes should I expect to see in my expenses as I’m moving from a very small town to a very large city? During this episode we enjoyed a Green by Treehouse Brewing- thanks to Bryan and Caitlin for donating this one to the show! And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 06, 2020
Important CARES Act Details and Why There’s No TP in Stores #183
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Friday episodes are all about the coronavirus and your money. There’s a lot of news and information out there, but we are distilling that down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s timely episode we cover a lot of good news, including more details on the CARES Act, aka the stimulus bill. Specifically we dive into unemployment, as well as the benefits that many small businesses are eligible for like Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) as well as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). And then we round the episode out by answering some questions pertaining to investing in a down market as well as paying back federal student loans. And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 03, 2020
Working From Home Without Going Crazy #182
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It is essential for us to learn how to thrive while working from home. Our modern workforce has been heading towards working remotely for years, but of course the coronavirus has all but eliminated the ability for non-essential offices to continue to function as they had previously. The problem is that most of us don’t have home offices, or if we do, there are still countless distractions in our home that we’re not used to. And additionally, many of us have kids at home as well- while they are wonderful, they are likely distracting us from the other myriad tasks at hand! How do we work from home and do it well? We can’t continue with a system that hampers our ability to actually get work done, so we’re going to speak to how we as individuals can work from home without going crazy. During this episode we enjoyed a Same As It Ever Was by Monday Night Brewing, makers of some of Atlanta’s best craft beer. And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 01, 2020
Cooking at Home on a Budget with Beth Moncel #181
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Since we’re all spending a lot more time indoors, getting to know our kitchens a little better and not going to restaurants, we’re particularly happy to have Beth Moncel joining us today. Before Beth was a food blogger, she was a microbiologist after earning a degree in nutritional science. Now, she has a massively popular site called Budget Bytes where you can find simple, delicious recipes that are designed for folks with small budgets. Beth has published a cookbook and she has developed a really cool mobile app as she continues to help others discover the joy of cooking while saving money. After housing and transportation, for most of us food is our next biggest expense every month so we’re excited to talk with an expert who sits at the intersection of food and money. During this episode we enjoyed a Whimsical Nature by Phase Three Brewing - thanks to Doug for sending this one our way! And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 30, 2020
Covid-19 Stimulus Checks, Unemployment, & Small Business Help #180
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Friday episodes are all about the coronavirus and your money. There’s a lot of news and information out there, and our goal is to distill that down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s optimistic episode we cover a lot of good news coming down the pike, including the stimulus bill- how it looks like we’re all getting stimulus checks, unemployment benefits are being extended, and small business loans are getting amped up. Listen to learn how this bill will affect you. And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 27, 2020
Behavioral Money Tendencies that Wreck Us #179
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It doesn’t matter if the market is flying high, or if it’s dropping faster than we’ve seen in history, each one of us is capable of making the occasional dumb decision, and it’s simply because we’re human! There are certain tendencies ingrained in us that can cause us to approach the world and our personal finances in an irrational way. Some of the hardest money mistakes to correct are ones that we make habitually because we don’t recognize the patterns that may have led us there. In order to break those bad money habits, sometimes it means taking a step back and figuring out what those behavioral tendencies are! The better we are at identifying these behavioral tendencies, the more likely we are to be able to make better decisions that will have a positive impact on how we view and handle our money. During this episode we enjoyed an IDKFA by Ellipsis Brewing - thanks to Joel for picking this one up while he was down in Orlando. And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 25, 2020
Ask HTM - Day Trading, Student Credit Cards, and Utilizing a VA Loan to Purchase a Home #178
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We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - Should I utilize a VA loan to purchase a home? 2 - As a graduate student, what do I need to keep in mind as I’m applying for my first credit card? 3 - I’m repaying my student loans as part of the PSLF Program - should I make contributions to my Roth IRA? 4 - What are your thoughts on day trading and the expensive courses teaching you how to ‘hack the stock market’? 5 - Is there a danger in having too many credit cards? During this episode we enjoyed an I’m Already Pulled Over by Ellipsis Brewing - thanks to Joel for picking this one up while he was down in Orlando. And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. While you may not catch up with friends and family in person these days, it would really help out the show if you could share the podcast with others. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 23, 2020
Coronavirus Economic Woes, Job insecurity, & Staying Afloat #177
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The economy and its effect on our personal finances continues to change due to the coronavirus, so our shorter Friday episodes are here to stay! Our goal is to provide you with timely and relevant information you need to be aware of so you can be in control of your money. In this episode we cover how to manage decreased or non-existent income along with bills that need to be paid, whether now is a good time to invest in stocks, and what you need to know about unemployment benefits. And as we ramp up the podcast with this additional Friday episode, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. While you may not catch up with friends and family in person these days, it would really help out the show if you could share the podcast with others. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 20, 2020
Different Approaches to Budgeting #176
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Maybe the reason you haven’t been able to stick with a budget is because you’re trying to use the wrong kind of budget! There are different approaches, apps, and methods out there, and finding the right one for you could be the difference between a failure to launch, and you becoming a budgeting pro. We’re here to remind you of the many benefits of having a budget- it’s not only about saving more money (but really, who needs more of a reason than that?!). We’ll share some universal tips that will help you get started as well as show how budgeting can look different based on your personality type. During this episode we enjoyed a Bourbon County Wheatwine Ale by Goose Island - a big thanks to Alex for donating the beers to the show this week! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 18, 2020
Simple and Smart Investing with JL Collins #175
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If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of investing in the stock market, especially amid these turbulent times, then look no further. We are fortunate enough to be speaking with the one and only JL Collins. JL is an expert in the arena of investing and is the author of the book “The Simple Path to Wealth”. In his book and on his site, JL writes about how truly straightforward and simple it is to invest your money in order to achieve financial independence. Not surprisingly, he’s also considered by many to be the godfather of the financial independence movement. We’re pumped to discuss all things related to investing in the market as well as topics like buying a new car and raising financially savvy kids. During this episode we enjoyed a Bourbon County Stout by Goose Island - a big thanks to Alex for donating this beer to the show! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 16, 2020
The Coronavirus, Market Volatility, and Your Money #174
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This is a special edition of How to Money to address the financial effects of the coronavirus and what we should be doing with our money during these volatile times. With the spread of Covid-19, there are many changes impacting our lives we do not have control over. However, we do have control over what we do with our money- especially our investments. Take a quick listen as we answer several listener questions and address some additional areas of our lives that might be affected by the coronavirus. If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 13, 2020
Striving for Work-Life Balance #173
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Feeling overworked?! Between trying to get ahead at your 9-5 and pursuing side hustles, chances are really high that you feel like your work-life balance is out of whack. We find ourselves chronically fatigued and exhausted because we give too much to our work, leaving little left for ourselves and those around us who we love. For instance, as a result most Americans don’t take all their vacation time- and when they do, they find it impossible to actually stop working! This ongoing cycle of never-ending work is leading more folks than ever to despise the work they once loved while other important areas in their lives like relationships, health, and hobbies continue to suffer. This is an important topic for us to cover as we seek to implement some practices to restore that work-life balance and then create boundaries to maintain that balance. During this episode we enjoyed an I Learned It by Watching You by Burial Beer Co and Other Half Brewing - a big thanks to our friends Waffles on Wednesday for donating this collaboration beer to the show. And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 11, 2020
Ask HTM - Cash Management Accounts, Paying $9500 to Ditch a Crappy Job, the Rule of 173 Explained #172
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This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - What is a cash management account and should I have one? 2 - Should I pay $9500 to exit a work contract early? 3 - Aside from a 529 plan, how else can I invest on behalf of my young son? 4 - Rule of 173, single family vs multi-family properties, and is my money safe with a brokerage like M1 and Vanguard? 5 - Not a question- but a great house hacking tip for a steady pipeline of qualified tenants. During this episode we enjoyed a Hazelnut Mocha Latte stout by True Respite - a big thanks to our friends Waffles on Wednesday for donating this beer to the show. And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 09, 2020
The Tradeoffs of Driving an Electric Car #171
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With the proliferation of electric vehicles, you might be wondering if you should look into an EV for your next car purchase. The advancements in battery technology means that range issues aren’t nearly as much of a concern. And with more and more automakers releasing their own lines of EVs, it’s clear that the electric vehicle is here to stay. There are countless benefits that accompany an electric vehicle but that doesn’t mean that EVs are for everyone. In this episode we talk about the good and the bad, as well as the questions to ask yourself in order to help you decide whether or not you should be considering one for your next car. During this episode we enjoyed an Art is Hard by North Park Beer Co - another big thanks to John for donating beers to the show this week! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 04, 2020
Navigating College Decisions with Elisia Howard #170
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Delaying your college application a few months could cost you $20,000! This is just one of the many things we learned during our conversation with Certified College Counselor, Elisia Howard. She has been in education for fifteen years and worked in college admissions for five years before starting College Insights in 2015. At College Insights, Elisia helps students navigate college decisions through academic advising, resume building, and applying to the right schools. She is passionate about students avoiding the crippling financial burdens that tend to accompany student loans, so this is a really valuable conversation for anyone considering college, for students who are currently in school, and even for graduates who already have student loans as we cover that as well. During this episode we enjoyed a Hop-Fu! by North Park Beer Co - a big thanks to John for donating this beer to the show! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 02, 2020
How to get Great Customer Service (Bestie) #169
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Working hard for money isn't a foreign concept, but working hard to receive good customer service often is- we so rarely advocate for ourselves! The first step when you're looking for great customer service is to be sure to do business with a reputable company. After that, there are plenty of additional elements to consider to not only save you money, but allow you to walk away from a transaction completely satisfied and raving about how great of an experience you had when you needed assistance. Listen as we help you to make the best use of your time when advocating for great customer service. During this episode we each enjoyed an Atrial Rubicite by Jester King. A huge thanks to Jerrod at BrainDead Brewing for donating this beer to the show! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 26, 2020
Ask HTM - Paying Off Balance Transfer Cards, Emergency Funds while House Hacking, and What to do when Inheriting a 401k #168
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This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - Should I pay off my credit card debt that has a 0% interest rate? 2 - How much money should I have in my emergency fund since we’re house hacking with a duplex? 3 - What do I do with money that I’ve inherited as a 401k? 4 - Does whole life insurance make sense for me? 5 - What does it mean if I don’t have a credit score? During this episode we enjoyed a Blair’s Breakfast Stout by Wilmington Brewing Company - a big thanks to Matt’s uncle in-law John for donating this beer to the show. And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 24, 2020
Are Experiences Better Than Stuff? #167
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You won’t be surprised to hear that we’re critical of the consumeristic society we live in. Our culture wants us to believe that buying things will lead to greater levels of happiness. And maybe we’ve been convinced because 70% of the overall economy is driven by consumer spending. Here’s an alternate take though: our generation seems to value experiences more than stuff, but are experiences a better use of our money? Will we be able to find more happiness through greater spending on a cool trip or nicer clothes? Regardless, we definitely want to put our money towards the things we actually value because it turns out that the far reaching effects of mindless spending can leave you broke and wanting more from your experiences and stuff. During this episode we enjoyed a Divided Sky Rye IPA by 4 Hands Brewing - a big thanks to Justin for donating this beer to the show! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 19, 2020
Achieving Financial Independence in the Military with Doug Nordman #166
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Our guest today, Doug Nordman starts every morning by checking the surf forecast to see how he’s going to spend the day. He and his wife are financially independent and live on the island of Oahu, which is a surfer’s paradise! Doug was able to achieve this amazing life by taking advantage of the financial benefits offered to him by the military, as well as through standard practices like budgeting and investing extra money towards retirement. He was enlisted in the Navy where he had a career as a submariner, and now he writes about money over at The-Military-Guide.com. And while most all of us have a chance to become financially independent, Doug believes members of the military are even better positioned for financial success. We’ve never had a member of the armed forces on the show before so we’re excited to hear some of the unique money challenges and advantages that members of the military experience. During this episode we enjoyed a Bodhizafa by Georgetown Brewing Company - a big thanks to Richard for donating this beer to the show! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 17, 2020
WTD When Markets Decline #165
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There will be declines in the stock market, and you’ll likely see the amount of money you have invested begin to drop. This is normal during a bear market- stay calm! It’s also OK to feel a little nervous. We are emotional creatures after all, and while it’s fine to feel a little anxious if you’re hemorrhaging money in your investments, it is NOT fine to react to these declines by selling and getting out of the market. It doesn’t help that the 24-hour news cycle and media outlets are fueling any uncertainty you might have by proclaiming doom and gloom. So in this episode we’re going to discuss what actions we should take, before and during a market crash, and how to harden ourselves to weather the financial storms that accompany a major market decline. During this episode we enjoyed a Bretta Weisse by Firestone Walker - a big thanks to our friend Josh for donating this beer to the show! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 12, 2020
Ask HTM - Is ID Theft Insurance Worth It, Reducing Car Insurance Rates for Kids Who Rarely Drive, and the Merits of Balancing a Checkbook #164
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This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! 1 - Should I continue to balance my checkbook every month, or is it a waste of time? 2 - I have 2 daughters who rarely drive- how can I reduce how much I spend on their car insurance? 3 - Should I purchase a primary residence or a couple investment properties instead? 4 - Is identity theft insurance worth the money? 5 - As a small business owner, should I consider offering a SIMPLE IRA or a 401k? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ During this episode we enjoyed an Agrestic by Firestone Walker - a big thanks to our friend Josh for donating this beer to the show, and as a friend of the show you’ve earned enough points and have officially reached ‘red status’! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 10, 2020
Saving vs Investing #163
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Are you saving your money when instead you should be investing it? Or maybe you’ve been investing, but alternatively you should be saving! Folks get confused as those terms are often used interchangeably, but they are very different. For example, we call it “saving for retirement” when we are actually “investing for retirement.” Saving and investing are both important and have their place, and so the trick is knowing when you should be doing either. During this episode, we’ll cover some of the different indicators and considerations that will help you to determine whether you should be saving or investing. And it depends on your goals, but there’s a good chance you’ll need to do both! During this episode we enjoyed a Kong Double Hazy IPA by BarrelHouse Brewing Co - a big thanks to our friend Josh for donating this beer to the show! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 05, 2020
Selling a House for Top Dollar with Mindy Jensen #162
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Wanna sell your house for a lot of money? Then it would behoove you to listen to this interview! Our guest today, Mindy Jensen, is a licensed real estate agent in Colorado and has been buying and selling homes for about 20 years. And not only does she buy and sell them for her clients, but she’s an investor herself and specializes in live-in flips. Mindy works for BiggerPockets.com where she helps investors learn the proper ways to invest in real estate and she also co-hosts the podcast BiggerPockets Money. In this episode we talk through how you can sell your home for the most money possible. We’re also going to give away 10 copies of Mindy’s book, “How to Sell Your Home: The Essential Guide to a Fast, Stress-Free, and Profitable Sale”. To be entered to win, just make sure you’ve left us a solid review over in Apple podcasts or Stitcher, and then shoot us an email at HowToMoneyPod@gmail.com with your screen name. That’s it! During this episode we enjoyed a Slammin at the Club by Casa Agria Specialty Ales- thanks to our buddy Josh for donating this one! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 03, 2020
Automating Your Finances FTW #161
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We live increasingly busy and complex lives and the same is true of our money. Repeatedly making smart money moves is hard. It’s easy for us to forget or just get plain lazy when it comes to doing the right thing with our funds. Between our different bank accounts, multiple credit cards, and debt obligations, it can be difficult for us to take action on a consistent basis that will have a long-lasting effect on our personal finances. That’s where automation comes in- it helps us to engineer money success ahead of time, instead of trusting ourselves in the moment to continually muster the willpower to make it happen. But like many of the financial tools at our disposal, it’s not all puppies and rainbows. So, in addition to the clear benefits, be sure to listen and learn why you should also be careful when it comes to employing automation in your personal finance life. During this episode we enjoyed a Dayglow IPA by Elysian Brewing Company - a big thanks to Joe in Minnesota for donating the beers to the show this week! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 29, 2020
Ask HTM - Rent or Buy a Car for Trips, Saving Money with Pet Health Insurance, and Reducing Student Loan Minimum Payments #160
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This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! Our family has outgrown our current car so our multiple road trips every year are getting cramped. Should we purchase a new (used) car, or rent a larger vehicle as needed? Does the 5 year holding period apply to my contributions of my Roth IRA? Should I purchase pet insurance? I’d like to save up a down payment for a home but I’m also currently paying down debts using the debt snowball method. What should I do? I have student loans and I also qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness- how can I reduce the minimum amount that I owe every month? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ During this episode we enjoyed a King Sue by Toppling Goliath Brewing - a big thanks to Joe in Minnesota for donating this beer to the show! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 27, 2020
Creating a Debt Payoff Plan #159
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Personal levels of indebtedness are at all time highs in our country. Consumer spending is growing, student loans are ever-present, and car loans are becoming even more of an issue as consumers take out 72 and 84 month loans. The reality and feeling of drowning in debt is compounded when folks don’t know how to get out from underneath this crushing weight. Where do you even begin?! What we need is a plan to help us get out of debt and get our feet set in the right direction this year. Now is the time to get your personal finances in order and creating a debt payoff plan is vital to achieving your financial goals. During this episode we enjoyed a Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout- thanks to our friends there at the brewery for donating this one! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 22, 2020
Freelance to Freedom with Vincent Pugliese #158
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If you’re thinking about starting your own side hustle, then this episode is a #MustListen! Vincent Pugliese is a husband, dad, and a professional photographer who started out at making $15 an hour working for the local newspaper, to paying off $140,000 in debt in 4 years. Through his journey to become debt free, he discovered the power of being self-employed, and the impact it can have towards not only achieving financial freedom, but time freedom and life freedom as well. During this process, Vincent wrote the book Freelance to Freedom which has inspired many who want to quit their day jobs and start their own businesses in order to take control of their lives. During this episode we enjoyed a S’Mores Yeti by Great Divide- thanks to our friends there at the brewery for donating this one! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 20, 2020
When Frugality Doesn't Cut It #157
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We can only go so far with being frugal, before we venture into the realm of cheap. Now don’t get us wrong- frugality is a great tool in your personal finance swiss army knife. We’re frugal fellas ourselves, and we love seeing what money saving steps our friends and listeners are implementing into their lives, but frugality alone doesn’t cut it. There are times when you need to make larger cuts and prioritize the other tools in your personal finance swiss army knife to help you achieve your money goals. Today we’re going to discuss the role frugality should play in our financial lives and how to use the other tools at your disposal when adding more frugal hacks to your life just won’t do the trick. During this episode we enjoyed a Hibernation Ale by Great Divide- thanks to our friends there at the brewery for donating this one! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 15, 2020
Ask HTM - Savings Interest Rates are Dropping, What to do if You're Overpaid, and Investing in an ESPP #156
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This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! 1 - I was overpaid by my employer, what should I do now? 2 - Should I convert my 401k into an IRA? What considerations should I keep in mind? 3 - I have some IRS debt. Should I prioritize my debt snowball or get after that tax debt owed to the IRS? 4 - What’s the deal with my savings account interest rate dropping? 5 - I have an ESPP that is offered at work. Should I participate, and if so, how should I go about taking advantage of my employee stock purchase plan? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ During this episode we enjoyed a Mexican Chocolate Yeti by Great Divide - a big thanks to our friends there at the brewery! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 13, 2020
Level Up Your Money with Gamification #155
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For most normal people, personal finance is boring! There are many reasons why Americans have a really difficult time getting their money act together, but today we’re addressing the fact that we’d rather spend our time doing almost anything else. This is a problem as it takes intentional action for the rubber to meet the road and for our hopes and dreams to be turned into a debt slaying, wealth building reality. Gamifying our personal finances can help us to actually achieve some of those goals when it would otherwise be something we wouldn’t do at all. When we can figure out what it is about a particular game that we love, then we can bridge that gap and take some of the elements from the games we love and apply them to our personal finances. We really believe that gamification will level up your money game. During this episode we enjoyed a Astral Prism by Modern Times Beer- another big thanks to our friend Craig there at the brewery for donating this one! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 08, 2020
Waking Up Early and Intentional Living with 5am Joel #154
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It’s probably going to be hard, but waking up earlier this year can help you to get your personal finances in order! We’re excited to talk with our friend 5am Joel about how he got started waking up early and how this has impacted him personally. We both met Joel at a personal finance conference and immediately bonded over a mutual love of craft beer as well as talking about nerdy money things like investing in real estate and financial independence. He’s been waking up early for years now and we’re curious to hear how he does it so that we can begin implementing some of his tips into our daily routine as well. During this episode we enjoyed a Black House by Modern Times Beer- another big thanks to our friend Craig there at the brewery for donating this one! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 06, 2020
A New Year with More Margin #153
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When 80% of folks report that they’re living paycheck to paycheck, it’s clear that this lack of margin in our lives is a major contributing factor to why we have some much stress in our lives. It’s true of our money and it’s true of our time as well. And with it being the new year, it’s easier to believe that a new and better narrative is possible- and it is! We have the power to change our previous negative money associations and to start handling our personal finances better this year. In this episode we’ll cover why margin is so important, some of the different things that keep us from having more of it, as well as some practical steps that we can take in order to create more margin in our lives. During this episode we enjoyed a Visible World by Modern Times Beer - a big thanks to our friend Craig there at the brewery! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 01, 2020
Before Renting Out a Spare Bedroom, Transitioning a Side Hustle to a Small Business, and Why Most 403(b) Accounts Suck #152
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This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! 1 - Should I consider renting out a furnished spare room, and do I go about to vet possible roommates? 2 - How diversified are index funds? 3 - Can I use funds from a car loan to pay off some high interest credit card debt? 4 - When should I transition my side hustle to a legit small business and how do I start deducting my expenses come tax season? 5 - Should I invest in my 403b with pre-tax or post-tax dollars? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ During this episode we enjoyed a Farmhouse Pale Ale by Oxbow Brewing Co - a big thanks to our friends there at the brewery! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 30, 2019
Money, Your Brain, and Buying Happiness (Bestie) #151
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Merry Christmas and happy holidays! In the midst of all the festivities, now is a good time to ask ourselves: “Buying new stuff makes us happy, right?” Well if you have a need that is now being met, there is certainly some value that item is now providing. But value isn’t the same as happiness. Hedonic adaptation, or the hedonic treadmill, helps us understand the effect of consumption. Coming to grips with that can help us end unhealthy cycles of mindless consumerism and set us on a path to a healthier way of thinking about money, spending, and saving for the future. Listen to the full episode to learn how hedonic adaptation can be terrible, how it can actually be a good thing, and then finally to learn how to hack it and truly control how happy you really are. During this episode we enjoyed a Mangifera Flux by Marz Community Brewing- a huge thanks to our buddy Andrew for bringing this beer all the way back from Chicago. And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 25, 2019
Don't Mess Up Your Taxes, with Keith Schroeder #150
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Our guest today is Keith Schroeder who began working in the backwoods of Wisconsin on a family farm fixing silo unloaders- not the kind of job most of us had growing up! But his passionate distaste for that work led him to file tax returns on the side and that hustle led to Keith being able to retire at age 22 however he didn’t stay retired for long. His tax preparation business exploded into a full on accounting firm where at his busiest, he was serving over 2,000 clients. He started his own blog in 2016 called The Wealthy Accountant to inspire people to “live life well” and also help them not screw up their taxes. In this episode we’ll cover Keith’s thoughts on the best tax advantaged retirement accounts, whether your side business should really be a hobby, and some important considerations as you begin to get your 2019 tax forms together! During this episode we enjoyed an Alpha Abstraction Vol. 9 by Wild Leap which you can learn all about on Untappd! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 23, 2019
Cash, Debit, or Credit? #149
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How we pay for things has a LOT of implications. Chances are whether you use “cash, debit, or credit” is more a result of habit than a thoughtful approach to your spending. “I use my check card because that’s just what I do- and it’s easy!”. But it’s important to note that some payment methods are more secure than others, while others provide better rewards, peace of mind, or might even cause you to spend less of your money. So how do you know whether you should be pulling out your debit or credit card? Or should you stick to using cash? We’ll discuss the pros and cons and why how you pay is so important. During this episode we enjoyed an Oro Negro by Jackie O's Brewery- a big thanks to Art, Mackenzie, and all of our friends there at the brewery! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 18, 2019
Ask HTM - Paying Off Student Loans with a Cash Out Refi, Section 8 Landlording, and Lump Sum Investing #148
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This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! 1 - Should we go with a cash out mortgage refinance in order to pay off student loans? 2 - Can I contribute to a self employed retirement account while also contributing to my employer sponsored plan? 3 - What does it take to be a HUD landlord and how do I balance community renovation with gentrification? 4 - We have a lot of available credit through our credit cards, but we never use it. Should we keep those cards open or close those accounts? 5 - Considering the stock market is hot and a correction is imminent, is dollar cost averaging or lump sum investing a better approach for me? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ During this episode we enjoyed an Ogee by Jackie O's Brewery - a big thanks to Art, Mackenzie, and all of our friends there at the brewery! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 16, 2019
Fees are the Worst, and How to Avoid Them #147
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Fees are a major pain and they’ve worked their way into so many different industries! We recently talked about travel lodging and discussed the annoyance of the countless fees that might get tacked on: resort fees are some of the most confusing, but parking and WiFi fees abound too! With fees becoming so prevalent across our financial lives, we need to be aware of how and when we encounter them so we can be vigilant and intentional to avoid them whenever possible. While we understand and will readily admit that certain services and products have a cost, we really don’t like it when those fees are hidden until the last minute or when companies go about adding them in an underhanded way. During this episode we enjoyed a Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition by Jackie O's Brewery- a big thanks to Art, Mackenzie, and all of our friends there at the brewery! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 11, 2019
Staying Focused in an Age of Distraction with Curt Steinhorst #146
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On average, we lose 3 hours of productivity every single day due to distractions! There are countless ways that we’re distracted in our lives today, and these distractions are keeping us from doing the things we truly need to do. MAYBE YOU’RE CURRENTLY DISTRACTED RIGHT NOW. It is very easy to allow ourselves to be constantly barraged by notifications, social media, or by email and these distractions are keeping us from being good friends and family members at home, and they’re keeping us from being productive and engaged at work. This is why we’re stoked to be talking with distraction expert Curt Steinhorst today. Curt wrote the book Can I Have Your Attention? Inspiring Better Work Habits, Focusing Your Team, and Getting Stuff Done in the Constantly Connected Workplace. We often talk about ways to save money but today’s conversation will focus on how we can do a better job earning money by focusing our attention on what matters most. During this episode we enjoyed a Quatrefoil by Jackie O's Brewery- a big thanks to Art, Mackenzie, and all of our friends there at the brewery! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 09, 2019
The Role of Technology as Small Businesses Innovate #145
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When 99% of American companies are small businesses, it’s no exaggeration to say that these businesses are the backbone of our country. These startups have been responsible for almost all new job creation over the past 3 decades! And not only are small businesses important to our economy but they’re important to us on a personal level as well. These are the storefronts and people who make up our communities and neighborhoods- they’re a part of our identity! However as technology marches on, small businesses also need to adapt and utilize this innovation to continue to reach their customers where and how they want to be reached. We’re going to cover some of our favorite ways that small businesses are able to use technology to stand out in really cool ways and contribute to their local community. During this episode we enjoyed a Double Purple Chroma by Other Half Brewing. Since we recorded this episode live in NYC, we were excited to enjoy a local craft beer from the borough of Brooklyn. And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 04, 2019
Ask HTM - Where a Minor Should Save and Invest, Security Concerns with Budgeting Apps, and Financing a Car to Boost Credit Score #144
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This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! 1 - Should I close a credit card that has a $40 annual fee? 2 - As a minor with my first job, where should I save and invest my money? 3 - How do I get my spouse on board using one of the budgeting apps? And with those apps are there any security concerns? 4 - I have a chunk of money that I plan to live off of in the coming years- where should I put it? 5 - Should I consider financing a car in order to keep my credit score high? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ During this episode we enjoyed a Chance IPA by Wild Leap Brew Co which you can learn all about on Untappd! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 02, 2019
Taking Advantage of Free Stuff (Bestie) #143
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Before you’re tempted to rush out and pounce on those Black Friday deals: How amazing is it that we live in a world where there are so many ‘free’ things all around us? And how unfortunate it is, that we often don’t even see these ‘free’ resources because we’re so used to purchasing and consumption- we don’t even think to make use of them. Our technology and culture steers us in the direction to spend. Chances are you’re not taking advantage of this ‘free’ stuff and you’re overspending because maybe you haven’t thought about it or there are some things you’re not even aware of yet. Putting these resources to use will make you smarter, save you money, and will overall lead to a healthier and more balanced life. During this episode we enjoyed a Sticky Hands IPA by Block 15 Brewing Company- a big thanks to Dale for donating this beer to the show! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 27, 2019
Becoming a Digital Nomad and Salary Transparency with Kristin Wong #142
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Kristin Wong is passionate about helping people understand money in an accessible way. She started Lifehacker’s personal finance blog called Two Cents and she also authored the book “Get Money” last year - which is a great beginner’s guide to personal finance. She has also been featured in other major publications like Refinery29 and Glamour Magazine and you can currently find her writing in Smarter Living and the NYT. Even though Kristin is not a fan of Costco, we still had a great time talking about how we can gamify our personal finances, tips for being a digital nomad, and salary transparency in the workplace. During this episode we enjoyed a Lundi IPA by Monday Night Brewing- which you can learn all about on Untappd! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 25, 2019
When Debt Makes Sense #141
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There are times in our lives as consumers, that we’re faced with a decision: even though I can’t afford it, do I buy this thing that I really want? “Ohhh, that new iPhone looks really awesome” or “It would be a ton of fun to take a trip to the mountains next month!”. We often already know that the answer to these questions should be “No, I don’t have the money” because we know it’s not worth going into debt for these types of expenses. But sometimes the answer isn’t always as cut and dried as we’d like it to be. What if, as someone looking to invest in yourself, you’re thinking about taking out some student loans? Or what if you’re considering purchasing a home and you don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars set aside? Occasionally, we find ourselves in these situations where debt might make sense. Listen as we talk through some of those scenarios as well as what else to keep in mind when you’re considering taking on debt. During this episode we enjoyed a Czech Pilsner by yEAST Atlanta Brewers- a big thanks to our beer brewing friend John Francis for donating this beer to the show! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 20, 2019
Ask HTM - Investing in Gold, Paying Extra Towards a Mortgage, and Opening a Flexible Account for Kids #140
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This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! 1 - Should I make additional principal payments on my mortgage? 2 - I want to open a flexible account for my daughters- what should it be? 3 - Would you recommend a foreclosure or pre-foreclosure for us as first-time homebuyers? 4 - What do y’all think about investing in gold and other precious metals? 5 - While shopping for a house, should we take into account the potential rent from house hacking with our friend, as we consider what we can afford? And how about some specific tips for renting to a friend? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ During this episode we enjoyed a 6A, which is a New England style saison pale ale by yEAST Atlanta Brewers- a big thanks to our beer brewing friend John Francis for donating this beer to the show! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 18, 2019
Is College Worth It? #139
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The price of college has gotten so incredibly expensive that we’re wondering if college is even worth it anymore. With the current total outstanding student loan debt totaling over $1.6 trillion, the return on your investment isn’t as obvious as it was decades ago. Now is the time to ask: Is getting a degree from a traditional academic institution the best course going forward? The answer isn’t going to be the same for everyone, but we’ll touch on the important things to consider before you decide to go back to school or as you have that conversation with your high schooler as they weigh college options. During this episode we enjoyed a Mexican Lager by St. Archer- a big thanks to our friends at St. Archer for donating the beers to the show this week! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 13, 2019
Getting Rich Slowly & Combating Money Anxiety with J.D. Roth #138
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Our guest on this episode is personal finance writer J.D. Roth who started his blog, Get Rich Slowly in the early days of the internet- back in 2006! It’s grown to be one of the most well-respected personal finance sites around thanks to his honesty, superb writing, and desire to serve his readers. We hear all about J.D.’s history with money, whether politics belong in personal finance, the different stages of financial freedom, as well as the intersection of depression and money. And let’s not forget- we snuck in some conversation about Taylor Swift and J.D.’s lifelong devotion to his hometown soccer team! During this episode we enjoyed a Gold by St. Archer Brewing Co- thanks to our friends at St. Archer for donating these beers to the show! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 11, 2019
Hosting an Airbnb to Create Real Income #137
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