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Learn all the hacks to optimize and upgrade every aspect of your life while spending less and saving more. Chris is a life hacker who has saved millions by breaking down every aspect of life, looking to maximize happiness at the lowest cost.

Episode Date
Living a Life of Excellence, Agility and Meaning with Navy SEAL Mike Hayes
00:57:52

#57: Former Navy SEAL Commanding Officer Mike Hayes joins Chris to discuss leadership principles, strategies for successful communication, building confidence, and the most important lessons that he learned while serving in the Navy SEALs.

Mike Hayes (@thisis.mikehayes) is a 20-year veteran of the Navy SEALs, where he last served as Commanding Officer of SEAL Team TWO, overseeing a 2,000 person Special Operations Task Force in southeastern Afghanistan. He is also the former Director of Defense Policy and Strategy at the National Security Council, Chief Digital Transformation Officer at VMWare, and author of Never Enough: A Navy SEAL Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility, and Meaning

Full show notes at: https://www.allthehacks.com/purpose-meaning-mike-hayes

Episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_Io9uT5uZWI

 

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Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Mike Hayes: Instagram | Twitter

Mike’s Book: Never Enough: A Navy SEAL Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility, and Meaning

Mike’s Sunapee, New Hampshire Restaurant Recommendation: The Anchorage

The US National Medal of Honor Museum: https://mohmuseum.org

Podcasts mentioned


Full Show Notes

Three principles to aim for in everything you do [1:50]

Why Mike’s book: Never Enough is relatable regardless of the life path you choose [4:32]

Two lessons Mike learned during a near-death situation in Peru [6:01]

Using examples of his time with the Navy Seals; Mike explains how debriefing with questions like “What could I have done better?” leads to success [8:54]

The importance of delivering a message in a way that maximizes the probability of growth in a professional environment [11:59]

As a former Director of Defense Policy and Strategy, Mike explains the exciting and uniquely high-pressure situations that he has experienced in the White House Situation Room [15:43]

Strategies for learning from failure, and the value of being confident AND humble [17:14]

Manufacturing discomfort, pushing yourself harder to live in the struggle, and stretching yourself beyond your perceived limitation, to increase confidence [19:49]

Cost-benefit analysis: simply following the rules versus pushing beyond toward innovation and entrepreneurship [26:38]

Focusing on the outcome and using the most efficient method toward achievement, and the four most important verbs to focus on during a meeting [29:22]

Chris and Mike share methods they use to politely refocus a meeting [32:53]

Mike’s perspective on why asking for help is a sign of strength and why hard, intrusive questions must be asked [38:24]

Building a positive ecosystem and network through relationships with others [43:48]

Technology and tactics to improve presence and focus during conversations [46:12]

Lessons learned from high-stakes situations in Iraq about slowing down, staying calm, and maintaining focus [49:19]

How the principles described in Mike’s book “Never Enough” change in importance throughout a person’s life [51:52]

Mike speaks of his mission to do great things for others, the purpose of writing “Never Enough”, and why he is passionate about its success [55:57]

Advice about getting as much sleep as possible for optimal performance [58:05]

Mike’s restaurant recommendation in Sunapee, New Hampshire [59:41]

Where to find Mike online and ways to support his missions [1:00:44]

  

Quotes:

“We're only excellent if we know we're never excellent enough.” -Mike Hayes

 

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To get the most comfortable and versatile clothing on the planet with 20% off your first purchase (plus free shipping on any US order over $75 and free returns) visit allthehacks.com/vuori

 

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Chris Hutchins: Twitter | Instagram | Website | LinkedIn

May 18, 2022
Listener Q&A Live Show + Big Anniversary Giveaway!
00:56:13

#56: Today, our Host, Chris Hutchins (@hutchins) celebrates the one year anniversary of All The Hacks! This was a live Q&A recorded on May 9th, 2022 with All The Hacks listeners tuning in. Chris answers questions on earning points buying a house and car, how flexibility helps you save big on award flights, whether elite status is worth it and much more. This is a really fun episode with 3 big giveaways you can enter for 10k miles, a $100 Vuori gift card and a lifetime subscription to CardPointers.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/anniversary-live-show

 

Partner Links

 

All the Hacks Episodes Mentioned

 

Resources Mentioned

 

Anniversary Giveaway!

Enter the giveaway by visiting https://allthehacks.com/giveaway for a chance to win:

 

Full show notes

Q: Colin asks, How can I maximize points while trying to purchase a house or a car?

Q: Chad asks, When planning a trip with points should I aim to book last minute? Or should I plan in advance? 

Q: Webber asks, how should I figure out where to stay in London for a luxury splurge?

Q: Mallorie asks, how should I plan my trip to Japan while also making sure that I optimize my credit card award bonuses? How do I know which new cards to sign up for?

Q: Brandy asks, how do you decide when to maximize points and when to just spend the money to save the time?

Q: Jared asks, how important is elite status?

Q: Andrew asks, if it’s worth staying with IHG when Hyatt seems to be the best hotel transfer partner?

Q: JC asks, how does Chris keep all his podcast notes organized?

Q: Mallory asks, if you are lower income, how can you start earning bonuses?

Q: Yevgeniy asks, are there any BlockFi alternatives for high yield?

Q: Peter asks, what are your tips for students who don’t have established credit?

Q: Benji asks, is there a cash back debit card?

Q: Mallorie asks, when you have a lot of financial goals, but limited financial resources; where do you start?

Q: Webber asks, what are the best cards to use on Amazon?

Q: Lessie asks: what about Discover cards?

Q: Marlin asks, what cards should I use to optimize my spend while doing my home remodel?

All the Hacks Anniversary Giveaway

Rakuten 

 

The Quick Hacks

  • Use your favorite card for a down payment on your new car (including Tesla!)
  • Don’t forget about “Position flights” or flying from one smaller airport to a major hub.
  • CardPointers is an amazing app for tracking and optimizing your points.
  • Don’t forget to try the “reconsideration line” if you ever get declined for a card
  • If you have an old card, don’t cancel the card, it’s helping your credit score! If it has a fee you don’t want to pay, ask to get the card downgraded to a no annual fee card.
  • When appropriate: don’t pay in cash, pay in gift cards!

 

Editors Note

Wish Amy and Chris the best of luck; baby two coming very soon!

 

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Once your recording is done, you can use Riverside's editor to make ready to publish videos with a few clicks or easily download separate audio and video tracks and edit until your heart's content. To get 15% off your plan, use code CHRIS at allthehacks.com/riverside

 

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Right now, Athletic Greens is going to give you a free 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D and 5  free travel packs with your first purchase. So to take ownership over your health and pick up the ultimate daily nutritional  insurance visit allthehacks.com/athleticgreens

 

Masterworks

This episode is brought to you by Masterworks. Masterworks is an alternative investing platform that gives you access to one of the most exclusive and overlooked investments in history: blue-chip art. Masterworks lets regular people invest in paintings by legends like Banksy, Basquiat and Warhol without spending millions. I've now used masterworks to invest in 10 different paintings, including a $15 million dollar Picasso.

Here’s how it works: Masterworks will buy a painting they think will appreciate well over time, then they securitize that painting with the SEC, so you can invest in it instead of buying the whole thing. Once they sell the painting, later on, you get your share of the proceeds. It’s that simple. They’ve offered over 100 paintings so far and the three that have sold realized a net annualized gain over 30% per work. They have over 280,000 users and demand is as high as ever. All the Hacks has partnered with them to give you all priority access by going to allthehacks.com/masterworks

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Or if you want another way to put your crypto investing on autopilot, there's the BlockFi Crypto Rewards Credit Card. While 1.5% cash back isn't the best in the market, that cash back is automatically invested into Bitcoin, Ethereum or whatever cryptocurrency you want. If you want to check out BlockFi, you can get an exclusive bonus of up to $250 free when you sign at allthehacks.com/blockfi

 

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May 11, 2022
Maximize Your Points: Stacking, Buyers Clubs, Redemption Hacks, and More with Julia Menez
00:57:18

#55: Points expert, Julia Menez, joins Chris to go deep on all things points and miles, including points stacking, optimizing rewards, tools to help organize your points and miles, using buying clubs to earn lots of points, and Chris shares how a somewhat sketchy website saved him an extra 15% off a new couch!

Julia Menez (@geobreezetravel) is a points strategy coach, speaker and host of the Geobreeze Travel podcast, where she interviews travelers from all walks of life about their points and miles strategies.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/maximize-points-julia-menez

View the video version of the episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dbhznmaq0Bg

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CardPointers: 20% off the app that helps you earn more cash back, points, and miles. 

 

All the Hacks Live Q&A Episode

Monday, 5/9 @ 12p PDT
Register and join at allthehacks.com/live

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Julia Menez: Website | Instagram | Facebook

Julia’s Podcast: Geobreeze Travel

Julia’s gift to All the Hacks listeners: Geobreeze Hotel Upgrade Template

Buyers Clubs

Earn More Points + $$$

  • Grabr - International purchasers prepay for you to buy items locally
  • Rakuten - Cash back at thousands of stores
  • Fluz - Cash back at thousands of stores + referral bonuses
  • Seated - 20%+ back at partnered restaurants
  • Dosh - Additional rewards shop, dine, and book. Can be stacked with Seated and other dining portals
  • Cashback Monitor - Portal to find cash and points back for online retailers
  • Honey & RetailMeNot - Promo Codes instantly
  • SearchTempest - Search the whole USA on Craigslist
  • Savendeals - Coupons for Crate & Barrel, Lowes and Home Depot
  • MyVegas Rewards - Get points towards free things in Vegas
  • Frequent Miler - Blog with great points + miles content
  • Doctor Of Credit - Blog with great points + miles content
  • Pay1040.com - Pay taxes with your credit card
  • ID.me - Discounts for teachers, military and more

Optimizing Your Points

Credit Cards

Podcasts

 

Full Show Notes

How people on a smaller budget can earn enough points to use toward travel [03:05]

Outsource buying, how participating in buying groups can work to your advantage [05:14]

When sourcing items, do buyers usually pay more than the item costs? [07:04]

Buyer’s groups: are they reliable? trustworthy? Advice to keep you from being scammed, and how to learn about the different buyer’s clubs options available [08:36]

Using Freedom Flex, Freedom card, Freedom Unlimited, Sapphire Preferred, and Sapphire Reserve to earn points [11:10]

Bringing electronic and medical devices to Latin America: reasons to consider using Grabr, and advice about safety during the product exchange [11:55]

Chris and Julia walk through an extreme example of how valuable ‘stacking’ can be along with ways to automate the process [13:40]

The unbelievable benefits of stacking through dining portals [14:54]

Using Cashback Monitor to learn the best places for cashback, transferable points, and airline points, as well as hacks for accessing coupons online [18:45]

Julia’s favorite app for stacking deals in Las Vegas and how often you can take advantage of the offers [23:53]

Chris highlights the “crazy amounts” of point stacking deals [26:39]

Specific places to search online for timely deals that require prompt action and tools to help organize your point balances [28:52]

Why it’s important to understand the 5/24 rule and its exceptions [31:54]

Julia Menez’s go-to cards and her advice for travelers who are just beginning the process of accumulating points [35:16]

Amazing redemptions to take advantage of even though you may not have a huge balance and how to use the ANA Around the World redemption program [40:02]

Plan a trip across Europe using Julia’s redemption super hacks [45:07]

Buying points, is it worth it? Chris and Julia share their perspectives [50:55]

3 reasons why paying your taxes on a credit card might actually make sense [52:54]

Hacks to save money and earn perks for members of the military and their spouses [57:49]

For upgrades and extra perks, while traveling, Julia shares a special link to a template on her website for All the Hacks listeners [59:56]  

Where to find Julia Menez online [1:01:50]

 

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To get the most comfortable and versatile clothing on the planet with 20% off your first purchase (plus free shipping on any US order over $75 and free returns) visit allthehacks.com/vuori

 

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For a limited time, you can get 20% off at allthehacks.com/insidetracker

 

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The app is free to download and many of the features are free too, but if you want to unlock all the features, you can get 20% off CardPointers Pro at allthehacks.com/cardpointers

 

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May 04, 2022
Minimalism and the Things That Matter for a Meaningful Life with Joshua Becker
00:50:55

#54: Minimalist expert and award-winning author, Joshua Becker, joins Chris to talk about the many ways that “things'' get in the way of living a purpose-filled life. They discuss Joshua’s top decluttering strategies, the 8 distractions that prevent people from living more meaningfully, and hacks to help guide you toward achieving the benefits of a more satisfying life through owning less.

Joshua Becker (@joshua_becker) is an expert minimalist, an award-winning author, and the founder of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to inspiring others to find more life by owning less. He recently released his latest book Things That Matter: Overcoming Distraction to Pursue a More Meaningful Life.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/minimalism-joshua-becker

View the Video for this episode: https://youtu.be/i_Sls6GAST4

Selected Links From The Episode

All the Hacks Newsletter: Sign Up

Connect with Joshua Becker: Website | Instagram | Twitter

Joshua’s Books: 

Podcasts mentioned:

Resources Mentioned:

Joshua’s Phoenix Recommendations: Barrio Cafe | Camelback Mountain

Partner Deals

 

Full Show Notes

What most people get wrong when they think about minimalism [01:39]

The importance of having fewer physical distractions and unnecessary possessions in your life [02:32]

The first question Joshua asks those who are beginning the process of removing  distractions from their lives [03:47]

Joshua's top decluttering strategy [07:01]

Staging your home for living: how to make small changes to promote a calm space and the importance of finding the purpose of your home [08:54]

How one conversation inspired Joshua’s transition to minimalism and the positive outcome of his decision [13:12]

Alternatives to keeping seldom-used items, the cost of holding on to them, and the benefits of letting them go [15:59]

How decluttering during a move afforded Chris the ability to use his space differently [21:31]

Donate or sell? Joshua provides insight about getting rid of valuable items [22:49]

Chris discusses the 5 core principles of smart spending as described in Elizabeth Dunn’s book Happy Money [25:40]

Spending money on things to buy time versus having fewer items, practical advice on learning what’s right for you [27:30]

As the trend grows in popularity, is there a ‘right’ way to apply the minimalist approach to your space? [29:38]

10 questions Joshua suggests you ask during the process of minimalizing [31:09]

The realization Joshua came to once he adopted the minimalist lifestyle and what inspired him to write: Things That Matter [34:07]

8 distractions that prevent people from feeling the most satisfied and fulfilled [35:53]

Acknowledging that money is not the end-all and the shocking results of a Harvard study of 100,000 people on time versus happiness [40:04]

Focusing on things that matter through generosity and acts of service [42:30]

Ways in which distraction of the ‘trivial’ prevents us from finding our purpose and the importance of taking a ‘digital detox’ [45:26]

Joshua’s top recommendations for ‘dine, drink, and do’ in the Phoenix area [50:21]

Where to find more information about Joshua Becker [51:58]

 

Sponsors

Athletic Greens

Athletic Greens is a foundational nutrition drink designed to remove the friction from covering the daily nutritional needs of a modern diet. It combines more than 9 essential nutrition products into one convenient and great-tasting drink, giving you an easy and efficient way to get you daily multivitamin, multimineral, probiotic, prebiotic, functional greens blend, immune support complex and more. It contains no GMOs, no harmful ingredients and no artificial colors or sweeteners.

Right now, Athletic Greens is going to give you a free 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D and 5  free travel packs with your first purchase. So to take ownership over your health and pick up the ultimate daily nutritional  insurance visit allthehacks.com/athleticgreens

 

BetterHelp

Life is full of twists and turns and we all need help at some point, whether it's because of stress at home, or work or loneliness or maybe you just want to improve yourself but I don’t know where to start. No matter the reason, it's invaluable to know that there's someone professionally trained, who can help you through whatever you're facing. 

And that's exactly what BetterHelp can do. They can assess your needs and match you with a licensed professional therapist in less than 48 hours. And because it's all online, it's way more affordable than traditional in-person therapy (not to mention it is so much easier to have a video, phone or chat session from the comfort of your own home). To get 10% off your first month visit allthehacks.com/betterhelp

 

Daffy

Daffy is a not-for-profit community built around a new modern way to give, with a mission to help people be more generous, more often. Daffy makes it so much easier to put money aside for charity. You can make your tax deductible contributions all at once. Or you can set aside a little each week or month. Then anytime in the future, you can give to more than one and a half million charities, schools, and faith-based organizations in a matter of seconds. 

So you can separate the decision to give (and get your tax deduction) from deciding exactly which organization you want to support and when. My favorite part is that you can invest your contributions to your Daffy account so they can grow tax-free to let you have even more impact in the future. To start giving today and get your free $25 to give to the charity of your choice, go to https://allthehacks.com/daffy

 

 

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Apr 27, 2022
Travel Hacks for Planning Your Best Trip Ever with Brandon Presser
01:20:43

#53: Award-winning travel journalist Brandon Presser shares advice on choosing accommodations, critical factors to consider when planning a trip, his top travel hacks, and his favorite off-the-beaten-path points of interest. He also discusses his traveling philosophy and shares his top lesser-known travel destinations!

Brandon Presser (@brandpress) is a freelance features writer and travel expert. He’s written 50+ travel guidebooks, contributes to numerous influential publications, and can be seen on Bravo's television series, Tour Group where he led a group of eclectic travelers around the world. He recently released his latest book: The Far Land: 200 Years of Murder, Mania, and Mutiny in the South Pacific.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/best-trip-brandon-presser

 

Selected Links From The Episode

All the Hacks Newsletter: Sign Up

Connect with Brandon Presser: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Website

Brandon’s Work:

Brandon’s Hospitality Jobs:

Madagascar Club Sandwich: Le Pavillon de l'Emyrne

Japan Recommendations:

Book mentioned: Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending

Travel Shoes: Palladium

Iceland Recommendations:

Sponsor Deals

 

Full Show Notes

What most people get wrong about the way they travel and plan vacations (1:25)

Advice about travel planning and critical factors to consider when choosing your destination (1:59)

What's so fulfilling about authentic travel (4:04)

Why having a ‘checklist’ may not result in the most meaningful travel experience (5:28)

The most effective (and non-insulting) ways to show generosity while traveling (9:27)

Authentic travel experience versus a ‘commercial vacation’ (10:44)

A career as a fixer and advice for finding a trip planning guide (13:36)

Writing guidebooks for Lonely Planet (16:10)

How social media has changed travelers’ need for guidebooks and review sites  (18:11)

The importance of using your instincts, hotel concierges, and online resources (21:14)

Having stayed in 3,000+ hotels, Brandon offers advice on what to look for in a ‘nice’ hotel (27:02)

“I want the amenities in the room to be thought through and I don't want people to skimp on a crappy Q-tip. I want a good Q-tip.” (29:39)

Using a quality rating metric of club sandwiches! (29:51)

Why Japan, as a destination, is always at the top of Brandon's list (32:20)

The downsides of a career in travel writing, and even living in incredible places, especially on someone else’s dime (37:43)

Favorite luggage and travel footwear (39:32)

Finding the balance between taking photographs and being fully immersed in your travel experience (41:48)

“I don't want a photo that someone's already taken a better version. I want to capture my moments of serendipity,  that's what I use photography for"  (43:50)

Capturing a moment of incredible juxtaposition in Kyrgyzstan (42:48)

Brandon distills his favorite travel hacks (44:00)

Alternative cost-effective travel locations (45:42)

Why traveling within “our regional bubbles” will be more accessible right now and in the near future (52:31)

Brandon’s bucket list of travel destinations (54:08)

What constitutes a true ‘visit’ for the purpose of country counting (56:51)

Working high-end hospitality jobs at Nobu, The Plaza, and Barneys (57:21)  

Brandon on his search for ‘Eloise moments’ (01:00:41)

Top tips and tricks from years in travel service (01:03:51)

How carrying tokens of gratitude can affect your travel experience (01:07:54)

The Far Land: 200 Years of Murder, Mania, and Mutiny in the South Pacific (01:10:06)

Travel Recommendations for Iceland and Japan (01:15:40)

Where to find Brandon online (01:19:42)

 

Sponsors

Riverside

Riverside is the best platform out there to record studio quality podcasts or videos from anywhere in the world. I use it for all my remote interviews and it consistently delivers high quality audio and video, because it records everything locally, which means you get uncompressed audio and video that works even with unstable wifi. 

Once your recording is done, you can use Riverside's editor to make ready to publish videos with a few clicks or easily download separate audio and video tracks and edit until your heart's content. To get 15% off your plan, use code CHRIS at allthehacks.com/riverside

 

BetterHelp

Life is full of twists and turns and we all need help at some point, whether it's because of stress at home, or work or loneliness or maybe you just want to improve yourself but I don’t know where to start. No matter the reason, it's invaluable to know that there's someone professionally trained, who can help you through whatever you're facing. 

And that's exactly what BetterHelp can do. They can assess your needs and match you with a licensed professional therapist in less than 48 hours. And because it's all online, it's way more affordable than traditional in-person therapy (not to mention it is so much easier to have a video, phone or chat session from the comfort of your own home). To get 10% off your first month visit allthehacks.com/betterhelp

 

Daffy

Daffy is a not-for-profit community built around a new modern way to give, with a mission to help people be more generous, more often. Daffy makes it so much easier to put money aside for charity. You can make your tax deductible contributions all at once. Or you can set aside a little each week or month. Then anytime in the future, you can give to more than one and a half million charities, schools, and faith-based organizations in a matter of seconds. 

So you can separate the decision to give (and get your tax deduction) from deciding exactly which organization you want to support and when. My favorite part is that you can invest your contributions to your Daffy account so they can grow tax-free to let you have even more impact in the future. To start giving today and get your free $25 to give to the charity of your choice, go to https://allthehacks.com/daffy

 

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Chris Hutchins: Twitter | Instagram | Website | LinkedIn

Apr 20, 2022
Hack Your Health (While Still Enjoying Life) with Liz Moody
01:03:33

#52: Writer and cookbook author Liz Moody joins Chris to discuss health and wellness hacks, including what kind of foods you need to be adding in, supplements, vitamins, cold showers, circadian walks, hydroxyapatite, taping your mouth, all her favorite health hacks, and more.

Liz Moody (@lizmoody) is a health and wellness hacker. She is the author of two healthy cookbooks: Healthier Together: Recipes for Two-Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Relationships, and Glow Pops, contributing food editor for mindbodygreen, and host of the hit wellness podcast Healthier Together

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/health-liz-moody

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/4TcIr5sWdt4

Selected Links From The Episode

All the Hacks Newsletter: Sign Up

Liz Moody: Instagram | Podcast | Patreon | Cookbooks | HT Deck

Chris on Liz's Podcast: Healthier Together with Chris Hutchins

Liz Moody Episodes Mentioned: Glucose Goddess | Dr. Katy Milkmen | Dr. Anna Lembke | Mark Burhenne, DDS | Dr. Amishi Jha

Liz’s London Recommendations: Dishoom | Canal Walks | Paddington Station | Camden Market | Nitrogen Ice-Cream | Gordon’s Wine Bar

Products Mentioned: Athletic Greens | RiseWell Toothpaste | Boka Toothpaste

 

Affordable Life Insurance: Fabric

20% off Performance Apparel: Vuori

Free Vitamin D + Travel Packs: Athletic Greens

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Liz Moody (01:33)

Eating healthy with fruity pebbles (03:14)

Green starter hack (07:55)

Cauliflower rice hack (12:32) 

Adding spices (14:07) 

Starting every morning with a big smoothie (14:42)

Do spices go bad? (18:48)

Liz's taco salad recipe (21:03)

Why Liz's cookbook is gluten-free & dairy-free (22:13)

Plant forward (22:57)

Do vegetables need to be organic? (24:17)

Grass-fed beef (25:19) 

Supplements and vitamins (26:20)

Eating diverse produce (28:22) 

Set the bar lower (31:27)

Make it enjoyable (33:47) 

Starting a meditation practice (35:31)

Cold showers (40:17)

Balancing your dopamine levels (41:38) 

What taking a cold shower looks like (45:29)

Circadian walks (50:49) 

Hydroxyapatite (53:22)

Taping your mouth (55:54) 

The healthier together deck (57:27)

Liz's London recommendations for a meal, drink, and something to do (1:00:58)  

Where to find Liz online (01:07:00) 

 

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Apr 13, 2022
Travel Hacking the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with Leigh Rowan
00:59:59

#51:  Travel Pro Leigh Rowan joins Chris for a second time to discuss luxurious travel hacks, including getting the best prices on private jet travel, first-class experiences flying commercial, a look into high-end luxury resorts, and advice on tipping, luxury property rentals, and organizing your activities on your next vacation.

Leigh Rowan (@leighrowan) is a serious travel hacker. He is the founder and CEO of Savanti Travel, a travel management company for executives, and prior to that was the COO of The Points Guy.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/luxury-travel-leigh-rowan

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/75BUUvUMyyM

Selected Links From The Episode

All the Hacks Newsletter: Sign Up

Leigh Rowan: Twitter | Savanti Travel

Find empty legs on private jets: Villiers Jets | XO | Victor | OpenPoint

Find your airline’s seat map: SeatGuru

Find luxury properties: Cuvee

Ridiculous villa Chris booked in Cabo: Villa Turquesa

Perks and benefits experiment email: getupgraded@allthehacks.com

Concierge Services: Quintessentially  

Experience shared private flying: JSX

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Leigh Rowan (00:14)

A listener’s email about ultra-high-end travel experiences (01:43)

What does private jet travel look like? (03:14)

The dirty secret about private aviation (04:42)

Where to find the deals on private jets (06:25)

The cost of renting a plane (07:02)

Cabotage (10:16)

The most common use of private travel (10:47)

Will private jet demand wane post-pandemic? (11:59)

The private jet experience (15:13)

Getting on and off a private jet (16:41)

Traveling with JSX (18:52)

First-class experiences when flying commercial (20:32)

Is the premium economy coming back? (25:47)

Flying business class internationally (28:57)

What a high-end luxury hotel looks like (30:47)

Four vs. Five-star resorts (31:20)

Luxury high-end resort loyalty programs (37:45)

Higher-end luxury property rentals (41:46)

The perks of working through a travel advisor (47:35)

Practical advice around tipping (51:28)

Organizing activities on your vacation (56:02)

Where to find Leigh Rowan online (58:21)

 

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This episode is brought to you by Masterworks. Masterworks is an alternative investing platform that gives you access to one of the most exclusive and overlooked investments in history: blue-chip art. Masterworks lets regular people invest in paintings by legends like Banksy, Basquiat and Warhol without spending millions. I've now used masterworks to invest 10 different paintings, including a 15 million dollar Picasso.


Here’s how it works: Masterworks will buy a painting they think will appreciate well over time, then they securitize that painting with the SEC, so you can invest in it instead of buying the whole thing. Once they sell the painting, later on, you get your share of the proceeds. It’s that simple. They’ve offered over 100 paintings so far and the three that have sold realized a net annualized gain over 30% per work. They have over 280,000 users and demand is as high as ever. All the Hacks has partnered with them to give you all priority access by going to https://allthehacks.com/masterworks

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Apr 06, 2022
The Power (and Tax Savings) of Charitable Giving with Adam Nash
01:01:31

#50: Entrepreneur and investor Adam Nash joins Chris to discuss the biggest misconceptions of philanthropy, the hurdles of giving, tax benefits for charitable donations, real estate investing, why Daffy was created, everything you need to know about Donor-Advised Funds, and more.

Adam Nash (@AdamNash) is the CEO and co-founder of Daffy, a not-for-profit community built around a new modern way to give. Adam is a seasoned executive, investor and advisor. He sits on the board of the investing company Acorns, he teaches the "Personal Finance for Engineers" course at Stanford and he was previously the president and CEO at Wealthfront. 

Full Show Notes at: https://www.allthehacks.com/giving-adam-nash

View Episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mERMZviCHx0

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Get a free $25 in your Daffy account: https://allthehacks.com/daffy

Connect with Adam Nash: Twitter | Instagram | Adam's Blog | Daffy’s Blog

Selected Works from Daffy’s blog: Let’s Close the Trillion-Dollar Generosity Gap | The Benefits of Donating Stock to Charity

Adam’s Stanford Course: CS 007: Personal Finance for Engineers

Book Mentioned:  Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending by Elizabeth Dunn and Dr. Michael Norton  

Palo Alto Recommendations:   The Post | The Sea | Stanford Campus | The Dish | Shoreline Lake

Bilt Signup: https://allthehacks.com/bilt

 

Full Show Notes 

Chris welcomes Adam to All The Hacks  (00:00) 

The biggest misconceptions about philanthropy (02:13)

How much should one give?  (03:29) 

How to know if an organization is using its money wisely (09:22)

Could people be giving more? (12:36)

The hurdles of giving (15:10)

Giving to multiple similar organizations (20:44)

Tax benefits for charitable donations (23:15) 

Donor-Advised Funds (23:49)

Why Daffy was created (27:42)

Why do large firms have such high fees on donor-advised funds? (30:34)

Donating appreciated assets (33:04)

Moving your Donor-Advised Funds (38:31)

Donor-Advised Fund apps and their ease (40:37) 

Investing inside your Daffy Donor-Advised Fund (44:31)

What people are getting wrong about personal finance (46:04)

How do alternative investments fit into your portfolio? (48:10)

Real Estate investing (52:36)

Dinner, Drink, and Something to do in Palo Alto (57:52)

Where to find Adam online (59:41)

 

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Mar 30, 2022
Travel Hacking Bora Bora on Miles and Points
00:34:13

#49: This episode breaks down exactly how I  booked a $20,000+ trip Bora Bora for less than $1,500 with points and miles. I'll break down finding flights, transferring the points, booking the hotels, my own recommendations for Bora Bora and all the hacks you need to make a trip like this possible yourself.

Watch the video of this episode: https://youtu.be/wjX4K2RLOj8

 

Full Show Notes at: https://allthehacks.com/travel-hacking-bora-bora

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Suggested Episodes on Travel Hacking: #1. Leigh Rowan | #2.  Brad Barrett | #27. Brian Kelly

Point.me: $1 for your first month with this link (and using the code ALLTHEHACKS)

Finding the right flight: point.me | FlightConnections |  Google Flights | ExpertFlyer | French bee | Air Tahiti Nui

Finding the right hotel: Google Hotels | AwardMapper | Costco Travel | FlyerTalk (example thread on St Regis Bora Bora)

Tahiti Recommendations:  Intercontinental Tahiti | Hilton Hotel Tahiti

Bora Bora Recommendations: St. Regis Bora Bora Resort | Conrad Bora Bora Nui | Bora Bora Sharks and Stingrays | Amazon Floats

 

Full Show Notes

Chris introduces All The Hacks from Bora Bora  (00:00) 

Listener Email (01:13)

Trip background (03:02) 

A glimpse into Bora Bora (04:40)

Finding the right flight (06:46)

Flightconnections.com (06:57)

Google flights (07:27)

Expert flyer (11:40)

Point.me and Air Canada (13:13)

Finding the right hotel (16:24)

Google Hotels (16:50)

Awardmapper.com (18:43)

Booking with Marriott (19:09)

How to get that upgrade (22:30)

Flying Air Tahiti (24:18)

Costco Hack (26:41)

Food costs (27:12)

St. Regis vs. Conrad (28:13)

Bora Bora Hacks (31:17)

   

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Mar 23, 2022
Using an Investing Checklist to Improve your Portfolio with Brian Feroldi
00:54:59

#48: Investing expert Brian Feroldi joins Chris to discuss the current market, Brian’s counterintuitive investing philosophy, making an investor checklist, evaluating risk, investor policy statements, understanding market capitalization, creating an exit strategy, asymmetric bets and more.

Brian Feroldi (@BrianFeroldi) is a financial educator, YouTuber, and author of Why Does The Stock Market Go Up?: Everything You Should Have Been Taught About Investing in School, But Weren’t, who has also written more than 3,000 articles on stocks, investing, and personal finance for the Motley Fool. He's been intensely interested in money, personal finance, and investing since he graduated from college and shares his knowledge with the world on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Fool.com.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/investing-checklist-brian-feroldi

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Brian Feroldi: Twitter | YouTube | Instagram | Website | Motley Fool Articles

Order Brian’s Book: Why Does The Stock Market Go Up?: Everything You Should Have Been Taught About Investing in School, But Weren’t

YouTube Video: Brian Feroldi’s Stock Investing Checklist: A Step By Step Guide

Brian’s Investing Checklist: brianferoldi.com/checklist/

Stock Investing Platforms mentioned: Interactive Brokers | M1 Finance

Rhode Island Recommendations: Hemenway’s RestaurantWaterfire Providence | Tilted Barn Brewery

 

Books Referenced:

 

Full Show Notes

Chris welcomes Brian to All The Hacks  (01:15) 

Making sense of the current market (01:25)

How Brian feels about calm and volatile times (03:06) 

Timing the market vs. dollar-cost averaging (04:13)

How Brian thinks about managing his own portfolio (06:35)

Evaluating risk (08:27)

The Investor policy statement (09:43)

 How to make an investing checklist (12:20)

Educating yourself on what to look for when finding a company to invest in (16:25)

Is Brian's investing more passive or wild bets? (19:54)

Is price even a factor when investing in stocks? (22:55)

Understanding market capitalization (25:20)

Exiting positions when the market cap gets too large (27:12)

Determining your exit strategy and keeping an investment journal (28:31)

When to double down on your position (30:52)

Brian’s counterintuitive investing philosophy (33:35) 

What platform does Brian use to trade? (36:22) 

How to evaluate how a stock or company is doing (39:01)

Online Resources to compare your stock to the rest of the market (41:18) 

Taking on higher risk bets (41:58)

Researching and finding asymmetrical bets (43:53)

Does the vetting process for asymmetrical bets differ from less risky investments? (45:34)

Five stocks that Brian is keeping his eye on (47:28) 

Brian's book recommendations (49:08)

Brian's contrarian opinion on paying down mortgage fast (52:52)

Brian's local recommendations for Rhode Island (52:52)

Where to find Brian online (54:24)

 

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Here’s how it works: Masterworks will buy a painting they think will appreciate well over time, then they securitize that painting with the SEC, so you can invest in it instead of buying the whole thing. Once they sell the painting, later on, you get your share of the proceeds. It’s that simple. In 2020 and 2021, masterworks sold two paintings that appreciated by over 30%. They have over 280,000 users and demand is as high as ever. But I partnered with them to give you all priority access by going to https://allthehacks.com/masterworks (see important disclosures at masterworks.io/disclaimer).

 

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Mar 16, 2022
Finding Happiness, Success and Deep Purpose with Arthur Brooks
00:52:28

#47: Behavioral social scientist Arthur Brooks joins Chris to explore happiness and the different types of intelligence. They also explore the hustle culture, the science of satisfaction, the reverse bucket list, the four good idols (friends, family, faith, and work) and the four to watch out for (money, power, pleasure, and pain)

Arthur C. Brooks (@arthurbrooks) is a Harvard Professor, musician, and columnist for the Atlantic. He is also the bestselling author of 11 books on topics ranging from economic opportunity to human happiness. In February 2022, Arthur released From Strength to Strength, a book on finding meaning, success, and deep purpose in the second half of life. 

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/happiness-arthur-brooks and you can watch this episode on YouTube

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Arthur: Website | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Some of Arthur's Books

Selected Works from the Atlantic

Books Referenced

Podcasts Referenced

Barcelona Recommendations

 

Full Show Notes

Arthur C Brooks - Behavioral Social Scientist (00:00)

How does Arthur define happiness? (02:54) 

Are tests available to understand where you are lacking in happiness? (03:50)

Changing intelligence - the seven habits of people who get happier as they age (04:47)

What is a success curve and how to make sure you're on the right success curve? (05:42)

Fluid intelligence (06:30)

Crystalized intelligence (07:35)

The key thing is to be on the right curve (07:50)

What does the jump from curve to curve look like? How do I prepare for a jump? What should I be doing with my time? (08:50) 

Charles Darwin and Johann Sebastian Bach’s success curves (10:44)

Success Addiction and Dopamine (13:30)

Hustle Culture and how to establish metacognition (16:30) 

How often do you need to journal to see benefits from journaling? (18:00)

The Bad Idols: money, power, pleasure, and fame (20:30) 

The Good Idols: faith, family, friendship, and work (21:10)

The best way to get happier now??? (24:25) 

The importance of sharing (25:25) 

The happiness algorithm (25:15)

Having faith without an organized religion (27:00) 

Lectio Divina - Divine Reading (29:40)

The science of satisfaction (30:36) 

The hedonic treadmill and social comparison (32:00) 

How to make a better bucket list (33:47) 

The reverse bucket list (35:25) 

How to buy happiness (37:30) 

Technology and happiness (40:52) 

Turning weakness into strength (42:40)

Hope and the role of negative emotions (45:36)

Quitting your job for happiness (47:00) 

Recommendations for a meal, a drink, and something to do in Barcelona, Roman Ruins, Sagrada Familia, Romanesque Churches and Gothic Cathedrals (48:30) 

The inspiration for his most recent book (49:12)

Wrapping up the show with Arthur Brooks and where to find Arthur online (52:00)

 

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In the past, my HSAs have had high monthly fees and I’ve been forced to invest through an old school brokerage. That’s why I’m so excited about Starship – there are no hidden fees, no minimum balance fees, and no monthly maintenance fees. And you can spend, save, and invest your HSA funds all from their simple app. Also, instead of having to manually invest your funds, Starship can automatically invest your contributions using their robo-advisory tool. I think Starship is the easiest HSA out there and you can sign up in minutes at https://allthehacks.com/starship

 

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Mar 09, 2022
Mastering the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication with Vanessa Van Edwards
00:40:30

#46: Vanessa Van Edwards, a master of communication, joins Chris to explore the language of human social cues and what it takes to be charismatic. They also cover the impact that the four primary forms of communication (vocal, words, tone, and imagery) can have on your success in communication with business colleagues, friends, and family. 

Vanessa also shares tangible skills to improve interpersonal communication and leadership, including her insights on what makes our communication work. She has developed a science-based framework for understanding different personalities to strengthen our EQ and help us communicate with colleagues, clients, and customers.

Vanessa Van Edwards (@vvanedwards) is the lead investigator at Science of People. She is also the bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People, which has been translated into 16 languages. More than 50 million people have watched her engaging YouTube tutorials and TEDx Talk. Her much anticipated new book Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication was just released (March 1, 2022).

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/charismatic-communication-vanessa-van-edwards

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Vanessa: Website | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Vanessa's Books

All the Hacks YouTube Channel

Science of People Charisma Test

Videos

Articles/Research

Vanessa's Austin Recommendations

 

Full Show Notes

Introduction to the episode guest - Vanessa Van Edwards (02:27)

What is a communication cue and how do they tie into charismatic communication? (02:50)

How would Vanessa define charisma? (05:07)

What positive cues has Vanessa already brought to this interview with Chris in order to be received the way she intended to be? (07:43) 

How vocal cues affect your warmth and competence. (09:27) 

Mistakes in video call cues (11:27) 

Verbal cues and using words that matter. (14:03) 

How to ruin the mood of a virtual meeting right off the bat. (18:17)

How do you gracefully wrap up a conversation with work colleagues or friends? (22:30)

Are cues just as important in our written communication? (23:56)

How to properly outline and transcribe a charismatic email. (28:23)

The practice of scoring your own communication on the balance of uses of warmth versus competence. (32:43)

The Impact of choosing a good background on virtual call and meetings. (33:45)

Hand cues, talking with your hands in a conversation. (36:04)

Rapid fire closing questions. Austin, Texas (39:09)

How to reach Vanessa online and wrapping up the episode with Vanessa Van Edwards (40:32) 

 

Ukraine-related Organizations I've Supported

 

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Mar 02, 2022
Travel, Hotel, and Credit Card Points Strategies for 2022 with Richard Kerr
00:53:30

#45: Points expert Richard Kerr joins Chris to discuss airline, hotel, and credit card loyalty points, including changes/expectations for 2022, which credit cards and loyalty programs you should avoid, how to assess whether a signup bonus is worth it, and the hottest redemptions in the market today.  

Richard Kerr (@kerrpoints) is a former Naval Officer who left that career behind to become one of the top experts in the world on travel loyalty programs, credit cards, and point strategy. He is currently the Director of Travel Rewards at Bilt and previously led travel partnerships at The Points Guy  Loyalty and founded the Award Travel 101 Facebook Group.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/travel-points-2022-richard-kerr

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Richard Kerr: TwitterInstagram | Bilt Rewards | Award Travel 101 FB Group

YouTube Video: How Frequent Flier Programs are like Banks

Credit cards Signup Links: https://allthehacks.com/cards

Point.me: $1 for your first month with this link (and using the code ALLTHEHACKS)

Get the most out of your points:  Cashback Monitor | CardPointers | MaxRewards | Card Curator

Points communities online: Travel on Points | The Frequent Miler | Miles to Memories | r/CreditCards | FlyerTalk

Travel points blogs to follow: The Frequent Miler | View from the Wing | Miles to Memories | Boarding Area

Atlanta Restaurants: Marcel | Yebo Beach Haus

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Richard Kerr? (00:11)

Why did Richard shift from the Navy to the points and travel world (and what Trump always needed to be stocked up)? (01:14)

What’s WRONG with loyalty programs these days?  (03:01)

Reasons for and against collecting Delta Skymiles. (05:08)

There are no reasons to invest in Marriott Bonvoy anymore, here’s why. (06:03)

The gold standard of hotel loyalty programs. (07:03)

How will hotel loyalty programs change in the next few years? (07:55)

How the AAdvantage program may change miles in 2022 and millions of miles given away. (09:46)

What is the state of credit card points in 2022 (and why it’s a race to the bottom)? (15:58)

Offer stacking: How Richard’s friend landed 500K Amex points buying a car on his credit card. (22:40)

How you can take advantage of offer stacking. (23:32)

Is it still worth holding on to the Chase Reserve or the Amex Platinum card in 2022? (27:30)

Why you should steer clear from Citi Bank. (30:07)

How Bilt Rewards helps renters and landlords. (31:54)

Can you pay your mortgage using Bilt? (35:08)

Where can you use your Bilt points? (34:39)

How Bilt makes money (and how it helps you get a mortgage). (37:59)

Why Bilt teaches its customers how to transfer their Bilt points to other programs. (40:04)

How to stop redeeming your points at terrible valuations. (42:53)

The best redemptions you can take advantage of now (Richard Kerr’s recommendations). (44:15)

Richard Kerr’s most exciting redemption story. (45:53)

The most affordable way to get cash when you’re traveling. (47:58)

Why you should become part of points communities. (49:45)

Blogs in the travel space you should follow. (50:51)

What you should do on your first trip to Atlanta. (51:54)

How to keep in touch with Richard Kerr. (53:37)

 

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This episode is brought to you by Starship. Are you looking for a new HSA? You can get one free with Starship and signing up only takes a few minutes. If you're not familiar with HSAs, they’re health savings accounts for health-related expenses like doctor appointments, glasses, prescriptions, and over-the-counter meds. The best part is that an HSA from Starship lets you get tax breaks on account contributions, when purchasing eligible expenses and on any investment growth.

In the past, my HSAs have had high monthly fees and I’ve been forced to invest through an old school brokerage. That’s why I’m so excited about Starship – there are no hidden fees, no minimum balance fees, and no monthly maintenance fees. And you can spend, save, and invest your HSA funds all from their simple app. Also, instead of having to manually invest your funds, Starship can automatically invest your contributions using their robo-advisory tool. I think Starship is the easiest HSA out there and you can sign up in minutes at https://allthehacks.com/starship

 

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Feb 23, 2022
Latest News: Southwest Companion Pass, Hyatt/Marriott Devaluation, BlockFi's SEC Settlement
00:12:37

#44: This episode is a recap of some of the latest news, including: a new quick and easy way to earn Southwest Companion Pass for a whole year, the points devaluations from Hyatt and Marriott,  a big BlockFi settlement with the SEC, and my recommendations from a recent trip to Oceanside, CA.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/feb-18-latest-news

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Free Companion Pass Through Feb 2023: allthehacks.com/southwest

Hyatt Devaluation: Hyatt Award Chart Changes

Marriott Devaluation: The Points Guy's Take

BlockFi News:

Oceanside Recomendations

 

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Feb 18, 2022
Why 50/50 Doesn't Work: A New Model for Happier Relationships with Nate & Kaley Klemp
01:14:22

#43: Relationship experts Kaley and Nate Klemp, Ph.D.,  join Chris and his wife Amy to discuss how to create balance in a relationship. They explore why perfect equality is unrealistic, why you shouldn’t aim for fairness, how to share feedback with your partner without it turning into a fight, and how to sustainably maintain a life of radical generosity. 

Kaley and Nate Klemp are co-authors of The 80/80 Marriage: A New Model for A Happier, Stronger Relationship. It has been named as the Editor’s Choice pick by the New York Times. Kaley Klemp is a leadership development expert and Nate Klemp is a writer, philosopher, and entrepreneur who co-authored a New York Times Bestseller titled Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/8080-marriage-nate-kaley-klemp

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Kaley and Nate Klemp:

Nir Eyal: Becoming Indistractable: Book | All the Hacks Ep 25

 

Full Show Notes

Who are Kaley and Nate Klemp? (00:11)

The evolution from 80/20 to 80/80 marriages (01:49)

Why are equal relationships are hard to attain? (04:14)

How striving for fairness causes resentment. (05:56)

How people from different backgrounds may experience marriage differently. (09:08)

How you can be radically generous in your marriage. (10:40)

How appreciation can be built into your routines. (15:44)

Is it disingenuous to schedule in time to appreciate your partner? (17:21)

Making the 80/80 standard work when you and your partner have different values. (18:29)

How couples can win together with money. (22:41)

Tools you can use to create balance in your relationship. (26:51)

How do responsibilities in your marriage change as life changes? (31:13)

Uncommon things to outsource that can help family life. (33:52)

The life report card exercise (why you might want to intentionally fail). (39:13)

How to sustain radical generosity when you’ve forgotten about it.  (40:33)

What to do when technology is distracting you from quality time with your partner. (43:42)

How delaying things can help you do more. (50:37)

Getting on the same page as your partner. (51:57)

An unusual way to share feedback with your partner without frustrating them. (57:24)

Overdoing radical generosity in a marriage (and why it’s not then 100/100 marriage). (1:01:16)

Tactics you can use for having meaningful intimate time beyond sex-enhancing gimmicks. (1:02:47)

Using mindfulness to stay open-minded. (1:08:07)

How relationships themselves can be a hack. (1:09:44)

Using the 80/80 rule to improve your non-romantic relationships. (1:10:19)

How to keep up with Kaley and Nate Klemp online. (1:11:53)

Date recommendations from marriage experts. (1:12:43)

 

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Feb 16, 2022
Beating Inflation, Alternative Assets, and Simplifying Your Finances with Ben Carlson
00:58:16

#42: Author and financial advisor Ben Carlson joins Chris to share investing, saving, and giving hacks. They discuss what you can do instead of picking stocks, the differences between how institutions invest and how individuals invest, how to assess if you need a financial advisor, short-term and long-term approaches to beating inflation, and why you should automate your giving. 

Ben Carlson (@awealthofcs) is a financial advisor and Director of Institutional Asset Management at Ritholtz Wealth Management. He is also the author of four books about saving and investing and the popular blog A Wealth of Common Sense.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/inflation-alternatives-ben-carlson

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Ben Carlson: A Wealth of Common Sense | Animal Spirits Podcast | Twitter

Ben Carlson’s Books:

Book Recommendations:

Invest in real estate: Fundrise

Invest in art: Masterworks (skip the line with this link)

Roboadvisor: Wealthfront ($5k managed free with this link)

HSA: Starship HSA

Crypto High Yield Savings: BlockFi

Automate your giving: Daffy (free $25 with this link)

Fiduciary Financial Advisors: Wealth Foundry | XY Planning Network

401k Fee Analyzer: TD Ameritrade 401k Fee Analysis

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Ben Carlson? (00:11)

Why is Ben Carlson done picking stocks? (01:22)

Alternatives to picking stocks. (04:32)

What you should do before exploring stock alternatives. (09:19)

Why you should have rules for every investment you make. (11:36)

Lessons from how institutions invest. (16:00)

What are asset allocations (and should you trust a roboadvisor with your asset allocation)? (18:19)

Should you work with a financial advisor? (21:58)

Should you max out all your retirement accounts? (29:02)

Where should you keep your cash for short-term savings? (33:36)

Using leverage reasonably: should you do it? (40:53)

What’s happening with inflation in 2022 (and how to beat it long term)? (43:52)

Should you invest in Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities to protect your cash against inflation? (46:08)

Non-investment related ways to simplify your financing (optimism and automated giving). (48:51)

Having a savings allocation (fun money). (52:22)

The statistics that prove why saving is more important than investing. (55:05)

Ben Carlson’s book recommendations. (57:37)

How to connect with Ben. (60:44)

 

Sponsors

Masterworks

This episode is brought to you by Masterworks. Masterworks is an alternative investing platform that gives you access to one of the most exclusive and overlooked investments in history: blue-chip art. Masterworks lets regular people invest in paintings by legends like Banksy Basquiat and Warhol without spending millions. In fact, I used masterworks to invest in a 15 million dollar Picasso the other day. 

Here’s how it works: Masterworks will buy a painting they think will appreciate well over time, then they securitize that painting with the SEC, so you can invest in it instead of buying the whole thing. Once they sell the painting, later on, you get your share of the proceeds. It’s that simple. In 2020 and 2021, masterworks sold two paintings that appreciated by over 30%. They have over 280,000 users and demand is as high as ever. But I partnered with them to give you all priority access by going to https://allthehacks.com/masterworks (see important disclosures at masterworks.io/disclaimer).

 

Starship

This episode is brought to you by Starship. Are you looking for a new HSA? You can get one free with Starship and signing up only takes a few minutes. If you're not familiar with HSAs, they’re health savings accounts for health-related expenses like doctor appointments, glasses, prescriptions, and over-the-counter meds. The best part is that an HSA from Starship lets you get tax breaks on account contributions, when purchasing eligible expenses and on any investment growth.

In the past, my HSAs have had high monthly fees and I’ve been forced to invest through an old school brokerage. That’s why I’m so excited about Starship – there are no hidden fees, no minimum balance fees, and no monthly maintenance fees. And you can spend, save, and invest your HSA funds all from their simple app. Also, instead of having to manually invest your funds, Starship can automatically invest your contributions using their robo-advisory tool. I think Starship is the easiest HSA out there and you can sign up in minutes at https://allthehacks.com/starship

 

BlockFi

This episode is brought to you by BlockFi. BlockFi is the company I use to store all my crypto and I think they provide huge value because. Whether you buy your crypto with them or transfer in what you already have, you can start earning interest on all of it, which is a great way to earn some passive income with almost no effort. And that also includes stable coins based in us dollars where you can earn 9% without having your savings fluctuate with the crypto markets. This is where I store the cash I used to keep at a high yield savings account. Since opening my account, I've already earned thousands of dollars of interest.

BlockFi also has a rewards credit card that instead of earning points or miles gives you Bitcoin back on every purchase you make offering 3.5% back in the first three months and 1.5% percent back after that. If you want to check out BlockFi, you can get an exclusive bonus of up to $250 free when you sign at https://allthehacks.com/blockfi

 

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Feb 09, 2022
All the Hacks Update and Plans for 2022
00:08:30

#41: This short episode is all about the podcast itself and a look the plans for the show in 2022 and beyond. It's also a recap of some takeaways from the recent listener survey. 

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/plans-for-2022

 

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Feb 08, 2022
The Power of Regret, Motivation and Good Timing with Dan Pink
01:05:02

Bestselling Author Daniel Pink joins Chris to discuss how regret works and how it can help us make smarter decisions, perform better at work and bring greater meaning to our lives. They also talk about Dan’s best hacks, tips and tricks for timing, motivation and more.

Daniel Pink (@DanielPink) is the author of several bestselling books on business, work, creativity, and behavior, with his latest book being The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward. His books have collectively spent more than 5 years on the New York Times best seller’s list (including two #1 spots) and have been translated to 42 languages. Those books include Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates UsWhen: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing and To Sell is Human.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/regret-dan-pink

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Dan Pink: Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook

Dan Pink’s Books:

Dan's Top 10 Ted Talk: The puzzle of motivation

Organize and store your tabs: One Tab Chrome Extension

Saving articles for later: Instapaper | Pocket

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Dan Pink (and his thoughts on All The Hacks)? [00:11]

What is regret? [02:59]

Why is regret so powerful? [03:50]

The 4 core regrets everyone has (according to 17,000 people’s regrets). [05:45]

The single most important lesson from Dan Pink’s research on regret. [11:29]

Always go to funerals. [13:24]

The best decision-making hack to avoid regret. [14:18]

3 steps to reframe how you think about the regrets you already have. [15:23]

Overcoming career regrets: making a failure resume. [20:00]

Anticipated regret: why you SHOULD change your answer on a multiple-choice test. [22:59]

Anticipated regret: maximizers and satisficers. [24:56]

Anticipated regret: Jeff Bezos’ regret minimization principle [29:48]

The surprising truth about what motivates us. [32:28]

Do people need to create their own autonomy, mastery, and purpose (and why you might be demotivated)?  [35:07]

Having more ‘why’ conversations. [41:43]

When is the best time to do the things you want to do throughout the day? [43:21]

Is remote and autonomous work better for night owls? [48:41]

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? [49:42]

The kinds of breaks you should take every day. [51:02]

Is there such a thing as ‘good timing’ throughout the year (not the day)? [54:09]

Having physical boxes for your future projects. [56:41]

Having a spark file (and having a system to organize and store your random thoughts). [58:32]

A line-a-day notebook. [01:01:38]

How to connect with Dan Pink. [01:03:25]

 

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This episode is brought to you by BlockFi. BlockFi is the company I use to store all my crypto and I think they provide huge value because. Whether you buy your crypto with them or transfer in what you already have, you can start earning interest on all of it, which is a great way to earn some passive income with almost no effort. And that also includes stable coins based in us dollars where you can earn 9% without having your savings fluctuate with the crypto markets. This is where I store the cash I used to keep at a high yield savings account. Since opening my account, I've already earned thousands of dollars of interest.

BlockFi also has a rewards credit card that instead of earning points or miles gives you Bitcoin back on every purchase you make offering 3.5% back in the first three months and 1.5% percent back after that. If you want to check out BlockFi, you can get an exclusive bonus of up to $250 free when you sign at https://allthehacks.com/blockfi

 

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Feb 02, 2022
The Language and Actions of Great Leaders with David Marquet
01:02:55

Retired Navy Captain and leadership expert David Marquet joins Chris to share the moment in the Navy that completely flipped his understanding of leadership. They discuss why the secret to leadership lies in giving up control, how to create spaces at work and at home where people can show up as their best selves, how slight language changes can make great character shifts in your life, and how you can have an impact at work no matter your pay grade. 

David Marquet (@ldavidmarquet) is a distinguished submarine captain who, as commander of the USS Santa Fe, took the ship and its crew from one of the worst performing in the Navy to achieving the highest retention and operational standings. He documented that journey in his best-selling book  Turn The Ship Around, which has been listed as one of the top 12 business books of all time. His most recent bestselling book Leadership is Language was released in 2020 and outlines how just changing your words can dramatically improve decision-making and execution on your team.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/leadership-david-marquet

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect With David Marquet: Intent-Based Leadership International | LinkedIn | Website

David's Books: Turn The Ship Around | Leadership is Language

Youtube Channel: Leadership Nudges with David Marquet

David’s Talk that Chris shared dozens of times: Youtube

 

Full Show Notes

Who is David Marquet? [00:11]

Effective definitions of leadership vs. outdated definitions of leadership. [01:21]

Two tactics that completely changed how David Marquet viewed leadership. [03:52]

What you should focus on when making leadership decisions. [10:24]

How to make people more receptive to new decisions. [11:21]

Is it worth letting people make mistakes on purpose? [12:54]

Why you should give people more control than they can handle. [13:52]

What’s the responsibility of leaders when decision making is decentralized?[16:20]

How do you create a sense of urgency in your organization when you have important deadlines? [17:58]

How to have a more inclusive team meeting (and why you should take votes before starting discussions). [22:08]

How to get quiet people to speak up (3 levels of cognitive involvement) [27:06]

The least stressful type of leadership (David’s time as commander of the submarine USS Santa Fe) [31:40]

How to avoid wasting time at meetings. [33:49]

A whole book of “don’t say this, say that” (why David wrote a second book about leadership). [38:49]

A simple change in language to help you stick to your commitments and easily avoid peer pressure. [41:11]

Language leaders should avoid. [45:07]

When to stick with your decisions and when you should change the course. [47:55]

Why you need an emotional environment at work (and calculating the cost of your decisions). [54:56]

How you can have influence over stubborn managers. [58:26]

How to connect with David Marquet. [01:01:33]

 

Sponsors

BlockFi

This episode is brought to you by BlockFi. BlockFi is the company I use to store all my crypto and I think they provide huge value because. Whether you buy your crypto with them or transfer in what you already have, you can start earning interest on all of it, which is a great way to earn some passive income with almost no effort. And that also includes stable coins based in us dollars where you can earn 9% without having your savings fluctuate with the crypto markets. This is where I store the cash I used to keep at a high yield savings account. Since opening my account, I've already earned thousands of dollars of interest.

BlockFi also has a rewards credit card that instead of earning points or miles gives you Bitcoin back on every purchase you make offering 3.5% back in the first three months and 1.5% percent back after that. If you want to check out BlockFi, you can get an exclusive bonus of up to $250 free when you sign at https://allthehacks.com/blockfi

 

Masterworks

This episode is brought to you by Masterworks. Masterworks is an alternative investing platform that gives you access to one of the most exclusive and overlooked investments in history: blue-chip art. Masterworks lets regular people invest in paintings by legends like Banksy Basquiat and Warhol without spending millions. In fact, I used masterworks to invest in a 15 million dollar Picasso the other day. 

Here’s how it works: Masterworks will buy a painting they think will appreciate well over time, then they securitize that painting with the SEC, so you can invest in it instead of buying the whole thing. Once they sell the painting, later on, you get your share of the proceeds. It’s that simple. In 2020 and 2021, masterworks sold two paintings that appreciated by over 30%. They have over 280,000 users and demand is as high as ever. But I partnered with them to give you all priority access by going to https://allthehacks.com/masterworks (see important disclosures at masterworks.io/disclaimer).

 

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Jan 26, 2022
Leveraging Performance Psychology with 3-time Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings
01:04:15

Gold medal olympian and entrepreneur Kerri Walsh Jennings joins Chris to discuss how she's optimized performance in her life and career. Specifically, she explains how she nurtures her body, mind, and spirit. They talk about why you should have range instead of specializing in specific skills, how self-awareness can change your perspective and your actions, and lessons from performance psychology that you can apply to your life.  

Kerri Walsh Jennings (@kerrileewalsh) is a professional beach volleyball athlete. She holds the beach volleyball record for most Olympic medals - three golds and a bronze, has the most career victories, and the highest earnings of any female player.  She and her husband Casey (also a professional volleyball player) started a company called p1440 built around the culture and sport of beach volleyball.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/performance-psychology-kerri-walsh-jennings

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Kerri Walsh Jennings: Instagram | Twitter

P1440: Website | Instagram | Twitter

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized world by David Epstein

Seeking Health supplements

The Cold Plunge

Firefly Recovery Device

TENS Units for Pain Relief

Alpina Hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Kerri Walsh Jennings? [00:15]

Experimenting with self-optimization. [01:37]

Expecting to be a pro-athlete since Kerri was a child. [02:38]

Generalization vs. specialization: which way should you go? [03:24]

Showing your kids your ambition. [04:47]

Having role models that are not exactly like you. [08:28]

How to make a living playing beach volleyball. [10:35]

Kerri ’s past side hustles. [13:12]

Getting 3 Olympic medals. [14:37]

Where do Olympians store their medals? [16:08]

Will Kerri Walsh Jennings retire this year? [16:37]

Winning for a whole year: how did she do it? [18:39]

How to sincerely be present in the moment. [22:00]

What’s more important: the mental or the physical? [25:56]

Lessons from performance psychologists that you can apply to your life. [27:30]

What is neutral self-talk (and how you can use it)? [28:40]

The secret to making positive self-talk easy. [30:49]

How you can train yourself to be self-aware and course-correcting in the moment. [35:35]

Kerri’s body-mind-spirit health routine. [39:46]

How to do a cold plunge at home. [44:27]

Winning a gold medal WHILE being pregnant (work-life balance athlete as a pro athlete). [46:41]

Life lessons Kerri shares with her children. [49:45]

The magical power of meaningful fatherhood. [52:42]  

Travel tips and hacks from a pro athlete. [54:05]

Why Kerri started a company  (p1440)? [57:05]

What athletes can teach entrepreneurs. [59:50]

Why you should document memorable moments every month. [1:02:31]

How to connect with Kerri and p1440. [1:05:12]

 

Sponsors

Starship

This episode is brought to you by Starship. Are you looking for a new HSA? You can get one free with Starship and signing up only takes a few minutes. If you're not familiar with HSAs, they’re health savings accounts for health-related expenses like doctor appointments, glasses, prescriptions, and over-the-counter meds. The best part is that an HSA from Starship lets you get tax breaks on account contributions, when purchasing eligible expenses and on any investment growth.

In the past, my HSAs have had high monthly fees and I’ve been forced to invest through an old school brokerage. That’s why I’m so excited about Starship – there are no hidden fees, no minimum balance fees, and no monthly maintenance fees. And you can spend, save, and invest your HSA funds all from their simple app. Also, instead of having to manually invest your funds, Starship can automatically invest your contributions using their robo-advisory tool. I think Starship is the easiest HSA out there and until 1/31/22, they’re giving new users $50 when they deposit at least $50. Sign up and get your free $50 at https://allthehacks.com/starship

 

BlockFi

This episode is brought to you by BlockFi. BlockFi is the company I use to store all my crypto and I think they provide huge value because. Whether you buy your crypto with them or transfer in what you already have, you can start earning interest on all of it, which is a great way to earn some passive income with almost no effort. And that also includes stable coins based in us dollars where you can earn 9% without having your savings fluctuate with the crypto markets. This is where I store the cash I used to keep at a high yield savings account. Since opening my account, I've already earned thousands of dollars of interest.

BlockFi also has a rewards credit card that instead of earning points or miles gives you Bitcoin back on every purchase you make offering 3.5% back in the first three months and 1.5% percent back after that. If you want to check out BlockFi, you can get an exclusive bonus of up to $250 free when you sign at https://allthehacks.com/blockfi

 

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Jan 19, 2022
The Surprising Habits of Backable People with Suneel Gupta
01:14:47

Bestselling author Suneel Gupta joins Chris to discuss how to make your ideas sound so appealing to others that they not only adopt them but advocate for them. They talk about how to make failure work in your favor, why conviction and storytelling can be more compelling than statistics, why you should stop trying to be charismatic, and the power of going the extra mile. 

Suneel Gupta (@suneel) is the bestselling author of Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on You. At one point of his career, if you googled “failure” you would get a New York Times article featuring his story. He was the founding CEO of RISE, named app of the year by Apple, which was acquired by One Medical. Suneel later ran for US Congress, served on the faculty at Harvard University and is currently an emissary for Gross National Happiness between the US and the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/backable-suneel-gupta

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Suneel: Website | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

Suneel's Book: Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on You

New York Times article featuring Suneel’s journey of failure

LaidOffCamp: Tech Crunch | NPR

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Suneel Gupta? [00:16]

Chris’ crazy story getting laid off in 2009. [01:38]

Suneel Gupta’s viral failure story. [02:53]

Making failure work in your favor. [04:30]

Why having a brilliant idea is not enough. [05:50]

Yes, you can do anything you want - but there’s a caveat. [07:38]

Why casting a central character can be more powerful than statistics when you pitch to investors. [09:17]

Are backable people all charismatic people (and why you shouldn’t try to be charismatic)? [14:23]

How not being too rigorous can help you (and 4 types of people you need in your backable circle). [17:31]

Applying lessons from the failures of successful people. [26:58]

Non-obvious lessons from the failures of successful people (conviction and exhibition matches). OR Why you might want to practice your speech 21 times.  [28:51]

Flipping outsiders into insiders. [34:21]

Building muscle memory for what you want to master. [35:55]

What to ask instead of “what do you think”. [38:31]

Why you should have shorter presentations.[42:23]

Starting conversations and building rapport with complete strangers. [50:52]

The energy you give off matters. [57:30]

Why you should go one step beyond what anyone else would do. [59:40]

Preparing the energy you want to bring and calling out the negatives upfront. [01:08:15]

What Suneel Gupta is working on now. [01:13:37]

How to connect with Suneel Gupta. [01:16:03]

 

Sponsors

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This episode is brought to you by BlockFi. BlockFi is the company I use to store all my crypto and I think they provide huge value because. Whether you buy your crypto with them or transfer in what you already have, you can start earning interest on all of it, which is a great way to earn some passive income with almost no effort. And that also includes stable coins based in us dollars where you can earn 9% without having your savings fluctuate with the crypto markets. This is where I store the cash I used to keep at a high yield savings account. Since opening my account, I've already earned thousands of dollars of interest.

BlockFi also has a rewards credit card that instead of earning points or miles gives you Bitcoin back on every purchase you make offering 3.5% back in the first three months and 1.5% percent back after that. If you want to check out BlockFi, you can get an exclusive bonus of up to $250 free when you sign at https://allthehacks.com/blockfi.

 

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Jan 12, 2022
Bucket Lists, Audacious Goals and Living the Life You Want with Ben Nemtin
00:56:44

Bucket list master and NYT #1 bestselling author Ben Nemtin joins Chris to discuss how to live a fulfilling life rather than a life dictated by the expectations of others. They talk about how to create a meaningful bucket that goes beyond just travel goals, what most people regret at the end of their lives, and how to make big goals less daunting by creating momentum. 

Ben Nemtin is the author of NYT #1 bestseller What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? and the author of the brand new book The Bucket List Journal. He's also a creator of the hit MTV series The Buried Life, which documented a mission he and three childhood friends  took to pursue the world’s greatest bucket list. He thought the trip would last two weeks - but ever since he hasn’t looked back. 

“A bucket list is just a reminder of those things that are important to you” - Ben Nemtin

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/bucket-lists-ben-nemtin

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Ben Nemtin: Website | Instagram 

Ben Nemtin’s Books: What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? | The Bucket List Journal 

The Buried Life: Website | Show

Studies Mentioned:

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Ben Nemtin? [00:12]

How The Buried Life started. [01:44]

How Ben Nemtin got to play basketball with President Obama. [02:46]

Asking out Megan Fox. [04:27]

Helping other people check items off their own bucket lists. [06:56]

Do most people have a bucket list (and why do we procrastinate our personal goals)? [08:25]

What 76% of people regret at the end of their lives (according to a study by a Cornell professor). [11:43]

3 Reasons why people don’t live on their own terms. [13:45]

10 Categories of life your goals probably fall under. [16:05]

How to simplify the path to finding your purpose (and the 10 categories continued). [19:35]

How to create a more meaningful bucket list (and how to get them done). [25:29]

Overcoming fear of failure to accomplish your audacious goals. [33:25]

Creating momentum and inspiration when tackling big goals. [36:54]

How Ben broke down the goal of playing basketball with Obama. [40:35]

The ripple effect of doing the things you love (and how his journey began). [47:17]

How to connect with Ben. [54:03]

 

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BlockFi also has a rewards credit card that instead of earning points or miles gives you Bitcoin back on every purchase you make offering 3.5% back in the first three months and 1.5% percent back after that. If you want to check out BlockFi, you can get an exclusive bonus of up to $250 free when you sign at https://allthehacks.com/blockfi.

 

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Jan 05, 2022
Stacking Benjamins and Modern Money Management with Joe Saul-Sehy
01:07:42

Former financial advisor turned podcast host Joe Saul-Sehy joins Chris to discuss modern money management. They talk about why you should abandon trendy investment opportunities and what you should replace them with, why your wealth can grow faster if you don’t diversify your investments, and how emergency funds can save you money. They also share plenty of tax and investing hacks. 

Joe Saul-Sehy (@averagejoemoney) is the creator and host of the award-winning podcast Stacking Benjamins and a co-host of the Money with Friends podcast. He is the co-author of the newly published book Stacked: Your Super-Serious Guide to Modern Money Management.  Joe’s career in media started when he was The Money Man on Detroit’s local TV station WXYZ. Previously, he was a financial planner and Certified Financial Planner™ for over 15 years.  

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/stacking-benjamins-joe-saul-sehy

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Joe Saul-Sehy: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn

Joe’s Podcasts: Stacking Benjamins | Money with Friends

Joe’s Book: Stacked: Your Super-Serious Guide to Modern Money Management

Other Books Mentioned:

Investopedia: Modern Portfolio Theory | Efficient Frontier

Maximizing Deductible Interest Expense Articles: SVB | Andersen

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Joe Saul-Sehy? [00:12]

Why he decided to write a book (and how it all started with The Hardy Boys’ Detective Handbook). [02:14]

Why you should narrow investment opportunities to make sound financial decisions. [09:21]

Where you can find investment opportunities aligned with your goals (stock market alternatives). [14:26]

2 Red flags to look out for when evaluating investment opportunities.[19:24]

The upsides to making boring investments like farmland. [21:24]

Why you get wealthier faster if you DON’T diversify. [24:37]

Should you hire a financial advisor (the stories of Walt Disney and Mary Barra). [29:54]

Questions to ask before hiring an advisor. [34:21]

What most people don’t optimize enough. [35:42]

How an emergency fund can SAVE you money. [36:37]

Do you need disability insurance? [42:55]

Joe’s experience filing a homeowner’s claim after a robbery. [46:07]

What you need to know about taxes as a new investor (and how you can qualify for preferential tax treatment). [50:20]

How to financially support your aging parents. [55:02]

Should you use leverage? [59:23]

How to connect with Joe Saul-Sehy. [1:07:59]

 

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BlockFi also has a rewards credit card that instead of earning points or miles gives you Bitcoin back on every purchase you make offering 3.5% back in the first three months and 1.5% percent back after that. If you want to check out BlockFi, you can get an exclusive bonus of up to $250 free when you sign at https://allthehacks.com/blockfi.

 

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Dec 29, 2021
Hacking Healthcare, Prescriptions and Medical Bills with Marshall Allen
01:12:27

Healthcare journalist Marshall Allen joins Chris to discuss why you should never pay the first medical bill you receive. He also shares hacks that can help you prevent big medical bills before you get care, remove unreasonable charges, appeal insurance decisions, and lower the amount you pay for prescription drugs. 

Marshall Allen (@marshall_allen) was a reporter at ProPublica investigating the cost and quality of the U.S. healthcare system for over a decade. His work has been honored with several journalism awards, including the Harvard Kennedy School’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. He is also the author of Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Win.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/hacking-healthcare-marshall-allen

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Marshall Allen: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn

Marshall's Book: Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Win

Marshall Allen’s Insurance Appeal Memos

Apple Health App

ProPublica Surgeon Scorecard Project

Save on prescription drugs: GoodRX | Good Shepherd 

Drug price comparison: Consumer Reports on Drug Prices

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Marshall Allen? [00:17]

Why Marshall Allen dedicated his career to reporting about healthcare. [01:30]

When he felt he had to write a book. [03:23]

Important statistics about the healthcare crisis in the United States (and what it means to be functionally uninsured). [04:40]

What does it mean to win the fight against the health care system? [07:01]

A common cost you can probably avoid on your medical bill. [07:58]

Should you negotiate your medical bill even if you have a low deductible? [09:13]

The main reason the U.S. healthcare system is so broken. [13:26]

Easy big wins to save on healthcare. [15:43]

Are healthcare prices negotiable? [19:37]

Why you should always ask for an itemized medical bill. [22:25]

Chris’ case studies: same ailment, two facilities, different charges. [23:23]

Do hospitals have an obligation to charge a fair price? [29:10]

What do you do when you receive unreasonable medical bills (how to sue in small claims court and what the open price term is). [31:56]

Getting a medical bill before your insurance company responds to the charge (getting tricked to double pay).[42:46]

How to fight your insurance company when they reject the care you need. [44:49]

What if your insurance company doesn’t cover the latest medical discoveries? [46:47]

How do you find the best care (key indicators of medical quality)? [51:09]

A question that will help you save money on procedures you don’t need. [55:36]

How to pick the right healthcare plan (while still saving money) [59:12]

Health Savings Account vs. Flexible Savings Account. [1:03:32]

Saving money on prescription drugs. [1:05:54]

Boosting healthcare literacy in the U.S.  [1:07:48]

Reach out to Marshall Allen. [1:11:17]

 

Sponsor

This episode is brought to you by BlockFi. BlockFi is the company I use to store all my crypto and I think they provide huge value because. Whether you buy your crypto with them or transfer in what you already have, you can start earning interest on all of it, which is a great way to earn some passive income with almost no effort. And that also includes stable coins based in us dollars where you can earn 9% without having your savings fluctuate with the crypto markets. This is where I store the cash I used to keep at a high yield savings account. Since opening my account, I've already earned thousands of dollars of interest.

BlockFi also has a rewards credit card that instead of earning points or miles gives you Bitcoin back on every purchase you make offering 3.5% back in the first three months and 1.5% percent back after that. If you want to check out BlockFi, you can get an exclusive bonus of up to $250 free when you sign at https://allthehacks.com/blockfi.

 

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Dec 22, 2021
Optimizing Points, Miles and More Listener Q&A
00:41:57

All the Hacks host Chris Hutchins answers all the recent points, miles and travel questions he's  received from listeners. That includes using points, comparing cards, managing multiple cards, finding the best cards for your spending, rental car hacks and more. 

Chris Hutchins (@hutchins) is the host of All the Hacks and the Head of New Product Strategy at Wealthfront. He's amassed over 12 million points/miles in his lifetime, has started/sold two companies and is a registered investment advisor.

Links to the best credit cards and signup bonuses: https://allthehacks.com/cards

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/listener-questions-2

 

Full Show Notes + Links

Why I now love the Capital One Venture X Card [1:34]

Q: Why doesn't CapitalOne get as much love as Chase and Amex [4:42]

Q: How do you manage so many cards and when is the annual fee worth it? [5:13]

Q: How do you get maximum value on points (and a better deal than the portal)? [9:40]

Q: When does it make sense to accrue points in different programs? [13:54]

Q: Does it make sense to book in the portal for the big earning bonuses? [15:39]

Q: Do credit card travel portals have fair prices? [17:08]

Q: Chase Freedom vs. Freedom Unlimited [17:42]

Q:  Chase Sapphire Reserve vs. Amex Platinum [18:56]

Q: Can you have multiple Chase Sapphire Cards? [19:49]

Q: My partner and I got married and have the same credit card, what do we do? [21:04]

Q: What are the best business credit cards? [23:35]

Q: What's the best card for earning points on Gas? [25:37]

Q: What's the best app for finding the best card for different purchases? [26:35]

Q: Do you have a template for tracking your points? [27:30]

Q: How do you manage earning points when you're loyal to one airline? [28:33]

Q: Where do you find deals for business class flights when you're not using miles? [29:50]

Q: What are all the best hacks for rental cars? [31:21]

Q: What are the best tips for traveling during COVID [35:33]

  • Travel Approved Covid Tests from eMed and Optum

 

Sponsor

This episode is brought to you by BlockFi. BlockFi is the company I use to store all my crypto and I think they provide huge value because. Whether you buy your crypto with them or transfer in what you already have, you can start earning interest on all of it, which is a great way to earn some passive income with almost no effort. And that also includes stable coins based in us dollars where you can earn 9% without having your savings fluctuate with the crypto markets. This is where I store the cash I used to keep at a high yield savings account. Since opening my account, I've already earned thousands of dollars of interest.

BlockFi also has a rewards credit card that instead of earning points or miles gives you Bitcoin back on every purchase you make offering 3.5% back in the first three months and 1.5% percent back after that. If you want to check out BlockFi, you can get an exclusive bonus of up to $250 free when you sign at https://allthehacks.com/blockfi.

 

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Dec 15, 2021
Health Hacks, Crypto and NFTs with Kevin Rose
01:07:51

Entrepreneur and VC, Kevin Rose, joins Chris to talk about the best and latest in everything from wellness to digital currency. They dive into all Kevin's health hacks, what led him to be such a successful investor, and they answer many of your questions about the latest in crypto and NFTs.

Kevin Rose (@kevinrose) is an entrepreneur, investor, venture capitalist and crypto and NFT expert. He is a partner at True Ventures, the host of two podcasts, Modern Finance, which talks about crypto and traditional finance, and Proof, which talks in depth about all things NFTs. Kevin previously founded the social news site, Digg, the intermittent fasting app, Zero, and the meditation app, Oak. He’s also one of the most successful Angel Investors out there, being an early investor in companies like Twitter, Facebook and Square.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/health-crypto-nfts-kevin-rose

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Kevin Rose: Website | Instagram | Twitter

Kevin’s Podcasts: Modern Finance | Proof  

Kevin's New Proof Collective: Proof Collective

Kevin's Companies: Zero App | Oak App | Digg

Podcasts mentioned:

Research Mentioned:

Better DNA Analysis: FoundMyFitness DNA Reports

Lithium Water: Gerolsteiner Sparkling Water

Chocolate Capsules: Cocoavia

Diabetes + Weight Loss Drug: Ozempic

Online Pharmacies: GoodRX | AltoPharmacy

Blood Testing Service: WellnessFX

Stress Gummies: PYM

Security Apps: Google Advanced Protection Program | 1Password

Investing App: Wealthfront

High Yield Crypto Platforms: BlockFi | Gemini

Notable Cryptocurrency Websites: Token Sets | DeFi Pulse | Makara

 

Full Show Notes

How Chris helped hook Kevin up with some super sweet airline tickets… [01:30]

What drives Kevin to be so focused on his health and mindfulness…[02:35]

How concierge doctors work and what is often missing from regular doctors...[07:00]

Is it advisable to go to companies like WellnessFX?…[10:20]

The latest on fasting and why intermittent fasting is so vital for health and longevity…[11:15]

What intrigued Kevin the most about Sauna Therapy…[13:45]

Kevin’s best rapid fire health hacks…[17:05]

Why now is more important than ever to be taking daily vitamins…[20:25]

What does a glucose tolerance test do and why you should do it...[21:30]

Where to find the cheapest pharmaceutical prices…[25:20]

How to actually unlock and use your 23andMe testing data…[27:30]

The role that sleep plays on the brain and body…[32:00]

Hacks to help protect your online financial accounts…[33:00]

What made Kevin so successful in his ability to take investment risks…[39:50]

The future of crypto and digital contracts…[44:45]

Are high yield cryptocurrencies actually too good to be true?...[47:35]

How beginners can effectively get started with crypto…[51:20]

The correlation in the crypto/token investment space and how the market moves…[56:50]

Really important advice for people dabbling in crypto…[57:40]

What are NFT’s and how can people get started with them?…[59:40]

Kevin’s big upcoming announcement…[1:04:40]

 

Sponsor

This episode is brought to you by BlockFi. BlockFi is the company I use to store all my crypto and I think they provide huge value because. Whether you buy your crypto with them or transfer in what you already have, you can start earning interest on all of it, which is a great way to earn some passive income with almost no effort. And that also includes stable coins based in us dollars where you can earn 9% without having your savings fluctuate with the crypto markets. This is where I store the cash I used to keep at a high yield savings account. Since opening my account, I've already earned thousands of dollars of interest.

BlockFi also has a rewards credit card that instead of earning points or miles gives you Bitcoin back on every purchase you make offering 3.5% back in the first three months and 1.5% percent back after that. If you want to check out BlockFi, you can get an exclusive bonus of up to $250 free when you sign at https://allthehacks.com/blockfi.

 

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Dec 08, 2021
Using Creativity to Reshape Your Life and Regain Freedom with Chase Jarvis
00:50:06

World-renowned photographer Chase Jarvis joins Chris to discuss how to unlock your full potential by embedding creativity in your daily life. They talk about how you are creative even if you think you aren’t, 4 simple steps you can follow to be creative with anything, how productivity is a mix of tough love and play, and the connection between autonomy and creativity. 

Chase Jarvis (@chasejarvis) is an award-winning photographer who has written two best-selling photography books and created campaigns for companies like Nike, Samsung, Redbull, and Apple. He is also the founder and CEO of Creative Live and the author of Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life.

Full show notes available at: https://allthehacks.com/creativity-chase-jarvis

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Chase Jarvis: Website | Podcast | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Learning platform for creators and entrepreneurs: Creative Live

Chase’s Book: Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning, and Succeed in Work + Life

Book recommendation: Play It Away: A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Chase Jarvis? [00:30]

Chase’s personal creative journey (creativity wasn’t in his background). [02:18]

Are children more creative than adults? [06:55]

The simple definition of creativity. [10:22]

How to train your creative muscles no matter what you’re doing. [13:31]

4 simple steps to create anything successfully. [17:56]

Why mastering something teaches you how to master anything. [20:54]

How people have applied lessons from Chase’s book in their lives. [25:00]

How to fuel creativity with play and experimentation. [26:59]

Why do creativity and autonomy make you happier? [29:58]

The impact travel (even local travel) has on your creativity. [31:42]

How much routine should your morning routine have? [39:29]

Why you should expose yourself to cold water daily even if it is uncomfortable (cold water therapy). [41:19]

Moving from being stuck to a zone of flow (the power of play and discipline). [42:57]

How to get in touch with Chase Jarvis. [47:43]

 

Sponsor

This episode is brought to you by BlockFi. BlockFi is the company I use to store all my crypto and I think they provide huge value because. Whether you buy your crypto with them or transfer in what you already have, you can start earning interest on all of it, which is a great way to earn some passive income with almost no effort. And that also includes stable coins based in us dollars where you can earn 9% without having your savings fluctuate with the crypto markets. This is where I store the cash I used to keep at a high yield savings account. Since opening my account, I've already earned thousands of dollars of interest.

BlockFi also has a rewards credit card that instead of earning points or miles gives you Bitcoin back on every purchase you make offering 3.5% back in the first three months and 1.5% percent back after that. If you want to check out BlockFi, you can get an exclusive bonus of up to $250 free when you sign up at https://allthehacks.com/blockfi.

 

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Dec 01, 2021
Memory Hacks with World Champion Johannes Mallow
01:01:50

World memory champion Johannes Mallow joins Chris to share techniques you can use to boost your memory. They discuss how he became a memory champion despite his struggles with a muscle disease, the timeless techniques he uses to memorize things most of us assume are impossible, and how to use memory techniques in your personal and professional life (including a real time walkthrough of a popular memory technique). 

Johannes Mallow has been a memory sportsman for 18 years. Throughout his career he was crowned World Memory Champion twice and has won the German Memory Championship four times. He is currently ranked 9th in the world by the World Association of Memory. Currently, he is a memory coach to executives. 

Full show notes available at: https://allthehacks.com/memory-hacks-johannes-mallow

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Johannes Mallow: Website | Memory Sports TV Twitch

Streamline your work: ClickUp App

App to help with your memory: Anki

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Johannes Mallow? [00:16]

What is a memory championship? [01:29]

The hardest thing to memorize (and how to prepare for it). [3:18]

How Johannes Mallow started his career in memory sports. [05:53]

Why having a muscle disease led him to become a memory world champion. [07:16]

Two things that can help you overcome hardship. [11:29]

Is memory a talent or a skill? [12:16]

How memory and creativity are connected. [13:27]

Realtime walkthrough of a popular memory technique (memory palace).  [15:15]

How long have memory techniques been around? [23:19]

Has our memory evolved over time OR Do we have better memory than our ancestors?[24:32]

Why you need to have several memory palaces. [27:52]

How to remember lots of numbers and playing cards very quickly. [30:06]

How to memorize many names (even foreign names). [34:44]

Memory skills you need for your professional and personal life (names, negotiation). [36:58]

Remembering abstract things that aren’t easy to visualize. [43:47]

How to remember things that aren’t in order. [47:26]

Why (and how) you should train your memory daily. [49:38]

Are memory skills transferable to other skills like learning a language? [52:16]

Can you make a living out of memory sports? [53:24]

Using gamification for mundane things. [55:43]

Why Johannes uses cooperative management tools. [56:58]

An app to help with your memory. [58:18]

How to connect with Johannes Mallow. [59:22]

 

Sponsor

This episode is brought to you by BlockFi. BlockFi is the company I use to store all my crypto and I think they provide huge value because. Whether you buy your crypto with them or transfer in what you already have, you can start earning interest on all of it, which is a great way to earn some passive income with almost no effort. And that also includes stable coins based in us dollars where you can earn 9% without having your savings fluctuate with the crypto markets. This is where I store the cash I used to keep at a high yield savings account. Since opening my account, I've already earned thousands of dollars of interest.

BlockFi also has a rewards credit card that instead of earning points or miles gives you Bitcoin back on every purchase you make offering 3.5% back in the first three months and 1.5% percent back after that. If you want to check out BlockFi, you can get an exclusive bonus of up to $250 free when you sign up at https://allthehacks.com/blockfi.

 

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Nov 24, 2021
The Science Behind Lasting Relationships with Logan Ury
00:53:32

Bestselling author and relationship expert Logan Ury joins Chris to discuss the science behind successful relationships. They discuss how to build relationships that last a lifetime, how to apply relationship science to professional relationships, and how to make sure you have a fulfilling marriage once you find a partner that is right for you. 

Logan Ury (@loganury) is a behavioral scientist turned dating coach and the author of the bestselling book How to Not Die Alone. She is also the director of relationship science at the dating app Hinge. Previously, she ran Google’s behavioral science team (The Irrational Lab). 

“Love is natural, but dating is not” - Logan Ury

Full show notes available at: https://allthehacks.com/lasting-relationships-logan-ury/

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Logan Ury: Website | Twitter | Instagram

Logan Ury’s Book: How to Not Die Alone

Find your dating tendency: Quiz

Relationship contract: Google Doc Template

Notable relationship researchers: Eli Finkel | Dr. John and Julie Gottman

Friendship in the age of loneliness by Adam Smiley Poswolsky: Book 

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Logan Ury? [00:14]

Why she titled her book “How To Not Die Alone”. [01:32]

Does being in a relationship improve your life according to research? [02:38]

Why Logan Ury went from behavioral scientist to dating coach. [03:13]

Dating is a relatively new phenomenon, how does that affect us?[04:33]

Do arranged marriages and set-ups work? [05:50]

Does having more options make dating harder? [08:54]

Why the idea of ‘the one’ or having a soul mate is a harmful idea. [11:00]

How to transition from a maximizer to a satisficer personality in dating.  [12:02]

The three dating tendencies (which one are you?). [14:08]

Why don’t we ever learn about how to date better? [17:59]

Which couples are most likely to break up (according to relationship scientists). [19:40]

Can you learn to have more successful relationships? [22:42]

Four ways relationship science can level up your professional relationships. [24:23]

Why you should stop searching for a ‘spark’. [29:13]

Looking for a life partner, not a prom date. [31:44]

Why you need a relationship contract (and other hacks for married couples). [34:13]

Why you should have other significant others. [39:40]

How Logan Ury wrote her book and overcame procrastination. [44:10]

Should you write a book? [46:30]

Logan’s goals for 2022. [48:09]

What does Logan Ury think of dating apps? [49:25]

How can you make friends as an adult? [50:59]

How to connect with Logan Ury. [53:18]

 

Sponsor

This episode is brought to you by BlockFi. BlockFi is the company I use to store all my crypto and I think they provide huge value because. Whether you buy your crypto with them or transfer in what you already have, you can start earning interest on all of it, which is a great way to earn some passive income with almost no effort. And that also includes stable coins based in us dollars where you can earn 9% without having your savings fluctuate with the crypto markets. This is where I store the cash I used to keep at a high yield savings account. Since opening my account, I've already earned thousands of dollars of interest.

BlockFi also has a rewards credit card that instead of earning points or miles gives you Bitcoin back on every purchase you make offering 3.5% back in the first three months and 1.5% percent back after that. If you want to check out BlockFi, you can get an exclusive bonus of up to $250 free when you sign up at https://allthehacks.com/blockfi.

 

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Nov 17, 2021
Pushing Your Mind and Body to Win with NBA Legend Manu Ginobili
01:04:49

NBA legend Manu Ginobili joins Chris to share how he made the journey from an Argentine kid who loved basketball to becoming an NBA All-Star. They discuss how Manu pushed his mind and body to beat the odds throughout his career, what led him to such a frugal lifestyle for a professional athlete, and what he's planning for his more than one million credit card points.

Manu (@manuginobili) is an Argentine former professional basketball player and two time NBA all star. Over his 23 year career, he became one of only two players to win a EuroLeague title, an NBA championship, and an Olympic gold medal. He was a member of the San Antonio Spurs for his entire NBA career, making the playoffs with the team every single year and winning four NBA championships. He retired from in 2018 at age 40 as one of only 30 players to ever play in the NBA in their 40s.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/winning-manu-ginobili

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Manu Ginobili: Twitter | Instagram

Waking up with Sam Harris: Website

Manu's Book recommendations: Thinking, Fast and Slow | Sapiens | Why We Sleep | Waking Up | Guns Germs and Steel | Unshakeable

All the Hacks #19 with Andy Rachleff

Oura Ring for sleep ($50 Off)

Best Restaurant in Oklahoma: Red PrimeSteak

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Manu Ginobili? [00:15]

Changing the aspirations of argentinian basketball players. [02:38]

Manu’s atypical NBA career as an outsider and late bloomer. [05:03]

The benefit of appreciating the value of coaching early on. [07:09]

Why he unusually stayed with one team his entire career. [09:23]

How he unknowingly kept an unbeatable style. [10:42]

How to persevere when you lose more than you win. [12:38]

What helped Manu become an exceptional outlier in the NBA. [16:20]

The very mundane changes Manu made to improve his life. [18:54]

How mindfulness and meditation transformed Manu’s mind and career. [20:30]

Spending time after retirement. [24:57]

Earn passive income with almost no effort[26:00]

Why your brain needs you to exercise. [27:08]

Staying disciplined with exercise even when you don’t feel like it. [28:56]

Transitioning to being a VC from scratch. [31:17]

The differences between running a company and running a team. [33:27]

Why he doesn’t work full-time. [34:35]

Not facing the challenges he thought he was going to face after retiring. [35:34]

Why Manu never brought basketball home. [38:10]

Why Manu drives a minivan and doesn’t buy fancy watches.[42:38]

What Manu DOES splurge on. [45:51]

How Manu got into the world of points and miles. [46:51]

Manu Ginobili's travel bucket list. [50:22]

Manu’s traveling style. [52:26]

Must dos in Argentina.[54:42]

Does everyone on a basketball team sit in business class when the team travels? [56:23]

How Manu realized he’s doing investing all wrong. [57:44]

Figuring out the value of sleep. [59:37]

Manu’s book recommendations [1:00:58]

 

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Nov 10, 2021
Upgrade Your Travel with The Points Guy, Brian Kelly
00:50:08

The Points Guy, Brian Kelly, joins Chris to share tons of points hacks. There are more opportunities today than ever before to earn points. In their conversation, they talk about travel in our post-pandemic world, the best credit cards you can get,  how to get the most out of your points and Brian’s favorite travel tips and destinations.

Brian Kelly (@briankelly) founded The Points Guy (TPG) in 2010. TPG is one of the largest authority sites in the world focused on maximizing points and miles. Before TPG Brian worked on Wall Street at Morgan Stanley.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/the-points-guy-brian-kelly

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Brian Kelly: Instagram

The Points Guy: App | Website | Twitter

Point.me: $1 for your first month with this link (and using the code ALLTHEHACKS)

Bora Bora Hotels: Conrad | St. Regis

Moorea Hotels: Hilton | Sofitel

Changing Award Travel: TPG Guide

Get points on paying rent: Bilt Rewards

Southwest Companion Pass: How to quickly earn the Southwest Companion Pass | Card Signups

Award Booking Services: PointsPros | Point.me (formerly Juicy Miles)

Should you get Amex Centurion (black) card: TPG Article

Lonely Planet: Website

Meet locals when you travel: Couchsurfing | With Locals

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Brian Kelly? [00:17]

Brian’s trips during the pandemic. [01:30]

Places that haven’t opened up yet. [03:30]

Is travel in COVID-19 actually unsafe? [03:56]

How have points changed in the pandemic? [05:20]

How rich do you have to be to earn lots of points? [07:55]

A way you can stay organized if you have many credit cards. [09:42]

Should you use a points booking company or book flights yourself with points? [11:47]

How you can keep track of all your airline points. [13:57]

Should you use a portal to help you spend your points? [15:00]

Should you transfer your credit card points to hotels? [16:19]

Chris’ bad relationship with American (founders card). [20:40]

When you should cancel or downgrade a credit card. [21:51]

One of the best credit card perks out there (get free flights for your travel partner). [23:12]

Awesome lounges by Capital One opening soon. [24:53]

Should you get Amex Centurion (black) card and other premium cards? [25:26]

The Points Guy’s addiction to points and miles.  [28:28]

The inconvenience of checking bags. [29:58]

Getting destination tips from SMART and seasoned travelers. [32:46]

A mask hack for long flights (and an eating hack). [35:04]

What to do in a city you’ve never visited before. [35:48]

Advice for growing a community-based business. [37:08]

Should you get travel insurance? [40:12]

Top destinations for people who are new to points. [41:16]

Why you should read the travel guide for your OWN city.  [44:30]

How to keep in touch with The Points Guy. [46:21]

 

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Nov 03, 2021
Building The Tim Ferriss Show to 700+ Million Downloads with Tim Ferriss
02:54:24

Best-selling author Tim Ferriss chats with Chris about how he built and grew his podcast (The Tim Ferriss Show) to 700+ Million Downloads. They give a deep inside look at how their podcasts got started and how everything comes together each week (equipment, production, interviews and more). They also discuss a number of topics relevant outside of podcasting, like interviewing skills, marketing, branding and storytelling.

Tim Ferriss (@tferriss) has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People.” He is an early-stage technology investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ others) and the author of five #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. The Observer and other media have called Tim “the Oprah of audio” due to the influence of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast, which is the first business/interview podcast to exceed 100 million downloads. It has now exceeded 700 million downloads.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/podcasting-tim-ferriss

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Tim Ferriss: Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Podcast | 5-Bullet Friday Newsletter

Tim’s Resources on Podcasting: 2016 Blog Post | Interview with Rolf Potts

Podcast Recording Platforms: Zencastr | SquadCast | Riverside.fm | QuickTime | Apple

Other Podcasting Tools: Descript | Chartable

Podcasting Equipment

Tim’s Books

Tim Ferriss Show Episodes:

Other Books and Blog Posts: 

Other Podcasts:

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Chris Hutchins, and how many episodes of his new podcast, All the Hacks, does he have under his belt thus far? [2:26]

A few choice pieces of advice anyone should consider when aspiring to start a podcast: you don’t have to commit forever, only do this if you’d do it for free, and don’t worry about how big (or small) your audience is. [4:30]

Don’t commit to forever, but start with a reasonable number of episodes to aim for (Tim chose six). If you don’t love the direction it’s going, change direction until you do. Choose a game you can win. [6:50]

Expect technical SNAFUs. Always have a backup plan. Better: have several. “Two is one, and one is none.” [11:40]

Is it still early in the days of podcasting and ripe with opportunity, or is it too crowded and people should consider new mediums for content? [12:55]

Why did Chris want to start a podcast, and what has made it worthwhile to continue? [17:04]

Gear Tim uses and why most of his podcast conversations are done remotely. [20:27]

How many technical difficulties would Tim endure before just rescheduling an interview? What precautions does Tim take to make this less likely? [23:04]

An easy way to test if your remote guest’s external mic is selected. [27:44]

Tim once advised podcasters against recording on video, but he’s changed my tune. What are the pros and cons? [27:26]

How different did his operation look when Tim was just getting started, and how has it evolved over time with the addition of metrics for monetization and staff to assist with production? [32:24]

What Chris has considered when weighing the rewards of monetization versus its costs, and Tim’s two cents’ worth on sponsorship best practices and options available. (Bonus: why Tim’s books aren’t available in paperback.) [37:03]

Can’t get big-name guests? Prioritize getting good guests even if they’re not household names. People like good content more than they like bad content with a fancy name (and you’ll probably like not having to get through a phalanx of publicists and lawyers and managers for a year to get that “famous” but potentially less interesting guest). [48:29]

How Tim has found guests from the very beginning. [52:18]

Tim’s thoughts on Chris’ interview with Leigh Rowan (note: not a household name, but an incredible guest who brought his A game). [53:53]

You may not be able to “fix” a bad guest no matter how well-practiced you are as an interviewer. But you can always record long and edit liberally. [55:26]

Questions Tim asks and conversations he’ll have with guests to put them at ease and get them to a place where they can trust the process. [57:09]

Why Tim finds Twitter to be an excellent, low-risk way to source guests. But there are right ways and wrong ways to go about it. [1:01:20]

Illustrating the importance of technical redundancy, Chris confesses that he had to re-record the interview with Leigh Rowan from scratch. At least it was a lesson learned on day one. [1:07:52]

The value of reading transcripts (and, perhaps more painfully, audience feedback on social media) of your interviews early on in order to improve, as well as other methods of soliciting torture from select friends for personal development. [1:10:00]

Why becoming a better interviewer is really becoming your best self as an interviewer. Remember: what’s worked for Joe Rogan or James Lipton or Larry King may not work for you. [1:17:04]

How long does Tim spend on prep prior to an interview? What are some helpful shortcuts and processes to squeeze the most juice out of this time? [1:21:22]

Has Tim ever done too much research before an interview — to the point that the ensuing conversation was devoid of any meaningful surprises? [1:27:15]

What might cause Tim to push pause on publishing an interview, and how would he break the news diplomatically to the guest? What efforts can be made to salvage something useful from the experience for both parties? [1:30:13]

Does Tim always read a guest’s new book before he interviews them? [1:32:06]

Has Tim ever had to pause during an interview to regroup and replan its direction? What steps do I take to make sure the guest and I sound as good as possible? [1:34:31]

How did Tim build an understanding of his guests, and what did he learn about relating to an audience from Wait But Why‘s Tim Urban? [1:38:37]

Tip: How to avoid getting your AirPods case mixed up with a significant other/family member/roommate who lives with you. [1:43:58]

Does Tim pay attention to number of podcast downloads and other listener-quantifying metrics? What would motivate extra scrutiny of those numbers? [1:45:19]

Why you probably want to funnel your listeners to your own website instead of something like a Facebook page that uses algorithims you can’t control. [1:50:00]

Is growth as important as creating good content? What are the most effective ways to grow an audience that will find that good content? [1:55:14]

Is there a point to putting audio-only content on a video platform like YouTube? While growth has no magic bullet and the tools are forever changing, here are some evergreen references that might help you find the anchor that will work for your needs. [2:01:00]

Want to be of the best service to yourself and your audience? Stop trying to please all of the people all of the time. Find the cadence, content, and frequency that fulfills you first. [2:04:35]

Someone might tune in to your podcast for a certain guest, but if they come back, it’s because of you. This being said, is it necessary to go out of your way to remind listeners that you exist in every episode? [2:08:15]

How can you make your good question a great question while making your guest sound even smarter and get your listeners personally invested in the conversation? [2:10:18]

What is one of Chris’ best investments? [2:13:05]

How (and why) did Tim make the transition from being “The 4-Hour Guy” to the host of The Tim Ferriss Show (rather than starting something like The 4-Hour Podcast)? [2:14:11]

You have a personal brand (even if you’ve never tried to build one). But how do you know what it entails? [2:25:08]

To eliminate the bother of selling ads and securing sponsors, is it worth it to join a podcast network that promises to take care of monetization for you (for a hefty cut)? [2:27:50]

How does Tim handle a follow-up question if he’s thought of it well past the point it would make sense to fit it into the conversation? [2:36:52]

Does Tim have any tactics for getting introductions to potential guests from other people in my existing network? [2:38:33]

A question you can ask to improve your interviewing prowess (courtesy of Adam Grant). [2:40:18]

What kind of processes does Tim go through when he reassess the direction of the podcast after reaching a preestablished milestone? [2:42:27]

The time-saving power of batching recording sessions. [2:44:54]

Parting thoughts. [2:50:57]

 

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Oct 27, 2021
The Four Research-Backed Steps to Be Indistractable with Nir Eyal
00:51:45

Bestselling author Nir Eyal joins Chris to discuss how you can become indistractable. They discuss the hidden psychology that drives people to distraction, why procrastination is not a character flaw, why you should stop using to-do lists and how becoming indistractable will let you take back your time and start making traction on the things that matter to you in your life.

Nir Eyal (@nireyal) has taught at the Stanford School of Business and their design school. He has co-founded and sold two tech companies and is the author of two best-selling books: Hooked: How To Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/becoming-indistractable-nir-eyal

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Nir's Website: Nir and Far (includes Nir's free 80 page Indistractable workbook)

Summary of Indistractable: The Most Important Skill of the Future is Being ‘Indistractable’

Nir's Books:

Select Articles & Resources from Nir:

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Nir Eyal? [00: 24]

What is the opposite of distraction (and it’s not focus)? [01:48]

How your mind tricks you into thinking you’re being productive. [03:06]

How he discovered that distraction doesn’t have anything to do with technology. [04:51]

Here’s the real (scientific) reason why you get distracted. [09:57]

4 steps to become indistractable [13:13]

This is how you can stop being impulsive.  [15:06]

The problem with to-do lists. [20:55]

The difference between diversion and distraction. [25:04]

How to save time and energy on checking your email. [28:27]

Building an indistractable workplace: reactive work vs. reflective work[35:03]

Do what you say you will or burn $100 bill (price pact)[36:58]

Can you get your partner to be indistractable with you? (effort pact) [40:49]

Is multitasking a distraction (and what is multichannel multitasking)? [44:48]

Wearing a concentration crown (work from home hack). [46:50]

When should you start teaching your kids to be indistractable? [48:44]

How to connect with Nir. [49:40]

 

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Oct 20, 2021
Adopting a Minority Mindset with Jaspreet Singh
00:42:09

Entrepreneur Jaspreet Singh joins Chris to discuss what a minority mindset is and how you can have one yourself. They talk about how to get through the tough early days of any entrepreneurial project, some of Jaspreet’s mistakes and learnings, and his favorite financial tips and hacks.

Jaspreet Singh (@m2jaspreetsingh) is a licensed attorney and serial entrepreneur, who in 2015 decided to help others avoid the financial mistakes he made and founded Minority Mindset - a financial media company and popular YouTube channel with over 1 million subscribers.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/minority-mindset-jaspreet-singh

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Minority Mindset: YouTube Channel | Minority Mindset News Channel | Website | Instagram

Connect with Jaspreet: Instagram | LinkedIn

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Jaspreet Singh? [00: 16]

What is a minority mindset? [01:30]

How Jaspreet’s life experiences led him to develop a minority mindset? [01:56]

When he finally figured out he can actually be an entrepreneur (and didn’t have to be a doctor). [06:41]

How to think differently EVEN when your loved ones don’t support you. [08:37]

What changes do you have to make to start escaping the rat race? [13:06]

How you can use your creativity to start a business without spending a lot of money (or risk). [15:56]

How to stay consistent on YouTube even if no one is watching your content.  [19:19]

Instead of working to make money, work to build assets. [22:04]

Here’s why you’ll probably need more than one job. [25:01]

Good reasons to save money vs. bad reasons to save money. [30:19]

Follow The Rule of 5 before spending your money. [34:16]

What Jaspreet loves to splurge on. [37:22]

How to connect with Jaspreet Singh. [40:27]

 

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Oct 13, 2021
The Science of Behavior Change with Kristen Berman
00:55:07

Behavioral Scientist Kristen Berman joins Chris to discuss what research shows about why people act so irrationally, how we can actually change our own behaviors, why she thinks habits are overrated, and some great hacks for increasing happiness. 

Kristen Berman (@bermster) co-founded Irrational Labs  and Common Cents Lab at Duke University, and is a founding team member of Google’s behavioral science unit. Kristen also co-authored a series of workbooks called Hacking Human Nature for Good: A practical guide to changing human behavior and is the host of the new podcast: Science of Change.  

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/behavior-change-kristen-berman

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Kristen Berman: Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

Kristen's New Podcast: The Science of Change

Irrational Labs: Website | Newsletter | Online Bootcamps

Rescue Time App: Website

Habit Discontinuity theory  

How to use other people to achieve your goals

Why Habits are overrated

Get a dog (and why you shouldn't try to create habits)

Give yourself a deadline - the deadline made me do it. 

3 ways to stress less about money

Collection of Rule of Thumb research

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Kristen Berman? [00:14]

What actually influences our decision-making? [01:59]

Is efficient decision-making as simple as changing your environment? [3:20]

Why saving is NOT a habit. [05:49]

Setting up decision days. [09:10]

How you can stop procrastinating with your decisions. [10:37]

Why online communities focused on money motivate you. [13:25]

How you should act when you have a really busy to-do list. [15:21]

What voting, flu shots, and your to-do list have in common. [18:39]

Why teaching someone something is simply not enough (according to scientific research) [20:10]

Setting up systems for your life that suit your personality and your ERRORS. [22:54]

How to make committing to working out easier. [28:03]

Here’s why (and how) you should disrupt your life more often. [30:32]

One thing everyone can do to optimize their life experience. [35:44]

An easy hack to feel happier almost instantly. [37:47]

Why you should get uncomfortably specific about your goal behaviors. [38:52]

How to have self control in a world full of impulse triggers. [42:00]

Is being aware of your biases enough to change your behavior? [45:11]

Why opting out of things can make you happier. [46:38]

Designing for peak experiences when you travel.  [48:25]

How to have more interesting conversations. [49:56]

What is Kristen Berman up to these days? [52:46]

 

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Oct 06, 2021
FOMO, FOBO and How To Make Great Decisions with Patrick McGinnis
00:49:06

Patrick McGinnis, bestselling author and creator of the word FOMO, joins Chris to discuss the history of FOMO, ways to overcome the toll it can have on your life, a framework to vastly improve your decision-making and their favorite hacks.

Patrick McGinnis (@pjmcginnis) is credited for coining the words 'FOMO' and 'FOBO' in 2004. He's the author of two bestselling books: The 10% Entrepreneur and Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Politico, and more. He's also the host of the hit podcast FOMOsapiens.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/fomo-patrick-mcginnis

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Patrick McGinnis: Website | FOMOsapiens Podcast | Twitter | Instagram

Patrick's Books: 10% Entrepreneur | Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice

Patrick's Course: How To Be A Part-Time Entrepreneur Course

Ariana Huffington's Phone Bed: Amazon

HabitShare App: Website

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Patrick McGinnis? [00:19]

How he coined the word 'FOMO'.  [02:40]

The actual definition of 'FOMO' from its creator. [06:39]

How to remember that social media is not a real representation of life. [08:41]

Are you part of the 80% that sleep with their phone next to them? Do this instead. [11:09]

Things you can do to lighten FOMO anxiety. [12:40]

Was there FOMO before social media? [15:30]

Core drivers of FOMO. [17:40]

What is FOBO and is it more positive than FOMO? [18:28]

How do you balance FOBO with healthy optimization? (A decision making hack) [20:42]

The difference between maximizers and satisficers. [27:02]

The great resignation: What you should do before quitting your job.  [28:59]

Should you have a successful side-hustle before quitting your job? [34:46]

A funny hack for getting better treatment at restaurants. [38:20]

Making meditation a habit that actually lasts. (competitive meditation) [39:14]

Productivity hack: Getting a proper home office. [44:38]

 

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Sep 29, 2021
City Hacks, Holiday Gifting and More with Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez
00:54:40

Author and money expert Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez joins Chris to talk about hacks for visiting and living in cities, deals for holiday gifting and why most money problems aren’t really about money. 

Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez (@stefanieoconnell) is a journalist and author of The Broke and Beautiful Life, the host of the Money Confidential podcast and the founder of Statement Cards. Her work and advice has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC and more. 

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/city-hacks-stefanie-oconnell-rodriguez

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Stefanie: Twitter | Website | Money Confidential Podcast

Stephanie's Book: Broke and Beautiful Life

Get free haircuts: Salon Apprentice 

Exciting Dates Book: Adventure Challenge

Stephanie's Guide: 25 Money talks every couple should have

Stefanie's Newsletter: Ambition Bulletin

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez? [00:20]

How Stefanie went from Broadway to being a personal finance expert. [01:26]

The worst thing about low paying careers. [04:12]

The only consolation when you are not making a lot of money. [04:49]

How to do amazing activities in high cost of living cities for free (or cheap). [06:06]

How to find side hustles that give you exclusive access to things you’re interested in. [08:58]

How can you go to the theatre for free (or very cheap)? [11:12]

How to get floor seats at SNL. [13:58]

How you can have fun on the weekends using your credit card rewards. [15:22]

How you can get discounted dental work AND free hair cuts. [16:11]

Why living in a high cost of living area really pays (despite being expensive). [18:10]

Does where you live still matter in a post-covid world? (geoarbitrage your income)[19:36]

Hacks for holiday gifting! [23:38]

Questions to ask yourself before buying gifts. [24:57]

Chris’ attempt at trying to opt out of holiday gift lists. [27:40]

When people get your kids gifts they don’t need. [30:29]

Stop buying birthday gifts for your SO, do this instead. [31:26]

Money issues are almost never about the money (explained). [32:57]

What does it mean to be financially fair and equal in a relationship? [37:04]

The ambition penalty woman face in the workplace. [43:19]

How women can advocate for themselves while avoiding backlash. [50:06]

How to connect with Stefanie [52:44]

 

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Sep 22, 2021
How to Redeem Points for Maximum Value and Other Listener Q&A
00:45:57

#20: All the Hacks host Chris Hutchins answers the top questions from listeners, including redeeming your points and miles for maximum value, managing your points as a couple, the best  financial tools and services and his favorite apps for maximizing productivity.

Chris Hutchins (@hutchins) is the host of All the Hacks and the Head of New Product Strategy at Wealthfront. He's amassed over 12 million points/miles in his lifetime, has started/sold two companies and is a registered investment advisor.

Links to the best credit cards and signup bonuses: https://allthehacks.com/cards

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/listener-questions

 

Selected Links From The Episode

DIY Pro Pest Control: Pestie (10% Off)

Top Credit Card & Signup Links: Top Cards for 2021 | Best Signup Bonuses

Point.me: $1 for your first month with this link (and using the code ALLTHEHACKS)

Award Search Sites: Expert Flyer | KVS Availability Tool

Award Booking Services: List and Reviews

 

Recommendations From The Episode

Budgeting: Mint, YNAB, Copilot and Tiller

Net Worth Tracking: Wealthfront

Taxes: TurboTax or Andersen Tax

Self-Directed Brokerage: Interactive Brokers or Vanguard

Automated Brokerage: Wealthfront ($5k Managed Free)

529: Wealthfront

Estate Planning: Trust and Will (15% Off)

Crypto: BlockFi  ($250 in free Crypto)

HSA: Lively

Efficiency Apps: Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts | Alfred | Rectangle (or Spectacle)

Passwords/Security: 1Password (Free Trial)

Mobile apps on your computer: Blue Stacks

 

Full Show Notes

Getting Rid of Ants and Pests [1:13]

Q: What are the top 2-3 credit cards for 2021? [3:00]

Q: Are signup bonuses a good way to earn points? [6:32]

Best signup bonuses right now. [8:06]

Q: How do you earn the most points for wedding expenses? [10:47]

Q: How do you optimize earning points as a couple? [12:36] 

Preventing miles from expiring. [16:22]

Q: Are points worth it if you don’t travel much? [17:38]

Q: Is there any downside to buying gift cards to earn points? [18:39]

Q: How do you redeem points for maximum value? [21:36]

Q: What’s the best way to save for your kid’s college? [30:33]

Insurance plans for pregnancy and childbirth. [32:27]

Q: What do you think about investing in alternatives? [33:26]

Q: Is there any way to automate your investing? [34:41]

Q: What are the best financial/investment tools and services? [36:12]

The best software/apps I us to be more efficient. [40:45]

 

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Sep 15, 2021
Becoming a Better Investor with Andy Rachleff
00:56:58

Legendary investor Andy Rachleff joins Chris to chat about how you should be investing your money to build your wealth. They discuss the investing mistakes so many make, when it makes sense to pick stocks and why you might not want to max out your 401k.

Andy Rachleff (@arachleff) is the co-founder and CEO of Wealthfront. He also serves as a the chairman of the endowment investment committee for University of Pennsylvania and as a member of the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Previously, Andy co-founded Benchmark Capital, one of the most successful venture capital firms of all time.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/investing-andy-rachleff

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Get $5k Managed for free at Wealthfront

Connect with Andy: Twitter | LinkedIn

Wealthfront: Website | Blog | Guide to Financial Health

Why Angel Investors Don’t Make Money: TechCrunch Article

Why Rental Properties Are Not Good Investments: Wealthfront Article

Burt Malkiel's Book: A Random Walk Down Wall Street

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Andy Rachleff? (episode overview).  [00:32]

Andy's first investment. [01:58]

Andy's path from Investment Banking to Venture Capital. [05:54]

How great companies are started. [08:39]

Why did Andy feel the need to start Wealthfront? [10:50]

Can you be successful picking stocks? [14:36]

Is an angel investment in a startup a good investment? [19:48]

How can you make passive investing more exciting? [21:42]

What about investing in alternatives like art? [23:17]

Is real estate or a rental property a good investment? [24:09]

Investing hacks to save money on taxes. [27:19]

How to make changes to your investment portfolio. [33:39]

Does it make sense to invest when markets are at all-time highs? [34:56]

When should you  speculate with your investments? [39:02]

Don't always evaluate your investment decisions by how much you made or lost. [40:46]

How should you change your investing strategy when you have more money? [41:38]

Are wealth managers worth their fee? [42:40]

Why a good tax advisor is better than a wealth manager. [45:01]

Andy's winning tactics for negotiating. [46:10]

Why you should always be pareto optimal. [48:35]

The value of liquidity and why you might not want to max out your 401(k). [50:06]

How to connect with Andy Rachleff. [55:24]

 

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Sep 08, 2021
Real Food and The Science Behind Healthy Lifestyles with Darya Rose Ph.D.
00:56:24

Foodist Darya Rose Ph.D. chats with Chris about food and the science behind healthy lifestyles. They discuss how you can lose weight without giving up everything you love, what foods to eat more of,  how to cook so food tastes better and plenty of hacks for everything along the way.

Darya Rose (@summertomato) has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCSF and degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. She is the author of Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting, and creator of the award-winning blog Summer Tomato, one of TIME's 50 Best Websites. She's also the host of the podcast The Darya Rose Show.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/real-food-darya-rose

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Darya: Twitter | Instagram | Podcast | Summer Tomato Blog

Darya’s Book: Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting

How you can learn to cook without using recipes: Foodist Kitchen

Free 5-day challenge to become a more mindful eater: Mindful Meal Challenge

A recipe where cauliflower tastes just as delicious as french fries: Recipe

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Darya Rose Ph.D.? (episode overview).  [00:50]

Do diets actually work long term? [01:42]

How did Darya get into the world of food science and wellbeing?  [03:03]

What do people who seem effortlessly healthy their whole lives do? [04:47]

Why do people keep thinking that diets will work despite the science? [06:12]

Why do diets always fail? [07:22]

Who is a foodist and why are they different from dieters? [08:15]

How to start setting up an awesome relationship with food. [09:23]

What is REAL food? [10:35]

How can you start liking vegetables or other foods you may not like? [11:50]

Are vegetables at the farmer’s market more expensive than the grocery store? [13:55]

Easy tricks to make food way more delicious. [15:42]

Are some foods bad? [18:06]

What should you do instead of dieting? [19:49]

How to eat out and still be mindful of your health. [21:47]

How can you tame your sweet tooth? [24:22]

Two great habits can you adopt to start living a healthier lifestyle today. [27:10]

Do you need to memorize recipes to learn how to cook? [31:34]

How you can train yourself to eat smaller portions. [33:36]

How can you make your food habits automatic? [37:03]

How you can save money by making food at home. [39:19]

An easy nutritious meal you can make right now that even kids love. [40:02]

A great hack to cook meat! [41:56]

How to make food that kids keep wanting. [42:38]

Should you do intermittent fasting? [45:26]

Does the time you eat your food matter? [47:22]

How can you start leading a healthier lifestyles (what first steps should you take)?[48:20]

Are fruits a form of dessert and can you gain weight eating fruit? [49:54]

How can you find out which foods are in season right now? [51:29]

How to connect with Darya. [53:19]

 

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Sep 01, 2021
Mastering the Art of Negotiation with Kwame Christian
01:00:27

Negotiation professor and expert Kwame Christian joins Chris to discuss how you can become a better negotiator at work and at home. They discuss common mistakes made while negotiating, a three step process you can use in every negotiation, and how talking less can be your key to success. 

Kwame Christian (@kwamechistian) is a practicing attorney, the director of the American Negotiation Institute, a professor of Negotiation at the Ohio State University, the host of the world’s most popular negotiation podcast (Negotiate Anything), and the best-selling author of Finding Confidence in Conflict: Negotiate Anything and Live Your Best Life

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/mastering-negotiation-kwame-christian

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Kwame Christian: LinkedIn | Instagram

American Negotiation Institute: Website  | Negotiation Guides

Books: The Code of Trust (by Robin Dreeke) | Finding Confidence in Conflict (by Kwame Christian)

Podcasts:  Negotiate Anything Podcast | Ask With Confidence Podcast | Negociación desde Cero

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Kwame Christian? (episode overview).  [00:15]

What do most people get wrong when it comes to negotiating? [01:15]

Is negotiating a skill that is valuable  for everyone? [01:40]

Are some people better than others at negotiating? [02:22]

How can you measure how good of a negotiator you are? [03:45]

What does a successful negotiation feel like? [05:06]

Is negotiating strategic or tactical? [06:36]

How did Kwame Christian end up being the negotiation guy? [07:25]

The simple 3 step negotiation process (the compassionate curiosity framework). [11:49]

How can you prepare for a negotiation? [19:05]

Why are we better negotiators outside of our homes? [21:49]

How to prepare for any negotiation in 3 minutes. [24:19]

Why open-ended questions give you the leverage you need in a negotiation? [25:00]

The most powerful questions you can ask in a negotiation. [25:58]

How much should you speak in a negotiation? [27:03]

How to win every single difficult conversation you enter. [28:30]

Who should make the first offer in a negotiation? (The anchoring technique) [30:33]

How you might accidentally make people insist on their point of view (psychological entrenchment) [33:34]

When should you walk away from a negotiation? [36:26]

Big things people forget to negotiate. [38:47]

Common mistakes in almost every negotiation. [41:37]

How should you negotiate with kids? (parenting towards obsolescence) [42:55]

What is validation? [45:40]

Should you try to get rejected? [49:28]

How to recover from saying the wrong things in a conversation with someone you love. [52:41]

Can you negotiate with yourself? [55:13]

 

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Aug 25, 2021
Do You Really Need a Budget with Jesse Mecham
00:44:22

Entrepreneur and budgeting pro Jesse Mecham joins Chris to talk about why you need a budget regardless of how much you make. They also discuss about why budgeting gets a bad rap, how to make it easy, why you might be doing it wrong and some of Jesse's top family hacks.

Jesse Mecham is the founder and CEO of You Need A Budget (YNAB), one of the best budgeting tools in the market today. He started the company in 2004 as a side hustle and it now supports over 100,000 customers. He's also the host of the YNAB Podcast and author of the bestselling book You Need A Budget.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/easy-budgeting-jesse-mecham

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Try out YNAB: Free Month Offer

Connect with Jesse Mecham: YNAB Podcast | Website | Email

Roth IRAs: Backdoor Roth IRAs and Mega Backdoor Roth IRA

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Jesse Mecham. [00:18]

Why is the idea of budgeting associated with negative feelings? [01:36]

The stress of figuring out what you can and cannot afford.[02:56]

Do you have to look at past spending before you create a budget? [05:00]

Why you need a budget even if you make a good income. [12:19]

Four rules of budgeting. [15:08]

Should you use a spreadsheet or an app to create your budget? [17:26]

How to budget and save when you have a big family? [22:10]

How did Jesse become the YNAB guy? (You need a budget origin story) [27:55]

The biggest hack of all (according to Jesse). [31:51]

A nerdy investment hack (get tax free money!) [34:02]

The 1% retirement investment rule. [38:18]

Life hacks that make Jesse's life more convenient. [41:10]

How to connect with Jesse Mecham. [42:56]

 

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Aug 18, 2021
Marriage, Kids and Money Hacks with Andy Hill
00:58:18

Andy Hill joins Chris to discuss all the marriage, kids and money hacks. They discuss combining finances, teaching your kids about money, and how to get on the same page with your spouse when it comes to money.

Andy Hill (@andyhillmkm) is the founder of the award-winning podcast and blog Marriage, Kids, and Money. He and wife Nicole started out their money journey with $50K in debt and paid it off in less than a year. In the next 10 years, they paid off their mortgage and built their net worth to more than a million dollars.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/marriage-kids-money-andy-hill

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Andy Hill: Twitter | LinkedIn

Marriage, Kids, and Money: Website | Podcast | YouTube

Book Recommendations: Family Board Meeting | Everybody Fights

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Andy Hill?  [00:42]

Two common misconceptions when it comes to relationships and money. [01:52]

Finding an approach to money that works for both of you (speaking each other’s money language). [04:04]

Beginner money questions you should be asking early in the relationship.[07:54]

Advanced money questions to ask in a serious relationship. [09:49]

How to make time to talk about money in a relationship? (Budget party and more) [13:06]

How Andy Hill paid off his entire mortgage in 5 years AND saved money. [15:56]

Reasons you and your partner might fight about money. [20:07]

How to act when you and your significant others have money fights. [23:34]

Should you combine finances in your marriage (and different ways to combine)? [24:49]

Non-financial relationship hacks (love languages). [29:40]

How did Andy Hill pay off all his debt and saved $1MM in less than 10 years? [33:52]

How much money does raising a child actually cost?  [37:22]

How do you balance saving for yourself with saving for your kids? [39:08]

Practical ways to help your kids understand money. [43:45]

Why just giving your kids money is not enough (helping kids avoid mindless spending). [47:05]

Why it's important to learn how your kids liked to be loved. [49:10]

Understanding how your family likes to fight and resolve things. [51:07]

How did Andy Hill become the marriage, kids, and money guy? [54:15]

How to connect with Andy Hill? [57:04]

 

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Aug 11, 2021
House Hacking To Build Your Wealth with Andrew Kerr
00:58:35

Real Estate Pro Andrew Kerr joins Chris to discuss house hacking. They talk about six different types of house hacks you can use to start saving money, tips for buying and selling properties, and how to start thinking about real estate as a way to build your wealth. 

Andrew Kerr (@fibyrei) is a seasoned real estate investor and founder of Financial Independence by Real Estate Investing (FIbyREI.com). He is also the host of The House Hacking Podcast.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/house-hacking-andrew-kerr

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Andrew Kerr: FI by REI Website | Podcast | Twitter | Instagram

Six Types of House Hacks: House Hacking Ultimate Guide

9 biggest mistakes all real estate investors make: Free Guide

Podcast episode on ADUs: The House Hacking Podcast

Alternative loan types: VA Loan | HFA Loan

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Andrew Kerr?  [00:15]

What is house hacking? [01:40]

Can house hacking be a luxurious experience? [02:22]

Does house hacking mean you have to share a living space with someone else? [03:36]

Six different types of house hacking (which one is for you?) [04:23]

Do you have to buy a house to be able to house hack (and how to convince your landlord to let you sublet your rented property)? [06:33]

What loans you should consider when buying a property to use for house hacking (HFA loans). [09:06]

The four pillars of building wealth through real estate. [12:54]

How did Andrew Kerr start house hacking? (and how Chris accidentally started house hacking) [13:43]

Do you need to have a kitchen to rent out your place? (and 3 types of tenants)[19:22]

Four key costs that you need to consider before house hacking. [21:34]

How much should you rent your property for? [27:09]

What does a property manager do and should you get one for your property? [28:10]

What is the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) house hack? [31:07]

How much does it cost to build an ADU? [34:31]

Can you add the cost of building an ADU to your mortgage? [35:52]

How are ADUs taxed? (and how you can pay 0 tax on your extra income).[36:50]

How you can make money with real estate even if the value of your property stays the same. [39:09]

Hacks for buying a house (what the average homeowner does not look for). [41:57]

Hacks for selling a house (small things you can do that will pay off a lot). [46:04]

Andrew Kerr’s tenant tales (a SWAT raid). [49:28]

Is the current market good for house hacking? [53:00]

 

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Aug 04, 2021
Afford Anything, Escape the 9-5, Passive Income and More with Paula Pant
01:06:21

Afford Anything founder Paula Pant joins Chris to discuss how you can afford ANYTHING (but not everything). They also discuss how you can escape the 9-5, start making passive income, and take mini and/or semi-retirements throughout your life. 

Paula Pant (@affordanything) is the founder and creator of Afford Anything where she runs an award winning personal finance website, a monthly newsletter, a top rated podcast and a Real Estate Investing Course. She built her career from scratch starting as a journalist making only $21,000 a year.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/paula-pant-afford-anything

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Paula: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Afford Anything: Website | Podcast | Real Estate Investing Course

Her Book: Escape E-book

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Paula Pant? [00:15]

What does it mean that you can afford anything? [01:15]

What you get wrong about spending your money. OR How you trick yourself into thinking you are being smart with money. [01:58]

Saving money might not be what you should focus on. Focus on growing the gap. [05:05]

What is financial freedom and does it mean you have to retire? [06:21]

Can you escape the 9 to 5 and still have a job? (and 4 factors great jobs have) [08:00]

If you hate your job, here’s a two step plan to help you build a better life. [10:14]

The two main types of side hustles (ones you can scale, and ones you can’t). [13:59]

How Paula transitioned her side hustle into a full business.  [17:59]

If you’re terrified of the risk of taking a leap, this advice will help. [20:29]

Why passive income is NOT free money. [24:17]

Should you invest in rental properties for passive income? [26:48]

What you must  do BEFORE investing in rental properties? [29:06]

Mistakes beginner real estate investors make. [30:12]

How to start learning about real estate investing for beginners. [31:38]

Should you invest in alternatives to buying rental properties (REIT portfolios and why crowdsource real estate investing is not good for you). [34:25]

How can you better value your time? [37:59]

How to get more comfortable with spending money on outsourcing things you can potentially do yourself. [39:23]

Why Chris went bought a one way ticket to cairo?[43:46]

How the idea of Afford Anything was born (you heard it here first).  [47:58]

What are mini-retirements and semi-retirements and how are they different? (and which should you do). [49:47]

Taking short vacations vs. taking long trips. [52:53]

Paula Pant’s favorite hack: reframing your thoughts (you are probably richer than you think). [56:05]

How to build a daily gratitude habit and stop it from fading away. [59:48]

How to connect with Paula Pant. [1:04:20]

 

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Jul 28, 2021
Career Hacks to Land a Job You'll Love With Kathryn Minshew
01:05:06

Career expert Kathryn Minshew joins Chris to discuss all things jobs: finding and landing one you'll love, making networking suck less, and how to build your personal brand online without needing to be a "social media influencer". 

Kathryn Minshew (@kmin) is the founder and CEO of The Muse and the co-author of the best selling book The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/career-hacks-kathryn-minshew

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Nominate All the Hacks for a Plutus Award: Vote Here

Connect with Kathryn Minshew: LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | The Muse

Kathryn’s book: The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career

Find people’s emails when you are on their profile: Lusha

Get pocket to save articles to read later: Get Pocket

Articles about interviewing from The Muse: Interview questions and answers | Interview Skills | Phone Interviews

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Kathryn Minshew? [00:15]

The biggest misconception with job searches. [01:35]

What should you do if you are unhappy with your job? [02:41]

Should your career revolve around your passion? [05:06]

How Kathryn found a career that is perfect for her. [08:18]

How can you know if you would be a good fit for a particular career? [12:34]

3 key tips to level up your networking skills. [13:46]

What is an informational interview and tips on how to do better at them. [16:42]

How to find email addresses of people you want to get connected with. [19:29]

How to leave networking conversations (and a power move hack). [25:27]

Here’s why to ask for things in PERSON. [28:30]

Building a personal brand (even without being a content creator). [30:30]

Should you censor your social media when applying for a job? (industry specific advice)  [35:42]

3 different ways to find job opportunities (and how to get introduced to people you are interested in). [39:40]

If you feel you are asking for too many favors on your job search, do this. [44:45]

What if you want to work somewhere that is NOT hiring. [46:50]

Companies are as eager for the right person as you are for the right job. (real life example) [52:04]

How to answer “what is your biggest weakness” and “why do you want to work here” in an interview. [53:59]

Should you negotiate a job offer? [56:23]

Things to negotiate beyond your compensation. [59:25]

A hack to help you plan for future promotions. [1:02:19]

 

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Jul 21, 2021
Making Money from Side Hustles with Nick Loper
00:52:49

Chief Side Hustler Nick Loper joins Chris to talk all about side hustles, including some easy ways to make extra cash, bigger opportunities to replace your job, making passive income and  finding profitable business ideas.

Nick Loper (@nloper) is founder of Side Hustle Nation, the host of the Side Hustle Show podcast. He has quite a few side hustles under his belt, including self publishing multiple books, flipping products on eBay and starting (and selling) his online businesses.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/side-hustles-nick-loper

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Nick Loper:  LinkedIn | Twitter| YouTube

Side Hustle Nation: Website | Podcast | Facebook Group

Make money through market research: User Interviews | Respondent 

Grocery side hustles: Instacart 

Driving side hustles: Doordash | Uber 

Print on demand: Redbubble | Merch By Amazon

Writing marketplaces: Medium | LinkedIn

Mobile Notary Loan Signing 

Learn web design: CodeAcademy | Self Made Web Designer

Freelancing websites: UpWork | Fiverr

Become a remote bookkeeper

How to become a Salesforce consultant

Help people with tasks: Taskrabbit | Thumbtack

Active Campaign Demo Video 

How to Start a Pooper Scooper Business

Finding ideas: Rip, Pivot, and Jam Method | Side Hustle Nation Ideas Page

Clipboard tools: Alfred | ClipX 

Turning a Service Business into Passive Income (motorcycle guy)

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Nick Loper? [00:18]

How did Nick become the side hustle guy? [01:02]

What is a side hustle? [02:16]

Nick’s first side hustle [03:46]

The first few years of entrepreneurial experimentation [05:16]

Should you start a business around your passion? [06:10]

5 day $500 challenge: 3 no brainer side hustle ideas [08:39]

Metrics you can use to compare side hustles[11:40]

Side hustles you can do in 15 minute blocks [13:13]

If you just want to do a one off blog, do this. [15:23]

Easily sell t-shirts and stickers online [16:08]

5 skills you can learn online to increase your income. [19:15]

What is the “software with a service” side hustle model? [22:36]

Marketplaces where you can sell your services [25:01]

If you just mastered a skill or found a solution to a problem, do THIS. [27:22]

How can you monetize your YouTube channel? [28:32]

Active vs. passive income stream (an example of how someone creatively built passive income) [29:10]

The best advice about making money is this. [32:28]

How Nick made $6000 dollars in just a few hours of work. (it doesn’t have to go viral to make money) [33:21]

Should you start with easier side hustles or should you start with the slow route? [34:17]

Advice to everyone starting a podcast (setting quit dates). [36:06]

Before committing to a path, look for this first. [37:32]

Finding business ideas: What Sucks Method [40:04]

Finding business ideas: Rip, Pivot and Jam Method [41:24]

Finding business ideas: Sniper Method (niching down) [43:10]

Turning your 9 to 5 into a side hustle. [45:40]

How does Nick make a living? [47:18]

3 bonus hacks [48:12]

Think of side hustles as an experiment. (test, test, test) [50:12]

 

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Jul 14, 2021
Practical Money Hacks with Lisa Rowan
00:54:08

"Money Hacks" author Lisa Rowan joins Chris to talk about lots of money hacks your might not know about, including grocery store hacks, deals on prescriptions, finding and claiming your missing money and getting things repaired for free!

Lisa Rowan (@lisatella) is author of  Money Hacks: 275+ Ways to Decrease to Decrease Spending, Increase Savings, and Make Your Money Work for You! She's also a consumer finance writer at Forbes and the co-host of the Pop Fashion podcast.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/money-hacks-lisa-rowan

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Lisa Rowan: Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Podcast

Protect yourself online: Try 1Password for Free

Penny Hoarder: Website

Get a virtual credit card: Privacy.com

Coupons for Prescription drugs: GoodRx

Find coupons automatically: Honey

Websites where you can flip your things: Facebook Marketplace | Craigslist | NextDoor | Poshmark | StockX

Save on your energy bill: OhmConnect

Find out your credit (vantage) score: CreditKarma | Credit Sesame

Side hustle ideas: Rent A Friend | Sell Your Junk Mail | Dscout

Save money on books: Library Extension | Libby App

 

Full Show Notes

A listener who used a hack and won [00:01]

Who is Lisa Rowan?  [00:37]

How did Lisa get obsessed with money hacks?  [02:31]

Pay yourself to splurge: one question to ask before shilling out money.  [06:31]

How many times did you fall for the free shipping trap? [10:16]

Auditing your subscriptions and using the money for something else.  [13:33]

Are you always forgetting to cancel after a free trial? Use this hack.  [15:26]

How you can pay less for your prescription drugs and medical procedures.  [17:41]

How to find great discount codes (other than Honey). [22:26]

Instead of paying to repair your things, go to this type of cafe.  [23:29]

Using a pawn shop to save money. [24:13]

How to flip things you no longer need.  [25:08]

Grocery hacks: Why you should walk clockwise at the grocery store.  [24:42]

How you can save money on energy AND get paid.  [28:20]

How to build your credit by paying your rent  [31:12]

How to get your REAL credit score for FREE (not on Credit Karma).  [33:00]

Getting your missing money. [35:03]

Being ready for opportunities to make more money. [39:00]

Side hustles that you probably haven’t thought of.   [40:50]

Don’t watch the stock market. [44:54]

Know which text messages to ignore. [45:55]

Managing money is not always sexy. [48:54]

A hack Lisa thought her publisher won’t let her put in the book [49:23]

Should you try all the hacks?  [50:46]

 

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Jul 07, 2021
How to Live Your Rich Life with Ramit Sethi
01:02:04

Bestselling author Ramit Sethi joins Chris to talk about what living a rich life really means and how to start living one. They also discuss money rules that make your finances easier, the invisible scripts society has created to control our financial lives and how couples can better their tackle money issues.

Ramit Sethi (@ramit) is the author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich, a New Times Bestselling book with over a million copies sold. He also publishes a newsletter and runs programs about money, work and life at iwt.com.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/live-your-rich-life-ramit-sethi

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Ramit Sethi: Website | Twitter | Instagram 

Ramit Sethi’s Book: I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Money Rules: Ramit's 10 Money Rules

Travel meaningfully: Airbnb Experiences

 

Full Show Notes

What does it mean to be rich?  [01:10]

What’s Ramit's rich life?  [02:40]

Two conflicting messages we all receive about money, ignore both and do this.  [05:31]

Five personal finance questions everyone should be able to answer.  [08:04]

Why buying a house is not always a great investment (the phantom costs of homeownership).  [10:04]

Negotiate like an Indian: Why not just ask?  [16:38]

What is the right time and place to negotiate?  [17:44]

2 things you may not think to negotiate  [19:20]

Should you focus on spending less or making more?  [20:45]

The first thing you should do to get your financial life in order.  [22:44]

Not shopping by price...is that what a rich life is?  [28:19]

Wasting time obsessing over $3 purchases.  [29:47]

Two things couples get wrong about managing money [30:50]

If your friends call you cheap, are you cheap?  [33:57]

Financial educators neglect this demographic.  [35:42]

There is a point where you have saved TOO much.  [37:57]

Should Chris pay for his next trip in cash and is it a waste of time to optimize?  [39:39]

Chapter two of your personal finance journey: What should you do once you’ve made enough money?  [45:04]

Ramit's travel hacks [48:50]

The book buying rule.  [53:04]

Ramit's 10 money rules that make money decisions much easier.  [53:45]

A financial challenge for you.  [58:03]

Investing should be boring.  [58:53]

 

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Jun 30, 2021
Earning 9% on Cash, Investing in Crypto and Trading Options with Zac Prince, BlockFi CEO
00:40:58

Crypto expert Zac Prince, joins Chris to talk about how to earn 9% interest on cash through crypto stablecoins. They also discuss Zac’s favorite investing hacks, his crypto portfolio advice, Bitcoin, Ethereum and other different crypto tokens Zac invests in.

Zac Prince (@blockfizac) is the CEO of BlockFi, a crypto-first banking platform that lets you earn interest, borrow cash, and trade crypto. BlockFi is one of the fastest growing fintech companies ever and currently lets you earn up to 9% on your cash using crypto. Get up to $250 free when you sign up at https://www.allthehacks.com/blockfi 

[Note: When this episode was published, the BlockFi stablecoin rate was 8.6%, however this page has been updated to reflect their current rate of up to 9%]

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/blockfi-zac-prince

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Zac : Twitter | LinkedIn

Earning 9% with BlockFiAccount: Get up to $250 free when you open a BlockFi Account 

BlockFi Credit Card Waitlist: Bitcoin Rewards Credit Card

Get your bills negotiated: BillShark | Trim

Grow your wealth: $5,000 Managed Free at Wealthfront

Options Income Strategies: Article from SeekingAlpha

 

Full Show Notes

How Zac ended up running BlockFi [01:42]

How is BlockFi able to pay high interest rates on cash? [03:35]

What are the risks of putting money in a BlockFi account?  [06:50]

For every 100 dollars that comes into BlockFI, they lend out about $70-80. Here is why. [08:09]

How BlockFi automation reduces risk if bitcoin falls at 3 am. [09:31]

Why BlockFi is different from other platforms that pay you interest on crypto.  [11:08]

DeFi platforms vs. BlockFi - which pays you more?  [13:09]

How big is BlockFi (staff and funding): the fastest fintech company to get to $3B valuation.  [14:30]

Should crypto be part of your investment portfolio? [15:27]

When will cryptocurrency be mainstream?  [18:45]

Why are traditional banks not embracing crypto?  [21:42]

What are stock options and how you can use them to grow your wealth. [23:06]

How a great credit score saves you a ton of money [27:21]

How you can get someone to negotiate your bills for you and get them lowered.  [28:17]

What is the world’s first Bitcoin rewards credit card? (an unintimidating way to make bitcoin) [29:32]

There are so many cryptocurrencies, how do you pick? (three categories of crypto) [34:14]

Two interesting things you can do with stablecoin.  [35:46]

BlockFi CEO’s, Zac Prince, personal cryptocurrency portfolio. [36:19]

Is buying Ethereum the same as betting on the future of blockchain?  [37:04]

 

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Jun 23, 2021
Managing Your Time to Get More Done with Laura Vanderkam
01:02:24

Time management pro Laura Vanderkam joins Chris to talk about how to make the most out of your weeks. They discuss how to find time for yourself in your busy schedule, multitasking, feeling more productive in the morning, the best way to plan your week/weekend, and managing your time as a parent. 

Laura Vanderkam (@lvanderkam) is the author of several time management books including 168 Hours and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. Her work has appeared in the New York times, the Wall Street Journal and Fortune. She also hosts two podcasts Before Breakfast and Best of Both Worlds and blogs at lauravanderkam.com.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/managing-time-laura-vanderkam/

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Laura: Twitter | Website | LinkedIn

Laura's Resources: Time Makeover Guide and Time Tracking Sheet

Laura’s Podcasts: Before Breakfast | Best of Both Worlds

Laura's Books

Homemade meals delivered: shef.com

 

Full Show Notes

The biggest misconception people have about time management. [00:54]

Changing your mindset from “I don’t have time” to “I have some time, what would I like to do with it?”  [02:02]

The first step to shifting your mindset: track your time for a week [04:37]

Why using spreadsheets to track your time is better than using apps  [06:17]

The most common thing that wastes your time.  [07:26]

Start your time management plan by asking yourself what you want to spend MORE time doing.  [09:26]

3 main things you would get the most value from prioritizing. [11:13]

2 things that you probably think TAKE time, but they actually MAKE time.  [12:06]

Should you schedule your breaks? [13:49]

How can you prioritize errands?  [14:23]

When you have a few minutes extra (like if you are waiting in line), do this.  [16:21]

How to keep relationships strong while limiting the time spent on them. [17:42]

Setting alarms so you can have more quality time with others. [20:30]

Should you do two things at once? [22:07]

Multitasking with a partner: make sure you are on the same page about what you are trying to achieve.  [24:13]

How to tackle your to-do list (3 choices). [25:45]

How to eat healthy no matter how busy you are. [29:15]

Should you outsource your cooking needs? [32:22]

Why weekly planning every Friday afternoon will help you avoid Sunday night blues. [34:48]

Planning your weekend and making a list of 100 dream [37:02]

Should you do chores on weekends or weekdays (weekend hack)? [41:12]

If you have kids, you are better off going out on the weekends. Here is why. [44:49]

Why mornings are a valuable part of the day.  [46:24]

What if I can’t be productive in the morning because I feel awful?  [48:08]

Two hacks to introduce new habits in the morning. [49:33]

How to avoid wasting time on your phone in the morning.  [51:30]

Being mindful of time during the work day. [52:35]

How to stop losing time through email. [54:08]

How to spend quality time with your kids and still have time for yourself. [55:30]

3 tips for raising independent children.  [57:25]

One last trick that can save you tons of time. [59:41]

 

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Jun 16, 2021
The Psychology of Money with Morgan Housel
00:52:26

Renowned financial columnist, Morgan Housel talks with Chris about the psychology of money. They discuss the mindset of winning investors, new ways to think about risk, when to hold cash vs. invest, and how you can stop wanting more and focus on your own financial independence.

Morgan Housel (@morganhousel) is a partner at Collaborative Fund and a former columnist at The Motley Fool and The Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of the bestselling book The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/psychology-of-money-morgan-housel/

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Morgan: Twitter | Website | LinkedIn

Morgan’s book: The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness

Benjamin Graham's Books: The Intelligent Investor | Security Analysis

Eric Johnson's Book on Nazi Germany: What We Knew

 

Full Show Notes

What drove Morgan to write the book? [01:22]

How finance is taught vs. how it actually is in the real world. [03:58]

What is the highest form of wealth? [05:44]

The different levels of financial independence (it is a spectrum) [07:18]

Building up cash: save more or earn more [10:28]

Why don’t people like saving money? [12:30]

Is there a way to stop yourself from wanting more (it’s easier for a specific type of person)? [13:36]

Can you go too far with FIRE (pushing your friends away)? [17:20]

Why do people become irrational when it comes to money? [19:34]

Active vs. Passive Investing, can you do both? [22:16]

Why you don’t actually know how much risk you can tolerate. [26:52]

Getting comfortable with being wrong and why you don’t need to be right all the time [32:34]

Why you need to stick around and make a lot of bets [36:25]

Framework for thinking about financial decisions that went poorly [38:51]

You only know one version of history, but what about the others? [39:30]

What is the best way to learn from history? [41:26]

How school curriculums should change (less algebra and more probability). [44:41]

How can parents help their kids learn about investing? [46:54]

The most overlooked aspect of behavioral finance. [49:04]

The only financial hack you need [50:47]

 

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Jun 09, 2021
Finding Cheap Flights to Anywhere in the World with Scott Keyes
01:19:51

Cheap flight fanatic Scott Keyes joins Chris to talk about getting the best deals on flights around the world. They discuss when and how to find and book the cheapest flights, making the most of flight cancelations or delays and lots of travel hacks to maximize happiness on all your trips.

Scott Keyes (@smkeyes) is the founder of Scott's Cheap Flights, a service that  helps over two million members find incredible deals on flights around the world. He is also the author of the bestselling book Take More Vacations: How to Search Better, Book Cheaper, and Travel the World.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/cheap-flights-scott-keyes/

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Scott Keyes: Twitter | Instagram

Scott's Bestselling Book: Take More Vacations

Sign up for Scott's Flight Deals: Scott's Cheap Flights

Connect with Scott's Cheap Flights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Best Search Engine for Flights: Google Flights

Find Nonstop Flights from any Airport: Flight Connections

Find Train, Bus and Ferry Routes: Rome2Rio | Seat61

 

Full Show Notes

Scott’s background and how he got the best flight deal in his life [02:18]

How more vacations can make you happier and more successful [06:28]

Why We’re Living in the Golden Age of Cheap Flights [11:07]

Favorite Places to Travel in the World [12:05]

The 3 Areas of Flexibility That Help You Get Cheap Flights [13:00]

Do Small or Large Airports Get the Best Flight Deals? [16:01]

Can you find a Cheap Flight Anywhere in the World? [18:32]

Where You Need to be Looking For Cheap Flights [20:17]

Are All Cheap Flights Inconvenient with Many Layovers? [24:15]

Why Budget Airlines Aren’t Worth the Savings [26:45]

What To Do When Your Flight is Delayed or Canceled [32:25]

How to Get Compensated if Your Flight is Full [37:25]

Scott’s Rules for the Cheapest Times To Book Your Flights [38:39]

Using the Greek Island Trip to save $1000+ on International Trips [42:09]

Finding Every Nonstop Flight To or From a City with Flight Connections [46:14]

How to Find Local Travel Routes by Bus, Train and Ferry [47:15]

Why Scott Almost Never Buys Travel Insurance [50:00]

Change and Cancellation Policies [51:15]

How to Use Flight Schedule Changes to Your Advantage [52:38]

Is Business Class Worth the Extra Cost? [55:28]

You Don’t Need Points and Miles for Great Flight Deals [57:58]

How Anticipation and Memories can Make Your Next Trip Better [1:03:55]

Timing the Activities on a Trip to Maximize Your Happiness [1:06:58]

Using the 24 Hour Rule to Lock in Your Next Cheap Flight [1:10:44]

Getting the Cheapest Flights for Two or More Passengers [1:17:06]

Finding Scott and Scott’s Cheap Flights Online [1:18:56]

 

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Jun 02, 2021
Getting the Best Deal on Your Next Car with LeeAnn Shattuck
01:11:55

Professional car buyer LeeAnn Shattuck joins Chris to talk about getting the best deal when buying and selling a vehicle. They discuss the buying new and used cars, making the decision to lease or buy, negotiating the best price and how to get the most when you're selling or trading in your existing car.

LeeAnn Shattuck is the founder of The Car Chick, a car buying service that helps people get a great deal on a new or used car. She's also a self-professed “car nut”, a champion race car driver and host of The Straight Shift podcast.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/car-deals-leeann-shattuck/

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with LeeAnn Shattuck: The Car Chick | The Straight Shift

Find out the reliability of your vehicle: Consumer Reports

Database of Owners Vehicle Complaints: CarComplaints

Renting a Car to Test Drive It: Turo

Most Popular Car Right Now: Kia Telluride

Car Search Engines: AutoTrader | Cars.com

New Car Buying Sites: TrueCar | Costco Auto

Online Car Dealers: Carvana | Vroom | Shift

Used Car Inspections: LemonSquad

Finding Car Invoice Pricing: Edmunds

Getting a Used Car Report: CarFax

 

Full Show Notes

How LeeAnn first fell in love with cars  [01:45]

The biggest misconception people have when buying a car  [03:37]

Should you buy a new car or a used one? [04:30]

Which vehicles depreciate slower?  [06:48]

Looking up the reliability of cars  [08:07]

Are cars safer nowadays? [09:35]

How COVID-19 made used cars more expensive [12:16]

How to test drive a car unavailable for test drive/ [14:35]

Is it easy to change the color of a car? [16:13]

What’s the best way to shop for a new car? [17:39]

Why True Car and Costco’s Auto buying program aren’t the best deal. [22:35]

Finding used cars while avoiding scams. [24:02]

Buying a used car from a website like CarMax or Carvana (should you do it?) [26:57]

Why you always need a pre-purchase inspection (and how to do it) [29:15]

Certified pre-owned: Is it worth it? (and the best certified pre-owned program)  [31:27]

The ultimate car buying hack  [34:54]

Should you negotiate the price first or decide to lease or buy first?  [38:00]

Two essential steps to negotiating the best price for a car [39:18]

One more good thing to ask for at the end of your deal  [43:24]

The best time to buy a car [44:30]

What happens when your salesperson has to “go to the back”  [46:06]

What if you can’t get the best deal because the market is down? [49:56]

Leasing a car: what leasing companies don’t want you to know.  [52:10]

How to make money getting out of your lease. [56:10]

Is it better to lease or buy if you like trading cars?  [58:49]

What should you do if you go over your leasing mileage?  [1:00:20]

Should you shop for an interest rate (and who can do that)?  [1:01:10]

What’s the best way to get rid of your old car and maximize your profit? [1:03:00]

 Always do this before buying a used car [1:05:57]

How LeeAnn helps hooks her clients up with the best deals [1:07:35]

 

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May 26, 2021
Hacking Credit Card Points and Miles with Alex Miller
01:05:25

Points optimizer Alex Miller joins Chris to go deep on credit cards and points hacks. They discuss the best cards to get right now,  how to get thousands of points without spending much money, and ways you should NOT be spending your points.

Alex Miller is the Founder and CEO of Upgraded Points, a site that helps millions of people each month maximize their points and miles. An avid traveler himself, Alex regularly uses  points for extravagant trips around the world, like flying in luxurious first-class cabins complete with onboard bars and showers that would have cost $50,000 if he were paying cash.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/credit-card-points-alex-miller/

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Connect with Alex Miller: LinkedIn | Upgraded Points

Budget tracker: Mint

Credit card companies that give you a spending report: Chase | Amex

Credit card companies that offer transferable points: Chase | Amex | Capital One | Citi

Leveraging international credit in the US: Nova Credit

Luxury airlines mentioned: Singapore Suites | Etihad Apartment | Emirates | American Airlines First Class

The best points cards right now: Amex Gold |Chase Sapphire Reserve | Chase Sapphire Preferred |Amex Platinum

Best complementary cards to have: Chase Freedom Unlimited | Amex Blue Cash Preferred

Keep track of your points: Award Wallet  

Credit Card Travel Portals: Chase | Amex

Hottest sign up bonuses right now: Chase Sapphire Preferred | Capital One Venture

How to Find the Amex Platinum 100k (or 125k) Welcome Bonus Offer: Upgraded Points

 

Additional Links from Upgraded Points

 

Full Show Notes

Who is Alex Miller? [01:42]

Alex’s first taste of business class [02:30]

How to tell if you're not optimizing your credit cards [06:10]

Selecting a points card depending on how you spend your money [08:04]

The downside to tracking your budget with Mint [10:02]

How credit cards affect your credit [10:52]

How to leverage your international credit to open a US credit card without US credit history [13:42]

Is earning cash back better than earning points? [15:07]

Getting some of the benefit of cash back even if you use points [16:23]

Which type of points are the most valuable [17:40]

Gift cards are a terrible use of points [18:36]

Why airline credit cards are often a bad deal [19:49]

Hotel cards may give you some perks like a free one night stay [22:00]

Should you get a credit card with an expensive annual fee? [22:36]

Before you cancel your credit card because of high fees, do this first. [24:50]

Chris and Alex’s best point redemption stories [26:37]

Going on amazing vacations for free is super attainable [34:00]

What are the best points cards right now? [36:27]

The best complementary card to have for spending that doesn’t fall under popular spending categories [40:28]

The only time to use a cash back card [41:15]

Here is how you can be eligible for a business credit card without employing anyone. [42:06]

Get points for shopping at amazon EVEN if your card only gives you points for groceries. [43:43]

Get points using this hack without spending any money [45:52]

Adding offers to your credit card [47:03]

Use shopping portals to accelerate your points earning [48:59]

How do you organize and keep track of your points across different cards? [51:18]

What if you just want to fly whenever you want, is there a way to use your points? [52:04]

The hottest sign up bonuses right now & how to get more then 100,000 points signing up [54:14]

Chase's 5/24 rule [56:30]

What about Capital One? [57:25]

Why the biggest signup bonuses are happening now [58:12]

What you can do if you are not approved for a card [59:21]

How long do you keep a card after the sign up bonus? [1:00:09]

Why you would want to downgrade a card [1:02:10]

Connecting with Alex Miller [1:04:00]

 

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May 19, 2021
How to be Financially Independent Without a Six Figure Salary with Brad Barrett
00:56:01

Financial independence (FI) expert Brad Barrett joins Chris to discuss how you can achieve FI no matter how much you make, including how much money you need to hit FI, savings hacks you can use along the way, and the power of intentionality.

Brad Barrett is the co-host of ChooseFI, the top podcast on financial independence with more than one million monthly listeners. Brad became financially independent and quit his job at 35 years old, without ever earning a six-figure salary. He also runs Travel Miles 101 and Richmond Savers.

Full show notes available at: https://www.allthehacks.com/financial-independence-brad-barrett/

 

Selected Links From The Episode

Brad Barrett: LinkedIn

ChooseFI: Podcast | Instagram | Local groups

The shockingly simple math behind early retirement article: Mr. Money Mustache

Automate your savings strategy: Wealthfront

eBooks from your library: Overdrive

Cheaper mobile phone plans: Republic Wireless | Mint Mobile 

Learn how to travel the world for pennies: Travel Miles 101

Hotels mentioned: Disney Swan Hotel | Fairmont Bermuda Hotel

Book a personal trip through rewards with: Flight Fox

Track price history and set price alerts on your favorite products: Camel Camel Camel

 

Show Notes

Who is Brad Barrett the financial independence expert? [00:20]

What is financial independence (the one hack to rule them all)? [01:25]

Mistakes Brad has made [03:25]

The ultimate definition of financial independence [04:22]

Is financial independence something anyone can achieve? (it’s a simple equation) [05:48]

The choices Brad made that set him up well for financial independence  [09:19]

Does financial independence mean you have to give up everything while you save? [10:45]

The greatest hack is this mindset shift: what do you value more?  [11:50]

Proof that Brad is not living in deprivation [19:03]

Do you have to save 90% of your income?  [13:41]

Does saving mean you have to spend 30 hours a month tinkering with your finances? [20:44]

Step one to financial independence is finding out how much your life costs.  [23:27]

Even Brad makes mistakes where he can be more aware.  [26:02]

Figuring out how much you are saving on a sheet of paper v. using a savings app [28:07]

If you know you want to work forever, use this advice [30:57]

How do you figure out how much you need to save to achieve financial independence (4% rule of thumb) [31:41]

The 4% rule isn't perfect, this is Chris’s issue with it  [35:39]

Hacks beyond saving money from your income [37:29]

How to get free eBooks from the public library [40:29]

Saving on mobile phone plans and controlling what you do on data  [42:25]

Finding tiny sacrifices that work for you  [43:51]

How Brad spent $150 instead of $5,000 on a vacation using reward points  [44:09]

How to find out the price history of your favorite products and turn buying into a fun game [50:20]

The big takeaway from today’s episode (intentionality and optimizing without sacrifice). [53:00]

Connecting with Brad and ChooseFi [54:00]

 

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May 13, 2021
Pro Travel Hacks for Every Aspect of Your Next Trip with Leigh Rowan
00:54:56

#1: Travel pro Leigh Rowan joins Chris to discuss the travel hacks you need for your next trip, including getting the best prices on flights and hotels, having authentic local experiences and not getting ripped off changing money.

Leigh Rowan (@leighrowan) is a serious travel hacker. He is the founder and CEO of Savanti Travel, a travel management company for executives and prior to that was the COO of The Points Guy.

Full show notes at: https://allthehacks.com/travel-hacks-leigh-rowan

 

Selected Links From The Episode

All the Hacks Newsletter: Sign Up

Leigh Rowan: Twitter | Savanti Travel

Top Credit Cards and Signup Bonuses: Top Cards for 2021 | Best Signup Bonuses

Best flight search tool: Google Flights

Find travel advisers who might have flight/hotel deals: Virtuoso

Find your airline’s seat map: SeatGuru

Great deals on rental cars: Costco

Airline Vacation Portals: American | Delta | United

Find guides from your local library using this extension: Library Extension

Free concierges from your Credit Cards: Amex | Visa | MasterCard

Find a local to show you around at your destination: ShowAround

Eat with a local: EatWith

Do a photography session at your destination: Flytography

Local guides to what's happening: TimeOut

Switching to an eSIM: Verizon | AT&T | T-Mobile

Offline mode to save data: Google Maps | Google Translate

Phone Plans for International Travel: Google Fi

 

Show Notes

Leigh's background in the travel industry [01:40]

What to do before planning any trip   [03:10]

What if you just want the cheapest trip or just a warm destination? [06:35]

Should you pay with miles or with cash? [07:30]

Why you shouldn’t book flights from Expedia and book from the airline directly instead. [08:34]

How do you get access to lower corporate rates for flights? [10:11]

How to pick the best airline for your next international flight? [10:31]

Making sure your rental is still available and being treated like a VIP. [12:18]

Which Costco travel deals are good and which ones are bad. [14:16]

Take advantage of COVID flight flexibility policies for future trips [15:48]

When on google flights, make sure to add this to your search [16:26]

How do you narrow down your hotel search? [17:05]

Should you pay for Tripadvisor plus and how does it work? [18:58]

How does your experience change depending on how you book your hotel?  [20:48]

Doing this may help you get perks at your hotel, you might even get upgraded. [22:43]

Why speaking to the hotel beforehand really matters [25:09]

Should you trust hotel concierge food recommendations? [25:30]

How to get the best price on a vacation home or villa. [26:52]

Why you should do a food tour as soon as you arrive at your destination. [28:49]

More tips for planning your trip  [29:40]

How you can plan experiences you won’t find in a guidebook [32:00]

What is a destination management company? [33:31]

A photography session is the best souvenir you can get when you travel. [34:14]

How can you find hidden experiences and what your credit card concierge might know. [34:47]

Services your credit card concierge probably does and whether you can trust them. [36:44]

Where to find the best food and how to avoid tourist food traps? [38:58]

The safest and cheapest way to have cash on hand when traveling. [42:33]

The best way you can get rid of local currency at the end of your trip without getting ripped off [44:20]

Don’t fall for this bank travel scam. [45:40]

Getting a local cell phone service or data. [47:37]

Preparing your phone for travel. [48:55]

Trips where you shouldn’t bring your main phone/laptop [50:53]

Leigh’s upcoming trips. [51:48]

What is Savanti Travel? [52:34]

 

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May 08, 2021
All the Hacks: Trailer
00:01:10
Chris is a die-hard optimizer who does all the research to get the best experience in life without the expensive price tag.
Mar 30, 2021