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candace
 Nov 24, 2021
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 May 13, 2021

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

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

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

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

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Ask HTM - Best Personal Business Bank Combo, Pay Off Student Loans or Invest, & Big Wireless Getting More Affordable #598
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - Should I completely pay off my student loans or instead use my year-end bonus to invest in the stock market?

2 - Is it possible to get my personal, business, and kids accounts all with the same bank?

3 - What are the real differences between Verizon and Visible and should I switch to save?

4 - How can I protect my money when I pass the $250,000 FDIC limit?

5 - With the US dollar strong, it means my AU dollars I’m earning in Australia are taking a serious hit here in the US- how do I hedge my currency risk?

 

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Nov 28, 2022
Friday Flight - The Housing Halt, Low-Cost Healthcare, & Delinquent Debtors #597
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead with your money. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: student loan pause extension, scammers targeting student loan holders, new guidelines for student loans in bankruptcy, EV reliability in the dumps, avoiding the new car depreciation hit, easily estimating the cost of healthcare, credit card balances on the rise, cards with the worst benefits, fewer folks unbanked, reaching your financial goals with CDs, & tighter lending standards making it difficult to move.

 

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Nov 25, 2022
How Much Should I Give To Charity? #596
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Farming has to be one of the most difficult careers if our (lack of) success at gardening is any indicator. By no means are we farmers, but from what we do know about growing food, it’s important to periodically let your fields lie fallow. This allows the soil a chance to rest and restore some nutrient balance. It’s counterintuitive, it certainly feels like taking time off from growing crops is going to hurt your bottom line but it’s incredibly necessary for the long-term health of the soil, as well as the success of the farmer. And we think the same is true when it comes to giving our money away. It sure doesn’t sound like a vital ingredient in a wealth-building formula, but we think that it actually is. And when we constantly talk about the different ways that we can work to have more money- whether that’s through spending less or earning more, we think it’s important to hit pause to encourage folks to do the opposite. We truly do believe that by giving away our money- even by starting out with small amounts, that we’re going to end up better off in the end. Listen as we discuss why we believe this to be true, who should be donating their money, how much we should be giving away, and some practical tips to help you to part with more of your money!

 

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Nov 23, 2022
The Wild History of Index Funds with Robin Wigglesworth #595
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If you’ve listened to the show for more than a couple episodes then you know that we’re big fans of index funds. Specifically, low-cost widely diversified index funds are what the vast majority of our portfolios consist of. But how did index funds come to be? And sure, we’re all for them but what does everyone else say? That’s why we’re pumped to take a deep dive into index funds today with Robin Wigglesworth who is editor of Alphaville over at the Financial Times. Robin is a financial journalist and he’s also the author of the book “Trillions: How a Band of Wall Street Renegades Invented the Index Fund and Changed Finance Forever.” Passive investing is something we take for granted- for us, index funds have always been an option but that wasn’t always the case. It was a heretical idea in the past, so we’re excited to get into the history of one of the most important modern-day investing innovations: who was responsible for their creation, why hedge funds still exist if index funds are the path to wealth, potential downsides to passive investing, & much more!

 

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Nov 21, 2022
Friday Flight - DeFi Debacle, Forgiveness Freeze, & Degree Displeasure #594
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead with your money. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: higher fees for robo advisors, forgiveness freeze, DeFi debacle, cash stuffing to get ahead, sunsetting credit card benefits, college degree displeasure, streamlining college with direct admissions, states with the best 529 plans, and fine art vs the S&P.

 

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Nov 18, 2022
Popular Money Advice That Just Ain’t Right #593
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Searing your steak as a way to ‘lock in the juices’ is something we’ve heard folks recommend for years! Get that grill hot as blazes, toss on your steak, and reap the juicy medium-rare rewards. But even though there might be a kernel of truth here, culinary scientists tell us that it’s not actually the best method. It turns out that the reverse sear is the better way to do it! Similarly, there are phrases and ideas in the personal finance space that get preached as though they’re the gospel truth. And there are a number of reasons why certain bits of advice stick with us- maybe it intuitively makes sense or perhaps it’s packaged well and is just flat-out catchy. We’re all looking for guidance and shortcuts but that doesn’t necessarily mean that these sayings are sage advice. So today we call out some of the biggest culprits on the show and share how you should be thinking about your money.

 

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Nov 16, 2022
Ask HTM - Bank Bonus Bummers, Investing During A Bear, & A Kitchen Appliance Frugal or Cheap #592
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - We don’t use our dishwasher- so should we save money by not buying one during our kitchen remodel?

2 - Are there any downsides to snagging any of the bank bonus offers?

3 - How can I get our car insurance premiums down with a kid off at college?

4 - What is the best way to invest during a bear market?

5 - My kid is an authorized user on my credit card- should I kick them off once they turn 18?

 

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Nov 14, 2022
Friday Flight - Getting Paid To Pay Rent, Prime Perks, & A Low Score Costs You More #591
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead with your money. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: CNET calls Matt a liar, Costco hacks to save more, rents on the decline, getting paid to pay rent, all-in pricing with Airbnb, Prime perks or problems, the most expensive way to listen to music, a high enough credit score so you don’t pay more, secondary work benefits, & expensive high quality H20.

 

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Nov 11, 2022
Going Full CrossFit on Your Finances #590
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Back to the Future is easily one of the most quintessential 80s movies- come at us if you disagree! And there’s a scene early in the movie when Doc Brown basically explains how it is that he came up with the flux capacitor, which makes time travel possible. But the way that it came about was Doc was standing on his toilet, hanging a clock when he slipped and hit his head on the sink. It was at that precise moment that he came up with the flux capacitor- doing something completely unrelated to his quasi-scientific pursuits, which would forever alter his and Marty McFly’s life. It’s a moment from a classic movie that embodies the concept that you never know when inspiration is going to show up. Well in the same way that a stroke of genius came to Doc when he least expected it, we’ve found that there are so many different money lessons that we’ve both learned from working out and getting more fit! Luckily it didn’t take us hitting our head on the sink but here is a ton of crossover between physical fitness and personal finance. And we think regardless of how active you are (no gym membership required), there are some fantastic lessons to be learned from exercise that will lead to you becoming more financially fit.

 

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Nov 09, 2022
Killer $5,000 Cars & The Future of EVs with Consumer Reports’ Mike Quincy #589
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Aside from buying a home, buying a car is one of the most expensive one-time purchases that we make. This is a part of the reason why we spend a decent amount of time talking about cars! Over 16% of American household budgets are spent on transportation, so get this one decision right and it’ll be a massive boost to your personal finances. And that’s why we’re excited to have Mike Quincy joining us today. Mike is a car specialist and has been with Consumer Reports for nearly 30 years! He participates in the hands-on car testing, appears regularly on Consumer Reports Talking Cars podcast, and knows virtually all someone could know about new and used cars. We discuss why Consumer Reports buys all their own cars, where the prices of used cars is going, finding the balance between a car that you love vs a practical vehicle that gets you around, some of the best used cars if you’re on a tight budget, and then the challenging future of electric vehicles.

 

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Nov 07, 2022
Friday Flight - Checkout Hacks, Calming Compounding, & Balenciaga Babies #588
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead with your money. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: I bonds are still paying big, cutting back on gift giving, Balenciaga babies, kicking Coinstar to the curb, the worst time to tap your 401k, calming compounding, 529 accounts for all the wrong reasons, groceries from 2019, & interest rates hitting car payments.

 

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Nov 04, 2022
Fast-Tracking Your Kids To Financial Success #587
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Most Americans didn’t have an inkling about Formula 1 racing for most of its existence, until the Netflix show Drive to Survive came along. It’s amazing what a docuseries can do for a sport that was typically relegated to Europe! But an interesting thing about F1 is that the driver with the fastest lap time in trials the day before gets the pole position which is the best starting position at the beginning of the actual race. It turns out that the driver who gets that crucial advantage right out of the gate wins more than 42% of the time. Where you start matters! And similarly we think there is a massive advantage gained in life when kids have the basics of financial literacy as tools and lessons that they can draw on from a young age. Not only will their wealth compound over the years but so will their knowledge and the positive behaviors that they build upon. Listen as we discuss a number of lessons you can implement now, the behavior you’ll model, and the accounts you can open in order to fast-track your kids to financial success.

 

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Nov 02, 2022
Ask HTM - Investing in Real Estate with Only $5, Tapping a 401k to Pay Off Debt, & A Currency Exchange Frugal or Cheap #586
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - Are real estate investing apps like Landa legit?

2 - When it comes to budgeting, is it OK to sneak my gardening supplies into our housing maintenance savings category?

3 - Should I cash out an old 401k to pay off some medical debt?

4 - I’m thinking about selling my duplex- should I utilize a 1031 exchange and strike while the iron is hot?

5 - A frugal or cheap abroad: what’s the best way to do a currency exchange?

 

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Oct 31, 2022
Friday Flight - Forgiveness In Limbo, AARP for Babies, & Day Trading Dropouts #585
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead with your money. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: last day to jump on those I bonds, student loan forgiveness in limbo, expensive turkeys, senior discounts for everyone, not-so-discount airlines, luxury bus travel, moving to avoid taxes, young wealthy investors beating the market, day trading dropouts, WFH leading to healthier habits, making time for things that matter, & the fading silver lining of buy now pay later.

 

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Oct 28, 2022
Dying Destitute: Should You Spend All Your Money Before You Die? #584
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The fact that money is so measurable is both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing because your budget, your salary, how much you have set aside in investment accounts- basically all dollar amounts in your life are very quantifiable. And because of that it’s not difficult to make some tweaks in order to see some movement with your net worth. Awesome! But at the same time it’s a curse- because these are measurements that are so readily available, we can often overly rely on these numbers to let us know how we’re doing in life. If you’re overly focused on the numbers and if your life satisfaction is purely determined by how much you’ve got in the bank, then we’d argue that you’re incorrectly using your wealth as the main measurement of life satisfaction. So hear us out: the argument we’re putting forth today is that maybe we should all consider dying destitute! We discuss some great reasons to consider spending all your money, how to spend your money in a way that brings you the most joy and happiness, whether you should give money away before or after you die, and some thoughts on leaving money to your kids.

 

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Oct 26, 2022
Is Crypto Going Extinct? with Stacy-Marie Ishmael #583
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There’s a decent chance that during the pandemic and the ensuing months, that you were stuck at home with some extra cash on hand, but with no way to spend that money. So you got into crypto- and unfortunately, there’s a very good chance that your holdings are worth much less and you might be a little concerned. And you’re not alone because a recent Bankrate survey showed that only about 30% of millennials are comfortable investing in crypto which is down from 50% a year ago. There’s just not as much confidence and excitement as there used to be and so we’re excited to be joined by Stacy-Marie Ishmael. For years Stacy used to work at the Financial Times where she started the blog Alphaville, she’s worked as a senior editor at Apple, and now she’s a writer & podcaster at Bloomberg where she dedicates nearly all of her time to cryptocurrencies. Listen as we discuss why crypto exploded the way that it did in recent years and why everyone thought it was going to the moon, why crypto hasn’t acted as an investing hedge, why countries are struggling to implement it as their national currency, and what the future holds in the realm of crypto!

 

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Oct 24, 2022
Friday Flight - Retreating Rewards, New Tax Brackets, & Workplace TRAPs #582
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead with your money. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: our new credit card tool, student loan forgiveness deadlines, pricey Halloween candy, spending big bucks on pet costumes, retail rewards in retreat, new tax brackets along with higher contribution limits to retirement plans, extra fees to return online purchases, workplace TRAPs, the best employers for career advancement, iBanking your iCash on your iPhone, & Aldi conversions on the rise.

 

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Oct 21, 2022
Jesus Christ Super-Saver: Ancient Wisdom & Your Money #581
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We’re glad Ikea exists. The ability for a vast majority of the population to get their hands on some incredibly functional, well designed, and affordable furniture is a good thing. But, you’re also unlikely to pass Ikea furniture down to your kids or for that matter, use it for more than a handful of years. Compare that to a campaign dresser from the 1800s! It’s true that they don’t make them like they used to. The same is true when it comes to modern financial advice. There’s a lot of ‘wisdom’ floating around out there that is self-serving at best, and deceptive and predatory at worst. So in today’s episode we pull some ancient wisdom from the Bible, Stoicism, and other wisdom traditions from hundreds to thousands of years before our time. Then we connect that ancient wisdom to our modern times to help you to determine what you should be doing with your money.

 

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Oct 19, 2022
Ask HTM - Buying New or Used Cars in a Crazy Market, Stocks vs Real estate, & Converting or Rolling Over a 401k #580
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - Should I take the leap into real estate investing or is it smarter to invest within a Roth IRA?

2 - Is it a better deal to pay for CPI with my car insurance provider or pay for full coverage myself?

3 - Does it make more sense to roll over an old 401k or should I convert it to a Roth IRA instead?

4 - Should I buy a new or used car in this crazy car market?

5 - We own a rental property- what tips do you have as we make that property our primary residence?

 

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Oct 17, 2022
Friday Flight - Horrendous Investing Advice, Haute Dogs, & ADUs FTW #579
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead with your money. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: life as a one car family, ADUs FTW, smaller affordable housing, flippity-flops, mortgage rates at 20-year highs, whether I bonds are still a smart buy, haute dogs and splurging on your pets, the worst life advice of all-time, separation of money and politics, & Netflix is going with commercials.

 

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Oct 14, 2022
Biking is a Money & Life Hack #578
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“Spend less than you make.” This is a maxim that is not only true but, if followed, will allow you to accomplish so many other goals that you might have in life. It’s a foundational concept. Similarly, we also think the same can be said for biking. Get this one thing right in your life- pedal your way to wherever you need to go, and so many other aspects of life will automatically fall into place. And we’ve actually been able to put our commitment to biking to the test since we’ve moved out of the city- you might be surprised to hear the results! Listen as we discuss the many different reasons we believe biking is a money and life hack, the positive impacts on our health, communities, and environment. And we also touch on how you can make biking more accessible in your community as well as how you can get started, even if you haven’t ridden a bike since you were eleven!

 

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Oct 12, 2022
Buying Existing Businesses to Make Millions with Codie Sanchez #577
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We’re pumped to talk with entrepreneur extraordinaire Codie Sanchez today. And while Codie is busy buying businesses today, the truth is, it took her a while to get there. Years ago, right out of college, Codie was working 70-hour weeks for a paycheck. And even though she had a great education and an elite job, she felt like her life was out of control. Who cares about prestigious job titles when somebody else controls your day to day?! Now, things are different: Codie is financially independent, she owns 26 small businesses, and she’s the founder and CEO of Contrarian Thinking- where she’s on a mission to free the minds of individuals who are hanging onto traditional careers, as well as the common narrative of what it means to be successful. And oftentimes this can be accomplished via buying existing businesses- which is more feasible than you might think! Listen as we discuss life as a second generation immigrant, why Codie believes we’re in a golden era of acquiring others businesses, ways to go about finding a business to buy, her views on passive income, what it means to utilize your ‘unfair advantage’, when she’d consider selling a business, and much more!

 

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Oct 10, 2022
Friday Flight - Idiotic Surveys, Side Hustle Superpowers, & Underutilized HSAs #576
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead with your money. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: surprise bags of food, underutilized HSAs, the silver lining of expensive healthcare, second hand name brands, credit card debt on the rise, crypto settlements and scams, going into debt for the love of the game, dating on the cheap, job listings with pay transparency, & side hustle superpowers.

 

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Oct 07, 2022
Responding to Rate-Hike Hysteria #575
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Whether you like it or not, higher interest rates are going to have an impact on your money! We liken it to the first Lord of the Rings book, the Fellowship of the Ring. Frodo was living large in the Shire- it seemed he was going to be the new heir of his uncle’s comfortable Hobbit-hole. He had no worries at all. That is until Gandalf showed up and turned Frodo’s world upside down. Gandalf explained how an evil force was on the move and that they were no longer safe. Well simply put, rising interest rates also have as wide an impact on our economy! Have a listen as we discuss the Overnight Federal Funds Rate and examples of changing rates in recent history. But then we also get into the ramifications of these rate hikes on our ability to earn, spend, save, and invest.

 

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Oct 05, 2022
Ask HTM - Buying a Home FSBO to Save, Getting Ahead on a Small Salary, & the Best Vegan/Eco-Friendly Banks #574
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - Should I put an engagement ring on credit, even if there is going to be a credit card transaction fee?

2 - Is buying a home FSBO a good idea to save money?

3 - How can I get ahead and feel financially comfortable on a small salary?

4 - We’re getting married soon: where should we put our wedding money, what about I bonds, should we combine investment accounts, and is it time for life insurance?

5 - Are eco-friendly and vegan banks worth it?

 

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Oct 03, 2022
Friday Flight - Prime Day Reprise, Subversive Subscriptions, & Moving for Money #573
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead with your money. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: a Prime Day reprise, what it takes to be a super saver, all the best banks are…, underestimating subversive subscription, marry now pay later, cash buckets on the wedding registry, moving for money, online passport renewals, a crazy affordable EV, & saving big on your car insurance.

 

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Sep 30, 2022
EOY Deadlines: Reduce Your Taxes & Maximize Your Money #572
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With all that we’re trying to accomplish in our everyday lives- we find that reminders are a necessity. For instance, your car’s low gas indicator light that flares up when you’re nearing an empty tank. More power to ya if you’re driving an EV (see what I did there…), but for the rest of us still driving internal combustion vehicles, the low fuel light is a life saver. When it comes on, you know you only have so many miles left to find a gas station before you’re going to end up stranded on the side of the road. Well this episode is here to function similarly to that low fuel light, as kind of a warning because you’ve only got 3 months left in 2022. You can use them to your advantage and attain some of the financial goals you set out to achieve in January. Or you can attempt to coast into 2023 running on fumes. There are some hard and fast deadlines approaching and once that window of time closes, there’s no going back. Today we’re talking about student loans, workplace benefits, taxes, retirement savings, and more so listen up- the clock is ticking!

 

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Sep 28, 2022
Jet-Setting for Little to No Money with The Points Guy Brian Kelly #571
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Brian Kelly, The Points Guy himself, is joining us today on the podcast! If you’ve ever attempted some research on airline miles or credit card reward points, then there’s a good chance you’ve read an article or two over at ThePointsGuy.com. Bryan has an entire staff of writers who are all travel experts- from offices in Austin, to NY, all the way over to London. Which of course frees Bryan up to be able to spend even more of his time participating in his favorite activity- traveling. Listen as Brian shares why he’s willing to pay annual fees on 25 credit cards, what you should do if you have existing airline points, what he thinks about cashback credit cards, how to maximize the number of points you can earn, his favorite perks and benefits of travel cards, and finally his thoughts on traveling with a new baby!

 

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Sep 26, 2022
Friday Flight - Poop Music, Speculation Nation, & Coffee-Drinking Spendthrifts #570
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead with your money. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: interest rates on the rise, dumb ol gift cards, repair or replace a broken appliance, the easiest way to save time and money in the kitchen, phantom funds in your Venmo and Cash app, sweepstake savings accounts, coffee-drinking spendthrifts, speculation nation, an index fund to avoid, & last but also least- poop music.

 

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Sep 23, 2022
Achieving Balance In a World of Work Domination #569
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Up until the 1500s, everybody thought that the earth was the center of the universe- the sun, moon, and planets all orbited around us. But over the course of a century as more folks accepted the belief that we are a part of a heliocentric solar system, this updated view significantly changed everyone’s perception of planet Earth. No longer were we at the center of it all! Our planet Earth is still important of course, but everyone began to see that we were a part of a larger system. We were put in our proper place. And similarly we feel that work and career tends to be at the center of the American universe, negatively impacting our lives via workaholism, lack of other interests, and higher levels of stress. Not that work can’t be fulfilling! We’ve always held a high view of work- it provides a sense of meaning and structure, not to mention a necessary source of income. But when our lives revolve around work, when it’s the center, we think it throws everything out of balance. Listen as we discuss the many reasons why work dominates our lives, as well as how you can find more work-life balance!

 

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Sep 21, 2022
Ask HTM - Recasting to Lower Your Mortgage Payment, A Solar Panel Conundrum, & Forfeiting I Bond Interest #568
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - Is it best to recast a mortgage or should I just pay a lump-sum and be done with the mortgage a bit sooner?

2 - Frugal or cheap?! Repurchasing a board game online after it dropped in price, and having to drive in order to return the original.

3 - What interest am I forfeiting if I pull money out of my I bonds early?

4 - When buying solar, am I just exchanging a loan payment for my monthly electricity bill?

5 - I’d like to be a long-distance landlord- is that a wise move and what else should I keep in mind?

 

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Sep 19, 2022
Friday Flight - Taxing Loan Forgiveness, Everyday Money Fights, & Virtuous Investing #567
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead with your money. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: HTM sock giveaway, sticky inflation, stressful everyday money fights, college major regrets, taxing student loan forgiveness, IRS refunding an extra billion dollars to filers, WTD about market crash predictions, millennials selling out, 401k lifetime income illustrations, ESG funds looking worse than ever, & going into debt for an iPhone.

 

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Sep 16, 2022
Strategic Debt Use To Catapult Your Finances #566
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Some folks will swear that taking a nap is bad for you. “It’ll throw off your circadian rhythm!” or “You’re being lazy- maybe it’s time to be more productive with your time!”. And of course, like many things in life, you could take it too far. For instance taking a nap while your friends are visiting or climbing in bed for 3 hours in the middle of the day will likely lead to poor outcomes- there will be negative downstream effects. But the reality is that a well-timed nap can bring a lot of benefits for many folks- it can boost your memory, increase your job performance, and ease your stress levels. Well, in the same way that naps are misunderstood, so is debt. Indiscriminate use of naps or debt could easily create a mess. But the strategic use of debt is an incredibly nuanced topic that we’re venturing into. Today we discuss how you can determine if you’re using debt strategically by looking at your finances holistically, how folks use debt as a crutch, why it’s important to understand opportunity cost, evaluating your own personal debt tolerance, and much more!

 

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Sep 14, 2022
Building Wealth on a Tiny Income with Sarah the Budget Girl #565
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In the same way that being able to read is a critical component of learning and furthering your education, budgeting is essential to managing your money well and building wealth. It’s foundational! And that’s why we’re pumped to have Sarah Wilson joining us on the podcast today. Today we discuss why the Budget Girl started publishing her own budget for the entire internet to see, how granular you should be getting with your budget, as well as some of the lowest hanging fruit everyone should consider. And we also hear how Sarah paid off all of her student loans in just 3 years on a meager income, her foray into house hacking, charging her boyfriend rent, the future of her very successful site and YouTube channel, plus a bunch of other topics as well!

 

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Sep 12, 2022
Friday Flight - 3% Mortgages, Secondhand Steals, & Leg Room Lunacy #564
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead with your money. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: getting a 3% mortgage via a loan assumption, some new competition for home internet providers, leg room lunacy, free lodging because of flight delays, donate now pay later, influencers in the wild, active insurance trackers to save, & secondhand steals from buying used.

 

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Sep 09, 2022
The Key Characteristics of Great Investors #563
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There’s been a massive proliferation of micro-transportation devices in recent years. Everything from Segways and electric skateboards to Onewheels and e-scooters. But as cool as some of those futuristic devices are, none of them hold a candle to the ultimate classic- the bicycle. Advances in technology have made bikes lighter, safer, and easier to repair, but the basic bicycle remains unchanged and is still the most affordable and dependable personal transportation device. And we’ve seen similar changes when it comes to what it means to be an investor. There really are a ton of crappy investments out there and the spread of not-so-awesome investment advice has been on the rise as well. It’s a constantly changing space and there are a wider range of options available as well as ‘gurus’ telling us how we should be investing. These fancy options can throw us off our game and so we wanted to make sure that you’re able to cultivate and embody the characteristics of a great investor so that you’ll be able to make wise decisions with your investments.

 

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Sep 07, 2022
Ask HTM - Combining Finances as a Newlywed Couple, Seek and Destroy Investment Fees, & Making the Most of Inherited Money #562
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - As a newlywed couple, should we combine our finances?

2 - How do I go about finding and then eliminating the fees associated with my 403b account?

3 - I received an inherited IRA- how do I make the most of this money if I’d like to eventually buy a house?

4 - Should I finish out a basement, build an ADU, or purchase a single/multifamily home if I’m wanting to diversify into real estate?

5 - What are your top 10 episodes that you’d recommend to noobs of personal finance?

 

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Sep 05, 2022
Friday Flight - Quiet Quitting, Cheap Ribeyes, & Another Housing Recession? #561
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead with your money. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: tomorrow is National Cinema Day, sky high EV prices, heating your home this winter is gonna be pricey, e-bike incentives, at the brink of a possible housing recession, HGTV-ification of America, big brother employers doling out productivity scores, cheap ribeyes and brisket, buying meat in bulk straight from the farm, how eco-friendly is raising livestock, & Sam’s Club raising their membership fees.

 

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Sep 02, 2022
Subtle Marketing Maneuvers That Stymie Your Money Momentum #560
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How something is communicated to us can have a major impact on the reception of that idea. For instance, Joel’s wife has been known to offer great advice to him over the years- but he often only comes around when a friend makes a similar remark! He suddenly sees the light because even though the advice is the same, the context is different. It’s only then that he takes action. And similar patterns emerge when it comes to our susceptibility to advertising and marketing. Our subconscious often coalesces to marketing tactics that we tend to think we’re impervious to. We’re not quite as rational as we think we are, and those marketing tricks often nudge us towards buying things we don’t need and spending money we hadn’t planned on parting with. So listen as we identify some of these marketing maneuvers and the steps you can take to avoid becoming a mindless consumer.

 

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Aug 31, 2022
Tackling Personal Finance with NFL Linebacker Brandon Copeland #559
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Our guest today, Brandon Copeland is an NFL player, but he’s also so much more than that. He most recently played for our local team, the Atlanta Falcons, last season but he’s won the Alan Page award for community service and we find his off-the-field activities even more fascinating. He runs a non-profit football camp called Beyond the Basics that not only teaches kids the technical skills of being a great football player, but also helps them to reach their full potential off of the field as well. He has a financial literacy course called Life 101 that he teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. He has a couple of real estate companies that he runs with his wife as well- it’s safe to say that Brandon is truly an entrepreneur! We talk about personal finances in the NFL, resisting the cultural pull to consume, setting our kids up for success, and much more in today’s episode.

 

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Aug 29, 2022
Friday Flight - Forgiveness Reality, Expensive Offspring, & DIY Coffins #558
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead with your money. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: Student loan forgiveness has arrived, forgiveness tax implications, student loan payment caps, streaming viewership and prices continue to rise, unlimited movies are back, expensive offspring, wasting your library money, affordable hearing aids on the way, DIY coffins to save big, and props to one of our favorite outdoor recreational activities.

 

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Aug 26, 2022
Beating Down the Biggest Money Obstacles You Face #557
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Gen Z listeners might not get this reference, but American Gladiators in the early 90s was the original American Ninja Warrior. The show was a series of events where a couple of really fit young folks would compete through a number of obstacles to win a cash prize. The only thing standing in their way? A roster of some incredibly ripped athletes who just wanted to punish you. The gladiators were literally slamming you down or jousting you off a raised pedestal- they were the biggest obstacles the competitors faced. And similarly, there are money obstacles that pop up out of nowhere that knock the wind out of our finances. Some obstacles are more external like the influence of our friends or unplanned expenses, but others are internal like a short-sightedness we might have towards our money or a lack of knowledge. So we’re going to spend this episode running through some of the different obstacles that are attempting to derail you on your path to financial freedom- and specifically, what to do about them.

 

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Aug 24, 2022
Ask HTM - Overly Relying on Micro Jobs, Going Green and Frugal at the Same Time, & Selling Now vs Renovating in the Future #556
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - Should I consider micro jobs to make some supplemental part time income?

2 - How do I go about making frugal and green choices at the same time?

3 - Without any passive streams of income, where should I pull money for early retirement?

4 - Our house is going to need some major work in the next 5 years- should we sell now or renovate?

5 - How much would I pay in taxes in order to invest into a Roth IRA?

 

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Aug 22, 2022
Friday Flight - Dirt Cheap Groceries, Worthless Warranties, & Paused Payments? #555
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead during these trying times. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: wearing used workout clothes, inflation resistant restaurants, dirt cheap groceries, trading down to save more, potentially paused payments, student loans impacting your golden years, happy birthday Social Security, worthless warranties, college student safeguards, TDF allowing you to DIY it within your 401k, actively managed funds kinda coming out ahead, specific EVs that get the new tax credit, & a sweet signup bonus on one of our favorite credit cards.

 

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Aug 19, 2022
Negotiation as a Winning Everyday Tactic #554
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A couple years ago Matt got really into tracking his time for an entire year. Virtually every minute, there was an app running in the background as he was cataloging how he was spending his hours- all in an attempt to better utilize his time. And while 99% of folks will think that’s completely insane, they’ll likely admit that there might be some serious benefits to managing their time more efficiently. Similarly, we’re here to argue that negotiating is something that can benefit you regardless of what stage of life you’re in- whether you’re a student, a stay-at-home parent, or a CEO. Unfortunately there are a few misconceptions about negotiating that we’re going to tackle. But then we’ll go through a number of different factors to keep in mind that are going to make you a more effective negotiator in your day-to-day life. Factors like market research, your tone and non-verbals, the role of emotion during an interaction, and plenty more that’ll help you to earn more and spend less.

 

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Aug 17, 2022
Ratcheting Up Your Risk Tolerance with Allison Schrager #553
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We’re getting a little nerdy on the show today with Allison Schrager who is our favorite author on the subject of risk. She’s an economist, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist at Bloomberg Opinion, and co-founder of LifeCycle Finance Partners which is a risk advisory firm. Allison has had a varied career from working in finance, policy, and media with her byline often appearing in many different publications like the Economist and Wired. She’s also written a book, “An Economist Walks into a Brothel: And Other Unexpected Places to Understand Risk” that we’re diving into as well. And we’re going to discuss what risk looks like in our world today- how we should be interpreting it as individuals, as investors, and whether we should be exposing ourselves to more risk in a world that seems obsessed with the pursuit of safetyism.

 

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Aug 15, 2022
Friday Flight - Holiday Flight Advice, Inflation Reduction Reactions, & Aldi at the Altar #552
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead during these trying times. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: DIY toilet talk, 2021 sold more electric bikes than electric vehicles, EV prices are getting out of hand, tax credits to help you go electric, more funding for the IRS, $1,200 to greenify your home, Petsmart saddling employees with debt, holiday flight advice, refunds for delayed flights, everlasting Southwest travel credits, Aldi at the altar, & realizing real retirement risks.

 

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Aug 12, 2022
Is It a Terrible Time to Buy a Home? #551
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They say that timing is everything. For example, Nascar and F1 drivers need perfect timing in order to make a move and pass their competition. An ill-timed attempt can result in falling further behind, or even worse, in a crash that takes you out of the race completely. Well, the housing market has been shaken up in a big way as prices have risen substantially and now higher rates are making things even more unaffordable. That being said, the market is beginning to feel like it’s stalling out and maybe even correcting- though we would be pretty shocked if the current market oddities ended up in something resembling the 2008 crash. But there’s still a lot of uncertainty when it comes to the housing market. If you were making offers last year and missing out consistently, is now the time for you to finally be able to buy? During this episode we talk about timing the housing market, what the current market conditions look like, how you should be thinking about the rent vs buy debate, as well as some practical steps that you should take if you determine that you are ready to buy a home.

 

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Aug 10, 2022
Ask HTM - Buying a Used Car from a Rental Fleet, Timing a 401k Conversion, & a Duplex Purchase Snag #550
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - I’m thinking about buying a used car from a rental fleet- what considerations should I keep in mind?

2 - What steps should we take, or not take, as we’re getting more serious with our entrepreneurial endeavors?

3 - Is now a good time to roll my 401k over into a Roth IRA?

4 - What factors should I consider as I’m looking for the best rate on my high yield savings account?

5 - My lender says that I have to move into the duplex that I’m trying to purchase as an investment property- what should I do?

 

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Aug 08, 2022
Friday Flight - Child Labor, Equifax’s Idiocy & Utility Bill Hacks #549
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead during these trying times. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: HTM sock giveaway winners, more Google Map biking features, credit card companies are fighting for your business, cheap millennials are worse tippers, jumping ship to earn 10% more, why we’re proponents of child labor, US Bank exploiting their customers, pernicious hotel fees, Equifax continues to blow it, & a quick utility bill hack.

 

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Aug 05, 2022
Is College For Dummies? #548
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Now we know that baseball is America’s pastime, but is there any other sport that is more ingrained in our culture than football? And is there anything more wholesome than parents encouraging their kids to play football in order to learn teamwork, develop their athletic prowess, and develop friendships while having a great time? That may have been true 30 years ago, but the rise of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) has given parents pause as we’re now seeing something close to 35% fewer kids playing the sport now than played 10-15 years ago. The value proposition has changed as we’ve learned what the longer-term impacts of all of those hits to the head means for athletes. Well we believe the same thing is true when it comes to higher education. Due to the higher costs of college, the massive student loan burden, and other false assumptions about going to college, we want all high school grads to think long and hard about whether college is the right choice for them. Listen as we discuss the factors to consider to maximize your ROI of attending college, some great alternatives to going straight from senior year to a university, and then some questions to ask yourself to help you decide.

 

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Aug 03, 2022
Real Estate Investing in an Erratic Market with Brandon Turner #547
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This is the episode you need to listen to if you’ve been making excuses for not getting into real estate investing. Our interview today is with Brandon Turner who quite literally wrote the book on investing in real estate. He has published many books on the topic including “The Book on Rental Property Investing: How to Create Wealth With Intelligent Buy and Hold Real Estate Investing”. He was also a former host of the Bigger Pockets podcast with over 100 million downloads and of course that’s a show that’s all about real estate. And today our conversation covers Brandon’s story- how he first got into real estate, how as an entrepreneur he keeps work from overtaking his life, how you can choose an investing strategy, how you should approach cash flow vs appreciation, what to do about current housing market conditions, if being a landlord is ethical, and more!

 

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Aug 01, 2022
Friday Flight - Ginormous Jackpots, Expensive Algorithms, & Geriatric Roommates #546
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead during these trying times. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: scoring some HTM socks!, finally time for a recession, ginormous jackpots, using dumb personal loans to build wealth, fintech promising too good to be true savings rates, Overdraft Protection Act, the case of the $5,000 Springsteen tickets, expensive algorithms, fake reviews, student loan pause likely to be extended, geriatric roomates to save big, going with store brands, and conspicuous consumption if you’re into foot stuff.

 

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Jul 29, 2022
The Middle Class is Shrinking: What That Means for You! #545
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We, as human beings, avoid pain. Nobody likes to break their collarbone while snowboarding, cut their finger while chopping up some veggies, or even stub their toe on the leg of the high chair. And of course that immediate pain communicates to us that something is wrong- it keeps us from further hurting ourselves. But then oftentimes there is some inflammation or swelling that occurs after the fact. And that’s not a sign that you’re hurting yourself, but it can actually be the first steps that your body is taking in order to heal your injury. So in a way that ongoing pain from any swelling could be seen as a good thing! Though uncomfortable, it can be a sign of forward-looking health. And similarly, we’re attempting to take a more positive approach to what seems like the disconcerting problem of a shrinking middle class. We actually think there is more good than bad happening with a middle class that seems to be hollowing out. Listen to find out why this seems like a bad trend at first glance, who has been climbing the financial ranks, who is actually considered ‘rich’, what this means for you, and then finally what you can do to get ahead with your finances.

 

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Jul 27, 2022
Ask HTM - Dropping Money on Fancy Coffee, Insurance at the Expense of Investing, & the Best Approach to NFTs #544
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - Is it ok to splurge on a cup of joe at my local coffee shop when my financial situation has gotten more burdensome?

2 - What are your thoughts on how we should be taxed here in the US?

3 - How much should I investing into NFTs?

4 - Does it make sense for me to keep paying on a home warranty plan that I inherited?

5 - Am I spending too much money on life insurance?

 

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Jul 25, 2022
Friday Flight - Everyday Payday, Coupon Culling, & the Demise of Thrifting #543
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead during these trying times. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: European travel discounts, making yourself take some time off, rising costs of pet sitting, WTD with that drawer of gift cards, decelerating rents, the demise of thrifting, $18 for heated seats, everyday payday, coupon culling, & the easiest way to create a will.

 

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Jul 22, 2022
Streaming Sucks! Eliminating Expenses as Costs Creep Up #542
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We talk a lot about finding free stuff on the side of the road, in HTM parlance, curb alerts! It’s a great way to reduce waste and save money if you’re able to find something that you’re needing, and it just so happens to be sitting there on the curb for you. But if you find yourself driving around town for a few hours every night after work in hopes that folks have abandoned a neat tchotchke that you may or may not actually need, then you might be dedicating too much time to the pursuit of free stuff. Similarly, streaming subscriptions can be a wonderful thing- they’ve been able to deliver some amazing content to hundreds of millions of people. But if you have too many streaming companies set to autopay, not only is it consistently draining money from your bank account but it’s also stealing your most limited resource- your time. Listen as we tackle why it is we stream in the first place, how to cut the cost of streaming, how to stream for free, and contemplate what else you could be spending your time doing as we challenge ourselves to spend less time on the couch to begin with!

 

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Jul 20, 2022
Living Life with the End in Mind with Jordan Grumet #541
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For a certain subset of HTM listeners, it might be easy to not see the forest for the trees. You might naturally be drawn to the finer details of personal finance like expense ratios and Excel formulas in an attempt to ensure that you’re living the most efficient and optimized life that you possibly can. But, that’s when the subtle shift can take place. That’s when the means to the end begins to overshadow the actual end, which for many is to simply live a good and happy life. Instead, we should live our lives with the end in mind and that’s why we’re talking with Dr. Jordan Grumet, also known as Doc G. Jordan was an internal medicine physician when he discovered the personal finance community. Since then he started an award winning podcast and is now the author of Taking Stock: A Hospice Doctor's Advice on Financial Independence, Building Wealth, and Living a Regret-Free Life, which will be published in a couple of weeks. Listen as we discuss meaningful work, resisting the traditional American work culture, what it takes to set priorities in life, and much more!

 

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Jul 18, 2022
Friday Flight - Concerts on Credit, Evaporating Assets, & Can You Afford Me Now? #540
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead during these trying times. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: we’ve got socks!, Joel’s top Costco picks, house hacking to live rent or mortgage free, monthly savings rate in the dumps, concerts on credit, coping with a shrinking portfolio, the real threat to your investments, big wireless ratcheting up their rates, stamps aren’t immune to inflation, evaporating assets, car notes the size of mortgage payments, & pick your poison: clean your toilet or make a budget.

 

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Jul 15, 2022
Making the Most of an Economic Downturn #539
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A friend of ours writes a daily newsletter, and he recently featured a 74 year old named Paul who has lived inside of an iron lung since he was six years old. Paul was completely paralyzed due to polio from the neck down, and his disability means a life that most of us could barely imagine. But that didn’t stop Paul from achieving many goals over his lifetime- he taught himself to write with a pen in his mouth, he earned a college degree, and even went on to become a lawyer! We share this to highlight that there are a number of factors outside our control, and we should instead focus our energy on the things that we do have control over. There’s little that we can do when it comes to the economy, recessions, and inflation. But we do have a say over our personal finances- the financial foundation we build for ourselves, the money we spend, the money we invest, and the ways that we ensure a healthy and steady income. Listen as we cover all of that and more during this episode!

 

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Jul 13, 2022
Ask HTM - Invest or Pay Off Student Loans, Getting Rich by Earning a Counseling Degree, & Buying an RV Instead of a Home #538
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - Does it make sense to buy an RV in order to avoid high real estate costs?

2 - How wealthy will my girlfriend get after earning her master’s degree in counseling?

3 - Given the recent volatility of the stock market, should we tweak the allocation of a 529 account we just set up?

4 - I’m interested in using real estate to semi-retire in 7 to 10 years- but where should I save or invest my down payment?

5 - Should I pay off my student loans or invest my extra savings?

 

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Jul 11, 2022
Friday Flight - Cheaper Booze, Buy Now Pay Never, & What Housing Market Crash? #537
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: measuring the value you get from Amazon Prime, fueling your addiction with Jackpocket, borrowing to invest, buy now pay never, who’s footing the the bill when it comes to credit card rewards, what housing market crash?, housing affordability brought to you by a 50 year mortgage, cheaper groceries and booze, & whether banning new gas stations is the best path forward.

 

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Jul 08, 2022
Fractured FIRE: Early Retirement, Not So Hot Right Now! #536
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Some things sound really good... until they aren’t. Like when your kids say they’re going to spend all of their money at the candy store and how they’re going to eat ice cream every night of the week. Sure that sounds tempting now, but the reality isn’t quite as rosy. As you grow older you realize that there are constraints that prevent you from a diet like that- namely the health issues that would arise! We think that something similar is happening to the Financial Independence Retire Early movement. An idea that sounds really compelling when the market is kicking butt doesn’t feel the same once a bear market has ravaged those early retirement portfolios. Not to mention that with inflation on the rise, your dollars aren’t getting you quite as far as they used to! So we offer a few alternatives to those who are striving after early retirement, how we would recommend that you think about your work and career, and then we highlight why we think the FIRE movement still has its merits.

 

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Jul 06, 2022
Becoming a Financial Samurai with Sam Dogen #535
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Happy Independence Day! We’re marking the occasion by talking with Sam Dogen- one of the pioneers of the Financial Independence Retire Early movement. Sam is the founder of Financial Samurai which he founded over 10 years ago. He retired at age 34 after a career at Goldman Sachs, but then came out of retirement as retired life was a bit too boring for him! He has written over 2,100 articles at his site and now his new book “Buy This, Not That” is about to be released very soon which is an excellent guide on how you can optimize your money to build wealth and live life on your own terms. During this episode we talk about why Sam isn’t a huge fan of the 25x rule, maximizing your earning potential, engineering a layoff- we’re excited to talk about all of that and more today!

 

During this episode we enjoyed a Daily Serving by Trillium- and thanks again to Sean for sending this one our way! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!

 

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Jul 04, 2022
Friday Flight - Imposter Syndrome, Rental Bidding Wars, & Costly Cookouts #534
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: the IRS backlog continues, free goods from Amazon, bullwhip effect leading to sales on the horizon, imposter syndrome taking a bite out of your wallet, salary transparency on the rise, the role of gig work in your financial life, zoomers are all about that cash, the best hysa interest rate, rising interest rates hurting your house purchasing power, rental bidding wars, & costly cookouts.

 

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Jul 01, 2022
Wives & Money... Part IV #533
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Kate and Emily take the mic! It’s that time of year again- when our wives have yet again so graciously agreed to sit down and talk with us about money after we wrestle the kids down for naptime, while we’re away at the beach! Specifically during this episode we fielded some questions from the Facebook group and the ladies answered what their current splurges are, thoughts on moving our families to the burbs, ways to keep the grocery budget down, when we got financially naked, how to match different levels of risk tolerance, what it looks like to include kids in our family money conversions, and plenty of other nuggets of wisdom!

 

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Jun 29, 2022
Ask HTM - New Cars vs Used vs Leasing, Budgeting on a Variable Income, & Designing a Space for Airbnb #532
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - How much risk is too much risk as I’m looking to grow my online business?

2 - What is your car buying philosophy- new, used, or lease?

3 - My income is fluid and irregular- how am I able to create a monthly budget?

4 - What design tips should I keep in mind as I’m building a new home that I’m planning to house hack?

5 - Is there an easy way to see my Roth IRA contributions and withdrawals?

 

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Jun 27, 2022
Friday Flight - Gas Tax Holidays, Bargain Cruises, & Bad Investing Robots #531
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: we curb alerted ourselves, imposter Instagram accounts, what would you do for a bungalow, screaming mortgage rates, how we approach credit cards, high interest savings accounts are back, the best guaranteed returns for the next year, bad investing robots, gas tax holidays, geriatric cars, insurance rates on the rise, & bargain cruises up for grabs.

 

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Jun 24, 2022
Fighting Back Against Gas Price Insanity #530
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You can’t escape summer! Whether you’re baking under the sun at your local pool on the weekends, or setting off on adventures with your kids during their summer break, the changing season and warmer temperatures signal that it’s summer break. Just like summer impacts basically everyone, so does the price of a gallon of gas increasing at a previously unseen rate. Even electric vehicle owners aren’t immune to the rising prices- though there’s gotta be a palpable sense of relief every time you plug your car in! The US crossed the $5 a gallon threshold a couple weeks ago and who knows where the prices are headed from here?! But we’ll talk about why gas prices are unrelenting right now, we’ll share some of our thoughts on fossil fuels in general, and then we’ll the majority of this episode talking through the many steps you can take to lessen the pain you’re experiencing at the pump.

 

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Jun 22, 2022
Futureproofing Your Career & Crypto Advice for Noobs with Kevin Roose #529
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Today’s interview completely revolves around technology and we’re excited to have Kevin Roose joining us today. Kevin is an award-winning tech columnist for the New York Times, and a Times bestselling author of three books: Futureproof, Young Money, and The Unlikely Disciple. He is the host of the “Rabbit Hole” podcast, and writes and speaks regularly on all topics related to our modern age including automation and AI, social media, cybersecurity, and digital wellness. But today, we are narrowing his focus to discussing some of the different ways that we can ensure your career can continue to grow as AI is taking over many different areas of our lives. Plus we’re going to do a deep dive into crypto and how you should be thinking about it today.

 

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Jun 20, 2022
Friday Flight - Finding Drug Money, Bear Markets & the End of Millennial Subsidies #528
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: signing up to be a squid game contestant, why it’s good news to officially enter a bear market, auto-enrolling leading to financial independence, the simple path to wealth, the end of millennial subsidies, a Bitcoin academy in public housing, what terrible crypto performance means for your portfolio, high earners living paycheck to paycheck, more medical bill price transparency, & finding drug money.

 

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Jun 17, 2022
It’s Not JUST Inflation: Defying Higher Prices in Your Life #527
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It’s an understatement to say that the political discourse in our country is a mess! And the problem isn’t that you just disagree- that you think someone on the other side of the political aisle has the wrong opinion. That’s certainly a part of it, but the major political issues of the day that Americans are rightly discussing require patience and a nuanced understanding of different ideas to make progress. Instead, we have anonymous accounts on social media, partisan media, divisive rhetoric from leaders, and the pandemic which further polarized the political divide. All are factors that have contributed to politics being a hot button topic. Similarly, it’s not just inflation that’s causing everything to feel like it’s costing us more money- that our dollars aren’t getting us through to the end of the month. Inflation is a major culprit and we’ll definitely talk more about that today. But there are some other factors as well and we think by zooming out and looking at the entire picture, that we’ll be able to better understand the many different reasons that everything seems to cost us more than it used to. And then we’ll share what steps we can begin to immediately implement in order to start defying these higher prices.

 

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Jun 15, 2022
Ask HTM - Breaking Bad Budgets, Higher Returns By Investing In A Side Hustle, & WTD About A State Pension #526
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - How detailed should we get with our monthly budget - should we break out individual items on receipts?

2 - What kind of pre-tax-post-tax balance should I strike when contributing to retirement accounts?

3 - Should I seek higher returns by investing more into my side business?

4 - For my retirement - should I continue building up towards my state pension or switch to a 401k with a match?

5 - Is it a good idea to tap equity in my current home for a down payment on an investment property?

 

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Jun 13, 2022
Going Minimalist To Save More w/ Joshua Becker (Bestie Ep) #525
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We’ve all heard about the minimalist lifestyle- maybe you’re picturing a bearded hipster drinking coffee in his perfectly white dining room or an Instagram worthy, perfectly styled modern kitchen. It turns out that’s not what minimalism is all about- it’s about priorities. We felt that that summer is a great time to hit reset on a number of things in life, including the vast amount of clutter that many of us surround ourselves with. Here to talk with us today about minimalist living is Joshua Becker. While beginning the process of removing possessions from his life, Joshua started the site Becoming Minimalist and has written several fantastic books over the years including The More of Less, The Minimalist Home, as well as the recently published Things That Matter. Not only can a minimalist approach to life allow us to spend less and save or invest more, but it can have a positive impact in lots of areas of our life.

 

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Jun 10, 2022
We’re Moving! Our Advice For Finding A Great Place To Live #524
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Think back to when you were a kid- can you remember an instance where you asked your parents a question, and instead of explaining the actual answer, they just said “Because I said so”. How frustrating! Or maybe in middle school you were horrified to even be seen with your folks in public because of something they were wearing. You’d say to yourself “I’m never going to be like parents!”. Well that was us to a T, and we always thought we’d be intown city dwellers. Well times have changed and so we’ll share why it is that we’re moving (yes… both of our families!), but we realized this is also an incredibly relevant topic for a lot of folks out there. Of course housing is everyone’s top expense, but there are many reasons why moving is top of mind for a large percentage of Americans. Listen as we discuss a healthy framework and factors to consider when you’re debating a move. Not only financial considerations like cost of living and increasing your earning potential, but also lifestyle considerations like relationships and schools. And we’ll also leave you with a few tips to help ensure you’re making this move without breaking the bank.

 

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Jun 08, 2022
Cashing Out To Build Wealth On Your Own Terms with Julien & Kiersten Saunders #523
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We’re joined by fellow Atlantans- our friends Julien & Kiersten Saunders! They started their site Rich & Regular back in 2017 after they threw themselves into the financial independence movement and paid off $200,000 in debt. They’ve been featured virtually everywhere- the Times, the Atlantic, Bloomberg. They’re successful speakers, created a fantastic Youtube series called Money on the Table, and now they’re about to be published authors! Their book “Cashing Out: Win the Wealth Game by Walking Away” comes out next week. In the book they write about creating your own career path, making peace with your finances, and building wealth on your own terms. During this interview we discuss Julien & Kiersten’s introduction to the FIRE movement, avoiding imposter syndrome when creating content, and how to actually know if it’s time to cash out by quitting your job.

 

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Jun 06, 2022
Friday Flight - Perpetual Quitting, A Second Hand Surge, & Debt Management Plans #522
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: perpetual quitting, the second hand surge, stepping away from social media and work, going prairie style to combat higher water bills, why a master’s degree can lead to a negative return on investment, avoiding crapcoins as payment for anything, fighting back against shrinkflation, and debt management plans.

 

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Jun 03, 2022
Is The Stock Market Broken? #521
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Imagine hopping on a flight to visit your parents on the other side of the world. You don’t avoid flying by plane because there’s likely going to be some turbulence- a few rough patches are to be expected. You take advantage of the modern marvel of a transatlantic flight and you go and see your family! Similarly, the stock market is the greatest wealth creating machine in history- it’s amazing! Investing in the market to achieve millionaire status has become possible for a much wider swath of folks but the path comes with its fair share of corrections and bear markets. To go back to the analogy- what if it's starting to look like air travel is no longer safe? You start to consider that upcoming flight! Sure, we’re seeing some market volatility now but future market predictions aren’t looking all that rosy either. Is it time to consider pulling out of the market? During this episode we’ll discuss why the market saw massive gains over the past 2 years, why we’re optimistic about the future of the stock market, what you should be doing if we experience a future of weak returns, and how you should be investing regardless of what’s going on with the stock market.

 

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Jun 01, 2022
Ask HTM - ETFs vs Mutual Funds, Taking Advantage of a Zero Down Home Loan, & the Nitty Gritty of FIRE #520
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - Should I buy ETFs or mutual funds when investing within a taxable brokerage account?

2 - What should we do with the proceeds from selling our house?

3 - As we achieve FIRE, how do we go about easily withdrawing our retirement funds early without getting hit with penalties?

4 - Is it a good idea to put down 0% on a new home? And if it is, what should I do with extra money that I would have on hand?

5 - Should I ditch my workplace 401k and move to a Roth IRA instead?

 

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May 30, 2022
Friday Flight - Sour on Stocks, Living For Today, & Frustrating Phone Repairs #519
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: last call for the $1,000 travel credit card welcome bonus, babysitters making bank, most folks are sour on stocks, passive index funds on top, the emotional difficulty of retiring, cultivate your core pursuit ASAP, financial nihilists living for today, appealing your property taxes, paying top dollar for vacation subscriptions, & frustrating phone repairs.

 

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May 27, 2022
Flee Before You’re Fleeced: Crappy Financial Products To Avoid #518
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The CDC definition of a parasite is: an organism that lives on or in a host and gets its food from or at the expense of its host. They’re not necessarily out there to completely destroy you- at least not immediately. Instead they want you to go on living your life, so that they can leach as much as they can while they get fat and happy, hopefully without you even noticing. And that’s exactly how we feel about crappy financial products except they’re not feasting on your blood, they’re feasting on your dollars. Their ability to thrive comes at your expense and it’s abundantly clear that these crappy financial products don’t have your best interest in mind. So today we’re going to run through a number of the worst culprits out there, why they’re the worst, and then what you can do in order to make sure that you avoid getting fleeced.

 

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May 25, 2022
Why You Need a Money Coach in Your Corner with Ericka Young #517
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It’s time to get your financial butt in shape! Our guest today, Ericka Young, is the financial coach that she never had! As a newlywed couple, Ericka and her husband discovered that it’s actually pretty easy to become just like the average US household that now has over $150,000 in debt. It’s the norm and if you don’t have a plan to avoid debt, you will likely find yourself falling into that trap! But that’s not the path that Ericka continued along- she was determined to change her family tree, and now helps others who are seeking financial freedom in their lives. Ericka started her company, Tailor-Made Budgets where she creates custom plans for her clients that give them the tools and the knowledge to cut their stress levels by increasing their savings and decreasing their debt. We get to hear Ericka’s debt story, how she was able to leave a high paying engineering job, signs that someone might need a financial coach, what it looks like to face your financial reality, how she helps her clients think through making trade-offs, and why friends may not be enough of an accountability partner.

 

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May 23, 2022
Friday Flight - Price Profiteering, ESG BS, & Secondhand Smarts #516
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Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: CapitalOne bonuses, free at home Covid tests, too busy to budget, waiving home inspections in a cooling housing market, secondhand financial smarts due to spillover effects, expensive airport beers, price profiteering, economists don’t blame corporate greed for higher inflation, crappy car repair loans, declining used car prices, & ESG BS!

 

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May 20, 2022
The Nasty Debt Comeback & How To Counter It #515
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Everyone loves a good comeback story- exceeept when it’s the villain who is making the comeback! That's basically how we feel about the mullet. We can all pretty much agree that mullets are the most villainous hairstyle. It had its heyday back in the 80s and is now back in full-business-in-the-front-party-in-the-back-force. Similarly, that’s how we feel about consumer debt. Credit card debt levels drastically dropped with the onset of Covid lockdowns and for a minute we thought this might be the start of a personal finance reawakening! But unfortunately that was the exception rather than the norm. In February, American consumers increased their borrowing by a record $42 billion as credit card usage was up 20% in Q1 alone according to the major credit card companies. This is bad news of course, but there are strategic ways to use debt to your advantage. The types of debt you sign up for, what you’re spending it on, your debt to income ratio, and resisting the ‘immediacy premium’ are all elements of debt that we discuss today.

 

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May 18, 2022
Ask HTM - Special Accounts for Baby Expenses, Dissuading a Listener from Using the Beloved Roth, & Choosing the Best Life Insurance #514
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - My fiance wants to get into house hacking. How can I feel more comfortable with this risky endeavor?

2 - How should my student loans impact how I invest in my Roth?

3 - Fee-based financial advisors vs fee-only financial advisors?

4 - Should I go with a Kai-Zen life insurance plan and consider borrowing against a permanent life insurance plan?

5 - How can I best utilize a DCFSA in order to pay for baby expenses?

 

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May 16, 2022
Friday Flight - UNstable coins, Ludicrous Layoffs, & Sweating to Save #513
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: MCM furniture paying dividends, sweating to save some money, federal tax credits to help you install solar, scammers targeting utilities, UNstable coins, crypto crashing, Robinhood jacking up fees, Carvana sticking it to 2,500 employees, the shifting labor market, & buy now pay later companies leading millennials into billions of debt.

 

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May 13, 2022
Starting A Business is Easier Than You Think #512
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“Inconceivable!”. There are certain tasks in life that feel virtually impossible. One that comes to mind is painting your house- “I can’t do that, I’m not a professional painter!”. When in reality, that’s a project you actually could perform well. Or another one might be something like baking some biscuits- “I’m not some culinary magician who can whip together some homemade biscuits from scratch!”. When fact, that’s something 6th graders learn how to do in middle school. And the same thing is true for starting your own business- there seems to be this special aura surrounding small businesses that lead many to think that they don’t have what it takes. That it takes some special wizardry to run your own business. But we think that you do, in fact, have what it takes, that the pros outweigh the cons, and that the financial upside is worth leaving the “safety” of a W2 job. Listen as we cover the many reasons we believe starting a business is actually easier than you think.

 

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May 11, 2022
Cutting the Financial Umbilical Cord with Bobbi Rebell #511
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We’re talking today about how to avoid screwing up your kid’s relationship with money. As parents, our job is to raise amazing adults to one day replace us! And even if you don’t currently have kids, or maybe you know that you never will- today’s conversation will do a great job shedding some light on why you think and feel the way you do about your personal finances. Bobbi Rebell is a Certified Financial Planner, she’s host of the Money Tips for Financial Grownups podcast, and she’s also the author of “Launching Financial Grownups”. The book is a call to action for parents who want the best for their kids, but who are beginning to realize that their own pursuit of financial independence has to become a priority as well. We talk about parenting styles, the increasing trend of boomerang college students, ways that we can strategically help our kids with money, and personal finance conversations between parents and adult children as well.

 

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May 09, 2022
Friday Flight - Buffett’s Brilliance, Trading Data for Dollars, & the Foibles of Student Loan Forgiveness #510
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: boosted HSA contribution limits, making the most of the student loan pause, foibles of student loan forgiveness, Buffett’s brilliance, how much crypto you should own, how death causes us to spend more, rent-a-bank payday lenders ripping people off, trading dollars for data, what higher interest rates mean for you, fraudulent medical bills on your credit report, & better ways to use social media.

 

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May 06, 2022
Quitting Your Job The Right Way #509
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There’s a right way and a wrong way to do all sorts of things. For instance we think that the right way to load toilet paper is with it dispensing over the top of course! Or, sometimes you see guys at the beach and they’re beet-red but they’ve still got their shirt off and they’re likely not wearing any sunscreen- what’re they doing?! And similar to quitting your job the right way, getting burned seems to be a lesson that many folks don’t often learn until they are older, or until after they’ve learned the lesson the hard way. But when it comes to your professional career, we want you to realize that quitting poorly can have very negative long-term ramifications. And the flip side of the coin is true as well- higher pay, more work flexibility, and better opportunities in the future await! Learn what you should be doing before you quit your job, how to ensure that you’re not leaving money on the table when you leave, and how you can best transition out of your current job.

 

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May 04, 2022
Ask HTM - Renovating To Generate Income, When Single Stock Investing Makes Sense, & WTD About Sky High Rent #508
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

  1. What can I do about rapidly rising rents at my apartment building?
  2. We want to house hack by finishing out a basement apartment- is this a good idea for us and should we finance the project?
  3. How do I pay off my debt while also not damaging my credit score for the upcoming purchase of a home?
  4. I’m getting paid to bike to work, but I have no idea what kind of bicycle I should purchase- help!
  5. Should I avoid investing in single stocks even if I get a really good discount through my employee stock purchase plan?

 

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May 02, 2022
Friday Flight - Conniving Credit Bureaus, Pet Repossessions, & #VanLife Woes #507
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: insulating your house to save the planet and save you money, #VanLife woes and the search for happiness, why a declining GDP doesn’t necessarily mean a recession is on the way, conniving credit bureaus, pet repossessions, cryptocurrency in your 401k, crypto mortgages, merchant processing fees on the rise, a new credit card bonus we’re excited about, & Rad Power Bikes are on sale!

 

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Apr 29, 2022
Cashing in on the Home Equity Explosion #506
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When your home’s value increases by over $50,000 in 2021 alone- you take notice! The average homeowner has access to well over $150,000 in tappable home equity while still maintaining 20% equity in their homes. But just because you can cash out, does that mean you should? As you’ve witnessed your home equity continue to balloon, you might be tempted to do something with those newly discovered funds. You might start getting the itch to finally spend some of that ‘hard earned money’ on a boat or maybe even a lavish vacation. Or maybe you’re more of a money nerd and you just hate seeing that equity sitting there underutilized- doesn’t it just feel like a waste with those funds sitting around doing virtually nothing? Either way, you might be facing a money decision with five zeros after it, and we want to help you think about it well.

 

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Apr 27, 2022
Navigating the New Era of Cheap Travel with Scott Keyes #505
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Our guest today is Scott Keyes- founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights, a travel platform with over two million members around the world. It’s been called “the travel world’s best-kept secret” by Thrillist and received praise in The New York Times among others. But before he became our favorite expert on ways to keep vacation costs down, Scott worked for years as a journalist, with bylines in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and plenty of other publications. And now, he’s published a book titled, “Take More Vacations”, which we’ll discuss today as well. With virtually everyone out there clamoring to take a vacation, we’re really excited to be talking about this timely topic. We discuss why we’re living in the golden age of cheap flights, how to get across the ocean for as little money as possible, change fees, and then we also discuss long travel and the changing culture of travel here in the US.

 

During this episode we enjoyed an Evolutions of BORIS the Crusher Caramel Macchiato by Hoppin Frog! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!

 

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Apr 25, 2022
Friday Flight - Your Office Beckons, Instagrammable Fruit, & Scoring Guaranteed Gargantuan Returns #504
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: we’re kicking off the HTM Newsletter with a book giveaway, why it makes sense to return to the office, desktop appraisals get the green light, HOAs barring hedge funds from buy up properties, guaranteed gargantuan returns, Instagrammable luxury fruits, egg prices on the rise, the credit card debt rebound, the rise and fall of Netflix, tax preparation software privacy issues, & skyrocketing airfares.

 

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Apr 22, 2022
Prepping for a Looming Recession #503
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Have you ever been to a Broadway show? It’s amazing- whether you’re drawn to the storyline, the music, the costumes- but of course the cast is pivotal. And for any major theatrical production, not only are there the performers you see on stage, but there are also countless understudies. The backup cast members who learn all the lines, and know exactly what to do in case one of the performers gets sick or can’t perform. They’re preparing for the worst. We think of prepping for a recession in a similar way. We don’t know exactly when it’s going to happen. In fact, we hope that we don’t experience one anytime soon! But when it does, you’re going to be able to weather that storm much better if you take the proper precautions ahead of time. And with more talk of a recession on the horizon, we figured now was a great time to discuss what you should be doing. We’re going to get granular on this one and give specific steps that you should take in order to be prepared whether we enter recession territory later this year, or if it takes an entire decade! Either way, you’re going to be ready.

 

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Apr 20, 2022
Ask HTM - Debt Settlement Credit Score Impacts, Where to Stash Wedding Funds, & Investing Money for a New Baby #502
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!

 

1 - What kind of impact will settling my debt have on my credit score?

2 - My employer matches retirement contributions but I really want to pay down my debt ASAP- what should I do?

3 - Where should I invest funds for an upcoming wedding?

4 - How should I go about investing money for my newborn daughter?

5 - Do I have to actually use my credit card in order to boost my credit score?

 

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Apr 18, 2022
Friday Flight - Degrees are for Dummies, the Best New Credit Card Perk, & Crypto Psychos #501
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: unavoidable inflation hitting 41 year highs, why gas prices are slow to recede, the best affordable unlimited wireless plan, whether it’s frugal or cheap to bring your own concessions, crypto psychopaths, college enrollment is down, why degrees might be for dummies, states offering free college, & the best new credit card perk for investors.

 

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Apr 15, 2022
Celebrating 500 Episodes With Some Killer Listener Tips #500
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It’s time to celebrate the fact that we’ve now officially recorded and published 500 episodes of How to Money! And what better way to mark the occasion, than to hear some of the best money tips from all of our listeners. From making more money with real estate, to getting on the same page as your partner with money convos, to spending less on groceries and smarter ways to budget- we had more voice memos sent in to us than we had time to get to during this episode, but we’re excited to share a bunch of them with you today. And thanks to everyone for sending in their best money tip for us to share! We couldn’t do this show without the listener support and love that we receive every day- either as an email or simply by the fact that you listen to the show. So thank you for helping to make How to Money what it is today!

 

During this episode we enjoyed a Faithful Instruction by Monday Night Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!

 

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Apr 13, 2022
Just Keep Buying with Nick Maggiulli #499
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Our guest today is Nick Maggiulli. Nick is the Chief Operating Officer for Ritholtz Wealth Management and regularly writes over on his site: Of Dollars And Data. But he wasn’t always steeped in the world of finance and investing- before that he was a successful litigation consultant. And even though Nick has always had a heart for personal finance, it’s only been in the past 5 years that he began to seriously write about money. And his new book, Just Keep Buying, actually comes out tomorrow! We were lucky enough to get an early copy and couldn’t recommend it enough. Nick weaves insightful stories with actionable advice that is going to help anyone who reads it. During this discussion we talk about timing the market, Nick’s definition of dollar cost averaging, spending less time on investments and more time on growing income, and much more!

 

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Apr 11, 2022
Friday Flight - The High Cost of Free Shipping, Gas Price Pushback, & The Student Loan Freeze Continues #498
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: the rise of 40 year mortgages, free audiobooks for life, the high cost of shipping, whether it makes sense to save for your future, the student loan freeze gets extended, more fuel efficient vehicles on the horizon, and affordable car alternatives.

 

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Apr 08, 2022
The Perils of Investing in Individual Stocks #497
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Think about the last novel you read that included a dangerous quest. If it’s a fantasy like the Hobbit, there might be giant spiders, goblins, and dragons- but in the end, it’s worth it because of the unfathomable treasure and riches that await them. The thing is, when we’re talking about investing in single stocks, the chance that this perilous journey ends up with a happy ending is much less likely, but folks continue along in their quest. Why? Maybe it’s because of the sophisticated tools that we have at our fingertips, or because it’s more accessible than ever with apps like Robinhood where you can buy and sell for free, or maybe you just think you’re smarter than everyone else. And sure you’ve heard of individuals who have crushed it by investing with a company like Tesla, but we’re still not fans of this type of approach. So in this episode we tackle some of the most common arguments advocating for investing in single stocks, why we ultimately disagree, and how you should invest your money instead. Single stock investing is unnecessary and can often be problematic.


During this episode we enjoyed another classic: Trappistes Rochefort 10 by Brasserie de Rochefort! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Apr 06, 2022
Ask HTM - Student Loans Blocking Roth IRA contributions, Tapping Retirement Funds After a Layoff, & Going with a Health Sharing Plan to Save Big #496
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - I’ve recently retired and I’m looking for an affordable health care option- what are your thoughts on health sharing plans?

2 - How do my fiance and I begin the process of house hacking after we’ve successfully run an Airbnb?

3 - Student loans are keeping me from investing within a Roth IRA, but should I be investing at all?

4 - Should I take a loan against my 401(k) or tap those funds early, if I need access to funds after getting laid off?

5 - I have a Health Savings Account offered by my employer, but I’m not able to invest those funds- what should I do?


During this episode we enjoyed a Sour Bikini by Evil Twin! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Apr 04, 2022
Friday Flight - Fake Free Tax Filing, Radical Sabbaticals, & 24/7 Stonk Trading #495
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: slashing housing expenses with ADUs, new construction, and multi-generational households. Also we discuss making more money as a contractor, radical sabbaticals, choosing more meaningful work with flexibility, fake free tax filing, results of couples combining their money, 24/7 stonk trading, and new legislation that’ll benefit investors!


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Apr 01, 2022
Spring Cleaning Your Finances like an Adult #494
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Your birthday comes around every year- and you never forget because it’s something that you look forward to! But we’d argue that there are certain financial tasks that we should also revisit at least once a year, but we’re less than enthusiastic about knocking them out. This neglect is compounded by the fact that our finances have gotten more complicated than ever. You likely have accounts everywhere: you might have multiple 401ks, savings accounts, credit cards- it might feel like there’s too much going on as you juggle more logins than you can keep up with. Now these are tasks that don’t need to become ongoing obligations, but we do think they will help you make your personal finances more manageable. Whether it’s something as straightforward and practical as making some tweaks to your budget or if it’s the beginning of a season of reevaluating your life goals, we have a number of tasks that will allow you to spring clean your finances.


During this episode we enjoyed a classic: Saison Dupont by Brasserie Dupont! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Mar 30, 2022
Paying Off a Million Dollars of Debt with Naseema McElroy #493
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Today we are joined by Naseema McElroy! Naseema is an RN with a master’s degree in healthcare administration, who also founded the website Financially Intentional and launched the podcast, Nurses on FIRE. Both of these resources exist to help nursing professionals achieve a sense of financial freedom in their lives. Given the demand for healthcare workers, there are a lot of career opportunities available so we’re excited to touch on that. Naseema also wrote the book, Smart Money, to give folks a step-by-step plan to crush their debt. But most impressively- Naseema has paid off over one million dollars of debt which doesn’t even seem possible- don’t worry, she explains her story! She details how she climbed out of massive debt as a single mother, the turning point in her journey towards financial independence, nursing as a cheat code to earning more, keeping lifestyle inflation in check, and much more.


During this episode we enjoyed a Dosvidanya Rye Barrel by Destihl Brewery! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Mar 28, 2022
Friday Flight - Annoying Tipping Trends, Dumb ARM Mortgages, & Family Plans Forever! #492
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: please send us a voice memo of your best money tip to be featured on episode 500, medical debt officially dropping off credit reports, WTD with your $3,000 tax refund, buyers going on strike, annoying tipping trends, whether grocery delivery is good for your money, dumb ARM mortgages, buy now pay later at the pump, the right to know earnings for degree programs, transparent college pricing, & cell phone family plan pricing forever!


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Mar 25, 2022
Busting Some Credit Score Myths #491
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You know you can’t believe everything that you read on the web, right?! There are all sorts of myths, half truths, and straight up lies that can not only make us look foolish were we to believe them, but they can also separate us from our hard earned money and cause us financial harm. And it turns out there are a number of myths that pervade how many think about their credit scores. Some of this confusion has to do with the fact that different lenders reference different scoring models, so it’s tough to know exactly what is going on underneath the hood. But in addition to that there is flat out wrong information floating around that has an impact on how we view these mysterious three digit numbers- our credit scores. Listen as we tackle some popular credit score myths head on, and explain what you actually need to do in order to maintain a healthy credit score.


During this episode we enjoyed a Hello World by Spyglass Brewing- a big thanks to Gary over at The Fat and Broke podcast for donating this one! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Mar 23, 2022
Ask HTM - A Bachelorette Party Frugal or Cheap, Short-Term Job Financial Considerations, & if a Bigger Downpayment Makes Sense #490
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - What should be my top financial priority when I know my job is only guaranteed for a year?

2 - Should I make a larger down payment in order to keep my mortgage below 25% of my monthly budgeted expenses?

3 - Am I being frugal or cheap if I’m willing to skip my friend’s bachelorette party?

4 - I’m thinking about converting my primary residence into my first rental property to rent to a friend- what should I keep in mind?

5 - How do I get my HOA to start investing the building’s reserve funds?


During this episode we enjoyed an Aspect Ratio by Spyglass Brewing- a big thanks to Gary over at The Fat and Broke podcast for donating this one! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Mar 21, 2022
Friday Flight - Rate Hike Repercussions, Thieves Targeting Your Car, & Password Sharing Crackdowns #489
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: send us your money tips, rate hike repercussions- what it means for mortgages and credit cards, commercials make a comeback on streaming, password sharing crackdowns, housing bidding wars, waiving contingencies, Tom Brady’s game winning football, NFTs getting hammered, thieves targeting your catalytic converter, going with electric vehicles to opt out of rising gas prices, fly now pay later, and medical debt potentially dropping off of your credit report.


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Mar 18, 2022
Getting Rich vs Building Wealth #488
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Would you ever pick up the habit of smoking in order to lose some weight? After all it is effective- by lowering your metabolic rate and reducing your appetite you’re bound to shed a few pounds. It sounds like a quick fix worth considering, but ultimately we hope that this isn’t something that you would do because everyone is well aware of the longer-term health consequences of smoking. The downsides are too severe. But we think this is exactly what is happening when you prioritize getting rich over building wealth. Sure there will be some short-term goals and lifestyle improvements that you’ll be able to make, but the long-term effects of pursuing a lifestyle like this are ultimately going to undermine your financial foundation. Listen as we talk about the differences between getting rich and building wealth. We also highlight some unhealthy behaviors that we might be tempted towards, in the pursuit of riches. And then finally we discuss how it is that we can actually build our own wealth.


During this episode we enjoyed a Tropicalia by Creature Comforts! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Mar 16, 2022
Straightforward Advice to Lower Your Tax Bill with Shannon Weinstein #487
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How concerned should I be about getting audited? How much should my business make before I file as an S Corporation? Is there a free accounting software option out there? These are just a few of the questions we have for our guest today, Shannon Weinsteen. Shannon is a CPA, coach, and mentor for small business owners who want more perspective and less paperwork when it comes to their finances. Her company, Fitnancial Solutions, offers tax strategy and fractional CFO services delivered from the heart of a teacher who values connection and authenticity. Shannon’s real-life relatable examples make the financial side of business less daunting so you can focus on serving your customers and making money. She is the host of the Keep What You Earn podcast and we’re excited for you to hear some straightforward advice to lower your tax bill.


During this episode we enjoyed a Quantum Desolation by Little Cottage! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Mar 14, 2022
Friday Flight - Paying Less at the Pump, Fatter Paychecks & Flocking to FIRE #486
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: capital gains taxes even if you didn’t sell, paying less at the pump, the best credit cards for cashback at gas stations, IRS refund tracker, living paycheck to paycheck on six figures, folks flocking to FIRE, higher costs for childcare, date nights on the cheap, fatter paychecks, and eating organic for less.


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Mar 11, 2022
Sneakier Scams Targeting Younger Folks #485
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Scams are kind of like zombies. The formerly popular TV show The Walking Dead is set in a sort of zombie apocalypse and was filmed here in Atlanta. But like zombies, the scams never stop and there seems to be a never-ending litany of folks who are trying to get their hands on our money. It truly is a serious problem- the FTC received 5.7 million reports with a total of $5.9 billion lost to scams in 2021! And on top of that scammers have gotten really sophisticated and are specifically targeting younger folks by using platforms like social media or dating apps and targeting Venmo balances and crypto holdings. Listen as we discuss a number of different sneaky scams that are targeting a younger generation, how they work, and then what you can do to protect your money.


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Mar 09, 2022
Ask HTM - Debit Reward Cards, Unexpected Tax Bills, & A Listener Has a Bone To Pick With Our Car Buying Formula #484
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - I disagree with y’alls car buying formula- surely you guys wouldn’t be cool with me buying an $80k car?!

2 - Is it worth our time and money to meet with a comprehensive financial planner?

3 - What are the benefits of an ABLE account and which states offer the best plan?

4 - The dividends and gains I’ve experienced in my portfolio have dramatically increased my tax liability- what can I do?

5 - Should I use a debit rewards card to earn cashback on my monthly rent?


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Mar 07, 2022
Friday Flight - When the Price is Wrong, DIY Healthcare, & Being Forced to Take Out a Loan #483
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: an investing strategy while a war is raging, when the price is wrong, shrinkflation and incessant fees, being forced to take out a car loan, finding an affordable rental car, financial literacy that sticks, and DIY hearing and vision test apps.


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Mar 04, 2022
Treat Yo Self Without Breaking the Bank #482
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It’s time to go Parks-and-Rec on this episode and talk about treating yo self while still being a responsible adult and not breaking the bank. There’s nothing wrong with the occasional treat- we all want to be able to splurge every now and again. But we also need to make sure that we’re not going overboard to the detriment of our financial health. Companies are waging war against our credit cards and checking accounts with advertising agencies at their sides. Our attention has been hijacked by marketers and this often leads to us buying more stuff that we don’t actually need. Couple that with rising prices due to inflation and higher levels of consumer debt and we realize that it’s going to take a healthy combination of wisdom, discipline, and intentional spending. Listen as we tackle all of this and as we propose some rules that will help us to be effective, but not excessive when it comes to treating ourselves.


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Mar 02, 2022
Freelancing Like a Pro & Sifting Through Financial Baggage with Paco de Leon #481
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Our mental state has so much to do with how we handle our money- this is one of the many things we talked about with Paco de Leon. Paco founded The Hell Yeah Group which is a financial firm focused on inspiring creatives to engage with their personal and business finances. She started this work after her experiences in small business consulting, financial planning, and wealth management. Paco’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, and NPR and her new book “Finance for the People” was published earlier this month. Not only is she the author, but Paco is also the illustrator- her drawings do a fantastic job driving home the different points she makes in her book so we’re recommending it for all the visual learners out there. During this episode we talk about what Paco learned from being a debt collector and her time in the marijuana industry, what it takes to be a creative freelancer, the role our emotions play, how she keeps her consumption in check, and plenty more!


During this episode we enjoyed a Lager Hell Rugenbrau- a big thanks to Julia for donating these delicious beers to the show! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Feb 28, 2022
Friday Flight - 401k Millionaires, Cities with the Worst Traffic, & the Equifax Settlement FAIL #480
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: medical tourism leading to an in vitro fertilization win, the S&P has entered correction territory, US cities with the worst traffic, bike buses dominating the road, money as a hobby, the Equifax settlement FAIL, BlockFi and how you should approach stablecoins, the rise of crypto trading fees, 401k millionaires, & a new airfare subscription.


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Feb 25, 2022
Is Capitalism A Force For Good? #479
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Sure you’ve heard the term- you know that capitalism is the primary economic system here in the United States, but is it the best option? And especially as of late, capitalism seems to be getting dragged through the mud. Depending on what you’re reading and who you’re listening to, you might be beginning to think that capitalism is the worst! However, we believe it’s actually a force for good and is an idea and concept that many fail to appreciate. Similar to the undervalued baseball players that Billy Beane scouted for the A’s to turn around their club, or something as simple as dental floss when it comes to taking care of your teeth- capitalism isn’t sexy, but it gets the job done. While we don’t think it’s the perfect solution, we’re going to spend this episode breaking down capitalism, why we think it works, and then what this means for us as individuals.


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Feb 23, 2022
Ask HTM - Frugal or Cheap: Meal Kit Edition, What Happens to Unused 529 Plans, & Inherited Real Estate Taxes #478
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - Should I pay my statement balance or my current balance, and what’s the difference?

2 - What happens to money that is in unused 529 plan?

3 - Am I being Frugal or Cheap by hacking the meal kit delivery service promotions?

4 - Does it make sense to wipe out my student loans if it means it’s going to wipe out my savings?

5 - I’ve inherited a house- should I rent it as an investment property or just go ahead and sell it?


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Feb 21, 2022
Friday Flight - Emoji Investing, Crypto Tax Refunds, & When Buying Used Costs You More #477
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: whether or not everyone should have a HELOC, used cars costing more than new, direct to consumer cremations, taking 36 months to pay for a cell phone, investing in emojis, cryptocurrency tax refunds, why high interest savings rates really aren’t that high, & credit card ‘thank you points’ vs cashback.


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Feb 18, 2022
Buying or Renting in an Insane Housing Market? #476
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Whether you’re a fan of karaoke or not, it’s probably not a huge deal for you to stand up in front of some friends and belt out a favorite song of yours from highschool- maybe some Hootie & the Blowfish or a Kelly Clarkson hit. You might be a little nervous but you’re not going to give it too much thought. But now imagine having to sing that song in a stadium full of people. Things are going to be a bit different aren’t they?! You’re likely going to be much more nervous because the stakes are a lot higher! Well similarly, the stakes are higher than ever when it comes to finding the right housing for you. Prices have gone through the roof whether you’re renting or looking to buy. The typical American homeowner saw a gain of $50,000 of home equity in 2021- that’s insane! With the stakes so high, we’re going to weigh in with our thoughts about how you should proceed if you’re not sure whether you should keep renting or take the plunge into homeownership.


During this episode we enjoyed an El Cedro by Jester King! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Feb 16, 2022
Relational Money Help with Financial Therapist Ed Coambs #475
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Happy Valentine’s Day! This is a timely episode with it being February 14th and we’re really excited to be talking with financial therapist Ed Coambs. Ed is an internationally recognized leader in financial therapy who has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, the AP, Time, and CNBC. And he has the credentials as well- he earned his master's degrees in business, counseling, and financial planning and is a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified financial planner, and certified financial therapist. Ed leads couples through therapy from financial despair and frustration into financial intimacy and connection, by helping them figure out and understand what’s really going on. And we discuss some of the concepts in his book as well: “The Healthy Love & Money Way”. In the book he explains where our attitudes toward money stem from, and what we should do about it. We discuss attachment styles, common relational money issues, financial infidelity, and more during this episode.


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Feb 14, 2022
Friday Flight - A Prime Pricing Hack, Discount Airlines, & Early Retirement Idiocy #474
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: thousands in student aid left on the table, employer student loan assistance, inflation and prices remain high, employees care less about money and more about time, early retirement idiocy, a healthier view of work, avoiding the prime membership rate increase, & whether discount airlines joining forces is a good thing.


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Feb 11, 2022
Crashes, Corrections, & Your Reactions #473
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There’s a big difference between knowing that you could be involved in a car accident, and then actually getting 5 car pile up. Of course you know it’s a possibility, you have the head knowledge that you should be careful and alert, but it’s another thing completely to have experienced it firsthand. The same thing can be true when it comes to investing in the stock market- we know that occasionally there are going to be corrections, but until we actually experience those downturns ourselves, we’re not totally sure how we’re going to react. Our fear and emotions might cause us to do something we’d later regret. And lucky for us we recently had a downturn in the market so now is a great time to talk about what we can learn from the past, what is currently going on with the stock market, and what we can do to prepare for future volatility.


During this episode we enjoyed A Force for Good 2021 by Creature Comforts- a big thanks to Nathan for donating this delicious beer to the show! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Feb 09, 2022
Ask HTM - WTD After Doubling My Salary, A Spending Conflict With My Partner, & Inherited Stock From Grandparents #472
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - I’ve doubled my salary- what should I do next?!

2 - My partner spends way more money than I do and it’s stressful- how do we resolve this conflict?

3 - How do I go about giving a gift to my niece that will teach her about personal finances?

4 - Is there a way I can save for college while keeping that expense low?

5 - Should I sell some individual single stocks that my grammy used to give me?


During this episode we enjoyed a Bird Brains Blackberry Boysenberry by Birds Fly South! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Feb 07, 2022
Friday Flight - 2 Week Test Drives, Micro-Philanthropy, & Scoring Cheaper Pizza #471
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: Kumiko Love book giveaway winners, hope you get rich!, internet nutrition labels, best consumer deals for February, Domino’s paying you to pick up your own pizza, inflation taking a bite out of the value menu, buh bye overdraft hello CoverDraft, getting charged more for renewable energy, the proliferation of financial advice and scams on social media, micro-philanthropy on the rise, 2 week test drives, using your tax refund to buy I Bonds, & why you might get a smaller tax refund this year.


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Feb 04, 2022
Buying A Car the Right Way #470
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Some of the most important financial decisions we make are done infrequently. So because of that we feel a little rusty every time we perform that task. Buying a car is one of those infrequent decisions that can oftentimes blindside us if we’re not prepared. On one hand this can be an exciting time, but on the other it can be really nerve-wracking since the average person buys a car every six years. That’s plenty of time to forget how to do it by the next time you need to buy a car. And that problem is compounded by the fact that we’ve seen a huge shift over the past 18 months in pricing and purchasing dynamics. Supply chain issues have led to much higher prices! Since so much is at stake, it’s crucial that you take the proper steps to make sure you’re going about buying a car the right way.


During this episode we enjoyed a Pothole City Rocky Road Stout by Pipeworks Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Feb 02, 2022
Proven Ways to Reduce Your Rent with Justin Pogue #469
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Let’s talk about ways to cut your rent! A recent stat showed that over 44 million American households are renters- that means there are more folks renting now than at any point since 1965. With increasing rents we felt that it was time to focus on some proven ways to reduce that monthly expense. Justin Pogue is our guest today and he’s an author and real estate consultant where he works with property management companies and investors. Since 2003, he has developed and managed apartments, rental homes, and student housing across the United States. ApartmentTherapy, Realtor.com, and FOX News have featured his insights, and we’re glad he’s now here with us on HTM to talk about ways to reduce rent. We talk about entering into a negotiation mindset, the best times of year to get a deal, putting yourself in the shoes of a landlord, protecting your deposit, and more!


During this episode we enjoyed a Speltz Wrong by Dssolvr! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jan 31, 2022
Friday Flight - Stock Market Slump, Financial Infidelity, & 4-Day Workweeks #468
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: Kumiko Love book giveaway, what to do about the stock market slump, why ESG funds aren’t all that, 4-Day Workweeks on the rise, financial infidelity among Gen Z and Millennials, cell phones (good cheap ones, turning an old one into a security camera, & why you should keep it locked), & affordable generic prescription meds.


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Jan 28, 2022
How to KEEP Yourself Out of Debt #467
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Do you remember the Seinfeld ‘car reservation’ episode? It’s one of the best. Jerry gets to the car rental counter and they don’t have a car for him. He says “See you know how to take a reservation, you just don’t know how to hold the reservation. And that’s really the most important part of the reservation, the holding!” That’s what we’re talking about today because you might know how to get out of debt, but do you know how to stay out of debt? You might find yourself digging out of debt every year when January rolls around. Holiday spending has a habit of sneaking up on most folks and you might be dealing with that financial hangover right now. Listen as we tackle concepts like lifestyle inflation, stoicism, accountability, and other practices that will allow us to kick debt to the curb for good.


During this episode we enjoyed an Empress Rising Mole by Birds Fly South! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jan 26, 2022
Ask HTM - Acorns Accounts vs Student Loans, Investing For a Wedding, & Babies on the Cheap #466
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - Should I continue investing in my Acorns account or pay off my student loans?

2 - Where should I invest money for a wedding?

3 - Does it make sense to deduct depreciation on real estate, even when the IRS recaptures that depreciation when I sell that property?

4 - How do I go about converting a non-deductible traditional IRA to a Roth IRA?

5 - As I have a little one on the way, can you share some of your money saving baby hacks?


During this episode we enjoyed a Hatch Me Outside by Crosstown Brewing - a big thanks to Ben for donating this delicious craft beer to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jan 24, 2022
Friday Flight - Pay Bumps, Cheapo Bikes, & Best Times to Travel #465
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: free Covid tests, Roth 401k options abound, the embarrassing issue of 401k leakage, the best way boost your income, employer matches on the rise, cheapo bikes that are made to fail, higher insurance rates, the best times to travel, & the time to refinance is now!


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Jan 21, 2022
Joel's $ Origin Story #464
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Better know a podcast host! Oftentimes here on the podcast we talk about our daily lives. We’ll share little ways that we’re saving money, or you get to hear about our curb alert scores, and we might even talk a little too much about how much we’re riding our bikes. So if you’ve been listening for a few years you might know a good bit about us- that happens after 463 episodes! But we’ve never done a deep-dive origin story on the show and what better time to do that than here at the beginning of the year. So during this episode you’ll get to learn all about Joel’s money origin story- favorite jobs as a kid, how a bankruptcy shaped his early perceptions of personal finance, switching colleges to avoid taking on more student loans, his splurge as a single professional, and pursuing financial independence through investing in real estate.


During this episode we enjoyed a Woodland Pursuit by Humble Forager! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jan 19, 2022
Affordable Home-Cooked Meals that are Good Enough with Leanne Brown #463
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We all have friends who have different specialties- different areas of expertise. For instance you know who to call if you need a plumber recommendation, or you know which friend has the best beach recommendations on the gulf- well Leanne Brown is our go-to person when it comes to eating really well, but for less. Leanne is our ‘friend in the kitchen’ and her New York Times bestseller “Good and Cheap” is now free and has been downloaded millions of times. And now her new cookbook “Good Enough” was just published last week- it’s a mix of essays, personal stories, and delicious recipes as she also acknowledges the fear and anxiety many have when it comes to cooking. She explains how eating great isn’t about expensive gadgets or ingredients, how we all need some low-effort meals in our repertoire, picky eaters, meal delivery services, and more!


During this episode we enjoyed a BA Stout by Easy Chair Brewing Garage- a big thanks to Jess for donating this delicious craft beer to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jan 17, 2022
Friday Flight - Invasive Inflation, Tax-Filing Advice, & Credit Bureau Ineptitude #462
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: the big tax-prep software companies opt-out of IRS Free File, 1 in 7 workers are now remote, invasive inflation on car and home taxes, crypto scams and celebrity lawsuits, buy now pay later counting towards your credit score, credit bureau ineptitude, debt repair companies are pointless, & the push to limit insider trading by members of Congress.


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Jan 14, 2022
Matt's $ Origin Story #461
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Oftentimes here on the podcast we talk about our daily lives. We’ll share little ways that we’re saving money, or you get to hear about our curb alert scores, and we might even talk a little too much about how much we’re riding our bikes. So if you’ve been listening for a few years you might know a good bit about us- that happens after 460 episodes! But we’ve never done a deep-dive origin story on the show and what better time to do that than here at the beginning of the year. Especially as we’re likely welcoming some new listeners to the fold. So during this episode you’ll get to learn all about Matt’s money origin story- how he was taught personal finance principles, his money struggles growing up, why he shouldn’t have opened a Roth IRA, and how Downton Abbey helped Matt and his wife Kate discover financial independence.


During this episode we enjoyed an Athena Paradiso Blackberry by Creature Comforts! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jan 12, 2022
Ask HTM - Investing 100% of Your Income, Pitfalls to Avoid when Switching Banks, & Self Employment Downsides #460
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - Is it a good idea, or is it even possible to invest 100% of my income in a Roth IRA?

2 - I’m finally dropping the big bank that I’ve been with- what should I keep in mind?

3 - Should I ladder my target date funds across multiple years or set it and forget it with a single fund?

4 - What benefits am I missing out on by taking the self employed path?

5 - Paying off my home mortgage or an investment property mortgage- which is the better move?


During this episode we enjoyed a Really Green Street by Trillium Brewing - a big thanks to Ali for donating this delicious craft beer to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jan 10, 2022
Friday Flight - 2022 Predictions, No More Medical Bill Surprises, & Mandatory Vacations #459
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: signing up for a money challenge to jump-start progress, investing in IPOs and single stocks, everyone is substantially richer than they were a couple years ago, 2022 stock market predictions, hospital pricing transparency, no more medical bill surprises, where home prices are headed, & mandatory vacations.


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Jan 07, 2022
These Money Challenges Can Jump-Start Progress #458
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Few things change your life as much as finding out you're pregnant- it’s an exciting period of time, but it’s also slightly stressful! One of the reasons is because the clock is ticking and you know you’ve got less than 9 months to get your act together. It lights a fire under you and it’s an amazing period of transformation, for all parties involved! And similarly when it comes to our money, a special circumstance can often be the stimulus we need to make wiser financial moves, but what if it’s not enough? Or what if you don’t have any unique excuses to get your financial house in order? Well that’s where money challenges come in handy. Sometimes the reason that we’re not able to make any progress with our money is because we don’t have clear actionable steps that we can immediately take. Maybe you don’t have any accountability or you think it’ll be a load of drudgery. Whether you’re looking to spend less, boost your earning, or invest more of your money, this episode is all about jarring you out of your typical habits and routines. Sometimes what you need is a challenge that can serve as a wake up call to further you along in your financial journey.


During this episode we enjoyed a Double Barrel Wild Sinister Kid by Trillium Brewing - a big thanks to Ali for donating this delicious craft beer to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jan 05, 2022
Taking Back Control of Your Financial Life with Kumiko Love #457
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With all the craziness we’ve experienced in our world recently, whether that was because of school shutdowns or rising prices due to inflation, it’s tempting to believe that we’re no longer in the driver’s seat. But our guest today, Kumiko Love, who is also known as the Budget Mom, wants you to know that you have more control over your life than you realize. Her new book “My Money My Way” comes out next month, where she helps readers identify a uniquely personal plan that you’ll stick with, which will allow you to crush your money goals. For Kumiko, one of those milestones she achieved was paying off over $77,000 of debt in just 8 months early on in her financial journey and she also recently purchased her dream home with cash! During this episode she shares how you can take the experience and principles she learned, in order for you to take back control of your financial life.


During this episode we enjoyed a Double Dry Hopped Stillings Street by Trillium Brewing - a big thanks to Ali for donating this delicious craft beer to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jan 03, 2022
Friday Flight - Tempting Investing Mistakes, Dumb Millennial Millionaires, & Making Personal Finance Funny #456
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: if reusing return envelopes is frugal or cheap, the best credit card sign-up bonus available, an investing mistake to avoid if you’re considering entrepreneurship, avoiding single stock investing at all costs, crypto millennial millionaires, & making personal finance funny with Joe Saul-Sehy as we discuss his brand new book, Stacked: Your Super‑Serious Guide to Modern Money.


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Dec 31, 2021
Financial Festivus: Celebrating Listener Money Wins #455
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LET’S PARTY! A financial festivus is in order here at the end of the year and we’re excited to share a bunch of listener wins from the How to Money community. Unfortunately at times we can be overly driven to the point that we fail to celebrate milestones. And when we achieve something great and move right on from it, we lose something in the process. Celebrations improve our well-being, they’re fun, and can provide inspiration for others. So during this episode we share a couple of our personal money wins, but then we have a chance to hear from listeners who have paid down credit card debt, massively boosted their savings rate, purchased their first home, started house hacking for the first time, taken their side hustle full-time, invested insane amounts of money, & more. Thank you to everyone who shared their money wins and we’re excited about what 2022 has in store for the HTM community!


During this episode we enjoyed a Coconut PM Dawn Trillium Brewing - a big thanks to Ali for donating this delicious craft beer to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Dec 29, 2021
Ask HTM – Selling Tesla Stock to Buy a House, Roth vs Traditional 401k, & Volunteering My Financial Knowledge #454
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - Should I save my money in a regular savings account or invest that money in the market if I want to buy an investment property?

2 - What should I do with a bunch of Tesla stock that I’m planning to use as a down payment for our home?

3 - Does it make sense for me to own my duplex under a new LLC that I could create?

4 - Is it a better idea for my employer to match a Roth or Traditional 401k?

5 - As I’d like to coach and teach others about money, where can I go to volunteer my financial knowledge?


During this episode we enjoyed a Three Philosophers by Brewery Ommegang- a big thanks to our friend David for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Dec 27, 2021
Friday Flight - The Most Reliable Rides, A Build Back Blow-Up, & Should We Gift Crypto? #453
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: should we be gifting crypto, steps to take as interest rates are on the rise, a build back better blow-up, advance child tax credits are over, student loan moratorium has been extended, egregious subscription costs from car manufacturers, the most reliable rides, millennials are writing their wills, & an easy way to renew your passport.


And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend!


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Dec 24, 2021
Putting Money in its Proper Place #452
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Having a glass of wine most days can be a healthy activity that we incorporate into our lives. Many studies have concluded that the moderate consumption of wine doesn't have negative long-term effects while simultaneously it could be beneficial in providing antioxidants as well as protecting against heart disease and inflammation. But, if that habit goes unchecked it could take on a tyrannical component in our lives if we’re not careful, and it could lead to severe consequences. The same is true with our money. And so on the show today we are de-emphasizing something that is at the very core of our show! We believe that money is a helpful and necessary tool, but we also believe that beyond a certain point, more money isn’t going to solve all of our problems. And in fact, money is only one component of our overall health and happiness levels. So during this episode we cover the struggle between achieving financial health and many of the other different facets of overall health like our physical, mental, social, and spiritual aspects as well. And then we end with a litmus test to help you determine if you have placed money in its proper place in your life.


During this episode we enjoyed a Hay-Z by Temblor Brewing - a big thanks to Ryan and our friends there at the brewery for donating this delicious craft beer to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Dec 22, 2021
Investing Lessons From a Gambling Pro with Chris Hanna #451
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What does it take to become a professional gambler? That’s the overarching question we’re asking our guest today: Chris Hanna. Chris graduated with a degree in finance and economics, but then he turned down a solid job on Wall Street in order to become a legit blackjack player. Less than 24 hours after he graduated, Chris hit the road and began counting cards for a living. And of course we believe that investing is a far cry from gambling, but a lot of folks are treating them more similarly than they’d like to admit. So where should we draw the line between gambling and investing? During this episode we unpack Chris Hanna’s story, talk about his shift to personal finance, and share how we can strategically use our money to build an exciting life.


During this episode we enjoyed an Almond Brown Ale by Temblor Brewing- a big thanks to Ryan and our friends there at the brewery for donating this delicious craft beer to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Dec 20, 2021
Friday Flight – Secondhand Gifts, VTSAX, & We’re Giving Away $1,000! #450
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: the $1,000 Cash Giveaway/Giveaway, USPS shipping deadlines, killing the taboo of secondhand gifts, risky investments impacting our mental health, VTSAX reigns supreme, government leaders insider trading, best places to live if you only care about money, have yourself a merry little i bond, inflation vs your brain, & financial literacy on the rise!


***And to enter for a chance to win during our $1,000 Cash Giveaway/Giveaway:***

  • Just follow @HowToMoneyPod on Instagram
  • Like the giveaway post
  • Tag 2 friends and comment how you’d give that money away if you win- and that’s really all it takes! Note that there’s only 1 entry per person and you have until 12pm on December 21st to enter the giveaway. We’ll announce winners during the episode that'll publish Wednesday December 22nd.


And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend!


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Dec 17, 2021
Is Inflation Making us Crazy? #449
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Higher prices and inflation are all over the headlines and you might be wondering how concerned you should be. Unfortunately this is one of those times where you might be tempted to overreact as you try to take control of a situation. It makes us think of when someone is diagnosed with cancer- yes there are instances where you need to immediately treat it, but there are also cases where it’s best to not take any drastic measures and instead just monitor the situation. We want to avoid the kneejerk reaction and the ‘just do something!’ mindset, when instead there are other steps we should be taking. So that’s what we’re talking about today- why we’re experiencing high inflation, how concerned we should be, and then the many different steps that you should consider in order to keep yourself from freaking out over inflation.


During this episode we enjoyed Chocolate Pecan Porter by Temblor Brewing- a big thanks to Ryan and our friends there at the brewery for donating this delicious craft beer to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Dec 15, 2021
Ask HTM - Cryptocurrency Tax Moves, Savings in a Robinhood Account, Frugal or Cheap: Family Edition #448
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - How do we direct our kids' attention away from toys and towards faith and the deeper meaning of the holiday season?

2 - All my savings are in Robinhood- what should I do?

3 - Is it frugal or cheap to regularly drink the free coffee in the leasing office of my apartment complex?

4 - Does the wash-sale rule apply to cryptocurrency and how long can I carry those losses forward?

5 - Should some extra money go into my 401k or into i bonds instead?


During this episode we enjoyed an IQ IPA by Akademia Brewing- a big thanks to Nathan for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Dec 13, 2021
Friday Flight - Teenage FIRE, AI Credit Scores, & A New Reason to Hate Gift Cards #447
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: reaching FIRE in your teens, crucial life lessons from entrepreneurship, ghosting new employers, when it’s finally time to QuitTok your job, a new reason to hate gift cards, debt collectors on social media, AI credit scores, & how trip insurance works with Omicron.


And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend!


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Dec 10, 2021
Investing in NFTs, Whiskey, & Farmland: Sane or Stupid? #446
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Please take a moment and just think of all the different diets that you’ve heard of- South Beach, Paleo, Whole 30, juice cleanses, Keto and intermittent fasting. There’s always a new fad just around the corner in the dieting space. And while we’re not experts in the realm of nutrition, we do know that a healthy balanced diet is what you should be striving after. And while there are some helpful elements with these different diets, if you take any one of them to the extreme it’s going to harm your body. And the same is definitely true of your finances- especially when it comes to investing. We’ve seen a rise of alternative investments over the past decade and the last few years have seen a flurry of new platforms giving you new and exciting places to invest your money. But are they a good way for you to invest your money or are they another fad that will lead you astray? During this episode we talk through the pros, the cons, some of the more popular platforms out there, and then how you can incorporate alternative investments into your portfolio.


During this episode we enjoyed an Imaginary Grace by Monday Night Brewing- a big thanks to Brian and our friends there at MNB for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Dec 08, 2021
Hack Your Home & Live For Free with Craig Curelop #445
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Today we’re talking with our friend Craig Curelop about the magic wealth building technique of house hacking. Back in 2017 Craig had a negative net worth of $30,000. But by implementing different tactics to earn more, spend less, and invest the difference, he was able to reach financial independence two years later in 2019. And of course house hacking played a major role in Craig’s rapid ascent towards financial freedom. We cover all the ins and outs of house hacking and we discuss the different house hacking methods because there are a variety of options that you could go with as some of that depends on your personal situation like if you’re single or if you have a family. We’re going to cover what you need to know, before you start house hacking your way to financial freedom.


During this episode we enjoyed a JOGR from Reformation Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Dec 06, 2021
Friday Flight - Unprepared Borrowers, Unconscionable Bank Fees, & Uplifting Tax Strategies #444
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: bookshelf raid giveaway winners, send in your listener money win voice memos, why you should avoid holiday credit card debt, opting out of prescreened credit card offers, what to do if you’re not ready to resume student loan payments, Ohio State eliminating student loans, best wireless deals, Wells Fargo is the worst, a higher standard deduction for 2022, the most tax-efficient way to donate money, & how much Mariah Carey makes on a single song over the holidays.


And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend!


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Dec 03, 2021
The Weird Science Behind Your Irrational Money Decisions #443
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Randomly ask any of your friends how often they check their phone, and most will probably say something like 20-30 times, maybe 50 times a day. Yet stats show that ⅔ of Americans unlock their phone over 160 times a day. Luckily screen time and other similar apps can help us to understand that there is a big difference between what we think that we’re doing and what we’re actually doing. As humans we’re not the most rational and self-aware beings. We often believe that we’re incredibly objective but it probably depends more on the day of the week, how hungry we are, and who we’re talking with. But we believe that by understanding and naming some different behavioral science and economic terms, that we can better realize our tendency to make irrational gut reactions and think differently about how and why we make decisions in the first place.


During this episode we enjoyed a Volume Integral by Pontoon Brewing- a big thanks to Miguel for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Dec 01, 2021
Ask HTM - Buying a Home to Fight Inflation, Ethical Conundrum By Receiving Co-Pay Assistance, & Financial Priorities After Having a Baby #442
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - Should I invest in my new side business or use that money to max out my Roth IRA?

2 - Is it unethical for me to accept financial assistance from a pharmaceutical company if we don’t really need the support?

3 - In order to pay for a wedding, is it OK to take some money out of an investment account?

4 - We’d like to buy a house in order to fight inflation- is this a good idea?

5 - What financial priorities should we focus on now that we’ve had a baby?


During this episode we enjoyed a 5th Anniversary Hill by Southern Grist! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Nov 29, 2021
Friday Flight - Christmas Tree Inflation, Headphone Trends, & Asinine Hospital Bills #441
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: raising deductibles to save on premiums, raid our bookshelf, crypto in the vernacular, Christmas tree inflation, keeping your head on Black Friday, bucking consumption trends, a massive right to repair win, a tanking market in 2022, going with an EV to save money, & how to avoid arbitrary asinine hospital bills.


And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money. Have an awesome weekend!


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Nov 26, 2021
Stop Money Arguments In Their Tracks #440
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Wouldn’t it be nice if you never had a disagreement about money with your partner ever again? Oh the bliss! Even just imagining this conflict-free future might be causing the tension in your shoulders to relax or that headache to fade. Unfortunately, that’s a paradise that’s lost and not something we can promise! Since most Americans report having major conflicts concerning money, it’s important to engage in healthy ways so that we avoid destructive patterns in our relationship as well as with our money. We want to work towards not only growing our wealth but growing and strengthening our relationships as well. During this episode we cover some of the common patterns of arguments we often hear about and what to do about those arguments. We also offer some tips that we believe will allow you to keep simple disagreements from escalating into knock-down-drag-out money fights.


During this episode we enjoyed an HDHC CananDANKua by Other Half Brewing- a big thanks to Jason for sending this one our way to enjoy! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Nov 24, 2021
A Very Merry Minimalist Christmas with Meg Nordmann #439
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Today we have the pleasure of speaking with Meg Nordmann who is the author of “Have Yourself a Minimalist Christmas: Slow Down, Save Money, & Enjoy a More Intentional Holiday”. With the holidays quickly approaching, we can often find ourselves wondering where all of our time, and money is running off to- but Meg wants to change that with her approach to minimalism. Her book presents strategies to help us to resist the clever marketing and cultural expectations that this season often brings. We talk about Meg’s own history with consumption, the relatively new history of Santa, how she approaches gift giving with her children, convincing extended family to give fewer gifts, and how she creates a minimalist calendar around the holidays.


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Nov 22, 2021
Friday Flight - Robots, Rent Control, & Taylor Swift #438
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: Joel’s first homeowners insurance claim, budgeting for Christmas, what we can learn from Taylor Swift, combating rising prices, most NFTs are worthless, old cell phones are getting bricked in 2022, the impact of robots on the labor market, & the unintended consequences of rent control.


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Nov 19, 2021
When to DIY or Hire a Pro #437
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To DIY or not to DIY… you can almost hear that being said in the voice of Hamlet (the Kenneth Branagh Hamlet not the Mel Gibson one, of course.) But while this question is not nearly as existential as the one Hamlet poses, it’s one that we all increasingly find ourselves asking. On one hand you DIY everything in order to save as much money as possible and in the process you also gain a tremendous amount of knowledge- but do you have enough time to live your life? And on the other hand you outsource and hire a pro as often as you can and for the most part you know that the job is being expertly performed by a professional- but do you have enough money to live your life? So we’re establishing a helpful framework for you to make better decisions in today’s episode. We’re focusing on better decisions because there isn’t going to be a right or wrong answer. That’s up to us as individuals and our own specific situations, but we can all go about asking ourselves the right questions when it comes to whether we should DIY or hire a pro.


During this episode we enjoyed a Bell’s Two Hearted Ale- a big thanks to Chris and all of our friends at the brewery for donating this one to the show! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Nov 17, 2021
Ask HTM - Frugal or Cheap with a Disappointed Daughter, Awkwardness in Combining Finances with a Partner, & Balance Transfer Cards for Large Expenses #436
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - My daughter doesn’t like the helmet I bought for her that was on clearance - frugal or cheap?

2 - How do I overcome some awkwardness as my partner and I combine our finances?

3 - Should I be looking to just get the match or should I max out my employer provided 401k?

4 - Does it make more sense for an older family member to draw on retirement accounts before social security?

5 - Is using a balance transfer credit card a good idea for a large expense I have coming up?


During this episode we enjoyed a Bell’s Two Hearted Ale- a big thanks to Chris and all of our friends at the brewery for donating this one to the show! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Nov 15, 2021
Friday Flight - Zillow’s Implosion, Your Office Beckons, & the 401(EXTRA)k #435
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: YNAB raising rates, the 401(EXTRA)k, your office beckons, negotiating higher pay, entrepreneurs are happier, cutting a vehicle with e-bikes, senior citizens and crypto holders getting scammed, millennials love DIY investing, active managed funds disappointing performance, Zillow’s implosion, the future of iBuying, & how to go about refinancing.


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Nov 12, 2021
Think Twice Before Investing #434
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Investing isn’t as simple as just throwing some money in the market and crossing your fingers. Yes, we do want you to invest. And yes there’s a chance you could probably invest more than you currently are. But there are a host of additional considerations that we want you examining before you open a brokerage account on your phone, initiating a transfer, and hitting purchase. Do you know what you’re investing in? Can you easily explain it to a friend? How do you feel about volatility, fees associated with that investment, illiquidity, and your time horizon? We like to think of it like taking a road trip- there are a number of things to do keep in mind like: do I know where I’m going, does my boss know I’m taking time off work, how long am I going to be gone, and can my car even handle a road trip of this magnitude? We’re not trying to dissuade you from investing, but we do want you to think twice before investing.


During this episode we each enjoyed an Emergency Drinking Beer by Wild Heaven! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Nov 10, 2021
Retire Sooner and Increase Your Happiness Now with Wes Moss #433
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How necessary is money in order to be happy? That’s one of many questions we’re asking our guest today- Wes Moss. Wes is the host of his own podcast “Retire Sooner” as well as “Money Matters”, the country’s longest-running investment radio show. During this episode we learn about his childhood growing up alongside the Amish, and how that piqued his curiosity as he began writing and researching for his latest book, “What the Happiest Retirees Know”. Wes starred on the Apprentice, is a father of four, and is now the Chief Investment Strategist at Capital Investment Advisors which is a fee-only investment firm w/ over $2.8 billion in assets under management. But during this episode we’re going to really focus on the specific habits that we need to begin cultivating now in order to lead happy and fulfilling lives.


During this episode we enjoyed a Fantasia by Upright Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Nov 08, 2021
Friday Flight - Savings to the Moon, Dodging Debt Collectors, and One Stingy Shaq #432
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: we’ll see you at Monday Night Garage tonight, savings rates to the moon, Series I Savings Bonds paying over 7%, credit card debt leading to poor physical health, dodging debt collectors, gig companies under fire, sustainable investing scams, female investors outperforming their male counterparts, and one stingy Shaq.


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Nov 05, 2021
Squid Game Money Lessons #431
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*No spoilers contained* We’re not going to make it a habit of dissecting the nuggets of personal finance wisdom that we can glean from popular shows or movies, but that just depends on the show. And in the case of Squid Game, there were way too many money lessons calling out to us to ignore. Personal finance is a fundamental aspect of our lives but oftentimes it’s an area that gets shunted to the side when it comes to the entertainment we consume- that certainly wasn’t Squid Game’s approach. Money is front and center, and even though we’re not going to dive into the specifics of the show and give away any details, there are still a ton of different lessons that we can learn. And the best part if you’ve trimmed Netflix from your monthly budget- you don’t have to be a fan of the show in order to appreciate this episode!


During this episode we each enjoyed an Alpha Abstraction IPA Vol 18 by Wild Leap! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Nov 03, 2021
Ask HTM - Paying for Medical Tourism, Best Ways to Use an HSA, & Investing in Local Businesses #430
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - How should I go about paying for some medical tourism?

2 - Was my mom right for being upset when her credit card limit was increased?

3 - What steps should I take if I want to invest $5,000 locally in my community?

4 - As we’re enrolling in a Dependent Care FSA (Flexible Spending Account), what should we consider?

5 - Should I use my HSA (Health Savings Account) funds to pay for medical expenses or to invest?


During this episode we enjoyed a SchmoojeeBox by Imprint Beer Co! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Nov 01, 2021
Friday Flight - Buy Nothing Groups, Student Loan Forgiveness Made Easy, & @jack Cries Hyperinflation! #429
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: how you should come have beers with us in Atlanta, Buy Nothing groups to save, work stress leading to overspending, new car prices at all time highs, the solution to sky high car payments, “We’ve been trying to reach you about your car’s extended warranty”, Florida man wins the lottery, @jack cries hyperinflation, bots scooping up scarce Christmas gifts, student loan forgiveness made easy, & what to do about federal student loan transfers.


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Oct 29, 2021
Facing Down Our Spookiest Money Fears #428
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Fear is an emotion that is hard-wired in us as humans, and so we naturally want to avoid the things that frighten us. But the biggest problem with this survival instinct is that there are times when we must face these fears in order to move forward and get ahead in life. We have a natural desire to avoid pain but if we don’t address it head-on, it’ll often lead to worse pain and problems down the road. This is often true when it comes to relationships, with our physical health, and it’s definitely true when it comes to our money. It’s a serious issue when we let fear get in the way of taking action. During this episode, with Halloween just around the corner, we cover some of the most common money fears that lurk in the back of our minds, and how to face them down in order to get one step closer to financial freedom.


During this episode we both enjoyed a Hopfenweisse by Schneider Weisse- a massive thanks to Zach for sharing these with us! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Oct 27, 2021
Raising Financially Savvy Kids with Liz Frazier #427
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It’s time to do a deep dive on raising financially savvy kids! We’re joined by Liz Frazier who is a fee-only, Certified Financial Planner and she is also the author of “Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands: How to Teach Young Kids About Finance.” Liz is all about kids and finance, and to get specific, it was when Liz was pregnant with the first of her three children that she was setting up a 529 acct and preparing her will, that everything clicked. That’s when she realized that she wanted to be a financial planner because, like so many new parents, she realized the overwhelming need to make sure her family was financially prepared. And raising children who are equipped with financial knowledge is an important part of that role as a parent. During this episode we talk about having money conversations that stick with our kids, the way Liz does allowance with her 3 kids, how to get kids excited to save, spend, and share, among many other helpful topics.


During this episode we both enjoyed an Baerlic Beer Co Pioneer Fresh Hop ESB- a massive thanks to Brandon for sending us these beers that were fresh off the vine! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Oct 25, 2021
Friday Flight - Bricked Phones, Shadow Inflation, & Earning More Without A Degree #426
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: a recipe generator based on whatever you have on hand, inflation spurring us to reconsider buying habits, shadow inflation, childcare worker shortages, the great resignation leading to your ability to negotiate higher pay, lost money in holiday gift cards, bricked phones via planned obsolescence, expensive TVs, the worst student loans available, & earning more without a degree.


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Oct 22, 2021
Ownership is THE Key to Wealth Building #425
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Now, we’re not guaranteeing that this episode is going to change your life as much as holding a brand new baby in the hospital changed our perspective as new fathers- but it might! There are times when our worlds are completely rocked and we feel that the concept of ownership and the way that we discuss it during this episode has the potential to radically change the trajectory of your journey to financial independence. After this episode you’ll know the difference between making a purchase or making an investment, how saving money can actually make you poorer, and some of the different ways you can become an owner. And then finally we discuss what it takes for you to realize wealth building through ownership.


During this episode we enjoyed a Money Blend by American Solera- thanks to James for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Oct 20, 2021
Ask HTM - Maximizing Tuition Reimbursement, Bank Account Bonus Requirements, Using a HELOC to Pay Off a Mortgage, & More... #424
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - How do I get around direct deposit requirements to score a higher savings interest rate?

2 - Do y’all have credit card recommendations for a young, new credit card user?

3 - What steps should I take in order to rebuild my credit?

4 - I receive tuition reimbursement from my employer- what is the best way to maximize this benefit?

5 - Should I use a HELOC and my emergency fund to pay off my mortgage early?


During this episode we each enjoyed a Beneath the Tide of Relative Impermanence by Burial! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Oct 18, 2021
Friday Flight - Winter Budget Busters, Housing Market Chill Pills, & Dying Ain’t Cheap #423
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: we got new life insurance policies, slower more expensive mail, finding the most affordable shipping options, Allstate tracking drivers, bosses monitoring employees, housing market chill pills, dying ain’t cheap, winter budget busters due to higher energy costs, contagious commerce, & free money in 529 plans.


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Oct 15, 2021
Getting Your Money Etiquette Right #422
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Joel doesn’t like to eat at fancy restaurants- not only because paying a ton of money isn’t his jam, but also because there are all these rules of etiquette that fine diners are just supposed to know. What’s he going to do with that 3rd fork anyways?! The same is often true when it comes to our money and the social situations we find ourselves in. Splitting the bill with friends when we go out- what should we keep in mind there? How should we talk about money with our co-workers, friends, and family? When you’re on a date, who pays for what and how quickly should you dive into money conversations with someone you’re serious about? And because we’re all unique individuals, we argue that there are no hard and fast rules that dictate our actions when it comes to our money. Instead there is a lot of nuance and it takes a lot of emotional intelligence in order to get your money etiquette right. It’s not always clear what path we should take and so during the episode we provide a helpful framework to help you decide. And we also share our thoughts on some common scenarios so that we can all avoid that awkward tension that might arise.


During this episode we both enjoyed Paranormal Electricity of Trans-Pacific Airwaves IPA by Burial! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Oct 13, 2021
House-Flipping, Achieving FIRE, & Staying Frugal with Carl Jensen #421
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Today we have the pleasure of talking with Carl Jensen who found himself trapped in a cubicle as a software developer nearly 9 years ago, when he set off on a journey to achieve the status of: financially independent and retired early. That’s when he started his site 1500 Days and has been blogging under the moniker Mr. 1500. Carl has since achieved FIRE and continues to be incredibly productive in the world of real estate with his live-in flips, all while pursuing a very intentional life in Longmont Colorado. Carl also happens to be a good friend of ours who we met years ago. And after spending some more time together recently at a personal finance conference, we realized we were overdue in having him come on as a guest on the show. We discuss everything from the downside of sharing personal financial information publicly, practical tips in finding a great property to flip, to how it is that Carl owns over 600 shares of Tesla stock!


During this episode we both enjoyed an Old Chub by Oskar Blues! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Oct 11, 2021
Friday Flight - Scraping by on $500k, Scammer Magnets, & the Cure for High Gas Prices #420
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: Salesforce predicting we’ll pay 20% more on holiday spending, inflation impacting dollar stores, our Black Friday predictions, more scammers on Facebook Marketplace, the cure for high gas prices, scraping by on just $500k, Robinhood on college campuses, & stop paying for your credit score!


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Oct 08, 2021
The Insidious Nature of Gig Work #419
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Anytime you see a commercial for prescription meds, everyone always looks so happy- they’re 100% living their best life! But what about those insane side effects?! If you’re considering taking those medications you’ll have to seriously consider whether or not it’s going to be worth it for you. And we believe similar considerations need to be given when it comes to gig work. On the surface gig jobs seem like they could provide you with all that you’re looking for- flexibility, income, autonomy! And with an easy to use app on your phone you could be earning an income before it’s time for lunch. But we believe there’s a darker side to gig work as well. So during this episode we’re going to address both sides of the argument, we’re going to help you to determine if gig work is right for you, and then we’ll help you to think through choosing the best one for your life.


During this episode we enjoyed a Fluffo Sando by Pipeworks Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Oct 06, 2021
Ask HTM - House Hacking Instead of Investing, Costco vs Sam's Club, & Investing Too Much Money #418
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - How do I know if I’m investing enough when financial advisors always say to invest just a little bit more?

2 - Which warehouse club should I go with- Costco or Sam’s Club?

3 - What should I do with a 401k from a previous employer?

4 - How large should my emergency fund be, where should I keep it, and where can I earn a high rate of return on money in 2-3 months?

5 - Should I start house hacking if that means investing less money in the stock market?


During this episode we enjoyed a Southern Crisp by Southern Grist Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Oct 04, 2021
Friday Flight - Investing Hamsters, Free Money for College, & Why Bottled Water Sucks #417
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: a new federal student loan servicer, free money for college is available starting today, what to do about rising rents, preparing for covid healthcare costs, investing hamsters beating the market, “experts” calling for a market crash, Vanguard slashing fees, making bank as an influencer, & multiple reasons why bottled water sucks.


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Oct 01, 2021
These Financial Rules Were Made to Be Broken #416
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Do you know anybody who’s never broken the speed limit? Even just a single person- in your entire life?! And if you’re being honest you’re less likely to treat it as a speed limit, and more like a speed minimum. We think we should be going at least that fast, if not more! For better or worse the speed limit is one of those rules in life that consistently is not followed. We break that rule because we believe we can still drive safely, even while exceeding the speed limit. Well the same is true with our personal finances and the money moves that we make. There are a lot of financial rules out there that many believe must never be broken or even challenged, while we believe a certain amount of liberty can be taken. It’s not that we believe that the rules should be done away with altogether- they’re important rules of thumb and reference points that we should definitely pay attention to, especially early on in our financial journey. But as you gain more knowledge and experience there are some financial rules that were made to be broken. Listen as we cover some of those rules as well as why it’s ok to be a conscientious objector!


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Sep 29, 2021
The Unspoken Rules Of Career Success with Gorick Ng #415
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Excelling in your career depends on more than just doing a great job. Just because you’re a decent software engineer, or you get the job done as a nurse- that doesn’t mean that you’ll quickly rise through the ranks. Nor does it mean you’ll automatically see big raises or year-end bonuses! That’s because there are things that managers and bosses expect of you, but they’re never explained to you. This is the basis for Gorick Ng’s best-selling book, “The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right.” Gorick is a career adviser at Harvard, focusing on coaching first-generation, low-income students. But before that, he gained plenty of professional experience from working in management consulting, investment banking, and as a researcher with the Harvard Business School. Regardless of your specific job, there are plenty of soft skills and unspoken rules that you need to discover, in order to find success in your career.


During this episode we both enjoyed a Belgian Aloha by Olentangy River Brewing- thanks Scott for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Sep 27, 2021
Friday Flight - Rideshare Inflation, Pay Transparency & Emotional Investing #414
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: local channels can no longer be streamed, rideshare inflation, jobs with the most demand over the next 20 years, and the effects of pay transparency laws. And then after the break we speak with Lindsey Bell with Ally Invest about emotional investing, volatility in the stock market, and the rise of speculation.


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Sep 24, 2021
Can We Count on Social Security or is it Busted? #413
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Climate change used to feel like one of those things that was way off in the future. But then we see the headlines of extreme weather, or perhaps you’ve experienced it first-hand, and we realize that it could be more imminent than we used to think. It’s no longer an abstract concept but a concrete reality. And so it is with our perception of Social Security- it used to just be an annoyance that shrunk our paychecks as teenagers. But now as more responsible adults, we’re looking ahead and wondering if Social Security will even be a thing by the time we’re retirement age. And recent reports say that the Social Security fund will be insolvent by 2033?! That’s why today on the show we’re asking- whether or not we can count on Social Security retirement benefits and the additional steps we can start taking now to ensure a comfortable future.


During this episode we enjoyed a Roosevelt Coffee Stout by Olentangy River Brewing- thanks to Scott for sending this one our way! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Sep 22, 2021
Ask HTM - Bitcoin in Our Portfolio, Fixing a Credit Card Mistake, and Putting Savings in Coke Stock #412
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - What do y’all think about Bitcoin?

2 - Where should we save or invest our down payment for a new house?

3 - Is it too risky to keep my savings in Coke stock?

4 - Should I close a credit card that I opened on accident?

5 - Does it make sense to invest in a 403b or a 457?


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Sep 20, 2021
Friday Flight - The Sports Betting Boom, Record Home Equity Levels & Taco Subscriptions #411
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: scoring a massive Airbnb discount, learning economic theory from Theme Park Tycoon, video game bans, the sports betting boom, buy now pay later consumers are falling behind, leveraging crypto to buy more crypto, subscriptions that are bad for your wallet and your diet, and what to do with sky high home equity levels.


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Sep 17, 2021
What if You Won the Lottery? #410
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Winning the lottery shouldn’t be a part of your financial plan- but why are we so enthralled by the idea of winning the lottery?! On average, Americans spend over $1,000 every year for the chance to strike it rich. That’s a lot of wasted money that could be going towards literal investments. But even though we’re not going to win millions, statistically speaking, this exercise can provide some insights about the ways we want to spend our money and our time. This is helpful because there is a much higher likelihood that we would experience some sort of windfall in our lives whether that be a bonus at work, proceeds from a home sale, or even an inheritance. And if we haven’t taken the time to think through what we would do in these scenarios, there’s a good chance we could make the wrong decision in the heat of the moment. We’re going to get personal and share what we would do if we won the lottery, and we’re also going to explain how you can come up with your own money mission statement.


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Sep 15, 2021
Fight and WIN Against Insane Healthcare Costs with Marshall Allen #409
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Marshall Allen is a journalist who investigates why we pay so much for healthcare here in America, while simultaneously we receive so little in return. He is the author of “Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight the Health Care System and Win” and he is also the founder of Allen Health Academy, which produces a curriculum of short on-demand videos to equip and empower employees to navigate the healthcare system. Marshall has been investigating the healthcare industry for 15 years, including over a decade at ProPublica. He also teaches investigative reporting at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. We highly recommend that you listen to this episode if you’re looking for practical ways to reduce how much you’re spending on medical costs!


During this episode we enjoyed a Fade Away by Cruz Blanca Brewery - thanks to Dennis and our friends at the brewery for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Sep 13, 2021
Friday Flight - Robots Ruining Everything, A New Robinhood Feature, & Kim Kardashian's Crypto Kerfuffle #408
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: Matt scored his $1,250 credit card signup bonus, judging others if they have an old phone, digital driver's license, targeted ads on streaming, trip stacking, Kim Kardashian's crypto kerfuffle, a new Robinhood app feature, robots disrupting the labor market, AI rejecting millions of resumes, and one simple way to score a better job.


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Sep 10, 2021
Striving for Work-Life Balance (Bestie Ep) #407
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Feeling overworked?! Between trying to get ahead at your 9-5 and pursuing side hustles, chances are really high that you feel like your work-life balance is out of whack. That doesn’t even take into account that more of us are working from home. We find ourselves chronically fatigued and exhausted because we give too much to our work, leaving little left for ourselves and those around us who we love. For instance, as a result most Americans don’t take all their vacation time- and when they do, they find it impossible to actually stop working! This ongoing cycle of never-ending work is leading more folks than ever to despise the work they once loved while other important areas in their lives like relationships, health, and hobbies continue to suffer. This is an important topic for us to cover as we seek to implement some practices to restore that work-life balance and then create boundaries to maintain that balance.


During this episode we enjoyed an I Learned It by Watching You by Burial Beer Co and Other Half Brewing - a big thanks to our friends Waffles on Wednesday for donating this collaboration beer to the show. And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Sep 08, 2021
Ask HTM - Reporting Rent Payments to Credit Bureaus, Bicycle Insurance, & Preparing for Maternity Leave #406
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - Should I put all of the proceeds from my home sale towards the down payment on a new home?

2 - As a renter, should I pay extra in order for my rent payments to get reported to the credit bureaus?

3 - Does it make sense to get insurance for my e-bike?

4 - How can we make sure that our finances are in a strong position before having a baby?

5 - Is there a best time of year to invest a lump sum of money?


During this episode we enjoyed a 555 by Cruz Blanca Brewery- thanks to Dennis and our friends at the brewery for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Sep 06, 2021
Friday Flight - Employer-Matched Savings Accounts, Annoying Hotel Fees, & Where to Save the Most on a Refinance #405
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: what to watch out for when switching to an online bank, employer-matched savings accounts on the rise, IKEA buying back your furniture, the easiest way to get all of the shampoo out of a bottle, annoying hotel fees on the horizon, simple tricks to supercharge your retirement account, the underutilized Roth 401k, falling investment fees, when it makes sense to see a financial advisor, avoiding eviction through federal rental assistance, & where to save the most on a refinance.


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Sep 03, 2021
Valuable ATLien Money Lessons #404
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Since this is episode 404, we’re talking all about the money lessons that we can learn from our city Atlanta (which is sometimes referred to as the 404). You can learn lessons in unintended places- there are things to be learned all around us, if only we’re keeping an eye out for them. For instance, one of the impacts of the Covid lockdowns last year was that we couldn’t go anywhere and our calendars were pretty much wiped clean. And the unintended lesson that many Americans learned was that we probably had way too many events on the calendar to begin with. We quickly learned that less activities and more family time was a good thing. And so when it comes to Atlanta, there are a ton of different personal finance lessons that we can learn- from specific things like terrible traffic, the cultural diversity we find in the city, tax breaks being offered to the film industry, our sports teams, and plenty more! So be sure to listen in order to learn some valuable ATLien money lessons.


During this episode we enjoyed BBA Siberius Maximus 10th Anniversary Cuvee RIS by Wrecking Bar Brewpub! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Sep 01, 2021
Ditching Work You Hate & Landing the Job You Want with Ashley Stahl #403
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Today we are joined by career expert Ashley Stahl. She has a new book out titled You Turn: Get Unstuck, Discover Your Direction, and Design Your Dream Career that we dive into during this episode. And while we’re on the topic of job hunting, Ashley has quite the remarkable resume herself- she interned with Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger, pursued a career in counterterrorism while getting her Masters degree in War Studies in London, & then worked for a defense contractor at the Pentagon running an award-winning program. But despite all her success, Ashley still felt a degree of uncertainty until she finally changed her career path. Ashley is now a career coach where she empowers people to discover their authentic careers, land more job offers, and launch their dream businesses.


During this episode we enjoyed a Hazy Little Thing by Sierra Nevada! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Aug 30, 2021
Friday Flight - Christmas Shopping Starts Now, Rental Scams & No-Vax Penalties #402
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: small businesses passing credit card fees on to customers, housing rental scams abound, why now is the time to start shopping for Christmas, how subscription fatigue could be beneficial, whether or not you need a 401k to retire, a $20,000 hiring bonus, skipping the vaccine might cost you big, and getting the job you want with a video resume.


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Aug 27, 2021
Is Real Estate Investing Right For You? #401
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You should consider investing in real estate! If your personal finances are in a solid position and you’ve already taken advantage of the tax advantaged accounts that are available to you, we believe that it could make a ton of sense for you to become a real estate investor. There are many great benefits from owning long term rentals like experiencing a higher return on your investment, monthly cashflow, tax benefits, and others that we’ll get to during this episode. But just because we’ve found investing in real estate to be a boon in our lives doesn’t mean that you should automatically go out and purchase your first rental. There are a number of different factors that you need to consider, before you start making offers! We tackle some of the common excuses that some folks give for why they don’t want to invest in real estate, in order to help you decide if real estate investing is right for you.


During this episode we enjoyed Corn Grisette by Cruz Blanca Brewery- thanks to Dennis and our friends at the brewery for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Aug 25, 2021
Ask HTM - Working with a Partner who is Bad with Money, Best Ways to Pay for Grad School, & Tax Implications of Inherited Money #400
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - Should I avoid getting married if my partner and I are unable to get on the same page with our money?

2 - Paying for grad school: should we use savings, dip into an investment account, or take on a student loan?

3 - How can I best go about maximizing my self-employment benefits?

4 - What are the tax implications of an inherited IRA?

5 - Where should we put money that we’re planning to put towards rental properties?


During this episode we enjoyed Coco Frio by Cruz Blanca Brewery- thanks to Dennis and our friends at the brewery for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Aug 23, 2021
Friday Flight - Drunk Investing, Help for Homebuyers, and Paying to Cut in Line #399
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: an easy site to help you choose the right streaming services, free Apple TV+, how rent payments will help you qualify for a mortgage, what to do about the T-Mobile data breach, paying to cut in line at theme parks, whether an electric vehicle is more affordable for you, drunk investing, investing fee transparency, whether inflation has impacted the price of brown bag sandwiches, eating SPAM, & cutting the cost of insurance.


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Aug 20, 2021
A Money Conversation With Our Partners #398
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Kate and Emily take the mic! It’s that time of year again- when our wives have yet again so graciously agreed to sit down and talk with us about money! Specifically during this episode we dive into Emily’s and Kate’s backstories and histories with money and how that has influenced us today. We also look back to the early days in our relationship and recount what it was like to combine our money as well as some of the first money fights we had and how we went about solving those disagreements. And then finally we discuss some of the different practices that can help all couples to continue to grow- it’s important that personal finance isn’t something that divides but instead unites relationships!


During this episode we enjoyed a Tefnut (w/ Blueberries & Blackberries) by The Veil Brewing. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Aug 18, 2021
How To Tackle Your Student Loans with Lauryn Williams #397
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Today on the show we’re joined by gold medal winning, Certified Financial Planner, Lauryn Williams. And we’re not even joking with you- Lauryn was an Olympic athlete and was the first American woman to medal in both the summer and winter Olympic games which is an incredible feat. So not only is she a CFP with her own business, not only has she won gold as an Olympic athlete, but Lauryn is also a Certified Student Loan Professional, a CSLP, so she also has a high level of expertise when it comes to all things student loans. We’re going to hear Lauryn’s Olympic story but we’re also going to dig into some important details that student loan borrowers need to keep in mind when it comes to things like forbearance, student loan forgiveness, and the different income-driven repayment plans.


During this episode we enjoyed The Donkey and the Thistle by Mad Fritz- thanks to our friend Cal for donating this one to the show! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Aug 16, 2021
Friday Flight - Student Loan Payment Pause, The Worst Car Loans, & Avoiding This Common HSA Blunder #396
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: the student loan payment pause continues, savers are getting crushed, lower levels of competition are costing us $5,000 every year, everyone is angel investing, avoiding a very common HSA blunder, the worst car loans out there, used cars are no longer appreciating in value, & rental unit bidding wars.


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Aug 13, 2021
A Cornucopia of Budget Travel Tips #395
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Who doesn’t enjoy going on a relaxing or adventurous vacation?! But even if spending a week in the Caribbean or backpacking across Europe isn’t your craft-beer-equivalent, chances are pretty high that you have to occasionally do some traveling and we want you to save big. Americans pour a lot of money into travel- to the tune of 972 billion dollars on domestic travel alone back in 2019. But it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. We want you to experience all the joy of travel while lessening the financial pain of it. In this episode we cover a litany of tips and tricks that will allow you to save on your next trip. We cover many different aspects of travel, giving you the knowledge and resources that you can keep coming back to in order to save money every single time you book a trip in the future.


During this episode we enjoyed some Vacay Daydreams by Pipeworks Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Aug 11, 2021
Ask HTM - Hidden Expenses When Investing, Keeping Student Loan Payments Low While Earning More, & Vacation Investment Properties #394
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear it!


1 - What is this fixed finance charge on a new credit card that I applied for?

2 - How can I prevent my income based student loan payments from increasing as I’m making more money?

3 - Are there hidden expenses when I invest in funds through Cash App or Robinhood?

4 - When it comes to teaching high schoolers about personal finance, what topics or curriculum should I focus on?

5 - Should we buy a vacation property, specifically a condotel, as an investment?


During this episode we enjoyed The Bane The Blithe by Newgrass Brewing Co! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Aug 09, 2021
Friday Flight - FREE Health Insurance, Buy Now Pay Later, & Fatter Paychecks #393
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: Joel’s favorite wallet, free or discounted ACA health coverage, college health insurance plans, Target and Walmart paying for college, the slippery slope of buy now pay later, index fund investors saving $357 billion, higher priced diapers, furniture delays, & getting paid more.


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Aug 06, 2021
Having an Arbitrage Mindset Changes Everything #392
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Dick Fosbury changed the sport of high jumping forever the first time he jumped backward over the bar. Until then, every competitor had launched themselves into the air going forward, belly over the bar. I’m not sure the last time you watched a high jumping event, but now every high jumper uses Dick’s technique. He essentially exploited a flaw in the high jumping world that no-one else was paying attention to. In a way that’s basically what arbitrage is when it comes to our personal finances- it’s about thinking creatively about the different financial hurdles in our lives. It’s about challenging the assumptions we’re faced with. We’ll cover some very clear forms of arbitrage that you might already be implementing, some problems with arbitrage, and then how you can begin developing more of an arbitrage mindset today.


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Aug 04, 2021
Becoming Your Own Consumer Advocate with Clark Howard #391
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Today on the show we’re talking with one of the greatest minds in the personal finance space- Clark Howard. Clark is a money expert with a heart of gold who hosted his own radio show for over 30 years. I had the pleasure of working with him for 14 of those years. He is also the author of 10 books and continues to produce an excellent podcast daily because he somehow has limitless amounts of energy. But some of his more impressive accomplishments have been via the work he spearheads in Atlanta and the surrounding communities, including his partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, and his annual Clark’s Christmas Kids broadcasts which have helped ensure that over 150,000 kids received presents on Christmas morning that otherwise wouldn’t have.


During this episode we enjoyed a Self Unaware by Newgrass Brewing Co. And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Aug 02, 2021
Creating a Debt Payoff Plan (Bestie Ep) #390
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Our country has opened back up and we’re guessing that you probably spent a lot more money this summer compared to last year. Consumer spending isn’t going anywhere, student loans are ever-present, and car loans are becoming even more of an issue as consumers take out 72 and 84 month loans. The reality and feeling of drowning in debt is compounded when folks don’t know how to get out from underneath this crushing weight. Where do you even begin?! What we need is a plan to help us get out of debt and get our feet set in the right direction this year. Now is the time to get your personal finances in order and creating a debt payoff plan is vital to achieving your financial goals.


During this episode we enjoyed a Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout- thanks to our friends there at the brewery for donating this one! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jul 30, 2021
Biking More To Get Rich #389
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You might be saying “Yea, yea- we know Joel and Matt love biking…”, but did you realize that you’re literally missing out on millions of dollars by driving instead of biking? We crunch the numbers for you in this episode. So if you’re not biking, you should really give it another shot. People change- you’re not set in stone are you?! Just because at some point in time you decided that biking wasn’t for you, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t reconsider. And on top of the massive financial benefits there are a host of other additional advantages of riding more. Plus, we disprove a bunch of common excuses that are given as to why some folks can’t bike more, or bike to work. Then we round things out and share how you can begin incorporating cycling into your life, and how you can get riding today!


During this episode we enjoyed a Double Fruited Boysenberry Blackberry Raspberry Hill by Southern Grist! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jul 28, 2021
Ask HTM - Making the Most of a Meme Stock Mistake, if $50k Advanced Degrees Make Sense, & Selling or Renting a Home #388
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo. Regardless of how random or bizarre you might think it is, we want to hear from you!


1 - How can I use money allocation and automation to reduce my level of financial stress?

2 - Does it make more sense for us to rent or sell our house in the current hot real estate market?

3 - How do I have a better conversation about investing with my partner who doesn’t want to be a part of the “system”?

4 - I’ve made and lost a lot of money from crypto and meme stocks so what do I do now?

5 - Will a $50k advanced degree make sense?


During this episode we enjoyed an El Dorado DDH Juicy Bits by WeldWerks Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jul 26, 2021
Friday Flight - Crazy Rich Millennials, Rising Rents, & A Shady Way to Pay for College #387
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: appealing your property tax assessment, crazy rich millennials, eating out is getting pricier, shrinkflation and generics brands, rising rents, using target date funds incorrectly, shady ways to pay for college, & why paying with cash isn’t always a bad idea.


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Jul 23, 2021
Crucial Credit Card Benefits You Aren’t Using #386
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You’re missing out! Imagine using your smartphone only for making phone calls. What if you didn’t know you could use your phone to listen to podcasts, text, interact with friends on social media, or even to use the built in flashlight? What a shame that would be since your phone is capable of so much more than what it’s name implies! Now let’s imagine you’re only using your credit card to make purchases. Are you aware of the long list of benefits and rewards that are provided by some great credit cards out there? Did you realize that debit cards don’t offer the same protections that credit cards have automatically built in? Not to mention that we dive into the ethical question of credit card rewards- is it possible to utilize rewards and points with a clean conscious? During today’s episode, we’re going to convince you to start using your credit cards much more effectively.


During this episode we enjoyed a Chief of Chiefs by Bearded Iris! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jul 21, 2021
The Art of Gaining Peace with Your Money with Ken Honda #385
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Here on the podcast we often talk about how to do smart things with your money, but we also try not to neglect the why behind our actions as well as our attitudes that have a massive impact on our overall approach to personal finance. Today on the show we’re talking with Ken Honda about his book “Happy Money” which is all about the mindset and attitude that we bring to our money which directly impacts our happiness. After a very successful business career, becoming an author was essentially a second career that Ken discovered and developed after retiring before he was 30. Ken’s writings bridge the topics of finance and self-help, focusing on creating and generating personal wealth and happiness through deeper self-honesty. Happiness and handling your money well takes more than just understanding the nuts and bolts, so listen as we talk about the art of gaining peace with your money!


During this episode we enjoyed a Black Widow by Original Sin Cider- thanks to the folks there at Original Sin for sending this one our way! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jul 19, 2021
Friday Flight - Getting Paid On Demand, Sneaky Internet Bill Increases, & New Cheap Drugs #384
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: opting out of housekeeping to save money, child tax credits have arrived, getting paid on demand, living paycheck to paycheck, new affordable discounted drugs, sneaky internet bill price hikes, getting your wifi to work better, cell phone upgrade cycles, and where inflation impacts you the most.


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Jul 16, 2021
Breaking Down More Common Money Phrases #383
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There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. You’ve heard phrases like this your entire life but are they true? And how can we specifically apply them to our personal finances? We had fun talking about some common money phrases earlier this year, but since then we’ve realized that there were a bunch of good ones we didn’t cover! So we figured it was a good idea to hit up even more common money phrases that we’ve all heard and dissect them. And the reason we feel this is surprisingly important is because the sayings we hear can often bore into our brains and if we hear them enough we believe them as fact. But many of these common sayings have flaws in them or are just downright wrong. So have a listen as we think through some more money sayings and how they apply to our personal finances.


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Jul 14, 2021
Ask HTM - Hanging with Friends on the Cheap, Assisting Parents with Their Money, & Smart Contributions to Both an HSA and FSA #382
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo!


1 - Is my job worth the awful commute?

2 - How can I hang out with my friends without spending a ton of money?

3 - Does it make sense to contribute to both an HSA (Health Savings Account) and FSA (Flexible Spending Account)

4 - Should I pay off my mom’s credit cards or car in order to help her with her finances?

5 - What’s the best way to grow money that I’ll need in 2 or 3 years?


During this episode we enjoyed a 2017 Kriek by Cascade Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jul 12, 2021
Friday Flight - New Cheap Travel Hacks, Borrowing is Back, & Beware of Neobanks #381
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: reevaluating 2021 goals, new cheap travel hacks, the price of gasoline, federal unemployment benefits ending for some, scoring sweet hiring bonuses, teenage hiring boom, borrowing is back, whether you should take on debt in order to invest, expected returns in the stock market, & customer service problems with neobanks.


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Jul 09, 2021
FIRE: Choose Your Own Adventure #380
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This episode is all about FIRE which stands for Financial Independence Retire Early. This movement came about as an entire generation began to push back against the notion of traditional retirement- working hard in a job you hate so that you can kick back when you’re 65. Thanks, but nah. We have friends who have completely rejected that idea and have retired in their 20s and 30s, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that the pursuit of financial independence doesn’t have to look a specific way. Just like those books we loved in the 90’s you get to choose your own adventure! From leanFIRE to fatFIRE and everything in between, there are a variety of lifestyles we can aspire to. So we’ll talk about the different types of FIRE and then some of the most important tactics to consider on your path to achieving financial independence.


During this episode we enjoyed a Smells Like Bean Spirit Double Maple by Mikerphone Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jul 07, 2021
Financial Independence at 27 via Passive Income with Rachel Richards #379
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Since yesterday was the 4th of July, we’re talking about financial independence with someone who has achieved it at the young age of 27. Rachel Richards is a former financial advisor, a real estate investor with almost 40 rental units, and the bestselling author of “Money Honey.” She has also written “Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement” which we’re covering today as we discuss the lessons Rachel has learned on her way to financial independence. Rachel quit her 9-5 job and now lives off over $15,000 a month in passive income and she spends her time doing whatever she feels like- whether that’s traveling the world with her husband or hiking the Rockies with her dog. Learn how setting up streams of passive income to achieve financial independence is more attainable than you think!


During this episode we enjoyed a M-43 Tart Strawberry by Old Nation Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jul 05, 2021
Friday Flight - Peak Inflation, Saving Money Sucks, & Insurance Scams #378
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: Bobby Bonilla made the wrong decision, keeping utility costs low during scorching heat, peak inflation with costs coming down, appreciating used cars, personal rates of inflation, saving money sucks, Peloton disabling treadmills, new Venmo fees, Gen Zers and Millennials are being targeted with new scams, high costs of title insurance, avoiding extended car warranties, student loan interest rates have increased, & book giveaway winners!


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Jul 02, 2021
How To Pay Less For Almost Everything #377
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Nobody enjoys paying full price- who doesn’t like scoring a sweet deal?! Yet many of us don’t think to do what it takes to pay less for the things that we buy. Whether it’s the fear of rejection or not wanting to be perceived as a cheapskate, there are a number of false narratives at play that are keeping us from pouncing on discounts. And it’s important to simultaneously keep in mind that, in the words of Michelle Singletary, “discounts make us dumb!” In the quest to pay less, it’s important to not fall victim to the ploys of marketers and advertising! We discuss all of these patterns of thinking, as well as the steps that we need to take in order to ensure that we’re getting the absolute best deal on almost everything.


During this episode we enjoyed an Origins by Crooked Stave! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jun 30, 2021
Ask HTM - Liability Limits on Car Insurance, Giving Unsolicited Investment Advice, & 15 vs 30 Year Mortgages #376
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo!


1 - How should we budget for a bi-weekly paycheck?

2 - Should I give unsolicited investing advice to my brother-in-law?

3 - Since I’m building up my net worth, should I increase my liability car insurance limits?

4 - Are I Bonds a good idea? (pronounced ‘eye’ bonds!)

5 - 15 or 30 year mortgages: which should I refinance to? And what are your thoughts on flipping houses?


During this episode we enjoyed a Seeing Green by Civil Society Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jun 28, 2021
Friday Flight - Reverse Cord-Cutting, Living Paycheck to Paycheck on 100k, & Putting Rent on a Credit Card #375
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: Costco mortgages, how you can raid our bookshelf, Advance Child Tax Credit, car rental gift card scams, high earners living paycheck to paycheck, reverse cord-cutting, investing (in) teenagers, more Zillow Offers, putting rent on a credit card, & keeping banks from closing your credit card.


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Jun 25, 2021
Is Lifestyle Creep Inevitable? #374
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Most everyone out there has heard of lifestyle creep, also known as lifestyle inflation. We define this phenomenon as the unconscious upgrading of our lifestyle and standard of living which ends up costing us more and more money. And aside from the ability of lifestyle creep to sneak up on us, one of the other dangers is that it is often difficult to turn back the clock and downgrade our standard of living! So we’re asking the question today- is lifestyle creep inevitable? In this episode we discuss some widespread examples of lifestyle creep in our society, why it happens, and how we can thwart lifestyle creep from derailing our personal finances.


During this episode we enjoyed a Hobnail by Urban Artifact Brewing- thanks Sondra for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jun 23, 2021
Crisis-Proofing Your Finances with Michelle Singletary #373
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Michelle Singletary is an award winning personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. She’s also a frequent contributor to NPR and she has also appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and CBS’ “The Early Show.” Michelle has written multiple books on personal finance and her latest book, “What To Do With Your Money When Crisis Hits,” was just published last month. Not only is it an incredible resource for folks who find themselves in difficult times, but it’s also chock-full of practical money advice to implement even during the best of times. It’s the kind of advice that your grandma would approve of! Listen as we get to talk with Michelle Singletary today and as we learn more about her book.


During this episode we enjoyed a Squeezebox by Urban Artifact Brewing- thanks Sondra for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jun 21, 2021
Friday Flight - Quitting Your Job, Micro Weddings, & A Hefty Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus #372
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: micro weddings are here to stay, The Great Resignation, increased employee benefits, acquiring new skills, solid 529 plans, parent PLUS loans are the worst, making millions from speed cameras, vehicles are lasting longer, spending more money on restaurants than groceries, and the best credit card sign-up bonus.


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Jun 18, 2021
Using Financial Stress to Your Advantage #371
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During today’s episode we’re going to explain how you need more financial stress in your life!.. Well, not quite, but we do think that the proper amount of stress in our lives can be helpful in achieving the money goals we’re pursuing. All things in moderation though- just like you want to avoid having too much of a good thing, we obviously want to avoid overwhelming stress in our lives. But the thing is, it’s oftentimes not even the stress itself that is bringing us down, but the negative coping mechanisms and habits that we turn to that can be the most destructive, and that can cost us the most. We believe that by reframing how you view stress and by putting it in the proper light, you can use financial stress to your advantage. Listen and we’ll explain how!


During this episode we enjoyed a Coconut Stout by Easy Chair Brewing Garage- thanks to Jess for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jun 16, 2021
Ask HTM - Stashing Money for 3-6 Years, Ways to Teach Kids About Investing, & Taxes on Summer Jobs #370
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We’re kicking off the week by answering listener questions! And if you have a question that you’d like for us to answer on the show, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo!


1 - Where do I put money for the next 3-6 years for a home purchase?

2 - What should I keep in mind as I’m considering becoming a financial counselor?

3 - Will our teenager need to file taxes for his summer job?

4 - Can I use my credit card as an emergency fund so I can invest my savings?

5 - What’s the best investment account for teaching kids about saving and investing?


During this episode we enjoyed a Peach Seltzer by Easy Chair Brewing Garage- thanks to Jess for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jun 14, 2021
Friday Flight - Free Fancy Phones, Inflation Surging, & Crypto in your 401k #369
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It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like: renting vs buying, actual cost of homeownership, inflation is surging, shrinkflation, post-pandemic spending sprees, how your 401(k) balance isn’t all yours, crypto in retirement accounts, free fancy phones, & Ally dropping overdraft fees.


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Jun 11, 2021
Saving for College is Overrated #368
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For most financially responsible parents out there, it’s not a question of if they should be saving for their kid’s college, but how much. Oftentimes parents are wondering how much they need to save in order to be performing their proper parental duty. But we’re taking a more counter cultural stance and are asking the question: should you be saving for college at all? We’re all about thinking in advance and ensuring that we’re properly saving and investing our money, but for a lot of folks, the answer is that they shouldn’t be putting any money towards their child’s future college expenses. Listen as we discuss the benefits of not saving for your kids college, when you can actually start putting funds away in a college fund, and then ways you can go about it properly.


During this episode we enjoyed a Coconut Stout by Easy Chair Brewing Garage- thanks to Jess for donating this one to the podcast! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jun 09, 2021
Jargon-Free Money Help with Two Cents #367
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For this episode we sit down for a great conversation with Philip Olson and Julia Lorenz-Olson. As a newly married couple, they transitioned from theatre kids fresh out of college, to money experts as Philip and Julia now own their own financial planning firm in Austin Texas. They also host the PBS YouTube channel Two Cents, where they tackle various personal finance topics ranging from ‘How Cars Keep You Poor’, to ‘Retiring in Your 30s’. Julia and Philip are able to channel their passion for acting and production into videos that inform and illustrate these money concepts in ways that are completely relatable- they make personal finance entertaining and easy to understand! Listen for how they got started in personal finance, why they started creating YouTube videos, and why everyone needs more empathy when it comes to financial planning.


During this episode we enjoyed a Big Le-Stout-ski by Bhramari Brewing! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!


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Jun 07, 2021
Friday Flight - Fix Your Car, The Solution to Overthinking, & What’s a Better Gift: Stocks or Flowers? #366