Stacking Benjamins: Your Gateway to Financial Independence

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 Jul 22, 2018

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Live, from Joe's mom's half-finished basement....listen to a parade of financial headlines, personal finance experts, creatives, and people with stories that inspire us. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, hosts Joe Saul-Sehy & OG meet at the card table and bring you guests, trivia, your letters about saving, investing, and risk management, and much more. Academy of Podcast winner for "best business podcast of the year," 2017 Plutus award winner for "best personal finance podcast," and Kiplinger magazine's only recommended personal finance podcast.

Episode Date
Managing Money During Emotional Times (with Dorie Fain)
01:05:25

Life transitions are always stressful, and can be more than a little scary. Oftentimes, it's not until we're settled back into a routine that we notice we haven't been on our money management game. Maybe we made some big decisions while emotional. Worse yet, maybe some of those decisions were irrevocable and now you're stuck. With all the big changes happening ourselves here in the basement we realized that talking about managing money during transitions might be long overdue. Coming down to the basement today to talk about money management during BIG life changes like a divorce or elderly family member moving to managed care, is Certified Financial Planner Dorie Fain.

First though, in our headlines segment we'll look at one insurance company with skyrocketing rates on a product that consumers love to use... and other companies are following suit. Are you in danger of rising premiums? We'll tackle that question, along with our second headline involving three retirement industry myths that won't seem to go away, even though we dispel them fairly often. What are they? What do they have to do with your planning? Sadly, maybe a lot.

Of course, we'll still have time to hear Doug's trivia, answer a voicemail from Dave who more knowledge on playing the credit card rewards game, AND answer letters from Constance and Dr. J.

Looking for something deeper than what we give you on the show? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter: The Stacker.

Thanks also to our favorite browser extension Honey for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Signup for FREE with joinhoney.com/SB Time calls Honey "basically free money." We agree.

Aug 20, 2018
Making Money Through Better Time Management (plus BIG news from Haven Life)
01:05:39

What's more important, money or time? While that answer is up for debate, one thing isn't: better time management will lead to making more money. So, how do you maximize your money AND your time? Helping us answer that question is money coach extraordinaire, Dorethia Kelly. Also joining the conversation today is basement regular, Len Penzo. And rounding out the crew today, from our very own podcast, is OG.

After we tackle time management, we'll be getting some big news from the life insurance front during our FinTech segment. How about some life insurance services that you can benefit from while you're still... alive? We're talking to long-time basement friend and CEO of Haven Life, Yaron Ben-Zvi, about some big changes coming to the company.

Still want more? We'll make time to answer Doug's trivia AND a voicemail. Once you have your financial house in order, what should you do with your extra savings? We'll answer Dan's question right after we figure out what Doug's trivia.

Thanks to Away for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to Awaytravel.com/sb and use the promo code sb to score $20 off your next suitcase!

Thanks also to Nutrafol. Get your first month supply with a subscription plan for $10 nutrafol.com and promo code SB

Aug 17, 2018
How to Be Boss and Take Control of Your Income
55:20

Think you're doing all you can to earn more money? Hoping to find ways to maybe squeeze a little more productivity out of your day? In today's inspirational episode, we're talking to Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson from the Being Boss podcast about what"being boss" really means. Whether you're working for someone else or have entrepreneurial blood, there's something today for everyone.

And in our headlines segment... should you lease a car for your teenager? It might sound like the craziest and dumbest idea at first, but don't shut it downbefore we look at the pros and cons of comparing a used (or even new) vehicle against a leased one for your teenager's first car. Plus, in our second headline, Angelina Jolie is accusing Brad Pitt of not paying his half of their kids' expenses. With millions of dollars between them, what's the big picture here?

Of course, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia... and then, in our letters segment, Bill suggests a new idea for the show...should Joe & OG change the format? Do something new? We may have just found our new hit show...

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Thanks to Slack for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Slack: Where work happens. Go to slack.com to learn more.

 

Aug 15, 2018
How Is a New Cryptocurrency Born?
01:01:45

While we're usually not crazy about jumping in the cryptocurrency Kool-aid, a new type of crypto just being birthed called Kinesis caught our eye. This emerging crypto is based on gold and silver...so already it sounds a little different, right? To learn more about Kinesis and just how a new cryptocurrency is birthed, we invited CEO of Kinesis, Thomas Coughlin down to the basement to give us the fundamentals. What makes them different? Why launch a new one when so many others already exist? How do you keep your crypto-money from being stolen? We'll ask these questions and many more today.

Then, in our headlines segment, Vanguard's Chief Investment Officer responds to Fidelity's new no-fee funds. While his answer might not surprise you, how we think this correlates to you and your money just might be a surprise. In our second headline, Wells Fargo has beat back another lawsuit...this one having to do with target date funds.

Of course, we'll still have time for not only Doug's trivia, but also to answer a voicemail from John, who wants to know what advice we'd give someone who isn't sure how to crystalize their long-term goals.

Thanks to Slack for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Slack: Where work happens. Go to slack.com to learn more.

Thanks also to Nutrafol. Get your first month supply with a subscription plan for $10 nutrafol.com and promo code SB

Aug 13, 2018
How Hardcore Are Your Money Habits? (plus an intro to CNote!)
01:10:34

Are you known as the "frugal" friend in your circle? Think you're 100% on board when it comes to managing your finances? You'll have a chance to put that to the test today, because our roundtable is discussing (and sharing their own stories on) hardcore money decisions. Helping us out today is special guest from The  PhysicianWealthServices.com, Ryan Inman... PLUS two of our basement favorites: Paula Pant and Len Penzo.

Then, in our Fintech segment, we're super excited to talk to Catherine Berman from CNote. Not only does CNote pay higher interest rates currently than a regular savings account, but you'll also be investing in local communities. How does it work? We'll go through it step by step with Cat (and you can check out our link below to CNote for more information).

And of course, if you're hungry like the wolf for trivia, we'll still have time for Doug.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Thanks to Harry’s for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get your Trial Set – go to Harrys.com/sb

Aug 10, 2018
She Paid Off $18,410 Of Debt In 7 Months
55:00

We LOVE success stories, and today we're talking to one woman with a great one. She set out to pay off over $18,000 of debt in a single year. But what happened? She actually did it in just over half that time: seven months. Sounds good? We thought so too, so we called up Jenni Zepol to see just how she did it. The great news? Many of you may be able to follow her tactics and do it also.

Plus, in our headlines segment one whistleblower claims she was fired for raising red flags about her employer's alternative investment sales. While we're not going to set out to prove or disprove her claims, we will draw a point on why it's important to make sure your advisor is always acting as a fiduciary while helping you handle your finances. And in our second headline, one Florida teacher quit his job to become a 6-figure earning personal shopper. Any lessons we can learn there? Absolutely.

We'll also have time to answer a listener letter, and don't you worry, we'll also dish out a dose of Doug's trivia.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Thanks to RXBAR for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get 25% off your first order at RXbar.com/sb, Promo Code: SB.

Aug 08, 2018
Fidelity Drops TWO Zero Fees Funds Into the Market
01:00:44

We've said for awhile that the fee game is a "race to the bottom," and last week....we reached the bottom. Fidelity dropped some big news in the financial world last week: not only did they slash a bunch of fees, they also introduced two no-fee mutual funds. What does it mean? How does these new funds work? We've got you covered. First, we'll talk to the VP of Retirement for Fidelity, Ken Hevert, for more information on the company's latest move, and later in the show, OG and Joe will break down what this might mean for you and your money. PLUS, during our headlines segment we'll dig into a Wall Street Journal report covering how one big bank is still finding new ways to surprise their customers... and not in a good way. And during the Haven Life Line we're talking to Colin about Roth and Traditional 401ks. What's the best way to use them so he can retire early?

Don't worry, we'll still have time for a Doug's trivia and to answer a listener letter from Kurt. With a baby on the way, what should Kurt and his wife be doing to be financially prepared?

Thanks to Away for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to Awaytravel.com/sb and use the promo code sb to score $20 off your next suitcase!

Thanks to Harry’s for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get your Trial Set – go to Harrys.com/sb

Aug 06, 2018
How Not To $#&* Yourself When Taking Out A Loan (plus an intro to Current)
01:04:03

Most people borrow money at some point, but how do we pick out good loans from bad loans? To help us figure out which loans are best, we're bringing down our usual suspects: from AffordAnything.com, Paula Pant; from our very own basement, OG; and from LenPenzo.com... Len Penzo. And halfway through the show we're talking to the founder of Current, Stuart Sopp, who's setting out to help parents teach their kids about money and the dangers of using plastic. We'll also answer a student loan/investment question question from Eli, and still have time for Doug's trivia.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Thanks to Stamps.com for supporting Stacking Benjamins. For a 4 week trial (that includes a digital scale and postage) go to Stamps.com, click on the microphone at the top of the homepage, and enter SB. 

Aug 03, 2018
Your Favorite Money Podcasters LIVE From Podcast Movement
01:21:02

We're coming to you (mostly) live from Podcast Movement! Joe caught up with some of our favorite podcasters and friends and interviewed them live right from the event floor. We have an action-packed episode featuring Gwen Mertz in our headlines, and then interviews from Jordan Harbinger, Phillip Taylor, and Vincent Pugliese, plus an awesome roundtable segment featuring Mindy Jensen from Bigger Pockets, Joel Larsgaard from Pour Not Poor, and Chris Browning from Popcorn Finance.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Thanks to Emperor Investments for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Go to emperorinvests.com/sb and select "Stacking Benjamins podcast" when asked how you heard about the show.

Aug 01, 2018
How Do I Build a Stream of Retirement Money?
51:11

Have you been waiting for us to answer your letter? It's your lucky day because we're dedicating today's show to answering your questions. We're covering diversification, retirement, investing, Fintech, dividends and everything in between on our special letters episode.

Before we get to your letters, In our headlines segment we're taking a look at emergency funds and long-term care dollars. Are you thinking  about cutting corners and that maybe you can get by day-to-day without some sort of emergency fund? That could spell some bad news down the road. And in our second headline we'll spend a few minutes talking about proper planning for long-term care. The costs can pile on quicker than you think, and deciding your strategy isn't easy.

Plus, it's National Cheesecake Day! Doug's all excited, and so are we. Plus, in honor of Henry Ford's birthday, we'll have some Ford-related trivia that even if you aren't a car buff, you JUST might know the answer to...

Thanks to Stamps.com for supporting Stacking Benjamins. For a 4 week trial (that includes a digital scale and postage) go to Stamps.com, click on the microphone at the top of the homepage, and enter SB. 

Thanks to Emperor Investments for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Go to emperorinvests.com/sb and select "Stacking Benjamins podcast" when asked how you heard about the show.

Jul 30, 2018
Do I Have an Unhealthy Relationship With Money? (plus an intro to Zeta)
01:15:43

There are many ways to have a not-so-great relationship with the fuel that helps you reach your goals. You can spend too much, never spend anything...and much more. What IS a healthy relationship, and what does it look like? There are a lot of warning signs, but that doesn't mean it's an easy problem to fix. On today's show, our contributors, Jen Smith from the FrugalFriendsPodcast.com, Roger Whitney (the Retirement Answer Man) from RogerWhitney.com, and Paula Pant from AffordAnything.com, will tackle their relationships with money (both the good and the bad).

Plus, during our Friday FinTech segment, we're excited to talk to Aditi Shekar from Zeta. Mastering your relationship with money is hard enough on your own, it only gets more intense when you add someone else to the picture. Zeta helps couples (whether married, roommates, living together, or living apart) master their money through a mix of technology and good old-fashioned advice.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Thanks also to RXBAR for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get 25% off your first order at RXbar.com/sb, Promo Code: SB.

Jul 27, 2018
Investing In Your Vices (with Jordan Waldrep)
01:13:45

You've probably heard of impact investing, but... have you heard of vice funds? The concept is similar to impact investing, but instead of good causes, vice fund invests in those other sectors of the market....like cigarettes, gambling, and alcohol. Interested yet? We hope so, because today, to talk more on vice funds, mom's invited the guy that's right in the middle of this sector to share ideas, stories, and his investing strategy, Jordan Waldrep.

Then, in our headlines segment, we'll call our friend JJ Montenaro from USAA, who has some disturbing news on the life insurance front. Why don't many people buy life insurance? We'll talk coverage, strategies, and life insurance myths on today's podcast. Plus, we'll discuss one piece covering the "lessons learned" from a big Hollywood divorce.

We'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Tyler. Tyler's wife is going back to school to get her master's degree. Could they open up a 529 plan and use it right away for the tax credit? We'll also answer a letter from Paul. He wants to separate from service soon and retire, but most of his 401k funds are with a prior employer. Does he need to roll that money over before he separates so that he has money to live on before 59 and 1/2?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Thanks to RXBAR for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get 25% off your first order at RXbar.com/sb, Promo Code: SB.

Jul 25, 2018
Doing Well By Doing Good...with Real Estate (with Eddie Lorin)
59:05

At least one real estate investor is doing his best work by bringing affordable real estate to the masses. From ImpactHousing.com, we welcome Eddie Lorin, who'll share how you can purchase and create real estate opportunities that in his words, "do well by doing good." We'll also talk about real estate in different areas of the country and about trends in real estate investing and rehabilitation. Whether you're a seasoned real estate investor or a newbie, there'll be something for you to like.

In our headlines segment... do you think emergency funds are overrated? If you're not setting money aside for the unexpected (it's called an "emergency fund" after all), you might find yourself hitching rides from Neighbor Doug just to show up at work on time. Plus, in our second headline, should we be worried about the cost of a long-term care stay? One publication suggests we should be estimating and funding long-term care a little differently.

Then, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Derrick and his wife, who need to reduce their tax liability. What are their options? Don't worry though. We promise to save time to answer a letter and also swallow a dose of Doug's icy trivia.

Thanks to Slack for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Slack: Where work happens. Go to slack.com to learn more.

Thanks also to our favorite browser extension Honey for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Signup for FREE with joinhoney.com/SB Time calls Honey "basically free money." We agree.

Jul 23, 2018
What Do Money Bloggers Owe Their Audience? (plus a BIG update from Tiller)
01:26:50

Should financial bloggers and financial podcasters who tout that they're "retired" share the WHOLE story with their audience? Plus, if they're managing a successful blog or podcast, how "retired" are they actually? Additionally....does it matter to a reader or listener if the writer/podcaster is actually retired, if their information is on point? We'll tackle a great article on this topic from Tanja Hester from the Our Next Life blog with our special guest, CFP Dana Anspach from SensibleMoney.com.

We'll also say hello to Tiller CEO Peter Polson in our Friday FinTech segment, who shares some BIG changes to his company's spreadsheet budgeting and money tracking apps. Then we'll answer a question from a listener about investing, worry over Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Thanks to Away for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to Awaytravel.com/sb and use the promo code sb to get $20 off a suitcase!

 

Jul 20, 2018
Welcome to Stacking Hamiltons! (w/ Rosemarie Groner)
01:17:12

And you thought you knew us! WELCOME TO THE STACKING HAMILTONS SHOW!!!! According to Doug's crazy holiday calendar we're celebrating National Hamilton's Day. It's your lucky today because today we're bringing you a show stock full of tips on how to save Hamiltons fora rainy day. Rosemarie Groner from BusyBudgeter.com, stopped by the basement to hand deliver 10 tips to save $10 in 10 minutes minutes or less. PLUS, during our headlines segment, we're talking to the COO of popular money and budgeting app, Clarity Money. I know. We're about three quarters as excited as you are.

And during our Haven Life Line segment, we'll answer a question from Tracy about paying her daughter. Does her business need to show an expense report for paying her daughter even though Tracy put it in an Roth IRA?Then during our letters segment we'll answer Corey's question about his retirement progress. How's he doing? Of course, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Thanks to Slack for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Slack: Where work happens. Go to slack.com to learn more.

 

Jul 18, 2018
How I Retired Early: A Case Study w/ Fritz Gilbert
01:19:04

Do you ever find yourself sitting around wondering how someone retires early? Good news... we've been wondering the same thing. To answer answer all of our (and your!) questions about early retirement, we invited the man who has not only done it himself, but has been teaching other people to do it too, from TheRetirementManifesto.com, Fritz Gilbert.

Speaking of wonder....have you wondered how you can win that "free" luxury car in the mall? Ever think about writing down your information for a chance to win? As you've probably expected, there's a catch... and we'll share what it is on today's podcast. Plus, during the second headline, we'll cover why you shouldn't be so afraid of A.I. managing your money. We'll dive into what more AI means to the pros, and we think you'll like their point of view.

Then we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Stevan, who calls in with a question about target-date funds. What should someone be looking at when they're trying to determine if a target-date fund is a good investment? Of course, we'll still have time to answer a letter from college student Tyler, who recently downloaded Acorns. Still being young, how should he be investing his money? And don't your worry, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

Thanks to Slack for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Slack: Where work happens. Go to slack.com to learn more.

Thanks to Away for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to Awaytravel.com/sb and use the promo code sb to score $20 off your next suitcase!

 

Jul 15, 2018
Answer These 3 Questions About Money To Enrich Your Life (plus an intro to eBlocker)
01:05:56

It always pays to start with the end in mind, which may seem difficult, but one recent piece suggests that answering a few questions will help you crystalize your goals. For example, do you know what you'd do with your life if money wasn't an issue? What would your life's goals and aspirations be? What would change? To help answer today's big questions we invited Crystal Hammond from the SophisticatedSpender.com to join us, along with regular contributors Paula Pant from AffordAnything.com and Len Penzo from LenPenzo.com

Halfway through the show we'll talk to Kevin Ells from eBlocker. Tired of being tracked online? Want to stop companies from price discriminating against you? We'll talk to Kevin about eBlocker's nifty hardware that'll help you take back your privacy online.

We'll also save time for Doug's Friday the 13th trivia segment, and of course, we'll answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Mrs. Anonymous and her husband are starting a small local business as a side-hobby, with the possibility of scaling up to an online store. Should they start an LLC right away, or wait until they have some growth?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Thanks also to our favorite browser extension Honey for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Signup for FREE with joinhoney.com/SB. Time calls Honey "basically free money." We agree.

Jul 13, 2018
How To Slash Your Investing Risk (with Chris Cook)
01:10:46

Investing can be scary, especially if you're just starting out. What if your money evaporates overnight? What if some unforeseen event happens and my investments are wiped out? And with most of us relying on our investments to get us through retirement years, to pay for college, or other goals, it's natural to be worried. While we can't totally eliminate investment risk, we can do a pretty good job reducing risk... if you know how. That's why we're bringing the author of Slash Your Retirement Risk, Chris Cook, down to the basement. We'll talk to Chris about how you can make practical, safe investments to see you through your retirement years, and still keep the money rolling while you do it.

Then our headlines segment, UBS has been ordered to pay out millions in a Puerto Rico bonds claim. Plus, during our second headline we cross over to the other side and hear the confessions of a debt collector. Of course that's not all!  We'll throw out the Haven Life line to Mike, who has a pile of cash to invest. He already has a few ideas, but wants to know what we think. And in our letters segment Willis wants to know if taking the tax hit for a backdoor Roth contribution with his two rollover IRAs is worth it. Thoughts? And don't you worry, we'll still have time for Doug's trivia.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Thanks to Slack for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Slack: Where work happens. Go to slack.com to learn more.

 

Jul 11, 2018
Fun & Games and Wiping Out Your Student Loan Debt (with Michael Torpey and Natalia Abrams)
01:00:18

A game show made to wipe out student debt? That's right...coming to Tru TV is a new game show that's made specifically for that reason. If you're anything like millions of other people, you've probably had (or still have) the pleasure of dealing with student loans. Between ongoing bills and wallet stretching emergencies, it may seem like there's never enough money to go around. So what do you do? Coming to the basement to discuss the student loan epidemic, and to help YOU pay off some of your debt on his new show called Paid Off with Michael Torpey, we welcome....Michael Torpey. Also joining us is one of the people helping to lead the charge for student loan debt reform, the executive director of Student Debt Crisis, Natalia Abrams.

In our headlines segment, how would you like to get thousands of dollars for painting your front door? Okay... while it's not THAT simple, the idea still stands. New statistics show that painting your front door is one of the most cost-effective methods of increasing your home's value. And in our second piece, one ATM had over $17,000 shredded...and you won't believe how it happened.

And then, during the Haven Life Line, Kurt wants to know about jobs (other than a financial advisor of course) that deal with helping others financially. Of course, we'll still answer a letter, have time for Doug's trivia, and much more.

Thanks to Slack for supporting Stacking Benjamins.  Slack: Where work happens. Go to slack.com to learn more.

Thanks also to our favorite browser extension Honey for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Signup for FREE with joinhoney.com/SB Time calls Honey "basically free money." We agree.

Jul 09, 2018
Starting Your Rental Real Estate Empire with Brandon Turner (SB RWD 79)
01:06:49

Looking to jump into real estate? We're rolling back the clock to the time we talked to Brandon Turner from the award-winning real estate site, Bigger Pockets. He'll talk about purchasing, managing tenants and building wealth.

We'll also cover a couple of headlines about some hacks to make your life easier, and the deadly financial sins to avoid if you're not keen on handing your money over to crooks. Of course, we'll also answer some letters, get a dose of Doug's trivia, and much much more. 

The original show notes can be found HERE.

Jul 04, 2018
Rocking Your Debt Cleanse with Nick Clements, Mandi Woofruff and Tiffany the Budgetnista (SB RWD 78)
01:20:34

Griffin the Intern (the "FinTern")  takes us back to our debt-curing discussion with MagnifyMoney CEO Nick Clements and MagnifyMoney Executive Editor Mandi Woodruff. Still in the wake of the holiday buying season, Nick and Mandi shared some good strategies on paying down debt.

We also take your letters, learn French with Matilda and Devin Carrol, and get a surprise visit from Tiffany the Budgetnista. Of course, it's a full episode of the show....so there's much, much more! Enjoy!

You can find the original show notes HERE.

This episode originally aired January 11, 2017. Enjoy!

Jul 02, 2018
Make Mistakes and Still Find Financial Independence (plus an intro to Mason)
01:06:42

When you've made some mistakes in your past, how do you get back on track for financial independence? Is there ever a "too" late? Is financial independence out of reach for those of us who started late? Helping us answer those questions and more is special guest Gwen Mertz from the FireDrillPodcast.com. Also rounding out our contributors for today is Len Penzo, of LenPenzo.com fame, and our very own OG.

And midway through the show we'll take a few minutes to stop and talk about seniors selling life insurance policies before they lapse. Know a senior struggling to pay to keep a life insurance policy in check...or worse yet, letting one lapse? We've invited Felix from Mason Finance down to the basement to give you the lowdown on selling off insurance for cash before it lapses or if you don't need it.

We'll also have time for Doug's trivia, and of course, we'll answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Should Ryan focus on investing into his taxable brokerage account first or his 401k?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Thanks to Stamps.com for supporting Stacking Benjamins. For a 4 week trial (that includes a digital scale and postage) go to Stamps.com, click on the microphone at the top of the homepage, and enter SB. 

Jun 29, 2018
Kiné Corder on the Relationship Between Money, Happiness, and Your Personality
01:09:52

Kiné Corder joins us to tackle some of the biggest money issues...our own money personality. Mom says all the time to "know yourself," and Kine will help you dive into your money traits so that you can rely more on your strengths and cover your weaknesses. We'll discuss spenders, blamers, artists, presidents and more on today's show!

In our headlines segment, how would you feel if you had to skip important medical care due to high costs? That's what almost HALF the diabetics in the USA are facing, according to one publication. What should someone do in this situation? In our second headline, brokerage firm Merrill Lynch is re-evaluating their commission ban inside retirement accounts. What does that mean for your money? Will other firms follow suit? We'll also tackle that today.

Of course we'll still throw out the Haven Life line to Eric and Amy. While their neighborhood is great, the school district isn't. Should Eric and Amy start looking at another neighborhood or consider private school? Of course, we'll also have time for Doug's trivia.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Thanks to Emperor Investments for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to emperorinvests.com/sb and select "Stacking Benjamins podcast" when asked how you heard about the show.

Jun 27, 2018
You CAN Stick To The Plan (with Nicole Lapin)
01:15:12

New York Times bestselling author Nicole Lapin is someone (maybe like you, and definitely like me) who wasn't taught money lessons growing up. However, different than many people, she's been able to create and stick to a money plan. She's been recognized two years running as the #1 money guru at site GoBankingRates.com, and now she's with us teaching YOU how to stick to the plan. Even if it's difficult. Even if you don't think you can...she'll talk about money myths, truths, and probably more than a few board games.

In our headlines segment we're taking a special look at annuities. Could they be a better option than bonds? One popular financial piece says they are. Plus, in our second headline we're looking at what's going on with the fiduciary rule. Is it dead...or could new rules be on the horizon? Then, after a small break for Doug's trivia we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Jenny, who wants to know what type of investments she should use to live on before the normal retirement age. Similarly, in our letters segment, Andrew and his wife want to retire by 55. What should they be doing to make that happen?

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Jun 25, 2018
5 Fun Ways To Teach Kids About Money (Plus Advice From TIAA for Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles)
01:19:02

Do you know any kids already bored with summer? Know someone who needs some help breaking down basic finance for the kiddos? You're in luck because today we're talking kids and money. Joining us today, from the National Bank of Mom, is our new friend Maggie. ...and back for another round, from FamZoo, we welcome Bill Dwight. And rounding out our roundtable, from ConnieAlbers.com, we welcome Connie Albers. They'll talk about many ideas to brighten your summer and help your children grasp money concepts at the same time. It'll make a better summer for both them AND you.

Don't have children? We thought about you, too, and invited Kate Ryan from TIAA to join us to share tips for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and money savvy friends. We'll talk about everything from sharing money stories to helping a child start a summer business or save a few dollars.

Of course, we'll answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline.  Nicole wants to take her family on a vacation. What are the best places to be consider, and what should she be watching out for?

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Jun 22, 2018
What's Not To Like About a 401k Loan? (Your Letters)
01:04:27

Mail call! Today we're ripping open your letters and answering tons of your questions.  We'll share our thoughts on 401k loans, improving your credit, saving money... and much, much more.

And during out headlines segment we're looking at Vanguard's 401k changes and... an article about millennial saving habits. It appears that many millennials think they're either going to retire early or not at all. As Joe's mom would say, "that doesn't sound good." It isn't...and bigger problems lie in the details of this story. 

Plus we're throwing out the Haven Life line to Heather. With the possibility of Student Loan Forgiveness on the horizon, how much money should Heather be putting towards her loan? And with debt to pay off, what's some good advice for getting on track for retirement?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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Jun 20, 2018
When Retirement Seems Impossible (with Dr. Steve Wendel from Morningstar)
01:03:19

Invest there, save here, charge this, spend that... what's behind our financial decision making? We might not personally have all of those answer, but we know someone who does. Coming down to the basement is the head of behavioral science at Morningstar, Steve Wendel. Morningstar has some alarming statistics about retirement, and Dr. Wendel will present eight different ways to solve some potentially big problems in your future.

And in our headlines segment... is the market about to take a tumble? We'll discuss why analysts think the market is about to endure a shake-up, and what you should be doing about it. In our second headline we're turning our attention to cryptocurrency. If only 2% of planners seeing the crypto as a viable investment option, should we be paying any attention to it?

Then, after Doug's trivia, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Blake who's asking about "play" money. After someone uses a "sandbox" account, do they replenish the fund? And in our letters segment we answer the question: What should you do with your cash if you're saving for a big purchase in the next year?

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Jun 18, 2018
Why The Joneses Will Bankrupt You (plus an intro to the WELA app)
01:12:41

On Wednesday we talked about what goes into picking the right financial advisor. You'd want to be sure of the person your entrusting with your financials, after all. But would you trust a financial advisor who's a couple of decades younger than you? We're asking that same question to our wonderful panel of contributors: special guest Shannon Mclay (from Financially-Blonde.com), Len Penzo (from LenPenzo.com), and Paula Pant from Afford Anything. PLUS, in a second Friday headline, living next to a lottery winner makes YOU more likely to go broke. What's up with that?

And halfway through the show we're taking a break to talk to Matt Reiner from Wela, the all-in-one budget app. Wela can track your daily spending, group transactions, and the app's AI, Benjamin, can answer any questions you may have about your money.

Of course, we'll answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline.  Julianne works on commission... how can she make a useful budget on a variable income? Also, should we be waiting on the market to go on sale before we buy more stocks?

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Jun 15, 2018
How To Avoid the Wrong Financial Planner (with Stephanie McCullough)
01:01:55

The hardest part of hiring a financial planner? Making sure you pick the right one! That's why today we're welcoming the CEO of Sofia Financial, Stephanie McCullough. She's not only sharing her insider tips on what to look for with the right financial planner, but what to look out for from potentially the WRONG financial planner.

In our headlines segment, one start-up blockchain CEO is claiming that Bitcoin isn't the holy grail that people may hope. BUT, he does think that bitcoin, along with their own digital currency, each have their own niche where they're needed. What should you do with your own crypto strategy? We'll tackle that today. Plus, we'll feature a new investment that promises a steady 7% annual distribution rate... what's the catch? We'll dive in during our headlines.

We'll also throw out the Haven Life line to Lee who recently left his job to work for himself. How does that impact his retirement and investment plans? What should he be doing with his 401k now? Of course, we'll also have time for Doug's trivia and answer a listener letter.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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Jun 13, 2018
Getting InvestED (with Phil Town)
01:04:13

How do you take control of your money and start investing? Danielle Town had a famous dad in the investing world, Phil Town, and didn't want anything to do with her father....to the point that she didn't want to invest money the way he did. Instead, she decided to stick her money in a savings account and hopefully grow it. Today we're happy to have Phil Town with us, to discuss not only the biographical parts of the early book, but about getting brave with your money and learning how to invest. We'll ask about Dave Ramsey's 12% rule, investing like Warren Buffett, and more.

In our headlines segment, we'll talk about one expert who has been repeatedly quoted by media outlets. How many times have we heard about what's going to happen to the economy next week according to the experts? As it turns out, one expert in particular has a big secret: he doesn't even exist. What's that all about? We'll dive into what it all means during our headlines. And in lieu of a second headline, we're taking an inside look into what Doug does when he's not on the mic... you might be a little surprised.

Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Andy, who's wondering what he should do with his extra cash from his recently paid off mortgage.  How should he invest his additional funds for a positive gain for further financial independence?

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Jun 11, 2018
What Was Your Money Epiphany? (plus an intro to Status Money)
01:08:59

What was your big money epiphany? Was it realizing you were paying for a car that was way too expensive? Or that even  though you're cashing in with a nice job you're still living paycheck to paycheck? Maybe, if you're like Doug, you're still waiting on your big money epiphany. Joining us to share their own money epiphanies are our time-tested contributors: Len Penzo (from LenPenzo.com), Paula Pant from Afford Anything, and our very own OG.

And halfway through the show we'll take a break and talk to Majd Maksad from Status Money. It's only natural you'll be curious about how other people like you are handling their money, or how far along the financial independence path they are. Status Money will let you compare your finances to millions of people like you.

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline.  Dustin has his annual review coming up and wants to provide a solid case on why he should be getting mo-money. Are there any good resources out there he can use? We'll share at least one resource: our experience.

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Jun 08, 2018
Taking Drastic Action to Pay Down $120k of Debt (with Aja McClanahan)
01:07:34

Would you move your family to the rough part of Chicago to pay down debt and improve the neighborhood? Coming down to the basement is one woman who did just that...Aja McClanahan. After making the difficult decision to take drastic action, Aja and her family paid off a whopping $120,000 in debt. Think you could do the same? Aja will share her inspiring story about how her family took action and wiped out their debt.

In our headlines segment, we'll share one crazy headline about a woman who paid $7,000 for toilet paper. She's gotten her refund... two months later, but how in the world do we make sure that doesn't happen to us? And if it does, what do we do? PLUS, we'll get a special visit from our close friend at Buzz Indexes, Jamie Wise.

We'll also throw out the Haven Life lineto Tony. Tony's wife is teaching some classes at the local rec center this summer. How should they handle their extra income? Do they need to set up an LLC? We'll also answer another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia question, and more.

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Jun 06, 2018
The Highs and Lows of Real Estate Investing (with Dana Bull)
01:02:49

Ever thought about getting into real estate, but didn't know what to expect? Our featured guest, Dana Bull, has seen just about everything when it comes to acquiring, rehabbing, and renting properties as a real estate investor. She's acquired dozens of properties before reaching the age of 28. We invited Dana down to the basement so she could share all the highs and lows she's experienced along the way.

Plus in our headlines segment, we turn our attention to a challenge women face when changing jobs. It turns out, when it comes to small 401k balances, women are much more likely to cash out than man. And in our second headline we're talking to Laura Boylan from Haven Life about the state of the life-insurance industry. The industry is facing challenges in enrolling more families in life insurance, what's the deal?

After we get through Doug's trivia question, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Rob who wants to share his own financial book recommendations. And today we saved the best for last with a letter from David who is complaining about Joe and MoneyBall.

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Jun 04, 2018
Did We Miss the Debt Panic Memo? (plus an intro to Swell)
01:06:23

Are you frazzled because you still have debt to pay off? Is it because your debt is spiraling out of control, or maybe because it's at a high interest rate? We'll talk about approaching debt on today's podcast. Plus, during our second headline we're packing into a van and hitting the open road. That's exactly what retired NFL player Joe Hawley decided to do after he left the league earlier this year. What's your big plan for retirement? Helping us tackle these headlines, from TheWealthHound.com, is our new friend Jason. Also joining the discussion today are our regular contributors, Len Penzo (from LenPenzo.com) and Paula Pant from Afford Anything.

And halfway through the show we'll take a break and talk to David Fanger from Swell. Yes, we need to save and invest for our retirement, but does that mean we have to turn a blind eye to the impact we're making? We'll talk to David about not only investing in ourselves, but investing in companies that are being socially responsible and making an impact.

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. What's the best way for an interested sixteen year old to jump into the world of finance?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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Jun 01, 2018
From Shopaholic to Money Ninja (with Michelle Bobrow)
59:50

She struggled with credit card debt, student loans, and more, but now Michelle Bobrow's not only a money ninja...she'll help teach you how to manage your money better on today's episode. We'll talk about Michelle's early days of spending mistakes (that may sound like mistakes many of us have made), plus lessons she learned while working on Wall Street. 

Our first headline covers the one fifteen minute hack one publication says you should implement if you want to manage your money better. Wonder what it is? You won't be disappointed, although it may not be what you think. Also, we'll tackle news that everything is getting more expensive more quickly than before. Ever wonder how inflation actually works? We'll explain that and more on today's show. Plus, we're  throw out the Haven Life line to Mollie, who's wondering which insurance plan is better: should they use her plan which has smaller premiums, or her husbands, which has smaller deductibles when you use the coverage? We'll also another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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May 30, 2018
Business For Bohemians (with Tom Hodgkinson)
01:05:32

Ever think about bringing some exciting new concept to the world, but you're turned off by the seemingly all-consuming WIN WIN WIN attitude some full time business people exude? Today's guest is perfect for you, because Tom Hodgkinson (owner and operator of The Idler) loves the idea of a bohemian business, and will tell us the bare minimum that a lifestyle business owner needs to know to make sure that you can enjoy your life, your art, and also maybe family and friends.

In our headlines segment, we turn our attention to a new study that shows female advisors are growing their businesses faster than their male counterparts. Are women better advisors? We'll talk about what people REALLY want from their advisor on today's podcast. Plus, Amazon is offering $5,000 for employees to quit their job. Why would a company offer money for employees to leave? We'll have your answer and what it means for your money on today's show!

After Doug's Memorial Day trivia question, we'll throw out the Haven Life Line to Michael and answer his question about the best course of action with your money when you have a big purchase coming up in a few years. Of course, we'll still have a listener letter from the mailbag... which today is Sam's question: should he and his wife move their money from a taxable brokerage account to the Roth IRA they haven't been using?

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May 28, 2018
Can Retirement Ruin Your Relationships? (Plus an intro to Payitoff.io)
01:06:26

Looking forward to retirement? We make plans so we CAN retire, but have you ever thought about what you'll be doing once you actually get there? We'll discuss how your relationships, and marriage, can be impacted in your post-work life. In a rare second Friday headline, we're continuing the retirement discussion with a look at finding new hobbies and passions during your retired life. When Joe Hawley retired from the NFL he moved into a van and hit the open road, what's going to be your story? Joining us today to share his thoughts on retirement, from YourMoneyGeek.com, is special guest Michael Dinich. Michael will be joined by our (fantastic) regular contributors, Len Penzo from LenPenzo.com and Paula Pant from Afford Anything.

And halfway through the show we'll take a break and talk to Bobby Matson from PayItOff. Still paying off your student loans? Wish you could pay the loans off faster? Make sure to check out today's Fintech segment because you'll love our interview with Bobby.

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Ethan and his girlfriend are shopping around for car insurance. They're also planning on buying a house and starting a family in the next couple of years. Should he get all the insurance he needs under one roof? Maybe through a broker?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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May 25, 2018
Your Summer Theme Park Savings Guide (with Robert Niles)
58:22

It's officially summer for us when Robert Niles (from Theme Park Insider) drops by for our annual look at theme parks around the country. Going on vacation this summer? We'll have all the answers about fantastic deals, making the most of your money, the best new rides... and of course, rides and locations that you would do best to avoid.

Our first headline may give you second thoughts before you decide to "take advantage" of company benefits. We'll cover how 200 workers were fired from Fidelity for abusing company benefits. Ouch. In our second headline we're asking the question: "How would you like to slash the length of your 30-year mortgage?" We'll tackle one writer's (convoluted) idea. Plus, we're  throw out the Haven Life line to Alan, who wants to know the pros and of cons of  having a simple IRA over a solo 401k. Should he switch? We'll also another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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May 23, 2018
You NEED More Money (with Matt Manero)
01:03:32

Think you have enough money? If you ask our featured guest Matt Manero, lots of people are walking around assuming they have enough (or enough for now) and they couldn't be more wrong. He says there's a good chance that you NEED more money. On today's show we're talking to Matt about protecting your downside, growing your income why you do NOT have to be the boss to get ahead, and more.

In our headlines segment, we turn our eyes to Tori Spelling's financial woes. Are you building good money habits? It turns out that no amount of money will ever be "enough" if you don't have a plan behind your money. In our second headline, we're talking to Stuart Ritter of T. Rowe Price. Do people that work in the gig economy pay more attention to their money than people working for "the man?" We'll have the answer to that question and more on today's headlines. We'll also answer another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia question, and answer a Haven Life Line (plus have a bunch of fun while were at it) on today's show.

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May 21, 2018
Find More Time and Money (plus an intro to Tomorrow)

Ever think about moving? What if someone PAID you to move? Would you do it? ...and how about having more time in the day? Today we'll discuss cities and towns that'll pay you to relocate AND the secret behind having enough time in your day. We're joined by Rocky Lalvani (from the Richer Soul podcast) along with our Monday/Wednesday co-shot OG.

Halfway through the show we'll take a break from our discussion and talk to Dave from Tomorrow. Have you ever got around to creating a will for your family? Tomorrow enables you to create a plan for your family... all through your phone.

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Spencer is starting a graduate program later this year. Should he put his extra summer income towards his Roth as usual, or save it and put it towards his loans?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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May 18, 2018
Find More Time and Money (plus an intro to Tomorrow)
01:05:45

Ever think about moving? What if someone PAID you to move? Would you do it? ...and how about having more time in the day? Today we'll discuss cities and towns that'll pay you to relocate AND the secret behind having enough time in your day. We're joined by Rocky Lalvani (from the Richer Soul podcast) along with our Monday/Wednesday co-shot OG.

Halfway through the show we'll take a break from our discussion and talk to Dave from Tomorrow. Have you ever got around to creating a will for your family? Tomorrow enables you to create a plan for your family... all through your phone.

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Spencer is starting a graduate program later this year. Should he put his extra summer income towards his Roth as usual, or save it and put it towards his loans?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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May 18, 2018
Bozos, Monsters... and Other Financial Planners (with Lorraine Ell)
01:03:50

We're welcoming to the basement the author of "Bozos, monsters and whiz-bangs," Lorraine Ell. Do you have a bad financial advisor story? On today's show Lorraine shares some absolute horror stories with us. Advisors churning accounts? Counselors telling you to sell when the market is in the tank? We'll talk about these and more on today's show (plus what to do if your advisor is dishing out some of this horrible advice!).

In our headlines segment, things are getting a wild in the basement. We'll talk about a guy who discovered a bank glitch. Think he did the right thing? We'll talk about how he exploited the glitch to the tune of a few million dollars...and eventually might have learned a valuable lesson (or not). Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Bill, who is trying to figure out the various contribution limits for him and his wife. We'll also answer another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia question, and more.

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May 16, 2018
How One Frugal Secretary Saved Millions (and your letters)
54:23

Mail Call! Today we're answering your questions about IRAs, tackle how to calculate a rate of return, dive in to Vanguard's new factor based funds.... and much, much more.

In our headlines segment we turn out heads to secret millionaires. Why do people keep their millionaire status a secret? Would you? In our first headline we'll talk about how one secretary (and others) hunkered down and kept their investments a secret. Plus, are HSA enrollments stalling? We'll talk numbers and the big takeaways on today's podcast.

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May 14, 2018
What Bad Jobs Can Teach You About Money (plus an intro to OfferUp)
58:26

Have you ever had a bad job? We'll discuss bad jobs and lessons that you learn while working in a field that might not be ideal or meet your end goals. We'll talk farming, golf caddie, working at McDonalds, and other bad jobs with our special guest Andy Hill (from the Marriage, Kids and Money podcast) along with our regular contributors Len Penzo from Len Penzo dot com and Paula Pant from Afford Anything!

And halfway through the show we'll take a break and talk to Natalie Angelillo from OfferUp. It's time to spring clean and OfferUp gives you a platform to buy or sell things from you comfort of your phone and with a photo-first look. 

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Rod is investing some of his money for a retirement condo. When he has enough funds for his second choice, should he buy it and rent it out until retirement? Or should he keep investing until he's able to get Condo #1?

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

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May 11, 2018
What Do We Think About Niche Real Estate? (plus FICO and more of your questions!)
01:17:22

We back up the truck and plow through the mailbag today! We'll start off with a question about employee stock purchase plans, work our way into niche real estate, fly through small company stock investing, and dive headfirst into mutual funds vs. ETFs....plus LOTS more.

In our headlines segment we'll talk with Ken and Ben from FICO about auto financing. A recent FICO study shows that the move toward shopping online for financing rates isn't nearly as wide as we may have thought. What are the takeaways? We'll ask FICO for some best practices and more on today's show! Plus, are you a Wells Fargo customer? We have more news about claiming your settlements and more on today's podcast.

Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Ryan, who wants to work in the financial planning field. What advice do we have for him when it comes to talking to others about their money?

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May 09, 2018
Making & Saving More Money in the Sharing Economy (with Harry Campbell)
01:06:08

Even though he's an engineer by trade, Harry Campbell was excited about the opportunity to earn extra money driving people (and stuff) around town so he tried out Lyft. What happened? Now he runs arguably the biggest website dedicated to ride sharing services AND he'll give you all the secrets about making money in the sharing economy on today's show!

In our headlines segment, we tackle a piece about inheritances. Do you know why people don't receive their inheritance? We do, and it probably isn't what you think it is.... Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Adam, who wonders about buying property in China. Should he and his spouse spend their money on a home before prices escalate more? We'll also answer another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia question, and more.

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May 07, 2018
Our Best Advice For Graduates - And YOU (SB RWD77)
54:11

Just starting out with money? Do you know someone just beginning in life, or graduating this month? Dorethia Kelly from The Money Chat joins Greg McFarlane and Len Penzo to tackle exactly that topic and more. We also discuss Uber’s plans to bring auto financing to the masses (and tips to buy a car), plus how to make debt disappear quicker. As we do often, we juggle a ton of topics on this episode!

ALSO – with Father’s Day this weekend, maybe you’ve decided that dad has enough ties. What about buying him stock? Dan Schatt joins us on our FinTech segment to tell us about Stockpile, a site where you can give dad shares of your favorite company, an ETF, and more. You can also buy physical gift cards from retailers. Now dad can actually get a gift that appreciates!

Griffin the Intern (the "FinTern") is bringing the party on today's rewind episode. Enjoy!

You can find the original show notes here: Our Best Advice for Graduates

May 04, 2018
Preparing For When Things Go Wrong (SB RWD76)
01:20:44

Jane Blaufus, author of With the Stroke of a Pen, Claim Your Life joins us in the basement to share her very personal tragedy, and how making non-emotional insurance decisions helped her cope in a difficult time. She'll share a refreshing view of insurances that might change your mind about your personal coverage. Matt Becker from MomandDadMoney.com joins Paula Pant from Afford Anything on this week's roundtable to discuss the Zen of Investing. You'll learn some important investing lessons that may change your overall philosophy. 

Of course we work to give something away, Joe & OG talk about current financial topics, and tackle reviews of Prisoners and The Spectacular Now....and much much more.

Griffin the Intern (the "FinTern") rewinds to when we talked about when things go wrong....and the best time to prep? right now, while things are going well. Enjoy!

May 02, 2018
The Dirty Side of Money with Kabir Sehgal (SB RWD75)
01:00:23

Money, it turns out, does bad things to your brain AND to your skin. Author Kabir Sehgal from the NY Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Coined, The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us joins us in the basement.

We also take your letters, talk about Stacking Bordens with a Canadian friend, and more.

This episode originally aired November 2, 2015. Enjoy!

Apr 30, 2018
How Do I Save Money On My Insurance? (plus an intro to N26)
57:23

Looking for a better deal on our insurances? We'll tackle a piece today about tracking devices that trade privacy for your data, which will hopefully save you money on your insurance. Would you trade your data for lower costs? We'll discuss this and the many ways you CAN save money on insurances with our special guest Shannon Harvey (author of How To Avoid Financial Disaster), along with our regular contributors OG and Paula Pant from Afford Anything!

And halfway through the show we'll take a break and talk to Nic Kopp from online bank N26. After successfully scaling in Europe, this bank is poised to now bring easier mobile banking to the USA. We'll talk to Nic about exactly what N26 has to offer and when you can sign up.

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. VJ wonders if he should ditch his insurance agent AFTER he helped him find a policy? He feels guilty because even though the agent answered lots of questions and was helpful, VJ found a better price online. What should he do?

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Apr 27, 2018
Should I Invest In a Roth IRA (and more of your questions)
01:11:15

One of our most frequently asked questions revolves around the Roth IRA. Should I invest in it? How much should I invest? Why should I invest in a Roth vs. a traditional IRA? That's just ONE of the many questions we answer on today's show, including questions about investing, buying a house, spiking your interest rates on short term goals, and more. 

In our headlines segment we'll talk about how financial advisors market their services. Can you tell from an advisor's method of pitching (and her pitch) whether they'll be a good fit for you? Absolutely...and we'll explain on today's show, as we talk about seminars, workshops, Facebook ads, radio shows, and more. Plus, we'll tackle a piece about remodeling your house. Which improvements improve your home's value the most? We'll share all of those on today's podcast.

Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Eric, who's contributing to a target date fund and wonders if he could do a better job on his own. Can he? Do we like his target date fund? We'll also throw out Doug's trivia question, and more.

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Apr 25, 2018
Creating Your Own Better Outcome (with Lillian Karabaic)
01:01:07

Lillain Karabaic has done everything. From bicycle valet to bookkeeping to radio, she's had just about every job you could imagine (she held over 40 jobs during her 20's!). Today she's sharing advice and stories about grabbing the reins. Think you aren't saving enough money? She'll inspire you with her work ethic. Think you have trouble getting money in the right place? She'll share her favorite tips... and more. 

In our headlines segment, we'll share some statistics from Transferwise about banking fees. It turns out that many people are surprised by the fees their bank charges. Overdraft fees? Sure, banks charge those, but how about returned mail fees? We'll share the whole list and ways to reduce fees.

We'll also debate a new media piece about retirement planning. Is it time to share the old planning practices out the window? We'll share the authors' tips and also those that OG and Joe advocate, on today's podcast.

Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Abbey, who wonders about starting a financial coaching business. As a financial planner, is there room to expand into coaching people who don't yet need full-on CFP level support? We'll share some of the reasons you don't see more of these businesses and also ideas for starting one on today's show. We'll also answer another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia question, and more.

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Apr 23, 2018
Should You Trade in Your Friends for Richer Ones? (plus we help kick off Money Smart Week!)
56:23

How much do your friends control your fate when it comes to your money? One recent piece contends that your community (including friends) is a HUGE piece in the puzzle toward financial success. Does our panel agree? Here to answer that question we welcome Jen Hemphill, author of the new hit financial book Her Money Matters. She'll join OG on today's show for that AND Doug's amazing trivia (we know you can barely wait....).

Plus we answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Daniel wonders about life insurance. How much should he and his spouse plan on for life insurance for his children?

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Apr 20, 2018
Your Money or Your Life? (with Vicki Robin)
01:09:06

Why are you saving money? How much joy are you receiving from that "stuff" you own? You may rethink your financial plan after today's show, because our guest is the co-author of the HUGE bestselling book, Your Money or Your Life. Vicki Robin helped shape the financial independence/retire early movement, and she's on her way down to the basement today to talk to us about re-examining your beliefs around your life and your money. Your money or your life, indeed.

In our headlines segment we'll talk about student loans with Robert Farrington from The College Investor. He'll talk about how over 3,000 people just took part in an event to pay off a TON of student loan debt. We'll share best practices, how best to apply to lower interest rates on your debt, and how to pay them down in a way that makes sense for your situation. We'll also discuss the new SEC proposed fiduciary rule. Is THIS finally the rule we've been looking for? Will it replace the mostly knocked-down rule from the Department of Labor? We'll review the rule and discuss what you need to know about it on today's show.

Plus, we throw out the Haven Life line to Karen, who's contributing to a brand spankin' new health savings account. How should she best use it? We'll share how these plans work on today's show. We'll also answer another listener letter, throw out Doug's trivia question, and watch him try to juggle....one ball. 

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Apr 18, 2018
Building Your Money-Savvy Network Before You Need It (with Jordan Harbinger)
01:03:32

What happens when you're booted from your company? Jordan Harbinger found out firsthand. The former host of popular and award winning Art of Charm podcast tells us his story and then we talk about building YOUR network so it's available when you need it. We'll discuss the right (and horribly wrong) ideas, tools, and strategies to use when taking on the challenge of expanding your circle of influence.

Plus, in headlines, we'll tackle a recent headline about a big financial company that may have stepping in the same BIG problem twice. What's the problem and how do YOU avoid being a victim of this company? We'll unravel all of that plus another headline about risk. Where do you run from stocks if you've had enough...international bonds? 

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Dom, who wonders what stocks he should buy in his "sandbox" portfolio. How do you evaluate individual stocks and where is the the best place to purchase them? Both Joe and OG chime in with their answers. 

But....that's not all! We'll answer answer a letter from the mailbag, serve up some JP Morgan trivia, and more!

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Apr 16, 2018
Popular Advice That's Actually Baloney
01:01:29

It's nearly tax time and we're hearing lots of rumors about tax strategies that just don't work. So we were relieved to read a headline that walked us through several rumors that weren't true. We'll go over them in detail on today's podcast!

Plus we get serious about sexism in the financial press. Do pieces aimed at women speak to them differently than pieces aimed at men? Our roundtable will weigh in on men, women, and the differences in the way we talk about money. To talk about these topics, we're joined by our crack regular team of contributors: Paula Pant (Afford Anything) and Len Penzo (Len Penzo dot com), along with our very own OG.

We also answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Steve wants to know if there's any reason NOT to consolidate his many accounts spread all over the place. What's the downside he might not be seeing?

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Apr 13, 2018
Beth Kobliner and SNL's Kate McKinnon Team Up To Teach Financial Literacy
01:05:44

What happens when a bestselling money author teams up with an SNL star to talk about financial literacy? You end up with some awesome videos featuring Kate McKinnon and Beth Kobliner! Beth joins us in the basement today to talk about the making of the videos and to share some much-needed financial literacy tips for children. How do you teach kids (or other adults) about money when you don't feel like YOU'RE a whiz with your cash? Beth shares some great tips that you'll be able to use today.

In our headlines segment we'll talk about a recent lawsuit about "reverse churning." What does that even mean? We'll talk about why it's important most of the time to do absolutely nothing with your money, and we'll also discuss when you should expect to pay for advice and exactly what you're paying for when you work with an advisor. If you're in a fee-based account, are you paying for trades or for advice from the advisor? We'll debate that question on today's show. 

In our second headline we'll talk to Mike Foy from JD Power and Associates. They have a new customer satisfaction survey that also shares LOTS of information about millennials. It appears that millennials are ditching their advisors in droves. Why is that happening? What are advisors missing? We'll ask Mike to dig into the JD Power survey findings on today's podcast...including which firms scored highest in customer satisfaction this year.

Plus, as always, we throw out the Haven Life line to Tanaya, who's contributing to her state pension plan and her Roth every year. What's are some other considerations of places she should be contributing? We'll also, we pull out the stops and answer several letters in an effort to get caught up. We'll tackle minimum volatility funds, a confusing advisor recommendation, a listener who actually gets what we're doing with this podcast, and more.
 
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Apr 11, 2018
A Beginner's Guide to Individual Stock Investing (with Chuck Jaffe)
01:14:34

Ever wonder whether individual stock investing is for you? Chuck Jaffe, host of Money Life with Chuck Jaffe, joins us to talk about the differences between investing in individual companies and in indexes or actively traded funds. We'll discuss diversification, learning about companies, the impact of fees, and more.

Plus, in headlines, we'll tackle a recent headline about a big financial company possibly faced with a billion dollar judgment. What does it have to do with your money? You may learn a lot about estate planning on today's show. We'll also follow one writer who's decided to go cashless. Is it a good idea to dive into the empty wallet-end of the pool? We'll discuss upsides and downsides on today's show.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Melissa, who wants some advice on how her and her husband should structure their funds inside of their accounts. Without fully knowing their situation, can the guys still give her ideas for her investment strategy? We'll also answer a letter from another listener, score some of Doug's vampire-rich trivia, and more.

Support for Stacking Benjamins comes from TurboTax Live, new from TurboTax. Now you can get a personal review of your tax return with a CPA or EA right on your screen. Talk live with a tax expert as often as you need for tax advice to help you file with confidence. Go to turbotaxlive.com/SB.

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Apr 09, 2018
Is Frugality For Rich People? (plus an intro to Voleo)
01:15:23

We've snared a HOT topic! Bloggers online are talking about a recent piece written by Miles Howard, entitled "Is Frugality For The Rich?" It asks many questions about bloggers online and the transparency of how they earn their money. We talk to our roundtable about whether the frugality that's made to sound awesome by bloggers is really something we can all attain. Is any of it real?

To talk about that topic, plus a recent study that explores the differences between rich and poor kids, we welcome our special guest Jonathan Mendonza from the awesome Choose FI podcast to the show! Jonathan is joined by our crack regular team of contributors: Paula Pant (Afford Anything) and Len Penzo (Len Penzo dot com).

We'll also bring you some cool Friday FinTech on today's show. Thomas Beattie from Voleo.com stops by to tell us how they help investors turn their love of stocks and (sometimes wild) opinions into better informed decisions. The wisdom of the crowd wins again on today's show!

We also answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. What should Curtis do with his three HSA accounts? Is there a way to combine them? We'll ask our team that question, and also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

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Apr 06, 2018
Spring Clean Your Wallet (plus Ditch the Resume/Land the Job with Gary Burnison)
01:09:03

Why haven't you scored a raise recently or grabbed that next bar on the better job rung? Well, your wait is over, because Gary Burnison, author of Lose the Resume, Land the Job, joins us to help you increase your income potential, enjoy your career more, and rock your next raise! We'll talk about how a skunk helped Gary realize many of the dilemmas facing people, and how NOT to answer questions during your next interview...and of course, much more.

In our headlines segment we'll throw a surprise your way. An age group you don't expect is conned more often on the phone than any other...and it isn't the group you think. How do you make sure you aren't taken advantage of by scammers? Jonathan Sasse from First Orion joins us to talk about how to figure out that someone is really secretly after your wallet instead of the person they pretend to be. We'll also cover a recent spring cleaning story. While you're cleaning out the attic and the garage...what about your wallet? What should you clean and what should you keep? We'll discuss that on today's show.

Plus, as always, we throw out the Haven Life line to Talha, who wonders about the best ways to start investing if you just entered the workforce? Should you diversify or crank up the risk since you're just starting out? Also, we answer a letter from Shawn, who wonders about moving money from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA? What are the rules? Of course, we'll have Doug's trivia and more fun on today's show.
 
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Apr 04, 2018
Breaking Free From Money's "Oh @$#%" Cycle (with/ Kristin Wong)
01:06:41

Ever had that time in your life when you just couldn't get ahead? You'd come home after payday, think that you could maybe relax and spend a dollar or two, and then realize, "Oh, $%#!" Kristin Wong has been through that cycle before herself, and she also knows how to dig your way out. She's coming down to the basement today to share her own story and tips to help you better manage your budget.

In our headlines segment, we talk about your brokerage account. Do you keep your cash reserve in the cash portion of your brokerage account? A new Wall Street Journal piece tells us that you might be losing lots of money. We'll also discuss guaranteed income strategies. A recent study shows that people want to hear from their advisor about guaranteed income. We'll talk about why people want advice on this issue and why most advisors don't spend a lot of time on this area.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Andy, who's worried about cashing out of his retirement plans. Should he sell off some of his money all at once and leave it on the sideline or should he reverse dollar cost average out of his long term savings and into cash? We'll also answer a letter from another listener, score some of Doug's vampire-rich trivia, and more.

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Apr 02, 2018
How to Break Up With Advisors (plus an intro to Grove)
01:08:09

How do you say goodbye to a long term advisor? Whether it's a financial advisor, CPA, financial coach, or someone in another field, we'll talk about the common practice of "ghosting" advisors. Is it okay to just leave your advisors and not tell them that you're going? If you decide to tell them that you're leaving, what should you say? We'll ask our crack team, including not only OG and Len Penzo, but special guest Mrs. Groovy from FreedomIsGroovy.com. 

Plus, we'll also talk about taking time off from your job to begin constructing your ultimate life. How do you begin taking time away? We'll not only review a piece on this topic but also ask our panel for tips on today's podcast.

We also answer a three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. What should our listener expect from tax preparation help? How do the fees work? We'll ask our team that question, and also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

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Mar 30, 2018
A Chinese Stock Shell Game (with Jed Rothstein from The China Hustle)
57:57
Thinking about placing some of your hard earned Benjamins into investments in China? So have many American investors, yet lots of them don't know how much trouble they might be inadvertently be walking into. Jed Rothstein, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winning director) joins us to discuss his new documentary, the China Hustle. How do people get swindled out of millions of dollars while trying to buy Chinese stocks listed on American stock exchanges? We'll hear how the game works and also show you how deceptive it is even though it was all legal.
 
In headlines today we hear a gut-wrenching story about how an NBA star went from a $61 million fortune to being six figures in debt. We'll also discuss a headline about buying insurance online. There are many questions people should ask when purchasing anything online, and we ask Haven Life CEO Yaron Ben-Zvi to share some tips with us. As always, he gives us lots of ideas to make sure you know what you're buying.
 
Plus, as always, we throw out the Haven Life line to a listener. Today Win is wondering why her tax refund check is so low. Is it because she recently paid off her student loan? Also, we answer a letter from Nate who wonders about depositing a refund from an HSA expense back into his account even though he's no longer eligible? Of course, we'll have Doug's trivia and more fun on today's show.
 
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Mar 28, 2018
Abigail Adams: Financial Badass
01:00:09

As Women's History Month draws to a close we suddenly realized....we've done nothing to celebrate! Today on the show we make up for that ('in spades," as mom says) by inviting professor Woody Holton down to the basement. He's the author of the book Abigail Adams, for which he won the Bambridge Award and more. He'll describe the amazing prowess of Adams in a time when many women not only weren't investing, but weren't even allowed to participate in their family's financial plan. He'll describe which investments she preferred, why she decided largely against real estate for her portfolio, and how she created an estate plan for herself in a time when many women didn't have that luxury. If you love to learn from historical figures, Abigail Adams is a great role model and Dr. Holton gives us many revealing stories about her prowess on today's show.

In our headlines segment, we'll talk to Jamie Wise from the BUZZ Index (ticker BUZ). He'll describe why his strategy and those of some of his algorithm-based competitors seem to be winning in this time of volatility. He'll also share some of the names that the crowds on social media are focusing on to ride the choppy market. Also, with the financial markets all over the place, we'll review a story from Marketwatch that asks whether the market will crash, and if it will, what you should do to buckle up. The advice might surprise you, if you're looking for ways to exit stage left, or are looking for advice that tells you how to exit stage left....or right.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Nelson, who's worried about his parents' financial plan. They have an insurance-company based financial advisor, so Nelson thinks that they should move to different advice. How does he approach the topic with his parents? We also answer a letter from another listener, score some of Doug's spinach-based trivia, and more.

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Mar 26, 2018
Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Millionaire?
56:44

Do YOU have what it takes to be a millionaire? We pair three of our listeners with our panelists on today's show for a game show style discussion on the habits of millionaires. We'll talk about whether people are more likely to be a millionaire if they're self-made or come from money, what type of car millionaires drive, their level of education, and more.

We also answer Joe's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. He's getting married and wants to change his health insurance, but his human resources department says he can't change. What's up? We'll give him our thoughts, share Doug's trivia, and more.

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Mar 23, 2018
10 Money Lessons From Oscar Nominated Flicks
01:21:55
We're talking money and movies on today's show, as Kiplinger financial writer Tom Blanton joins us in the basement to discuss lessons from ten Oscar nominated films. We'll not only tackle a few films from this year, but many from the back catalog that you maybe haven't yet seen. Whether you're a film buff looking for a walk down memory lane or someone hoping to find some entertaining films that also talk about your wallet, we have you covered on today's podcast.
 
In headlines today we high five the writer of a new piece who says that the bull market might run another 20 years. Do we agree? We'll share our feelings on today's show. Plus, we dive into a piece that lists all of the financial moves you should make if you die young. What should you make sure is covered now and what can wait? We'll go over all of that and more on today's show!
 
Plus, as always, we throw out the Haven Life line to a listener. Nick asks about variable annuities. Should he keep his annuity, buy another one, or rip the money out of annuities altogether? Also, we answer a letter from a listener who wonders about holding or selling a property that he and his spouse own. Of course, we'll have Doug's trivia and more fun on today's show.
 
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Mar 21, 2018
How to Have More Money and Life (with Derek Rydall)
01:10:26

Looking for the keys to wealth and happiness? While many of us search books, social media, or outside groups, today’s guest, Derek Rydall, has a different solution which he shares on today’s podcast. We’ll talk about the laws of abundance and how to have more “more” in your life, plus the true meanings of common financial ideas such as currency, cash flow, and salary.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we'll ask the question, "What are some of the biggest issues you should think about as you approach retirement?" The answers may surprise you. We'll also take a look at volatility. Now that the market has gotten...um....bumpy, we'll discuss how to fortify yourself for the increasing possibility of a down market.

We’ll also throw out the Haven Life line to an anonymous caller who lays down the law with Joe, and answer a letter from our friend Win, who asks about starting her own 401k plan since her job doesn’t have one. How does she get her own plan? We’ll help Win (and maybe you) get rolling down the right track.

Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

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Mar 19, 2018
THIS is the Secret To Saving Money (and an intro to Equity Multiple)
01:11:45

How do you save more money? Today we present one simple trick shared by a popular financial blogger. But does our team of experts think this is REALLY the secret? We'll ask them all, this week featuring from the awesome and brand spankin' new Pour Not Poor podcast, Joel Larsgaard. Plus, we'll also share a headline about your tax refund. There are LOTS of swirling myths about your return, and today we'll try and set the record straight so you're able to file your taxes in peace.

We'll also turn our eye on FinTech...and this week specifically real estate. Charles Clinton is the CEO of Equity Multiple. They're a firm helping smaller investors dive into bigger real estate projects by pooling their money with other investors. We'll get the scoop about how it works today directly from Charles.

We also answer Lauren's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. She's feeling the pressure from family to start her own family, but when is the right time to start? How will she know when she's financially ready? We'll ask our team that question, and also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks to Legal Zoom for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get your SPECIAL savings by going to LegalZoom.com and entering SB at checkout. LegalZoom, where life meets legal.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Mar 16, 2018
Lisa Marie Presley Is Out Of Money (and we're treating our elders horribly)
01:13:59
Yes, another star is down to only a few Benjamins, but we have bigger news: ever since we met Susan Hodges we've been telling her cautionary tales to everyone we know...and today, that's YOU! After graduating from college where she learned to manage nursing homes, she was hired by a facility used by some of the poorest people in Fort Worth, Texas. She'll talk about her personal story, choosing good help for your elders, and ensuring that your children don't take advantage of you when you're least able to protect yourself.
 
Plus, in headlines we'll tackle the news that Lisa Marie Presley has run out of money. We'll discuss budgets, estate planning, and personal money expectations. Also, if you missed it, the Lipper Fund Awards just occurred. We'll talk winners in many different categories, and have fun discussing just how amazing attending an award show like this one must be.
 
We'll throw out the Haven Life line to Stacy, who wonders when she should start putting money in a taxable brokerage account instead of her 401k and a Roth IRA? She's read that you should fill tax shelters first, and the Stacking Benjamins team comments on whether this "rule of thumb" is worth following. Of course, we'll also answer some listener mail and if you're lucky, I might top it off with my trivia.
 
Thanks to Blue Apron for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Check out this week’s menu and get $30 OFF —WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to BlueApron.com/SB.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Mar 14, 2018
Pulling Your Life (and Money) Together When Everything Goes Wrong
01:08:07

Ever wish you had a second chance with your money? Billy B. hoped he'd get one. After being convicted and sent to prison after the death of his friend, Billy went through some serious soul searching, and the end result of that is on display on today's show. Not taking any opportunity for granted, working hard to find solid financial (and life) footing, and the value of surrounding yourself with good friends and mentors are just three of many themes we'll talk about in this fantastic discussion with Billy (who now also blogs at WealthWellDone.com).

In our headlines segment, a new software program means that some of your advisors may be expendable....or maybe not. We'll discuss the hot topic of humans versus AI on today's show. Plus, Warren Buffet just wrote his annual letter to investors. What are some of the takeaways? One publication listed their favorites and we'll review and discuss them. As always, Mr. Buffet doesn't fail to use the English language as a weapon while talking about investing, value, and evaluating risk. We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Luke, who wonders about investing to beat inflation without taking too much risk. For a five year goal, what investment works best? Are stocks too risky? Should he use junk bonds? We'll shine a light on that topic (and maybe one we can't talk about here), as well. We also answer a letter from Jon, who asks about asset allocation. What is a great way to manage your money and diversify correctly? You'll have to listen to find out!

Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to Legal Zoom for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get your SPECIAL saving  by going to LegalZoom.com and entering SB at checkout. LegalZoom, where life meets legal.

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Mar 12, 2018
Are You Frugal Or Just Plain Cheap? (with an intro to Blueprint)
01:10:47

Sure, you think of yourself as frugal, but do your friends think of you that way? If you're a little tight with money, or know someone who's maybe...just a tad too tight with money, today's discussion is for you! We're excited that today the creator of the new Financial Grown Up podcast and former Reuters TV anchor Bobbi Rebell joins us. Not only will we talk about penny pinching habits, but we'll also swing around to the other side of the financial spectrum...how do banks and financial institutions get you to part with more money? Partly it's by bestowing titles like "private banker" on the people who help you.

We'll also turn our eye on FinTech, and this week discuss with Blueprint Income's Lauren Minches about the work they're doing with private pension programs. What if you could create a stable income stream for your retirement that didn't rely on stock market performance? Lauren and the Blueprint team are working hard at turning the world of annuities on their head, and today she'll walk us through the world of pensions, 401k's and the future of stable retirement income streams. If you aren't a fan of annuities, today's discussion about innovation in that area is exactly what you want to hear.

We also answer Justin's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. He's wondering what to do (hypothetically) with some money that he'd like to gamble with? What would our crack panel suggest? We'll get great ideas from Afford Anything's Paula Pant and our very own OG, as well as from Bobbi Rebell. On top of that, we'll also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks to Blue Apron for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Check out this week’s menu and get $30 OFF —WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to BlueApron.com/SB.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Mar 09, 2018
From $100 to $1 Million (with BizKids' Jeannine Glista)
01:00:16
Wondering how to turn a small idea into a big stack of Benjamins? Better yet, how about teaching your kids to do it for you? Never fear, because Jeannine Glista from BizKids joins the fun on today's show, sharing case studies of young entrepreneurs who've built big businesses from little ideas. Whether you're looking for activities for your children or inspiration on how to start your own business, Jeannine will have tips for you today! Plus, in headlines a Kansas woman is accused by her bank of stealing LOTS of money, $5 at a time. We'll explain how that spiraled out of hand. Also, do you think that working longer is a better idea for your portfolio and your life? One publication thinks so, and we'll explain their argument on today's podcast.
 
We'll throw out the Haven Life line to Tan who is about to switch jobs. Should he dollar cost average back into the market when he rolls his money into his new plan or invest it all at once? Of course, we'll also answer some listener mail and if you're lucky, I might top it off with my trivia.
 
Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to LinkedIn.com/SB and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.
 
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Mar 07, 2018
Rethinking Consumerism (with Elizabeth Thames, AKA Mrs. Frugalwoods)
01:10:23

Ever wonder what it would be like to ditch the rat race and move to a farm in the country? That's exactly what Elizabeth Thames (aka Mrs. Frugalwoods) and her husband did, after a series of events, some of which you'll hear about on today's show! If you're at all interested in rethinking consumerism, today's show is for you.

We'll of course have headlines from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Nathan, who wonders about making a house down payment. Should he go for a loan where he can put down less or save up for a full twenty percent? We also answer a letter from Rita, who asks about investing. If her 401k doesn't have a match, where should she invest first? You'll have to listen to find out!

Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to LinkedIn.com/SB and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

Why compromise with investments when you can use an intuitive, easy-to-use, robust platform? M1Finance combines the power of automated investing platforms with the flexibility of do-it-yourself but more expensive brokers. ...and now, it's FREE! Be Invested. Check out M1Finance .

Mar 05, 2018
Is it Taxable? And an intro to Clarity Money (SB RWD 74)
01:13:41

Griffin the Intern (the "FinTern") is bringing the party on today's rewind episode. This roundtable show originally aired February 2017, and featured Paula Pant, Len Penzo, and Greg McFarlane trying to guess if different forms of income are taxable or not. Of course, in true 2017 roundtable fashion, there's also a FinTech segment and some fun topics that gang goes over too. 

Enjoy!

Mar 02, 2018
Stealing Back 40 to 60 Percent More time with Edward G. Brown (SB RWD 73)
59:56

Griffin the Intern (the "FinTern") rewinds the tape to when we invited featured guest Edward G. Brown down to the basement. Family, friends, coworkers, and even our bosses can steal about half of our day away. The question is, how do we get that time back?

This is a rewind episode that originally aired in 2014. Enjoy!

Feb 28, 2018
Avoiding the Mistakes of 2007's Housing Crisis with Sheila Bair (SB RWD 72)
01:17:36

Griffin the Intern (the "FinTern") rewinds the tape to when we had former FDIC Chairmain Sheila Bair. What happened behind closed doors in the 2007 housing and banking crisis? How do we ensure that doesn't happen again? We covered that and more on today's rewind... and we had special co-host Josh Dorkin, founder of BiggerPockets. You can check out the original show notes from when the show aired here. Of course, it's a full episode of the show....so there's much, much more! Enjoy!

Original show notes from 17 June, 2015:

How do we ensure that the huge mistakes people made leading up to the 2007 housing and banking crisis don't happen again? Former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair joins us in the basement to discuss banking, mortgages, the crisis and her new book that brings it home for high school and college age students (and financial geeks like me!). 

Josh Dorkin, founder of the awesome real estate community BiggerPockets (and host of the BiggerPockets podcast) sits in the co-pilot seat this week. We discuss landscaping, job searches, diversifying your portfolio and more.

Show notes with links coming in the morning! (I was traveling all day Tuesday.....check back before noon!)

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and SoFi for sponsoring our podcast!

 

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Josh reviews the film Two Guns

Feb 26, 2018
8 Smart Things To Do With $1,000 Right Now (Plus the future of FinTech w/ Rory Holland)
01:00:13

What should you do with a small windfall? Today we ask, if you had $1,000, how should you best use it? We have an article that gives us eight great options, but we ask our panel which of those is best...and why? THAT alone gets rolling a fanstastic discussion between OG, Len Penzo, and special guest from the Money Nerds podcast, Whitney Hansen.

We'll also turn our eye on FinTech. We talk to FinTech company founders most weeks on this show, but from the near-outside looking in, where's the ball headed? Rory Holland from CSTMR has a front row seat at the FinTech party, and answers the questions...what's the problem, how's it being solved, and what's next for FinTech? You'll see LOTS of possible directions for FinTech (and...psst....your money) after you hear this interview.

We also answer Carolyn's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. Her 21 year old son is graduating from college and she's concerned about claiming him. Can she claim him as a dependent still? On top of that, we'll also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks to Blue Apron for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Check out this week’s menu and get $30 OFF —WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to BlueApron.com/SB.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Feb 23, 2018
Why Most Networkers Stink (with Scott Gerber)
01:05:35
Think you know networking? Scott Gerber is a superconnector who's spent his entire life learning the ins and outs of successful business relationships. Today he's in the basement sharing with us the tools you need to become a superconnector yourself. Networking 1.0 no longer works (or even is something you want to be associated with). He'll share tips, tricks, and stories from people at the top of the networking field on today's show.
 
Plus, in headlines we'll tackle how one celebrity spiraled into a life of debt. What does that have to do with your money? If you're depressed or love retail therapy, maybe more than you think. Also, does access to retirement planning tools actually make people plan more often? Not shockingly, the answer is yes, but the amount by which the answer is "yes" might surprise you.
 
We'll throw out the Haven Life line to Brenda who has a bunch of 0% debts she wants to pay off. Should she pay them down or just pay the minimum because she isn't paying interest? Of course, we'll also answer some listener mail and if you're lucky, I might top it off with my trivia.
 
Thanks to Upstart for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Looking beyond just a FICO score, Upstart also looks at your job experience and education when determining your rate. Checking your rate will only take two minutes and doesn't after your credit. Get your rate now at Upstart.com/SB
Feb 21, 2018
Better Decision-Making When You Don't Have All The Facts (with Annie Duke)
01:07:27

Do you think you make the best decisions under most circumstances? Today's guest will tell you that if you don't have all of the information, the more adamant you are about your point of view, the easier you are to "beat." Annie Duke was a professional poker player for 20 years, winning many top tier professional tournaments and taking on the best decision makers alive. Equally as important, she brings her academic career in cognitive psychology to bear on decision making that can help you with everything from your investments to your career and more.

In our headlines segment, parents are spending TONS of money on their children's extracurricular activities. Beyond avoiding vacations or planning vacations around some of our people, some parents are stopping contributions to their retirement and not putting money in college funds...just for extracurriculars. We'll talk about what harm this does (and maybe have some surprising points of view) on today's show. Plus, it looks like 5% interest rates on mortgages may be right around the corner. Currently, the average interest rate stands at 4.5%. What would a 5% rate do to the financial markets and to your debt load? A recent piece discusses all the different ways we'd be affected overall by higher and higher rates.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Ethan, who wonders about market cap weightings for indexes. Why do people invest in indexes that are weighted heavily toward the biggest components? We also answer a letter from John, who asks about our favorite financial books. What are they? You'll have to listen to find out!

Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to Blue Apron for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Check out this week’s menu and get $30 OFF —WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to BlueApron.com/SB.

Thanks to Upstart for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Looking beyond just a FICO score, Upstart also looks at your job experience and education when determining your rate. Checking your rate will only take two minutes and doesn't after your credit. Get your rate now at Upstart.com/SB

Why compromise with investments when you can use an intuitive, easy-to-use, robust platform? M1Finance combines the power of automated investing platforms with the flexibility of do-it-yourself but more expensive brokers. ...and now, it's FREE! Be Invested. Check out M1Finance .

Feb 19, 2018
Stop Wasting Money on These 18 Products
57:56

On today's show we're pulling out all the stops for Joe's 50th birthday! We spend most of the podcast discussing 18 products people shouldn't buy if they want to stop wasting money. Think you can save a few bucks? Then today's show is for your!

We also answer Marissa's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. She's wondering about buying a house today vs waiting until the current housing bubble pops? What should she do? On top of that, we'll also share Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks to Legal Zoom for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get your SPECIAL saving  by going to LegalZoom.com and entering SB at checkout. LegalZoom, where life meets legal.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Feb 16, 2018
Career Tips Learned Managing Frank Sinatra (with Eliot Weisman)

Eliot Weisman was the manager for stars like Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli. He also oversaw Frank Sinatra's estate after the crooner died, which was reportedly worth over $100 million. We'll talk to Eliot about managing celebrities and handling large sums for celebrities, and more.

In our headlines segment, we'll compare two pieces, one reporting that robo advisors experienced big outages during one of the market's most volatile days. Meanwhile, in our second piece, Fidelity reports that there were no outages and generally, more people were buying than selling. Is OG buying that? We'll see. Of course we'll have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to  lucky listener David, who wonders about the income limits to make Roth IRA contributions. We'll also answer a listener letter from the mailbag and score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to LinkedIn.com/SB and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring today's show. Compare, ditch, switch and save on student loans, auto loans and more at StackingBenjamins.com/MagnifyMoney.

Feb 14, 2018
Career Tips Learned Managing Frank Sinatra (with Eliot Weisman)
48:23

Eliot Weisman was the manager for stars like Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli. He also oversaw Frank Sinatra's estate after the crooner died, which was reportedly worth over $100 million. We'll talk to Eliot about managing celebrities and handling large sums for celebrities, and more.

In our headlines segment, we'll compare two pieces, one reporting that robo advisors experienced big outages during one of the market's most volatile days. Meanwhile, in our second piece, Fidelity reports that there were no outages and generally, more people were buying than selling. Is OG buying that? We'll see. Of course we'll have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to  lucky listener David, who wonders about the income limits to make Roth IRA contributions. We'll also answer a listener letter from the mailbag and score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to LinkedIn.com/SB and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring today's show. Compare, ditch, switch and save on student loans, auto loans and more at StackingBenjamins.com/MagnifyMoney.

Feb 14, 2018
Special Episode: An Intro To Business Wars
10:07

Surprise! How about an introduction to a great new podcast from Wondery? Say hello to Business Wars.

Feb 13, 2018
What's Your Money Story? (with Jen Hemphill)
01:09:14

We don't think much about our past when investing, but our money story until this point is a HUGE driver on how we make decisions with our spending, our cash, our budget, and our saving. Jen Hemphill (Her Money Matters podcast) joins us to talk about the importance of retelling your past money stories, reviewing your current money story, and developing a future money story. What are those? She'll explain all of that on today's show.

In our headlines segment, why the heck has the market been so volatile? Experts have been weighing in and we review the reasons ONE big expert provides. Plus, it appears millennials are saving record amounts of money. What does that mean? How does their savings compare with yours? We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Michael, who wonders about his health savings account. If he doesn't have one with any investing options, can he move that money?

Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to Legal Zoom for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get your SPECIAL saving  by going to LegalZoom.com and entering SB at checkout. LegalZoom, where life meets legal.

Why compromise with investments when you can use an intuitive, easy-to-use, robust platform? M1Finance combines the power of automated investing platforms with the flexibility of do-it-yourself but more expensive brokers. ...and now, it's FREE! Be Invested. Check out M1Finance .

Feb 12, 2018
Should You Brag About Your Benjamins on the Internet (with an intro to Aspiration)
01:03:32

You've done well with your money. Should you tell people online how well you've done? Maybe even show your 401k balance or your savings account? One piece in today's headlines segment has an opinion, our roundtable team will share theirs on today's podcast! Today Len and Paula are joined by CFP Katie Brewer, who helps us dig into another topic: One millionaire received some FANTASTIC money advice at age 18. We'll ask Katie and our team what the best advice is they received growing up about money. You'll be surprised by their answers. 

We also answer Scott's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. His parents and in-laws are asking him for money advice. Should he give them advice or send them to a financial planner? On top of that, we'll also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

Thanks to LinkedIn for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Go to LinkedIn.com/SB and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Feb 09, 2018
Winning the Podium With Your Money (Silver Medalist Bobsledder Lauryn Williams)
01:05:22

What does it take to make it to the podium with your pocketbook? Olympic silver medalist Lauryn Williams knows. She's not only the host of the Worth Listening podcast, but also a financial planner...and more important for today's specific pre-Olympics show, silver medalist in the two woman bobsleigh. She'll talk about the keys to winning with your money on today's show!

In our headlines segment, it's tax time, and CPA Craig Cody joins us to help you get organized for this year's tax-prep fest. What are the areas most people miss? How do you make sure all the "I"'s are dotted and "T"s crossed? He's got you covered. We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to  lucky listener Johnny, who wonders about rolling his old retirement fund into his new pension. We'll also answer a listener letter from the mailbag and score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Thanks to Harry’s for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get your Free Trial Set – go to Harrys.com/SB

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring today's show. Compare, ditch, switch and save on student loans, auto loans and more at StackingBenjamins.com/MagnifyMoney.

Feb 07, 2018
Sell A Home Fast (with Mindy Jensen)
01:02:44

In a crowded market, having a leg up by avoiding some easy mistakes might be the difference between selling your home quickly, and for the top dollar price possible, or not selling at all. House-flipper Mindy Jensen has sold COUNTLESS houses, and today stops by the basement with her best tips to help you sell your own homes faster. Whether it's your primary residence, rental property or flip, she'll detail how to prioritize and budget for repairs or improvements, and how to find the right help to sell your home. In our headlines segment, freelance writer Hannah Rounds has published a piece on which tax software makes her "recommended" list and which she says to avoid. She comes down to the basement to discuss winners and losers. Also in headlines, what can we learn about finance from basketball player LeBron James? Apparently, quite a bit, according to one publication. We'll talk about key lessons from LeBron on today's show.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Marie, who wonders about better diversification for her money. Is ONLY having an S&P 500 fund a good approach?

Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

We love our Harry's razor and shaving gel (the aloe smells fantastic). Thanks to Harry’s for supporting Stacking Benjamins. Get your Free Trial Set – go to Harrys.com/SB

Why compromise with investments when you can use an intuitive, easy-to-use, robust platform? M1Finance combines the power of automated investing platforms with the flexibility of do-it-yourself but more expensive brokers. ...and now, it's FREE! Be Invested. Check out M1Finance .

 

Feb 05, 2018
Is the FIRE Movement Dying? (plus an intro to Better)
01:11:55

Is the FIRE movement dying? One blogger says that it might be, so we bring in our crack team of Paula Pant, Len Penzo and The Other Guy...and well, you'll have to listen to hear whether they agree, won't you? Plus, some bad news out of Bank of America. A popular free checking account is going away. Our contributors may give you some better options if you're looking for a new home for your banking.

Speaking of better, we're excited to introduce you to a FinTech company called Better. This mortgage company simplifies the mortgage process. CEO Vishal Garg will not only share his story, but he'll also walk us through how it works.

We'll answer someone's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. On top of that, we'll also answer a letter from the mail bag, share Doug's groundhog related trivia, and more.

Thanks to Blue Apron for supporting Stacking Benjamins! Check out this week’s menu and get $30 OFF —WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to BlueApron.com/SB.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins as well. MagnifyMoney.com saves users on average $450 when they compare, ditch, switch and save on credit cards, student loan refinancing, checking, savings and more. Check out MagnifyMoney.com for your savings.

Feb 02, 2018
Boost Your Income, Grow Your Stash, and Practice Better Spending (with Michele Cagan)
59:21

The basics of finance ain't easy...at first, but once you jump on and learn them, it's just like riding a bicycle (as mom says). Today we welcome CPA Michele Cagan, whose written a clever Infographic Guide to Personal Finance. She'll take us through a few lessons, from compounding interest to earning more money and spending less. It's a fun interview and a great way to either learn if you're just getting started OR to dust off your knowledge if you're an old finance pro.

In our headlines segment, we discuss investors going crazy for stocks--which never ends well. Plus, we talk about active investing. What's the future of active investments? Is it really going to be all robots and automation? One recent piece in the popular press thinks so. We'll discuss it.

Of course we'll still throw out the Haven Life line to a lucky listener. This time Bobby asks about 401k management fees. Should he pay a company .6% to manage his stash? We'll also answer a listener letter AND still have time for Doug's trivia. 

Check out this week’s menu and get $30 OFF —WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to BlueApron.com/SB.

Thanks also to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring today's show. Compare, ditch, switch and save on student loans, auto loans and more at StackingBenjamins.com/MagnifyMoney.

Jan 31, 2018
How To Stop A Money Scam (with Sandra Bernardo)
53:13

The latest statistics on romance money scams are out, and oh boy, is mom upset. A whopping 20 percent more people were ripped off last year than the year before, so how do you protect your loved ones? If someone seems like the perfect match but they need money before they agree to meet you...maybe it turns out that they aren't the perfect fit. Today we call Sandra Bernado from Experian on dad's shortwave, and she drops a ton of great ideas for all of us.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we'll cover a fishing trip gone bad. How does fishing affect your money? We'll explain. We'll also tackle a recent study showing the perfect retirement strategy. What is it? I don't think the study is, in the words of a classic Princess Bride line, "what you think it is."

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Kirk, who wonders about his debt. They owe money to a few different loans...which should they pay first? Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

Check out this week’s menu and get $30 OFF —WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to BlueApron.com/SB.

Why compromise with investments when you can use an intuitive, easy-to-use, robust platform? M1Finance combines the power of automated investing platforms with the flexibility of do-it-yourself but more expensive brokers. ...and now, it's FREE! Be Invested. Check out M1Finance .

Jan 29, 2018
New Podcast Sample: MITM Airline Bins and Tax Returns
19:31

Looking for a new financial show that's fifteen minutes or less? Back from the basement...the same team that brings you Stacking Benjamins debuts a new show...Money in the Morning. Joe Saul-Sehy records two financial headlines daily in front of a Facebook live audience. 

On today's sample episode: airline prices may soon rise AND the IRS begins accepting tax returns. What do you need to know? We'll talk shopping flights, credit card rewards, tax document organization, and who should help you finish your taxes. 

Enjoy!

Jan 27, 2018
Should Chris Pay Off All His Debt? (with Dana Anspach)
01:01:21

Should you pay down your debt or invest? Chris has a very specific question on this topic, and our roundtable team comes charging to the rescue! Also, in our headline segment, we tackle a similar topic...should people focus on early retirement? Not only that...we'll throw in some travel tips to make your next vacation less expensive.

We also answer someone's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. On top of that, we'll also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

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Jan 26, 2018
5 Things You Didn't Know About Buying A Car (with Clark Howard)
01:04:24

Okay, we probably have MORE than 5 things in today's show that you didn't know about buying a car, but that's because we feature the amazing Clark Howard today, who throws out car-buying ideas more easily than a politician hands out compliments and kisses babies. It's amazing to hear Clark deftly show you lots of ideas on buying a new car, used car, and even leases.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we sit down with our social media correspondent, Jamie Wise. BUZZ Indexes had a great year, and we're kicking off January talking to Jamie about what's what in the BUZZ Index as we head into 2018. 

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to  lucky listener David, who wonders about paying off his debt in a hurry with cash on hand OR stretching out the payments because of his low interest rate. We'll also answer a listener letter from the mailbag and score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

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Jan 24, 2018
How I Grew My Wealth: From LA Riots to Financial Security (with Natalie Torres-Haddad)
01:05:36

How do you pull yourself away from the Los Angeles riots happening in your backyard, and make a life for yourself? Natalie Torres-Haddad tells her story to become the Financially Savvy Latina on today's show. She'll inspire you with her stories about paying off lots of student debt, paying for her last year of college through scholarships (even though the first seven scholarships she applied for denied her), investing in real estate in her mid 20's, starting a non-profit, and more. We'll talk about what books she read, the advice she received, the focus she had to maintain and more on today's show.

Plus, in our headlines segment, we'll cover a tax plan involving NO tax shelters. How does it work? We'll explain. We'll also tackle some of that financial jargon you hear on the financial news shows. Dead cat bounce? Green shoots? Catch a falling knife? What do these and other popular investing colloquialisms mean? We'll also talk about.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Brett, who wonders about his 401k. They're ending the program but he's still working at his job. Can he roll it over to an IRA? Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

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Jan 22, 2018
More Money on a Smaller Paycheck? (plus an intro to Empower)
01:02:42

A recent study says that more people making money in the house might NOT be the best route to more money. What if you had fewer people earning...can the math actually work out that you keep MORE money in your pocket? We'll discuss on today's show, featuring our guest contributor, Andy Hill from the Marriage, Family and Money podcast (and of course, the amazing Paula Pant from Afford Anything and hilarious Len Penzo from Len Penzo dot Com). In our headlines segment, we'll also talk about a new zen budgeting method called Kakebo. What's it about? Is it for you? We'll discuss.

In our FinTech Friday segment we chat with Warren Hogarth, from the award-winning Empower app. What's it all about? How can it help you manage money better? We'll talk budgeting, money tracking, and more on this free app on today's show.

We also answer someone's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. On top of that, we'll also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

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Jan 19, 2018
Freelance Your Way To Freedom (with Vincent Pugliese)
01:02:28

He had $140,000 in debt, a crappy paying job, and a baby on the way. What would Vincent Pugliese do? We ask the award-winning photographer that very question on today's show. He's photographed four Presidents and every major sport's national championship in the USA, but his debt story will have you shaking your head today.

Plus, in our headlines segment, health savings accounts are all the rage, but what's going on with all of this money sitting in cash? We'll address that AND talk about new tax law spurring 401k contributions.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Chris, who wonders, "Should a 20 year old hire a financial advisor?" Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

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Jan 17, 2018
She Paid Down Nearly $50k In Debt While Juggling Income (with Candice Marie)
56:23

Marie had BOTH of those problems...lots of debt AND no steady paycheck and she STILL found a way to pay down nearly $50,000 of debt. Want to know how? She'll share what she did and (more importantly) was was IRRELEVANT on today's show.

Plus, in our headlines segment, at age 81 an investing genius is retiring. What should you have learned about your money from him? We'll talk about the effect Mark Mobius has had on investing in our first headline. Then in our second headline....you've heard that maybe the stock market may tank. A popular indicator says that we're going to have another great year? How do we know? What's the indicator? We'll have that AND what it means for your money today.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Ty, who wonders if the national debt is at all important with the new tax law, and take a letter from popular blogger Mrs. Groovy from the Freedom is Groovy blog. Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

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Jan 15, 2018
How Do I Shove More Money Toward Retirement (and a new ETF hits the market)
01:01:52

How do you move money money toward retirement? We answer a listener question on today's show from a man who's shoveling as much money as allowed into his 401k plan and his other retirement plans. What does he do next? Where is the best place to save? We'll tackle that today, on OG's inaugural voyage on the Friday roundtable!

In our headlines segment, we'll talk about what NOT to do if, like Hoda Kotb, you get a big promotion. Also, LOTS of people are failing their resolutions as they read this...we'll help you stop the bleeding. 

We also answer someone's three-oh call for help to the Blooom hotline. On top of that, we'll also answer a letter from another listener, share Doug's trivia, and more.

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Jan 12, 2018
Our Top 5 Money Moves To Kick Off 2018 On The Right Foot
01:26:12

Looking to pile your Benjamins FASTER in 2018? OG and Joe crank up their top five ways to make your debt die quicker and your savings grow faster. Want even more? Certified Financial Planner Mary Beth Storjohann joins in the fun adding her top three ways to kick off the new year. Mom promises that you won't be short of ideas when you finish today's show. Plus, in our headlines segment, people are suing their 401k provider for the strangest reason...because they don't like the stable value fund. We'll talk about whether you should use the stable value fund in your retirement plan and review exactly what people are worried about when it comes to these tools.

We'll of course have more from the world of financial planning, throw out the Haven Life line to lucky listener Wendy, who wonders about being able to save while being self employed. When your income bounces around, how can you save consistently? Both Joe & OG will have ideas for Wendy. We'll also take a letter from Beth, who asks about restricted stock units. Should her boyfriend begin selling his restricted stock? Of course, we'll still score with some of Doug's delightful trivia, and more.

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Jan 10, 2018
The Keys To Raising Your Credit Score (with Farnoosh Torabi)
01:03:49

How do you score a better credit score? Balance your budget? Upgrade your financial picture in 2018? Farnoosh Torabi, host of the award winning So Money podcast and Chase Slate brand ambassador, stops by the basement to share her best ideas for making 2018 your best year yet.

In our headlines segment we'll revisit the tax law changes. In February employers will begin using new payroll tax withholding schedules, so there's a good chance you'll see more money in your paycheck.

Of course, we'll also throw out the Haven Life line, share some amazing trivia from Doug, who's headed out on a polar bear swim, and more.

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Jan 08, 2018