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Money Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life

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Money Girl provides short and friendly personal finance, real estate, and investing tips to help you live a richer life. Whether you're just starting out or are already a savvy investor, Money Girl's advice will point you in the right direction. To d...Show More

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575 - 4 Ways to Start a Retirement Account as a Self-Employed Freelancer

28:08 | Jan 8th

Self-employed people have just as many ways to save for retirement as those working a 9-5 job. Laura covers the rules, pros, and cons of four easy retirement account options that any freelancer or entrepreneur can use to create a comfortable, happy l...Show More

574 - 10 Horrible Habits That Keep You from Growing Rich

23:30 | Jan 2nd

Acknowledging bad habits that need to be dropped can be the secret to achieving more with your money. Laura covers 10 horrible, counterproductive behaviors that can keep you from growing rich and sabotage your financial future. Read the transcript...Show More

531 - 8 Investing Rules to Follow Even When the Stock Market Drops

29:40 | Dec 26th, 2018

No matter what happens in the stock market, Laura covers 8 rules for investing wisely without taking too much risk. Learn how much you should invest and where to put your money so you create financial security even when the stock market drops. Re...Show More

573 - Prevent ID Theft: 8 Tips on Credit Freezes, Locks, and Alerts

22:53 | Dec 19th, 2018

Identity theft is a growing problem, but there are ways to fight back. Laura covers eight tips for using a credit freeze, credit lock, or a fraud alert to block fraudsters from wreaking havoc in your financial life--plus, warning signs to watch for. ...Show More

572 - 7 Ways to Manage Money Better Before Year-End

18:51 | Dec 12th, 2018

The New Year is when most people resolve to get their health and wealth back on track. But there are some great ways to improve your personal finances that can only be accomplished before the year ends. Laura covers seven tips to manage money better ...Show More

571 - 5 Tips on Nondeductible IRAs and Taxable Accounts

23:50 | Dec 5th, 2018

Laura covers five tips for choosing the best types of retirement accounts for you and your family. Having more than one account is awesome, but the rules to qualify can be a little tricky. You'll find out what to do when faced with the choice of a no...Show More

570 - 6 Ways the New Tax Rules Affect Your Retirement

20:02 | Nov 28th, 2018

The IRS recently announced that next year you can save more in different types of tax-advantaged retirement plans. Find out six ways the new tax rules affect your retirement. Read the transcript at Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows: ...Show More

569 - 8 Ways to Make the Holidays Less Expensive and More Memorable

21:03 | Nov 21st, 2018

Don't let financial pitfalls of the holidays sneak up on you. Laura covers wise tips to make the season brighter, less expensive, and more memorable! Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/saving-spending/8-ways-to-...Show More

568 - A 6-Step Guide to Managing Your Student Loans

18:33 | Nov 14th, 2018

In this excerpt from Laura's new book, "Debt-Free Blueprint: How to Get Out of Debt and Build a Financial Life You Love," you'll get solid tips to manage student loans wisely and use lesser-known strategies to make education debt much more affordable...Show More

567 - Money Anxiety? 5 Numbers That Reveal Your Financial Health

21:09 | Nov 7th, 2018

Financial ratios and formulas are useful tools to gauge your financial health. By watching these five ratios over time you can easily see if your finances are moving in the right direction or need help. Read the transcript at https://www.quickandd...Show More

516 - 5 Steps to Grow Rich Without a Budget

25:51 | Oct 31st, 2018

Have you been putting off creating a budget or tried it with no success? Breathe a sigh of relief because you can still achieve your financial goals without one. Laura gives you 5 steps to grow rich even if budgeting isn't your thing. Get the Money G...Show More

566 - Starting a Family? 5 Money Mistakes New Parents Make

29:25 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Becoming a parent is exciting, but it can be a huge stress on your finances if you're not prepared. Find out smart tips to save money and avoid common money mistakes that many new parents make. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips....Show More

565 - Got Old Retirement Accounts? 5 Costly Mistakes to Avoid

23:15 | Oct 17th, 2018

Having retirement accounts with previous employers can leave you unsure about what to do with them. Laura reviews your options five costly mistakes to avoid when dealing with your old retirement plans. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddi...Show More

564 - 13 Warning Signs That You Have a Debt Problem

21:24 | Oct 10th, 2018

If you're not sure if you have a debt problem, Laura breaks down 13 warning signs you should know. You’ll learn red flags to watch out for that could prevent you from building wealth and solutions to turn around your financial life. Read the trans...Show More

563 - How to Save Money Using a Balance Transfer Credit Card

21:40 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Not sure if a balance transfer credit card offer is right for you? Laura explains what a transfer card is, the pros and cons, and when it can help you save money. You’ll learn smart tips to cut your interest expense and get out of debt faster. Rea...Show More

562 - 10 Best Perks of an Amazon Prime Membership

20:04 | Sep 26th, 2018

Laura reviews 10 of the best money-saving benefits of being an Amazon Prime member. Find out if a membership is right for you and how to take full advantage of everything Prime has to offer. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com...Show More

561 - 6 Tips and Investing Strategies to Retire Early (and Without Penalty)

28:06 | Sep 19th, 2018

Ready to quit work or begin a financially independent lifestyle? Laura covers six tips and strategies to help you amass enough money to retire early and on your terms. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/retirem...Show More

560 - 8 Best Budgeting and Personal Finance Tools

21:39 | Sep 12th, 2018

Laura reviews eight of the best personal finance tools to make sense of your money, stay organized, and achieve your financial goals. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/saving-spending/8-best-budgeting-and-perso...Show More

559 - 5 Ways Mindfulness Makes You a Better Money Manager

18:03 | Sep 5th, 2018

Find out how the secular practice of mindfulness helps you live more fully in the present moment and is a powerful way to take control of your finances. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/saving-spending/5-ways-...Show More

558 - Your Guide to Getting a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

24:32 | Aug 29th, 2018

If you're a homeowner you might wonder if it's a good idea to dip into your equity using a HELOC. What's a HELOC? How do you get one? And should you use one to pay off a primary mortgage faster? A list of pros and cons to consider. Read the transc...Show More

557 - How to Know If Your Health Plan Qualifies for an HSA

21:56 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Not sure if your health insurance qualifies you for a health savings account or HSA? Laura answers a listener question and covers the facts about what an HSA is and the rules to qualify for one. If your health plan qualifies, using an HSA is one of t...Show More

556 - 6 Rules Every Investor Should Know About Retirement RMDs

29:25 | Aug 15th, 2018

While it might be a while before you begin taking distributions from a retirement account, there are important rules you should factor into your planning, no matter your age. Find out what retirement RMDs are, how they affect different types of retir...Show More

555 - How to Retire With Enough Money and Income

27:22 | Aug 8th, 2018

Saving for retirement is the granddaddy of all financial goals--but how much do you really need? Find out where retirement income comes from and easy ways to figure the amount of savings and income you'll need to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Re...Show More

554 - 3 Excuses Keeping You from Saving (and How to Kill Them)

25:18 | Aug 1st, 2018

If you're behind on saving, don't let common excuses keep you poor. Laura covers 3 reasons why you may not be saving for retirement and how to overcome them, no matter how much or little money you have. Read the transcript at https://www.quickandd...Show More

503 MG What Insurance College Kids Need and Tips to Save

23:18 | Jul 25th, 2018

Make sure you don't skimp on insurance needs for your college student. Laura answers a listener question about how to handle vehicles for students and shop for insurance. Plus, you'll learn other important considerations to protect your belongings an...Show More

553 - Just Married? 3 Ways to Manage Money as a New Couple

18:42 | Jul 18th, 2018

Creating a streamlined financial life as a couple can be challenging. Laura answers a question from a struggling newlywed and reviews three approaches to managing money based on your relationship and financial goals. Read the transcript at https:...Show More

552 - Buy or Rent a Home: Which Option Makes You Richer?

20:11 | Jul 11th, 2018

Buying a home can be a great financial move, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll always come out ahead. Renting can also be a smart way to build wealth, if you follow a few guidelines. Laura covers the pros and cons for owning and renting so you kno...Show More

551 - 7 Financial Accounts You Need for a Richer Life

29:50 | Jul 4th, 2018

A key to growing rich is having the right financial accounts in place. Get the scoop on seven accounts that most individuals and families should have for more financial success. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-financ...Show More

550 - 8 Tactics to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

18:46 | Jun 27th, 2018

While escaping the cycle of living paycheck-to-paycheck isn’t easy, it’s possible to get ahead by changing your mindset, examining your lifestyle, and creating new habits. Once you free up even a small amount of discretionary income each month, it’s ...Show More

549 - A 5-Point Checklist for How to Invest Money Wisely

23:41 | Jun 20th, 2018

Tempted to roll the dice with a windfall to make a quick profit? Use this five-point checklist to know if your financial foundation is strong enough to make a risky investment and why investing for the long-term is the best strategy. Read the tran...Show More

548 - Should You Spend or Invest Your HSA Funds?

20:30 | Jun 13th, 2018

Understand the many benefits of using a health savings account (HSA) and whether it’s better to spend your balance on medical costs or keep it invested for the long term. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/taxes...Show More

547 - Starting a Business? Tips to Make Money on the Side

29:25 | Jun 5th, 2018

If you've ever wanted to start a business or make extra money on the side, there are some key considerations and tasks that increase your chances of success. Get wise tips about managing risk, incorporating, business banking, starting no-money ventur...Show More

546 - When to Cancel a Credit Card? 10 Dos and Don’ts to Follow

22:41 | May 30th, 2018

If you've been thinking about cancelling a credit card, it’s critical to understand how it will affect your entire financial life. Laura covers 10 dos and don’ts for when to cancel a credit card that will help you minimize credit damage and improve y...Show More

545 - 9 Credit Rights You Should Know—A Quick Guide to Consumer Protections

17:21 | May 23rd, 2018

Understanding your consumer credit rights can help you build credit, qualify for the best financial offers, and save money for decades to come. Laura gives a quick guide to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by reviewing 9 credit rights you should ...Show More

544 - 6 Ways to Save and Invest Money for Kids

25:13 | May 16th, 2018

Want to give kids a financial head start? There are many good financial vehicles parents can use to save and invest money for a child’s future. Laura reviews the pros and cons of six of the best savings options so you know which one is right for your...Show More

543 - 5 Ways to Know When You Should Start Investing

23:09 | May 9th, 2018

Hesitant about becoming an investor? Learn five ways to know for sure when you’re ready to invest. Read on for a clear plan to prepare your finances and mindset to start investing, no matter how much or little money you have. Read the transcript at ...Show More

542 - Using an HSA? These 10 Allowable Expenses May Surprise You

22:36 | May 1st, 2018

If you're eligible for an HSA (health savings account) it's a wise way to cut taxes and save for the future. But navigating the rules for funding and spending the account can be tricky. Laura covers what you need to know including 10 often-surprising...Show More

541 - Choose the Right Retirement Accounts in 3 Simple Steps

28:56 | Apr 25th, 2018

If you’re confused by all the tax-advantaged retirement account options you can choose from, it’s time to get clarity and use them to build more wealth for the future. Laura walks you through 3 simple steps to choose the right retirement accounts for...Show More

540 - Tricks to Travel More With Less Money and Time

33:04 | Apr 18th, 2018

If you love the idea of traveling, but don't think you have enough money or time to get away, it’s time to reframe your mindset about chasing adventure. Whether you can only get away for long weekends or take extended tours, find out the tricks exper...Show More

539 - 9 Negative Items That Stay on Your Credit Reports

23:07 | Apr 11th, 2018

Positive information about your finances stays on your credit history for a long time--but the bad news is that negative information stays there too! Laura covers nine negative items that can appear in your credit history and for how long. Read th...Show More

538 - 7 Micro Habits That Create Financial Success

18:31 | Apr 4th, 2018

Find out what a micro habit is and how to use them to improve your financial life. They require minimal time, effort, and motivation, but can build up to huge, significant results when you make them part of your routine. Read the transcript at htt...Show More

537 - 10 Retirement Rollover FAQs That Will Make You Richer

23:07 | Mar 28th, 2018

Even though “doing a rollover” sounds like a cute dog trick, don’t underestimate its ability to save you some serious money. Laura answers 10 common questions about how to use a retirement rollover correctly so you avoid penalties, get more investmen...Show More

BONUS: Introducing Safe for Work: A New Podcast from Wondery

11:16 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Part of loving the journey along the way to financial success is finding fulfillment in our day-to-day work. I know you'll love this special bonus clip I have for you today, which comes from a new podcast from Wondery called Safe For Work, hosted by ...Show More

536 - Work from Home? Tax Reform Changes to the Home Office Deduction

20:49 | Mar 21st, 2018

Working from home, either as a remote employee or for your own business, has become common--but tax reform significantly changes who can claim a deduction for it. Laura explains the new rules for taking a home office deduction and how to use it to sa...Show More

535 - 10 Strategies to Reduce Money Stress and Improve Your Finances

23:21 | Mar 14th, 2018

You can can have money stress and feel anxious about your financial situation, no matter how much you make. Find out the root causes of money stress and 10 strategies to reduce it so you can have a more peaceful life. Read the transcript at https...Show More

534 - 12 Credit Myths and Truths You Should Know

18:06 | Mar 7th, 2018

Building and maintaining great credit is an important part of your financial life. But there are loads of myths and misunderstandings about credit that can hurt your wallet. Laura covers 12 credit myths and truths you should know to save money and im...Show More

533 - 5 Steps to Create Your Own Self-Employed Benefits Package

32:15 | Feb 28th, 2018

Think you have to sacrifice benefits when you leave a traditional job? Laura explains how to create your own benefits package when you're self-employed and answers several related questions from Money Girl readers and podcast listeners. Read the ...Show More

532 - 6 Tips to Simplify Your Finances and Keep Good Records

25:02 | Feb 21st, 2018

Feel like your personal finances are too complicated? It's time to streamline and declutter. Laura gives tips to simplify your financial life, stay organized, and know which financial records to keep and for how long. Read the transcript at https...Show More

531 - 8 Investing Rules to Follow Even When the Stock Market Drops

28:39 | Feb 14th, 2018

No matter what happens in the stock market, Laura covers 8 rules for investing wisely without taking too much risk. Learn how much you should invest and where to put your money so you create financial security even when the stock market drops. Re...Show More

530 - 7 Simple Reasons to Invest in a Roth IRA or Roth 401(k)

25:10 | Feb 7th, 2018

Roth accounts are a vastly underutilized and misunderstood way to save for retirement. Get the scoop on 7 ways you receive huge tax benefits, access to funds, and flexibility with a Roth IRA or a Roth retirement plan at work. Laura also answers a pod...Show More

BONUS: Introducing Business Wars

11:09 | Feb 6th, 2018

Today I'm excited to tell you about a new podcast called Business Wars. The way we live and the things we buy are always influenced by big businesses and the entrepreneurs behind them. Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what driv...Show More

529 - 6 Steps to Build or Repair Your Credit Before Buying a Home

29:07 | Jan 31st, 2018

Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a first-timer, your credit score is a primary factor that mortgage lenders consider when evaluating your application. Follow these 6 steps to build or repair your credit before house hunting so you get approved ...Show More

528 - 14 Tips to Kill Impulse Buying and Save Money

22:52 | Jan 24th, 2018

Instead of caving to impulse shopping, use these 14 tips and tricks to resist bad spending habits so you can save more money. Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/saving-spending/14-tips-to-stop-impulse-buying-and-...Show More

527 - Tax Reform Law: 7 Ways It Affects Your Personal Finances

27:13 | Jan 17th, 2018

Reforms in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act begin in 2018 and affect virtually every U.S. taxpayer. Find out which changes shake up your personal finances the most so you can prepare, avoid potential pitfalls, and keep your tax liability as low as possible....Show More

526 - Should You Refinance or Consolidate Your Student Loans?

19:01 | Jan 10th, 2018

If you're frustrated by student loans it's time to get familiar with your options. Find out the difference between a student loan refinance and a consolidation, who can use them, and how to make your education debt more manageable and affordable. ...Show More

525 - 5 Steps to Create a Foolproof Money Strategy in 2018

18:14 | Jan 3rd, 2018

It's time to kick-off the New Year with a solid money strategy for success! Follow these 5 action steps to create a plan that allows you to have more control, peace, and a better financial future. Get the Money Girl book at http://www.MoneyGirlBook.c...Show More

489 MG 7 Simple Principles to Invest Money Wisely No Matter Your Age

27:03 | Dec 27th, 2017

You can achieve your financial goals by using simple, but tried and true, investing principles. Laura covers 7 key concepts to grow your net worth over time no matter if you're an investing newbie or have been at it for decades--even if you don’t hav...Show More

524 - 10 Best Ways to Lower Your Bills Now

20:13 | Dec 20th, 2017

Whether you need quick ways to cut expenses ahead of the holidays or just want to save more for retirement (or other financial goals), there are plenty of ways to put money back in your bank account. Laura covers 10 of the best ways to cut your bills...Show More

523 - Tax Reform Tips: 5 Best Moves to Save Money Now

15:45 | Dec 13th, 2017

The end of the year is always a busy time with holiday preparations and celebrations--but it's also a critical deadline for your personal finances and last-minute opportunities to save money. Due to pending tax reform, making smart tax moves may be e...Show More

522 - 4 Financial Mistakes Couples Make When Moving In Together

15:51 | Dec 6th, 2017

Living with a romantic partner is a big step emotionally, legally, and financially. Find out how to set important expectations and avoid 4 common financial mistakes that could trip up your relationship. Read the transcript at http://www.quickandd...Show More

467 MG 5 Lesser-Known Reasons Why Your Credit Score Drops

19:40 | Nov 29th, 2017

Are you frustrated because your credit score dropped suddenly for no apparent reason? Laura answers a listener question and covers 5 lesser-known reasons why credit scores can drop unexpectedly. These tips will help you raise your credit score as qui...Show More

521 - Changing Careers? 5 Ways to Be Financially Prepared

43:53 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Ready for a life change like quitting your job to pursue a new career, starting your own business, or going back to school? Making a jump is both exciting and risky. Find out what financial steps you should take before leaving a comfortable work situ...Show More

520 - Car Loan or Lease? 6 Tips to Know Which Option Is Best

24:01 | Nov 15th, 2017

A simple explanation on the differences between buying and leasing a car, and 6 Money Girl tips to know which option is best for you. Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/loans/buying-vs-leasing-a-car Check out al...Show More

Bonus: Introducing "When to Jump"

30:04 | Nov 10th, 2017

Check out this bonus episode from our new podcast, When to Jump! Learn more at www.whentojump.com/podcast

519 - Over-Contribute to an HSA, IRA or 401k? Here's What to Do

27:03 | Nov 8th, 2017

If you use an HSA, IRA, or 401k, it's critical to never contribute too much. Laura reviews the allowable contribution limits and explains how to fix an excess and avoid costly penalties. You'll also learn whether the most recent tax proposal from Hou...Show More

455 MG Buying a Home? Best Ways to Save Your Down Payment

16:18 | Nov 1st, 2017

If you're ready to buy a home you'll need enough down payment money to qualify for a mortgage. Find out how much you need, 6 tips to save faster, and the best places to stash cash for your new home. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/29Lbov...Show More

518 - How to Negotiate for More Money (Even When You Hear No)

26:26 | Oct 25th, 2017

Want a raise or promotion, but don't know where to start? Learn how to negotiate and get what you want, even if the answer is no! Find out how to make requests part of your work mindset, properly prepare for reviews, and use 5 steps to negotiate effe...Show More

517 - 5 Places to Invest After You Max Out a Retirement Account

27:49 | Oct 18th, 2017

Don't get confused about where to invest your extra cash. Laura answers a listener question and gives tips for the different types of accounts you can use to put away additional money when you’re a good saver, get a raise, or receive an unexpected ca...Show More

516 - 5 Steps to Grow Rich Without a Budget

26:12 | Oct 11th, 2017

Have you been putting off creating a budget or tried it with no success? Breathe a sigh of relief because you can still achieve your financial goals without one. Laura gives you 5 steps to grow rich even if budgeting isn't your thing. Get the Money G...Show More

515 - 4 Ways to Invest in Stocks with Little Money or Experience

24:48 | Oct 4th, 2017

Laura reviews 4 easy ways to invest in stocks with little money or experience and answers a podcast listener's question. You'll learn a simple strategy to invest confidently and wisely so you build plenty of wealth for the future. Get the Money Girl ...Show More

477 MG How to Stay Disciplined and Do More with Your Money

16:04 | Sep 27th, 2017

Have you ever felt frustrated, overwhelmed, or confused about a big financial decision? Most of us waffle about whether we should or shouldn’t spend money or make key financial moves. In this post, Laura gives a simple framework to stay disciplined a...Show More

514 - 8 Warning Signs of Identity Theft (and How to Fight Back)

26:40 | Sep 20th, 2017

Data hacks can leave you vulnerable to cybercriminals. Laura covers 8 warning signs to watch out for and how to fight back if you become a victim. Plus, she answers a variety of questions from readers and podcast listeners about topics including prot...Show More

513 - Equifax Data Breach: 5 Steps to Protect Your Personal Finances

23:43 | Sep 13th, 2017

Cybercriminals hacked Equifax and took the personal information of 143 million Americans, about half of the U.S. adult population. If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance your personal information was exposed. Laura explains what happened ...Show More

512 MG Natural Disaster Survival: How to Save Yourself and Your Finances

28:21 | Sep 6th, 2017

Natural disasters happen no matter where you live. Laura explains how to be properly insured, get a fair claim settlement, apply for federal assistance, work with contractors, and avoid scams. You'll learn how prepare for and deal with any type of na...Show More

511 MG Tax Q&A: Tips for Remote Workers, Freelancers, and Expats

23:13 | Aug 30th, 2017

Taxes probably aren't your favorite topic, but the more you understand about them, the more money you can save by legally cutting your tax bill. Laura answers seven tax-related questions about working remotely, living abroad as an expat, and doing fr...Show More

510 MG Is Owning Gold a Smart Investment?

18:37 | Aug 23rd, 2017

If you've ever wondered if you should invest in precious metals, it's time to get more information. Laura answers a listener question about owning gold in light of the political climate. She'll explain why investors choose gold, how to buy it, and wh...Show More

509 MG Work from a Home Office? Claim a Tax Deduction and Save Money

22:10 | Aug 16th, 2017

Claiming the home office deduction is a smart way to make certain expenses fully or partially deductible. But there are strict rules to qualify. Find out who can claim the often-overlooked home office deduction, which expenses are deductible, and how...Show More

508 MG Social Security—Secrets to Max Out Your Future Benefits

29:01 | Aug 9th, 2017

Laura interviews a Social Security expert about how the program works and what you need to know even if you're nowhere near retirement age. They discuss who's eligible for benefits, pros and cons of taking early retirement, how to avoid expensive Soc...Show More

507 MG How to Open an IRA—Understand Eligibility, Rollovers, and Early Retirement

26:06 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Retirement accounts can be the best way to secure your future--but the rules can be confusing. Laura answers four IRA questions about who's eligible, the rules for doing rollovers, and tips to retire early. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirl...Show More

506 MG Should You Pay Off Debt Before Investing?

29:15 | Jul 26th, 2017

Not sure whether to pay off a debt or to invest money instead? Laura covers the main pros and cons and shares a simple method to prioritize your precious resources so you accomplish key financial goals and build wealth as quickly as possible.

505 MG Credit Q&A: Build Credit, Dispute Errors, and Prioritize Debt

25:04 | Jul 19th, 2017

Laura answers questions about how to build credit, manage credit utilization, correct credit errors, handle past due accounts, and prioritize debt the best way possible. Read or listen to the audio podcast for key tips to maintain good credit for lif...Show More

504 MG Should You Use a 529 Plan to Pay for College?

33:33 | Jul 12th, 2017

Money Girl interviews a 529 college savings plan expert on how to fund higher education for yourself, a child, or grandchild without going broke. Learn how to choose the right 529 plan and use it wisely, how much to save, what the funds can be used f...Show More

402 MG Finding the Right Partner for Life and Financial Success

15:50 | Jul 5th, 2017

Five important traits to look for when choosing a life partner (plus many to avoid) so you're more likely to have a happy and successful financial life together. Read the full podcast here: http://bit.ly/1F40uGs

503 MG What Insurance College Kids Need and Tips to Save

20:04 | Jun 28th, 2017

Make sure you don't skimp on insurance needs for your college student. Laura answers a listener question about how to handle vehicles for students and shop for insurance. Plus, you'll learn other important considerations to protect your belongings an...Show More

502 MG Retirement Q&A: How to Choose Accounts, Manage Risk, and Cut Fees

21:06 | Jun 21st, 2017

Do you have concerns or unanswered questions about investing for retirement that have kept you from getting started? It's time to get more clarity so you can move your finances forward with confidence instead of staying stuck and never building wealt...Show More

501 MG How to Create a Profitable Side Business (and Keep Your Day Job)

31:49 | Jun 14th, 2017

Want to become an entrepreneur while avoiding all the potential pitfalls? Laura interviews Patrick McGinnis, author of The 10% Entrepreneur about why you don't have to choose between your current career and starting a profitable side business. Find o...Show More

500 MG 500th Episode Special: The Story Behind Money Girl

18:38 | Jun 6th, 2017

Woohoo, it's the 500th episode of Money Girl! Let's celebrate by going behind the scenes. Laura shares the Money Girl story, how she got started as a personal finance expert and author, how the podcast began, its major influence on her career, and ho...Show More

448 MG 6 Options to Get a Loan with Bad Credit

15:33 | May 30th, 2017

While having bad credit can be a roadblock when applying for a loan from a traditional lender, it doesn't mean that you can't get a loan. Laura covers 6 lending alternatives to get a loan even if your credit is less than perfect. Read the full transc...Show More

499 MG Debt Q&A: Manage Student Loans, Credit Cards, and HELOCs Wisely

19:13 | May 24th, 2017

Handling debt wisely is one of the most important parts of your financial life. Laura answers 6 questions she recently received about student loans, HELOCs, and credit card debt. You'll learn tips to protect your credit, use existing home equity, man...Show More

498 MG How to Find Scholarships and Pay for College Without Loans

22:29 | May 17th, 2017

Laura interviews Jocelyn Paonita Pearson, a scholarship expert and founder of The Scholarship System. They talk about how to pay for college without loans by using scholarship funds. After years of trial and error, Jocelyn cracked the code on how to ...Show More