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How One Family Paid Off a $330k Mortgage in 5 Years

1:26:04 | Jan 14th

Ever wonder how someone decides to aggressively attack a goal, like paying down your mortgage? Talaat McNeely and his spouse Tai decided to think HUGE thoughts when they set out to pay off their house in five years. They didn't know how they'd do it,...Show More

Your Smartest 2019 Money Moves (plus an intro to Gradifi)

1:05:40 | Jan 11th

What money moves are you planning for 2019? From creating an emergency fund and increasing your 401k contributions, to downsizing and starting a side hustle, there are plenty of smart financial steps you can take to make this year your best one yet. ...Show More

Wash Away Your Debts (with Nick Clements)

1:02:51 | Jan 9th

Did you spend too during the holiday season? Studies showed that many of us WAY overspent this year, to the tune of over $1,200 more spending than we could truly afford. Add that to the huge amount of debt people are already carrying, and this year's...Show More

How To Nail Your Retirement Investment Strategy (with Larry Swedroe)

1:20:27 | Jan 7th

In this tumultuous market, how certain are you about your investment strategy? Larry Swedroe joins us today to talk retirement planning, but especially to talk about weathering the storm of risk and uncertainty in this market. We'll talk about what's...Show More

What Does Our Magic 8 Ball Predict For 2019? (plus an intro to Kin)

1:25:29 | Jan 4th

What's on tap for 2019? We don't know what you have planned personally, but we CAN tell you what our Magic 8 Ball says is going to happen. We'll ask it all the important questions, like, "What will the stock market do in 2019?" and "Will the price of...Show More

You Can Be a Badass in 2019 (with Jen Sincero)

1:07:16 | Jan 2nd

What do you want from 2019? How about becoming a badass? Our guest today says you're already a badass and just might not know it. Jen Sincero has written TWO New York Times bestsellers, but today she's here with us teaching you how to kick off a new ...Show More

What Did 2018 Teach Us About Money? (with Jill Schlesinger)

1:16:32 | Dec 31st, 2018

2018 was quite a year....maybe the opposite of March (in like a Lion/out like a lamb)....and began fairly gently and definitely is finishing with a roar. What should we have learned, if we turn the events of this year into timeless lessons? What coul...Show More

Last Year's Look Into The Magic 8 Ball (SB RWD 86)

1:06:20 | Dec 28th, 2018

In anticipation of our annual magic 8 ball episode next Friday, we're taking a look back at last year's magic 8 ball episode. For those of you new to the show, each year roundtable regular Len Penzo brings down his magic 8 ball and we ask it wide-ran...Show More

Abigail Adams was a financial badass (SB RWD 85)

1:01:32 | Dec 26th, 2018

Today's rewind episode features one of our favorite interviews with a fantastic guest: Dr. Woody Holton, author of the book "Abigail Adams", for which he won the Bambridge Award and more. In a time when women weren't expected, or even necessarily all...Show More

Ric Edelman Helps Us Rescue Your Money (SB RWD 84)

1:00:52 | Dec 24th, 2018

With all the news going around about the markets, we thought it would be fitting to kick off our rewind week by sharing our time with Ric Edelman. Ric, Chairman and Founder of Edelman Financial Services, bestselling author, and host of the hit “Ric E...Show More

The OTHER Way To Solve Your Money Problems (plus an update on Debitize)

56:22 | Dec 21st, 2018

There's nothing wrong with selling some of your clutter to help pay down your debt, but, as today's piece from Val Breit from TheCommonCentsClub (in a piece appearing on Rockstar Finance), there are plenty of other things you could be doing to help s...Show More

Real Estate Investing Basics (with BiggerPockets)

1:08:06 | Dec 19th, 2018

Thinking about getting into real estate? We're bringing down two fantastic guests who are excited to deliver what you need to know about investing in real estate: from the BiggerPockets real estate community and podcast, we're talking to Josh Dorkin ...Show More

Creating Your Debt Free Blueprint (with Laura Adams, aka Money Girl)

1:16:16 | Dec 17th, 2018

Are you having trouble climbing out of debt? Or maybe you're tired of daily calls from debt collectors? Whether you have serious debt or just need to refresh your plan, today we're kickstarting your 2019 journey to financial independence with the hos...Show More

Should I Become a Holiday Minimalist? (plus an intro to Royalty Exchange)

1:09:37 | Dec 14th, 2018

Tired of all the running around shopping and working and cooking and planning...all to try and make the perfect holiday? What if you ditched all that and instead just focused on the people around you? Would that make it better? We'll talk about not j...Show More

Advice We Wish We'd Been Handed At Age 22 (Your Letters)

59:05 | Dec 12th, 2018

What do you wish someone had told you when you were 22 years old? How much would it have changed your trajectory? Would you have even listened to the advice? Today we're not just doling out idea to help your financial future....the guys are answering...Show More

Budgeting 101 (and maybe some 201) with Michele Cagan

1:06:29 | Dec 10th, 2018

If you're like most people during the big holiday season, it's not really a question of IF you go over your budget, but WHEN--and how badly. With another "can't miss" deal around every corner who can keep themselves from doing a little splurging when...Show More

Surviving The Fog of Life and Money (with an intro to Digs)

1:06:08 | Dec 7th, 2018

How can you really follow a financial plan when absolutely nobody knows what's going to happen to the economy or in their life in a couple of years? What happens to your financial plan if you lose your job or have a medical emergency that wipes out y...Show More

Becoming the NEXT Millionaire Next Door (with Dr. Sarah Stanley Fallaw)

58:46 | Dec 5th, 2018

How will YOU become the next millionaire next door? Believe it or not, it's been 23 years since The Millionaire Next Door shook the foundation of what people thought about wealth. You mean LOTS of people built their wealth in other ways than inheriti...Show More

People Who Don't Like The FIRE Movement Don't Understand It (with David Bach)

0:00 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Recently there have been LOTS of headlines about FIRE. Good? Bad? Ugly? We invited David Bach down to the basement to ostensibly ask him about the 20th anniversary edition of his Smart Women Finish Rich book. While we cover that in detail, we also as...Show More

People Who Don't Like The FIRE Movement Don't Understand It (with David Bach)

1:08:07 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Recently there have been LOTS of headlines about FIRE. Good? Bad? Ugly? We invited David Bach down to the basement to ostensibly ask him about the 20th anniversary edition of his Smart Women Finish Rich book. While we cover that in detail, we also as...Show More

How To Crush Holiday Networking Events (plus an intro to Blendtique)

1:13:20 | Nov 30th, 2018

If you're like me, holiday parties are a mix of sheer terror, the threat of being stuck in a corner in the world's second most boring conversation, and hoping that you don't accidentally stick your foot in your mouth. So, to help us all not only navi...Show More

Stop Being Your Own Investing Worst Enemy (with Dr. Daniel Crosby)

59:29 | Nov 28th, 2018

Ever think that you need to take decisive action to bring your investments under control? Ever wonder exactly what moves you should make the next time the market moves up or down? We've got you covered, because Dr. Daniel Crosby joins us to talk abou...Show More

Conquering Fear To Reach Bigger Goals (with Akshay Nanavati)

1:11:32 | Nov 26th, 2018

If anyone knows about fighting fear, it's Akshay Nanavati. While fighting overseas with the Marines, Akshay lost people close to him and subsequently suffered PTSD. He'll share his story of overcoming his own paralyzing fear, fighting demons, and ach...Show More

Learning about Money, Economics and Business with Board Games

1:06:13 | Nov 23rd, 2018

While everyone else is standing in Black Friday lines hoping for the best deals, we're kicking back in the basement enjoying some board games. Eric Summerer from The Dice Tower joins us to talk about his favorite games about money, economics, and bus...Show More

What's Hot In Tech and Light On Your Wallet This Black Friday?

1:08:25 | Nov 21st, 2018

Every year early adopters worry about one What's the hottest new thing? What's the flop that we should avoid? How expensive is the latest do-dad going to cost? Should I buy last year's do-dad to save some cash? We're super excite...Show More

This Year's Biggest Black Friday Deals

1:03:14 | Nov 19th, 2018

Ready, set, SHOP! If you have to shop (and we're fairly certain you're like us and aren't in love with the idea at all), why not make it more fun by saving tons of money? Whether you're looking for clothing, tools, kitchen aids, furniture, or just so...Show More

12 Items You're Wasting Money On (plus an intro to Honeybee)

1:19:40 | Nov 16th, 2018

What items are YOU buying that are a complete waste of money? Today we're throwing out the playbook and all the rules for this very special episode of the Stacking Benjamins show. Joseph Hogue from the Let's Talk Money! YouTube channel joins Paula Pa...Show More

What Should Keith Do With a $50,000 Inheritance? (Your Letters)

1:15:13 | Nov 14th, 2018

We're dedicating today's show to all of your burning financial questions. Will the fact that Anna's parents are opening up a 529 plan for her daughter create unintended financial consequences down the road? What should Keith do with a $50,000 inherit...Show More

From 2 Incomes To 1: How She Quit Her Job & Couldn’t Be Happier

1:22:03 | Nov 12th, 2018

On today's show we're talking to Chris Peach and Andrea Robinson about big life changes. Think it's too late for you to change your direction? Or maybe you're too apprehensive about jumping into the unknown? Chris and Andrea will break it down on jus...Show More

Juggling Money, Family and Work (featuring Shannon Cason, Cat Alford, Andy Hill, Tasha Daniel and more!)

1:23:55 | Nov 9th, 2018

How do you find time to make all of the right money moves, have relationships with family or friends, AND keep a career that brings in the Benjamins? We'll talk about that and a TON more on today's podcast, recorded live in Detroit, Michigan, to roun...Show More

Chasing Your Dream Career (with Joel Goldberg, Carrie Olsen, Tracie Fobes and MORE!)

1:35:47 | Nov 7th, 2018

We're kicking off our live Kansas City show with a fantastic hometown story on how one guy went from small time jobs to BIG time pre- and post-game shows for Kansas City Royals television broadcasts. You heard his podcast recently on our feed (as he ...Show More

From $40,000 in Student Loan Debt to $100k+ Income Per Month

1:38:47 | Nov 5th, 2018

We kick off live show week with a great story. How about a blogger who owed thousands in student loan debt and turned things around so much that only a few years later she's earning six figures every month and lives on a sailboat? Michelle Shroeder-G...Show More

How Not To Lose It When You Lose Money

1:12:43 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Investors. Right when they turn left they turn right. You've heard lots of stories about people who've lost fortunes...all because they lost their head. Yet one recent publication shows the mindset shift of investors over time and through different m...Show More

Meet the Mad Money Monsters

1:17:12 | Oct 31st, 2018

We're bringing two specially picked Halloween inspired guests down to the basement today, (and as a bonus, for once we can call all of our cobwebs and flickering lights seasonal decoration. Bonus!) Today we welcome the two brains behind the Mad Money...Show More

How Much Cash Buys Financial Independence? (Your Letters)

1:09:20 | Oct 29th, 2018

We're kicking off the week talking about new jobs, annuities, paying down your mortgage, and spreadsheets....that's right, it's our favorite episode: we're answering YOUR letters. Joseph's got his first "big boy" job as an engineer after college. He'...Show More

Financial Terms You Need To Know (plus an intro to Cozy)

1:08:44 | Oct 26th, 2018

Just like how you need to know where the pedals are when you ride a bike, learning the key financial terms is an important part of your success as a saver. What are the most important terms to know? We're joined by Tom Drake from the Maple Money podc...Show More

Money Mistakes and Wins, plus Leadership Lessons from the Negro Leagues Museum (live podcasts with Chris Browning and Joel Goldberg!)

48:17 | Oct 24th, 2018

Today we bring you two fantastic podcast episodes in a single package! As part of our three city tour we headed to Orlando, where Chris Browning and the Popcorn Finance podcast took the stage. Chris tackles some of his (and the audience's) biggest mo...Show More

How One Family Paid Off $74,000 of Debt

1:10:13 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Need inspiration to pay off your debt? We have it today. Alaya Linton from the blog and her husband paid off over $74,000 of debt in....wait for it....25 months. She'll walk us through all of the bad decisions she made wracking up th...Show More

The ONE Thing You Need To Figure Out (plus Jake Hare from Launchpeer)

1:18:43 | Oct 19th, 2018

What's the ONE thing you need to figure out to get what you really want? A popular blogger wrote a piece on the topic and today we have a special all-guest panel to help us work through it. On today's show we welcome, from the Hippocratic Hustle podc...Show More

From Runaway To Entrepreneur (with Brynne Conroy)

1:03:20 | Oct 17th, 2018

Here's a success story: Brynne was couch surfing because she had nowhere to go and now is releasing one of the biggest financial books of the year. Think that isn't inspirational? Oh, we've got inspriation in spades on today's show. Whether you're th...Show More

Building Habits That Stick (with James Clear)

1:04:15 | Oct 15th, 2018

Spend $10 on fast-food at lunch, or carry in a bag lunch to eat in at the office? Order some delivery for dinner because you're too busy, or meal prep at the beginning of the week? Small choices we choose each day turn into habits that make up the ba...Show More

Ever Try THESE Extremely Frugal (and maybe gross) Money Savers?

1:14:30 | Oct 12th, 2018

Being financially prudent is one thing, but when does saving money cross the line into being extremely, and possibly even grossly, frugal? Helping us answer these questions are today's special guests: from the Mr. Fi Guy blog, it's Mr. Fi (or as his ...Show More

From Disorganized to Money Management Ninja (with Belinda Rosenblum)

1:09:07 | Oct 10th, 2018

How do you become a money pro? Like most start off as a financial nightmare and you learn the hard lessons that teach you how to be much better with your Benjamins. Belinda Rosenblum lived that life....she was horrible with budgets and u...Show More

Kicking the 9-5 To The Curb (with Lee Huffman)

1:12:11 | Oct 8th, 2018

Our featured guest coming down to the basement has two kids... and he still kicked his job to the curb and made the jump to the self-employed route. Why did he do it? And HOW did he do it? Lee Huffman will tell us the story today. Plus, in today's he...Show More

What Innovation Is Coming To YOUR Wallet?

1:17:52 | Oct 5th, 2018

Long-time basement listeners know what the Friday after FinCon means... it's our episode you know and love: when we take you on a tour of some of the biggest innovations and coolest concepts we see at the show. So, just what are we covering this year...Show More

Turning Inner Strength Into Outer Money Success (with Beth Burns)

1:04:31 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Today in the basement we're turning inner strength into outer money success with financial coach Beth Burns. Plus, in our headlines segment, do you live in one of the least financially savvy states? We'll go over that list... plus tell you which side...Show More

Health and Your Money: The Groovy-est Episode Ever

1:10:13 | Oct 1st, 2018

You first heard him on our Friday roundtable episode... and now he's coming back for his victory lap (and the mic all to himself). Today we welcome Mr.Groovy, of Freedom is Groovy to talk all things financial independence. How did he become financial...Show More

Lying About Your Money (plus an intro to RateGravity)

1:20:29 | Sep 28th, 2018

Have you ever lied about how much money you make? Most likely, along with the rest of us, you've probably puffed up the number at least once in your life. So exactly why do people lie? Helping us discuss fibbing to spouses and to statisticians is our...Show More

Suze Orman

1:13:10 | Sep 26th, 2018

We're pulling out all the stops today because we're talking to a special guest that you may (or may not) have heard of... Suze Orman. We'll talk all things women and money, mentorship, understanding your investments and financial tools, and more. Plu...Show More

Finding Quantum Success With Work And Money (with Christy Whitman)

1:06:30 | Sep 24th, 2018

We're kicking off Monday by talking by asking, how do you achieve quantum success with your career and your MONEY? Helping us improve our financial lives is today's special guest, Christy Whitman. Plus, in our headlines segment, would you enjoy being...Show More

11 Reasons Why You’re Not Making MORE Money

1:05:58 | Sep 21st, 2018

Ever wonder what outside factors are keeping you from making more money? If so, it turns out you're not the only one asking that nagging question... big surprise there! Helping us cover a recently released blog post covering many reasons why you aren...Show More

What To Do With Big (Sudden) Money with Doug Goldstein

1:10:50 | Sep 19th, 2018

What would you do if you found yourself with a big inheritance? You might have some ideas on that, but do you really know what you SHOULD do if you found yourself in that situation? Helping us with just that question is our special guest, Doug Goldst...Show More

From Zero To Million Dollar Listings (with Ryan Serhant)

1:14:37 | Sep 17th, 2018

Need a kick in the pants when it comes to your career? Time to look inward and make some improvements? Check. We've got you covered. Thinking about selling....anything, but maybe even real estate? Check. We've also got YOU covered. Need a healthy spo...Show More

BONUS Episode: 2018 Plutus Award Finalists AND Panel Discussion

1:59:35 | Sep 16th, 2018

A special BONUS treat! We've asked Mr. Plutus Awards Harlan Landes and our friend (and Plutus Award team member) Miranda Marquit down to the basement to share this years finalists, and they agreed! They'll spend a little time sharing ALL of the final...Show More

10 Money Leaks to Plug NOW!

1:05:52 | Sep 14th, 2018

Spend $8 at the coffee shop, $5 dollars for a little snack later on... maybe $20 eating dinner at a restaurant with your co-workers later tonight. Rinse, wash, and repeat a few days a week and you'll start to wonder where all that extra cash you're s...Show More

Lessons From Strangers' Money Diaries (with Lindsey Stanberry)

1:10:25 | Sep 12th, 2018

Ever want to see how someone else lives and spends money? The Money Diaries, a wildly popular feature at Refinery29, digs into the personal lives of people who volunteer to share the details of their lives and expenses. What you find, are lots of les...Show More

You Can Be a Wealthy Heiress (or Heir) with Linda P. Jones

1:08:25 | Sep 10th, 2018

Do you have what it takes to be a wealthy heiress (or heir)? Our friend Linda P. Jones says that you already have the you just need to dive in and show your prowess. She'll take you through the steps to claim your wealth, and we'll ...Show More

Things We Wish We Knew About Money When We Were 20 w/ an intro to Respect (SB RWD 83)

1:02:16 | Sep 7th, 2018

We're finishing this week strong with today's rewind episode. Featuring Joe, Len Penzo, and Paula Pant, this roundtable has our group looking back at their 20's. What sort of money education would have made their lives easier? Later on the show, the ...Show More

Stop Making Bad Money Moves w/ Emily Guy Birken (SB RWD 82)

55:53 | Sep 5th, 2018

Pay down your debts, or invest in the market? Upgrade to a new car, or start stashing away money for a house? Opportunity costs face us everyday, and today, we're rolling back the clock to when we sat down with Emily Guy Birken, who explains just how...Show More

Crushing Student Loans and Buying Houses: Your Letters (SB RWD 81)

59:08 | Sep 3rd, 2018

We're rolling back the clock to one of our extra-stuffed letters episodes. The guys will cover questions about buying homes, paying down student debt, investing, bitcoin and more. Then in the headlines segment the guys looked at mistakes that investo...Show More

The Happiest Way To Pay Your Loans AND Grab Scholarships (Plus an intro to Emperor Investments)

1:10:45 | Aug 31st, 2018

We're ending this eight week series of shows on a very special note, with some awesome guests and fun surprises! First, have you ever groaned while paying the same debt payment over and over every single month? Sure you have! Today we'll talk to our ...Show More

Finding the ZERO Percent Tax Bracket In Retirement (with David McKnight)

1:00:08 | Aug 29th, 2018

You've diligently saved and invested. You've taken careful care of your money, and you're now ready to enjoy your golden years...but your tax situation isn't what you'd expected and now you have a whole lot less money than you'd hoped. That's the sit...Show More

Retire Early with Real Estate (with Chad "Coach" Carson)

1:14:43 | Aug 27th, 2018

Looking to get into real estate? Or maybe you're hoping to clock out of work early... permanently? Today we're bringing down to the basement the guy who used real estate to make sure his family was in great financial shape at an early age, Chad "Coac...Show More

8 Money Mistakes Middle Class People Make (plus an intro to Blast)

1:05:16 | Aug 24th, 2018

As much as we don't like to admit it (and let's face it, Doug never will), we're not perfect here in the basement. We can mess up and make mistakes, just like anyone. But not all mistakes are created equal. Forgetting to start the dishwasher? Yeah, t...Show More

Len Penzo's Annual School Lunch Survey (the entertaining way to learn inflation)

57:55 | Aug 22nd, 2018

PB&J or BLT? Before you answer that question you'll want to listen in on today's show. You guessed it! Today's the return of Len Penzo's annual Sandwich Survey. We're mixing the costs of going back to school, nutrition, and a little inflation talk al...Show More

Managing Money During Emotional Times (with Dorie Fain)

1:05:25 | Aug 20th, 2018

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. Wo...Show More

Making Money Through Better Time Management (plus BIG news from Haven Life)

1:05:39 | Aug 17th, 2018

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 extraor...Show More

How to Be Boss and Take Control of Your Income

55:20 | Aug 15th, 2018

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 abo...Show More

How Is a New Cryptocurrency Born?

1:01:45 | Aug 13th, 2018

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 already it sounds a little different, right? To l...Show More

How Hardcore Are Your Money Habits? (plus an intro to CNote!)

1:10:34 | Aug 10th, 2018

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) hardc...Show More

She Paid Off $18,410 Of Debt In 7 Months

55:00 | Aug 8th, 2018

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...Show More

Fidelity Drops TWO Zero Fees Funds Into the Market

1:00:44 | Aug 6th, 2018

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 mutua...Show More

How Not To $#&* Yourself When Taking Out A Loan (plus an intro to Current)

1:04:03 | Aug 3rd, 2018

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, Paula Pant; from our very own basement, OG; and fro...Show More

LIVE From Podcast Movement with your favorite Podcasters!

1:21:02 | Aug 1st, 2018

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 ...Show More

How Do I Build a Stream of Retirement Money?

51:11 | Jul 30th, 2018

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 spec...Show More

Do I Have an Unhealthy Relationship With Money? (plus an intro to Zeta)

1:15:43 | Jul 27th, 2018

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 warnin...Show More

Investing In Your Vices (with Jordan Waldrep)

1:13:45 | Jul 25th, 2018

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 cigarettes, gambling, and alcohol. ...Show More

Doing Well By Doing Good...with Real Estate (with Eddie Lorin)

59:05 | Jul 23rd, 2018

At least one real estate investor is doing his best work by bringing affordable real estate to the masses. From, we welcome Eddie Lorin, who'll share how you can purchase and create real estate opportunities that in his words, "do w...Show More

What Do Money Bloggers Owe Their Audience? (plus a BIG update from Tiller)

1:26:50 | Jul 20th, 2018

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...Show More

Welcome to Stacking Hamiltons! (w/ Rosemarie Groner)

1:17:12 | Jul 18th, 2018

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 s...Show More

How I Retired Early: A Case Study w/ Fritz Gilbert

1:19:04 | Jul 15th, 2018

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 hims...Show More

Answer These 3 Questions About Money To Enrich Your Life (plus an intro to eBlocker)

1:05:56 | Jul 13th, 2018

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? ...Show More

How To Slash Your Investing Risk (with Chris Cook)

1:10:46 | Jul 11th, 2018

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 retireme...Show More

Fun & Games and Wiping Out Your Student Loan Debt (with Michael Torpey and Natalia Abrams)

1:00:18 | Jul 9th, 2018

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...Show More

Taking The Entrepreneurship Plunge Without Drowning with Steve Chou (SB RWD 80)

48:11 | Jul 6th, 2018

The Fintern completes our rewind week with today's flashback roundtable episode featuring Steve Chou from, Paula Pant from Afford Anything, AND our old friend Greg McFarlane from ControlYourCash. Thinking about taking a dive into...Show More

Starting Your Rental Real Estate Empire with Brandon Turner (SB RWD 79)

1:06:49 | Jul 4th, 2018

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 coup...Show More

Rocking Your Debt Cleanse with Nick Clements, Mandi Woofruff and Tiffany the Budgetnista (SB RWD 78)

1:20:34 | Jul 2nd, 2018

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 stra...Show More

Make Mistakes and Still Find Financial Independence (plus an intro to Mason)

1:06:42 | Jun 29th, 2018

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 s...Show More

Kiné Corder on the Relationship Between Money, Happiness, and Your Personality

1:09:52 | Jun 27th, 2018

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 weakn...Show More

You CAN Stick To The Plan (with Nicole Lapin)

1:15:12 | Jun 25th, 2018

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 recogn...Show More

5 Fun Ways To Teach Kids About Money (Plus Advice From TIAA for Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles)

1:19:02 | Jun 22nd, 2018

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...Show More

What's Not To Like About a 401k Loan? (Your Letters)

1:04:27 | Jun 20th, 2018

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 4...Show More

When Retirement Seems Impossible (with Dr. Steve Wendel from Morningstar)

1:03:19 | Jun 18th, 2018

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 Mornings...Show More

Why The Joneses Will Bankrupt You (plus an intro to the WELA app)

1:12:41 | Jun 15th, 2018

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? ...Show More

How To Avoid the Wrong Financial Planner (with Stephanie McCullough)

1:01:55 | Jun 13th, 2018

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 financia...Show More

Getting InvestED (with Phil Town)

1:04:13 | Jun 11th, 2018

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 the point that she didn't want to invest money the way he did. Instead, ...Show More

What Was Your Money Epiphany? (plus an intro to Status Money)

1:08:59 | Jun 8th, 2018

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...Show More

Taking Drastic Action to Pay Down $120k of Debt (with Aja McClanahan)

1:07:34 | Jun 6th, 2018

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 he...Show More

The Highs and Lows of Real Estate Investing (with Dana Bull)

1:02:49 | Jun 4th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Did We Miss the Debt Panic Memo? (plus an intro to Swell)

1:06:23 | Jun 1st, 2018

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 ...Show More

From Shopaholic to Money Ninja (with Michelle Bobrow)

59:50 | May 30th, 2018

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 (th...Show More

Business For Bohemians (with Tom Hodgkinson)

1:05:32 | May 28th, 2018

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 oper...Show More

Can Retirement Ruin Your Relationships? (Plus an intro to

1:06:26 | May 25th, 2018

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 sec...Show More

Your Summer Theme Park Savings Guide (with Robert Niles)

58:22 | May 23rd, 2018

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, ...Show More

You NEED More Money (with Matt Manero)

1:03:32 | May 21st, 2018

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'...Show More

Find More Time and Money (plus an intro to Tomorrow)

1:05:45 | May 18th, 2018

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 joi...Show More

Find More Time and Money (plus an intro to Tomorrow)

0:00 | May 18th, 2018

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 joi...Show More

Bozos, Monsters... and Other Financial Planners (with Lorraine Ell)

1:03:50 | May 16th, 2018

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 tell...Show More

How One Frugal Secretary Saved Millions (and your letters)

54:23 | May 14th, 2018

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 peop...Show More

What Bad Jobs Can Teach You About Money (plus an intro to OfferUp)

58:26 | May 11th, 2018

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 A...Show More

What Do We Think About Niche Real Estate? (plus FICO and more of your questions!)

1:17:22 | May 9th, 2018

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. ETF...Show More

Making & Saving More Money in the Sharing Economy (with Harry Campbell)

1:06:08 | May 7th, 2018

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...Show More

Our Best Advice For Graduates - And YOU (SB RWD77)

54:11 | May 4th, 2018

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 aut...Show More

Preparing For When Things Go Wrong (SB RWD76)

1:20:44 | May 2nd, 2018

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 ins...Show More

The Dirty Side of Money with Kabir Sehgal (SB RWD75)

1:00:23 | Apr 30th, 2018

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...Show More

How Do I Save Money On My Insurance? (plus an intro to N26)

57:23 | Apr 27th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Should I Invest In a Roth IRA (and more of your questions)

1:11:15 | Apr 25th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Creating Your Own Better Outcome (with Lillian Karabaic)

1:01:07 | Apr 23rd, 2018

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 ar...Show More

Should You Trade in Your Friends for Richer Ones? (plus we help kick off Money Smart Week!)

56:23 | Apr 20th, 2018

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 we...Show More

Your Money or Your Life? (with Vicki Robin)

1:09:06 | Apr 18th, 2018

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 s...Show More

Building Your Money-Savvy Network Before You Need It (with Jordan Harbinger)

1:03:32 | Apr 16th, 2018

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...Show More

Popular Advice That's Actually Baloney

1:01:29 | Apr 13th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Beth Kobliner and SNL's Kate McKinnon Team Up To Teach Financial Literacy

1:05:44 | Apr 11th, 2018

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 th...Show More

A Beginner's Guide to Individual Stock Investing (with Chuck Jaffe)

1:14:34 | Apr 9th, 2018

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 diver...Show More

Is Frugality For Rich People? (plus an intro to Voleo)

1:15:23 | Apr 6th, 2018

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 r...Show More

Spring Clean Your Wallet (plus Ditch the Resume/Land the Job with Gary Burnison)

1:09:03 | Apr 4th, 2018

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 m...Show More

Breaking Free From Money's "Oh @$#%" Cycle (with/ Kristin Wong)

1:06:41 | Apr 2nd, 2018

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 ...Show More

How to Break Up With Advisors (plus an intro to Grove)

1:08:09 | Mar 30th, 2018

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 ...Show More

A Chinese Stock Shell Game (with Jed Rothstein from The China Hustle)

57:57 | Mar 28th, 2018

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...Show More

Abigail Adams: Financial Badass

1:00:09 | Mar 26th, 2018

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 A...Show More

Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Millionaire?

56:44 | Mar 23rd, 2018

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 th...Show More

10 Money Lessons From Oscar Nominated Flicks

1:21:55 | Mar 21st, 2018

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 tha...Show More

How to Have More Money and Life (with Derek Rydall)

1:10:26 | Mar 19th, 2018

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 ...Show More

THIS is the Secret To Saving Money (and an intro to Equity Multiple)

1:11:45 | Mar 16th, 2018

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 No...Show More

Lisa Marie Presley Is Out Of Money (and we're treating our elders horribly)

1:13:59 | Mar 14th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Pulling Your Life (and Money) Together When Everything Goes Wrong

1:08:07 | Mar 12th, 2018

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'...Show More

Are You Frugal Or Just Plain Cheap? (with an intro to Blueprint)

1:10:47 | Mar 9th, 2018

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 ...Show More

From $100 to $1 Million (with BizKids' Jeannine Glista)

1:00:16 | Mar 7th, 2018

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 w...Show More

Rethinking Consumerism (with Elizabeth Thames, AKA Mrs. Frugalwoods)

1:10:23 | Mar 5th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Is it Taxable? And an intro to Clarity Money (SB RWD 74)

1:13:41 | Mar 2nd, 2018

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 o...Show More

Stealing Back 40 to 60 Percent More time with Edward G. Brown (SB RWD 73)

59:56 | Feb 28th, 2018

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...Show More

Avoiding the Mistakes of 2007's Housing Crisis with Sheila Bair (SB RWD 72)

1:17:36 | Feb 26th, 2018

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 to...Show More

8 Smart Things To Do With $1,000 Right Now (Plus the future of FinTech w/ Rory Holland)

1:00:13 | Feb 23rd, 2018

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 d...Show More

Why Most Networkers Stink (with Scott Gerber)

1:05:35 | Feb 21st, 2018

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....Show More

Better Decision-Making When You Don't Have All The Facts (with Annie Duke)

1:07:27 | Feb 19th, 2018

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 profession...Show More

Stop Wasting Money on These 18 Products

57:56 | Feb 16th, 2018

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 al...Show More

Career Tips Learned Managing Frank Sinatra (with Eliot Weisman)

0:00 | Feb 14th, 2018

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 lar...Show More

Career Tips Learned Managing Frank Sinatra (with Eliot Weisman)

48:23 | Feb 14th, 2018

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 lar...Show More

Special Episode: An Intro To Business Wars

10:07 | Feb 13th, 2018

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

What's Your Money Story? (with Jen Hemphill)

1:09:14 | Feb 12th, 2018

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...Show More

Should You Brag About Your Benjamins on the Internet (with an intro to Aspiration)

1:03:32 | Feb 9th, 2018

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 p...Show More

Winning the Podium With Your Money (Silver Medalist Bobsledder Lauryn Williams)

1:05:22 | Feb 7th, 2018

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-Olympic...Show More

Sell A Home Fast (with Mindy Jensen)

1:02:44 | Feb 5th, 2018

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 tod...Show More

Is the FIRE Movement Dying? (plus an intro to Better)

1:11:55 | Feb 2nd, 2018

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 Americ...Show More

Boost Your Income, Grow Your Stash, and Practice Better Spending (with Michele Cagan)

59:21 | Jan 31st, 2018

The basics of finance ain't 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 ...Show More

How To Stop A Money Scam (with Sandra Bernardo)

53:13 | Jan 29th, 2018

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 ...Show More

New Podcast Sample: MITM Airline Bins and Tax Returns

19:31 | Jan 27th, 2018

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 Fac...Show More

Should Chris Pay Off All His Debt? (with Dana Anspach)

1:01:21 | Jan 26th, 2018

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 o...Show More

5 Things You Didn't Know About Buying A Car (with Clark Howard)

1:04:24 | Jan 24th, 2018

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 k...Show More

How I Grew My Wealth: From LA Riots to Financial Security (with Natalie Torres-Haddad)

1:05:36 | Jan 22nd, 2018

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...Show More

More Money on a Smaller Paycheck? (plus an intro to Empower)

1:02:42 | Jan 19th, 2018

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, fe...Show More

Freelance Your Way To Freedom (with Vincent Pugliese)

1:02:28 | Jan 17th, 2018

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 champion...Show More

She Paid Down Nearly $50k In Debt While Juggling Income (with Candice Marie)

56:23 | Jan 15th, 2018

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 h...Show More

How Do I Shove More Money Toward Retirement (and a new ETF hits the market)

1:01:52 | Jan 12th, 2018

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?...Show More

Our Top 5 Money Moves To Kick Off 2018 On The Right Foot

1:26:12 | Jan 10th, 2018

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 ...Show More

The Keys To Raising Your Credit Score (with Farnoosh Torabi)

1:03:49 | Jan 8th, 2018

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 makin...Show More

The Keys To Raising Your Credit Score (with Farnoosh Torabi)

0:00 | Jan 8th, 2018

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 makin...Show More

Will 2018 Be A GREAT Year For Investors? (plus other magic 8 ball questions)

1:04:33 | Jan 5th, 2018

In one of our FAVORITE episodes each year we wonder...will the market perform well in 2018? Will the royal family have a great year? We ask this question to the magic 8 ball AND many others, PLUS we look back at last year. What did the 8 ball say abo...Show More

Wash Away Your Debt And Start Saving (with Nick Clements)

1:07:11 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Need to clean up a debt mess? We've got you covered on today's show, as Nick Clements from stops by with HUGE and timely advice to help you wipe up your debt issues. Not only will he share the secrets people have used who've been suc...Show More

New Year, New Budget (with Mitchell Walker)

1:05:18 | Jan 1st, 2018

A new year means new promises, and maybe the BEST promise you can make to yourself is to finally tighten your budget so you can create more fun for yourself instead of spending money on things that aren't important. Our neighbor Mitchell Walker (who ...Show More

Can Our Magic 8 Ball Predict The Stock Market? (SB RWD 71)

1:17:15 | Dec 29th, 2017

Every year we ask Len Penzo's magic 8 ball how the market's going to perform...and more. Today we rewind to our episode a year ago to review the events of 2016 and then make predictions for 2017. If you've never heard our annual "magic 8 ball" episod...Show More

What Should We Have Learned About Money 5 Years Ago? (SB RWD 70)

1:21:49 | Dec 27th, 2017

We head back in time to 2012, when we asked friends of ours AND top HR writer Laurie Reuttiman what lessons we should have learned from that year. What's funny about this list? It could have been 2017.... Hope you're all having a happy holiday week!

What IS Your Rich Life? with Michael F. Kay (SB RWD 69)

1:11:13 | Dec 25th, 2017

How do YOU define a "rich" life? Certified Financial Planner Michael F. Kay joined us to talk about his definition, and it's probably MUCH different than yours. This rewind show is from 2016. Hope you enjoy!

Your 401k Could Be Better (plus an intro to CollegeBacker)

58:40 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Think your 401k rocks? In our headlines segment today we'll share a story from an author who thinks your retirement plan isn't all that it can be. Should you stop investing? Reduce the amount you save into it? We'll tackle both of those questions wit...Show More

What Should We Have Learned In 2017? (with Jean Chatzky)

1:18:15 | Dec 20th, 2017

In our MONSTER recap of 2017, Today show money editor Jean Chatzky joins in the fun to share five lessons we should have learned from some of the biggest events of the year.

Money, Mentoring and Stacking Benjamins (with Dee-1)

1:04:34 | Dec 18th, 2017

Many people call finding more cash the name of the game, but today's guest, rapper Dee-1, goes further, discussing how passion, courage, and confidence can give you the strength to find your purpose...and then find more money. He'll also talk about m...Show More

Why is Madonna Flying Coach? Plus, Other Important Questions (with an intro to Point)

55:42 | Dec 15th, 2017

Wait, who? Why is Madonna flying coach? Why would YOU fly coach if you had the money to afford better? We'll talk about that on today's show! Plus, we'll also discuss We also talk to Eddie Lim from Point. What happens if you need money, but all you h...Show More

How We Nearly Lost $90k Buying Our House (with Taylor Schulte)

1:03:04 | Dec 13th, 2017

Taylor Schulte, CFP and his spouse saved over six figures for their dream home, only to find that all of their hard work nearly meant nothing. What went wrong with their real estate transaction? What could you learn from their situation? Taylor share...Show More

How To Save Using Bonds, Pay Bitcoin Taxes, and Set Great Goals: Your Letters

59:51 | Dec 11th, 2017

Today the star of the show is YOU! We're answering your questions about the right way to invest in bonds (that'll go well), goal setting, retirement plan over-contributions, and more! Plus, we'll answer a call from Leo, who tried to play OG and Joe a...Show More

Is Shopping Online Really Cheaper? (plus an intro to

54:35 | Dec 8th, 2017

A new study about online shopping yields surprising results: the allure of cheaper online products might not be as compelling as shopping at traditional retailers. Should you change your shopping habits? We'll dig in to this topic with Paula Pant and...Show More

Rock Retirement (with Roger Whitney)

55:02 | Dec 6th, 2017

Haven't thought much about your retirement? Wondering how to more creatively plan for either FIRE or a normal retirement? We're excited to share the insights of Roger Whitney, CFP, AKA the Retirement Answer Man. He'll talk about being more aggressive...Show More

Build Wealth Faster (with David Osborn and Paul Morris)

1:10:37 | Dec 4th, 2017

Not sure how to manage your life so that you make money faster? David Osborn and Paul Morris are two men who know how to make PILES of money right now. They'll talk about how to avoid money traps and how to accelerate your earning potential on today'...Show More

Is Buying Insurance For Phones or Trips Worth The Cost? (plus an intro to Pluto)

1:04:16 | Dec 1st, 2017

We wonder out buying that insurance that comes with your new phone worth it? Is the insurance for your next vacation worth it? How about insurance on a concert or your rental car? We'll ask that question and answer it on today's show! But ...Show More

Holiday Parties That Won't Break The Bank (with Jenni Bost)

51:34 | Nov 29th, 2017

Hosting a holiday party? Invited to one? Either way, we've got you covered (as we do every year here on the show!). On our annual holiday party episode, we're joined by party planner extraordinaire Jenni Bost from, who'll share ...Show More

Chase Purpose, Not Money (with Patrice Washington)

1:06:59 | Nov 27th, 2017

If you don't know where you want to go, how do you know what to do with your money? Patrice Washington has spent LOTS of time coaching individuals on handling money better, but realized that something was missing....and that was purpose. She'll talk ...Show More

Top 5 Games To Learn About Money and Economics (with Mark Johnson and Paul Vasey)

1:02:10 | Nov 24th, 2017

Want great ways to help learn about money and finance? We'll share five ideas on today's show, from the floor of BoardGameGeek.con convention in Dallas, Texas. Joe sits down with Mark Johnson from the Board Games To Go podcast, and they also answer l...Show More

How She Saved $15,000 a Year Just By Getting Organized

0:00 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Why aren't you saving more? How about $15,000 a year more? Our guest today just organized her financial picture and saved a TON of money. Anna Davies saved by doing the little things that people talk about all the time. Today's topic isn't about "hav...Show More

How Bernie Madoff Became the Wizard of Lies (with Diana Henriques)

55:09 | Jul 31st, 2017

Bernie Madoff perpetrated the largest scam of investor money in history. How? Today we're thrilled to talk to the author of the book which HBO has now made into a four time Emmy-nominated film, The Wizard Of Lies," Diana Henriques. We'll discuss the ...Show More

Confession: Our Biggest Money Mistakes (plus an intro to Yesterday's Tomorrow)

58:01 | Jul 28th, 2017

each other. A big problem that we have at the Stacking Benjamins show is that nobody ever talks about their mistakes. So our final topic, we discuss a BIG financial mistake we've all made. One of us shares a DOOZY. We'll let you listen to...Show More

SB500 5 HUGE Money Lessons from 500 Shows

1:13:11 | Jul 26th, 2017

After 500 episodes, we've heard LOTS of lessons. Get a 15 year mortgage, get a 30 year mortgage. Pay off your debt faster, THEN save. What sticks? Today we'll share what OG and Joe think stuck for them. Our Top 5 episodes have been listener favorites...Show More

2 Banks, 1 Hacker, and $50,000

1:18:31 | Jul 24th, 2017

What would happen if you lost more than $50,000 that was meant for your first home? Shannyn Allen lived that harrowing nightmare and she's going to share the story today. She unknowingly handed a hacker $50,000 , and will share the mistakes that were...Show More

Stop Making These Critical Money Mistakes (plus an intro to Jobbatical)

55:02 | Jul 21st, 2017

Investment tips abound on today's podcast. We cover the keys to successful investing, so you can STOP making critical investment mistakes. Then we pivot to some money mistakes people on their 40's make (don't worry...even if you aren't in your 40's t...Show More

How Should I Invest $277,000 Dollars?

58:52 | Jul 19th, 2017

Looking for the reason to invest a quarter of a million dollars wisely? On today's show, Joe and OG answer you questions, including how to save a bunch of money away at one time. BUT that's not all. We throw out the Haven Life line, bring on Doug's t...Show More

How Should I Invest $277,000 Dollars?

0:00 | Jul 19th, 2017

Looking for the reason to invest a quarter of a million dollars wisely? On today's show, Joe and OG answer you questions, including how to save a bunch of money away at one time. BUT that's not all. We throw out the Haven Life line, bring on Doug's t...Show More

When Should You Pull The Trigger On Your Business Idea? (with Meg Gill)

59:08 | Jul 17th, 2017

Have a great idea for a business? Meg Gill, listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreur list, and co-founder of Golden Road Brewing joins us today to talk about how her education and athletic experience helped propel her to entrepreneurship at an ear...Show More

Does Money Buy You Privilege?

36:47 | Jul 14th, 2017

On today's show we discuss a Morningstar article that asks the question, "How do you get really rich?" Sadly, as with all things, the answer isn't as simple or as straightforward as you'd hope. Plus, we discuss a Russian billionaire who parks his yac...Show More

The Crazy and Sordid History of Credit Companies (with Dr. Josh Lauer)

1:00:00 | Jul 12th, 2017

Ever wonder about the credit companies that seem to know everything about you? Now, although fair credit reporting laws exist, people STILL complain about unfair and outdated credit, but according to Dr. Josh Lauer, it used to be much worse. We'll ta...Show More

How To Save Your First $25,000 (with Scott Trench)

1:04:50 | Jul 10th, 2017

How do you get started on the road to saving? While you can't frugal your way to wealth, you CAN learn to be more efficient, and author Scott Trench joins us to share the first steps in his roadmap toward wealth. We'll talk about building the foundat...Show More

Ways to Fortify Against the Next Crash (and an intro to Roofstock)

57:00 | Jul 7th, 2017

What should you do if you expect the market to crash? We ask our roundtable panel that very question today, including the woman behind the blog Mama Fish Saves, Chelsea. We also talk about side hustles. What mistakes do people make when deciding to w...Show More

Betting "The House" On Your Goals (with The House director Andrew Jay Cohen)

58:49 | Jul 5th, 2017

Ever wonder what happens if you don't save enough money for college? Well, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler didn't, and the result is the new hit movie The House. Director Andrew J. Cohen stops by to talk about the film, the hilarious financial-planning-...Show More

Financial Independence? Early Retirement? Game on!

1:09:26 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Excited about an aggressive retirement? Even if you're only mildly interested in the topic of financial independence, today's guest is going to light a FIRE under your plans. The Mad Fientist joins us today to talk first about his personal journey to...Show More

Can Donald Trump Pick Stocks? (SB RWD 62)

59:35 | Jun 30th, 2017

We spin back the dial to a roundtable discussion two years ago which includes a discussion about then-nominee Donald Trump! A magazine wrote about President Trump's ability to pick stocks. We talk about whether ANYONE can pick stocks well.... If you'...Show More

Becoming an Excellent Leader (SB RWD 61)

1:16:42 | Jun 28th, 2017

How effective are you at leading people? On today's show, our guests Dr. John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber discuss how to become a more effective leader and lesson's they've learned from coaching many of the top business leaders today to build better ...Show More

Juggling Money, Family and Work (SB RWD 60)

1:10:26 | Jun 26th, 2017

Griffin takes us back to a classic from a year ago... We’re all professional jugglers. We juggle a career or school, family duties, friendships, and somehow also manage money. How do we effectively manage money AND take care of everything else? Kimbe...Show More

Investing Rules for a Sky-High Stock Market

1:01:37 | Jun 23rd, 2017

How should you invest when the market's been in a bull market tear for the last several years? We ask our Friday roundtable panel that question and MAN, they don't disappoint. You'll hear about selling losers, setting expectations ahead of time for y...Show More

How To Build Your Financial Dream House (with Greg Powell)

1:01:36 | Jun 21st, 2017

What does your financial dream house look like? Financial planner Greg Powell says that he always has trouble convincing people to complete a financial plan because it sounds like a ton of work. But a financial dream house? That's a much easier sell....Show More

The #1 Key To Get Someone Excited About Saving Money (with Gene Natali)

1:05:06 | Jun 19th, 2017

You're excited about saving, but how do you get someone else to take the plunge? Today's guest, Gene Natali, says that the answer might not be what you expect, and he should know. He co-authored the book The Missing Semester about personal financial ...Show More

Is Building Good Credit Job #1? (with an intro to Transferwise)

52:34 | Jun 16th, 2017

In our first roundtable piece today, we discuss whether the first thing kids out of high school need is good credit. Should people first focus on credit to secure more debt or should they build assets? We'll start there on today's episode, featuring ...Show More

She Wiped Out $100k of Credit Card Debt (with Lynnette Khalfani-Cox)

58:11 | Jun 14th, 2017

How much debt have you wiped out? I'll bet today's guest wiped out more, and she's going to share how she got into so much debt, and then the strategies and tactics she used to wipe it out and become a fantastic money coach. Of course, this is the St...Show More

Stop Fighting About Money (with Elle Martinez)

1:02:21 | Jun 12th, 2017

Looking for the perfect budget? Maybe the key isn't counting every penny or finding the perfect spreadsheet. Elle Martinez, author of the new book Couple Money, believes that whether you're single or married the answer might lie in communication, and...Show More

Is the Used Car Savings REALLY Worthwhile? (with an intro to Amino)

56:57 | Jun 9th, 2017

The new vs. used car debate rages on today's podcast. Which is better, buying new with the warranties and assurances that a dealer brings to the table, or purchasing used for (possibly) a lot less money? No platitudes or "rules of thumb" in this disc...Show More

Juggling Up and Down Paychecks and Bills

1:03:35 | Jun 7th, 2017

What would you find out about yourself after writing down all of your income and expenses for a year? Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider, authors of The Financial Diaries, did just that, and they found some disturbing trends about work, emergency ...Show More

Why Many Target Date Funds Stink

52:54 | Jun 5th, 2017

We kick off today's show talking Tiger Woods and the cost of his And then Karen Schenone from Blackrock tells us about how bonds work! What a great kickoff to today's episode. After that, it's ALL of your letters, including one...Show More

The 3 Financial Rules To Get Rich (with an intro to Rentalutions)

59:20 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Are there really only three rules to getting rich? A recent online piece at a major publication says so, so we ask our crack panel to weigh in. If there WERE three rules, would these even be the correct three? Of course that's not all. We'll also tal...Show More

Are You (Money) Smarter Than a Doctor? (with Dr. Amir Baluch)

1:01:09 | May 31st, 2017

What should you know about your money that doctors often mess up? Dr. Amir Baluch comes down to the basement today to share some of the basics that he teaches doctors...and that you should know, too. Plus, in headlines we talk about a mechanic who sa...Show More

What's The Role of Money In Year Million? (with Dave O'Connor)

55:38 | May 29th, 2017

With automation a bigger part of our life, what's going to drive the economy in the future? We talk economics, work, and the role of money with executive producer Dave O'Connor of the new National Geographic show Year Million. In our headlines segmen...Show More

Hacks Behind a $39 Utility Bill (plus the Evil HR Lady)

57:18 | May 26th, 2017

What are some tricks to lower your utility bills? Jamila from JourneyToLaunch and Fritz Gilbert from The Retirement Manifesto join Len Penzo (Len Penzo dot com) in a fun, fast-paced roundtable discussion about lowering your home expenses and saving m...Show More

Your Theme Park Value Guide (with ThemeParkInsider's Robert Niles)

59:45 | May 24th, 2017

With Memorial Day right around the corner in the USA, we ask Mr. Theme Park Insider, Robert Niles, "Where we can find the best values?" As always, he delivers with suggestions for parks around the country, and with ideas for people and families of al...Show More

The Tech Wizardry That Will Solve Your Money Problems (from CO-OP THINK!17)

1:27:32 | May 22nd, 2017

Today we're live from Times Square and the 2017 CO-OP THINK! Conference, where credit union executives gathered to talk innovation in money management. What do the next five years look like for your money? What innovative solutions are credit unions ...Show More

The Keys To Financial Security (with an intro to Money Lion)

55:01 | May 19th, 2017

How do you get ahead financially? Our friends at Kiplinger wrote a fantastic, conservative piece about the keys to financial success and today our crack roundtable team of award winning writers will discuss THAT piece and two others. In our Friday Fi...Show More

Stop Making Bad Money Moves (with Emily Guy Birken)

1:00:01 | May 17th, 2017

Invest or pay down credit cards? Buy a car or invest toward a house? These are opportunity cost questions, and today, Emily Guy Birken, author of End Financial Stress NOW, joins us to explain how it works. We'll also talk about the problem with "free...Show More

They Paid Off $240,000 in Debt

1:07:24 | May 15th, 2017

Claudia and Garrett Pennington paid off nearly a quarter million dollars in debt. Better yet? They became MUCH more focused on what was important to them with money and their life. Claudia comes down to the basement on today's show to share their ins...Show More

Buy Happiness? Here's How (with an intro to Arthena)

50:35 | May 12th, 2017

We have a fun, wide-ranging discussion today about buying happiness, buying art, firing company boards, and figuring out your retirement number. Liz from joins Len ( and Paula ( to cover these wide-...Show More

We Answer The Most Important Letter Ever

1:01:50 | May 10th, 2017

On today's show, we're covering all the tough topics because YOU are the headliner on this show! We're answering your letters about 401k plans, college savings, and more! Plus, we throw out the Haven Life Line, we feature headlines about online secur...Show More

Impact Investing (with iShares' Jessica Huang)

57:38 | May 8th, 2017

What is "impact investing"? Jessica Huang from iShares stops by the basement to fill us in, and you won't be disappointed. Maybe your portfolio CAN reflect your ethics and keep the high returns you're looking to achieve. We're also excited to talk to...Show More

Things We Wish We Knew About Money When We Were 20 (with an intro to Respect)

1:06:31 | May 5th, 2017

What could make your 20's easier? Or, if your older, what SHOULD you have known in your 20's? On today's roundtable episode, Paula Pant from Afford Anything, Len Penzo from, and Joe discuss all the things they should have known back then...Show More

Monopoly's Secret Past (with Mary Pilon)

1:07:29 | May 3rd, 2017

Think you know everything about the board game Monopoly? Think again! Mary Pilon, author of the New York Times bestseller The Monopolists joins us to talk about the unbelievably interesting and slightly sordid history of one of the world's favorite g...Show More

Stop Being Broke (with Erin Lowry)

1:06:50 | May 1st, 2017

Tired of being broke? Erin Lowry is coming to save you today. Erin's the author of the new hit book Broke Millennial, and shares stories about examining your past, focusing on your tendencies, and then going on the offensive with your financial life....Show More

SB RWD 59 What Exchange Traded Fund Should I Buy? (with Pete the Planner)

54:36 | Apr 28th, 2017

Griffin the Intern (AKA the Fintern) is rewinding to our time with Pete the Planner helping out on the roundtable.  Here is the original show description:  Today we handle a listener question asking, “What exchange traded fund should I buy?” Of cours...Show More

SB RWD 58 - Can I Retire Yet? (with Darrow Kirkpatrick)

27:37 | Apr 26th, 2017

The Fintern brings another great episode today featuring Darrow Kirkpatrick giving plenty of advice on retirement.    Here's the original description:    Can you retire yet? Our friend Darrow Kirkpatrick not only can help you answer that question, bu...Show More

SB RWD 57 - Should I Start A Business With My Friends? With Farnoosh Torabi

1:01:05 | Apr 24th, 2017

Today, the FinTern rewinds to one of our favorites episode when Farnoosh Torabi visited the basement to answer your letters. She answered far better than we could have without her.   Here's the original show description: We try to stump the amazing F...Show More

Stop Worrying, Start Saving (plus an intro to PeerStreet)

1:02:06 | Apr 21st, 2017

Why are people struggling to make ends meet? Our roundtable gang today (joined by author of the new book Broke Millennial) kicks off the fun by examining why (according to a recent Washington Post piece), some families just can't seem to save. We'll ...Show More

Mastering the New Rules of Work (with Kathryn Minshew and Alex Cavoulacos)

1:10:46 | Apr 19th, 2017

Struggling at work? We’ll review some of the “new rules” of business with the founders of, Kathryn Minshew and Alex Cavoulacos. We’ll talk about new rules in networking, finding the career you love, networking, and working more effectivel...Show More

Becoming a Money-Making Badass (with Jen Sincero)

57:41 | Apr 17th, 2017

Struggling to earn enough to stay afloat? Some of our past guests have shared pointed tips to put more cash in your pocket. Today's different because Jen Sincero talks with us about changing the discussion between your ears. We'll tackle how to get o...Show More

The Most Powerful Money Statistic To Track (and a roundtable about the Digit situation)

1:12:29 | Apr 14th, 2017

Which stats are the most important to track? Our roundtable this week focuses in on just one stat....and an article that says it's the most powerful statistic of all for your pocketbook. On the Freshbooks FinTech segment we talk about the recent issu...Show More

Check Your Financial Diagnostic (with Jean Chatzky)

1:00:24 | Apr 12th, 2017

If anyone knows the heartbeat of personal finance, it's Today Show Money Editor Jean Chatzky. On today's podcast, Jean joins us in the basement to talk about your financial engine. How well is it running? She's teamed up with Dr. Michael Roizen to ta...Show More

SB460 Ditching the Rat Race (with Erin Loechner)

0:00 | Apr 10th, 2017

Erin Loechner personally was tired of the rat race, so she chose to walk a different path. ON today's show, Erin shares how she contemplates every aspect of her life....from career decisions to spirituality, eating at home to mortality. We earn and s...Show More

Ditching the Rat Race (with Erin Loechner)

1:05:30 | Apr 10th, 2017

Erin Loechner personally was tired of the rat race, so she chose to walk a different path. ON today's show, Erin shares how she contemplates every aspect of her life....from career decisions to spirituality, eating at home to mortality. We earn and s...Show More

Retirement Savings Lies (with an intro to Fee Belly)

59:32 | Apr 7th, 2017

On today's podcast we're talking about lying. A recent news piece reports that there are nine lies we're told about retirement planning. We'll break them down with Greg, Paula, and special guest Rich Jones from the hit podcast Paychecks and Balances....Show More

Proven Techniques To Conquer the Money Discussion (with Marcy Keckler)

1:15:48 | Apr 5th, 2017

Collectively, we aren't very good at the money talk. Either we talk down to people, fumble opportunities, or just mangle the topic. Today Marcy Keckler, VP of Financial Strategy for Ameriprise Financial heads down to the basement to cover all things ...Show More

Max Out Your HSA or 401k First? (and other questions from YOU!)

58:25 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Monday is the best day of the week to answer mail, and MAN do we have some great ones today. Bill asks us about the correlation between expenses and wealth, Brian wonders whether maxing out his HSA or 401k makes more sense, and Kevin hits us up for a...Show More

Are You Dying In Debt? (with the Evil HR Lady)

1:03:09 | Mar 31st, 2017

Some sad statistics emerged last week...Americans are dying with bundles of debt. What does that mean for relatives? How do we talk to aging parents about money? Our roundtable team of Hilary Hendershott from the Profit Boss podcast, Eric Rosenberg f...Show More

Knocked Down? Climb Back Up (with Daniel Gefen)

1:05:27 | Mar 29th, 2017

Have you ever felt like the world was working against you and you just couldn't move your life in the right direction? We've all been there...and today's guest, Daniel Gefen, at one point worked out of a hotel lobby on his business because...well...w...Show More

What's the Future Hold For Active Investing?

1:06:17 | Mar 27th, 2017

Is active investing dead? Phil Bak and Jamie Wise don't think so....but they do think it's changing. We'll talk to the CEOs from two of the newest crop of exchange traded funds (tickers ACSI & BUZ) about not only their methods of choosing stocks vers...Show More

Should You Marry for Money (and an intro to ParkMobile)

1:01:16 | Mar 24th, 2017

While people say that marrying for money is a horrible reason to wed...are there positives? We ask Len Penzo and special guest Jessica Moorhouse from the Mo' Money podcast, that question...and as usual, the answer isn't what you'd expect. Plus, we ta...Show More

We Answer Your (Awesome) Questions

1:11:18 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Today we haul the mailbag down to the basement and answer stacks of your letters, about investing an inheritance, taking Social Security, ripping money out of a retirement plan, converting a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA, and more. Plus, on the Haven...Show More

The Lowdown on Credit Unions

57:44 | Mar 20th, 2017

Don't belong to a credit union? You may be missing out. While banks work hard to please shareholders and customers, credit unions exist solely for the benefit of their members Today we're joined by representatives from three of the biggest credit uni...Show More

What To Do When the Bull Market Finally Ends (and an intro to SelfLender)

59:44 | Mar 17th, 2017

This has been a LONG bull market. So if you know that the next eight years will most probably NOT be like the previous eight, do you swap out some of your investments? We ask our roundtable panel that on today's show and as always, find Greg, Len and...Show More

Building an Authentic Budget (with Sarah Li Cain)

1:04:19 | Mar 15th, 2017

If you're building you budget, why not build for greatness? Sarah Li Cain has a different kind of that fits that person who isn't a big fan of spreadsheets and managing every penny. How does it work? She'll explain today.Plus, we'll shar...Show More

How One Family Paid Off $107,000 in Debt

1:05:32 | Mar 13th, 2017

On today's podcast we have a success story. Kevin & Erin Jones paid off over $107,000 in debt in just over two years. How did they do it? What sacrifices did they make? ....AND how did a financial advisor help them in an uncommon way? We'll have the ...Show More

Are ETFs Killing Your Portfolio? (and the Evil HR Lady)

55:43 | Mar 10th, 2017

Can ETFs be harmful to your portfolio? In recent interviews both John Bogle and Warren Buffet said as should you be worried? Linda P. Jones from the Be Wealthy and Smart podcast joins us to talk about that, and about opportunities. How do ...Show More

How To Deploy Your Savings (lots of your letters!)

1:11:38 | Mar 8th, 2017

Today YOU are the star of the show because we're wheeling out a bucket full of your letters and answering as many as possible. We'll talk about government regulation, buying a house, retiring, where to invest money, whether there'll be a market downt...Show More

Trading Up Your Career in 2017 (with Mark Gasche)

1:04:33 | Mar 6th, 2017

Today we talk about the "hidden job market" with Mark Gasche from SoFi. What do we need to know about networking, talking to your boss, and leverage to make sure we find the perfect job either inside of our current company or outside? In headlines, w...Show More

Are We Materialistic Enough? (and an intro to Rize)

1:02:46 | Mar 3rd, 2017

What if we were just a little more materialistic? Wouldn't that be better? A blogger says that's the case, and our roundtable gang will debate whether that's really true. Also, the Reformed Broker says that we dig in when we're told that we're wrong....Show More

Prepping For Tax Day (with Lisel Sutter)

52:11 | Mar 1st, 2017

It's crunch time, but help is on the way! Lisel Sutter joins us from to answer many of our burning questions. How do you get organized? What are some of the common mistakes people make? What are some planning opportunities? Rod Griffin...Show More

Pressing the Reset Button (with Amanda Steinberg)

1:05:59 | Feb 27th, 2017

What if you could just press the "do over" button? Amanda Steinberg from and author of the new book Worth It asks, "Why not?" She'll explain how the reset button helped her relaunch her life in a way that was more fiscally and personal...Show More

SB RWD 56 Saving Benjamins On Your Utility Bills (with Andrea Woroch)

1:13:23 | Feb 24th, 2017

Consumer finance expert Andrea Woroch joins us to talk about cutting your utility bills. Are there moves you can make that will lower the price tag dramatically on your electric, water, or other home expenses? Of course, there's MUCH more in this epi...Show More

SB RWD 55 Hiring the Right Coach (with Tony Stubblebine)

1:30:30 | Feb 22nd, 2017

What's holding you back? Maybe it's a great coach? Griffin the Intern rewinds to September 2015, when we talked to Tony Stubblebine from about what makes the perfect coach. His answer will surprise you (it surprised us). As always, there's m...Show More

SB RWD 54 Sell Stocks On Any Rally? (with JD Roth)

1:07:21 | Feb 20th, 2017

Griffin the Intern (the "FinTern") rewinds to the day Preston Silverman from joined us to talk about micro scholarships and JD Roth sits in for OG! You can check out the original episode from when the show aired here. Of course, it's a full...Show More

Stealth vs Visible Wealth (and an intro to the Penny app)

1:05:17 | Feb 17th, 2017

If you have money, why not spend it? Paula and Joe are joined in a roundtable discussion by Mary Beth Storjohann, host of the new Work Your Wealth podcast, and by Katie Brewer from Your Richest Life Planning. We'll not only discuss "stealth wealth," ...Show More

Money Saving Hacks (with David Pogue)

1:02:05 | Feb 15th, 2017

Tired of paying retail for everything? David Pogue (of NOVA and CBS Sunday Morning fame) joins us to talk money saving hacks. How much can you save just by buying at the right time, using the modern version of coupons, and shopping at the right store...Show More

Love, Money and Communication (with Rachel Cruze)

56:00 | Feb 13th, 2017

Love is in the air this week, so we enlist the help of none other than Rachel Cruze to help you talk the languages of love, communication and money. Whether you're married, in a relationship, or think that you'll EVER have a partner you're working on...Show More

A Roundtable Quiz: Is It Taxable? (and an intro to Clarity Money)

1:12:26 | Feb 10th, 2017

Today we have some fun with taxes! We'll ask Paula Pant from Afford Anything, Len Penzo from Len Penzo dot com, and Greg McFarlane, the author of Control Your Cash, for their opinions on some obscure tax questions. Play along with us! The fun doesn't...Show More

He Paid Sallie Mae Back (and more with Dee-1)

59:34 | Feb 8th, 2017

With over a MILLION views of his YouTube video for his hit song "I Paid Sallie Mae Back," Dee-1 may be the voice of the student loan crisis. He's on today's show talking about student loans, car loans, and his fast-moving career! In headlines, we tal...Show More

Turning Kids Into Money Geniuses (with Beth Kobliner)

55:48 | Feb 6th, 2017

After listener Alex does an AMAZING job of kicking off the show, Beth Kobliner drops by the basement to talk about financial education for children. What should you teach kids? When should you start? What basics are more important than others? What a...Show More

Where Experts Get It Wrong (and an intro to

55:45 | Feb 3rd, 2017

Money experts....among other things, they love emergency funds, advocate for robo-advisors, and recommend the 4% rule when disbursing retirement funds. Can you believe the experts in these areas and others? We ask our super panel that very question a...Show More

The Dark Side of Gambling (with Joe Gagliano)

1:10:09 | Feb 1st, 2017

It's a huge weekend for gamblers. People bet on everything in "the big game" from the final score to the commercials. But there can be a dark side, and Joe Gagliano, author of No Grey Areas, is here to share a few tales from his tell-all book. While ...Show More

The Lowdown on ETFs (w Martin Small from iShares)

1:01:58 | Jan 30th, 2017

How do ETFs work? Martin Small from iShares joins us on today's episode to help us better understand how exchange traded funds work. How do they operate? How should you use them? What are the places where ETFs should NOT be used? We'll talk about all...Show More

How Should You Buy Insurance?

1:12:14 | Jan 27th, 2017

Afraid of insurance? Our roundtable today can help ease your fears. Why? Today we feature three top bloggers on this topic: one an average dad, another a human resource expert and the third...a guy in the industry.  You'll have all three points of vi...Show More

Saving BIG at the Grocery Store (with Tracie Fobes)

1:01:45 | Jan 25th, 2017

Struggle to keep your budget in check at the grocery store? Tracie Fobes, the Penny Pinchin' Mom, joins us to help you create a plan and execute it at the grocery store. You'll save money (and maybe your sanity) by listening to today's show! Plus, ou...Show More

Fighting Fear (with Justin Stenstrom)

59:02 | Jan 23rd, 2017

Investing can be unnerving, as can asking your boss for a raise, fighting with your insurance company over benefits...even deciding which path to follow with your budget. Justin Stenstrom From EliteManMagazine (and the Elite Man podcast) joins us to ...Show More

Is The Stock Market About To Drop? (Plus an intro to

59:55 | Jan 20th, 2017

We start today's podcast by talking with Paula, Greg and Len about a recent Supreme Court case. Should we legislate financial behavior? It turns out that people don't do well with analysis of surcharges and discounts, so should we protect them? Not o...Show More

Investing for Beginners (with Jill Schlesinger)

56:18 | Jan 18th, 2017

New to investing? Seasoned but hoping for better information? We've got you covered today because CBS analyst AND host of the new Better Off podcast, Jill Schlesinger is here to share what you need to know when you invest...and probably more importan...Show More

New Year, New Budget (with Holly & Greg Johnson)

1:08:08 | Jan 16th, 2017

How's your budget? Whether you have one or not, this is a great show to get your house in order, because Holly and Greg Johnson are here to talk zero sum budgeting. What is zero-sum budgeting and how can it help your family reach your goals? We'll ta...Show More

The Best Way To Save or Spend $1,000

1:12:51 | Jan 13th, 2017

What's the best way to save or spend $1,000? We ask our listener-driven panel on today's show, as our new friends Kristie and Nathan join Doug Foley from the awesome Happiness of Pursuit podcast this week to tackle three fun topics. We also discuss i...Show More

Rocking Your Debt Cleanse with Nick Clements & Mandi Woodruff (plus Tiff the Budgetnista!)

1:19:24 | Jan 11th, 2017

If anyone knows debt and how to clean it up, it's Nick Clements from Today he comes back to the basement with Executive Editor at (and Brown Ambition podcast co-host) Mandi Woodruff. They talk about how to clean up ...Show More

Jordan Harbinger Teaches Us How To Be Charming

1:11:42 | Jan 9th, 2017

Don't think that charm has anything to do with your money? Think again. How much you make is SQUARELY correlated to your ability to sell yourself to others. Jordan Harbinger spends his days researching the science and technique behind charisma and he...Show More

Can Our Magic 8 Ball Predict The Stock Market? (AND Suzanne Lucas!)

1:16:21 | Jan 6th, 2017

To kick off 2017 we ask Len Penzo's magic 8 ball for the darkest secrets on investing, saving and hiding money in a bomb shelter. Can the 8 ball return to its previously spectacular form and predict next year's events? How did the 8 ball perform in 2...Show More

Getting The Whole Family Planning in 2017

59:57 | Jan 4th, 2017

To kick off our first new show of 2017, Brian Nelson Ford and Wendy Lawrence from Sun Trust join us to talk financial communication! Wendy AND her husband both lost their long-time jobs and were scrambling, and by getting all three of their children ...Show More

SB RWD 53 Dispelling Popular Money Myths with Digit's Ethan Bloch

1:01:54 | Jan 2nd, 2017

Back in 2015 Ethan Bloch, founder of Digit, wrote a fantastic (and controversial) piece about money myths. Griffin the Intern (the "FinTern") rewinds to when we asked him to talk about some of the more popular money myths people hold. Of course, it's...Show More

SB RWD 52 What We Should Have Learned Back In 2014

1:12:30 | Dec 30th, 2016

Hopefully we learned a TON in 2014 and we're WAY better off now than we were then. But just to make sure, today the FinTern spins us back to our last show of 2014, when Rod Griffin from Experian joins us to talk about big credit takeaways from a year...Show More

SB RWD 51 The Planet Money Team!

1:05:44 | Dec 28th, 2016

Here's the start of a joke (or a podcast)...."Two Planet Money guys walk into a bar." In this case, it isn't a joke. For a Planet Money episode, they walked into a comedy club and told economist jokes. How did it go? Joe sits down with them and asks ...Show More

SB RWD 50 A Renting Horror Story

31:14 | Dec 26th, 2016

Eric Narcisco had a BIG problem when he much so that he formed a company to make it easier for others to avoid a $10,000 mistake. The Fintern takes us back to the summer of 2015 for this great (and horrible) tale.

Our Personal 2016 Lessons (and a look into the future w/ USAA's Patrick Kelly)

56:05 | Dec 23rd, 2016

On today's show we ask our roundtable their biggest takeaways from 2016. While we spend a few minutes on the events of the year, we dwell more on personal lessons. Also, we round out 2017 by looking at another Moneyologist Q&A from MarketWatch. What ...Show More

What Should We Have Learned In 2016? (with David Bach)

1:07:57 | Dec 21st, 2016

New York Times bestselling author David Bach joins us! Not only is his first book Automatic Millionaire back with a new edition....but he's also helping us remember some of the top money lessons of the last twelve months. What should we have learned ...Show More