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Best friends Joel and Matt believe that when you handle your money in a purposeful, thoughtful way that works for your lifestyle, you can really start living a rich life.

Friday Flight - Cutting Health Insurance Costs, Overpaying at the Pump, and the Cheapest Thanksgiving Sides #282
It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like overpaying for gas at the pump, free covid tests, open enrollment and affordable health coverage an...

Giving Away Money Will Make You Richer #281
This show exists to make sure that you know the best ways to earn, save, and invest your money so that ultimately you’re in a great financial position down the road. And a part of that journey towards financial independence includes making sure that you have the right attitudes towards money and that you’re not only looking to your own desires, but that you’re looking to the needs of others as well. This is why giving away money is such an important practice to begin implementing ASAP. It’s not a principle ...

Ask HTM – Financial Coach Accreditation, Hiring a Personal Car Shopper, & Reduced HSA Tax Benefits #280
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - I’m thinking about hiring a personal car shopper- is this a good idea? 2 - Do you have any budgeting and side hustle ideas for someone overseas on a work visa? 3 - What does the cost basis method mean for my investments? 4 - I’d like to become a financial coach- what accreditation should I consider? 5 - Should I tap a 401k and ...


Friday Flight - Contactless Payments, Employer Assisted Savings, & BOGO Flights #279
It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like fake high interest banks, election and vaccine impacts on the stock market, BOGO flight deals, disi...

A Practical Guide to Surviving Black Friday #278
Even though there are likely going to be fewer individuals actually going shopping in person the Friday after Thanksgiving this year, Black Friday is still a majorly important time for deals. These days Black Friday has transcended time and place- it includes multiple days and even an entire season of scoring really low prices on gifts. This can provide some relief to our bank accounts as we search for gifts for friends and family for less than we can normally get these things the rest of the year. But on t...

Blue Collar Work Can Generate More Wealth with Ken Rusk #277
For this episode we are joined by Ken Rusk to talk about the skilled trades. Ken specializes in mentoring and has coached hundreds of young people in goal setting, life visualization, career paths, and sound financial planning. He is passionate about helping folks achieve their dreams regardless of their educational background. And now with his recently published book- “Blue Collar Cash”, Ken explains that blue-collar trades are a source of pride and how you can find your version of happiness by pursuing a ...


Friday Flight - Open Enrollment, Creditors in your DMs, & Falling Rents #276
It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like falling rents and how to pay less for your apartment, investing within an HSA, debt collection agen...

Overcoming Common Financial Mistakes #275
We all make the occasional money mistake. Some missteps are small and the impact they have is a tiny blip on our radar. Other money mistakes can be like an albatross weighing us down for years to come. But whether our mistake is more of a bump in the road or if we’ve made a mistake that will impact us for a long time, it’s important to learn how to overcome these mistakes so we can move on and start kicking butt with our money again. In this episode we cover some common mistakes we make, why we make them, a...

Ask HTM - Money Saving Utility Trackers, Authorized User Status Hurting Your Credit, & Moving Money from a Retirement Account to Real Estate #274
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - What smart devices and software should I consider in order to save more money on my utilities? 2 - As a single female, how can I mitigate any risk if I’d like to Airbnb an extra bedroom? 3 - Should I pull some money out of my 401k in order to invest in real estate? 4 - How did becoming an authorized user on my mom’s credit card...


Friday Flight - Credit Scores Rising, Easy Small Dollar Loans, & Shake-ups in Streaming #273
It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like the uptick of biking in cities not known for biking, protecting your bike, traffic fatalities and h...

Entrepreneurship vs Working for the Man #272
Should you work for the man or work for yourself!? There’s a lot to consider when asking yourself that question and there’s certainly not a one size fits all answer. At the same time, it seems that entrepreneurship has been put on a bit of a pedestal in our society causing it to be inaccurately represented. And this question is even more relevant given the high levels of unemployment plaguing our country right now. A lot of folks have been laid off or furloughed while other sectors are doing really well- th...

Online Privacy, Creepy Social Media, & Cyber Security with Carole Theriault #271
Chances are that you bought something recently, or maybe you paid a friend- but you likely didn’t do that with physical cash, you probably did it via a digital payment online or with an app like Venmo or the Cash app. Everything is going digital these days and this presents a whole host of issues: we know how to keep people from stealing money out of our wallets and purses, but what about the money we have in our accounts online? Our guest today is Carole Theriault and she knows a thing or two about interne...


Friday Flight - Used Cars Cost More, Women Exiting the Workforce, & Eating Elephant Ears #270
It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like eating elephant ears, affordable solar power, booming used car sales, women exiting the workforce, ...

Managing Rental Properties Effectively #269
When either of us are talking with someone and the conversation shifts to the fact that we own rental properties, there’s always the assumption: “It must be a huge pain to deal with maintenance issues!” or “I bet you’ve had some nightmare tenants!”. But in reality that hasn’t at all been our experience even though there are horror stories and personal anecdotes out there. We want potential investors to know that there are steps you can take to ensure that you’ll have a positive experience investing in real ...

Ask HTM - Rounding Up Investment Apps, Buying Property to Build Wealth, and Account Closure Effects on Credit Scores #268
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Should I pay points on a mortgage to get a lower rate? 2 - What kind of impact will closing some credit cards have on my credit score? 3 - Being a recent divorcee, what should be my financial priorities? 4 - Do you guys recommend any investing apps that round up purchases? 5 - Should I buy real estate in order to build wealth? ...


Friday Flight - PPP Loan Forgiveness, Where the Jobs Are, & Bacon Masks #267
It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like a great way to support your local indie bookstore, an easier path to PPP loan forgiveness, scams on...

Avoiding the Trap of Planned Obsolescence #266
“They don’t make them like they used to!” Even though that’s something you might hear a parent or grandparent say, there is some truth to the phrase. Unfortunately, there are a lot of products out there that fail prematurely, and it causes us to spend more of our hard earned money. Planned obsolescence is a concept that we’ve heard as consumers, but what does it actually mean? And is all planned obsolescence a terrible thing? In this episode we cover many examples of it, including the notorious sector of co...

The Psychology of Money with Morgan Housel #265
Morgan Housel has a degree in economics and started writing about money and investing 13 years ago. He's a partner at The Collaborative Fund which is a venture capital firm that invests in companies that are trying to make the world a better place. Morgan is also a former columnist at The Motley Fool and the Wall Street Journal but his work has also been published in Time, USA Today, Business Insider. He's truly an expert on behavioral finance and he recently published his book, "The Psychology of Money: Ti...


Friday Flight - Socially Responsible Investing, Bad Credit Cards, & Finding (literal) Diamonds #264
It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like where you can find a literal diamond in the rough, some updates on a new stimulus bill, as well as ...

Developing a Home Buying Strategy #263
How should you approach purchasing a home? With more millennials buying a home for the first time ever, there is a ton of room for mistakes. And there is a lot on the line as well- the average price of a new home now exceeds $300k, so there are a lot of things to consider in order to make a wise purchase! At the same time, mortgage interest rates are at all-time lows. That creates a feeling like you have to move quickly before those rates start to creep back up. But if you move too quickly, you could end up...

Ask HTM – Investing During an Election, Buying a Home with an FHA Loan, & Paying for a Masters Degree #262
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Getting a 2% loan via M1 Borrow looks too good to pass up- what do you guys think? 2 - Should I consider a small student loan in order to finish up my masters degree? 3 - How should the upcoming election affect how I invest? And what’s a frugal approach to podcasting equipment? 4 - My employer’s 401k match varies, so should I c...


Friday Flight - EV Breakthroughs, Early Retirement Downsides, and Pricey Dumbbells #261
It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like the high costs of exercise equipment, bans on new gasoline vehicles, electric vehicle technology br...

7 Ways to Save More Money This Week #260
It’s time for us to get super practical today! A lot of the different topics we cover on the show sometimes have to do with mindset shifts, or if they are a little more tangible, they’re going to be bigger lifts- and these higher impact money moves often take longer than a week to accomplish. So if you’re looking to increase your cash on hand immediately, this episode is for you. Some of the things we’ll discuss will pay dividends even beyond just this week, but if you tackle one of these tasks each per day...

From Homeless to Debt Free with Anthony ONeal #259
Anthony ONeal has helped hundreds of thousands of people make smart decisions with their money, relationships, and education. He’s a #1 national bestselling author of Debt-Free Degree and The Graduate Survival Guide. Anthony travels the country spreading his encouraging message to help teens and young adults start their lives off right and people of all ages succeed with money. A part of that message is the ability to pursue passions while living a well-balanced life so we’re excited for listeners to hear A...


Friday Flight - Rates for Savers Sink Lower, Housing is Hot, and Saving Halloween #258
It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like companies offering paid time off in order to vote, employers raising minimum wages, Etsy mask sales...

What Are You Worth? #257
When it comes to our money, how should we measure our progress? For someone out there who isn’t into personal finances at all, it might be tempting to measure your financial success by what they’re able to purchase, or even by the size of their paycheck. But we know those are poor and inaccurate measuring sticks, and this is why net worth is so important. Regardless of where you are on your financial journey, now is the time to start tracking your net worth. It’s a really important snapshot of how we’re doi...

Ask HTM - Swimming Pools, Paying Off a Car Loan, and Multiple Streams of Income #256
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - How should I go about setting up some additional streams of income? 2 - What should I keep in mind if considering purchasing a home in my name for my aging parent? 3 - Should I take advantage of a 0% credit card in order to pay off a car loan? 4 - Is it a good idea to build a swimming pool? 5 - What should I do with the proceed...


Friday Flight - Missing Stimulus Checks, DIY Home Projects, and Flights to Nowhere #255
It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting and helpful stories like breweries expanding, flights to nowhere, missing stimulus check money, how Americans spend their st...

The Broken Promises of MLMs #254
Let’s talk about MLMs. We’ve all heard about multi-level marketing companies but are they all scams? Some of them are legit right? MLM ‘opportunities’ are on the rise and we’re seeing more and more products that are pitched by friends and in particular by folks we know on social media. Americans are more susceptible than ever these days and we might be more likely to get tangled up in a pyramid scheme due to financial insecurity brought on by covid. So in this episode we cover what an MLM is and how it’s di...

Making a Living on Airbnb with Zeona McIntyre #253
On average, housing costs easily account for a third of our monthly expenses. That’s why it’s so important for us to cover how we can cut housing costs to zero, and even make some money while we’re at it! Here to tell us how she did it is Zeona McIntyre. Zeona went from earning minimum wage to becoming financially free in two years with real estate- specifically with Airbnb. Zeona now owns 7 properties and manages 20, all over the world. She also consults by working with her clients and helping them achieve...


Friday Flight - Your Civic Duty, Rising Car Prices, and Student Loan Relief #252
It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some helpful stories like the increased cost of all cars, performing your civic duty, a credit card promotion benefiting small businesses, st...

Everything Costs More Than You Think (Bestie Ep) #251
There are secondary costs associated with almost all purchases that we make in our lives. It’s important to consider all of these additional costs that tag along when making purchases, and not just the initial sticker price. In this episode we explain how there are hard secondary costs and then how there are soft or lifestyle secondary costs which are similar to lifestyle creep. And then finally, we go over some helpful and specific tips to remember when making purchases. Keeping all this in mind will help ...

Ask HTM - Credit Card Recommendations, Mortgage Forbearance, and Coast Fire Recommendations #250
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - Is it better to buy a new construction or a fixer upper, as an investment property? 2 - What’s the best credit card to replace possessions after an apartment fire? 3 - Should I continue to take advantage of a mortgage deferment even though we could make the payment? 4 - How should I go about dollar cost averaging when my income...


Friday Flight - Payroll Tax Holiday, Airline Change Fees, & Rogue Podcasts #249
It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some practical topics like the rise of fake podcasts, the increased number of new books to be published this fall, digital coupons, what the ...

Designing SMARTER Money Goals #248
We could share the best money tips out there with you every single episode, but it would never really matter if you haven’t identified proper money goals for your life. What good is it to know the best ways to earn more, spend less, and invest your money if you don’t even know why it is that you’re doing those things? And unfortunately if you haven’t identified your money goals and the ‘why’ behind your money, then it’s easy for money itself to become the end goal. Gaining more wealth can become the default...

Starting a Business With Zero Dollars with Alan Donegan #247
Alan Donegan is our guest on this episode and he is one of the co-founders of PopUp Business School which is on a mission to change the way entrepreneurship is taught. They’re getting folks to create their own sustainable startups by not taking on massive amounts of debt. When almost half of new businesses fail within their first 5 years, it’s clear that this is the type of guidance that is needed today- especially given the uncertain times we’re living in. Alan’s motto is “fail fast and fail cheap”, and th...


Friday Flight - Mortgage Lending/Refi News, Online Spending Trends, & Pumpkin Spice #246
It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some practical topics like the true cost of a pumpkin spice latte habit, the delay of the additional refinance fee, but at the same time some...

The High Cost of Paying for Convenience #245
Convenience (and the products and services that make it possible) has infiltrated it’s way into our daily spending - so much so, that it’s become our default option. Who doesn’t want things to be a little easier and a little more accessible? Convenience can be a nice perk of our modern economy, but it can also come at a high cost. And the big problem here is that American consumers are spending more money than ever on different conveniences without giving it a second thought. We’re being parted with our mon...

Ask HTM - Roth vs. Trad 401k, Lower Credit Score After Paying Off CC Debt, and Talking with Parents About Investing Episode #244
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - What should I do with the proceeds from selling my house? 2 - Is it better to max out my HSA now or allow it to continue to be regularly deducted from my paycheck? 3 - Should I go with a regular or Roth 401k and does it make sense for me to stick around until I’m 100% vested? 4 - Why did my credit score drop after paying down a...


Friday Flight - A New Refi Fee & Additional Unemployment Benefits Rolling Out #243
It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting topics like the cost of the 10 most popular sandwiches you can make at home, why you might be able to negotiate down your mo...

Friday Flight - A New Refi Fee & Additional Unemployment Benefits Rolling Out #243
It's time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting topics like the cost of the 10 most popular sandwiches you can make at home, why you might be able to negotiate down your mo...

No Car No Problem! #242
More of us need to be considering dropping a car from our lives - especially as so many of us are now working from home indefinitely! Are we even using those vehicles?! But even if you are going in to work everyday, it’s time to question whether or not it makes sense to continue paying nearly $800 in order to own and maintain that vehicle. Transportation costs are typically the 2nd largest expense we have every single month so getting rid of a car can have a massive effect on your monthly expenses. On top o...


Serial Entrepreneurship and Creating a YouTube Business with Minority Mindset Founder Jaspreet Singh #241
Jaspreet Singh joins us on the podcast today and he can probably best be described as a serial entrepreneur. However, a life of entrepreneurship wasn’t always the plan for him. Jaspreet was born to immigrant parents and grew up bilingual in a traditional Sikh family, with the strong expectation that he was going to be a doctor, but that didn’t end up being the case! A growing interest in investing led him to YouTube where his channel Minority Mindset now has close to 650k subscribers. Through Jaspreet’s edu...

Friday Flight - Executive Order Confusion & Traveling Again #240
Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover some interesting topics like the increase in bike sales, an employer selling a corporate office, and executive order stimulus bill confusion. After all of that we c...

Financial Lessons Learned During Covid #239
The novel coronavirus has had a domino-like effect on so many areas of our lives including our finances. Maybe you’ve lost your job and have had to file for unemployment for the first time ever. Or perhaps you technically still have a job but you have been furloughed and are realizing how little you have in savings. Most of the lessons we’re going to discuss in this episode aren’t brand new, but due to the health crisis, they’re more important than ever. It’s vital to reflect on those lessons so that we don...


Financial Lessons Learned During Covid #239
The novel coronavirus has had a domino-like effect on so many areas of our lives including our finances. Maybe you’ve lost your job and have had to file for unemployment for the first time ever. Or perhaps you technically still have a job but you have been furloughed and are realizing how little you have in savings. Most of the lessons we’re going to discuss in this episode aren’t brand new, but due to the health crisis, they’re more important than ever. It’s vital to reflect on those lessons so that we don...

Ask HTM - Upside Down on My Car Loan, How Should I Tackle Paying Student Loans, and Loaning Money to Family and Friends #238
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ , send us your voice memo! 1 - I’m upside down on a car that has huge maintenance costs- what should I do? 2 - Should I forego my company’s match due to their long vesting period? 3 - Does it make sense to focus on our student loans with the largest balance or the highest interest rate? 4 - Should I continue loaning money to my sister if I feel like I’m enab...

Friday Flight - The Investing Gold Rush and Negotiating Severance Pay #237
Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like new cell phones and affordable cell phone service, investing in gold and precious metals, and increased private equity options in y...


Choosing Name Brands Over Generics #236
We’re all looking to spend less money, especially during these difficult coronavirus days, and one of the best ways to accomplish this is by going with generic or private label brands. Name brands have worked their way into our lives but they come at a cost. And then there’s the big question of: what products or purchases should I go generic with and when should I just stick with the name brand that I know and am more familiar with? During this episode we talk about why we’re fans of generics as well as som...

Avoiding Financial Scams & Retirement Planning with Ben Carlson #235
Ben Carlson is the Director of Institutional Asset Management at Ritholtz Wealth Management. There, he helps to create detailed investment plans and manage portfolios for institutions and individuals to help them achieve their goals. Ben is also the author of the new book “Don't Fall For It: A Short History of Financial Scams” which we’ll discuss. And on top of that, he has his own investing podcast called Animal Spirits, and he writes all about investing over at his site “A Wealth of Common Sense” - not on...

Avoiding Financial Scams & Retirement Planning with Ben Carlson #235
Ben Carlson is the Director of Institutional Asset Management at Ritholtz Wealth Management. There, he helps to create detailed investment plans and manage portfolios for institutions and individuals to help them achieve their goals. Ben is also the author of the new book “Don't Fall For It: A Short History of Financial Scams” which we’ll discuss. And on top of that, he has his own investing podcast called Animal Spirits, and he writes all about investing over at his site “A Wealth of Common Sense” - not on...


Friday Flight - Surprise Covid Medical Bills and New Stimulus Bill Progress #234
Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like using Netflix payments to boost your credit score, the shortage of disinfectant supplies, upcoming sales tax holidays, working from...

Friday Flight - Surprise Covid Medical Bills and New Stimulus Bill Progress #234
Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like using Netflix payments to boost your credit score, the shortage of disinfectant supplies, upcoming sales tax holidays, working from...

Why You Are Probably Underinsured #233
There are a lot of different types of insurance out there and it can be tough to know which types of policies you should look into and which ones to avoid. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of information related to insurance, and that can lead you to not making any decisions at all. The end result is that things remain the same- and you’re underinsured. And then you might hear an anecdotal story of when a warranty or insurance policy came in handy for someone else, so you feel that should be a ...


Ask HTM - Investing in Startups, Refinancing Student Loans on a Fixed or Variable Rate, and Skyrocketing Home Insurance Rates #232
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - Should I refinance my student loans into a variable or fixed rate? 2 - How does it work if I want to take a 401k distribution for some home renovations projects? 3 - Why have I seen my homeowner’s insurance rate climb and what can I do about it? 4 - What should I consider when it comes to investing in a startup via a new investing platform? 5 - In order ...

Friday Flight - Mortgage Rates at All Time Lows and Back to School Spending #231
Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like how Aldi is expanding, back to school spending is expected to be higher than ever, where to check if you haven’t received your fede...

A Money Convo with Our Wives! #230
It’s time to hear from our wives, Emily and Kate! We finally bring the ladies back on for an episode that we recorded while we were together at the beach. We wrestled the kids down to bed, rigged up a recording table in an echo-y beach house dining room, cracked open some beers and got to talking about personal finance. We fielded some questions from the Facebook group and addressed some topics like what it’s like to be married to a hardcore money nerd, frugal date night ideas, transitioning to a single inc...


Cutting Healthcare Costs with Crucial Knowledge with Scott Heiser #229
We all want to reign in the spiraling costs of healthcare, so that’s why we’re talking today with Scott Heiser. Scott has more than twenty years of experience as a consultant for clients in the insurance and healthcare system. During those years he also led and developed an employee benefit practice that managed more than half a billion dollars in health benefits. Scott knows the ins and outs of what can feel like the overwhelming world of healthcare and insurance- in fact in his book: “Healthcare is Making...

Friday Flight - WTD if You’ve Lost Health Coverage & Tipping Extra #228
Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to come out on the other side even stronger. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like the reopening of theme parks, the rise of touchless payments, plans for school districts this fall, and whether or not we should be...

Getting Creative with Vacation Plans #227
Covid has impacted lots of areas of our lives - including our summer travel plans. So now is a great time to get a little creative if you are hoping for any sort of vacation. Many of us have had our getaways cancelled, or even if not, there’s a chance you may not feel great about being cooped up in an airplane for hours on end. Even if it’s relatively safe, it still isn’t something many of us want to do these days. But if you already have planned for a week off from work it’s important to still take that ti...


Ask HTM - High Yield Checking Accounts, WTD with a Bunch of Cash Right Out of College, and Cash Value Life Insurance #226
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - Should I always follow the 1% rule as I consider buying an investment property? 2 - If I want to open a new online checking account, should I look to an online brokerage? 3 - How solid is cash value life insurance as an investment tool? 4 - As a recent college graduate, what should I do with a bunch of money I’ve saved up? 5 - I’m a circus performer and ...

Friday Flight - Lending Money to a Friend and the Soaring Cost of Streaming Services #225
Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like how students who lost summer jobs could be eligible for unemployment, what to do if you received a stimulus payment intended for a deceased family member, the coin s...

The Simple Steps to Achieve Fire #224
How do you achieve FIRE? Last week we discussed the pros and cons of the Financial Independence Retire Early movement, and this week we’re covering the practical steps that will allow you to achieve FIRE. There are some basic principles that we all need to follow, even when our individual  journeys towards FIRE all look different. So in this episode we’ll be encouraging you to envision what you would want your ‘post-work’ life to look like- do you picture a more lean or luxurious retirement? And then beyond...


Modern Frugality and Massive Debt Reduction with Jen Smith #223
We have a really inspiring interview today that will encourage anyone who is looking to change their life by paying down debt. Jen Smith is a personal finance expert and she has the experience to back it up. Jen and her husband paid off $78,000 of debt in less than two years making well under 6-figures. She's been featured in Kiplinger, U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine, and she's co-host of the Frugal Friends podcast and blogs over at ModernFrugality.com. Getting out of debt and frugality go hand in...

Friday Flight - Ridiculous Credit Card Interest Rates & Are Cities Dead? #222
Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like 2019 Roth IRA contributions, high credit card interest rates, and how federal unemployment benefits are coming to a close. And then we talk some about the future of ...

The Pros and Cons of the FIRE Movement #221
Financial Independence Retire Early- you’ve likely heard the term on the show and this movement has gained a lot of steam over the past decade. And even though we agree with most of the tenets of FIRE, there can be side effects or negative consequences that can occur when it’s taken too far. Just like with almost anything in life, when there isn’t a proper balance, something that’s normally good can easily become something bad. That’s what we’re going to talk about today- the pros and the aspects and behavi...


Ask HTM - Requesting a Credit Limit Increase, Path to Homeownership Considerations, and Biking with Kids #220
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - Should I ask for a credit limit increase in order to increase my credit score? 2 - What are my options when it comes to paying off an installment loan? 3 - As I begin down the path towards home ownership, what things should I consider? 4 - How much of my company stock should I sell in order to pay off some credit card debt? 5 - What type of bike would yo...

Friday Flight - Covid Travel Info and Your Debt Collection Rights #219
Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like where you can find baking help from professionals, your rights if you owe money, and PPP forgiveness guidelines. Then we talk with our friend Scott Keyes of Scott’s ...

Repair or Replace that Old Car #218
As the repair costs of owning an old car begin to add up, you might be wondering if it makes sense to ditch it. Many folks make the decision to abandon their still solid vehicle based on the desire to drive something newer instead of an actual need for something more reliable. The costs of upgrading your car could blow a hole in your personal finances since transportation costs are typically the second line item on most budgets. But we also understand that a vehicle is more than just a way to get from point...


Debt Elimination Strategies & Economic Violence with Lynnette Khalfani-Cox #217
Our guest on this episode is Lynnette Khalfani-Cox. Lynnette, also known as The Money Coach, is a personal finance expert, television and radio personality, and the author of 15 books, including the New York Times bestseller Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom. A turning point is when she found herself in $100,000 worth of credit card debt and so we’re excited to hear how she overcame that debt, and we’re also covering the important topic of economic violence and the impact it has had on Blac...

Friday Flight - Downsides of Free Investing & Rising Pandemic Prices #216
Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like where to look for a great price on a used car, renewable energy costs, and the effects of a deferment on your credit score. Then we discuss whether stores should rai...

Money Simplicity Breeds Better Results #215
Have our financial lives become so complex, that the different ‘advanced’ options available to us are actually keeping us from doing the right things altogether? It seems that the more complicated the approach we take to our money, the more likely the wheels are going to come off as we completely bag the system down the road. It’s a sad irony that applies to many of us- whether because we are overwhelmed with the convoluted nature of our personal finances, or maybe due to the fact that we lose interest as w...


Ask HTM - CDs are a Smart Move, Shopping for the Best Mortgage Rates, and What to do with an old HSA #214
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - If I try to purchase a home with cash, can I expect to get a better deal? How does this work? 2 - My employer is changing health coverage options, so what should I do with money that is in my HSA? 3 - What are CDs and are they a good idea these days? 4 - How should I go about shopping for the lowest mortgage rate? 5 - Should I be contributing to my 403b ...

Avoiding Burnout, Overdraft Fees, and Getting Back to Work #213
Friday episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like the updated Paycheck Protection Program and what that means for small businesses, taking time off in order to avoid burnout, and the ridiculous overdraft fees banks charge....

Money Conversations are Crucial (Bestie Ep) #212
Money just feels like a topic that is off-limits when it comes to discussions you have with your friends. Is it because it’s too personal? Maybe you feel it’s none of your business? A big part of why we started How to Money is because we feel that money conversations need to happen more often. Talking about money shines a light on it and brings about awareness, which can ultimately lead to improvement as we all have room to grow. Listen as we discuss some of the major ways you’re likely missing out if you’r...


Smart People Do Dumb Things with Their Money with Jill Schlesinger #211
We’ve all made some financial mistakes, but hopefully through reading, listening to podcasts, and learning from our previous mistakes, we can move forward and make smarter moves with our money. That’s what we’re covering during this interview. Our guest today is Jill Schlesinger who is an on-air CBS News Business Analyst who covers the economy as she guides people through their personal financial decisions. Jill is a Certified Financial Planner and also the author of the book "The Dumb Things Smart People d...

Falling Interest Rates & Real Estate Investing in the Covid Era #210
*While we typically try and record our Friday episode just days before being published, we recorded 207 and 210 weeks ago in order for us to be able to take some time off with our families. This means the death of George Floyd and the protests around the country hadn’t occurred yet and we were not able to comment. However, we believe that Black Lives Matter and we encourage our listeners to all work toward making our world a more loving place.* Friday episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects o...

Yes, You Can Negotiate Your Bills #209
Is everything in life negotiable? It depends on who you ask. We all enjoy paying less than we have to and getting a deal, but there are certain instances where it makes more sense than others. Just because you can negotiate a bill to get a few bucks off doesn’t mean it’s a good use of your time, when there might be a different bill that you should focus on instead. There are several areas in our personal finances that we often overlook to the detriment of our bank accounts. And then one of the other problem...


Ask HTM - Applying for a Credit Card with Frozen Credit, Paying Down Student Loans vs Investing, and Purchasing a Used Car without a Local Bank #208
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - How big should my emergency fund be and should I count my Roth contributions towards that cash cushion? 2 - Should I open up a high interest custodial savings account or a 529 Plan for my baby with some gift money? 3 - Is it OK to snag a store discount by signing up for a store credit card, even though my credit is frozen? 4 - As a recent graduate, shoul...

Affordable Used Cars & the Future of Office Life #207
Friday episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like Netflix cancelling subscriptions, the high price folks pay for delivery apps, and AI and customer service. We also spend some time on the most affordable used cars today an...

Financial Advisors Aren't All Bad #206
There are professionals who can help us in almost every aspect of our lives. In some cases it’s a slam dunk easy decision, but there are other times when we can, and should, handle it ourselves. The problem is knowing when to DIY it and when to call in the big guns, the professionals, in this case- the financial advisor. There are a lot of aspects of our personal finances that don’t require professional help. You don’t need a financial advisor to tell you that you need to start paying down your debt and get...


Fighting to Give Consumers Leverage with Richard Cordray #205
In this episode we have the honor of speaking with Richard Cordray, who served for six years as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB. Since his time at the CFPB, he has written a book, WATCHDOG: How Protecting Consumers Can Save Our Families, Our Economy, and Our Democracy. In his book, Richard shares stories of individual consumers in order to show how the Bureau quickly became a powerful force for good. WATCHDOG tells a hopeful story of how our system can be reformed by ...

Changing Healthcare Plans & Graduating in the Middle of a Pandemic #204
Friday episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of good news we’ve come across in the past week. We also address how you might have the option to make changes to your health care coverage, how your credit score might drop due to the deferment of f...

Career Pivoting in a Changing Economy #203
Change can be a little frightening, but it’s the only constant. Our entire economy has seen a massive change- industries that were in slow decline are now quickly accelerating towards obsolescence, and we’re seeing other industries that were fairly new and unproven showing explosive growth. There is a good chance you have experienced some changes at work, and so whether you like it or not a career pivot might be on the horizon for you. In this episode, we’ll talk about what these pivots could look like, as ...


Ask HTM - Timing a Roth IRA Conversion, Attacking Debt or Saving for Retirement, and Budgeting for Housing Expenses #202
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - Is now a good time to make a Roth IRA conversion? 2 - I’m in my mid-30s, should I focus on paying down debt or investing more towards retirement? 3 - Should I sell some stocks that I’ve purchased via my employer’s ESPP? 4 - How much should I be budgeting for housing repairs and rental vacancy? 5 - Coming off a gap year, what financial tips do you guys ha...

Where to Look for a New Job & Is More Stimulus Money Coming? #201
Friday episodes are all about the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There’s a lot of news and information out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s timely episode we cover a lot of good news we’ve come across in the past week. We also address how spending is up home improvement, whether there is more stimulus money heading our way, and where to look for new jobs. And as we’ve ramped up the p...

Investing In a Volatile Market #200
Why is it that when a consumer item like a new phone is on sale, we pounce, but when the stock market is on sale, we run? Buying and holding are both far more difficult to do in a volatile market for most investors. And when we see terms like ‘bear market’ and ‘recession’ in the headlines, it makes it even harder for many of us to continue to invest. But what is important to remember is that buying into this market volatility is the source of future returns. The overall American stock market has returned ro...


Where to Turn for Debt and Budget Help with Thomas Nitzsche #199
In his early 20s, Thomas Nitzche found himself in loads of debt. Like so many folks, he didn’t learn how credit cards really worked, and so the charges began to add up, and before he knew it he had an overwhelming balance that he could barely make minimum payments on. Couple that consumer spending with student loans, a car payment, a mortgage, and the final kicker- getting laid off and losing his income. Thomas found himself in a really stressful spot, but he was able to move from a place of desperation to ...

Frugality is Cool Again and Bike Riding Surges #198
Friday episodes are all about the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There’s a lot of news and information out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s timely episode we cover a lot of good news we’ve come across in the past week. We also address the surge in bicycle riding as well as the likelihood of all of us to become more frugal, due to the coronavirus. And as we ramp up the podcast with an...

Battling Money Anxiety #197
Money anxiety is something we have all experienced in one way or another. Whether it’s student loans, trying to save up enough for a car, or even having enough money to make it to the end of the month- this stress is a very real thing. Covid-19 and its effects on our economy and our jobs have only exacerbated the issue. According to a recent Qualtrics report, 67% of people say they have higher levels of stress since the beginning of the health crisis. And money anxiety doesn’t just plague low-income earners...


Ask HTM - Ditching a Crappy High-Paying Job, Student Loan Refinancing, and Investing with Fundrise #196
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - I really like investing via Fundrise, but should I be maxing out my Roth IRA first? 2 - Bad news: I’ve recently lost my job. Good news: I just sold my house and got married! What should I do with the money from the sale of my home? 3 - Should I take advantage of super low interest rates and refinance my student loans? 4 - I have a high-paying, but soul-s...

Credit Card Companies Cutting Limits and Postponing Mortgage Payments #195
Friday episodes are all about the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There’s a lot of news and information out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s timely episode we cover a lot of good news we’ve come across in the past week. We also address some of the impending changes to credit card limits as well as mortgage forbearance. And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode ev...

To Refi or Not to Refi? #194 (Bestie Ep)
With the Great Lockdown continuing to take its toll on the economy, mortgage rates are at near all-time lows so now is a great time to consider refinancing. Pouncing on these lower rates can lower our monthly mortgage payment, allowing us to free up some money that was being funneled towards housing. But what else should we consider? Are you a good candidate for a refinance? And then on top of that there are also costs involved in refinancing that can make it prohibitive. In this episode we discuss what you...


Couple’s Finances and Weathering Financial Storms with Farnoosh Torabi #193
Our guest on this episode is personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi who has transformed what most would consider setbacks, into the very things that drive her forward. She found herself living in NYC at the age of 22 with over $30k in debt, but it was through the process of climbing out of debt that Farnoosh realized her desire to help others with their money. She has done it all, from reporting for Money Magazine, to hosting her own podcast, to writing multiple books including ‘Psych Yourself Rich’ & her ...

Reopening the Economy and Getting Refunds #192
Friday episodes are all about the Great Lockdown, Covid-19, and your money. There’s a lot of news and information out there, but we are distilling that down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s timely episode we cover a lot of good news we’ve come across in the past week. We also share our thoughts on some states reopening for business, getting refunds, and privacy concerns of working from home. And as we ramp up the podcast with an additi...

Money Chores to Crush During Quarantine #191
Many of us have been stuck at home with extra time on our hands due to the quarantine. Even if your state or local government hasn’t made it an official order, it’s likely you’ve found yourself trying to figure out what to do with these free nights and weekends! And while we wouldn’t suggest that you must use all that additional time to work on your personal finances, it would helpful to use at least some of it to work on some money matters that typically get swept under the rug. So in this episode we’re ta...


Ask HTM - Investing in Bonds, New Student Loan Interest Rates, and Insurance Brokers #190
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - I have a lot of bonds in my portfolio- is now a good time to sell them and buy more stocks instead? 2 - How are new student loans being affect by the health crisis? 3 - I’ve recently started doing business with an insurance broker, saving me time and money! What’s the catch? 4 - Are savings bonds a good product for my young daughter? 5 - I’m considering ...

The Great Lockdown Effects on Spending and the Housing Market #189
Friday episodes are all about the Great Lockdown and your money. There’s a lot of news and information out there, but we are distilling that down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s timely episode we cover a lot of good news we’ve come across in the past week. We also take a look at the changes we’ve seen to consumer spending, energy use as an indicator of what’s going on with the economy, and our thoughts on the housing market. And as we...

The Great Lockdown Effects on Spending and the Housing Market #189
Friday episodes are all about the Great Lockdown and your money. There’s a lot of news and information out there, but we are distilling that down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s timely episode we cover a lot of good news we’ve come across in the past week. We also take a look at the changes we’ve seen to consumer spending, energy use as an indicator of what’s going on with the economy, and our thoughts on the housing market. And as we...


WTD with Stimulus Checks and Tax Refunds #188
A stimulus check, tax refund, or any large windfall doesn’t happen all that often, so it’s no surprise that we’re not all that great at doing something smart with that money. Most of us think of it as a bonus that we should spend! And for people who diligently prioritize saving and investing every single month of the year, that might be ok. But for most people, a more thoughtful approach is in order. Much of it depends on your specific situation, and so we have some thoughts as to what you should be doing w...

WTD with Stimulus Checks and Tax Refunds #188
A stimulus check, tax refund, or any large windfall doesn’t happen all that often, so it’s no surprise that we’re not all that great at doing something smart with that money. Most of us think of it as a bonus that we should spend! And for people who diligently prioritize saving and investing every single month of the year, that might be ok. But for most people, a more thoughtful approach is in order. Much of it depends on your specific situation, and so we have some thoughts as to what you should be doing w...

Going Minimalist To Save More with Joshua Becker #187
We’ve all heard about the minimalist lifestyle- maybe you’re picturing a bearded hipster drinking coffee in his perfectly white dining room or an Instagram worthy, perfectly styled modern kitchen. It turns out that’s not what minimalism is all about- it’s about priorities. Also, we’ve all been spending more time in our homes than we’d probably like to be, and all that clutter might be getting to you. Here to talk with us today about minimalist living is Joshua Becker. While beginning the process of removing...


Retirement Account Rule Changes and Stimulus Check Details #186
Friday episodes are all about the coronavirus and your money. There’s a lot of news and information out there, but we are distilling that down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s timely episode we cover a lot of good news we’ve come across in the past week. We also dive into some changes to retirement accounts due to the CARES Act as well as a topic on a lot of minds- stimulus checks. Who’s getting one, how much, and when are they showing...

Cutting Expenses in Times of Financial Distress #185
67 million people are anticipating having trouble paying their bills due to the fallout from Coronavirus. A lot of us have seen our income drastically cut, or maybe you don’t have ANY income at the moment. It’s important to prioritize our money now and conserve our cash, because in a tough economic cycle we might have more need for it. So the time has come for many of us to tighten our belts and cut some expenses so that our finances can survive the economic hardship that many of us are facing. There are ch...

Cutting Expenses in Times of Financial Distress #185
67 million people are anticipating having trouble paying their bills due to the fallout from Coronavirus. A lot of us have seen our income drastically cut, or maybe you don’t have ANY income at the moment. It’s important to prioritize our money now and conserve our cash, because in a tough economic cycle we might have more need for it. So the time has come for many of us to tighten our belts and cut some expenses so that our finances can survive the economic hardship that many of us are facing. There are ch...


Ask HTM - Becoming a Single Income Household, Higher Costs in a Big City, and Long-Term Care Insurance #184
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - What steps can be taken in order to prepare to become a single income household? 2 - In addition to maxing out my Roth IRA, what else should I do if I want to save and invest more? 3 - What are your thoughts on long-term care insurance? 4 - As a newly married couple, how do we budget on a variable income? 5 - What changes should I expect to see in my exp...

Ask HTM - Becoming a Single Income Household, Higher Costs in a Big City, and Long-Term Care Insurance #184
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - What steps can be taken in order to prepare to become a single income household? 2 - In addition to maxing out my Roth IRA, what else should I do if I want to save and invest more? 3 - What are your thoughts on long-term care insurance? 4 - As a newly married couple, how do we budget on a variable income? 5 - What changes should I expect to see in my exp...

Important CARES Act Details and Why There’s No TP in Stores #183
Friday episodes are all about the coronavirus and your money. There’s a lot of news and information out there, but we are distilling that down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s timely episode we cover a lot of good news, including more details on the CARES Act, aka the stimulus bill. Specifically we dive into unemployment, as well as the benefits that many small businesses are eligible for like Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) as w...


Working From Home Without Going Crazy #182
It is essential for us to learn how to thrive while working from home. Our modern workforce has been heading towards working remotely for years, but of course the coronavirus has all but eliminated the ability for non-essential offices to continue to function as they had previously. The problem is that most of us don’t have home offices, or if we do, there are still countless distractions in our home that we’re not used to. And additionally, many of us have kids at home as well- while they are wonderful, th...

Cooking at Home on a Budget with Beth Moncel #181
Since we’re all spending a lot more time indoors, getting to know our kitchens a little better and not going to restaurants, we’re particularly happy to have Beth Moncel joining us today. Before Beth was a food blogger, she was a microbiologist after earning a degree in nutritional science. Now, she has a massively popular site called Budget Bytes where you can find simple, delicious recipes that are designed for folks with small budgets. Beth has published a cookbook and she has developed a really cool mob...

Covid-19 Stimulus Checks, Unemployment, & Small Business Help #180
Friday episodes are all about the coronavirus and your money. There’s a lot of news and information out there, and our goal is to distill that down to specific takeaways that will allow you to weather this surreal health and financial crisis. In today’s optimistic episode we cover a lot of good news coming down the pike, including the stimulus bill- how it looks like we’re all getting stimulus checks, unemployment benefits are being extended, and small business loans are getting amped up. Listen to learn ho...


Behavioral Money Tendencies that Wreck Us #179
It doesn’t matter if the market is flying high, or if it’s dropping faster than we’ve seen in history, each one of us is capable of making the occasional dumb decision, and it’s simply because we’re human! There are certain tendencies ingrained in us that can cause us to approach the world and our personal finances in an irrational way. Some of the hardest money mistakes to correct are ones that we make habitually because we don’t recognize the patterns that may have led us there. In order to break those ba...

Ask HTM - Day Trading, Student Credit Cards, and Utilizing a VA Loan to Purchase a Home #178
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - Should I utilize a VA loan to purchase a home? 2 - As a graduate student, what do I need to keep in mind as I’m applying for my first credit card? 3 - I’m repaying my student loans as part of the PSLF Program - should I make contributions to my Roth IRA? 4 - What are your thoughts on day trading and the expensive courses teaching you how to ‘hack the sto...

Coronavirus Economic Woes, Job insecurity, & Staying Afloat #177
The economy and its effect on our personal finances continues to change due to the coronavirus, so our shorter Friday episodes are here to stay! Our goal is to provide you with timely and relevant information you need to be aware of so you can be in control of your money. In this episode we cover how to manage decreased or non-existent income along with bills that need to be paid, whether now is a good time to invest in stocks, and what you need to know about unemployment benefits. And as we ramp up the pod...


Different Approaches to Budgeting #176
Maybe the reason you haven’t been able to stick with a budget is because you’re trying to use the wrong kind of budget! There are different approaches, apps, and methods out there, and finding the right one for you could be the difference between a failure to launch, and you becoming a budgeting pro. We’re here to remind you of the many benefits of having a budget- it’s not only about saving more money (but really, who needs more of a reason than that?!). We’ll share some universal tips that will help you g...

Simple and Smart Investing with JL Collins #175
If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of investing in the stock market, especially amid these turbulent times, then look no further. We are fortunate enough to be speaking with the one and only JL Collins. JL is an expert in the arena of investing and is the author of the book “The Simple Path to Wealth”. In his book and on his site, JL writes about how truly straightforward and simple it is to invest your money in order to achieve financial independence. Not surprisingly, he’s also considered by many to b...

The Coronavirus, Market Volatility, and Your Money #174
This is a special edition of How to Money to address the financial effects of the coronavirus and what we should be doing with our money during these volatile times. With the spread of Covid-19, there are many changes impacting our lives we do not have control over. However, we do have control over what we do with our money- especially our investments. Take a quick listen as we answer several listener questions and address some additional areas of our lives that might be affected by the coronavirus. If you ...


Striving for Work-Life Balance #173
Feeling overworked?! Between trying to get ahead at your 9-5 and pursuing side hustles, chances are really high that you feel like your work-life balance is out of whack. We find ourselves chronically fatigued and exhausted because we give too much to our work, leaving little left for ourselves and those around us who we love. For instance, as a result most Americans don’t take all their vacation time- and when they do, they find it impossible to actually stop working! This ongoing cycle of never-ending wor...

Ask HTM - Cash Management Accounts, Paying $9500 to Ditch a Crappy Job, the Rule of 173 Explained #172
This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - What is a cash management account and should I have one? 2 - Should I pay $9500 to exit a work contract early? 3 - Aside from a 529 plan, how else can I invest on behalf of my young son? 4 - Rule of 173, single family vs multi-family properties, and is my money safe with a brokerage like M1 and Vanguard? 5 - Not a question- but a great house hacking tip...

The Tradeoffs of Driving an Electric Car #171
With the proliferation of electric vehicles, you might be wondering if you should look into an EV for your next car purchase. The advancements in battery technology means that range issues aren’t nearly as much of a concern. And with more and more automakers releasing their own lines of EVs, it’s clear that the electric vehicle is here to stay. There are countless benefits that accompany an electric vehicle but that doesn’t mean that EVs are for everyone. In this episode we talk about the good and the bad, ...


Navigating College Decisions with Elisia Howard #170
Delaying your college application a few months could cost you $20,000! This is just one of the many things we learned during our conversation with Certified College Counselor, Elisia Howard. She has been in education for fifteen years and worked in college admissions for five years before starting College Insights in 2015. At College Insights, Elisia helps students navigate college decisions through academic advising, resume building, and applying to the right schools. She is passionate about students avoid...

How to get Great Customer Service (Bestie) #169
Working hard for money isn't a foreign concept, but working hard to receive good customer service often is- we so rarely advocate for ourselves! The first step when you're looking for great customer service is to be sure to do business with a reputable company. After that, there are plenty of additional elements to consider to not only save you money, but allow you to walk away from a transaction completely satisfied and raving about how great of an experience you had when you needed assistance. Listen as w...

Ask HTM - Paying Off Balance Transfer Cards, Emergency Funds while House Hacking, and What to do when Inheriting a 401k #168
This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - Should I pay off my credit card debt that has a 0% interest rate? 2 - How much money should I have in my emergency fund since we’re house hacking with a duplex? 3 - What do I do with money that I’ve inherited as a 401k? 4 - Does whole life insurance make sense for me? 5 - What does it mean if I don’t have a credit score? During this episode we enjoyed a...


Are Experiences Better Than Stuff? #167
You won’t be surprised to hear that we’re critical of the consumeristic society we live in. Our culture wants us to believe that buying things will lead to greater levels of happiness. And maybe we’ve been convinced because 70% of the overall economy is driven by consumer spending. Here’s an alternate take though: our generation seems to value experiences more than stuff, but are experiences a better use of our money? Will we be able to find more happiness through greater spending on a cool trip or nicer cl...

Achieving Financial Independence in the Military with Doug Nordman #166
Our guest today, Doug Nordman starts every morning by checking the surf forecast to see how he’s going to spend the day. He and his wife are financially independent and live on the island of Oahu, which is a surfer’s paradise! Doug was able to achieve this amazing life by taking advantage of the financial benefits offered to him by the military, as well as through standard practices like budgeting and investing extra money towards retirement. He was enlisted in the Navy where he had a career as a submariner...

Achieving Financial Independence in the Military with Doug Nordman #166
Our guest today, Doug Nordman starts every morning by checking the surf forecast to see how he’s going to spend the day. He and his wife are financially independent and live on the island of Oahu, which is a surfer’s paradise! Doug was able to achieve this amazing life by taking advantage of the financial benefits offered to him by the military, as well as through standard practices like budgeting and investing extra money towards retirement. He was enlisted in the Navy where he had a career as a submariner...


WTD When Markets Decline #165
There will be declines in the stock market, and you’ll likely see the amount of money you have invested begin to drop. This is normal during a bear market- stay calm! It’s also OK to feel a little nervous. We are emotional creatures after all, and while it’s fine to feel a little anxious if you’re hemorrhaging money in your investments, it is NOT fine to react to these declines by selling and getting out of the market. It doesn’t help that the 24-hour news cycle and media outlets are fueling any uncertainty...

Ask HTM - Is ID Theft Insurance Worth It, Reducing Car Insurance Rates for Kids Who Rarely Drive, and the Merits of Balancing a Checkbook #164
This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! 1 - Should I continue to balance my checkbook every month, or is it a waste of time? 2 - I have 2 daughters who rarely drive- how can I reduce how much I spend on their car insurance? 3 - Should I purchase a primary residence or a couple investment properties instead? 4 - Is identity theft insurance worth the money? 5 - As a small business owner, should I consider offering a SIMPLE IRA or a 401k? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to...

Saving vs Investing #163
Are you saving your money when instead you should be investing it? Or maybe you’ve been investing, but alternatively you should be saving! Folks get confused as those terms are often used interchangeably, but they are very different. For example, we call it “saving for retirement” when we are actually “investing for retirement.” Saving and investing are both important and have their place, and so the trick is knowing when you should be doing either. During this episode, we’ll cover some of the different ind...


Selling a House for Top Dollar with Mindy Jensen #162
Wanna sell your house for a lot of money? Then it would behoove you to listen to this interview! Our guest today, Mindy Jensen, is a licensed real estate agent in Colorado and has been buying and selling homes for about 20 years. And not only does she buy and sell them for her clients, but she’s an investor herself and specializes in live-in flips. Mindy works for BiggerPockets.com where she helps investors learn the proper ways to invest in real estate and she also co-hosts the podcast BiggerPockets Money....

Automating Your Finances FTW #161
We live increasingly busy and complex lives and the same is true of our money. Repeatedly making smart money moves is hard. It’s easy for us to forget or just get plain lazy when it comes to doing the right thing with our funds. Between our different bank accounts, multiple credit cards, and debt obligations, it can be difficult for us to take action on a consistent basis that will have a long-lasting effect on our personal finances. That’s where automation comes in- it helps us to engineer money success ah...

Ask HTM - Rent or Buy a Car for Trips, Saving Money with Pet Health Insurance, and Reducing Student Loan Minimum Payments #160
This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! Our family has outgrown our current car so our multiple road trips every year are getting cramped. Should we purchase a new (used) car, or rent a larger vehicle as needed? Does the 5 year holding period apply to my contributions of my Roth IRA? Should I purchase pet insurance? I’d like to save up a down payment for a home but I’m also currently paying down debts using the debt snowball method. What should I do? I have student loans and I also qua...


Creating a Debt Payoff Plan #159
Personal levels of indebtedness are at all time highs in our country. Consumer spending is growing, student loans are ever-present, and car loans are becoming even more of an issue as consumers take out 72 and 84 month loans. The reality and feeling of drowning in debt is compounded when folks don’t know how to get out from underneath this crushing weight. Where do you even begin?! What we need is a plan to help us get out of debt and get our feet set in the right direction this year. Now is the time to get...

Freelance to Freedom with Vincent Pugliese #158
If you’re thinking about starting your own side hustle, then this episode is a #MustListen! Vincent Pugliese is a husband, dad, and a professional photographer who started out at making $15 an hour working for the local newspaper, to paying off $140,000 in debt in 4 years. Through his journey to become debt free, he discovered the power of being self-employed, and the impact it can have towards not only achieving financial freedom, but time freedom and life freedom as well. During this process, Vincent wrot...

When Frugality Doesn't Cut It #157
We can only go so far with being frugal, before we venture into the realm of cheap. Now don’t get us wrong- frugality is a great tool in your personal finance swiss army knife. We’re frugal fellas ourselves, and we love seeing what money saving steps our friends and listeners are implementing into their lives, but frugality alone doesn’t cut it. There are times when you need to make larger cuts and prioritize the other tools in your personal finance swiss army knife to help you achieve your money goals. Tod...


Ask HTM - Savings Interest Rates are Dropping, What to do if You're Overpaid, and Investing in an ESPP #156
This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! 1 - I was overpaid by my employer, what should I do now? 2 - Should I convert my 401k into an IRA? What considerations should I keep in mind? 3 - I have some IRS debt. Should I prioritize my debt snowball or get after that tax debt owed to the IRS? 4 - What’s the deal with my savings account interest rate dropping? 5 - I have an ESPP that is offered at work. Should I participate, and if so, how should I go about taking advantage of my employee stock p...

Level Up Your Money with Gamification #155
For most normal people, personal finance is boring! There are many reasons why Americans have a really difficult time getting their money act together, but today we’re addressing the fact that we’d rather spend our time doing almost anything else. This is a problem as it takes intentional action for the rubber to meet the road and for our hopes and dreams to be turned into a debt slaying, wealth building reality. Gamifying our personal finances can help us to actually achieve some of those goals when it wou...

Waking Up Early and Intentional Living with 5am Joel #154
It’s probably going to be hard, but waking up earlier this year can help you to get your personal finances in order! We’re excited to talk with our friend 5am Joel about how he got started waking up early and how this has impacted him personally. We both met Joel at a personal finance conference and immediately bonded over a mutual love of craft beer as well as talking about nerdy money things like investing in real estate and financial independence. He’s been waking up early for years now and we’re curious...


A New Year with More Margin #153
When 80% of folks report that they’re living paycheck to paycheck, it’s clear that this lack of margin in our lives is a major contributing factor to why we have some much stress in our lives. It’s true of our money and it’s true of our time as well. And with it being the new year, it’s easier to believe that a new and better narrative is possible- and it is! We have the power to change our previous negative money associations and to start handling our personal finances better this year. In this episode we’...

Before Renting Out a Spare Bedroom, Transitioning a Side Hustle to a Small Business, and Why Most 403(b) Accounts Suck #152
This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! 1 - Should I consider renting out a furnished spare room, and do I go about to vet possible roommates? 2 - How diversified are index funds? 3 - Can I use funds from a car loan to pay off some high interest credit card debt? 4 - When should I transition my side hustle to a legit small business and how do I start deducting my expenses come tax season? 5 - Should I invest in my 403b with pre-tax or post-tax dollars? And if you have a question for us, we’...

Money, Your Brain, and Buying Happiness (Bestie) #151
Merry Christmas and happy holidays! In the midst of all the festivities, now is a good time to ask ourselves: “Buying new stuff makes us happy, right?” Well if you have a need that is now being met, there is certainly some value that item is now providing. But value isn’t the same as happiness. Hedonic adaptation, or the hedonic treadmill, helps us understand the effect of consumption. Coming to grips with that can help us end unhealthy cycles of mindless consumerism and set us on a path to a healthier way ...


Don't Mess Up Your Taxes, with Keith Schroeder #150
Our guest today is Keith Schroeder who began working in the backwoods of Wisconsin on a family farm fixing silo unloaders- not the kind of job most of us had growing up! But his passionate distaste for that work led him to file tax returns on the side and that hustle led to Keith being able to retire at age 22 however he didn’t stay retired for long. His tax preparation business exploded into a full on accounting firm where at his busiest, he was serving over 2,000 clients. He started his own blog in 2016 c...

Cash, Debit, or Credit? #149
How we pay for things has a LOT of implications. Chances are whether you use “cash, debit, or credit” is more a result of habit than a thoughtful approach to your spending. “I use my check card because that’s just what I do- and it’s easy!”. But it’s important to note that some payment methods are more secure than others, while others provide better rewards, peace of mind, or might even cause you to spend less of your money. So how do you know whether you should be pulling out your debit or credit card? Or ...

Ask HTM - Paying Off Student Loans with a Cash Out Refi, Section 8 Landlording, and Lump Sum Investing #148
This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! 1 - Should we go with a cash out mortgage refinance in order to pay off student loans? 2 - Can I contribute to a self employed retirement account while also contributing to my employer sponsored plan? 3 - What does it take to be a HUD landlord and how do I balance community renovation with gentrification? 4 - We have a lot of available credit through our credit cards, but we never use it. Should we keep those cards open or close those accounts? 5 - Co...


Fees are the Worst, and How to Avoid Them #147
Fees are a major pain and they’ve worked their way into so many different industries! We recently talked about travel lodging and discussed the annoyance of the countless fees that might get tacked on: resort fees are some of the most confusing, but parking and WiFi fees abound too! With fees becoming so prevalent across our financial lives, we need to be aware of how and when we encounter them so we can be vigilant and intentional to avoid them whenever possible. While we understand and will readily admit ...

Staying Focused in an Age of Distraction with Curt Steinhorst #146
On average, we lose 3 hours of productivity every single day due to distractions! There are countless ways that we’re distracted in our lives today, and these distractions are keeping us from doing the things we truly need to do. MAYBE YOU’RE CURRENTLY DISTRACTED RIGHT NOW. It is very easy to allow ourselves to be constantly barraged by notifications, social media, or by email and these distractions are keeping us from being good friends and family members at home, and they’re keeping us from being producti...

The Role of Technology as Small Businesses Innovate #145
When 99% of American companies are small businesses, it’s no exaggeration to say that these businesses are the backbone of our country. These startups have been responsible for almost all new job creation over the past 3 decades! And not only are small businesses important to our economy but they’re important to us on a personal level as well. These are the storefronts and people who make up our communities and neighborhoods- they’re a part of our identity! However as technology marches on, small businesses...


Ask HTM - Where a Minor Should Save and Invest, Security Concerns with Budgeting Apps, and Financing a Car to Boost Credit Score #144
This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! 1 - Should I close a credit card that has a $40 annual fee? 2 - As a minor with my first job, where should I save and invest my money? 3 - How do I get my spouse on board using one of the budgeting apps? And with those apps are there any security concerns? 4 - I have a chunk of money that I plan to live off of in the coming years- where should I put it? 5 - Should I consider financing a car in order to keep my credit score high? And if you have a ques...

Taking Advantage of Free Stuff (Bestie) #143
Before you’re tempted to rush out and pounce on those Black Friday deals: How amazing is it that we live in a world where there are so many ‘free’ things all around us? And how unfortunate it is, that we often don’t even see these ‘free’ resources because we’re so used to purchasing and consumption- we don’t even think to make use of them. Our technology and culture steers us in the direction to spend. Chances are you’re not taking advantage of this ‘free’ stuff and you’re overspending because maybe you hav...

Becoming a Digital Nomad and Salary Transparency with Kristin Wong #142
Kristin Wong is passionate about helping people understand money in an accessible way. She started Lifehacker’s personal finance blog called Two Cents and she also authored the book “Get Money” last year - which is a great beginner’s guide to personal finance. She has also been featured in other major publications like Refinery29 and Glamour Magazine and you can currently find her writing in Smarter Living and the NYT. Even though Kristin is not a fan of Costco, we still had a great time talking about how w...


When Debt Makes Sense #141
There are times in our lives as consumers, that we’re faced with a decision: even though I can’t afford it, do I buy this thing that I really want? “Ohhh, that new iPhone looks really awesome” or “It would be a ton of fun to take a trip to the mountains next month!”. We often already know that the answer to these questions should be “No, I don’t have the money” because we know it’s not worth going into debt for these types of expenses. But sometimes the answer isn’t always as cut and dried as we’d like it t...

Ask HTM - Investing in Gold, Paying Extra Towards a Mortgage, and Opening a Flexible Account for Kids #140
This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions! 1 - Should I make additional principal payments on my mortgage? 2 - I want to open a flexible account for my daughters- what should it be? 3 - Would you recommend a foreclosure or pre-foreclosure for us as first-time homebuyers? 4 - What do y’all think about investing in gold and other precious metals? 5 - While shopping for a house, should we take into account the potential rent from house hacking with our friend, as we consider what we can afford? A...

Is College Worth It? #139
The price of college has gotten so incredibly expensive that we’re wondering if college is even worth it anymore. With the current total outstanding student loan debt totaling over $1.6 trillion, the return on your investment isn’t as obvious as it was decades ago. Now is the time to ask: Is getting a degree from a traditional academic institution the best course going forward? The answer isn’t going to be the same for everyone, but we’ll touch on the important things to consider before you decide to go bac...


Getting Rich Slowly & Combating Money Anxiety with J.D. Roth #138
Our guest on this episode is personal finance writer J.D. Roth who started his blog, Get Rich Slowly in the early days of the internet- back in 2006! It’s grown to be one of the most well-respected personal finance sites around thanks to his honesty, superb writing, and desire to serve his readers. We hear all about J.D.’s history with money, whether politics belong in personal finance, the different stages of financial freedom, as well as the intersection of depression and money. And let’s not forget- we s...

Hosting an Airbnb to Create Real Income #137
Most folks we know are big fans of Airbnb- they’ve either had a great experience while traveling or they’re considering it for their next trip. There’s a good chance this is also true for you, but have you ever considered hosting on Airbnb? There are countless ways that we can make extra money on the side, but we’ve found that most of them aren’t nearly as rewarding as welcoming travelers into your home! Matt’s Airbnb apartment has been up and running for a few months now so in this episode we dive into the...

Ask HTM - Going on Vacation While Still in Student Loan Debt, Paying for a Home Renovation, and Credit Card Auto Rental Insurance #136
This week on the pod we’re answering your questions! 1 - How do I justify going on vacation while I still have student loans? 2 - Should I pay for an addition with a home equity loan or by draining my emergency fund? 3 - Is the rental car insurance provided by my credit card a good option? 4 - How can I drop PMI early? 5 - What should I do with my Roth IRA that is currently with a high cost brokerage? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask During this ...


Amassing Peace Out Money Creates Freedom (Bestie) #135
Imagine that you have a well paying job but otherwise it sucks and you wish you could leave. And now imagine that an amazing opportunity comes along for you to start your dream business- that thing you’ve always wanted to do, but the problem is that you know you won’t be able to pay yourself for a solid year. What you need is peace out money to keep you afloat! Or maybe some family or health issues have come up and you want to be able to spend time with family, or maybe you just want to take some time off a...

Amassing Peace Out Money Creates Freedom (Bestie) #135
Imagine that you have a well paying job but otherwise it sucks and you wish you could leave. And now imagine that an amazing opportunity comes along for you to start your dream business- that thing you’ve always wanted to do, but the problem is that you know you won’t be able to pay yourself for a solid year. What you need is peace out money to keep you afloat! Or maybe some family or health issues have come up and you want to be able to spend time with family, or maybe you just want to take some time off a...

Extreme Frugality in a Culture of Excess with Liz Thames #134
Liz Thames, better known as Mrs. Frugalwoods, is the creator of the award-winning personal finance blog, Frugalwoods.com and she’s the author of the book, Meet The Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living. At age 32, she reached financial independence and left a successful career in Boston to create a more meaningful, purpose-driven life on a 66-acre homestead in the woods of Vermont with her husband and their two young daughters. Liz has been featured on The Today Show, PBS, NPR,...


Extreme Frugality in a Culture of Excess with Liz Thames #134
Liz Thames, better known as Mrs. Frugalwoods, is the creator of the award-winning personal finance blog, Frugalwoods.com and she’s the author of the book, Meet The Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living. At age 32, she reached financial independence and left a successful career in Boston to create a more meaningful, purpose-driven life on a 66-acre homestead in the woods of Vermont with her husband and their two young daughters. Liz has been featured on The Today Show, PBS, NPR,...

Save Big Money on Travel Lodging #133
In order to travel affordably, we have to keep our lodging costs in check! The money we spend on a comfortable place to sleep at night can be a huge expense, sometimes keeping us from traveling at all. Luckily there are some incredible ways to save more thanks to the internet and different apps created specifically to improve price transparency and to help you find the best deal online. We also have some great suggestions with some specific strategies to allow you to save big money on travel lodging. During...

Ask HTM - Negotiating a Salary for an Entry Level Position, Cars with Salvage Titles, and Saving and Investing with a Wildly Varying Paycheck #132
This week on the pod we’re answering your questions! 1 - Should I negotiate my salary for an entry level position? 2 - As we begin to consolidate our debt, what effect will closing some credit cards have on the type of loan we’re able to get? 3 - Should I keep my HSA with my employer or take it somewhere else? 4 - Is a salvage title a deal breaker? 5 - How to save and invest effectively on a wildly varying paycheck? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/a...


Creating a Holiday Spending Plan #131
Countless Americans don’t have a plan for how much they will spend or who they will be buying for this holiday season. What results is we end up with that all too familiar spending hangover with folks paying off those “unforeseen” expenses well into the New Year. Instead, we can avoid that debt by beginning to think and save now (even starting to save now for next year!), and creating a spending plan that includes things like gift budgeting, making cuts to your list of who to include, and tracking your spen...

Brilliant Real Estate Investing Tactics with David Greene #130
For this episode, we’re excited to hear from David Greene who is a nationally recognized authority on real estate investing. David has been on CNN, Forbes, and HGTV several times and he’s also a former police officer and current co-host of the BiggerPockets real estate podcast. He is the author of best selling books like “Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat: The BRRRR Rental Property Investment Strategy Made Simple” and “Long Distance Real Estate Investing”. We not only hear his tips on what to look for whe...

Becoming Financially Optimistic #129
It’s vitally important to discuss financial optimism because a LOT of folks have negative money scripts floating around their heads. Their pessimism hurts their current view of their money and their future financial wellbeing. How can we combat that? Financial optimism. We need to understand the good that currently exists in our lives and cultivate a hopeful attitude towards our finances. When we’re pessimistic about the current state of our financial health, it leads to inaction and that creates a cycle th...


Ask HTM – Budgeting to Care for an Aging Parent, Car Subscription Plans, and Timeshares #128
This week on the pod we’re answering your questions! 1 - What are some strategies to keep my healthcare affordable before Medicare kicks in? 2 - Financially speaking, should I be preparing to take care of my aging mom who is bad with her money? 3 - What kind of receipts should I be keeping up with as I manage my financial affairs? 4 - Are car subscription services, like Care by Volvo, a good way to pay for a car? 5 - Timeshares seem so cheap these days, are they a good deal? And if you have a question for u...

To Refi or Not to Refi? #127
With mortgage rates near all-time lows, now is a great time to consider refinancing. Pouncing on these lower rates can lower our monthly mortgage payment, allowing us to free up some money that was being funelled towards housing. But what else should we consider? Are you a good candidate for a refinance? And then on top of that there are also costs involved in refinancing that can make it prohibitive. In this episode we discuss the factors you need to consider, some great reasons to refi, and how to make su...

To Refi or Not to Refi? #127
With mortgage rates near all-time lows, now is a great time to consider refinancing. Pouncing on these lower rates can lower our monthly mortgage payment, allowing us to free up some money that was being funelled towards housing. But what else should we consider? Are you a good candidate for a refinance? And then on top of that there are also costs involved in refinancing that can make it prohibitive. In this episode we discuss the factors you need to consider, some great reasons to refi, and how to make su...


Using Credit Cards for 50k in Free Travel with Brad Barrett #126
This week we’re excited to have our friend Brad Barrett join us on the podcast. Brad is co-host of the podcast ChooseFI, but before that he was a CPA who left his job thanks to his pursuit of financial independence so he obviously knows a thing or two about personal finance. However, Brad’s favorite topic is leveraging credit card rewards to save more money, and take trips you never would have dreamed possible! Listen as we kick things off by discussing financial independence, but then we dive into credit c...

Recession Proofing Your Finances (Bestie) #125
We have some really exciting news to share before introducing this Wednesday episode (and ironically enough, we discussed the cost of diapers at the beginning of this one)! Are we ready for a recession!? The economy has been roaring for close to a decade and corrections are inevitable. We’re not saying to pay uber close attention to the news cycle and the different predictions of the market tanking, but it is good to be prepared. And even if an actual recession never occurs, getting our personal finances in...


Ask HTM – Are Condos a Good Idea, an Electric Vehicle Frugal or Cheap, and an Explanation of the Many Different Types of Auto Insurance #124
This week on the pod we’re answering your questions! 1 - Condos: are they a good investment? Should I consider one instead of a house? 2 - What are all the different types of auto insurance that are offered? 3 - I have whole life insurance. Should I cancel immediately or let it sit around to allow the cash value to grow? 4 - Unfortunately I’ve already signed up with a debt settlement company, but should I stick with them if they’re settling and negotiating my debts? 5 - Frugal or Cheap? I’m going out of my ...

Financial Habits that Determine Your Future #123
Over the course of our lives, our habits become ingrained and the small things we do day after day shape who we become. This is especially true of our money as simple routines can be life-changing, but don’t forget the door swings both ways. While positive financial habits can lead to massive wins for us down the road, negative habits can lead to some pretty grim consequences. In this episode we discuss the ‘what’ and the ‘how’- what are some great financial behaviors to begin practicing, and how to stick w...

Losing Everything to Financial Empowerment with Tiffany Aliche #122
Tiffany Aliche is also known as the Budgetnista and her mission is to make life-changing financial education accessible to women worldwide. She’s been featured on MSNBC, The Today Show, Forbes- and earlier this year she was instrumental in a new law that passed in New Jersey that will have a massive impact on financial education. We also dive into her history with money and how even though she was raised in a household that prioritized money discussions, she still made some costly mistakes that left her bro...


The Massive Benefits of House Hacking #121
Housing costs are a significant expense, gobbling up around 37% of most American’s take home pay- other categories don’t even come close! Spending less on housing will have an inordinate impact on the amount of money you’re able to save and invest, and house hacking is one of the best ways to achieve this goal. House hacking is a tactic that everyone should consider- whether you pay rent or have a mortgage, you’re a candidate for transforming a monthly expense into a source of revenue. Listen as we demystif...

Ask HTM - Money in Your 20s, Financing Solar Panels, and Extending a Line of Credit #120
This week on the pod we’re answering your questions! 1 - What should I do with my old employer sponsored retirement plan? 2 - Where should I invest being fresh out school and in my 20s? 3 - Solar- finance and take the tax credit now or wait and save to pay cash? 4 - I’m receiving 8k from the Peace Corps once I complete my service- what should I do with that money? 5 - Should I extend a line of credit to pad my emergency fund? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToM...

The Power of Investing in Yourself #119
We talk a lot about investing- whether that be in the stock market, in real estate, or in bitcoin (JK don’t ever do that)! But it’s not often that we discuss investing in ourselves- our personal capital is one of the greatest assets we have! The power to grow our income based on our unique skills is crucial as we develop personally and professionally. While many folks stop growing their knowledge and experience once they receive that diploma, challenging ourselves to grow in these areas can have a massive p...


The Power of Investing in Yourself #119
We talk a lot about investing- whether that be in the stock market, in real estate, or in bitcoin (JK don’t ever do that)! But it’s not often that we discuss investing in ourselves- our personal capital is one of the greatest assets we have! The power to grow our income based on our unique skills is crucial as we develop personally and professionally. While many folks stop growing their knowledge and experience once they receive that diploma, challenging ourselves to grow in these areas can have a massive p...

Growing up on $0.44 a Day to Worldwide Traveler with Kristy Shen #118
Kristy Shen has an amazing story- from growing up in China on $0.44 a day to becoming financially independent at age 31 and traveling non-stop around the world. Kristy writes about money on her site Millennial-Revolution and shares her story in the new book she wrote with her husband called “Quit Like a Millionaire.” In this interview we cover a number of topics that range from her remarkable childhood and the surprising benefits of a scarcity mindset, all the way to analyzing what degree to pursue and her ...

Debunking Conventional Financial Advice #117
There’s a lot of crappy financial advice out there. Some sayings you might hear all the time and you’re not even sure where they even originated- maybe they’re more of a proverbial phrase. There are also bits of wisdom that might have been good at some point, but are now just outdated- it’s time to retire those old ways of thinking! And other phrases might just be broad blanket statements, but our financial landscape today requires a bit more nuance. We’re going to tackle some of these sayings and determine...


Debunking Conventional Financial Advice #117
There’s a lot of crappy financial advice out there. Some sayings you might hear all the time and you’re not even sure where they even originated- maybe they’re more of a proverbial phrase. There are also bits of wisdom that might have been good at some point, but are now just outdated- it’s time to retire those old ways of thinking! And other phrases might just be broad blanket statements, but our financial landscape today requires a bit more nuance. We’re going to tackle some of these sayings and determine...

Ask HTM - Long Distance Landlording, Pros and Cons to Bankruptcy, and Getting My 20 Year Old Sister Investing #116
This week on the pod we’re answering your questions! 1 - I’m moving to the beach, should I keep my current house as a rental or sell it? 2 - When applying for credit cards, what do I put as my income if I have irregular or unearned income? 3 - What should you keep in mind if considering bankruptcy? 4 - Instead of having an escrow account with my mortgage company, should I save the money myself? 5 - My sister is in college- where can she start investing money in a Roth account? And if you have a question for...

Introducing Hush Money
Let’s talk about money — but not *boring* money. Entrepreneur editor-in-chief Jason Feifer and money expert Nicole Lapin go straight at the most taboo, awkward situations where money impacts our lives, relationships, and careers. In each episode they debate the trickiest questions, offering genuine financial advice about typically hush-hush issues. Then they bring in a celebrity judge to decide who’s right.The first episode of Hush Money is now available. Listen here.  Learn more about your ad-choices at ht...


The High Cost of Loyalty #115
Loyalty to certain brands, stores, or service providers could be costing you a ton of money. The same might be true when it comes to your devotion to an employer - your loyalty might be keeping you from earning more. There are times when loyalty is appropriate and justifiable, and we’ll discuss those instances, but just be mindful of where your allegiances lie. Sure, dedication can be great in your personal life with friends and loved ones, but we want you to question your loyalty, especially when it comes ...

Having Essential Money Conversations with your Parents with Cameron Huddleston #114
Talking with your parents about their finances might prove to be a very difficult conversation- discussing religion and politics may even seem like a walk in the park compared to breaching the topics of retirement, long term care, and wills. Which is why we’re so thankful to have Cameron Huddleston join us to explain how we can go about having these essential conversations with our parents. She has recently published her book “Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk” and she is here to walk us through initiating and l...

Rebuilding a Rough Credit Score #113
Much of our financial life often revolves around one number- our credit score. It’s really important that your score is in a healthy range as it impacts loan terms, insurance rates, and even job offers. Luckily we all have free access to our credit scores, credit reports, and the steps we need to take to ensure that our credit score is in great shape. We’re sharing that information with you in this episode. Depending on your history, it could be a long road of rebuilding your credit, but boosting your score...


Ask HTM - Money from an Auto Insurance Claim, Investing During an Impending Recession, and Compounding within a Portfolio #112
This week on the pod we’re answering your questions! 1 - Should I continue investing with an impending market correction? 2 - What should I do with the money I’m setting aside for new baby expenses? 3 - After some hail damage, should I fix my car or keep the insurance money? 4 - How does compounding work for investments like stocks? 5 - Do I have to pay quarterly estimates or should I invest that money instead? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask Du...

Why You Need a New Hobby #111
What do you do for fun? This might seem like a trivial question, but discovering your hobbies can have some pretty large impacts on your financial health and overall well-being. Of course we want to ensure that we’re pursuing frugal hobbies and that we’re being intentional by curating our interests. The mindless pursuit of expensive hobbies is never a good thing- but reaching the end of our working career and finding ourselves bored and restless sounds like a nightmare scenario! We live in a work driven cul...

Automating Your Money and Negotiating like a Boss with Ramit Sethi #110
This episode is chock full of personal finance gold. Sure, we spend a good amount of time talking about negotiating, but we also cover intentional spending, the psychology behind being smart with your money, and rethinking the money ‘truths’ we’ve grown up with. We are stoked to have Ramit Sethi join us as we cover all those topics and more, which can also be found in his book ‘I Will Teach You to be Rich’ (and stick around to the end as we’re giving away a few copies as well)! Ramit has written about perso...


Why are we Saving for Retirement, Again? #109
If you have a difficult time setting aside money for the future and saving towards retirement, then identifying why it is that you’re saving might be what you’re missing. Studies have even shown that we will save more money for retirement when we’re able to see an older version of ourselves- so maybe trying out FaceApp is a good thing after all! Even though we all might have different motivators, it’s healthy to remind ourselves of why it is so important to save and invest. And actually realizing and unders...

Ask HTM - House Hacking, Teaching Kids About Money, and Small Business Banking #108
This week on the pod we’re answering your questions! 1 - Is it OK to buy a new car if I’m going to keep it for 15 years? 2 - What receipts should I keep for tax purposes on the portion of my duplex I’m renting? 3 - What were y’all taught and what should I be teaching my kid about money? 4 - As a higher earner, is there any tax benefit to contributing to my IRA when I’m already covered by a retirement plan at work? 5 - Where should I consider opening a small business account for my new business? And if you h...

Cutting the Cord and the Best Streaming Options #107
We should all probably watch a little less TV than we do, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be getting a deal in the process! The television bundle is the priciest way to watch and you should consider a free or streaming option because there are now so many choices. And you don’t have to sacrifice and give up a particular show or live sports if that’s your thing- there’s a really good chance you can find a video service, providing the content you’re looking for, that will be substantially more affordable t...


A Nasty Case of Healthcare Costs with Dan Weissmann #106
The leading cause of bankruptcy in America is the inability to pay medical bills- an estimated half a million people file for this reason every year! Almost no one is immune to the rising cost of healthcare, and fellow podcaster Dan Weissmann is here to commiserate. Dan’s podcast, An Arm and a Leg, is part journalism part personal narrative as he dives into real life experiences of Americans with their health coverage. Healthcare is definitely confusing, and based on the fact that our country spends almost ...

Are HSAs the Best Retirement Account? #105
Health Savings Accounts aren’t just for paying your medical bills- when used properly, they are pure retirement gold! If you have a qualifying healthcare plan and aren’t taking advantage of an HSA, you’re missing out on massive amounts of money that you could be socking away. This is because an HSA is the most tax advantaged retirement account that exists, maybe even dethroning the Roth IRA as our favorite retirement account! Have a listen as to why we think you should seriously consider opening a Health Sa...

Ask HTM - Cutting Costs by Replacing Light Bulbs, Negotiating a Lower Credit Card APR, and Peer to Peer Lending #104
This week on the pod we’re answering your questions! 1 - Should I keep my car payment around in order to boost my credit score? 2 - When does it make sense to replace old light bulbs with new LEDs? 3 - Is it worth disputing my property tax bill? 4 - How can I negotiate a lower APR on my credit cards? 5 - I’m considering joining Lending Club as an alternative way to invest my money- is this a good idea? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask During this...


Before You Click 'Buy' On Your Next Online Purchase #103
Whether you’re planning to score a deal on Amazon Prime day or not, chances are you do a good bit of purchasing online. Obviously we love getting a great deal and the convenience of online shopping is unmatched, but what other considerations should be taken into account? Just because we’re getting a deal now, does that mean we’re spending less money in the long run? During this episode we cover when shopping at a local brick and mortar is better, some serious downsides of shopping online, and then we wrap t...

Avoiding Money Fights, with Andy Hill #102
Getting your significant other on-board when it comes to personal finance goals may be no small task- which is just one of the reasons we’re excited to have Andy Hill join us for this episode. Andy and his wife started their life together 50k in debt. They put in the hard work of confronting their individual unhealthy financial patterns, set some serious goals, and in just 4 years were completely debt free (including a 195k mortgage!) and now 8 years later have grown their net worth to over 750k! Andy’s pod...

Celebrating Diverse Views of Financial Independence #101
Many of us have our own personalized, specific goals when it comes to our money, so it’s no surprise that we also have many different views of what financial independence means to each of us. Since tomorrow is the 4th of July, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on how our views of financial independence have changed over the years. We also posted this question in the How To Money Facebook group, and we look forward to digging into and sharing your wisdom regarding what financial freedom means to you! Ju...


Ask HTM - Paying Off a Debt in Collections, Investing via Fundrise, and Buying a New Electric Truck #100
This week on the pod we’re answering your questions! 1 - What does it mean to put index funds in my Roth IRA? 2 - Should I invest in Fundrise and REITs in order to learn more about real estate investing? 3 - Should we consider getting a home warranty? 4 - How will my credit score be impacted if I pay off a debt in collections? 5 - Am I crazy to consider buying a new $65,000 electric truck? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask During this episode we e...

The Benefits of Knowing Your Hourly Rate #099
Understanding what our time is worth allows us to make more informed decisions regarding our time and money. Your hourly rate informs your decision to DIY a project at home, determine whether you’re spending too much time searching for a deal, or whether its time to negotiate a raise or other benefits at work. Your personal hourly rate shouldn’t be the only consideration but understanding the relationship between our time and money will allow us to live more meaningful and optimized lives. During this episo...

A Game Changing Approach to Financial Education with Dan LaSalle #098
So many of us grew up without any sort of formal or informal education about personal finance. Few states offer a personal finance course in their public schools and even fewer participate in any sort of standardized testing for the courses they do offer. That’s why we’re really excited to have Dan LaSalle join us for this episode. Dan saw a need for this type of education in the high school where he was teaching and four years ago he took it upon himself to create a personal finance program that not only t...


Socially Responsible Investing #097
More and more investors want their money to be going to companies who are doing good in the world, or at least to companies who are being responsible when it comes to the environment, social issues, and governance. Companies who are leading in this front may also be better positioned for future challenges and experience fewer instances of bribery, corruption, and fraud (bonus: giving you better returns on your investment)! Unfortunately, with socially responsible investing being fairly new on the scene, def...

Ask HTM - Couples Combining Their Money, Chasing High Interest Rates, and Changing Tax Withholdings to Pay Debt #096
This week on the pod we’re answering your questions! 1 - Should I get umbrella insurance or put each investment property in it’s own LLC? 2 - Should I change my tax withholdings to pay off debt? 3 - How should my partner and I split bills and pursue financial independence when we have very different incomes? 4 - When should I consider switching to a bank that pays a higher interest rate? 5 - How should I structure a group of friends to discuss talking about money? And if you have a question for us, we’d lov...

Rules for Mindful Spending #095
Here on How to Money, we often debate the merits of a purchase, not because we hate spending money and try to avoid doing so at all costs, but because we are constantly checking ourselves to avoid the MINDLESS spending of our money. It is a challenge to make every financial decision with the same level of intentionality but we find we are often more wasteful when we are feeling too tired or lazy to be intentional. But just being aware of some of the triggers and circumstances that lead us to spend in ways t...


How Your Behavior Impacts Your Finances with Dr. Daniel Crosby #094
There is so much more to handling your finances and investing well, than just knowing the correct information. Oftentimes we’re blind to the factors all around us, including our own tendencies and biases which can have a much bigger impact on how well we money. Willpower is limited and context matters way more than we might think. That’s why we're pumped to sit down with Dr. Daniel Crosby- he is a psychologist and behavioral finance expert who helps folks understand the intersection of their minds and their...

Why Warehouse Clubs Might Be Awesome #093
Anyone who has heard of the different warehouse clubs like Costco, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s has also heard that they’re a great place to save you money. But are they? With the proliferation of discount grocery stores and the ability to easily find a great deal on pretty much any product online, some are questioning whether the annual membership fees are worth it. Have a listen as we break down a bunch of the benefits, but also some of the drawbacks associated with warehouse clubs. During this episode we both en...

Ask HTM - Moving Forward with a Credit Freeze, Variable or Fixed Rate Mortgages, Car Insurance Woes #092
This week on the pod we’re answering your questions! 1 - Having just started my career, how much should I have in my emergency fund? 2 - Should I still move forward with my credit freeze? 3 - My insurance agent is recommending an insurance policy with a cash value. Should I consider it? 4 - Should we get a variable or fixed rate mortgage for our first home purchase? 5 - How do I keep my car insurance rates down after getting in a wreck? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own...


Fees Will Kill Your Retirement Savings #091
How much are you paying to invest in your 401k or IRA? You might see fees as an unavoidable cost of investing, but even a 1% fee could easily cost you more than a half million dollars over your investing lifetime. Fees not only erode how much money you have to invest now, but they lessen the amount of money that is compounding in your account year after year- the impact is twofold! Listen as we discuss the different types of fees, how to look for them, and then where to go in order to avoid fees altogether....

Valuing Time with Laura Vanderkam #090
Pretty much everyone we know would love to have more hours in their day- more time to spend with friends and family, more time to read or exercise (or any time), or even some extra hours to work on that side hustle you’ve been thinking about. We are really excited to have time management expert Laura Vanderkam on the podcast as she helps people spend more time on what matters, and less on what doesn’t. We discuss her latest book, Juliet’s School of Possibilities where she says that “Expectations are infinit...

The Best Cars for Frugal Folks #089
How much are you spending on your car? Aside from housing, Americans spend more money on cars and transportation costs than any other category, accounting for 14% of the average budget. That’s $9,000 annually according to the US Consumer Expenditure Survey but it could be a lot less! Luckily, some cars cost WAY less than others to purchase and maintain, and in this episode we make some car recommendations for frugal folks. During this episode we enjoyed a Bitter by FORM Fermentery and Blendery which you can...


Ask HTM - Side Hustle Apps, Multiple Roth IRAs, and Collecting Rent #088
This week on the pod we’re answering your questions! 1 - Is it possible to create a side hustle using the different grocery or exercise apps that promise to pay? 2 - Should I diversify and have more than one Roth IRA account? 3 - As a highschool teacher preparing my students for the real world, what personal finance topics should I be sure to include? 4 - What are the best methods for accepting rent? 5 - What are some ways to cut the cost of cosmetics? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to...

Slashing Your Monthly Utility Bills #087
Every month we waste a lot of money on utility bills that could be back in our pockets if we would only be more intentional about making our homes more energy efficient. Not only could we save more money now, but there is massive potential for what that money could grow into if we invested it every month - don’t forget the rule of 173! Regardless of whether you’re renting an apartment or living in your own house, listen as we discuss lots of different ways that you can cut your water, gas, and electric bill...

Elevating the Everyday and Paying Off 200k with Kiersten and Julien Saunders #086
Is it possible to pay down $200,000 of debt while living in a big city, and still find enjoyment in everyday life? Yes! In this episode we’re lucky enough to sit down with Kiersten and Julien Saunders who blog at RichAndRegular.com where they document their journey to financial independence. During this episode we hear from Kiersten and Julien about the unique struggles of African Americans in the corporate world, how they stayed motivated to pay down debt, their approach to effective budgeting, and how Jul...


Debt Snowball vs. Debt Avalanche Approach To Paying Down Debt #085
What is the best way to pay down debt? Americans are in tremendous amounts of debt (think over 400 billion on just credit cards alone)! Not only is this debt keeping folks from reaching their financial goals, but it’s also taking a toll on the mental health of borrowers. Knowing the best strategy to get out of this debt is a big deal and could be the difference between living paycheck to paycheck or achieving financial freedom. Listen as we cover both approaches so you can decide which is better for you: th...

Ask HTM - Annuities vs. Life Insurance, Improving Credit Scores, and Robo Advisors #084
This week on the pod we’re answering your questions! 1 - What’s the difference between annuities and life insurance? 2 - Ways to improve my credit score after a chapter 7 bankruptcy? 3 - Robo advisors: are they too good to be true? 4 - Should I open a college savings account for my toddler? 5 - What kind of equipment do you use to record the podcast? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/Ask During this episode we enjoyed a Bio-Rhythm by Southern Grist Br...

The Beauty of the Roth IRA #083
We think it’s a great decision for almost everyone to invest in a Roth IRA. Second only to an employer matched 401k, a Roth IRA is very often the best retirement savings vehicle due to tax advantages and flexibility within that account. Listen as we cover some of the reasons we’re huge fans of the Roth IRA. During this episode we enjoyed a Superior BarleyLime by tripelroot - a big thanks to Heather for donating this delicious beer to the show! And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and give u...


Overcoming Poverty, Achieving Financial Independence, and Intentional Living with Jillian Johnsrud #082
It’s time to dispel the myth that you need to have a huge salary, or that you need to work and save for decades, in order to eventually retire. This week we’re excited to hear from Jillian Johnsrud as she shares with us how she became financially independent at the age of 32, despite her and her husband never making more than 60k a year. We cover how they paid cash for their first house, how they continue to save and invest with 5 kids at home, as well as the importance of their "quit list" as they seek to ...

Saving Big on Car and Home Insurance #081
For most people car and home insurance policies are expected, necessary costs of owning those things. Because we automatically set up these policies, we tend to forget to continually shop them around- which may mean we’re significantly overpaying! Loyalty with a particular insurer doesn’t save you money over the years so continually shopping your provider is one of the best ways to get your rates down. Listen as we cover several other ways to save big on car and home insurance, plus we answer the question: ...

Ask HTM - Saving For Real Estate, Legit Car Wrapping, And Investing With Student Loans #080
This week on the pod we’re answering your questions! 1 - Where should I keep money that I’m saving for a down payment for real estate? 2 - Should I be investing in my retirement while I still have student loan debt? 3 - When should I consider selling my clunker and buying a ‘new’ car? 4 - Is wrapping your car in ads a legit way to make money? 5 - What are some ways to save money while on the road touring with my band? And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com...


What Every Renter Needs To Know #079
There are a host of reasons why renting a place instead of buying might be a great idea for you (we even dedicated an entire episode to the topic!). But when it comes to renting and entering into a lease agreement with a landlord, you want to make sure that you’re prepared and taking the proper steps to protect yourself. Listen as we cover everything from Wall Street landlords to negotiating leases to the low cost of renters insurance. During this episode we both enjoyed a Russell Kelly Pale Ale by Tellurid...

Money, Van Life, and Alternative Living with Life Opted Out #078
What kind of life do you really want to lead? Does consumption and stuff dictate your life more than you’d like? It is so important to examine your own life to discover the small changes you can make right now to give you more freedom to do the things that truly matter most to you. For this interview, we sat down with Chris and Cristi from Life Opted Out to talk about how and why they chose to leave a life they loved in NYC for a much simpler, more affordable life traveling the country in their van. They sh...

The Truth About Debt Consolidation #077
US households owe a total of $420 billion in credit card debt so it’s no surprise that everyone is looking for an easy solution. Debt consolidation (and debt settlement) companies offer a quick fix but they often cost you a lot, wreck your credit score, and they may even completely scam you without performing any of the promised work. Rather than consolidation and settlement companies, consider the sure route- ‘manually’ consolidating your own debt and, if needed, utilizing loan companies like Lending Club ...


Making Working More Optional with $Pro Tanja Hester #076
Do you feel comfortable with the expectations of your job and the number of hours you work? Or do you sense impending burnout with the constant demands and grueling schedule required of you? This week's $Pro, Tanja Hester, is here to talk about how to begin making your job a smaller part of your life. Her first step to achieve this is saving up just enough money to shift that power imbalance that you may feel with your boss, and give you confidence and bargaining power. We will also cover three routes to co...

How Much Do Kids Really Cost? #075
Even though the federal government published a report that determined the average cost of raising a child from birth to age 18 is $233,000- that doesn’t mean you HAVE to spend that much! When calculating how much YOU will spend on a child, start by asking yourself: what are my current expenses? Because really the best indicator of how much you’ll spend on your kids is how much money you are already spending on yourself. The cost of children will be an extension of your values and what you’re already spendin...

Front Loading the Sacrifice with $Pro Doc G #074
It's always encouraging to be reminded that the hard work you're putting in and the sacrifices you're making now can mean a much smoother ride in the future when it comes to your personal finances. Our $Pro this week, Doc G, is here to discuss the compounding effects of extra work, saving, and investing early on. Even if you're not so young, this episode is a call to get started now- not next month or next year- get your money in order today! During this episode we each enjoyed an Aggressive Additions IPA b...


Escape Living Paycheck To Paycheck #073
Nearly 80% of Americans wouldn’t be able to pay their bills if they missed a paycheck. When you’re used to living paycheck to paycheck, the idea of setting aside some extra money is almost laughable. How do you even consider setting financial goals when every dollar you make is already going somewhere necessary? In this episode we talk through how to choose to set goals regardless of your financial situation. The goal of an emergency fund for some breathing room and financial cushion is the very thing that ...

Stop Buying New Stuff with $Pro Katy Wolk-Stanley #072
Rampant consumerism and consumption is becoming the norm, and this is partly due to the fact that it is so easy to make purchases online. $Pro Katy Wolk-Stanley is challenging that notion by refusing to buy new stuff, and instead, she’s prioritizing her goals and values when it comes to consumption. Free piles of stuff on the sidewalk and your local Buy Nothing group can be great, but they’re not the only way to drastically cut back. Listen as we’re challenged by Katy and as we seek to save more of our mone...

Getting Great Customer Service #071
Working hard for money isn't a foreign concept, but working hard to receive good customer service often is- we so rarely advocate for ourselves! The first step when you're looking for great customer service is to be sure to do business with a reputable company. After that, there are plenty of additional elements to consider to not only save you money, but allow you to walk away from a transaction completely satisfied and raving about how great of an experience you had when you needed assistance. Listen as w...


Cutting College Costs with $Pro Cody Berman #070
The cost of college is higher than ever. On average, students today are paying 213% more to go to college than their parents paid 30 years ago (and that includes adjustment for inflation!). $Pro Cody Berman is with us this week to discuss finding smart and creative ways to cut college costs, so that graduates can launch their professional careers unhampered by massive student loans. So whether you're in school, considering going back, or have kids - listen to hear some advice on ways to cut those college co...

But Isn't Stock Investing Risky? #069
People don’t invest in the stock market because of a perceived ‘risk’- their minds immediately jump back to the Great Recession or even the Great Depression. And then from that position of fear, they decide their money is better left in a nice and familiar savings account- except this is an instance where slow and steady doesn’t win the race. It turns out that one of the biggests, actual risks to your money is not investing at all, in an attempt to avoid ‘risk’ from the stock market. Listen as we cover some...

Private Student Loan Benefits and Pitfalls with $Pro Meagan Landress #068
Do you have federal student loans? Are you wondering if you have any refinancing options? There is a lot to consider in a refinance beyond the advertised interest rate, and this week’s $Pro, Meagan Landress, will help us wade through it all. We also spend a large part of this episode answering specific student loan related questions from the How to Money Facebook group. During this episode we each enjoyed a Can Can (red wine barrel-aged) by Westbrook Brewing Co which you can learn all about on Untappd. A sp...


Actually Buying a Home #067
The difference between scoring a home vs. missing out can be incredibly small- and a lot of it comes down to your offer. There are lots of little things that can help your offer stand out and make the buying process move along smoothly. However, since most of us only buy a home once or twice in our lifetime, not knowing or forgetting a step can cost us a place we really want or cause us to make unwise decisions. Listen as we cover some important steps in the home buying process and how you can get a leg up ...

Paying Off Your Student Loans with $Pro Meagan Landress #066
Over 45 million Americans are saddled with over 1.5 trillion in student loan debt- this is a nationwide epidemic! With such a massive burden, how do you even begin repaying your student loans? Our $Pro this week, student loan expert Meagan Landress, is here to shed some light on the many different student loan repayment programs and how to choose the plan that best fits your financial situation and goals. At the end of this episode we answer some specific student loan related questions from the How to Money...

Before You Buy A House #065
Buying a house will likely be the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make, so it’s no surprise that it can be an intimidating process. But this is the very same reason you should be a well informed buyer- so much money is on the line! Today we’re covering several steps everyone needs to take before purchasing to make sure that you’re getting the best deal possible on a house that you love. During this episode we enjoyed an Ink Imperial Stout by Rhinegeist Brewery which you can learn all about on Untappd. A...


Find the Cheapest Flights with $Pro Scott Keyes #064
The fact is that everyone wants to travel, but nobody wants to pay more than they need to for airfare. Who doesn’t want a deal?! Our $Pro today is Scott of Scott’s Cheap Flights, and he’s going to explain how we’ve been going about booking our vacations all wrong. It’s time to turn the way we plan for trips completely upside down! Listen as we discuss ways to save money when booking airfare. During this episode we enjoyed a Penguin Blonde Stout by Rhinegeist Brewery which you can learn all about on Untappd....

Planning A Wedding Without Going Broke #063
Weddings are expensive, but they don’t have to be! Spend your money on the things that truly matter to you and your fiancé and let the rest go. Cutting out elements that don’t mean much to you, however traditional or expected, will save you a ton. Once you’ve decided on your most important elements and it is time to spend some serious money, do it wisely! Listen as we cover a variety of ways to plan a beautiful and meaningful wedding, without going broke. During this episode we enjoyed a Juice Pack DDH Pale...

Networking To Make More Money with $Pro Jordan Harbinger #062
Networking is one of those things you may not think is necessary- until it’s too late. Our $Pro this week, Jordan Harbinger, is here to explain how vital it is to network now, even if you’re an introvert or if you’ve felt smarmy about it in the past. What’s important is that you’re genuine and interested in helping others now, before you need help yourself! Listen as we hear from Jordan and then break it all down to provide some specific and actionable tips. During this episode we enjoyed a Blood and Honey ...


Teaching Kids About Money #061
Since personal finance is not taught in most public schools, the job falls squarely on parents and caretakers. Hopefully this means we are intentionally teaching our children through lessons and examples in order to shape their perceptions of money. Listen as we cover the foundational money principles that we feel will have the biggest impact on the way our kids view money. During this episode we enjoyed a Peanut Brother by Great Notion Brewing which you can find and learn all about on Untappd. A massive th...

Small Time Real Estate Investing with $Pro Chad Carson #060
You don’t have to be a millionaire to be a successful real estate investor. Chad Carson, our $Pro this week, is here to explain how even a small, effective real estate portfolio can lead to reaching your financial goals in a short period of time. He illustrates this with an example of a couple reaching financial independence with only five properties, not hundreds! Having greater financial freedom and flexibility with your time will be the natural outcome of focusing on your goals, and carefully investing i...

Renovating on a Budget #059
Last week we covered the pros and cons of whether you should renovate or move- and so this week we’re discussing specific pointers when it comes to renovating on a budget. We spend a good amount of time on general contractors as they likely have the largest impact on all aspects of your renovation- financial but also the quality of work and your overall experience. In addition we cover the high points of financing, architects, whether you should attempt any DIY, as well as some of the other finer points of ...


Time Is Not Money with $Pro Grant Sabatier #058
Trading our time for money will only get us so far. So many of us are programmed to believe that we have to allocate a large percentage of our time to making money in order to ever consider retirement. Grant Sabatier, this week’s $Pro, is here to say otherwise. Grant wants to disrupt the linear model where time equals money by arguing that our time is actually much more valuable than money. Listen as Grant shares his thoughts on our inability to reclaim lost time, and as we discuss what steps we can take to...

Renovate or Move? #057
For whatever reason, you might find yourself outgrowing your house and needing more space. Maybe you’re now self-employed and need a home office, or maybe you have a quickly growing family! With these changes come different needs and wants that we have for our homes and the most popular solutions are to either stay and renovate, or to sell your home and move. With home prices at all time highs, renovating might seem like a slam dunk if you’re running out of space, or maybe you’re the type who would rather j...

How to Think About Investing with $Pro Paula Pant #056
Today our $Pro, Paula Pant, is going to reframe what it means to be an investor - does investing some money make you an actual investor? And what role should your emotions play when it comes to investing? Paula has broken the shackles of paycheck-dependence and has been sharing her expertise and experience with others on her wildly popular site AffordAnything.com, where she has given a TON of thought to how we should approach personal finance. In this episode, Paula specifically covers 3 pitfalls when it co...


Recession Proofing Your Finances #055
Are we ready for a recession? The economy has been roaring for close to a decade and corrections are inevitable. We’re not saying to pay uber close attention to the news cycle and the different predictions of the market tanking, but it is good to be prepared. But even if an actual recession never occurs, getting our personal finances in shape will allow us to be prepared for short-term bumps in the road- whether they’re market related, or purely personal. Give this episode a listen to hear our top tips on h...

Personal Mission Statements with $Pro Scott Rieckens #054
***We are pumped to start releasing an additional episode every week that we’re calling our money pro episode, or $Pro for short! Every Monday we’ll hear from a $Pro as they discuss a topic that they’re passionate and knowledgeable about, and then we unpack it even further and discuss the impact that topic has on our financial lives.*** Too often in life it’s like we’re sleepwalking- as if we’re drifting through life without any clear guiding principles. Due to that, our day-to-day is filled with different ...

Tax Tips, Credits, and Deductions #053
Should you itemize your deductions or take the new increased standard deduction this tax season? Answer carefully as thousands of dollars could be on the line! Most folks will opt for hitting the easy button and take the standard deduction- however if you own a house, had some big medical bills last year, and gave money to charity, you should consider itemizing! Listen as we cover it in more detail, plus we break down the best way to make the most of your deductions through bunching. We also touch on tax cr...


Massively Cut Your Tax Bill #052
The new tax law nearly doubles the standard deduction which means even fewer folks will be itemizing deductions on their tax returns this year- however, there is still an important way to massively cut our tax bills! Regardless of whether we take the standard deduction or if we itemize deductions- we can still reduce our tax bill by ‘above the line deductions’. These are technically not actual deductions but adjustments to arrive at our adjusted gross income which we typically want as low as possible in ord...

Creating a Money Roadmap #051
Happy New Year! As we’re all looking ahead and setting goals let’s not forget about money- we need a money roadmap! Now is the time to decide what we’re doing with our money this year. When we know exactly what it is that we’re saving for, we have a clear mission to keep us pumped and on track. Listen as we cover the practical tips that help guide us when it comes to creating our own money roadmaps for 2019! During this episode we shared a Thicc Coffee Porter by Urban Family Brewing Company which you can fi...

Cultivating a Healthy View of Work #050
Every once in a while we like to step back and think about our work. Why do we do it? Are we doing a good thing? There are a lot of misconceptions of work floating around the internet and our workplaces today. There’s the generally more millennial-ish, romanticized view of work as a calling and a means of personal fulfillment, and on the flip side there’s the end goal of a stable career where your loyalty and daily grind results in a predictable paycheck but maybe not much else - many of us fall somewhere o...


How to Take Advantage of Free Stuff #049
How amazing is it that we live in a world where there are so many ‘free’ things all around us? And how unfortunate is it, that we don’t even see these ‘free’ resources because we’re so used to purchasing and consumption- we don’t even think to make use of them. Our technology and culture steers us in the direction to spend. Chances are there are times when we're not taking advantage of this ‘free’ stuff and we're overspending because maybe we haven’t thought about it recently or there are some things you’re...

Everything Costs More Than You Think #048
There are secondary costs associated with almost all purchases that we make in our lives. It’s important to consider all of these additional costs that tag along when making purchases, and not just the initial sticker price. In this episode we explain how there are hard secondary costs and then how there are soft or lifestyle secondary costs which are similar to lifestyle creep. And then finally, we go over some helpful and specific tips to remember when making purchases or financial decisions. Keeping all ...

Start Talking About Money #047
Money oftentimes feels like a topic that is off-limits when it comes to discussions you have with your friends. Is it because it’s too personal? Maybe you feel it’s none of your business? A big part of why we started How to Money is because we feel that money conversations need to happen more often. Talking about money shines a light on it and brings about awareness, which can ultimately lead to improvement as we all have room to grow. Listen as we discuss some of the major ways you’re likely missing out if...


Money, Your Brain, and Buying Happiness #046
Buying new stuff makes us happy, right? Yeah for a minute, but you may have noticed how quickly you get used to all that new stuff! Hedonic adaptation, or the hedonic treadmill, helps us understand the effect of consumption. Coming to grips with that can help us end unhealthy cycles of mindless consumerism and set us on a path to a healthier way of thinking about money, spending, and saving for the future. Listen to the full episode to learn how hedonic adaptation can be terrible, how it can actually be a g...

Avoiding the Holiday Shopping Hangover #045
Shopping and overspending dominates the holiday season, and we want to make sure you’re not rolling into the new year with that holiday shopping hangover. Honestly, how much more stuff do we really need?! Consumers are expected to spend over 1 trillion dollars during this Christmas shopping season. It’s unfortunate how much emphasis is placed on high ticket gifts to supposedly prove how much you care. Listen as we cover some overall strategies that will help you become a better gift giver, how communication...

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The Easiest Ways to Screen Tenants #044
You’ve gone through all the hard work of saving your money for a down payment, you’ve spent countless hours searching for the right investment property, and now it’s time to find the right tenant! It can be pretty tempting to cut some corners on that last step, but the type of tenant who signs your lease can be the difference between that rental being a blessing or a curse. The good news is that as a landlord, it’s much easier than you think it is to take the right steps to ensure that you do a proper job s...

Are You Frugal or are You Cheap? #043
Nobody ever wants to be called cheap- it’s an insult and brings all sorts of negative connotations with it. However, being frugal is a badge of honor and something worth striving towards. There is a temptation to become cheap when you are looking to get your finances in order, but instead we would encourage frugality over being a cheapskate. In this episode we break down the differences between the two as well as share some stories from when we’ve attempted to be frugal but it ended with us being cheap! In ...

Aren’t Wills for Old People? #042
Over half of Americans don’t have a will- and this is a huge problem. You might think you don’t really need a will, but if you have any assets, a spouse, or kids you most definitely do. Wills aren’t just for old people! Most often people feel that they can always put it off until a little bit later, but the best time to go ahead and create a will is right now. It can be an unsettling topic as most folks don’t enjoy talking about their mortality, but having the peace of mind in knowing that your children and...


All About That Peace Out Money #041
Imagine that you have a well paying job but otherwise it sucks and you wish you could leave. And now imagine that an amazing opportunity comes along for you to start your dream business- that thing you’ve always wanted to do, but the problem is that you know you won’t be able to pay yourself for a solid year. What you need is peace out money to keep you afloat! Or maybe some family or health issues have come up and you want to be able to spend time with family, or maybe you just want to take some time off a...

Jumping on a Low Cost Cell Phone Plan #040
Most folks are paying more than twice as much as they need to for cell phone service! The biggest reason for that is because they haven't shopped around- they're blindly paying the overpriced plans from 5 years ago. The average monthly cell phone bill is $73 and by the end of this episode, you’ll know how to get that down drastically- closer to the $25 per month mark which is the new golden standard. Plus, you’ll be able to do that without having to be on a massive friends and family plan like we are (serio...

How to Save on a Phone Upgrade #039
The newest iPhones that were just released are anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500 - that is a ton of money!!! With all the different functions and duties that our smartphones are able to perform, it’s no surprise that the prices are continuing to climb but don't pay full price! Regardless if you’re getting the latest and greatest iPhone release, or if you’re buying last year’s Moto, you want to be getting a deal. In this episode we cover a bunch of different ways to save on your phone upgrade including where an...


You Need to Freeze Your Credit! #038
After the Equifax data breach where 148 million people’s personal information was compromised, it's especially easy to see how vulnerable we are as consumers. So now more than ever, is the time to freeze your credit! A new federal law has made it completely free to freeze and thaw your credit, so you don't have any more excuses. In this episode we talk about why this is so important, we cover what a freeze does (and what it doesn't do), and then we tell you exactly how to do it. Seriously it's so incredibly...

Timing the Stock Market #037
You feel rich! The stock market is up and you might be wondering if now is the time to sell. Even if you don’t keep up with any financial news, you’ve likely heard how we’re in the longest running, bull market in US history. Your investment portfolio is looking pretty fat because you’ve purchased low and now it’s time to sell high- that’s how the old adage goes right? Or at the very least maybe you shouldn’t continue to invest because we’re at the peak, the top of the market, right? But then there is this t...

Lesser Known Credit Card Benefits #036
Let's talk about lesser known credit card benefits! Did you know that with a credit card you might already use, you have access to $600 worth of cell phone insurance that is already baked into the card? Or that some credit cards will reimburse you up to $500 if something you purchased drops in price and you make a claim within 90 days? There are countless hidden benefits that credit cards offer- and you need to know they even exist before you can benefit from them so be sure to have a listen! And at the beg...


Creating a Dope Side Hustle #035
Who doesn’t want to earn more money?! In a time where we’ve seen wage growth stagnation, workers want to make more or in some cases, they can’t seem to get out of the cycle of living from paycheck to paycheck. Side hustles are the answer! There are lots of pros and cons which we cover, but not all side hustles are created equal. In our new sharing or gig economy, oftentimes the default response to just go drive for Uber or Lyft, or even charge Bird scooters- but we argue that these are dead end ‘hustles’ an...

Cutting Your Grocery Bill Like Crazy #034
Americans spend WAY too much on groceries! After housing and transportation, we spend more money on food than anything else- close to 15% of our expenses. On a recent episode Matt mentioned how his family eats on $1 per person per meal, and so we figured it was time to spend an entire episode discussing how you can cut your grocery bill like crazy! If you’re not really into cooking we give some very easy and helpful tips that you can start trying out today, but we also talk about some more advanced and cost...

Is Financial Independence a Good Goal? #033
Financial independence - what does that even mean and should you be pursuing it?! Chances are you've heard us mention it before on the show, but we finally dedicate an entire episode to what financial independence is all about. We also discuss what it's NOT all about. For instance, is retirement the same thing as financial independence? Be sure to listen to the entire episode and you'll be able to easily calculate when you'll be financially independent. And at the beginning of this episode we each enjoyed a...


Listener Question: Life Insurance #032
Nobody ever talks about life insurance, so naturally, we’re doing an episode on it! While likely the least sexy aspect of personal finance, it’s incredibly important- especially if you have loved ones who are dependent on you, and the income you earn. This week we’re answering a listener’s question as he specifically asks if he has enough life insurance in place, as well as how important is his age when it comes to his annual premiums. These are some awesome questions (thanks Josh) so listen to the entire e...

You Gotta Invest in what You Know #031
We talk a lot about real estate investing on the show. However, if that’s not your thing then don’t worry about real estate- it is not necessary to build wealth. Just be sure that you’re investing somewhere, in something, and it’s so important that you invest in what you know! In this episode we cover some alternative ways to invest your money, as a way to get you thinking creatively and strategically when it comes to investing so that you can earn over 10% while feeling more fulfilled at the same time. Lis...

Your House is an Awful Investment #030
“Don’t rent, you’re just throwing away money. Buy a house instead, it’s a great investment!” - says almost everyone who purchases a home. It’s often accepted as a gospel truth that purchasing a home as a primary residence is always a great investment. This is just not true. We promise you, unless you’re house hacking, chances are your house makes an awful investment. It could possibly be a good lifestyle choice, maybe a great decision for you and your family, or perhaps you're getting a great deal, but that...


The Scoop on Micro Investing Apps #029
Micro investing apps- you know they exist but now its time to learn what they're all about and whether or not you should be doing it. These apps are amazing in that they can get people investing and saving money in mere minutes. But then there are the downsides. For instance, is the accessibility and ease of use of these apps worth the risk of reacting to financial news and what the market is currently doing? Listen as we discuss some of our favorite apps, go over the pros and cons, and cover who we think w...

Frugality Gives You Options #028
The only way you can save MORE money is by either earning more, or by spending less- and spending less (aka frugality), is a much smarter decision! Don’t be tempted to just work harder and earn more money, because as soon as you stop working, your income stops! Frugality is the better answer. It isn’t restricting, keeping you from spending money on the things you love to do. Instead it’s freeing, and it is all about consciously deciding to not spend money on the things you don’t love, in order to give you t...

What Makes a Good Rental Property #027
Not all rental properties are created equally- and we’re not just talking about how well they’re built! There are a number of factors to keep in mind when you’re considering purchasing different properties as potential rentals. In this episode we talk about finding a good deal on a property and then we cover our favorite criteria that we like to use to filter out those good deals. We also spend some time talking about the 1% rule and if we feel it’s even still relevant in a hot housing market! At the beginn...


The 4th of July! #026
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Listener Question: Saving for My Kid's College #025
This is our first ever listener question that we've addressed on the show - from Mark: “I was wondering about your thoughts on saving for a child’s education. My wife and I both work at colleges (she’s a professor, I’m a counselor) and we’re actually not sure what college will look like in 15 years and what the value proposition will be. Also will our kid(s) even want to go to college? We haven’t made decisions on a 529 or other account but starting to have the discussion. Thanks, fellas!” Mark is asking al...

How to Give Away Your Money #024
You’ve worked hard for your money, so you should be able to keep every, single, penny. Right?! Well, aside from taxes, you have every legal right to keep your money- however, we’re here to tell you that you would be better off giving a portion of your money away. Whether that means a simple year-end charitable donation or taking the steps to set up a donor advised fund, there is room in your budget to be a giver. And even if you’re not able or willing to set aside a percentage of your income towards giving,...


Couples and Money ft. Our Wives #023
Talking about money with your partner can be extremely hard! We’ve all heard funny stories and countless anecdotes of money fights within relationships, but the fact remains that these disagreements often end in broken relationships. This week we have an honest and revealing conversation with our wives about how we talk about and handle our finances as couples. We also had some great questions that were posted in our Facebook group- some specific ones we get to are: Any advice for newlyweds in handling fina...

Good Debt vs Bad Debt #022
Conventional wisdom tells us that getting out of debt is smart. And while generally that might be true, we're here to explain how that approach may not be the best decision for you! Oftentimes keeping low-interest debt around while you're able to invest and maximize your returns elsewhere will easily make the most sense when you're looking at the numbers. In this episode we cover the characteristics of good debt and bad debt, and then we talk through some helpful pointers on how to manage your current debt....

Everything You Need to Know About Emergency Funds #021
Nearly half of Americans wouldn't be able to easily handle a $400 emergency! This is financial insanity. Considering the lack of any sort of margin in our lives today, it shouldn't be a surprise that Americans treat their money any differently than they treat their time. There just never seems to be enough, and any disruption (of money or time) brings a myriad of problems that must be addressed. Living paycheck to paycheck has unfortunately become the norm and it's a problem that needs to be addressed. The ...


Why Commuting to Work is Killing You #020
Commuting to work sucks! It’s likely one of your least favorite things to do everyday assuming you’re an individual commuter, driving along in your own metal box that costs you thousands to own and operate. It’s stressful dealing with traffic and not to mention our cars encourage us to be lazy and perpetuate the lifestyle of excess and consumption. I mean does it really require a $15,000+ luxury vehicle that weighs over 4,000 lbs to transport a single individual to work and back?! In this episode we discuss...

Do You Need a Financial Advisor? #019
Investing advice is the number one reason why people hire financial advisors, and we're here to tell you that you're wasting your money!!! Certainly a financial advisors could help you with other things like financial goal setting and managing cash flow, but ultimately it still comes down to you doing the hard work yourself (plus, we've already covered those topics on previous episodes, have a listen)! The biggest reasons why you don't need a financial advisor is because financial advisors can be really exp...

The Art of Asking for a Discount #018
Asking for a discount isn't something that most people enjoy doing, but we'd be willing to wager that you don't ask for discounts enough. It's your money after all- hang onto it! In this episode we discuss haggling, rejection, and some reasons why asking for a discount should be a healthy part of your financial life. We also go through some practical steps we take when asking for a discount and share a few stories of when we've gotten that sweet discount or when we've had to say 'thanks for considering!' an...


The Legit Way to Buy a Car #017
Transportation costs are American's highest monthly expense (aside from housing of course), so how you buy a car can be a financial game changer! There is clearly a smart and legit way to buy a car and that's what we're talking about in this episode. Don't accept that you have to get a new car because yours is 'old'- avoid cultural and advertising driven spending and try and minimize the money you spend on cars! Listen to the episode to find out why and how everyone should be buying used cars. A quick tip f...

The Necessity of Community #016
Community is so incredibly important! In a culture today that values self-sufficiency and where it's every man for himself, we felt it was necessary to spend an episode covering one of the key fundamental values in our lives: community. Specifically we discuss how community can save you money, how it can help you out in a pinch, and how it contributes to a healthy and balanced life. Even though we love to talk about saving money, there are things you just can’t purchase that community provides, and we reall...

Renting vs Buying a Home #015
Purchasing a home is always a good idea... right?! And renting is a huge waste of money- or at least that's what you've heard. In this episode we address these two huge assumptions and cover the benefits of renting and buying a home. There are a lot of things to consider like geographic mobility, financial flexibility, housing stability, and creative freedom! Listen to the full episode to hear why either renting or buying a home might be a good idea for you. A quick tip for now though: make sure that your r...


Using Credit Cards like a Pro #014
Credit cards can be a double-edged financial tool, and in this episode we cover how you can use them like a pro. Do you find yourself carrying a balance from one month to the next? Or are you tempted to overspend when you know you can just put it on credit? If so, then credit cards are NOT for you. For everyone else there are awesome benefits like earning cash back and scoring huge sign up bonuses, not to mention it's easier to track your expenses (which is an important step when creating a budget). Listen ...

Ways to Cut Your Monthly Bills #013
Cutting your monthly bills is a big deal - they add up! You could save hundreds of dollars a month which might even be enough to fully fund a Roth IRA. In this episode, we talk about some general strategies on how to cut your monthly bills, but then we dive into some specific bills like our cell phone, internet, cable, and the online streaming subscriptions like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. We also enjoyed a bottle of Boulevard's Grand Cru, which you can find and learn all about on Untappd. A special thanks t...

The Why Behind Money #012
Spending money is OK- as long as that spending aligns with your values! In this episode, we cover the challenging topic of: the big why that’s behind money. Why do we spend and save? All too often, we go through life doing the things that we're 'supposed to do' without actually considering whether or not those things bring us joy and align with our values. We find ourselves living stock lifestyles as we mindlessly subscribe to the spending patterns that we see around us- STOP! Instead let's try to spend our...


Spring Cleaning Your Life #011
Spring is here, so it's time to clean out your home and sell the junk you no longer use! We all have too much stuff in our lives and not only does it take up space in our homes, but it clutters our minds. Why not sell or even give it away? You won't regret it, plus you might end up with some extra cash in the bank. In this episode we cover minimalism, rules that help us decide what to get rid of, the best platforms for selling your unused items, and we also have a few tips to help you create a great listing...

How to Improve Your Credit Score #010
You heard it here: Dave Ramsey is wrong and your credit score is way more important than you think! In this episode we cover what is a credit score, why you need good credit, and then specifically we discuss how to improve your credit score. There are some key factors that you need to know since they make up your credit score. The 5 factors that make up your credit score: Payment history, 35%Credit utilization or amount owed, 30%Length of credit history, 15%Credit mix, 10%New credit, 10% And some good site...

Retirement Investing is Simpler than You Think #009
Investing for your retirement is way simpler and easier than you think- and I'm going to prove it. Do these 2 things and you'll be a millionaire by the time you retire (I'm not even exaggerating one bit!): 1. Open your retirement accounts:401k – If your employer offers a retirement plan like a 401k, especially with a match, start contributing immediately!!! Since a ton of employers offer a 50% match, you won't be able to find a better return on your investment anywhere. At the very least contribute up to yo...


How to get a Deal on Craft Beer #008
Finally, an entire episode that is only about the beer... and saving money of course! Joel and I spend this episode talking about how we get a deal on craft beer and we also touch on what we're NOT willing to do in order to save a buck. Is it worth it to brew your own beer at home? Do you know what styles of beer to avoid if you're shopping the discount shelf? Are any of the beers at Aldi good? Have a listen to find out as we dedicate this episode to getting a deal on craft beer. At the beginning of this ep...

Traveling with Purpose on the Cheap #007
Traveling and going on vacation doesn't have to break the bank. In this episode we spend most of our time talking through some tips that will help you save money the next time you book some travel. But first, we want you to think about the aspects of travel that you enjoy the most, and then center your trip around that (like breweries and the outdoors- a couple of our favorites!). March to your own drum! Don't give in to the pressures of taking the touristy route or doing the activities that you have no int...

What to do with Your Tax Refund! #006
We spend this entire episode covering what you should do with your tax refund! First of all, you shouldn't be receiving a big refund when April 15th rolls around- if you are, talk to HR and have your tax withholding decreased so the IRS is taking a smaller bite out of your paycheck. We would rather see you proactively do something with that money on a regular basis as opposed to waiting on that 'windfall' once a year. So do that first. Next, here are the top 5 things you need to be doing with your tax refun...


Nerdy Board Games Rock #005
Embrace the dorkiness, strategy board games are here to stay! Nerdy board games are a big part of our lives and for good reasons: they're fun (duh), they teach us to think strategically when it comes to managing limited resources, and of course they can help you save money by keeping you from going out and blowing through your entertainment budget! Plus, when was the last time you sat down face to face with your friends for some old fashioned analog fun? In this episode, Joel and I cover the many reasons wh...

Investment Property Basics #004
This episode is all about investment properties: what are they, how did we get started with our first rentals, and some rules of thumb that will help you when it comes to purchasing your own! After our last episode on Airbnb we knew we needed to address investment property broadly, as they’re a pillar of our future financial security. We’ll have more episodes where we’ll get more specific and discuss things like return on investment (ROI), insurance, and screening tenants. But for now, we’re just covering t...

Should We Host an Airbnb? #003
Finding a sweet place to rent and spend the night is easy enough on Airbnb, but how easy is it to be a host? What are the pros and cons of hosting our very own Airstream or apartment? Am I actually going to dig out 2 feet of dirt in my basement to make room for a private apartment? In this episode Joel and I discuss the different options we're each considering and whether or not we're cut out to be Airbnb hosts. And at the beginning of this episode we popped open a Rodenbach Alexander which you can find and...


You Need to Create a Budget #002
Everyone needs to be on a budget! A personal budget may not be the sexiest topic to discuss, but it's one of those things that needs to be talked about more. In this episode Joel and I cover our different approaches to budgeting to make sure that we're on track with our money every month - especially spending, whether on groceries, electronics, etc. You need to have a plan for your money every month, and at it's core, that's all a budget is. And this episode's beer is Tweak by Avery which you can find and l...

We Love Biking #001
We love biking. Anyone who knows Joel and myself knows that bikes are a big part of our life- but why? In this episode we talk about how biking saves us money, keeps us in shape, and puts us in touch with our community; all while having fun! During our discussion, we were enjoying a Backwoods Bastard by Founders which you can find and learn all about on Untappd. If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. For specific links and additional informa...