Rank #1: 137 Being Smart with Your Debt & Credit - Lisa Zamparo, CPA & Financial Strategist (Millennial Money Meetup #4 Live Recording)
For my 4th Millennial Money Meetup (and my last one for 2017), I hosted the event once again in downtown Toronto selling out tickets in only a few weeks to 50 attendees. This event was sponsored by Manulife Bank (thank you for making this event possible during Financial Literacy Month) and featured the special guest Lisa Zamparo, a CPA and financial strategist. The theme for this event was debt and responsible credit card use, just in time for the holidays. This is the live recording of Lisa and I's discussion on the subject as well as audience Q&A.
For full episode show notes visit: https://jessicamoorhouse.com/137
Dec 08 2017
Rank #2: 051 Money Lessons from a Money Guru - Gail Vaz-Oxlade, TV Personality & Author
The one and only Gail Vaz-Oxlade and I chat about her career as a personal finance guru, TV host and best-selling author. She also shares her top money tips for getting rid of debt, kicking bad financial habits to the curb and leading a more balanced life.
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Before I even recorded my first podcast episode almost a year ago, there was one guest I always dreamed of interviewing. At the time I thought it was just that, a dream, but one year and 51 episodes later it’s now a reality!
I’ve been a huge fan of Gail Vaz-Oxlade for years. I obsessively watched Til Debt Do Us Part when I was 24, broke and living in a basement with two equally broke roommates. It was her say-it-like-it-is attitude and helpful advice that motivated me to save as much as I could and stick to a budget during those tough years. I am so thankful for her show and books, and I know I wouldn’t be as financially on track today if it weren’t for her.
I am also thankful that I got the gumption to ask her to be on my podcast early this year, because I think I got her right in the nick of time! Gail has had a long and successful career as a money guru, and she mentions in this episode, she’s going to be taking a step back to focus on other opportunities.
I hope you love this episode as much as I do! And I ardently encourage you to check out some of her helpful resources, her awesome books (Money Talks is a great read!), and join her community on Facebook. And make sure to check back here next week (or subscribe to my email list) for my final episode of the season where I’ll be doing a special solo episode and giving away some prizes to mark my one year podcast anniversary!
Helpful Resources & Tools
- Gail’s Interactive Budget Worksheet
- Gail’s Wedding Budget Worksheet
- Gail’s Own Up to Your Debt Worksheet
Gail’s Books You Need to Read Right Now
- Money Talks
- Money Rules
- Saving for School
- It’s Your Money
- Money-Smart Kids
- Never Too Late
- Debt-Free Forever
- Easy Money
Follow Gail on Social
May 25 2016
Rank #3: 159 How to Become Financially Independent by 35 - Chris Reining, Early Retiree & Writer
Another inspiring interview to get you excited about FIRE! I interview Chris Reining in this episode, who was able to achieve financial independence by 35 (meaning he saved up $1million), and retire comfortably at 37. Now, he spends his days working out, doing yoga and meditating, and writing on his blog at ChrisReining.com. So, how did he do it? He shares how in this interview, so check it out!
I’ve been chatting to a lot more guests this season who’ve been able to achieve financial independence in their 30s, and wow is it inspiring! Because really, they didn’t do anything crazy to achieve financial independence. They just made that their main goal and went for it!
And Chris Reining, who was able to reach financial independence at 35 and retire at 37, is no different. He didn’t come from wealth, and although near the end of his career his was earning money, he was by no means “rich”. He worked in cyber security in Madison, Wisconsin and did two main things to reach his goal of saving up $1,000,000 for retirement.
Practice Value-Based Spending
This term “value-based spending” has been popping up a lot more, and for good reason. It’s taking the extreme out of being totally frugal or a shopaholic. It is giving you permission to spend your money (because after all, that’s what it’s for), but also giving you that balance and perspective so you spend it wisely. By practicing value-based spending, not only will you feel more joy when you do spend money, you’ll also find that there’s a lot more money available to save for your future goals.
Chris shares that when he started practicing this, he found it easy to cut out coffee, cable and his expensive hobby of flying planes. They didn’t align with his values, and so he started only spending money on what did, and then making a conscious effort to live below his means so he could continue to save up and invest for his goal of early retirement.
Earn More Money
As Chris says in our interview together, at a certain point, there’s no where else to cut back, and at that point you’ll need to figure out how to earn more money. What Chris did to grow in his career and earn a higher salary was find a mentor, learn some new skills and push himself to take public speaking lessons by joining Toastmasters.
By doing this, he was able to earn more and reach his goal of financial independence that much sooner.
For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/159
May 16 2018
Rank #4: 077 Listener Series - How Steve Saved Up $3 Million for Retirement Working a Regular 9 to 5
Think you can become a millionaire by working a regular 9 to 5 job? I know I have a lot of guests on the show who promote the benefits of entrepreneurship and working for yourself to get ahead financially. But for this Listener Series episodes, I chat with Steve Cousins from Arkansas about how he was able to reach financial freedom by working as an employee for the same company for almost 40 years.
I know, I know, many of us Millennials may think that Steve's story sounds exactly like the advice our parents gave us. Go to university, get a job, work hard, save and contribute to your retirement fund, then you'll be able to retire in style. This was a way more common path for Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, but I don't think it's impossible for us Millennials.
When talking with Steve, it becomes clear that that's not exactly the path you need to take to grow in your career. You can't just get any degree. You need to get one that has a high demand for skilled workers.
You can't just work hard. Everyone works hard. You need to realized when it makes sense to stay at a company and when it doesn't. Just like he said, he encouraged some of his co-workers to leave his company because he knew that if they stayed, they wouldn't move up as fast compared to if they went to another company.
And lastly, you can just save and contribute to your RRSP or 401K. You need to live frugally, not try to keep up with the Jones', invest wisely and have a plan to continue to earn money during retirement.
I absolutely love how Steve has become this serial entrepreneur with 4 different jobs now that he's retired. And it's not that he needs the money or is working 24/7 now. He gets to work when he wants to doing what he wants to.
If that's not living the dream, I don't know what is! Thanks Steve for sharing your story with me.
Got a story that you think would be good to share on an episode on of Listener series? Please email me!
For more podcast episodes, check out the Podcast page.
Nov 24 2016
Rank #5: 094 How Saying "No" Can Save Your Finances - Sarah Li Cain, Money Storyteller at High Fiving Dollars
Personal finance isn't just about money. It's about emotions, habits, triggers, mindsets and relationships. I chat about this and more with money storyteller Sarah Li Cain.
Personal finance isn't just about money. It's about emotions, habits, triggers, mindsets and relationships. Many of these aspects of personal finance are explored with Sarah Li Cain, author at High Fiving Dollars, in this podcast episode.
Sarah, a fellow Canadian now living in the U.S. with her husband and son, isn't just another personal finance blogger. She's a money storyteller on a mission to teach others about how your actions can truly affect your finances in ways you may have never thought.
Take her story for example. Throughout most of her life she was a "Yes Man." Always saying yes when asked for help and putting herself second to provide for those she loved. This doesn't sound so bad, that is until someone takes advantage of your kindness. Which was the case for one of the relationships she was in, where she found herself stuck with $9,000 in debt after the breakup.
Sarah doesn't want this to be your story, and she shares more thoughtful pieces of advice in our interview. Not only that, she's developed a number of great resources to help you on your personal finance journey I've listed below.
Take Sarah's Spending Triggers Course
Sarah's recently created a two-week course all about the triggers that make us overspend and generally mishandle our money.
If you want to learn how to curb your spending (and find out why you’re doing it in the first place), sign up to take her course. You won't be disappointed!
I was lucky enough to preview her course before she officially launched it, and thought it was a really great and unique program that I knew listeners of my podcast would enjoy.
Sarah's Top Blog Posts
- How You Can Use Money Wisely to Make Your Life Happier
- I Worked Hard to Declutter 90% of My Stuff – Here’s What Happened
- Women, It’s Time to Rise Up and Own Your Financial Prowess
Helpful Resources by Sarah
- Cha-Ching! A Money Coloring Notebook: An Adult Coloring Notebook (Companion Book)
- Money Relationship Rescue: 5 Part E-Course
- Money Mindset Quiz
- Figure Out Your Spending Triggers Course
Follow Sarah on Social
- Like Sarah on Facebook
- Check Out Sarah on Instagram
- Follow Sarah on Twitter
- Subscribe to Sarah on YouTube
For more podcast episodes, check out the podcast page.
Show notes: jessicamoorhouse.com/94
Mar 01 2017
Rank #6: 215 How to Master Your Money - Sandy Yong, Author of The Money Master
I met Sandy Yong, author of the soon-to-be-released book The Money Master: Inside Secrets On How to Make Your Money Grow and Stay Safe, about a year ago at the 2018 Canadian Personal Finance Conference. She told me she was working on a book and I soon found out we had very similar personal finance journeys.
Having been brought up in a very frugal family, and having finished her business degree during the Great Recession, Sandy worked hard to pay off her student loan and make her way in the corporate world. She soon realized that being frugal was only one part of mastering your money. You also needed to set financial goals, invest wisely and have a clear action plan for all your hard-earned money.
That’s what led her to discover personal finance books which eventually inspired her to write her own book to reflect her journey and key things young Canadians should know about managing their money better.
In this interview, we touch on what some of those key things are, such as the benefits to passive investing instead of investing in high-fee actively-managed mutual funds, while also discussing some new players in the finance world like investing in the cannabis industry, cryptocurrency and robo-advisors.
Her book isn’t out yet, but you can pre-order your copy today. I’m also going to be giving away copies of her book when it’s out, so make sure to enter to win in my massive book giveaway!
Visit jessicamoorhouse.com/contests to enter to win a copy of his book!
For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/215
Nov 20 2019
Rank #7: 141 Deconstructing FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) - Bob Lai, Blogger at Tawcan
Have you heard of the FIRE movement before? In this episode I chat with Bob Lai from Tawcan about what it means to be financially independent and how make an investment strategy to get there.
For anyone who wanted a deep look into the FIRE movement, and to get the low down on how to become financially independent, this is an episode you are gonna love! I chat with Bob Lai, the blogger behind Tawcan, about his plans to reach financial independence while being a single-income family with his wife and two kids.
He even shares what his personal investment strategy looks like: a mixture of dividend paying stocks (a.k.a. blue-chip stocks), index ETFs, and a small percentage of growth stocks.
Now, if you’re just getting started with your investment journey, before getting into DIY investing like Bob, a good place to start is by investing in index mutual funds, like the portfolios that Tangerine offers. It’s actually what I started investing with, as they track the index and charge way lower MERs than the big banks.
Financial Independence vs. Financial Freedom
Most people use these two terms interchangeably, I’ve even been guilty of it. But talking to Bob, I learned that they actually mean to very different things.
Financial independence is when your passive income exceeds your expenses. Many people believe the magic number is to have 25 times your living expenses saved up through savings and investments. Or if you’re more conservative, 33 times your living expenses.
Financial freedom on the other hand is a relatively loose term, but generally speaking mean that you’ve accumulated so much wealth that you don’t even have to worry about or rely on your passive income.
Happiness vs. Joy
Another concept we talked about was the difference between happiness and joy, and balancing the two. You see, happiness is externally driven and has an expiry date. For instance, when you get a raise or buy something you’ve been saving up for. Both of those things would make you happy, for a time, and then it would dissipate.
Joy is internally driven, and is the feeling of being at peace. It’s also less fleeting than happiness, and usually comes about from fulfilling experiences and being around your loved ones.
A big part of the FIRE movement is about focusing on joy instead of happiness. Also, joy doesn’t cost as much as happiness (if we’re talking about happiness through buying goods), so the more you focus on joy, the more money you’ll be able to save to reach your goal of financial independence.
Stocks that Pay Dividends vs. Stocks that Don’t
Not all stocks are the same. Some pay dividends, some don’t. The companies that don’t pay dividends (ie. Facebook) are the ones that are still in a growth stage. Instead of paying dividends to their shareholders, they reinvest their profits to continue to grow the company.
Companies that do pay dividends are companies that are already so big (Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson), that they don’t need to reinvest all of the profits for further growth, so they share their profits with their shareholders (also making those shares more lucrative to potential stock buyers).
Bob’s Top Blog Posts You’ll Want to Read
- FIRE. RIP. 2014-2018
- Building My Dividend City
- How My Struggles with English Taught Me About Financial Literacy
Learn More About Bob Lai (Tawcan)
For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/141
Jan 31 2018
Rank #8: 173 How to Pay Off Meaningful Debt (and Stay Debt-Free) - Jessi Fearon, Financial Coach
Jessi Fearon was able to pay off $55,000 in debt in 2 years! Yes, I know, we've all seen headlines like this before, and usually you find out after reading the full news article that they were able to pay off that debt because they got a windfall, their parents helped them, or they earn over 6 figures at their job. Well, that's no Jessi' story. Her and her husband were able to pay that debt off by making some major sacrifices and hustling to make it happen. Now Jessi is a financial coach on mission to help others conquer their finances too!
For this episode of the Mo’ Money Podcast, I chat with another Jessica who is also a financial coach! I’m talking about Jessi Fearon, who was able to pay off $55,000 in 2 years with her husband, while raising a family of 3 little ones. After being a stay-at-home more for a few years, Jessi now spends her days coaching others how they too can build a solid financial foundation and kick their debt to the curb (for good!) just like her family was able to.
What I love about this episode, and Jessi for that matter, is that she is an open book when it comes to her numbers. Most of the time when you see some headline about someone who paid a big amount of debt in a short amount of time, you eventually find out it’s because they got a big windfall, their parents helped them out, or they earn a high salary. That’s not Jessi’ story at all. For her, it came down to making some tough choices, such as taking on some extra jobs like being a server or dog walker to earn some extra money, or having to trade in her dream truck for a more cost-efficient car to put the difference onto her debt.
Basically, if you’re dealing with debt and need some motivation, this episode is going to make you want to get to work right away and start living a better life!
For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/173
Oct 24 2018
Rank #9: 052 30 Life Lessons I Learned Before Turning 30 - Jessica Moorhouse
In the final episode for season 2 of the Mo' Money Podcast, I do a special solo show to reflect on the 30 biggest lessons I've learned over the course of my 30 years on Earth in terms of money, life and balance.
Long episode description:
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Today is a pretty big day for me. It’s my one year anniversary of the Mo’ Money Podcast (with 52 episodes in the frickin’ can!), it’s the end of season 2 of my podcast (season 3 to resume in September), and this week is my birthday week. I officially turn 30 on Saturday, but in my mind my birthday lasts a full week.
Now, this very special solo podcast episode is based on my blog post about the 30 life lessons I’ve learned before turning 30. I thought it would be cool to not just write about this, but also to explain what I’m talking about verbally. Honestly, as much as I love to blog (I mean I’ve been at it for 4 1/2 years now), I really do feel more myself when podcasting. Maybe it’s because there’s no real room to over think things and I can just say exactly what’s on my mind freely. In any case, I think I might do a few more of these blog posts turned podcast episodes in the future. Plus I realized I really miss doing solo shows.
Jun 01 2016
Rank #10: 131 How to Build Wealth by Changing Your Money Mindset - Kelley Keehn, Author & Personal Finance Expert
What's your money mindset and how does it affect how you perceive building wealth? I chat with Kelley Keehn about this and more in this episode.
Personal finance expert and author Kelley Keehn chatted with me for this fabulous episode of the podcast, and I couldn’t be happier! I love that her mission is to make people feel good about money! Just like she said in our episode, when people feel good about their money, they are better people and thrive in other areas of their lives.
I wholeheartedly agree. When you feel confident in your finances, you feel confident in your life. You start making better and longer-term decisions, instead of decisions based on survival or the immediate future.
We also go a bit deeper in our interview and talk about the different money mindsets people have. Like how they can either help you build wealth and live a life you want, or they can impede you from experiencing your full potential.
I know that my money mindset has evolved over the years, and that’s the amazing thing too. Just because you have say a scarcity mindset, doesn’t mean you can flip the switch into an abundance mindset. Everything is changeable and fixable, you just have to be self-aware and start making small changes to make a big change in the end.
Learn More About Kelley
For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/131
Nov 22 2017
Rank #11: 165 Get Paid Your Worth: Negotiation Tips - Kathlyn Hart, Salary Negotiation Coach
For my Season 6 finale episode, I chat with Kathlyn Hart, podcast host of The Big Leap Show and salary negotiation coach. We talk about earning what you deserve, practical ways to ask for a promotion and/or raise, and recognizing when it's time to jump ship for the chance at a higher salary with a different company.
As I mentioned in this episode, I'll be taking the next two months off for a much needed break, but I'll be back for Season 7 in September!
It’s the Season 6 finale episode, but I’m ending things off with one hell of an inspiring and motivating episode! I chat with salary negotiation coach Kathlyn Hart about what to do (and not to do) to negotiate a higher salary so you can be paid your worth.
It’s actually pretty funny timing this episode because this time 2 years ago is when I asked my boss for a promotion and a raise. I thought I took all the right steps to level up my job and income, but little did I know I actually made a ton of mistakes. So many in fact that I ended up quitting that job.
Obviously, I don’t regret how things turned out. It gave me the push I needed to leave a job that wasn’t fulfilling to run my own business. And now, I’m a year and a half in to being an entrepreneur and I’m so thankful for it.
But, that being said, I sure wish I knew some of the tips and tactics Kathlyn shares in this episode when I was back working a 9 to 5. I wonder how things would have been different.
To sum up some of Kathlyn top tips, I’ve compiled them below in case you want to be brave and get paid better than you are now.
Salary Negotiation Beings in the Job Search
This was a big mistake I made early on. I always chose jobs and industries that were on the downturn or didn’t have any growth potential. Because of this, for most of my corporate life, I earned really low salaries and never got promotions or raises.
Well, what you’re supposed to do is pick a job and industry that are the opposite of that. As Kathlyn mentions, a project manager for a non-profit is going to be paid substantially less than a project manager for a Fortune 500 company. This is something you need to consider before applying for jobs, because it could be the difference of earning $50,000 or $150,000 per year.
Be Confident When Talking Salaries in Interviews
I always dreaded when the interviewer would ask me my salary expectations. Most of the time I was so desperate for the job, I always gave them my lowest possible number, and would always kick myself a few months later when I was in a role making less than I deserved.
Do not do this. Kathlyn has a strategy that focuses on your wish, your want and your walk. Those three numbers are your dream salary, the salary you’d be satisfied with, and the salary that would make you walk away from the job offer because it’s too low. Instead of starting with your lowest offer, ask for your dream salary. Of course, it’s important to back that number up with research, comparables from other jobs in similar sectors, and your skillset. But, if you present your ask with confidence and certainty, the interviewer will be more likely to see your value and want to lock you down for the job.
Be Okay with Walking Away
If you don’t feel like you’re earning enough at your current job, and you feel like you’ve done everything to bump up your salary but nothing’s working, it might be time to walk away. It’s no secret that the easiest way to increase your salary is by jumping ship to another company. Just make sure you’re prepared to ask for the salary you really want before accepting your next job offer.
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For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/165
Jun 27 2018
Rank #12: 093 How to Plan Your Retirement the Smart Way - Fritz Gilbert, Blogger at The Retirement Manifesto
Saving for your retirement is simple. As Fritz Gilbert from The Retirement Manifesto shares, it all comes down to starting early, spending less than you make, and keeping to it.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this episode, lots of us young people don't start thinking about planning for our retirement, well...until it's too late. Which isn't a good thing.
It may be difficult wrapping your head around something that won't happen for another 40 or 50 years, but the only way to make sure you'll actually be able to relax and enjoy your retirement is if you start thinking and planning for it as early as possible.
Fritz Gilbert, the blogger behind The Retirement Manifesto, joins me for this podcast episode to share what he's learned about retirement over the years and how he is only a few years away from his early retirement at 55.
Make sure to check out the links below for more helpful resources and tips on how you can start taking action now so you can rest easy later.
Fritz's Advice on How to Retire Early (or Well)
Spend less than you make, and do it for a long time.
Learn More About Fritz's Retirement Manifesto
Fritz's Blog Posts You Need to Read
- The First 6 Steps to Financial Wealth
- The Retirement Manifesto — How It Started
- Top 5 Regrets People Have On Their Deathbeds (& How To Avoid Them In Your Life)
Follow Fritz on Social
- Like Desirae on Facebook
- Follow Desirae on Twitter
- Check Out Desirae on Instagram
- Subscribe to Desirae's YouTube Channel
Learn How to Save Money with LowestRates
For more podcast episodes, check out the podcast page.
Show notes: jessicamoorhouse.com/93
Feb 22 2017
Rank #13: 003 The Shopping Ban - Cait Flanders from Blonde on a Budget
Cait Flanders from the popular personal finance blog Blonde on a Budget and I talk about her recent debt pay-off, her shopping ban and her new simplistic lifestyle.
Long episode description:
I really looked forward to having Cait Flanders from Blonde on a Budget on my podcast. I think she was actually one of the first guests I approached to be on the show and she said yes right away (thanks Cait!). Not only is Cait one of my all-time favourite personal finance bloggers, we’ve also become really great friends over the past few years. She is seriously just as genuine in-person as she is on her blog, which is why I think we get along so well. I’m a give it to me (and give it to you) straight kinda gal and Cait is definitely one of the most honest people and bloggers I know. Not many people could write about getting themselves out of debt and embarking on a shopping ban like she does.
A bit of background on how this episode came together, I actually recorded it on site in Vancouver. I went to Vancouver in March to visit my family and while I was there I had a bit of free time. So, I asked Cait to come over and we recorded this episode together. I was pretty nervous because this was the first time I’d ever used all of my podcast equipment by myself (I previously relied on my audio engineering husband), but luckily I didn’t mess anything up and it went pretty smoothly.
Besides Cait being a friend and a favourite blogger of mine, the big reason I wanted her to share her story on my podcast was because it is so relatable. She racked up a bunch of credit card debt, had to move back in with her parents, then started blogging about her situation as motivation to get out of the hole she dug herself. And she did it, and continues to live a more financially responsible lifestyle which includes a shopping ban and living like a minimalist.
We mentioned a few resources on the show, so I wanted to include them below. And if you’re just getting into personal finance and budgeting yourself, I highly recommend checking out Cait’s new Mindful Budgeting Program below. It’s a super handy tool to help you start budgeting with your best foot forward!
Mentioned on the show
Helpful budgeting tools
Jun 03 2015
Rank #14: 024 From 6 Figures in Debt to 7 Figures in Savings - Revanche, Blogger at A Gai Shan Life
Revanche, the blogger behind A Gai Shan Life, and I talk about growing up extremely frugal, helping her family out of a tough financial situation and her aspirations to become a full-fledged millionaire.
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Talk about overcoming some major obstacles, Revanche seriously is one inspiring woman. It’s one thing to try to get yourself out of debt by working hard and saving aggressively, but it’s quite another to do the same to help your family out of a tough financial situation. Although I think Revanche’s story is quite unique, I also feel like she’s not alone in being thrown into a situation where your loved ones need your help and you need to make some big sacrifices to get them out. I’d love to know in the comments if anyone else has experienced something similar! Please share your stories if you have them.
Although it was a long journey for Revanche, which you’ll learn in our podcast episode together, she didn’t just stop when the debt was finally paid off. She set herself an even loftier goal to achieve next — become a millionaire so she never has to experience debt like that again. I applaud Revanche’s dedication and hard work, and seriously can’t wait until she makes it into the two comma club.
Notable Blog Posts by Revanche
- My kid and becoming human: Notes from Month 6
- Will This Loan Be Repaid?
- Revanche’s Real Estate Investing Series
Learn More About Revanche
Oct 28 2015
Rank #15: 014 Climbing Out of Debt by Living like a Frugalista - Catherine MacLean, Blogger at Plunged in Debt
It's not easy being in debt while supporting a family. Catherine MacLean from Plunged in Debt and I talk about her debt repayment plan, her new frugal lifestyle and what tips and tricks she uses to cut back on spending to balance her budget.
Long episode description:
In this episode I talk to Catherine MacLean from the personal finance blog Plunged in Debt. From the name of her blog, you can guess what it’s focus is on. Catherine and her husband have a huge amount of debt to pay off, and it hasn’t been easy. On top of that they are a young family with a 3-year-old daughter to provide for.
Fortunately, Catherine is one financially savvy lady and writes about all the different ways she’s found to cut back and save on the little things. If you’re in debt and need some motivation to stick to your budget and kick your debt to the curb, you definitely need to check out Catherine’s blog (and listen to our podcast episode).
In our conversation, Catherine and I mentioned a few of her most notable blog posts, so here they are below for you to check out. I’ve also given some shout outs to some iTunes reviewers, so check below to see if one of them is you!
Blog Posts Catherine Mentioned
- How I Dress My Kid on a Budget
- Would You Marry Someone With A Lot of Debt?
- Financial Success Does Not Start With a Budget
- What I Gave Up (and Gained) to Reach My Financial Goals
- No More Babies Until Debt is Gone
Aug 19 2015
Rank #16: 184 Living Debt-Free with Shannon Lee Simmons, Author, CFP & Founder of The New School of Finance
I’ve got another repeat guest on the show, who first appeared on the Mo’ Money Podcast this time last year in episode 151 to promote her first book Worry-Free Money. I’m talking about the lovely Shannon Lee Simmons, and she’s back with her second book all about debt called Living Debt-Free.
Since her first book was essentially the feel-good personal finance book we were all looking for, Shannon’s second book does the same thing for debt. There are so many negative emotions surrounding debt, such as shame and guilt. Debt is bad right? Well, guess what…real people have debt. And they shouldn’t feel shame or guilt for having it. Shame and guilt aren’t exactly motivators to doing anything, so why would we think making people feel bad about their debt will help them get out of it.Having a Positive Mindset for Debt Repayment Is Key
Instead, Shannon shares stories and advice on how to tackle your debt by adopting a new positive mindset and asking yourself some of these helpful questions:
- What is your debt holding you back from in life?
- What kind of life could you have without this debt?
- What’s really important to you?
- What are your core life values?
Having clear answers for these questions will help you stay on track to paying off your debt. Yes, strategies like the debt snowball and debt avalanche are helpful too, but from my experience and Shannon’s, people are more likely to get back into debt or stop their debt repayment plan because they lack positive reinforcement and motivation.
By thinking with a more positive mindset, such as “What could I add to my life once I’m debt-free?” instead of being critical of your current situation like “You’re not as well off as your peers because of your debt,” you’ll be able to change your financial picture quicker than you ever thought possible. Not only that, you’ll be able to stay out of debt because you’ll have a clearer vision for your overall finances.Emergency Funds Are for Emergencies
Recently, there was a question that popped up in my Facebook group asking whether it was a good idea to use Emergency Fund money to pay off debt. Shannon and I both agreed that Emergency Funds should be reserved for emergencies only, not debt. Lack of emergency savings is one of the main reasons people fall into debt. Something unexpected happens, like their car breaks down, they don’t have the money to pay for it, they use credit to fix their car, now their in debt and can only afford the minimum payments.
To avoid this cycle, save up 3 to 6 months of your living expenses and put it in a high-interest savings account. Then don’t touch it until a real emergency happens. And once you touch it, make sure to pay that money back so it’s never empty.
Shannon also suggest having two Emergency Funds. One is for real emergencies that you don’t touch unless you absolutely need to. One is more of a slush fund that you are constantly contributing to, but dipping into when you need cash for unexpected expenses (that don’t fall into the emergency category).The Only Way to Avoid Over-Spending with Your Credit Card
There are only a few ways to avoid over-spending with your credit card. One way is to use debit or cash for all of your variable expenses, and just link your credit card to any of your regular fixed expenses like your cable bill, phone bill, and utilities.
Or, if you do like to use your credit card for your variable spending, set its limit to the exact amount you’ve budget for variable expenses. Then, as soon as you make a purchase with your credit card, move money from your chequing account to pay off your credit card.
That’s it! There really isn’t any other magic way to do it. Believe me, I’ve tried them and so has Shannon and these are the ones that work!
For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/184
Feb 20 2019
Rank #17: 133 How to Actually Retire Early - Tanja, Blogger at Our Next Life
Retiring early isn't just for the privileged and doesn't have to be a daydream you refer at your 9 to 5 grind. You can actually retire if you have a plan to get you there, and Tanja from Our Next Life shares how her and her husband were able to do it.
Ever since I connected with Tanja from Our Next Life about a year ago, I was waiting for the opportunity to have her on my show. But for most of the year she was an anonymous blogger. You see, she was waiting to reveal herself until she was able to hand in her notice at her job so her and her husband could retire early.
Well, she’s handed in her notice and is set to officially retire early this January. I know, I know, this sounds like a dream most of us have had while putting in those long hours at our day jobs. But what’s awesome about my interview with Tanja is she discusses how her and her husband were able to do it. And they didn’t go to any extremes to reach their goal. They didn’t sell all their things or sacrifice their present happiness and comfort to reach tomorrow’s goal of financial independence.
Besides sharing the steps she took to be able to retire early (in her 30s!), she also shares the book that inspired her to take this journey. It’s called How to Retire Early by Robert & Robin Charlton, and it’s a book she highly recommends if anyone wants to learn more about how to make a solid plan to retire early.
I know I’m definitely going to check it out, because achieving F.I.R.E. is definitely one of my new crazy big life goals! And if Tanja can do it, really anyone can do it!
Learn More About Tanja
- Sign up to Tanja’s email newsletter
- Check out Tanja’s recommended resources
- Read Tanja’s 10 Questions to Retire Early
- Learn about Tanja’s steps to achieving FIRE
- Follow Tanja on Twitter
- Like Tanja on Facebook
- Check out Tanja in Instagram
- Follow Tanja on Pinterest
For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/133
Nov 29 2017
Rank #18: 022 This Is How You Make Your Budget Sexy - J. Money, Blogger at Budgets Are Sexy
J. Money from the popular personal finance blog Budgets Are Sexy and I talk about making money online, getting fired, giving away $90,000 and making budgets sexy again.
Long episode description:
J. Money from Budgets Are Sexy and Rockstar Finance has been in the personal finance game since 2008, so he knows what’s going on when it comes to talking money. In this episode, we discuss how he became a blogger, why getting fired was the best thing that ever happened to him and how he’s been able to give back in a big way. Not only is J. Money just a super cool, genuine guy — I owe him a big one because talking to him for this episode was the kick in the pants I needed to move forward with my rebrand and future money coaching business. You know when you have an idea, but are just too scared to take action because it’s not perfect yet? I’m a big perfectionist, and it’s definitely held me back from trying new things and taking risks that could help me in the long run. But J. Money is such a an inspiring guy with everything he’s accomplished, I’m gonna take a chapter out of his book and just do it!
So thanks J. for motivating me to start my next chapter. You rock and it was a pleasure having you on the show!
We mentioned a few things in this episode, so I’ve listed everything below. I’m also including J.’s side hustle story series even though we didn’t talk about it because it’s just too cool not to mention on here.
Submit Your Side Hustle Story
- Got a unique way to make extra money outside of your day job? Submit your cool side hustle story for a chance to be featured on Budgets Are Sexy. I even submitted my story about teleprompting!
Notable Blog Posts by J. Money
Oct 14 2015
Rank #19: 124 What You Should Do Before Buying a Home - Penelope Graham, Managing Editor for Zoocasa
Thinking of jumping into the housing market? There's a lot to know and even more pressure to make a good decision (it is the biggest purchase of your life after all). I talk with Penelope Graham, Managing Editor of Zoocasa to find out what potential home buyers should know before buying their first place.
If you have some questions about the home buying process, my guest Penelope Graham, Managing Editor for Zoocasa, has the answers!
Penelope was actually one of the panelists for my Millennial Money Meetup #2 in May 2017, and the focus for that event was homeownership and renting vs. buying. She was one of the top voted panelists by attendees, so I knew I needed to bring her on the show to share her wisdom.
Having bought my first place just a year ago, I still remember all the stress, research and more stress that went into finally signing on the dotted line. Toronto is a hot market, so I knew I needed to be prepared and not take this home buying process lightly.
Now that that’s behind me, I want to make sure that other millennials who are thinking of buying are just as well informed and prepared for this very big purchase. And if you have any questions after this episode, contact Penelope and she’ll be happy to guide you on the right path!
Tips If You’re Thinking of Buying Your First Place
- Remember that getting pre-approved for a mortgage is your first step. This will help you figure out how much mortgage you’ll be approved for, and how much you can afford and what your budget should me. Also, don’t borrow the maximum you are approved for, especially if only putting 5% down. You don’t want to be house poor after all!
- Interview potential realtors as if it was a job interview (because to them, it actually is!). Make sure you pick a realtor that’s the right fit for you, ask for their stats (how much homes sold/bought for clients), ask for references, and make sure they are a full-time realtor and completely invested in working with you.
- When given a buyer representation agreement from your realtor, negotiate a term for the contract that suits you best (ie. no longer than 3 months). This way, you can end the relationship if it’s not working and you won’t be tied to a lengthy contract.
Oct 26 2017
Rank #20: 204 Your Investing Questions Answered - Jessica Moorhouse
For my final episode of Season 8 of the Mo’ Money Podcast, I’ve got a solo episode for you, and it’s all about answering your investing questions. I get investing questions all the time at events I organize or speak at, via email or even through social media. So, since I just did my Level Up Your Moneyevent with Erin Lowry which included a Q&A (but wasn’t part of the recording we did), I thought I would do an episode focused solely on answering all your most pressing investing questions.
Now, as a disclaimer, nothing in this episode should be considered financial or investing advice. Heck, nothing on this website or any content I create should be considered advice. It is simple information, facts and opinion. And when it comes to investing specifically, it’s hard to even give a straight answer.
You may have noticed that in the panel discussion recording, and some attendees voiced their frustration. I totally get it, but unfortunately, there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all investment advice or recommendations. We’re all at different stages in our lives, with different incomes, circumstances, goals and time horizons. It would be ridiculous to say “Do this and you’ll be fine.” And if someone does tell you that, remember, even if they are an investment advisor, that is their opinion on what they think you should do. Nothing is guaranteed when it comes to investing, and it’s not black and white.Paying Down Debt. vs. Investing: Which One Should You Do First?
If you’ve got consumer debt (credit cards, line of credit, etc.), focus on paying that all off before investing because it’s unlikely you’ll be able to earn the same or higher interest on your investments that those debts are charging you. If you have student loans or other low-interest debt like a car loan or mortgage, I would say pay down debt and invest. The interest you’re paying is most likely below 5%, and 5% or higher is a very possible return you could make on your investments. Also, no matter what type of debt you have, make sure you have a fully funded Emergency Fund before you start investing.How Do You Know When You’re Ready to Start Investing?
You’ve got to have that solid financial foundation first before you start investing. That means you have a budget, you’re tracking your spending and net worth regularly, you have a debt-repayment plan, you have a fully funded emergency fund, and have outlined all of your financial goals (short and long-term) first.How Much Money Do You Need to Start Investing?
There’s no perfect number, but I say once you’ve got your financial foundation set, then work on saving up $1,000 as your initial contribution to your investment plan. I say $1,000 because most robo-advisors actually require that as a minimum initial contribution, and some discount brokerages have similar requirements.Is Wealthsimple a Good Robo-Advisor?
I get this question a lot, and what I think the real question is is “What’s a good robo-advisor” or “What robo-advisor should I invest with?” Here’s the thing, I do personally like Wealthsimple. I invest with them and have for about 3 years and I like their platform, customer service, and have had an overall good experience with them. But I also invest with Justwealth, and similarly I have had an overall good experience with them too. Heck, I even invest with RBC InvestEase (though a very tiny portfolio with them since I mainly wanted to test them out since I worked with them on a campaign), and I actually really like their platform and customer service to.
The reason so many people think of Wealthsimple first is because they are one of the biggest robo-advisors in Canada, they were one of the first, and they also hands-down do the most marketing. And let’s be honest, their branding is amazing. It’s millennial-focused, it’s beautiful and as someone who used to work in marketing, they are doing everything right.
But, just because I choose to invest with Wealthsimple, or Justwealth, or RBC Investease, doesn’t mean you should. It’s not that easy. You need to do the work to see which one makes sense for you. You need to do your research on each company, the portfolios they offer, the fees they charge, the ease-of-use of their platforms, the quality of their customer service, to see which place makes the most sense to invest with. That’s what I did, and that’s what you as a responsible and smart investor need to do to.
Where to start is by checking out my recommendations page that includes the full list of robo-advisors in Canada, plus two comparison sites that can help you see the difference between all of them (Hardbacon and Autoinvest).Real Estate Investing: What Do You Think?
The home you live in is not an investment. It’s part of your net worth, but I wouldn’t consider it a real estate investment because you are living in it. This may be a controversial take, but that’s just my point of you. If you own real estate and rent it out, then yes that would be considered an investment.
Now, if you are investing in real estate, you need to determine what portion of your overall investment portfolio is it? Typically, real estate is considered an “alternative investment”, because the traditional investment asset classes are cash, stocks and bonds. So, if real estate is an alternative, most investment experts suggest not to invest more than 5-10% of your portfolio in alternatives.
All I want to really say is that if you choose to invest in real estate, don’t just invest in real estate. Invest in those traditional asset classes, invest in the stock market, make sure your portfolio is diversified. In other words, never put all of your eggs in one basket.If I Have a Work Pension, Do I Still Need to Invest on My Own for Retirement?
Short answer, of course you do. Even though you have a pension, most likely it won’t be enough, in addition to getting your CPP and OAS payments, to cover your retirement income. To learn more about pensions, I highly suggest listening to episode 180 since it goes in-depth about retirement planning and pensions.How Much Do I Need to Save Up for Retirement?
One million? Two million? Most people just want a straight up answer but it’s not as simple as that. First, you need to define what your retirement looks like, and then determine how much that will cost in today’s dollars on an annual basis. Then figure out how long you’ll most likely live in retirement. Then make the calculations that include an average inflation rate. Bam, you’ll get a number. The calculation itself is fairly simple, however that doesn’t mean that’s the exact amount of money you’ll need because it’s difficult to predict the future and your future needs. That’s why you need to constantly look at your financial plan and retirement plan every year and adjust when appropriate. I’d also like to recommend to amazing books on retirement income planning:
- Victory Lap Retirement by Mike Drak, Rob Morrison & Jonathan Chevreau
- Your Retirement Income Blueprint by Daryl Diamond
If they match dollar-for-dollar to your contributions then yes. Even if they have you invested in high-fee actively-managed mutual funds, it’s still worth it because it’s free money from your employer.I Want to Start DIY Investing, How Do I Build My Portfolio?
Quick answer, you can either look at model portfolios other investors or bloggers share (but please do your due diligence first), you can build your own by finding ETFs that match the benchmarks you want to replicate, or you can take a look at the portfolios offered by robo-advisors and just replicate their portfolios yourself.How Are My Investments Protected?
Your investments aren’t protected through CDIC or when there are ups and downs in the market, but if you’re more concerned about your robo-advisor, investment firm or discount brokerage become insolvent and you losing your investments, you are protected under the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF).What’s the Difference Between Index Funds & Index-Based ETFs?
I share way more about this in my investing course, but basically they are two different investment products. Index funds are a type of mutual funds that track the broad market index, and index-based ETFs are more similar to a stock but they also track the movements of the broad market index. So they are similar, but not the same. Also ETFs are typically cheaper.Should I Invest the Money I’m Saving for a Down-Payment on a House?
In general, no. You should keep it liquid in cash if you plan on buying a place in the near future (so stash it in a high-interest savings account). But, if you do want to invest, invest in something conservative like GICs or a balanced portfolio with a good portion invested in fixed income.
For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/204
Jun 06 2019