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Martinis and Your Money Podcast

This award winning best personal finance podcast presents various topics around money and careers in a fun and lighthearted setting. The host, Shannon McLay, is a successful entrepreneur, author, and personal finance expert with a passion for helping people get financially fit. In each episode, Shannon will share a martini (or something similar) with friends and experts while discussing money and career topics.

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Debt Repayment and Side Hustling - EP 03

In this podcast we speak to Melanie Lockhert of Dear Debt about her debt repayment journey. As of the recording, Melanie had paid down $46,000 of her $81,000 in student loan debt and most of it while earning pretty meager salaries. She was able to accomplish this goal by side hustling and working hard and she shares some of her side hustle stories as well. 

1hr 1min

24 Oct 2014

Rank #1

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Frugal and Fabulous - EP 07

In this episode, Shannon talks with Mr. and Mrs. Frugalwoods over a frugal-tini about how they plan to reach financial independence by the age of 33. 

59mins

14 Nov 2014

Rank #2

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Shannon’s Financially Naked Session [ENCORE with UPDATE]

At the Financial Gym, we call the first time our clients meet with their financial trainers, and share all of their financial details, the financially naked session. It’s typically a meeting where a lot of clients start out anxious and honestly a number of people avoid joining the financial gym out of the fear and shame they have around their money situation and I want to tell you that no matter what your situation you shouldn’t feel that way. The only reason you could possibly feel like that is if you’re not willing to do anything about changing your money situation. To help anyone out there who may be feeling bad about their financial situation, today, I’m going to let you know you’re not alone. Today, I’m sharing with you my financial situation ALL of the numbers and all of the details. As I said on the show, I have been just about all of our clients at some point in my adult life and you’re about to find out why. Joining me to hear all the dirt is one of my all time favorite trainers at the gym, Joy. If you have any topics you would like for me to cover on this podcast, I encourage you to email me to Shannon@finblonde.com or tweet to me @blonde_finance or join the private Martinis and Your Money Facebook group and let me know what you want to hear. And if you want to work with my team at the Financial Gym to help you achieve your 2019 goals, head over to or send friends to https://financialgym.com to lock in your low rates today. Until next time, take care!! For more information, visit the show notes at http://financially-blonde.com/http-traffic-libsyn-com-martinisandyourmoney-maym220_financially_naked_session-mp3/

1hr 35mins

2 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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Paying Off $109,000 of Credit Card Debt, with Brian Brandow

Brian Brandow thought making the minimum payments on their credit cards was doing good with money. Then he woke up when they couldn't go on summer vacation because all the cards were maxed out. After 4 years, they paid it off - all of it! The celebrated by taking that vacation - but with cash! Brian blogs on the website DebtDiscipline.com and now works with their local Board of Education committees on financial literacy for students. Find all the sites and resources mentioned in this episode at http://financially-blonde.com/mmpodcast

50mins

10 Feb 2017

Rank #4

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Broke Millenial Happy Hour

A special happy hour as we welcome Erin Lowry, personal finance expert and author of the new book Broke Millennial – Stop Scraping by and Get your Financial Life Together. Erin will always hold a special place in my heart and for this show as she was actually the first guest ever of Martinis and Your Money. She joins me and the ladies to talk about the book and we all discuss lessons we’ve learned in our 20s and now here’s my friends. I hope you enjoyed this happy hour. I think my biggest takeaway is that it’s clearly important to focus on money as early as you can and if you’re in your 20s listening to this, don’t let time pass you by, but equally important, if you haven’t started, there’s always time and hopefully the lessons we’ve learned along our way will help you along your way no matter where or when you’re starting your journey to financial health and well-being. If you have any topics you would like for us to talk about during happy hour, please feel free to email me shannon@finblonde.com or tweet @blonde_finance or join the private Martinis and Your Money Facebook group and let us know. And until next time, CHEER!

55mins

28 Apr 2017

Rank #5

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Getting Naked with Caitlin Lyttle

Once a month, I’m going to have a guest on who’s going to get financially naked with you and the first one up is my Marketing Manager, Caitlin Lyttle. Caitlin joins me to share her career background, why she wanted to work at the Financial gym, and exactly what her financial picture looks like. At the Financial Gym, we call the first meeting you have with a trainer the “financially naked session.” In this meeting, you share everything about yourself financially so the trainer knows where you’re starting and so that he or she can make the plan for how you can get where you want to go. Above all other meetings, this one scares clients the most because they are afraid or ashamed of their financial situation. For more information, visit the show notes at http://financially-blonde.com/getting-naked-with-caitlin-lyttle

1hr

21 Sep 2018

Rank #6

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Accepting your Financial Reality with Paulette Perhach

journalist, and now published author, Paulette Perhach, shares her honest and sometimes cringe-worthy journey from writing the viral fuck-off fund post to having no fuck-off fund at all. She shares why she wanted to write a book for writers that’s not just about how to make money writing. It’s a great conversation with lots of learning lessons. For more information, visit the show notes at http://financially-blonde.com/accepting-your-financial-reality-with-paulette-perhach/

1hr 6mins

17 Aug 2018

Rank #7

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Minimalism for Anyone, with guest Cait Flanders

Cait Flanders found solace through a 12-month spending ban - but that’s not all. She also embraced some of the concepts found in minimalism like "buy one, give one" and the $20-20min rule. How much was she able to cut out of her budget? Listen to her story and find out. Visit http://financially-blonde.com/mmpodcast for more details and shows about martinis and your money.

1hr 2mins

8 Jul 2016

Rank #8

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Financial Anxiety with Amanda Clayman

In my seven years of helping people get financially healthy, a common emotion I’ve seen from clients is anxiety. We have clients avoid their first sessions with us, avoid quarterly reviews, or avoid their trainers totally, because of the anxiety their financial situation brings up in them. In fact, this episode was inspired by a long-term client of the Gym, who asked her trainer if I could do a show around financial anxiety. Despite the fact she is experiencing great success around her money, she can’t kick the anxiety it brings her. Today I invited my friend, Amanda Clayman, Financial Therapist and Financial Wellness Advocate for Prudential, to discuss the topic of financial anxiety, including how common it is and how we can manage it in our lives. This is a really important topic for everyone and I hope it helps a lot of people out there. For more information, visit the show notes at http://financially-blonde.com/financial-anxiety-with-amanda-clayman

1hr 11mins

9 Aug 2019

Rank #9

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4 Important Money Lessons, with Jen Hemphill

Jen Hemphill, Money Confidence Coach and host of the Her Money Matters podcast, shares the 4 Important Money Lessons she learned while getting unstuck from her bad money behaviors. My biggest takeaway is to remember that experts aren’t always right and your personal money journey is unique to you. Focus on finding the answer that’s best for you and not what someone else says is best for you. Notes for this show can be found on my blog, http://financially-blonde.com

47mins

8 Sep 2017

Rank #10

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The Year of Less with Cait Flanders

You may remember my guest today from my episode entitled Minimalism for Everyone. I’ve been blogging friends with Cait Flanders for almost four years now and I’ve loved following her blog writing. I’m excited to share with you that she’s written a book: The Year of Less: How I stopped shopping, gave away my belongings and discovered life is worth more than anything you can buy in a store. This January, I’ve focused my podcast around changes, and Cait’s book chronicles the changes she made to lead her to the minimalist lifestyle and she’s sharing more of that on my show as well. Notes for this show as well as links to everyone’s sites can be found on my blog, http://financially-blonde.com. Also, if you have any topics you would like for us to talk about during happy hour, please feel free to email me to shannon@finblonde.com or tweet to me @Blonde_Finance or join the private Martinis and Your Money Facebook group and let us know.  Until next time, take care!!

50mins

18 Jan 2018

Rank #11

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Overcoming a Spending Addiction, with Lauren Greutman

Lauren went from spending $40,000 on credit cards to being debt free. Along the way she came to the realization that she was addicted to spending. Listen as Lauren reveals her past and how she used it to fuel her passion for paying off debt and sharing those lessons with others. For more information, or to get a copy of Lauren's new book, The Recovering Spender, visit http://financially-blonde.com/mmpodcast/

36mins

16 Sep 2016

Rank #12

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Frugal and Fabulous, with Mr and Mrs Frugalwoods [ENCORE PRESENTATION]

This is Mrs. Frugalwoods first appearance on the show. Her husband, Mr. Frugalwoods share their desire to achieve financial freedom by the age of 33. I had a lot of great takeaways from this chat, but my favorite quote from Mrs. Frugalwoods to describe the two of them was, “We are frugal weirdos and proud!” This episode originally appeared on November 14, 2014 at http://financially-blonde.com/frugal-and-fabulous-ep-07

1hr 1min

2 Feb 2017

Rank #13

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Achieving Financial Independence with Liz Thames

Liz "Mrs. Frugalwoods" just fulfilled a life long dream to write a book – Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living. She joins me today to talk about the book writing process, why this was an important step for her and more about life on the homestead. Notes for this show as well as links to my guest's sites can be found on my blog, http://financially-blonde.com. Also, if you have any topics you would like for us to talk about during happy hour, please feel free to email me to shannon@finblonde.com or tweet to me @Blonde_Finance or join the private Martinis and Your Money Facebook group and let us know.  Until next time, take care!!

1hr 2mins

9 Mar 2018

Rank #14

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A Story About Breaking Up With Debt, a new book by Melanie Lockert

Melanie had a TON of student loan debt and couldn't find a job in her field to pay it off. Then she discovered "side hustles" and learned things she's never get from a college course. Today she shares the inspiration behind her blog, DearDebt.com, which is the basis for her recently released book: Dear Debt: A Story About Breaking Up With Debt. To purchase a copy from Amazon, go to https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Debt-Story-About-Breaking/dp/0692684808

33mins

6 Sep 2016

Rank #15

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The Road to Financial Wellness

YOLO takes on a whole new meaning in Jason Vitug's book, You Only Live Once: The Roadmap to Financial Wellness; and Jason joins the podcast to talk about his book and his epic summer road trip.

50mins

10 Jun 2016

Rank #16

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Foolish Money Moves - Happy Hour Style

In this episode, Shannon and the Happy Hour Ladies discuss some of the more foolish money moves they have made over time and play a game of whether or not it's foolish. 

59mins

1 Apr 2016

Rank #17

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5 Smart Money Tips for Couples

In this episode, Shannon talks to Elle Martinez from the Couple Money podcast about best money practices that couples can use to keep the money stress to a minimum.

40mins

2 Oct 2015

Rank #18

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Financial Independence - Early Retirement

In this episode, Shannon talks to Brandon from the blog site Mad Fientist and the Financial Independence podcast about what it takes to reach FI and what you should not miss in your pursuit to achieve it.

53mins

22 Jan 2016

Rank #19

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Stop Making Excuses - Happy Hour Replay

We are officially on the summer schedule here at Martinis and Your Money which means that at least one Friday a month I’ll be replaying some of my favorite shows while I take some time to catch my breath on the podcast recordings and focus on raising money for the Financial Gym. Today I’m replaying our Happy Hour where we talked about excuses and justifications we make for why we’re not living our most financially responsible life. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll hanging around for Last Call at the end of this show. And Until next time, take care!! For more information, visit the show notes at http://financially-blonde.com/stop-making-excuses

1hr 12mins

29 Jun 2018

Rank #20