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Anyone who tells you women don’t need financial advice specifically for them is wrong. Women, whether they’re the caretakers, the breadwinners, or both, face a unique set of financial challenges. That’s where Her Money comes in. In her frank, often funny, but always compassionate way, Jean Chatzky takes every audience of women through the steps they need to take today to live comfortably (and worry-free) tomorrow, offering the latest research, expert tips and personal advice.

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Anyone who tells you women don’t need financial advice specifically for them is wrong. Women, whether they’re the caretakers, the breadwinners, or both, face a unique set of financial challenges. That’s where Her Money comes in. In her frank, often funny, but always compassionate way, Jean Chatzky takes every audience of women through the steps they need to take today to live comfortably (and worry-free) tomorrow, offering the latest research, expert tips and personal advice.

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This is the financial podcast I listen to every week. I always learn something new. Great job!

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Love this podcast and the inspirational guests that she interviews.

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Her Money

By BF@MG - Oct 03 2019
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This is the financial podcast I listen to every week. I always learn something new. Great job!

So much to learn

By Jenhart08 - Aug 18 2019
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Love this podcast and the inspirational guests that she interviews.

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Anyone who tells you women don’t need financial advice specifically for them is wrong. Women, whether they’re the caretakers, the breadwinners, or both, face a unique set of financial challenges. That’s where Her Money comes in. In her frank, often funny, but always compassionate way, Jean Chatzky takes every audience of women through the steps they need to take today to live comfortably (and worry-free) tomorrow, offering the latest research, expert tips and personal advice.

HerMoney Podcast Episode 184: Building Your Personal Brand With Marketing Guru Seth Godin

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On this week's episode of the HerMoney podcast, we're going deep! We're diving right in for some introspection, and we're going to flip the script a little bit by asking you a question:  Are you the kind of person who always follows through? Someone who always — or almost always — keeps their promises?

If you're feeling guilty already, don't, because this week's guest, Seth Godin, has some motivation for all of us that's going to change the way we think about our word and our personal brand. Seth is the author of an incredible 19 books, including the worldwide best-sellers 'Linchpin,' 'The Dip' and 'This Is Marketing.' He's the founder of workshops including the ALT-MBA, and 'The Marketing Seminar,' which more than 10,000 people have taken, and if that weren't enough, he's also an entrepreneur and in 2018 was inducted into the Marketing Hall Of Fame.

Seth says that the strength of your personal brand — and perhaps even your entire career — hinges on a single question: Do you do what you say you're going to do? Seth says that you tell people who you are every day, at every interaction, without even realizing it. Because your personal brand all comes down to what people expect when they engage with you — and in that way, your brand is nothing but a promise... a promise you'd be wise to keep!

Listen in as Seth tells us all what good marketing looks like, how spam is "in the eye of the beholder" and how we should never (ever) spend money to make short-term pain go away. He also dishes on how our "lizard brains" (the parts of us that still make us wild animals) are influencing our decisions day to day, and how we can tame these parts of ourselves and tune into what's in our best interest. 

In Mailbag, Jean tackles the question of where to invest money once you've maxed out your 401(k) and addresses the best way for someone in their early 50's to save for retirement. She also advises a woman who rents out part of her home, is considering getting liability insurance, and is looking into refinancing her home loan. 

Lastly, in Thrive, Jean takes on the fact that some private colleges are — shockingly — lowering tuition, but there's more to this story than meets the eye. As these institutions lower their sticker price, they're taking away scholarships and other discounts. The big takeaway? Always look at the net price of what you're paying for college before you commit. 

Oct 23 2019

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Ep 128: New And Different Ways To Save For Retirement — That Actually Work

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The fear that you’ll run out of money in retirement is big and real and daunting. Which is why we’re always excited to hear about it when someone — somewhere — has a new idea to help us conquer the challenges of making our money last. This week’s hero: Morningstar’s Head of Behavioral Science, Dr. Stephen Wendel. He outlines how a handful of modest (and specific!) changes, when made simultaneously, can amount to much bigger nest eggs. So, calm your retirement anxieties — and geek out on the research — with us. Then, in Mailbag, we’re discussing 401(k) rollovers, the 5-year rule on Roth IRAs and having a dedicated savings account for healthcare. And in Thrive, how to budget with a cash-only diet.

Sep 26 2018

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Ep 182: Having ‘Enough’ With Vicki Robin, Author Of 'Your Money Or Your Life'

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What does it really mean to have “enough”? 

Every day, we’re confronted by messages from advertisements and society telling us that we need a new car, new clothes, a new phone — new everything. Without even realizing it, it’s easy to fall into a thought process that goes a little something like this: If I consume more, I'll be happier. But that's just not true. 

This week’s guest, Vicki Robin, co-author of the seminal book “Your Money Or Your Life,” challenged a whole generation of people to think critically about what they were really working toward financially, and how they could live authentically in a consumer-driven world.  

Vicki and her late partner and co-author Joe Dominguez are largely credited with sowing the seeds of the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early) as it is known today. Vicki says the reason the FIRE movement has been such an awakening for so many people is because it’s given them a steering wheel with which to take control of their financial lives — which they can use to steer themselves away from debt and other money struggles. For so many people, it feels like an awakening, she says, "like someone just sent me a life ring in a vast sea, and I'm being reeled in." 

Vicki speaks some hard and necessary truths about the concept of "enough," and how we can fully embrace what’s "enough" for us. She reminds us that you have to want something else more than you want stuff, and tells us that for every purchase, you need to ask yourself: Is this making me happy? Is this thing really worth the number of working hours I’m going to invest in it? 

Unfortunately, nothing in society today is inspiring us to think critically about how much we’re spending — every day, we are encouraged to consume. Oftentimes, the only way out of the spending cycle is introspection, and making a conscious effort to think about the future in the present. For example, asking yourself: In five years’ time, what would I like to be doing with my life? or, What are ten things I’d like to do before I die? 

While on the topic of consumerism, Vicki also talks about environmental impact — people who reduce their overall consumption also reduce their carbon footprint. In this way, she says, living authentically means living without excess. 

Then, in Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk about how to build credit scores and credit history for young people, how to save for retirement if your employer doesn't offer a 401(k), and what to do with a balance remaining in a 529 college savings account. Lastly, in Thrive, Jean talks about balance transfers on credit cards, and whether one might be right for you.

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Oct 09 2019

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Ep 103: How To Do The Ultimate Shopping Ban And Save Thousands

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No matter where you are in your financial life, you’ll be able to relate to Cait Flanders’ story. After paying off $30,000 of consumer debt in two years — and upping her savings game — she found herself shopping, and shopping, and shopping some more, because she never addressed why she got into debt in the first place. Her solution? A two-year shopping ban during which she discovered her spending was more emotional than anything else. In her 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, she chronicles her journey and teaches us to hack our shopping habits for the better. Also, Kelly and I answer your questions on short-term and long-term investment decisions — and how to lower your credit card’s interest rate. Stick around for Thrive, because it’s spring cleaning season. We’ll talk about what you need to keep and what you need to shred as you declutter this tax season.

Mar 28 2018

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Ep 90: You’re The CEO Of Your Body And Your Life. Own It With Robin Arzon.

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“Know your worth and then add tax.” Our final show of 2017 is filled with empowering statements — and new life mantras — courtesy of our new girl crush Robin Arzon. Successful lawyer-turned-health-and-wellness-influencer, Arzon is the bestselling author of “Shut Up And Run,” and the Head Instructor and Vice President of Fitness Programming for Peloton. (I first met her on my bike.) As we shift gears for 2018, she gets us focused on our health and wealth so that we can make this year our best one yet. Then, Kelly and I answer your questions on 401(k) rollovers, financial considerations for caregivers and how to prioritize credit card debt with building emergency savings. Thank you for another fantastic year of HerMoney. We’ll talk soon…in 2018!

Dec 27 2017

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Ep 181: Living Your Best Financial Life with The Debt Free Guys

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Husband and husband team David Auten and John Schneider, hosts of The Queer Money Podcast, are known as the “Debt Free Guys” for a reason. This week they sit down with us to offer some inspiring advice on how to live a fulfilling life without sacrificing financial security. Listen in as they break down how to discuss combating financial anxiety with your partner, how to take a good hard look at what you may be doing wrong with your money, and how to weigh the financial priorities (and sacrifices) in your life. They also tackle the question as to why the LGBTQ community assumes more debt than the heterosexual population, why same-sex couples are 73% more likely to be denied a mortgage, and what financial institutions can do to affect change.  Then, in Mailbag, Jean and Kelly tackle listener questions about how credit cards that get closed due to inactivity may impact your credit score, whether you should contribute to your spouse’s 401(k), and tips on saving for grad school. And in Thrive, details on Facebook’s crypto to come.

Oct 03 2019

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Ep:171 The Master Cleanse For Your Money

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Today, most of us are taking better care of our health. We’re more active, get more Vitamin D, and stress a little less. As for our finances, sometimes these feel-good vibes — including summer vacations — cause us to amp up our spending. If your wallet is starting to sweat (like ours), then Ashley Feinstein Gerstley, author of The 30-Day Money Cleanse, is here to whip our finances back into shape. We also have a candid discussion on the divisive latte — you don’t want to miss it. In Mailbag, is it smarter to pay additional money toward the principal on a home mortgage or to invest that money in an index fund? Plus: In case you hadn’t heard, there’s lots of good news for borrowers on the horizon — fixed mortgage rates and interest on federal student loans are heading down. We discuss.

Jul 24 2019

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Ep 139: Yes, Women Want & Need Different Financial Advice

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We’ve got the O.G. B.F.F. (best financial friend) on the show this week. Shannon McLay is the founder and CEO of The Financial Gym, a financial services company that’s disrupting the industry’s approach with women (and some men) on how they overhaul their relationships with money and work towards financial success. We discuss why women want (and need) different financial advice, what’s working, what isn’t and how Shannon is successfully raising capital for her company from men who can’t relate. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on finding a job in the financial services industry, balancing wants vs. needs and understanding an annuity alongside other retirement accounts. Finally, because there’s so much going on in our world that’s blazing a light on our differences rather than our similarities, we thought it would be nice to focus on something we all want: happiness. Join us in Thrive.

Dec 12 2018

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Ep 165: From A Penny In Savings To A Millionaire In Five Years. Meet Grant Sabatier.

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What's your most limited resource? Money? We get how it can feel that way, but the real answer is time. You can earn more money. You can't get more hours or minutes or seconds...or years.  The latter — particularly as it relates to compound interest, giving your money time to grow — is just one of the things we dive into with the inspiring Grant Sabatier, a proponent of the "Financial Independence, Retire Early" (FIRE) movement, and author of “Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need.” (Note: If you're catching up, we've talked about FIRE in Episodes 145 and 146.) Sabatier shares his recent journey with FIRE and how he went from broke — literally $2.26 in his checking and $0.01 in his savings — to millionaire to financially independent in roughly five years. Oh yeah, and he's in his early 30s. Then, in Mailbag, does going to a more expensive college mean more success? Plus: How to tackle (what feels like) crippling credit card debt. And since we also discuss how to increase our incomes with Grant, we thought it’d be a good time to review some best practices for asking for a raise. Dos and don’ts in Thrive.

Jun 12 2019

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Episode 2: Co-Creators Of Criminal, Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer, On Turning A Passion Into A Business

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It’s Criminal! I’m hooked on the hit podcast “Criminal”, so I am thrilled to have the show host and producers Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer join me for this week’s episode of HerMoney. P and L proudly tell us how they had the courage to take a huge risk many women fear, using their own money to pursue their passion and start their own business. We talk about their struggle to juggle two jobs, recording at night after their day jobs in a closet full of clothes to save money (and because – surprise – the acoustics are great) and how it feels now that they are a huge success. We share advice about how they should visit their money, yes, visit their money, now that they have some, and why you should too. We answer your financial questions, and in our Thrive segment, we tell you what to do when you make less than your male colleague for doing the same job!

Apr 17 2016

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Ep 143: For More Wealth, Freedom & Peace Of Mind in 2019, Practice The Art Of Abundance

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We’re in the second week of 2019 — and with our New Year’s resolutions fresh in our minds — we thought it’d be an opportune time to talk about abundance. Or rather, the art of abundance with Leisa Peterson. Leisa is a wealth coach, business strategist, podcaster and author, who is known for her ability to quickly identify the exact issues that are holding us back from achieving our goals. She’s helped thousands of people (including us) develop practical skills for attracting greater wealth, freedom and peace of mind. In Mailbag, we cover your questions on refinancing student debt, aligning your budget with your ethics and exploring career opportunities in the financial services industry. Finally, have you heard of the FIRE movement? We’ve mentioned it on the show before and we have a podcast dedicated to it coming up soon. In the meantime, a FIRE 101 in Thrive.

Jan 09 2019

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Ep 72: Five Simple Life-Changing Rules Of Investing With Alice Finn

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It took a former rocket scientist to figure out that investing isn’t all that complicated after all. Alice Finn’s career has taken her from NASA to wealth management to author. In her new book, Smart Women Love Money, and in our conversation, she lays out the only five things you need to do to guarantee financial success — and why embracing your inner investor is feminism’s final frontier. Then Kelly and I dig into your questions about maximizing a post-divorce nest egg and the either/or of investing your savings or paying off debt. And we ponder this biggie: How much money is enough? Please leave us a review and share us with your loved ones!

Aug 23 2017

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Ep 107: A Candid Conversation On Death, Grief And Money With The Authors Of Modern Loss

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Talking about money can be awkward. Talking about death can be awkward. Talking about them in the same conversation? Don’t even get us started. That’s why we invited Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, authors of the website and now book, “Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome.” And that’s exactly where we start. We discuss grief, family dynamics, inheritances, wills, the importance of having good executors and what to say to people when it feels like there are no right words. Kelly and I answer your questions on HSAs, post-divorce retirement considerations and preparing college grads for managing money in the real world. We close with the importance of protecting the stay-at-home spouse — financially, of course. We tell you how. Have you tried listening to HerMoney on your Amazon Alexa yet? Get the skill enabled here, rate, review and then let us know in the Mailbag entry on JeanChatzky.com. Kelly will add you to the invite list for our *Private* HerMoney Facebook group.

Apr 25 2018

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Episode 4: All-Star Investor Karen Finerman On The Costly Money Mistakes Many Women Are Making – And How Multitasking Is A Huge Waste Of Time

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They call her “The Chairwoman” on CNBC’s Fast Money, but hedge fund manager Karen Finerman also manages life at home including two sets of twins. Learning to balance work and life, Karen has come to a number of surprising conclusions – including her belief that working from home is “the worst.” She tells us why. Driven to make a lot of money since she was a teen, Karen talks bluntly about why women must be financially independent, and how many women get in the way of their own success. She also fills us in on how being risk-averse is a double-edged sword. We also answer your financial questions about saving for college, paying off your mortgage and crafting a will. And, in this week’s Thrive segment, we explain how to safely make mobile payments. Plus: We have five of Karen’s best-selling book, Finerman’s Rules: Secrets I’d Only Tell My Daughters About Business and Life, to give away. Tweet us your favorite tip from #HerMoneyPodcast @JeanChatzky.

May 01 2016

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Ep 91: Take Charge Of Your Health, Finances And Closet In 2018 With TODAY’s J Team

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Happy New Year, and welcome to the very first show of 2018! When I was thinking about who I wanted to have on this show, it took me maybe all of two minutes to decide — my NBC TODAY sisters Jill Martin and Joy Bauer. For the past few years, we’ve teamed up for segments at the start of the year to help all of you kick off your money, health and organization-related resolutions. And that’s exactly what we’re doing in this episode. From skinny cocktails to fatter wallets to creating a closet that has you feeling and looking like a 10 — we’re covering it all. In our first Mailbag of the year, we discuss how to broach the subject of estate planning with a parent and how to handle your 401(k) when your company goes Roth. And then, finally, back by popular demand, we run through a handful of services for selling or donating your unwanted goods.

Jan 03 2018

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Episode 3: Eyes Wide Shut! Arianna Huffington Teaches Us How To Sleep Our Way To Success

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Arianna Huffington, one of the most influential women in the world, was falling apart at work because she was – literally – exhausted. This week she shares her inspirational wake-up call with us. Her new book, The Sleep Revolution, is based on science-based secrets that can help us all sleep our way to success. Arianna says lack of sleep costs the U.S. economy $63 billion a year and takes a huge toll on us as individuals hitting us in our financial, physical and emotional lives. No surprise, it’s more of a problem for women! On this week’s episode of HerMoney, we teach you how to take back the night. Of course, we all sleep more soundly when we are not worried about money, our family, our jobs or our relationships. But, Arianna says, we need to think of that problem in reverse. Being well rested is the key to regaining control. So, we’ll tell you how. We also answer your financial questions and Arianna offers us her best advice for women to Thrive. So, don’t brag about how little sleep you get. Take a few minutes for yourself, join us and tune in to HerMoney now.

Apr 24 2016

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Ep 167: Build Better Habits With Charles Duhigg

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You’re trying to save more money, but can’t find the spare change. You’re trying to exercise more, but end up making monthly donations to your gym. You’re trying to stop snacking at 4:00pm, but reach for the cookie like clockwork. That last one was exactly what was happening to Charles Duhigg. Intrigued by his personal frustration with breaking certain habits for himself, the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist went on to become an expert on habits — and how to change them — writing two bestsellers, “The Power of Habit” and “Smarter Faster Better,” along the way. With his help, we explore the psychology behind habit formation and discuss his research-backed solutions for long-term behavior change. In Mailbag, we go over how to choose a Roth IRA, a financial planner and how to start investing with your kids. And finally, in Thrive, we’re talking about women rocking it in all professions.

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Jun 26 2019

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Ep 183: On The Couch With Financial Therapist Amanda Clayman 

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That's just a bit of the wisdom shared by this week's HerMoney podcast guest, financial therapist Amanda Clayman. In her role, Amanda guides her clients on how they can positively change their overall approach to their finances, and adjust their thinking in areas that may be holding them back. 

Over the last decade, the concept of financial therapy has become more mainstream, as more people have sought to discover why and how our thoughts and feelings may shape our financial choices. 

Amanda says she was led to her profession after seeing "how money was so misunderstood, and how much suffering we really take on in our lives because of this misunderstanding." Facing her own financial struggles has better enabled her to guide her clients: "I was in a pattern where I would just shut my eyes and spend," she says, describing some of the money habits she had to re-learn. 

"I had been engaging with money only as a form of self punishment," she says, discussing a time when she erroneously believed she had to strip away all the small joys and comforts from her life in order to pay off debt. After some self-discovery, she was able to make the mindset shift from thinking of budgeting as a constraint that forced her to say "no," to a tool that has allowed her to say "yes" to the things she wants most in life. 

At the end of the day, Amanda says she tries to impart to all her clients that money is a tool that should be used consciously — a tool that allows us to take care of ourselves and the things and people we care most about, both today and in the future.  She describes why her approach to money is based on holistic health and wellness, and tells us what many of her clients have in common. (Hint: No one shows up to financial therapy because they want to check in and brag about how well they're doing with their money!) In many cases, people seek her guidance because of a conflict in their family, or a desire to finally put a stop to a recurring problem. Amanda starts each session by helping her clients to establish a framework for where money is or isn't working in their lives, and then digs into where and why money may be causing them anxiety. 

Amanda also offers up her thoughts on the automation of our finances — sometimes "set it and forget it" can separate us too much from our money. "I fully embrace and appreciate automation, but it takes us away from being conscious," she says. In other words, automation is a place that we want to get to, but there needs to be a period where we are highly engaged with our money before we can allow ourselves to disengage. 

In her role as a financial therapist, Amanda has guided hundreds of couples on their path to understanding one another's differing money styles, and has helped them "excavate under the surface" so they can start solving the real problems. (As opposed to just arguing about who is "right"... No one is, but often we so desperately want our partner to validate our point of view that it results in conflict!) 

Lastly, Amanda shares her thoughts on why money is such a sensitive and powerful thing, and offers her tips for the best things we can all do to feel positive and confident about our finances on a daily basis. She leaves us with some powerful philosophy to mull over as we look to make more empowered money decisions: “Don't live so in service of the future that you miss out on the joys of today. And similarly, don't be so focused on today that you aren't taking the necessary steps to have safety in the future.” 

Then, in Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk about the pros and cons of closing credit cards you no longer use, what to do if you worry you'll have too much money saved for college, and the myriad options for how childfree individuals can leave a legacy behind. And in Thrive, Jean gets serious about elder abuse — who’s at risk, how to prevent it, and what to do if you suspect it. 

Oct 16 2019

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Ep 120: Your Skill Set Is Your Most Important Investment

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When it comes to saving, investing and all things financial independence, Stella & Dot CEO and founder Jessica Herrin walks the talk. With the idea that nine-to-five doesn’t work for everybody, Herrin set out to reinvent what flexible income — and home business opportunities — look like for the modern woman. She speaks to the importance of saving and investing, but she and I agree that your most important investment is the one you make in your skill set — especially if you’re in the gig economy. In Mailbag, the pros and cons of using your savings to learn a new skill and checking your credit report and score for free. And speaking of credit scores…our friend Michelle Singletary (also a future guest) has a perfect one. We share how she achieved the 850 mark.

Aug 01 2018

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Ep 61: Make More Money With The Penny Hoarder’s Kyle Taylor

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This week, we’ve got a ramen-to-riches story for you. Kyle Taylor, founder and CEO of The Penny Hoarder (a booming personal finance site) had a spending addiction and could not, would not, ask his parents to bail him out one more time. So he started gigging (i.e. beer auditing, movie preview auditor). Then he started blogging about how you could do the same. And that blog has now become big business. If you’ve ever wanted to earn some extra money on the side — or write (profitably) about your passion, we’ve got the skinny. Plus, Kelly and I answer your questions on inheritance, saving for a down payment and retirement planning for the self-employed. And, finally, meet Hayden Field from the HerMoney team! Hayden explains the money-saving art of app stacking. As always, please share us with your girlfriends and leave us a review.

Jun 07 2017

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Ep 190: Why Everyone Makes Mistakes With Money (And How To Get Better!) 

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At HerMoney, we’re always interested in hearing about the psychology of money and why we make the choices we make: Why do people continually fail to take action on things that are difficult or uncomfortable for them? Why do we all talk about earning money and spending money, but not saving it? 

These are just a few of the questions that Jeff Kreisler, author, comedian, and Editor-in-Chief of People Science, will tackle with Jean on this week’s episode. Jeff is the author of “Get Rich Cheating: The Crooked Path To Easy Street” and co-author of "Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money And How To Spend Smarter.” (His co-author for that one is behavioral economist Dan Ariely, who you can catch in episode 85 if you missed it!) Jeff has traveled the world to talk about sunk cost fallacy, solution aversion, and all the ways in which we allow ourselves to make poor financial decisions — despite knowing that we’re doing it. He says that while we can’t change human nature, thankfully we can build systems that will enable us to use our human nature for our own good. 

Jeff says there’s a “certain sense of shame” when you feel like you aren’t making all the right financial choices in life, but not knowing what to do with your money is an incredibly common thing — not something to be ashamed of. We all have complex emotions and uncertainty around our financial decisions, but when we face those big questions, the best thing we can do is seek advice from experts, and get on a path towards making changes in our systems and environments and how we do things. 

Thankfully, there are some easy behavioral science “tricks and habits” that can help us get out of our own way and conquer our personal finances, Jeff says. One suggestion is to go through your credit card statement — line by line — with someone else and articulate what each expenditure is for. When you have to explain your spending to an objective third party, it forces you to dig deep into questions like, “Did I really need this?” Another strategy is to split your paycheck into two accounts to essentially “trick” yourself into thinking you have less to spend than you really do. “You’re basically hiding money from yourself,” Jeff says. No matter how small the change you make, the important thing is that you’re giving yourself mental nudges to make lifelong changes. 

Then, in Mailbag, Jean tackles questions surrounding HYSAs (high yield savings accounts) and where to find the best rates. She also advises a woman who is just dipping her toes into the waters of investing for the first time, and counsels a woman who is just starting her career at 45 after having worked as a stay at home mom for the last 20 years. And lastly, in Thrive, Jean dishes some real talk on Facebook’s new dating platform, “Facebook Dating,” and whether or not you should consider putting yourself out there on the world’s largest social network. 

Dec 04 2019

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Ep 189: Mitch Albom On Love, Loss And Giving Back 

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Over the last few decades, author and journalist Mitch Albom has penned some of the most influential books of our time — Tuesdays With Morrie, The Five People You Meet In Heaven, For One More Day, Have A Little Faith, and Time Keeper, just to name a few. His words have had a profound impact on millions of people worldwide, and many of them have been turned into critically acclaimed movies. This alone would be an incredible resume, but Mitch didn't stop there — he also founded eight charities, many in the Detroit metropolitan area, where he lives with his wife Janine.

This week, Mitch sits down with Jean to talk about some of his charitable work, and the path that led him to Chika — a Haitian girl who was born three days before the devastating 2010 earthquake, and was brought to Mitch's 'Have Faith Haiti Mission' in Port-Au-Prince. His relationship with Chika — and his two-year, round-the-world journey to try and find a cure for her illness — is the subject of his new book that came out this month: ‘Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, And The Making Of A Family.’

In this episode, Jean and Mitch discuss what led him to write his new book, and Mitch offers up his thoughts on the most precious thing you can ever give someone, as well as what we can all do with our money to make us happy. Mitch also weighs in on how we can all find our "thing," our passion project or philanthropic endeavor that will help us make a difference in the world. Mitch also discusses how he and his wife have made the financial aspects of their relationship work seamlessly for three decades.

Then, in Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk saving in your 401(k) vs. paying down credit card debt, 401(k) loans, how to invest or sell stock options provided by your company, and the best ways to boost the contributions to your retirement funds. In thrive, Jean dishes on the double-digit annual gains the Dow is posting, and what long-term investors need to know.

Nov 27 2019

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Ep 188: How To Close The Gender Pay Gap Once And For All 

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What are you doing in the year 2119? That's the year the American Association of University Women predicts that the gender pay gap will finally close, unless we take steps to bridge the gap sooner. Thankfully, this week's guest, Katica Roy, is here to tell us how we can all do just that.

Katica is a gender economist and CEO of software company Pipeline that helps employers manage everything from the hiring process to employee reviews. As a gender economist, Katica looks at the economy through the lens of gender to see where it's working and where it isn't, and today she shares how we can level the playing field for ourselves and our fellow women.

Listen in as Katica shares some fascinating (and infuriating) facts about how often women are underpaid, and what corporations can do to help speed change. Katica details research from her company that spanned 4,000 companies and 29 countries, showing that for every 10% increase in gender equity, there is a 1% to 2% increase in revenue to a company's bottom line. She also talks about the sea change she's leading to shift the conversation and get more people thinking about gender equity as an economic opportunity rather than a social issue.

Katica shares her tips for getting paid more (along with a personal story!) as well as tips on how to negotiate, and details on how the gender wage gap impacts women of color and non-binary womxn. She and Jean also discuss how women are being adversely impacted by the pink tax. "When we talk about the gender pay gap, we talk about money coming into women's wallets, but the pink tax means more money is coming out of our wallets when we pay for everyday items," she says, explaining how women pay an average of 7% more than men for things like razors and shampoo.

Lastly, in Mailbag, Jean tackles questions about dating and debt, what to do with old retirement accounts, and how to manage asset allocation if you're part of the FIRE movement. In Thrive, Jean dives into the expense of campus visits and what to do with your teen to ensure you aren't spending too much on college before you've even paid your first tuition bill.

Nov 20 2019

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Ep 187: How Gen-X Women Can Save For Retirement (And Everything Else!)

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This week Jean sits down with Shelley Emling, Editor-In-Chief at AARP’s The Girlfriend, to talk all things Gen-X women and how they can get back on track for retirement. 

Gen-X women feel ignored by brands, and feel that most of the talk around investing and career advancement is focused on either Millennials or Boomers. Jean and Shelley tackle what Gen-X women can do to get off the sidelines and build the self-confidence they need to ask for raises and make empowered financial decisions. 

Jean also answers some of the most commonly-asked questions from readers at AARP’s TheGirlfriend, and tackles what to do (and what not to do) when you’re taking those first steps to regain control of your financial life. 

Lastly, in Mailbag, Jean dishes on the best way to manage credit cards while keeping your credit utilization rate low, and advises a woman who is considering moving money in her 401(k) and selling stocks. In Thrive, Jean talks about open enrollment and how to choose the right health insurance plan for you and your family. 

If you're not subscribed to the podcast, you're missing out on juicy tidbits from some of the most accomplished women in the world!

Nov 13 2019

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Ep 186: Lighting The Path To Savings and Security With The FIRE Movement

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Are you ready to cozy up by the warm glow of the FIRE movement? The acronym stands for Financial Independence, Retire Early, and it’s a topic we love covering here at HerMoney. Over the years we’ve broken it down with some incredible guests including Jamila Souffrant, Grant Sabatier, Jonathan Mendoza, Brad Barrett, and Vicki Robin

This week, we sit down for some one-on-one time with Scott Rieckens, author of Playing With Fire, and producer of the recent documentary by the same name. Scott walks us through his journey into the FIRE movement, and how he learned to prioritize his spending and saving goals. As an Emmy-nominated film and television producer and entrepreneur, Scott was inspired to explore the FIRE movement on the big screen when he discovered there was a lack of educational videos on the topic. 

Retiring early was a goal for Scott (as it is for many of us) but the FIRE movement goes well beyond that — it's about taking control of your finances once and for all, and reducing the stress that can arise when we feel like we aren't in control of our money.

The concepts around FIRE are simple, Scott tells Jean — and you don’t have to be an investing expert (or even the biggest fan of the FIRE movement) to get something out of the basic lessons. "Whether it’s the absolute best way to go or not isn’t really the point,” he says. “To me, it was just a matter of, ‘Okay, now I have the framework on how to get started.’” Scott cites Mr. Money Mustache, and Vicki Robin as major influences on his journey, along with the book, The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins

Scott tells Jean that he was led to explore the FIRE movement when he began to feel like he was squandering the money he was earning. “We were working so hard for our money, but we weren’t letting our money work hard for us,” he says. “We have a responsibility to our money, and I didn’t feel like I was doing my part with my daily Starbucks, or buying the latest ‘new shiny object.’ I knew these things weren’t the path to happiness, but I didn’t know any other way.” 

When they first joined the FIRE movement, Scott says he and his wife were out to see how far they could push their savings rate. Then, they decided to see what was “uncomfortable,” and that took them to the next level. “All of a sudden we realized we could live off one income, we could invest, and we had an emergency fund saved,” he says. 

In Mailbag, Jean advises a woman on credit card usage and selection, and answers a question about taking a job you're overqualified for in order to get your foot in the door at a good company. Jean also advises a woman who’s between jobs on health insurance options, including COBRA and short-term health plans that can be purchased from the marketplace. Lastly, in Thrive, Jean dishes on why people aren't checking their credit score as often as they were in years past, and why that could be a big mistake. 

Nov 06 2019

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Ep 185: Finding Life's True Riches With Rabbi Steve Leder 

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Tune into any reality show these days (Extreme Makeovers, Cribs, The Biggest Loser, the list goes on) and it probably won't be long before a certain message filters into your consciousness: If you change your outer life, it will change your inner life. But that's a lie. What we have is not who we are, no matter how hard pop culture may drill that message into our heads. That's just a bit of the wonderful insight shared on this week's episode by Rabbi Steve Leder, senior Rabbi of Wilshire Temple in Los Angeles. Leder is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including More Money Than God: Living A Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul, and More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us. 

Listen in as he shares why he became a Rabbi, and how the synagogue became the place where he could pursue his passion for creative, cultural, intellectual and spiritual matters. He also discusses his early work on a congressional campaign and why he decided not to pursue politics. "I realized that I cared more about the values expressed in the bible than I did about the values being expressed in political warfare, so I made the decision at 20 years old to go to Rabbinical school, and I never looked back," he says. 

As a Rabbi, Leder says that over the years, he's seen many people who have a disconnect between their set of professed values and their lived values — and that's a recipe for trouble. When we have this disconnect, it can present many problems in our lives, and pose a challenge for how we raise our children. As a father, Leder knows all too well the challenges of raising kids who truly know the value of a dollar, and understand the difference between wants and needs. He and Jean share some real talk on how to raise healthy, well-grounded and decent humans in the Instagram, instant-gratification reality we live in. In today's world, we can press a single button and have just about anything we want delivered right to the doorstep. So how do we break the cycle of shopping for sport? "For kids, you have to engage," Leder says. 

In his most recent book, More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us, Leder opens up about his difficult recovery from a car accident and severe back injury that changed his perspective on suffering. "I realized coming out the other end of it, that I knew very little to nothing about real pain, and this book was an apology, and an attempt to set the record straight about pain and what we can learn from it," he says. 

Lastly, in Mailbag, Jean advises a woman who recently found herself as the primary breadwinner following her husband's retirement, and tackles a question about the rules for exactly how much you need to have saved heading into retirement. In Thrive, Jean dishes on wedding insurance, and whether or not it's something the happy couple should really be investing in. 

Oct 30 2019

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HerMoney Podcast Episode 184: Building Your Personal Brand With Marketing Guru Seth Godin

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On this week's episode of the HerMoney podcast, we're going deep! We're diving right in for some introspection, and we're going to flip the script a little bit by asking you a question:  Are you the kind of person who always follows through? Someone who always — or almost always — keeps their promises?

If you're feeling guilty already, don't, because this week's guest, Seth Godin, has some motivation for all of us that's going to change the way we think about our word and our personal brand. Seth is the author of an incredible 19 books, including the worldwide best-sellers 'Linchpin,' 'The Dip' and 'This Is Marketing.' He's the founder of workshops including the ALT-MBA, and 'The Marketing Seminar,' which more than 10,000 people have taken, and if that weren't enough, he's also an entrepreneur and in 2018 was inducted into the Marketing Hall Of Fame.

Seth says that the strength of your personal brand — and perhaps even your entire career — hinges on a single question: Do you do what you say you're going to do? Seth says that you tell people who you are every day, at every interaction, without even realizing it. Because your personal brand all comes down to what people expect when they engage with you — and in that way, your brand is nothing but a promise... a promise you'd be wise to keep!

Listen in as Seth tells us all what good marketing looks like, how spam is "in the eye of the beholder" and how we should never (ever) spend money to make short-term pain go away. He also dishes on how our "lizard brains" (the parts of us that still make us wild animals) are influencing our decisions day to day, and how we can tame these parts of ourselves and tune into what's in our best interest. 

In Mailbag, Jean tackles the question of where to invest money once you've maxed out your 401(k) and addresses the best way for someone in their early 50's to save for retirement. She also advises a woman who rents out part of her home, is considering getting liability insurance, and is looking into refinancing her home loan. 

Lastly, in Thrive, Jean takes on the fact that some private colleges are — shockingly — lowering tuition, but there's more to this story than meets the eye. As these institutions lower their sticker price, they're taking away scholarships and other discounts. The big takeaway? Always look at the net price of what you're paying for college before you commit. 

Oct 23 2019

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Ep 183: On The Couch With Financial Therapist Amanda Clayman 

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That's just a bit of the wisdom shared by this week's HerMoney podcast guest, financial therapist Amanda Clayman. In her role, Amanda guides her clients on how they can positively change their overall approach to their finances, and adjust their thinking in areas that may be holding them back. 

Over the last decade, the concept of financial therapy has become more mainstream, as more people have sought to discover why and how our thoughts and feelings may shape our financial choices. 

Amanda says she was led to her profession after seeing "how money was so misunderstood, and how much suffering we really take on in our lives because of this misunderstanding." Facing her own financial struggles has better enabled her to guide her clients: "I was in a pattern where I would just shut my eyes and spend," she says, describing some of the money habits she had to re-learn. 

"I had been engaging with money only as a form of self punishment," she says, discussing a time when she erroneously believed she had to strip away all the small joys and comforts from her life in order to pay off debt. After some self-discovery, she was able to make the mindset shift from thinking of budgeting as a constraint that forced her to say "no," to a tool that has allowed her to say "yes" to the things she wants most in life. 

At the end of the day, Amanda says she tries to impart to all her clients that money is a tool that should be used consciously — a tool that allows us to take care of ourselves and the things and people we care most about, both today and in the future.  She describes why her approach to money is based on holistic health and wellness, and tells us what many of her clients have in common. (Hint: No one shows up to financial therapy because they want to check in and brag about how well they're doing with their money!) In many cases, people seek her guidance because of a conflict in their family, or a desire to finally put a stop to a recurring problem. Amanda starts each session by helping her clients to establish a framework for where money is or isn't working in their lives, and then digs into where and why money may be causing them anxiety. 

Amanda also offers up her thoughts on the automation of our finances — sometimes "set it and forget it" can separate us too much from our money. "I fully embrace and appreciate automation, but it takes us away from being conscious," she says. In other words, automation is a place that we want to get to, but there needs to be a period where we are highly engaged with our money before we can allow ourselves to disengage. 

In her role as a financial therapist, Amanda has guided hundreds of couples on their path to understanding one another's differing money styles, and has helped them "excavate under the surface" so they can start solving the real problems. (As opposed to just arguing about who is "right"... No one is, but often we so desperately want our partner to validate our point of view that it results in conflict!) 

Lastly, Amanda shares her thoughts on why money is such a sensitive and powerful thing, and offers her tips for the best things we can all do to feel positive and confident about our finances on a daily basis. She leaves us with some powerful philosophy to mull over as we look to make more empowered money decisions: “Don't live so in service of the future that you miss out on the joys of today. And similarly, don't be so focused on today that you aren't taking the necessary steps to have safety in the future.” 

Then, in Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk about the pros and cons of closing credit cards you no longer use, what to do if you worry you'll have too much money saved for college, and the myriad options for how childfree individuals can leave a legacy behind. And in Thrive, Jean gets serious about elder abuse — who’s at risk, how to prevent it, and what to do if you suspect it. 

Oct 16 2019

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Ep 182: Having ‘Enough’ With Vicki Robin, Author Of 'Your Money Or Your Life'

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What does it really mean to have “enough”? 

Every day, we’re confronted by messages from advertisements and society telling us that we need a new car, new clothes, a new phone — new everything. Without even realizing it, it’s easy to fall into a thought process that goes a little something like this: If I consume more, I'll be happier. But that's just not true. 

This week’s guest, Vicki Robin, co-author of the seminal book “Your Money Or Your Life,” challenged a whole generation of people to think critically about what they were really working toward financially, and how they could live authentically in a consumer-driven world.  

Vicki and her late partner and co-author Joe Dominguez are largely credited with sowing the seeds of the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early) as it is known today. Vicki says the reason the FIRE movement has been such an awakening for so many people is because it’s given them a steering wheel with which to take control of their financial lives — which they can use to steer themselves away from debt and other money struggles. For so many people, it feels like an awakening, she says, "like someone just sent me a life ring in a vast sea, and I'm being reeled in." 

Vicki speaks some hard and necessary truths about the concept of "enough," and how we can fully embrace what’s "enough" for us. She reminds us that you have to want something else more than you want stuff, and tells us that for every purchase, you need to ask yourself: Is this making me happy? Is this thing really worth the number of working hours I’m going to invest in it? 

Unfortunately, nothing in society today is inspiring us to think critically about how much we’re spending — every day, we are encouraged to consume. Oftentimes, the only way out of the spending cycle is introspection, and making a conscious effort to think about the future in the present. For example, asking yourself: In five years’ time, what would I like to be doing with my life? or, What are ten things I’d like to do before I die? 

While on the topic of consumerism, Vicki also talks about environmental impact — people who reduce their overall consumption also reduce their carbon footprint. In this way, she says, living authentically means living without excess. 

Then, in Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk about how to build credit scores and credit history for young people, how to save for retirement if your employer doesn't offer a 401(k), and what to do with a balance remaining in a 529 college savings account. Lastly, in Thrive, Jean talks about balance transfers on credit cards, and whether one might be right for you.

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Oct 09 2019

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Ep 181: Living Your Best Financial Life with The Debt Free Guys

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Husband and husband team David Auten and John Schneider, hosts of The Queer Money Podcast, are known as the “Debt Free Guys” for a reason. This week they sit down with us to offer some inspiring advice on how to live a fulfilling life without sacrificing financial security. Listen in as they break down how to discuss combating financial anxiety with your partner, how to take a good hard look at what you may be doing wrong with your money, and how to weigh the financial priorities (and sacrifices) in your life. They also tackle the question as to why the LGBTQ community assumes more debt than the heterosexual population, why same-sex couples are 73% more likely to be denied a mortgage, and what financial institutions can do to affect change.  Then, in Mailbag, Jean and Kelly tackle listener questions about how credit cards that get closed due to inactivity may impact your credit score, whether you should contribute to your spouse’s 401(k), and tips on saving for grad school. And in Thrive, details on Facebook’s crypto to come.

Oct 03 2019

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Ep 180: Are You Recession-Proof?

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The R-word looms large in the headlines these days.  If you’re feeling a little anxious about your finances, well, we don’t blame you. That’s why we sat down with wealth advisor Ed Butowsky. He’s the author of the new bestseller *Wealth Mismanagement: A Wall Street Insider On the Dirty Secrets of Financial Advisers and How to Protect Your Portfolio, *and he gets candid about the Federal Reserve’s recent rate cut, how to stay calm in the face of a potential market swings, and what the heck an inverted yield curve is, anyway. He also gives us his suggestions for tried and true stock sectors that can weather any storm.

In Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk through tips on reducing your credit card debt in the face of competing priorities — like student loans and your mortgage. And in this week’s Thrive, Jean breaks down the concept of “traditional retirement” vs. “phased retirement,” in other words, how you can pull out of the workforce slowly.

Sep 25 2019

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EP 179: Ethical Investing with Megan Schleck

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This week, Jean sits down with Megan Schleck, co-founder and CEO of COIN, a conscious investing platform that allows us to put our money into companies making an impact in the areas we care most about.

Megan shares with us the genesis of COIN, her thoughts on “buycott” culture, and how to make a positive societal impact through ethical investing.

Listen in as Megan and Jean discuss creating an avenue for everyday investors to have a place where their voice can be heard (for as little as $50!), the dramatic rise of companies that are following suit, mission-based investing as we enter the 2020 elections, and Megan’s background as a wilderness guide.

Then, in Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk about how age is more than just a number, encouraging women in the C-suite, and the Fidelity Women’s Leadership Fund. Then Jean tackles listener questions about when to sell an apartment that’s losing value, the best ways to start investing while in college, and how to spend an inheritance. Lastly, in Thrive, Jean talks about the large net worth gap between Baby Boomers and Millennials, and ways the younger generation can close it once and for all.

Sep 18 2019

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EP 178: Making Empowered Choices With Cheryl Strauss Einhorn

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One of the challenges we face when making decisions is that there can be an overwhelming number of choices — in work, with our finances, and in our personal lives. And when we start to second guess ourselves, it can make us feel disempowered. 

This week, our guest is going to help us break down the entire decision-making process and help us gain the confidence we need when faced with life’s big “what to dos.”  Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, well known from her many years on CNBC, is also the creator of the AREA Method which helps people solve complex problems when making such decisions. She's also an author and her most recent book is Investing in Financial Research: A Decision-Making System for Better Results.

Cheryl shares her method for decision-making and explains how research is fundamental to the process. She also dives into the concept of risk, and how we can feel more empowered when making choices and navigating the emotional aspects of big decisions. 

Cheryl also tells us about her personal practice to increase daily productivity called “Cheetah Pauses” — and yes, it is based on real Cheetahs.

Then in this week’s mailbag, Jean and Kathryn tackle listener questions about helping a parent save for retirement when they’re new to the country, what to do when a child doesn’t qualify for a federal student grant or loan because the parents have a generous savings account, and getting out of debt after divorce. Plus, Thrive warns of the dangers of dating site fraud, and the scam artists who profit from it.

Sep 11 2019

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EP 177: Cryptocurrency Investing For Dummies, With Kiana Danial

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This week we're boldly going where no HerMoney episode has ever gone before — we're talking cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Listen in as we explore some of your most frequently asked questions, including: How does it work? Should you invest in it? How do I use my money once I buy crypto?

Our guest, Kiana Danial, is the author of the new book Cryptocurrency Investing for Dummies, and CEO of InvestDiva.com. She  talks with Jean about her journey into investing in cryptocurrency, and understanding what blockchain was all about. With Kiana's help, we'll learn about the digital ledgers that record cryptocurrency transactions and keep them secure.

Of course we'll also tackle the risks associated with investing in a new technology, and how difficult it is to pinpoint which of the thousands of cryptocurrencies currently on the market will be the "winner" in the end. Kiana also talks about her international upbringing, with a childhood in Iran, her time spent in Japan, and how that shaped her perspective on a de-centralized currency like Bitcoin.

Kiana also shares her thoughts on exactly when we're all going to be able to use cryptocurrency in a "real" way, to pay for things on our mobile devices, just like we would with any other purchasing app. Hint: The future isn't so very far away.

Sep 04 2019

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EP 176: Resilience And True Wealth With Veronica Dagher

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When many people hear the word "wealth," they think about dollars and cents — but it's oh-so-much more than that, according to our guest this week, Veronica Dagher. Veronica is an award-winning reporter for the Wall Street Journal, co-host of the “Secrets of Wealthy Women” podcast, and author of the new ebook, Resilience: How 20 Ambitious Women Used Obstacles to Fuel Their Success.

Veronica shares some of the biggest lessons she's learned from the incredible women featured on her podcast, including Ayesha Curry, Maria Sharapova and Barbara Corcoran. She also dishes on the most important career and financial advice she's gotten from female CEOs and other women leaders. Listen in as Veronica shares her advice for what to do when you're afraid to take that leap in life and in business, and why you should never give up. She also discusses the best financial advice her mom ever gave her, and why she followed it to the letter once she was out on her own.

Then, in mailbag, Jean tackles a question from a listener who's unsure how to fund her family's much-needed home improvements, and also offers advice for how best to ask for a raise at your annual review. She also dives in to help out a woman who is considering buying a home for her aging mother-in-law — but only if it's not going to put her own retirement at risk.

Lastly, in Thrive, we tackle the problem of the boomerang kid — the adult child who moves back home with mom and dad. Jean gives us a run-down on how to set those all-important boundaries so that your sanity and your relationship with your child remain strong.

Aug 28 2019

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Ep 175: Investing For Good, With Nicole Connolly 

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Is ESG investing on your radar yet? That stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance, and it’s a huge trend — particularly among women and millennials — who want to invest in companies they can feel good about. 

In this week’s episode, Jean sits down with Nicole Connolly, Head of ESG investing and Portfolio Manager for the Women’s Leadership Fund at Fidelity Investments. She breaks down how we can all put our money where our mouth is when it comes to supporting companies that are doing the right thing. Because, newsflash — we no longer have to choose between doing well financially and making an impact in the world. In fact, you can actually make more money by doing good. Nicole shares how some of the highest-ranking ESG companies outperform the market by around 2% per year, and breaks down how you can get involved, and use ESG as part of your overall investing and retirement strategy. Hint: These companies exist in every sector! 

Nicole also talks about the Women’s Leadership Fund at Fidelity Investments, a fund that invests in companies that support future female leaders. She dishes on why more companies today are doing the right thing by society and the world, by being more environmentally conscious, having more women in the C-suite, having more diversity on their boards, and much more. In other words, we can all get returns with a purpose and align our capital and our values in a way that also generates superior returns and is sustainable.  

Then, in mailbag, Jean breaks down tax laws for folks with side hustles, and talks about how we can all strike a balance between investing using your head and your heart. Lastly, in thrive, Jean breaks down eight reasons why you might be unhappy at work, and how to fix them. 

Aug 21 2019

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Ep 174: Money-Saving Coupon Strategies With Joanie Demer 

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Listen in as Joanie talks about her journey into couponing, and how she went from being skeptical that it would work to being "all-in." (Hint: Her enthusiasm might have something to do with the fact that she saved $100 on her first trip to the store with coupons!) She also dishes on the Krazy Coupon Lady's vibrant online community, and some of the advice they share with one another. For example, just because you have a coupon doesn't mean you should go shopping. Learn what style of couponing may work best for you, and how 10 minutes of effort each week could save you $50. You'll also hear Joanie discuss some of the mistakes she's made (hello, high fiber oatmeal) and the differences in the type of discounts offered by loyalty programs, in-store promotions and coupon stacking. 

Then, in Mailbag Jean discusses negotiating vacation days and a flexible schedule as part of your total compensation package, how to successfully (and easily) consolidate retirement accounts, and whether or not there's a benchmark spending timeline for retirement like there is for saving. Lastly, in Thrive, Jean talks about the evolution of the wedding registry. It's not your mother's china patterns anymore. These days, Millennials are registering for down payments on homes, experiences, even fertility treatments. Learn why there's been such a radical shift. 

Aug 14 2019

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Ep 173: Working It After A Career Break With Addie Swartz

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If you haven't taken a career break yourself, chances are you know someone who has. Today, 85% of millennials are planning to take career breaks, but unfortunately, returning to the workforce after time away can be much more challenging than landing that first job.

This week, Jean sits down with Addie Swartz, CEO of ReacHIRE, a company that partners with Fortune 500 companies to create re-entry opportunities for women of all ages, at all stages of their careers. Addie, who is a serial entrepreneur and also a mom of two, talks about the resources women need to get back to work, including free online courses, resume updates, and networking. She also offers insider tips on how using the right keywords on your application can help your resume rise to the top of digital applicant systems and databases. Jean and Addie also explore the variety of compensation packages available on the market right now, and why no decision should ever be made based on salary alone. 

In Mailbag, Jean dishes on the best bank and investment account security protocols, and dives into some of the best ways to eliminate credit card debt and get that "sparkle" back in your life. And, in Thrive, a look at why remote workers are not only happier, they're also (gasp!) more productive. 

Aug 07 2019

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Ep 172: Claire Wasserman And How Ladies Can Get Paid More

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When's the last time you asked for a raise? In this week's episode, Jean sits down with Claire Wasserman, founder of Ladies Get Paid, a career development organization that helps women negotiate for pay and power at work. Claire dishes on power, value, and the wage gap in the workplace, and why women have to ask for more money. She also talks about her journey to becoming a feminist and the best advice she's ever been given around negotiating and asking for more money. She walks us through the negotiating process and tells us why, anytime you negotiate, you should walk through the door with three numbers in mind. (Hint: that first salary offer you get is only a starting point for your negotiating!)

Plus, in mailbag, Jean tackles questions about home building, some of the best ways to increase your retirement savings, and in Thrive, Kelly shares the top money lessons she's learned after spending six years working with Jean.

Jul 31 2019

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Ep:171 The Master Cleanse For Your Money

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Today, most of us are taking better care of our health. We’re more active, get more Vitamin D, and stress a little less. As for our finances, sometimes these feel-good vibes — including summer vacations — cause us to amp up our spending. If your wallet is starting to sweat (like ours), then Ashley Feinstein Gerstley, author of The 30-Day Money Cleanse, is here to whip our finances back into shape. We also have a candid discussion on the divisive latte — you don’t want to miss it. In Mailbag, is it smarter to pay additional money toward the principal on a home mortgage or to invest that money in an index fund? Plus: In case you hadn’t heard, there’s lots of good news for borrowers on the horizon — fixed mortgage rates and interest on federal student loans are heading down. We discuss.

Jul 24 2019

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