Blogger Stephanie Taylor Christensen shares her opinions and recommendations on podcasts that she believes can help to inspire better financial habits.
Need to beef up your financial know how? Maybe you just need a little kick in the bum to turn that dream of being debt-free into reality? Tune into these personal finance podcasts during your daily commute, while you walk your dog, or sweat it out at the gym. Their formats, subjects, and styles vary, but all offer easy to digest financial information that won’t put you to sleep—and can help inspire you to work toward the financial life you want.
Hosted by Paula Pant, a former journalist turned freelance writer turned real estate investor, this podcast is designed to inspire listeners to find the financial independence they seek, whether that means establishing passive income streams, opting out of the traditional 9-to-5 workforce, or simply taking control of their financial lives. Popular episodes include how to combat lifestyle inflation, determine wants versus needs, and a Q&A presentation on real estate investing. The podcast is lighthearted and conversational enough that anyone can understand the subject matter, despite how much (or little) you know about personal finance.
Unlike the other podcasts on this list, which are hosted by people with some degree of financial literacy, host Gaby Dunn admits to being financially clueless. If you tend to find conversations about money boring or intimidating, or simply feel like you’ve made so many financial mistakes that it’s too late to correct mistakes, this podcast provides a “safety in numbers” approach that takes the shame factor out of being financially flawed. Episode topics vary from understanding how fees and interest impact your checking account to figuring out how to climb out of credit card debt.
Hosted by personal finance reporter Mandi Woodruff and author and financial educator Tiffany Aliche, this podcast tackles the financial conundrums women often face when it comes to juggling the pressures of having a career, personal life, family, and financial responsibilities. Episode topics include using credit card reward points, car buying, and wedding gift etiquette.
Billed as the opposite of “your father’s boring money show,” this podcast is hosted by Andrew Fiebert and Thomas Frank. Both approach financial topics with a conversational feel that makes the show feel more lively and casual than an old-school talk radio program, while providing actionable information you can apply to your own life. Episodes address listener questions and cover budgeting styles, salary negotiation, real estate investing, and more.
This podcast picks the brains of leading financial bloggers and financial thought leaders who acquired financial independence well before traditional retirement age, with the goal of inspiring listeners to do the same. Episodes cover how to make the most of your retirement contribution’s tax advantages, and how to settle into a consistent investment strategy (even on a teacher’s salary). If you tend to question traditional financial advice like the benefits of home ownership or the logic behind working for several decades before you can retire and enjoy your life, this is the podcast for you.
Hosted by Shannon McLay, a wealth management advisor and financial entrepreneur, all interviews in this podcast (whose guests include personal finance experts and authors of books related to money, career, and life satisfaction) take place over drinks. As a result, the style of the podcast feels more like listening in on a happy hour conversation than a formal interview. Past conversations tackled financial issues facing 20- and 30-somethings, including budgeting for weddings, home buying, or starting a family. Once a month, the podcast also gathers a group of financial experts (over drinks, of course) to address listener questions in a Q&A format.
Hosted by Pete Dunn (aka Pete the Planner), a comedian, author, and former financial advisor, this podcast has a simple mission: to inspire everyone to become a millionaire. This podcast uses a talk-show style format that educates listeners on a variety of financial challenges, focusing on true stories and experiences of real people.
With more than 450 episodes, there’s a good chance podcast host Laura Adams, personal finance expert and entrepreneur, has already answered most of your financial questions. Whether you want to know how to prepare your credit to apply for a mortgage, deal with old debt, or understand the ins and outs of a complicated product like a trust, most of the podcast’s episodes provide succinct and actionable advice on well-defined financial topics. Most podcasts are 20 minutes or shorter; the combination of brevity and actionable advice makes this an especially useful resource.
Though some Reddit listeners advise playing these daily podcasts (most of which are less than 20 minutes) at 1.5x speed to make host Joshua Sheats occasional rambling commentary more bearable, this financial planner-turned-podcaster has more than 200 episodes under his belt. He’s especially adept at posing questions to listeners, to inspire them to apply each episode’s topic to their own lives. Some episodes cover technical financial matters like insurance, retirement strategy, and 529 college savings plans, while others address behavioral factors that play into financial habits.
Listening to financial professionals discuss sound financial habits is a good way to stay financially literate while you’re not actively balancing your budget.
Which podcasts, financial or otherwise, help you focus on your goals, Grownups?
Stephanie Taylor Christensen is a former financial services marketer
turned freelance writer who covers personal finance,
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