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What’s it like to have no debt, no credit cards, and no credit score? It sounds like freakish existence in today’s world, but it’s what this podcast is all about. Steve Stewart hasn’t had a single credit card or consumer debt since 2007. In 2010, he launched the Money Plan SOS podcast to share the knowledge gained while living a credit-free lifestyle. Along the way he learned about the negative effects of building a credit score and eventually found a way to be credit worthy - even without a mortgage! The understanding you will gain from listening to the Money Plan SOS podcast is that you truly can have NO DEBT, NO CREDIT, and have NO PROBLEMS! Listen as I walk you through the thoughts and ideas I had while going from a negative net worth to half a million in liquid assets and a paid-for house. You too can have no debt, no credit, and no problems.

What’s it like to have no debt, no credit cards, and no credit score? It sounds like freakish existence in today’s world, but it’s what this podcast is all about. Steve Stewart hasn’t had a single credit card or consumer debt since 2007. In 2010, he launched the Money Plan SOS podcast to share the knowledge gained while living a credit-free lifestyle. Along the way he learned about the negative effects of building a credit score and eventually found a way to be credit worthy - even without a mortgage! The understanding you will gain from listening to the Money Plan SOS podcast is that you truly can have NO DEBT, NO CREDIT, and have NO PROBLEMS! Listen as I walk you through the thoughts and ideas I had while going from a negative net worth to half a million in liquid assets and a paid-for house. You too can have no debt, no credit, and no problems.

Location:

St. Louis, MO

Description:

What’s it like to have no debt, no credit cards, and no credit score? It sounds like freakish existence in today’s world, but it’s what this podcast is all about. Steve Stewart hasn’t had a single credit card or consumer debt since 2007. In 2010, he launched the Money Plan SOS podcast to share the knowledge gained while living a credit-free lifestyle. Along the way he learned about the negative effects of building a credit score and eventually found a way to be credit worthy - even without a mortgage! The understanding you will gain from listening to the Money Plan SOS podcast is that you truly can have NO DEBT, NO CREDIT, and have NO PROBLEMS! Listen as I walk you through the thoughts and ideas I had while going from a negative net worth to half a million in liquid assets and a paid-for house. You too can have no debt, no credit, and no problems.

Language:

English

Contact:

(636) 373-4818


Episodes

The BEST and WORST of the Money Plan SOS Podcast

11/23/2020
Welcome! If you are new to the Money Plan SOS podcast then sit back. I’ll share with you the 20 best episodes, 10 “staple” episodes, and the 13 worst episodes. I also share my journey through money over the past two decades. The full show notes are at

Duration:00:58:59

What People Learned About Money By Blogging About Money

9/23/2015
#200: The MoneyPlan SOS podcast is now retired with this final episode. It was recorded LIVE at FinCon15 with nine bloggers who learned about money while blogging about money. In this final episode, nine financial bloggers answer the question, "Have you learned anything about money since blogging about money?" Eric Rosenberg (Narrow Bridge Media) Emily Guy Birken (Wisebread, Book: 5 Years Before You Retire) Katie Austin (Writes for ActiveHours.com) Todd Tresidder (FinancialMentor.com)...

Duration:00:30:05

Is Giving a Tithe Mandatory? Chris Brown from True Stewardship

9/3/2015
#199: Is tithing mandatory for Christians? Chris Brown and I discuss this to get to the root of the problem - which has little to do with ten percent. Chris Brown has been a pastor for several years, speaking to congregations and audiences all over the United States. Full show notes at He recently became on of Dave Ramsey's Speakers and now hosts the popular True Stewardship Podcast. In this episode, Chris and I tackle this touchy subject of tithing: • What is a tithe? • Who is called to...

Duration:00:36:59

The 8 Great Mistakes of Investing. Also, Fractional Savings Accounts

8/28/2015
#198: OG (aka The Other Guy from Stacking Benjamins) joins me to share the 8 Great Mistakes in Investing Full show notes at The 8 Great Mistakes of Investing are: Under-diversification Over-diversification Euphoria Panic Leverage Speculating Investing for yield and not total return Cost basis dictating decision Thanks to OG for coming over. You can find him at http://StackingBenjamins.com - my favorite podcast. Also mentioned in this episode: The Great Beanie Baby Bubble by Zac Bissonnette....

Duration:01:08:08

Matt Ham has Redefined Rich

8/20/2015
#197: Matt Ham is an author, speaker, and small business owner. Five words uttered by a nurse changed the way he looks at life - and inspired him to redefine rich. Full notes with links at Takeaways from this interview: It’s not how much you give - it’s how you give it () We shouldn’t feel guilty to spend and, surprisingly enough, we feel richer when we give. Whole Life Matters Podcast: __________________________________ 3 important things to remember when buying a car This post first...

Duration:00:57:01

The Ins-and-Outs of Robo-Investing - Interview with Jon Stein

8/13/2015
#196: Jon Stein from Betterment and I discuss robo-advisors, why Betterment is so different, and what it takes to open an account. Use to receive 30 days FEE FREE investing at Betterment Full show notes at _______________________________________ M.J. Cossel wrote in about an article she read in the Dallas Morning News: Bad credit score can double insurance premiums in Texas My response: Yes. Poor credit scores equal higher insurance premiums - but that’s only one consequence of not paying...

Duration:00:55:47

Less Taxes, More Money In Your Paycheck - Running a mid-year tax return can improve your cashflow

8/6/2015
#195: Do you know why stories of people with $.32 refund checks are in the news? Because they are so rare! Most people want to get a big tax refund. Getting a huge refund is an extremely inefficient use of money - both for you and for the government. I recommend adjusting your withholding so you can bring more money home and put it towards your goals: High-interest rate debt Building up reserves Saving or investing Run a mid-year income tax assessment Making course corrections in August...

Duration:00:34:02

Ace Chapman Says Skip The Startup and Buy a Business

7/30/2015
#194: Although he has an entrepreneur’s heart, Ace doesn’t believe anybody should start their own business. It is much easier and profitable to buy an existing business, improve it, and sell it for a profit. Full notes at Ace's book: Find Ace at: Or Twitter: ______________________________ Don't worry about your credit score. Do what's RIGHT with your money. When it is time to prove your credit worthiness call on eCredable: (free monthly membership with this code: SOS)

Duration:00:50:16

What You Need To Know About Self-Directed IRA's

7/23/2015
#193: Many people are being lured by the attractiveness of directing their own retirement plans. The trick is to do it right and have an asset, business, or income-producing entity that makes sense for YOUR retirement planning. Kirk Chisholm is a Wealth Manager, Economist, & Principal at IAG. He is also an expert of investing in alternative investments in self-directed IRA / 401k. Full notes at Key takeaways from our discussion: Self-directed IRAs are a great arrangements for making...

Duration:00:51:02

Do Companies Check Credit Scores?

7/16/2015
#192: Kai used to be responsible for staffing at a firm. She knows first-hand what companies use to check on an applicant's background. While a company may check credit reports, they do not review credit scores. Once again, this is proof that the bare minimum to succeed in America is to simply pay your bills and debts on time. If you don't have any debts and don't have credit cards, you won't have a credit score. However, you will have a clean credit report - or no information for a credit...

Duration:00:33:15

Summer Jobs for Teachers and Destination Debt Freedom

7/9/2015
#191: Heather van der Hoop from ThePennyHoarder.com comes on the show to offer these suggestions for creating an income - and many of them involve stretching your boundaries as a teacher. 1. Teach English as a Second Language’ 2. Teach Abroad 3. Sell Your Lesson Plans Online 4. Work at a Summer Camp 5. Drive for Uber, Lyft or Sidecar 6. Rent Out Your Driveway 7. Rent Extra Space in Your House 8. Become a Local Tour Guide Destination Debt Freedom Alan Steinborn and Jackie Beck are...

Duration:00:47:27

Inflation-Induced Debt Destruction with Jason Hartman

7/2/2015
#190: Jason Hartman only wants mortgage debt - and he will take out as much as he possibly can. Full show notes at Jason Hartman has been investing since he was 20 years old and learned how inflation is the enemy of home equity but the golden goose of real estate income property owners (my words, not his). We first have to understand how inflation plays into this investment strategy: Jason says he is playing the same game as governments and central banks to win the investing game.

Duration:01:06:03

Which Half-Glass Investor Are You?

6/25/2015
#189: Are you a Pessimist or Opportunist? Take this quiz to find out! Full notes at Topics covered in this episode: Pessimists, Opportunists, and the Half-Glass Investor Quiz How a GOOD credit score is all you need Ponda from the Honda Cool resource for your email: Wisestamp (support the show by using this link)

Duration:00:37:02

A Pleasant Conversation With The Angry Grad

6/20/2015
#188: Leah Bell shares her story of growing $32k in student loan debt - and why it makes her angry! Upcoming webinars: July 1st: Get more out of your money by Spending Our Values http://MoneyPlanSOS.com/webinars June 23rd: Premium Podcast Player Showdown In this episode: Leah Bell, The Angry Grad, did what she thought everyone does: Goes to college to get a degree. What she didn’t know was her chosen major narrowed her options just before the recession of 2008. Leah is now on a mission to...

Duration:00:48:01

How Credit Cards Make Money - ON YOU!

6/5/2015
#187: An informed consumer is a better consumer. This episode will show how Credit Cards make money from processing fees. I also give a few tips for reducing fees and a new way to send a friend money for free. Full notes at Infographic with credit and debit card statistics: How Counting Can Work Even When Budgets Aren’t Accurate: Ponda from the Honda: Fight Big Business by Cutting Up Credit Cards

Duration:00:36:00

Being Phroogal on the Road to Financial Wellness

5/29/2015
#186: What could be better than taking a 30-day journey across the U.S. in a van? Full notes at Jason Vitug from Phroogal is leaving for a 30 day journey throughout the U.S. to promote financial wellness. Visit http://Phroogal.com/Road to find a location near you Also: Debit cards, auto-pay, bill-pay, and checks: There are multiple ways money can come out of our accounts. It's more important than ever to balance our checking account every month. I give 7 reasons to balance your account and 3...

Duration:00:35:06

Protected but not Immune to Card Fraud

5/21/2015
#185: It's impossible to be immune to card fraud, but you can reduce the opportunities of being a victim. In this episode I share steps you can take to use your Debit card responsibly and reduce the chance someone will steal your card. More information and full show notes with links can be found at

Duration:00:41:01

What makes ID Theft companies worth the cost?

5/7/2015
#184: Identity theft is no joke - and it's on the rise! Should you pay for monitoring? Full show notes at Keith Bunn of CavusFinancialCoaching.com compared four companies to see if their services are worth the cost. Also in this episode: 'Ponda from the Honda - My mailbox is wasting a lot of energy Upcoming webinars and recent appearances Testimony from a listener who learned risk vs reward from an engineering book

Duration:00:26:33

YNAB vs EveryDollar Comparison

4/16/2015
#183: Dave Ramsey announced his new budgeting software - EveryDollar. It is awesome - and have many similar features to YNAB (You Need A Budget). Which premium budgeting software is best for you? Let's compare the different features and methods to identify the right one for you. Also: Holla from the Impala is changing. Listen to all the reasons you shouldn't buy a car from a long distance. For more information, visit the show notes at

Duration:00:53:01

One Page Financial Plans and Cocktail Napkins - Interview with Carl Richards

4/8/2015
#182: Carl Richards was a ditch-digger, fell into a securities job, became a Certified Financial Planner, then became the Sketch Guy at the New York Times by drawing financial concepts on paper napkins. He released his second book, the One Page Financial Plan, and shares with us his journey from ditch-digger to NYTimes writer. For a more complete list of notes with pictures and links, go to

Duration:00:44:45