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Everyone has a personal finance story. The Personal Finance Show is a place for people to tell their personal finance stories. Everyone has a personal finance story.

Everyone has a personal finance story. The Personal Finance Show is a place for people to tell their personal finance stories. Everyone has a personal finance story.
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Everyone has a personal finance story. The Personal Finance Show is a place for people to tell their personal finance stories. Everyone has a personal finance story.






90 - Sonya Smith-Valentine

Sonya Smith-Valentine wants you to be Financially Fierce. Sonya has an accounting degree and a law degree. She is a CPA and a lawyer, and has worked professionally as both. Sonya has worked for legal aid in New York and Maryland, and later started a law practice specializing in Consumer Debt and Bankruptcy, winning cases against credit bureaus, credit card companies, banks, and collection agencies for unlawful activity. Today, Sonya is a Financial Confidence Expert and as President and...


89 - J. Money

J. Money wants you to know that Budgets Are Sexy. That’s the title of the personal finance blog that he started 11 years ago, and even though you may never think budgets are sexy, the point that J. is trying to get across is that personal finance doesn’t have to be boring. In 2008 J. started posting monthly net worth updates in addition to his regular content. In 137 months, J. has grown his net worth from just under $59,000 to almost $920,000. And you don’t have to wonder how he did it....


88 - Ericka Young

Ericka Young wants you to be intentional and have a plan before you spend any money. This applies to every single situation that involves money, which is pretty much everything. As Paula Pant says at the beginning of her podcast, you can afford anything, but not everything. Unfortunately because of loans and credit cards, we think we can afford everything. This happens to too many people. They make good money, and can pay the bills, but the bank account doesn’t grow and the credit cards...


87 - Robert Farrington

Robert Farrington wants you to think before you click the button and accept your student loans. Getting an education is an investment and you should spend some time thinking about what you’re investing in and what kind of return your investment will provide. For example, you may not even need a degree at all to work somewhere you like and that pays well. You may need a degree to get promotions and more responsibility but that might not be until later and who knows, your employer might even...


86 - Stacy Yanchuk-Oleksy

Stacy Yanchuk-Oleksy wants you to see a non-profit credit counsellor if you have credit problems. Stacy is Director of Education and Community Awareness at the Credit Counselling Society. If you’ve listened to episode 76 of the show, you know that I had credit problems 11 years ago. I filed a consumer proposal with a licenced insolvency trustee, under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act of Canada. My case was severe so I skipped the first step that many take and that’s going to see a credit...


85 - Shanah Bell

Shanah Bell wants you to lead a happy, unorthodox life. You can be successful without following the traditional 9 to 5 career path option. It’s true. But to get there, you have to be open to opportunity and change, and sometimes you have to be a bit of a PITA, which I recently learned is an acronym for Pain In The Ass. In fact, Shanah’s new book is called The Art of Being a PITA. It guides new adults and recent college graduates through the ins-and-outs of living life the way they want...


84 - Sandy Yong

Sandy Yong wants everyone to learn about personal finance so that their future self can thank them for it. Sandy figured out early on that if you give your money to the big banks, and don’t know what you want to invest in, they will choose the ones with the highest fees. Makes sense, doesn’t it? If you went to a car dealership, and said here’s some money, I want a car, and didn’t give them any parameters like fuel efficiency, or speed, or size or anything, they would sell you the car that...


83 - Ed Rempel

Ed Rempel wants you to know that the conventional personal finance wisdom most people follow, might not be the best for your financial situation. Unconventional wisdom, as he calls it, might be your path to financial success. Ed has been a financial planner for over 25 years and a tax accountant for over 35 years. He is a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Professional Accountant, and Certified Hedge Fund Specialist. Ed has spent the majority of his life actually creating...


82 - Sandi Martin

Sandi Martin wants someone giving financial advice to be paid by the person who’s receiving financial advice. And the someone giving financial advice should be paid a fee for the financial services they provide. Sandi worked at a bank for years and her job was to sell the bank’s products. When people came to her office to ask for financial advice, they didn’t have to pay her anything. The bank paid her. She worked for the bank and not for the people asking for advice. The bank would be...


81 - Janine Rogan

Janine Rogan wants you to know that no one is born with an understanding of personal finance. Janine got pretty good at making money early. Queen of the side hustle, they called her. But somehow her bank account was always empty and her credit cards were always maxed. This is, unfortunately, not uncommon in our society. Making good money, but somehow the money disappears. Some people tell me this like it’s some kind of unsolveable mystery. Luckily for Janine, she had a friend who...


80 - Michael Kruse

Michael Kruse wants you to not be afraid of changing your career. We usually go to school for one thing. One field of study. One industry. Then we work hard to find jobs and build experience in that industry. We become experts. After 10 or 15 years we become well known for doing one thing very well. Maybe you’ve been in the same job or industry for that long and you’re totally fine. You’re paid well, you enjoy the work - there’s no reason to move on. After 10 years working as a lighting...


79 - Ellen Roseman

Ellen Roseman has been sticking up for Canadians as an advocate for consumer rights for the past 35 years. If you’re interested in Canadian personal finance, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve already read something written by Ellen Roseman. Ellen’s been a personal finance and consumer advocacy columnist at the Toronto Star for over 20 years and though she officially retired from the Star in 2015, Ellen agreed to stay on in a freelance capacity to write a weekly column, featuring consumer...


78 - Owen Winkelmolen

Owen Winkelmolen wants you to talk to someone...anyone...before you make any investment decisions. Ideally it would be someone in the personal finance realm. A coach like me, or a financial planner or advisor. But please just talk to someone, because if you do, you might save yourself from making the huge financial mistake Owen made in his late twenties. You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out exactly what happened, but let’s just say it was a bad enough experience that Owen...


77 - Saijal Patel

Saijal Patel wants you to know that women are 80% more likely to live in poverty in retirement than men. This is a terrible statistic. Seriously, why is anyone living in poverty in retirement. If someone is retired, that means they have either worked at a job or a business their whole life, or have supported someone else who worked, in one way or another. And this person now gets to live in poverty? Why is this acceptable? Saijal doesn’t think it’s acceptable. She started a company...


76 - Beau Humphreys

For this episode, the host becomes the guest and my wife becomes the host! I decided that after 75 episodes it was time to become the guest and tell my story. I’ve talked a lot on the show about my history with addiction but just bits and pieces here and there. I asked my wife, Kaila, if she would take over as the host for an episode and she agreed! We talked about how I got into my gambling addiction, how I got out of it, and what I learned about personal finance, and life in general,...


75 - Recap of Episodes 1 to 74

For my 75th episode I decided to record a 75 minute episode with 74 1-minute (or less) segments, one for each of the 74 shows published so far (leaving 30 seconds for the introduction and whatever is left for the sign-off). Each segment has an introduction/commentary and a short clip of the show. So if you want to experience the evolution of The Personal Finance Show without spending 75 hours, now you can get a taste of the first 74 episodes in only 75 minutes. NEXT EPISODE 76 - Beau...


74 - Larry Bates

Larry Bates want you to Beat The Bank. That’s the title of his new book and it’s all about challenging the status quo of Canadians paying the highest investment fees in the world and believing that the financial industry has their best interests at heart. You see Larry spent his whole career on the business side of the banking and investment worlds. One day he was sitting up in his ivory tower and a phone call from his sister changed everything. That’s when he decided to use his knowledge...


73 - John Lanza

John Lanza wants to help families raise money-smart, money-empowered kids so that they can live happier, more fulfilled lives. John is the creator of the Money Mammals and the author of The Art of Allowance. I want to tell you everything about the Money Mammals because I like them so much, but it’s probably best that you listen to the interview and then go to Youtube and search for the Money Mammals. Describing them as puppets who are in a band and sing and play songs about money, just...


72 - Loonie Doctor

The Loonie Doctor wants to keep new doctors from falling into the lifestyle inflation trap. The Loonie Doctor prefers to remain anonymous so all I can tell you is that he is a doctor and he lives somewhere in Southern Ontario. As you may have heard, doctors are always the best at managing their own personal finances and it’s not surprising. I want my doctor to be really good at being a doctor. They have tons of information in their brains and for many, there is no more room for...


71 - Tom Drake

Tom Drake is known as the godfather of Canadian personal finance bloggers. In fact, Tom just hit his 10-year blogging anniversary this month, February 2019. Originally Canadian Finance Blog, Tom rebranded to Maple Money and now even has a podcast called the Maple Money Show (I was on as a guest in November 2018). Tom has created thousands of personal finance posts over the years and he did it all while working a full-time job during the week, at a company that he started with 18 years ago...