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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.






100 - Financial Privilege

This is the 100th episode of The Personal Finance Show! My special guests today are Tanja Hester and Kara Perez, the hosts of my favourite podcast, The Fairer Cents, and James Mwombela, who is a CFP and Associate Planner at Grid 202 Partners. Episode 100 isn’t about someone’s personal finance story. It’s about an important personal finance topic. Today’s topic is financial privilege. My goal with this episode was to encourage you to think about privilege and how it affects your life...


99 - Beth MacMillan

Beth MacMillan wants you to prioritize travel. In 2011, Beth and her husband, Mark, decided to use their saved up money and take a 6 month honeymoon around the world. You don’t have to save $20,000 and buy round-the-world tickets like Beth did, but if you’re interested in travel at all, you can pick up a lot of tips by listening to Beth’s story. To be able to travel, you need 2 things, time and money. Maybe you have the time, but not the money, so you feel like you can’t afford to go...


98 - Sarah Li Cain

Sarah Li Cain wants you to be open to opportunities and to make independence a priority. Sarah was born in Hong Kong, grew up in Canada, has lived in Australia, South Korea and China, and is currently in the US. Sarah worked mainly as a teacher, but the key to her survival and success was to be open to opportunities along the way. Knowing that she couldn’t be a teacher in the US if she moved there from China with her husband and new son, Sarah looked into ways to make money online. Sarah...


97 - Bridget Casey

Bridget Casey wants us all to get rich together. The good news is that Bridget already did most of the work for you. All you have to do is follow her instructions. You don’t have to spend years studying the stock market and get an MBA in finance. She already did that so you don’t have to. Bridget took all of her personal finance skills and education and spent countless hours crafting online courses for you. Her stand-out course is called the Six-Figure Stock Portfolio. She created this...


96 - Erin Lowry

Erin Lowry wants you to know that words have power, especially when it comes to your money. Saving and investing are not the same thing. For example, if someone is saving for retirement, they might not even be aware that they are actually investing their money. Very few people put their retirement money in a savings account. It’s much more likely that if you have your retirement money invested in an index fund, or some kind of portfolio of stocks and bonds that are subject to risk and...


95 - Bettina Schneider

Bettina Schneider wants you to understand the impact your values, histories and life experiences have on your financial decision-making processes. Bettina has a PhD in Native American Studies and is currently Associate Professor and Associate Vice President Academic at First Nations University of Canada. Bettina spends a lot of her time contemplating the following questions: How can we increase Indigenous people's access to culturally relevant financial education resources? How can we...


94 - Joe Saul-Sehy

Joe Saul-Sehy wants you to learn about money, but he doesn’t want you to think you’re learning anything. Joe is the creator and co-host of The Stacking Benjamins Show, one of the top personal finance podcasts in North America. Joe also co-hosts a new podcast called Money in the Morning. The running joke on Stacking Benjamins is that you won’t learn anything about money by listening to the show, and if you do learn something, you should keep it to yourself. Joe figured out a way to make...


93 - Darryl Brown

Darryl Brown wants you to stop complaining about bad financial advice and do something about it. If you walk into a bank, give them money, don’t ask questions and do zero research on investing, then you’ve pretty much given up your right to complain if you’re not happy with the results. Instead of complaining about things, let’s be proactive. This is your money. It’s important. You work hard for it. So why not spend a bit of time on it. Yes, I’ve said this a lot. I know it’s hard to do...


92 - Kelley Keehn

Kelley Keehn wants you to feel good about your money. To feel good about your money, you have to educate yourself, ideally as early as possible. Before you sign up for a credit card, read a ton about credit cards and how they work. Before you buy a house or a condo, listen to podcasts about the pros and cons of buying real estate. There are so many personal finance resources out there today, and people like Kelley, who are dedicated to educating people about money. Kelley has written 9...


91 - Robert Brown

Robert Brown wants you to not be afraid of a little hard work. Robert grew up on a dairy farm. His father worked the farm while also working a full-time job at General Motors. Robert learned about working for money early and also about patience and delayed gratification. There are a lot of things that we buy today with borrowed money that we could easily put off until we have money in the bank, and we might even get a better deal if we wait. Robert realized over time that many Canadians...


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...