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Teach Me To Do a “Money Cleanse”

A juice cleanse is supposed to reset your diet. Can a money cleanse reset your budget? Yes, says Ashley Feinstein Gerstley, a money coach and “financial nutritionist.” Gerstley, the author of the 30 Day Money Cleanse, believes that taking care of one’s money is similar to taking care of one’s body. It’s all about resetting and create new and possible habits, whether it comes to your weight or your wallet. But while crash diets can lead to failures, the same can go for austerity measures....


Teach Me How to Be a Smart Shopper

What does it mean to be a smart shopper? Here’s the thing: It’s not always being an extreme couponer, buying in bulk, or stacking your gift cards. Being a smart shopper can mean using technology to get discounts on things you need, buying sunglasses or winter coats at the end of the season, or avoiding being tempted by sale items (just because they’re on sale). In this episode, Trae Bodge, a shopping expert who has appeared on the “Today” show and “Oprah” talks about shopping lists, bad...


Teach Me About Financial Advisors

We all need advice from time to time. But when do you need a financial advisor? There are financial advisors for everyone, from middle-class Joes to multimillionaire Jills. But how do you know if your advisor is serving your best interests? Trusting someone with your money is no joke. How do you know what to look for? Douglas Boneparth, the coauthor of The Millennial Money Fix, tells us what to look for in a financial advisor and what questions you should ask. Thanks for listening to...


Teach Me How To Stop Being Broke

Being broke is no joke. Living paycheck to paycheck can cause a never-ending feeling of anxiety, a delay in planning for the future, and a fear of opening the mail (bills, collection notices, ack!). If you’re broke, can you ever fix it, for good? On this week’s episode of Teach Me How to Money, Kristin Wong, the author of "Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life you Can Afford", talks about the difference between being broke and being poor, paying your bills now, and the tiny...


Teach Me About Financial Therapy

Got money anxiety? The panic isn’t all in your head. We all know that avoiding our finances can cause us serious stress. But did you know that there’s a specialized field of psychology to help you cope with your financial fears. A financial therapist can help patients cope with their anxiety and negative feelings around money, debt, and budgeting. And these feelings aren’t just mental. They can cause real physical symptoms. You don’t have to be “good with money” to get a handle on your...


Teach Me How to Understand Financial News

What do we want from our financial news? Just the facts, ma’am. If you get dizzy reading the daily onslaught of tweets, posts, and headlines, we get it. It can be hard to know what’s real and what’s an emergency? The media has a knack of making everything seem like a crisis. How can you stay cool but still be informed? How can we begin to follow the news when it can seem so overwhelming? Well, you can start with reading Stash Learn (shameless plug) or you can listen to Dan Primack, the...


Teach Me How to Pay Off My Student Loans

You went to college. You took out the loans. Now you’re struggling to pay them back. How are you supposed to build a future when, straight out of the gate, you’re buried in student debt? Student loans are a trillion-plus dollar problem in the US. But that doesn’t mean you have to have the weight of Fort Knox on your shoulders. There are options that you may not be aware of when it comes to dealing with your student loan debt. There’s refinancing and consolidation. But what do those terms...


Teach Me How to Travel on a Budget

Budget travel doesn’t have to mean staying in student hostels, eating fast food, and living out of your backpack. And you don’t need to know “secrets” to get the best deals. Traveling on a set budget requires planning, flexibility, and a little savvy. There are a lot of ways to vacation within your means without sacrificing quality--or getting suckered by a bad deal. Holly and Greg Johnson, the founders of the budget travel blog Club Thrifty, left their jobs in the funeral industry...


Teach Me How to Invest Like a Marine

You don’t have to be in the military to learn valuable lessons about discipline and risk. That said, the military can offer a lot of insights in how to invest for the long-term. Think about it: The military trains you to identify a desired objective, implement a plan to achieve it, and launch a mission to enact that plan. When it comes to investing, the lessons are similar. Your objective is to build a portfolio that will help you achieve the goal that you’ve set at the specific time in...


Teach Me About How to Handle Relationships and Money

Not sure when to have the “big money talk” in a relationship? Here’s the thing, you should consider having little money talks all the time. And while the thought of talking about credit scores and savings strategies on a first date may make you want to call for the check and run for the door, you can start picking up context clues very early in a relationship. These clues can give you an idea of whether or not you might be financially compatible with someone. After all, money changes...


Teach Me How to Save Money in My 20s

Ah, your 20s. You’re young, you’re enthusiastic, and yeah, not making a lot of money. Unless you’ve got a trust fund or lucked into a high-paying job right out of college, your 20s can be a time of cheap dinners, roommates, and the feeling like you’re going to be broke forever. In our 20s, our lifestyles are in flux. Our rent, debts, relationships, and salary at 21 might not work for us at 29. Here’s the good thing: Because you’re young, you can be open-minded about changing your financial...


Teach Me How I Can Pay Off My Student Loans?

You took out student loans. You graduated (or didn’t) from college. Now you’ve got bills to pay and you wonder if you’re ever going to get out from under it all. Student loans are a big part of our post-graduate financial lives. And a lot of us didn’t plan on how we were going to pay them off when we took out those loans when we were seniors in high school. How are we doing at paying off our student loans? According to a recent study issued by the Federal Reserve, while most borrowers are...


Teach Me How to Understand Funds and Diversification

We’re getting back to basics. We’re talking funds, diversification, and all things that can go into your portfolio. In this episode, we talk about mutual funds, index funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs). What do those terms even mean? If you’re new to all this, relax. Our very own senior financial writer Jeremy Quittner is here to explain it all. We also tackle active vs passive management, diversification, and why you never want to put all your eggs in one basket. Don’t have Stash yet?...


Teach Me About Term-Life Insurance

A life insurance policy can provide a financial safety net for your dependents or loan cosigners. Who are dependents? Dependents are anyone that depend on you financially (your partner, kids, an elderly parent, younger sibling). It can help pay the bills if anything should happen to you. Term life insurance may be a good option compared to whole life for those who are looking for an affordable way to obtain a policy that covers you for a set amount of time. This can be 10 years, 20 years,...


Teach Me About the Business of Video Games

Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start. If you know what that means, you probably either played video games as a little kid or love playing them now. (Or you’re just too young to know about old Nintendo shortcut tricks.) Gaming is a multibillion dollar business. You can live out your medieval viking fantasy, “play” guitar to your favorite songs, or play Candy Crush on your phone. Video games allow us to live out our wild fantasies, step into new worlds, or just have a...


Teach Me How To Face My Financial Fears?

New York Times science writer John Schwartz was confident writing about infrastructure, rockets, and climate change but when it came to his personal finances, he just couldn’t face it. How can we be so smart in life but willingly turn a blind eye to our money lives? Actually it’s pretty easy to put things off. Until you can’t. John Schwartz, author of “This is The Year I Put My Financial In Order,” has been through it all: High interest credit card debt, foreclosure, career volatility, and...


Teach Me How To Be a "Financial Grownup"

When do we finally feel like financial adults? Maybe when we get our first jobs or when we take out our first loan? Some people seem like they're born ready to tackle their money. But the rest of us… well, we feel like we’re always going to be amateurs when it comes to our finances. Bobbi Rebell, CFP, is the author of the book “How to Be a Financial Grownup” and host of the Financial Grownup podcast. She talks to me about money shame, learning (or not learning) from our parents, knowing...


Teach Me How to Understand Health Insurance

We all know how important health insurance is. But why does it have to be so complicated? It’s bad enough that it’s one of the biggest bills we pay each month. But in today’s political climate, it’s hard to understand what’s going on. For most of us, we just want to be able to go to the doctor when we’re sick and not have to pay a fortune when the bills come. We all have different health issues that require different kinds of care. In the U.S.,12.2% of adults are living without any kind of...


Teach Me How to Talk To My Kids About Money

If only teaching kids about money was as much fun as teaching them to ride a bike or taking them to their first soccer class. It isn’t easy. After all, teaching kids about personal finance reminds us how little we knew at their age -- and how little we know now. Learning about financial responsibility doesn’t have to be as painful as a trip to the dentist. It helps to have an account that can not only show them how saving and investing works but one that will belong to them one day. On...


Teach Me the Difference Between Saving and Investing

Let’s get back to basics. What’s the difference between saving and investing? We learn about savings from the time we’re little. We put spare change in our piggy banks or put that $25 we got for our birthday in a savings account. But how is that different than investing that money? Saving and investing are both great strategies to help reach your goals. But there’s a real difference between the two. One can help you get to your short-term goals (vacation, a rainy day fund, a new laptop)...