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Become a Paid Subscriber: The Mitten Dad Show is a podcast about bringing you some of the best headlines in finance, tech and more - with a Midwest touch. Along with both personal and stories from others about being a Dad in our current times.






The Impact of Experiences

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." - Eleanor Roosevelt We just wrapped up our family summer vacation, and while it was still fresh, I wanted to do a quick episode talking about the power of gifting experiences for our children, and the impact it not only has on them but us. If listening on Spotify I would invite you to take part in the Q&A and Poll, but if listening on another platform, I would love to hear what has been your favorite experience that you still remember to this day. Was it a favorite family vacation? A Broadway show? A game? A camping trip? Let me know at my website or visit my Linktree for additional ways to reach out! I would love some engagement on this! With that, summer is wrapping up, and if you're still in need of school supplies, make sure to check out our partners at Amazon for some great deals! Thank you as always for your support, and be sure to subscribe so you don't miss out on future episodes and share the podcast as well, as it really helps with our reach! --- Send in a voice message:


From Center Stage to Finance: Unraveling Unexpected Career Pivots

In this episode, we dive into the world of unexpected career transitions. Matt shares his own journey, from obtaining a degree in theatre to working in finance, and invites listeners to share their unique career paths. Key Topics: Unexpected Career Transitions: A personal account of our Matt's journey from theatre to finance, and an open invitation for listeners to share their experiences. The Value of Diverse Backgrounds: How different fields like theatre, sports, or science can contribute unique perspectives and skills in the world of finance or business in general. Community Stories: We're looking for your stories. Have you transitioned from an unrelated field into finance or changed fields entirely from one to the other? What was your journey like? Connect with us. Special Promotion: Our affiliate,, offers professional tools to help you navigate the world of daily fantasy sports as well as season-long. As a listener of the Mitten Dad Show, you can get 50% off a week or a month of Stokastic+ by clicking here and using promo code SCORE. Stay Connected: For more information on today's episode, to share your stories, or to connect, be sure to visit my Linktree for links to my social platforms, blog posts, and other offers. Your support means the world! Don't forget to subscribe! Never miss an episode of the Mitten Dad Show. Hit that subscribe button and join us on this journey of life, parenthood, and all the unexpected turns. --- Send in a voice message:


Master the Art of Decluttering

Tired of living in a cluttered space? In this episode of The Mitten Dad Show, host Matt Tilmann shares seven essential steps to help you master the art of decluttering. Based on our popular article at, we'll walk you through the entire decluttering process, from setting goals to making decluttering a habit. Matt also discusses the benefits of decluttering, and overcoming common obstacles, and answers listener questions about dealing with sentimental items and gifts. With this informative episode, prepare to transform your home into a functional, stress-free environment! Key Takeaways: Don't forget to subscribe to The Mitten Dad Show for more home improvement tips, parenting insights, and lifestyle advice. And visit our blog at for more helpful content. Happy decluttering! #decluttering #organizing #minimalism #TheMittenDadShow #podcast Our Thanks To Today's Partners: link.a FREE 34 day trialcheck out Jasper AI herecheck out Content at Scalebest-selling kitchen storage accessories here Thank you for listening, and for your support! --- Send in a voice message:


Dads Can Organize The Family Calendar Too!

Over on the Mitten Dad website, I recently posted about a series of tweets that had gone viral, where the original poster had mentioned how every time she would ask dads for their email addresses for party invitations for her three-year-old, they would always provide the email addresses of their partner instead. Why was that? Tune in for more, and be sure to send a voice memo in with how your family organization planning gets handled, and any tips you may have if this topic struck a chord for you! It might get featured on a future episode! Or if you'd prefer to share a non-audio story, reach out over at Twitter! As always, thank you for listening and be sure to check out the latest posts at Mitten Dad! Our thanks to for their support of today's episode - home of the #1 team in projections and tools in daily fantasy sports! --- Send in a voice message:

Starting Over and Life's Moments

Welcome to The Mitten Dad Show! Formerly known as The Script-Notes Show, since I last published an episode, a few things have gone on, such as a new addition to our family, and the pandemic has put many things in perspective. I switched it to Mitten Dad as an homage to my home state of Michigan, giving the content a Midwest flair. But also because, as many out there know, your perspective on life changes as a parent when you become. While I still expect much to revolve around some of my favorite personal finance, business, technology, and sports topics, I wanted to add another layer to parenting. As dads (and dad figures), I believe we all have something to contribute, even if we don't always realize it. My goal is to build a community that allows others to join in and share life's stories, life moments, tips, skills, and more. I would love for this to be a place for listeners to tune into as a hub for that. So much great content and material get lost, and I want to highlight some of that here. So with that, if you would like to share, contribute a story, or a life's moment of your own, definitely reach out to me over at or through Anchor, be sure to leave a voice memo! Thank you for listening, and be sure to like, follow and subscribe, and leave a five-star review if able, as it's a huge help to expand the reach! --- Send in a voice message:

Coronavent - Here's Your Chance

There’s no denying that this has been a trying time worldwide, with everyone having to deal with the coronavirus crisis in their own way. However, one thing that I don’t think gets mentioned enough is the mental toll it might be taking on everyone, particularly those in the healthcare industry. Other podcasts have been having listeners call in with their stories, giving them a chance to vent, and in doing so, it seems like it can be very healing. Yes, this is normally a podcast geared toward personal finance, and business news and tips, but it’s also about the journey through life as well. Our script. So I want to have this episode be a chance for anyone listening to leave a voice message through the Anchor app (be sure to check out the link in the show notes), to vent about whatever you would like. Do you have a story about the virus has affected you, that you might like to share? Any tips, information and the like that might be able to help others? Are you a healthcare professional that would like to share what we can do to help ease the burden? I want to hear from you. So be sure to leave a voice message, or email me at, and I would love to include you in a compilation in an upcoming episode. Stay safe everyone, and help flatten the curve to help our fellow citizens, and those around the world. --- Send in a voice message:


A New Form W-4 for 2020 and Financial News For The Week Ahead

Welcome to another episode of The Script-Notes Show! We got back into the swing of things with a new blog post about the new Form W-4 for 2020, as well as some financial and business news to get you going for the week ahead. Enjoy, and as always, thank you for listening, and be sure to subscribe wherever you're listening! Also, we are still taking financial resolutions for the coming year and would love to hear them! Our thanks to Audible! --- Send in a voice message:


Happy 2020!

Welcome to a brand new year and Episode 50! I know I’ve been on hiatus a bit due to work travel and our family’s forthcoming arrival. So with that, thought this would be a great time to ask for your resolutions, particularly from a financial sense! Please leave a voicemail with the link below, or feel free to send an email to! If you have your own podcast, be sure to leave that as well and would love to feature you with your resolutions! Make sure to subscribe to our Facebook page too at Happy New Year! --- Send in a voice message:


Using Customer Service To Save on Credit Cards

It goes without saying that a little customer service can go a long way, when employed by the employee AND the customer. Doing just that might be able to save you a little bit (or a lot) on your credit card portfolio according to a recent survey. Another survey is also showing that many Americans are planning on refraining from traveling this winter. Are you one of them? As always, thank you for listening. Be sure to subscribe and share the show, as well as following along at...


Some Common Sense Money Tips for Your Week

When it comes to money, sometimes you just can’t beat plain old common sense. Today’s episode features some good tips to keep in mind for your financial life. Today's episode is also brought to you by, one of the best tools available for helping you to get out of debt! --- Send in a voice message:


Coming This Fall - Cheaper Gas Prices?

While the economy as a whole may be in question on a daily basis, one thing that may be getting some clarity this fall is gas prices. Have you started using GasBuddy yet? If not, it's a great way to be able to keep up to date on the latest prices at the pump. Now, with their Pay With GasBuddy Card, you can also find additional savings at the pump, including occasional deal alerts like an additional 21 cents off per gallon! And if you shop online frequently, you can also add to your savings. I personally use it, and it's a great way to be able to put some more money back in your wallet. Check it out here today, and use the code "EB5NW5R". Let me know if you have any questions! Have a great week! --- Send in a voice message:


Stock Market Selloff: The Yield Curve Inversion

Earlier today, the yield curve inverted, which previously has always been a sign leading up to a recession. I wanted to talk about a post from MarketWatch that I thought had some good information about it. Opinions seem to vary about what this might portend to, however, it should still be something to keep an eye on, especially over the next month or so. Always be sure to seek the advice of your investment professional should you have further questions. --- Send in a voice message:


How To Pay Off Debt With Tally

For Episode 45, I take a deep dive into the app, Tally. You can tell Tally that you would either like to pay the cards manually, or have it pay them on your behalf. Tally will issue you a credit line that it uses to pay on your cards, with its own interest rate often being lower than most other cards available. In some ways it is like a balance transfer of sorts, but can also pay on amounts for you, helping to lessen any potential for interest charges. If you think you’d like to get going...


Capital One Data Breach Affects 100 Million Applications

Hot off the heels of the Equifax Data Breach Settlement, yesterday it was announced by Capital One that a hacker may have compromised information from 100 million applications. This episode covers some tips and steps you can take if you think you may have been affected. Looking for some entertainment for your upcoming road trip? Check out Audible - get a free book and 30 day trial today! Get $100 in delivery fee credit when you place your first order with Postmates! Are there any topics you'd like to hear more about? I'd like to hear your thoughts, so if you have a moment to take the poll located here, it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for listening to The Script-Notes Show! If you enjoyed this episode, please be sure to leave a review and subscribe! For more, be sure to check out Additional Links Capital One Data Breach - What You Need To Know from USA Today Washington Post - Capital One Data Breach Affects 100 Million Applications --- Send in a voice message:


The 50 30 20 Budget and Podcasting to F.I.

Budgets can be daunting. It might seem like there is an endless laundry list of categories to keep track of at times. That's where the 50-30-20 budget can come in handy. The goal, is to limit your after tax income to 50% being allocated to needs, 30% to wants and 20% to savings (extra debt payments can count as savings). As a Microsoft Excel junkie, after learning more about this method, I came up with a template that can mirror a lot of the techniques as it relates to this method of...


Picking Up The Wrong Golf Ball

“If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.” – Jack Lemmon I shared this quote today on the blog, and thought it was very appropriate for many aspects of life. Frequently I like to share quotes from the site BrainyQuote, on Instagram, mainly because I like that so many quotes can have so many different meanings to different people. Today’s stuck out to me though. Yes, there’s a bit of good ol’ Jack Lemmon humor behind it, but it got me thinking more about the times in life when we’ve “picked up the wrong golf ball,” only to have it lead to even better moments. What about you? Have you had any moments like this in your life? Let’s hear them! Remember to utilize the voice messages link below, and you might get a shout out on a future episode! --- Send in a voice message:


Financial Freedom Friday

Lately I’ve become more intrigued by the concept of financial freedom or financial independence, and the varying forms that that can take on when it comes to personal finance. I’m in the midst of reading Grant Sabatier’s Financial Freedom, and it has really brought back to life the concept of “a penny saved is a penny earned.” Given Anchor has now made voice messages more accessible to users of other podcast platforms (see link below in show notes), I would love to take this opportunity to put it to use and have you share what financial freedom means to you! Is it getting out of debt? Traveling the world? Pursuing your passion that you haven’t had time for? Have you reached financial independence? If so, let me know, and I’d be more than happy to share your thoughts in a future episode! Or if you’d prefer to email, just send an email to Have you been to the blog lately? Articles this week have included a couple of ideas to make some money this summer, including garage sale flipping tips and starting your own business reselling items on Amazon. On the topic of financial freedom, you'll also see some great financial security tips as well. Make sure to check those out! Finally, Happy Father's Day to all Dads, Dads to be and Dads yet to be out there. As a Dad myself, I can honestly say there is no greater joy than time spent with your little one. That's truly the gift that keeps on giving. Of course, if you're still in need of some last minute gift ideas, check out this guide from Amazon. Have a great weekend! --- Send in a voice message:


Don't Let Your Phone Become The Boss of You

Do you sometimes feel like your smartphone has become the boss of you, versus it actually being a tool for you to use? I recently happened upon a Medium article, titled “How To Configure Your iPhone To Work for You, Not Against You.” The post is a bit of a lengthy read, but the author recognized this and decided to break it up into three sections, based on how far you wanted to go. The post was from late 2018, so it is fairly up to date for the latest iteration of iOS. As a bit of a segue then, Anchor recently rolled out an update to their Voice Messages feature, available anywhere on web or mobile. You may have heard about the new feature in an ad read, but basically the feature allows listeners to submit one minute voice messages to podcast creators, by clicking the link below in the notes here. You used to have to download the app, but not anymore! Anchor does state, "to ensure everyone has a great experience on Anchor, we do not permit anonymously sent Voice Messages — senders will need to sign up or log into an Anchor account in order to send a message, so you can see who it’s coming from." So with that, what are your thoughts about the state of our smart phone usage? What 'hacks' do you use to limit your screen time, increase productivity and more? Leave a voice message and I'll include it on a future episode! Finally, if you follow along on Instagram, you'll see I frequently like to share quotes for the day. I'd like to start integrating that into the podcast to wrap up episodes, and to encourage engagement. To get the ball rolling, let's use a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin, "beware the little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship." What's your take? What little expenses have you eliminated? As always, if you'd prefer not to leave a voice message, but want to participate, send a message via the site! --- Send in a voice message:


There's A Card For That - Introducing The Apple Card

A couple weeks ago, Apple made one of its largest forays into services, a change from their usual events regarding new hardware products or OS updates. While the changes to their TV offerings and News app were widely suspected, there was one announcement that raised some curiosity. Apple announced their own credit card, the Apple Card. Our thanks to Audible as well for sponsoring the show. If you'd like a 30 day trial and a free book, be sure to click here. As always, thank you for listening, and we'd love to hear your feedback about the Apple Card! Be sure to send an email to and please consider our Listener Support feature below as well! Supporters will get shoutouts in future episodes. If listening on Apple Podcasts, please be sure to rate the show as it will help us to further spread the word. --- Send in a voice message:


How To Become More Financially Organized

Social media. Bank accounts. Subscriptions. Credit cards. You name it, you probably have a log in for it. Here’s food for thought though. While none of us ever want to ponder what might happen after we leave this mortal coil, there will be those left behind that may have the inevitable task of needing to handle your finances, log ins and more. The question is, do you have all this documented? More than likely not. Enter the My Lifetime Financial Organizer - listen in for more! Also, while most would argue that it would make a lot more sense to pay off your debt first, particularly if it’s a high interest credit card debt, could a case be made to also increase your savings as well? Finally, Starbucks is rolling out changes to their rewards program in participating locations. Do you think you'll visit the chain more? Less? What are some of your other favorite loyalty programs? Send a comment with your thoughts! It's spring, and with that can come some rainy days inside. So why not curl up with Audible and get a free day 30 trial and book today? As mentioned, Anchor has a great listener support feature - and if you make a contribution, you'll get a shout out on the show as well as the chance to be a co host if interested! If you have a small business with a product or service that saves consumers time and money, we'd love to highlight you! --- Send in a voice message: