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The Fiscal Firecrackers

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The Fiscal Firecrackers educates, entertains and empowers people about their money. In every episode, hosts Susan Yeagley and Galia Gichon combine their superpowers to share educational financial information, tips, tricks and their own personal anecdotes to motivate listeners to make the most with their wallet. It’s the ideal fusion of money, smarts, humor and heart - you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you'll learn, you’ll be entertained and you’ll walk away with a personal financial plan ready to take on the world. Hosts: Susan Yeagley - a renowned comedic actress with a side-hustle hobby of wanting to learn everything there is to know about money. Her TV credits include playing "Jessica Wicks" on the hit NBC show "Parks and Recreation" and much more. Galia Gichon - an independent personal financial expert with more than 20 years in financial services including nearly ten years on Wall Street and an MBA in Finance. Our Executive Producer is Jill Leiderman - a late night TV veteran who has produced alongside Jon Stewart, David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel over the past three decades.

The Fiscal Firecrackers educates, entertains and empowers people about their money. In every episode, hosts Susan Yeagley and Galia Gichon combine their superpowers to share educational financial information, tips, tricks and their own personal anecdotes to motivate listeners to make the most with their wallet. It’s the ideal fusion of money, smarts, humor and heart - you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you'll learn, you’ll be entertained and you’ll walk away with a personal financial plan ready to take on the world. Hosts: Susan Yeagley - a renowned comedic actress with a side-hustle hobby of wanting to learn everything there is to know about money. Her TV credits include playing "Jessica Wicks" on the hit NBC show "Parks and Recreation" and much more. Galia Gichon - an independent personal financial expert with more than 20 years in financial services including nearly ten years on Wall Street and an MBA in Finance. Our Executive Producer is Jill Leiderman - a late night TV veteran who has produced alongside Jon Stewart, David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel over the past three decades.

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United States

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The Fiscal Firecrackers educates, entertains and empowers people about their money. In every episode, hosts Susan Yeagley and Galia Gichon combine their superpowers to share educational financial information, tips, tricks and their own personal anecdotes to motivate listeners to make the most with their wallet. It’s the ideal fusion of money, smarts, humor and heart - you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you'll learn, you’ll be entertained and you’ll walk away with a personal financial plan ready to take on the world. Hosts: Susan Yeagley - a renowned comedic actress with a side-hustle hobby of wanting to learn everything there is to know about money. Her TV credits include playing "Jessica Wicks" on the hit NBC show "Parks and Recreation" and much more. Galia Gichon - an independent personal financial expert with more than 20 years in financial services including nearly ten years on Wall Street and an MBA in Finance. Our Executive Producer is Jill Leiderman - a late night TV veteran who has produced alongside Jon Stewart, David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel over the past three decades.

Language:

English


Episodes

24: Credit Cards: The Good, The Bad + The Ugly

9/23/2022
Credit cards. Humans carry a small piece of plastic that allows us to borrow money with the intent to pay it back. How we handle these cards builds our lifetime credit history leading to creating wealth, whether or not we get a job or possibly even landing us in debt depending on our spending habits. Don’t worry - Galia and Susan hold your hand through it all. Galia deciphers key terms like “grace period,” explains which credit card benefits are best (i.e. travel, cash back), breaks down...

23. Will Power

9/16/2022
Think you don’t need a will? Think again. Dreading making a will? Galia and Susan promise to make it easy, accessible and, dare we say - fun. Though estate planning is no laughing matter, The Fiscal Firecrackers will keep you entertained while covering how to create a will and/or trust, make good decisions about your well earned money/ possessions and tips to protect all you’ve accrued for yourself and your loved ones. Galia walks us through options of where to go to make a...

22. "Budget" is NOT a dirty word

8/19/2022
"Budget" is NOT a dirty word - we promise! If done correctly, creating a budget can be the foundation to your financial house. We will help you embrace the concept of building your budget to find financial comfort and freedom. Galia shares tips such as giving yourself a waiting period on a purchase, the 50/30/20 budget (tracking apps for variable expenses) and more. Susan reveals her mall shopping Firecracker moves while eating her "mall salad" plus the results of her green and heated...

Duration:00:28:07

21. Summer Money

8/12/2022
Tired of being cooped up? Finally ready to travel this summer? Before you hop on a plane, let’s organize your money. If you’re exploring internationally, the Euro is currently at the same rate as the dollar for the first time in 20 years, so plan accordingly. Or are you more comfortable spending your vacation staying at home and earning from your couch? No problem. Learn ways to take advantage of global Investing. Galia turns us on to International Mutual Funds for your retirement plan and...

Duration:00:38:10

21. Summer Money

8/12/2022
Tired of being cooped up? Finally ready to travel this summer? Before you hop on a plane, let’s organize your money. If you’re exploring internationally, the Euro is currently at the same rate as the dollar for the first time in 20 years, so plan accordingly. Or are you more comfortable spending your vacation staying at home and earning from your couch? No problem. Learn ways to take advantage of global Investing. Galia turns us on to International Mutual Funds for your retirement plan and...

Duration:00:38:03

20. The Grapes of ROTH

8/5/2022
The ROTH IRA is an amazing retirement tool that offers tax-free options as our money grows. Galia answers all of your questions regarding ROTH IRAs and why they are so beneficial for your portfolio. Who can open one? Can you do so if you are self employed or work for a company? Can your teen open a ROTH? How should you pick investments for your ROTH IRA and where is best to open one? Hey - who created the Roth? Susan reveals how easily seduced she is by safe deposit boxes and their...

Duration:00:32:13

19. Money Pet Peeves #2

7/29/2022
We did it before. We're at it again. Venting about money pet peeves is cathartic to blow off some steam regarding our bucks, your bucks and even a complete stranger's bucks. We're shoving our nose in all of it - Venmo etiquette, waiters who assume where to drop the bill, sommeliers who pick the table sniffer, meeting "The Bickersons," Warren Buffett's portfolio, Crypto and more.

Duration:00:26:45

18: Credit Reports + Scores: The Sequel.

7/22/2022
Like “Jaws”? You’ll love “Jaws 2.” Like “Grease”? You’ll love “Grease 2.” We’re at it again. You had more credit card questions so we are here to answer them in @fiscalfirecracker Episode 18: “Credit Reports + Scores: The Sequel.” Galia teaches us good daily money habits that can influence our credit score plus tips on spending smarter to feel more in control of our money destiny. Susan shares how competitive she got over her credit score versus her husband’s as well as their recent real...

Duration:00:38:02

17: Oh Give Me A Home

7/15/2022
What’s an ARM? What’s PMI? How do I get the best interest rate? Buying a house can be daunting. It requires spending a lot of money and handling a lot of details. It can seem like a pipedream. Saving for a downpayment, understanding financial terms and sifting through a tidal wave of information just to step up to your front door. Galia shares how home ownership at any income level is well within your reach and affordable. Susan shares the secret dream home she's imagined since...

Duration:00:29:22

16. Credit Reports + Scores 101

7/8/2022
Ugh. Credit reports and scores. They might seem mysterious, but it turns out they’re vital to your financial health. We should be checking ours annually to make sure there are no errors which could keep us from getting credit or the best available terms on a loan. In Episode 16, Galia breaks down what credit reports are, where to find yours, how often to request a copy, what your score means, gives ways to fix any errors as well as tips to earn the highest score possible. Susan touts her...

Duration:00:40:15

15. Kids + Kash

7/1/2022
When is it too early to start talking to your kids about money? That’s a trick question because it’s never too early! There are steps you can take to help them (and their dollars) grow at every age and stage of their lives. Galia and Susan address what you can do to help set your child up early with both good financial habits as well as lay the foundation for their long-term wealth well-being. From family money meetings, to putting yourself before your kids financially, how to set up...

Duration:00:31:58

14. You’re a Sexy M.F.’er (Mutual Funder)

6/24/2022
Mutual funds. What the heck are they? Mutual funds are the cornerstone of our retirement plans. They are also the best way to start socking money away and earning more - even if you have no money saved. Mutual funds make the investing process much simpler and more streamlined. Think of them as “one stop shopping” for your investments. Yet they can seem overwhelming and intimidating. In episode 14, “You’re a Sexy M.F.’er (Mutual Funder),” Galia teaches us what they are and advises how...

Duration:00:31:12

13. The Emotional Rollercoaster of Money

6/17/2022
We all know money isn’t just about the numbers. It’s SO much more. Our personal history and specific circumstances can affect every financial decision we make. Sometimes we feel lacking even though we have plenty in the bank. Or maybe we feel like we will never have enough. Episode 13 of @fiscalfirecracker “The Emotional Rollercoaster of Money” helps you understand what may trigger your emotional response to money and how to best to handle it. Galia shares tips on understanding...

Duration:00:33:28

12. Money Pet Peeves #1

6/10/2022
Money. Though it’s just paper and coins, its worth gives it either positive or negative association. Financial situations have the capacity to make us elated or frustrated. In episode 12, Galia and Susan to spout off their dollar pet peeves for some much needed cathartic relief. Irksome moments like navigating an improperly split restaurant check, gracefully handling irritating money conversations with friends + family and not blowing your stack when being upsold a bag of fusilli with...

Duration:00:36:32

11. First Jobs

6/3/2022
Got a new job? We’ve got you covered. Galia shares tips on how to put your best foot forward including asking for a “crumb” more, how to take advantage of your company’s benefits and keeping track of your accomplishments. Susan shares tales from her early gigs - dancing as an extra in a music video, high school humpin’ on a sweater-folding table and bakin’ up dirty delights in a restaurant’s pizza oven.

Duration:00:44:47

10. You ask. We answer. #2

5/27/2022
You have MORE money questions. We have MORE money answers. Our Fiscal Firecracker inbox keeps growing - we’ve now received even more worthwhile queries so we decided to devote yet another entire episode to answering them. Galia and Susan address a wide range of topics per your request: what to do with an inherited IRA, how to deal with inflation at the gas pump/grocery store and how best to work with your financial advisor - especially at age 76! Susan reveals her deeply personal...

Duration:00:21:56

9. Vacation W.B.T.B. (Without Breaking the Bank)

5/20/2022
Ah, vacation. We all dream about it. With inflation looming, market volatility and economic uncertainty, how best to plan for a fiscally responsible break? Galia shares online resources and tips to make a trip affordable - even when traveling internationally. Susan recounts stories from her family excursions including dirty motel pools, stolen shoes, a 19k refund and what NOT to wear in a passport photo - unless you’re a nudist.

Duration:00:34:29

8. You ask. We answer. #1

5/13/2022
You have money questions. We have money answers. Our Fiscal Firecracker inbox received so many worthwhile queries that we decided to devote entire episodes to them. For the premiere, Galia and Susan address a wide range of topics: money management tools, credit card tips for your teen child, annuities for retirees, IRAs and even a daily exercise to help prioritize your spending habits. Susan shares her budget hacks for New York and springs some questions on Galia herself.

Duration:00:31:53

7. Investing With Your Values

5/6/2022
We all need money to survive, cover our expenses and uphold our quality of life. But once we fulfill those needs, where should we we choose to put our cash to better the world around us? What entities feel worthwhile to support with your dollars? For example, are you passionate about climate change, the environment or sustainability? Then how about merging your investments with your values? It’s easier than you think and deeply gratifying. In this episode, Galia shares ways to merge...

Duration:00:39:39

6. Get Yourself A Spicy Retirement

4/29/2022
Straight off their debut as guests on “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” Galia and Susan tackle the subject of retirement. Dreaming of what your life will look like when you no longer have to work? If you follow our tips now, you’ll avoid living a boring or compromised retirement. The sunset years may look differently for each of us, but we will all want to have the ability to design them to our specs. By employing our guidance, you can prepare yourself to be comfortably free of financial concerns...

Duration:00:35:33