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Author: Mandi Woodruff and Tiffany Aliche

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Brown Ambition is a weekly podcast about juggling life, career, and building wealth on your own terms. Your hosts are Mandi Woodruff, executive editor of MagnifyMoney.com and former personal finance reporter for Yahoo Finance, and Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche, an award-winning financial educator and best-selling author of "The One-Week Budget."
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We're still out of breath from the election, but we are breathing a little easier. But Covid-19 is on the rise again and the holidays are coming up. It's going to be a hard year for family gatherings (or lack thereof). We hope you stay safe and give yourself some time off if you can. But we still need to find time to celebrate the good things. And one super good thing we can celebrate is Tiff released the cover for her book, Get Good With Money (2:15)! The book is coming in March 2021. But in the meantime you take the financial wholeness quiz to see how close you are to being financially whole. We've got some great questions for you this week like: (25:00) I’m just having a lot of trouble saving money. Is it actually possible for me to save money when there just doesn’t seem to be enough? (31:20) I own a home that’s in need of a LOT of work. I took a home equity loan for the repairs. I haven’t spent the money yet because of the pandemic. Should I hold onto that money or go ahead with the repairs? Check out these links for more info: BA Episode with Christina and Amon from Our Rich Journey Our Rich Journey Our Rich Journey Jr What's a Home Equity Loan? Pixel LabCorp Covid-19 Test Neal Katyal on IG Stay Tuned with Preet Podcast
It's over! And we're breathing, at least a little. We made it y'all. It's been along four years, but Black folks (Black women specifically) pulled through and helped take this thing over the top for us. We hope wherever you are, you're able to relax and release some tension. But work is NOT over! There are two really important runoff elections happening in Georgia (16:20). These elections will help determine control of the Senate, and that could make a HUGE difference for what the next two years (at least) look like. Here's a great article describing how you can help even if you don't live in Georgia. Let's WORK. And we've got some great questions from you guys this week too: (38:54) I’ve got 40k in the stock market, should I pull some of that money out for a down payment on a house? (46:28) Yesterday I was fired from my new job. I experienced so much hate from the white women in the office, I think because of the election. Do you know anywhere I can go work and feel safe as a black woman? For further reading, check out: https://www.navipsych.com/ https://www.higherheightsleadershipfund.org/ https://sheshouldlead.com/ https://therapyforblackgirls.com/ ----------------------------------------------------------------- Don’t forget about our new merch store. Use the promo code BROWNAMBITION15 to get 15% off your BA swag at https://brownambitionstore.com/ And please support our sponsors: http://rothys.com/brownambition http://betterhelp.com/brownambition – Special offer for Brown Ambition listeners, get 10% off your first month http://fiverr.com – Receive 10% off your first order by using our code BrownAmbition
Election day is over. All that's left is for us to send some love to our future selves and hope things haven't gotten too wild. We're trying to focus on what's good. Like the fact that 115 BIPOC women are running for election this year! (8:47). And at least we know where people stand. It's no longer impolite to talk politics, and honestly we're here for that. Regardless of what happens in the election, let's take a minute to breathe, then get ready to get back to work. Because there's much more to do. In the meantime, we're here to answer your money questions! This week we'll talk about: (20:57) I have about $4,300 of credit card debt between two cards with high interest. Is it a good idea to get a personal loan with a lower interest rate to consolidate that debt? (26:20) - I own 4 timeshares, but now I realize they’re a waste of money. Do you have any good advice for how I can get out of them? To learn more, check out these links: Options To Get Out of Your Timeshare The Master Investor Farnoosh Greenwood Bank Magnify Money's list of Black Owned Banks Tela Holcomb Higher Heights Leadership Fund --------------------------------------------- Don’t forget about our new merch store. Use the promo code BROWNAMBITION15 to get 15% off your BA swag at https://brownambitionstore.com/ And please support our sponsors: http://rothys.com/brownambition http://betterhelp.com/brownambition – Special offer for Brown Ambition listeners, get 10% off your first month http://fiverr.com – Receive 10% off your first order by using our code BrownAmbition
The Election is coming up y'all (and no we're not going to stop talking about it). Do you have a plan to vote? Do you have a plan B? Check out iwillvote.com to make sure you're registered, find ballot drop off locations, and get all the voting information you need. Let's DO this. And not to flex, but Tiff was on Good Morning America last week (1:00:38). Its a great segment where she gets to share her story, some basic budgeting tips, and celebrate the HUGE positive impact she's had for Black and Brown women all over the country. Check it out here. The questions we cover this week are pretty great too. We'll cover: (32:36) - what’s the best retirement account for someone who’s only a few years away from retirement? (41:20) - Because of covid, I’ve gotten generous refunds on stipends from my school, what should I do with this extra money sitting in my savings? To read and learn more, check out the links below: The Noodle Budget Roth IRAs Higher Heights Leadership Fund
Before we begin this week, we need to have word about knowing what you're worth. Its Covid and times are tough, but some people (big companies) are acting wild trying to take advantage of people. Also you'll remember awhile back, a listener wrote in asking about draining her 401k to pay off her debt. The BA fam cam through and someone offered to buy a grocery card for her (25:40). Y'all are amazing. Then it's on to your questions. This week we've got: (28:22) I’m shopping for a home, I’m trying to decide if I should take on a renovation project. How do you find a good Reno team that will do a good job and not take advantage of you? (38:12) Is a 529 plan a good way to save for college for my 2 year old granddaughter? (read more about 529's here) Don’t forget about our new merch store. Use the promo code BROWNAMBITION15 to get 15% off your BA swag at https://brownambitionstore.com/ And please support our sponsors: http://rothys.com/brownambition http://betterhelp.com/brownambition – Special offer for Brown Ambition listeners, get 10% off your first month http://fiverr.com – Receive 10% off your first order by using our code BrownAmbition
Election time is approaching (and we're not going to shut up about it)! Are you registered? Do you have a plan? Do you have a plan B? Let's DO THIS. If there was a time to be extra, that time is now. Talk to your family and friends and do everything you can so we might be able to breathe some sigh of relief in a month or so. Aaaaaaanyway... We're back to answer your questions this week, and we got some juicy ones like: (19:00) My husband are looking to be first time homebuyers and we have some different ideas about how to get educated, is there a such thing as a home buying adviser? (27:40) My husband wants to invest our emergency fund, but I want to keep it liquid, what's the best thing to do? Also check out this essay that mentions Brown Ambition! And don’t forget about our new merch store. Use the promo code BROWNAMBITION15 to get 15% off your BA swag at https://brownambitionstore.com/ And please support our sponsors: http://rothys.com/brownambition http://betterhelp.com/brownambition – Special offer for Brown Ambition listeners, get 10% off your first month http://fiverr.com – Receive 10% off your first order by using our code BrownAmbition And for more info on the SARS Police in Nigeria, you can read up on them here
The rona invades The White House, Mandi's getting relatives to vote, and Miss Mali More's getting animated! We're doing what we can to smile right now because LORDT. And we're back to answering your money questions and we got some big ones this week... (26:50) I've never bought stock before and my employer is offering an employee discount on their stock. Should I buy some and how much? (34:22) I've got a lot of debt, some money in savings, and some money in a 401k. Does it make sense to just wipe out my debt now? And don’t forget about our new merch store. Use the promo code BROWNAMBITION15 to get 15% off your BA swag at https://brownambitionstore.com/ Shout out to our wonderful sponsors: http://rothys.com/brownambition http://betterhelp.com/brownambition – Special offer for Brown Ambition listeners, get 10% off your first month http://fiverr.com – Receive 10% off your first order by using our code BrownAmbition Check out the links below for more resources: Mali More Employee Stock Purchase Plans The Noodle Budget Magnify Money's List of Banks Offering Covid Relief Covid Relief for Retirement Plans
This week we're back with another interview. We got to talk with Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach. She is a personal finance expert, speaker, and author of 15 money-management books, including the New York Times bestseller Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom. We talked to her about how she's slowly building her real estate empire. You'll hear: Buying a property with a recourse mortgage (37:25) What it's like to manage the paperwork and logistics when you have multiple tenants in the same property? (40:16) Staying diversified, how to think about investments like stocks versus real estate (49:07) The link between age and risk tolerance (59:17) We love Lynnette so much and we were honored to have her back on the show! And don't forget about our new merch store. Use the promo code BROWNAMBITION15 to get 15% off your BA swag at https://brownambitionstore.com/ Shout out to our wonderful sponsors: http://rothys.com/brownambition http://betterhelp.com/brownambition – Special offer for Brown Ambition listeners, get 10% off your first month http://fiverr.com – Receive 10% off your first order by using our code BrownAmbition
Hey, Hey, Hey — WE HAVE A MERCH STORE. Get your BA swag at last here: https://brownambitionstore.com/ To score 15% off your order, use the promo code BROWNAMBITION15 -- On today's show, the 2020 hits keep on coming. We're all grieving the death of the Notorious RBG — Ruth Bader Ginsburg. No one knows for sure what this this means for the future, but we do know that we need y'all to VOTE. Make sure you're registered, make a plan, and ask your friends to do the same. Presidential elections matter, but your local elections do too. Get informed and do the thing! Here's how. We've done some amazing interviews these last few weeks. But this week we're back to answering your questions. Just remember, we're your financial girlfriends, not your gurus. (20:30) Interest is super low on savings right now, should I take some of my savings out of the bank and put it into investments? (27:10) Should I have a Pre Tax 401k, or a Roth 401k? Is it a good idea to have both? (31:30) I'm 41 years old and I've never invested, where should I start? (36:45) I have lots of credit card debt, and a big lump sum of money coming in from a freelance job. How I should I use that money to pay my debt down? We need your help. The company Printful is who we've decided to get our merch from. We like their stuff very much, but they have a diversity problem in their choices of models. Mandi's made a feature request on the platform to have more women of color represented, and we need your help! You can go upvote Mandi's feature request. You do need to make a Printful account to do it, but it's a fast and simple process, shouldn't take more than a minute or so. Once you're signed in, you can find Mandi's feature request here. Shout out to our wonderful sponsors: http://rothys.com/brownambition http://betterhelp.com/brownambition - Special offer for Brown Ambition listeners, get 10% off your first month http://fiverr.com - Receive 10% off your first order by using our code BrownAmbition Further reading: 19 families buy nearly 97 acres of land in Georgia to create a city safe for Black people Noodle Budget 101 Index Funds vs. Mutual Funds: The Differences That Matter How Does a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRA Work?
Happy 5th anniversary to us...and all of you! We couldn't do this show without you, and we are so proud of this body of work. Whether you've been here say day 1 or you just subscribed this week, we are so grateful for your support. Today, we are walking down memory lane and chatting about some of our iconic episodes (Mouse in the House, anyone?!). Then, we're joined by a VERY special guest — Dr. Imani Walker from Bravo's Married to Medicine. She's here to give us some SOLID tips for staying sane during this quarantine, since it doesn't look like we'll be getting out any time soon. We're going to talk about: What is doomscrolling, and why should you stop? (39:20) What's the connection between the toilet paper shortage and anti-maskers? (41:40) What are the things we can do to bring back a sense of normalcy and control in our lives? (45:38) How do we learn to give ourselves a break? (51:15) The value of Black folks talking so openly about therapy (1:01:39) Why do we love our destructive habits so much? (1:06:45) It was an honor to have Dr. Imani on the show, and we hope you got something out of it like we did. To learn more about her, check out: https://doctor-imani.com/ https://imanistateofmind.com/podcast/ https://www.bravotv.com/married-to-medicine https://www.instagram.com/doctor.imani/?hl=en As always, reach out with your questions to brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Instagram @brownambitionpodcast
We're thrilled to bring you another interview this week! We're joined by Jaspreet Singh of The Minority Mindset. Like Tiffany, Jaspreet's story started with him falling victim to a scam (19:27). But he didn't let that stop him and he's now built The Minority Mindset into a YouTube channel with over 650,000 subscribers, a popular newsletter, and more. Jaspreet has SO much wisdom to share, and we're all so lucky to learn from him this week. We'll talk about: What does it mean to have a "minority mindset" (its not what you might think) (11:52) What actually is passive income, and where can we start? (31:20) What's a stock dividend? (35:24) What's the right mindset for getting into the stock market? (37:29) And where does Jaspreet go to get educated? (40:22) We have more exciting interviews coming up over the next weeks and months, we can't wait to share them with you! In the meantime, send your questions to brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Instagram @brownambitionpodcast Further reading/resources: Seeking Alpha Yahoo Finance Trump Tells Agencies To End Trainings On 'White Privilege' And 'Critical Race Theory'
Mandi's building a she shed (2:38), we honor the life of our King T'Challa (6:34), and Tiffany has an update on her home appraisal fiasco (28:43). At it's core, our goal with this show is to give y'all knowledge to empower yourselves. This is stuff lots of powerful people have a vested interest in us not knowing. The revolution is to play their game and play it for YOURSELF (26:45). And the questions we're answering this week focus on podcasting! We feel like we've done pretty okay at the whole podcasting thing, so we thought we'd answer some questions from folks about how our podcast is made and how other people might go about making one of their own. (42:55) - How do you get your podcast on Apple Podcasts? Libsyn - for podcast hosting iTunes Connect - for getting your show on Apple Podcasts (45:35) - how much of your conversation gets edited out of your podcast? (49:30) - how much of a time commitment is your show? (50:18) - how long does it take to edit your show? (52:42) - how much did you pay to start your podcast? Canva - for logo and graphics making Audacity - for editing and mixing Blue Yeti - a very common podcasting mic that lots of people (including us!) use (55:13) - how do you get ads? Further reading: New York Times report on racism in home appraisals Debra Kamin tweets about Tiffany's appraisal Apple and Tesla Stock Splits Robinhood Snacks Newsletter Minority Mindset Newsletter What's a Stock Dividend? As always, reach out with your questions to brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Instagram @brownambitionpodcast
Sandy Smith is the undisputed queen of side hustles. This week she gives us everything we need to know and then some about how to get started on a side hustle to get out of debt and save for your future. She runs the website https://yesiamcheap.com/, a personal finance blog dedicated to helping you live your best financial life. She's also the founder of Elevate, a conference aimed at helping Black and Brown folks live better financial lives. There are so many amazing insights in this episode, everything from Amazon, to drop shipping, to figuring out which products to sell. After you're done listening, go to yesiamcheap.com and start reading from top to bottom. Start with this article about side hustles to boost your income during quarantine and beyond. Further reading: A comparison of ETFs and Mutual Funds The Hustle Crew As always, reach out with your questions to brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Instagram @brownambitionpodcast
First and foremost we're paying respects to our girl Cici aka The Six Figure Chick. She passed away last week, and we needed to say a word about someone who's spent so much of their life giving and giving and giving. We love you and we'll miss you. And y'all had some great questions for us this week: My job position is unstable, but I have some money saved. I’ve started my own business, and I have credit card debt. Which is a better use for my savings? I want to get into stocks, is there an app you can recommend for beginners? Learn about this and more, and check out the resources below for everything we talked about this week: my2020census.gov magnifymoney.com Robin Hood (for trading stocks) Vanguard Investing What's a Target Date Fund? E-Trade What is Forex Trading? Living Apart Together Find out if/when you can vote early Reach out with your questions to brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Instagram @brownambitionpodcast
We got a HUGE response to our episode from last week! And since we got into Christina and Amon's channel, we've been diving down the YouTube rabbit hole and we wanted to share some of our favorite channels with you: Our Rich Journey (of course!) Our Rich Journey Junior Minority Mindset Investing with Rose His and Her Money We're interested in hearing your favs too, reach out and let us know who we should be watching! And y'all had great questions this week. We'll be talking about: What are your thoughts on pet insurance? I really don't like my current job, but I'm moving soon. Should I quit and get a new job knowing I'll only be around for a year? And finally, Tiffany is looking for an animator for a new Mali More project! If you are one or know someone who is, please go to https://thebudgetnista.com/contact/, send me a note, and make sure to put "animator" in the subject line. See the links below for more: Get to know Kamala Harris policygenius.com - You can shop for pet insurance here https://www.valuepenguin.com/insurance - You can also shop for pet insurance here
Amon and Christina were both government employees and parents of two kids. Through smart investing and a whole lot of hustle they were able to retire BEFORE AGE 40. Now they help other people pursue FIRE (Financial Independence, Early Retirement) on their YouTube channel, Our Rich Journey. In this episode you'll learn... how IKEA can be a gold mine for smart flippers ways to increase your savings without giving up everything you love why sometimes the smart thing in the stock market is the OPPOSITE of what lots of other people are doing (hint: we've told you this before!) We really loved having Amon and Christina on the show, and we're interested in who you might want us to invite on the show. Send your suggestions (along with your money questions) to brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Instagram @brownambitionpodcast Links: Our Rich Journey Our Rich Journey Junior NY Times article about the lack of diversity in the FIRE movement
As the end of the extended unemployment benefits looms, we're learning more about what the new stimulus bill may look like. All we know is you need to put your mask on and vote like your life depends on it. Get your VOTE mask here: https://www.resistancebydesign.com/fair-fight?fbclid=IwAR0OvKnh_kLru-NTZNpFqeaa9COHS6Myuz263jBWzlZrdE1zSlyeLI0M2_o We're also answering your questions, including one from Tiffany's mom! The lease is up on my car and I'm way below my miles, is it a good idea to buy it? How do you make your recruiting process more diverse and inclusive? Reach out with your questions to brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Instagram @brownambitionpodcast
The whole country is trying to figure out what to do about school for next year. Lots of parents are trying to make some really difficult decisions right now. What are you doing about school as some school districts return to in person classes? Hit us up and let us know what’s happening where you’re at. And of course we're answering your questions like: The interest rate on my high yield savings account dropped to 1% because of the pandemic. Is there a point where I should pull my money out? My boss wants to pay for a certification that would help me move up in my current field. But I hate my current field. How do I balance wanting to do the best for me and the guilt of feeling like I’m taking advantage of/misleading my current company? And if you're like Tiffany and you're trying to find insurance, check out policygenius.com. You can find insurance there for basically anything. Reach out with your questions to brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Instagram @brownambitionpodcast
How do you get into your zone of genius? Tiffany's business coach has her whole team figuring out the intersection of what they're good at and what they love doing. She's already seeing returns. The point? Asking for help is baeeeeeee And you all had some great questions for us this week like: The pandemic has made our income uncertain, would it be weird for us to move back in with my in laws? I got a job offer right out of school in the middle of this pandemic. But the company has said nothing about the current moment in BLM movement. Should I take this job? My company has said/done nothing in support of BLM, then sent a company wide letter asking people to be mindful of “certain conversations”. Should I say something? Check out the links below for more info: Zones of Functioning: https://www.forbes.com/sites/briannawiest/2018/09/26/how-to-get-into-the-zone-of-genius-and-unlock-your-highest-potential/#590933b95672 US Credit Card Debt is DOWN: https://www.cnbc.com/select/revolving-credit-debt-lowest-since-the-great-recession/ Reach out with your questions to brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Instagram @brownambitionpodcast
This week we're doing something a little different. Instead of answering questions, we're following up! Awhile back, a listener asked a question about negotiating salary during the pandemic. We gave her some advice, and this week she followed up to let us know how things went. Also a few weeks back, Tiffany shared her story about learning what the drama triangle is. She talked about learning how to set boundaries and say no. A listener heard that story and wrote in to talk about her situation and how it helped. Check out the link below for more info on what the drama triangle is... What is the drama triangle?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_XSeUYa0-8 Facebook post about home appraisal and racism: https://www.facebook.com/abbbbbbSH/posts/10157315957283671
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Adam Jones

Hello, My name is Altagracia. Were you able to help your friend with the school situation. I am a parent advocate in Newark and would help if needed. Please also remember that some of the charter schools like Grey Charter do not go through Newark enrolls.

Mar 3rd
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OriginalReD

I have students loans and they're all listed individually (every semester). Should I consolidate them?

Oct 21st
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gg jg

the audio just cut when tiffany was still talking...

Oct 19th
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Michael Silas

😩 would love to work for you. working for you sounds awesome!!

Jul 30th
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Wonder MacHingura

enjoyed your show with Tela...just started this trading thing and I'm learning how to do it .I'm happy to know some ok be actually started from zero knowledge and now she is retired!

Dec 26th
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Altovise J. Adams

Hi I was listing to your podcast on student loan debt. I am in a chapter 13 because I could pay my loans and my car that I needed to get work I am coming to the end of my chapter 13 and unsure what to do??

Aug 28th
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