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Best friends Joel and Matt believe that when you handle your money in a purposeful, thoughtful way that works for your lifestyle, you can really start living a rich life.

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Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like how students who lost summer jobs could be eligible for unemployment, what to do if you received a stimulus payment intended for a deceased family member, the coin shortage that small businesses are experiencing, and some thoughts if you’re considering lending money to a friend or family member. After all of that we dive into the new soaring costs of streaming TV services. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How do you achieve FIRE? Last week we discussed the pros and cons of the Financial Independence Retire Early movement, and this week we’re covering the practical steps that will allow you to achieve FIRE. There are some basic principles that we all need to follow, even when our individual  journeys towards FIRE all look different. So in this episode we’ll be encouraging you to envision what you would want your ‘post-work’ life to look like- do you picture a more lean or luxurious retirement? And then beyond that we’ll get practical with the financial moves you need to be making now- things like where to invest your retirement, how you’ll know you’ve saved enough, and then how to draw on that money without penalty. During this episode we enjoyed a Speedway Stout by AleSmith Brewing Co! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
We have a really inspiring interview today that will encourage anyone who is looking to change their life by paying down debt. Jen Smith is a personal finance expert and she has the experience to back it up. Jen and her husband paid off $78,000 of debt in less than two years making well under 6-figures. She's been featured in Kiplinger, U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine, and she's co-host of the Frugal Friends podcast and blogs over at ModernFrugality.com. Getting out of debt and frugality go hand in hand, so we spend some time talking about why frugality is so important and what it means to be frugal. We also cover some of Jen’s favorite tactics and strategies that she used in order to become debt free. During this episode we each enjoyed a cold brewed coffee since we recorded this episode in the morning (back with craft beer on Wednesday)! And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like 2019 Roth IRA contributions, high credit card interest rates, and how federal unemployment benefits are coming to a close. And then we talk some about the future of cities and the impact the pandemic might have on intown vs suburb living. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Financial Independence Retire Early- you’ve likely heard the term on the show and this movement has gained a lot of steam over the past decade. And even though we agree with most of the tenets of FIRE, there can be side effects or negative consequences that can occur when it’s taken too far. Just like with almost anything in life, when there isn’t a proper balance, something that’s normally good can easily become something bad. That’s what we’re going to talk about today- the pros and the aspects and behaviors that it encourages that we love. But we’re also going to cover the cons of FIRE and how certain actions could actually keep us from attaining the goals we’re truly seeking. During this episode we enjoyed a Fruit and Hops on the Bottom which is a collaboration between Stillwater and Hoof Hearted Brewing! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - Should I ask for a credit limit increase in order to increase my credit score? 2 - What are my options when it comes to paying off an installment loan? 3 - As I begin down the path towards home ownership, what things should I consider? 4 - How much of my company stock should I sell in order to pay off some credit card debt? 5 - What type of bike would you recommend for riding around with a kid seat attached? During this episode we enjoyed a Time, Love, and Tenderness by Wild Leap! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like where you can find baking help from professionals, your rights if you owe money, and PPP forgiveness guidelines. Then we talk with our friend Scott Keyes of Scott’s Cheap Flights and he shares some really important travel information with us as it pertains to the pandemic. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
As the repair costs of owning an old car begin to add up, you might be wondering if it makes sense to ditch it. Many folks make the decision to abandon their still solid vehicle based on the desire to drive something newer instead of an actual need for something more reliable. The costs of upgrading your car could blow a hole in your personal finances since transportation costs are typically the second line item on most budgets. But we also understand that a vehicle is more than just a way to get from point a to point b - for many, there is an emotional component as well. Today we’re going to cover when you should repair a used car and when you should consider getting rid of it and opting for something newer. And we'll also touch on how to sell your old car and how to go about making that purchase if you do decide to upgrade. During this episode we enjoyed a Zombie Dust by 3 Floyds Brewing Co - thanks to Doug for sending this one our way! And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Our guest on this episode is Lynnette Khalfani-Cox. Lynnette, also known as The Money Coach, is a personal finance expert, television and radio personality, and the author of 15 books, including the New York Times bestseller Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom. A turning point is when she found herself in $100,000 worth of credit card debt and so we’re excited to hear how she overcame that debt, and we’re also covering the important topic of economic violence and the impact it has had on Black Americans. Lynnette is a former financial news journalist, who now teaches individuals nationwide how to better manage their finances - we’re glad to have her join us on the podcast to not only share some money lessons but her personal story as well. During this episode we enjoyed a Funky Gold Mosaic by Prairie Artisan Ales! And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like where to look for a great price on a used car, renewable energy costs, and the effects of a deferment on your credit score. Then we discuss whether stores should raise prices on items during a pandemic and we also dive into speculative investing and the rise of daytrading. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Have our financial lives become so complex, that the different ‘advanced’ options available to us are actually keeping us from doing the right things altogether? It seems that the more complicated the approach we take to our money, the more likely the wheels are going to come off as we completely bag the system down the road. It’s a sad irony that applies to many of us- whether because we are overwhelmed with the convoluted nature of our personal finances, or maybe due to the fact that we lose interest as we’re distracted by the next cool piece of technology that promises the results we want to see. For the vast majority of us, the simplest approach is often the best. So we’ll cover the importance of simplicity by highlighting the issues with complexity, and we’ll also discuss how to make your personal financial life a winning mix of straightforward yet thoughtful at the same time. During this episode we enjoyed a Scorpius Morchella by Toppling Goliath- thanks to Kelsey for donating this one to the show! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - If I try to purchase a home with cash, can I expect to get a better deal? How does this work? 2 - My employer is changing health coverage options, so what should I do with money that is in my HSA? 3 - What are CDs and are they a good idea these days? 4 - How should I go about shopping for the lowest mortgage rate? 5 - Should I be contributing to my 403b at work, or should I focus on my Roth IRA instead? During this episode we enjoyed a Pseudo Sue by Toppling Goliath- thanks to Kelsey for donating this one to the show! And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Friday episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like the updated Paycheck Protection Program and what that means for small businesses, taking time off in order to avoid burnout, and the ridiculous overdraft fees banks charge. Then we also dive into thew new jobs in our country as well as what it looks like to go back to work. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Money just feels like a topic that is off-limits when it comes to discussions you have with your friends. Is it because it’s too personal? Maybe you feel it’s none of your business? A big part of why we started How to Money is because we feel that money conversations need to happen more often. Talking about money shines a light on it and brings about awareness, which can ultimately lead to improvement as we all have room to grow. Listen as we discuss some of the major ways you’re likely missing out if you’re not talking about money. And then we wrap it up with some practical tips that can help you when it comes to striking up a money conversation with your friends and family. During this episode we enjoyed a Zoose Joose by Westbrook and Angry Chair. And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
We’ve all made some financial mistakes, but hopefully through reading, listening to podcasts, and learning from our previous mistakes, we can move forward and make smarter moves with our money. That’s what we’re covering during this interview. Our guest today is Jill Schlesinger who is an on-air CBS News Business Analyst who covers the economy as she guides people through their personal financial decisions. Jill is a Certified Financial Planner and also the author of the book "The Dumb Things Smart People do with Their Money". In this interview we spend some time talking about a lot of those dumb things, and we also dive into how Jill got her start in all things money. During this interview we enjoyed a Wedge Salad by Green Bench Brewing that we picked up on a recent ‘work’ bike ride! And as we have ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
*While we typically try and record our Friday episode just days before being published, we recorded 207 and 210 weeks ago in order for us to be able to take some time off with our families. This means the death of George Floyd and the protests around the country hadn’t occurred yet and we were not able to comment. However, we believe that Black Lives Matter and we encourage our listeners to all work toward making our world a more loving place.* Friday episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like the uptick in scams, falling interest rates and their effect on student loans and savings rates, and pay cuts at work. Then we also talk with our friend and real estate investor Chad Carson to get his thoughts if investing in real estate is still a good idea. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Is everything in life negotiable? It depends on who you ask. We all enjoy paying less than we have to and getting a deal, but there are certain instances where it makes more sense than others. Just because you can negotiate a bill to get a few bucks off doesn’t mean it’s a good use of your time, when there might be a different bill that you should focus on instead. There are several areas in our personal finances that we often overlook to the detriment of our bank accounts. And then one of the other problems is knowing how to go about the process of negotiating- what strategies to use and what steps to take in order to make the biggest impact. And so we’re going to address, not only how to negotiate, but also who to negotiate with, in order to make it worth our time. During this episode we enjoyed a Tampa Timeshare Grapefruit-Basil Gose by Wrecking Bar Brewpub- one of our favorite local breweries. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
We’re kicking off the week by answering your questions! And if you have a question for us, we’d love for you to submit your own via HowToMoney.com/ask/ 1 - How big should my emergency fund be and should I count my Roth contributions towards that cash cushion? 2 - Should I open up a high interest custodial savings account or a 529 Plan for my baby with some gift money? 3 - Is it OK to snag a store discount by signing up for a store credit card, even though my credit is frozen? 4 - As a recent graduate, should I pay down my student loans or begin investing instead? 5 - How do I go about buying a used car without a brick and mortar bank? During this episode we enjoyed an Inexplicable Unease, by Bhramari Brewing. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Friday episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like Netflix cancelling subscriptions, the high price folks pay for delivery apps, and AI and customer service. We also spend some time on the most affordable used cars today and where you can buy them, as well as whether or not the work office is dead now that so many of us are working from home. And as we’ve ramped up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
There are professionals who can help us in almost every aspect of our lives. In some cases it’s a slam dunk easy decision, but there are other times when we can, and should, handle it ourselves. The problem is knowing when to DIY it and when to call in the big guns, the professionals, in this case- the financial advisor. There are a lot of aspects of our personal finances that don’t require professional help. You don’t need a financial advisor to tell you that you need to start paying down your debt and get that employer match in your 401k. But there are some more complicated issues that might arise when it would make sense to hire a pro. Listen to this episode and see if you should be considering hiring a financial advisor or going it alone. During this episode we enjoyed a Catharsis by Treehouse Brewing- thanks to Bryan and Caitlin for donating this one to the show! And as we ramp up the podcast with an additional Friday episode every week, we could really use your help to spread the word- let friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to spread the word to get more people doing smart things with their money in these difficult times! Best friends out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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Comments (61)

William Edwards

I've listened to almost every episode and think you guys are great. But no chatbot or automated phone system has ever been able to do anything for me but the simplest tasks, the ones I can do online anyway.

Jun 12th
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Morgan Besterman

I've learned so much from this podcast! Great ideas for tuning up your finances and learning to live more mindfully. Keep it up Matt and Joel!

Feb 19th
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Levi Andersen

My style of podcast, has been helpful teaching me insights into better money management

Sep 16th
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William Edwards

I can't help but comment. I love love love this show. But this woman is incredibly annoying. Her parents are responsible for her shift. And 44 cents in the 90s in China isnt so bad for food. She talks way too fast and throws buzzwords around like flies. Imagine trying to get a word in or disagreeing with her. And newsflash if you're spending 40k a year living overseas and that's somehow cheaper than living in the states, you're doing it wrong. Nobody I know considers 40k cheap.

Sep 6th
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lisa white

please make a show about how to buy a cheap used car in good condition. im talking under 5000. ty. keep it up. i love you guys❣

Aug 19th
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Kevin Castellano

Can you guys do an episode on Prize Linked Savings Account PLSA?

Aug 9th
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Ruby

Bookmarked for job security

Aug 7th
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Morgan Besterman

fantastic episode!

Aug 6th
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James Little

I think this podcast is excellent and accessable. Ideally public education would teach these kinds of money concepts. Since it doesn't (at least not in New Mexico) I'm very happy to learn about them from two engaging people who are clearly great friends. It's an easy podcast to listen to and it teaches you quite a bit along the way.

Jun 26th
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podperson

she offered nothing concrete aside from live minimally and invest in rental properties. im calling bullshit on this lady, shes leaving out key info.

Apr 30th
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Jonny

Finally, an episode for the masses.

Apr 29th
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Eva Ramirez

Thanks for the podcast! I appreciate that it is not as preachy as some other financial podcasts. We all make mistakes but we all came here to better ourselves.

Apr 10th
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Sean Koniarz

loving the podcast. trying to get better with money and this podcast is for sure helping. I don't really care about the beer drinking but I just skip thru it if I want to end the episode a few minutes faster. and it keeps the podcast at the roots of where it started

Apr 7th
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gamisou

I really like these guys but it's unbelievabably annoying when they talk about craft beer and other garbage for 15 minutes

Apr 5th
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Ethan Pcolar

Light-hearted, easy listening with a solid structure. I like how they keep beer as the end caps on an episode and avoid financial jargon that may derail less savvy listeners. This podcast and the guys' attitudes throughout help paint money in an approachable and fun way. Whether it's a quick tip, advice from financial big dogs, or a grounded anecdote at the root of a financial lesson; these guys deliver great insight on the seemingly complex world of $$$. Overall: a great addition to your podcast quiver.

Mar 28th
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Mo Hossain

Fantastic podcast, with lots of insights into personal finance and life hacks. Recommended for everyone!

Mar 20th
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L.

I just got my first credit card and I had NO IDEA that credit utilization effected my score. great podcast!

Mar 14th
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Nicole Jakubiak

I love, love 😍 this podcast. Money stuff can be so intimidating, but you guys make it easy to listen, and learn, and enable the tips you talk about! Plus, I don't feel down on myself for some things that I could be doing better! Thanks for making this podcast!

Mar 10th
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jason monday

go small and enjoy your home!

Mar 8th
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chetan patil

if you guys could start the actual podcast a little early!!!! that's the only issue I have!!!......it tales a good 25 to 20 min for you guys to get to the point

Mar 2nd
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