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Money Girl provides short and friendly personal finance, real estate, and investing tips to help you live a richer life. Whether you're just starting out or are already a savvy investor, Money Girl's advice will point you in the right direction. To download podcast episodes not shown here, visit QuickandDirtyTips.com
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Using debt wisely comes down to understanding the difference between good and bad debt and the right amounts based on your income and goals. Laura reviews how eight ways to know if you have too much debt and simple action steps to protect your finances. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/saving-spending/how-much-debt-too-much https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
If you work for a company that offers a retirement plan you might be confused about whether you should make traditional or Roth contributions. Laura reviews the critical differences to consider and how they affect your current taxes and future retirement. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/investing/what’s-difference-between-traditional-and-roth-401k https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams  
Understand the updated COVID relief for student loan borrowers and get tips to manage your federal and private student loans wisely. Knowing your options will help you find the best repayment options and relieve any financial stress. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/loans/best-advice-to-manage-and-repay-your-student-loans https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
This week's market turmoil underscores that using tried-and-true investment strategies is best. Laura gives an explainer about why everyone has been talking about GameStop and reviews seven simple principles to grow your money no matter if you're a new investor, have been at it for decades, or don't have much money to invest. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/investing/invest-money-wisely https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
Talking about financial troubles can be challenging. Laura interviews Dr. Jade Wu, a clinical psychologist and host of the Savvy Psychologist podcast, for wise tips. Listen to their conversation about helping others, asking for help, and getting better sleep when you're worried about money. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/saving-spending/coping-money-worries https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
Not sure exactly how big your cash reserve should be or where to keep it? Laura answers listener questions and explains how to build your emergency fund and keep it safe so you're always prepared for what happens in your financial life. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/saving-spending/how-much-emergency-funds https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
Making financial resolutions can get you fired up to create good habits and reach big goals. If you want to put thousands in your pocket and improve your financial life, consider adopting a few or all of these money resolutions. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/saving-spending/7-financial-resolutions-that-will-save-you-thousands https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
Using a tax-free Roth to save for retirement is a smart move, but the Roth IRA door gets slammed in your face if you make too much money. Laura explains how high earners can still have one using a backdoor Roth IRA strategy. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/investing/what-backdoor-roth-ira https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
When you're buying a home, mistakes can be costly. This step-by-step guide will help you check yourself before you wreck yourself. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/real-estate/8-steps-buying-home https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
Should you always use a 401(k) at work if you have one? Laura reviews the main advantages and disadvantages of workplace retirement plans. You’ll learn some lesser-known benefits and tips to make sure you'll have plenty of money when you’re ready to kick back and enjoy retirement. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/retirement/7-pros-and-cons-401k https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
Buying a car is a big purchase, no matter how you pay for it. Laura answers a listener's question about whether to spend cash for a car when you have it. Find out the upsides and downsides of financing or paying cash for your next vehicle. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/loans/buy-car-cash-or-auto-loan https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
Choosing the best mortgage is an essential part of buying an affordable home. Laura explains different types of mortgages and popular home loan programs that every borrower should consider. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/credit/what-best-type-mortgage https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
As 2020 comes to a close, it's more important than ever to create smart personal finance goals. Laura will help you reevaluate your priorities and get a fresh financial start with money goals that build security. EPISODE SUMMARY Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/saving-spending/set-money-goals-2021 https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
Over-contributing to various tax-advantaged accounts isn’t allowed, but can be easy to do by mistake. Laura reviews the contribution limits for various accounts and how to correct an excess so you avoid costly penalties. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/retirement/over-contribute-to-hsa-ira-or-401k https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
Should you fill your wallet with credit cards or limit the number you have? It all depends on how you use credit and what makes sense for your financial life. Laura explains how to use credit responsibly and determine what number of credit cards is right for you. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/credit/how-many-credit-cards https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
Instead of paying high interest to credit card companies, it's time to whittle down your balances and use the money to build wealth for yourself. Laura answers listener questions and reviews seven ways to pay off credit card debt. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/credit/how-pay-credit-card-debt https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
Becoming self-employed or leaving a job for any reason doesn't mean you can't get affordable health insurance. Laura covers six tips to find a health plan so you and your family get the coverage you need no matter your employment situation. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/insurance/affordable-health-insurance-self-employed https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
Being your own boss can be rewarding, but missing tax deadlines or paying the wrong amount can lead to expensive penalties. Find out what solopreneurs and small businesses need to know about the self-employment (SE) tax and how to stay compliant. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/taxes/what-is-the-self-employment-tax https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
No matter if you're a good saver or you get a cash windfall, it's critical to know how to manage your extra money wisely. Use this three-step plan to prioritize your decisions and shore up your financial security. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/extra-money https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
You can can have money stress and feel anxious about your financial situation, no matter how much you make. Find out the root causes of money stress and 10 strategies to reduce it so you can have a more peaceful life. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/saving-spending/reduce-money-stress https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/podcasts https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribe https://www.facebook.com/MoneyGirlQDT https://twitter.com/LauraAdams
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J B

hey Laura. great podcast been listening for several years. regarding hardship withdrawals, there were new laws passed in the bipartisan budget act in 2018 that change how these work. you no longer have to stop deferring or exhaust all plan loans prior to seeking a hardship withdrawal. hope this comment gets to you. thanks, Josh.

Aug 15th
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Josh Fogas

this one had travel insurance content. Nothing on selling your home... ?

Apr 10th
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Ajit Nafade

very good tips

Feb 17th
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Olka Olka

Useful podcasts but advertising loans seems odd since the author talks about debt free living.

Jan 22nd
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Ajit Nafade

Excellent tips

Jan 5th
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iTunes User

So useful, and short too! I'm going to learn something

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

Short, sweet, and to the point. This podcast is very useful for quick and dirty tips when you don't have time to listen to an hour long broadcast.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

These are the kind of tips you'll want to save for future reference.

Aug 30th
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