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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.
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“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:
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:
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: 7 steps to master decluttering The benefits of a clutter-free environment How to overcome decluttering obstacles Quick tips for decluttering success Listener questions and helpful tips 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: We're thrilled to have as our sponsor. Stokastic offers an innovative platform for all of your daily fantasy sports needs that empowers you to make better lineup decisions. Save 25% on your first month with code "STOKASTIC25" when you sign up through our link. Declutter your finances with one of our favorite personal budgeting apps, You Need a Budget, and get a FREE 34 day trial to check it out! AI seems to be all the rage these days regarding content creation. Get 10,000 credits to check out Jasper AI here and a free trial! Need to crank out content in a hurry? Then check out Content at Scale, and get 20% additional credits when you sign up today! Finally, check out Amazon's ever-changing list of best-selling kitchen storage accessories here for more decluttering inspiration. Thank you for listening, and for your support! --- Send in a voice message:
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:
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:
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:
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!

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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
“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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
I recently wrote a piece about the web app, and how it can really help expedite your social media strategy, particularly when it comes to Instagram.  The main goal is that you're leaving your "two cents" on posts that are within your niche or brand, but nothing "spammy." Actual, meaningful posts.  Listen in for more, and how this might be able to help you. Also, the podcast has a new website!  I'm really excited about its initial features and launch, with more to come down the road!   Finally, I'd like to ask are there more topics you'd like to hear about?  How can I help you?  Contact us and let us know!   Have a great weekend! --- Send in a voice message:
Does it ever feel like you have a “case of the Mondays”? Does the weekend ever feel like it flies by “way too fast”? If that sounds familiar, you’re definitely not alone for one thing. What about though, if it was just a matter of changing your mindset about the weekend, that could potentially make weekends a little more tolerable? Listen in for more. Our thanks to this week’s sponsor – Audible. Get a free 30 day trial, and a book of your choice when you click here today.   Finally, have you heard about the FI/RE Movement, a hot phrase within the personal finance circle lately? What’s your take? Leave a voice message if listening in via Anchor, otherwise, send a message to our Facebook page or Instagram with your thoughts! The premise of retiring early may sound nice to everyone, but it certainly has its critics, as well as books singing its praises. Thank you listeners for your time, and certainly if there are additional topics you might like to hear about, let us know. And certainly if you would ever like to be a part of the podcast, and would enjoy sharing your take and time and money saving tips, we’d love to hear it!  --- Send in a voice message:
From the blog this week, we shared an article about a recent survey from Bankrate that says that 3 in 10 Americans have more credit card debt than emergency savings.  Which leads to the question, what are your financial priorities?  Is it saving?  Paying down debt first?  Saving, then paying down debt?  Send an email and let us know! Finally, make sure to follow along on social on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as deals and savings will be shared there that don't always make it to the site or podcast in time - such as this week's eHarmony deal for Valentine's Day! Sponsored by: Audible - Get a free audiobook with a 30-day trial. --- Send in a voice message:
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