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Author: Matt Tilmann

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The Script-Notes Show was founded under the premise of helping others improve their life's script by highlighting ways to save both time and money with some of the best stories, tips and advice in technology, personal finance, current events and more. Support this podcast:
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It goes without saying that a little customer service can go a long way, when employed by the employee AND the customer. Doing just that might be able to save you a little bit (or a lot) on your credit card portfolio according to a recent survey.Another survey is also showing that many Americans are planning on refraining from traveling this winter. Are you one of them?As always, thank you for listening. Be sure to subscribe and share the show, as well as following along at!Also, be sure to check out our favorite budgeting software, You Need a Budget, which might be a game changer for your monthly budget and get a free trial! Even better, it syncs with debt paydown software!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Send in a voice message: this podcast:
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!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Send in a voice message: this podcast:
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!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Send in a voice message: this podcast:
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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Send in a voice message: this podcast:
For Episode 45, I take a deep dive into the app, Tally.   You can tell Tally that you would either like to pay the cards manually, or have it pay them on your behalf.  Tally will issue you a credit line that it uses to pay on your cards, with its own interest rate often being lower than most other cards available.  In some ways it is like a balance transfer of sorts, but can also pay on amounts for you, helping to lessen any potential for interest charges.   If you think you’d like to get going with it, be sure to check out our referral link, and we’ll both get a $20 Amazon gift card when you sign up!  Of course,  another great method for tracking your debt and paying it off is, another great tool that I’ve used in the past and highly recommend.  Plus if you’re a fan of You Need a Budget, it syncs with that as well! Web Post: --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Send in a voice message: this podcast:
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--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Send in a voice message: this podcast:
Budgets can be daunting.  It might seem like there is an endless laundry list of categories to keep track of at times.  That's where the 50-30-20 budget can come in handy.  The goal, is to limit your after tax income to 50% being allocated to needs, 30% to wants and 20% to savings (extra debt payments can count as savings).  As a Microsoft Excel junkie, after learning more about this method, I came up with a template that can mirror a lot of the techniques as it relates to this method of budgeting.  It's available on Etsy.  As a special thank you to my listeners, be sure to click the link here (if you have any issues with the link, don't hesitate to send an email to and get 20% off the template!  This link is for podcast listeners only.  Be sure to listen for the coupon code!  I hope this can help you, and others out, so please feel free to share!  I have other templates in the pipeline as well, so any proceeds will go to further that work, so thank you in advance!On a previous episode, I mentioned the concept of financial freedom, which got me to thinking about how it might relate to podcasting.  I asked if podcasting has led to being more financially free for you in Anchor's Slack channel for podcasters (sign up at, it's a great community!).  I wanted to share a response that I received.  I loved his response.  At this moment, it's helping to fund his creativity, but he already feels rich because of the connections he's made.  How cool!  So would love to throw it to you out there.  Are you pursuing your passions?  Do you feel rich even if it's not allowed you to be financially independent?  Send a voice message or email!  Your story might get featured in another episode, like Mat's!Finally, if you haven't been to the blog lately, be sure to sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss out!  Recent posts have included what to do if you need to retire earlier than you expected (and maybe not in a good way), how to save money on Halloween and other forthcoming holidays, Jony Ive leaving Apple and the correlation between financial freedom and credit cards.  Thank you as always for listening, and for your support.  If you get a chance, and could leave a review and subscribe, we would greatly appreciate it! Have a great week!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Send in a voice message: this podcast:
“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! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Send in a voice message: this podcast:
Financial Freedom Friday

Financial Freedom Friday


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 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!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Send in a voice message: this podcast:
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!     --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Send in a voice message: this podcast:
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