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Hard Money Talks

Hard Money Talks

Author: Lauren Cobello

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Hard Money Talks, a new podcast that explores the difficult money conversations that most people don't want to talk about.

In Hard Money Talks we tackle financial topics such as financial abuse, spending addictions, financial infidelity, hidden addictions like sex and gambling, marriage issues, narcissistic divorce, bankruptcy, poverty mentalities and so much more!

Lauren Greutman combines her experience as a drug and alcohol counselor with her current financial counseling work to help people with the underlying psychological issues about WHY these issues are occurring in the first place.

"We need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in."  = Desmond Tutu

So - that is what we are doing with this show. Why are Americans failing with their money and their budgets? Let's go upstream and find out why they are falling in and help! Welcome to the Hard Money Talks Show!
28 Episodes
Are you wondering what you need to do to prepare yourself for a divorce? In this episode, I talk about my own divorces and the 2 different ways I went about them. I brought on divorce Attorney Rebecca Neal, a divorce attorney, to talk about how to prepare yourself for a divorce.
While porn and sex addiction can have a number of negative consequences, one of the most destructive aspects of the disorder is the toll it takes on your finances. The cost of pursuing multiple sexual partners, paying for sex, and supporting a lifestyle that revolves around seeking out sexual experiences can quickly add up. The financial strain of sex addiction can cause problems in all areas of life, from ruining relationships to destroying careers.  In this episode, I speak with JK Emezi from Elevated Recovery. He helps people recovery from their pornography addictions. I think you will find the episode very insightful!
Jini Thorton is a Money coach to some of the richest athletes and actors in the country. In this episode, she talks about how she teaches them how to handle their newfound riches and fame, and how getting rich and famous will not fix your money probems.
Women have made great strides in the workforce over the years, but we still have a long way to go. According to a recent report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research, women are now the primary or sole breadwinners in 40% of households with children. This is a big shift from just a decade ago, when only 24% of households had female breadwinners. So what's it like to be the woman carrying the financial load for your family? I decided to ask Farnoosh Torabi, New York Times Best-selling author of the book "When She Makes More" to talk about this topic. As the female breadwinner in my family for the past 8 years, I can relate so much to this topic!
The financial implications of anorexia nervosa - that's what today's podcast is about. We all know that anorexia nervosa is a serious eating disorder with potentially deadly consequences, but what you may not know is that it also has some very real financial implications. In this episode of the Hard Money Talks show, we'll take a closer look at some of the costs associated with anorexia nervosa and how they can impact both the individual sufferer and their loved ones. We'll also discuss some ways to get help if you or someone you know is struggling with this illness.  In this episode, I brought on Erin Reiland, who is recovering from Anorexia and is also a certified eating disorder and mental health coach. She blogs over at  Eating disorders themselves are a hard topic to talk about, but she shares the intimate details of how someone with an eating disorder gets in trouble with money. This episode was an eye-opener for me and I know you will really enjoy it!
This week we are talking about Money Mindset with my guest Caleb Williams and how your money mindset could be harming the way you handle your finances.⁠ We talked about the hard stuff, the life stuff, the reasons why we settle, the reasons why we give up...It is SO powerful!!!⁠
Today we dig deeper into financial abuse, the warning signs when dating, and how to see the red flags before it's too late. In today's episode, I bring on Kellye Sayre founder of The Diamond Arrow Group. Kelly Sayre empowers women with realistic tactics and tools to help them live life safely and on their own terms. Her refreshing angle on women’s safety emphasizes non-physical, proactive situational awareness techniques that recognize and avoid threatening situations before they happen.  With a grounded approach and high energy, Kelly works with law enforcement, nonprofit, corporate, and youth organizations on emergency preparedness, situational awareness training, and personal safety. This episode is full of practical tips for anyone who is in the dating world, has children who are dating, or wants to be aware of the warning signs of financial abuse.
Americans Likely Owe Hundreds of Billions of Dollars in Total Medical Debt. A new KFF analysis of government data estimates that nearly 1 in 10 adults (9%) – or roughly 23 million people – owe medical debt. Today I brought on Marshall Allen who is an author and educator who helps you to protect yourself from egregious health care costs. He has spent more than fifteen years investigating the health care industry as a journalist, exposing the insidious ways the system preys on vulnerable Americans: price gouging, sloppy billing, fraud, insurance denials, unnecessary treatment, and more. If you have medical debt or are afraid of it, this is a must listen to episode!
In today's episode of the Hard Money Talks show, I brought on Shannah Game to talk about how to change your money mindset! Mindset is everything when it comes to financial decisions. Shannah lost everything in a divorce and had to start over from scratch. As you can imagine, her mindset really needed help so she started learning how to fix that. This is a powerful epsisode! 
Are you worried about talking to your aging parents about their money? Are you worried that something will happen to them and they won't' be able to communicate with you about their estate? In this week's episode, we talk with Cameron Huddleston about how her father passed away without a will, and she had to manage taking care of her mother with Alzheimer's while managing her estate and affairs. This is a very uncomfortable conversation for anyone to have, but Cameron is here to talk to us today about how to make it easier.
In today's episode of the Hard Money Talks show, I talk about why you are being held back financially. Why do you continue to struggle with your finances? I dig deep into the reasons why you can't stick to a budget and what to do about it. I brought on Financial Therapist Steven Hughes to talk about Financial Behaviors and the reasons why people aren't able to financially make a change for the future.
Research shows money stress can make people up to 20 times more likely to make a suicide attempt. We saw this issue come to light recently with the popular TV show 'Squid Games'. Financial hardship is a common problem. The average American is $52,930 in debt. This includes money owed for mortgages and leases as well as student loans; it also includes credit card debts that many of us are very aware can have physiological effects on our lives - like stomach issues or headaches. But did you know financial hardship is a major risk factor for suicide?   In this episode, we talk with Melanie Lockert, author of the blog and book 'Dear Debt' and host of the Mental Health and Wealth Show. Her blog and podcast highlight the intersection of money and mental health and provide content and resources for those struggling. The site and the podcast aim to support those who are struggling with debt and depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and more. This episode is so needed for anyone who struggles with debt and/or mental health.
Do you have a young adult who just can't seem to get their financial act together? Is he or she unemployed and still living at home? Do you have a teenager who refuses to get a job? This podcast is for parents of teenagers and young adults who want the best for their kids but are beginning to realize their OWN financial independence, and financial separation from their children has to become a priority as well. My guest on today's podcast is Bobbi Rebell is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, host of the critically acclaimed Money Tips for Financial Grownups podcast, and author of the new book “Launching Financial Grownups: Live Your Richest Life by Helping Your (Almost) Adult Kids Become Everyday Money Smart”
Discovering that you’ve been a victim of a narcissist can shatter your self-esteem and everything you’ve believed in. Your self-worth and finances may be at an all-time low and you just want to hide under the covers and hibernate. In this week's episode of the Hard Money Talks Show, I bring on Tracy Malone, author of the book "Divorcing your Narcissist: You can't make this shit up". Tracy and I are both survivors of narcissistic abuse, and this week we sit down together to talk about how we were affected emotionally and financially by being in this type of relationship. This episode will be eye-opening to many of you! Tracy’s Narcissist Abuse Support website offers resources to victims from more than 145 countries. In addition, she is the host of a Facebook group with more than 11,000 members; a YouTube channel that has reached more than 1.3 million survivors; and a Pinterest Narcissist account that has seen more than two million monthly visitors. Visit
You are not alone if credit card debt has gotten out of control more than once in your life. Michelle Lambright Black, aka The Credit Writer, was in and out of credit card debt twice while teaching others how to build credit. Listen in for all the juicyness and get yourself some encouragement along the way.
So I know it’s difficult to make decisions on what to do with your money and then try to implement them—especially when you add in the military. It can never be simple. It’s usually a combo like PCSing with a new baby or renting out your house during deployment.  In today's episode of the show, I bring on Lacey Lanford from the Military Money Show to talk all about the financial challenges of being in the military.
It's typical when someone gives up one addiction to turn to another one. In this episode of the Hard Money Talks Show, I talk to Linda Parmar a Certified Money Coach© who helps women who are ready to repair their relationship with money.  Linda is a recovering alcoholic and in this episode, she talks about how when she gave up drinking her addiction turned to shopping. 3 years into her sobriety she realized that her spending addiction was out of control.  The feelings she used to numb with alcohol were now being numbed out with spending money. This is called addiction transference.
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