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NerdWallet's Smart Money Podcast

NerdWallet's Smart Money Podcast

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NerdWallet’s objective finance journalists answer real-world questions empowering you to make smarter decisions with your money and help your finances thrive.

The Nerds are your resource to make the most of your personal finances, while cutting through the clutter and misinformation of today’s economic news and advice. You’ll get clarity on strategies to help you build your wealth, invest wisely, shop for financial products, and plan for major life events.

By the end of each episode, you’ll feel smarter and more informed to make the most of your finances. Future You will thank you.

Join hosts Sean Pyles, Sara Rathner, and other expert Nerds as they discuss everything personal finance, including:

- Credit cards: credit card rewards, different types of credit cards, credit card annual fees

- Investing and retirement: investment strategies, retirement planning, financial independence, investing in the stock market, money market accounts, financial strategies, mutual funds, short-term bonds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), Roth IRA investing, robo-advisors, retirement savings

- Personal finance: budgeting methods, emergency funds, paying off debt, frugal living, money management tips, wealth accumulation, money habits, cultivating a money growth mindset, debt-free living, financial resources, budgeting apps and browser extensions, avoiding scams, tax bills, financial success and financial stability

- Banking: high-yield saving accounts, online banking, credit unions

- Loans: student loans, home equity loans, HELOC, student loan forgiveness

- Home: mortgage interest rates, homebuying, home improvement projects, homeowners insurance

- Insurance: travel insurance, pet insurance, auto insurance, home insurance

You’ll love NerdWallet’s Smart Money Podcast if you like podcasts like Planet Money, The Personal Finance Podcast, DIY Money, Afford Anything, How to Money, The Ramsey Show, Money Rehab with Nicole Lapin, NPR’s Life Kit: Money, Popcorn Finance, Money Girl, Everyone’s Talkin’ Money, So Money with Farnoosh Tarabi, The Money with Katie Show, All the Hacks with Chris Hutchins, The Stacking Benjamins Show, MoneyWatch with Jill Schlesinger, or Your Money, Your Wealth.

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414 Episodes
Learn how to optimize your LinkedIn profile to enhance your job and income prospects with tips from LinkedIn’s Andrew McCaskill. What are recruiters looking for on LinkedIn? What’s the best way to optimize your LinkedIn profile? Hosts Sean Pyles and Alana Benson discuss LinkedIn optimization and professional growth to help you understand how to leverage the platform for career success. They begin with a discussion of LinkedIn optimization, with tips and tricks on highlighting essential skills, sharing engaging content, and maintaining regular engagement on the platform. Then, Andrew McCaskill, a senior director and career expert at LinkedIn, joins the show to discuss maximizing job opportunities on LinkedIn. He discusses the surprising benefits of setting up job alerts, nurturing professional connections, and using relevant keywords to enhance visibility in recruiters' searches. In their conversation, they also delve into crucial aspects of career growth and safety on LinkedIn, including how to identify red flags for job scams, understand companies' commitments to diversity and inclusion, and have open conversations about salary transparency.  In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: LinkedIn optimization, job search, professional networking, income boost, career growth, LinkedIn profile, job alerts, recruiter tips, LinkedIn insights, skills summary, career advancement, professional connections, salary transparency, job scams, LinkedIn features, profile keywords, hard skills, soft skills, diversity and inclusion, resume optimization, salary negotiation, Glassdoor, Elpha, job applications, AI tools, cover letters, LinkedIn engagement, professional visibility, career potential, job referrals, LinkedIn safety, LinkedIn content, wage estimates, LinkedIn job hunting, LinkedIn networking, career decisions, compensation conversation, job market, and LinkedIn profile photos. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
Learn to navigate Amazon Prime Day deals, track prices, and avoid overspending with expert shopping strategies and tools. Are Amazon Prime Day deals truly worth it, or are they just savvy marketing tactics? Hosts Anna Helhoski and Sara Rathner explain how consumers can identify genuine bargains amidst the sea of discounts. NerdWallet writer Tommy Tindall joins them to discuss the evolution of Prime Day from its inception in 2015 to its current status as a major shopping event, shedding light on the difference between list prices and typical prices to help listeners make more informed purchasing decisions. They begin with a discussion of the significance of price tracking tools, offering tips and tricks on leveraging CamelCamelCamel and Keepa, maintaining skepticism toward discounts, and understanding dynamic pricing patterns. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: Amazon Prime Day, Prime Day deals, online shopping tips, genuine bargains, price tracking tools, Amazon marketing tactics, avoiding inflated discounts, making smarter buying decisions, online shopping pitfalls, Prime Day strategy, list prices vs typical prices, skepticism in online deals, price history tracking, dynamic pricing, Amazon price drops, Walmart sales, Target sales, cashback apps, Black Friday in July, Amazon competitors, Best Buy sales, overspending traps, necessary purchases, back-to-school deals, tech gadgets, Amazon devices, Echo deals, Kindle Fire deals, Apple product deals, electronics discounts, noise-canceling headphones, baby gear deals, toy discounts, Dyson vacuum sales, kitchen gadgets, and Amazon essentials. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
Learn about salary negotiation and investing strategies and how they can be especially helpful for women facing unique personal finance challenges. What financial challenges do women uniquely face? How can people find financial peace in a stressful world? Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner share some “money hot takes” before turning the conversation towards addressing the unique financial hurdles women face. HerMoney podcast host Jean Chatzky joins Sean to discuss the impact of the gender pay gap and caregiving responsibilities on women's financial security, the strengths women bring to investing, and practical strategies for negotiating better salaries and investing confidently.  In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: finances for women, financial empowerment, personal finance, financial education, investing for women, employee benefits, health insurance, paid sick leave, financial literacy, caregiving responsibilities, financial confidence, investing strategies, retirement savings, salary negotiation, financial partnerships, financial peace, money management, budgeting tips, financial opportunities, women investors, financial planning, systemic barriers, the gender pay gap, financial prudence, financial security, trading frequency, financial independence, long-term planning, financial stress, financial wellness, high-interest debt, and emergency funds. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
Discover career growth strategies to boost your income, including negotiating raises, and navigating promotions and mentorship. What are some of the best ways to increase your income?  What are strategies for negotiating a higher salary and excelling in your current role?  Hosts Sean Pyles and Alana Benson discuss career growth techniques and salary negotiation strategies to help you understand how to maximize your earnings and achieve financial stability. They begin with a discussion of the importance of increasing your income rather than solely focusing on cutting expenses, breaking down the long-term financial difference that seemingly small increases in your income can make over the course of your career.  Then, “The Job Doctor” Tessa White joins Alana to discuss how to excel in your current role and position yourself for promotions and raises within an organization. They discuss the necessity of understanding the true expectations of your role, measuring your contributions through tangible metrics and effectively communicating your value to your organization. Additionally, they explore the importance of informal mentorship and how to enhance your skills by observing and learning from those who excel in specific areas. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: career strategies, income potential, salary negotiation, financial stability, career growth, job market, financial future, career success, career advancement, career coaches, raise negotiations, job offers, informal mentorship, skill enhancement, job promotion, financial goals, earnings increase, career metrics, value proposition, workplace visibility, career mentors, market value, career coach, industry experience, job stability, promotion strategies, income jump, salary bump, corporate growth, financial planning, income investment, and company red zones. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
Discover how to align education with job market demands, tackling underemployment and economic stagnation in “middle skills” jobs. What are “middle skills” and why are they in high demand? What are the economic implications of misalignment between middle skills credentials and job market demands? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski discuss the misalignment in the labor market concerning middle skills credentials and the impact of place-based policies on local economies to help you understand the complexities and challenges in securing middle skills jobs. They begin with a discussion of the misalignment between middle skills credentials and local job markets, with tips and tricks on recognizing high-demand fields, avoiding oversaturated programs, and the importance of aligning education with job market needs. Then, Anna speaks with Zach Mabel, one of the co-authors of “The Great Misalignment,” a new report from Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. He discusses the challenges of place-based policies and their impact on middle skills training disparities. They discuss the racial and ethnic disparities in accessing middle skills programs, the funding challenges faced by public community colleges, and the importance of strategic alignment between educational programs and labor market demands to improve job placement and economic outcomes. Sean and Anna then break down the latest money headlines, including monthly job figures, a federal judge temporarily stopping the Federal Trade Commission’s ban on corporate non-compete agreements, and a new report from the Federal Trade Commission on pharmacy benefit managers. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: future-proofing, middle skills jobs, job market demands, economic challenges, workforce insights, local economies, middle skills training, labor market alignment, education and job market, underemployment, economic stagnation, blue-collar jobs, business degrees, general studies degrees, place-based policies, racial disparities, ethnic disparities, community colleges, funding obstacles, job placement, economic outcomes, employment figures, corporate non-compete agreements, labor market, job credentials, associate degrees, trade schools, technical colleges, underproduction, credential overproduction, job openings, low-paying jobs, economic mobility, urban-rural divide, institutional employer partnerships, post-college movement patterns, free tuition programs, non-compete clauses, PBMs, the FTC, and middle skills providers. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
Understand how much extra income you could get from a side hustle like DoorDash and get a budgeting and investing basics refresh. 00:40 This Week in Your Money: How much extra money can you really make from side hustles? What are budgeting and early investment strategies for young professionals? Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss the realities of gig economy jobs with Tommy Tindall, a NerdWallet writer who tried working for DoorDash to see what kind of income it would give him. He shares tips and tricks on the ease of starting with DoorDash, the practical challenges involved, and how your location and lifestyle can impact your earnings. 11:08 Today’s Money Question: Host Elizabeth Ayoola joins Sean and Sara to help answer a listener question from a recent college graduate about early investment strategies. They discuss how young professionals can apply the 50/30/20 rule to their finances, the importance of setting clear savings goals, and how to start investing at a young age. They discuss the benefits of starting investments early, the differences between active and passive investing options, and the importance of automating investments to build wealth over time.  In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: budgeting basics, side hustles, early investing, gig economy, financial planning, saving strategies, compound interest, passive investing, active investing, working for DoorDash, supplemental income, young professionals, financial tips, retirement calculators, IRA benefits, flexible budgeting, money goals, investment strategy, automation in finance, personal finance, tax benefits, savings accounts, financial foundation, robo-advisors, ETF investments, high yield savings accounts, debt repayment, financial pitfalls, emergency fund, savings goals, financial goals, practical saving tips, visualization exercises, setting financial goals, low tax rates, short-term savings, long-term savings, reverse budgeting, and investment automation. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
As a freelancer or gig worker, how can you make sure you get paid on time? In this special presentation of Working from Slate Podcasts, hosts Ronald Young Jr. and June Thomas talk money, finances, and getting paid as a freelancer in a tough economy. They recount their own frustrating experiences with not getting paid on time and offer tips on how avoid those situations. Listen to Working wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more at
Understand why the current housing market is so challenging, how people can afford to buy a home, and what’s next for interest rates. How are people able to afford to buy a home in the current housing market? When will houses be affordable again? Hosts Anna Helhoski and Tess Vigeland (filling in for Sean) discuss the current state of the housing market with NerdWallet home and mortgages expert Holden Lewis, exploring factors such as high mortgage rates, slow home sales, and high prices. They explore the various factors that have made homebuying so difficult and what potential buyers can do to navigate this tough market. Then, they break down the latest money headlines, including student loan forgiveness being blocked in two states, the IRS running into customer service issues, and a new California law that will add financial literacy to high school curriculums. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: the housing market, mortgage rates, homebuying tips, real estate trends, home insurance, first-time homebuyers, high mortgage rates, home affordability, real estate market, mortgage rates 2024, housing market forecast, home prices, real estate investment, housing market trends, property market, home insurance costs, homebuying guide, home sales, buying a home, home ownership, housing crisis, real estate tips, home insurance, mortgage trends, real estate news, home equity, mortgage rates today, real estate market forecast, housing market analysis, real estate market trends, home buying tips, and mortgage loan tips. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
Get a breakdown of the hottest tips from Smart Money this year, including wealth-building strategies and managing money in relationships.  How can you make your money work for you?  What’s the best way to save on group travel?  Host Sean Pyles presents some of the most impactful conversations we’ve had on Smart Money in order to help you make better decisions about your finances. 00:54 30-Day Money Cleanse: NerdWallet’s Kim Palmer talks to Ashley Feinstein Gerstley, author of The 30-Day Money Cleanse, to help you understand how small changes can make a significant impact on your financial health. They begin with a discussion of the financial cleanse, with tips and tricks on aligning spending with personal values, creating lasting habits in 30 days by using a method that has saved others an average of $950 over 30 days — without feeling deprived.  05:19 Wealth Building Strategies: NerdWallet’s Kim Palmer and Alana Benson discuss investment strategies and tax planning to help you understand how to navigate your financial journey effectively. They discuss investment strategies, with tips and tricks on understanding different investment accounts like 401(k)s and IRAs, leveraging compound interest, and the importance of starting investments early.  11:54 Group Travel Deals: What are the best strategies for using travel points and credit cards to your advantage when planning group trips? NerdWallet’s Meghan Coyle and Erin Hurd discuss the nuances of booking flights for groups, including how to navigate seat selection fees and what it means to earn status with an airline as part of your credit card rewards. 16:49 Money and Relationships: Host Elizabeth Ayoola interviews Rianka Dorsonville, a self-employed certified financial planner, about critical questions to consider before embarking on your entrepreneurial journey.  22:04 Vivian Tu on Building Wealth: How do you talk about money with your romantic partner? Personal finance journalist and podcaster Nicole Lapin joins NerdWallet’s Sean Pyles to talk about the delicate balance of finance in friendships and romance.  In this episode, the Nerds discuss: financial wellness, saving strategies, money habits, wealthy future, financial success, building wealth, group travel, financial cleanse, travel hacks, emergency fund, compound interest, 401k benefits, tax advantages, family travel, elite status, seat selection fees, travel credits, self-employed budgeting, money mindsets, entrepreneurs, financial planning, sustainable saving habits, increasing income, investment accounts, financial stability, money stress, conscious spending, intentional finances, financial reset, basic economy, airline partnerships, premium travel credit cards, side hustles, and retirement planning. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
Learn why estate planning is important even if you don’t own a lot of assets, along with when to ask for professional help. Why is estate planning important?  What happens to your assets when you die without an estate plan?  Hosts Sean Pyles and Dalia Ramirez discuss the essential aspects of estate planning and the common misconceptions that often deter people from creating an estate plan. They begin with a discussion of the critical importance of having a will, with tips and tricks on keeping updated records, managing assets and understanding the role of a will in preventing lengthy probate processes. Then, RK Law PC Managing Attorney Regina Kiperman joins Dalia to discuss various tools and strategies available for effective estate planning. They discuss the importance of clearly identifying witnesses in a will, the scenarios where hiring an attorney is essential, and the necessity of advance directives, power of attorney and healthcare proxies. The conversation features actionable advice on managing your will and advance directives, highlights the emotional and financial relief that estate planning can offer surviving family members, and encourages proactive steps to ensure peace of mind for loved ones. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: estate planning, securing your legacy, family future, will preparation, protecting assets, probate process, estate plan importance, managing assets, reverse mortgages, Medicaid trusts, key life events, baby estate plan, retiring estate plan, property multiple states, proper documentation, estate planning tips, DIY estate planning, getting professional legal help, emotional relief, financial relief, surviving family members, avoiding probate, asset distribution, wealth management, creating a will, updating records, healthcare proxies, power of attorney, advance directives, legal issues, estate planning misconceptions, affordable estate planning, tax planning, Medicaid planning, business succession planning, contesting a will, trust funding, self-proving affidavit, and witness identification. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
Learn about the financial impact of beauty expenses, societal pressures behind them, and tips for managing beauty-related costs. Are beauty purchases worth the financial stress? How do beauty-related expenses impact our budgets? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski discuss the rising costs of beauty products, services, and procedures and how they are leading to financial stress and debt among Americans. They explore the results of a recent survey that highlight the financial strain these expenses can cause and provide actionable tips on managing these costs. They also discuss the societal pressures driving beauty spending, from social media influences to the concept of “pretty privilege.” Then, Sean and Anna break down this week’s financial headlines, including the impending student loan forgiveness deadline, a drop in construction of new homes, and Thursday’s presidential debate. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: beauty expenses, financial stress, beauty products, budgeting tips, beauty procedures, debt management, beauty survey, societal pressures, beauty spending, financial impact, cosmetic procedures, beauty purchases, social media influence, pretty privilege, budgeting beauty, beauty-related debt, skincare costs, hair care expenses, beauty services, managing beauty costs, cosmetic surgeries, self-care economy, beauty budget, financial planning, beauty spending trends, personal finance, debt for beauty, beauty treatments, beauty industry, financial wellness, cosmetic expenses, beauty product costs, and money management. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
Beat the financial heat with fun summer savings tips and get mid-year financial check-up strategies for a stress-free season. Summer Activity Guide: What free things can you do to have a fun summer? Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss summer money-saving tips to help you understand how to balance fun and finances during the warm months. They begin with a discussion of budget-friendly summer activities, offering tips and tricks on utilizing public facilities like pools and tennis courts, attending free outdoor events, and organizing potlucks with friends.  Mid-Year Money Check-in: How can a mid-year money check-in help your finances? Shannah Game, host of the podcast Everyone’s Talkin’ Money, joins Sean to discuss the importance and practicality of reviewing your finances this summer. They discuss overcoming emotional and mental blocks about money, practical exercises like "Rose, Bud, and Thorn" and the "Why, Where, What, and How" framework, and recognizing how emotions influence financial decisions. They also discuss tactics for setting small, manageable financial goals, the significance of community support, and how you can scrutinize every expense to ensure it aligns with your values and propels you toward your financial aspirations. Learn more about Everyone’s Talkin’ Money:  In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: summer savings, financial check-up, money-saving tips, affordable summer fun, mid-year financial tune-up, money management tips, summer budget, financial health, emotional money management, small financial goals, community support, transparency in finances, public pools, free outdoor events, budget-friendly potlucks, hiking, public libraries, free museum admission, second-run theaters, car insurance shopping, checking beneficiaries, cell phone savings, internet savings, down payment savings, emergency savings, financial milestones, financial aspirations, financial progress, self-care, financial empowerment, money goals, summer activities, and affordable entertainment. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
Discover how to navigate financial uncertainty in a creative career with insights from a jazz saxophonist's personal journey. How can creative professionals manage financial uncertainty in their careers?  What are the essential financial strategies for artists dealing with fluctuating income? Hosts Sean Pyles and Abby Badach Doyle discuss the financial challenges in creative careers and strategies for overcoming them to help you understand how to thrive financially while pursuing your passion. They begin with a discussion of the unique financial hurdles faced by musicians, artists and writers, with tips and tricks on managing unpredictable income, the importance of saving and maintaining mental health amidst financial instability.  Then, jazz saxophonist Roger Romero joins Abby to discuss his personal journey to a full-time music career. They discuss the support systems needed for a successful creative career, the logistics of managing seasonal income and advice for aspiring artists who are considering full-time careers pursuing their passions. Romero's insights provide valuable lessons on building a supportive community, continuously learning and developing skills, and the importance of financial planning for long-term success.  In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: thriving in the arts, creative careers, music industry, financial stability, navigating income swings, student debt, pursuing passion, artistic ambition, financial balance, creative journey, performing and teaching, continuous learning, music gigs, financial planning, supportive community, building a reputation, managing unpredictable income, mental health, financial challenges, seasonal income, saving money, tax season, professionalism, creative fulfillment, careers in music, supportive family, engineering to music, odd jobs, wedding band gigs, social media networking, music production, gear investments, teaching music, networking in music, and financial unpredictability. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
Understand the evolving definition of inflation, potential changes to medical debt reporting and their impact on your finances. Why does the consumer’s perception of inflation differ from the economist’s perspective? How does this shift in understanding impact our economy? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski talk about the gap between how regular people and economists talk about inflation and what this means for consumers. Chief Financial Correspondent at Axios and host of the Slate Money podcast, Felix Salmon, joins the show to discuss as well. Then, they explore the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency rule to keep medical debt off credit reports to help you understand how this could impact your credit score and financial well-being. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of the evolving definition of inflation, the potential changes to medical debt reporting, and how these shifts could influence your financial decisions. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: inflation, medical debt, credit report, cfpb rule, consumer price index, economic impact, wage growth, financial news, inflation rate, credit score, debt reporting, financial advice, consumer perception, financial literacy, personal finance, economic trends, credit reporting agencies, election impact, financial podcast, smart money, debt management, economic discourse, financial wellbeing, inflation growth, finance tips, debt relief, money management, credit agencies, wage inflation, credit rules, debt collection, financial insights, money news, medical bills, credit impact, financial planning, debt impact To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
What drives Mathew Knowles, respected record executive, entrepreneur, author, public speaker, and father to Beyonce and Solange? This special presentation of the podcast Earn & Invest delves into what drove him to succeed and how drive has been both a positive and a negative in his life. The Earn & Invest podcast features thought-provoking conversations intended to empower you to earn and invest wisely, shaping your future while making informed decisions today. Every Monday, wide-ranging panel discussions explore various financial topics, fostering engaging conversations that challenge conventional wisdom and provide fresh perspectives. On Thursdays, Earn & Invest features individual interviews that offer deep insights from experts who share their experiences and expertise. The show's goal is to equip you with the essential questions necessary to navigate a richer path towards not only financial independence but living a life full of purpose, identity, and connections. Listen to Earn & Invest wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more at
Learn how moving could benefit you if you feel compelled to relocate due to safety concerns — and how to budget for a sudden move. How do you financially and emotionally prepare for relocating due to safety concerns?  What are the financial impacts of such a forced move?  Hosts Sean Pyles and Alieza Durana discuss their experiences planning finances for relocations to help you understand the complex challenges faced by individuals seeking safer environments, particularly in the LGBTQ+ community.  Alieza begins by interviewing G Chesler, a non-binary trans person, about their move from Washington DC to Portland, Oregon, providing valuable insight into the necessity of finding a supportive community, navigating healthcare and identity respect, and the emotional relief of living in an affirming environment. Their conversation reveals the deep emotional impact of living in a state that does not recognize or respect one's gender identity, the struggles with accessing appropriate healthcare, and the powerful sense of belonging found in a more accepting community. Then, Alieza speaks with Lindsey Young, founder of the LGBTQ+ focused financial planning and investment management services firm Quiet Wealth, about the financial aspects of relocating for safety. They discuss creating a relocation financial plan, managing the costs associated with a sudden move and the importance of building a supportive community in the new location. They also focus on how to minimize income loss, budget for moving expenses and strategically utilize debt. This episode addresses two pressing issues for the LGBTQ+ community: the urgency of relocating due to hostile environments and the strategies to mitigate the financial strain that accompanies such a move.  In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: LGBTQ+ relocation, financial planning, safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community, emotional strategies, financial strategies, LGBTQ+ families, moving for safety, affordable cities, remote work, disability accommodations, community exchange networks, gender parity, workplace accessibility, hate crimes, discriminatory laws, queer community, non-binary transition costs, housing costs, sales tax savings, supportive communities, LGBTQ+ support organizations, moving expenses, financial stability, relocating for safety, job stability, moving costs, safety concerns, building connections, gender affirming care, LGBTQ+ legislation, and financial security. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
Learn how consumer sentiment affects the economy and your finances, plus insights on job market trends and inflation impact. How do consumer sentiment indexes work and why should you care about them? What impact do these indexes have on the economy and your personal finances? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski discuss the intricacies of consumer sentiment, highlighting the University of Michigan's Index of Consumer Sentiment and The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index. They explain how these reports measure public feelings about the economy and why these sentiments matter in order to help you understand the influence of consumer opinions on economic trends and spending habits. Then, they delve into recent money news headlines, including job market trends and their implications for the economy. By examining the latest employment data, Sean and Anna provide insights into how job growth and unemployment rates influence Federal Reserve decisions and overall economic stability. They also break down the recent movement in GameStop stock following the return of day trader “Roaring Kitty” Keith Gill and explain how your insurance rates could be impacted by your car collecting data on your driving habits. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: consumer sentiment, economic indicators, job market trends, consumer confidence index, personal finance, inflation impact, recession signs, economic forecasts, financial stability, unemployment rate, Federal Reserve decisions, economic growth, job growth, spending habits, employment data, interest rates, economic stability, financial trends, economic health, stock market trends, meme stocks, financial news, economic conditions, wage growth, business conditions, future economy, inflation rate, economic predictions, financial planning, job market analysis, consumer opinions, economic reports, financial data, job creation, market analysis, and economic insights. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
Learn about the psychology of gambling and smart tips for making home buying decisions amid undesirable interest rates. How can you gamble responsibly?  Should you use all your savings to buy a house outright or take on a high-interest mortgage? 00:48 Gambling Responsibly: Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss the psychology behind gambling, particularly the concept of intermittent reinforcement. They also provide practical advice for responsible gambling, including how you can set and stick to a budget, understand the odds and know when to walk away. If you are struggling with gambling, then you can call the National Problem Gambling Hotline at 1-800-GAMBLER.  8:32 Today’s Money Question: Mortgage Nerd Kate Wood joins Sean and Sara to answer a listener’s question about whether they should buy a house with cash or take on a mortgage. They discuss the implications of high mortgage rates, the importance of maintaining a financial safety net, and alternative mortgage strategies to consider. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: gambling, mitigating risk, high-interest mortgages, mortgage rates, responsible gambling, intermittent reinforcement, bankroll management, budget setting, buying a house, homeownership, financial safety net, mortgage strategies, home prices, Federal Reserve, inflation management, recession, financial security, financial conundrum, high yield savings, rent vs. buy, 15-year mortgage, 30-year mortgage, home repairs, home maintenance, private mortgage insurance, mortgage down payment, interest rates, economic indicators, behavioral psychology, understanding odds, financial strategy, liquidity, long-term financial goals, home affordability, economic landscape, mortgage options, and financial planning. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
Understand the urge to spend money while scrolling on social media and learn strategies to control impulsive purchases. How does social media influence spending habits? What are practical strategies to spend less money while scrolling?  Hosts Sean Pyles and Amanda Barroso discuss the psychological tricks of social media and emotional spending to help you understand the subconscious factors that drive your online purchases. Amanda interviews Jillian Knight, a licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of the financial planning firm Her Financial Therapy, about the cycle of shame in impulsive buying, the importance of awareness before and during online activity, and practical tips like removing stored credit card information to prevent automatic purchases.  Then, Amanda talks to Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, a medical director at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, about the addictive nature of social media. They discuss the dopamine-driven compulsion to scroll, setting app time limits, and engaging in alternative activities that boost dopamine in healthier ways.  Both guests offer insights on how to break the cycle of impulse buying, overcome social media addiction and maintain healthier spending habits, with strategies for recognizing emotional triggers, intentionally disconnecting from social media and finding joy in non-digital activities.  Get NordVPN 2Y plan + 4 months extra here ➼ It’s risk-free with Nord’s 30-day money-back guarantee! In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: social media spending habits, emotional spending, impulse buying, social media addiction, financial strain, dopamine and spending, social media and shopping, influencer marketing, targeted advertising, visibility bias, breaking spending habits, online shopping addiction, managing finances, financial therapy, coping mechanisms, digital well-being, financial planning, saving money, consumer behavior, credit card debt, shopping habits, financial stress, mindful spending, psychological tricks, social media traps, one-click purchasing, spending triggers, social media algorithms, dopamine-boosting activities, financial health, impulse purchase prevention, shopping addiction, emotional buying, app time limits, relationship tensions, financial wellbeing, and online consumerism. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
Discover how many people lie on insurance applications and the potential consequences you face when you do so. Is it okay to lie on your insurance application? What are the consequences if you do? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski discuss the findings from a recent NerdWallet survey revealing how many Americans admit to intentionally providing inaccurate information on their insurance applications and delve into the generational and gender differences in attitudes toward this behavior. Learn why people justify these lies and the potential legal and financial repercussions of being dishonest on your insurance forms. Then, they break down the latest money headlines, starting with a promising decline in delinquencies reported by VantageScore. They also discuss the IRS expanding its free filing software program and how a recent decline in grocery store prices could affect your bottom line. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: insurance fraud, lying on insurance applications, insurance rates, saving money on insurance, insurance applications, insurance deception, financial honesty, life insurance, auto insurance, consumer debt, debt delinquencies, credit score, personal loans, credit card debt, IRS free filing software, Direct File, tax preparation, inflation, grocery prices, lowering grocery costs, Aldi discounts, Target discounts, Amazon Fresh discounts, financial news, insurance industry, high-risk hobbies insurance, marijuana habits insurance, insurance consequences, consumer finance, financial tips, money management, credit health, tax filing season, insurance coverage, and economic trends. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.
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