Budgeting

Honest Review of Money Apps & Programs to DIY Your Finances

This episode was prompted by an Ask Shannah question from Ashley who was super curious what my opinion was about all the money apps and programs out there. She also wanted to find out what I thought about the idea of DIY finances – is it really possible, or at the end of the day, will you need to hire a financial planner to get a good action plan together. Take a listen to find out!

On This Podcast Episode:

Starting us off, I wanted to share a really cool contest that GoBankingRates ran for the Best Money Expert (besides me). There were lots of entries, and I hope you’ll check it out and see all the different money tips and advice these experts are sharing.

Can you DIY your finances? Well, yes and no.

I’m tackling this question and dishing about my fav money apps and programs including:

Thanks to Our Episode Sponsor:

This episode was sponsored by Beach Body on Demand. Right now listeners can get a free trial membership when you text MYMoney (no spaces) to 303030.

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You Got a Financial Windfall…Now What

Isn’t it everyone’s dream to wake up one morning and find a financial windfall in your bank account? I think that’s why we all rush out to buy lottery tickets when the award is some obnoxiously high number – the hopes that we might find ourselves the lucky one in 175 million who strike it rich. However, coming into a financial windfall could also be a time of confusion – a time to pause and think about how you should spend the money wisely.

On This Podcast Episode:

On this solo episode, I’m tackling a topic that seems like it’s a pro but could cause some confusion and doubt. What would you do if you woke up tomorrow with more money in your hands due to a financial windfall?

I’m talking some of my favorite ideas for how you could be smart with your financial windfall, have some fun, and create a killer game plan that could leave you basking in the windfall for years. (And, of course, I sure hope you wake up one day a lottery winner…)

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Millennial Money is more than just a podcast, we’re all about family here. Join us each weekend for our Sunday Seven Email Club, where we’ll share bonus episodes, money tips, life hacks, exclusive music drops, travel deals, breakfast treats and a whole lotta’ fun!

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Your Money Thoughts & Their Special Powers with Michelle Bobrow + Ask Shannah

There’s really no easier way to say this – your money thoughts have as much of an impact on achieving goals as the actual “how-to’s” and practical advice about money. This is the message I’ve shared since the beginning of the podcast, and it’s one that Michelle Bobrow from the Holistic Wallet shares as well.

On This Podcast Episode:

Meet Michelle Bobrow. She’s built a whole brand around mind shifts in all areas of our lives, but particularly finances. Michelle focuses on money psychology to integrate healthy and balanced financial habits into our lives.

Through strategic planning and mindful coaching, Michelle turns numbers into a work of art as she designs holistic budgets and sustainable systems for you to pay off your past, save for your future, and enjoy the present. (YES, that’s what I’m talking about).

We cover some good points:

  • How the recession impacted her as a college student at the time and the lesson she learned
  • How you can begin to create powerful money shifts right away
  • Why non-judgmental talk is the best kind of talk around money
  • How you can create an awareness of what makes you feel good and what makes you feel like crap around your finances

Thanks To Our Episode Sponsor:

Thanks to Udemy for sponsoring this episode. Go to http://www.ude.my/mymoney right now and get ninety percent off when you sign up for classes! You will not find a better price, so sign-up for classes NOW.

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Reinvent Your Wardrobe (& Save $$) with Brooklyn Decker and Whitney Casey + Ask Shannah

You look in your closet and can’t find a thing to wear. So, naturally, you jump online to start shopping. But, what if there was a better way? What if you could have your closet on your phone and shop your closet in a new way each day? Meet Finery.

Finery is the first digital wardrobe platform that organizes your wardrobe and uses predictive analytics to style you with the clothes you already own, founded by Brooklyn Decker (actress, model, currently on “‘Gracie and Frankie”) and Whitney Casey (former ABC and CNN anchor). Brooklyn and Whitney created Finery after realizing there was Spotify to manage our music, Tripit to manage our travel and Mint to manage our finances – why wasn’t there an app to manage our wardrobes, which women spend more on than their education?

On This Podcast Episode:

I’m talking raw and honest with Brooklyn and Whitney about what it took as female entrepreneurs to launch their new business venture, Finery. There are so many great pearls of wisdom in this podcast episode whether you just want to find a way to save money and shop your wardrobe or you want to some female to female advice on getting your business up and running.

We’re covering:

  • Why they decided to build an app that stops selling people more stuff and starts helping them use what they’ve got
  • How to find your “perfect” business partner
  • Why investors are finally excited about investing in female-owned startups
  • Debunking myths women have on how they spend, save and invest their money

Plus, thanks to Robin for your Ask Shannah contribution!

Check out the GoBankingRates #SmartMoneySquad article I mentioned in the episode.

Episode Sponsor:

Thanks to Wing for sponsoring this podcast episode. Head over to Wing’s website and enter code MYMONEY to get $25 off your first month’s bill.

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Please leave an honest review for Millennial Money on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and much appreciated! You’re awesome!

Millennial Money is more than just a podcast, we’re all about family here. Join us each weekend for our Sunday Seven Email Club, where we’ll share bonus episodes, money tips, life hacks, exclusive music drops, travel deals, breakfast treats and a whole lotta’ fun!

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Conversations About Career & Money With No, You Go Podcast Hosts Jenn, Sara & Katel

I’ve been a fan of the No, You Go podcast for a while now and was so excited to be able to do a podcast swap. They are three badass women who share in frank, funny, and honest discussions about lots of issues in life that we’re all trying to figure out.

I’m also featured on their podcast talking about money taboos, the best financial advice to take and ignore, and dishing about the dreaded “b” (budgets) word.

On This Podcast Episode:

Jenn, Sara, and Katel (hosts of the No, You Go Podcast) are sharing their own career and money journeys in this hilarious and honest podcast episode. They each are superstars in their own right and they aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and talk about their struggles figuring their way through being good with their finances.

We also dove deep into their own money questions in the last segment and heard a first-hand story from Sara about credit card fraud and why you should always stay on top of your credit report (even if your score is rockin’.)

Be sure to check out my episode on the No, You Go podcast and subscribe today.

Shout Out To Our Sponsor:

Thanks to the Decrypting Crypto Podcast for sponsoring this episode. Be sure to subscribe today to learn all things crypto and blockchain.

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Ask Shannah -What Are The Downsides To Extreme Personal Finance

I’m dedicating today’s podcast episode to an Ask Shannah question that came in a couple of weeks ago from Tabitha and Robert:

“Hey Shannah, I’m reading a lot of articles that talk about the extreme side of personal finance and I find myself falling prey to the stereotypes that I’m not succeeding in my finances unless I’m 100% debt-free and that just seems impossible to me. I read all these articles about people who are retiring by 40 and paying off massive amounts of debt, but I’m not sure that’s the vision I have for my life…please provide some insight.”

On This Podcast Episode:

The topic of extreme personal finance is one I have a lot to say about. I’m breaking down the good, the bad, and all the in-between on this episode in what I hope will be a thought-provoking discussion about the journey to be 100% debt-free.

In fact, I recently was quoted in a U.S. News & World Report article about this very topic with some other like-minded CFP® professionals who share my viewpoint and had some very insightful knowledge to add to the topic.

Shout Out To Our Podcast Sponsor:

Hosts Austin Knight and Matthew Howells-Barby take you on a journey of discovering what cryptocurrency is all about in The Decrypting Crypto Podcast. Search for ‘The Decrypting Crypto Podcast‘ in your favorite podcasting app to start listening.

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Best of the Best Money Apps, Programs, Products and More

There are so many money apps and programs on the market that it’s hard to know which one is the “best.” Unfortunately, you usually have to try a few before you find the one that is going to be your money bff. Not to worry though, I’ve tried just about all of them and I’m giving you the down low on some of my favorites.

On This Podcast Episode:

I’m breaking down some of the best of the best money apps, programs, products and more. If you’re looking for some new favs, check these out.

  • Best Budgeting AppYou Need a Budget (hands-down one of my favorites)
  • Best Points Credit Card- (still) Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
  • Best Online Checking Account – I’m a fan of Aspiration. Listen to my interview with their CEO Andrei
  • Best Investing AppAcorns (they’re doing some really cool things over there at Acorns)
  • Best Way To Think About Buying a House – Have you heard of Unison? We’ve had them on a podcast episode talking about innovative ways to afford a down payment
  • Best Way To Reduce Your Credit Card Debt – (remember, you’re trying to get an unfair advantage here) Ask for a credit limit increase, ask for an annual fee to be waived and ask for a lower interest rate. Here’s a link to the Creditcards.com report with some of the statistics

Ask Shannah – big thanks to Hilary for the question about rebounding from a financial crisis

Shout Out To Our Sponsor:

Thanks To Audible for sponsoring the podcast. Audible is offering MM listeners a free audiobook with a 30-day trial membership. Just go to audible.com/mymoney and browse the unmatched selection of audio programs – download a title free and start listening. Go to audible.com/mymoney or text mymoney to 500-500 to get started today.

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Spookiest Financial Fears

Halloween is all about crazy costumes, sugar highs, and those awesome fall drinks to warm your soul. It’s also a time to focus on some of your spookiest financial fears in hopes that we can move them from spooky to success.

On This Podcast Episode:

  • Find out why Data Breaches are spookier than spiders according to a WalletHub survey
  • Let’s find out how much the average American spends on Halloween
  • We’ll chat about the 5 spookiest financial fears including my favorite, not “knowing your numbers”
  • Get motivated to change some financial fears into successes by the end of the year

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Disclosure:

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. To determine which investment(s) and financial strategies may be appropriate for you, consult your financial adviser prior to investing. There is no assurance that the techniques and strategies discussed are suitable for all investors or will yield positive outcomes.

 

 

Are Fees Eating Your 401(k) – Chris Costello, Blooom

It’s quite possible that fees may be eating your 401(k) returns and you aren’t even aware of it. There is a lot of confusion out there about how 401(k)s even work, let alone that some funds may be costing you a bundle. If we’re going to start making smart money moves taking a look at your 401(k) and what it’s costing you is a good place to start.

 

On This Podcast Episode:

I’m chatting with a podcast guest that’s always a favorite, Chris Costello from Blooom (with three o’s). I’ve honestly never seen a company quite like Blooom and I always love when we can chat about 401(k)s. We’re covering:

  • Why fees even matter in your 401(k)
  • How you can figure out your ideal stock/bond ratio
  • Ways you can control fees – to some extent
  • Why your behavior has a lot to do with your 401(k) balance
  • How to figure out how much you’re actually paying in fees

Click here for a FREE analysis of your 401(k) with Blooom.

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The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. To determine which investment(s) and financial strategies may be appropriate for you, consult your financial adviser prior to investing. There is no assurance that the techniques and strategies discussed are suitable for all investors or will yield positive outcomes.

 

 

 

Budget Blunders That Are Breaking your Bank Account

I know, I know. The last thing you want to talk about is the “b” word. Honestly, I can tell you that having a strong budget in place is one of the best ways to better your bank account. I’ve seen so many people achieve goals they never thought they could just by the simple act of tracking what they’re spending their money on. So, I thought it would make sense to talk budget blunders to inspire you.

Find out the common budget blunders that will break your bank account.

On This Podcast Episode:

I’m sharing some of the most common budget blunders that are breaking bank accounts right and left to prove that we’re really all more alike than we are different when it comes to this money thing. (And to inspire you to empower your own bank account).

If you’re looking for a great budgeting app, I’m a personal fan of You Need A Budget, but you don’t need anything fancy – a pen and paper can do the trick just as easy.

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Disclosure:

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. To determine which investment(s) and financial strategies may be appropriate for you, consult your financial adviser prior to investing. There is no assurance that the techniques and strategies discussed are suitable for all investors or will yield positive outcomes.

 

 

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