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The Power of Small Daily Money Habits with Clarity Money + Ask Shannah


We face a new type of reality when it comes to managing our finances. From mounting student loan debt, keeping track of all subscription services like Netflix and Spotify and more simply, trying to pay rent and buy groceries — it’s overwhelming to figure out where to start.

One of my fav money management/budgeting apps is Clarity Money. I use it myself (I’m a big fan) and went straight to Colin Kennedy, the Chief Operating Officer & Revenue Officer of Clarity Money to explore the power of small daily money habits and how you can use them to empower your money.

Episode Details:

There are a million apps on the market to manage your money and budget more effectively. I’ve tried them all myself and one that has found a permanent home on my phone is Clarity Money. It really is different than most of the budgeting & saving apps and has made a big difference in how I manage my money every day.

I was excited to have Colin from Clarity Money on this episode to dig beneath the surface of the app and talk about how you can use the concept of daily money habits to revolutionize your finances. Yes, I’m talking game-changing perspectives here.

Check out Clarity Money if you aren’t bff’s yet

Episode Sponsor:

Big thanks to Audible for sponsoring this episode. Audible is offering Millennial Money 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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Blockchain 101 & How It Will Impact Your Future Wallet With Kendi Lane

Blockchain, cryptocurrency, bitcoin – say what? There are a lot of confusing terms out there, and I wanted to get to the bottom of it. We have all heard about bitcoin – it was on the tip of everyone’s tongue a few months ago and people were investing in it that have never even invested in their 401(k) or IRA (yikes). What about blockchain – the technology that needed to exist before bitcoin? I think it’s time to roll up our sleeves and figure this out.

On This Podcast Episode:

Kendi joined us on the podcast way back in November 2017 talking all things bitcoin. If you haven’t taken a listen to that episode, you need to!

Led by Bitcoin and Ether, cryptocurrencies have lost 10% of their combined value over the last week. Bitcoin on Tuesday dropped 4.5%, and Ethereum — after dropping 17% on Monday — fell another 7% on Tuesday. The total market value of cryptocurrencies worldwide is now at its lowest since November, according to The Wall Street Journal.

So, is this technology something you should put your money into and how will it impact your future wallet (because it isn’t going anywhere). Kendi is a force to be reckoned with and a super smart chic who knows her stuff when it comes to blockchain and the perfect millennial expert to school us all.

Connect with Kendi:

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Ask Shannah: Dealing with Student Loans and Debt

In this #AskShannah episode, I’m tackling two complex questions about student loans. Everything from borrowing money from your 401(k) to pay off your student loans, to dealing with student loan debt when you’re in a relationship.

In This Podcast Episode:

Thanks for all the great #AskShannah questions that are coming in. As always, remember you can always submit a question anonymously so I won’t disclose your name when I’m reading over the question.

I’m covering two questions on this episode that I think most of us could relate to in some way. As a reminder, they call this personal finance because it is just that – personal. When you’re making a money decision, you should weigh the pros and cons and then come to a decision that feels good to you and makes sense based on your lifestyle.

  • My question to you is, what benefits (or drawbacks) could there be if I were to take a loan from my 401(k) to pay off my student loans?
  • Which leads me to my question.. Am I wrong to think that having him put some money in a high yield savings account, could help him to pay off his student loans faster due to compounding growth?  

Tune in to hear my thoughts and feel free to send me your own #AskShannah question for a future episode.

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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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Money Wisdom From My Dad (And He’s Pretty Smart)

My dad is somewhat of a legend in the financial services world. He’s been helping people for well over 40 years now and is beloved for his personality and intent on always putting clients needs before his. I know him as Dad and the person who taught me almost everything I know about personal finance.

On This Podcast Episode:

My Dad, Stan, is joining us for a lively discussion about the advice he has about how to be smart with your money in your twenties and thirties. We’ll also talk about the difference between perceptions of money when he was in his twenties versus now – which is always a fun topic for me.

Dad’s top advice:

  • Save for emergencies (and save more than you think)
  • Invest in your 401(k) and don’t touch the money
  • Cover your risks, but only if you have a strong ER fund
  • Don’t be afraid to try and learn when it comes to smart money moves

Podcast Episode Sponsor:

Thanks to Udemy for sponsoring this podcast episode. Head over to http://www.ude.my/mymoney to get 90% off.

Thanks for Tuning In:

Thanks for tuning in to listen to this episode of Millennial Money. You’re awesome and mean so much to us. If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please share it on social media using the hashtag #millennialmoneypodcast.

Also, 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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Innovation That Leads To Change In The Black Millennial Community With Ras Asan

Ras Asan means business. As a black millennial male himself, he co-founded BREAUX Capital rising from his own needs to figure out a different way to approach financial wellness. He figured if other black millennials were having the problems he was having, then he needed to start a company to meet their needs. BREAUX Capital’s innovation is shaking up the fin-tech space and that’s certainly not a bad thing.

On This Podcast Episode:

Ras is one of those guests that I could talk to for hours. He’s articulate, diverse, and has learned many money lessons along his own entrepreneurial journey that he’s sharing on this episode.

Cooperatively owned and operated, BREAUX Capital is focused on increasing the financial wellness of millennial Black males. Since launching with only $500, BREAUX Capital has bootstrapped its way to serving members across the country. BREAUX Capital leverages a combination of software and a membership community to enhance the short and long-term financial health of its members.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Ras and Breaux Capital will continue to shake up this old-fashioned industry.

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Thanks for tuning in to listen to this episode of Millennial Money. You’re awesome and mean so much to us. If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please share it on social media using the hashtag #millennialmoneypodcast.

Also, 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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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.

Thanks for Tuning In:

Thanks for tuning in to listen to this episode of Millennial Money. You’re awesome and mean so much to us. If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please share it on social media using the hashtag #millennialmoneypodcast.

Also, 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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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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Thanks for tuning in to listen to this episode of Millennial Money. You’re awesome and mean so much to us. If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please share it on social media using the hashtag #millennialmoneypodcast.

Also, 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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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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Thanks for tuning in to listen to this episode of Millennial Money. You’re awesome and mean so much to us. If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please share it on social media using the hashtag #millennialmoneypodcast.

Also, 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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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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Thanks for tuning in to listen to this episode of Millennial Money. You’re awesome!

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.

Thanks for Tuning In:

Thanks for tuning in to listen to this episode of Millennial Money. You’re awesome and mean so much to us. If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please share it on social media using the hashtag #millennialmoneypodcast.

Also, 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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