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Popcorn Finance

English, Finance, 1 season, 499 episodes, 3 days, 17 hours, 3 minutes
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An award winning short form podcast discussing finance in about the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn
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459: Is Hustle Culture Bad for Your Wallet?

Is hustle culture actually setting us back? In our monthly finance segment on NECN, Natalie and I got into the problems that come with the constant grind of hustle culture. We also unpack why it is so important to create your own definition of success that doesn’t revolve around what you earn Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/16/20248 minutes, 5 seconds
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458: Why Are Movie Theaters Dying?

Are streaming services killing movie theaters? Today let’s discuss this theory along with a few others I found in an article from Screen Rant. To help me break things down I’m joined by fellow movie lover and actual movie critic Alexis Gentry. Screen Rant Article: 6 Reasons So Many Movies Are Struggling At The Box Office In 2024 Listen to our 2024 mid-year movie breakdown: Ep. 457 Best and Worst Movies of 2023: Part 1, Part 2 Follow me on Letterboxd to find out what I’m watching and my reviews! Connect with Alexis Instagram | Website | Tiktok Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/11/202411 minutes, 55 seconds
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457: Best Movies of 2024... So Far

What’s been your favorite movie of the year so far? Back in January, I kicked off the year with Alexis Gentry, movie critic and editor at Trashwire, to break down our favorite movies of 2023. Now that we're halfway through 2024, it felt like a good time to check in and discuss our favorite films of 2024 so far. Listen to our Best and Worst movies of 2023: Part 1, Part 2 Follow me on Letterboxd to find out what I’m watching and my reviews! Connect with Alexis Instagram | Website | Tiktok Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/9/202414 minutes, 39 seconds
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456: 7 Years of Poppin' Popcorn!

I just wanted to say thank you to ALL of you for helping me keep Popcorn Finance going for 7 years! Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/3/202412 minutes, 41 seconds
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455: Do I Need Whole Life Insurance?

Do you really need whole life insurance? Life insurance is a good idea for most of us, but paying for it for the rest of your life isn't necessary. Today I answer a question I got in from Jackie who was curious about what the difference was between term life insurance and whole life insurance. Check out Ep #155: How to Find a Financial Planner Podcast - https://pod.fo/e/e5ac Blog Post - https://popcornfinance.com/podcast/155-how-to-find-a-financial-planner-giveaway-winners Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/25/202412 minutes, 12 seconds
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454: The Connection Between Our Mental Health and Our Money

How connected is the relationship between money and mental health? In Episode 444, licensed social worker and co-host of the Frugal Friends podcast, Jill Sirianni, discussed managing our mental health when it feels like the world is against us. This week, I want to share a bonus segment from that conversation, where Jill explains how our relationship with money impacts our mental health and why quick fixes aren’t beneficial in the long run. Connect with Jill Instagram | Website | The Frugal Friends Podcast  Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/18/20246 minutes, 33 seconds
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453: What Has Inflation Been Up To?

May Inflation data was just released, so let's spend a few minutes catching up on what happened back in April. Plus I'm sharing a few details on a special project that I've been working on. Inflation TikTok Series What is Inflation & Why Does it Even Exist? Inflation's Impact on My Apartment Deflation - What stuff has actually gotten cheaper in my apartment Greedflation Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/13/20249 minutes, 59 seconds
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452: Help! I Can't Stop Comparing Myself to People with More Money

How can we avoid the comparison trap when it comes to our finances? In today’s episode Shannah Game, host of Everyone’s Talkin’ Money podcast, and Certified Financial Planner is on the show to discuss how we can avoid getting stuck in a comparison trap and how to find what we truly want for our lives. -This episode originally aired on 1/17/2023 as #361 Connect with Today's Guest - Shannah Everyone’s Talkin’ Money | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/4/202411 minutes, 51 seconds
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451: What I Wish I Knew About Money Before I Became an Adult

Ever wish you could turn back the clock to share financial wisdom with your younger self in hopes that it would put you on the right financial path? My guest today is Ashley Feinstein Gerstley, author of Financial Adulting and founder of The Fiscal Femme, and we're discussing all the things we wish we knew about finances before we stepped out into financial adulthood. In this episode, we discuss How to safeguard yourself against misleading financial advice How to seek out financial knowledge for yourself and gain control of your financial narrative How to avoid shame and comparison when it comes to money This is a replay of episode 302 which originally aired on 5/2/2022 Connect with Today's Guest - Ashley Feinstein Gerstley Connect with Ashley on Instagram | Twitter Check out Ashley's book: Financial Adulting Jaki's amazing art work https://www.instagram.com/jakipramos   Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/28/202411 minutes, 4 seconds
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450: Is It Really Possible for Everyone to Travel?

Is it possible to make travel more affordable in 2024? The world has opened up significantly since 2020, and people are eager to travel again. But how attainable is it to go on trips nowadays? If you’d love to travel more but are unsure if your budget allows for it, I have traveler extraordinaire and all-around savvy adventurer, Bianca Alba on the show to talk about how to make traveling a bigger part of your life without breaking the bank. Connect with Today's Guest - Bianca Alba This Latina Travels | Instagram | Travel Guides Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/22/202413 minutes, 32 seconds
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449: It's Pretty Easy to Spend a $600,000 Inheritance - Part 2

Is achieving financial freedom really as simple as it seems? In today’s episode, I’m sharing Part 2 of Haley and Justin’s story. They walk us through the rest of their personal finance story after receiving a life-altering lawsuit settlement and the hard lessons they learned along the way. Moreover, how they managed to get their finances back on track and how they’re trying to help others avoid the same personal finance mistakes in their own money journeys. Connect with Haley and Justin Brown-Woods Twitter | Instagram | Website | Price of Avocado Toast Podcast  Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/14/202415 minutes, 25 seconds
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448: PFN - Interest Rates Aren't Going Down Any Time Soon

An afternoon of Bluey delayed this episode, but I figured it's better late than never! Today's lets talk about the Federal Reserve and their decision to keep interest rates right were they are... at least for now. Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/14/20246 minutes, 11 seconds
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447: It's Pretty Easy to Spend a $600,000 Inheritance - Part 1

What would you do if you inherited $600,000 in your 20s? I’d like to say that I would’ve been responsible if I got that amount of money in my 20s, but in all honesty, I probably would’ve saved a little and spent a lot. That's exactly what happened to Haley and Justin Brown-Woods when they inherited $600,000 from a grandparent. They didn't just spend it all—they racked up a ton of credit card debt too. That set them on a wild ride of debt repayment and led to the birth of their podcast, 'The Price of Avocado Toast.' In today's episode, they're sharing Part 1 of their story. Don’t forget to listen to Part 2 next Tuesday! Connect with Haley and Justin Brown-Woods Twitter | Instagram | Website | Price of Avocado Toast Podcast  Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/202413 minutes, 37 seconds
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446N: March Inflation Update - Housing is Still an Issue & Car Insurance Rate Hikes Are Having a Big Impact

You've probably noticed that I took a couple of weeks off from Popcorn Finance News, but this week I'm back at it, and I have more than one number to share! Three weeks ago, the Labor Bureau released inflation data from March, and I've been going over those numbers ever since. So today, I'll share the most interesting pieces of information I found after analyzing five years' worth of inflation data, including if grocery prices are going down and how car insurance rates have risen. We'll discuss this and more in today's episode of Popcorn Finance NEWS! Today’s Number is 3.5% This is the inflation rate for March 2024 Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/20248 minutes, 13 seconds
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445: Use These 3 Accounts to Help Your Kids Start Investing

What were conversations surrounding money like when you were a kid? Many of us grapple with financial fears, whether it's a scarcity mindset or simply not knowing how to handle money, largely due to the lack of financial education in our childhoods. That's why I invited Naseema McElroy, host of the Financially Intentional Podcast, to join me on the show today. She's here to discuss her three-account system and how we can prepare the next generation for financial success.  Connect with Naseema Instagram | Website | Financially Intentional Podcast Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/30/202413 minutes, 35 seconds
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444: 52% of Americans Say Money Has a Negative Impact on Their Mental Health

Is money wreaking havoc on your mental health? Money affects all aspects of our lives, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it can directly impact our mental health. That's why on today’s show, I wanted to continue the conversation about money and mental health with the help of Jill Sirrianni, one-half of The Frugal Friends podcast and a licensed clinical social worker. Jill shares insights on how we can better manage our mental health, especially when facing stressors that are beyond our control and why doing so is so important.  Connect with Jill Instagram | Website | The Frugal Friends Podcast  Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/202411 minutes, 7 seconds
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443: How Does an HSA Work?

Should I be investing in a HSA instead of a 401(k)? Last week, we tackled some HSA questions from a listener. Today Andrew Giancola, host of The Personal Finance Podcast, is back to dive into the finer details of HSAs, including how to access your money and how he uses one for retirement. Part 1: Ep. 441 Connect with Andrew Instagram | Website | The Personal Finance Podcast | Youtube Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/202411 minutes, 52 seconds
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442: PFN - What's the Highest Tax Bracket & Why You Should Keep an Eye on Your CD

There is a cap on how much in taxes the Federal Government can take from your paycheck and it is not as high as you think. Plus, you should use this episode as a reminder to check in on those CDs you opened last year. You might find a drop in your interest rate. We’ll discuss this and more in today’s episode of Popcorn Finance NEWS! Today’s Number is 37% This is the highest Federal tax bracket... but only if you make more than $578,126 Today’s Article  How High-Yield CDs Turn Into 0.05% CDs While You’re Not Looking written by Imani Moise Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202411 minutes, 43 seconds
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441: What is an HSA (Health Savings Account)?

What is an HSA and do I need one? A listener wrote in with some great HSA questions including whether or not they are a good option for retirement. Andrew Giancola, host of The Personal Finance Podcast, is joining me to breakdown all things HSAs! Connect with Andrew Instagram | Website | The Personal Finance Podcast | Youtube Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/202410 minutes, 18 seconds
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440: PFN - Billions of Dollars in Tax Refunds & Time For a Little Spring Cleaning

Did you know that over 65% of tax filers get a refund? Have you started spring cleaning your bank account? We’ll discuss this and more in today’s episode of Popcorn Finance NEWS! Today’s Number is 65% About 65% of tax filers received a tax refund in 2023. Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202411 minutes, 14 seconds
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439: What I Learned Living with Less

Have you ever read a book that has stayed with you for years? "The Year of Less" by Cait Flanders is one of those books for me. That’s why I wanted to share a replay of the interview I did with Cait a few years ago on the podcast. In it, we discuss her book and how money influences every aspect of our lives, shaping who we become as individuals, and how her book helped her realize the changes she wanted to make in her own. Connect with Cait Instagram | Website | The Year of Less Book Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/2/202411 minutes, 25 seconds
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438: PFN - Housing is Wrecking Inflation

February’s inflation numbers left economists disappointed and housing might be to blame. We’ll discuss this and more in today’s episode of Popcorn Finance NEWS! Today’s Number is 1 Housing was the number 1 contributor to the total inflation number in February. Today’s Article  US Inflation Remained Higher Than Economists Had Expected in February written by Diccon Hyatt Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/30/20249 minutes, 6 seconds
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437: How Our Weird US Tax Brackets Work & Save on Taxes with the Standard Deduction

Do you know how tax brackets are set up here in the US? Also, did you know this one tax deduction saves you tons of money each year on your taxes? Today let's get into tax brackets and the standard deduction. Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/26/20248 minutes, 25 seconds
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436: PFN - Inflation is Stuck & So Are Interest Rates

Inflation remains stubbornly high and interest rates are staying right where they are… at least for now. We'll dive into what the Federal Reserve is thinking and more on Popcorn Finance NEWS! Today’s Number is 3.2% This is the February inflation rate reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Today’s Article  Federal Reserve holds interest rates steady, projects three rate cuts later this year written by Scott Horsley Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/20248 minutes, 49 seconds
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435: Tax Question - Should I File My Taxes as Married or Single?

I have a house and a kid with my partner, but we're not legally married. Does this change how I should file my taxes? There is nothing simple when it comes to filing your taxes, so it makes sense that most of us have a ton of questions. That's why CPA Keila Hill-Trawick is joining me again this week to address a tricky question from Tara, a listener who wants to know if she should file her taxes separately or jointly with her long-term partner.  Connect with Keila Website | Instagram | The Build to Enough Podcast Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/202411 minutes, 21 seconds
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434: Last Minute Tax Tips

Are you all set for tax season this year? With the tax deadline just around the corner, CPA Keila Hill-Trawick is back on the show with some last-minute tips to help you get organized and make this tax season a little less stressful.   Connect with Keila Website | Instagram | The Build to Enough Podcast Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/202412 minutes, 27 seconds
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433: PFN - The Fragile $5 Bill & How Cleaning Out Your Inbox Could Help You Save Money

That $5 bill in your wallet or purse isn’t going to last as long as you think and I have a few good hacks that could help you save some money! We'll discuss this and more on Popcorn Finance NEWS! Today’s Number is 4.7 4.7 years is the estimated lifespan of a typical $5 bill Today’s Article (is a news segment this week) In my weekly news segment on NECN I discuss a few money hacks I learned from this book Money Hacks: 275+ Ways to Decrease Spending, Increase Savings, and Make Your Money Work for You! written by Lisa Rowan Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/20249 minutes, 21 seconds
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432: How to Make Therapy More Affordable

How can I make therapy more affordable if my insurance doesn't cover it? This week, I continued my conversation with financial therapist Lindsay Bryan-Podvin. Unlike last week's discussion in ep.430, where we explored why many therapists in the U.S. don't accept insurance, this time Lindsay offers insights on making therapy and mental health services more accessible through reimbursements, mental health programs, and employer-offered initiatives. All the resources Lindsay mentions in this episode will be linked below and a lot of them were new to me, so I’m so happy to be able to share them with all of you! Resources Mentioned - The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) states that financial cost-sharing requirements for mental health/substance use disorder benefits (such as deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, and out-of-pocket limitations) must be the same as those for physical health care. (E.g., if you have a $20 co-pay for physical therapy, you should have a $20 co-pay for mental health therapy) - Mentaya is one of the services I mentioned that facilitates reimbursement if you have a therapist who's out of network. Advekit is another similar service. - How to Get Reimbursed for Therapy. I wrote this post to help people understand their Superbills and how to increase their reimbursement from their insurance provider when their therapist is "out of network." Other episodes with Lindsay: 327, 328, 343, 430 Connect with Lindsay Website | Instagram | Twitter | Her book, "The Financial Anxiety Solution" | Money Personality Quiz Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/5/202412 minutes, 10 seconds
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431: PFN - A New Guide for Tipping & We Print a Ton of New Money Each Year

Discover the surprising percentage of money printed annually to replace old and damaged bills. Plus, get my latest guide on when, how much, and how often to tip as tipping culture continues to evolve. We'll discuss this and more on Popcorn Finance NEWS! Today’s Number is 95% The percentage of all the money printed by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing in Washington DC that is just to replace old & damaged existing money. Today’s Article A Guide to the Ridiculous New World of Tipping written by Chris Browning (That’s Me!) Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/29/202412 minutes, 31 seconds
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430: Why Won't My Therapist Accept My Health Insurance?

One of the best investments I ever made was starting therapy a few years ago. Unfortunately, in the U.S. most of us are paying out of pocket because many therapists don’t accept insurance. I wanted to get to the bottom of why this is so common, so I asked financial therapist Lindsay Bryan-Podvin to come back on the show to give us all a peek behind the scenes. Resources Mentioned The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) states that financial cost-sharing requirements for mental health/substance use disorder benefits (such as deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, and out-of-pocket limitations) must be the same as those for physical health care. (E.g., if you have a $20 co-pay for physical therapy, you should have a $20 co-pay for mental health therapy) Other episodes with Lindsay: 327, 328, 343 Connect with Lindsay Website | Instagram | Twitter | Her book, "The Financial Anxiety Solution" | Money Personality Quiz Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/202412 minutes, 31 seconds
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429: PFN - Is Inflation Getting Better & Travel More in 2024 with These Tips

Inflation numbers are in. Are things looking better or worse? Also, are you hoping to travel more in 2024? If so we’ve got a few tips for you. We'll discuss this and more on Popcorn Finance NEWS! Today’s Number is 3.1% This is the inflation percentage reported for January in the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Today’s Article The 10 best budget travel tips that will help you travel more in 2024 written by By Lori Zaino and Kyle Olsen Connect with Today's Guest - Bianca Alba This Latina Travels | Instagram | Travel Guides Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/202411 minutes, 4 seconds
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428: Saving Series - How Saving Has Changed Over the Decades

A lot has changed in the world of savings over the past few decades. Interest rates have climbed and crashed, CDs have lost popularity, and online banking has changed the way we interact with banks. Today we’re wrapping up our Saving Series by talking about these changes and more with John Blizzard, the President and CEO of Seattle Bank, and the Founder of CD Valet. John has 30+ years of banking experience, making him an expert when it comes to the changes we’ve seen in the industry.  This Savings Series was supported by our partner CD Valet Access and compare over twenty-five thousand CD rates by visiting PopcornFinance.com/CDValet Connect with CD Valet at Instagram | Twitter | Website Saving Series Episodes  426:  Savings Series - Everything You Need to Know About Money Market Accounts 424: Savings Series - Everything You Need to Know About CDs 422: Savings Series - Everything You Need to Know About High-Yield Savings Accounts Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/202412 minutes, 32 seconds
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427: Money Red Flags That Could Ruin Your Valentine's Day

What is a financial red flag that would stop you from dating someone? Welcome to a special Valentine’s Day episode of Popcorn Finance! In today’s episode, I’m sharing the interviews I recorded with Allison Baggerly of Inspired Budget, while at the Podcast Movement conference in Denver, Colorado. One of my favorite questions we asked people was what their financial red flags were when it came to the wild world of dating. I’m sharing some of my favorite answers and be sure to check out these interviews over on my Instagram to put some faces to these voices. Connect with The Guests Allison Baggerly - Website | Instagram | Twitter | Podcast Mallory Kassoy - Kitcaster Brittany Greene - Instagram Megan Powers - Making a Marketer Podcast  | Instagram Kate Nystrom - Kitcaster Angelica Cordero - Instagram Charity Youngblood - Life’s Questions & Lessons Podcast | Website | Youtube Ziearre Zubar - Instagram Jocelyn Hudak and Sophie Anderson - Pass the Mic Podcast Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/14/202411 minutes, 11 seconds
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426: Savings Series - Everything You Need to Know About Money Market Accounts

In a world of high-yield savings accounts, why would I want to open a money market account? Welcome back to our Saving Series! In our previous episodes, we've delved into the world of high-yield savings accounts and CDs. Today, we're taking a closer look at money market accounts. I’m breaking down the key differences between high-yield savings accounts and money market accounts and highlighting the specific restrictions that come with opening a money market account. I’ll also be answering a listener question about money market accounts versus funds.  Saving Series Episodes  424: Savings Series - Everything You Need to Know About CDs 422: Savings Series - Everything You Need to Know About High-Yield Savings Accounts Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/13/20248 minutes, 36 seconds
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425: PFN - The Federal Reserve's Control on Interest Rates & Predictions for a Future Interest Rate Decrease

The Federal Reserve announced last week that it won’t be making any changes to interest rates right now, but it didn’t take the possibility of future interest rate decreases off the table. What does this mean for you and me? We'll discuss this and more on Popcorn Finance NEWS! Today’s Number is 5.33% This is where the Federal Reserve has set interest rates as of February 6th, 2024 Today’s Article The Federal Reserve holds interest rates steady but signals rate cuts may be coming written by Scott Horsley Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/20248 minutes, 25 seconds
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424: Savings Series - Everything You Need to Know About CDs

What exactly is a CD and is it worth using? Welcome back to our Saving Series! Last week was all about High Yield Savings Accounts. This week let’s tackle CDs - from their origin to when to open one. Plus, I’ll be answering a question from Jackie, a listener debating whether to save up for a new car in a CD or her savings account. Episodes Mentioned 422: Savings Series - Everything You Need to Know About High-Yield Savings Accounts 414: Popcorn Finance NEWS - Inflation is Cooling, Will Interest Rates Fall? Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/202415 minutes, 28 seconds
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423: PFN - Crypto Fraud is on the Rise & Could Buy Nothing Groups Be the Secret to Saving Your Budget?

Buy Nothing Groups are popping up in almost every neighborhood across America at a surprisingly fast rate. Could this be the secret to saving your budget and our environment? Additionally, it looks like crypto scams are on the rise. We'll discuss this and more on Popcorn Finance NEWS! Today’s Number is $2.57 Billion This is the amount of money lost to Cryptocurrency Investment Fraud reported to the FBI in 2022. Today’s Article Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Buy Nothing Groups written by Laura Fenton Connect with Today's Guest - Jill Sirianni Frugal Friends Podcast | Instagram | Frugal Friends Newsletter Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/202412 minutes, 3 seconds
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422: Savings Series - Everything You Need to Know About High Yield Savings Accounts

Is now the best time to be a saver? Even if it's not the best time, it is still a great time to start saving. So I thought this would be the perfect time to start a new series all about the best places to save your money. This week we are kicking things off with the High Yield Savings Account. Let's break down the history of savings accounts, the origins of the high yield savings account, and the best way to use these accounts. Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/202411 minutes, 36 seconds
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421: PFN - Student Loan Forgiveness is Arriving Early & Have Streaming Prices Gone Too Far?

The Biden Administration is fast-tracking student loan forgiveness for certain borrowers. And the cheap streaming prices we all loved seems to be a thing of the past. We'll discuss this and more on Popcorn Finance NEWS! Today’s Number is 64 this is combined monthly price of the top 8 streaming services Today’s Article You may need to take extra steps to qualify for Biden’s fast-tracked student loan forgiveness written by Annie Nova Connect with Nika Debt Free Gonna Be | Instagram | Twitter Recent Student Loan Episodes with Nika 416: What to Know About Student Loans in 2024 417: $1 Billion Box Office & Student Loan Forgiveness 418: High Earners & the SAVE Student Loan Repayment Plan. Does It Make Sense? --------- Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/202410 minutes, 35 seconds
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420: Side Hustles That Actually Pay Real Money

Are there any side hustles that can ACTUALLY help me increase my income? If one of your goals for 2024 is to make more money then today’s episode should help get you brainstorming on how best to do it! I’m joined by Melissa Jean-Baptiste, a former NYC high school teacher turned financial educator who’s on the show to share her story of finding a side hustle that helped her pay off more than $100k worth of debt. Melissa is a first-generation Haitian American and the author of "So This Is Why I'm Broke: Money Lessons on Financial Literacy, Passive Income, and Generational Wealth”, she’s also the writer and producer of the award-winning Millennial In Debt web series. In this episode, Melissa shares how you can use the skills, tools, and resources that are already available to you so that you get a side hustle that perfectly aligns with your life. Connect with Melissa Website | Instagram | Twitter | So This Is Why I'm Broke Book Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/202413 minutes, 33 seconds
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419: What is Loud Budgeting & Holiday Spending Increased in 2023

Do you know what Loud Budgeting is? I didn’t either before this episode. And did you spend more money this holiday season? The numbers say yes. We'll discuss this and more on Popcorn Finance NEWS! Today’s Number is 3.1% this is the increase in U.S retail sales this holiday season compared to 2022 Today’s Article This 2024 Money Trend Exploded on TikTok. And Personal Finance Experts Love It written by Dashia Milden Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/202411 minutes, 7 seconds
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418: High Earners & the SAVE Student Loan Repayment Plan. Does It Make Sense?

Is the SAVE student loan forgiveness plan right for me? Today I’m answering a question from Deanna, a listener wondering if The Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan - the newest income-driven repayment (IDR) plan for student loans - is right for her and her situation. To help answer this question I have student loan expert and creator of Debt Free Gonna Be, Nika Booth to give more guidance and details surrounding the SAVE plan. Nika shares how this plan works for those with a higher income and what other details you need to consider with an IDR plan such as your marital status or if you have dependents.  Be sure to listen to my other episodes with Nika to learn more about student loan updates, IDR plans, and more! Other episodes with Nika: 390, 385, 377, 416 Connect with Nika Debt Free Gonna Be | Instagram | Twitter |  Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter - PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/202410 minutes, 26 seconds
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417: $1 Billion Box Office & Student Loan Forgiveness

Are movie theaters back from the brink of failure and is the latest student loan forgiveness program, SAVE, a good deal? We'll discuss this and more on Popcorn Finance NEWS! Today’s Number is 2 This is the number of movies that earned more than $1 Billion in 2023. Today’s Article What Is President Biden’s SAVE Plan for Student Loan Repayment? written by Kristopher Kane Connect with Nika Debt Free Gonna Be | Instagram | Twitter Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question, article, or number for the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/11/202411 minutes, 7 seconds
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416: What to Know About Student Loans in 2024

What does student loan repayment look like in 2024? Nika Booth, student loan expert and creator of Debt Free Gonna Be, is back to share some updates on student loans for 2024. A lot has changed since her last visit this past summer when the Supreme Court struck down Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan. We cover the chaos that was the restarting of student loan payments d and where student loan forgiveness is headed this year..   Other episodes with Nika: 390, 385, 377 Connect with Nika Debt Free Gonna Be | Instagram | Twitter |  Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/9/202412 minutes, 19 seconds
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415: Best and Worst Movies of 2023 - Part 2

Part 2 of the Best and Worst Movies of 2023 What were the best and worst movies you watched in 2023? In early 2023 a friend challenged me to see who could watch the most movies released in 2023. So after watching over 70 films last year, I thought a fun way to kick off 2024 would be to throw a nice big bag of popcorn in the microwave and rank some of the best and worst movies of 2023. To make things more interesting I’m joined by Trashwire movie critic, and cohost of the Watcha Watchin’ podcast, Alexis Gentry as we discuss all things movies to kick off the new year. Listen to Part 1: here Connect with Alexis Instagram | Website | Twitter Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/5/202418 minutes, 41 seconds
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414: Popcorn Finance NEWS - Inflation is Cooling, Will Interest Rates Fall?

Welcome to the very first episode of Popcorn Finance NEWS, where we break down the numbers and the news in about the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn! This new Thursday episode is the News Edition of Popcorn Finance where I grab a fresh bag of popcorn and search the internet for the numbers that catch my eye and the personal finance news that I think you’ll want to hear. Today’s Number is 11 This is the number of times that the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates since they lowered them basically to 0% in 2020 Today’s Article Now May Be the Time to Lock In High Interest Rates on Your Savings written by Ann Carnns Subscribe to the FREE Popcorn Finance Newsletter PopcornFinance.com/Newsletter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/4/202410 minutes, 11 seconds
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413: Best and Worst Movies of 2023 - Part 1

What were the best and worst movies you watched in 2023? In early 2023 a friend challenged me to see who could watch the most movies released in 2023. So after watching over 70 films last year, I thought a fun way to kick off 2024 would be to throw a nice big bag of popcorn in the microwave and rank some of the best and worst movies of 2023. To make things more interesting I’m joined by Trashwire movie critic, and cohost of the Watcha Watchin’ podcast, Alexis Gentry as we discuss all things movies to kick off the new year. Connect with Alexis Instagram | Website | Twitter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/2/202418 minutes, 7 seconds
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412: Our Failed 2023 Goals

Who else made an overly ambitious list of goals for 2023? It’s that time of year again when social media is flooded with lists and round-ups of what everyone achieved and accomplished this year, but what about all the goals we didn’t manage to reach in 2023 - the failed goals? To make you feel less alone about your failed goals, Berna Anat, author of Money Out Loud, and I are sharing our failures of the year and what we hope to achieve in 2024.     Connect with Berna Instagram | Website | Book: Money Out Loud Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/26/202331 minutes, 23 seconds
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Signed Book Christmas Giveaway!

I’m giving away two copies of Berna Anat's book Money Out Loud and one of them is signed with a special message from Berna! To enter go to PopcornFinance.com/Giveaway The giveaway is running through the end of the year, December 31, 2023, so get those entries in now! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/23/20232 minutes, 6 seconds
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411: How to Tell Your Friends You’re Broke

When was the last time you had a money chat with your friends? Telling your friends that something isn't in your budget can be difficult, not to mention awkward. Erin Lowry, author and the personal finance expert behind The Broke Millennial book series joins me to discuss how to open up to friends about money and set healthy boundaries. Connect with Erin Instagram | Website | Twitter | Books Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/19/202313 minutes, 57 seconds
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410: What Do I Do with My Christmas Bonus?

What would you do if you received an extra $1,000 this holiday season? This week I’m joined by the internet’s favorite hype woman, Berna Anat and we’re answering a question from Derrick, a listener wondering what he should do with his Christmas bonus, put it in his savings, pay off debt, or something else. Connect with Berna Instagram | Website | Book Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/13/202314 minutes, 20 seconds
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409: Money Hacks

We are all looking for hacks to help us get better at managing our money. This week’s guest, Lisa Rowan, wrote a book compiling over 275 money hacks that she has collected over years of writing about personal finance. Today we are diving into a few of my favorites, including ways to limit impulse shopping at your favorite retail store or restaurant and a quick hack to help you make smarter spending decisions. Follow Lisa Website | Podcast Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/202313 minutes
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408: Minimum Wage Is Complicated in the United States

When do you think the Federal minimum wage was last changed? If you guessed over a decade, you’d be right, which is insane. Unlike other government numbers, the federal minimum wage is not adjusted based on inflation and so we’ve been sitting at the same number since 2009. So on today’s episode, I'm talking about the history of the federal minimum wage and what States across the country are doing to counteract that low federal number. Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/28/20238 minutes, 12 seconds
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407: Do I Need to Put a Down Payment on My New Car?

Is putting a big down payment on a new car a good idea? A listener wrote in wanting to know the best way to approach her next car purchase. I spent waaayyy too much time in my favorite program (Excel!) creating a calculator to run through some possible scenarios. Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter| Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! This episode originally aired on 9/26/22 as Ep# 338 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/21/202311 minutes, 51 seconds
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406: How the SECURE Act 2.0 is Changing Retirement

Will the way that retirement plans work be changing in 2024? This week I’m answering a question from Kurt, a listener who has heard about a few changes coming to retirement plans thanks to the Secure Act 2.0. Will new rules make withdrawals from 401(k) plans a little bit easier? What will be the tax impact of new employer matching rules?  This week let's talk through these details in more! Episodes Mentioned: Ep.403: 401(k) Withdrawals on the Rise  Ep.215: 401(k) Q&A - What's a 401k Match? Ep.212: Traditional vs Roth 401(k)  Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok  Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/14/202312 minutes, 20 seconds
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405: A Healthy State of Panic

Can we use fear to make better financial decisions?? In today’s episode, we’re exploring working with our fears instead of against them to build a better financial life. Farnoosh Torabi, personal finance expert, author, and speaker, is back to discuss her newest book, A Healthy State of Panic, this book is part memoir, part guidebook on how fear can be a superpower. Connect with Farnoosh Website | Twitter  | Instagram | Book | So Money Podcast Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/7/202312 minutes, 18 seconds
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404: There Is No Magical Investing Secret

Is keeping it simple really the best way to ensure I’m prepared for retirement? Why are we always looking for a more complicated solution to something when the simplest is often the best choice? That’s how I feel about investing, as does Jill Schlesinger, host of the Jill on Money podcast. This week Jill joins me to explain why there is no secret sauce to investing and why overcomplicating it could cause you to lose money in the long run. Other episodes featuring Jill - Ep.371, Ep.372, Ep.380, Ep.397, Ep.398, Ep. 399 Connect with Jill Website | Twitter  | The Great Money Reset | Podcast Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/31/202310 minutes, 2 seconds
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403: 401(k) Withdrawals on the Rise

Have you had to take money out of your 401(k) in order to keep afloat financially? It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that times are tough financially right now for a lot of Americans and a newly released report from Bank of America suggests that hardship withdrawals from 401(k)s are on the rise because of it. In this episode of Popcorn Finance, I wanted to share a bit more about what that data in the report means and how hardship withdrawals work regarding specific guidelines and criteria you must follow in order to access money from your 401(k).   Bank of America Report Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/24/20239 minutes, 22 seconds
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402: I Hate The Term Generational Wealth

What comes to mind when you read the term generation wealth? This term has been everywhere lately and honestly, up until recently it hasn’t sat right with me. The idea behind “generation wealth” just seems unrealistic and unattainable for the majority of Americans trying to survive amidst inflation, unaffordable housing, and so on. But, if there’s anything that I am more than willing to do, it is to challenge my own beliefs. So today’s episode is about the discussion that changed my mind about generation wealth. It happened over on my other podcast, This is Awkward (Ep.64), with my cohost, Allison Baggerly. It’s been almost a year since we recorded that episode and I’m ready to share more of my thoughts on the topic.  Listen to my other podcast with Allison: This is Awkward  Follow Allison Website | Instagram | Twitter | Podcast Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/17/202310 minutes, 21 seconds
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401: What's the Difference Between an IRA and a 401(k)?

Can I contribute to an IRA and a 401(k) at the same time? A listener wrote in with this exact question so this week I'll break this question down and dive deeper in to what makes these plans different.   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/20238 minutes, 19 seconds
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400: How Do I Get My Money Out of an Annuity?

This week we hit 400 Episodes! To celebrate I'm answering a great question sent in by Sil whose brother has found himself in an annuity that he wants to move into his 401(k). In this episode I'll discuss whether or not this is even possible and four options for getting your money out of an annuity. Listen to Ep# 399 first before you listen to today's episode to learn all about annuities. Articles on Annuities https://www.fool.com/knowledge-center/can-an-annuity-be-rolled-over-to-a-401k https://www.cnbc.com/2013/12/09/everything-you-need-to-know-about-getting-out-of-an-annuity https://smartasset.com/retirement/how-to-get-out-of-an-annuity Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
10/3/202310 minutes, 16 seconds
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399: What Are Annuities and Are They Worth the Fees?

What is an annuity and is it something I should add to my retirement plans? This week Jill Schlesinger, CFP and host of the Jill on Money podcast, joins me to help explain the ins and outs of annuities and whether or not there is an actual use for them. Other episodes featuring Jill -  Ep.371, Ep.372, Ep.380, Ep.397, Ep.398 Connect with Jill Website | Twitter  |  Book Need an Advisor? Here's 13 Questions to Ask Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
9/26/202311 minutes, 53 seconds
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398: Financial Planning is More than Just Investing

What exactly does a financial planner do? This week I’m answering another listener question with CFP and host of the Jill on Money podcast, Jill Schlesinger. We get into the nitty-gritty of when you should turn to a financial planner and when you can just handle things on your own. Other episodes featuring Jill - Ep.371, Ep.372, Ep.380, Ep.397! Connect with Jill Website | Twitter | Book Need an Advisor? Here's 13 Questions to Ask Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
9/19/202312 minutes, 20 seconds
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397: Investing is Overwhelming, Should I Just Hire an Advisor?

Is investing supposed to be this hard to wrap my head around? I’ve been sitting on a backlog of listener questions and so for the next few weeks on Popcorn Finance, I’ll be answering your money questions with the help of my guest and personal finance expert, Jill Schlesinger. Jill is a certified financial planner CFP® and the host of the personal finance podcast, Jill On Money. This week’s questions come from a listener who is overwhelmed by the idea of investing for retirement on her own.  Jill’s Guide on 13 Questions to Ask a Financial Advisor Popcorn Finance episodes you should check out Ep.241: Investing is Like Baking a Cake Ep.307: Should I Invest in Target Date Funds Ep.240: Being a Boring Investor Earned Me 24% Ep.306: How to Create an Investment Plan Other episodes featuring Jill - Ep.371, Ep.372 & Ep. 380!  Follow Jill Website | Twitter  | Instagram | Youtube | LinkedIn | Facebook Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
9/12/202310 minutes, 52 seconds
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396: What's the Most You Would Ever Spend on a Couch?

What luxury item would you be willing to spend your hard-earned cash on? Have you ever been scrolling online and stumbled upon something that caught your eye, but then you saw the price and your immediate reaction was, "Ain't no way I'm spending that much!" That is the essence of this segment from my other podcast This is Awkward with my friend and cohost Allison Baggerly. Today we’re deep-diving into the world of luxury shopping and asking ourselves whether or not we’d be willing to spend our money on this week’s hand-selected luxury item. Listen to my other podcast with Allison: This is Awkward Follow Allison Website | Instagram | Twitter | Podcast Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram|Twitter|Facebook|YouTube |TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
9/5/202320 minutes
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395: Money Is Emotional

How does money's emotional impact affect how we address our finances?   At first glance, personal finance can seem like a technical and unemotional topic, but in reality, it’s a subject that can stir up a lot of feelings related to trauma, shame, and guilt. To help discuss the broader effects our relationship with money has on our finances I’m joined by Paco de Leon, founder of The Hell Yeah Group on Popcorn Finance today. In this episode we talk about the shame and guilt that can surround our finances, how we can uncover where those feelings originated, and how to address and move past these issues.   Connect with Paco Instagram | Website | Book Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
8/29/202310 minutes, 47 seconds
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394: How Often Should I Be Tipping?

Has tipping culture gotten out of control recently? We’ve always had a strong tipping culture in the U.S. but recently the conversation surrounding tipping has gotten more heated. It would appear that I’m not the only one who has noticed an influx of businesses utilizing a tip prompt or option at checkout that never had that option beforehand. Hence, in today’s episode of Popcorn Finance, I'm sharing a snippet from my recent NBCLX segment with Natalie Lizarraga in which she asked what my thoughts are regarding tipping. Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
8/22/20239 minutes, 27 seconds
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393: I’m Overwhelmed with Investment Decisions

Do I have to invest in every new stock or cryptocurrency in order to reach my retirement goals? The short answer is no. Investing doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. In fact, alarm bells should start ringing when you come across any investment advice that promises you’ll “get rich quick” with their fool-proof strategy. Hey Berna aka the internet’s financial hype woman and personal finance educator, Berna Anat is on Popcorn Finance this week to break down why it’s important to bring our finances back to basics before we start throwing money at the newest investing trend. Listen to hear why the seemingly boring way of investing is actually your best bet when it comes to returns and long-term goals. Connect with Berna Instagram | Website | Book   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance   Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok   This episode originally aired on 11/29/21 as episode #273   Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
8/15/202311 minutes
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392: The Credit Score is Overrated

Would you rather have a perfect credit score or $100,000? Kevin Matthews, a former financial planner, joins me on the podcast today to discuss why credit scores are not the be-all and end-all and what other areas of our finances deserve just as much if not more attention. Connect with Kevin Website | Twitter  Buy Kevin’s Book – Burning to Blueprint: Rebuilding Black Wall Street After a Century of Silence Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
8/8/202311 minutes, 16 seconds
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391: Should I Invest in Target Date Funds?

Why do Target Date Funds get such a bad rap? Investing educator extraordinaire, Amanda Holden is on the show to talk about the pros and cons of Target Date Funds and why you should consider investing in one. Additionally, Amanda shares what it takes to be a good investor, and spoiler alert, it doesn't involve day trading stocks. Connect with Amanda Instagram | YouTube Links Check out Amanda’s investing course: Invested Development Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | X/Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
8/1/20238 minutes, 53 seconds
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390: What is Student Loan Income Driven Repayment?

Is an income-driven repayment plan keeping you in debt longer? Nika Booth, student loan expert and creator of Debt Free Gonna Be is back on the show to talk about income-driven repayment plans. Are they your best option? Is the possibility of student loan forgiveness worth it?  Nika has a wealth of knowledge about student loans, so check out our other student loan episodes covering updates on Biden’s student loan forgiveness plans and the student loan payment pause. Other episodes with Nika: 385 & 377 Connect with Nika Debt Free Gonna Be | Instagram | Twitter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
7/25/20238 minutes, 43 seconds
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389: Will Closing This Credit Card Hurt Me?

Will closing my credit card negatively affect my credit score? This week we hear from a listener who wants to close a credit card but they are afraid of what this might do to their credit score. There are 5 different components that determine credit scores and I’m breaking those down from most to least important to determine whether closing a credit card could result in any short or long-term negative impacts to your score.  Read my Men’s Health article: The 'Avocado Toast’ Effect of Spending Is Totally Overblown Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
7/18/20239 minutes, 49 seconds
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388: Student Loan Forgiveness Has Been Canceled

Student loan forgiveness has been canceled, so now what are your options? It’s official, student loan forgiveness has been canceled and although this is not the outcome many people hoped for, this news probably won’t come as a big surprise if you listened to ep.385 with Nika Booth. In today’s episode, I’m sharing the Biden administration's response to the supreme court’s decision and what steps you should start taking now in order for you to be prepared for when repayments resume. Also, be sure to look out for an upcoming episode with Nika Booth about repayment plans and keep up to date with Popcorn Finance for any new updates about student loans. Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
7/11/20236 minutes, 48 seconds
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387: This is Awkward - My Parents Are Horrible Tippers

What do you do when you go out to eat with your parents and they are the world's worst tippers?  Today I’m sharing an awkward story I’m sure a lot of us can relate to from my other podcast, This is Awkward. This listener’s dilemma centers around the fact that their parents haven’t changed their tipping habits in over 20 years. They don't want to offend their parents but also don't want their poor tipping habits to continue. They've tried dropping hints and leaving extra cash to no avail. Listen to find out how me and my cohost, Allison Baggerly would approach this awkward situation. Happy 4th of July! From everyone at Popcorn Finance, we hope you all have a safe and fun day however you choose to spend it.  Links This is Awkward: Episode 70 My cohost: Allison Baggerly    Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
7/4/202320 minutes, 20 seconds
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386: Could ChatGPT Be Your Next Financial Advisor?

Could AI soon be used to help you make your next important financial decision? If you’ve had a chance to try out AI tools like ChatGPT you know just how powerful they are. Today we're taking on the hot topic of AI and discussing whether or not I think we’ll see it used in future financial planning. There’s a lot of talk about the ethics of AI and I’ve previously explored that in episode 364, but could there also be some positive benefits to it being used more in personal finance?  Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
6/27/20238 minutes, 53 seconds
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385: So, Will Student Loans Get Canceled?

Are you prepared for student loan payments to resume this summer? Back at the beginning of the year, Nika Booth aka Debt Free Gonna Be, gave us an update on where Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness plan currently stands. She's back on the show to share some updates, including the date the payment pause will end and what the newest news about the potential Supreme Court ruling could mean for your unpaid student loans. Nika also shares her predictions for the coming weeks and how you can better prepare for payments to resume. Connect with Nika Debt Free Gonna Be | Instagram | Twitter Latest Student Loan Updates: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/idr-account-adjustment Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
6/20/202311 minutes, 30 seconds
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384: Budget the Way You Want

Are you finding it hard to stick to a budget? You’re not alone and the reason could be you’re just not using the best method for your lifestyle. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to budgeting. You have to find what works best for you. That could mean that you like to use pen and paper instead of Excel like my guest and co-host of This is Awkward podcast, Allison Baggerly. In today’s episode, Allison shares her top tips on creating a budget that makes you excited and helps to keep you motivated to stick to it. Plus, I’m also sharing some lesser-known and more unusual methods that could be the answer to your budgeting woes. Listen to my other podcast with Allison: This is Awkward  Follow AllisonWebsite | Instagram | Twitter | Podcast Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
6/13/20239 minutes, 45 seconds
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383: Scammers Be Scammin

Who else has been inundated with scam calls lately?   Fraud and scam calls are nothing new but they are becoming more prevalent nowadays. They’re getting more clever by using tactics like phone spoofing or impersonating reputable businesses. That’s why in this episode of Popcorn Finance, I’m sharing my tips on how to stay safe and avoid getting swindled by scam callers.  Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
6/6/20238 minutes, 29 seconds
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382: Am I Paying Down My Debt Too Fast?

Is aggressively paying off your debt causing other areas of your life to suffer? Years ago my wife and I accumulated over $27k worth of debt and it haunted me every day until I paid it off. Credit card interest rates are some of the highest and debt can feel like a dark cloud hanging over you until it's paid off. However, after reading an article from Elizabeth Gravier that outlines four signs that you’re paying off your debt too fast, it made me think about that time in my life and what I might’ve done differently. Hopefully, today’s episode helps give you a new perspective on how you can pay down your debt without going broke or unnecessarily suffering. Elizabeth Gravier's article: 4 Signs You’re Paying Your Debt Down Too Fast  Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
5/30/20237 minutes, 57 seconds
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381: How the SECURE Act 2.0 is Changing Saving for College

What happens to the money saved in my 529 plan if my kid doesn’t go to college?   This episode is all thanks to a question I received from a listener from my recent episode with Marc Russel (378) asking about what happens to the money saved in a 529 plan if your child decides they don’t want to go to a 4-year college or higher education at all. The good news is, you have options, and that money doesn’t have to go to waste. Find out all the different ways you can use this money, plus how the newest version of the Secure Act can help set up your kid for retirement.   Listen to that episode with Marc: 378     Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
5/23/20237 minutes, 3 seconds
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380: It's OK to Take a Little Risk When Investing

How should we be thinking about risk when it comes to our investments?   Investing has been a major topic of discussion these past few years with the rise and fall of crypto, NFTs, and the Gamestop saga of 2021. It can be hard to cut through all the noise of get-rich-quick investment tips, so how do we know how much risk we ACTUALLY should be taking with our investments? Jill Schlesinger, a certified financial planner CFP® and the host of the Jill On Money podcast is back on the show to share her simple, no-nonsense advice to investing for your future.   Listen to my other episodes with Jill -  Ep.371 & Ep.372!    Follow Jill Website | Twitter  | Instagram | Youtube | LinkedIn | Facebook   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
5/16/20239 minutes, 10 seconds
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379: Bank Failures Continue as First Republic Bank Shuts Down

Have you heard of the recent closure of First Republic Bank? Similar to Silicon Valley Bank, First Republic was placed under FDIC control and then quickly sold. In this episode we'll cover why this happened, who bought First Republic, and what happens next.   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok   Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
5/9/20238 minutes, 47 seconds
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378: 529 Plans for Non-Parents: How to Help the Kids in Your Life Pay for College

Do you have a child in your life that you want to help pay for their college tuition?   Tuition costs can range anywhere from $10k-$40k depending on if you attend a public or private college. Even on the lower end of the scale, that’s a lot of money to save and as someone who doesn’t have any kids but has a niece, I wanted to pick the brain of Marc Russell, the founder of BetterWallet to see if there’s any way I could help contribute to her college savings fund. Listen to today’s episode to get the details on contributing to a 529 plans as a non-parent,, taxes and everything in-between.     Connect with Marc Website | Instagram | Podcast | Webinar   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok   Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
5/2/20239 minutes, 12 seconds
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377: Student Loan Forgiveness Alternatives

Things are not looking good for student loan forgiveness. It looks like widespread student loan forgiveness might not be happening. But there's still some good news on the horizon. In this episode, we're diving into the latest developments on public student loan forgiveness (PSLF) and what they could mean for you with Nika Booth.   Connect with NikaDebt Free Gonna Be | Instagram | Twitter Learning Lab: Taking Control of Your Student Loan Debt   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok   Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
4/25/20237 minutes, 14 seconds
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376: How to Protect Your Money from Online Scams

Have you been getting inundated with scam calls or fraudulent emails lately?   Scammers are constantly finding new ways to try and get your personal and banking information. That’s why in today’s episode of Popcorn Finance I’m sharing the common scams found in your inbox and what to do when you get a scam call. Additionally, find out my top tips for how you can better protect yourself against these scams, including why it’s important to enable two-factor authentication for your most sensitive online information.   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance   Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
4/18/20238 minutes, 4 seconds
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375: How to Get More Time to File Your Taxes for Free - H&R Block Tax Tips

If you need more time to file your taxes there is a simple and free option. Let's talk about why you'd want to file a tax extension, when you should make a payment, and the things you need to know if you decide to ask for some more time to get your taxes in.   Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block!Get 15% off Do-It-Yourself Online Tax Filing Products with H&R Block through April 18th, 2023!  https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok   Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
4/11/20234 minutes, 36 seconds
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374: How to Budget with Rising Prices

How has your budget strategy changed since inflation kicked in?  Allison Baggerly, the creator of Inspired Budget and my cohost on the This is Awkward podcast is joining me today! She’s on the show to talk about how to budget amidst rising costs and how to avoid getting caught in comparison traps when it comes to our money. Allison also has a new book Money Made Easy: How to Budget, Pay Off Debt, and Save Money that is out now! Buy Allison’s book here  Follow Allison Website | Instagram | Twitter | Podcast Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block!  Get 15% off Do-It-Yourself Online Tax Filing Products with H&R Block through April 18th, 2023! https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock    Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
4/4/202312 minutes, 36 seconds
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373: The 3 Most Common 1099 Forms - H&R Block Tax Tips

It feels like we get a million tax forms in the mail every year. In this special bonus H&R Block Tax Tip episode lets breakdown 3 of the most common 1099 forms that you should be on the look out for each year.   Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block!Get 15% off Do-It-Yourself Online Tax Filing Products with H&R Block through April 18th, 2023!  https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
3/30/20232 minutes, 36 seconds
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372: The Great Money Reset - Part 2

Have you ever quit your job in pursuit of your dreams? The idea is great in theory, but what if your dreams don’t work out or you run out of money? Jill Schlesinger, a certified financial planner CFP® and the host of the Jill On Money podcast is back on the show to talk about how she did her own money reset and how she made the leap as a risk-averse person. Listen to find out more about her story and the stories highlighted in her new book, The Great Money Reset! Listen to Part 1! Follow Jill Website | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | LinkedIn | Facebook   Grab a copy of The Great Money Resethttps://www.jillonmoney.com/the-great-money-reset   Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block!Get 15% off Do-It-Yourself Online Tax Filing Products with H&R Block through April 18th, 2023!  https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
3/28/202310 minutes, 5 seconds
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371: The Great Money Reset - Part 1

How did the pandemic change your perspective on work, money, and life?  It’s been 3 years since the start of the pandemic and my guest today, Jill Schlesinger, a certified financial planner CFP® and the host of the Jill On Money podcast, is sharing how the pandemic became a catalyst for people to change all aspects of their personal and financial lives. Jill shares real-life examples of these changes found in her new book, The Great Money Reset. I have been a fan of Jill’s since college and I could not wait to get her on the show after all these years.  Look out for more upcoming episodes with Jill, since we discuss so much more that simply couldn’t fit into just one episode.    Follow Jill Website | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | LinkedIn | Facebook   Grab a copy of The Great Money Reset https://www.jillonmoney.com/the-great-money-reset    Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block! Get 15% off Do-It-Yourself Online Tax Filing Products with H&R Block through April 18th, 2023! https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock  Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
3/21/202314 minutes, 44 seconds
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370: Why Did Silicon Valley Bank Fail So Quickly?

It felt like Silicon Valley Bank Failed so quickly, what happened?   In this special bonus episode let's break down three big factors that led to the seemingly overnight forced closure of Silicon Valley Bank.   Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block! Get 15% off Do-It-Yourself Online Tax Filing Products with H&R Block through April 18th, 2023! https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock  Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
3/16/202311 minutes, 14 seconds
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369: The Silicon Valley Bank Failure

Let's talk about Silicon Valley Bank and what happened over the weekend. The FDIC has stepped in and along with the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve to try and stabilize a rough few days for the banking industry. In this episode I will lay out what we know so far.   Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block! Get 15% off Do-It-Yourself Online Tax Filing Products with H&R Block through April 18th, 2023! https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock  Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
3/14/20238 minutes, 19 seconds
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368: Don't Get Hacked! How Password Managers Can Help You Keep Your Money Secure and Protected

Be honest, do you only use a handful of passwords for everything in your life?  This episode is a reminder that you probably need to take a look at the passwords that you are using! Robb Dunewood from the Tech Jawn podcast is back on the show to share just how important it is to keep your information safe online and how password managers work to outsmart hackers and sophisticated computers from figuring out your passwords.   Listen to Robb’s other episode on Popcorn Finance: 364 Could an Algorithm Stop You From Getting Your Next Apartment? Follow RobbWebsite | Twitter | Podcast | Instagram The Tech Jawn podcast Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block!  Get 15% off Do-It-Yourself Online Tax Filing Products with H&R Block through April 18th, 2023!  https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
3/7/202311 minutes, 45 seconds
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367: How Money Can Affect You Emotionally and Physically

Can your financial problems manifest into physical health problems if left unaddressed?  My guest today is Jason Vitug,  wellness advocate, author, and CEO of Phroogal and he believes that there is a clear correlation between mental health and financial wealth. In today’s episode, Jason talks about his new book, Happy Money Happy Life, and how everything in our life is connected. Jason is passionate about sharing his philosophy that money isn’t the goal; money is the tool to help achieve the goals. Listen to find out what steps Jason took to clean up his financial, physical, and mental health. Connect with Jason Instagram | Twitter | Website  Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block!  Get 15% off Do-It-Yourself Online Tax Filing Products with H&R Block through April 18th, 2023! https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock  Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
2/28/202311 minutes, 35 seconds
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366: How Should We Invest With Rising Interest Rates?

Do rising interest rates mean we should abandon our investment plans?  The short answer is no and in this week’s episode, I’m sharing a snippet from a recent interview from my weekly segment on NBCLX where I explain why. Higher interest rates could mean you’re paying more on your mortgage or credit card debts however, it also means potential for higher returns on your short-term investments. Listen to find out what short-term investment options you might want to consider.  Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block!  Get 15% off Do-It-Yourself Online Tax Filing Products with H&R Block through April 18th, 2023!  https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock  Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
2/21/20239 minutes, 49 seconds
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365: Big Changes Coming to the 2023 Tax Season

Are you up-to-date on the changes being made to our tax system this year?  This week we’ll be discussing 4 changes going into effect this tax season. These changes include a new tax filing deadline, updates to tax credits and charitable donations, plus a warning for all crypto investors. Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block!  Get 15% off Do-It-Yourself Online Tax Filing Products with H&R Block through April 18th, 2023! https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock    Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
2/14/20237 minutes, 28 seconds
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364: Could an Algorithm Stop You From Getting Your Next Apartment?

Is an algorithm the reason your rental applications aren’t getting approved? Robb Dunewood, the host of the popular podcast The Tech Jawn, is on the show today to talk about algorithms and the ways in which they are created that can negatively affect black and brown communities. Robb helps define what an algorithm is and breaks down a recent lawsuit against one of the leading algorithm-based tenant screening services used by landlords across the country. Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block!  Get 15% off Do-It-Yourself Online Tax Filing Products with H&R Block through April 18th, 2023! https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock  Follow Robb Website | Twitter | Podcast | Instagram The Tech Jawn podcast   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
2/7/202310 minutes, 17 seconds
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363: Time to Set Those 2023 Financial Goals

What are your money goals for 2023? In today’s episode, listeners sent in their personal finance goals they hope to achieve this year. The goals range from wanting to save for a family home to finally paying off credit card debt. I hope this episode serves as a reminder that you can set yourself goals any time of year and 2023 is the perfect year to start your personal finance journey!   Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block! Get 15% off Do-It-Yourself Online Tax Filing Products with H&R Block through April 18th, 2023! https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock    Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
1/31/202311 minutes, 37 seconds
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362: 2023 Student Loan Forgiveness Update

What is happening with student loans in 2023? Are student loan payments still paused and when does the student loan forgiveness plan start? If you’ve been wondering why there hasn’t been any news on student loan forgiveness then you’re not alone. Debt expert, personal finance content creator, and the Founder of Debt Free Gonnabe, Nika Booth is on the show this week to explain what’s going on. Nika is sharing why there has been a lack of updates and what happens if the plan is rejected by the supreme court. Connect with NikaDebt Free Gonna Be | Instagram | Twitter Learning Lab: Taking Control of Your Student Loan Debt   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
1/24/20238 minutes, 57 seconds
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361: Help! I Can't Stop Comparing Myself to People with More Money

How can we avoid the comparison trap when it comes to our finances? In today’s episode Shannah Game, host of Everyone’s Talkin’ Money podcast, and Certified Financial Planner is on the show to discuss how we can avoid getting stuck in a comparison trap and how to find what we truly want for our lives. Connect with ShannahEveryone’s Talkin’ Money | Instagram | Twitter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
1/17/202310 minutes, 7 seconds
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360: Does Timing Credit Card Payments Save Interest?

Does making more frequent credit card payments actually make a difference? That's what two listeners wanted to know this week. In this episode we will take a look at how credit card interest is calculated and if the timing of your payments can actually save you money on interest. Sources https://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/how-does-credit-card-interest-work https://www.valuepenguin.com/how-credit-card-interest-apr-calculated   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
1/10/20239 minutes, 41 seconds
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359: What Are Your Goals For 2023?

Some changes are coming to Popcorn Finance in 2023!   Send Me Your 2023 Goals! Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail Call 707-200-8259 Send an email to [email protected]   Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
12/19/20223 minutes, 17 seconds
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358: How Can I Save For Retirement and Help My Mom?

What do you do if you parents don't have enough saved for retirement and you're stating to feel the pressure? This week I'm joined by Marsha Barnes, founder of the The Finance Bar, to help a listener find a way to balance her mom's financial needs and her own financial future. Connect with Marsha The Finance Bar | Instagram | Twitter Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
12/12/202212 minutes, 1 second
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357: Should I Rent or Buy A Home?

Has homeownership become another unattainable aspect of the American dream? For decades owning a home has been dubbed a right of passage in your adult life. However, with prices of homes skyrocketing over the past few years, owning a home might not even be possible for many young people. To add some perspective to this age-old debate of whether you should rent or buy a home, I’m sharing some key factors to consider and help in your decision-making process. Sponsor Today’s bag of popcorn is brought to you by, the Everyone’s Talkin’ Money podcast hosted by Shannah Game. Shannah is a money wellness expert and Certified Financial Planner. If you’re ready to learn everything about money that no one taught you, do yourself a favor and subscribe to the Everyone’s Talkin’ Money podcast! Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
12/5/20227 minutes, 41 seconds
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356: Saving for College - 529 Plans vs I Bonds

Should you believe the hype around I Bonds? In episode 355, Marc Russell of Better Wallet joined me on the show to discuss 529 plans and whether or not they’re a good option for an education fund for your child. In today’s episode, Marc is sharing whether or not the recently popularized I Bonds are worth the hype or if your college savings is better off in a 529 Plan. Listen to my previous episode with Mark: 355: Savings for College with a 529 Plan Connect with Marc Website | Instagram | Podcast | Webinar Sponsor Today’s bag of popcorn is brought to you by, the Everyone’s Talkin’ Money podcast hosted by Shannah Game. Shannah is a money wellness expert and Certified Financial Planner. If you’re ready to learn everything about money that no one taught you, do yourself a favor and subscribe to the Everyone’s Talkin’ Money podcast!   Links Check out my episode on the Better Wallet podcast here Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
12/1/20227 minutes, 5 seconds
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355: Saving for College with a 529 Plan

Are you a new parent, who’s already thinking about your kid’s future education and where to put the savings for it? No need to worry because I’ve got you covered in today’s new episode with Marc Russell, the founder of BetterWallet and the BetterWallet podcast. Marc previously worked as a licensed stockbroker and financial advisor and is now a full-time entrepreneur and financial educator. He’s on the show today to discuss the ins and outs of 529 plans. In today’s episode, you’ll find out how 529 plans work and vary by state, what you can and can’t use them for, plus the tax benefits you could expect from starting one.    Connect with Marc Website | Instagram | Podcast | Webinar   Sponsor Today’s bag of popcorn is brought to you by, the Everyone’s Talkin’ Money podcast hosted by Shannah Game. Shannah is a money wellness expert and Certified Financial Planner. If you’re ready to learn everything about money that no one taught you, do yourself a favor and subscribe to the Everyone’s Talkin’ Money podcast!   Links Check out my episode on the Better Wallet podcast here   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
11/28/202211 minutes, 48 seconds
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354: My Sister-in-Law Somehow Always Forgets Her Wallet

Have you ever had a friend or family member conveniently forget to bring their wallet when out to dinner? It’s Thanksgiving Week here in the US, and this marks the start of the holiday season which is always filled with some of the most awkward conversations of the year.  To mark this occasion I’m sharing one of my favorite awkward stories from my other podcast, This is Awkward. In today’s episode, we’re talking about how to deal with a friend or family member who keeps taking advantage of your kindness and your hard-earned cash.  From everyone here at Popcorn Finance, Happy Thanksgiving!    Sponsor Today’s bag of popcorn is brought to you by, the Everyone’s Talkin’ Money podcast hosted by Shannah Game. Shannah is a money wellness expert and Certified Financial Planner. If you’re ready to learn everything about money that no one taught you, do yourself a favor and subscribe to the Everyone’s Talkin’ Money podcast!   LinksThis is Awkward: Episode 58 My cohost, Allison Baggerly    Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
11/21/202219 minutes, 42 seconds
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353: How Long Will Interest Rates Keep Rising?

Why are interest rates STILL rising and how long can we expect this to keep happening? Listen to today’s episode to find out, plus hear what the Federal Reserve Chairman has to say about the state of inflation.  Previous Episode on Rising inflation Rates: 339   What is a Basis Point?: https://www.instagram.com/p/Ci1E0nnJx6j  Sources Fed Fund Rate History https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/openmarket.htm Federal Reserve Press Release https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/files/monetary20220921a1.pdf Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
11/17/20226 minutes, 48 seconds
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352: Why You Should Build a Personal Brand Today

Have you been limiting your job opportunities because you don’t have a personal brand? Building a personal brand is not just for influencers and celebrities, in fact, my guest today thinks we should all have one in order to further our careers. Mandi Woodruff-Santos of Mandi Money Media and the Brown Ambition Podcast is back on the show to share why having a strong professional brand is just as important as a resume and why you need to start building one today. Connect with Mandi Instagram | Twitter | Tiktok | Podcast Book a one-on-one coaching session  https://www.mandimoney.com/coaching-sessions  Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
11/14/20227 minutes, 30 seconds
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351: What is a Care Credit Card and How Are Hospitals Using Them?

Why are hospitals pushing for you to pay with a Care Credit Card more now than in recent years? Find out the sneaky tactic hospitals are using to stop you from negotiating your medical bills with Christy Snodgrass, former RN turned healthcare activist. Christy talks about both the allure and potential danger these cards pose for people unable to pay off their medical bills. Listen to my previous episodes with Christy about our healthcare system: 344, 345, 349, & 350 Connect with Christy Tiktok | Instagram | www.healthcarereformed.org Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
11/10/20226 minutes, 5 seconds
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350: Big Changes Coming to the Medical Bill Collections Process

Is it an empty threat when a hospital says it will send your medical bill to collections? Find out the answer in today’s new episode with Christy Snodgrass, healthcare activist and former registered nurse. In this episode, Christy outlines the big changes coming in January 2023 concerning the collections process, including how your credit score could be affected. Listen to my previous episodes with Christy about our healthcare system: 344, 345, & 349 Connect with Christy Tiktok | Instagram | www.healthcarereformed.org Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
11/7/20228 minutes, 28 seconds
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349: Finding Hope in a Broken Health Care System

Why are healthcare professionals leaving the industry in droves? To shed some light on why that may be is returning guest, Christy Snodgrass, a former registered nurse turned healthcare activist. In this episode, Christy shares what led her to leave her job and instead work towards changing our broken healthcare system. Look out for more upcoming episodes with Christy, as there is so much more to cover with as big of a topic as healthcare!  Listen to my previous episodes with Christy about lowering your medical bills: 344 & 345 Connect with Christy Tiktok | Instagram | www.healthcarereformed.org Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
11/3/20228 minutes, 19 seconds
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348: Will Inflation Make Taxes Lower Next Year?

Did you know that the IRS adjusts tax brackets annually to offset inflation? So why is it making headlines right now? Find out the answer, plus how and when your taxes could be affected in the final installment of my mini tax series.  Listen to my previous episodes on taxes here: 346 & 347 Links Article: America's tax brackets are changing thanks to inflation Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
10/31/202210 minutes, 7 seconds
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347: How Do I Calculate My Taxes?

Did you know that 9 states don’t have state income tax? We’re continuing the tax talk in today’s episode because honestly, taxes in the US are ridiculously over-complicated. So in order to help get your head around them easier, I’m going over federal income tax and its tier system.  Links Tax calculators IRS - https://apps.irs.gov/app/tax-withholding-estimator H&R Block® - https://www.hrblock.com/tax-calculator Nerdwallet - https://www.nerdwallet.com/taxes/tax-calculator  Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
10/27/20227 minutes, 44 seconds
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346: The Secret to US Tax Brackets

Did you know this one tax deduction could save you tons of money on your taxes? Tax season may seem far away but after getting sent an article on how tax brackets are changing because of inflation, I thought we could all brush up on how taxes work in the U.S. Today we’re talking about tax brackets, deductions, and returns. Look out for future episodes about taxes since it’s a subject that needs more than one bag of popcorn to fully pop! Article: America's tax brackets are changing thanks to inflation Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!
10/24/202210 minutes, 20 seconds
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345: How to Negotiate Your Medical Bills - Part 2

How far are you willing to go to lower your medical bills? This episode is part 2 of my conversation with Christy Snodgrass, a registered nurse turned advocate and activist. Christy shares how to avoid getting price gouged and what tactics hospitals use to shake down patients into paying higher fees. She also shares her favorite resources to help you better negotiate your medical bills. Listen to part 1 here! Connect with Christy Tiktok | Instagram | www.healthcarereformed.org Links https://dollarfor.org https://www.fairhealthconsumer.org https://www.impactinhealthcare.org   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating or review on Apple or Spotify!  
10/20/202210 minutes, 32 seconds
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344: How to Negotiate Your Medical Bills - Part 1

Did you know that 80% of hospital bills have errors? Me neither! Christy Snodgrass, a registered nurse turned advocate and activist, knows first-hand how stressful unexpected and large medical bills can be. That’s why she’s on the show today to share her step-by-step guide on how to negotiate your medical bills and potentially not have to pay a dime.  Keep an eye out for Part 2 of my conversation with Christy to learn more about the ins and outs of negotiating your medical bills. Connect with Christy Tiktok | Instagram | www.healthcarereformed.org   Links https://dollarfor.org https://www.fairhealthconsumer.org   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode! Help support the show by leaving Popcorn Finance a rating and review!
10/17/202211 minutes, 43 seconds
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343: How You Talk To Your Kids About Money Matters

Do you remember your first thought or feeling about money? In today’s episode, Lindsay Bryan-Podvin, a Financial Therapist, is sharing how the language and messages we received about money as kids can affect how we interact with money as adults. Plus, listen to find out Lindsay’s advice on how to best approach talking about money with your kids. Check out the rest of my conversation with Lindsay from episodes 327 & 328. Connect with Lindsay Instagram | www.mindmoneybalance.com   Links Lindsay's Money Personality Quiz https://www.mindmoneybalance.com/quiz Lindsay's Book - The Financial Anxiety Solution https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Financial-Anxiety-Solution/Lindsay-Bryan-Podvin/9781646040070 Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
10/13/20227 minutes, 46 seconds
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342: Update on Student Loan Forgiveness and Taxes

Will your state be taxing student loan forgiveness? The student loan situation is constantly changing so this week I’m giving you an update on how each state is handling taxing forgiven student loans. This is a follow up to Episode 335: Popcorn To-Go: Could Student Loan Forgiveness Have a Big Tax Surprise? https://pod.fo/e/13dcfb    Resources The College Investor https://thecollegeinvestor.com  Debt Free Gonna Be https://debtfreegonnabe.com    Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
10/10/20225 minutes, 6 seconds
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341: Will Moving My Credit Card Debt to a Personal Loan Hurt My Credit Score?

Could consolidating your credit card debt into a personal loan hurt your credit score? This is the question we are discussing today as we tackle part 2 of a question sent in from a listener. Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
10/6/20228 minutes, 9 seconds
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340: Should I Use a Personal Loan to Pay Off My Credit Cards?

With interest rates rising paying down credit card debt is a great idea. But is using a personal loan a smart way of eliminating credit card debt. This week a listener wrote in with this exact question so I will help walk them through what they should know before paying off their credit cards with a personal loan. Sources Average credit card APR - https://www.bankrate.com/finance/credit-cards/average-credit-card-apr/ Federal Reserve Consumer Credit Data - https://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/g19/current/ The Personal Finance Podcast - https://www.thepersonalfinancepodcast.com/get-rid-of-your-debt-once-and-for-all-with-chris-browning/   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
10/3/20227 minutes, 18 seconds
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339: Interest Rates Are Going Up Again

Interest rates are rising again, but why? This week I will break down the latest round of interest rate increases from the Federal Reserve and the reasoning behind why interest rates will continue to rise. Sources Fed Fund Rate History https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/openmarket.htm Federal Reserve Press Release https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/files/monetary20220921a1.pdf   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | TikTok Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
9/29/20226 minutes, 49 seconds
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338: Do I Need to Put a Down Payment on My New Car?

Is putting a big down payment on a new car a good idea? A listener wrote in wanting to know the best way to approach her next car purchase. I spent waaayyy too much time in my favorite program (Excel!) creating a calculator to run through some possible scenarios. Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it leave Popcorn Finance a rating or a review!
9/26/202210 minutes
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337: I'm Confused By IRA Contribution Rules, Help!

IRS rules are confusing and it can make contributing to an IRA complicated. This week Megan wrote in wanting to know how she could contribute to an IRA for last year without getting in to trouble. So let me walk you through some of the complex rules around IRA contributions and some things that you need to keep an eye on. Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
9/19/20229 minutes, 8 seconds
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336: My Favorite Hack to Get a Pay Raise at Work

Sometimes in order to get the raise you want, you need to use a couple of jedi mind tricks. Mandi is back to share one of her all time favorite hacks to help you secure that nice big raise! Connect with Mandi Instagram | Twitter Join the Mandi Money Makers fall cohort  https://www.mandimoney.com/makers-waitlist Book a one-on-one coaching session  https://www.mandimoney.com/coaching-sessions   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
9/12/20227 minutes, 39 seconds
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335: Popcorn To-Go: Could Student Loan Forgiveness Have a Big Tax Surprise?

Could the latest round of student loan forgiveness come with a tax bill from your state? Today I’ll be taking you through 13 states that could impose an income tax on your loan forgiveness. This week I am on the road as I drive all over my home state of California. I packed my mic and a bag of popcorn to breakdown the latest round of student loan forgiveness from a parking lot in beautiful Santa Barbara, California!  Sources These 13 States May Hit Borrowers With Up to $1,100 in State Tax Liability on Forgiven Student Loans. How to Know if Your Debt Cancellation Will Trigger a Bill - https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/26/13-states-may-hit-borrowers-with-state-tax-liability-on-forgiven-student-loans.html  What if You Just Paid Off (Or Paid Down) Your Federal Student Loans? https://www.huffpost.com/entry/student-loan-forgiveness-refund_l_6307b70de4b0f72c09def6b5  Student Aid Website - https://studentaid.gov/debt-relief-announcement How to Qualify for Biden's New Student Loan Forgiveness Plan - https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/24/politics/biden-student-loan-forgiveness-qualify/index.html How Do I Get My Student Loans Forgiven? Qualifying for Biden's Debt Relief, Explained - https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2022/08/25/how-is-student-loan-debt-forgiven/7884574001 Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
9/8/20226 minutes, 46 seconds
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334: Should I Reimburse My Ex?

What happens when you and your partner separate but you both put money in to your home? We hear from a listener who received an invoice from her ex for a few home upgrades that he made to her home. Should she pay them or should she refuse? Listen to the full episode at https://www.awkwardpodcast.com/50-should-i-reimburse-my-ex  Have an awkward money situation that you would like us to discuss on This is Awkward? Give us a call at (707) 200-8259. Listen to This Is Awkward! We all have an awkward money story about a friend who won't pay us back or a parent who won't stop telling us that renting is a waste of money. Join me and my co-host Allison as we listen to your money stories and help you navigate those difficult and awkward situations. Listen to our latest episode at https://www.awkwardpodcast.com Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!
9/5/202221 minutes, 9 seconds
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Popcorn To-Go: How to Get a Refund On Your Student Loans

Are you regretting a payment you made to your student loans before the upcoming student loan forgiveness was announced? This week I’ll outline an option you might have available to get those payments back. This week I am on the road as I drive all over my home state of California. I packed my mic and a bag of popcorn to breakdown the latest round of student loan forgiveness from a parking lot in beautiful Big Sur, California!   Sources What if You Just Paid Off (Or Paid Down) Your Federal Student Loans? https://www.huffpost.com/entry/student-loan-forgiveness-refund_l_6307b70de4b0f72c09def6b5 Student Aid Website - https://studentaid.gov/debt-relief-announcement How to Qualify for Biden's New Student Loan Forgiveness Plan - https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/24/politics/biden-student-loan-forgiveness-qualify/index.html How Do I Get My Student Loans Forgiven? Qualifying for Biden's Debt Relief, Explained - https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2022/08/25/how-is-student-loan-debt-forgiven/7884574001   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance 
9/1/20224 minutes, 25 seconds
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Popcorn To-Go: Who Will Have Their Student Loans Forgiven?

President Biden just announced the details of his student loan forgiveness program. So will you be one of the millions struggling with student loan debt to get a little relief? This week I am literally on the road as I drive all over my home state of California. I packed my mic and a bag of popcorn to breakdown the latest round of student loan forgiveness from a parking lot in beautiful Big Sur, California!   Sources https://studentaid.gov/debt-relief-announcement How to Qualify for Biden's New Student Loan Forgiveness Plan - https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/24/politics/biden-student-loan-forgiveness-qualify/index.html How Do I Get My Student Loans Forgiven? Qualifying for Biden's Debt Relief, Explained - https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2022/08/25/how-is-student-loan-debt-forgiven/7884574001   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance 
8/29/20228 minutes, 20 seconds
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331: Changing How We Think About Home Ownership

I'm on a break from making popcorn this week, but who doesn't like seconds. Here is a second serving of one of my favorite episodes. Purchasing a home is a huge financial milestone, but that doesn't mean that it is right for everyone. This week I am joined by Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez to discuss our thoughts on why renting can be a great financial move and the pressure so many of us feel to become homeowners. Connect with this week’s guest! Follow Stefanie on Instagram @stefanieoconnell  Listen to Money Confidential https://www.realsimple.com/money/money-confidential-podcast/about-money-confidential-podcast   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance 
8/22/202213 minutes, 24 seconds
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330: How to Recession Proof Your Career

We’ve been hearing a lot about a possible recession, but how could this affect your job? Mandi is back with some great tips to help us all learn how to recession proof our careers. Connect with Mandi Instagram | Twitter Join the Mandi Money Makers fall cohort https://www.mandimoney.com/makers-waitlist Book a one-on-one coaching session https://www.mandimoney.com/coaching-sessions Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
8/18/202210 minutes, 10 seconds
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329: How Do I Ask My Boss for a Raise?

You've been working hard, but how do you make your case for a raise. Mandi Woodruff-Santos of Brown Ambition joins us to share some practical advice to get your boss on your side and more money in your bank account! Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Money Confidential. Hosted by money expert Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez, Money Confidential features new episodes about your money, stories, struggles and secrets. Join Stefanie as she sits down with financial experts to answer your biggest money questions and deliver smart, practical solutions that actually work. She covers topics like how much is too much to spend on IVF? Is now the right time to buy a home? How to travel and stay on budget, and much more! New episodes drop every Monday. So follow Money Confidential wherever you get your podcasts. Connect with Mandi Instagram | Twitter Join the Mandi Money Makers fall cohort https://www.mandimoney.com/makers-waitlist Book a one-on-one coaching session https://www.mandimoney.com/coaching-sessions Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!
8/15/20229 minutes, 46 seconds
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328: Breaking Down Our Money Hang Ups with Financial Therapy with Lindsay Bryan-Podvin

Today we're diving deeper into what exactly happens in those therapy sessions with financial therapist Lindsay Bryan-Podvin. We'll be discussing: The most common emotions and beliefs that financial therapists treat when it comes to our money. How much does money equate to our own happiness? Connect with Lindsay Instagram | www.mindmoneybalance.com Links Lindsay's Money Personality Quiz https://www.mindmoneybalance.com/quiz Lindsay's Book - The Financial Anxiety Solution https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Financial-Anxiety-Solution/Lindsay-Bryan-Podvin/9781646040070   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
8/11/20227 minutes, 10 seconds
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327: What is Financial Therapy and How Does It Work?

Have you ever thought about seeing a financial therapist? Lindsay Bryan Podvin gives us a peek in to what her financial therapy sessions look like and how it differs from traditional therapy. We'll also dive in to the stumbling blocks that we all face in our finances and how to move past them. Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Money Confidential. Hosted by money expert Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez, Money Confidential features new episodes about your money, stories, struggles and secrets. Join Stefanie as she sits down with financial experts to answer your biggest money questions and deliver smart, practical solutions that actually work. She covers topics like how much is too much to spend on IVF? Is now the right time to buy a home? How to travel and stay on budget, and much more! New episodes drop every Monday. So follow Money Confidential wherever you get your podcasts. Connect with Lindsay Instagram | www.mindmoneybalance.com Links Lindsay's Money Personality Quiz https://www.mindmoneybalance.com/quiz Lindsay's Book - The Financial Anxiety Solution https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Financial-Anxiety-Solution/Lindsay-Bryan-Podvin/9781646040070 Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
8/8/202210 minutes, 11 seconds
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326: Inflation's Impact on Summer Travel

Your Summer travel is probably going to cost more this year. Data from the US Travel Association found that the cost of travel in June of this year is up 17.5% since June of 2021. Editor in Chief of TheBalance.com, Kristen Myers, is back to break down travel cost data and what we can expect for the rest of 2022. Sponsors Today's show is brought to you by Money Confidential. Hosted by money expert Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez, Money Confidential features new episodes about your money, stories, struggles and secrets. Join Stefanie as she sits down with financial experts to answer your biggest money questions and deliver smart, practical solutions that actually work. She covers topics like how much is too much to spend on IVF? Is now the right time to buy a home? How to travel and stay on budget, and much more! New episodes drop every Monday. So follow Money Confidential wherever you get your podcasts. Connect with Kristin Check out Kristin’s article on the rising cost of dating at https://www.thebalance.com/millennials-spend-an-average-of-usd69-on-first-dates-5213660  Twitter - https://twitter.com/thebalance  Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thebalancecom/?hl=en Links Read the full Inflation Survey from The Balance at https://www.thebalance.com/44-percent-of-us-adults-are-not-financially-ready-for-a-recession-5704035 Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
8/1/20227 minutes, 51 seconds
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325: Am I Paying Down My Debt Too Fast?

Have you ever considered that you might be paying your debt down too fast? I get it, who wants to pay a single cent more in interest than you absolutely have to when it comes to paying off your debt? However, there are actually some real reasons for you to pause and re-think your debt payoff strategy, especially when looking at the timeline of your projected debt payoff date. Links Check out the full article I referenced in today's episode Are you putting too much money toward your debt? Watch out for these 4 red flags | Elizabeth Gravier Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show?Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
7/28/20227 minutes, 34 seconds
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324: Apple is Getting in to the Buy Now Pay Later Game

Apple plans to incorporate their own version of a "buy now pay later service" directly into your iPhone's operating system later this fall. I recently joined Natalie Lizarraga on NBCLX to discuss whether or not this service will be helpful or harmful to your wallet as well as to your credit score. Sponsors Today's show is brought to you by Money Confidential. Hosted by money expert Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez, Money Confidential features new episodes about your money, stories, struggles and secrets. Join Stefanie as she sits down with financial experts to answer your biggest money questions and deliver smart, practical solutions that actually work. She covers topics like how much is too much to spend on IVF? Is now the right time to buy a home? How to travel and stay on budget, and much more! New episodes drop every Monday. So follow Money Confidential wherever you get your podcasts. Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show?Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
7/25/20228 minutes, 5 seconds
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323: Inflation Reaches Levels Not Seen Since the 1980’s

There's one word that I'm sure we've all heard more times than we can count for the past year, and that's Inflation.   As you know, prices are pretty much up on everything. Since April of 2021. Inflation has been steadily increasing and is significantly higher than the usual 2%.   In this episode we're breaking down:   What's going on with inflation and why is 2022 being compared to the eighties? What does the term inflation actually mean? How is inflation determined? Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!
7/21/20225 minutes, 38 seconds
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322: Why is it So Difficult to Talk to Your Kids About Money?

Transitioning from dependent teen to a financially independent grown up can be extremely tough, not only for that individual, but also for their parents. Today's guest is Bobbi Rebell and she's on a mission to help parents create financial grownups. We're breaking down how to discuss money and plan for the future from both the parents and the children's perspective. So whether you're a parent or not, this episode is for you!   Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Money Confidential! Hosted by money expert Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez, Money Confidential features new episodes about your money, stories, struggles and secrets. Join Stefanie as she sits down with financial experts to answer your biggest money questions and deliver smart, practical solutions that actually work. She covers topics like how much is too much to spend on IVF? Is now the right time to buy a home? How to travel and stay on budget, and much more! New episodes drop every Monday. So follow Money Confidential wherever you get your podcasts.  Connect with Bobbi Instagram | Twitter | Website Links Mentioned Popcorn Finance Podcast Episode 57 - Side Hustle Series Money Tips for Financial Grownups Podcast Launching Financial Grownups: Live Your Richest Life by Helping Your (Almost) Adult Kids Become Everyday Money Smart Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!
7/18/202210 minutes, 3 seconds
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321: Who Influences the Stock Market the Most?

The stock market can be a really confusing and complicated topic to try and cover. There's trillions of dollars that are traded every single year on the stock market. But only a fraction of that trading is done by regular people like you and me. So who is actually driving all of the movement we are seeing in the stock market today? Caleb is the Editor in Chief of Investopedia and host of The Green Investor and The Investopedia Express podcasts and he's back with us today to dive deeper into the impact that investors have and how much we should be following along with the day to day financial news. Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by my other podcast, This is Awkward! We all have an awkward money story about a friend who won't pay us back or a parent who won't stop telling us that renting is a waste of money. Join me and my cohost Allison as we listen to your money stories and help you navigate those difficult and awkward situations. Listen to our latest episode at https://www.awkwardpodcast.com Connect with Caleb Catch up on Caleb's most recent content here | Twitter | LinkedIn Links Check out The Green Investor and The Investopedia Express podcasts that Caleb hosts! Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
7/14/20227 minutes, 17 seconds
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320: What is Going on in the Stock Market?

I've talked a lot about recessions and bear markets lately, but I wanted to dive deeper into the investing world for today's episode. Caleb Silver joins me again to discuss volatility in the stock market, recessions, and more. Caleb is the Editor in Chief of Investopedia and host of The Green Investor and The Investopedia Express podcasts. Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by my other podcast, This is Awkward! We all have an awkward money story about a friend who won't pay us back or a parent who won't stop telling us that renting is a waste of money. Join me and my cohost Allison as we listen to your money stories and help you navigate those difficult and awkward situations. Listen to our latest episode at https://www.awkwardpodcast.com Connect with Caleb Catch up on Caleb's most recent content here | Twitter | LinkedIn Links Check out The Green Investor and The Investopedia Express podcasts that Caleb hosts! Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
7/11/202210 minutes, 29 seconds
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319: Investing is Like Baking a Cake

Investing can and should be simple. One of the simplest investment options out there is the index fund. I've been working on a new analogy using cake to help us all better understand how index funds work. Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!
7/4/20228 minutes, 51 seconds
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318: The Origin of the Terms Bear and Bull Market

Where do the terms Bear and Bull Market come from? These labels are hundreds of years old and in this episode we'll break down two of the most popular theories. Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
7/1/20227 minutes, 28 seconds
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317: What is a Bear Market?

Editor in Chief of Investopedia.com, Caleb Silver, is here to help breakdown another investing term that we've been hearing a lot in these uncertain times, The Bear Market.  What is a Bear Market and how should we react when we find ourselves in one? Connect with Caleb Catch up on Caleb's most recent content here | Twitter | LinkedIn Links Visit Investopedia.com to dive deeper the world of investing! Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
6/27/20229 minutes, 19 seconds
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316: Make a Plan to Cash Out of Your Job

What do you do for a living right now? If you could go back and choose a different path, whether it be entrepreneurship or a completely different career, what would you choose to do for work? Julien and Kiersten Saunders of Rich and Regular are back with me today and we're diving deeper into the dissatisfaction of the way the working world works. We're talking strategies to overcome career frustration through a financial plan that allows you to create opportunities for yourself that you feel good about. Connect with Julien and KierstenInstagram | Twitter | Facebook | Richandregular.com Links Cashing Out: Win the Wealth Game by Walking Away Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
6/23/20226 minutes, 57 seconds
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315: The 15 Year Plan to Quit Your Job

I'm going to be completely transparent here: I would have done things much differently in my career path had I known about what my guests today are calling the "15 Year Career Plan." Joining me today are Julien and Kiersten Saunders of Rich & Regular. They are the authors of the newly released book, Cashing Out: Win the Wealth Game by Walking Away, and they're here to reframe the way you think about your career while giving you a sense of purpose and empowerment through living strategically. Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by This is Awkward Podcast where my co-host Allison and I discuss all your awkward money situations. If you want to send in your own awkward money situation for us to discuss on the podcast, head over to awkwardpodcast.com! Connect with Julien and Kiersten Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Richandregular.com Links Cashing Out: Win the Wealth Game by Walking Away Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
6/20/202213 minutes, 40 seconds
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314: What is a Recession and Should I Be Concerned?

Are we about to go in to a recession? A lot of what we see in the new seems to pointing to yes. But what exactly is a recession and how do we know if we are in one? I'll break all of that down and more in this episode.   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Connect with me Instagram | TikTok | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube   Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!
6/17/20229 minutes, 32 seconds
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313: What is Cash Stuffing?

Have you ever heard of cash stuffing? I recently joined Natalie Lizarraga on NBC LX to talk about what this TikTok viral trend is and how it could help you manage your finances. Connect with Natalie Instagram | Twitter Links Check out #cashstuffing on TikTok Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
6/13/20227 minutes, 59 seconds
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312: Mom and Dad We Need to Talk

9% of people surveyed said that they would rather talk to their parents about sex versus their personal finances. Why is talking to our parents about money so scary and what can we do to get that conversation started? Author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk, Cameron Huddleston joins me to answer this question. Connect with Cameron Instagram | Twitter | Blog | Website Links Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk: How to Have Essential Conversations with Your Parents About Their Finances Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
6/6/202213 minutes, 13 seconds
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311: How Do I Handle All of the Bad Financial News?

There's a lot of negativity in the news today when it comes to finances. Whether it's worries about the market failing, inflation, or why you should or shouldn't be investing in cryptocurrency, there is SO much information to take in and process. Kate Dore is back with us today for today's UnPopped Popcorn episode and since she writes about these topics frequently, she's helping us create a plan for our finances that allow us to live peacefully and intentionally during these uncertain times! Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by my other podcast This is Awkward! We all have an awkward money story about a friend who won't pay us back or a parent who won't stop telling us that renting is a waste of money. Join me and my co-host Allison as we listen to your money stories and help you navigate those difficult and awkward situations. Listen to our latest episode at https://www.awkwardpodcast.com Connect with Kate Dore Instagram | Twitter | Read Kate's latest Articles on CNBC Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
6/2/20225 minutes, 49 seconds
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310: Should I Invest in I Bonds?

I Bonds and their super high interest rates are such a hot topic right now, but should we be investing in them? Kate Dore, a certified financial planner and reporter on CNBC's personal finance team, joins me to break down the pros and cons of I Bonds!   Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by my other podcast This is Awkward! We all have an awkward money story about a friend who won't pay us back or a parent who won't stop telling us that renting is a waste of money. Join me and my cohost Allison as we listen to your money stories and help you navigate those difficult and awkward situations. Listen to our latest episode at https://www.awkwardpodcast.com   Connect with Kate DoreInstagram | Twitter | Read Kate's latest Articles on CNBC LinksArticle: "Here's where I bonds may work in your portfolio, according to financial advisors." "This Week, Your Wallet" Show   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
5/30/202210 minutes, 13 seconds
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309: 401k Rollover Options

In today's UnPopped Kernels episode, I'm discussing the different types of 401k rollovers and which one is right for you! Need some FREE help rolling over an old 401k plan? Visit https://popcornfinance.com/Capitalize to get free expert help rolling over your old 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans today!  Sponsors Check out my other podcast This Is Awkward at https://www.awkwardpodcast.com   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
5/26/20223 minutes, 7 seconds
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308: The Pros and Cons of Rolling Over Your 401(k)

The company I work for was bought. Should I rollover my old 401k plan? This is the question I received from Tiger who wanted to know some of the pros and cons of rolling over an old retirement account. In this episode we’ll break down what a rollover is and some reasons why you may or may not want to do one. Need some FREE help rolling over an old 401k plan? Visit https://popcornfinance.com/Capitalize to get free expert help rolling over your old 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans today!  Sponsors Check out my other podcast This Is Awkward at https://www.awkwardpodcast.com   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
5/23/20229 minutes, 56 seconds
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307: Should I Invest in Target Date Funds?

Investing extraordinaire, Amanda Holden (@dumpster.doggy) is back with me for today's UnPopped Kernels episode and we're taking a deeper look at target date funds to help you determine if investing in them is the right money move for you.  Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Auto Approve. To find out how much you could save on your auto loan, get your free quote at autoapprove.com/popcorn. Connect with Amanda Instagram | YouTube Links Check out Amanda's investing course: Invested Development Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!
5/19/202210 minutes, 2 seconds
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306: How to Create an Investment Plan

Investing doesn't have to feel complicated. Even though investing is one of the best ways to build your wealth and save for retirement, it's easy for people to become so overwhelmed by all the different concepts, techniques and strategies that they end up not even starting in the first place. To help breakdown the world of investing into a simple actionable plan that works for you, I'm excited to have back one of the smartest top educators in the investing space, Amanda Holden (aka @dumpster.doggy)   Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Auto Approve. To find out how much you could save on your auto loan, get your free quote at autoapprove.com/popcorn.   Connect with Amanda Instagram | YouTube Links Check out Amanda's investing course: Invested Development Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show?Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!   Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
5/16/202213 minutes, 37 seconds
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305: Imagining Life Without Work

Do you truly know who you are outside of your job? What would you do with your time if you didn't have to go into work on Monday morning? Delyanne The Money Coach is back with me for today's UnPopped Kernel episode and we're discussing the importance of imagining life without work to help us not only make the most of retirement, but also to avoid burn-out throughout our working years. Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Auto Approve. To find out how much you could save on your auto loan, get your free quote at autoapprove.com/popcorn. Connect with Delyanne Instagram | TikTok |Check out her podcast with CNN Links Compound Interest Calculator Reframing How You Think About Work - Hullokimi TikTok Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show?Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with meInstagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!
5/12/20229 minutes, 35 seconds
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304: I'm Saving But I Feel Broke

I was lucky enough to tackle a really interesting listener question alongside Delyanne The Money Coach in today's episode! Delyanne Barros is a powerhouse in the personal finance arena and is the host of CNN's brand new podcast, "Diversifying."   In this episode, we hear from Kurt who has done an incredible job at saving and investing his money, but he's left wondering where the balance is in all this effort and discipline, especially since he feels broke despite having a hefty amount of cash in his 401k. Does he really have to wait until he's 65 to start enjoying his money? Tune in to find out how we tackle Kurt's dilemma!   Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Auto Approve. To find out how much you could save on your auto loan, get your free quote at autoapprove.com/popcorn.   Connect with Delyanne Instagram | TikTok |Check out her podcast with CNN   Links Compound Interest Calculator   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance   Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected]  Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram | Twitter | Facebook   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!   Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!)
5/9/202211 minutes, 52 seconds
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303: Fidelity Will Let You Buy Bitcoin in Your 401k - Is That a Good Idea?

Fidelity announced that they will allow 23,000 employers to add Bitcoin as an invesment option within their 401k plans. Is this a good thing for investors? In this episode I'll break down how and when Bitcoin is being added to 401k plans and the pros and cons of including crypto currencies in retirement plans. Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Auto Approve. To find out how much you could save on your auto loan, get your free quote at autoapprove.com/popcorn. Links for today’s episode Fidelity is offering 401(k) investors access to bitcoin, the first retirement plan provider to do so https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/26/fidelity-offers-401k-investors-access-to-bitcoin-a-retirement-plan-first.html Enter our Giveaway! Enter to win a digital portrait of yourself, a friend, or a family member drawn by listener and talented artist Jaki! Here's how to enter: Leave Popcorn Finance a review or rating on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or share your favorite Popcorn Finance episode on social media Take a screenshot Email it to me at [email protected] Deadline to enter is May 13, 2022 at 12pm PT. After you enter checkout Jaki's amazing art work https://www.instagram.com/jakipramos   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
5/8/20228 minutes, 46 seconds
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302: What I Wish I Knew About Money Before I Became an Adult

Ever wish you could turn back the clock to share financial wisdom with your younger self in hopes that it would put you on the right financial path? My guest today is Ashley Feinstein Gerstley, author of Financial Adulting and founder of The Fiscal Femme, and we're discussing all the things we wish we knew about finances before we stepped out into financial adulthood. In this episode, we discuss How to safeguard yourself against misleading financial advice How to seek out financial knowledge for yourself and gain control of your financial narrative How to avoid shame and comparison when it comes to money   Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Auto Approve. To find out how much you could save on your auto loan, get your free quote at autoapprove.com/popcorn.   Links for today’s episode Connect with Ashley on Instagram | Twitter Check out Ashley's book: Financial Adulting Jaki's amazing art work https://www.instagram.com/jakipramos   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance Join Me on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review! Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/jonny-boyle/bright-life
5/2/202213 minutes, 6 seconds
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301: Ask Me Anything! - Part 2

You all sent in so many great questions for our 300th episode celebration that I decided to answer even more on episode 301! This time I'm answering questions like "Anyone you’d love to have on but scared to ask?" & "What 3 items are a must have if you moved in to a tiny house?"   Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Auto Approve 
To find out how much you could save on your auto loan, get your free quote at autoapprove.com/popcorn   Check Out the Extended Version on Youtube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance   Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!   Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): Bright LIfe https://uppbeat.io/t/jonny-boyle/bright-life Play The Beat http://uppbeat.io/t/prigida/play-the-beat Campfire http://uppbeat.io/t/mountaineer/campfire Be With Me http://uppbeat.io/t/prigida/be-with-me Name http://uppbeat.io/t/walz/name Coffee Break http://uppbeat.io/t/sensho/coffee-break Spatial http://uppbeat.io/t/fugu-vibes/spatial  
4/28/202214 minutes, 34 seconds
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300: Ask Me Anything!

To celebrate reaching 300 episodes I'm answering your questions! You all sent in some great ones like "Can you tell us about an interaction with a celebrity?" & "How did you come up with Popcorn Finance?" Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Auto Approve 
To find out how much you could save on your auto loan, get your free quote at autoapprove.com/popcorn   Check Out the Extended Version on Youtube!https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance   Want to submit a question to the show?Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with meInstagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!   Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): Bright LIfe https://uppbeat.io/t/jonny-boyle/bright-life Play The Beat http://uppbeat.io/t/prigida/play-the-beat Campfire http://uppbeat.io/t/mountaineer/campfire Be With Me http://uppbeat.io/t/prigida/be-with-me Name http://uppbeat.io/t/walz/name Coffee Break http://uppbeat.io/t/sensho/coffee-break Spatial http://uppbeat.io/t/fugu-vibes/spatial
4/25/202220 minutes
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299: Why Does Tax Season Always Stress Me Out?

Do you find yourself feeling stressed and overwhelmed when it comes to taxes? Keila Hill-Trawick is back today to help calm our nerves so that we feel a little more empowered to take on next tax season with ease and confidence. In this episode, we discuss: Why so many of us find ourselves stressed out during tax season Who truly needs the help of a tax preparer versus utilizing a self-service software How to feel more comfortable and confident when it comes to prepping for tax season all year long Links for today’s episode 
Connect with Keila on Instagram Check out the Fish Food Podcast Visit littlefishaccounting.com Want to submit a question to the show?Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with meInstagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance Come Join Me on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!
4/21/20227 minutes, 31 seconds
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298: How to Prep for Tax Season All Year Long

Taxes are due every year around April 15th but that doesn’t mean you should be waiting until then to get ready. Keila Hill Trawick is the founder of Little Fish Accounting and she’s here to break down a few simple things that you can do all year long to make tax season less stressful. Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Auto Approve 
To find out how much you could save on your auto loan, get your free quote at autoapprove.com/popcorn   Links for today’s episode Connect with Keila on Instagram Check out the Fish Food Podcast IRS Tax Withholding Estimator   Come Join Me on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance   Want to submit a question to the show?Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with meInstagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!   Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/jonny-boyle/bright-life
4/18/20229 minutes, 50 seconds
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297: Food is Worth the Money

How often do you ask yourself, was that food worth the money? In another special UnPopped Kernels episode I share a piece of my conversation with Justine Nelson that didn’t make it in to Episode 296 and discuss why building some flexibility in to your budget is so important.   Come Join Me on YouTube! Every episode of UnPopped Kernels has a special video version on YouTube! Come join me at https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance   Links for today’s episode Connect with Justine on Instagram Check out Debt Free Millennials on Youtube    Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!
4/14/20228 minutes, 1 second
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296: Let's Challenge Each Other to Spend

No spend challenges are a popular strategy when trying to stick to a budget, but have you ever heard of a spending challenge? Justine Nelson, founder of Debt Free Millennials, joins me today to discuss her 30 day spending challenge, how it has helped her shift her mindset while she focuses on spending money on what matters to her, and refrains from frivolously spending on what doesn’t. Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Auto Approve and H&R Block.  
To find out how much you could save on your auto loan, get your free quote at autoapprove.com/popcorn H&R Block is bringing you the help you need this tax season. Get started today at popcornfinance.com/hrblock for 20% off your online filing.   Links for today’s episode Connect with Justine on Instagram Check out Debt Free Millennials on YouTube   Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!   Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/jonny-boyle/bright-life
4/11/202214 minutes, 4 seconds
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295: UnPopped Kernels: How Will Rising Interest Rates Impact Me?

Fear over rising inflation has lead to the start of a series of interest rate increases. In another special UnPopped Kernels episode I break down how higher interest rates could affect your budget and your bank account.    Come Join Me on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance   Links for today’s episode Connect with Amanda on Instagram Find out more about Invested Development   Want to submit a question to the show?Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with meInstagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!
4/7/20227 minutes, 15 seconds
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294: Is Hustle Culture Bad for Your Wallet?

I came across a controversial tweet that read, “If you’re getting 8 hours of sleep every night, you aren’t working hard enough.” This reminded me of another statement I recently heard: “If you aren’t earning 6 figures, you aren’t working hard enough.” Each week I join Natalie Lizarraga on NBCLX to discuss the latest finance topics.  In today’s episode you’ll hear our discussion on how hustle culture has us believing these false statements and how we can create our own definition of success that doesn’t revolve around what we earn.   Sponsors Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Auto Approve and H&R Block.  To find out how much you could save on your auto loan, get your free quote at autoapprove.com/popcorn.   H&R Block is bringing you the help you need this tax season. Get started today at popcornfinance.com/hrblock for 20% off your online filing.   Links for today’s episode Connect with Natalie on Instagram Check out our latest segment on NBCLX    Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!   Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/jonny-boyle/bright-life License code: SLTC9SJ1VUJJASIT
4/4/202210 minutes, 2 seconds
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293: UnPopped Kernels: The Obsession with Individual Stocks

Amanda Holden is back today to talk about the obsession with individual stocks that we are seeing right now. We discuss the relationship between buying stocks and the “get rich quick” mentality, along with the confidence that can set people up for disappointment when choosing to invest in individual stocks.       Links for today’s episode Connect with Amanda on Instagram Find out more about Invested Development   Want to submit a question to the show?Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with meInstagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance Come Join Me on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!
3/31/202210 minutes, 53 seconds
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292: Should I Max Out My IRA Before Buying Individual Stocks?

Should you focus on maxing out your IRA before investing in stocks? The idea of investing is extremely popular right now, so when a listener wrote in with this question, I knew it was one I wanted to dive into. Amanda Holden joins me to discuss how this question really isn’t an either/ or issue, and why we are hearing this question more often. Sponsor Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Auto Approve. To find out how much you could save, get your free quote at autoapprove.com/popcorn. Links for today’s episode Connect with Amanda on Instagram Find out more about Invested Development Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance Come Join Me on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!
3/28/202212 minutes, 10 seconds
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291: Money is Emotional

We tend to think of personal finance as a technical topic, but it is also highly emotional. How does the emotional impact of money affect the way we address our finances? This week I’m joined by Paco de Leon, founder of The Hell Yeah Group, to discuss this. We talk about the shame and guilt that can surround our finances, how we can uncover where those feelings originated, and how to address and move past these issues.  Sponsor Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by the book Cashing Out: Winning the Wealth Game by Walking Away, by Julien and Kiersten Saunders. Pre Order a copy here!   Links for today’s episode Connect with Paco on Instagram Find out more about The Hell Yeah group Grab Paco’s book, Finance for the People Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance Come Join Me on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!
3/21/202210 minutes, 30 seconds
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290: How is the Child Tax Credit Impacting Families?

On today’s episode, we are talking about the impact of the Child Tax Credit expansion by the Biden administration in 2021. This expansion expired at the end of December 2021, so today I want to talk about the impact this credit had on families, along with the loss of this credit. To do that, I have Leigh Phillips joining me. Leigh is the CEO of Saverlife, a nonprofit that uses data and technology to help members save money, along with pushing for better policies and a more just economic system across the country. Leigh and I discuss how the Child Tax Credit provided stability for families, including creating stabilization of savings accounts. We also talk about how Saverlife is tracking what other impacts these monthly payments have had on families, along with the impact of losing this child credit, which they will continue tracking over the next several months. Sponsor Today’s episode is sponsored by my other podcast, This is Awkward, which I co host with Allison Baggerly. Each week, we help listeners through awkward money situations. Find the latest episode here! Links for today’s episode Find out more about Saverlife at saverlife.org Want to submit a question to the show? Send an email to [email protected] Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259 Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance Come Join Me on YouTube!https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Thank you for listening to today’s episode. If you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful for your rating and review!
3/14/202211 minutes, 42 seconds
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289: What Can Cause IRS Refund Delays?

Andy Phillips, a Director at The Tax Institute at H&R Block, is back for a bonus episode to discuss some of the things that can cause a delay in your tax refund this year. Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block! Get 20% off your online tax filing by visit https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock    Check out our full conversation on Youtube https://youtu.be/T60-Hv1jrag   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
3/10/20224 minutes, 29 seconds
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288: Tax Time: Long IRS Hold Times and the Child Tax Credit

This tax season has been full of questions. It doesn't help that calling the IRS means hours on hold. This week I'm joined by Andy Phillips, a Director at The Tax Institute at H&R Block, to learn more about why the IRS is so difficult to get a hold of and the impacts of the changes to the Child Tax Credit. Check out our full conversation on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/PopcornFinance  Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block! Get 20% off your online tax filing by visit https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock    Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
3/7/202211 minutes, 53 seconds
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287: 3 Things You Can Do to Make the Most of Your Tax Refund

It's tax season yet again and millions of Americans will be receiving a tax refund. But what should you do with all that cash? This week I'll break down three things that you can do with your tax refund to get your finances moving in the right direction.   Check out This Is Awkward using the link below https://www.awkwardpodcast.com    Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance
2/28/20228 minutes, 43 seconds
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286: Am I a Bad Mom for Only Saving When I Can?

Parent guilt is a very real thing and can be even worse when you throw in your financial situation. This week I’m joined by Allison Baggerly to discuss a question sent in from a listener who is concerned that the “small” amount of money they are able to save for their child’s future isn’t enough. She wants to know, does this make her a bad mom? Check out This Is Awkward using the link below https://www.awkwardpodcast.com    Connect with this week’s guest! Check out Allison’s podcast, Inspired Budget https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/inspired-budget/id1566247649  Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/InspiredBudget    Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance
2/21/202211 minutes, 49 seconds
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285: Millennials Spend $69 on Average on First Dates

The cost of love, is it increasing with inflation? This week the Editor in Chief of TheBalance.com, Kristin Myers, joins me to break down some stats that show just that. We’ll discuss the rising cost of dating in 2022 and what things will be more expensive this Valentine’s Day.    Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block! Get 20% off your online tax filing by visit https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock   Connect with this week’s guest! Check out Kristin’s article on the rising cost of dating at https://www.thebalance.com/millennials-spend-an-average-of-usd69-on-first-dates-5213660  Twitter - https://twitter.com/thebalance  Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thebalancecom/?hl=en    Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance  
2/14/20229 minutes, 54 seconds
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284: Why is High Inflation Still Here?

It feels like we hear about inflation every single day and many of us have felt its impacts in our daily lives. You may have heard that this high inflation was only supposed to be temporary, but it seems to be sticking around. This week I’ll dive in to some factors that are causing this persistent inflation and also what this means for mortgage interest rates.   Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block! Get 20% off your online tax filing by visit https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance
2/7/202210 minutes, 19 seconds
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283: I Don't Like Debt But Want a Good Credit Score

How do you maintain a strong credit score after paying off all of your debt? A listener wrote in wanting to know the answer to this question. This week I'll answer this question and break down what goes in to your credit score calculation.   Today's bag of popcorn is brough to you by H&R Block! Get 20% off your online tax filing by visit https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance 
1/31/20229 minutes, 2 seconds
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282: Is Hustle Culture Bad for Your Finances?

Personal finance hot takes, the internet is full of them. This week I'll tackle a particularly bad hot take with my This is Awkward cohost Allison Baggerly. Check out the full conversation from episode 43 of This is Awkward! https://www.awkwardpodcast.com/43-you-arent-working-hard-enough Today's bag of popcorn is brough to you by H&R Block! Get 20% off your online tax filing by visit https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance 
1/24/202212 minutes, 18 seconds
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281: What's the Difference Between an IRA and a 401(k)?

Can I contribute to an IRA and a 401(k) at the same time? A listener wrote in with this exact question so this week I'll break this question down and dive deeper in to what makes these plans different.   Today's bag of popcorn is brough to you by H&R Block! Get 20% off your online tax filing by visit https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock   Grab a copy of Wallet Activism at https://bookshop.org/a/2450/9781953295590   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance 
1/17/20229 minutes, 3 seconds
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280: The Backdoor Roth, How Does it Work?

Does even thinking about the tax code overwhelm you? In today's episode a listener wrote in to ask how they could contribute to a Roth IRA even though their tax status prevents them. I walk through the details of the little known backdoor Roth IRA and how it can be used to get that amazing tax savings.   Today's bag of popcorn is brough to you by H&R Block! Get 20% off your online tax filing by visit https://PopcornFinance.com/HRBlock   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance 
1/10/20229 minutes, 45 seconds
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279: Building Unique & Meaningful Financial Goals

It's a brand new year, should we be setting financial goals? Goal setting is a great practice so I want to help you out with 4 unique goals that you can add to your list for 2022. Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance 
1/3/202210 minutes, 33 seconds
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278: Our Failed 2021 Goals

This is the time of year when everyone shares the many goals they achieved during 2021. That's not what we're doing on Popcorn Finance this week! This week I'm joined by the amazing Berna Anat to discuss all of the goals that we failed to achieve this year. Because it's great to talk about what we've accomplished, but it is so freeing to share our failures! Connect with this week’s guest! Check out my guest appearance on Money Please here. Follow Berna on Instagram for updates on her podcast and video series, and to pre-order her book - @heyberna Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance 
12/27/202113 minutes, 28 seconds
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277: How to Make an Impact Through Donating

Many of us would like to make a differrence through donating, but it can often feel daunting to find the right place to give. Tanja Hester, author of Wallet Activism, joins us once again to help us understand the best ways to donate.   Giveaway Details! To enter to win 1 of the 2 copies of Wallet Activism I am giving away, just send me an email to [email protected] or send me a DM on instagram @PopcornFinancePodcast and tell me why you'd like to win a copy.   Connect with this week’s guest! Follow Tanja on Instagram @OurNextLife or check out her amazing work at https://ournextlife.com Grab a copy of Wallet Activism at https://bookshop.org/a/2450/9781953295590   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance 
12/23/20216 minutes, 34 seconds
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276: Is It The Thought That Counts?

What do you do when you find out your partner spent more on a gift than they should have? This week we are getting awkward with this story from This is Awkward, the other podcast I cohost. A listener wrote in to get our advice after receiving a gift from her husband that he clearly overpaid for. Should she tell him that he overpaid and return the gift or should she let him think he got a great deal? Check out all our awkwardness on a full episode of This is Awkward! https://AwkwardPodcast.com   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
12/20/202124 minutes, 37 seconds
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275: Changing How We Think About Homeownership

Purchasing a home is a huge financial milestone, but that doesn't mean that it is right for everyone. This week I am joined by Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez to discuss our thoughts on why renting can be a great financial move and the pressure so many of us feel to become homeowners. Connect with this week’s guest! Follow Stefanie on Instagram @stefanieoconnell  Listen to Money Confidential https://www.realsimple.com/money/money-confidential-podcast/about-money-confidential-podcast   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance 
12/13/202113 minutes, 24 seconds
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274: How to Make Real Change With Your Wallet

I think we would all like to make a positive impact on this world, but often it can difficult to know how. This week I'm joined by Tanja Hester, author of Wallet Activism, to learn how we can use the money we earn to make real lasting change. Connect with this week’s guest! Follow Tanja on Instagram @OurNextLife or check out her amazing work at https://ournextlife.com Grab a copy of Wallet Activism at https://bookshop.org/a/2450/9781953295590   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance 
12/6/202111 minutes, 58 seconds
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273: I’m Overwhelmed with Investment Decisions

It is so easy to become overwhelmed with what feels like a never ending stream of new stocks and cryptocurrencies to invest in. But, what about the boring old foundational concepts of personal finance? Are you neglecting those for a chance to “get rich quick”? This week I’m joined by the one and only Berna Anat to break down why it’s important to bring our finances back to basics before we start throwing money at any of these new investments out there. Connect with this week’s guest! Check out my guest appearance on Money Please here. Follow Berna on Instagram for updates on her podcast and video series, and to pre-order her book - @heyberna Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   
11/29/202113 minutes, 38 seconds
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272: Should I Keep My Money Separate From My Partner?

Should you merge finances with your significant other or keep everything separate? There’s nothing like a little financial weight being lifted when you decide to share living expenses with someone! That being said, is it smart to still keep a small stash of your own coin? I was recently a guest on KFI AM640 where Kelvin Washington and I discussed finding a happy medium.  Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance    This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
11/22/20216 minutes, 34 seconds
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271: Should I Be Giving Out NFTs This Christmas?

Are you already overwhelmed with the thought of spending money this holiday season? If so you're not alone. This week I'm joined by Kristin Myers, Editor-in-Chief of https://TheBalance.com, to discuss how you can best prepare yourself and your finances for the upcoming holiday spending rush.   Today’s Bag of Popcorn is brought to you by Capitalize! Visit https://PopcornFinance.com/Capitalize to get free expert help rolling over your old 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans today! Connect with this week’s guest Kristin! Twitter - https://twitter.com/KristinReports Check out The Balances Holiday Gift Guide - https://www.thebalance.com/digital-money-gift-guide-5207879   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance 
11/15/202115 minutes, 58 seconds
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270: The Credit Score is Overrated

Would you rather have a perfect credit score or $100,000? This week I’m joined by Kevin Matthews to discuss why we sometimes place so much emphasis on the credit score and what other areas of our finances we should treat with just as much, if not more, importance. Today’s Bag of Popcorn is brought to you by Capitalize! Visit https://PopcornFinance.com/Capitalize to get free expert help rolling over your old 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans today! Connect with this week’s guest! https://BuildingBread.com Twitter @BuildingBread Kevin’s Book - Burning to Blueprint: Rebuilding Black Wall Street After a Century of Silence   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   
11/8/202113 minutes, 39 seconds
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269: Should I Pay Off Debt or Save?

Do I build up my emergency fund or pay down my debt? This is the question so many of us are faced with so in this week’s episodeI'll break down the cost of saving versus paying down debt and how you can make the best decision for your finances.   Today’s Bag of Popcorn is brought to you by Capitalize! Visit https://PopcornFinance.com/Capitalize to get free expert help rolling over your old 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans today!   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance 
11/1/202110 minutes, 46 seconds
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268: What Types of Fees Am I Charged When I Invest?

Why would you choose to work with a professional to help with your financial planning? In today’s episode, I’m back with Caleb Silver of Investopedia to discuss why our financial lives are so much more than just our investments.   Today’s Bag of Popcorn is brought to you by Capitalize! Visit https://PopcornFinance.com/Capitalize to get free expert help rolling over your old 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans today!   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance 
10/25/202112 minutes, 22 seconds
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267: The Hidden Fees of Mutual Funds

Are mutual fund fees hidden or just hard to find?  One thing is for certain, the information on them is printed extra small! In this week’s episode, Caleb Silver of Investopedia is back to discuss the different types of mutual fund fees, how much of your returns go towards paying fund managers, and how to choose a mutual fund that makes paying fees worth it. Thanks to Regina for sending in the great question!   Today’s Bag of Popcorn is brought to you by Trust & Will. Head to https://TrustandWill.com/Popcorn for 10% OFF & FREE SHIPPING on a trust or will!   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Come Join Me on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance    This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward 
10/18/202112 minutes, 51 seconds
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266: How Do You Fix Social Security?

Is there a one size fits all solution?  In last week’s episode, we discussed the topic of our social security system running out of money, and today I’m back discussing some possible solutions to the issue. Some ideas are more popular than others, and some carry less risk. If you’re curious about what the future holds for your own golden age, be sure to check out this episode.   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
10/11/202110 minutes, 51 seconds
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265: Is Social Security Running Out of Money?

Are you concerned that Social Security won’t be there for you in the future? It’s understandable if you are with the latest news from the annual Social Security and Medicare trustees report. The Social Security program is projected to exhaust its trust by 2033. Find out what this means for the future of the program and why the program is struggling in this week’s episode. Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
10/4/20218 minutes, 51 seconds
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264: How Do I Teach My Kids About Money?

For a lot of us, the topic of money was never spoken about with our parents, and the pattern of avoidance has continued with our own kids. While we want our children to handle their money well, we might not know where to start. In this week’s episode, John Lanza, author of The Art of Allowance discusses his method of encouraging our kids to make wise choices about their money, as well as how to get them used to budgeting before they need to pay bills of their own.   Come Join Me on Youtube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
9/27/202112 minutes, 38 seconds
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263: How Do I Decide What to Do Next Financially?

Emergency funds, student loans, car payments and retirement plans - what should take first priority in your master financial plan? If your list of money items to tackle is long, it can be easy for decision paralysis to set in and for you to put off making any decisions at all! In this week’s episode, I answer a listener’s question about the first path to take after a personal budget is in place.     Come Join Me on Youtube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
9/20/202111 minutes, 27 seconds
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262: $5.8 Billion in Student Loans to Be Forgiven

This week I am back on KFI AM 640 to discuss the $5.8 billion in student loans that are scheduled to be forgiven.   Come Join Me on Youtube! https://www.youtube.com/c/PopcornFinance   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
9/13/20215 minutes, 40 seconds
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261: You Could At Least Give Me Half!

Has helping a friend ever gotten weird for you? Friendly favors are usually no big deal, but what about when there’s money involved? Financial gains, no matter the amount, can certainly make things tricky. And when past favors between friends are tallied up and used as ammunition, resentment can brew. In this week’s episode, I share with you a call that Allison Baggerly, my co-host from the This Is Awkward Podcast and I received about an affiliate marketing money situation that got weird fast.   Today's Bag of Popcorn is brought to you by Trust & Will. Head to TrustandWill.com/Popcorn for 10% OFF & FREE SHIPPING on a trust or will!   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
9/6/202117 minutes, 24 seconds
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260: What Credit Score Do I Need for the Best Interest Rate?

Looking to purchase a big ticket item?  Whether it’s a home or a vehicle purchase that’s on your radar, your credit score will be taken into consideration before being granted the loan! So what kind of score is needed to receive the best interest rate? In this week’s episode I answer a listener’s question about how perfect your credit score really needs to be to receive that prime rate. Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail    Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
8/30/20216 minutes, 44 seconds
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259: You Don’t Have to Invest in Everything

Have you experienced FOMO with the many investment opportunities floating around?   Hearing about the large sums of money people have made overnight can make us anxious to get in on the investment action ourselves - so anxious we can throw caution to the wind and simply hope for the best. Jessica Moorhouse is a millennial money expert, speaker, Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada®, award-winning blogger, host of the More Money Podcast and founder of the Millennial Money Meetup®, and in this week’s episode she tells us why it is crucial to educate ourselves before throwing our hard earned money towards investments.   Connect with Jessica Instagram - @jessicaimoorhouse Website - jessicamoorhouse.com   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail    Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
8/23/202111 minutes, 38 seconds
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258: Are Millennials More Financially Insecure?

Have you ever felt insecure about your financial situation? If so, you aren’t the only one. In this week’s episode I discuss how high cost of living, student loans and planning for retirement are putting pressure on millennials' bank accounts and wallets, as well as a simple trick to help reign in some of your spending.   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my other podcast, "This Is Awkward", using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
8/16/202110 minutes, 6 seconds
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257: How Inflation Affects Social Security

Has inflation been on your mind lately? It’s no secret that certain prices are rising, and I recently returned to KFI AM 640 radio to answer questions relating to whether we should be worried, what is causing prices to rise in the first place, how inflation is affecting Social Security and the indicators we use to measure inflation. Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail    Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
8/9/202110 minutes
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256: Am I Too Greedy?

Do you ever feel like you are too focused on money? Once our basic costs of living are covered, making extra money to spend, save, or invest can raise some interesting emotions in ourselves. Questions of self-worth and being deserving of wealth can bubble up. This week, Finance and Lifestyle writer Connie Conpoint is back to discuss how to be comfortable with wealth building and how to separate money and career from self-worth.   Connect with Connie  Instagram - @conpoint Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail    Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
8/2/202114 minutes, 15 seconds
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255: How to Protect Your Health and Your Wealth

Do you have a will in place yet? When you think of estate planning, things like your house, car, and money probably come to mind. In reality, the plan for what happens when you are gone encompasses so much more, but it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. In today’s episode, Ifeoma "Iffy" Ibekwe explains what actually goes into an effective estate plan. Iffy is the CEO and Principal Attorney of Ibekwe Law, and has devoted her career to educating others on the importance of planning ahead and not leaving your trust and will to chance.   Connect with Iffy Instagram - @iffyibekweesq For a Complimentary Estate Planning Consultation - Ibekwe Law   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail  Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
7/26/202110 minutes, 50 seconds
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254: How Do I Grow My Credit Score?

Whether you’re looking to buy a house or purchase a new car, one thing is certain – your credit score will be looked at! So how do you create a credit score to be proud of? A listener recently asked me this exact question, and in today’s episode I discuss the 5 main factors that go into determining your credit score, as well as the myth that keeping a balance on your card is a good idea.   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
7/19/20218 minutes, 39 seconds
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253: My 20% Retirement Party

Should you wait until the end of your career to celebrate your retirement? This week’s guest says no! Connie aka Conpoint, is a finance and lifestyle writer who started her money journey in 2018 and is on track to reach Financial Independence/Early Retirement in her 30s. In this episode she explains how celebrating the mini-money goals you achieve on the path to your final retirement is not only fun, but keeps you motivated to hit that final target! Connect with Connie Check Out Connie’s Instagram here   Today’s Bag of Popcorn is brought to you by Statement Cards Check out Statement Cards here   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
7/12/202112 minutes, 40 seconds
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252: I Lent My Friend Money and Now I Want It Back

Lending money to a friend in their time of need can just feel like the right thing to do. But what happens when you aren’t paid back, and the loan is never spoken of again? This week I’m sharing a clip from a recent episode of This Is Awkward, a podcast that I host alongside Allison Baggerly of Inspired Budget, where we discuss an anonymous listener who is dealing with this exact money situation. Listen to the Full Episode at https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward Have an awkward money situation that you would like us to discuss on This is Awkward? Give us a call at (707) 200-8259.   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
7/5/202115 minutes, 21 seconds
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251: Where Are The Workers?

As the country begins to reopen many businesses are noticing that their staff is not returning. Many blame unemployment benefits, but I think that this situation is a little more complex. I joined Shannon and Gary once again on KFI AM 640 to discuss the reasons behind the perceived lack of available employees.   Check out the episode here   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
6/28/20215 minutes, 42 seconds
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250: How Investing Fights Off Inflation (Replay)

While rising costs are inevitable and may be out of our control, INVESTING is the most surefire way to keep money working in our favor and not against us! In today's episode I explain the direct relationship between investing and inflation, and why hiding your money under the mattress is never a good idea. Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
6/21/20216 minutes, 15 seconds
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249: Should We Be Afraid of Inflation

Are prices always increasing? Today we talk about what costs have actually decreased over time, as well as examine if today’s worry about inflation is warranted and how we got into this situation to begin with. Today’s Bag of Popcorn is brought to you by Trust & Will. Head to https://popcornfinance.com/TrustAndWill for 10% OFF & FREE SHIPPING on a trust or will!   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
6/14/202111 minutes
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248: The Crypto Craze and Scams

It feels like Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and DogeCoin are all anyone is talking about these days. I joined Shannon and Gary on KFI AM 640 to breakdown the crypto craze and the scams that have started to pop up. Check out my full conversation with Shannon and Gary on KFI AM 640 here   Today's Bag of Popcorn is brought to you by Trust & Will. Head to TrustandWill.com/Popcorn for 10% OFF & FREE SHIPPING on a trust or will!   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
6/7/20218 minutes, 55 seconds
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247: How Does an IRA Work?

The finance world is full of acronyms that at first glance can make little sense! Two inquisitive listeners recently submitted their questions on retirement accounts, so be sure to tune in to this episode where I share the full breakdown, as well as the tax benefits of each.   Check out Liz Weston’s article here Listen to the Journey to Launch podcast here   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
5/31/202110 minutes, 47 seconds
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246: Do I Take the Cash or the Car?

Decisions, Decisions. In this episode of the podcast I use my love for number crunching to thoroughly analyze one listener’s debate between two raffle prize options -  a lump sum of money or a free car lease term!  As you will see, there are creative ways to make the most out of either option. Listen to hear what I think the right choice is!    Today's Bag of Popcorn is brought to you by Trust & Will. Head to TrustandWill.com/Popcorn for 10% OFF & FREE SHIPPING on a trust or will!   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
5/24/202117 minutes, 29 seconds
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245: Am I Too Broke to Budget?

When cash is running low, the last thing you want to do is set up a budget! Don’t you need money before you can plan how to spend it? Not exactly! In this episode, budgeting pro Allison Baggerly returns to show you how being broke is actually the BEST time to create your money plan.   Need Budgeting Help? Connect with Allison: Website - https://inspiredbudget.com  Instagram - @inspiredbudget   CNBC Grow Article https://grow.acorns.com/popcorn-finance-chris-brownings-early-retirement-investing-strategy   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
5/17/202110 minutes, 29 seconds
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244: Pay Yourself to Splurge

Can you save as well as splurge? In this week’s episode, financial writer and author of Money Hacks Lisa Rowan says you bet. Find out what her simple hack for getting the best of both world’s is.   Today's Bag of Popcorn is brought to you by Trust & Will. Head to TrustandWill.com/Popcorn for 10% OFF & FREE SHIPPING on a trust or will!   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Check out Lisa’s book http://www.lisarowan.com/book   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
5/10/20218 minutes, 17 seconds
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243: Trading vs Investing

Trading vs Investing – is there a difference? Today we answer that exact question with help from Caleb Silver of Investopedia.com and Lauren Silbert of TheBalance.com. Find out what Caleb has to say about the two different approaches and learn a simple calculation from Lauren to find out how long your investments will take to double.   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
5/3/20218 minutes, 27 seconds
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242: What is an ETF?

Listener Tame wrote in wanting to know the difference between an ETF and a Mutual Fund. This is a great question and Editor in Chief of Investopedia, Caleb Silver, is back to help us better understand ETFs aka Exchange Traded Funds. Full Show Notes Here Check out the entire Investing 101 Series at PopcornFinance.com/Investing101!   Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Statement Event, a 1-day virtual conversation exploring the relationship between gender equity and financial power. Register for free at https://www.statementevent.co   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
4/26/20217 minutes, 40 seconds
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241: Investing is Like Baking a Cake

Investing can and should be simple. One of the simplest investment options out there is the index fund. I've been working on a new analogy using cake to help us all better understand how index funds work.   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
4/19/20219 minutes, 3 seconds
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240: Being a Boring Investor Earned Me 24%

NFTs, Bitcoin, & GameStop. All of these investments have gotten so much attention over the past year or so that you may feel like you are doing something wrong if you haven't throw some of your money at these options. This week I want to talk to you about being a boring investor and how my boring approach earned me over 24% in 2020.   Check out the entire Investing 101 Series at PopcornFinance.com/Investing101!   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward  
4/12/202110 minutes, 38 seconds
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239: Keeping Money Secrets

Is it ok to keep your money problems secret from your partner? This week Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez joins me to discuss a recent episode of her podcast Money Confidential where a guest struggles with a secret she's keeping from her partner. Connect with Stefanie at https://stefanieoconnell.com and check out her podcast Money Confidential at https://www.realsimple.com/money/money-confidential-podcast    Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
4/5/202112 minutes, 27 seconds
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238: Saying No to the Engagement Ring

The engagement ring is seen as the universal symbol of love and commitment. But it is also a huge expense and some, like today's guest, are opting to skip it all together. Author and speaker Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez joins me today to discuss why she decided to turn down her engagement ring. Connect with Stefanie at https://stefanieoconnell.com and check out her new podcast Money Confidential at https://www.realsimple.com/money/money-confidential-podcast   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
3/29/202111 minutes, 33 seconds
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237.5: Stimulus Checks and Your Taxes

Andy Phillips, a Director at the Tax Institute with H&R Block, returns for a bonus bag of popcorn and to answer more of your tax questions! Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block!
Tax season can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. H&R Block is available to answer your tax questions or handle the whole process for you! Visit https://hrblock.com/popcorn for 20% off your online tax filing!   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
3/27/20219 minutes, 32 seconds
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237: How to Make Money Flipping Furniture

Are you looking for a new side hustle? DO you enjoy shopping for furniture? Then today’s guest, Whitney Hansen, is going to give you a crash course on furniture flipping. Connect with Whitney at WhitneyHansen.com and check out her great podcast The Money Nerds - https://www.themoneynerds.com Watch Whitney’s YouTube video guide to flipping furniture at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGKB7RcwgQE One of Whitney’s favorite sites to pick up furniture is https://hibid.com Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
3/22/202112 minutes, 26 seconds
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236: Does Paying Off Student Loans Affect My Credit?

This week, Robert Farrington is back to answer more of your student loan questions. Today’s question: “Does Paying Off Student Loans Affect My Credit?”. Robert Farrington is a wealth of knowledge on student loans. His business, The College Investor, has been helping people escape student loan debt since 2009. Connect with Robert at https://thecollegeinvestor.com/.   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
3/15/20215 minutes, 18 seconds
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235: Money Hacks

We are all looking for hacks to help us get better at managing our money. This week’s guest, Lisa Rowan, wrote a book compiling over 275 money hacks that she has collected over years of writing about personal finance. Today we are diving in to a few of my favorite including ways to limit impulse shopping at your favorite retail store or restaurant and a quick hack to help you make smarter spending decisions. Connect with Lisa at http://www.lisarowan.com Grab Lisa’s New Book “Money Hacks: 275+ Ways to Decrease Spending, Increase Savings, and Make Your Money Work for You!” today. Check out her website (http://www.lisarowan.com/book) to find her book at a store near you. Don’t forget to check your local bookstores too!   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
3/8/202112 minutes, 42 seconds
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234: Do I Pay My Student Loans First?

This week, Robert Farrington is back to answer more of your student loan questions. Today’s question: “Do I pay my student loan debt first?”.   Robert Farrington is a wealth of knowledge on student loans. His business, The College Investor, has been helping people escape student loan debt since 2009. Connect with Robert at https://thecollegeinvestor.com/.   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
3/1/20218 minutes, 49 seconds
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233: How to Ask for a Raise

This is our final episode in the Pandemic Job Hunt Series. We’re back this week with Kate Dixon a to discuss how to ask for a raise at your current job. Asking for a pay raise, especially in a pandemic, can be nerve wracking to say the least, but Kate teaches us how to do it in a methodical but easy way which includes how to research average pay scales for your current position.   Kate Dixon is a salary negotiations coach who has spent over 25 years working with companies such as Nike, Intel, & American Express and she joins us to share the expert negotiation tips and tricks she's learned. Connect with Kate at www.katedixon.org   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
2/22/20218 minutes, 49 seconds
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232: Get the Pay You Deserve

We are continuing the Pandemic Job Hunt Series with a great conversation about asking for the pay you deserve in a new position. After all the work it took to finally get that new position it can be scary to ask for the pay you feel you deserve.  Kate Dixon is a salary negotiations coach who has spent over 25 years working with companies such as Nike, Intel, & American Express and she joins us to share the expert negotiation tips and tricks she's learned. Connect with Kate at www.katedixon.org   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
2/15/202113 minutes, 36 seconds
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231: Writing the Perfect Cover Letter

This week, I’m talking to Aditi Shrikant, finance writer at CNBC’s Grow. We are discussing all things cover letter. What a cover letter is and how to use your cover letter to stand out in the sea of applicants. Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block!Tax season can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. H&R Block is available to answer your tax questions or handle the whole process for you! Visit https://hrblock.com/popcorn for 20% off your online tax filing! Check out the cover letter article we referenced in today’s episode at https://grow.acorns.com/cover-letter-tips-and-ideas How to Follow Aditi: Twitter- https://twitter.com/Aditi_Shrikant Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
2/8/202112 minutes, 6 seconds
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230: Finding a Job During the Pandemic

Today we are kicking off the Pandemic Job Hunt series. Things are not easy right now and looking for a job can seem like a hopeless and pointless mission. So I've asked 3 experts to join me to provide you with some resources to help you along in your journey. Whether that is looking for work or negotiating the pay you deserve. Joining me this week is Rich Jones of Paychecks and Balances. Rich is a recruiter with over a decade of experience and shares an honest look at the job market and some things that you can do to step up your game on LinkedIn.   Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block! Tax season can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. H&R Block is available to answer your tax questions or handle the whole process for you! Visit https://hrblock.com/popcorn for 20% off your online tax filing!   How to Follow Rich: Paychecks and Balances Website- https://paychecksandbalances.com Podcasts-  https://paychecksandbalances.com/category/podcast Instagram-  https://www.instagram.com/paybalances Twitter- https://twitter.com/PayBalances Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/paychecksandbalances   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
2/1/202117 minutes, 57 seconds
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229: What's Going on with GameStop?

GameStop is ALL over the news. Here is a quick breakdown of what's going on and how this whole mess started.   Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
1/28/202114 minutes, 5 seconds
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228: Answering Your Tax Questions

Joining me this week is Andy Phillips the Director at the Tax Institute with H&R Block. Andy is here to answer the tax questions that you all sent in! Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block! Tax season can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. H&R Block is available to answer your tax questions or handle the whole process for you! Visit https://hrblock.com/popcorn for 20% off your online tax filing! Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
1/25/202110 minutes, 48 seconds
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227: Student Loan Pause Extended

Updates on the extended student loan pause and Robert Farrington of TheCollegeInvestor.com is back to help me answer more of your student loan questions! If you have more questions on student loan forgiveness head over to https://thecollegeinvestor.com/578/ways-to-get-student-loan-forgiveness Resources Forbes Article: Student Loans Are Paused—Here’s What It Means For You https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackfriedman/2021/01/21/heres-how-bidens-plan-to-pause-student-loans-works/?sh=3aaf25e456b7  219: How Much is OK to Take Out in Student Loans https://pod.fo/e/ab3d1    Have a Question? Ask me at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail!   Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
1/24/20217 minutes, 56 seconds
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226: Does Time Change Our Feelings About Money?

Julian and Kiersten of rich & REGULAR return to take a look back at their first appearance way back on episode 099. We get an update on their thoughts on the F.I.R.E. movement (Financial Independence Retire Early) & how their outlook on financial independence and retirement has changed. Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block! Tax season can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. H&R Block is available to answer your tax questions or handle the whole process for you! Visit https://hrblock.com/popcorn for 20% off your online tax filing! You can learn more about Julian and Kiersten Saunders and rich & REGULAR at https://richandregular.com. You can also find them on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. They have an amazing video series called Money on the Table available to watch on both YouTube and Facebook Watch. Connect with Julian and Kiersten: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/richandregular Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richandregular  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4HUQztCZd9c1q2rB7SmOAQ  Twitter: https://twitter.com/richandregular Take a listen to our original conversation from episode #099 at https://pod.fo/e/2ff4 Have a Question? Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
1/18/202116 minutes, 59 seconds
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225: Avoid This Major Tax Mistake

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Square Card! If you have a business, you can’t afford not to listen to this episode. Keila Hill-Trawick, of Little Fish Accounting, joins me to discuss how to manage and separate your finances for your business and your personal money. She dives deep into the biggest tax mistakes she sees most often with small business owners and how you can avoid them. Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Square Card! Whether you’re a small business owner or just making a little extra cash on the side by delivering food or tutoring, keeping track of your expenses is so important. Keep your finances in order by signing up for a FREE custom Square Card by visiting https://popcornfinance.com/squarecard You can learn more about Keila Hill-Trawick and Little Fish Accounting at Little Fish Accounting. You can also find her on Instagram at @LittleFishAccounting and on her podcast Fish Food wherever you listen to podcasts.    Connect with Keila: https://littlefishaccounting.com Instagram- @LittleFishAccounting Podcast- Fish Food https://www.littlefishaccounting.com/podcast    This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Have a Question? Ask me a PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
1/11/202111 minutes, 45 seconds
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224: Respecting My Partner's Money Boundaries

You and your partner likely have completely different views about finances and what you feel comfortable discussing with other people. This makes an already tricky subject even more complicated. Erin Lowry, author of the Broke Millennial Talks Money, joins me to discuss how to talk about your finances in a way that makes both you and your partner feel comfortable.   You can learn more about Erin Lowry and the Broke Millennial at https://brokemillennial.com/. Her new book Broke Millennial Talks Money is out wherever books are sold. If you decide to buy a copy and support Erin's work, she has a free gift for you. To redeem your free gift email [email protected] and put Proof of Purchase (Popcorn Finance) in the subject line.    Her gift includes:  Exclusive Bonus Chapter Discussion Guide Are you Your Parent's Retirement Plan? Checklist   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Have a Question? Ask me a PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
1/6/20217 minutes, 44 seconds
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223: How to Tell Your Friends You’re Broke

Talking about being broke with your friends and telling them something isn't in your budget can be difficult. It can be awkward, especially if you're not on the same page financially. Erin Lowry of the Broke Millennial joins me to discuss how to handle these conversations a little bit easier in our lives.   Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Square Card! Whether you’re a small business owner or just making a little extra cash on the side by delivering food or tutoring, keeping track of your expenses is so important. Keep your finances in order by signing up for a FREE custom Square Card by visiting https://popcornfinance.com/squarecard   You can learn more about Erin Lowry and the Broke Millennial at https://brokemillennial.com/. Her new book Broke Millennial Talks Money is out wherever books are sold. If you decide to buy a copy and support Erin's work, she has a free gift for you. To redeem your free gift email [email protected] and put Proof of Purchase (Popcorn Finance) in the subject line.   Her gift includes: Exclusive Bonus Chapter Discussion Guide Are you Your Parent's Retirement Plan? Checklist   This Is Awkward Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Have a Question? Ask me a PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail!   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
1/4/202116 minutes, 19 seconds
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222: You're Tipping How Much?!

Have you ever gone out to eat with a bad tipper? On This Is Awkward a caller asked for our help on this very issue. Her friend blew up and left a restaurant when she found out her friend was making up for her bad tipping. Check out this clip and then listen to the full episode of This Is Awkward using the link below! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
12/28/202011 minutes, 11 seconds
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401(k) Q&A: Deciding Between Traditional or Roth

401(k) Q&A! I received one more Roth vs Traditional question that was too good not to answer on the show. Links to sources I used for researching answers to your 401(k) questions can be found at https://popcornfinance.com/401ksources   Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Square Card! Whether you’re a small business owner or just making a little extra cash on the side by delivering food or tutoring, keeping track of your expenses is so important. Keep your finances in order by signing up for a FREE custom Square Card by visiting https://popcornfinance.com/squarecard    Have a Question? Ask me at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail!   Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward at https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
12/21/20205 minutes, 7 seconds
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220: How Small Businesses are Pivoting During the Pandemic

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Square Card!   Small business owners have been hit so hard by the effects the pandemic has had on the economy. To better understand these struggles I'm joined by Doran Poma, owner of Haute Beauty Guide by Doran, to learn how she has been impacted and the pivot she's made to keep her business alive.   Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Square Card! Whether you’re a small business owner or just making a little extra cash on the side by delivering food or tutoring, keeping track of your expenses is so important. Keep your finances in order by signing up for a FREE custom Square Card by visiting https://popcornfinance.com/squarecard    Connect with Today's Guest! https://HauteBeautyGuidebyDoran.com  https://www.instagram.com/hautebeautyguide   Have a Question? Ask me at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail!   Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward at https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
12/14/202013 minutes, 24 seconds
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219: How Much is OK to Take Out in Student Loans?

Robert Farrington of TheCollegeInvestor.com is back to help me answer your student loan questions in this special Q&A episode! If you have more questions on student loan forgiveness head over to https://thecollegeinvestor.com/578/ways-to-get-student-loan-forgiveness   Have a Question? Ask me at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail!   Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
12/7/20207 minutes, 53 seconds
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218: What's Going on with Student Loans?

The student loan situation has gotten so confusing. Do I need to make payments? Will my student loans be forgiven? Robert Farrington, founder of TheCollegeInvestor.com, joins me to answer these questions and more! If you have more questions on student loan forgiveness head over to https://thecollegeinvestor.com/578/ways-to-get-student-loan-forgiveness   Have a Question? Ask me at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail!   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
11/30/202014 minutes, 33 seconds
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217: Dealing with Our Money Shame

Dealing with the shame around money can be so difficult, especially around the holidays. So my black friday gift to all of you is this bonus conversation with Money Coach Zina Kumok of www.consciouscoins.com. Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
11/27/202011 minutes, 58 seconds
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401(k) Q&A - What's Better, Traditional or Roth 401(k)?

401(k) Q&A Time! What's better, the Traditional or Roth 401(k)? We tackle this question and more this week! https://popcornfinance.com/401ksources Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
11/23/20209 minutes, 36 seconds
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401(k) Q&A - What's a 401k Match?

401(k) Q&A Time! This week we are taking a look at the 401(k) match. What is it, Why does it exist, and What to do if you don't get one? To check out the sources I've been using for these 401(k) Q&A episodes check out the link below. https://popcornfinance.com/401ksources Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
11/16/20209 minutes, 25 seconds
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401(k) Q&A - I'm Terrified, What Do I Do?

We are poppin' back in to our 401(k) discussion with your questions! This week we are helping a listener who is terrified to invest and breaking down how many 401(k) plans you can actually have.   Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
11/9/20207 minutes, 43 seconds
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213: My Husband Resents My Debt

Let's be honest... we are all a little preoccupied with the election. So this week I thought I'd share a clip from one of the most controversial episodes of This Is Awkward to date! A listener wrote in and shared with us that her husband resents the debt she brought in to the relationship and is now unwilling to help. Check out this clip and then listen to the full episode of This Is Awkward using the link below! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
11/2/202016 minutes, 31 seconds
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212: Traditional vs Roth 401(k)

What is the difference between a traditional 401(k) and the Roth 401(k)? Today we are going to walk through what makes these plans different. It's Hispanic Heritage Month and I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the Latinx experts that have been a part of Popcorn Finance. Click the link below to check out their work and to listen to their appearance on Popcorn Finance. https://PopcornFinance.com/HHM   For links to the past investing episodes referenced visit https://popcornfinance.com/InvestingEpisodes    Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Special Music thanks to Roy Matz https://soundcloud.com/roy-matz
10/26/20208 minutes, 14 seconds
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211: How Does the 401(k) Work?

The 401(k) can seem confusing and like you will never understand how they work.  In this episode I will break down the rules of the 401(k) and some details you should know. It's Hispanic Heritage Month and I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the Latinx experts that have been a part of Popcorn Finance. Click the link below to check out their work and to listen to their appearance on Popcorn Finance. https://PopcornFinance.com/HHM   For links to the past investing episodes referenced visit https://popcornfinance.com/InvestingEpisodes    Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Special Music thanks to Roy Matz https://soundcloud.com/roy-matz
10/19/20207 minutes, 56 seconds
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210: Using Your Savings Isn't Always a Bad Thing

If you’ve ever built up a savings account, you've probably been hit with guilt when you have to pull money out.  We put so much time and effort into this process of saving up money that when something comes up, like a medical bill or car expense, it feels very defeating to have to spend that money. Pedro Moura joins me to discuss how to deal with these feelings.   Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
10/12/20208 minutes, 8 seconds
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209: Don't Save for Retirement... Invest

Are you saving or investing for retirement?  Erin Lowry from BrokeMillennial.com joins me to discuss why it is so important to change the language we use when we talk about preparing for retirement. Catch up with Erin on Instagram at @BrokeMillennial or check out her book Broke Millennial Takes on Investing on Amazon or your local library.   Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
10/5/202013 minutes, 21 seconds
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208: Pandemic Money Talks with Your Partner

Talking about money with your partner can be difficult even under the best conditions.  Add in a pandemic and it can seem nearly impossible.  Andy Hill of the Marriage, Kids and Money podcast joins me to discuss how we've been handling these conversations in our lives. You can learn more about Andy Hill and the Marriage, Kids and Money podcast at Marriagekidsandmoney.com/Playbook   Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
9/28/202012 minutes, 32 seconds
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207: Making an Impact Through Investing

We need to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars over our lifetime in order to retire.  But have you ever been curious how the companies we invest in benefit from our money? I reached out to Caleb Silver, Editor in Chief of Investopedia, and Kinsey Grant, host of Business Casual, to better understand the impact of our investments.   You can learn more about Kinsey and Business Casual at https://www.businesscasual.fm   You can visit Investopedia.com to learn even more about understanding the world of investing.   Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
9/21/202013 minutes, 13 seconds
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206: Pop-Up Debate! Business Casual Dress Code

Welcome to another Pop-Up Debate! This is a special episode where I am joined by a past guest to debate a weird and fun topic.  We each get 1 minute to argue our side and then you the listener get to decide who mad the best argument! This is all recorded live and on the spot...no practice...no redo...probably some popcorn...and definitely a lot of laughs! Today Kinsey Grant is back and ready to debate!  Our topic... Business casual dress code - Are you for it or against it? VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE on Instagram @PopcornFinancePodcast   You can learn more about Kinsey and Business Casual at https://www.businesscasual.fm   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Special Music thanks to Roy Matz https://soundcloud.com/roy-matz   OKAY by 13ounce https://soundcloud.com/13ounce Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 — CC BY-SA 3.0 
9/16/20206 minutes, 41 seconds
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205: What is Ethical Investing?

The term ethical investing is becoming more and more common these days.  But what does this truly mean?  Kinsey Grant, host of Business Casual, joins me to breakdown what exactly makes and investment ethical and how you can start using your money to make a difference.  You can learn more about Kinsey and Business Casual at https://www.businesscasual.fm   Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
9/14/202013 minutes, 6 seconds
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204: Where's My Gift?!

This week things are getting awkward!⁠ ⁠ On the Popcorn Finance feed I'm bringing you a special dose of This Is Awkward, my other not so secret podcast that I host with Allison from Inspired Budget.⁠ ⁠ This week we hear from Michelle who has a sister that doesn’t enjoy giving gifts...even for Christmas. Michelle’s mom disagrees and makes an interesting financial demand.⁠ ⁠ Check out more episodes of This Is Awkward using the link below! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
9/7/202034 minutes, 27 seconds
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203: The Birth of the 401(k)

The 401(k).  You've probably heard about this plan over and over again.  But, do you know how this plan came to be?  Today we will break down the birth of the 401(k) plan. Check out the entire Investing 101 Series at PopcornFinance.com/Investing101!   Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
8/31/20205 minutes, 52 seconds
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202: Living on $17,000 A Year

What happens when you are a new parent and are only taking home $17,000 a year?  Caroline Vencil (carolinevencil.com) shares how she took control of her finances even though she only had a modest income to work with. Also Caroline shared a link for a free tool you can use to get started on managing your finances -  CarolineVencil.com/PopcornFinance Today's episode is sponsored by Statement Cards! Find the perfect card to celebrate the important career and money milestones in your life! https://stefanieoconnell.com/statement-cards-all-products   Connect with me Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
8/24/202012 minutes, 2 seconds
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201: Student Loans vs Investing

I got to work with CNBC on a quiz to help you learn more about handling your finances.  This reminded me of a conversation that I had with Erin Lowry from BrokeMillennial.com. Should I invest if I'm in debt?  Stick around to listen and check out the CNBC quiz below! Catch up with Erin on Instagram at @BrokeMillennial.   CNBC Quiz https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/07/smart-money-moves-to-make-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic.html LA Times Article https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-08-14/you-lost-your-job-heres-a-12-step-action-plan-to-save-yourself   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
8/17/20207 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 200!!

Episode 200! What more can I say!?  None of this would be possible without you all listening each week.   So I'm dedicating this episode to all of you! Past guests featured in this episode Allison Baggerly - Episode 168 Brad Barrett - Episode 097 Cait Flanders - Episode 095 Jamila Souffrant - Episode 056 & Episode 004 (Listen at your own risk) Jen Smith - Episode 045 & Episode 094 Rich & regular - Episode 099 Rich Jones - Episode 117 Sahirenys - Episode 170 Other episodes mentioned Erin Lowry - Episode 033 & Episode 110 Glenn James - Episode 148   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
8/10/202021 minutes, 33 seconds
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199: Your Lifestyle Affects Your Retirement Date

The lifestyle we choose to live can have a significant impact on when we can retire.  That may sound simple, but it's not always that obvious.  In today's episode I will give you some concrete examples of how small changes can have a big impact on when you can retire. ======= Want to be a part of episode 200? Leave me a voicemail at (707) 200-829 or at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail with your response to the following questions: What has been your favorite episode? Who has been your favorite guest? What is something that you have learned while listening to Popcorn Finance? Bonus extra credit if you also record yourself saying the Popcorn Finance intro: Hey this is (your name here), hope you're doing well, and welcome to Popcorn Finance, the show where we discuss finance in about the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn. You can also email your responses to [email protected] ======= Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
8/3/20208 minutes, 24 seconds
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198: How Much Do I Need to Retire?

Last week we discussed how investing protects our money from losing value.  This week I'll be walking you through a simple way to figure out how much money you may need to retire. ======= Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward ======= Want to be a part of episode 200? Leave me a voicemail at (707) 200-829 or at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail with your response to the following questions: What has been your favorite episode? Who has been your favorite guest? What is something that you have learned while listening to Popcorn Finance? Bonus extra credit if you also record yourself saying the Popcorn Finance intro: Hey this is (your name here), hope you're doing well, and welcome to Popcorn Finance, the show where we discuss finance in about the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn. You can also email your responses to [email protected] Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
7/27/20208 minutes, 12 seconds
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197: How Investing Fights Off Inflation

The goods and services that we all buy get more expensive with each year thanks to inflation.  Today I will walk you through how investing for your retirement can help fight off this invisible destroyer of wealth. ======= Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward ======= Want to be a part of episode 200? Leave me a voicemail at (707) 200-829 or at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail with your response to the following questions: What has been your favorite episode? Who has been your favorite guest? What is something that you have learned while listening to Popcorn Finance? Bonus extra credit if you also record yourself saying the Popcorn Finance intro: Hey this is (your name here), hope you're doing well, and welcome to Popcorn Finance, the show where we discuss finance in about the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn. You can also email your responses to [email protected] Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
7/20/20207 minutes, 46 seconds
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196: My Car Payment is Ruining My Budget

Allison of InspiredBudget.com joins me to answer a listeners question.  Annah wrote in asking how to handle the fact that her goal of paying her car off in two years is causing her to run out of money each month. Hear more from Allison at https://www.instagram.com/inspiredbudget ======= Check our new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward ======= Want to be a part of episode 200? Leave me a voicemail at (707) 200-829 or at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail with your response to the following questions: What has been your favorite episode? Who has been your favorite guest? What is something that you have learned while listening to Popcorn Finance? Bonus extra credit if you also record yourself saying the Popcorn Finance intro: Hey this is (your name here), hope you're doing well, and welcome to Popcorn Finance, the show where we discuss finance in about the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn. You can also email your responses to [email protected] Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
7/13/202010 minutes, 26 seconds
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195: Starting to Invest

Investing can be a very scary concept.  Caleb Silver of Investopedia.com joins me to share some tips on what to keep in mind when you start investing for the first time. To learn more about Robo Advisors check out Episode 156 https://podfollow.com/popcornfinance/episode/99f7b7ba34a0ae8dffd39907a6aa527f653ccd35 You can visit Investopedia.com to learn even more about understanding the world of investing. You can also follow Investopedia on IG (@Investopedia) and Twitter (@Investopedia). ======= Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward ======= Want to be a part of episode 200? Leave me a voicemail at (707) 200-829 or at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail with your response to the following questions: What has been your favorite episode? Who has been your favorite guest? What is something that you have learned while listening to Popcorn Finance? Bonus extra credit if you also record yourself saying the Popcorn Finance intro: Hey this is (your name here), hope you're doing well, and welcome to Popcorn Finance, the show where we discuss finance in about the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn. You can also email your responses to [email protected] Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
7/6/20209 minutes, 6 seconds
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194: 3 Years of Making Popcorn Together

Today we are celebrating reaching 3 years of Popcorn Finance together! Want to be a part of episode 200? Leave me a voicemail at (707) 200-829 or at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail with your response to the following questions: What has been your favorite episode? Who has been your favorite guest? What is something that you have learned while listening to Popcorn Finance? Bonus extra credit if you also record yourself saying the Popcorn Finance intro: Hey this is (your name here), hope you're doing well, and welcome to Popcorn Finance, the show where we discuss finance in about the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn. You can also email your responses to [email protected] Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
6/29/20208 minutes, 28 seconds
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193: Creating an Emergency Budget

When there is so much financial uncertainty in the world i like to sit down and create an emergency budget.  It's not that I think that something bad is going to happen, but I like to be prepared in the event that it does.  On today's episode I share with you how to create an emergency budget. ======= Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward using the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward ======= Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
6/22/20207 minutes, 3 seconds
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192: Trading vs Investing

Getting rich by investing in the stock market sounds great.  But too often we hear stories of how wealthy you can become by making just a few quick, smart trades.  Caleb Silver from Investopedia.com joins me to break down the difference between stock trading and long term investing. There's also a special guest appearance from Lauren Silbert of TheBalance.com to help us understand the power of the Rule of 72. Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
6/15/202012 minutes, 25 seconds
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191: Commitment to Fight Racism

This has been a very difficult week both mentally and emotionally.  So I've decided to share a recent episode from my new podcast This Is Awkward to help continue the necessary conversations around race and inequality. You can check out This Is Awkward at the link below. https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward ======= This Is Awkward Episode 007 In today’s episode we have the difficult, yet necessary conversation surrounding how every person can adopt a commitment to fight racism both in their home and in this world. ======= Click the link below to get access to all the resources and Instagram accounts that we mentioned in this episode. shorturl.at/ivW48  ======= Connect with us on Instagram! @thisisawkwardpodcast Chris - @popcornfinancepodcast Allison - @inspiredbudget  ======= Special Music By Confused (Afternoons LP) by Loxbeats https://soundcloud.com/loxbeats/confused I Don't Need U 2 Say Anything by Le Gang https://soundcloud.com/thisislegang/i-dont-need-u-2-say-anything
6/8/202041 minutes, 30 seconds
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190: Bartering to Reach My Savings Goals

We would all like to see our savings account grow, but at times it can be hard to find ways to free up the cash to reach that goal.  Yanely joins me on the podcast to share how she bartered her way to reaching her savings goals. Today’s Guests Yanely Espinal Twitter - Twitter.com/MissBeHelpful Instagram - Instagram.com/MissBeHelpful   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
6/1/20208 minutes
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Racism is Like Dust in the Air

Words for a difficult time Excerpt from an op-ed piece written in the LA Times by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar entitled "Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge" https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-05-30/dont-understand-the-protests-what-youre-seeing-is-people-pushed-to-the-edge
6/1/20203 minutes, 5 seconds
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Quick Pop with Popcorn Finance Listener Claudia!

Special Quick Pop Episode with and actual Popcorn Finance listener, Claudia! Want to be on a future Popcorn Finance episode? Send me a DM on Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast, Facebook - Popcorn Finance, or email at [email protected] answering the following questions. Why would you like to join me on Popcorn Finance? Who has been one of your favorite guests? What has been one of your favorite episodes? . . . . .  Listen to my new podcast This Is Awkward! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Special Music from Fun Time by Dj Quads: https://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads Jazzaddict's Intro by Cosimo Fogg (201) https://soundcloud.com/cosimo-fogg Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0
5/25/20207 minutes, 13 seconds
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Quick Pop! Answering All of Your Tiny Home Questions

Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Brian Hawkins of Tiny House Movement.  In this quick & fun rapid fire question session we answer all of your burning tiny home questions! . . . . .  Listen to my new podcast This Is Awkward! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Special Music from Fun Time by Dj Quads: https://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads Jazzaddict's Intro by Cosimo Fogg (201) https://soundcloud.com/cosimo-fogg Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0
5/18/20208 minutes, 29 seconds
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187: Transitioning to Life in a Tiny House

I love Tiny Homes, but they are not for everyone. Brian Hawkins of Tiny House Movement is back to discuss how tiny living isn't for everyone and what you need to keep in mind if you are considering purchasing a tiny home of your own.   . . . . .  Listen to my new podcast This Is Awkward! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
5/11/20207 minutes, 51 seconds
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186: Preparing for the Unexpected with Sharon Epperson

A brain aneurysm put today's guest's financial plan to the test.  Sharon Epperson, CNBC’s Senior Personal Finance Correspondent, shares her story as an example as to why putting emergency plans in place for your finances is crucial for you and your family. Today’s Guests Sharon Epperson Twitter - Twitter.com/sharon_epperson Instagram - Instagram.com/sharoneppersoncnbc   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
5/4/202010 minutes, 53 seconds
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185: How to Stop Those Credit Card Offers

I get so many credit offers in the mail and I'm sick of it!  In today's episode I will walk you through how to put a stop to that credit card junk mail. List of Sources for Today’s Episode OptOutPrescreen.com What are prescreened offers? – https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0148-prescreened-credit-and-insurance-offers The Fair Credit Reporting Act – https://www.investopedia.com/terms/f/fair-credit-reporting-act-fcra.asp
4/27/20208 minutes, 13 seconds
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184: Will I Have to Pay My Stimulus Check Back?

There are still a lot of questions around these stimulus checks such as; Will I have to pay this stimulus check back?  and How do I update my bank account information? I'll answer these questions and more on this week's episode. Still confused about what this stimulus check is all about?  Contact me at https://popcornfinance.com/contact . . . . .  Links Mentioned in Today's Episode https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment-frequently-asked-questions . . . . .  Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
4/20/202011 minutes, 51 seconds
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183: Will I Be Getting a Stimulus Check?

You've seen it all over the news, most of us will be receiving a $1,200+ stimulus check. In today's episode I will be breaking down your questions: Will I Be Getting a Check? How Much Will I be Getting? Still confused about what this stimulus check is all about?  Contact me at https://popcornfinance.com/contact . . . . .  Join us for Popcorn Finance Game Night Every Monday at 6pm pt / 9pm et! PopcornFinance.com/GameNight . . . . .  Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
4/13/20209 minutes, 27 seconds
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182: How Do I Deal with My Stress & Anxiety?

Join us for Popcorn Finance Game Night Every Monday at 6pm pt / 9pm et! PopcornFinance.com/GameNight   Life as we all know it has changed and it is understandable to feel anxious and fearful.  So to hopefully help you all (and myself) deal with this situation a little bit better, licensed therapists Maelisa Hall & Amber Hawley are joining us to share some tips on how to handle our stress.   Today’s Guests Amber Hawley https://www.instagram.com/itsamberhawley https://www.mybizbestie.com Maelisa Hall https://www.instagram.com/maelisahall www.mydigitalmaven.com   Check out their first appearance on Episode 86: How Your Personality Affects Your Money https://podfollow.com/popcornfinance/episode/8be21607b28dbf1cb93c8a1bf19346084aa3eed9 Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
4/6/202020 minutes, 18 seconds
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Economic Crisis: 2008 Recession vs COVID-19 Economic Crash

Caleb Silver, Editor in Chief of Investopedia, goes in to detail on how the current economic slow down we are experiencing in 2020 caused by COVID-19 compares to the Great Recession of 2007-2009. You can visit Investopedia.com & TheBalance.com to learn even more about understanding the world of investing. You can also follow Investopedia on IG (@Investopedia) and Twitter (@Investopedia). . . . . . Free Financial Planning Resources Onefpa.org/probonoplanning  SavvyLadies.org . . . . .  Check out my new podcast This Is Awkward! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
4/1/202010 minutes, 14 seconds
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180: Pop-Up Debate! What is the Superior Breakfast Experience?

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Empower! Get $5 when you use offer code POPCORN and reach your savings goal. Visit https://empower.me/popcorn for more details.   Berna Anat aka Hey Berna is back for a Pop-Up Debate!!!  Our topic... What is the Superior Breakfast Experience? The best part is that you get to decide who wins the debate! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ON INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/popcornfinancepodcast What is a Pop-Up Debate? This is a special episode where I am joined by a past guest to debate a weird and fun topic.  We each get 1 minute to argue our side and then you the listener get to decide who mad the best argument! This is all recorded live and on the spot...no practice...no redo...probably some popcorn...and definitely a lot of laughs! . . . . .  Listen to my new podcast This Is Awkward! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Special Music thanks to Roy Matz https://soundcloud.com/roy-matz   OKAY by 13ounce https://soundcloud.com/13ounce Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 — CC BY-SA 3.0    Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   To be eligible to receive the $5 bonus, (a) you must enter offer code POPCORN at signup, (b) you must be an active Empower subscriber, (c) you must open your Empower AutoSave account no later than 4/30/20, and (d) your Empower AutoSave account must have reached a balance milestone of $100 or more 30 days after opening the account. The bonus will be paid into your Empower AutoSave account on or around the 4th of the month following the achievement of the balance milestone. Must be a new Empower customer to qualify.
3/30/20208 minutes, 1 second
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Economic Crisis: What is a Bear Market?

Editor in Chief of Investopedia.com, Caleb Silver, is here to help breakdown another investing term that we've been hearing a lot in these uncertain times, The Bear Market.  What is a Bear Market and how should we react when we find ourselves in one. You can visit Investopedia.com to learn even more about understanding the world of investing. . . . . .  Listen to my new podcast This Is Awkward! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
3/27/20205 minutes, 20 seconds
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Economic Crisis: What is the Federal Reserve?

The Federal Reserve is a misunderstood system. I’ll try my best to break down what they do.
3/25/20204 minutes, 2 seconds
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177: Your Weekly Dose of Hype

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Empower! Get $5 when you use offer code POPCORN and reach your savings goal. Visit https://empower.me/popcorn for more details. Let's be honest... Mondays kinda suck.  You spent your weekend trying to get all you could done while trying to grab a few minutes of peace and now all of a sudden you have to get up early and attend a series of boring meetings.  Well today Berna Anat aka Hey Berna is here to hype you up and give you the energy you need to take on this new week! Episode Page: https://popcornfinance.com/177 Learn more about Berna at https://www.instagram.com/heyberna . . . . .  Listen to my new podcast This Is Awkward! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   To be eligible to receive the $5 bonus, (a) you must enter offer code POPCORN at signup, (b) you must be an active Empower subscriber, (c) you must open your Empower AutoSave account no later than 4/30/20, and (d) your Empower AutoSave account must have reached a balance milestone of $100 or more 30 days after opening the account. The bonus will be paid into your Empower AutoSave account on or around the 4th of the month following the achievement of the balance milestone. Must be a new Empower customer to qualify.
3/23/202010 minutes, 55 seconds
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Economic Crisis: What Does the Fed Interest Rate Cut Mean for Me?

What does the Fed rate cut mean? The federal reserve cut interest rates, what does this mean and how will it impact my finances?   Mortgage Refi Resources https://www.creditkarma.com/home-loans/i/when-is-refinancing-mortgage-worth-it/ https://www.nerdwallet.com/mortgages/refinance-calculator/calculate-refinance-savings
3/20/20206 minutes, 10 seconds
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175: Why is it So Hard to Buy a Tiny Home?

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Empower! Get $5 when you use offer code POPCORN and reach your savings goal. Visit https://empower.me/popcorn for more details. You all know that I LOVE tiny homes, so it was amazing to get to sit down with Brian Hawkins of Tiny House Movement!  All though tiny homes are much more affordable than a traditional home, a lack of financing options still puts them out of most people's price range.  Brian walks us through the current state of tiny home financing and shares what options are available. Episode Page: https://popcornfinance.com/175 . . . . .  Listen to my new podcast This Is Awkward! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   To be eligible to receive the $5 bonus, (a) you must enter offer code POPCORN at signup, (b) you must be an active Empower subscriber, (c) you must open your Empower AutoSave account no later than 4/30/20, and (d) your Empower AutoSave account must have reached a balance milestone of $100 or more 30 days after opening the account. The bonus will be paid into your Empower AutoSave account on or around the 4th of the month following the achievement of the balance milestone. Must be a new Empower customer to qualify.
3/16/20209 minutes, 30 seconds
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174: What Should I Do with This Tax Refund?

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Empower! Get $5 when you use offer code POPCORN and reach your savings goal. Visit https://empower.me/popcorn for more details. President & CEO of SaverLife, Leigh Phillips, stops by for a bag of popcorn and to share some tips on what you should do with that tax refund you just got. Plus there is a chance for you bring in a little extra cash to help you reach your savings goals! Episode Page: https://popcornfinance.com/174 . . . . .  Also, listen to my new podcast This Is Awkward! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   To be eligible to receive the $5 bonus, (a) you must enter offer code POPCORN at signup, (b) you must be an active Empower subscriber, (c) you must open your Empower AutoSave account no later than 4/30/20, and (d) your Empower AutoSave account must have reached a balance milestone of $100 or more 30 days after opening the account. The bonus will be paid into your Empower AutoSave account on or around the 4th of the month following the achievement of the balance milestone. Must be a new Empower customer to qualify.
3/9/202010 minutes, 23 seconds
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This is Awkward: I Don't Need a Sugar Daddy

I've launched a brand new podcast with my good friend and past guest Allison Baggerly (creator of Inspired Budget). It's called This Is Awkward and just launched today!  After you listen please come over and subscribe! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward
3/4/202026 minutes, 17 seconds
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172: Investing 101 - What is a Money Market Account?

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Empower! Get $5 when you use offer code POPCORN and reach your savings goal. Visit https://empower.me/popcorn for more details. Editor in Chief of Investopedia.com, Caleb Silver, is back to break down Money Market Accounts! Episode Page: https://popcornfinance.com/172 . . . . .  Listen to my new podcast This Is Awkward! https://podfollow.com/this-is-awkward   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   To be eligible to receive the $5 bonus, (a) you must enter offer code POPCORN at signup, (b) you must be an active Empower subscriber, (c) you must open your Empower AutoSave account no later than 4/30/20, and (d) your Empower AutoSave account must have reached a balance milestone of $100 or more 30 days after opening the account. The bonus will be paid into your Empower AutoSave account on or around the 4th of the month following the achievement of the balance milestone. Must be a new Empower customer to qualify.
3/2/20208 minutes, 20 seconds
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171: Automation Can Help You Save Thousands of Dollars

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Empower! Get $5 when you use offer code POPCORN and reach your savings goal. Visit https://empower.me/popcorn for more details. America Saves Week is kicking off on February 24th with a push to get you to save more through automation.  Learn the impact that automation can have on your finances. Check out more amazing resources at https://americasavesweek.org  Episode Page: https://popcornfinance.com/171 . . . . .  Listen to my new podcast This Is Awkward! https://podfollow.com/1497658361   To be eligible to receive the $5 bonus, (a) you must enter offer code POPCORN at signup, (b) you must be an active Empower subscriber, (c) you must open your Empower AutoSave account no later than 4/30/20, and (d) your Empower AutoSave account must have reached a balance milestone of $100 or more 30 days after opening the account. The bonus will be paid into your Empower AutoSave account on or around the 4th of the month following the achievement of the balance milestone. Must be a new Empower customer to qualify.
2/24/202010 minutes, 6 seconds
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170: The Perfect Number of Bank Accounts

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Mint Mobile! To get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to https://MintMobile.com/PopcornFinance!  We hear a LOT about budgets but not about how we should structure our bank accounts.  Sahirenys Pierce joins me to share her ingenious system called the High Five Banking Method she uses to keep her finances in order. Hear more from Sahirenys at thepoisedlifestyle.com and on Instagram at Instagram.com/Poisedfinancelifestyle  Episode Page: https://popcornfinance.com/170 . . . . .  Listen to my new podcast This Is Awkward! https://podfollow.com/1497658361
2/17/202014 minutes, 11 seconds
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169: Do You Share Your Salary with Your Co-Workers?

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Mint Mobile! To get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to https://MintMobile.com/PopcornFinance!  Anonymous blogger Purple joins me to discuss how a quick conversation at work about salaries almost caused a riot. Discussing what you make at work may sound like the scariest and most uncomfortable thing you could ever do; but not having that conversation could be costing you thousands! Hear more from Purple at https://apurplelife.com and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/APurpleLifeBlog Episode Page: https://popcornfinance.com/169 . . . . .  Listen to my newest podcast This Is Awkward! https://podfollow.com/1497658361
2/10/202015 minutes, 17 seconds
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168: How to Get Your Spouse on Board with Budgeting

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Mint Mobile! To get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to https://MintMobile.com/PopcornFinance!    Allison from Inspired Budget is back to help me take on another listener question.  This week Caroline is calling in with a question about how to get her husband on board when it comes to discussing their budget. Hear more from Allison at https://www.instagram.com/inspiredbudget   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
2/3/202013 minutes, 28 seconds
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167: Could Your Latest Amazon Purchase Be... Trash? - Money with Friends Podcast

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Mint Mobile! To get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to https://MintMobile.com/PopcornFinance!    I've been guest hosting the Money with Friends podcast for the past four months and I thought I'd share one of my favorite episodes with you.  We went in depth on a great piece from the Wall Street Journal all about how your latest Amazon delivery could be literal trash! Check out the Money with Friends podcast at https://www.moneywithfriendspodcast.com   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
1/27/202020 minutes, 27 seconds
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166: The Popcorn Finance 2019 Movie Draft!

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Mint Mobile! To get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to https://MintMobile.com/PopcornFinance!    What goes better with a fresh bucket of popcorn than a great movie and 2019 gave us a ton to pick from.  Joe Saul-Sehy, host of The Stacking Benjamins podcast, joins me for a very special Popcorn Finance Movie Draft!!! Check out Stacking Benjamins at https://www.stackingbenjamins.com Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
1/20/202041 minutes, 6 seconds
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165: How Much is Your Bad Savings Account Costing You?

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Mint Mobile! To get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to https://MintMobile.com/PopcornFinance!    The wrong savings account could be costing you thousands of dollars.  Learn how in today's episode! Here is a link to the article discussed in today's episode https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/banking/how-much-you-lost-in-2018-by-having-the-wrong-savings-account/ Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
1/13/20207 minutes, 57 seconds
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164: How Your Personality Affects Your Money

Understanding your personality may shine some light on your money habits.  I'm joined by Amber Hawley, licensed marriage and family therapist, & Maelisa Hall, licensed psychologist, to discuss how big a role your personality may play in how you think about and handle your money. Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Mint Mobile! To get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to https://MintMobile.com/PopcornFinance!    Hear more from Maelisa and Amber at MyBizBestie.com. Check out their Myers-Briggs episode at https://www.mybizbestie.com/podcast/008   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
1/7/202021 minutes, 21 seconds
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163: Pop Up Debate Rewind with Bethany Bayless

I had so much fun in Round 2 of my Pop-Up Debate with Bethany Bayless (http://themoneymillhouse.com) that I thought I'd share our first ever debate! Weigh in on who you thought argued their side best in the comment or on Instagram at @PopcornFinancePodcast!   Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Mint Mobile! To get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to https://MintMobile.com/PopcornFinance!    Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Special Music thanks to Roy Matz https://soundcloud.com/roy-matz   OKAY by 13ounce https://soundcloud.com/13ounce Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 — CC BY-SA 3.0 
12/30/20199 minutes, 47 seconds
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162: Pop-Up Debate! Gift Cards v. Cash - What Is The Perfect Gift?

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Mint Mobile! To get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to https://MintMobile.com/PopcornFinance!    In this episode I'm joined by Bethany Bayless, co-host of The Money Millhouse podcast.  Our topic... What is the perfect gift, Gift Cards or Cash? You get to decide who wins the debate! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE AT https://PopcornFinance.com/162   Welcome to another Pop-Up Debate! This is a special episode where I am joined by a past guest to debate a weird and fun topic.  We each get 1 minute to argue our side and then you the listener get to decide who mad the best argument! This is all recorded live and on the spot...no practice...no redo...probably some popcorn...and definitely a lot of laughs! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE AT https://PopcornFinance.com/162   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Special Music thanks to Roy Matz https://soundcloud.com/roy-matz   OKAY by 13ounce https://soundcloud.com/13ounce Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 — CC BY-SA 3.0 
12/23/201914 minutes, 14 seconds
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161: Facing Your Financial Fears

Debt can seem like an unending burden.  Antwan called in expressing this exact feeling about his student loans.  One of my favorite guests, Allison Baggerly, is back to help Antwan and all of you listening take on your debt!   Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Mint Mobile! To get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to https://MintMobile.com/PopcornFinance!    Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/161 Hear more from Allison at http://InspiredBudget.com or on Instagram @InspiredBudget (https://www.instagram.com/inspiredbudget).   Call the Popcorn Finance Hotline and share your favorite podcasts! - (707) 200-8259   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
12/16/201921 minutes, 2 seconds
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160: Don't Feel Guilty About Using Your Savings

If you’ve ever built up a savings account, you've probably been hit with guilt when you have to pull money out.  We put so much time and effort into this process of saving up money that when something comes up, like a medical bill or car expense, it feels very defeating to have to spend that money. Pedro Moura joins me to discuss how to deal with these feelings. Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/160 Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Mint Mobile! To get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to https://MintMobile.com/PopcornFinance!    Call the Popcorn Finance Hotline and share your favorite podcasts! - (707) 200-8259   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
12/9/201911 minutes, 10 seconds
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159: Counting Down Our Top 3 Podcasts!

Finding a new podcast that you will actually enjoy can be a lot of work.  So, I sat down with Darbi Masters to countdown our Top 3 favorite podcasts! Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/159 Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Mint Mobile! To get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to https://MintMobile.com/PopcornFinance!    Call the Popcorn Finance Hotline and share your favorite podcasts! - (707) 200-8259   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
12/2/201911 minutes, 29 seconds
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158: What I Learned by Living with Less

The Year of Less was one of my favorite books of 2018 and I got the chance to with the author, and all around amazing person, Cait Flanders.  We discuss her book, emotions and money, and her meticulous record keeping. Catch up with Cait on Instagram at @CaitFlanders.   Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/158 Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Cons & Kernels! Check out their delicious popcorn with flavors such as Sweet Sriracha, Cinn City, and Peanut Butter & Honey by visiting https://consandkernels.com/shop!   New Popcorn Finance T-Shirts are Available!!! Visit https://PopcornFinance.com/Shirts   Call the Popcorn Finance Hotline! - (707) 200-8259   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
11/25/201923 minutes, 49 seconds
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157: Should I Invest or Pay Off Debt?

If you are in the process of trying to pay down debt, should you still contribute to your 401(k), or should you focus all of your power on paying down debt first and then contribute?  This particular question is asked on a daily basis in the debt free community and the personal finance industry.  Let's tackle this topic on today's episode! Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/157 Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Cons & Kernels! Check out their delicious popcorn with flavors such as Sweet Sriracha, Cinn City, and Peanut Butter & Honey by visiting https://consandkernels.com/shop!   New Popcorn Finance T-Shirts are Available!!! Visit https://PopcornFinance.com/Shirts   Call the Popcorn Finance Hotline! - (707) 200-8259   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
11/18/20197 minutes, 37 seconds
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156: What is a Robo Advisor?

Robo-advisors is becoming one of those hot buzzwords that you’re hearing thrown around everywhere. In the finance industry, automation is everything, so it’s no surprise that these services are creating that buzz. What is a Robo-Advisor? Do I need one? Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/156 Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Cons & Kernels! Check out their delicious popcorn with flavors such as Sweet Sriracha, Cinn City, and Peanut Butter & Honey by visiting https://consandkernels.com/shop!   New Popcorn Finance T-Shirts are Available!!! Visit https://PopcornFinance.com/Shirts   Call the Popcorn Finance Hotline! - (707) 200-8259   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
11/11/20198 minutes, 14 seconds
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155: How to Find a Financial Planner + Giveaway Winners!

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Cons & Kernels! Check out their delicious popcorn with flavors such as Sweet Sriracha, Cinn City, and Peanut Butter & Honey by visiting https://consandkernels.com/shop! Today I will be announcing the two winners of Anthony ONeal’s book, Debt Free Degree, and sharing details on a new month long giveaway from our new partner, Cons and Kernels! I’ll also be sharing some tips on how to find a financial planner. Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/155   New Popcorn Finance T-Shirts are Available!!! Visit https://PopcornFinance.com/Shirts   Call the Popcorn Finance Hotline! - (707) 200-8259   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
11/4/20197 minutes, 4 seconds
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How to Find and Win Scholarships

Pam is an expert when it comes to finding and winning scholarships. She is best known for helping her son win over $700,000 in scholarships! Pam shares her best tips to help you get the scholarships you need. Find out more about Pam at https://www.thescholarshipshark.com Pam's Favorite Scholarship Databases Bigfutures.org Salliemae.com/scholarships  Scholarships.com  Fastweb.com Find more info and resources at  https://PopcornFinance.com/BackToSchool   New Popcorn Finance T-Shirts are Available!!! Visit https://PopcornFinance.com/Shirts   Call the Popcorn Finance Hotline! - (707) 200-8259   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance  
11/1/201914 minutes, 20 seconds
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Quick Pop #13 - Anthony O'Neal

Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Anthony O'Neal!  Anthony is back for a quick and fun rapid fire question challenge! Special Book Giveaway!!! Enter to win a copy of Anthony's book, Debt Free Degree, by calling in to Popcorn Finance and saying hi or asking a money question! That's it! Leave your message by 1) Visiting https://PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or 2) Calling the Popcorn Finance Hotline (707) 200-8259   Also take a listen to Anthony on Episode 152 - Student loan debt has become a real crisis in the United States.  Today's guest, Anthony O'Neal, is on a mission to help future generations graduate college debt free.  Together we discuss dream schools and erasing the stigma around community college. Connect with Anthony O'Neal at @AnthonyONeal  (https://www.instagram.com/anthonyoneal) Grab a copy of Debt Free Degree at https://www.anthonyoneal.com Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Special Music from Jazzaddict's Intro by Cosimo Fogg (201) https://soundcloud.com/cosimo-fogg Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0
10/30/20199 minutes, 29 seconds
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152: Debt Free Degree

Be a part of a Popcorn Finance episode by visiting https://PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail! You can stay anonymous if you want :) Student loan debt has become a real crisis in the United States.  Today's guest, Anthony O'Neal, is on a mission to help future generations graduate college debt free.  Together we discuss dream schools and erasing the stigma around community college. Connect with Anthony O'Neal at @AnthonyONeal  (https://www.instagram.com/anthonyoneal) Grab a copy of Debt Free Degree at https://www.anthonyoneal.com Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
10/28/20197 minutes, 18 seconds
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151: How Do I Save and Pay Off Debt at the Same Time?

Be a part of a Popcorn Finance episode by visiting https://PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail! You can stay anonymous if you want :) Balancing saving while paying off debt can be a very difficult task.  Allison Baggerly and I are coming to you from the Nashville Airport to give you some advice thanks to a question from Alyssa.   Hear more from Allison at http://InspiredBudget.com or on Instagram @InspiredBudget (https://www.instagram.com/inspiredbudget). Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
10/21/20195 minutes, 26 seconds
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150: The Pros and Cons of Online Bank Accounts

Be a part of a Popcorn Finance episode by visiting https://PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail and letting me know one of your financial fears. -You can be anonymous if you want :) We are following up on last week's discussion with my list of the Pros and Cons of online only bank accounts. Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/150 Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Rakuten!  To get cash back on your everyday purchases visit Https://PopcornFinance.com/CashBack Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
10/14/20197 minutes, 13 seconds
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149: Can I Trust Online Bank Accounts?

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Instacart!  Earn some extra cash in your free time by becoming a Shopper with Instacart by visiting https://popcornfinance.com/Instacart! I received an email from Jordan wanting to know my thoughts on some of the new online only accounts that are popping up.  In this episode I go over what I look for when opening a checking account online. Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/149 Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
10/7/20195 minutes, 19 seconds
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148: Stop Overspending with the One Percent Rule

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Instacart!  Earn some extra cash in your free time by becoming a Shopper with Instacart by visiting https://popcornfinance.com/Instacart! There is no one way to master your finances.  There are so many ways to get your finances under control.  Today Glenn James from My Millennial Money shares a rule that he uses to stop himself from overspending.  Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/148 Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
9/30/20199 minutes, 35 seconds
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147: How to Stop the Credit Card Offers in the Mail

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Instacart!  Earn some extra cash in your free time by becoming a Shopper with Instacart by visiting https://popcornfinance.com/Instacart! I get so many credit offers in the mail and I'm sick of it!  In today's episode I will walk you through how to put a stop to that credit card junk mail. Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/147 Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
9/23/20197 minutes, 28 seconds
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Quick Pop #12 - Erin Chase

Send me your questions or thoughts at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Erin Chase!  Erin is back for a quick and fun rapid fire question challenge! Also take a listen to Erin on Episode 145 - Keeping my food budget under control can be so difficult some months. Erin Chase from 5DollarDinners.com stopped by for a bag of popcorn and to share some of her favorite tips on how to reduce your food budget! Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/145   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Special Music from Jazzaddict's Intro by Cosimo Fogg (201) https://soundcloud.com/cosimo-fogg Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0  
9/22/20196 minutes, 4 seconds
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145: How Do I Get My Food Budget Under Control?

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Instacart!  Earn some extra cash in your free time by becoming a Shopper with Instacart by visiting https://popcornfinance.com/Instacart! Keeping my food budget under control can be so difficult some months. Erin Chase from 5DollarDinners.com stopped by for a bag of popcorn and to share some of her favorite tips on how to reduce your food budget! Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/145 Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
9/16/201911 minutes, 32 seconds
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144: I Got My First Real Job, Now What?

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Rakuten!  To get cash back on your everyday purchases visit Https://PopcornFinance.com/CashBack Today Steven Hughes and I are answering a question that I received from Anna.  We spend so many years as a broke student that once we finally get a real paycheck its hard to know what we should be doing with all that money.  Steven and I give Anna, and you, some tips on how to handle that new steady income. Connect with Steven at http://www.Instagram.com/knowmoneysteve Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/144
9/9/201910 minutes, 21 seconds
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143: Pop-Up Debate! Are You For or Against Tiny Living?

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Rakuten!  To get cash back on your everyday purchases visit Https://PopcornFinance.com/CashBack VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE AT https://PopcornFinance.com/143 Welcome to another Pop-Up Debate! This is a special episode where I am joined by a past guest to debate a weird and fun topic.  We each get 1 minute to argue our side and then you the listener get to decide who mad the best argument! This is all recorded live and on the spot...no practice...no redo...probably some popcorn...and definitely a lot of laughs! Today I'm stepping back and playing referee as guests Jessica Bufkin and Libby Gifford step in to the ring.  Their topic... Are you for or against tiny living??? Both Jessica and Libby work to create the massive conference for finance nerds / creators like me, FinCon. Jessica is the Director of Events and Libby is the Creative Director. Learn more about FinCon and possibly attend in 2020 at https://finconexpo.com. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE AT https://PopcornFinance.com/143   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Special Music thanks to Roy Matz https://soundcloud.com/roy-matz   OKAY by 13ounce https://soundcloud.com/13ounce Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 — CC BY-SA 3.0 
9/2/20199 minutes, 56 seconds
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142: Dear Debt

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Gazelle! Get $10 off your next Purchase at Gazelle by visiting https://popcornfinance.com/Gazelle Mental health and money aren't two topics that you hear discussed together very often. Today's guest, Melanie Lockert, has made it her mission to create a space where these discussions can be had. Melanie and I discuss her talk at a recent Plutus Voices event and why it is important to have these conversations. Resources from Melanie National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org or Call 1-800-273-8255 Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741 NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) - NAMI.org American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - https://afsp.org Project Semicolon - https://projectsemicolon.com Why We Rise - https://whywerise.la   Connect with Melanie at www.DearDebt.com Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/142
8/26/201914 minutes, 10 seconds
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141: Plutus Nominated Episode - The Why of FI with Jillian Johnsrud

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Gazelle! Get $10 off your next Purchase at Gazelle by visiting https://popcornfinance.com/Gazelle I'm posting today's episode from my hotel room in Toronto Canada.  I think I may be losing my voice, but I still wanted to put out an episode for you. I mentioned last week that Popcorn Finance was named as a finalist for two Plutus Awards.  One of those nominations was for Best Series for the Poppin' with F.I.R.E. series I did earlier this year.  So today I'm bringing you one of my favorite episodes from that series!  Jillian Shares how a tough experience as a child pushed her towards financial independence. Today's Guest: Jillian Johnsrud from Montana Money Adventures (https://www.montanamoneyadventures.com/) Check out the ENTIRE Poppin' with F.I.R.E. series at https://PopcornFinance.com/FIRE    Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance
8/21/201912 minutes, 39 seconds
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140: How Do I Stay Motivated to Save?

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Gazelle! Get $10 off your next Purchase at Gazelle by visiting https://popcornfinance.com/Gazelle Paying off debt can be an emotional journey, so it makes sense that it would be tough to keep that momentum going once your debt is gone.  Today I tackle a question that I received from Tamie on this very topic with some help from financial coach Ericka Young. Connect with Ericka at www.tailormadebudgets.com Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/140
8/12/20199 minutes, 43 seconds
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139: Is Debt Consolidation a Scam?

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Gazelle! Get $10 off your next Purchase at Gazelle by visiting https://popcornfinance.com/Gazelle Debt consolidation is one of those topics that makes me nervous. It can be a useful tool, but is also full of traps. Today’s guest Leslie Tayne is here to walk us through some of the pros and cons. Connect with Leslie at https://taynelaw.com Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/139
8/5/201910 minutes, 2 seconds
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138: Should I Give Up Power of Attorney?

Cameron Huddleston is back yet again to answer another Power of Attorney question!  This time from the side of the person giving up the power.  Should you be nervous? What are some things to consider?  Connect with Cameron at https://Cameronhuddleston.com Learn more about Cameron and her book on her first appearance at https://PopcornFinance.com/131
8/2/20196 minutes, 18 seconds
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137: Should I Be My Parent's Power of Attorney?

Cameron Huddleston is BACK thanks to a question from Michelle.  As a follow up to Cameron's first appearance back on episode 131 (https://PopcornFinance.com/131), Michelle was contemplating if she wanted to take on the role of Power of Attorney for her mother and needed a little more information to help her make a decision.  Connect with Cameron at https://Cameronhuddleston.com Learn more about Cameron and her book on her first appearance at https://PopcornFinance.com/131
7/29/201910 minutes, 20 seconds
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136: Budget Bites - Using Cash Envelopes to Control Your Spending

Allison's Budget Bites! Learn more at InspiredBudget.com or on Instagram @InspiredBudget.     How Not to Die When Buying Things on Craigslist PopcornFinance.com/94 Frugal Friends Ep 064 -     https://www.frugalfriendspodcast.com/how-to-use-cash-envelopes-effectively Frugal Friends Ep 065  -https://www.frugalfriendspodcast.com/getting-into-paying-off-over-27k-of-credit-card-debt-w-chris-browning-of-popcorn-finance Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Special Music Thanks to All Night by Ikson https://soundcloud.com/ikson/ Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/bE2rrcUKnok
7/22/20193 minutes, 2 seconds
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135: Pop-Up Debate! Is the Wedding DJ Overrated?

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE AT https://PopcornFinance.com/135 Welcome to another Pop-Up Debate! This is a special episode where I am joined by a past guest to debate a weird and fun topic.  We each get 1 minute to argue our side and then you the listener get to decide who mad the best argument! This is all recorded live and on the spot...no practice...no redo...probably some popcorn...and definitely a lot of laughs! Today I'm joined again by Stefanie O'Connell. Our topic... Is the wedding DJ overrated? VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE AT https://PopcornFinance.com/135   Connect with Stefanie at https://stefanieoconnell.com   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance   Special Music thanks to Roy Matz https://soundcloud.com/roy-matz   OKAY by 13ounce https://soundcloud.com/13ounce Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 — CC BY-SA 3.0 
7/17/20195 minutes, 15 seconds
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134: Saying No to the Engagement Ring

The engagement ring is seen as the universal symbol of love and commitment. But, it is also a huge expense and some, like today's guest, are opting to skip it all together. Author and speaker Stefanie O'Connell joins me today to discuss why she decided to turn down her engagement ring. Connect with Stefanie at https://stefanieoconnell.com Full Show Notes at https://PopcornFinance.com/134   Ask me a question! PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail   Connect with me Instagram -@PopcornFinancePodcast Twitter - @PopcornFinance Facebook - Popcorn Finance