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Listen Money Matters - Free your inner financial badass. All the stuff you should know about personal finance.

505 EpisodesProduced by | Andrew Fiebert and Matt GiovanisciWebsite

Honest and uncensored - this is not your father’s boring finance show. This show brings much needed ACTIONABLE advice to a people who hate being lectured about personal finance from the out-of-touch one percent. Andrew and Matt are relatable, funny, and brash. Their down-to-earth discussions about m… read more

505 Episodes | 2013 - 2020

A Simple Strategy for Rental Properties

May 11th, 2020


Today we’re talking about our simple strategy for owning and managing rental properties. We have a course called Rental Properties for Passive Investors and we got some feedback that we think it’s important to address.

That Will Never Work with Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph

May 4th, 2020


Today we have a guest on the show - the Co-Founder and first CEO of Netflix. Marc Randolph to talk about his new book That Will Never work. The …

The Great Index Fund Takeover

April 13th, 2020


Is there’s an index fund bubble? Today we’re talking about how index funds are taking over and how the state of index funds should affect how you …

Golden Butterfly Update - Will It Weather The Storm

April 6th, 2020


Today we’re taking a look at how the Golden Butterfly has performed in the recent market correction compared to other investment strategies. We will …

5 Questions: Foreclosures, Bootcamps and Timing The Market

March 30th, 2020


Today is 5 questions episode and we will be talking about foreclosures as a real estate investment, coding bootcamps, timing the market, Fundrise IPO and managing financial goals in your relationship.

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How to Buy Income-Producing Websites

March 23rd, 2020


It is no secret that Andrew and I each own multiple online businesses that earn us passive income. Before we started we had no idea what we were …

The Modern Payday Loan

March 16th, 2020


Today we are talking about payday loans or what some new fin-tech companies are now calling “early wage access”. These companies seem to be disguising predatory lending with shiny new apps geared towards millennials …

5 Questions: Dividend Stocks, The Fisher Effect and Employee Stock Options

March 2nd, 2020


Today is 5 questions episode and we will be talking about dividend stocks, The Fisher Effect, employees stock options. non-taxable accounts and what to do if history repeats itself.

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The Rule of 55, Explained

February 17th, 2020


Today is we are talking about the Rule of 55. We’ve gotten quite a few listeners who have asked us to cover this so today we wanted to explain …

To Franchise Or Not To Franchise

February 10th, 2020


Today we are answering a question from a listener, Andres about buying into a franchise and how they look as business opportunity. We get into actual …

How Female Breadwinners (Really) Make It Work

February 3rd, 2020


Outdated gender roles persist both at home and in the office, here’s how one woman makes it work. Our guest today the Director of Global Partnerships …

5 Questions: Inverse ETF’s, Saving For a House and REIT Investing

January 27th, 2020


Today is 5 questions episode and we will be talking about REIT investing, inverse ETF’s, Gold, saving for a house and IRA’s.

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The World Has Gone Mad and the System Is Broken

January 20th, 2020


Ray Dalio recently published an essay called “The World Has Gone Mad and the System is Broken”. When looking at the current state of the global economy he said:

“This set of circumstances is unsustainable and certainly …

Why Rich People are Cheap

January 13th, 2020


Accordingly to the Fidelity Millionaire Outlook Survey, 86% of millionaires are self-made. Even more remarkable, 78% of them started out as middle class or poor. Only 22% grew up in the upper class. That means that the …

How We're Investing Our Money This Year

January 6th, 2020


We’re often asked where we are putting our money and, that question has never been more important to us personally. Especially considering the direction the winds are blowing and our feelings with what is happening in …

How To Retire Early with Mr. Money Mustache (Rebroadcast)

November 25th, 2019


Mr Money Mustache didn't retire because he was making so much money from his blog. He had actually been retired for six years before he started writing. The blog was born when he looked around at his friends who had …

How to Reduce Taxable Income With Advanced IRA Strategies

November 18th, 2019


The biggest expenses in life are taxes and interest. If we can minimize those two things, we will put much more money in our own pockets and add many more years to our retirements.

Our guest, the Mad Fientist delves deep …

Go Fire Yourself With Laurel Staples (Rebroadcast)

November 11th, 2019


Laurel Staples joins us to teach us how to forget the American dream and talk about her journey becoming an entrepreneur. Start living our own dreams on our own terms.

In 2007 Laurel quit her job as a mechanical engineer …

Are We Loving Our Kids Too Much with Adam Carroll (Rebroadcast)

November 4th, 2019


What a weird concept. Loving your kids too much. But it can be true. By giving them too much, by coddling them from every possible disappointment, we …

Personal Money Horror Stories (Rebroadcast)

October 28th, 2019


It’s almost Halloween and nothing is more frightening than money horror stories. Close the blinds, turn off the lights, light a candle and prepare to be scared. Matt and Andrew haven’t always been smart with money, well …

The Yield Curve Is Inverted and It's Ok

October 21st, 2019


We tend to talk about stocks much more often than bonds. Why? Because since LMM began, our audience has skewed young, most of our listeners are in their twenties and thirties. But the show has been around for seven …

5 Questions: Time Shares, Fuck You Money and Peer to Peer Lending

October 14th, 2019


We get dozens of emails from listeners each week asking really thoughtful financial questions. When a question needs a detailed answer or might be …

Socially Responsible Investing: Invest In The World You Want to Live In

October 7th, 2019


There are a lot of bad things happening around us: climate change, weekly mass shootings, rampant opioid addiction, income inequality.  Rather than feeling helpless and frustrated, let’s take matters into our own hands. …

Grow Your Wealth With Passive Investments In Farming

September 30th, 2019


Agriculture is the one industry that touches every person on the planet. Agriculture produces the food we eat, the liquids we drink, the clothes we …

Rewired Not Retired: How to Engineer The Life You Love

September 23rd, 2019


The FIRE movement has carved out a big niche in the personal finance space. FIRE stands for Financial Independence, Retire Early but if you quit traditional work in your 30s or 40s, what will the rest of your life look …

5 Questions: Debt Consolidation, Combining Finances and Long Distance Move

September 16th, 2019


We get dozens of emails from listeners each week asking really thoughtful financial questions. When a question needs a detailed answer or is of …

Diversifying Your Retirement With Alternative Assets

September 9th, 2019


We talk a lot about making sure your portfolio is diverse enough to insulate your investments from risk. But if you want to ramp up returns, consider …

The Business of Babies

September 2nd, 2019


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that it costs nearly a quarter of a million dollars to raise a child from birth to age …

Financial Vital Signs: Net Worth By Age and How to Get There Without Flatlining

August 26th, 2019


Knowing your personal net worth is one of the most important aspects of personal finance. It's one of the best indicators we have to know if we are on target to meet our goals. Whether you want to be debt-free, buy a …

The Lowdown on Libra: Facebooks New Cryptocurrency

August 19th, 2019


In its ongoing quest for world domination, Facebook is set to launch a cryptocurrency called Libra. And a digital wallet to store those Libra called …

5 Questions: Weed, Buying an Engagement Ring, and Bull Markets

August 12th, 2019


We get dozens of emails from listeners each week asking really insightful financial questions. When a question needs a detailed answer or is of …

How to Start and Monetize a Blog Quickly

August 5th, 2019


Andrew and Matt share their stories and the lessons they learned creating a blog that makes passive income but more importantly, they are going to spell out the exact steps they took to achieve financial independence.

The Smart Way to Buy Property

July 29th, 2019


Buying a house is a long-held tenet of the American Dream, one of the milestone markers of adulthood. But there are a lot of misconceptions about …

The Three P’s of Success

July 22nd, 2019


Everyone wants to find success both in their personal lives and their professional lives. Because success is an almost universal desire, there are thousands of books, podcasts, articles, TV shows, and seminars that …

5 Questions: The 4% Rule, Staying Financially Motivated and Passive Income

July 15th, 2019


We get dozens of emails a week asking financial questions. Sometimes we get a question so good, we want as many people as possible to hear it and the answer. That's how 5 questions episodes were born. We have questions …

A Dollar Today Or A Dollar Tomorrow: Leveraging The Time Value of Money

July 8th, 2019


A dollar today isn't the same as a dollar tomorrow, that's the time value of money. Risk and return are expecting a dollar risked to earn more than a …

Paying Off Your Mortgage Strategically

July 1st, 2019


For most people, their mortgage is their biggest debt. And we all know that debt is bad. Debt is an emergency that we must pay off as soon as possible. But is all debt bad? Is paying off your mortgage quickly a good …

How To Get Rich (Without Getting Lucky)

June 24th, 2019


We all want to get rich or rather wealthy. Being wealthy is much different and much better than being rich. If you want to know how to get rich without getting lucky, Twitter can teach you. A Twitter thread from Naval …

Zero to FIRE With Airbnb

June 17th, 2019


Most people are familiar with Airbnb, the site that lets owners rent out a room or an entire home to travelers. Airbnb has become such a hit that many people use it exclusively when traveling for pleasure, work, or any …

Five Questions: Raising Rich Kids, Hiring Help and A $2 Million Inheritance

June 10th, 2019


We get some interesting questions from our listeners, and we like to address them on the podcast so the answers can help anyone who might have similar questions. Today we’re answering questions about raising rich kids, …

Increasing A Property's Value With Home Improvements

June 3rd, 2019


For most people, their home is their most significant investment. As such, you not only want to protect your investment but increasing a property's value is important too. The right home improvements can do it.  …

You Can Get Free Financial Help

May 27th, 2019


The whole reason LMM started was to give as many people as we could reach free financial help. And in the past seven years, we’ve done that. We know …

You Can't Time The Market - But Can You?

May 20th, 2019


If you are interested in personal finance, you’ve probably heard the term timing the market. There is some debate about whether market timing is a good investment strategy or something impossible, or nearly impossible …

How to Become A Profitable Person

May 13th, 2019


If you run your own business, you go to great lengths to make sure that your business is a profitable one. Both Andrew and Matt run their own …

All Things Gold

May 6th, 2019


Some people who are hesitant to invest in the stock market are willing to invest in gold. Why? Gold is tangible, you can see it, hold it, and keep it …

How Wills and Trusts Work, and Where to Start

April 29th, 2019


We know that none of you likes to think about death, but it’s inevitable, and you have no idea when.

For the majority of us, the most important thing in our life is the well being of our family. We work hard for them; …

5 Questions: Bond ETF’s, Books and Liquidating Stocks

April 22nd, 2019


We love getting listener questions and we’ve had a lot recently so it’s time for 5 awesome questions from you. We’ll cover bond ETFs, the books we love, transitioning investments, long term investing, and retirement …

Investing In The Age Of Anxiety With The Broke Millennial

April 15th, 2019


Fear and anxiety are two different things. Some of us fear investing because we don’t know how to invest and that’s understandable. Investing can be intimidating. It has a language all its own which seems foreign to …

Marie Kondo Your Finances So They Spark Joy Too

April 8th, 2019


Marie Kondo and her brand of decluttering and organizing are everywhere right now so we thought we’d hop on the bandwagon. And it’s not really much of a stretch. Our finances can become as cluttered and chaotic as our …

The Infinite Banking Concept

April 1st, 2019


If you’ve ever heard of using your whole life insurance policy (whole life as opposed to term life insurance) like a savings account to borrow …

Help, I Need Money Now!

March 25th, 2019


Did you know that almost half of Americans would not be able to come up with $400 to cover an emergency? And if ever there’s a genuine ‘need money …

Ramit Sethi on Mastering Money Psychology

March 18th, 2019


Today on the show we have New York Times bestselling author and founder of I Will teach You To Be Rich Ramit Sethi on the show to talk about …

5 Questions: Debt Forgiveness, Credit Scores and More Golden Butterfly

March 11th, 2019


It's time for 5 questions about debt forgiveness, credit scores, and more Golden Butterfly. We got a ton of great questions lately, and the Golden …

Money Advice We Would Give Our Younger Selves

March 4th, 2019


Oh to be young again or even just younger than you are now. Just think of all the things you would do differently. You wouldn't waste so much time …

The All Weather Portfolio and The Golden Butterfly

February 25th, 2019


A lot can happen over the decades. There will be recessions, bear markets, bull markets, political upheaval, possibly even depressions. What should …

Case Study: Andrews 3 Rental Properties 2.5 Years Later

February 18th, 2019


Rental properties can be a great source of passive income but there are a lot of variables. What do you need to know to make sure you buy the right rental properties? Well, doing is the best way to learn anything.

We …

5 Questions: Smart Saver, Student Loans and S-Corps

February 11th, 2019


We love 5 questions episodes because they are based on questions our listeners want answers to. We’re going to cover questions related to Betterment’s Smart Saver Account, student loans, investing with Fidelity versus …

Your 10 Year Plan for a Remarkable Life

February 4th, 2019


We’ve all made New Year's resolutions and then a year later, failed to achieve them. What if instead of planning ahead for one year, we made a …

What Should Matt Do With His Rental Property?

January 28th, 2019


The American Dream. Most of us were brought up with the idea of the American dream and home ownership has been sold to us as a fundamental part of …

Recession Fire Drill: $250 Trillion World Debt Edition

January 21st, 2019


A majority of economists polled by the Wall Street Journal think that a recession is in our future in 2020, 59% to be exact. Another 22% say 2021 …

Be Like Benjamin Franklin

January 14th, 2019


He was a writer, a publisher, a statesman, an inventor, and a renowned ladies man. Ben Franklin was a civic activist, an abolitionist and founded the …

The Truth About The FIRE Movement

January 7th, 2019


Today we’re talking about The FIRE Movement and the skills and mindset used to become Financially Independent which are diametrically opposed to a life of Early Retirement.  In fact, Early Retirement will kill you. …

Your Money Modus Operandi

December 10th, 2018


Maybe you shop too much or are afraid of investing. As it turns out, it’s mostly your personality that guides how you deal with your finances. We call it your Money Personality and we want to break down what the four …

Use Your Friends to Amp Your Salary

December 3rd, 2018


Today we have guest David Burkus on the show. He is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, and business school professor. His newest book, …

The Retirement Account Showdown

November 26th, 2018


We all know how important it is to be saving for retirement, the earlier the better. But when it comes to choosing the best retirement accounts the waters can be a bit murky. Today we're talking about all the different …

5 Questions: Vesting, Budgeting Styles and Starting a Blog

November 19th, 2018


This weeks we are covering five listener questions are on vesting, budgeting styles, starting an opportunity fund, IRA's and starting a blog.

Question One: Balance between the spender and the saver

What I struggle with …

Deep Pocket Predators

November 12th, 2018


Unfortunately, there are quite a bit of predatory financial schemes out there including pyramid schemes, sold debt, predatory lending, eve your …

The Personal Finance Blueprint 2.0

November 5th, 2018


The Personal Finance Blueprint 2.0 will show you how to build a strong financial foundation and show you when and where to start with investing.

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How to Make Passive Income a Reality

October 29th, 2018


There is a lot of chatter in the personal finance world about passive income, why you need it and how great it is. But what is it and why is it such a topic of conversation? Passive income is money that you earn without …

The Science of Buying Happiness

October 22nd, 2018


Can money buy happiness? Science is here once again to save the day and show us exactly how to spend our money (or our time) to increase our level of happiness. We'll investigate the science of buying happiness. If you …

5 Questions: Making Money, REI and Timing the Market

October 15th, 2018


We get all kinds of great questions, and it can be hard to choose just five, but everyone is interested in making money, we have a ton of questions about real estate investing, and timing the market is something we …

5 Simple Rules That Will Help You Make Better Financial Decisions

October 8th, 2018


There are dozens and dozens of figures and formulas around anything related to investing but some of us (me) are math deficient and even if we are …

Women and Money with Suze Orman

October 1st, 2018


If you’re interested in personal finance, you know who Suze Orman is. She has written nine best-selling books, is a financial advisor, a speaker, and a television and podcast host. Suze’s book Women & Money

How To Handle Your Student Loans Like A Pro

September 24th, 2018


Millions of us have student loan debt, and it hampers our progress towards financial independence. Let's get rid of it! We'll teach you how to handle your student loans like a pro. Because student loan debt is such a …

What Is Tracking Your Net Worth, Worth?

September 17th, 2018


Do you know your net worth, does it matter? Yes, knowing your net worth is important, and that number is important because what gets measured gets managed. If you don't know this number, you don't have an overall …

What The F**k Are Stock Buybacks (And What Do They Mean For You)?

September 10th, 2018


In fact, 2018 has been a record year for stock buybacks. By the end of the year, companies are predicted to have spent $1 trillion on buybacks. So why are so many buybacks happening now? The GOP tax cuts. The economy is …

The Easiest Way to Practice Travel Hacking with Credit Cards

September 3rd, 2018


Traveling is one of life's great pleasures, and it can be done for less money than you think. Especially if you have the right travel rewards cards …

Investing Tips When You Don’t Have Money to Invest

August 27th, 2018


Investing advice is often crafted for high earners. What about the rest of us? We have investing tips when you don’t have money to invest. The most important component of investing is not having a lot of money to …

An Honest Approach to Work-Life Balance with Kevin Lawrence

August 20th, 2018


Work-life balance gets a lot of ink but how do you achieve it? We'll show you an honest approach to work-life balance with Kevin Lawrence. Work-life balance has become one of those annoying buzzwords, but it does have …

How The Current Economy is Affecting Your Wallet

August 13th, 2018


The media loves to talk about the economy in a broad sense but what does it mean for us individually? We'll explain how the current economy is affecting your wallet. There are four major economic topics that are …

How The Hell Does Someone Save Up For a House?

August 6th, 2018


Buying a home is still the American dream for many people but with home prices going up and up, how can you save up for a house without sleeping in your car? With the median home price in the U.S. at $188,900, it seems …

5 Questions: 401ks, FOREX, Cash, Rentals, and Leveraged Buyouts

July 30th, 2018


We have awesome listeners, and they send in great questions so from time to time we like to answer then on air. If you want to know about 401ks, cash, rentals, and leveraged buyouts, we’re covering it with five awesome …

Big Money Mistakes + Big Changes

July 23rd, 2018


If you’ve listened to LMM from the beginning, you’re going to hear a familiar voice today. If you’ve never heard our early episodes, the voice is going to become familiar.  Matt was the original co-host of LMM and was …

Live With Money Not For Money

July 16th, 2018


What if we were to value other things in our lives in the same way or even more than we value money? Imagine if it weren’t about money? What if we viewed money for its actual intent, survival?Money is essential, but it …

Dolla Dolla Bills Y’all: The History and Evolution of Cash

July 9th, 2018


We’re Listen Money Matters, but we’ve never discussed money. Get ready to holla. Dolla dolla bills y’all: The history and evolution of cash. …

The Biggest Financial Mistakes People Make and How to Fix Them

July 2nd, 2018


We all make mistakes, but financial mistakes can be especially costly. These are the biggest financial mistakes people make and how to fix them. There are some mistakes you can’t fix, but financial mistakes usually …

What is an IPO? How They Work and Should You Invest In One

June 25th, 2018


You’ve probably heard the term but might not know what it means. What is an IPO? IPO stands for initial public offering and sometimes called “going public”. It’s the first time a company sells stock to the public. …

Bounce Back From a Market Correction With an Opportunity Fund

June 18th, 2018


No one can predict the future but based on past events; a market correction is coming. You need to start preparing for a market correction with an opportunity fund. We are in the second longest boom cycle in the history …

What It's Really Like To Drive For Uber

June 11th, 2018


Over the past several years, ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber have made a remarkable splash in cities across the country. These ride-sharing services give users a platform to request a ride from freelance …

Do Things That Scale: Starting a Business That Will Take Off

June 4th, 2018


There are only so many hours in a day so you need to build a business that can grow while you’re sleeping, on vacation, or working on your next business. You have to do things that scale when starting a business that …

A Master Class on Diversification with Adam Grealish

May 28th, 2018


You’ve heard the term diversification, but you might not know precisely what it means. Turns out it’s more complicated than just owning stocks and bonds. We are going to deep dive and give you a master class on …

Out of Control Spending and The Refrigerator Method

May 21st, 2018


Almost 50% of Americans cannot come up with $400 if they needed it urgently. 1 in 3 Americans has $0 saved for retirement. In the U.S. it seems we’re much better at spending money then we are saving. This spending …

What the F**k Are Annuities?

May 14th, 2018


Annuities are not exactly transparent, and neither are the people selling them. They are almost always a terrible investment, and when we explain what the f**k are Annuities, you will understand why and stay far away …

What to do After a Job Loss To Can Get back On Your Feet

May 7th, 2018


The worst has happened. Whether their fault, your fault or nobodies fault, you lost your job. We don’t want to make a bad situation even worse by …

5 Questions: LLCs, Winning The Lottery And Budgeting

April 30th, 2018


We get a lot of questions from listeners, and sometimes they are so good, we want to share them with everyone. Today we answer five awesome questions …

How to Become Great at Anything: The Truth Behind The 10,000-Hour Rule

April 22nd, 2018


There is a lot of misinformation about the 10,000-hour rule theory of self-improvement, and it turns out now all 10,000 hours are the same. We delve …

How to Buy a House Without Putting 20% Down

April 16th, 2018


Whenever you hear people talk about buying a home, they insist you need a 20% down payment. But there are ways around that. We will show you how to buy a house without putting 20% down. There are some good reasons to …

28 Tax Deductions You Didn’t Know You Could Write Off

April 9th, 2018


None of us likes paying taxes, and everyone agrees that the tax code is too complicated. But taxes are not meant as a show of our civic commitment but as a series of incentives set by the government to encourage …

The Scariest 1%: The Impact of Fees in the Long Term

April 2nd, 2018


You’re paying your money manager for his or her expertise, right? They know all the secrets and tricks to picking the right stocks and making the right investments. They know things you will never understand. Well, they …

The Real Difference Between a Rich Mindset vs. a Poor Mindset

March 26th, 2018


Maybe you are rich. Maybe you are poor. Maybe you have experienced being both at some point in your life. If you haven’t figured it out yet, being rich isn’t all about money. It’s about well-being, abundance, having …

Money Making Ideas: Smart Ways to Increase Your Income

March 12th, 2018


At a certain point, you can’t save any more money; there just isn’t anything left to cut. And really, saving money is not nearly as impactful as …

Knowledge is Power: Why Knowledge Is More Valuable Than Money

March 5th, 2018


The most valuable thing in the world is knowledge. Everything else in our lives, money, health, things, love, they can all come and go. They can all be taken away from us. The one thing that no one can ever take from …

The Amazing Tax Benefits Of An LLC

February 26th, 2018


The two most expensive things in life are taxes and interest, and we want to avoid both. One of the best ways to avoid taxes is by starting a business. We want to illustrate the massive tax advantages allowed to small …

5 Questions: Individual Stocks, Student Loans and The 4% Rule

February 19th, 2018


LMM loves listener questions. If you’re wondering, other people are too and doing a five questions episodes allows us to reach more of you. Today we have five awesome questions from you. Today we will answer your five …

What the F**k are Stock Options?

February 12th, 2018


What the f**k are stock options? Options are one of those personal finance concepts that can be intimidating if you aren’t familiar with it but when distilled down, is pretty straightforward. Our guest today, Kal Zurn, …

Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?

February 5th, 2018


There is nothing more nerve-wracking than a job interview. All those questions and always the dreaded, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Today we’ll have you navigate the minefield that is a job interview. As …

How The National Debt Actually Works

January 29th, 2018


The national debt is big boogeyman during election years but how bad is it really and do you need to worry about it? We hear a lot about the national debt, but many of us don’t really know what it is or how it works. …

The Importance of Understanding the US Healthcare System

January 22nd, 2018


Our healthcare system is the worst in the developed world, but you can’t opt out of it. Because it affects us all, we need to discuss the importance of understanding the US healthcare system. Our guest today is here to …

Free Money: Will Universal Basic Income Be Part Our Future?

January 15th, 2018


When the robots steal our jobs, we will have to have money coming in from somewhere to house and feed ourselves? One way to do that is through universal basic income. Last week we spoke about the future of work when …

The Future of Work is Changing

January 8th, 2018


Robots are going to take our jobs. Things are changing faster now than even during the industrial revolution. We have to start planning now because …

How to Interview and Hire a Financial Team

January 1st, 2018


You can DIY a lot of your financial life, but sometimes you need some help. But you only want to choose the best people when it comes to your money. Today we’re discussing how to interview and hire a financial team. …

Protecting Yourself From Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft

December 25th, 2017


Data breaches have been in the news recently, and the headlines are scary. Today Farnoosh Torabi joins us to discuss protecting yourself from credit card fraud and identity theft. Farnoosh Torabi of the So Money podcast …

Cheap Meals: Good Food On A Tight Budget

December 18th, 2017


Most of us spend too much on food. You can still eat well or maybe better than you currently are, and spend less money. Looking for a way to make …

Understanding Financial Bubbles

December 11th, 2017


There are a lot of personal finance terms thrown around that many of us don’t understand so when we hear them, we just nod and smile. But LMM is all about education, so we’re going to devote this episode to …

How To Retire: What To Do With Your Time And Money

December 4th, 2017


We spent years accumulating money for retirement, but when we finally get there, it’s all about decumulation, counting down your money. Learn how to …

The BRRR Strategy: How Cash Out Deals Work

November 27th, 2017


Rental property is LMM’s favorite form of passive income. But if you want to maximize your real estate investments, you’ll have to get a little less passive. We’ve covered many of the basics about rental property, and …

Getting Rid of the Victim Mentality

November 13th, 2017


Today we’re joined by Wes Chapman, founder of A Human Project. Wes shares his story and tells us how getting rid of the victim mentality can bring us greater success. Wes is the founder of A Human Project, an …

5 Questions: Frugality, IRAs and Saving in College

November 6th, 2017


We get a lot of great questions from listeners and readers. And if one of you asks a question, dozens of other people have the same question. In order to reach you all, we like to do five questions episodes. So here …

The Art of Meaningful Conversation

October 30th, 2017


Small talk only gets you so far. If you want to improve your career, your relationships, and your life, you have to move past small talk to something …

The Newbie’s Guide To Bitcoin and the Cryptocurrency Market

October 23rd, 2017


Money has been around for thousands of years and now there is a new form of money on the scene.

A cryptocurrency is a form of digital money. It uses …

Lessons Learned Investing in Rental Properties

October 16th, 2017


Allison Karrels has been investing in rental properties for several years. She currently owns nine properties so she has a lot of experience. With …

What The F**K Are Commodities

October 9th, 2017


What the f**k are commodities? Stocks and commodities are both traded but that's where the similarities end. Carley Garner, author of Higher Probability Commodity Trading, joins us today to teach us all about …

Retire Happy – Optimize Your 401K Account With Blooom

October 2nd, 2017


For many Americans, their 401k’s are their primary or maybe only, retirement account so we need to get the most value we can from them. We’re joined by a previous guest. Chris Costello joins us to talk about how to …

The Debt Free, One Year College Alternative At MissionU

September 25th, 2017


We have covered the problem of student debt many times and we are always trying to find alternative ways to get a good education without being saddled with debt. Today we will show you a  way not only to get a great …

Invest or Pay Off Debt? That is the Question.

September 18th, 2017


There are a lot of questions in personal finance but maybe the biggest is invest or pay off debt? That is the question we get at LMM most often. …

10 Real Estate Investor Commandments

September 11th, 2017


Rental property investing is one of the best ways to earn passive income but you need to understand the potential for failure. There are a lot of …

This Financial Life With Broc

September 4th, 2017


Some of our this financial life guests were just getting their financial footing and we got to learn along with them. Broc is doing pretty much everything right so his this financial life gives us the chance to learn …

Dear Debt, It’s Over. We Need to Break Up.

August 28th, 2017


As we continue our back to basics series, we’re going to talk about debt. We interview the founder of the blog, Dear Debt, We Need to Break Up. Melanie Lockert of Dear Debt who paid off $81,000 in student loan debt …

5 Questions From You: Mortgage, Credit Cards and Retirement

August 21st, 2017


We haven’t done a five questions episode for awhile. Here are five awesome questions from you about mortgages, credit cards, and retirement. Your questions about mortgage rates, side hustles, rental properties, and …

Finding the Perfect Rental Property Neighborhood

August 14th, 2017


The most important thing in real estate is location, location, location. Today we discuss the key factors to finding the perfect rental property neighborhood. Zach Evanish from Roofstock joins us to discuss what factors …

Know Your Worth With Adrian Granzella Larssen

August 7th, 2017


None of us deserve to be undervalued so we will tell you how to know your worth with Adrian Granzella Larssen.  Do you think you are being paid what you’re worth? How do you know what your position is worth? Adrian …

The U.S. Financial Diaries with Jonathan Morduch

July 31st, 2017


Much has changed for the average American family from a financial standpoint in the last few decades. Much of the advice we receive is outdated in today’s climate. A study is based on 235 families from all across the …

Investing Is Not Hard And Anyone Can do It

July 24th, 2017


Many people are afraid to get started investing. Some are scared to lose money, feel they don't have enough money or it can be due to lack of personal finance knowledge. Investing is not hard and anyone can do it. You …

Understanding Rental Property Depreciation and Taxes

July 17th, 2017


When buying investment properties, most people focus on the cash flow. However, there are greater benefits that are sometimes overlooked – rental property depreciation and tax benefits. It can get complicated but we …

How to Spend Your Money with Farnoosh Torabi

July 10th, 2017


There are certain things that we should splurge on. When we spend more money on things like good food, a good mattress and bedding, and good medical …

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck with Mark Manson

July 3rd, 2017


We love the word fuck, so that's what turned our heads when we saw this book. But the key word is subtle. We have to care about some things but we need to be more conscious of who we value and what we care about. We …

Choosing The Best Rental Property Management Company

June 26th, 2017


Owning rental property doesn’t have to mean being a hands-on landlord. What you need to know when choosing the best rental property management company. If you’ve been an LMM listener for awhile, you know that rental …

How To Live In A Van (And Do What You Love)

June 19th, 2017


Ever dreamed of living in a van down by the river? Our guests actually do. They’ll tell us how to live in a van and do what you love. You hear about people who decide one day just to give up the 9-5 life most of us live …

Rewrite Your Money Story With Belinda Rosenblum

June 12th, 2017


We all have preconceived notions around money, many of them unconscious. If we can tease those notions to the forefront, we can conquer them and the …

22 Life Changing Lessons From Warren Buffett

June 5th, 2017


The Oracle of Omaha is a font of wisdom. He is perhaps the most successful investor in history. So he knows a lot of lessons we can all benefit from. …

5 Questions: 401k Loans, Side Hustles, Student Loan Interest Rates

May 29th, 2017


Sometimes we get awesome questions from our listeners and we like to do an episode around them. Today we have five awesome questions from you about 401k loans, side hustles, student loan interest rates, buying a home …

Put Your Financial Adult Pants On

May 22nd, 2017


The future is creeping up on all of us. If you’ve been avoiding thinking about it, it’s time to get serious about retirement and your goals. Some of us put off worrying about money for a long time. When you’re in your …

It’s About Time You Stop Wasting Money

May 15th, 2017


All of us have spending leaks, money we spend that we shouldn’t. We’re getting back to basics. While you were all busy investing in real estate and …

Getting Financially Naked With The Broke Millennial

May 8th, 2017


Money is almost as taboo a subject as sex and arguably, just as important in a relationship. But too few people bring it up. Today we are getting financially naked with the Broke Millennial.  How to talk about money, …

Need Some Money Motivation?

May 1st, 2017


No matter what your financial goals are, sometimes reaching them can feel like a slog. Do you need some money motivation? We got you. We are going to motivate you to take action, to stop making excuses and to finally do …

Make Your Kid A Money Master With Eva Baker

April 24th, 2017


Good personal finance habits start young. Our children don’t get much personal finance education in school so it’s up to parents to provide that …

Master the Decision Making Process With Matt Bodnar

April 17th, 2017


Do you hate making a decision? Sometimes the fear of making a decision means we miss out on a good opportunity.  We make dozens of decisions every day. Some of them are minor like what to wear to work, and some are …

Wealthsimple Review – A Chat with CEO Michael Katchen

April 10th, 2017


We love robo-advisors, and lots of other investors do too. But admittedly, robo-advisors are missing that personal touch some investors prefer. We found the best of both worlds in Wealthsimple. This is our Wealthsimple …

Monetizing Your Passion and Building Your Business

April 3rd, 2017


Lots of us dream about turning our passion into a money-making business, and it can be done! In our on-going series about starting an online business, we discuss monetizing your passion and building your business.  …

What You Need to Create a Simple One Page Business Plan

March 27th, 2017


A business plan can be a scary term conjuring images of thirty-page documents. But it doesn't have to be that involved. It's just writing down what …

Lifestyle Business vs. Growth-Minded Business

March 20th, 2017


If you want to start a business what kind do you want it to be? There are two competing business philosophies: lifestyle business vs. growth-minded business.

A lifestyle business isn’t intended to make the owner tons of …

How to Build a Business With Corbett Barr

March 13th, 2017


We’re continuing online business month with an interview  with Corbett Barr  from Fizzle on how to build a business.  Fizzle encourages you to create something you’re proud of through hard work and persistence. The site …

Why You Should Start An Online Businesses

March 6th, 2017


Okay, so we want you to start your own business. But why are we advocating for online businesses? Because a brick and mortar business only goes so far. You have to physically be present, and there is a logical maximum …

Fearless Salary Negotiation Tips With Josh Doody

February 27th, 2017


Many people are afraid to negotiate be it for a raise or a salary offer for a new job. Josh’s approach is to follow a process that will allow him to …

The Science of Resourcefulness

February 20th, 2017


How resourceful are you? When we harness the science of resourcefulness, we can achieve great things in our personal, professional, and financial …

This Financial Life With Brian

February 13th, 2017


On This Financial Life episode, the guys chat with Brian, a long time fan of the show. They talk about his finances, mortgage, and debt over a cold …

How to Land a Job With Mark Fiebert

February 6th, 2017


Finding the perfect job is a daunting task. You send out tons of resumes, create custom cover letters, go on interviews, anxiously wait for a call and then end up not getting an offer. Rinse and repeat.

It can be …

5 Questions: Debt Month

January 30th, 2017


Holiday spending hangovers make January a debt month for some of us so we are bringing you five questions on how to deal with debt.

Learn more about …

The Cost of Money – Why You Should Refinance Your Debt

January 23rd, 2017


If you currently have debt there are ways to make it less expensive. Today we will discuss why you should refinance your debt.


Learn more about your …

How to be Lazy and Still Pay Off Your Debt

January 16th, 2017


There are a lot of things that deserve your energy but paying off debt isn’t one of them. If you have debt, it can feel hopeless. But you can get out of debt, and it’s easier than you think. We can show you how to be …

Debitize Review – How to Get the Perks of a Credit Card Without the Pain

January 9th, 2017


We use credit cards to buy everything these days- groceries, drinks with co-workers, cat beds, gum, sweater vests and all the other things that make …

The Importance of Good Credit and How to Take Advantage

January 2nd, 2017


For the month of January, Listen Money Matters is getting back to the basics with a month focused on the debt and the importance of credit.

 Over the course of the month, the guys will cover the fundamentals of credit, …

Killing It- A Chat With Sheryl O’Loughlin

December 26th, 2016


No one ever said being an entrepreneur was easy, but what a many people don’t know are the psychological struggles like depression and anxiety that …

Are You Financially Ready For The New Year?

December 18th, 2016


Yep, it’s time of the year again for New Years Resolutions to kick-in and for many of us, that means getting your finances in order. Are you …

5 Questions: Debt, Real Estate Investing and Freelancing

December 12th, 2016


This week the guys tackle five questions from the audience on debt, real estate investing and freelancing.

 Question one:

 Hi, Andrew, Tom, and Laura,

 I think an important, and sorely needed topic is finance for …

Types of Budgets: What Is Your Budgeting Style?

December 5th, 2016


Budgeting sucks. No one really wants to do it. It’s hard to stick with, it’s a chore to review it every month and it makes you feel like crap when …

Getting Fit at The Financial Gym

November 28th, 2016


Today on the show the guys talk with Shannon McLay, a financial planner, author, blogger, and podcaster.

 She left her traditional financial services job to start her own company, The Financial Gym in NYC – a fun, …

How to Make Money With Retail Arbitrage

November 24th, 2016


Want to make a little money on the side? You can use that old chestnut of ‘buy low sell high’ to your advantage. There are a ton of people making …

Closing The Wage Gap With Allegra Brantly

November 21st, 2016


The wage pay gap between men and women has been a major focus of attention. In 2015, full-time female workers made only 80 cents for every dollar …

Building a Multi-Family Empire With Eric Bowlin

November 14th, 2016


Today the guys talk to Eric Bowlin, a successful multi-unit real estate investor from Texas about how he created his real estate empire by the age of …

Personal Finance Empowerment for Veterans

November 7th, 2016


Veterans financial challenges are different from those faced by civilians.

 Too many come home from service with a lack of knowledge on how to handle their personal finances. Many also struggle to find jobs and need some …

The Laws of Wealth – A Chat With Daniel Crosby

October 31st, 2016


Emotions impact every financial decision we face and sometimes it causes us to make choices out of fear or greed.

 Today on the show the guys talk to …

5 Questions: Windfalls, Real Estate and Building Credit

October 24th, 2016


This week the guys tackle five questions from the audience on windfalls, real estate, and building credit.

 Question One

 First off, let me start by saying I’m loving the Investment Property series you guys are doing. I …

For the Love of Money – A Chat with Sam Polk

October 17th, 2016


How would you feel if you made $3.75 million in bonuses a year? It hard to imagine but our guest has done it. And he wrote a book about it! Today we …

This Financial Life With Corey

October 10th, 2016


We like to check in with our listeners and see how their financial life is going. Today we will take a look at This Financial Life with Corey. We will show him how to make more money by starting a music teaching …

Setting Up Budget Categories Without Losing Your Sanity

October 9th, 2016


You have a budget, great! But what about your budget categories? Setting them up without losing your sanity can be a tall order.

 Having a budget is only the first step. You need to set up budget categories that are …

Personal Capital Deep Dive With the CEO Bill Harris

October 3rd, 2016


As technology advances, it enables people to become more connected and informed. One of the biggest effects of new technology is on the financial …

Borrowing Against Your 401K: A Loan From Your Future Self

September 28th, 2016


Thinking about a 401k loan? A 401k is meant to fund retirement, but you can withdraw money from it earlier. There can be negative consequences if you borrow from your 401k but they are not as dire as we have been led to …

Buying a Rental Property, Assembling the Team and Reducing Risk

September 26th, 2016


Buying a rental property is fun, but it certainly needs to be done with care and a ton of research. Since a rental property is a long-term investment, you want to make sure you review all considerations.

 You are putting …

Inside Roofstock - The Rental Property Marketplace

September 19th, 2016


Does Roofstock live up to their promises? In our Roofstock review, we dig into their selection of turnkey rental properties and put our money on the line to find out.

 I’ll admit, I’ve been obsessed with rental properties

How to Calculate Rental Yield So You Can Make a Smart Investment

September 12th, 2016


This week the guys get nerdy about the numbers and chat about how to calculate cash on cash return to see if a property will be a smart investment.

The Case For Owning Rental Property (Plus a Case Study)

September 5th, 2016


Owning a rental property can be a great player in your overall investment strategy and an excellent way to build wealth.

It typically isn't affected in the same way as the stock market so that it can provide

How to Move to a New City

August 29th, 2016


Whether you are looking to move to Denver or Denmark, there are a lot of things you need to take into consideration before moving to a new city.

 When you are moving to a new city, everything is new and exciting, but it …

Starting a Franchise With Laura Novak

August 22nd, 2016


If someone told you they were starting a franchise, what would be the first thing that came to mind – Mc Donalds, Chick-Fil-A, 7 Eleven? When you …

How to Create and Prioritize Your Financial Goals

August 15th, 2016


It’s hard to know how to prioritize your financial goals. Personal finance is personal, so there isn’t one answer for everyone. It’s important to understand how to prioritize your financial goals and help you figure out …

What 10 Years of Small Business Taught Us

August 8th, 2016


Becoming an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. Running and growing a business can be challenging – that’s why about 90 percent of all new businesses fail.

 Since the odds are stacked against you, it takes hard …

Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

August 1st, 2016


Your paycheck gets deposited, groceries purchased, bills paid, and then you’re broke again until the next payday.

 That is the story for almost half …

Get Focused And Do More of What Matters

July 25th, 2016


This episode was inspired by a tweet we received from one of our listeners Alexa who asked, How many side hustles are too many? She has been working …

5 Questions: Lending Club, Green Mutual Funds and Having Fun

July 18th, 2016


We love to answer questions from our listeners, and sometimes we make a whole episode around it. Today we answer five questions about drinking on the …

Building Wealth While Preparing Financially for Parenthood

July 11th, 2016


Becoming a new parent is a wonderful life experience, but it also comes with a ton of work, sleepless nights and some financial stress.

 Today the …

Better Habits for Financial Independence

July 4th, 2016


Happy 4th of July! While you are watching fireworks, remember how much hard work and dedication it took the founders of the United States to declare …

10 Lessons in 100 Episodes

June 27th, 2016


Season two of Listen Money Matters has officially reached 100 episodes. Thomas and Andrew have learned so much from each other and from the excellent guests we’ve had on the show. Today the guys discuss the top 10 …

Manage Your Family Like a Business

June 20th, 2016


Growing your wealth is not just about keeping up with your budget and investing some money in the stock market. To achieve financial independence, …

Selling Wholesale On Amazon With Edward Lichstein

June 13th, 2016


Ever wonder how to people make money selling wholesale on Amazon? Andrew trawled Quora and found someone to teach us how to do it.

 Eddie Lichstein …

Diversify with Online Real Estate Investing

June 6th, 2016


When it comes to real estate, breakaway success is found at scale, and Fundrise’s goal is to scratch that itch. Does the Fundrise platform stand up to the hype? That’s what I was determined to find out.

 I’ve always been …

Take The Emotion Out Of Buying Stocks

May 30th, 2016


Emotions have no place in investing. You rely on cold, hard data to make investing decisions. Today we’ll talk about ways to take the emotion out of …

5 Questions: Profit Sharing, Tradelines, 403B’s

May 23rd, 2016


We get a lot of listener questions, and sometimes we get the same question several times. When that happens, we know a five questions episode is in order! Today we bring you give questions on profit sharing, tradelines, …

Make Money On Amazon Using Retail Arbitrage

May 16th, 2016


There are many ways to make money on Amazon, and retail arbitrage is one of them. I know, it sounds pretty badass. We’ll teach you how it’s done.

 We have Jessica and Cliff from The Selling Family on the show to talk …

What the F**k is Tax-Loss Harvesting?

May 9th, 2016


Tax-loss harvesting is a term you’ve probably heard but don’t know what it means. It may seem obscure, but it’s a good weapon to have in your investing arsenal. So just what the f**k is tax-loss harvesting?

 Dan Egan, …

The Broke-Ass Bride Guide to Beautiful Party Without Blowing Your Wedding Budget

May 2nd, 2016


While weddings are a wonderful way to celebrate the love between two people, it can come with a hefty price tag. But it doesn’t have to. You can have …

The Anatomy of a Real Estate Deal

April 25th, 2016


The process of buying or selling real estate can be intimidating and overwhelming to both the first-time and experienced buyers.

 Today we talk to our agents, Dean and Gerard from GD Group Moves Real Estate in Hoboken, …

5 Questions: Retirement Funds, Savings Bonds and Budgeting

April 18th, 2016


The guys tackle five great listener questions today. For full answers listen to the episode below.

 Question One

 Longtime listener, quick question. I …

Developing A Business Tax Strategy With Diane Gardner

April 11th, 2016


Small businesses are a big part of our country’s economic growth, so you would think the government would make starting a business as easy as …

Better Know A Millionaire With Matt Shoup

April 4th, 2016


It’s been a while but we are back with our Better Know a Millionaire segment and today the guys talk to an entrepreneur, speaker and house painter Matt Shoup.

 Matt has an incredible story from being six figures in debt …

How To Quit Your Job And Actually Start A Business

March 28th, 2016


You often hear “overnight” success stories when it comes to people who have quit their jobs to start a business, but it doesn’t happen that way. It takes a lot of work and planning to get there. If you’re fed up with …

5 Questions: Down Payments, Debts and IRA’s

March 14th, 2016


Our listeners send in some great questions, and today we are going to tackle five of them. We answer five questions about down payments, debts, IRAs, 401k fees, and investing during a chaotic period in the stock market. …

Inside Wealthfront with CEO Adam Nash

February 29th, 2016


What features do novice and experienced investors get from Wealthfront? How does Wealthfront stack up against the other Robo-Advisors and what sets them apart? We’ll be answering these questions and more in our …

Money History: The Creation Of Money

February 22nd, 2016


We all need and use money nearly every day of our lives but do you know where it comes from? Today the guys cover payment history, the creation of money and how it affects our economy.

 The IOU Economy

 You can’t talk …

How to Make Money in the Sharing Economy with Glenn Carter

February 15th, 2016


Everyone wants to make money, it’s usually what turns people on to personal finance. Today we’re going to teach you how to make more money in the sharing economy – on your own terms.

 Uber brought this concept mainstream …

Do I Need Life Insurance?

February 8th, 2016


We have all asked ourselves at some point, do I need life insurance? You’re young and healthy, nothing is going to happen to you, right?

 Sorry to be a debbie downer, but the reality is anything can happen to you at …

Change Your Mindset: What’s Possible VS. What’s Needed

February 1st, 2016


Whether you believe it or not, we have all heard the age old saying money can’t buy happiness, but there certainly is a relationship between your …

5 Questions: Lotto, Stock Games, APR, Diversification and Student Loans

January 25th, 2016



 It’s been too long since we’ve done a five questions episode. Today we talk about lotto, stock games, APR, diversification, and student loans.

 Five questions are back! We answer questions we get through e-mail and the …

Figure Skating and 2016 Goals

January 4th, 2016


It’s the time of year to reflect on the past twelve months and set goals for the new year. What does figure skating have to do with it? Tune in to …

Level Up Your Life With Steve Kamb

December 21st, 2015


Want to level up your life? Steve Kamb from Nerd Fitness joins us to discuss turning your life into a game.

 We’ve discussed the ways being physically fit and financially fit are similar. Steve Kamb learned that when he …

How To Turn Your Family Into A Profitable Business With Natali Morris

December 14th, 2015


Look at your family, just sitting there costing you money. Slackers should be making you money, pulling their weight! We found a way to do it. We …

How to Actually Save Thousands on Your Mortgage

December 7th, 2015


Adam Carroll joins us to discuss how to actually save thousands on your mortgage with home equity lines of credit.

 When we interviewed Adam for our …

How To Buy A Business With Ace Chapman

November 23rd, 2015


Ace Chapman joins us to explain how to buy a business. Something he’s been doing for sixteen years and it’s made him a millionaire.

 Ace was on the …

Econ 101: Inflation and the Economy

November 16th, 2015


Our listener Eric has made an appearance in the past to school us on bonds. Today he’s back to teach us about inflation.

 What Is Inflation?

 Economic …

Uninvested: Understanding the Pitfalls of Wall St

November 9th, 2015


Today we interview Bobby Monks and Justin Jaffy about their book, Uninvested and understanding the pitfalls of Wall Street.

 Bobby Monks calls himself a “chronic entrepreneur” and as such, understands the dirty dealings …

Listen Emotion Matters with Joan Sotkin

November 2nd, 2015


Today we interview Joan Sotkin of Prosperity Place, who approaches money in a holistic way. Because listen, emotion matters when it comes to money.

Budgeting For A Lifestyle Change

October 26th, 2015


You may have a budget but what if you have a big life change? Move cities, have a baby, buy a home. Budgeting for a lifestyle change can make or break you.

 You got the new job in a new place, your family grows, you need …

How To Negotiate With Skill, Not Force

October 19th, 2015


Learning how to negotiate is not just a nice to have skill – it’s critical. Everything from your salary to your purchases to even your relationship requires it. Here we break it down for you and give you the knowledge …

Launching a Successful Kickstarter Campaign with Chez

October 12th, 2015


Have you ever thought about starting a Kickstarter campaign? We interview Chez Brungraber about how she did it for her travel bag.

 It takes some doing to get people to give you money for something that doesn’t yet …

5 Questions: Minimum Wage, Lending Money, Debt

October 5th, 2015



 We haven’t done a Five Questions for awhile! We’re back to answer your questions about minimum wage, lending money and debt.

 We get a lot of questions and if one of you is wondering, more of you are wondering.

 How can …

Retire or Not To Retire with Roger Whitney

September 14th, 2015


Early retirement sounds ideal but is it always? Retire or not to retire with Roger Whitney, the retirement answer man.

 Roger believes rather than …

Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning with Tyler

September 7th, 2015


We receive a lot of questions on these topics so we brought in an expert. Today we discuss wills, trusts, and estate planning with Tyler.

 This is a big topic so we brought in a member of the LMM Community Forums who …

This Financial Life With Chloe

August 31st, 2015


Today we welcome Forum member Chloe to discuss her finances. We’ll tell her what she’s doing well and where she needs some improvement.

Chloe is a 28 …

Real Estate Investments Without The Mess- Inside Memphis Invest

August 17th, 2015


We interview Chris Clothier from Memphis Invest to explain real estate investments without the mess. Collect the rent check while someone else does …

Getting Your Significant Other On Board Financially with Laura Fiebert

August 10th, 2015



 Fights over money are a leading cause of divorce. Andrew’s wife Laura joins us to talk about getting a reluctant spouse on board financially.

 Laura does a lot behind the scenes for LMM but this is her first time on …

Become a Freelance Writer and Quit Your Full-Time Job

August 3rd, 2015


If you are tired of your time and your income being tied together, you might have considered a career as a freelance writer. But can anyone actually …

Better Know a Millionaire with Adam Dicker

July 27th, 2015


We haven’t done one of these in awhile! Better Know a Millionaire is back to see if the other 1% really live that differently to the rest of us.

Today we interview millionaire Adam Dicker. Adam made his millions by …

Teaching Kids About Money with Adam Carroll

July 13th, 2015


Do you have kids? What are you doing to teach your kids about money? Adam Carroll joins us to talk about teaching your kids the value of a dollar.

This Financial Life with Andrew M.

July 6th, 2015



Today we dissect listener Andrew’s finances. What is he doing right, what is he doing wrong, and what can he do better. This financial life.

Andrew is a long time listener and today he shares his financial situation …

Money Security Tips You Need To Know

June 29th, 2015



 With so much of our personal fiance information floating around the internet, how can you secure your accounts? We’ll give you a few ways to stay safe.

 Many of us have had some aspect of our life hacked, bank account, …

A Beginners Guide To Real Estate Investing

June 22nd, 2015


Most of us are not going to get rich simply from our jobs – we have a limited amount of time for actively working. To reach financial independence, we have to create sources of passive income. Smart real estate …

This Financial Life: Lindsay

June 15th, 2015



Today we have a This Financial Life episode with listener Lindsay. We break down her finances to see what she’s doing right and where she can use some help.

Lindsay is a second grade teacher living in Seattle. We’ll …

Finding Your Productivity Sweet Spot

June 8th, 2015


It’s important to get the most out of your day. But you can take the quest for productivity too far resulting in burn out. Find the productivity …

What the F**k is the Federal Reserve?

June 1st, 2015



 Larry Ludwig from Investor Junkie is our guest today to explain what the Federal Reserve is, does, and why you need to know.

 Put simply, the Fed …

Crowd Sourced Real Estate Investing

May 25th, 2015


Today we interview Benjamin Miller from Fundrise. Fundrise is a crowdsourcing site that allows anyone to invest in real estate.

 Real estate can be a great investment but you need some serious money to do it. Not …

Roll Overs, Horse Races and Backdoor Roth IRA Strategy’s

May 18th, 2015


Yeah, backdoor Roth IRA sounds pretty badass – badass but complicated.  Many of us have tossed around the idea of having a traditions IRA or a Roth but what if you can have the best of both worlds? There are not many …

Our Favorite Robo Advisors with Investor Junkie

May 11th, 2015


What is a robo advisor and should you use one? Larry Ludwig from Investor Junkie joins us to tell us what we need to know.

 A robo advisor is an …

Getting Schooled On Bonds

May 4th, 2015


A few months ago we did an introduction to bonds episode. We wanted to get a little deeper into the topic and a listener, Eric, agreed to help us out.

 As you heard in the disclaimer, this is a complex topic. Stick with …

Burnt Out: What To Do When You’ve Had Enough

April 20th, 2015


Being completely burnt out can happen to the best of us and it is not uncommon. Especially for vacation deprived Americans. But we can’t all quit and go live on the beach. So we have to recover somehow. You can bounce …

5 Questions: Home Equity Loans, Student Loans, and Mortgages

April 13th, 2015


 Today we’re answering listener questions. Student loans, home equity loans, over paying your mortgage and a day in the life of a data engineer.

 We love to answer your questions on the podcast. If you are wondering, …

The Anatomy of a Well Balanced Portfolio

April 6th, 2015


Balance is important in all aspects of life, including your financial portfolio. Find out what well-balanced means when it comes to your portfolio.

This Financial Life with Sylvain

April 3rd, 2015



Today we break down listener Sylvain’s financial life. What is he doing right, what is he doing wrong, and what could he be doing better?

Our This …

5 Questions: Bonds, Interest Rates, and Retirement

April 1st, 2015



We haven’t done a five questions for awhile. Today it’s back! Andrew and Thomas answer five questions submitted by our listeners.

Today we answer questions about bonds, interest rates, and one of our favorite …

FeeX: Destroy Hidden Fees with Uri Levine

March 27th, 2015


We are anti-fee at LMM whether they be bank fees, credit card fees, or investing fees. Uri Levine from FeeX joins us to discuss avoiding investing fees.

 You probably go out of your way to avoid having to pay a $3 ATM …

Being a Successful Penny Stock Trader with Timothy Sykes

March 25th, 2015


What is a penny stock?  Can they make you rich?  Well, it worked for our guest Timothy Sykes who turned $12,000 into $4.2 million by trading them.

 Timothy took his bar mitzvah money and started trading penny stocks …

College Savings Accounts -Leveraging 529 Plans

March 23rd, 2015


College costs are rising.  If you have kids and want to help them pay for college, the earlier you start a 529 Savings Plan, the more it will grow.

When To Invest and When to Just Save

March 18th, 2015


At LMM we bang the drum loudly in favor of investing over saving. But are there times when it’s better to just save? We’ll find out today.

 We’ve gotten a lot of questions about when to invest and when to just save so we …

The Hidden Costs of Buying a House

March 16th, 2015


If you’re sick of renting, you might be considering a home purchase. After all, mortgages tend to be cheaper than paying rent — so why doesn’t everyone just stop renting and buy a home? The truth is that buying a house …

How to Prepare Financially for Babies with Stephany Kirkpatrick

March 11th, 2015


Deciding whether or not to have a baby is probably the biggest decision you will ever make.  Today we’ll discuss how to prepare financially for baby.

 Stephany Kirkpatrick from LearnVest is our guest to discuss the …

My Name is Bond, Treasury Bond

March 9th, 2015


We’re talking all things treasury today on Listen, Money Matters. Treasury bills, notes, and bonds.  Which, if any should you invest in?

 Were you …

The 7 Debtly Sins

March 6th, 2015


Are you guilty of one of the seven debtly sins?  Find out how sinful you are and prepare to repent your sins in the church of Listen, Money Matters.

What the F**k is Margin?

March 4th, 2015


We mentioned margin and a previous episode and only touched on it.  A lot of you wrote in with questions so we’re doing a whole show to explain what …

How to Handle Shared Expenses with Roommates

March 2nd, 2015


Living with roommates can be a minefield.  Particularly when it comes to splitting shared expenses.  Here are a few tips to navigate the situation.

Do You Have Enough High Density Fun In Your Life?

February 27th, 2015


How much real fun do you have compared to not that fun distractions? Those distractions are the reason for your lack of fun.  Learn how to get rid of them.

 Do you wish you had more time to see friends devote to your …

Growing Income with the Success Triangle

February 25th, 2015


The life success triangle has three parts, learning, value creation, and relationship building.  We’ll see how they fit together to help you make …

How to Use Google Finance to Make Sound Investments

February 23rd, 2015


If you want to start buying individual stocks and make your money work for you, Google Finance is a great place to conduct thorough research and learn more about stock investment strategies that will help you reach your …

Playing To Your Strengths With The MBTI Test

February 20th, 2015


Knowing and understanding your personality type can help in lots of areas of life.  Everything from choosing a job to saving money.  What type are you?

The MBTI, or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is not one of those …

Recovering From An Epic Failure

February 18th, 2015


Ever failed hard?  Not stumbled, but lost everything level of failure.  How can you begin to recover when you are at rock bottom?


Most of us probably won’t hit homeless on the street levels of rock bottom but some of us …

Paying for College While Attending

February 16th, 2015


College costs have skyrocketed over the last several years.  So unless you want to graduate with crippling debt, you’ll need a college job. Ideally …

How To Use a Credit Card Like A Responsible Adult

February 13th, 2015


Used properly, a credit card can have all sorts of benefits. Used improperly, it can drag you into bankruptcy.  A credit card can be a blessing or a curse. Some people refuse even to touch one. But if you know how to …

Should You Start a Side Business?

February 11th, 2015


We talk a lot about side hustles on the show.  Today we’ll discuss if you should start your own side business.

 A side business can be lucrative and …

Need to Find A Job? Heres How To Taking Control of Your Job Hunt

February 9th, 2015


Looking for a job can be a full time job itself.  Today we interview Adrian Larssen to learn how to take control of the job hunt process. Searching …

5 Questions: Stock Prices, Early Retirement, Morning Routines

February 6th, 2015


We love answering the questions you all send in. Today we have five questions about IPO stock price, a morning routine, what we wish we knew earlier, …

Creating Mini Habits with Stephen Guise

February 4th, 2015


There is nothing wrong with starting small.  If you can't quite make the big change, make a little change. You'll get there eventually. Building habits is important but big changes can be daunting.  Our guest, Stephen …

This Financial Life with Thomas Frank Part 2

February 2nd, 2015


Today is Part 2 of our delve into Thomas’s financial life.  There wasn’t much to critique in Part 1.  Will Part 2 also make the rest of us feel like losers?

 At just 23 Thomas is doing better than many of us a decade or …

Automate Saving Using Digit with Ethan Bloch

January 30th, 2015


We are advocates of automating your finances and that includes automating saving money. But we don’t want saving to crimp your style. That’s why we love Digit. You can automate saving using Digit. We interview Ethan …

Small Business Tax Questions with Johnny Horta

January 28th, 2015


Running a small business has many tax benefits, but it has many tax pitfalls too. To make sure none of us get on the wrong side of the IRS, we will discuss small business tax questions with Johnny Horta.

 LMM’s resident …

Naked Economics, Statistics, and Politics with Charles Wheelan

January 26th, 2015


Charles Wheelan is a lecturer in economics at Dartmouth and has authored five books.  He joins us to discuss statistics, politics, and the economy.

What the F**k is REIT Investing?

January 23rd, 2015


Are you looking for a way to invest in real estate without all of the hassles of becoming a landlord? Then REIT investing might be just what you’re looking for. But what the f**k is REIT investing?

 Real estate can be an …

Taxes 101 with Johnny Horta

January 19th, 2015


Tax time is nearly upon us.  Past guest, contributing writing, and tax expert Johnny Horta joins us to explain the vagaries of the US tax system. Until we get a flat tax (which will never happen) taxes will continue to …

Don’t Let Money Control Your Life

January 16th, 2015


Jen McDonough paid off $212,000 in four years.  She works now as a motivational speaker and has authored three books.  Meet The Iron Jen. Jen’s world changed when one of her children developed a chronic medical …

The Evolution of Resolutions

January 12th, 2015


Making and failing to fulfill the same old New Year’s resolutions?  LMM will teach you new ways to make sure this time they actually stick. Once the …

The Importance of Finishing What You Start

January 9th, 2015


Starting a new thing is exciting.  But some of us quickly lose our initial enthusiasm.  We’ll discuss how to see things through to the end. What does make you stick with something?  Sometimes it’s the time and money you …

Habits and Thomas’ Ridiculous Morning Routine

January 7th, 2015


Your morning routine can make or break your day. It can set you up for a good mood and good productivity or send you screaming back under the covers.

 Not all of us are morning people.  But you don’t have to be one in …

Something Is New In Season 2

January 5th, 2015


Listen, Money Matters is back!  We have a new host, former guest Thomas Frank of College Info Geek.  We’re excited to kick of Season Two. We missed …

Obamacare and HSA’s

November 25th, 2014


Insurance can be confusing so we interview two experts, Todd Berkley and John Young to help us navigate Obamacare and  HSA’s.

The affordable care act is a good thing for a lot of previously uninsured Americans but …

Finding Your Financial Weak Spots

November 23rd, 2014


We all have them.  Dinners out, the newest gadgets, clothes.  Our financial weak spot, our Achilles’ heel.  Find out what we can do to strengthen them.

It might not be just a spending problem though.  Maybe you’re …

What to Expect Before, During, and After You Buy a Home

November 22nd, 2014


Buying a home is uncharted territory for many of us. Both Matt and Andrew have done it and will tell us what to expect before, during, and after you …

This Financial Life: Jeff Wilson

November 21st, 2014


 A  listener joins us for a financial check up in our This Financial Life episode.  Jeff Wilson finds out what he’s doing well and what he could do …

Inside CommonBond with David Klein

November 20th, 2014


You know we at LMM want to help you any way we can to reduce your student loan debt.  David Klein joins us to discuss refinancing to save you money.

CommonBond is a student loan lending platform that provides lower cost …

5 Questions: Stack vs Snowball, College Wisdom, Comcast ETF

November 19th, 2014



It’s the episode devoted to your questions.  Today we talk about the stack vs snowball methods of debt reduction, college wisdom, and Comcast ETF.

The Road to a Simple Life: Minimalist Living Without Going Overboard

November 18th, 2014


It was Leonardo Da Vinci who said, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. He is right! Minimalist living isn’t a new trend, it has been with us …

The Miracle Morning: Start Improving Your Life Tomorrow Morning

November 17th, 2014


Hal Elrod is a keynote speaker and best selling author.  He joins us to discuss his latest book, The Miracle Morning.  This book may change your life!

This Financial Life with Zina Kumok

November 16th, 2014



 We have a listener guest today!  Zina Kumok joins us to share her financial life and find out what she is doing right and what she could be doing …

Inside Final Card with Matt Rothstein

November 15th, 2014


Matt Rothstein of Get Final will discuss a new kind of credit card for the 21st Century designed to be a consumer ally rather than a consumer predator.

The card will go Beta soon with a wait list of over 30,000 people. …

Sharing the Gift of Financial Knowledge

November 14th, 2014


When you learn something new, you can’t wait to share it.  Money matters should be the same.  Spread your knowledge to the less financially savvy …

5 Questions: Refinancing, Rebuilding Credit, and Being a Spendaholic

November 13th, 2014



 Time for listener questions.  We’ll discuss refinancing, repairing damaged credit, and being a spendaholic.

 We love answering your questions.  If …

Combating Complacency with Grant Peelle

November 12th, 2014


Ever feel that you’re just kind of stuck, just total complacency?  Grant Peelle made a documentary about people who felt that way and did something about it.

Grant Peelle is a documentary filmmaker.  His film I’m Fine, …

Veteran’s Day Special with Ryan Carlson

November 11th, 2014


In honor of Veteran’s Day we join other podcasts in giving voice to Veterans.  Matt’s friend Ryan Carlson joins us to share his story.

Ryan joined …

Understanding Financial Security with Robert Siciliano

November 10th, 2014


Identity theft can wreck your life and your credit.  Security expert Robert Siciliano joins us to discuss how to protect sensitive information.

There are two main types of financial identity theft:  new account fraud …

Being Charitable With and Without Spending Money

November 9th, 2014


Being charitable is important but when you’re minding your money it isn’t as simple as writing a big check.  But you don’t have to give money to contribute.

A lot of people start to think about the best way to give …

The Tools, Apps, Podcasts, and Books We Love

November 8th, 2014


We thought we would share all the things that teach us, help us, and make us more productive throughout the day.  The best of the best curated for …

How to Become a Minimalist with Joel Zaslofsky

November 7th, 2014


Minimalism can be defined many ways.  We’ll talk to Joel Zaslofsky about how to become a minimalist. He has embraced the lifestyle to learn why and how it has improved his life.

What is a minimalist? Joel defines it as …

How to Calculate Opportunity Cost With Every Choice You Make

November 5th, 2014


Opportunity cost sounds ominous. Like you are really going to be missing out or possibly making a big mistake if you choose wrong. Without realizing …

5 Questions: Life insurance, Budgeting, and Buying a Home

November 4th, 2014



It’s time for five listener questions.  Today we talk about life insurance, budgeting, and buying a home.

1.  What do you guys know about life insurance?  Not everyone needs it but if you have someone who depends on …

Tax Efficient Investing with Larry Ludwig

November 3rd, 2014


You’re investing, great!  Now we can take it a step further and learn how to optimize your taxes while investing.  Larry Ludwig will explain the best tax efficient investing practices.

The tax man gets enough of your …

Surviving a Bear Attack: What to Do During a Bear Market

November 1st, 2014


Here’s the best tip for surviving a bear attack: play dead. It will be good practice for when you’re actually dead a few seconds later.

OK, maybe we aren’t talking about this kind of bear attack, but seriously…get some …

Personal Money Horror Stories

October 31st, 2014


It’s Halloween and nothing is more frightening than money horror stories. Close the blinds, turn off the lights, light a candle and prepare to be scared.

Matt and Andrew haven’t always been smart with money, well Andrew …

Loose Change and Found Money

October 30th, 2014


Do you have lots of loose change hanging around?  Or ever find a tenner in a coat pocket?  Find out how to turn small change into big money.

If you live in a building with coin operated laundry, you can skip this …

When She Makes More with Farnoosh Torabi

October 29th, 2014


Author Farnoosh Torabi joins us to discuss how to navigate a relationship in which the woman earns more than her male partner.

Farnoosh Torabi is a personal finance writer, best selling author and television …

5 Questions: Timing the Market, College Savings, Betterment Woes

October 28th, 2014


We love getting questions from our listeners. Today we take five questions about HSAs, timing the market, college savings accounts, compounding, and …

Book Yourself Solid and Public Speaking with Michael Port

October 27th, 2014


On a list of  biggest fears, public speaking is #2, death is #6.  So we’d rather be dead than give the eulogy.  Michael Port will help us overcome …

How Not to be Affected by Other People’s Financial Decisions

October 26th, 2014


Do you feel like you always have to one-up your friends, colleagues, and neighbors when it comes to having nice things?  Stop that, you’re digging a …

The 8 Best Vanguard Funds That You Should Buy

October 25th, 2014


We’re big fans of Vanguard, but admittedly, investing in Vanguard funds is a bit more complicated than using a Robo Advisor.  In this article, we break down what we think of Vanguard’s 8 best funds while balancing both …

Extreme Productivity Tips with Mike Vardy from Productivityist

October 24th, 2014


Wish you could get more done in your day?  Mike Vardy from Productivityist joins us to share tips on how to optimize your time and get shit done.

We …

Exploring the Investor Money Mindset

October 23rd, 2014


If you’re not an investor they can seem like a different species. But they’re human too, we’ll discuss how the investor money mindset is different.

Are We Loving Our Kids Too Much with Adam Carroll

October 22nd, 2014


We first met Adam Carroll when he came on to talk about his movie about college loan debt.  He’s back to discuss loving our kids too much.

What a …

5 Questions: Refinancing, HSA’s, and First Home Mortgages

October 21st, 2014


You ask, and we answer! Today we answer five listener questions about refinancing a loan, cashing out a retirement account early, how often to pay student loans, HSAs, and getting a first mortgage.

This format has …

Finding Cheap Flights with Nathaniel Boyle

October 20th, 2014


Wish you could travel more but think it’s too expensive?  Nathaniel Boyle has devoted his life to travel and will school us on finding cheap flights.

Surround Yourself with Financial Friends

October 19th, 2014



Do you have financial friends?  If you don’t, you should get some.  Being around liked minded people will help to smooth your personal finance path.

Expensive Taste May Be Prohibiting Your Financial Growth

October 18th, 2014



Does champagne taste hurt your wealth building?  Unless you’re a Russian oligarch, the answer may be yes.  We like nice things even if we can’t …

Travel Across America for Free with Rob Greenfield

October 17th, 2014


Rob Greenfield is an adventurer and environmentalist who’s mission is to teach people to be happier with less and to make yourself and the earth happier.

Rob recently biked from Madison, Wisconsin to New York City with …

Negotiating, Side Hustling and Student Loan Debt with Stephanie Halligan

October 16th, 2014


Fellow Best New Blog winner Stephanie Halligan talks to us about student loan debt, negotiating and Matt’s favorite, the side hustle.

Like a lot of …

What the F**k is Bankruptcy with Steve Rhode

October 15th, 2014



We get a lot of questions about bankruptcy at LMM but it’s a complicated subject so we brought expert Steve Rhode to help explain the fine details.

Some people consider bankruptcy the easy way out but it’s more …

The Indomitable Investor with Steve Sears

October 14th, 2014



Why do so few succeed in the stock market and so many fail?  We interview the man who literally wrote the book on the subject, author Steve Sears.

Prioritizing Your Financial Plan

October 12th, 2014



By now as a long time LMM listener, you have a financial plan.  But do you know how to prioritize it?  We’ll explain how best to get your ducks in a row.

Matt and Andrew got into a pillow fight the last time they …

The 200th Episode Special!

October 10th, 2014


Two hundred episodes!  To mark this special milestone we look back at five of the best episodes as voted by our listeners.  Here’s to two hundred more!

It’s not even been a year and we have two hundred episodes in the …

Money and Marriage with Derek and Carrie Olsen

October 8th, 2014



Couples fighting over money issues is one of the leading causes of divorce.  Learn how to divorce-proof your marriage with Derek and Carrie Olsen.

There are so many questions when it comes to marital finances.  Do you …

5 Questions: Liquidity, Vacations, and Credit Card Companies

October 7th, 2014



It’s time for five questions.  We answer questions about liquidity, building credit, paying yourself first, vacations and credit card rewards.

1.  When do you take the time and money to go on vacation?  Whenever you …

Networking with John Corcoran from Smart Business Revolution

October 6th, 2014


John Corcoran from Smart Business Revolution is a networking expert.  He tells us why networking is important and how he paid off $600,000 in debt.

Hourly vs Salary: Advantages, Disadvantages and Opportunities

October 5th, 2014


In a battle of hourly vs salary, which prevails? We take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each.

It can seem more prestigious to be in a salaried position, maybe more because of what it used to mean that …

Small Business Taxes with Jamaal Solomon

October 4th, 2014


One of the most confusing aspects of starting a small business are the taxes involved.  We get some expert help from Jamaal Solomon.

Small business …

How to Stop Being a Spendaholic

October 3rd, 2014


Do you love buying all the things?  You might have a problem.  We all love buying stuff but it can become a real problem.  Let’s tackle it together.

“It’s ok, I deserve it.”  Is that something you find yourself saying a …

5 Questions: Roth IRA's, Investing 10K, and Using Acorns

October 2nd, 2014


Competition is heating up among the Robo-Advisors. We get a lot of emails asking which is better: Acorns vs. Betterment vs. Wealthfront so we broke down each of the services to see who deserves your investment.

 The …

How to Negotiate Anything with Daniel Green

October 1st, 2014


Negotiating is a vital skill.  For a job, a raise, to get to watch the game instead of The Real Housewives.  Dan Green will teach us what we need to know.

Not many of us are taught how to negotiate.  We might parrot …

Building a Tiny House with Ethan Waldman

September 30th, 2014


Afraid you’ll never get a foot on the property ladder?  Why not build your own tiny house?  Ethan Waldman did just that and tells us how we can too.

In 2012, fed up with his job, Ethan quit, bought $1000 worth of lumber …

Better Know a Millionaire with Nellie Akalp

September 29th, 2014


In our ongoing series, Better Know a Millionaire, we interview Nellie Akalp to discuss the legalities involved in incorporating your own business.

Matt’s Financial Checkup

September 27th, 2014



Matt started LMM knowing very little about personal finance but almost 200 hundred episodes in, he’s learned a lot.  We’ll see how he’s doing now.

Total Money Makeover: Laying The Groundwork For A Healthy Financial Lifestyle

September 26th, 2014


There is no question Dave Ramsey has helped people take control of their money. We wanted to see for ourselves how useful his financial advice is so …

5 Questions: Paying off Mortgages, Financial Priorities, and College Savings Accounts

September 25th, 2014



We answer your questions about mortgages, how to prioritize your finances, and college savings accounts.

1.  Why shouldn’t I pay off my mortgage as …

Pyramid and Multi-Level Marketing Schemes with Robert Fitzpatrick

September 24th, 2014



Ever had someone try to sell you Amway, or worse, try to recruit you to sell Amway?  Today we discuss pyramid schemes and how to protect yourself from them.

Robert Fitzpatrick joins us to discuss money making schemes. …

10 Tips for Staying Motivated Towards Your Financial Future

September 23rd, 2014


When you first get interested in managing your money the newness keeps you motivated but staying motivated is once the newness wears off is the hard part. We’ll help you with that.

It can be hard to find motivation …

Breaking Bad Habits with James Clear

September 22nd, 2014


Do you have bad habits?  Are they costing you money?  We learn ways of breaking those bad habits and replace them with healthy ones with James Clear.

James Clear’s first site, Passive Panda, is dedicated to helping …

The Expert Paradox: The Move from Being a Learner to Being a Knower

September 20th, 2014


When you become an expert at something, it stops the learning process and stunts your growth.  But knowledge is infinite and we should always be …

Education Hacking with Scott Young

September 19th, 2014


Can you get a top notch education for free?  Scott Young shows you how to DIY your own top shelf education.  Also find out what autodidact means!

Better Know a Millionaire with Jordan Harbinger from Art of Charm

September 18th, 2014


Today we get to know millionaire Jordan Harbinger of Art of Charm where ordinary guys become extraordinary gentlemen.

In our on-going effort to break the social taboo of talking about money, we continue our Better Know …

5 Questions: Brokerage Accounts, Car Payments, and Credit Card Fraud

September 17th, 2014


It’s time for your questions.  We’ll cover brokerage accounts, car payments, and credit card fraud.  You know where to come for the answers.

1.  Why us Betterment over Vanguard S&P 500 for index funds? Betterment …

Teaching Kids about Money with Nancy Phillips

September 16th, 2014


Teaching personal finance is badly neglected in America.  Zela Wela is changing that. Nancy Phillips joins us to discuss teaching kids about money.

Kids develop their beliefs about money at the same time as they develop …

Selling on Etsy with Mary Lynn Schroeder

September 15th, 2014


Mary Lynn Schroeder is an entrepreneur with the #1 leather shop on Etsy. Learn how she turned her love of leather into a successful business selling …

Quit Trying to Find Your Passion Already

September 14th, 2014


Finding your passion has become a hackneyed cliche but there is some merit in doing so, we just have to think of a less Oprah way of phrasing it.

People say it as if it’s something easy to do.  What if you’re passionate …

Squirrel Away Your Spare Change and Start Investing With Acorns

September 12th, 2014


Want to start investing but a little nervous to get started?  We totally get it. Investing should be simple and easy and with Acorns you can get …

HSA Plans – A Deep Dive with Todd Berkley and John Young

September 11th, 2014


Health insurance is so complicated.  We deep dive into HSA plans so you can get the most out of your health care dollars.

What is an HSA?  Simply …

Better Know a Millionaire with Jim Wang from Microblogger

September 10th, 2014



Jim Wang became a millionaire through his finance blog Bargaineering.  He sold the site and started Microblogger.  Let’s hang with an internet …

The Happiness of Pursuit with Chris Guillebeau

September 9th, 2014


Best selling author, world traveler, entrepreneur, Chris Guillebeau joins us to discuss his latest book The Happiness of Pursuit.

Chris became an entrepreneur when he realized he was a terrible employee and never wanted …

How To Retire Early with Mr. Money Mustache

September 8th, 2014


Do you dream of retiring early? We interview the expert in early retirement, Mr Money Mustache. We must learn his ways.

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Personal Finance and Social Taboo

September 7th, 2014


Most people are more willing to talk about sex, politics, and religion than about money.  Why is personal finance such a taboo subject?

Your parents …

Lending and Borrowing Money from Family and Friends

September 6th, 2014


“Never a borrower nor a lender be.”  We’ll discuss the pitfalls of loaning or borrowing from family and friends.

You know the old saying, only loan …

The Case Against Active Trading

September 5th, 2014


Active trading is buying securities and holding them for a short time before selling.  We put the practice on trial and make a case against it.

5 Questions: IRA Migration, Financial Gifts, Establishing Credit

September 3rd, 2014


Five listener questions answered, establishing credit, monetary gifts, Betterment security, IRA migration, and the pros and cons of renting out a room.

1.  What is the best way to establish credit?  A secured credit …

The Sell Everything Challenge

September 2nd, 2014


Got too much stuff?  Want to do a big purge before the cold weather sets in, maybe make a few bucks?  Take the LMMs’ Sell Everything Challenge!

Are …

The History of Labor Day

September 1st, 2014


It’s Labor Day and most of us are not working.  We’ll tell you the reason you have the day off and the story of those who sacrificed so you could …

Gratitude is the Currency of Life

August 29th, 2014


Money is the currency of living but gratitude is the currency of life.  WTF does that mean?  We’ll let Andrew explain it because we don’t know either.

Practicing gratitude sounds like some trite thing Deepak Oprah tells …

Debt Free College Grad with Shanice Miller

August 27th, 2014


Despite the dire warnings, it is possible to graduate college free of debt.  Shanice Miller will tell us how to do it.

Most people go the route of …

What is an ExPat with David McKeegan

August 26th, 2014


So, what is an expat? Want to live and work abroad and reduce your tax burden? We talk to David McKeegan, an ex-pat tax expert to learn the tricks.

Many people dream of leaving the US and it’s taxes behind to start a …

You Need a Budget – YNAB Review and a Chat with the CEO

August 25th, 2014


The importance of budgeting can’t be overstated. Today we talk to the king of budgeting tools, Jesse Mecham the CEO of You Need a Budget and give you …

Being the Best You Can Be at Your Job

August 24th, 2014


We should strive to be the best we can in all areas of life. One of the key areas to be the best is at work, the work you do for a boss or for …

Pre-Marital Finance Prep with Jeff

August 23rd, 2014


Financial issues are a leading cause of divorce.  Before you take the plunge, find out what you need to know so you don’t become a statistic.

Our guest Jeff will share some things he learned about preparing your …

Perfect is the Enemy of Good

August 22nd, 2014


Perfect is the enemy of good when it comes to  trying to improve.  Dwelling too much on minutia hurts the overall result.

Are you waiting for the …

5 Questions: Rental Income, Couple Credit Scores, Stock Options

August 21st, 2014


You ask and we answer!  Today we’ll discuss joint finances, joint credit cards, stock options, credit card debt, and money allocation.

1.  How do you update your fiscal strategy when combining finances with a partner? …

Andrew’s Lending Club Strategy

August 20th, 2014


We check in with Andrew’s Lending Club strategy to find out if he’s making any money and if it might be a good investment for the rest of us.

Lending Club is a peer-to-peer lending company.  If you need a loan, rather …

Are You Timing the Market?

August 19th, 2014


When should you put your money into the market? When should you pull it out? Is there a best and worst time? Are you timing the market? If you are …

Becoming An Entrepreneur With Laurel Staples

August 18th, 2014


Laurel Staples joins us to teach us how to forget the American dream and talk about her journey becoming an entrepreneur. Start living our own dreams on our own terms.

In 2007 Laurel quit her job as a mechanical …

How We Stay Motivated

August 17th, 2014


Do you sometimes get into a slump, just a malaise that you can’t really pinpoint a reason for?  It happens to us all.  Together we’ll stay motivated!

Sustained motivation can be tough, whether it’s motivation to stick …

21 Reasons You’re Broke

August 16th, 2014


Are you broke? Can you pinpoint why?  We’re going to give you twenty one reasons for your brokeness.  Listen hard and shape up!

1.  You think “budget’ is a bad word.  A budget doesn’t have to be a complicated spread …

The Story of Andrew’s New Debt

August 15th, 2014


Andrew has  $12,000 of debt!  And yes, I did mean Andrew and not Matt.  Has he forsaken his Listen Money Matters principles?  Find out the shocking details.

It’s not as scandalous as it sounds. Half of this is on a zero …

How to Tame Bill Paying

August 14th, 2014


Are you still getting and paying bills by snail mail?  Grab a whip and a chair and we’ll teach you how to tame them.  Also learn about duck genitals!

Do you open your mail box to a flood of bills?  I hate that, not so …

Economics 101: What is Sunk Cost

August 13th, 2014


The start of a new series!  We teach you about finance, but we want to teach you some economics too so you can apply what you learn to decisions you make.

We first met David Stein on our Better Know a Millionaire

Changing the Definition of Success

August 12th, 2014


How do you define success?  For many it’s making a certain amount of money, driving a certain car, living in a big house.  But that is changing.

The actual definition of success is “the accomplishment of an aim or …

Learning About Life Insurance with Liran Hirschkorn

August 11th, 2014


Do YOU need a life insurance policy?  Liran Hirschkorn from Best Life Quote will give us the criteria to answer that question.

There are two reasons …

How to Save Money in College Round Table

August 10th, 2014


Student loans are expensive but they aren’t the only thing that costs money when you go to college.  Learn how to save money while in school.

Thomas …

What the F**k is Urban Foraging with Wildman Steve Brill

August 9th, 2014


Living in a city doesn’t mean there aren’t tasty things to eat, you just have to know where to look.  Steve Brill tells us what’s edible in the big city.

Urban foraging means finding wild foods.  Things like berries, …

Know the Show and How We Make Money

August 8th, 2014


Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at Listen, Money Matters?  Trust me.  It’s as glamorous as you probably imagine it to be!  No, it’s really not.

Andrew started the LMM website while he was displaced by …

Create Your Own Opportunities

August 7th, 2014


The job market is still pretty bad and wages are stagnant.  It might be time to create your own opportunity.  We’ll discuss ways to do just that.

If you can’t find a job, just start your own business!  Well, it’s not as …

5 Questions: Investing for a Home, Checking Accounts, and Credit Cards

August 6th, 2014


We answer your questions about saving for a home, credit cards, multiple checking accounts, teacher’s pay, and college expenses.

1.  Should I use a …

The Ultimate College Debate Roundtable

August 5th, 2014


  With tuition costs rising, there is a new  debate over whether a degree is worth the expense.  We’ll discuss the pros and cons in a roundtable …

House Flipping with Justin Williams from The House Flipping HQ Podcast

August 4th, 2014


Think you can make money flipping houses? We talked to Justin Williams of House Flipping HQ about the art of making money remodeling houses.

If you’re a fan of HGTV, flipping houses looks like a fast way to make some …

5 Index Fund and Investing Myths

August 3rd, 2014


 Many of the reasons people are fearful of investing are myths.  Let us help you separate fact from fiction so you can feel confident investing.

Materialism Vs Minimalism: How to Find A Happy Middle Ground

August 2nd, 2014


Are you a materialist or a minimalist?  Let us help you find a happy middle ground so you can have nice things and still afford nice things.

A materialist is defined as “someone who puts an unhealthy priority on …

Gambling, Lottery and the Idiot’s Odds

August 1st, 2014


Ever heard the lottery referred to as “the fool’s tax?”  Learn why the lottery is for idiots and why the odds are always in the house’s favor in a …

Student Loan Refinancing with Mike Cagney from SoFi

July 31st, 2014


Student loan refinancing can save you money but it’s a confusing process.  Today we get some guidance from Mike Cagney, co-founder of

SoFi …

Best Time To Buy Things

July 30th, 2014


Just like produce, a lot of what you buy has a season.  If you know what’s “in season” you can save a lot of money.  We’ll find out when to buy what.

Kitchen Appliances:  According to Money Crashers, September and …

5 Questions: Home Renovations, Side Hustles, Stock Earnings

July 29th, 2014



  It’s time for listener questions.  We’ll discuss stock earnings, home renovations, side hustles, emergency funds, and money for freelancers.

 1.  How does a company’s quarterly earnings report affect my stock?  Yes, …

Inside Betterment with Jon Stein

July 28th, 2014


Betterment CEO Jon Stein gives us a  behind the scenes look at how the company operates and makes your money work for you.

 Betterment is an automated way to invest your money based on your goals and time frame. Answer a …

What the F**k are Credit Unions?

July 27th, 2014


When it comes to storing your cash, you have three choices, under the mattress, a credit union, or a bank. Don’t do the first one. That leaves us with credit union vs. bank, which one is better for your money?

If you’ve …

Moving on a Budget? This is How to Save Money Money

July 26th, 2014


Moving is third on a list of  life stressors behind the death of a partner and divorce.  Learn how to save money during the process to help reduce the stress.

1.  Don’t pay for boxes.  There are lots of sources of free …

There Are Many Paths to Success: Here Are Some Alternatives to College

July 25th, 2014


We all want to be successful and college used to be a route to success. But with college costs so high, it’s out of reach for some so we’ll explore …

What are Dividends? How to Become a Dividend Aristocrat

July 23rd, 2014


What exactly are dividends and how do they work? When you invest in a company you get paid a portion of a company’s profits as a way to compensate you for your investment. These payments are called dividends and they …

Advanced IRA Strategies with the Mad Fientist

July 22nd, 2014


Our guest, the Mad Fientist delves deep into advanced IRA strategies. Find out why you should have one and which one will best fit your needs.

Brandon …

A Non-Political Discussion on Social Security

July 21st, 2014


Social security is a decisive topic but we’ll give you the facts while leaving the politics aside so you can draw your own conclusions.

Social …

Our Twelve Financial Philosophies

July 20th, 2014


We’re breaking down Listen Money Matter’s Twelve Financial Philosophies.  Think and meditate on them and then live by them.

1.  You are responsible for your own wealth.  Don’t expect to marry rich, inherit a fortune or …

Cost of Debt: Reasons You Need a Kick Ass Credit Score

July 19th, 2014


Debt affects your credit score and makes life more expensive. We’ll show you the cost of debt and reasons you need a kick ass credit score.

A good credit score saves you money in many ways. You don’t have to achieve the …

Quality vs Cost: What Items Are Worth the Splurge

July 18th, 2014


As demonstrated in Vimes’ theory of boots, sometimes it saves money long term to spend more up front.  What items are worth the splurge and which are not?

Quality versus cost is not about being fancy and always buying …

How To Spend Less Money: Become A Shopping Sniper

July 17th, 2014


A shopping sniper knows what they want, gets it, and gets out.  We’ll teach you a few tricks to become the shopping sniper with the most confirmed kills.

Welcome to your training. I hope you enjoyed the video. But now …

What the Ideal Financially Responsible Person Looks Like

July 16th, 2014


What does the ideal financially responsible person look like?  Is it you? We’ll discuss achieving financial perfection.  See how you stack up.

The ideal person will have no student loan, credit card, or car debt.  Their …

5 Questions: Gold, Stock Options, Coupons

July 15th, 2014



 We’re answering listener questions about gold, stock options, coupons, investing, and how to avoid student loan debt.

1.  Should I invest in gold …

Profitable Personal Productivity Tips That Will Make Your Day Easier

July 14th, 2014


We all have the same 24 hours to work with.  But there are lots of ways to get more out of those hours.  We’ll give you some tips to make the job easier.

Whether you work from home, work in an office, work for yourself, …

Breaking Down the Dave Ramsey Investing Strategy

July 13th, 2014


We break down Dave Ramsey’s investing strategy.  Can we all retire millionaires as he promises?  Today we find out.

Dave Ramsey is a well respected financial guru. He has helped many people begin their personal finance …

Our Favorite Financial Resources

July 12th, 2014


We hope LMM  is your go-to place for all things personal finance but there are other resources available. We share some of our favorites.


APM Marketplace:  News on business, money, and economics.

Stacking …

What the F**k is Vanguard?

July 11th, 2014


If you read or listen to anything related to personal finance, you have heard of Vanguard Funds. But WTF are Vanguard Funds and why are they so …

How to Make Money On The Side

July 10th, 2014


Want to earn some extra cash?  Have some credit card or student loan debt you would like to pay off? Maybe you want to finally take your dream …

My Personal Investment Strategy

July 9th, 2014


The finer points of my personal investment strategy including emergency funds, checking and savings accounts, and investing beyond Betterment.

An emergency fund is vital as we discussed in Episode 64. But we define that …

5 Questions: Lending Club, Dave Ramsey, Credit Cards

July 8th, 2014


  You ask and we answer.  Five listener questions on everything from Dave Ramsey to credit cards to how to stay disciplined with spending.

 1.  What is Lending Club and how is it classified?  Lending Club is a market …

Creating The Perfect Resume with Mark Fiebert

July 7th, 2014


Your resume can make all the difference in a tough job market.  We’ll find out what you need to build the perfect resume so you land that job.

If you haven’t done a new resume for a while, some things have changed. …

Investing In Cryptocurrency with Edward Castronova

July 5th, 2014


If you haven’t noticed, everyone has been hysterical lately about Bitcoin (to say the least). We talked to Professor Edward Castronova, an expert on investing in cryptocurrency to talk about how the market works.

What …

How to Budget for Special Occasions

July 4th, 2014


Whether it’s a holiday, a birthday or an anniversary, we all have special days to celebrate.  Find out how to do it up without spending too much.

Budget Meals: What To Eat When You’re Strapped For Cash

July 3rd, 2014


There are lots of ways to save money on food. Here are a lot of ideas for budget meals and what to eat when you’re strapped for cash.

That Can’t Be …

The 100th Episode Special

July 2nd, 2014


 Listen, Money Matters celebrates our milestone 100th episode by reminiscing over listener voted best episodes.  Enjoy these classics!

Some of the favorite episodes surprised us.  The first one?   Others, like Adam …

Dollar Cost Averaging: Put Your Money on Autopilot

July 1st, 2014


Dollar cost averaging is a simple yet effective strategy that will help you grow real wealth. The best part is, you can put your money on autopilot.  …

Saving Money Around the House

June 30th, 2014


Little tips can save you big at home.  Get some money savings tips and find out if anything you’re doing now would cause Matt to punch you in …

Managing Your Money Paperwork

June 29th, 2014


Despite being promised a “paperless society” we’re still drowning in reams of paperwork.  Find out what you need to keep and what you can toss.

Do you all have a “junk drawer” in your kitchen?  Is it filled with …

Selling Your Stuff for Cash with Yard Sales, Craigslist and eBay

June 28th, 2014


Most of us have homes full of stuff we never use.  It’s taking up space both mental and physical and chances are, it is how you got into debt in the …

Snowballing vs. Stacking: Which Should You Use to Get Out of Debt

June 27th, 2014


 If you have debt, it’s time to tackle it. When it comes to methods of debt reduction, there are many options to consider. Everyone has debt, it’s …

Better Know A Millionaire with Brenton Hayden

June 26th, 2014


In our on-going millionaire series we interview Brenton Hayden to learn how he retired at 27, how he manages his money now, and what he does now that he’s not in an office everyday.

Brenton started his career working …

How to Have Fun at the Bar Without Blowing Your Budget

June 25th, 2014


If there are two things we love at Listen, Money Matters, they are saving money and having a few drinks. Let us teach you how to best combine these two loves into a great night out.

We owe thanks to our friends  Thomas …

Travel Hacking Tips with Travis Sherry from Extra Pack of Peanuts

June 24th, 2014


Travis Sherry from Extra Pack of Peanuts teaches us how to see the world without spending a lot by seeking out cheaper destinations, scoring the best flight prices, and alternatives to hotels that will save you a …

Should You Buy or Lease Your Next Car?

June 23rd, 2014


Matt and Andrew bicker like two five-year-olds fighting over a toy about what is the better choice, buying a car or leasing one.  Andrew gets sweary …

Why I Didn’t Go To College

June 22nd, 2014


With the cost of college growing ever more expensive, more and more people are choosing to forego a degree and all of the debt that comes with it. …

Inflation vs Deflation and Why It Matters

June 21st, 2014


What is inflation, what is deflation and what benefits to knowing? We’ll explain the basics and what you need to know to make sure your money keeps pace.

Inflation and deflation are terms you hear thrown around a lot …

Why We Think Failure is a Good Thing

June 20th, 2014


We all fail and we’re all afraid to fail.  Today we’ll discuss why failure is not always the end of the road and may even be the beginning of a new path.

No one likes to fail but if that fear is stopping you from …

Controlling Spending for the Out of Control Person

June 18th, 2014


How do you stop yourself from burning through all your hard earned money like a drunken sailor on shore leave?  Today we discuss a few mind hacks that can help curb your baser monetary urges.

The easiest way to not …

Escaping $109,000 of Credit Card Debt with Travis Pizel

June 17th, 2014


Travis Pizel from Enemy of Debt tells us how he and his wife accumulated $109,000 of credit card debt through lack of communication and how they paid …

5 Questions: Betterment, Passive Income, and Optimal Credit

June 16th, 2014


We’re doing personal finance potpourri today, answering listener’s questions about investing with Betterment, unpaid internships, 401K’s, passive income, and credit scores.

1.  What is Betterment and what’s so great …

Father’s Day Money Special

June 15th, 2014


In this special Father’s Day episode Matt and Andrew interview their dads to find out what mistakes and victories they had with money and what lessons they have for their sons and us listeners.

The apples don’t fall …

This Financial Life with Connor

June 14th, 2014


This financial life episodes give us a chance to delve into a listener’s personal finance life and to give them some advice to improve it. Today we have This Financial Life with Connor.

Connor is 23, lives in …

Just the Tips: How Much to Tip Everyone From Pizza Delivery to Movers

June 12th, 2014


When did tipping become such a minefield? Who do you tip, how much, how often? We are going to sort it all out for you. We are giving you just the tips and will tell you how much to tip pizza delivery and everyone else.

To Roth or Not to Roth Redux with Darin Hayes

June 11th, 2014


We’re talking Roth and traditional IRA’s today with Darin Hayes, author of Beer Money: A Beer Drinker’s Guide to Personal Finance and Investing.

Let’s put this in drinking terms.  Taxes are a hangover.  A Roth IRA gets …

Blooom Review: Get Help With 401(k) Management

June 10th, 2014


For many working Americans, a 401(k) is often the single largest asset they have. Unfortunately, managing a 401(k) can be extremely complicated, …

5 Questions: Emergency Funds, Debt vs Invest, and Frugality?

June 9th, 2014



We answer your questions about emergency funds, whether should you prioritize debt or investing, and is being frugal the latest hipster trend? …

Understanding the Value of Time

June 8th, 2014


Do you know how much your time is really worth? Today we discuss when to trade money for time and vice versa.

There are things we all hate to do, mowing the lawn, painting, cleaning, food shopping.  Or maybe you’re a …

Money is a Big Stressors in a Relationship But it Doesn’t Have To Be.

June 7th, 2014


Relationships are hard enough as it is without talking about finances. So we’re gonna lay it down about how to handle money in a relationship.

You have a better chance of staying married than winning the lottery so …

This Financial Life with Daniel Murrell

June 6th, 2014


 Listener Daniel Murrell to analyze his financial situation.  He shares a great strategy for making college affordable.

Daniel is twenty three, …

Lessons I Learned From Being Broke

June 5th, 2014


There is no doubt about it, being broke sucks. But that isn’t to say you can’t learn valuable lessons from being broke. These are the most important lessons I learned from being broke.

* Credit cards are a good thing …

How Much Money Can You Really Live On?

June 3rd, 2014


Andrew and Matt calculate the absolute minimum they could each live on.  We hope it will inspire you to cut some of the frills out of your spending.

Student Loan Help with Heather Jarvis

June 2nd, 2014


We get lots of questions about student loans so we decided to bring on an expert to help.  Heather Jarvis joins us to answer of your pressing …

How to Find an Awesome Job

June 1st, 2014


We share stories about how we found awesome jobs in the past and new ways you can go about getting the job of your dreams on this episode.

If you …

How to Research Stocks with Patrick Kenneally

May 31st, 2014


Interested in purchasing individual stocks? Listener Patrick Kenneally teaches us how to research stocks.

Patrick had his first taste of investing …

Traveling Abroad with Andy Steves

May 30th, 2014


Travel expert Andy Steves teaches us how to travel abroad affordably while having an authentic experience.

Andy grew up traveling to Europe with his …

Money Habits with Tony Stubblebine from Lift

May 29th, 2014


Tony Stubblebine, CEO of  discusses how his habit building app can help us build good habits be they financial or another realm of our lives.

Tony has a long background in tech startups.  We was the head of …

13 Common Money Mistakes You Can Avoid

May 28th, 2014


Forbes Magazine published a list of common money mistakes many of us make.   Which ones are you making?

1.  Not having a budget.  Chances are you have more than Matt’s three monthly expenses and unless you’re budgeting, …

The Importance of Having an Emergency Fund

May 27th, 2014


Your future self will you for establishing an emergency fund now. It’s important to set aside emergency savings can help you get in case your home needs an urgent repair or something more serious like unemployment. We …

Memorial Day Special with Johnny

May 26th, 2014


In honor of Memorial Day, we interview our listener Johnny who is a member of the Air Force, working in the finance office.

Members of the Armed Forces have their own set of challenges when it comes to their finances. …

This Financial Life With Matt’s Brother

May 25th, 2014


 Meet Dan, Matt’s financially savvy brother to discuss what he’s doing right, wrong, and what he could do better. Are money smarts genetic?

We learn …

The Financial Importance of Your Hobbies

May 24th, 2014


Why not turn doing what you love into a way to make a bit of money on the side?  We share ideas on how to make money with your hobbies.

The difference between a hobby and a job is that a job has aspects you don’t enjoy. …

This Financial Life with Robbie

May 23rd, 2014


It’s interesting to hear someone else’s personal finance story, and we are lucky enough to have listeners willing to share this financial life. Today we are joined by one such listener. Join us for this financial life …

Money For The Rest of Us Millionaire J. David Stein

May 22nd, 2014


J David Stein of Money For the Rest of Us visits for our ongoing Better Know A Millionaire series.

David went to work as an institutional investment advisor at the age of 30 after spending years in corporate finance. …

Achieving Money Mindfulness Can Help Us Reach Our Goals

May 21st, 2014


It's easy to dismiss mindfulness as some kind of woo-woo new age nonsense, but it's not all navel-gazing and chakras. But when we are mindful of the …

How Not to Over Think Your Finances

May 20th, 2014


No one should spend too much time thinking about or managing their finances.  Learn some tricks to make it easier. If you’ve been with us for any …

Better Know a Millionaire with Michael Epstein

May 19th, 2014


Michael Epstein became a millionaire by the age of thirty. Michael will tell us how he did it and how you can too. He started his first company, e-Dimensional, a software company that designed glasses to make …

Where to Put Your Money First

May 18th, 2014


Which of your financial obligations should you meet first, loans, investing, credit cards?  Learn where to best allocate your money.


Full Article Here

Don’t Give Up Your Starbucks Habit

May 17th, 2014


How can you find the extra money for the things you can’t live without? We’ll show you places to find a little something extra.

In his book, I Will Teach You to be Rich Remit Sethi discusses that it’s not the $5 you …

The Wealth Wheel: Four Essential Pillars of Personal Finance

May 16th, 2014


Introducing the LMM’s Wealth Wheel.  Do we debate the age-old question, what matters more, size or the motion of the ocean?


Full Article Here


Show …

How to Ask For a Raise Like a Boss and Get Paid What You Deserve

May 15th, 2014


We could all use more money, and one of the best ways to get more money is to ask for a raise. But it’s a little more complicated than marching into …

Financial Lessons Learned From The Game of Monopoly

May 13th, 2014


Did you play Monopoly with your family when you were a kid? If you did, you probably learned some valuable financial lessons, even if you tipped the …

Better Know a Millionaire with Laurie Itkin

May 12th, 2014


Learn lessons from millionaire Laurie Itkin in our “Better Know a Millionaire” show. Laurie explains how she became a millionaire before the age of 40.  This is the first episode of our ongoing series, “Better Know a …

Mother’s Day Money Special

May 11th, 2014


It’s Mother’s Day.  Matt and Andrew interview their mom’s to find out what financial lessons they’ve learned. This is a very personal episode for us at Listen Money Matters. Both Andrew and I sat down, face to face, …

Do You Need a Financial Advisor?

May 10th, 2014


Matters of personal finance are intimidating for many Americans and it’s no mystery why. There are so many aspects of personal finance. Emergency funds, mutual funds, estate planning, retirement accounts, life …

Lessons Learned From Owning Seven Cars

May 9th, 2014


How many cars have you owned over the years? Is it more than seven? That’s how many Matt has owned. And he learned a thing or two. These are the …

Save Money Without Cramping Your Life with Joel Larsgaard

May 8th, 2014


Joel Larsgaard from Save Outside the Box shows us easy ways to save money without giving up the things you love. Joel used to be budget adverse. His theory was “bring in more than you spend and don’t buy nice things.” …

Common Traits of People Who Have Achieved Financial Success

May 7th, 2014


Get Rich Slowly recently posted an article titled, “The Ten Habits of Financially Successful People.”  See how many you share.


Full Article Here

Show …

Smart Ways To Spend Your Tax Return

May 6th, 2014


Everyone should have received or should soon receive your tax return. Today we discuss the best way to make that money work for you.

Full Article Here

Mastering Debt Reduction with Claire Murdough

May 5th, 2014


Many of us have debt. Claire Murdough tells us how to pay your debt as quickly and efficiently as possible.

You can enter your debt account information and how much you are paying on each. RFZ will generate a graph …

The Importance of Taking a Vacation

May 4th, 2014


Americans don’t get much vacation.  The average American gets ten days of paid vacation. And that is at the mercy of your employer. The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not legally …

What The F**k is High Frequency Trading?

May 3rd, 2014


What is high-frequency trading?  Is it something you need to worry about?  Don’t let the unknown keep you out of the market.


Full Article Here


Show …

Finding Extra Money to Invest With

May 2nd, 2014


We discuss pain-free ways to find extra money to invest. Whether it’s into a Betterment account, a Roth IRA, or a brokerage account. It’s easy to say, “go out and get a second job,” and use that money to invest, but …

Turn Your Hobby Into a Money Maker with Jim Wang from Micro Blogger

May 1st, 2014


On this episode we welcome Jim Wang, founder of, a personal finance blog, to discuss how you can turn your hobby into cash. Jim …

What You Need To Do Now To Achieve Early Retirement

April 28th, 2014


There is a new face of retirement and financial independence these days and it doesn’t include being over 65 and never working again. That kind of retirement kills, people! Don’t believe me? Take Freakonomics word for …

The Psychology of Money with Kristin Wong

April 21st, 2014


On this episode, we welcome blogger Kristin Wong to discuss the psychology of money. Kristin grew up in a frugal household but like many of us, …

Wisdom and Pitfalls of Zero Percent APR Financing

April 14th, 2014


0% APR offers can be a great thing.  But if you don’t understand how they work, it can cost you big time. In theory, this is a free loan.  But there are so many ways you can screw it up and the lender is counting on …

Money Can’t Buy Happiness But It Can Buy Financial Freedom

April 10th, 2014


Money isn’t about being rich. Money is about choice and the freedom that goes along with being able to make decisions when money is not the only deciding factor. Stop thinking about money in terms of being rich and …

Is Frugal Living More Trouble Than It’s Worth?

April 8th, 2014


Frugal living is pretty trendy right now, but how frugal is too frugal?  Should you clip coupons, wash and reuse your tin foil?  Where do we draw the …

Broke, Busted and Disgusted with Adam Carroll

March 31st, 2014


On this episode, we talk to Adam Carroll who created the documentary about the current student loan debt crisis called Broke, Busted and Disgusted.


How Stocks, Bonds, and Funds Work

March 24th, 2014


We’ll discuss a boring subject, how stocks, bonds, and funds work but make it less boring by using Arrested Development to illustrate our points!

Recently, we published a post called, An Illustrated Guide to Investment …

The Average Investor’s Commandments

March 17th, 2014


There are some rules, or commandments, that all investors should live by. We’ll discuss those ten commandments and explain the importance of each one.

How to Find The Perfect Credit Card

March 10th, 2014


There are a million credit cards out there and some are better than others.  We’ll help you find the one that will best meet your needs. When used …

Streamline Refinancing My Home Mortgage

March 3rd, 2014


On this episode, we talk about Streamline Refinancing.  Specifically, how Matt used it to shave over $130 a month off his mortgage payment without being hit with more interest or increasing the term of his mortgage.


The …

An Interview with Cat Alford of Budget Blonde

February 24th, 2014


On this episode, we talk to Cat Alford of She’s a personal finance blogger, writer, and a proud mother of twins.

I met Cat when I first started Listen Money Matters and she’s been a huge help both in …

How to Master Your Wealth, Gangsta Style!

February 17th, 2014


Don’t manage your money like an old white dude.  Manage your money like a gansta!  Learn how via our rap video and new book, Mastering Mint.

 1. The …

An Interview with Mark Deal of Foreign Investor Resource Group

February 13th, 2014


We interview Mark Deal who founded a company that connects overseas investors with Americans who want to start businesses and create new jobs.


Marks is a former Navy nuke with an MBA.  He founded Foreign Investor …

Money Management and Productivity Tools We Use

February 10th, 2014


On this episode, we discuss our favorite money management and productivity tools, including Mint, Betterment, Lift, Evernote, and more.


We believe in …

The $100 MBA Show: An Interview Omar Zenhom

February 6th, 2014


We chat with Omar Zenhom, co-creator of $100 MBA, an online business training community for entrepreneurs, about quitting his job and starting a business.


We met Omar through the online community Fizzle.  He and his …

What the F**k is Bitcoin?

February 3rd, 2014


How does a currency just materialize, seemingly from thin air? Are they only for people who like buying drugs on the internet?  What is a Bitcoin? Want to know how to invest in Bitcoin? We'll break down the mystery for …

Paying Off Student Loans with Rebecca from Stapler Confessions

January 30th, 2014


We interview Rebecca from Stapler Confessions to find out how she is paying off $125,000 of student loan debt and learn how we can pay off our debt …

Getting Over The Fear of Investing

January 27th, 2014


Most of the scary stories you hear about people losing big in the market are from people who were trying to make a quick buck. We don’t recommend that. Investing is a long term proposition.


You don’t have to have a …

Managing Small Business Finances with Caleb Wojcik

January 16th, 2014


Matt and Andrew were excited to talk to Caleb because they met through Fizzle is an online resource and forum for entrepreneurs looking to start an online business. Because of what Caleb helped to build, …

Getting Out of the Red: How to Improve Your Credit Score Fast

January 13th, 2014


Having a good credit score makes life easier and cheaper. Even if you’ve tanked your credit, we’ll give you some ways to bring the number back up. You don’t have to wait seven years to start improving your credit score. …

Want to Know How to Become Rich? Here Are 21 Interesting Habits of Rich People

January 9th, 2014


Rich people are different than you and me. How are they different, though? This list of 21 rich habits will teach you how to become rich and put you on the path to wealth.

 Dave Ramsey published a list of twenty things …

How Exactly Does Peer to Peer Lending Work

January 6th, 2014


Peer to peer lending isn’t a new concept, but with the advent of the internet, it’s become much more mainstream than it was in the past. Just as robo investors like Betterment made investing more widely available, peer …

Our New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

January 2nd, 2014


It’s that time of year again, New Year’s Resolutions.  Matt and Andrew discuss their resolutions, all the biggies, money, health, and fitness.

Are …

This Financial Life: Hersh

December 23rd, 2013


In this episode, we talk to one of our listeners, Hersh, about his personal financial profile and offer up some advice. Full credit to Hersh for this …

The 4% Rule – A Retirement Spending Strategy

December 19th, 2013


What is the 4% rule?  It is the magic formula for early retirement.  Make your money work for you while you no longer have to work. If you want to …

Not Sure How to Buy Stocks? Our Beginners Guide to Getting Invested

December 16th, 2013


Investing is a cornerstone of wealth building. No, we are not going to win the lottery, and most of us are not going to inherit a fortune from our parents. So we need to jump into the stock market and the earlier we …

How to Justify Large Purchases

December 12th, 2013


We want you to be sensible with your purchases.  But sometimes you just need a big one!  (Don’t we all). When is a big purchase justifiable?


The topic for this episode came from a listener  Kristen. She wanted to know …

Stop Being Nickel and Dimed: How to Avoid Bank Fees

December 9th, 2013


Is your bank nickel and diming you with their bullshit fees?  Learn how to avoid them and dispute the ones you may have already been charged.


Banks …

The Beginner’s Guide to Simple Investing

December 5th, 2013


You know you should be investing your money but where, how? Investing can be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be.  We’ll help you get started.


To Roth or Not to Roth? That is the Question

December 2nd, 2013


In this episode, we answer another listener question about whether he should invest in a Traditional 401k, a Roth 401k, or both.


If you’re employed, …

The Underwater Mortgage Escape Plan

November 25th, 2013


Are you stuck with a mortgage that is underwater?  We’ll craft an escape plan so you can save money and move on. An underwater mortgage means the balance remaining on the mortgage is higher than the fair market value of …

The Importance of Creating a Budget

November 18th, 2013


You have no idea where all your money goes, huh? I’ve been there before. I know it’s frustrating when you can’t seem to get ahead. If you are in this boat, you probably don’t have a budget or at least one that is …

Rent vs Buy? That is the question: Figuring Out What Option is Best for You

November 11th, 2013


We’ve all heard the cliché that if you’re renting, you’re wasting your money. But is that true? Is it better to rent or buy?

 Home ownership used to be a hallmark of the American dream achieved. It showed that you were …

Credit vs. Debit vs. Cash: The Ultimate Showdown

November 6th, 2013


Every time we make a purchase, we have to decide between using a credit card, a debit card, or cash. They all have their pros and cons. Will there be …

Save That Money: How to Save Money Fast and Automate It

October 31st, 2013


Saving money can be hard and sometimes it feels like you’ll never get ahead. But saving money doesn’t have to be hard. We will show you how to save …

Introducing The Listen Money Matters Podcast

October 30th, 2013


Welcome to Listen, Money Matters.  We are a personal finance podcast for people who love beer and swearing as much as they love money!

 Andrew is the finance expert. He’s always been a guy predisposed to ranting about …

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