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Popcorn Finance

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An award winning short form podcast discussing finance in about the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn

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340: Should I Use a Personal Loan to Pay Off My Credit Cards?

October 3rd, 2022

7:18

WIth interest rates rising paying down credit card debt is a great idea. But is using a personal loan a smart way of eliminating credit card debt. This week a listener wrote in with this exact question so I will help …

339: Interest Rates Are Going Up Again

September 29th, 2022

6:49

Interest rates are rising again, but why? This week I will break down the latest round of interest rate increases from the Federal Reserve and the reasoning behind why interest rates will continue to rise.

Sources Fed …

338: Do I Need to Put a Down Payment on My New Car?

September 26th, 2022

10:00

Is putting a big down payment on a new car a good idea? A listener wrote in wanting to know the best way to approach her next car purchase. I spent waaayyy too much time in my favorite program (Excel!) creating a …

337: I'm Confused By IRA Contribution Rules, Help!

September 19th, 2022

9:08

IRS rules are confusing and it can make contributing to an IRA complicated. This week Megan wrote in wanting to know how she could contribute to an …

336: My Favorite Hack to Get a Pay Raise at Work

September 12th, 2022

7:39

Sometimes in order to get the raise you want, you need to use a couple of jedi mind tricks. Mandi is back to share one of her all time favorite hacks to help you secure that nice big raise!

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335: Popcorn To-Go: Could Student Loan Forgiveness Have a Big Tax Surprise?

September 8th, 2022

6:46

Could the latest round of student loan forgiveness come with a tax bill from your state? Today I’ll be taking you through 13 states that could impose …

334: Should I Reimburse My Ex?

September 5th, 2022

21:09

What happens when you and your partner separate but you both put money in to your home? We hear from a listener who received an invoice from her ex …

Popcorn To-Go: How to Get a Refund On Your Student Loans

September 1st, 2022

4:25

Are you regretting a payment you made to your student loans before the upcoming student loan forgiveness was announced? This week I’ll outline an option you might have available to get those payments back.

This week I …

Popcorn To-Go: Who Will Have Their Student Loans Forgiven?

August 29th, 2022

8:20

President Biden just announced the details of his student loan forgiveness program. So will you be one of the millions struggling with student loan debt to get a little relief?

This week I am literally on the road as I …

331: Changing How We Think About Home Ownership

August 22nd, 2022

13:24

I'm on a break from making popcorn this week, but who doesn't like seconds. Here is a second serving of one of my favorite episodes.

Purchasing a home is a huge financial milestone, but that doesn't mean that it is …

330: How to Recession Proof Your Career

August 18th, 2022

10:10

We’ve been hearing a lot about a possible recession, but how could this affect your job? Mandi is back with some great tips to help us all learn how …

329: How Do I Ask My Boss for a Raise?

August 15th, 2022

9:46

You've been working hard, but how do you make your case for a raise. Mandi Woodruff-Santos of Brown Ambition joins us to share some practical advice to get your boss on your side and more money in your bank account!

328: Breaking Down Our Money Hang Ups with Financial Therapy with Lindsay Bryan-Podvin

August 11th, 2022

7:10

Today we're diving deeper into what exactly happens in those therapy sessions with financial therapist Lindsay Bryan-Podvin.

We'll be discussing:

327: What is Financial Therapy and How Does It Work?

August 8th, 2022

10:11

Have you ever thought about seeing a financial therapist? Lindsay Bryan Podvin gives us a peek in to what her financial therapy sessions look like and how it differs from traditional therapy. We'll also dive in to the …

326: Inflation's Impact on Summer Travel

August 1st, 2022

7:51

Your Summer travel is probably going to cost more this year. Data from the US Travel Association found that the cost of travel in June of this year is up 17.5% since June of 2021. Editor in Chief of TheBalance.com, …

325: Am I Paying Down My Debt Too Fast?

July 28th, 2022

7:34

Have you ever considered that you might be paying your debt down too fast? I get it, who wants to pay a single cent more in interest than you …

324: Apple is Getting in to the Buy Now Pay Later Game

July 25th, 2022

8:05

Apple plans to incorporate their own version of a "buy now pay later service" directly into your iPhone's operating system later this fall.

I recently joined Natalie Lizarraga on NBCLX to discuss whether or not this …

323: Inflation Reaches Levels Not Seen Since the 1980’s

July 21st, 2022

5:38
There's one word that I'm sure we've all heard more times than we can count for the past year, and that's Inflation.   As you know, prices are pretty much up on everything. Since April of 2021. Inflation has been …

322: Why is it So Difficult to Talk to Your Kids About Money?

July 18th, 2022

10:03

Transitioning from dependent teen to a financially independent grown up can be extremely tough, not only for that individual, but also for their parents.

Today's guest is Bobbi Rebell and she's on a mission to help …

321: Who Influences the Stock Market the Most?

July 14th, 2022

7:17

The stock market can be a really confusing and complicated topic to try and cover. There's trillions of dollars that are traded every single year on …

320: What is Going on in the Stock Market?

July 11th, 2022

10:29

I've talked a lot about recessions and bear markets lately, but I wanted to dive deeper into the investing world for today's episode. Caleb Silver …

319: Investing is Like Baking a Cake

July 4th, 2022

8:51

Investing can and should be simple. One of the simplest investment options out there is the index fund. I've been working on a new analogy using cake …

318: The Origin of the Terms Bear and Bull Market

July 1st, 2022

7:28

Where do the terms Bear and Bull Market come from? These labels are hundreds of years old and in this episode we'll break down two of the most …

317: What is a Bear Market?

June 27th, 2022

9:19

Editor in Chief of Investopedia.com, Caleb Silver, is here to help breakdown another investing term that we've been hearing a lot in these uncertain …

316: Make a Plan to Cash Out of Your Job

June 23rd, 2022

6:57

What do you do for a living right now? If you could go back and choose a different path, whether it be entrepreneurship or a completely different …

315: The 15 Year Plan to Quit Your Job

June 20th, 2022

13:40

I'm going to be completely transparent here: I would have done things much differently in my career path had I known about what my guests today are …

314: What is a Recession and Should I Be Concerned?

June 17th, 2022

9:32

Are we about to go in to a recession? A lot of what we see in the new seems to pointing to yes. But what exactly is a recession and how do we know if we are in one? I'll break all of that down and more in this episode.

 

313: What is Cash Stuffing?

June 13th, 2022

7:59

Have you ever heard of cash stuffing? I recently joined Natalie Lizarraga on NBC LX to talk about what this TikTok viral trend is and how it could …

312: Mom and Dad We Need to Talk

June 6th, 2022

13:13
9% of people surveyed said that they would rather talk to their parents about sex versus their personal finances. Why is talking to our parents about …

311: How Do I Handle All of the Bad Financial News?

June 2nd, 2022

5:49
There's a lot of negativity in the news today when it comes to finances. Whether it's worries about the market failing, inflation, or why you should …

310: Should I Invest in I Bonds?

May 30th, 2022

10:13

I Bonds and their super high interest rates are such a hot topic right now, but should we be investing in them?

Kate Dore, a certified financial …

309: 401k Rollover Options

May 26th, 2022

3:07

In today's UnPopped Kernels episode, I'm discussing the different types of 401k rollovers and which one is right for you!

Need some FREE help rolling …

308: The Pros and Cons of Rolling Over Your 401(k)

May 23rd, 2022

9:56

The company I work for was bought. Should I rollover my old 401k plan? This is the question I received from Tiger who wanted to know some of the pros …

307: Should I Invest in Target Date Funds?

May 19th, 2022

10:02

Investing extraordinaire, Amanda Holden (@dumpster.doggy) is back with me for today's UnPopped Kernels episode and we're taking a deeper look at …

306: How to Create an Investment Plan

May 16th, 2022

13:37
Investing doesn't have to feel complicated.

Even though investing is one of the best ways to build your wealth and save for retirement, it's easy for people to become so overwhelmed by all the different concepts, …

305: Imagining Life Without Work

May 12th, 2022

9:35

Do you truly know who you are outside of your job? What would you do with your time if you didn't have to go into work on Monday morning?

Delyanne …

304: I'm Saving But I Feel Broke

May 9th, 2022

11:52

I was lucky enough to tackle a really interesting listener question alongside Delyanne The Money Coach in today's episode! Delyanne Barros is a powerhouse in the personal finance arena and is the host of CNN's brand

303: Fidelity Will Let You Buy Bitcoin in Your 401k - Is That a Good Idea?

May 8th, 2022

8:46

Fidelity announced that they will allow 23,000 employers to add Bitcoin as an invesment option within their 401k plans. Is this a good thing for investors? In this episode I'll break down how and when Bitcoin is being …

302: What I Wish I Knew About Money Before I Became an Adult

May 2nd, 2022

13:06
Ever wish you could turn back the clock to share financial wisdom with your younger self in hopes that it would put you on the right financial path?

301: Ask Me Anything! - Part 2

April 28th, 2022

14:34

You all sent in so many great questions for our 300th episode celebration that I decided to answer even more on episode 301! This time I'm answering questions like "Anyone you’d love to have on but scared to ask?" & …

300: Ask Me Anything!

April 25th, 2022

20:00

To celebrate reaching 300 episodes I'm answering your questions! You all sent in some great ones like "Can you tell us about an interaction with a celebrity?" & "How did you come up with Popcorn Finance?" Sponsors …

299: Why Does Tax Season Always Stress Me Out?

April 21st, 2022

7:31
Do you find yourself feeling stressed and overwhelmed when it comes to taxes?

Keila Hill-Trawick is back today to help calm our nerves so that we feel a little more empowered to take on next tax season with ease and …

298: How to Prep for Tax Season All Year Long

April 18th, 2022

9:50
Taxes are due every year around April 15th but that doesn’t mean you should be waiting until then to get ready. Keila Hill Trawick is the founder of

297: Food is Worth the Money

April 14th, 2022

8:01
How often do you ask yourself, was that food worth the money? In another special UnPopped Kernels episode I share a piece of my conversation with Justine Nelson that didn’t make it in to Episode 296 and discuss why …

296: Let's Challenge Each Other to Spend

April 11th, 2022

14:04
No spend challenges are a popular strategy when trying to stick to a budget, but have you ever heard of a spending challenge?

Justine Nelson, founder …

295: UnPopped Kernels: How Will Rising Interest Rates Impact Me?

April 7th, 2022

7:15

Fear over rising inflation has lead to the start of a series of interest rate increases. In another special UnPopped Kernels episode I break down how …

294: Is Hustle Culture Bad for Your Wallet?

April 4th, 2022

10:02
I came across a controversial tweet that read, “If you’re getting 8 hours of sleep every night, you aren’t working hard enough.” This reminded me of another statement I recently heard: “If you aren’t earning 6 figures, …

293: UnPopped Kernels: The Obsession with Individual Stocks

March 31st, 2022

10:53
Amanda Holden is back today to talk about the obsession with individual stocks that we are seeing right now. We discuss the relationship between …

292: Should I Max Out My IRA Before Buying Individual Stocks?

March 28th, 2022

12:10

Should you focus on maxing out your IRA before investing in stocks? The idea of investing is extremely popular right now, so when a listener wrote in …

291: Money is Emotional

March 21st, 2022

10:30

We tend to think of personal finance as a technical topic, but it is also highly emotional. How does the emotional impact of money affect the way we address our finances?

This week I’m joined by Paco de Leon, founder of …

290: How is the Child Tax Credit Impacting Families?

March 14th, 2022

11:42

On today’s episode, we are talking about the impact of the Child Tax Credit expansion by the Biden administration in 2021. This expansion expired at the end of December 2021, so today I want to talk about the impact …

289: What Can Cause IRS Refund Delays?

March 10th, 2022

4:29

Andy Phillips, a Director at The Tax Institute at H&R Block, is back for a bonus episode to discuss some of the things that can cause a delay in your tax refund this year.

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by …

288: Tax Time: Long IRS Hold Times and the Child Tax Credit

March 7th, 2022

11:53

This tax season has been full of questions. It doesn't help that calling the IRS means hours on hold. This week I'm joined by Andy Phillips, a …

287: 3 Things You Can Do to Make the Most of Your Tax Refund

February 28th, 2022

8:43

It's tax season yet again and millions of Americans will be receiving a tax refund. But what should you do with all that cash? This week I'll break …

286: Am I a Bad Mom for Only Saving When I Can?

February 21st, 2022

11:49

Parent guilt is a very real thing and can be even worse when you throw in your financial situation. This week I’m joined by Allison Baggerly to discuss a question sent in from a listener who is concerned that the …

285: Millennials Spend $69 on Average on First Dates

February 14th, 2022

9:54

The cost of love, is it increasing with inflation? This week the Editor in Chief of TheBalance.com, Kristin Myers, joins me to break down some stats that show just that. We’ll discuss the rising cost of dating in 2022 …

284: Why is High Inflation Still Here?

February 7th, 2022

10:19

It feels like we hear about inflation every single day and many of us have felt its impacts in our daily lives.

You may have heard that this high inflation was only supposed to be temporary, but it seems to be sticking …

283: I Don't Like Debt But Want a Good Credit Score

January 31st, 2022

9:02

How do you maintain a strong credit score after paying off all of your debt? A listener wrote in wanting to know the answer to this question. This week I'll answer this question and break down what goes in to your …

282: Is Hustle Culture Bad for Your Finances?

January 24th, 2022

12:18

Personal finance hot takes, the internet is full of them. This week I'll tackle a particularly bad hot take with my This is Awkward cohost Allison …

281: What's the Difference Between an IRA and a 401(k)?

January 17th, 2022

9:03
Can I contribute to an IRA and a 401(k) at the same time? A listener wrote in with this exact question so this week I'll break this question down and dive deeper in to what makes these plans different.

 

Today's bag of …

280: The Backdoor Roth, How Does it Work?

January 10th, 2022

9:45
Does even thinking about the tax code overwhelm you? In today's episode a listener wrote in to ask how they could contribute to a Roth IRA even …

279: Building Unique & Meaningful Financial Goals

January 3rd, 2022

10:33

It's a brand new year, should we be setting financial goals? Goal setting is a great practice so I want to help you out with 4 unique goals that you …

278: Our Failed 2021 Goals

December 27th, 2021

13:28

This is the time of year when everyone shares the many goals they achieved during 2021. That's not what we're doing on Popcorn Finance this week! This week I'm joined by the amazing Berna Anat to discuss all of the …

277: How to Make an Impact Through Donating

December 23rd, 2021

6:34

Many of us would like to make a differrence through donating, but it can often feel daunting to find the right place to give. Tanja Hester, author of

276: Is It The Thought That Counts?

December 20th, 2021

24:37

What do you do when you find out your partner spent more on a gift than they should have? This week we are getting awkward with this story from This …

275: Changing How We Think About Homeownership

December 13th, 2021

13:24

Purchasing a home is a huge financial milestone, but that doesn't mean that it is right for everyone. This week I am joined by Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez to discuss our thoughts on why renting can be a great financial …

274: How to Make Real Change With Your Wallet

December 6th, 2021

11:58

I think we would all like to make a positive impact on this world, but often it can difficult to know how. This week I'm joined by Tanja Hester, …

273: I’m Overwhelmed with Investment Decisions

November 29th, 2021

13:38

It is so easy to become overwhelmed with what feels like a never ending stream of new stocks and cryptocurrencies to invest in. But, what about the …

272: Should I Keep My Money Separate From My Partner?

November 22nd, 2021

6:34

Should you merge finances with your significant other or keep everything separate?

There’s nothing like a little financial weight being lifted when …

271: Should I Be Giving Out NFTs This Christmas?

November 15th, 2021

15:58

Are you already overwhelmed with the thought of spending money this holiday season?

If so you're not alone. This week I'm joined by Kristin Myers, …

270: The Credit Score is Overrated

November 8th, 2021

13:39

Would you rather have a perfect credit score or $100,000?

This week I’m joined by Kevin Matthews to discuss why we sometimes place so much emphasis …

269: Should I Pay Off Debt or Save?

November 1st, 2021

10:46

Do I build up my emergency fund or pay down my debt?

This is the question so many of us are faced with so in this week’s episodeI'll break down the cost of saving versus paying down debt and how you can make the best …

268: What Types Fees Am I Charged When I Invest?

October 25th, 2021

12:22

Why would you choose to work with a professional to help with your financial planning?

In today’s episode, I’m back with Caleb Silver of Investopedia …

267: The Hidden Fees of Mutual Funds

October 18th, 2021

12:51

Are mutual fund fees hidden or just hard to find? 

One thing is for certain, the information on them is printed extra small! In this week’s episode, Caleb Silver of Investopedia is back to discuss the different types of …

266: How Do You Fix Social Security?

October 11th, 2021

10:51

Is there a one size fits all solution? 

In last week’s episode, we discussed the topic of our social security system running out of money, and today …

265: Is Social Security Running Out of Money?

October 4th, 2021

8:51

Are you concerned that Social Security won’t be there for you in the future?

It’s understandable if you are with the latest news from the annual Social Security and Medicare trustees report. The Social Security program …

264: How Do I Teach My Kids About Money?

September 27th, 2021

12:38

For a lot of us, the topic of money was never spoken about with our parents, and the pattern of avoidance has continued with our own kids. While we want our children to handle their money well, we might not know where …

263: How Do I Decide What to Do Next Financially?

September 20th, 2021

11:27

Emergency funds, student loans, car payments and retirement plans - what should take first priority in your master financial plan?

If your list of …

262: $5.8 Billion in Student Loans to Be Forgiven

September 13th, 2021

5:40

This week I am back on KFI AM 640 to discuss the $5.8 billion in student loans that are scheduled to be forgiven.

 

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261: You Could At Least Give Me Half!

September 6th, 2021

17:24

Has helping a friend ever gotten weird for you?

Friendly favors are usually no big deal, but what about when there’s money involved? Financial gains, …

260: What Credit Score Do I Need for the Best Interest Rate?

August 30th, 2021

6:44
Looking to purchase a big ticket item? 

Whether it’s a home or a vehicle purchase that’s on your radar, your credit score will be taken into consideration before being granted the loan! So what kind of score is needed …

259: You Don’t Have to Invest in Everything

August 23rd, 2021

11:38

Have you experienced FOMO with the many investment opportunities floating around?

 

Hearing about the large sums of money people have made overnight can make us anxious to get in on the investment action ourselves - so …

258: Are Millennials More Financially Insecure?

August 16th, 2021

10:06

Have you ever felt insecure about your financial situation?

If so, you aren’t the only one. In this week’s episode I discuss how high cost of living, student loans and planning for retirement are putting pressure on …

257: How Inflation Affects Social Security

August 9th, 2021

10:00

Has inflation been on your mind lately?

It’s no secret that certain prices are rising, and I recently returned to KFI AM 640 radio to answer …

256: Am I Too Greedy?

August 2nd, 2021

14:15

Do you ever feel like you are too focused on money?

Once our basic costs of living are covered, making extra money to spend, save, or invest can raise some interesting emotions in ourselves. Questions of self-worth and …

255: How to Protect Your Health and Your Wealth

July 26th, 2021

10:50

Do you have a will in place yet?

When you think of estate planning, things like your house, car, and money probably come to mind. In reality, the plan for what happens when you are gone encompasses so much more, but it …

254: How Do I Grow My Credit Score?

July 19th, 2021

8:39
Whether you’re looking to buy a house or purchase a new car, one thing is certain – your credit score will be looked at! So how do you create a credit score to be proud of?

A listener recently asked me this exact …

253: My 20% Retirement Party

July 12th, 2021

12:40
Should you wait until the end of your career to celebrate your retirement? This week’s guest says no! Connie aka Conpoint, is a finance and lifestyle …

252: I Lent My Friend Money and Now I Want It Back

July 5th, 2021

15:21
Lending money to a friend in their time of need can just feel like the right thing to do. But what happens when you aren’t paid back, and the loan is never spoken of again? This week I’m sharing a clip from a recent …

251: Where Are The Workers?

June 28th, 2021

5:42

As the country begins to reopen many businesses are noticing that their staff is not returning. Many blame unemployment benefits, but I think that this situation is a little more complex.

I joined Shannon and Gary once …

250: How Investing Fights Off Inflation (Replay)

June 21st, 2021

6:15

While rising costs are inevitable and may be out of our control, INVESTING is the most surefire way to keep money working in our favor and not …

249: Should We Be Afraid of Inflation

June 14th, 2021

11:00

Are prices always increasing? Today we talk about what costs have actually decreased over time, as well as examine if today’s worry about inflation is warranted and how we got into this situation to begin with.

Today’s …

248: The Crypto Craze and Scams

June 7th, 2021

8:55

It feels like Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and DogeCoin are all anyone is talking about these days. I joined Shannon and Gary on KFI AM 640 to breakdown the crypto craze and the scams that have started to pop up.

247: How Does an IRA Work?

May 31st, 2021

10:47

The finance world is full of acronyms that at first glance can make little sense! Two inquisitive listeners recently submitted their questions on …

246: Do I Take the Cash or the Car?

May 24th, 2021

17:29

Decisions, Decisions. In this episode of the podcast I use my love for number crunching to thoroughly analyze one listener’s debate between two raffle prize options -  a lump sum of money or a free car lease term! 

As …

245: Am I Too Broke to Budget?

May 17th, 2021

10:29

When cash is running low, the last thing you want to do is set up a budget! Don’t you need money before you can plan how to spend it?

Not exactly!

In this episode, budgeting pro Allison Baggerly returns to show you how …

244: Pay Yourself to Splurge

May 10th, 2021

8:17

Can you save as well as splurge?

In this week’s episode, financial writer and author of Money Hacks Lisa Rowan says you bet. Find out what her simple hack for getting the best of both world’s is.

 

Today's Bag of …

243: Trading vs Investing

May 3rd, 2021

8:27

Trading vs Investing – is there a difference?

Today we answer that exact question with help from Caleb Silver of Investopedia.com and Lauren Silbert of TheBalance.com.

Find out what Caleb has to say about the two …

242: What is an ETF?

April 26th, 2021

7:40

Listener Tame wrote in wanting to know the difference between an ETF and a Mutual Fund. This is a great question and Editor in Chief of Investopedia, Caleb Silver, is back to help us better understand ETFs aka Exchange …

241: Investing is Like Baking a Cake

April 19th, 2021

9:03

Investing can and should be simple. One of the simplest investment options out there is the index fund. I've been working on a new analogy using cake …

240: Being a Boring Investor Earned Me 24%

April 12th, 2021

10:38

NFTs, Bitcoin, & GameStop. All of these investments have gotten so much attention over the past year or so that you may feel like you are doing something wrong if you haven't throw some of your money at these …

239: Keeping Money Secrets

April 5th, 2021

12:27

Is it ok to keep your money problems secret from your partner? This week Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez joins me to discuss a recent episode of her podcast Money Confidential where a guest struggles with a secret she's …

238: Saying No to the Engagement Ring

March 29th, 2021

11:33

The engagement ring is seen as the universal symbol of love and commitment. But it is also a huge expense and some, like today's guest, are opting to …

237.5: Stimulus Checks and Your Taxes

March 27th, 2021

9:32

Andy Phillips, a Director at the Tax Institute with H&R Block, returns for a bonus bag of popcorn and to answer more of your tax questions!

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block!
Tax season can …

237: How to Make Money Flipping Furniture

March 22nd, 2021

12:26

Are you looking for a new side hustle? DO you enjoy shopping for furniture? Then today’s guest, Whitney Hansen, is going to give you a crash course on furniture flipping.

Connect with Whitney at WhitneyHansen.com and …

236: Does Paying Off Student Loans Affect My Credit?

March 15th, 2021

5:18

This week, Robert Farrington is back to answer more of your student loan questions. Today’s question: “Does Paying Off Student Loans Affect My Credit?”.

Robert Farrington is a wealth of knowledge on student loans. His …

235: Money Hacks

March 8th, 2021

12:42

We are all looking for hacks to help us get better at managing our money.

This week’s guest, Lisa Rowan, wrote a book compiling over 275 money hacks …

234: Do I Pay My Student Loans First?

March 1st, 2021

8:49

This week, Robert Farrington is back to answer more of your student loan questions. Today’s question: “Do I pay my student loan debt first?”.

 

Robert Farrington is a wealth of knowledge on student loans. His business, …

233: How to Ask for a Raise

February 22nd, 2021

8:49

This is our final episode in the Pandemic Job Hunt Series. We’re back this week with Kate Dixon a to discuss how to ask for a raise at your current job.

Asking for a pay raise, especially in a pandemic, can be nerve …

232: Get the Pay You Deserve

February 15th, 2021

13:36

We are continuing the Pandemic Job Hunt Series with a great conversation about asking for the pay you deserve in a new position.

After all the work it took to finally get that new position it can be scary to ask for the …

231: Writing the Perfect Cover Letter

February 8th, 2021

12:06

This week, I’m talking to Aditi Shrikant, finance writer at CNBC’s Grow. We are discussing all things cover letter. What a cover letter is and how to use your cover letter to stand out in the sea of applicants.

Today's …

230: Finding a Job During the Pandemic

February 1st, 2021

17:57

Today we are kicking off the Pandemic Job Hunt series. Things are not easy right now and looking for a job can seem like a hopeless and pointless mission. So I've asked 3 experts to join me to provide you with some …

229: What's Going on with GameStop?

January 28th, 2021

14:05

GameStop is ALL over the news. Here is a quick breakdown of what's going on and how this whole mess started.

 

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228: Answering Your Tax Questions

January 25th, 2021

10:48

Joining me this week is Andy Phillips the Director at the Tax Institute with H&R Block. Andy is here to answer the tax questions that you all sent in!

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by H&R Block! Tax …

227: Student Loan Pause Extended

January 24th, 2021

7:56

Updates on the extended student loan pause and Robert Farrington of TheCollegeInvestor.com is back to help me answer more of your student loan …

226: Does Time Change Our Feelings About Money?

January 18th, 2021

16:59

Julian and Kiersten of rich & REGULAR return to take a look back at their first appearance way back on episode 099. We get an update on their …

225: Avoid This Major Tax Mistake

January 11th, 2021

11:45

Today's bag of popcorn is brought to you by Square Card!

If you have a business, you can’t afford not to listen to this episode. Keila Hill-Trawick, of Little Fish Accounting, joins me to discuss how to manage and …

224: Respecting My Partner's Money Boundaries

January 6th, 2021

7:44

You and your partner likely have completely different views about finances and what you feel comfortable discussing with other people. This makes an already tricky subject even more complicated. Erin Lowry, author of …

223: How to Tell Your Friends You’re Broke

January 4th, 2021

16:19

Talking about being broke with your friends and telling them something isn't in your budget can be difficult. It can be awkward, especially if you're …

222: You're Tipping How Much?!

December 28th, 2020

11:11

Have you ever gone out to eat with a bad tipper? On This Is Awkward a caller asked for our help on this very issue. Her friend blew up and left a restaurant when she found out her friend was making up for her bad …

401(k) Q&A: Deciding Between Traditional or Roth

December 21st, 2020

5:07

401(k) Q&A!

I received one more Roth vs Traditional question that was too good not to answer on the show.

Links to sources I used for researching answers to your 401(k) questions can be found at

220: How Small Businesses are Pivoting During the Pandemic

December 14th, 2020

13:24

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Small business owners have been hit so hard by the effects the pandemic has had on the economy. To better understand these struggles I'm joined by Doran Poma, …

219: How Much is OK to Take Out in Student Loans?

December 7th, 2020

7:53

Robert Farrington of TheCollegeInvestor.com is back to help me answer your student loan questions in this special Q&A episode!

If you have more …

218: What's Going on with Student Loans?

November 30th, 2020

14:33

The student loan situation has gotten so confusing. Do I need to make payments? Will my student loans be forgiven? Robert Farrington, founder of

217: Dealing with Our Money Shame

November 27th, 2020

11:58

Dealing with the shame around money can be so difficult, especially around the holidays. So my black friday gift to all of you is this bonus …

401(k) Q&A - What's Better, Traditional or Roth 401(k)?

November 23rd, 2020

9:36

401(k) Q&A Time!

What's better, the Traditional or Roth 401(k)? We tackle this question and more this week!

401(k) Q&A - What's a 401k Match?

November 16th, 2020

9:25

401(k) Q&A Time!

This week we are taking a look at the 401(k) match. What is it, Why does it exist, and What to do if you don't get one?

To check out the sources I've been using for these 401(k) Q&A episodes …

401(k) Q&A - I'm Terrified, What Do I Do?

November 9th, 2020

7:43

We are poppin' back in to our 401(k) discussion with your questions! This week we are helping a listener who is terrified to invest and breaking down how many 401(k) plans you can actually have.

 

Check out my new …

213: My Husband Resents My Debt

November 2nd, 2020

16:31

Let's be honest... we are all a little preoccupied with the election.

So this week I thought I'd share a clip from one of the most controversial episodes of This Is Awkward to date!

A listener wrote in and shared with …

212: Traditional vs Roth 401(k)

October 26th, 2020

8:14

What is the difference between a traditional 401(k) and the Roth 401(k)? Today we are going to walk through what makes these plans different.

It's Hispanic Heritage Month and I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the …

211: How Does the 401(k) Work?

October 19th, 2020

7:56

The 401(k) can seem confusing and like you will never understand how they work.  In this episode I will break down the rules of the 401(k) and some …

210: Using Your Savings Isn't Always a Bad Thing

October 12th, 2020

8:08

If you’ve ever built up a savings account, you've probably been hit with guilt when you have to pull money out.  We put so much time and effort into …

209: Don't Save for Retirement... Invest

October 5th, 2020

13:21

Are you saving or investing for retirement?  Erin Lowry from BrokeMillennial.com joins me to discuss why it is so important to change the language we use when we talk about preparing for retirement.

Catch up with Erin …

208: Pandemic Money Talks with Your Partner

September 28th, 2020

12:32

Talking about money with your partner can be difficult even under the best conditions.  Add in a pandemic and it can seem nearly impossible.  Andy …

207: Making an Impact Through Investing

September 21st, 2020

13:13

We need to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars over our lifetime in order to retire.  But have you ever been curious how the companies we invest …

206: Pop-Up Debate! Business Casual Dress Code

September 16th, 2020

6:41

Welcome to another Pop-Up Debate! This is a special episode where I am joined by a past guest to debate a weird and fun topic.  We each get 1 minute to argue our side and then you the listener get to decide who mad the …

205: What is Ethical Investing?

September 14th, 2020

13:06

The term ethical investing is becoming more and more common these days.  But what does this truly mean?  Kinsey Grant, host of Business Casual, joins …

204: Where's My Gift?!

September 7th, 2020

34:27

This week things are getting awkward!⁠ ⁠ On the Popcorn Finance feed I'm bringing you a special dose of This Is Awkward, my other not so secret podcast that I host with Allison from Inspired Budget.⁠ ⁠ This week we hear …

203: The Birth of the 401(k)

August 31st, 2020

5:52

The 401(k).  You've probably heard about this plan over and over again.  But, do you know how this plan came to be?  Today we will break down the birth of the 401(k) plan.

Check out the entire Investing 101 Series at

202: Living on $17,000 A Year

August 24th, 2020

12:02

What happens when you are a new parent and are only taking home $17,000 a year?  Caroline Vencil (carolinevencil.com) shares how she took control of …

201: Student Loans vs Investing

August 17th, 2020

7:43

I got to work with CNBC on a quiz to help you learn more about handling your finances.  This reminded me of a conversation that I had with Erin Lowry …

Episode 200!!

August 10th, 2020

21:33

Episode 200!

What more can I say!?  None of this would be possible without you all listening each week.  

So I'm dedicating this episode to all of …

199: Your Lifestyle Affects Your Retirement Date

August 3rd, 2020

8:24

The lifestyle we choose to live can have a significant impact on when we can retire.  That may sound simple, but it's not always that obvious.  In today's episode I will give you some concrete examples of how small …

198: How Much Do I Need to Retire?

July 27th, 2020

8:12

Last week we discussed how investing protects our money from losing value.  This week I'll be walking you through a simple way to figure out how much …

197: How Investing Fights Off Inflation

July 20th, 2020

7:46

The goods and services that we all buy get more expensive with each year thanks to inflation.  Today I will walk you through how investing for your retirement can help fight off this invisible destroyer of wealth.

196: My Car Payment is Ruining My Budget

July 13th, 2020

10:26

Allison of InspiredBudget.com joins me to answer a listeners question.  Annah wrote in asking how to handle the fact that her goal of paying her car off in two years is causing her to run out of money each month.

Hear …

195: Starting to Invest

July 6th, 2020

9:06

Investing can be a very scary concept.  Caleb Silver of Investopedia.com joins me to share some tips on what to keep in mind when you start investing for the first time.

To learn more about Robo Advisors check out …

194: 3 Years of Making Popcorn Together

June 29th, 2020

8:28

Today we are celebrating reaching 3 years of Popcorn Finance together!

Want to be a part of episode 200?

Leave me a voicemail at (707) 200-829 or at

193: Creating an Emergency Budget

June 22nd, 2020

7:03

When there is so much financial uncertainty in the world i like to sit down and create an emergency budget.  It's not that I think that something bad is going to happen, but I like to be prepared in the event that it …

192: Trading vs Investing

June 15th, 2020

12:25

Getting rich by investing in the stock market sounds great.  But too often we hear stories of how wealthy you can become by making just a few quick, smart trades.  Caleb Silver from Investopedia.com joins me to break …

191: Commitment to Fight Racism

June 8th, 2020

41:30

This has been a very difficult week both mentally and emotionally.  So I've decided to share a recent episode from my new podcast This Is Awkward to …

190: Bartering to Reach My Savings Goals

June 1st, 2020

8:00

We would all like to see our savings account grow, but at times it can be hard to find ways to free up the cash to reach that goal.  Yanely joins me …

Racism is Like Dust in the Air

June 1st, 2020

3:05

Words for a difficult time Excerpt from an op-ed piece written in the LA Times by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar entitled "Don’t understand the protests? What …

Quick Pop with Popcorn Finance Listener Claudia!

May 25th, 2020

7:13

Special Quick Pop Episode with and actual Popcorn Finance listener, Claudia!

Want to be on a future Popcorn Finance episode?

Send me a DM on Instagram - @PopcornFinancePodcast, Facebook - Popcorn Finance, or email at

Quick Pop! Answering All of Your Tiny Home Questions

May 18th, 2020

8:29

Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Brian Hawkins of Tiny House Movement.  In this quick & fun rapid fire question session we answer all of your …

187: Transitioning to Life in a Tiny House

May 11th, 2020

7:51

I love Tiny Homes, but they are not for everyone. Brian Hawkins of Tiny House Movement is back to discuss how tiny living isn't for everyone and what you need to keep in mind if you are considering purchasing a tiny …

186: Preparing for the Unexpected with Sharon Epperson

May 4th, 2020

10:53

A brain aneurysm put today's guest's financial plan to the test.  Sharon Epperson, CNBC’s Senior Personal Finance Correspondent, shares her story as an example as to why putting emergency plans in place for your …

185: How to Stop Those Credit Card Offers

April 27th, 2020

8:13

I get so many credit offers in the mail and I'm sick of it!  In today's episode I will walk you through how to put a stop to that credit card junk mail.

List of Sources for Today’s Episode

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What are …

184: Will I Have to Pay My Stimulus Check Back?

April 20th, 2020

11:51

There are still a lot of questions around these stimulus checks such as; Will I have to pay this stimulus check back?  and How do I update my bank …

183: Will I Be Getting a Stimulus Check?

April 13th, 2020

9:27

You've seen it all over the news, most of us will be receiving a $1,200+ stimulus check. In today's episode I will be breaking down your questions: …

182: How Do I Deal with My Stress & Anxiety?

April 6th, 2020

20:18

Join us for Popcorn Finance Game Night Every Monday at 6pm pt / 9pm et!

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Life as we all know it has changed and it is …

Economic Crisis: 2008 Recession vs COVID-19 Economic Crash

April 1st, 2020

10:14

Caleb Silver, Editor in Chief of Investopedia, goes in to detail on how the current economic slow down we are experiencing in 2020 caused by COVID-19 compares to the Great Recession of 2007-2009.

You can visit

180: Pop-Up Debate! What is the Superior Breakfast Experience?

March 30th, 2020

8:01

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Berna Anat aka Hey Berna is back for a Pop-Up …

Economic Crisis: What is a Bear Market?

March 27th, 2020

5:20

Editor in Chief of Investopedia.com, Caleb Silver, is here to help breakdown another investing term that we've been hearing a lot in these uncertain …

Economic Crisis: What is the Federal Reserve?

March 25th, 2020

4:02

The Federal Reserve is a misunderstood system. I’ll try my best to break down what they do.

177: Your Weekly Dose of Hype

March 23rd, 2020

10:55

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Let's be honest... Mondays kinda suck.  You …

Economic Crisis: What Does the Fed Interest Rate Cut Mean for Me?

March 20th, 2020

6:10

What does the Fed rate cut mean? The federal reserve cut interest rates, what does this mean and how will it impact my finances?

 

Mortgage Refi Resources

175: Why is it So Hard to Buy a Tiny Home?

March 16th, 2020

9:30

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You all know that I LOVE tiny homes, so it was …

174: What Should I Do with This Tax Refund?

March 9th, 2020

10:23

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President & CEO of SaverLife, Leigh …

This is Awkward: I Don't Need a Sugar Daddy

March 4th, 2020

26:17

I've launched a brand new podcast with my good friend and past guest Allison Baggerly (creator of Inspired Budget).

It's called This Is Awkward and …

172: Investing 101 - What is a Money Market Account?

March 2nd, 2020

8:20

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Editor in Chief of Investopedia.com, Caleb …

171: Automation Can Help You Save Thousands of Dollars

February 24th, 2020

10:06

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America Saves Week is kicking off on February …

170: The Perfect Number of Bank Accounts

February 17th, 2020

14:11

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169: Do You Share Your Salary with Your Co-Workers?

February 10th, 2020

15:17

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168: How to Get Your Spouse on Board with Budgeting

February 3rd, 2020

13:28

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Allison from …

167: Could Your Latest Amazon Purchase Be... Trash? - Money with Friends Podcast

January 27th, 2020

20:27

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I've been …

166: The Popcorn Finance 2019 Movie Draft!

January 20th, 2020

41:06

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What goes …

165: How Much is Your Bad Savings Account Costing You?

January 13th, 2020

7:57

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164: How Your Personality Affects Your Money

January 7th, 2020

21:21

Understanding your personality may shine some light on your money habits.  I'm joined by Amber Hawley, licensed marriage and family therapist, & …

163: Pop Up Debate Rewind with Bethany Bayless

December 30th, 2019

9:47

I had so much fun in Round 2 of my Pop-Up Debate with Bethany Bayless (http://themoneymillhouse.com) that I thought I'd share our first ever debate! Weigh in on who you thought argued their side best in the comment or …

162: Pop-Up Debate! Gift Cards v. Cash - What Is The Perfect Gift?

December 23rd, 2019

14:14

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161: Facing Your Financial Fears

December 16th, 2019

21:02

Debt can seem like an unending burden.  Antwan called in expressing this exact feeling about his student loans.  One of my favorite guests, Allison Baggerly, is back to help Antwan and all of you listening take on your …

160: Don't Feel Guilty About Using Your Savings

December 9th, 2019

11:10

If you’ve ever built up a savings account, you've probably been hit with guilt when you have to pull money out.  We put so much time and effort into …

159: Counting Down Our Top 3 Podcasts!

December 2nd, 2019

11:29

Finding a new podcast that you will actually enjoy can be a lot of work.  So, I sat down with Darbi Masters to countdown our Top 3 favorite podcasts!

158: What I Learned by Living with Less

November 25th, 2019

23:49

The Year of Less was one of my favorite books of 2018 and I got the chance to with the author, and all around amazing person, Cait Flanders.  We …

157: Should I Invest or Pay Off Debt?

November 18th, 2019

7:37

If you are in the process of trying to pay down debt, should you still contribute to your 401(k), or should you focus all of your power on paying …

156: What is a Robo Advisor?

November 11th, 2019

8:14

Robo-advisors is becoming one of those hot buzzwords that you’re hearing thrown around everywhere. In the finance industry, automation is everything, so it’s no surprise that these services are creating that buzz. What …

155: How to Find a Financial Planner + Giveaway Winners!

November 4th, 2019

7:04

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How to Find and Win Scholarships

November 1st, 2019

14:20

Pam is an expert when it comes to finding and winning scholarships. She is best known for helping her son win over $700,000 in scholarships! Pam …

Quick Pop #13 - Anthony O'Neal

October 30th, 2019

9:29

Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Anthony O'Neal!  Anthony is back for a quick and fun rapid fire question challenge!

Special Book Giveaway!!!

Enter to win a copy of Anthony's book, Debt Free Degree, by calling in to …

152: Debt Free Degree

October 28th, 2019

7:18

Be a part of a Popcorn Finance episode by visiting https://PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail! You can stay anonymous if you want :)

Student loan debt has become a real crisis in the United States.  Today's guest, Anthony …

151: How Do I Save and Pay Off Debt at the Same Time?

October 21st, 2019

5:26

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Balancing saving while …

150: The Pros and Cons of Online Bank Accounts

October 14th, 2019

7:13

Be a part of a Popcorn Finance episode by visiting https://PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail and letting me know one of your financial fears. -You can be …

149: Can I Trust Online Bank Accounts?

October 7th, 2019

5:19

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148: Stop Overspending with the One Percent Rule

September 30th, 2019

9:35

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147: How to Stop the Credit Card Offers in the Mail

September 23rd, 2019

7:28

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I get so many credit offers in the …

Quick Pop #12 - Erin Chase

September 22nd, 2019

6:04

Send me your questions or thoughts at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail

Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Erin Chase!  Erin is back for a quick and fun rapid fire question challenge!

Also take a listen to Erin on Episode …

145: How Do I Get My Food Budget Under Control?

September 16th, 2019

11:32

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144: I Got My First Real Job, Now What?

September 9th, 2019

10:21

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143: Pop-Up Debate! Are You For or Against Tiny Living?

September 2nd, 2019

9:56

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142: Dear Debt

August 26th, 2019

14:10

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Mental health and money aren't two topics that you hear discussed together …

141: Plutus Nominated Episode - The Why of FI with Jillian Johnsrud

August 21st, 2019

12:39

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140: How Do I Stay Motivated to Save?

August 12th, 2019

9:43

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139: Is Debt Consolidation a Scam?

August 5th, 2019

10:02

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138: Should I Give Up Power of Attorney?

August 2nd, 2019

6:18

Cameron Huddleston is back yet again to answer another Power of Attorney question!  This time from the side of the person giving up the power.  …

137: Should I Be My Parent's Power of Attorney?

July 29th, 2019

10:20

Cameron Huddleston is BACK thanks to a question from Michelle.  As a follow up to Cameron's first appearance back on episode 131 (

136: Budget Bites - Using Cash Envelopes to Control Your Spending

July 22nd, 2019

3:02

Allison's Budget Bites!

Learn more at InspiredBudget.com or on Instagram @InspiredBudget.

 

 

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135: Pop-Up Debate! Is the Wedding DJ Overrated?

July 17th, 2019

5:15

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Welcome to another Pop-Up Debate! This is a special episode where I am joined by a past guest to debate a weird and fun topic.  We each get 1 minute to argue our …

134: Saying No to the Engagement Ring

July 15th, 2019

9:49

The engagement ring is seen as the universal symbol of love and commitment. But, it is also a huge expense and some, like today's guest, are opting …

133: Getting Rid of That Car Debt!

July 8th, 2019

9:53

There are few moments that feel better than paying off debt.  Last November I paid off my car and of course I had to document the process.  Join me as I reflect on this surreal moment.

Have you recently paid off a car …

132: When Will I Be Debt Free?

July 1st, 2019

4:15

I received a great question from Tessa about how to calculate a debt payoff date when your payments are not consistent. This was a tough question so …

Popcorn Finance 2 Year Anniversary!

June 29th, 2019

4:21

It's crazy to think that it has been two whole years since I released the very first episode of Popcorn Finance. I just wanted to put out this small …

131: Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk

June 24th, 2019

12:35

Help nominate Popcorn Finance for a Plutus Award!

Visit PopcornFinance.com/Plutus, enter your name and email, and then hit submit, THAT'S IT! Thanks …

130: Moving to the Hood to Pay Off $120,000 of Debt

June 17th, 2019

12:17

Help nominate Popcorn Finance for a Plutus Award!

Visit PopcornFinance.com/Plutus, enter your name and email, and then hit submit, THAT'S IT! Thanks for your help!

Aja McClanahan joined me from the FinCon floor to …

129: Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want

June 10th, 2019

7:24

Here is another interview from my time at FinCon. I met up with Episode 030 Guest Nick True on the conference floor.  Nick brought up the topic of why it's important to distinguish what you really want from the …

128: Pop-Up Debates! Ebooks vs. Physical Books!

June 6th, 2019

8:53

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE AT https://PopcornFinance.com/100Books

Welcome to Pop-Up Debates!  In this new episode format I will be joined by a guest to debate a specific topic.  We will each have 1 minute to argue our …

127: Pt.3 The 100 Book Reading Challenge

June 5th, 2019

12:14

Sarah Wilson, aka Budget Girl, has set a mind blowing goal to read 100 books in 2019. In comparison my 20 book reading challenge is just sad. Over 3 episodes we discuss some of our favorite personal finance books along …

126: Pt.2 The 100 Book Reading Challenge

June 4th, 2019

5:13

Sarah Wilson, aka Budget Girl, has set a mind blowing goal to read 100 books in 2019. In comparison my 20 book reading challenge is just sad. Over 3 episodes we discuss some of our favorite personal finance books along …

125: Pt.1 The 100 Book Reading Challenge

June 3rd, 2019

7:17

Sarah Wilson, aka Budget Girl, has set a mind blowing goal to read 100 books in 2019. In comparison my 20 book reading challenge is just sad. Over 3 episodes we discuss some of our favorite personal finance books along …

124: Vacations Stress Me Out!

May 27th, 2019

5:17

Vacations have always been a stressful time for me, specifically financially. Learn what I did to reduce the amount of money stress I was feeling …

123: Budget Bites - Meal Prep Your Way to Savings

May 22nd, 2019

3:46

Allison's Budget Bites!

Learn more at InspiredBudget.com or on Instagram @InspiredBudget.

 

Connect with me

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122: The Man without a Credit Score

May 20th, 2019

10:47

The credit score. We all strive to have the best one possible. But what is it like to live without a credit score at all? I sat down with Steve Stewart to talk about what life is like without a credit score and to find …

Bonus: Stacks House Tour

May 17th, 2019

3:45

Farnoosh Torabi is back to give us a quick audio tour of Stacks House.

Connect with Farnoosh on Instagram at @farnooshtorabi (https://www.instagram.com/farnooshtorabi) and check out her podcast So Money (

121: Pop-Up Debates! Are Subscription Services Worth It?

May 15th, 2019

5:59

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Welcome to Pop-Up Debates!  In this new episode format I will be joined by a guest to debate a specific topic.  We will each have 1 minute to argue our point.  …

120: Stacks House, A Pop-Up with a Purpose with Farnoosh Torabi

May 13th, 2019

10:31

Ask me a question!

PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail

 

I got the chance to visit Stacks House, a pop-up in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, to speak with co-founder Farnoosh Torabi about why Stacks House was created, the …

119: The Art of Allowance

May 6th, 2019

11:05

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John Lanza, author of The Art of Allowance, joins me to share some of his best tips and strategies to help your child build a strong relationship with money through an …

118: Budget Bites - Comparison is the Thief of Joy

May 1st, 2019

4:51

Allison's Budget Bites!

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If you are struggling with depression or anxiety because of money issues or debt please check out DearDebt.com for some great …

117: Advancing Your Career and Paying Off Debt with Rich Jones

April 29th, 2019

16:57

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Rich Jones, one half of the Paychecks and Balances team, joins me to share how he got out of debt …

EPISODE 100!!!

April 29th, 2019

8:48

It's finally HERE! Episode 100!!! It's only about 16 episodes late but hey, it's better late than never, right?! HAHAHA!

 

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Tiny Living Series: Life on a Boat

April 22nd, 2019

14:43

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Tiny Living Series: Tiny House Movement

April 15th, 2019

14:51

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Tiny Living Series: RV Living

April 8th, 2019

13:13

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113: Budget Bites - The Importance of Tracking Your Expenses

April 3rd, 2019

4:33

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Tiny Living Series: Van Life with Matt and Alli

April 1st, 2019

19:19

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S07 - Broke Millennial

March 29th, 2019

16:45

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Today I'll be serving up a second helping of episode 033, enjoy!

This week Erin Lowry joins me for a bag of popcorn.  Erin is the founder of

111: Pop-Up Debates! Is Using Someone Else's Netflix Ok?

March 27th, 2019

8:44

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Welcome to Pop-Up Debates!  In this new episode format I will be joined by a guest to debate a specific topic.  We will each have 1 minute to argue our point.  …

110: Should I Invest if I'm in Debt? ft. Erin Lowry

March 25th, 2019

11:38

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Erin Lowry from BrokeMillennial.com is back to help us tackle a question that I'm hearing more and …

109: How to Invest in Real Estate with Joel & Matt from How to Money

March 18th, 2019

12:32

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The hosts of the How to Money podcast, Joel and Matt, pop by to give us all a crash course in how to invest in real estate.

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108: Mini Budgets & Investing 101

March 13th, 2019

5:06

If someone gave you $100 right now and you only had 1 minute to spend it, what would you buy?

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Investing 101 - What is an ETF? Featuring Caleb Silver with Investopedia

March 11th, 2019

6:08

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Editor in Chief of Investopedia, Caleb Silver, is back to help us understand ETFs aka Exchange …

106: How Many Bank Accounts Do You Have?

March 6th, 2019

5:05

If someone gave you $100 right now and you only had 1 minute to spend it, what would you buy?

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PWF 5: Career Freedom Through FI with Paula Pant

March 4th, 2019

18:08

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104: America Saves Week Day #3 - Saving for the Unexpected

February 27th, 2019

5:57

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Bethany Bayless, co-host of The Money Millhouse podcast, joins me in celebrating Day #3 of America Saves Week! Bethany shares how saving for …

103: America Saves Week Day #2 - Save the easy way…automatically

February 26th, 2019

3:36

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Tuesday's theme is save the easy way... automatically. In this episode I discuss why automating your finances is crucial and two ways in …

PWF 4: The Many Paths to FI

February 25th, 2019

10:23

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Bonus: Kicking Off America Saves Week 2019

February 24th, 2019

5:55

What is America Saves Week?  The Director of Strategic Engagement, Lindsay Ferguson, explains what this week is all about and walks us through each of the daily themes.  You'll learn a little bit and kick off America …

Bonus: Montana Huckleberry Drizzle Popcorn Recipe

February 20th, 2019

4:49

Jillian is back in this bonus episode to share an amazing popcorn and also distract me from the crazy Florida heat!

Check out Jillian's episode from Monday below! 

Jillian Shares how a tough experience as a child pushed …

PWF 3: The Why of FI with Jillian Johnsrud from Montana Money Adventures

February 18th, 2019

14:42

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Bonus: Episode 100 Call-In Request

February 16th, 2019

3:54

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PWF 2: The Journey to F.I. with Julien & Kiersten from rich & REGULAR

February 11th, 2019

15:24

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Investing 101 - What is a Mutual Fund? Featuring Caleb Silver with Investopedia

February 6th, 2019

9:03

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We are jumping back in to the Investing 101 Series and taking on Mutual Funds. Caleb Silver from one of my favorite sites, Investopedia.com, is here to help you …

PWF 1: The Pillars of F.I. with Brad from ChooseFI

February 4th, 2019

20:04

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096: Pop-Up Debates! Re-Using Paper Towels, Cheap or Frugal?

January 28th, 2019

6:58

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Welcome to Pop-Up Debates!  In this new episode format I will be joined by a guest to debate a specific topic.  We will each have 1 minute to argue our point.  The …

Quick Pop #11 - Cait Flanders

January 25th, 2019

6:59

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Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Cait Flanders, author of The Year of Less.  This is a quick and fun rapid fire question session.

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095: Pt.2 - What I Learned by Living with Less Featuring Cait Flanders

January 23rd, 2019

15:11

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The Year of Less was one of my favorite books of 2018, which means this has to be one of my favorite episodes of 2019.  I'm joined by author and all …

095: Pt.1 - What I Learned by Living with Less Featuring Cait Flanders

January 21st, 2019

11:06

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The Year of Less was one of my favorite books of 2018, which means this has to be one of my favorite episodes of 2019.  I'm joined by author and all …

Quick Pop #10 - The Frugal Friends Jen and Jill

January 16th, 2019

12:07

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Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Jen and Jill, hosts of theFrugal Friends podcast. This is a quick and fun rapid fire question session.

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094: How Not to Die When Buying Things on Craigslist with The Frugal Friends

January 14th, 2019

13:35

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I’ve never used Craigslist, not even once. And really, I have no idea what I’m doing. So I’ve asked Jen and Jill, hosts of the Frugal Friends podcast, …

093B: Credit Card Roulette with Ryan Inman

January 9th, 2019

8:10

Ryan Inman from FinancialResidency.com is back to tell us all about this crazy game he plays at dinner called Credit Card Roulette.

If you didn't …

093: Pop-Up Debates - Should You Split the Bill?

January 7th, 2019

5:48

Welcome to Pop-Up Debates!  In this new episode format I will be joined by a guest to debate a specific topic.  We will each have 1 minute to argue our point.  The best part about this new type of episode is that you …

092: The Good, the Bad and the Just OK Goals from 2018

December 31st, 2018

10:17

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We've made it to the end of 2018 and it's time to take a look at how those goals we set back in January look. In this episode I'm going to break down …

S06: How Allison and Her Husband Paid Off $111,000 of Debt

December 26th, 2018

13:30

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Today I'll be serving up a second helping of episode 062, enjoy!

Allison from InspiredBudget.com shares how she and her husband paid off $111,000 in …

091: How Big Should Your Emergency Fund Be?

December 24th, 2018

7:04

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Allison is back to help me discuss a piece written by Kristin Wong on how big your …

Pop-Up Debates! Keep, Regift, or Return w/ Allison Baggerly

December 19th, 2018

7:54

This is the debut of Pop-Up Debates!  Allison Baggerly from InspiredBudget.com is here to help me kick things off.  We will each have 1 minute to debate today's topic, Keep, Regift, or Return.

You get to decide who wins …

090: So Many Failed Goals

December 17th, 2018

11:14

I can't be the only one with a list of failed goals?  Sometimes we fall short, but that shouldn't stop you from making new goals.  Allison Baggerly …

S5: 2018 Listener Goals - Vol. 5

December 14th, 2018

5:59

Are you ready for seconds?! The rest of December is going to be all about your goals, so I decided to kick things off by replaying an episode from the 2018 Listener Goals Series each day this week!  Enjoy!!!

 

Welcome …

S4: 2018 Listener Goals - Vol. 4

December 13th, 2018

4:47

Are you ready for seconds?! The rest of December is going to be all about your goals, so I decided to kick things off by replaying an episode from the 2018 Listener Goals Series each day this week!  Enjoy!!!

 

Welcome …

S3: 2018 Listener Goals - Vol. 3 - Buying a Home

December 12th, 2018

3:28

Are you ready for seconds?! The rest of December is going to be all about your goals, so I decided to kick things off by replaying an episode from the 2018 Listener Goals Series each day this week!  Enjoy!!!

 

Welcome …

S2: 2018 Listener Goals: Vol. 2 - Saving

December 11th, 2018

5:16

Are you ready for seconds?! The rest of December is going to be all about your goals, so I decided to kick things off by replaying an episode from the 2018 Listener Goals Series each day this week!  Enjoy!!!

 

Welcome …

S1: 2018 Listener Goals: Vol. 1 - Paying Off Debt

December 10th, 2018

7:51

Are you ready for seconds?! The rest of December is going to be all about your goals, so I decided to kick things off by replaying an episode from the 2018 Listener Goals Series each day this week!  Enjoy!!!

 

This …

Bonus Quick Pop with Roger Whitney

December 5th, 2018

5:31

Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Roger Whitney aka The Retirement Answer Man. This is a quick and fun rapid fire question session.

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089: You Need to Rethink Your Retirement with Roger Whitney

December 3rd, 2018

15:31

The way we should be looking at retirement is changing.  Gone are the days of throwing a few dollars in an account and hoping for the best.  Roger …

088: Fighting FOMO with Gaby Lapera from Credit Karma

November 26th, 2018

12:33

If anyone tells you that FOMO isn't real they're lying!  FOMO or the Fear Of Missing Out is just a big of an issue as ever.  For Baby Boomers it was called Keeping Up With the Jones or KUWJ, not nearly as catchy.  But …

087: Kitchen Table Finances + A Black Friday Giveaway!!!

November 19th, 2018

10:52

So much of our life revolves around the kitchen table.  Obviously we eat there (sometimes at least), we sit around it and catch up with family and …

086: Pt 2 - How Your Personality Affects Your Money

November 14th, 2018

16:06

Understanding your personality may shine some light on your money habits.  I'm joined by Amber Hawley, licensed marriage and family therapist, & …

086: Pt 1 - How Your Personality Affects Your Money

November 12th, 2018

11:08

Understanding your personality may shine some light on your money habits.  I'm joined by Amber Hawley, licensed marriage and family therapist, & …

085: Where Should I Be Saving My Money?

November 5th, 2018

8:08

Jordan wrote in to the show wanting to know where he should be saving his money. He has no debt and is throwing some money in to a variety of …

084 Bonus: Spenders Anonymous

October 31st, 2018

3:05

On this past Monday's episode you heard my live performance from the Improv in Orlando, Florida. Today you'll hear from the people who inspired that episode and some of the best and worst things they've spent money on.

084: Spenders Anonymous

October 29th, 2018

12:51

If you've been a life long spender like me, then this is the episode for you!  Check out the live episode of Popcorn Finance that I recorded at the Improv in Orlando, Florida as part of the Stacking Benjamins Three Town …

083: Never Have I Ever Featuring Bethany Bayless

October 22nd, 2018

12:07

Have you ever left your popcorn on the floor in the movie theater or gone out a 4am on Black Friday to shop? Bethany Bayless, co-host of The Money Millhouse podcast, joins me to answer these questions and more in a …

082: Your Dream Retirement with Chris Hogan

October 15th, 2018

13:22

Best selling author and captivating speaker Chris Hogan from Ramsey Solutions joins me on today's episode.  Together we discuss what his dream …

Bonus Episode: Is College Right For Everyone? PT.2

October 10th, 2018

9:45

Jean and Parker from Creators Group are back in a bonus part 2 of our conversation!

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B2S #5: Is College Right For Everyone?

October 8th, 2018

14:12

I met Jean and Parker, from Creators Group, in Philadelphia after they filmed an amazing video with me for Popcorn Finance. We ended up hitting it off and decided to recorded our conversation about the importance of …

B2S #4: Student Loans 101

October 1st, 2018

13:46

Robert Farrington from TheCollegeInvestor.com is here to give us all a crash course in student loans. Robert helps out a special listener by …

B2S #3: Choosing a Budget Friendly Major

September 24th, 2018

9:50

Cody (FlyToFI.com) is a passionate guy who is all about achieving financial independence. One thing is certain, student loans are not going to help you achieve financial freedom.  Cody shares some great examples of how …

B2S #2: How to Find and Win Scholarships

September 17th, 2018

13:09

Pam is an expert when it comes to finding and winning scholarships. She is best known for helping her son win over $700,000 in scholarships! Pam …

B2S #1: Saving for College Using a 529 Plan

September 10th, 2018

13:12

Wayne is the CEO of Gift of College, a gift registry that allows friends and family to contribute towards a 529 Plan or student loan. Together we …

076: Tiny House Side Hustle with Cassandra & Gilbert

September 3rd, 2018

13:13

This past August I flew out to Phoenix, Arizona to stay in my very first Tiny House. While there I had the opportunity to sit and talk with the owners, Cassandra and Gilbert. Together we discuss tiny house living, …

075: 3 MoviePass Alternatives with Joe Saul-Sehy

August 29th, 2018

29:02

If you're a movie lover like myself and today's guest, Joe Saul-Sehy from Stacking Benjamins, then you will love this episode.  Joe and I discuss …

074: A Tiny Home and Travel Hacking Weekend

August 27th, 2018

7:33

Today's episode is coming to you live from the backseat of my car in a grocery store parking lot. Thanks to a flight delay, I'm going mobile to talk to you all about my adventures this weekend staying in a desert tiny …

Bonus Quick Pop with Amanda from Debt Free in Sunny CA

August 22nd, 2018

4:06

Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Amanda from Debt Free in Sunny CA. This is a quick and fun rapid fire question session.

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073: How Amanda Paid Off $133,763 in Debt

August 20th, 2018

12:40

Amanda from DebtFreeInSunnyCA.com joins me to discuss paying off a huge amount of debt. Amanda and her husband Josh became debt free on July 5th, …

072: Find the Right Mortgage & Buy Your First Home with Mindy Jensen

August 13th, 2018

9:37

Mindy Jensen from BiggerPockets.com joins me for a fresh bag of popcorn and to help a listener out.  Holly wrote in wanting to understand the basics …

Bonus Quick Pop with "PT" Phillip Taylor

August 8th, 2018

4:27

Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Phillip Taylor from PTMoney.com and FinConExpo.com. This is a quick and fun rapid fire question session.

Full …

071: Retirement Planning Tips for Entrepreneurs with Philip Taylor

August 6th, 2018

7:49

Philip Taylor is here to help me answer a listener's question.  Fifi called in wanting to know how entrepreneurs can best plan for retirement.

 

Full …

Bonus Quick Pop with Pete McPherson

August 1st, 2018

7:11

Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Pete McPherson from DoYouEvenBlog.com. This is a quick and fun rapid fire question session.

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070: 3 Tips to Help You Start Earning Freelance Income with Pete McPherson

July 30th, 2018

18:45

Pete McPherson from Do You Even Blog joins me to share his 3 Tips to Help You Start Earning Freelance Income.

Pete is amazing at starting new blogs so if you need some help make sure you check out his complete guide on …

069: Stop Overpaying Your Taxes

July 23rd, 2018

7:42

Calls from "PERS" and Christopher Robins (Yes that's his real name) got today's conversation started. They both gave great examples of why a small …

068: How to Recover from a Financial Fail

July 16th, 2018

8:00

A listener called in wanting to know how to recover when you've had a rough month financially.

Plus a message from Anthony reminded me of Episode 025 all about how to get free Amazon Kindle Ebooks.  Visit

2018 Listener Goals - Vol. 5

July 9th, 2018

7:29

Welcome to Vol. 5 in our 2018 Listener Goals Series!

This is the fifth and final volume in this series.  We will tackle a variety of goals from …

Bonus Quick Pop with Tela Holcomb

July 4th, 2018

3:21

Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Tela Holcomb from TelaHolcomb.com. This is a quick and fun rapid fire question session.

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066: Investing 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Buying Stocks with Tela Holcomb

July 2nd, 2018

18:52

The Investing 101 Series is BACK!! I received a call from Shannon wanting to know how to go about buying her first shares of stock. I know how …

065: Never Read the Comments

June 25th, 2018

7:56

Internet Rule #1: Never read the comments, especially when you know they are going to be about you.

Well sadly I broke this rule, but it did lead to …

Bonus Quick Pop with Alan from Dream Big Live Tiny

June 20th, 2018

3:37

Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Alan from DreamBigLiveTinyCo.com. This is a quick and fun rapid fire question session.

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064: Dream Big, Live Tiny - The Financial Benefits of Tiny Home Living

June 18th, 2018

21:12

Have you ever heard of a Tiny Home?  Have you ever considered living in a Tiny Home as a way to reach financial independence?  Alan from DreamBigLiveTinyCo.com joins me to discuss the financial benefits of Tiny Home …

063: How to Choose the Best Travel Credit Card with Lee from Bald Thoughts

June 11th, 2018

12:08

Our favorite travel guy, Lee from BaldThoughts.com, returns to help us find the best travel credit card.  Learn where to start, when an annual fee is worth it and Lee's thoughts on cash back versus points credit cards.

Bonus Quick Pop with Allison from InspiredBudget.com

June 6th, 2018

4:00

Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Allison from InspiredBudget.com. This is a quick and fun rapid fire question session.

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062: How Allison and Her Husband Paid Off $111,000 of Debt

June 4th, 2018

14:41

Allison from InspiredBudget.com shares how she and her husband paid off $111,000 in Debt over the course of 4.5 years.  They reached this huge accomplishment while living on two teachers salaries, having two kids and …

2018 Listener Goals - Vol. 4

May 28th, 2018

6:14

Welcome to Vol. 4 in our 2018 Listener Goals Series!

Today we are going to be taking a look at some listener goals that are centered around their …

060: Checking in on Our 2018 Goals

May 21st, 2018

8:03

A Twitter conversation with Ambus sparked today's episode.  It's time to check in on those 2018 financial goals we all set back on January 1st.  Whether good or bad, it's always a good idea to see what progress you have …

059: The Side Hustle Multiplier

May 14th, 2018

10:12

Today we are wrapping up the Popcorn Finance Side Hustle Series with the help of a call from listener Curt.  Curt shares a couple of the side hustles he is currently working on along with a few additional tips.

Special …

Bonus Quick Pop with Jason from TheWealthHound.com

May 10th, 2018

5:12

Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Jason From TheWealthHound.com. This is a quick and fun rapid fire question session.

You can learn more about …

058: Dead Fish Cleanup Hustle with Jason from TheWealthHound.com

May 7th, 2018

16:32

Jason shares a side hustle story that would send most people with a strong sense of smell running the other way.  Two teenagers, a pick up truck and …

057: Side Hustles Take Real Hustle with Bobbi Rebell

April 30th, 2018

16:01

When it comes to the Side Hustle, we often forget that the "Hustle" is the key to your success. Author and award winning TV anchor Bobbi Rebell shares how her desire for a better work life balance pushed her to work …

Bonus Quick Pop with Jamila From Journey to Launch

April 28th, 2018

4:35

Trying something new! Special Bonus Quick Pop Episode with Jamila From Journey to Launch. This is a quick and fun rapid fire question session.

You can learn more about Jamila by visiting JourneytoLaunch.com

or by …

Bonus: Our Student's Financial Health Matters

April 25th, 2018

11:36

April 25th, 2018 is Financial Health Matters Day, a.k.a. #FinHealthMatters Day.  This day was created by CFSI to bring attention to America’s financial health.  This year the focus is specifically on the financial …

056: The Other Side of the Side Hustle with Jamila Souffrant

April 23rd, 2018

18:34

Every side hustle you try isn't guaranteed to work out or fit your lifestyle. But that doesn't mean you can't learn something from the experience.  Jamila Souffrant, from JourneytoLaunch.com and host of the Journey to …

055: Taking Your Side Hustle Full Time with Maggie Germano

April 16th, 2018

13:33

Maggie Germano turned her passion for empowering women in to a side hustle & eventually her full time job.  In this episode Maggie shares how …

054: Tax Tips for the Side Hustler with the Bookkeeping Artist

April 9th, 2018

15:24

Starting a side hustle is a great way to bring in some extra income, but it is not tax free.  Katherine Pomerantz from BookKeepingArtist.com popped by to share some great tips to help you get your side hustle tax …

053: Last Minute Tax Tips with Lindsay Ferguson from America Saves

April 4th, 2018

15:58

Have you filed your taxes yet? The April 17th tax filing deadline is quickly approaching and just because you think you shouldn't file isn't a good …

052: Side Hustling with the Financial Panther

April 2nd, 2018

12:22

Kevin, creator of FinancialPanther.com, is a lawyer by day, expert side hustler by night.  We sit and discuss his passion for taking on side hustles …

051: Following Investors You Trust with KINFO

March 28th, 2018

7:57

Have you ever looked at your investment account and wanted to know how your choices compare to other investors that you respect and trust?  Karl joined me at a table in the middle of the FinCon conference floor to …

050: Celebrating 50 Freshly Popped Episodes!

March 26th, 2018

12:35

We made it to Episode 50!!!

Who would have thought 9 months ago that we would be here?  Thank you so much for sticking with me and listening.  In …

049: 5 Simple Steps to Help You Start Travel Hacking with Lee from Bald Thoughts - Part 2

March 19th, 2018

13:45

Lee from BaldThoughts.com sat with me for a bag of popcorn and to share his 5 Simple Steps to help you start Travel Hacking.  

You may be wondering, what is travel hacking?  Travel hacking, in very simple terms, is the …

048: 5 Simple Steps to Help You Start Travel Hacking with Lee from Bald Thoughts - Part 1

March 12th, 2018

13:15

Lee from BaldThoughts.com sat with me for a bag of popcorn and to share his 5 Simple Steps to help you start Travel Hacking.  

You may be wondering, what is travel hacking?  Travel hacking, in very simple terms, is the …

047: How Expert Advice Can Harm Your Money with Jen Hemphill

March 7th, 2018

8:56

It can be very helpful to seek out the advice of an expert, especially when it comes to your money.  But sometimes a one size fits all solution isn't …

America Saves Week - Day 6 - Save as a Family

March 3rd, 2018

7:50

It's America Saves Week!

After you're done listening to this special podcast episode join me in taking the America Saves Pledge by visiting PopcornFinance.com/AmericaSaves.

Once you take the pledge you'll have a chance …

America Saves Week - Day 5 - Save the Extra

March 2nd, 2018

5:43

It's America Saves Week!

After you're done listening to this special podcast episode join me in taking the America Saves Pledge by visiting PopcornFinance.com/AmericaSaves.

Once you take the pledge you'll have a chance …

America Saves Week - Day 4 - Save to Retire

March 1st, 2018

6:54

It's America Saves Week!

After you're done listening to this special podcast episode join me in taking the America Saves Pledge by visiting PopcornFinance.com/AmericaSaves.

Once you take the pledge you'll have a chance …

America Saves Week - Day 3 - Saving for a Rainy Day

March 1st, 2018

7:38

It's America Saves Week!

After you're done listening to this special podcast episode join me in taking the America Saves Pledge by visiting PopcornFinance.com/AmericaSaves.

Once you take the pledge you'll have a chance …

America Saves Week - Day 2 - Automate Your Savings

February 27th, 2018

11:03

It's America Saves Week!

After you're done listening to this special podcast episode join me in taking the America Saves Pledge by visiting PopcornFinance.com/AmericaSaves.

Once you take the pledge you'll have a chance …

America Saves Week - Day 1 - Save with a Plan

February 26th, 2018

3:36

It's America Saves Week!

Take a listen to a special podcast episode & join me in taking the America Saves Pledge by visiting PopcornFinance.com/AmericaSaves.

Once you take the pledge you'll have a chance to earn up …

2018 Listener Goals - Vol. 3 - Buying a Home

February 26th, 2018

4:54

Welcome to Vol. 3 in our 2018 Listener Goals Series!

The callers in this episode are prepping for probably the biggest purchase of their lives, …

045: Add Some Spunk to Your No Spend Challenge with Jen Smith

February 19th, 2018

14:51

One of my goals for 2018 is to read 12 new books.  I started the year off with The No-Spend Challenge Guide by Jen Smith.  I enjoyed the book so much …

044: Start Your Valentine's Day with a Couple Money Talk ft. Elle Martinez

February 14th, 2018

19:40

Valentine's Day is a time for romance, right?  Well there is nothing romantic about an awkward money conversation with your significant other.  Elle Martinez from CoupleMoney.com is here to help you break the ice in …

043: The Family 401K with Bill Dwight

February 12th, 2018

12:09

Bill Dwight from FamZoo.com sat with me to discuss how he's using a traditional retirement account in an unconventional way to help his kids save …

042: Life Outside of the Banking System with Chris Hutchins & Rob Erich

February 5th, 2018

22:46

Chris Hutchins from Grove and Rob Erich from MoneyNomad.com sat with me at the hood of a VW Bug to discuss their experience going through the FinX program hosted by CFSI.  The FinX program gives participants the …

041: Free Tax Preparation with Megan Brinsfield

January 29th, 2018

11:46

The Popcorn Finance resident tax expert and friend of the show Megan Brinsfield, Director of Financial Planning at Motley Fool Wealth Management, …

040: Popping 7 Figures with Helene from Free To Pursue

January 22nd, 2018

13:04

Helene from FreetoPursue.com sat with me for a few minutes at FinCon to discuss financial independence, her journey, her setbacks and a huge …

2018 Listener Goals: Vol. 2 - Saving

January 18th, 2018

6:43

Welcome to Vol. 2 in our 2018 Listener Goals Series!

Today we take on savings. Whether you are saving up so that you can tell your boss you're never …

038: Our $27,000 Debt Story - Pt. 3

January 15th, 2018

15:55

Today we finish the third and final chapter of our $27,000 Debt Story. We discuss what changes we made to help pay down our debt faster, some …

037: Figuring Out Your Income & Expenses with Marcus Garrett

January 8th, 2018

23:34

Here is another fun interview from FinCon 2017. I'm joined by Marcus Garrett, one half of the Paychecks & Balances team. Together we tackle a call from "Pers" on understanding fixed expenses and disposable income.

 

2018 Listener Goals: Vol. 1 - Paying Off Debt

January 1st, 2018

6:42

I asked you for your 2018 financial goals and you came through!

This episode will be the first in a series highlighting the 2018 financial goals of members of the Popcorn Finance community.

In the first episodes we …

035: Living Tax Free While Traveling the World ft. Megan Brinsfield

December 25th, 2017

10:35

Listener Mack Hackett was the Most Engaged Listener on the Popcorn Finance Anchor Station for four days in a row.  For this amazing feat I promised Mack an episode based around the topic of his choice.  

Of course Mack …

Send Me Your 2018 Financial Goals

December 23rd, 2017

2:56

Hey everyone!

I’m working on a special podcast for the new year. In it I want to feature listeners and one financial goal you have for 2018.

Visit PopcornFinance.com/2018goal for details on how to be a part of this …

034: Our $27,000 Debt Story Pt. 2

December 18th, 2017

17:40

This week we pick up where we left off a couple of weeks ago on episode 032.  In part 2 of my conversation with "K" we discuss some of the things that got us into over $27,000 in debt and what were those purchases that …

033: Broke Millennial - Erin Lowry

December 11th, 2017

18:29

This week Erin Lowry joins me for a bag of popcorn.  Erin is the founder of BrokeMillennial.com and the author of the book Broke Millennial.  We discuss some techniques to improve how you save and why you need more …

032: Our $27,000 Debt Story Pt. 1

December 4th, 2017

12:43

Last week on episode 031, I sat down with Liz Weston of NerdWallet.com & AskLizWeston.com to discuss sharing your debt story.  So this week I …

031: Sharing Your Debt Story with Liz Weston

November 27th, 2017

12:40

I had the privilege to sit down with the one and only Liz Weston of NerdWallet.com and AskLizWeston.com.  I first met Liz when she interviewed me and my wife for an article she was writing on the vicious debt cycle in …

Bonus Episode: BLACK FRIDAY GIVEAWAY!

November 22nd, 2017

6:51

Visit PopcornFinance.com/BlackFriday for the show notes & how to enter.  No purchase necessary.

I hate Black Friday. I hate it because I used to …

030: Mapping Out Your Money with Nick True

November 20th, 2017

8:56

Nick True joins me on the latest episode on the Popcorn Finance Podcast.  Nick is the Social Media Manager for FinCon and the founder of MappedOutMoney.com.  I met Nick at FinCon (a conference for financial …

029: Paying Off Over $100K of Debt with The Thrifty Couple

November 13th, 2017

12:27

Alex & Cassie from TheThriftyCouple.com join me on today's episode live from FinCon in Dallas, TX.  They share their amazing journey of …

028: HELP! I'm Young with No Credit

November 6th, 2017

6:52

Marvin called in wanting to know what a young person just starting out should do to establish credit.  Marvin is already ahead of the game & …

027: When The Money's Good

October 30th, 2017

10:10

This is the first of many great interviews that I recorded while at FinCon.  I am joined today by Tyler from WhenTheMoneysGood.com.  

Tyler is a Virginia native with an MBA focused in Finance and Accounting.  In today's …

025: How to Get Free Amazon Kindle Ebooks

October 11th, 2017

6:36

I found a new fortress of solitude & it's called the public library.  Little did i know that it would come with an extra perk.

 

024: Mint Flavored Budget

October 2nd, 2017

6:36

I received two great calls with a minty connection. Today we discuss budget tools & a potential business opportunity.

023: Investing 101 - Diversification

September 25th, 2017

8:59

“You should diversify your portfolio.” We’ve all probably heard this before. But what does this actually mean? Join me today as we discuss what …

022: Should I Pay Off My Credit Cards?

September 18th, 2017

7:29

Andrea called in with a great question about whether or not she should pay off her credit cards if she received a large sum of money.

021: The Equifax Hack

September 9th, 2017

12:22

The Equifax data hack has been all over the news & like many, I'm sure you were confused & concerned. In this episode you will learn the details that have been released & what actions you can take.

Show …

020: Top 3 Fun Ways to Spend Money

September 4th, 2017

31:00

I'm joined today by a special guest co-host, Rex Barrett, from The Maven's Top 3 Podcast. Rex is known for his top 3 lists & together we list the top 3 ways we spend our money just for fun.

Show Notes at …

019: Getting Creative with Bank Accounts

September 1st, 2017

9:50

I received a great call from Alfred as a follow up to episode 017. He wanted to know some creative ways to use bank accounts in his budgeting. Join …

018: Investing 101 - Stock Market Index

August 26th, 2017

8:33

Today we discuss what a stock market index is, why it was created, and a few examples of the most popular stock market indices.

Show Notes 

017: Automating Your Finances

August 16th, 2017

8:13

Automation is an extremely powerful tool and something that can be used to simplify our financial lives. Join me this episode as we discuss some of …

016: Investing 101 - Bonds Extra Credit

August 11th, 2017

6:18

Here's a little extra credit for our Investing 101 Series. We covered Bonds in our last episode, but there were a few things that got left out. Take a moment to listen to this extra credit assignment.

015: Investing 101 - Bonds

August 1st, 2017

7:20

Interested in loaning your money out to a business or corporation? Learn the ins and outs of bonds in today's episode.

popcornfinance.com/episode-015-investing-101-bonds/

Check out the rest of the Investing 101 Series …

014: Investing 101 - Stocks

July 29th, 2017

8:32

Stocks are one of the most well known investment vehicles, but, also one of the most misunderstood. Learn what a stock is, how it works, and what is …

013: Enjoying the NBA on a Budget

July 23rd, 2017

22:39

The NBA can be a fun, but also expensive experience. I'm joined by Victor from The Rebound to discuss the ways we enjoy the NBA while still working with in our budgets.

popcornfinance.com/episode-013-enjoying-nba-budget/

012: The Importance of Saving

July 19th, 2017

6:31

The importance of saving is never more evident than when a financial emergency hits. Today's episode is a short discussion on getting your savings in order.

popcornfinance.com/episode-012-importance-saving/

011: Credit Score Envy

July 14th, 2017

3:21

We have a tendency to compare ourselves to others. When it comes to credit scores we are no different. But, there comes a time when those few extra points mean nothing more than bragging rights.

010: Hard vs. Soft Credit Inquiry

July 12th, 2017

6:26

How does applying for a new credit card or loan affect your credit score? Learn the difference between a hard and soft credit Inquiry.

popcornfinance.com/episode-010-hard…t-credit-inquiry

009: The Business of Marijuana

July 10th, 2017

20:04

A call in sparked my journey to better understand the marijuana industry. With the help of my guest LJ, I learn about the current state of the marijuana industry.

popcornfinance.com/episode-009-business-marijuana

008: Paying to Repair Credit

July 7th, 2017

7:06

Is paying to have your credit repaired worthwhile or just a waste of money? Come join the discussion.

popcornfinance.com/episode-008-paying-repair-credit/

007: Credit Card Junk Mail

July 6th, 2017

8:26

Learn how to put an end to the constant credit card junk mail that we all receive far too often.

popcornfinance.com/episode-007-credit-card-junk-mail

006: Credit Score Myths - Part 2

July 4th, 2017

4:59

Join me in part 2 of our discussion on the top myths surrounding your credit score.

popcornfinance.com/006-credit-score-myths-part-2

005: Credit Score Myths - Part 1

July 4th, 2017

6:45

There's so much bad and just plain false information out there when it comes to your credit. Join me in part 1 of our discussion on the top myths surrounding your credit score.

004: Your Financial Journey w/ Jamila from JourneyToLaunch.com

July 2nd, 2017

18:31

On Episode 4 of the Popcorn Finance Podcast I was honored to have Jamila from JourneytoLaunch.com and host of the Journey to Launch Podcast join the …

003: The 5 FICO Score Factors

June 30th, 2017

14:26

Have you ever wondered what goes in to making that mysterious three digit Credit Score? Find out the 5 factors that go in to calculating your FICO …

002: Birth of the Credit Score

June 29th, 2017

12:49

Welcome Back to Credit Week 💳

In this episode we cover:

• Our Changing Credit System

• Fair Isaac

• FICO Scores Are Not Perfect 

 

popcornfinance.com/episode-002-birth-credit-score

001: Evolution of Our Credit System

June 28th, 2017

16:01

In this episode we will discuss the development of our credit system and what led to the creation of the FICO score.

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