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Stacking Benjamins: Earn, Save, and Spend Money With a Plan

Joe Saul-Sehy & OG discuss current finance trends, interview personalities and share the microphone with finance and non-finance people from across the nation...all from the comfort of Joe's parent's basement.
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Dec 30, 2013

Top advisor Scott Tiras (Barrons top 100 independent advisor list) joins us with five lessons we should have learned from 2013. What are some ideas we can glean to avoid mistakes next year? 

PK goes contrarian in this episode. Doug sneaks downstairs to borrow mustard. Len, Paula and Greg ask the magic 8 ball important questions about 2014....and much more.

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Dec 27, 2013

Know someone in college or recently graduated? Sanjeev Agrawal's company CollegeFeed.com can help them network with companies that might not even know you exist. On this week's show he walks us through the struggles people face while searching while marketing themselves and ways to attack your job search.

Show notes are available at Stacking Benjamins.com

Dec 23, 2013

It's a special episode of Stacking Benjamins! While we're off visiting family, we thought we'd totally hook you up with three of the best interviews we did during 2013. While our discussions with my mom's neighbor Doug, the Schwann's guy, and the guy cleaning the furnace were compelling beyond belief, we thought you might rather hear Laura Vanderkam, Jean Chatzky and Pat Flynn. Nice of us, huh?

If you're traveling this holiday we hope you're safe. Hope you're enjoying your holiday season!

Links to the original episodes for all of these podcasts is at StackingBenjamins.com/35.

Dec 20, 2013

Paul Sorokin has a neat app that might help you save money without even trying. The key: save a little at a time so that you don't miss it AND make it automatic. The Saved Plus app is brand new and has been talked about all over....now including here! 

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com

Dec 16, 2013

Sara Tetreault from GoGingham.com joins us to liven up your holiday season with five big ideas that can transform your holiday season for little or no money. Entertaining? Gift giving? Decorating? No matter--she has you covered. Our shortwave roundtable tackles emergency funds. Should you really have one? PK finishes his discussion on stock valuations. When is the best time to buy a stock? And...as an extra bonus....Erin Lowry from BrokeMillenial.com is our guest film reviewer. She tells us about the new film Saving Mr. Banks, opening this week.

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com/34 

Dec 12, 2013

Had enough of your office draining your wallet in December? Between the office party, mandatory gift for the boss, charity drives and secret Santa, you could be out tons of money. 

John Schmoll from FrugalRules.com is here to save you! He has some simple tips that'll keep your wallet intact while ensuring that you don't look like a total Scrooge in the process.

Thanks to Jemstep.com for sponsoring our show! 

Dec 9, 2013

Looking to have a wonderful holiday season but to regret it for months or years into the future? We've got you covered with another Top 5 episode! PK discusses stock valuations. Joe & OG review the horrible situation with pensions in Detroit. Barbara Friedberg joins Len and Greg on the shortwave to talk about buying unique gifts for people who have everything. We hold the coin flip of death AND announce a cool new contest....I think you're gonna love it!

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com/33.

Dec 6, 2013

Steve Stewart joins us yet again in the basement...this time to talk credit. His take: you're focusing on the wrong piece of your plan if your goal is to clean up your credit score. We'll discuss why AND how to pay down debt on this episode.

Thanks to Jemstep.com for sponsoring this show. Head to StackingBenjamins.com/Jemstep to take a tour of their time tested asset allocation service. Use the word STACK in the promo box to score a free month for being a listener!

Dec 2, 2013

The hilarious Jeanne Robertson joins us in the basement this week to talk comedy--specifically, what she does behind the scenes to make it all look so effortless. Jeanne and Joe talk about writing material, networking, the importance of technology, affinity groups, and much more. Simon Roy, President of Jemstep.com, also stops by to tell us the three moves we need to make before 2013 is over. PK tackles stock valuations....is the stock market overpriced? Finally, Joe and OG give you their picks for some holiday movies that might not have been on your list.

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com/32

Nov 29, 2013

Is your frugality over the top? Maybe you don't think so, but Noelle from ThisLifeOnPurpose.com joins us in the basement this week to give us the top 10 signs that you just might be too frugal. 

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com

Nov 25, 2013

Bridget Carey of CNET Update fame joins us with some hot tech ideas for this holiday season. She also shares which apps you should add to your phone before braving the Black Friday crowds. Speaking of Black Friday, Paula and Greg join in the fun by sharing a wider view of Black Friday shopping. The Makin' Sense Babe is back to tackle Facebook, privacy and social media investing. 

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com/31

Nov 22, 2013

Matt Theriault, accidental success coach and host of the popular Your Do Over podcast and Epic Real Estate podcast tells his amazing tale. He went from the top of the world with a company producing shovels of money to bagging groceries within six months. 

He tells us the moment he knew things had to change, what he did about it, and the incredible place he's at now...188 real estate properties in just over four years.

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com

Nov 18, 2013

Mark Johnson, host of the longest running board game podcast, Board Games To Go, joins us with some financial and party game ideas for this holiday season. Looking to help build someone's curiousity about money-related topics? Hoping for some good party games for some laughs at family gatherings? We've got you covered.

While Mark's sharing the board game fun, the rest of the gang is covering risk this episode...and no, NOT the board game. Joe & OG discuss some recent market risk predictions. PK tackles insurance and risk management decisions, while Len and Paula examine the risk of whether to believe your life insurance salesman. 

As always, there's much more packed into this week's show. You can find show notes (including links to all the games we discuss on the show) at StackingBenjamins.com/30.

Nov 15, 2013

Miranda Marquit is back to describe her life as an entrepreneur AND to share with us details of her successful crowdfunding campaign. We'll find out how to set up your business, how she looks for clients, how she plans her days, avoiding burnout, juggling multiple priorities....and much, much more. 

Show notes and links to her book, Confessions of a Professional Blogger, are available at StackingBenjamins.com/29W.

ALSO - We have a WINNER in our "guess the game" contest! Check that out at the end of the show.

Nov 11, 2013

Short interviews with some cool apps, sites and tools from FinCon 2013. We discuss how to purchase stocks for free with Loyal3, save money on groceries with Favado, compare credit card fees with CompareWallet, and get tax help from MyFreeTaxes.

Latisha Styles from YoungFinances.com and Joel Larsgaard from SaveOutsideTheBox.com join Paula Pant (from AffordAnything.com) on our roundtable to discuss how to become a "rebel." PK tackles why your pros might not work as hard for you as they would for themself. Joe & OG pick a winner from the October "Guess the Voice" contest AND take your letters.

It's an action-packed episode! Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com/29.

Nov 8, 2013

How can you live a longer and happier life? What does this topic have to do with your financial plan? 

Anna Corwin, an anthropology PhD candidate at UCLA specializing in aging, well being, and social interaction, joins us on the show to discuss one notable group she's found whose members live longer than the average person. You'll be surprised WHO the group is and WHY they live so long.

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com.

Nov 4, 2013

Neil Mandt is a Hollywood producer, actor and director. His credits include news, television, movies and (hopefully soon) live stunts. How did he land in Hollywood? How does he organize his time? How is he able to succeed where so many others have failed? Neil joins us in the basement to describe his projects, his successes and the tools he uses to win on a daily basis.

The roundtable gang of Len, Paula and Greg attack misguided closing lines that salespeople use to convince you to take action. These are some absolutely rotten closes that you should avoid.

PK is back with the most important part of your financial plan, Joe & OG detail some of the best and worst 529 plans....and much more!

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com

Nov 1, 2013

Jen Smialek from TheHappyHomeowner, shares details about her trip around the world. Why did she go now, in her early 30's, instead of waiting until retirement? How did she do it so cheaply? What countries did she love and which will she never visit again? She answers all these questions plus tells us stories about food, rental cars, golfing in Portugal, tear gas, and being the only tourist at the pyramids.

This special Short Stack is 40 minutes but don't let that stop you....if you only have time for the first 15 usual minutes, you're still going to get some great stories and tips. Enjoy!

Oct 28, 2013

J. Money from Budgets Are Sexy joins Joe and regular contributors Paula Pant and Len Penzo to discuss his ultimate baby tracker. How much do children cost? J. has tracked every penny spent on his son since he was born and reviews surprises, ways he saved money, how he's saving, and what hurdles he may face in the future. J. also drops a big news bomb on the show....congratulations to him!

Joe, Paula and Len review financial planning news, and J. Money joins in our conversation on our favorite financial movies and television shows.

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com/27. Enjoy!

Oct 25, 2013

The amazing Pauline Paquin joins us in the basement to talk about packing your bags and retiring someplace else! While I've felt the urge to do that on many occasions, I had no idea just how thorough you should be...BUT Pauline helps us make a better checklist. Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com. 

Oct 22, 2013

Ken Perenyi went from a broke 17 year old school boy to a professional art forger....until the FBI knocked on his door to find out why several fake portraits had been traced back to him. Ken, the author of the hit book Caveat Emptor, shares his wild roller coaster tale with Joe in the basement. The Makin' Sense Babe rants about people who don't understand side hustles. Doug shares trivia. Joe & OG tackle the question: does your advisors' choice of clothing matter? ....and much, much more.

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com/26

Oct 19, 2013

Ha! I'm at the Financial Blogger Conference and posted the show to the wrong feed yesterday. Ouch! 

If you've already listened to Travis' awesome story (in our 2 Guys & Your Money feed), please discard this episode....if not, this is a fantastic story about a couple who has persevered and is on the verge of conquering $109k of debt. 

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com

Oct 14, 2013

Gene Natalie, author of The Missing Semester, joins Joe in the basement this week to tackle the problem of education and personal finance. Working with kids in the Pittsburgh area, Gene and his co-author have experienced some impressive desire from students hoping to learn more about investing, budget management, and controlling your debt. 

Tonya from BudgetandtheBeach joins the roundtable discussion this week along with our newest contributor (listen to find out who will be filling the empty seat!), to talk entrepreneurship. They share their reasons for choosing to be entrepreneurs, the tax benefits, and the life of a flexible business owner wihtout any 9-5 net.

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com/25

Oct 11, 2013

Think you aren't making enough money? Crystal Stemberger joins Joe in the basement to tell the story of how she went from $35,000 to $100,000 in roughly 18 months. We'll talk about emergency funds, starting a side hustle and staying motivated. Enjoy! Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com

Oct 7, 2013

Credit expert John Ulzheimer joins us in the basement to answer the question: Can your Facebook friends affect your credit score? You might be surprised by the answer. The Makin' Sense Babe and Sandy Smith from Yes, I Am Cheap join Len Penzo on the roundtable for a fun discussion about their dumbest financial mistakes: buying the wrong house (and at the wrong time), investing in a business with a severance package, buying stocks without doing any research, and more.

Of course we have the coin flip of death, talk movies, and you'll even hear a song from Len's band.

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com/24.

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