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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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Now displaying: November, 2016
Nov 30, 2016

Ray Kroc built McDonalds into a juggernaut and built his own fortune into the billions. When he died, his wife Joan made the decision to give it all away upon her death. How did they build this money-making machine? How and why did she give it away? We talk empire-building and estate planning on today's show! Lisa Napoli, author of the new biography Ray & Joan joins us in the basement with stories and lessons.

In our headline segment we reveal some disturbing information about car trade-ins and the results of a retirement plan survey. We throw out the Haven Life line to Dave, who asks about refinancing his student loans, and take a letter from Stacey, who wants to know how to invest an inheritance. Should he pay down low interest debt or invest? Or course we also throw in a helping of Doug's trivia and much, much more!

Special thanks to  SoFi and Magnify Money for sponsoring our show!

Nov 28, 2016

Hosting a holiday party? Worried about parties you'll be attending? Creator of online site CatchMyParty.com Jillian Tohber Leslie joins us with some creative and original ideas to either make your party stand out or to ensure YOU stand out at the next party you're invited to attend. 

In our headline segment Phillip Moeller, author of Get What's Yours For Medicare joins us to talk about open enrollment, which ends in the next eight days. What are common mistakes people make? He'll share. We also tackle a survey about what sinks most shopper's budgets around the holiday season.

On the Haven Life Line, we'll answer a question from Mark about itemized deductions and charitable giving, then in our letters segment, we'll try and answer Matt's question about why some financial advisors get a bad rap.

Special thanks to  SoFi and Magnify Money for sponsoring our show. Support the companies that support us AND help yourself along the way.

Find show notes here.

Nov 25, 2016

While everyone fights the crowds we're all about Friday with the family...and some board games! Tom Vasel from board game podcast The Dice Tower joins us with his top three games about finance, business and economics. As an extra treat, he'll also throw in his favorite three games to liven up holiday parties. 

In our FinTech segment we have MORE games! Paul Vasey from Cash Crunch Games gives us a tour of his computer game (and brand new board game!) Cash Crunch. Paul was looking for a way to help kids learn about money and he's created Cash Crunch to help them learn about difficult decisions while having fun with friends and family. 

Thanks to SoFi  and Magnify Money for sponsoring our podcast! 

Here's the links to ALL the games we talked about today: Show Notes

Nov 23, 2016

What do you need to know before buying the hottest new tech this Black Friday and holiday season? Bridget Carey from CNET joins us with what's hot in televisions, the connected home, game consoles, and more. In our headlines, we can't get away from Trump-related headlines, so we tackle two: the first about the stock market and the second about interest rates.

In our Haven Life Line segment, we take a call from Bill who wants to know about taking out a mortgage. How should he attack his debt to get his debt to equity ratio in order? Plus we take your letters, reveal some Thanksgiving-related trivia from Doug, and much more.

Special thanks to  SoFi and Magnify Money for sponsoring our show. Support the companies that support us AND help yourself along the way.

Nov 21, 2016

We kick off one of the biggest shopping weeks of the year by helping you identify some of the best deals in shopping. Brent Shelton from FatWallet joins us to share some of the most exciting sales and quirkiest deals. Hoverboards? Old school cameras? Star Wars? Drones? We'll talk about all of those and more on today's show.

We also share some disturbing news about financial advisors and election results, plus another 401k problem. Should you still save into your 401k? We'll discuss that PLUS share trivia, throw out the Haven Life line, and more.

Special thanks to  SoFi and Magnify Money for sponsoring our show! Want BIG savings? Use financial companies that cut your interest rates and help you manage money better.

Show notes? They're here.

Nov 18, 2016

Ever struggle with the fundamentals of investing? Our roundtable team of award winning bloggers Len Penzo, Paula Pant and Greg McFarlane join us to discuss some of the terms many take for granted. It's a fun discussion, but there's more! We also tackle motivational books and a letter to the Moneyologist. How would our team answer the letter?

In our FinTech segment, Andrew Dietrich from revolutionary credit card Final joins us. What if there were a credit card that had multiple numbers, so if one were stolen or compromised, the others weren't all affected? Andrew and the Final team are creating that very thing.

Thanks to SoFi and MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

If your browser allows links, here's the show notes!

Nov 16, 2016

Looking for some creative ways to make a few bucks? Maybe you're hoping to enjoy the holidays without breaking the bank or have a few hours you'd like to use productively....no matter, we're bringing you the PERFECT guest today. Nick Loper is the fearless leader of Side Hustle Nation (and the podcast of the same name) and he has over 300 ideas to put a little jingle in your pocket.

That's not all, though. We talk to Chris Walsh from Marijuana Times about the huge number of states changing their laws this election. Is marijuana finally a good investment opportunity? 

We take a Haven Life line call from "Anymouse", answer a question about financing engagement rings from Joe, and much, much more...including some slightly creepy trivia from Doug. (What's new?)

Thanks to SoFi and MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring Stacking Benjamins!

Here's a link to the show notes.

Nov 14, 2016

Think the markets are shaky? Ric Edelman, Chairman and Founder of Edelman Financial Services, bestselling author, and host of the hit "Ric Edelman Radio Show" joins us to talk about what you should do in a choppy market.

Plus, we take a call on the Haven Life line, answer your letters, discuss last week's election and the financial planning steps you should take, and more!

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and SoFi for sponsoring the Stacking Benjamins Show!

You'll find show notes here.

Nov 11, 2016

Our top article today discusses the current financial markets. If you thought stocks were going to move south, why wouldn't you do anything about it? We ask our panel today that question and two more. Today's show features an all-star guest roundtable line up. PT from the new Masters of Money podcast, Len Penzo from LenPenzo.com, and Paula Pant from the Afford Anything podcast debate and discuss our three topics ripped from the popular press on today's show!

In our FinTech segment, we talk to Eric and Wendy Nissan from DIY.fund. Ever wonder how the "big boys" manage money? Both Eric and Wendy come from Wall Street and their goal is to give you the same access to tools the pros use. Sound interesting? We'll talk to them today about how it works!

Thanks to  SoFi  and Magnify Money for sponsoring our podcast! Support the companies that support us and help yourself along the way.

Find show notes and links here.

Nov 9, 2016

Co-star of the entrepreneur show Hatched, Steve Seigel joins us to talk entrepreneurship AND investing in start ups. If you're building a company, what are some of the pitfalls to avoid? If you're investing in your buddy's business, what should you look for other than just a great idea? He'll come down to the basement and share lessons with us today!

In our headline segment we discuss how to save money on perscriptions and walk through Money's list of the best banks. Our Haven Life line call today comes from Sarah. How difficult is PMI insurance when buying a house? Of course we also have a letter for the show, Doug's trivia, and much, much more! 

Special thanks to  SoFi and Magnify Money for sponsoring our show. Support the companies that support us AND help yourself along the way.

Check out the show notes here.

Nov 7, 2016

Jeremy Jacobson walked away from the 9-5 in his 30's because he didn't like the script that everyone else was following. He'll tell us today how he used the tax code and aggressive planning to slash his tax bill and live the life he wants. Also, today we throw out the Haven Life line for the first time to Jonathan, who wonders about removing money from a Roth 401k plan. Also, we'll talk to Jamie Wise from Buzz Indexes about biotechnology and the election, share a headline about robo advisors, and more!

Special thanks to MagnifyMoney.com and SoFi for sponsoring our show. 

Check out our show notes here: Episode 404 Show Notes

Nov 4, 2016

People struggle to save so much...can science help people save more? Is there an approach that will help people finally develop better habits? We'll discuss financial education, automating saving and breaking the poverty cycle. It's a complex issue and I'm glad we're able to spend time talking about that, the future of banking, and also the Wells Fargo situation on today's show!

In our FinTech segment, we talk to Cindy Zu from Kavout, a company using machine learning to help investors better make investments. How does it work? How much does it cost? We'll ask her about all of that and more halfway through the show.

Today's show features an all-star guest roundtable line up. David Stein from Money for the Rest of Us podcast, Roger Whitney from the Retirement Answer Man podcast, and Katie Brewer from Your Richest Life Planning debate and discuss our three topics ripped from the popular press on today's show!

Thanks to  SoFi  and Magnify Money for sponsoring our podcast! Support the companies that support us and help yourself along the way.

Click here to access our show notes page.

Nov 2, 2016

Today Joe escapes the basement to celebrate National Credit Awareness month by hopping on a jet plane to the east coast! On today's special edition of the show, Joe talks credit and football with Chase Slate Financial Education Ambassador AND the host of the So Money podcast...Farnoosh Torabi. Isn't that how you celebrate credit awareness? We have a lot of fun on this show recorded live from a New York Jets football game.

To kick off the festivities, not only will Joe and Farnoosh score points with their own personal "Top 5 Ways To Improve Your Credit," but they'll also tackle headlines about protecting yourself from cyber-criminals and throw downfield some tips about prepping for the holiday gift giving season without fumbling your budget or running yourself into debt.

It's a great football and credit-themed show and we're glad you're celebrating with us! Special thanks to Chase Slate for sponsoring the special episode of the Stacking Benjamins show.

All the studies and reports we mention in the show can be found at StackingBenjamins.com/playbook

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