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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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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.

Oct 4, 2013

Jason Hull, financial planner extraordinaire, joins Joe in the basement to answer the question: Why don't people like to meet with financial advisors? How do you know when you're meeting with a good advisor? How can you smell out a bad one?

Jason tells us about his new course, Winning With Money, which allows you to finish your entire financial plan, know it's a quality plan, and never meet with a planner. AND I found out after we recorded the interview that he would give our listeners $50 off the price of the course. 

Head to StackingBenjamins.com/23E for details.

Sep 30, 2013

Jane Blaufus, author of With the Stroke of a Pen, Claim Your Life joins us in the basement to share her very personal tragedy, and how making non-emotional insurance decisions helped her cope in a difficult time. She'll share a refreshing view of insurances that might change your mind about your personal coverage. Matt Becker from MomandDadMoney.com joins Paula Pant from Afford Anything on this week's roundtable to discuss the Zen of Investing. You'll learn some important investing lessons that may change your overall philosophy. 

Of course we work to give something away, Joe & OG talk about current financial topics, and tackle reviews of Prisoners and The Spectacular Now....and much much more.

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com/23

Sep 27, 2013

Welcome to the Short Stack, a short interview with someone who had an idea so good that mom demanded that we give it it's own little show.

Andrea Travillian of TakeASmartStep.com joins Joe in the basement to help you kick the debt habit. How do you start? How do you cut through the debt snowball/debt avalanche discussions? What are the keys to success? Andrea shares some fantastic tips to get you moving in the right direction.

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com.

Sep 23, 2013

Phil Reed, Senior Consumer Editor at Edmunds.com joins us in the basement to help you score your best deal on a car. How much should you spend on a car? New or used? Need to lease? Phil reviews all the options and lays out some great (and surprising) strategies. Carrie Smith rejoins the roundtable this week to lead us in a discussion on productivity and avoiding distractions at work. PK defends target date funds, Joe & OG open the mailbag, and much, much more.....

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com/22

Sep 16, 2013

Luke Landes, AKA Flexo, joins us in the basement to discuss the upcoming Plutus Awards! How were these financial blogger awards created? Why should you care about them? Who are past winners? How do you vote for your favorite blogger or (ahem) podcaster? The roundtable talks about lessons Dom has learned about business, life and finances from Sean Diddy Combs. The Makin' Sense Babe tackles Tucker Max....well, not literally....and how he's learned to be so successful. You'll find show notes at StackingBenjamins.com/21.

Sep 9, 2013

OG & Joe are back with another scintillating top 5 this week: the top 5 moves to make right now with your money. PK tackles the question: "Who do you trust when asking for investment advice?" The shortwave roundtable gang is back together again for the first time in several shows, and asks, "Which is easier, an early or delayed retirement?" Of course we disagree on the answer! Doug brings us the trivia (and Mom's mail), we hold the coin flip of death, discuss movies, and much, much more.

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com/20

Sep 2, 2013

What's the cost of forgetting to pack your lunch? Len Penzo joins us in the basement this week to talk about his annual study of sandwich costs and school lunches. You might be surprised how much NOT bringing your own lunch from home is costing you. Deacon Hayes from The Well Kept Wallet blog and podcast joins the roundtable this week with Barbara Friedberg and Dominique Brown to discuss some new thoughts on investing for retirement. PK tackles exotic investments….should you invest in collectibles, rare earth metals or beanie babies? Of course, as always, there's much much more….and show notes at StackingBenjamins.com/19.

Aug 26, 2013

This week it's battle buddies, Blue Falcons, and situation reports in the basement as Jeff Rose leads a huge episode this week. He shares stories from his time in the military and how they helped shape him into the financial advisor he is today. Dom and Barb Friedberg tackle Dom's real estate philosophy and answer many questions about how he's able to purchase so much property so quickly. Miranda Marquit details her strategy to raise money to build a new book project--using crowd funding. 

Of course we have more! This is a giant episode. Hope you enjoy it. Show notes are at StackingBenjamins.com/18.

Aug 19, 2013

Natalie Sisson, the Suitcase Entrepreneur, joins us in the basement to teach us how to become digital nomads. Do you aspire to work from anywhere? She gives you tips to start you on your way. Even if you aren't into working from your suitcase, Natalie also shares some great travel tips that'll help you plan your next international adventure.

Robert Farrington from The College Investor joins the roundtable this week with Dom and Len to talk about college...what are some of the main tips college students should remember this fall? 

PK discusses overseas investing. Joe & OG talk about Google Glass and more.

Show notes, per usual, are at StackingBenjamins.com.

Aug 12, 2013

It's a double threat this week as Simon Roy from Jemstep and the Makin' Sense Babe invade the show. Simon helps us decide whether active or passive investments are right for our portfolio while the Makin' Sense Babe details how to score a sugar mamma. Joe & OG answer some reader mail and complete the July coin flip of death.

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com

Aug 5, 2013

Chris Quimby from SpokesandJokes.com joins the show this week to discuss how he challenged himself to bike from Maine to Texas....with his family along....and without much money OR connections on places to stay. It's a great story. My favorite quote from Chris: "I realized I was eating off the lunch menu" of life before the trip.

Thank you to my mom's neighbor Doug for co-hosting this week. He also discusses some interview questions you should know how to answer. PK is back with an exciting talk about tax efficient investments. We tell you how to win Jeff Rose's new book....and tackle a couple of movie recommendations.

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com!

Jul 29, 2013

Here on episode 13...whoops! Did I say 13? I meant lucky number 14, promise....we share our top 5 ways to slash your budget. After hundreds of client meetings honing budgets, this was a fun and profitable topic to discuss. PK answers the question, "When is the right time to invest?" We give you a chance to win a 12 month subscription to your favorite personal finance magazine....AND we talk about two films, one that's available on video now and another one that'll be available shortly.

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com/fourteen

Jul 22, 2013

Gretchen Rubin, author of Happier at Home and the Happiness Project, joins us in the basement to talk about improving your home life. Rather than buying more possessions, how about improving your relationship with your stuff, your family and yourself? The roundtable gang reveals a simple trick to curb your overspending problems. Joe & OG discuss jumping from bonds to stocks. PK teaches us about asset classes.

Show notes are available at StackingBenjamins.com/twelve

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