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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 31, 2014

There are TONS of takeaways from 2014, and Rod Griffin from Experian joins us in the basement to tackle his top five that had to do with your credit and family finances. You'll be surprised how easily Rod takes current events and shows you what impact they have on your financial picture.

Fidelity may be creating their own robo-advisory arm? Joe & OG share that headline plus others. PK gives some of the BEST advice you've heard during 2014 during his segment. Doug gives the gift of trivia, and much, much more.

Thank you to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast.

Have a careful and safe New Year everyone! Thanks for being part of the SB family in 2014!

Dec 29, 2014

Our last chat on my dad's shortwave of the year and it's a good one. We ask the question, "Does it make sense to start saving the smallest amount possible and work your way up slowly?" CFP Jason Hull joins Paula Pant and Greg McFarlane for a fun conversation. 

OG & Joe review headlines, including a good one about some new benefits that might be coming to your 401k plan.

We discuss our favorite television series, tackle TWO listener letters, and more.

Thank you to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our show!

Dec 26, 2014

Here's a great motivational idea. Instead of an emergency fund or cash reserve, how about starting a "go to h#$%" fund? Kali Hawlk from Common Sense Millennial dropped by the basement to share how it works on this great episode from early 2014.

Dec 24, 2014

Autumn rewinds to another of our favorites from early 2014....our Top 5 Banking Services to Avoid. What do banks provide that you should probably look for elsewhere?

Dec 22, 2014

Santa Claus joins us for a special message! ....AND Autumn the Intern brings us a rewind of maybe our favorite show ever--producer of the Lion King and Beauty & the Beast Don Hahn visits the basement.

Dec 19, 2014

How much of reality television is "real"? Amanda Grossman was recruited to appear on Extreme Cheapskates. She shares her (incredibly weird) experience on today's show! What can we learn? Frugality might not be the spectator sport some are hoping for......

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

Dec 17, 2014

Ay, matey! Joey Fehrman, author of Pirates of Financial Freedom joins us in the basement dungeon to talk adventure, plunder and conscious spending. Financial literacy? Heck yeah! We'll chat about tracking how much you spend on rum and cool hats, personal growth, and investing...among others. Better yet? Joey has some rules of thumb he follows that helped him achieve financial freedom. What are they? You'll have to listen to learn!

Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady talks sexual harrassment and bad pirate jokes, Doug brings some hilarious trivia and we answer a reader letter about college planning....and much more!

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our show!

Dec 15, 2014

Should you hire an advisor who advertises a ton? ...one who has a "one sized fits all" strategy or one who individually creates every strategy? Our answer to this listener question might surprise you. We'll share ideas on how to dig for a good advisor and who to avoid.

Of course, there's more: A woman puts down just over $1,000 on a home worth nearly $200k. Another woman sues her parents for not paying her college tuition. Is it the end of the world? Hopefully not.... Len and Paula discuss the tiny down payment while Joe & OG tackle the lawsuit.

Doug has trivia, OG reviews the new film Foxcatcher, and much more!

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our show!

Dec 12, 2014

Are you really going to finance that car purchase? James Kinson, the Cash Car Convert himself, joins us in the basement to talk about how to peel the most mileage from your car. Leasing? That's for the crazy crowd....we'll tell you how to get rid of the auto loans and rocket to car savings heaven on today's show!

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast.

Dec 10, 2014

The man who planned the polo match event to celebrate William & Kate's first trip to the United States is here to help YOU plan your perfect party. How do you wow your guests without breaking the bank? The man who knows how to break the bank shows you how to use some really "small" ideas to create huge results in your guest's mind.

But that's not all! Joe & OG talk marijuana stocks and 529 plans. PK correlates events with inflation. Special guest Thomas Frank from College Info Geek tackles a specific question from a listener. We've got that, a review of the latest installment of the Hunger Games films and much, much more!

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

Dec 8, 2014

Suze Orman leaving CNBC? Say it ain't so! Well....they say it's so. Suze's leaving, and we've got details on today's show. New retirement legislation is coming in 2015....could it help you save for retirement? A team of college students makes over a 25% return in a month....and still goes for broke to win more. Can we learn anything?

It's a cornocopia of holiday financial planning goodness on today's show! 

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

Dec 5, 2014

I love stories about slimy people doing slimy things, and if you do too, we've got a treat. Valerie Rind, author of Goldiggers and Dads, a story about people scamming their spouses, lying whenever possible, and making off with someone else's money, joins us (in high heels!) in the basement.

You'll learn important lessons today about communication, the right time to leave town (when your bookie's in jail), but most importantly, the value of telling the truth. Lying is hard!

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast.

Dec 3, 2014

Oops! A listener accidentally put money in the wrong IRA (again). Another listener wonders about moving excess money in your 401k to your Roth IRA. Is it possible?

BUT our main event today is all about taxes. CPA Dan Franks joins us in the basement to talk big money....year end tax planning! They say successful investors make more by doing the little things. Tax planning is the wedge that the wealthy use to separate themselves from the pack.

PK talks inflation. Is increasing inflation a bad thing?

Of course, there's much, much more! Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our show.

 

Dec 1, 2014

When someone says "401k loan" every expert's knee-jerk reaction is, "Bad idea." But is it? On today's roundtable (with featured guest J. David Stein from the Money For The Rest of Us podcast), we debate 401k loans. The math is better than you might think in favor of borrowing "from yourself."

Shannon McLay (Train Your Way To Financial Fitness) is back in the guest host chair, and we tackle Cyber Money shopping, people lying about being a millionaire AND index "tilting." We even have time to discuss the hot new film Birdman at the end of the show!

Show notes, swag and links, as always, are at StackingBenjamins.com. Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

Nov 28, 2014

Board games are the gift that keeps on giving. From teaching people about finance, business or economics to just pure holiday fun, we've got you covered on today's episode.

Doug & Shelly Garrett from the Garrett's Games & Geekiness podcast joins us on today's show with their top games about money or business AND their choices for good party games for the holidays.

The good news? This is frugal holiday fun. Most of these games cost less than $50 AND you'll play them over and over and....

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

Nov 26, 2014

What are the hottest trends in tech for the holidays 2014? Bridget Carey from CNET Update joins us to share the best and worst ideas for gifts this Black Friday and beyond. 

Suzanne Lucas (the Evil HR Lady) tackles those pesky first interviews. How do you WOW those people so that you can talk to the people who can actually say yes?

Joe & OG answer a listener letter about savings interest rates, the importance of dividends in a portfolio AND review Alpha House.

Show notes and links to the BEST stuff Bridget likes are at StackingBenjamins.com. 

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

Nov 24, 2014

We kick off our Black Friday week festivities today with hot deals. What's quirky and hot this holiday season? How do shell out less money this year? Brent Shelton from FatWallet joins us to tackle Black Friday shopping strategies.

We answer a letter about government retirement benefits, share a headline about scamming brokers and review classic travel movies. What's your favorite? 

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast.

Nov 21, 2014

Without a full time job, Sandy Smith from Yes, I Am Cheap paid off $50k in debt. How did she do it? We'll talk envelope budgeting, setting priorities, the debt snowball, avalanche and snowflake, and more.

Thanks to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our show!

Nov 19, 2014

JD Roth, original creator of Get Rich Slowly and currently blogging at JD Roth.com joins us to talk insurances. We've heard him on many other podcasts, but never talking about risk management....and MAN, does he deliver. We discuss insurance philosophy in general, life insurance, health, disability, car and home, insurance agents and long term care, among others. We also discuss his new course, Get Rich Slowly.

Also, Joe & OG tackle how we'd manage ten million dollars if WE'D won a big poker tournament. The SEC also changes rules around non-traded REIT reporting. What does it mean to you? It might mean a lot if you own these investments.

The Evil HR Lady, Suzanne Lucas discusses recommendations. What do you say if a former employee's new prospective employer calls and wants to know if your old employee is worth hiring? She'll give you a surprising answer that the lawyers might not like.

We take a reader letter asking about paying cash for cars AND about uneven income streams. How do you budget when you aren't sure where your next meal is coming from?

....AND as icing on the cake, Joe saw the new Jake Gyllenhaal movie Nightcrawler. It gets top reviews, but is it actually good? 

Special thanks to our sponsor, MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our podcast!

Nov 17, 2014

27 year old millionaires? People with no money upgrading their retirement home? Bankers going to jail? Cameron Huddleston from Kiplinger joins the fun this week to talk about these topics AND Len's bathroom remodel. 

Show notes are at StackingBenjamins.com. Visit our sponsor, MagnifyMoney at StackingBenjamins.com/MagnifyMoney to compare, ditch, switch and save!

Nov 14, 2014

Mom says that if you want to learn something, learn from the best. Austin Netzley from the YoPro Wealth Podcast interviewed 75 top entrepreneurs  about the secrets of their success.

We have a new contest! Check it out at the end of the show. Thank you to MagnifyMoney.com for sponsoring our show!

Nov 12, 2014

Precious metals and commodities. How do they work? PureFunds CEO Andrew Chanin joins us in the basement to answer why someone would have them in a portfolio. How much is the right amount? Is there a difference between metals (gold, silver, etc.) and other commodities, like sugar or pork bellies? Andrew will explain it all on today's show!

PK talks about liars online, Joe & OG break big news about Schwab going after the robot advisor market and annuities inside 401k plans. We also answer letters about pensions and filling out W4 forms.

Visit our sponsor at StackingBenjamins.com/MagnifyMoney to compare, ditch, switch and save on savings, checking and credit cards.

Nov 10, 2014

Miss us? We lead off our week back with a horrible story about developing problems in the real estate market. Why are lots of financial advisory firms dropping some REITs? We'll explain.

Erin Lowry from Broke Millennial.com joins the roundtable crew of Len Penzo and Greg McFarlane to tackle Apple Pay. Is it the next next thing? They'll also discuss risk - do people really understand risk like they should?

Of course, that's far from everything. Doug has trivia, we review the film Fury, we answer a  listener letter and much much more.

Visit our sponsor at StackingBenjamins.com/MagnifyMoney

Nov 7, 2014

How much money has flowed through your fingers over the years? Jacob Wade from iHeartBudgets dot net did the math and it's ugly....

Thanks to Autumn the intern for picking this episode from the vault.

Go to StackingBenjamins.com/Texas4000 to help us raise money for cancer research this November!

Nov 5, 2014

Do recruiters lie? Of course they do. Do people overpay for wines and serve the wrong food with the wrong wine? Again, absolutely. 

Today Autumn the intern rewinds to an episode where the Evil HR Lady Suzanne Lucas (EvilHRLady.org) and Vincent Senatore (Vincent's Fine Wines) join us to talk about liars and wines....two topics that seem to go together, don't they?

To give to Nick's 4000 mile bike ride for cancer please visit StackingBenjamins.com/Texas4000. Type "stacking benjamins" in the dedication box along with anyone for whom you wish Nick to ride. 

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