I have been a huge fan of podcasts for years. I love being able to listen to a podcast while I drive, workout, or just do housework. My podcast listens are a mix of entertainment and education (though I would argue that the educational podcasts are also entertaining). There are also a lot of great personal finance podcasts out there, so I thought I would put together a list of my top five personal finance podcast recommendations.
Listen, Money Matters – This is definitely a great place to start if you don’t know what you’re doing or if you need more information on a specific subject in personal finance. This podcast is informative and conversational and I never feel like it’s going over my head. The topics of the podcasts are clearly stated, so I can pick and choose when I don’t have time to listen to all of my podcasts. Next up, I’m going to listen to the episode on annuities, because no matter how much I read, I just don’t think I understand them quite yet.
Planet Money – Planet Money is a personal finance and economics podcast from NPR, so you know it’s going to be exceptionally well produced. More than just personal finance, Planet Money explains our economy in an entertaining way. Even though they might not be telling you how to save an extra $20 a month, this podcast gives you the bigger picture of how our economy works. One of my favorite episodes is where they make a shirt and trace the supply chain, from the cotton fields to manufacturing to final sale. Listening to this podcast has helped me better understand a lot of the economic stories in the news, and it’s just an enjoyable listen.
Bad With Money – This is definitely a niche personal finance podcast, and may not be for everyone, but I still think you should check it out. The podcast describes itself as “a queer, feminist, radical point of view.” In the first two seasons, the host, Gaby Dunn, talks about her own terrible personal finance situation, and in the current third season, she interviews various people about the personal finance world. It’s a fun listen, and great for someone who doesn’t want to be “talked at” by experts or made to feel bad about their personal finance decisions.
Stacking Benjamins – This podcast features interviews with people who have dug themselves out of debt or managed to generate a solid amount of wealth (or sometimes both) and finding out what worked for them and what advice they would give to others. There are interviews with authors and experts and all sorts of interesting people. And the host was previously a financial planner himself, so he knows his stuff.
Money for the Rest of Us – This personal finance podcast is a relatively new addition to my list, but I’ve been enjoying it recently. The focus here is more on investing and understanding how to invest and plan for retirement. I love that a lot of the focus is on achievable things, not just “get a second job and live off of rice and beans” or other ridiculous suggestions that you sometimes hear in the personal finance world.
Of course, I listen to more than this, but these are the top five I keep returning to. I would love to hear your podcast recommendations! Drop them in the comments and maybe I will be back with an updated list!
Megan is a 40-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.