I don’t know about you, but sometimes, it feels like I’m always on the go. In the car, on public transportation, or just out for a walk. While I’m on the go, I like to listen to podcasts, both for entertainment and education. (I also like to listen while doing chores around the house). Here’s an updated list of 2021 Personal Finance Podcast Recommendations
How to Listen to a Podcast
Podcasts are a pretty simple concept, but if you’re not tech savvy, it can be confusing how to listen to them.
On an iPhone or iPad, open the built-in Podcasts app. You can either browse popular podcasts or search for some of the names below. If you subscribe, all new episodes will automatically be sent to your app so you can download and listen.
On an Android phone or tablet, the process is similar. Download and open Google Podcasts. Browse popular podcasts or search for a show you want to listen to, and subscribe if you want to hear more.
If you use the Spotify app, you can also listen to a number of great podcasts there.
Best 2021 Personal Finance Podcasts
Afford Anything – Paula Pant has a popular blog and podcast focused on making smarter choices with your money (and time) and determining what you value the most. “Afford Anything is a movement rooted in one idea: You can afford anything, but not everything — and that’s true not only for your money, but also your time, focus, energy and attention.”
Choose FI – Choose FI is a large community of people workings towards FI – Financial Independence. The back catalog of podcast episodes hit on a variety of topics, including personal finance, investing, side hustles, taxes, and more. I really like that their back catalog is sortable so you can easily find podcasts on the topics you’re most interested in. I’m making a point to go through their entire retirement series over the next month or so.
How To Money – Joel and Matt drink beer and talk about money. That already tells you that this is a great conversational podcast that’s easy to understand but also full of great information. Every week, they also take a look at the week’s financial news and what the stories mean for you, which I absolutely love. We’ve all seen those headlines that scare us – but how do they affect our financial situations? They also do listener question episodes which hit on a variety of topics.
The Money Guy Show – Brian and Bo are great and among the most popular podcasters in the genre. They’re financial planners and wealth managers, so they know their stuff. I really enjoyed their recent episode on why professional athletes go broke. You wouldn’t think that would have real-world lessons for someone making a fraction of an athlete’s income, but it’s impressive how they take big stories and bring them home to you. Their podcast is also available on YouTube, and you may find yourself watching there, because they occasionally show charts and graphs, but the audio-only version is also great.
NPR’s Life Kit – Life Kit covers more than just personal finance, but you can sort through their episodes, or just listen to everything – there’s always something new to learn. If you want somewhere easy to start, they have a list of seven episodes that will bring you closer to financial independence. Their recent episode on stress spending really hit home for me. With the ease of online shopping, it’s so easy to do some online shopping at the end of a stressful day – and those little purchases really start to add up.
The Stacking Benjamins Show – Stacking Benjamins is so popular that they have a book of their best advice coming out later this year, but you can still listen to their back catalog and new episodes for free. Their website sorts the podcast episodes by subject matter so you can easily find what you’re looking for. I personally really like their episodes categorized “Protect Yourself.” There’s a lot of bad advice and information out there, and Stacking Benjamins teaches you how to sort through and decide the best advice for your situation.
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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.
Beau W. says
Stacking Benjimins is my favorite podcast.
You should check out Optimal Finance Daily. Really good podcast. Thanks for the new suggestions
Megan Smith says
Thank you for the recommendation! I will definitely have to check it out. I’m impressed that it’s a daily podcast! That’s a lot of work!
Beau W. says
Your so welcome. I really enjoy your blog.