Oh money, such a taboo topic right? It’s right up there with religion and politics; no one wants to talk about money and their personal finances. It’s not the most fun or glamorous topic to talk about, but I think it hurts us more by not talking about than if more of us were actually open about it. So many of us don’t fully understand savings, compound interest, investing, retirement accounts, or how loans actually work. Money and personal finances can be so tricky to figure out. Should you pay your loans off early of just pay the minimum each month?
I was lucky enough growing up that money and finances weren’t a top-secret subject. My parents were really good about teaching me as much as they could. I’m always trying to learn more about investing and managing my money and listening to finance podcasts in the mornings has been the most straightforward way for me to learn more. I’ve listened to many, but these are some of my fave podcasts I’ve been listening to regularly.
This one covers a range of topics from compounding interest to Q&A’s about happiness and financial priorities. My fave episode – How to Invest for Short Term Goals. Short term goals are fun. They’re closer and more tangible. It’s rewarding to save for a vacation, new furniture, or gifts. Saving for the long term is important but sometimes when that long-term goal, like retiring, is so far away, it’s not as immediately satisfying. I like to think of saving for short-term goals as treating myself!
I really like this podcasts because there’s always interviews with tons of people throughout the business world offering all different views on achieving success in work and finance. My fave one is Ep 90 You’re the CEO of Your Body and Your Life. Own if with Robin Arzon. I’m a big Peloton Cycle fan so listening to Robin Arzon outside of the studio was pretty cool.
If you’re entirely new to trying to figure out your finances and money goals then listen to this podcasts first. Host Shannon Compton Game is a certified financial planner who knows and understands all us millennials. My favorite two episodes you have to listen to are – Budget Blunders that are Breaking Your Bank Account and Go On that Vacation No Matter What. Don’t we all need a vacation every now and then?
This one makes the list because it makes you think about financial things you may not want to think about or acknowledge. Finance isn’t always about just how to save and balance a checkbook. Some of the topics on this podcast may not be all politically correct, but that’s what I love about it. Ready to think? Listen to – Does Illegal Immigration Help or Hurt the Economy, Should the Minimum Wage be Raised?, and How Business Contributes to Income Inequality.
I think four podcasts are good for now right? Start small, little by little, and eventually, we’ll all have the hang of our finances.
Next week I’ll share some more of my favorite finance podcasts with you all.
So tell me, do you think money and finances should still be a taboo topic?