December 4, 2019
At HerMoney, we’re always interested in hearing about the psychology of money and why we make the choices we make: Why do people continually fail to take action on things that are difficult or uncomfortable for them? Why do we all talk about earning money and spending money, but not saving it?  These are just a few of the questions that Jeff Kreisler, author, comedian, and Editor-in-Chief of People Science, will tackle with Jean on this week’s episode. Jeff is the author of “Get Rich Cheating: The Crooked Path To Easy Street” and co-author of "Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money And How To Spend Smarter.” (His co-author for that one is behavioral economist Dan Ariely, who you can catch in episode 85 if you missed it!) Jeff has traveled the world to talk about sunk cost fallacy, solution aversion, and all the ways in which we allow ourselves to make poor financial decisions — despite knowing that we’re doing it. He says that while we can’t change human nature, thankfully we can build systems that will enable us to use our human nature for our own good.  Jeff says there’s a “certain sense of shame” when you feel like you aren’t making all the right financial choices in life, but not knowing what to do with your money is an incredibly common thing — not something to be ashamed of. We all have complex emotions and uncertainty around our financial decisions, but when we face those big questions, the best thing we can do is seek advice from experts, and get on a path towards making changes in our systems and environments and how we do things.  Thankfully, there are some easy behavioral science “tricks and habits” that can help us get out of our own way and conquer our personal finances, Jeff says. One suggestion is to go through your credit card statement — line by line — with someone else and articulate what each expenditure is for. When you have to explain your spending to an objective third party, it forces you to dig deep into questions like, “Did I really need this?” Another strategy is to split your paycheck into two accounts to essentially “trick” yourself into thinking you have less to spend than you really do. “You’re basically hiding money from yourself,” Jeff says. No matter how small the change you make, the important thing is that you’re giving yourself mental nudges to make lifelong changes.  Then, in Mailbag, Jean tackles questions surrounding HYSAs (high yield savings accounts) and where to find the best rates. She also advises a woman who is just dipping her toes into the waters of investing for the first time, and counsels a woman who is just starting her career at 45 after having worked as a stay at home mom for the last 20 years. And lastly, in Thrive, Jean dishes some real talk on Facebook’s new dating platform, “Facebook Dating,” and whether or not you should consider putting yourself out there on the world’s largest social network.
November 27, 2019
Over the last few decades, author and journalist Mitch Albom has penned some of the most influential books of our time — Tuesdays With Morrie, The Five People You Meet In Heaven, For One More Day, Have A Little Faith, and Time Keeper, just to name a few. His words have had a profound impact on millions of people worldwide, and many of them have been turned into critically acclaimed movies. This alone would be an incredible resume, but Mitch didn't stop there — he also founded eight charities, many in the Detroit metropolitan area, where he lives with his wife Janine. This week, Mitch sits down with Jean to talk about some of his charitable work, and the path that led him to Chika — a Haitian girl who was born three days before the devastating 2010 earthquake, and was brought to Mitch's 'Have Faith Haiti Mission' in Port-Au-Prince. His relationship with Chika — and his two-year, round-the-world journey to try and find a cure for her illness — is the subject of his new book that came out this month: ‘Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, And The Making Of A Family.’ In this episode, Jean and Mitch discuss what led him to write his new book, and Mitch offers up his thoughts on the most precious thing you can ever give someone, as well as what we can all do with our money to make us happy. Mitch also weighs in on how we can all find our "thing," our passion project or philanthropic endeavor that will help us make a difference in the world. Mitch also discusses how he and his wife have made the financial aspects of their relationship work seamlessly for three decades. Then, in Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk saving in your 401(k) vs. paying down credit card debt, 401(k) loans, how to invest or sell stock options provided by your company, and the best ways to boost the contributions to your retirement funds. In thrive, Jean dishes on the double-digit annual gains the Dow is posting, and what long-term investors need to know.
November 20, 2019
What are you doing in the year 2119? That's the year the American Association of University Women predicts that the gender pay gap will finally close, unless we take steps to bridge the gap sooner. Thankfully, this week's guest, Katica Roy, is here to tell us how we can all do just that. Katica is a gender economist and CEO of software company Pipeline that helps employers manage everything from the hiring process to employee reviews. As a gender economist, Katica looks at the economy through the lens of gender to see where it's working and where it isn't, and today she shares how we can level the playing field for ourselves and our fellow women. Listen in as Katica shares some fascinating (and infuriating) facts about how often women are underpaid, and what corporations can do to help speed change. Katica details research from her company that spanned 4,000 companies and 29 countries, showing that for every 10% increase in gender equity, there is a 1% to 2% increase in revenue to a company's bottom line. She also talks about the sea change she's leading to shift the conversation and get more people thinking about gender equity as an economic opportunity rather than a social issue. Katica shares her tips for getting paid more (along with a personal story!) as well as tips on how to negotiate, and details on how the gender wage gap impacts women of color and non-binary womxn. She and Jean also discuss how women are being adversely impacted by the pink tax. "When we talk about the gender pay gap, we talk about money coming into women's wallets, but the pink tax means more money is coming out of our wallets when we pay for everyday items," she says, explaining how women pay an average of 7% more than men for things like razors and shampoo. Lastly, in Mailbag, Jean tackles questions about dating and debt, what to do with old retirement accounts, and how to manage asset allocation if you're part of the FIRE movement. In Thrive, Jean dives into the expense of campus visits and what to do with your teen to ensure you aren't spending too much on college before you've even paid your first tuition bill.
November 13, 2019
This week Jean sits down with Shelley Emling, Editor-In-Chief at AARP’s The Girlfriend, to talk all things Gen-X women and how they can get back on track for retirement.  Gen-X women feel ignored by brands, and feel that most of the talk around investing and career advancement is focused on either Millennials or Boomers. Jean and Shelley tackle what Gen-X women can do to get off the sidelines and build the self-confidence they need to ask for raises and make empowered financial decisions.  Jean also answers some of the most commonly-asked questions from readers at AARP’s TheGirlfriend, and tackles what to do (and what not to do) when you’re taking those first steps to regain control of your financial life.  Lastly, in Mailbag, Jean dishes on the best way to manage credit cards while keeping your credit utilization rate low, and advises a woman who is considering moving money in her 401(k) and selling stocks. In Thrive, Jean talks about open enrollment and how to choose the right health insurance plan for you and your family.  If you're not subscribed to the podcast, you're missing out on juicy tidbits from some of the most accomplished women in the world!
November 6, 2019
Are you ready to cozy up by the warm glow of the FIRE movement? The acronym stands for Financial Independence, Retire Early, and it’s a topic we love covering here at HerMoney. Over the years we’ve broken it down with some incredible guests including Jamila Souffrant, Grant Sabatier, Jonathan Mendoza, Brad Barrett, and Vicki Robin.  This week, we sit down for some one-on-one time with Scott Rieckens, author of Playing With Fire, and producer of the recent documentary by the same name. Scott walks us through his journey into the FIRE movement, and how he learned to prioritize his spending and saving goals. As an Emmy-nominated film and television producer and entrepreneur, Scott was inspired to explore the FIRE movement on the big screen when he discovered there was a lack of educational videos on the topic.  Retiring early was a goal for Scott (as it is for many of us) but the FIRE movement goes well beyond that — it's about taking control of your finances once and for all, and reducing the stress that can arise when we feel like we aren't in control of our money. The concepts around FIRE are simple, Scott tells Jean — and you don’t have to be an investing expert (or even the biggest fan of the FIRE movement) to get something out of the basic lessons. "Whether it’s the absolute best way to go or not isn’t really the point,” he says. “To me, it was just a matter of, ‘Okay, now I have the framework on how to get started.’” Scott cites Mr. Money Mustache, and Vicki Robin as major influences on his journey, along with the book, The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins.  Scott tells Jean that he was led to explore the FIRE movement when he began to feel like he was squandering the money he was earning. “We were working so hard for our money, but we weren’t letting our money work hard for us,” he says. “We have a responsibility to our money, and I didn’t feel like I was doing my part with my daily Starbucks, or buying the latest ‘new shiny object.’ I knew these things weren’t the path to happiness, but I didn’t know any other way.”  When they first joined the FIRE movement, Scott says he and his wife were out to see how far they could push their savings rate. Then, they decided to see what was “uncomfortable,” and that took them to the next level. “All of a sudden we realized we could live off one income, we could invest, and we had an emergency fund saved,” he says.  In Mailbag, Jean advises a woman on credit card usage and selection, and answers a question about taking a job you're overqualified for in order to get your foot in the door at a good company. Jean also advises a woman who’s between jobs on health insurance options, including COBRA and short-term health plans that can be purchased from the marketplace. Lastly, in Thrive, Jean dishes on why people aren't checking their credit score as often as they were in years past, and why that could be a big mistake.
October 30, 2019
Tune into any reality show these days (Extreme Makeovers, Cribs, The Biggest Loser, the list goes on) and it probably won't be long before a certain message filters into your consciousness: If you change your outer life, it will change your inner life. But that's a lie. What we have is not who we are, no matter how hard pop culture may drill that message into our heads. That's just a bit of the wonderful insight shared on this week's episode by Rabbi Steve Leder, senior Rabbi of Wilshire Temple in Los Angeles. Leder is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including More Money Than God: Living A Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul, and More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us.  Listen in as he shares why he became a Rabbi, and how the synagogue became the place where he could pursue his passion for creative, cultural, intellectual and spiritual matters. He also discusses his early work on a congressional campaign and why he decided not to pursue politics. "I realized that I cared more about the values expressed in the bible than I did about the values being expressed in political warfare, so I made the decision at 20 years old to go to Rabbinical school, and I never looked back," he says.  As a Rabbi, Leder says that over the years, he's seen many people who have a disconnect between their set of professed values and their lived values — and that's a recipe for trouble. When we have this disconnect, it can present many problems in our lives, and pose a challenge for how we raise our children. As a father, Leder knows all too well the challenges of raising kids who truly know the value of a dollar, and understand the difference between wants and needs. He and Jean share some real talk on how to raise healthy, well-grounded and decent humans in the Instagram, instant-gratification reality we live in. In today's world, we can press a single button and have just about anything we want delivered right to the doorstep. So how do we break the cycle of shopping for sport? "For kids, you have to engage," Leder says.  In his most recent book, More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us, Leder opens up about his difficult recovery from a car accident and severe back injury that changed his perspective on suffering. "I realized coming out the other end of it, that I knew very little to nothing about real pain, and this book was an apology, and an attempt to set the record straight about pain and what we can learn from it," he says.  Lastly, in Mailbag, Jean advises a woman who recently found herself as the primary breadwinner following her husband's retirement, and tackles a question about the rules for exactly how much you need to have saved heading into retirement. In Thrive, Jean dishes on wedding insurance, and whether or not it's something the happy couple should really be investing in.
October 23, 2019
On this week's episode of the HerMoney podcast, we're going deep! We're diving right in for some introspection, and we're going to flip the script a little bit by asking you a question:  Are you the kind of person who always follows through? Someone who always — or almost always — keeps their promises? If you're feeling guilty already, don't, because this week's guest, Seth Godin, has some motivation for all of us that's going to change the way we think about our word and our personal brand. Seth is the author of an incredible 19 books, including the worldwide best-sellers 'Linchpin,' 'The Dip' and 'This Is Marketing.' He's the founder of workshops including the ALT-MBA, and 'The Marketing Seminar,' which more than 10,000 people have taken, and if that weren't enough, he's also an entrepreneur and in 2018 was inducted into the Marketing Hall Of Fame. Seth says that the strength of your personal brand — and perhaps even your entire career — hinges on a single question: Do you do what you say you're going to do? Seth says that you tell people who you are every day, at every interaction, without even realizing it. Because your personal brand all comes down to what people expect when they engage with you — and in that way, your brand is nothing but a promise... a promise you'd be wise to keep! Listen in as Seth tells us all what good marketing looks like, how spam is "in the eye of the beholder" and how we should never (ever) spend money to make short-term pain go away. He also dishes on how our "lizard brains" (the parts of us that still make us wild animals) are influencing our decisions day to day, and how we can tame these parts of ourselves and tune into what's in our best interest.  In Mailbag, Jean tackles the question of where to invest money once you've maxed out your 401(k) and addresses the best way for someone in their early 50's to save for retirement. She also advises a woman who rents out part of her home, is considering getting liability insurance, and is looking into refinancing her home loan.  Lastly, in Thrive, Jean takes on the fact that some private colleges are — shockingly — lowering tuition, but there's more to this story than meets the eye. As these institutions lower their sticker price, they're taking away scholarships and other discounts. The big takeaway? Always look at the net price of what you're paying for college before you commit.
October 16, 2019
That's just a bit of the wisdom shared by this week's HerMoney podcast guest, financial therapist Amanda Clayman. In her role, Amanda guides her clients on how they can positively change their overall approach to their finances, and adjust their thinking in areas that may be holding them back.  Over the last decade, the concept of financial therapy has become more mainstream, as more people have sought to discover why and how our thoughts and feelings may shape our financial choices.  Amanda says she was led to her profession after seeing "how money was so misunderstood, and how much suffering we really take on in our lives because of this misunderstanding." Facing her own financial struggles has better enabled her to guide her clients: "I was in a pattern where I would just shut my eyes and spend," she says, describing some of the money habits she had to re-learn.  "I had been engaging with money only as a form of self punishment," she says, discussing a time when she erroneously believed she had to strip away all the small joys and comforts from her life in order to pay off debt. After some self-discovery, she was able to make the mindset shift from thinking of budgeting as a constraint that forced her to say "no," to a tool that has allowed her to say "yes" to the things she wants most in life.  At the end of the day, Amanda says she tries to impart to all her clients that money is a tool that should be used consciously — a tool that allows us to take care of ourselves and the things and people we care most about, both today and in the future.  She describes why her approach to money is based on holistic health and wellness, and tells us what many of her clients have in common. (Hint: No one shows up to financial therapy because they want to check in and brag about how well they're doing with their money!) In many cases, people seek her guidance because of a conflict in their family, or a desire to finally put a stop to a recurring problem. Amanda starts each session by helping her clients to establish a framework for where money is or isn't working in their lives, and then digs into where and why money may be causing them anxiety.  Amanda also offers up her thoughts on the automation of our finances — sometimes "set it and forget it" can separate us too much from our money. "I fully embrace and appreciate automation, but it takes us away from being conscious," she says. In other words, automation is a place that we want to get to, but there needs to be a period where we are highly engaged with our money before we can allow ourselves to disengage.  In her role as a financial therapist, Amanda has guided hundreds of couples on their path to understanding one another's differing money styles, and has helped them "excavate under the surface" so they can start solving the real problems. (As opposed to just arguing about who is "right"... No one is, but often we so desperately want our partner to validate our point of view that it results in conflict!)  Lastly, Amanda shares her thoughts on why money is such a sensitive and powerful thing, and offers her tips for the best things we can all do to feel positive and confident about our finances on a daily basis. She leaves us with some powerful philosophy to mull over as we look to make more empowered money decisions: “Don't live so in service of the future that you miss out on the joys of today. And similarly, don't be so focused on today that you aren't taking the necessary steps to have safety in the future.”  Then, in Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk about the pros and cons of closing credit cards you no longer use, what to do if you worry you'll have too much money saved for college, and the myriad options for how childfree individuals can leave a legacy behind. And in Thrive, Jean gets serious about elder abuse — who’s at risk, how to prevent it, and what to do if you suspect it.
October 9, 2019
What does it really mean to have “enough”?  Every day, we’re confronted by messages from advertisements and society telling us that we need a new car, new clothes, a new phone — new everything. Without even realizing it, it’s easy to fall into a thought process that goes a little something like this: If I consume more, I'll be happier. But that's just not true.  This week’s guest, Vicki Robin, co-author of the seminal book “Your Money Or Your Life,” challenged a whole generation of people to think critically about what they were really working toward financially, and how they could live authentically in a consumer-driven world.   Vicki and her late partner and co-author Joe Dominguez are largely credited with sowing the seeds of the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early) as it is known today. Vicki says the reason the FIRE movement has been such an awakening for so many people is because it’s given them a steering wheel with which to take control of their financial lives — which they can use to steer themselves away from debt and other money struggles. For so many people, it feels like an awakening, she says, "like someone just sent me a life ring in a vast sea, and I'm being reeled in."  Vicki speaks some hard and necessary truths about the concept of "enough," and how we can fully embrace what’s "enough" for us. She reminds us that you have to want something else more than you want stuff, and tells us that for every purchase, you need to ask yourself: Is this making me happy? Is this thing really worth the number of working hours I’m going to invest in it?  Unfortunately, nothing in society today is inspiring us to think critically about how much we’re spending — every day, we are encouraged to consume. Oftentimes, the only way out of the spending cycle is introspection, and making a conscious effort to think about the future in the present. For example, asking yourself: In five years’ time, what would I like to be doing with my life? or, What are ten things I’d like to do before I die?  While on the topic of consumerism, Vicki also talks about environmental impact — people who reduce their overall consumption also reduce their carbon footprint. In this way, she says, living authentically means living without excess.  Then, in Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk about how to build credit scores and credit history for young people, how to save for retirement if your employer doesn't offer a 401(k), and what to do with a balance remaining in a 529 college savings account. Lastly, in Thrive, Jean talks about balance transfers on credit cards, and whether one might be right for you. Want to learn from some of the world's most successful women? Subscribe to the #HerMoneyPodcast so you don't miss a beat!
October 3, 2019
Husband and husband team David Auten and John Schneider, hosts of The Queer Money Podcast, are known as the “Debt Free Guys” for a reason. This week they sit down with us to offer some inspiring advice on how to live a fulfilling life without sacrificing financial security. Listen in as they break down how to discuss combating financial anxiety with your partner, how to take a good hard look at what you may be doing wrong with your money, and how to weigh the financial priorities (and sacrifices) in your life. They also tackle the question as to why the LGBTQ community assumes more debt than the heterosexual population, why same-sex couples are 73% more likely to be denied a mortgage, and what financial institutions can do to affect change.  Then, in Mailbag, Jean and Kelly tackle listener questions about how credit cards that get closed due to inactivity may impact your credit score, whether you should contribute to your spouse’s 401(k), and tips on saving for grad school. And in Thrive, details on Facebook’s crypto to come.
October 2, 2019
Husband and husband team David Auten and John Schneider, hosts of The Queer Money Podcast, are known as the “Debt Free Guys” for a reason. This week they sit down with us to offer some inspiring advice on how to live a fulfilling life without sacrificing financial security. Listen in as they break down how to discuss combating financial anxiety with your partner, how to take a good hard look at what you may be doing wrong with your money, and how to weigh the financial priorities (and sacrifices) in your life. They also tackle the question as to why the LGBTQ community assumes more debt than the heterosexual population, why same-sex couples are 73% more likely to be denied a mortgage, and what financial institutions can do to affect change.  Then, in Mailbag, Jean and Kelly tackle listener questions about how credit cards that get closed due to inactivity may impact your credit score, whether you should contribute to your spouse’s 401(k), and tips on saving for grad school. And in Thrive, details on Facebook’s crypto to come.
September 25, 2019
The R-word looms large in the headlines these days.  If you’re feeling a little anxious about your finances, well, we don’t blame you. That’s why we sat down with wealth advisor Ed Butowsky. He’s the author of the new bestseller *Wealth Mismanagement: A Wall Street Insider On the Dirty Secrets of Financial Advisers and How to Protect Your Portfolio, *and he gets candid about the Federal Reserve’s recent rate cut, how to stay calm in the face of a potential market swings, and what the heck an inverted yield curve is, anyway. He also gives us his suggestions for tried and true stock sectors that can weather any storm. In Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk through tips on reducing your credit card debt in the face of competing priorities — like student loans and your mortgage. And in this week’s Thrive, Jean breaks down the concept of “traditional retirement” vs. “phased retirement,” in other words, how you can pull out of the workforce slowly.
September 18, 2019
This week, Jean sits down with Megan Schleck, co-founder and CEO of COIN, a conscious investing platform that allows us to put our money into companies making an impact in the areas we care most about. Megan shares with us the genesis of COIN, her thoughts on “buycott” culture, and how to make a positive societal impact through ethical investing. Listen in as Megan and Jean discuss creating an avenue for everyday investors to have a place where their voice can be heard (for as little as $50!), the dramatic rise of companies that are following suit, mission-based investing as we enter the 2020 elections, and Megan’s background as a wilderness guide. Then, in Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk about how age is more than just a number, encouraging women in the C-suite, and the Fidelity Women’s Leadership Fund. Then Jean tackles listener questions about when to sell an apartment that’s losing value, the best ways to start investing while in college, and how to spend an inheritance. Lastly, in Thrive, Jean talks about the large net worth gap between Baby Boomers and Millennials, and ways the younger generation can close it once and for all.
September 11, 2019
One of the challenges we face when making decisions is that there can be an overwhelming number of choices — in work, with our finances, and in our personal lives. And when we start to second guess ourselves, it can make us feel disempowered.  This week, our guest is going to help us break down the entire decision-making process and help us gain the confidence we need when faced with life’s big “what to dos.”  Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, well known from her many years on CNBC, is also the creator of the AREA Method which helps people solve complex problems when making such decisions. She's also an author and her most recent book is Investing in Financial Research: A Decision-Making System for Better Results. Cheryl shares her method for decision-making and explains how research is fundamental to the process. She also dives into the concept of risk, and how we can feel more empowered when making choices and navigating the emotional aspects of big decisions.  Cheryl also tells us about her personal practice to increase daily productivity called “Cheetah Pauses” — and yes, it is based on real Cheetahs. Then in this week’s mailbag, Jean and Kathryn tackle listener questions about helping a parent save for retirement when they’re new to the country, what to do when a child doesn’t qualify for a federal student grant or loan because the parents have a generous savings account, and getting out of debt after divorce. Plus, Thrive warns of the dangers of dating site fraud, and the scam artists who profit from it.
September 4, 2019
This week we're boldly going where no HerMoney episode has ever gone before — we're talking cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Listen in as we explore some of your most frequently asked questions, including: How does it work? Should you invest in it? How do I use my money once I buy crypto? Our guest, Kiana Danial, is the author of the new book Cryptocurrency Investing for Dummies, and CEO of She  talks with Jean about her journey into investing in cryptocurrency, and understanding what blockchain was all about. With Kiana's help, we'll learn about the digital ledgers that record cryptocurrency transactions and keep them secure. Of course we'll also tackle the risks associated with investing in a new technology, and how difficult it is to pinpoint which of the thousands of cryptocurrencies currently on the market will be the "winner" in the end. Kiana also talks about her international upbringing, with a childhood in Iran, her time spent in Japan, and how that shaped her perspective on a de-centralized currency like Bitcoin. Kiana also shares her thoughts on exactly when we're all going to be able to use cryptocurrency in a "real" way, to pay for things on our mobile devices, just like we would with any other purchasing app. Hint: The future isn't so very far away.
August 28, 2019
When many people hear the word "wealth," they think about dollars and cents — but it's oh-so-much more than that, according to our guest this week, Veronica Dagher. Veronica is an award-winning reporter for the Wall Street Journal, co-host of the “Secrets of Wealthy Women” podcast, and author of the new ebook, Resilience: How 20 Ambitious Women Used Obstacles to Fuel Their Success. Veronica shares some of the biggest lessons she's learned from the incredible women featured on her podcast, including Ayesha Curry, Maria Sharapova and Barbara Corcoran. She also dishes on the most important career and financial advice she's gotten from female CEOs and other women leaders. Listen in as Veronica shares her advice for what to do when you're afraid to take that leap in life and in business, and why you should never give up. She also discusses the best financial advice her mom ever gave her, and why she followed it to the letter once she was out on her own. Then, in mailbag, Jean tackles a question from a listener who's unsure how to fund her family's much-needed home improvements, and also offers advice for how best to ask for a raise at your annual review. She also dives in to help out a woman who is considering buying a home for her aging mother-in-law — but only if it's not going to put her own retirement at risk. Lastly, in Thrive, we tackle the problem of the boomerang kid — the adult child who moves back home with mom and dad. Jean gives us a run-down on how to set those all-important boundaries so that your sanity and your relationship with your child remain strong.
August 21, 2019
Is ESG investing on your radar yet? That stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance, and it’s a huge trend — particularly among women and millennials — who want to invest in companies they can feel good about.  In this week’s episode, Jean sits down with Nicole Connolly, Head of ESG investing and Portfolio Manager for the Women’s Leadership Fund at Fidelity Investments. She breaks down how we can all put our money where our mouth is when it comes to supporting companies that are doing the right thing. Because, newsflash — we no longer have to choose between doing well financially and making an impact in the world. In fact, you can actually make more money by doing good. Nicole shares how some of the highest-ranking ESG companies outperform the market by around 2% per year, and breaks down how you can get involved, and use ESG as part of your overall investing and retirement strategy. Hint: These companies exist in every sector!  Nicole also talks about the Women’s Leadership Fund at Fidelity Investments, a fund that invests in companies that support future female leaders. She dishes on why more companies today are doing the right thing by society and the world, by being more environmentally conscious, having more women in the C-suite, having more diversity on their boards, and much more. In other words, we can all get returns with a purpose and align our capital and our values in a way that also generates superior returns and is sustainable.   Then, in mailbag, Jean breaks down tax laws for folks with side hustles, and talks about how we can all strike a balance between investing using your head and your heart. Lastly, in thrive, Jean breaks down eight reasons why you might be unhappy at work, and how to fix them.
August 14, 2019
Listen in as Joanie talks about her journey into couponing, and how she went from being skeptical that it would work to being "all-in." (Hint: Her enthusiasm might have something to do with the fact that she saved $100 on her first trip to the store with coupons!) She also dishes on the Krazy Coupon Lady's vibrant online community, and some of the advice they share with one another. For example, just because you have a coupon doesn't mean you should go shopping. Learn what style of couponing may work best for you, and how 10 minutes of effort each week could save you $50. You'll also hear Joanie discuss some of the mistakes she's made (hello, high fiber oatmeal) and the differences in the type of discounts offered by loyalty programs, in-store promotions and coupon stacking.  Then, in Mailbag Jean discusses negotiating vacation days and a flexible schedule as part of your total compensation package, how to successfully (and easily) consolidate retirement accounts, and whether or not there's a benchmark spending timeline for retirement like there is for saving. Lastly, in Thrive, Jean talks about the evolution of the wedding registry. It's not your mother's china patterns anymore. These days, Millennials are registering for down payments on homes, experiences, even fertility treatments. Learn why there's been such a radical shift.
August 7, 2019
If you haven't taken a career break yourself, chances are you know someone who has. Today, 85% of millennials are planning to take career breaks, but unfortunately, returning to the workforce after time away can be much more challenging than landing that first job. This week, Jean sits down with Addie Swartz, CEO of ReacHIRE, a company that partners with Fortune 500 companies to create re-entry opportunities for women of all ages, at all stages of their careers. Addie, who is a serial entrepreneur and also a mom of two, talks about the resources women need to get back to work, including free online courses, resume updates, and networking. She also offers insider tips on how using the right keywords on your application can help your resume rise to the top of digital applicant systems and databases. Jean and Addie also explore the variety of compensation packages available on the market right now, and why no decision should ever be made based on salary alone.  In Mailbag, Jean dishes on the best bank and investment account security protocols, and dives into some of the best ways to eliminate credit card debt and get that "sparkle" back in your life. And, in Thrive, a look at why remote workers are not only happier, they're also (gasp!) more productive.
July 31, 2019
When's the last time you asked for a raise? In this week's episode, Jean sits down with Claire Wasserman, founder of Ladies Get Paid, a career development organization that helps women negotiate for pay and power at work. Claire dishes on power, value, and the wage gap in the workplace, and why women have to ask for more money. She also talks about her journey to becoming a feminist and the best advice she's ever been given around negotiating and asking for more money. She walks us through the negotiating process and tells us why, anytime you negotiate, you should walk through the door with three numbers in mind. (Hint: that first salary offer you get is only a starting point for your negotiating!) Plus, in mailbag, Jean tackles questions about home building, some of the best ways to increase your retirement savings, and in Thrive, Kelly shares the top money lessons she's learned after spending six years working with Jean.
July 24, 2019
Today, most of us are taking better care of our health. We’re more active, get more Vitamin D, and stress a little less. As for our finances, sometimes these feel-good vibes — including summer vacations — cause us to amp up our spending. If your wallet is starting to sweat (like ours), then Ashley Feinstein Gerstley, author of The 30-Day Money Cleanse, is here to whip our finances back into shape. We also have a candid discussion on the divisive latte — you don’t want to miss it. In Mailbag, is it smarter to pay additional money toward the principal on a home mortgage or to invest that money in an index fund? Plus: In case you hadn’t heard, there’s lots of good news for borrowers on the horizon — fixed mortgage rates and interest on federal student loans are heading down. We discuss.
July 17, 2019
You know those people on Instagram who are always traveling to fabulous places, making you question a number of things like: How do they make it work? How do they afford it? And why aren’t you doing the SAME thing?! Or is that just us? This week we’re getting all of the answers — and travel savings secrets — from Rachel Rudwall, an Emmy-nominated on-camera host and producer, who has traveled to all seven continents, lived in three countries and journeyed through nearly 70 nations — all on a limited budget. She’s got millions of airline miles and she knows how to use them. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on pensions and other retirement savings strategies. And, in Thrive, how to make the most of your travel rewards credit card.
July 10, 2019
When you look back at all of the things you haven’t done with your money, or your career, what stopped you? What held you back? Maybe you were scared — of what would happen, of failure, of the reaction of the people you know and love. Although getting over fear may be a goal, there's another way: You could do it scared. So says our guest Ruth Soukup, author of “Do It Scared: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Adversity, and Create a Life You Love.”  She walks us through how and why it works. Then, in Mailbag, we answer your questions on where to build your savings to buy your first home and why we have many (!) credit scores. Plus: Summer travelers beware! You now stand a higher chance of getting bumped off your flight. Our advice in Thrive. Have you entered to win two floor seats for the Rolling Stones No Filter Tour this summer?! Enter at!
July 3, 2019
We’ve had a handful of stellar (and free!) career coaching sessions on HerMoney, and this week we’re building on those learnings with a session with entrepreneur coach Ali Brown. Over the last 15 years, Brown has advised and helped nurture the businesses of many of the women you see today online pulling in millions (sometimes 10s of millions) a year. Learn how to stand out online in 2019 and position yourself as a ‘category of one,’ understand tall poppy syndrome, avoid excellence burnout and master the 80/20 rule with your time. Then, in Mailbag, we answer your questions on how to create a budget in retirement, when young adults should get their first credit cards and how one woman can approach the guilt and embarrassment she feels around her financial success. And if you’re looking to buy a home, and, financially, just can’t swing it? Stick around for Thrive. P.S. We’re giving away two floor seats to almost every stop in the Rolling Stones No Filter Tour this summer, and we want you to win! Enter at!
June 26, 2019
You’re trying to save more money, but can’t find the spare change. You’re trying to exercise more, but end up making monthly donations to your gym. You’re trying to stop snacking at 4:00pm, but reach for the cookie like clockwork. That last one was exactly what was happening to Charles Duhigg. Intrigued by his personal frustration with breaking certain habits for himself, the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist went on to become an expert on habits — and how to change them — writing two bestsellers, “The Power of Habit” and “Smarter Faster Better,” along the way. With his help, we explore the psychology behind habit formation and discuss his research-backed solutions for long-term behavior change. In Mailbag, we go over how to choose a Roth IRA, a financial planner and how to start investing with your kids. And finally, in Thrive, we’re talking about women rocking it in all professions. P.S. We’re giving away two floor seats to almost every stop in the Rolling Stones No Filter Tour this summer, and we want you to win! Enter at!
June 19, 2019
“Do you want kids?” Like it or not, it’s a question you’ve probably been asked (many times). No matter what your answer is, having a baby isn’t cheap. It’s about $11,000, on average, and that’s without complications. Run into fertility issues, as many, many women do, and solutions can run into the thousands. Enter FemTech: Companies and products that are looking to tackle fertility, like Ava, a wearable fertility tracker. This week we’re with Ava’s co-founder and president, Lea von Bidder, to discuss all things fertility, including the emotional and financial costs that come with it. In Mailbag, we discuss incorporating tax diversification into retirement planning, fixing errors on our credit reports and understanding our credit score fluctuations. Plus: Balancing kids and career is never easy, but if it seems that men make the transition into parenthood much easier than women — that’s because, well, they do. We discuss why in Thrive.
June 12, 2019
What's your most limited resource? Money? We get how it can feel that way, but the real answer is time. You can earn more money. You can't get more hours or minutes or seconds...or years.  The latter — particularly as it relates to compound interest, giving your money time to grow — is just one of the things we dive into with the inspiring Grant Sabatier, a proponent of the "Financial Independence, Retire Early" (FIRE) movement, and author of “Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need.” (Note: If you're catching up, we've talked about FIRE in Episodes 145 and 146.) Sabatier shares his recent journey with FIRE and how he went from broke — literally $2.26 in his checking and $0.01 in his savings — to millionaire to financially independent in roughly five years. Oh yeah, and he's in his early 30s. Then, in Mailbag, does going to a more expensive college mean more success? Plus: How to tackle (what feels like) crippling credit card debt. And since we also discuss how to increase our incomes with Grant, we thought it’d be a good time to review some best practices for asking for a raise. Dos and don’ts in Thrive.
June 5, 2019
Whether you're reading the list of Fortune 500 CEOs and board members, or a roster of members of Congress, the lack of women in numbers is hugely apparent. It provided the impetus for Laura to start her “She Said / She Said” podcast and this week we're digging into how to bridge the gap — for ourselves and for society as a whole. As the 2020 elections draw closer, it's a conversation that can't come soon enough. In Mailbag, fraud alerts vs. credit freezes, and how to say, “no, thank you,” to buying into all of your friends’ side hustles. In this week’s Thrive: What does it mean to short a stock? We discuss.
May 29, 2019
You've been telling us you want more shows on investing. We listened. This week, we're in conversation with Erin Lowry, who's just out with her new book: “Broke Millennial Takes On Investing: A Beginner's Guide to Leveling Up Your Money.” She did the legwork on everything from opening accounts (what kind?), figuring out what to put in them (stocks, bonds, funds?), how to invest when you want to make an impact in the world and more. In Mailbag: How to handle a rental property that’s underwater, and financial tradeoffs (invest or pay down the mortgage?). And, in Thrive, are you spending more on food than retirement? Time to make some changes.
May 22, 2019
This week, a lesson in resilience. We're talking with Mika Brzezinski, co-host of Morning Joe and founder of Know Your Value, and Daniela Pierre-Bravo, her Morning Joe producer. The two have teamed up on a new book, “EARN IT! Know Your Value and Grow Your Career, in Your 20s and Beyond,” inspired by Daniela's journey from DACA recipient/DREAMer, struggling to pay her way through college, to NYC success. It involves Greyhound busses, resume fibs and other details you're going to want to hear — as well as their great advice for positioning yourself to rise in any career. In Mailbag: Can you put a price on happiness and Roth 401(k)s? And, in Thrive, what to do when politics are causing whiplash in your portfolio.
May 17, 2019
It was a rough week for the markets. Our advice? Instead of checking your accounts (in fact, do yourself a favor and remember, it’s a long-term game), tune into this new bonus show and catch up on past episodes. In this Bonus Mailbag, we discuss the documentation needed for purchasing a home and the decision to tap into an IRA before retirement. Should you ever consider this, and, if so, under what circumstances? Plus: How to find the right financial planner, how to approach paying off six-figure student debt and when to pull money from your savings for your investments? Are you among the many women who have money in savings that should be invested instead? Let’s find out!
May 15, 2019
Do you have a degree in anticipating other people’s needs before your own? Does your brain house the master to-do list for not just you, but for your entire family? Don your crown. You're a queen of emotional labor — the unpaid and often unnoticed work that many women do to keep their loved ones happy. This week’s guest, Gemma Hartley, made the concept a worldwide conversation with her viral article, "Women Aren’t Nags; We’re Just Fed Up." In this episode, she shares her story, the deets on her book and helpful tips for how to (really) cut back. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on how to invest in Roth IRAs, prioritize saving versus investing, plus the dos and don’ts for downsizing. And, in Thrive, HerMoney editor in chief Kathryn Tuggle (woot!) joins us to discuss best practices for using your professional networks to land your next job.
May 8, 2019
Just in time for Mother’s Day (Happy Mother’s Day, BTW) we’re speaking with Esther Wojcicki, a leading American educator, journalist, and mother, who raised three superstar daughters, Susan, the CEO of YouTube, Janet, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California-San Francisco and Anne, co-founder and CEO of 23andMe. She’s got simple advice for raising successful people (which clearly works) and a new book that promises "radical results."  In Mailbag, we dive into where you can get the biggest returns on your savings and whether those credit card interest rates can really be negotiated. Plus: Another tax filing season has come and gone. What did the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act really do for your wallet?
May 1, 2019
Money is a leading cause of stress in relationships, and, consequently, a leading cause of divorce. But not for the McNeely’s. Talaat and Tai McNeely, the couple behind His and Her Money, paid down one partner’s $30,000 credit card debt—and a $330,000 mortgage—together. They tell us how, and, get this: They never fight about money. Yes, we asked for all the secrets. In Mailbag, one listener questions whether achieving a perfect credit score of 850 is actually possible. It is. (It’s not easy, but it is.) We go over how to boost your score, how to build credit for new college grads and how to work through decision fatigue when it comes to your finances. Plus: Venmo recently changed its user agreement to indicate that it may “engage in collection and other efforts” to recover lost monies. Will you be receiving a Venmo from them? We know, very meta. Find out in Thrive.
April 24, 2019
“Life isn’t about winning. Life is about a journey. Life is about finding your happiness with whatever that genius is that you have." So says Amy Errett, founder and CEO of Madison Reed, the beauty brand that’s challenging industry titans in the hair color space. She walks us through her career highlights and lowlights (ba-dum-bum!), including an unexpected firing that changed her entire perspective on work, family, happiness...and life. Plus, as a VC, she shares her take on the elements that create a successful business. In Mailbag, we discuss what you can do with your 401(k) if you’re leaving your job—and budgeting for charitable giving with donor advised funds. In Thrive, if we’ve learned anything in the past month, it’s that there’s a right way and a wrong way to get your kid into college. But just because you aren’t out there bribing coaches doesn’t mean you might not be making a few mistakes of your own. We discuss.
April 17, 2019
Did you know that one in two LGBTQ adults associate money with anxiety, which is significantly more than straight, cisgender people who do? That was just one of our important takeaways from the 2019 LGBTQ Money Matters Survey, which was driven by this week's guests, Tobin Low and Kathy Tu, hosts of the Nancy podcast and special series, Queer Money Matters. We discuss their findings, their stories and solutions for the increased costs the LGBTQ community often face when it comes to careers, parenthood, marriage, healthcare and more. In Mailbag, we discuss a hierarchy of how to use your tax return money with debt, emergency savings, retirement savings and family planning all in mind. Plus: Tax filing exemptions for expats. In Thrive, we’re talking about the “Failure to Launch” effect. In other words, what to do when parents are financially supporting their adult children for much longer than they thought they’d be...we discuss!
April 12, 2019
Remember our recent listener survey? (Thank you to everyone who weighed in!) One major finding: You want more Mailbag. Message received. In this bonus show, we discuss: the tax differences between Traditional and Roth IRAs, the best places to save and grow money for short-term goals, the pros and cons of reverse mortgages, the considerations for one listener who might get a home equity loan to help her daughter pay down debt and why freezing your credit is still a must. Have a question for the show? Email them to us at
April 10, 2019
For many of the female founders we’ve featured on the show, either personal problems or macro pain points served as inspiration for their companies. For Heidi Zak, ThirdLove, was no different. Nearly seven years ago, the co-founder and co-CEO set out to change the dismal relationship she, and—as it turns out—millions of other women (including the HerMoney team) have with their bras. “Every woman has a bra story,” she says, and this week we hear hers, discuss ours, and learn the best practices for buying, maintaining and even donating bras. (If you’re like us, you're doing it wrong!) Plus: Heidi gets honest about her experience in building and scaling a company that’s unapologetically for women. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on consolidating 401(k)s, picking a retirement plan when your company doesn’t offer one and using company stock for making a down payment on a first home. We end the show with some important news on finding love in the digital age: “Romance scams” are costing people more money than any other form of fraud, according to the FTC. Looking to donate your bras? Here are two options: - - And if you know of any others, please email us at!
April 3, 2019
We’re at HerMoney headquarters this week, because when Carl Richards flies nearly 9,000 miles from New Zealand to New York City, has time to record and your studio is temporarily unavailable, you make it work. Carl is a CFP, an author, The Sketch Guy for The New York Times and the creator of a new workshop geared towards helping couples talk about money called “Talking About Money”—and that’s exactly what we do this week. Carl teaches us why talking about money with our partners and spouses can be tricky and how we can become better communicators. We lose the shame, we lose the blame and we learn to take “time outs.” It’s a must-listen. In Mailbag, we discuss closing credit cards without lowering your credit score, and why you might want to consider investing in a Roth IRA over a Traditional IRA after contributing the max to your employer’s plan. And, inspired by our conversation with Carl, in Thrive, we talk about first impressions and why your nonverbal expressions matter when making connections.
March 27, 2019
Building off of last week’s “Women With Money” episode that focused on how and why more of us should be investing in addition to our retirement accounts, we’re with investing expert Manisha Thakor. She’s VP of financial wellbeing at Brighton Jones and host of the "true WELLth podcast." We discuss the psychology of investing, the difference between active versus passive investing styles and best practices for working with financial advisors. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on closing credit cards without hurting your credit, whether it's a smart move to help a boyfriend's family with student loan debt and the complications that can ensue come tax time. Plus: Our Thrive segment is courtesy of one of our amazing listeners, Pam, who emailed us a few weeks back after Episode 149, in which we talked about the new rules of resume writing. Her advice will help your resume get seen! P.S. Jean’s new book, “Women With Money,” hits stands this week! Order yours today at
March 20, 2019
The tables are turning for women and money—and the roles are reversing in this week’s episode. To celebrate the upcoming launch of Jean’s new book, “Women with Money: The Judgment-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (and, Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve,” Kelly interviews Jean for the very first time. Women have more money and more power than ever before and there’s more coming our way. We talk about the important ways in which we can use our money and our power to make life better for us, for the people we love and for the world. Above all, learn more about Jean—and why this book is more personal for her than any other book she’s written before. We close the show by answering your questions (of course) on paying off mortgages in the FIRE movement, FAFSA considerations for students who take breaks between school, the pros of tax-deductible IRAs and more. Women With Money is available for preorder now on
March 13, 2019
When it comes to saving more money, you’re tired of hearing to pack your lunch and make your own coffee, right? We get it. Because we’re tired of it, too. Trouble is, many of us do spend the majority of our disposable income on food. We literally eat our money. If we could get ourselves to cook even a little bit more, we could seriously save. Which is why we were so thrilled to hear cookbook author and New York Times food columnist, Melissa Clark, tell us she cooks, because she's lazy. Seriously. She argues that it's a lot less work than eating out. And she has a point. Which you'll see as she takes us through cost-effective recipes, some common excuses for not cooking and which ingredients and kitchen supplies you can cut corners on. (If it sounds like we're geeking out, it's because we are. Just a little bit.) In Mailbag, we answer your questions on renovating a house, paying off five-figure credit card debt and setting up 529s for nieces and nephews. Plus: Did you know over 90% of recruiters are using LinkedIn to check you out? We discuss what to have on your profile.
March 6, 2019
When it comes to being happy at work, guess which factor matters the most? The nature of our work? No. The money? Nope. OK, it's the people we work with. And, if you’re lucky, you have a work wife. This week we’re with Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur, work wives and founders of the popular fashion and design website, Of a Kind. They’re out with the new book, inspired by their relationship, “Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses.” We discuss why these relationships are valuable (in more ways than one), how to take a friendship to the next level (i.e., starting a business together) and how to talk money with your besties, in general. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on the concept of gender-neutral investing and where to invest and save for the short-term. And since we’re on the subject of relationships, would you break up with someone because of their credit card debt? Interesting research in Thrive.
February 27, 2019
We’re sitting down with Emmy award-winning journalist and producer, Laura Ling. (Yes, the Laura Ling who was was arrested and held captive in North Korea for 140 days after reporting on the trafficking of North Korean women.) She’s now the host of the Everyday Bravery podcast, which documents people overcoming hardships. We discuss how to build your resiliency muscle, the power of mentorship and her personal caregiving story (a reminder that if you’re taking care of kids and your parents simultaneously, a) you’re not alone and b) you’re nothing short of amazing!). In Mailbag, we answer your questions on negotiating benefits packages and investing in real estate. Plus: Another friendly reminder to just say NO to store credit cards. Why in Thrive. The HerMoney Listener Survey:
February 20, 2019
How about Xer? Boomer? Having a multigenerational team at work can be a wonderful thing. The diversity of ages brings different experiences, different lenses—all of which can strengthen your company’s culture and increase your chances of success. But communication across the generations? That can be trying. Enter our guest, executive coach Lisa Lord. After today’s session — i.e. episode — you’ll have a new framework for figuring out what you want out of your job, how to interact effectively with all of your colleagues and even how to score a promotion you’re not qualified for (yet). In Mailbag, we answer your questions on where to save or invest money for a first home and financial considerations for first-time parents. Stick around for Thrive to hear the new rules of résumés. Have you taken our listener survey yet: To improve the show, we’re conducting a survey to learn more about you, what you think and what you want more (or less) of moving forward. It should take five minutes of your time. As a thank you—upon completion—we’ll enter you into our giveaway of $100 Amazon gift cards and signed copies of Jean’s new book, "Women With Money."
February 13, 2019
With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, we decided to romance you with an entire show dedicated to your taxes. We shouldn’t have, right? But we did and we should, because this will be the first filing season that taxpayers see the full effects of the tax reform that was passed in 2017. And given that this was one of the biggest overhauls of the tax code in over 30 years, there will be tons of changes. Will they affect you? Let’s find out. Our date and tax expert this week is Maggie Klokkenga, senior advisor at Clayton Financial Group. Maggie is both a CPA and CFP®, and, best of all, she’s a longtime HerMoney community member, which is how we met. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on backdoor Roth IRAs, 529 savings plans, tax software and filing jointly. Plus: If you’re one of the many people who didn’t adjust their tax withholding last year—or you can’t remember the last time you did—then it’s time to do that. We tell you how. As always, thank you for listening. To improve the show, we’re conducting a survey to learn more about you, what you think and what you want more (or less) of moving forward. The survey should take five minutes of your time. As a thank you—upon completion—we’ll enter you into our giveaway of $100 Amazon gift cards and signed copies of Jean’s new book, "Women With Money." Please share your opinion here: Resources mentioned in the show: IRS Withholding Calculator: NerdWallet Withholding Calculator:
February 6, 2019
“Becoming a millionaire is not a private country club—it’s a result of many many years of hard work.” This week we’re back with retirement expert and Ramsey Personality, Chris Hogan, who’s out with his new book, “Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth—and How You Can Too.” Chris and the Ramsey research team surveyed over 10,000 U.S. millionaires to discover how they reached seven-figure status. Not surprisingly, it starts with getting in the right headspace. Oh, and Andy Puddicombe, consider Chris your competition. (If you listened to Episode 49, then you know what we’re talking about!) In Mailbag, we answer your questions on being more hands-on with your retirement investments, budgeting for childcare and retirement planning with a pension. Then, should you share your salary with your colleague—your male colleagues? We discuss in Thrive.
January 30, 2019
Building on last week’s episode on the FIRE movement, this week we sit down with Jamila Souffrant, creator of the blog and podcast, Journey To Launch, in which she chronicles her and her family’s experience towards financial independence. “For most people who hear about FIRE movement it seems overwhelming,” says Jamila. “I like to modify it and say it [financial independence] can mean anything you want it to mean. In my case, it meant I wanted to retire from my corporate job to do work I love.” Jamila is candid on how she and her husband increased their savings rate, modified their investments and managed their accounts together to make this happen. In fact, we all might want to take a lesson in financial togetherness (and respect) from this couple. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on maxing out 401(k)s without compromising your short-term goals, protecting your finances when buying property with a future spouse and funding HSAs. And Jamila’s story has us wondering: Do you feel engaged in what you're doing at work? If not, we discuss new research that can help in Thrive.
January 23, 2019
Only you can prevent running out of money in retirement. OK, we’ll cool it with the fire and Smokey The Bear puns. This savings crisis is one we’ve covered before, but this week we’re discussing what thousands of people are calling the solution: The FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) Movement. Our two experts, Jonathan Mendonsa and Brad Barrett, co-hosts of the ChooseFi podcast, explain what it is, its “simple math” and why it’s so popular: “You know, I think all of us kind of understand the golden years are the years that you're allowed to do everything that you've really wanted,” says Jonathan. “Now society has given you the permission to go do that...I don't just want my golden years right—I want my best years.” Then, in Mailbag, we answer your questions on how college students can start investing and building credit when they have none. Plus, there’s another gap—not in our favor—we can add to the list: the stress gap. Sigh, and talk solutions with us in Thrive.
January 16, 2019
Double lives. Deception. Shame. Nope, it’s not an episode of “Dirty John” (though it could be)—it’s this week’s podcast. Abby Ellin, an award-winning journalist and author of the new book: “Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married,” is in the studio and does she have a story to tell! She also equips us with advice for how to be smarter even when we’re confronted with some of the most-skilled liars. Then, in Mailbag, we discuss how you can ask for more financial responsibility at home without implying you don’t trust your partner—and we answer your questions on long-term care policies for singles (plus other insurances singles should strongly consider) and the 4% retirement rule. In Thrive, staying on the theme of couples and money: Who do you think should pick up the check on a date? We discuss.
January 9, 2019
We’re in the second week of 2019 — and with our New Year’s resolutions fresh in our minds — we thought it’d be an opportune time to talk about abundance. Or rather, the art of abundance with Leisa Peterson. Leisa is a wealth coach, business strategist, podcaster and author, who is known for her ability to quickly identify the exact issues that are holding us back from achieving our goals. She’s helped thousands of people (including us) develop practical skills for attracting greater wealth, freedom and peace of mind. In Mailbag, we cover your questions on refinancing student debt, aligning your budget with your ethics and exploring career opportunities in the financial services industry. Finally, have you heard of the FIRE movement? We’ve mentioned it on the show before and we have a podcast dedicated to it coming up soon. In the meantime, a FIRE 101 in Thrive.
January 2, 2019
Happy New Year HerMoney! Goodbye 2018 and goodbye investing confidence gap. After decades of focusing on why women weren’t investing, the broader conversation is shifting to why — and how — women are growing their wealth. We’re kicking off another fantastic year of important conversations with HerMoney’s champion from day one, Kathy Murphy. She’s the president of personal investing at Fidelity, which is out with new research on women and investing. A finding we’re thrilled to hear: Over 70% of women say it’s time to demand more from their money and that they’re going to take action in the next six months. Let’s join them! Kathy tells us how. In Mailbag, Kelly and I answer your questions on Social Security, opening up a Roth IRA and buying a house in the current market. Plus: We know women are more likely to take career breaks for childcare — and now we have an idea of how much it can cost them. We discuss in Thrive.
December 26, 2018
Too many of us can relate to the fact that personal finance wasn’t something we were taught growing up. It’s a big reason why this show exists and it’s also why Dina Shoman founded inherQuests, a company that creates financial education products for kids. She’s on a mission to increase financial literacy for our future generations, starting with little girls. She shares what’s working, what isn’t and how we can start talking to our kids about money in a way that sticks. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on getting out of debt, getting money in foreign countries and combining finances for newlyweds. Finally, you know we love highlighting gratitude practices, especially the simple ones, like writing thank-you notes. But it turns out if you’re writing one to a hiring manager, you might want to put away the pen and paper. Why in Thrive.
December 19, 2018
This week, we’re tackling the subject of aging, which, according to new research, more women are looking forward to. Excuse us? Yep, financial challenges aside, more women are excited about aging, particularly about what their lives will look like as they age. It’s rooted in the idea of, “The best is yet to come.” But the best will only come if you’re feeling your best, and that means taking care of yourself. Enter: The always-wonderful Jillian Michaels. Just days after losing her home in the California Camp Fire, Jillian spent time with us to discuss her latest book, “The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential for Ageless Strength, Health, and Beauty.” We run through all six and how you can apply them today, because “Aging gracefully doesn’t have to mean giving up and accepting decay,” writes Jillian. “It means keeping yourself in fantastic health, inside and out, for a hell of a long time …” In Mailbag, we answer your questions on union memberships, rebalancing 401(k)s and prioritizing HSAs. Then, if you’re like us — and many other rewards-points junkies — the allure of getting a new credit card with a big, fat rewards bonus sends your heart fluttering: 50,000 points, 70,000, 100,000, oh my! But, what then? How to maximize them in Thrive.
December 12, 2018
We’ve got the O.G. B.F.F. (best financial friend) on the show this week. Shannon McLay is the founder and CEO of The Financial Gym, a financial services company that’s disrupting the industry’s approach with women (and some men) on how they overhaul their relationships with money and work towards financial success. We discuss why women want (and need) different financial advice, what's working, what isn't and how Shannon is successfully raising capital for her company from men who can't relate. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on finding a job in the financial services industry, balancing wants vs. needs and understanding an annuity alongside other retirement accounts. Finally, because there’s so much going on in our world that’s blazing a light on our differences rather than our similarities, we thought it would be nice to focus on something we all want: happiness. Join us in Thrive.
December 5, 2018
Earlier this year, America's student debt hit 1.5 trillion dollars — and guess who holds most of it? Yep, us ladies. We hold nearly two-thirds of all student loan debt in the United States. To bring it closer to home, the average graduate walked off campus with around $39,400 last year, which is up six percent from 2016. It's trending up, so what can we do for ourselves and our loved ones to lower the cost? One (big) option: 529 college savings plans. We have Abby Chao, co-founder and COO of CollegeBacker, to talk us through what they are, how they work and how you can easily get your loved ones on board. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on retirement planning for when you're out of work, credit cards for new adults and how to go from joint accounts to yours, mine and ours. In Thrive, HerMoney reporter Kathryn shares her coverage on the increase in workplace demotions. We discuss what to do and how to handle them.
November 28, 2018
If you texted, emailed, Slacked and DM'd with people more than you talked to them face-to-face today, then this week's episode is for you. Erica Keswin, author of the new book, "Bring Your Human to Work: 10 Surefire Ways to Design a Workplace That Is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World," is all about learning how to speak in a human voice, finding the sweet spot between tech and connect and meetings that won't waste your time. She's our new girl crush. And we cover it all. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on selling stock, rolling over retirement accounts and dealing with medical collections. And, in Thrive, some great news: There are more 401(k) and IRA millionaires than ever before, according to a new report from Fidelity — woo-hoo! You can be one, too. Keep listening!
November 21, 2018
Finding roommates and funding businesses are no easy feats. Ask Elien Becque. She's the founder and CEO of RoomZoom, a roommate matching web app designed to take the stress, financial risk and guesswork out of finding a roommate. We’ve covered the trend of more couples cohabitating before marriage to save money, but we haven’t discussed a similar trend of more Americans — in non-romantic relationships — choosing to room together for the same reason. Elien is our new guide for how to find the perfect match. She also gets real on the highs and lows of running an early-stage company — her entrepreneurial story is both refreshing and relatable. In Mailbag, Kelly and I talk Venmo and answer your questions on retirement: saving strategies with a pension, saving strategies without a pension and whether or not it's OK to use them for paying off the mortgage. Plus: It's Open Enrollment time. Are you set for next year? We discuss health care in Thrive. Something easier than choosing a health care plan? Subscribing to our free weekly newsletters! Just text "HERMONEY" to 888-111 to subscribe.
November 16, 2018
TGIF! To celebrate, we're taking you back to our live show at the PRX Podcast Garage in Boston. After our interview with Harvard’s Brigitte Madrian and our Mailbag (listen to both in Episode 134), we hosted a HerMoney Happy Hour. Grab your favorite beverage and enjoy 30+ minutes of women getting real about their relationships with money.
November 14, 2018
Whether you're an entrepreneur, a wantrepreneur (our favorite new word) or neither, the ability to market yourself is crucial. We all need to be able to create strong brands — personal and professional — and this week we get advice on how from the best. Tina Wells, CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, an agency that creates marketing strategies for clients within the beauty, entertainment, fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors, gives us a private consultation. In Mailbag, Kelly and I answer your questions on using life insurance plans for college savings, trusts, and credit card balance transfers. In Thrive, Fair Isaac Corp. — the creator of FICO credit score — is introducing a new scoring system called the UltraFICO in 2019. Learn how it could impact you.
November 7, 2018
HerMoney recently went on a road trip to Boston for a live show with Harvard’s Brigitte Madrian at the PRX Podcast Garage. We discuss her extensive research on 401(k)s — savings rates, leakages and the possible relationship they have with credit card debt — if you were auto-enrolled into yours, then you definitely want to tune in. We also explore the idea of sidecar plans. Have you heard of them? In our live Mailbag, we answer attendees' questions on how to get more of our girlfriends talking about money, how to approach the current real estate market, how to ride the stock market (rollercoaster) and more. In fact, so much more, including a taste of a HerMoney Happy Hour (!), that we're making this a two-part special. Stay tuned for more!
October 31, 2018
We (and by we, we mean the entire personal finance community) talk a lot about saving for retirement, but not enough about how to make our money last as long as we're going to. So we're going to change that. One possible solution for better guaranteeing income in retirement: annuities. One woman who's making annuities sound much sexier than they are: Elaine Larsen. At speeds of over 280 mph, Elaine has made a career out of going as fast as possible for five seconds down a straight and narrow quarter-mile track as hot-rod race car driver. However, after a major wreck in 2011, she realized she wasn’t invincible and that it was time to start planning for retirement. She shares her story and how an annuity was right for her and her family. In Mailbag — after retirement is taken care of, how should you invest an extra $10,000? We offer ideas and answer your other questions on freezing credit for toddlers and buying into CDs at credit unions. Plus: Venmo is about to get more expensive. Hear why in Thrive.
October 24, 2018
With giving season upon us, we started asking ourselves how we can make bigger impacts — not just at the end of the year — but perhaps year round? We all have causes we care about, but when does it make sense to take donating money, time or resources a step further? When does it make sense to start a charity or not-for-profit organization of your own? To help us answer these questions, we’re sitting down with Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of the non-profit organization charity: water, which focuses on the global water crisis and the world’s 663 million people without clean water to drink. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on healthcare plans for people in their 50s and 60s, forgotten stocks and freezing and unfreezing your credit — which you can now do for free. No more excuses — and more details in Thrive.
October 17, 2018
The loss of an identity. The loss of a paycheck. Sometimes they're one in the same. This week we're discussing how to navigate major life changes with two of my favorite women, Lisa Oz and Jill Herzig, great friends and hosts of the new podcast, "You Turns by HowStuffWorks." We love the name — and the concept. We sit down with both to discuss the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly when making personal and professional transitions (e.g. sending a kid off to college or losing your job). In Mailbag, Kelly and I answer your questions on earning extra income while on Social Security Disability Income SSDI, and how to (nicely) ask your credit card company for lower interest rates. (Yes, it's possible.) In Thrive, we discuss the new and troubling research that shows many women are opting for “intentional invisibility” in the office. P.S. If you're in Boston, come see us LIVE on 10/27:
October 10, 2018
For many of us, the tables eventually turn, the roles reverse and it becomes time to take care of the people who took care of us for so many years. Becoming caregivers for our parents is often uncomfortable, emotional and comes at a time when many of us are still revving up at work (and, yes, women are more likely to leave the workforce for this, too). Stories like this week's guest, award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien's, remind us that we're not alone in this. Soledad gets candid about her caregiving experience, her evolving relationship with money and what she's hearing from other women leading up to this year's midterm elections. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on warming up to Venmo (as a parent), accessing your free credit reports and investing $10,000 just because. And, whether you're a parent of a college student or a college student yourself, building your credit while in school is not just smart, but doable. We tell you how.
October 3, 2018
Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, oh my! This week we're getting hormonal with my good friend, Randi Hutter Epstein, author of the new book: "Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything" — which, by the way, includes our finances. We talk emotions (and money), birth control (and money), egg freezing (and money) and how to save, yes, money, on shopping for medical care. In Mailbag, Kelly and I answer your questions on selling stocks, protecting your newborn's identity and HELOCs. And a question for all of us: Could our friendships be holding us back at work? We discuss in Thrive. If you haven't already, please check out the *NEW* — and please subscribe to our YouTube channel:
September 26, 2018
The fear that you'll run out of money in retirement is big and real and daunting. Which is why we're always excited to hear about it when someone — somewhere — has a new idea to help us conquer the challenges of making our money last. This week's hero: Morningstar's Head of Behavioral Science, Dr. Stephen Wendel. He outlines how a handful of modest (and specific!) changes, when made simultaneously, can amount to much bigger nest eggs. So, calm your retirement anxieties — and geek out on the research — with us. Then, in Mailbag, we’re discussing 401(k) rollovers, the 5-year rule on Roth IRAs and having a dedicated savings account for healthcare. And in Thrive, how to budget with a cash-only diet.
September 19, 2018
This week we’re speaking with a woman who’s on a mission to make other women, "really f***ing rich." And who doesn't like the sound of that? Cindy Eckert, founder and CEO of Sprout Pharmaceuticals is leading this charge, while simultaneously supercharging our sex lives. Her company — which she sold for $1 billion and bought back for practically nothing — created Addyi, the first ever FDA-approved drug for low sexual desire in women. We talk hormones, big pharma, negotiations and how to handle sexism. Her strategy: "Kill them with competence." It's a must-listen. In Mailbag, we dive into credit cards, student loans and other financial trade-offs. And, in Thrive, we discuss troubling research on the big little lies we tell when women outearn their husbands.
September 12, 2018
It’s college application season for thousands of high school seniors across the country — and the ones who love them. Whether you're up against the deadline this year — or see it coming around the corner — it's never too early to start strategizing. We sat down with independent university admissions counselor and founder and CEO of IvyWise, Dr. Kat Cohen, to talk not just about reigning in the cost of college, but the cost of applying itself. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on wealth strategies for singles, bankruptcy scores and credit cards for young adults. Then, in Thrive, meet HerMoney reporter Kathryn Tuggle! She shares her reporting on how — and why — pet insurance can be a smart move.
September 7, 2018
We have that back-to-school spirit over here and it inspired us to do a Bonus Mailbag! Here's what's on the syllabus: Ideas outside of retirement for investing "for fun," the perks of making additional mortgage payments (but also whether you should? Think ROI!), 529 alternatives, why someone might put her home in a trust and how to build an emergency fund and pay down debt at the same time. Yes, it's both possible and encouraged. Have a great weekend!
September 5, 2018
Dear HerMoney listeners, this week we're getting up close and personal about our spending habits with Refinery29's work & money director, Lindsey Stanberry. She's here to discuss her new book, "Refinery29 Money Diaries: Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Your Finances... And Everyone Else's" — inspired by the viral series she launched that gives readers inside looks into the spending habits of millennial women across the country. (Warning: They're addicting.) In Mailbag, Kelly and I start drafting our diary entries and answer your questions on credit card loyalty, balance transfers and one listener's difficult decision to keep health insurance. And, in Thrive, the two biggest strategies for making sure that you'll have enough money to last you in retirement.
August 29, 2018
A few episodes back, we talked about one of our friends in the personal finance community achieving a perfect credit score. Yes, a score of 850. I like to say you’re not your credit score, but in Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary’s case, you might want to be. She's on this week to discuss her quest for perfection (honestly, she didn't even have to try that hard), paying for college for her kids on a journalist's salary, spending in line with your values and how to live a debt-free life. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on how to stay calm (and sane) when you or someone you love is about to take on significant student loans. We also talk Roth IRAs and how you really can earn money working from home. And, in Thrive, the importance of taking time off. It turns out not taking a vacation can cost you more than you think.
August 22, 2018
This week’s big question: Do you trust your bank? Since 2008, the answer for many Americans has been...not so much. We're diving into all your feels around our country's banking system with UPenn's Lisa Servon, author of "The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives." We discuss her take on banks large and small and why more Americans continue to flee traditional ones for both credit unions and fintech alternatives. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on catch-up strategies for retirement savings and whether buying your first (or second) home in your 20s is a viable investment strategy. And we wrap with a little econ talk. The US economy kicked into high gear this spring, but will it last? Stay tuned....
August 15, 2018
Were you raised to be financially independent? Or did your childhood (rocky or otherwise) motivate you to seek financial independence out? These are questions inspired by this week's guest MSNBC LIVE anchor Stephanie Ruhle, who spent 14 years working in finance before turning to a career in television. She opens up about her upbringing, offers her most important career advice and weighs in on financial advice she thinks women like us need most. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on SEP IRAs and high-interest checking accounts. In Thrive, we cover new, and yes, still frustrating, research on gender expectations. Listen in, roll your eyes with us and try our solution.
August 8, 2018
We’ve talked about the wage gap and the leadership gap — and we’ll keep talking 'til they’re closed — but we haven’t focused on a gap that is arguably at the root of all the others: The confidence gap. This week we dig deep with master life coach and fellow podcaster, Cara Alwill Leyba. She’s out with her new book: "Like She Owns The Place, Give Yourself The Gift of Confidence and Ignite Your Inner Magic." We discuss what confidence means, looks like, feels like and how you, too, can light it up. In Mailbag, we've got questions (and answers, natch) on what to do with a CD that's coming due, how to pay off your mortgage faster, and where to find a fee-only financial advisor. Plus: Amazon recently acquired PillPack, an online pharmacy startup that delivers medication to consumers' doorsteps. Could it drive down drug prices?
August 1, 2018
When it comes to saving, investing and all things financial independence, Stella & Dot CEO and founder Jessica Herrin walks the talk. With the idea that nine-to-five doesn't work for everybody, Herrin set out to reinvent what flexible income — and home business opportunities — look like for the modern woman. She speaks to the importance of saving and investing, but she and I agree that your most important investment is the one you make in your skill set — especially if you're in the gig economy. In Mailbag, the pros and cons of using your savings to learn a new skill and checking your credit report and score for free. And speaking of credit scores...our friend Michelle Singletary (also a future guest) has a perfect one. We share how she achieved the 850 mark.
July 25, 2018
Kevin Arnold, we get it. Just like you fell for Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, we've fallen for Danica McKellar IRL. (Case in point: When she played Monopoly growing up, she'd create emergency cash cushions by hiding her money from herself.) It's no surprise that the actress many of us grew up with is also an internationally-recognized mathematician, who has her own theorem (yes, a theorem) and is the author a number of books aimed at helping girls in particular become more confident about math. She came on to talk about her latest — "Do Not Open This Math Book" — but also the origins of math phobias and why the stereotypes about women and math still linger today. It's a must-listen. Then, in Mailbag, we answer your questions on life insurance for children, IRAs and finding an advisor that's right for you. In Thrive, we cover new variables that could determine your credit opportunities.
July 18, 2018
What does it take to become self-made? For Nely Galán, the first Latina President of Entertainment for a U.S. television network (Telemundo), it required strategy, sacrifice and a whole lot of self-control. She joins us this week for an inspiring conversation on immigration, building wealth (if you're interested in investing in real estate, this show's for you) and why overachievers (hint, hint) need to slow down in order to accomplish more on our ever-growing to-do lists. In Mailbag, Kelly and I answer your questions whether it matters if your landlord reports your rent payments to the credit bureaus, and what to do if you have a house on the market that won't sell, but is costing you more and more every month. And, in Thrive, we discuss how student debt in the U.S. has hit $1.5 trillion (yes, “trillion” with a “t”) for the first time ever — and how to pay yours down.
July 11, 2018
What's your definition of success? Did your mind go straight to career? Family? Both? This week we're tackling this loaded question with Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace, authors of the new book: "The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life." We discuss all things women and ambition — the realities of work-life balance, motherhood, what “counts” as ambition, success and more. Also, see if you're a "High-Achiever," an "Opt-Outer" or a "Life-Flexer" and what each could mean for your career, finances, love life and overall happiness. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on the percentage of income to save and how to go about getting 401(k) dollars from past employers. Plus: Wedding season isn't the only season that’s in our midst — hurricane season has also begun. In Thrive, we're talking whether or not you should consider flood insurance.
July 4, 2018
Happy 4th of July HerMoney fam! To celebrate, we're answering your questions. We discuss tuition reimbursement programs and the pros and cons of using a 0% APR credit card to cover it until your employer does. We bounce ideas around for one listener on how she can use her stellar financial habits — and credit — to boost her partner's. Plus: How to waive annual fees on credit cards (and to justify them), the value of prenups for later-in-life marriages and negotiating your promotion post-maternity leave. That last one is tricky, but we came up with a script. We hope you enjoy this episode to or from your bbq — have a safe holiday!
June 27, 2018
"You lose your keys — not your loved ones," so says Laurie Burrows Grad, whose husband died a few years back and who put her feelings into a wonderful book, "The Joke’s Over, You Can Come Back Now: How This Widow Plowed Through Grief and Survived." In a conversation filled with heart, insight and laughter, she gives us a window on widowhood, schools us on what to say — and what not to say — to our friends and family who are grieving, tells us why you should let your widowed friends pick up the tab every once in a while and gives us the 411 on what to do financially when someone dies. With more women outliving men — and women being more likely to fare worse financially as widows — this episode is important for everyone to hear. In Mailbag, Kelly and I answer your questions on aggressively saving for retirement (when it means taking on more credit card debt), diversifying your retirement savings between Traditional and Roth accounts and taking loans to pay off student loans. Then, stick around to up your privacy settings in Thrive. Did you know that if you have your privacy settings on “default,” Facebook lets marketers use your name in their Facebook ads, Amazon keeps recordings of all of your conversations with Alexa and Google saves a map of everywhere you go — and that's just scratching the surface. We tell you how to go incognito.
June 20, 2018
You asked, we listened: This week we're talking about divorce — an important topic for all women whether you’re single, engaged or married. That's why we brought in one of our go-to sources, divorce expert Stacy Francis, who recently wrote a white paper about the many financial challenges women face during and after divorce — based on first-hand research with 150 women. We discuss her surprising findings (e.g. many women feel most confident in their abilities to handle money when we're single) and offer some advice on how to deal with divorce if it happens (or you suspect it might). In Mailbag, we cover your questions on balance transfer offers, investments for women in their 70s and how to prioritize retirement savings when paying off student debt. Then stick around for a brief discussion on financial infidelity in Thrive — have you committed it?
June 13, 2018
Don't get us wrong, we love talking about money — but we love talking about dating and relationships, too. And the two intersect in more ways than you might expect — which is why we decided to follow our hearts and invite a matchmaker on the show. This week we're with Meredith Golden, former psychotherapist and founder of Spoon Meet Spoon, which specializes in dating apps. We learn how matchmaking is big business in the U.S. and how dating in general can add up to big bucks for you. We talk dating in the digital age, which apps are right for you, how to present yourself online and how to save money along the way. In Mailbag, Kelly and I discuss the idea of marrying someone's debt, annuities and how much we spend on skincare and cosmetic products. (Yikes!) Join us and share HerMoney with a friend who needs this advice.
June 6, 2018
Calling all nice girls — yes, you! We're diving into the conflicted relationship women have with being nice — especially in the workplace — with the ultimate nice girl (and our new girl crush), Fran Hauser. She's out with her first book, "The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate." It's important, because it's a fine line to walk. When you're nice, you can be seen as weak or ineffective. When you're assertive, you're bitchy. It sounds like a lose-lose, but Fran says it doesn’t have to be. She's proof that you can be nice and successful simultaneously and she's here to teach us how. In Mailbag, Kelly and I cover your questions on Roth IRAs for teens, umbrella life insurance policies for families and why you don't touch a 401(k) before retirement. In Thrive, we talk about price protection on credit cards. Is this benefit soon to be a perk of the past? We discuss.
May 30, 2018
Is history repeating itself when it comes to your money? Neither your savings nor debts are heading in the right directions. You still don't understand how your 401(k) is invested and you can't seem to get yourself to tackle the other money items on your list. Well — and we mean this in the nicest way possible — maybe it's you. That's what human lie detector and life coach Lauren Handel Zander tells us. The author of "Maybe It’s You: Cut the Crap, Face Your Fears, Love Your Life," helps us figure out not just what we want out of life, but how to get there — and it all starts with getting honest with ourselves about money, careers, health, relationships and more. In Mailbag, Kelly and I answer your questions on how to raise credit scores and how to ask for a pay bump when you know someone at the company is leaving. And, in Thrive, we discuss how Venmo and PayPal have new competition in the peer-to-peer payment space. There’s an app called Zelle that could either be a great way to pay back friends — or an excellent way to get scammed. Are you using it?
May 23, 2018
How do you feel about what you're doing with your time? Is it shaping your world — or the world in general — in a way that makes you feel good? Do you feel like you're having an impact? And, if not, how can you go about shaking that up? That's the topic we tackle this week with Facebook's Head of Groups and Community Jennifer Dulski. She's out with the new book, "Purposeful: Are you a manager or a movement starter?" She helps us answer that question and shares some of the steps and leadership skills necessary for taking an idea from germ to impact. And she helps us fine tune your pitch to get others to support your purpose financially. In Mailbag, we discuss merging finances with partners and how to shop for health insurance when you have a disability. Plus, now you can ask your Amazon Alexa which credit card you should get? The bigger question though: Should you be asking her? We discuss.
May 16, 2018
There are many things women are better at than men, but taking care of our health isn’t necessarily one of them. A study from ZocDoc shows that when we’re sick, roughly 66% of us would rather wait it out than make a doctor’s appointment (only half of men say the same, by the way). We’re also more likely than men to put off preventative care. Sometimes we do this for financial reasons...sometimes because we just don’t want to go. That's why it helps to have a doctor you like, one you can talk to and one you want to go out to lunch with after your appointment. And since so many of you aren’t talking with your own doctors, we thought maybe you’d like to talk to Jean's longtime OB-GYN and friend, Dr. Rebecca Brightman. We cover costs and considerations for women's health in your teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond. Kelly and I answer your questions on how to manage an income when a big portion of it is a bonus — and what you can do with an excellent credit score. And if you’re married and just got promoted, you may have just doubled your odds of getting divorced. We're not kidding. We discuss the (infuriating) research in Thrive.
May 9, 2018
Here's a scary stat: In 10 years, 50% of today's occupations will be extinct. Not a good mic-drop moment. That's why, when it comes to our careers, it's time to start thinking like a futurist. Executive coach Liz Bentley is here to get our heads in the game. We discuss the importance of knowing your audience, asking for feedback and how both will help you constantly evolve. We also talk about failure and why Liz thinks it's so great: " means you're going for something that's bigger than you." Mailbag starts out with story time. You get to hear how Jean was "the worst assistant ever" and how she met her husband, Eliot. (Kelly apologizes in advance for her various degrees of laughter.) We answer your questions on getting college grads ready for the job hunt and considering tax implications for hiring a personal assistant. And since we were on the subject of taxes, we close with news you need to know for your paychecks in 2018. Because of the new tax law, you might've noticed a bump in your take-home pay. Before you celebrate, listen to this Thrive.
May 2, 2018
"Freeze your eggs. Free your career." That was the headline on an April 2014 cover of Bloomberg Businessweek featuring this week's guest, Brigitte Adams. While egg-freezing had long been a proposed (and provocative) way to have it all, this put the practice under an international spotlight. But as Adams, who went on to found Eggsurance, an egg-freezing education site, tells us, things don't always go according to plan. She gets granular on the process and educates us on the emotional, physical and financial costs. Then, in Mailbag, we transition from questions on egg freezing to questions on credit freezing (we swear we didn't plan it this way), SEP IRAs and using your children's 529s for yourself. Then stay tuned for a special Hayden Helps on student loan refinancing.
April 25, 2018
Talking about money can be awkward. Talking about death can be awkward. Talking about them in the same conversation? Don’t even get us started. That’s why we invited Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, authors of the website and now book, "Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome." And that's exactly where we start. We discuss grief, family dynamics, inheritances, wills, the importance of having good executors and what to say to people when it feels like there are no right words. Kelly and I answer your questions on HSAs, post-divorce retirement considerations and preparing college grads for managing money in the real world. We close with the importance of protecting the stay-at-home spouse — financially, of course. We tell you how. Have you tried listening to HerMoney on your Amazon Alexa yet? Get the skill enabled here (, rate, review and then let us know in the Mailbag entry on Kelly will add you to the invite list for our *Private* HerMoney Facebook group.
April 18, 2018
Does women + Investing = Fear? It might, according to some new research our guest, Libby Leffler, brings to the show this week. Libby, who was Sheryl Sandberg's business lead during the time Lean In went from a kernel to a full-fledged movement, is now VP of Membership at SoFi. She gives us her take on how to get more involved with your investments (and why it's so important), and shares the best advice Sandberg ever gave her. Then, Kelly and I answer your questions on when to cash in a whole life insurance policy, how to rollover retirement accounts and how to pay down debt and build an emergency savings at the same time. Oh — and in case you haven't heard — HerMoney is now a skill on Amazon Alexa! You can enable it here:
April 11, 2018
We're keeping the #EqualPayDay conversation (which is everyday for us, btw) going with Kate White, author of The Gutsy Girl Handbook: Your Manifesto for Success. She's got some new and surprising advice for the best way to negotiate for more...and it flies in the face of everything we've ever heard. Plus, we dish on why you need to be facile enough to reinvent and how being a good girl can hold you back — with work and money. Kelly and I answer your questions on credit repair services, Facebook scams and tax deductions with the new code in mind. And attention Amazon Alexa users! We're a Skill now! That means when you say: "Alexa, Open HerMoney Radio," you'll have access to the latest episodes. Enable the skill here ( Even better, please rate us and leave us a review. The more reviews, the more likely Amazon will feature us in the Skills Store. Email me at if you do and Kelly will add you to the invite list for our soon-to-launch *Private* HerMoney Facebook Group. If you like the conversation here, you'll love the conversation there.
April 4, 2018
No offense to any of our other guests, but Sheila Nevins might be our favorite. The longtime executive producer and President of HBO Documentary Films has spent years telling other people's stories. But in this episode she opens up about her own. We have a no-holds-barred conversation on what it was like to be a career-driven woman in the 1970s, the #MeToo movement, her relationship with money (she wants to blow a bundle at Missoni, but something's holding her back), her feelings about aging and that aforementioned facelift. And if you want more of Sheila (like we do — in fact, we cut Thrive for a longer convo with her), you can check out her best selling humor book, You Don’t Look Your Age… and Other Fairy Tales. We didn't cut your questions though! We close with Mailbag: How much do you need to save before you start investing? And how can couples who have different tolerances for debt compromise? Kelly and I discuss both and more. Join us!
March 28, 2018
No matter where you are in your financial life, you'll be able to relate to Cait Flanders' story. After paying off $30,000 of consumer debt in two years — and upping her savings game — she found herself shopping, and shopping, and shopping some more, because she never addressed why she got into debt in the first place. Her solution? A two-year shopping ban during which she discovered her spending was more emotional than anything else. In her book, The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store, she chronicles her journey and teaches us to hack our shopping habits for the better. Also, Kelly and I answer your questions on short-term and long-term investment decisions — and how to lower your credit card's interest rate. Stick around for Thrive, because it's spring cleaning season. We'll talk about what you need to keep and what you need to shred as you declutter this tax season.
March 21, 2018
No matter what you've heard, 30 isn't the new 20, and 40 isn't the new 30, especially when it comes to work, relationships and your finances. It's time to start approaching each year — and each decade — more intentionally. This week we're diving into why this is true with the therapist every millennial (including Kelly) wishes she had on speed dial, Dr. Meg Jay, author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter And How to Make the Most of Them Now. Dr. Jay teaches us how to take control, reduce our anxieties and build "identity capital" (trust us, you need it). In Mailbag, we help a woman broach the conversation of having more financial say with her controlling husband. And if you're one of the many who've wanted to throw rotten tomatoes at MoviePass' customer service (or lack thereof), we've got you covered. We put Hayden on the case and she came back with a direct line for everyone.
March 14, 2018
Originality is a muscle. It's a skill. In this podcast, you'll learn how to become an idea machine — and put your best ideas to work. That's just one of the takeaways from our conversation with Adam Grant, organizational psychologist, Wharton's top-rated professor, bestselling author and host of the new TED original podcast "WorkLife." We dive into his surprising research on originals, including the fact that they are more likely to procrastinate, more likely to play it safe and just as likely to feel the same fear and doubt that the rest of us do. In Mailbag, we cover how to raise kids who want to be investors — and why you need a cohabitation agreement if you're moving in with the LOYL. Finally, in Thrive: You may not be getting the bargains you think you are...
March 9, 2018
Happy Friday HerMoney listeners! In our final Bonus Mailbag for this week, we answer your questions on tax brackets in retirement, credit cards for business expenses, balancing student loan repayments with retirement savings and getting the whole family on board for an estate planning discussion. Thank you for celebrating our 100th episode with us! Please keep the questions coming at
March 8, 2018
After all of the recent data breaches, do you question whether to hand over your Social Security number (and other personal information) when signing up for financial apps and services? Us, too. In today's Bonus Mailbag, we discuss when it's likely safe and when it's not. We also answer your questions on using trust money for student loans and managing finances as freelancers.
March 7, 2018
In today's Bonus Mailbag, we cover Roth IRA conversions, high-yield online savings accounts and loans for flight school.
March 7, 2018
Happy 100th episode, HerMoney! To celebrate, we're with Dan Harris, talking happiness, meditation and money. Dan is a longtime ABC News anchor, author of 10% Happier and Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics (which certainly speaks to me) and fellow podcaster. We tend to think happiness is dependent on external factors... but science says, "Happiness is a skill. You can train your mind just the way you can train your bicep in the gym." Dan certainly feels that way. He started his journey to meditation after an on-air panic attack in 2004. We talk about what to do with the negative voice inside our heads — especially where our finances are concerned. He even guides us through a meditation at the end. Kelly and I answer your questions on planning for retirement as a teenager (yes, you read that right) and exploring new ways to invest your money. P.S. We hope you're enjoying our full week of Bonus Mailbags! Send us your questions at
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