023: Setting Specific Actionable Financial Goals with Deacon Hayes of Well Kept Wallet

Deacon Hayes is a Personal Finance Expert who is best known for paying off $52,000 in debt in 18 months. He has been featured in the US News & World Report, MSN Money, Yahoo Finance and more. Deacon is a friend, fantastic blogger at WellKeptWallet.com, and podcaster and also the global head of FinCon Local which is a loosely organized collection of local FinCon chapters. Yes, there may be a local FinCon group in your city. In this episode, Deacon shares his … [Read more...]

022: End Your Financial Stress Now with Published Author Emily Guy Birken

Emily Guy Birken is a former English teacher and respected personal finance writer. She has written four books: The Five Years Before You Retire, Choose Your Retirement, Making Social Security Work for You, and her newest, End Financial Stress Now. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her engineer husband and two high-energy little boys. Emily is actually a friend and long-time writer/editor at my site, PT Money. If there is a second voice on the site, it’s Emily. … [Read more...]

017: Making Money Fun with Bob Lotich of Seedtime.com

Bob Lotich has been a full-time blogger for 10 years. His blog (originally called Christian Personal Finance) is now Seedtime.com and it’s one of my favorite places. I’m consistently sharing Bob’s posts. Bob’s writing and advice have been featured in Men's Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Yahoo Finance, Forbes, and many others. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and son. In this episode, you’ll learn how Bob and his wife keep finances fun, how he … [Read more...]

012: Earning More Money by Committing to the Work with Patrice C. Washington

Enjoying these show notes from the Masters of Money podcast? Be sure to subscribe to the show in iTunes and you'll get notified when each new episode is ready! Who is Patrice C. Washington? Patrice C. Washington has been making money educational yet fun since 2003. She’s a nationally recognized best-selling author of the Real Money Answers financial series, featured columnist, television commentator, transformational speaker, spokesperson, radio host and leading … [Read more...]

011: How to Budget When You Live Paycheck to Paycheck with Chris Peach

Enjoying these show notes from the Masters of Money podcast? Be sure to subscribe to the show in iTunes and you'll get notified when each new episode is ready! Who is Chris Peach? Chris Peach lives in Phoenix, AZ, with his wife and two kids. He created Money Peach — a site where you can find financial help, coaching, and digital resources—in an effort to show people how to manage money in all areas of life, and most importantly, how to make money fun again! Chris … [Read more...]

009: Why You Need 14 Different Bank Accounts with Talaat and Tai McNeely of His and Her Money

Enjoying these show notes from the Masters of Money podcast? Be sure to subscribe to the show in iTunes and you'll get notified when each new episode is ready! Who are Talaat and Tai McNeely? Alright, let’s meet today’s Master of Money. Talaat and Tai McNeely "America's #1 Money Couple", are Financial Educators that are on a mission to get couples on the same page financially, and to experience the joys of financial freedom. They are co-authors of Money Talks: … [Read more...]

004: How to Spend According to Your Values with Lauren Greutman

Enjoying these show notes from the podcast? Be sure to subscribe to the show in iTunes and you'll get notified when each new episode is ready! Who is Lauren Greutman? Lauren Greutman is the #1 Best Selling Author of the book the Recovering Spender and runs ones of the largest personal finance websites for women in the country. She is a regular TODAY show guest, and frequently appears on Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, and many more. Lauren lives in New York with her … [Read more...]

Credible Review: A Marketplace for Student Loan Refinancing

If you’re one of the 40 million Americans carrying student loan debt, refinancing may be a way to reduce your loan costs and ease the debt burden. However, finding a reputable lender can be a stressful endeavor for borrowers, since the student loan refinancing marketplace is still a relatively new one. That’s where Credible comes in. Dubbed the “Kayak for student loans,” Credible offers borrowers a chance to shop for the best student loan debt consolidation … [Read more...]

SoFi Review: Loans for Responsible Borrowers

In 2011, four students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business had a novel idea for how to help their fellow Stanford students afford their student loans: What if established Stanford alumni could invest in current students and recent grads by refinancing their student loans? The investors would receive a nice return and feel good about helping fellow alumni, while the students could receive lower rates than Uncle Sam was offering. The four students officially … [Read more...]

The Best Student Loan Refinancing Options (2022 Update)

  Student loan debt is a tricky beast. Not only do student loans now account for $1.6 trillion, but student debt is also the second biggest source of personal debt after mortgages. The big difference between a mortgage and a student loan, however, is the fact that refinancing a mortgage is a (relatively) simple and well-known process, whereas student loan refinancing is a new and confusing option. Thankfully, many new … [Read more...]

What to Expect When Borrowing from Lending Club

If you’re looking for a loan--especially if you want to consolidate debt, Lending Club can be an excellent option. Lending Club's unique model allows borrowers to access loans at better rates than they could get through traditional banks because they created the platform to evaluate borrowers by how they might pay back personal loans. What is Lending Club? Lending Club, formerly the largest peer-to-peer lending network, is … [Read more...]

How to Get to Zero Credit Card Debt with ReadyForZero.com

Update:  Unfortunately, we were recently informed that Ready for Zero has shut down its credit score and debt planner tools. However, don't worry because we've got you covered.  We recommend you visit our credit score monitoring services page (plenty of services here to meet your needs) or download the Pay Off Debt app from the Apple or Android app stores.  Creating a plan to get rid of your credit card debt is fairly … [Read more...]