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Aug 31, 2016

Mr. Money Mustache makes a great point about our leisure time.

Episode 133: Get Rich With: Profitable Leisure Time by Mr. Money Mustache (Bad With Money? Try the Entrepreneur & Startup Life).

Mr. Money Mustache is a thirty-something retiree who now writes about how we can all live a frugal, yet awesome, life of leisure.
He and his wife studied engineering and computer science in Canada, then worked in standard tech-industry cubicle jobs in various locations throughout the late ’90s and early 2000s.
Then they retired from real work way back in 2005 in order to start a family. This was achieved not through luck or amazing skill, but simply by living a lifestyle about 50% less expensive than most of their peers and investing the surplus in very boring conservative Vanguard index funds and a rental house or two.

The original post is located here: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/05/05/get-rich-with-profitable-leisure-time

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Aug 30, 2016

Cait Flanders shares the tools and resources that helped her get out of debt.

Episode 132: The Resources That Helped Me Get Out of Debt by Cait Flanders (Money Advice Similar to Dave Ramsey & Suze Orman).

Cait Flanders started her site to document her debt repayment journey. After paying it off, she adopted a minimalist lifestyle, tossed 75% of her stuff, and is currently doing a two-year shopping ban. She shares stories and lessons learned every week.

The original post is located here: http://caitflanders.com/2013/08/13/the-resources-that-helped-me-get-out-of-debt

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Aug 29, 2016

3 short, but essential, essays from The Minimalists.

Episode 131: 3 Short Essays on Money from The Minimalists (Quick & Dirty Financial Tips Like Dave Ramsey, Suze Orman & Chris Hogan).

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

The original posts are located here:

http://www.theminimalists.com/money-poverty

http://www.theminimalists.com/fool

http://www.theminimalists.com/fix

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Aug 26, 2016

J.D. Roth teams up with Zen Habits and shares the most important money skills to build in a bad economy. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 130: 10 Essential Money Skills for a Bad Economy - Part 2 by J.D. Roth of Money Boss with Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net (Cash).

Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.

The original post is located here: http://zenhabits.net/10-essential-money-skills-for-a-bad-economy

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Aug 25, 2016

J.D. Roth teams up with Zen Habits and shares the most important money skills to build in a bad economy. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 129: 10 Essential Money Skills for a Bad Economy - Part 1 by J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly with Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Cash).

Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.

The original post is located here: http://zenhabits.net/10-essential-money-skills-for-a-bad-economy

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Aug 24, 2016

Hear another of Steve Pavlina's takes on passive income.

Episode 128: Is It Fair to Earn Passive Income by Steve Pavlina (Why Passive Income is Smart: Side Hustling is a Tool for BiggerPockets).

Steve Pavlina is widely recognized as one of the most successful personal development bloggers on the Internet, with his work attracting more than 100 million visits to his website, StevePavlina.com. He has written more than 1300 articles and recorded many audio programs on a broad range of self-help topics, including productivity, relationships, and spirituality. Steve has been quoted as an expert by the New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, the Los Angeles Daily News, Self Magazine, The Guardian, and countless other publications. He's also a frequent guest on popular podcasts and radio shows.

The original post is located here: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2012/05/is-it-fair-to-earn-passive-income

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Aug 23, 2016

Hear Ramit Sethi's take on earning money on the side.

Episode 127: You Don't Have to Start Google to Earn Money on the Side by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich (The Side Hustle).

Instead of saying “no” to spending on everything, Ramit wants to use money to say YES. He knew there was a better way to live a rich life—if we could use psychology to focus on what actually works. Not just for personal finance, but all aspects of life: money, careers, relationships, business, fitness and more.
Since then, he's been testing and sharing his findings with the world via I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
He's also written a New York Times bestselling book, been profiled in a 6-page Fortune article and pictured next to Warren Buffett Forbes Magazine, and have been featured by a long list of media, including the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, NPR, Fox Business, PBS, CNBC and more. He also has tons of documented success stories—more than 20,000.

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/you-dont-have-to-start-google-to-earn-money-on-the-side

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Aug 22, 2016

BeMoreWithLess.com's Courtney Carver discusses the myth of ownership.

Episode 126: The Myth of Ownership by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (Stuff You Should Know: Money & Things on This Planet).

After decades of debt, discontent, and trying to do it all and have it all, a scary MS diagnosis stopped Courtney Carver in her tracks. She had to slow down, prioritize her health, and figure out what was really important in her life. She discovered what mattered most by getting rid of everything that didn’t matter at all. In the end it all came down to love and health.
She went from a busy, overwhelmed advertising director to spending 2-3 hours every morning taking care of herself, loving her work, and being present and engaged with the people she loves. Her family changed, too. They moved from wanting bigger closets, nicer furniture, and more stuff to downsizing into a 750 sq. ft apartment with no storage.
Courtney has written books, courses, and hundreds of articles to help you simplify your life and work so you can focus on what really matters.

The original post is located here: http://bemorewithless.com/the-myth-of-ownership

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Aug 19, 2016

J. Money of BudgetsAreSexy.com shares his favorite financial companies for the year. This is Part 4 of 4.

Episode 125: My 6 Favorite Financial Companies This Year - Part 4 by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy (Tools & Investing for BiggerPockets).

J. Money is a 6’1, hyperactive, rock a ‘hawk who loves drinking beer, blaring hip-hop, talking about money, and now playing with his two adorable baby boys. He also has a podcast: M.O.N.E.Y.
He tracked his expenses for 3 months, made a budget, read some books, and stumbled into personal finance blogging and idea sharing, randomly turning BudgetsAreSexy.com into his full time “real job” a few short years later--14 million views later!

The original post is located here: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2015/08/best-money-apps-services

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Aug 18, 2016

J. Money of BudgetsAreSexy.com shares his favorite financial companies for the year. This is Part 3 of 4.

Episode 124: My 6 Favorite Financial Companies This Year - Part 3 by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy (Like Suze Orman).

J. Money is a 6’1, hyperactive, rock a ‘hawk who loves drinking beer, blaring hip-hop, talking about money, and now playing with his two adorable baby boys. He also has a podcast: M.O.N.E.Y.
He tracked his expenses for 3 months, made a budget, read some books, and stumbled into personal finance blogging and idea sharing, randomly turning BudgetsAreSexy.com into his full time “real job” a few short years later--14 million views later!

The original post is located here: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2015/08/best-money-apps-services

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Aug 17, 2016

J. Money of BudgetsAreSexy.com shares his favorite financial companies for the year. This is Part 2 of 4.

Episode 123: My 6 Favorite Financial Companies This Year - Part 2 by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy (Quick & Dirty Tips: Money & Saving).

J. Money is a 6’1, hyperactive, rock a ‘hawk who loves drinking beer, blaring hip-hop, talking about money, and now playing with his two adorable baby boys. He also has a podcast: M.O.N.E.Y.
He tracked his expenses for 3 months, made a budget, read some books, and stumbled into personal finance blogging and idea sharing, randomly turning BudgetsAreSexy.com into his full time “real job” a few short years later--14 million views later!

The original post is located here: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2015/08/best-money-apps-services

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Aug 16, 2016

J. Money of BudgetsAreSexy.com shares his favorite financial companies for the year.

Episode 122: My 6 Favorite Financial Companies This Year - Part 1 by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy (Best Finance Business Tools to Use).

J. Money is a 6’1, hyperactive, rock a ‘hawk who loves drinking beer, blaring hip-hop, talking about money, and now playing with his two adorable baby boys. He also has a podcast: M.O.N.E.Y.
He tracked his expenses for 3 months, made a budget, read some books, and stumbled into personal finance blogging and idea sharing, randomly turning BudgetsAreSexy.com into his full time “real job” a few short years later--14 million views later!

The original post is located here: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2015/08/best-money-apps-services

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Aug 15, 2016

Joshua Becker walks us through a personal spending plan that is easy, simple, and actually works.

Episode 121: A Personal Spending Plan that Actually Works by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (Budget & Track Like Suze Orman).

Joshua Becker and his family decided to live with fewer possessions after a conversation with his neighbor in 2008. As a result, they found a better way to live, centered on more important pursuits.
Their story has been seen on the CBS Evening News, NPR, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and countless media interviews around the world. Their books have sold in the tens of thousands.
BecomingMinimalist.com is about their journey towards a rational approach to minimalism. It is about the joys and the struggles. It is about the lessons they have learned. It has inspired millions around the world. It is written to inspire you to intentionally live with less, and find more life because of it.

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/trust-me-it-works

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Aug 12, 2016

Kristin Wong shares tips on establishing your financial goals, wrapping up her 3-part series on money being a tool, not the goal.

Episode 120: Money is a Tool, Not the Goal Part 3 by Kristin Wong of TheWildWong.com (Ideas from Warren Buffett for Financial Goals).

Kristin Wong of TheWildWong.com was laid off in 2013. She took on some freelancing gigs to earn extra cash while she searched for a new, full-time job and over time, her freelancing gigs increased. She started writing for sites that she loved reading and produced videos for new clients. Her side gigs began to bring in more income than any potential full-time jobs. She launched a blog all about frugal living and created The Wild Wong to share more about her career, her finances, and all the adventures in between.

The original post is located here: http://www.thewildwong.com/money-is-a-tool-not-the-goal-iii

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Aug 11, 2016

Kristin Wong shares ideas to figure out why you want money, plus why you want financial goals.

Episode 119: Money is a Tool, Not the Goal Part 2 by Kristin Wong of TheWildWong.com (Similar to Dave Ramsey & Suze Orman Advice).

Kristin Wong of TheWildWong.com was laid off in 2013. She took on some freelancing gigs to earn extra cash while she searched for a new, full-time job and over time, her freelancing gigs increased. She started writing for sites that she loved reading and produced videos for new clients. Her side gigs began to bring in more income than any potential full-time jobs. She launched a blog all about frugal living and created The Wild Wong to share more about her career, her finances, and all the adventures in between.

The original post is located here: http://www.thewildwong.com/how-to-prioritize-your-goals

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Aug 10, 2016

Money Mini Blog's Kalen Bruce talks about the debt snowball vs. the debt avalanche as strategies to get out of debt.

Episode 118: How to Pay Off Your Debt: The Debt Snowball vs. The Debt Avalanche by Kalen Bruce of Money Mini Blog (Dave Ramsey).

Kalen Bruce is the founder of MoneyMiniBlog. His story is simple… he and his wife were $24,000 in debt and became a student of finances to get out. They are now debt-free and building wealth. Kalen shares everything he has learned on his blog, writing informative, entertaining, mini blogs to help you with your finances. Finances can be intimidating, so he keeps his posts short, sweet, and simple.

The original post is located here: http://moneyminiblog.com/debt-relief/pay-off-debt-snowball-vs-avalanche

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Aug 9, 2016

Mr. Money Mustache gives tips on retiring early. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 117: Making Space for Bad***ity - Part 2 by Mr. Money Mustache (Financial Advice & Help to Retire Early - Like Dave Ramsey).

Mr. Money Mustache is a thirty-something retiree who now writes about how we can all live a frugal, yet awesome, life of leisure.
He and his wife studied engineering and computer science in Canada, then worked in standard tech-industry cubicle jobs in various locations throughout the late ’90s and early 2000s.
Then they retired from real work way back in 2005 in order to start a family. This was achieved not through luck or amazing skill, but simply by living a lifestyle about 50% less expensive than most of their peers and investing the surplus in very boring conservative Vanguard index funds and a rental house or two.

The original post is located here: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2016/07/13/making-space-for-badassity

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Aug 8, 2016

Mr. Money Mustache simulates a conversation that he typically has with the average person about retiring early.

Episode 116: Making Space for Bad***ity - Part 1 by Mr. Money Mustache (Listen to How Money Matters in Your Life - Like Suze Orman).

Mr. Money Mustache is a thirty-something retiree who now writes about how we can all live a frugal, yet awesome, life of leisure.
He and his wife studied engineering and computer science in Canada, then worked in standard tech-industry cubicle jobs in various locations throughout the late ’90s and early 2000s.
Then they retired from real work way back in 2005 in order to start a family. This was achieved not through luck or amazing skill, but simply by living a lifestyle about 50% less expensive than most of their peers and investing the surplus in very boring conservative Vanguard index funds and a rental house or two.

The original post is located here: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2016/07/13/making-space-for-badassity

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Aug 5, 2016

Hear Steve Pavlina's take on investing as a way to make passive income.

Episode 115: Investing by Steve Pavlina (A Different Way to Make Smart Passive Income and Money on This Planet - Like Dave Ramsey).

Steve Pavlina is widely recognized as one of the most successful personal development bloggers on the Internet, with his work attracting more than 100 million visits to his website, StevePavlina.com. He has written more than 1300 articles and recorded many audio programs on a broad range of self-help topics, including productivity, relationships, and spirituality. Steve has been quoted as an expert by the New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, the Los Angeles Daily News, Self Magazine, The Guardian, and countless other publications. He's also a frequent guest on popular podcasts and radio shows.

The original post is located here: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2012/07/investing

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Aug 4, 2016

Cait Flanders talks about advertising's affect on us.

Episode 114: I Make Fun of Marketing, But I'm Not Immune to Advertising by Cait Flanders (Advice Like Suze Orman & Dave Ramsey).

Cait Flanders started her site to document her debt repayment journey. After paying it off, she adopted a minimalist lifestyle, tossed 75% of her stuff, and is currently doing a two-year shopping ban. She shares stories and lessons learned every week.

The original post is located here: http://caitflanders.com/2014/08/18/i-make-fun-of-marketing-but-im-not-immune-to-advertising

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Aug 3, 2016

Hear Ramit Sethi's take on renting vs. buying.

Episode 113: Dumb Dumb Dumb Propaganda to Buy a House by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich (Should I Buy My Home).

Instead of saying “no” to spending on everything, Ramit wants to use money to say YES. He knew there was a better way to live a rich life—if we could use psychology to focus on what actually works. Not just for personal finance, but all aspects of life: money, careers, relationships, business, fitness and more.
Since then, he's been testing and sharing his findings with the world via I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
He's also written a New York Times bestselling book, been profiled in a 6-page Fortune article and pictured next to Warren Buffett Forbes Magazine, and have been featured by a long list of media, including the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, NPR, Fox Business, PBS, CNBC and more. He also has tons of documented success stories—more than 20,000.

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/dumb-dumb-dumb-propaganda-to-buy-a-house

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Aug 2, 2016

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares why and how to automate your income. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 112: Automate Your Income to Simplify Your Life - Part 2 by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (40 Hour Work Week Tips & Tricks).

Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.

The original post is located here: http://zenhabits.net/automate-your-income-to-simplify-your-life

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Aug 1, 2016

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares why and how to automate your income. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 111: Automate Your Income to Simplify Your Life - Part 1 by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Smart Way to Make Passive Income).

Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.

The original post is located here: http://zenhabits.net/automate-your-income-to-simplify-your-life

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