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NerdWallet's Smart Money Podcast

Get smart about your personal finances—with help from the Nerds. From answering your real-world money questions to breaking down the latest personal finance news, NerdWallet’s in-house Nerds will give you the clarity you need to make smart decisions with confidence, avoid throwing money away on common pitfalls and penalties, and ensure your money is always working as hard as you are.
You’ll get pro tips on managing your investments, understanding and using your credit score, and tackling your expenses to uplevel your overall financial health. Weekly financial check-ins with Smart Money can help you spend more time doing what matters, and less time worrying about whether you’re on track to meet your money goals. 
Join hosts Sean Pyles and Liz Weston as they discuss everything personal finance, including:
- Credit cards: credit card rewards, different types of credit cards, credit card annual fees
- Investing and retirement: investment strategies, retirement planning, financial independence, investing in the stock market, money market accounts, financial strategies, mutual funds, short-term bonds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), Roth IRA investing, robo-advisors, retirement savings
- Personal finance: budgeting methods, emergency funds, paying off debt, frugal living, money management tips, wealth accumulation, money habits, cultivating a money growth mindset, debt-free living, financial resources, budgeting apps and browser extensions, avoiding scams, tax bills, financial success and financial stability
- Banking: high-yield saving accounts, online banking, credit unions
- Loans: student loans, home equity loans, HELOC, student loan forgiveness
- Home: mortgage interest rates, homebuying, home improvement projects, homeowners insurance
- Insurance: travel insurance, pet insurance, auto insurance, home insurance
You’ll love NerdWallet’s Smart Money Podcast if you like podcasts like Planet Money, The Personal Finance Podcast, DIY Money, Afford Anything, How to Money, The Ramsey Show, Money Rehab with Nicole Lapin, NPR’s Life Kit: Money, Popcorn Finance, Money Girl, Everyone’s Talkin’ Money, So Money with Farnoosh Tarabi, The Money with Katie Show, All the Hacks with Chris Hutchins, The Stacking Benjamins Show, MoneyWatch with Jill Schlesinger, or Your Money, Your Wealth.
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Group Vacations: Affordable Accommodations, Cost-Splitting, and Embracing Flexibility

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  • 63 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 23:27

Discover tips and get answers to common questions for smooth group travel, from choosing accommodations to managing meals and costs for a successful trip. How can you find the perfect accommodations for group travel without overspending?  How can you split group expenses fairly?  NerdWallet’s Megan Coyle and Megan Lee discuss the ins and outs of group travel accommodations and the logistics of planning a group trip to help you understand how to orchestrate a seamless group vacation experience.  They begin with a discussion of lodging options, with tips and tricks on selecting cost-effective stays, balancing the convenience of hotels against the charm of vacation rentals, and splitting costs to prevent financial surprises. Then, they discuss orchestrating meals for large parties, managing group dynamics by rewarding those who take the lead, and crafting memorable group activities that cater to everyone's interests. Interested in more travel tools? Then check out our list of the 15 Best Travel Credit Cards of March 2024. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: group travel, travel planning, group accommodations, vacation rentals, Airbnb, Vrbo, group vacations, travel expenses, travel budgeting, group meals, shared costs, travel tips, group activities, retreat planning, travel harmony, travel expert insights, group lodging, cost savings, group getaways, stress-free travel, group retreats, group travel strategies, travel accommodations, hotel stays, city travel, group dynamics, group costs, travel flexibility, travel adventures, travel amenities, travel experiences, group dining, communal experiences, travel memories, group travel options, group travel challenges, and budget discussions. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

“Dynamic Pricing” Could Save You Money at the Drive-Through

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  • 100 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 09:47

Understand how you may actually be able to save money on fast food thanks to “dynamic pricing.” What’s the difference between surge pricing and dynamic pricing? How can you take advantage of supply and demand timing for certain products and services? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski tackle the buzz around Wendy’s controversial new pricing strategy, dissecting the confusion surrounding surge pricing and clarifying Wendy’s actual plan of implementing dynamic pricing starting in 2025. They discuss the potential impact this AI-driven pricing may have on consumers and how it could result in discounts based on factors like weather and demand, and its applications in other areas such as ticket sales, hotels, and airlines. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: dynamic pricing, fast food costs, AI technology, surge pricing, consumer impact, pricing strategies, Wendy’s, rideshare services, supply and demand, menu changes, digital menu boards, AI-enabled technology, real-time data, pricing decisions, ticket sales, value offers, fluctuating prices, industry trends, and price shifts. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

Tips to Save on Groceries and Navigate Tax Season

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  • 120 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 23:59

Learn about savvy grocery saving and expert tax filing tips to bolster your budget and ease tax season stress. 1:14 This Week in Your Money: How can you slash your grocery bills and still eat healthy foods amid rising costs? What’s new for this year’s tax season? Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss saving money on groceries and simplifying tax filing to help you understand how to eat smart, save big, and conquer tax season with ease. They begin with a discussion of frugal grocery shopping, with tips and tricks on comparing unit prices, the benefits of curbside pickup, and incorporating a plant-based diet. NerdWallet’s Alana Benson joins Sean and Sara to explain how she saved $800 on groceries over 5 months, highlighting the financial and health benefits of a plant-based diet and giving practical tips for those who are interested in cutting costs. 10:33 Today’s Money Question: Bella Avila from NerdWallet’s tax team joins Sean and Sara to discuss IRS updates for this tax season, including the new Direct File tax filing software and an update to standard deductions. They also demystify tax brackets, explain how to get your tax refund faster, and weigh the pros and cons of consulting with a professional advisor for personalized financial guidance. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: tax filing, grocery shopping hacks, grocery bills, tax season, plant-based diets, money saving tips, tax refunds, IRS Direct File, standard deductions, tax brackets, healthy eating, tax filing deadline, tax updates, tax software, student loan interest deduction, curbside pickup, vegetarian meals, tax returns, frugal food shopping, maximizing your return, tax preparation, financial savings, navigating taxes, budgeting tips, tax filing tips, comparing prices, direct deposit, IRS updates, lentils and legumes, affordable eating, tax deductions, and tax rates. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

Revitalize Your Budget with a 30-Day Money Cleanse

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  • 110 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 19:51

Discover how to revamp your finances with a 30-day money cleanse that aligns your spending with joy and personal values. How can you set a budget that aligns with your goals?  How can you optimize your spending to reduce waste?  NerdWallet’s Kim Palmer talks to Ashley Feinstein Gerstley, author of The 30-Day Money Cleanse, to help you understand how small changes can make a significant impact on your financial health. They begin with a discussion of the financial cleanse, with tips and tricks on aligning spending with personal values, creating lasting habits in 30 days by using a method that has saved others an average of $950 over 30 days — without feeling deprived.  They also discuss money management tactics that include keeping a money journal, practicing visualization and having money parties. They discuss the benefits of recording feelings associated with each purchase, indulging in simple low-cost activities that bring happiness and aligning spending with personal values for a more satisfying approach to personal finance. In this conversation, you’ll learn about: The 30-day Money Cleanse, financial wellbeing, saving money, frugal living, financial habits, money management, financial health, money mindfulness, budgeting tips, personal finance, spending patterns, financial planning, money journals, visualization techniques, aligning spending with values, financial discussions, financial empowerment, financial strategies, money challenge, saving tips, low-cost activities, financial cleansing, emotional spending, money mindset, money and happiness, fiscal fitness, wealth building, financial conversations, money saving challenge, and money decisions. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

Student Loan Debt Relief and the SAVE Plan’s Future with Secretary Miguel Cardona

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  • 140 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 11:48

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona discusses the early rollout of $1.2B in student loan forgiveness and the future of debt relief. Why did the Biden administration accelerate student loan forgiveness by wiping away $1.2 billion in debt nearly six months ahead of schedule? How will eligible borrowers, especially those enrolled in the new income-driven repayment plan SAVE, be notified of this unexpected relief? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski explain the latest in student loan forgiveness before Anna speaks with Dr. Miguel Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Education. They break down the latest wave of debt relief, totaling a historic 138 billion dollars approved for cancellation among 3.9 million borrowers, all achieved through executive action. They also discuss the motivations behind prioritizing student debt forgiveness and the details of the SAVE plan, offering insights into who benefits, how eligible borrowers will be notified, and what lies ahead for student loan borrowers in 2024.  In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: student loans, loan forgiveness, Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) plan, debt relief, income-driven repayment, financial aid, student debt, loan cancellation, loan eligibility, loan notification, executive action, loan benefits, repayment plan, loan borrowers, debt cancellation, loan relief, loan impact, loan insights, loan motivations, federal student aid, and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

Unlock the Benefits of 529 Plans to Save for College Tuition and Education Expenses

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  • 120 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 24:43

Learn how to utilize a tax advantaged 529 plan to help your or a friend’s children save for future education expenses. 00:57 This Week in Your Money: What are the risks of purchasing a home without an inspection? How can you plan for major expenses when healthcare providers can’t tell you how much their services will cost? Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner share their hot takes on unexpected financial challenges, with tips and tricks on handling surprise expenses, understanding the importance of home inspections, and dealing with healthcare industry inefficiencies. 09:46 Today’s Money Question: What are the benefits of a 529 college savings plan? Can you contribute to a friend’s 529 plan to support their child’s future? NerdWallet writer Elizabeth Ayoola joins Sean and Sara to discuss the essentials of 529 college savings plans. They discuss the types of educational expenses covered, the tax benefits associated with 529 plans, and the flexibility of choosing different state plans. They also answer a listener’s question about how to approach the sensitive topic of financial gifts for education with parents, sharing methods for contributing to a loved one’s 529 plan without overstepping boundaries. Then, they discuss the implications of the Secure Act 2.0 on 529 plans, methods for estimating necessary savings for a child's education, and tactful ways to discuss educational contributions with parents. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: 529 college savings plans, financial planning, educational savings, personal finance, budgeting, unexpected expenses, saving for college, tax-advantaged savings, financial gifts, college fund, education expenses, financial pressures, smart spending, investment plans, home inspection, healthcare costs, higher education, financial obstacles, educational funding, educational investments, financial strategies, money matters, budget woes, financial frustrations, financial storms, monetary setbacks, savvy spending, financial goals, state tax deductions, tax benefits, financial contributions, Roth IRA rollovers, financial planning skills, education costs, college tuition, and family finances. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

Succeed in Self-Employment: How to Choose The Best Business Structure for Liability and Taxes (S Corps, C Corps, LLCs, Sole Proprietorships)

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  • 120 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 25:32

Learn how to choose the right business structure for financial success and legal protection as a self-employed entrepreneur with answers to common questions. How do you select the right business structure when you’re self-employed?  What are the financial implications of different business structures on personal finances?  Hosts Sean Pyles and Elizabeth Ayoola help you understand how to navigate your business's legal identity by comparing business structures for self-employment. They begin with a discussion of different business structures available for self-employment, with tips and tricks on separating personal liability from business, the ease of filing taxes as a pass-through entity, and the importance of obtaining an EIN for building business credit.  Then, Elizabeth talks to Bryan Jackson, certified financial planner and senior wealth advisor at Beacon Pointe Advisors, about the nuances of LLCs, S corporations, and traditional corporations. They discuss the pros and cons of each structure, the flexibility of LLCs in terms of membership and taxation and the more stringent requirements of S corps. How do you navigate the complex process of business formation?  What should you consider when transitioning from self-employment to business ownership?  Bryan talks through the critical questions that shape your enterprise's future, offering guidance on the implications of single versus multiple ownership, the relevance of non-U.S. partners and the significance of share transferability. He also delves into topics such as the distinction between being self-employed and a business owner, the benefits of formalizing a business early, and the different financial impacts of each business structure on personal finances. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: business structure, entrepreneurship, LLC, S corp or S corporations, sole proprietorship, business formation, financial success, self-employed, types of corporations, liability protection, tax implications, financial planning, business entities, choosing a business structure, small businesses, business credit, pass-through taxation, business ownership, liability, taxes, legal identity, business registration, EIN number, business bank account, corporate veil of protection, liability exposure, side hustles, business credit profile, business incorporation, liability separation, SBA loans, tax preparation, self-employment journey, business liabilities, business profits, and tax filing. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

Navigating Surging Mortgage and Child Care Costs

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  • 150 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 13:28

Explore strategies to navigate surging mortgage and child care costs so you can meet your goals despite rising expenses. How are rising mortgage and child care costs impacting the typical American family? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski tackle the pressing issue of the dual financial burden faced by many households today. They discuss the nuances of the affordability crisis before NerdWallet writer and mortgage expert Kate Wood joins them to shed light on the housing market dynamics, explaining how supply and demand, coupled with higher mortgage rates, are contributing to soaring home prices. They also share insights into the outlook for mortgages in the coming year and practical advice for prospective homebuyers, especially those grappling with high child care costs.  In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: mortgage costs, child care expenses, housing affordability crisis, financial challenges, high mortgage rates, home buying strategies, economic realities, rising living expenses, practical solutions, affordability crisis, real estate analysis, family finances, household income, affordable housing, child care budgets, housing market dynamics, financial well-being, financial impact, creative living situations, navigating expenses, financial resilience, child care subsidies, housing market trends, mortgage rates outlook, prospective home buyers, housing market outlook, financial insights, and financial strategies. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

Wealth Building Strategies: Investing and Tax Tips for Financial Success

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  • 120 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 35:08

Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. In this episode:  Learn investment and tax strategies to help you achieve financial security and prepare for a prosperous retirement. How can you balance saving for emergencies and investing for the future? What strategies can you employ to maximize your tax benefits and build a secure financial future? NerdWallet’s Kim Palmer and Alana Benson discuss investment strategies and tax planning to help you understand how to navigate your financial journey effectively. They begin with a discussion of investment strategies, with tips and tricks on understanding different investment accounts like 401(k)s and IRAs, leveraging compound interest, and the importance of starting investments early. Then, Alana discusses tax planning and filing in-depth, covering the intricacies of different tax forms like W-4s and W-2s, the significance of estimated taxes for freelancers, and strategies for managing capital gains taxes. Kim and Alana delve into retirement planning and the challenges of active versus passive investing. They provide a framework for prioritizing your finances, emphasizing the creation of an emergency fund, taking advantage of employer 401(k) matches, and understanding the role of asset allocation based on age and risk tolerance. Additionally, they tackle the decision-making process in personal finance, such as choosing between paying off debt and investing, and the pros and cons of having a financial advisor. Check out this episode on your favorite podcast platform, including: Apple Podcasts Spotify NerdWallet stories related to this episode: How to Start Investing in 2024: A 5-Step Guide for Beginners Tax Extension: What It Is and How to File One Should I Pay Off Debt Or Save? Have a money question? Text or call us at 901-730-6373. Or you can email us at podcast@nerdwallet.com. To hear previous episodes, go to the podcast homepage.

Saving for Retirement When You’re Self-Employed: SEP IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs and Other Plans

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  • 130 views
  • 2 months ago
  • 28:12

Learn retirement savings strategies tailored for self-employed individuals to secure a financially stable future. How can self-employed individuals effectively save for retirement? What tailored retirement plans should freelancers and small business owners consider? NerdWallet’s Sean Pyles and Elizabeth Ayoola discuss the unique challenges of retirement savings for the self-employed and the different retirement plans available to help you understand how to secure your financial future while running your own business. They begin with a discussion of the hurdles of inconsistent income and strategies to manage expenses, with tips and tricks on proactive contribution, the transformative power of compounding interest, and paying oneself a consistent salary. Ayesha Selden, a stock broker, certified financial planner, real estate investor, and art collector,  joins Elizabeth to discuss the intricacies of various retirement accounts for the self-employed. They delve into the benefits of using qualified plans like solo 401(k)s, SEP IRAs, and SIMPLE IRAs, aligning retirement plans with business models, and the strategy of funding retirement through the sale of a business. They also highlight the importance of diversification to mitigate risks, building strong savings habits early on, and the potential of setting a consistent salary for financial stability. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: retirement savings, self-employed financial planning, retirement plans, retirement strategy, retirement contributions, solo 401(k), SEP IRA, SIMPLE IRA, compounding interest, certified financial planner, financial independence, retirement planning strategies, saving for retirement, business owners, retirement savings options, tax-deferred investments, managing expenses, investment diversification, retirement funding options, self-employment tax, financial management, employee and employer contributions, retirement accounts, consistent salary, fluctuating income, wealth management, retirement savings habits, retirement savings goals, employer matching, retirement savings accounts, retirement nest egg, saving habits, retirement planning advice, self-employment benefits, maximizing retirement savings, investment vessels, financial foresight, and retirement income streams. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

Money News: Capitalize on New Car Price Drops and Job Market Resilience

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  • 150 views
  • 2 months ago
  • 09:51

Learn why now may be a good time to be in the market for a new car and why two industries are outliers in job layoffs. Why did new car prices drop in January? What’s driving layoffs in tech and media — and what does it mean for other jobs? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski discuss car prices and a recent surge in layoffs, particularly in the tech and media sectors. They kick off with an in-depth look at the auto industry, unraveling the reasons behind a significant drop in new vehicle prices and the impact of credit-tightening on car loans. The hosts share three key takeaways, emphasizing the implications for consumers looking to purchase a new car. Then, Sean and Sara delve into the complex landscape of layoffs, dissecting the trends in tech and media job cuts. They discuss the factors contributing to the tech industry's layoff spree and the challenges faced by the media sector, shedding light on the broader job market resilience despite specific sectorial challenges. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: car prices, layoffs, auto industry, credit-tightening, job market trends, tech layoffs, media job cuts, labor market resilience, interest rates, new vehicle prices, manufacturing, economic growth, consumer confidence, Dealertrack Auto Credit Total Loan Index, credit availability, inflation, economic indicators, stock market, personal finance news, job market analysis, economic outlook, job gains, unemployment rate, and financial trends. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

How to Have Difficult Money Conversations with Friends and Partners featuring Nicole Lapin

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  • 150 views
  • 2 months ago
  • 29:56

Apply lessons from physical fitness to improve your financial fitness. Plus: how to manage money in your relationships. 00:21 This Week in Your Money: How can you achieve both financial and physical wellness? How can you stick to your goals when you face setbacks? Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss achieving financial wellness by borrowing lessons learned from people working to achieve physical wellness. NerdWallet UK writer and spokesperson Amy Knight joins Sean and Sara to share tips and tricks on setting realistic goals, developing sustainable habits, and being patient with your progress. She offers actionable takeaways on how to achieve your financial goals, whether you’re hoping to create an emergency fund, clear credit card debt, or increase pension contributions. 10:44 Today’s Money Question: How do you talk about money with your romantic partner — or your friends? Why should you try to build a financially interdependent relationship? Personal finance journalist and podcaster Nicole Lapin joins Sean to discuss the delicate balance of finance in friendships and romance. They explore the importance of being cautious while open to trust, handling financial disparities among friends, and the significance of being financially interdependent as a balance between codependence and independence. They cover topics such as financial conversations evolving with the relationship stage, managing differing financial priorities, and supporting friends through financial challenges. You can listen to Nicole's podcast, "Money Rehab with Nicole Lapin," at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/money-rehab-with-nicole-lapin/id1559564016 In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: personal finance, financial wellness, fitness and finance, money management, budgeting, financial goals, emergency funds, credit card debt, financial habits, sustainable habits, physical fitness, relationship finance, financial conversations, estate planning, financial planning, financial interdependence, money and relationships, setting goals, financial discipline, financial dialogues, financial priorities, transparency in finance, financial disparities, money talks, financial infidelity, budget constraints, financial advisors, debt management, financial integrity, managing finances, awkward money conversations, love and money, fiscal fitness, and talking about money in platonic and romantic relationships. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

Taxes for the Self-Employed: Avoid Common Tax Mistakes and Navigate Freelancer Finances

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  • 150 views
  • 2 months ago
  • 25:37

Learn about self-employment taxes and avoid common tax mistakes with expert strategies for managing your finances year-round. How do self-employed taxes work?  What are some common tax mistakes self-employed people make?  And can you really write off payments on a luxury vehicle if you use it for work purposes?  Hosts Sean Pyles and Elizabeth Ayoola discuss the intricacies of self-employment taxes and strategies for financial success and IRS compliance to help you understand how to navigate tax season as an independent worker. CPA and financial strategist Krystal Todd joins them to delve further into the details of self-employment taxes, with tips and tricks on budgeting for personal and professional life, the importance of making quarterly tax payments, and whether to DIY taxes or hire a professional.  They also discuss strategies like depreciating assets, the benefits of hiring family members and navigating the complexities of tax deductions. Plus: financial strategies for handling unexpected income and managing self-employment taxes, the importance of setting aside funds for unexpected expenses, and the advantages of timing revenue recognition and prepaying expenses for tax benefits. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: personal finance, self-employment taxes, tax season for the self-employed, quarterly tax payments, financial success, IRS compliance, tax planning, tax deductions, managing finances, budgeting for self-employed, S Corporation benefits, tax mistakes, estimated taxes, IRS payment plans, financial tracking, tax law, Corporate Transparency Act, tax strategies, luxury vehicle tax writeoff, freelancer taxes, gig worker taxes, solo entrepreneur taxes, tax compliance, tax penalties, IRS audit, proactive money management, business growth, cash basis accounting, tax professionals, tax schemes, financial surprises, budgeting tips, bookkeeping tips, and tax planning on an inconsistent income. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

Money News: Navigating News-Based Investing Strategies, Risks, and Alternatives

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  • 150 views
  • 2 months ago
  • 12:10

Understand news-based stock market trading strategies and risks and discover alternative strategies for smarter investing. Should you trade stocks based on news events? What are alternative investment strategies to news-based trading? Investing Nerd Sam Taube joins hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski to discuss the wisdom—or folly—of news-based trading strategies, after Sean and Anna break down the latest personal finance headlines around job market trends and consumer confidence from the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Sam explains how news has played out in the stock market, including some unexpected outcomes that illustrate the difficulty in predicting market movements based on news events. The hosts transition to a discussion on alternative investment strategies, such as value investing, growth investing, and dividend investing. They delve into the nuances of these approaches, offering three listener-focused takeaways to help navigate the complexities of the stock market. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: personal finance, investing strategies, stock trading, financial news, alternative investments, value investing, growth investing, dividend investing, market trends, economic data, interest rates, consumer confidence, money headlines, job market, stock market, news-based trading strategies, investing tips, wealth management, market analysis, financial literacy, money management, investment options, economic indicators, stock market outlook, financial trends, investment decisions, news events, market volatility, economic outlook, investing education, and portfolio management. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

How to Freeze and Monitor Your Credit to Help Prevent Identity Theft

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  • 160 views
  • 2 months ago
  • 28:25

Learn about navigating retirement joyfully and how to defend against identity theft with credit freezing and monitoring. How do you embrace retirement when it’s time to retire? How can you use credit reports and credit monitoring to protect your financial identity? Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss transitioning into retirement and safeguarding against identity theft to help you understand the emotional and practical aspects of retiring and the crucial steps to defend your financial information.  00:50 This Week in Your Money: Recently retired podcast alum Liz Weston joins Sean and Sara to discuss her transition into retirement. She offers tips and tricks on overcoming fear of the unknown, ensuring financial and health insurance plans are in place, and finding fulfilling post-career activities.  10:30 Today’s Money Question: Listener Catie joins Sean and Sara to share a story about identity theft and to ask how she can safeguard herself from similar issues in the future. Sean and Sara discuss the necessity of credit freezes, strategies to monitor credit reports, and adopting vigilant password practices. They also explain how you can freeze your credit with relative ease, retrieve a copy of your credit report for free as often as once a week, and weigh the decision of whether to monitor your own credit or outsource it to a credit monitoring service. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: personal finance, retirement planning, identity theft, financial identity protection, credit freeze, credit bureaus, personal finance, financial planning, life transitions, identity theft prevention, credit card fraud, financial security, Equifax, Experian, TransUnion, credit report, safeguarding finances, retirement advice, financial legacy, navigating retirement, credit monitoring services, credit card security features, protecting personal finances, credit fraud, freezing credit, credit theft, post-career life, emotional aspects of retirement, retirement goals, credit report freezing, financial identity theft, retirement strategies, and credit card application fraud. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@NerdWallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

Is Self-Employment for You? A Financial Guide for Entrepreneurs

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  • 150 views
  • 3 months ago
  • 27:42

Master your self-employment finances with answers to questions about budgeting, planning, and separating funds. How can you manage your finances effectively after becoming self-employed?  What can you do to plan for unpredictable income and the tax implications that come with being your own boss?  NerdWallet's Sean Pyles and Elizabeth Ayoola host a discussion that delves deep into the world of self-employment. Elizabeth interviews Rianca Dorsonville, a self-employed certified financial planner, about critical questions to consider before embarking on your entrepreneurial journey. She also discusses the importance of budgeting, the necessity of maintaining separate personal and business finances, and the significance of establishing an emergency fund. Aspiring to be financially savvy while managing your own business can be daunting, especially when dealing with variable income and tax requirements. The podcast offers a treasure trove of insights for anyone considering or already navigating the solo financial journey. Rianca, with her expertise, sheds light on creating a simple yet effective budgeting framework, avoiding the pitfalls of commingling finances, and the psychological aspects of self-employment, including the benefits of professional help and therapy. This episode is a guide to crafting a stable financial foundation for anyone looking to become economically self-sufficient through entrepreneurship. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: self-employment, financial journey, self-employed certified financial planner, entrepreneurship, budgeting, emergency funds, bookkeeping, independent business, fiscal solvency, financial independence, taxes, income unpredictability, personal and business finances, expense management, emotional rollercoasters, professional help, therapy, tax strategies, navigating self-employment, financial pitfalls, 1099 workers, business entities, tax rules, retirement options, financial security, and side hustles. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

Money News: Some States, Cities Crank Up Minimum Wage While Feds Lag

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  • 170 views
  • 3 months ago
  • 10:17

Get an in-depth look at U.S. minimum wage variations, with budgeting tips and assistance programs for financial security. Are we in a recession? How much inflation has happened in the US recently? Is it too early to file your taxes? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski delve into this week’s financial headlines, including positive GDP growth and the implications of inflation on interest rates, before taking a closer look at the pressing issue of minimum wage in the United States. They address the disparities in minimum wage across states and cities and how it impacts workers. Plus, analysis of data on minimum wage increases in various areas, highlighting significant bumps in pay rates. Their discussion covers the highest minimum wages in the U.S., emphasize the challenges faced by those stuck at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and the struggles of hourly workers to keep up with inflation, and offer suggestions to help listeners facing financial difficulties, including budgeting tips and reaching out to organizations equipped to offer support for those who need it. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: minimum wages, budgeting tips, financial assistance, hourly workers, inflation, GDP growth, interest rates, personal finance, money headlines, tax season, federal minimum wage, income, consumer confidence, financial crisis, eviction, food insecurity, assistance programs, 50/30/20 rule, SNAP benefits, bills, payment plans, mortgage, rental assistance, legal aid, economic outlook, economic trends, gross domestic product, Federal Reserve, inflation-adjusted GDP, disposable incomes, financial counselors, 211, Emergency Rental Assistance Programs, Legal Services Corporation, National Low Income Housing Coalition, Inflation Reduction Act, stock market, recession predictions, part-time jobs, gig economy, and financial security. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

What’s an HSA? Growing Wealth with Health Savings Account Investing

NerdWallet's Smart Money Podcast

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  • 3 months ago
  • 15:16

Understand the different ways you can utilize a healthcare savings account and learn tips and tricks for HSA investing. 00:46 This Week in Your Money: Where can you find an unbiased analysis of the best financial products available? What products can help you make the most of your finances? Hosts Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner discuss NerdWallet’s Best-Of Awards, a resource that can serve as a shortcut when it comes to finding the right financial tools for your goals. They share some highlights from this year’s awards, including the best all-purpose travel rewards credit card and the best broker for beginner investors. 06:23 Today’s Money Question: How does HSA investing work? Investing Nerd Alieza Durana joins Sean and Sara to answer a listener’s questions about health savings accounts — what are HSAs, how do they work, and what are the benefits of having one? She discusses how you can use HSA funds for qualified medical expenses, how HSAs are similar to 401(k)s or Roth IRAs, and the triple tax advantages of HSAs. She also addresses the debate around whether to spend HSA funds on current medical expenses or save them for future healthcare costs in retirement, which leads to a discussion on balancing the need for immediate healthcare with long-term savings goals. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: health savings accounts, HSA investing, financial products, financial tools, financial future, investment potential, credit cards, investment accounts, financial landscape, tax-free growth, retirement healthcare costs, Best-Of Awards, unbiased reviews, mortgages, savings accounts, financial decision-making, prosperity, spend or invest, annual contributions, high deductible health plans, HDHP, qualified medical expenses, investment potential, shopping smart, managing money, and financial maximization. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.

Saving Money with Credit Card Rewards Points: Travel, Cash Back and More

NerdWallet's Smart Money Podcast

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  • 3 months ago
  • 22:50

Get answers to common questions that will allow you to maximize your credit card rewards points and avoid common point planning pitfalls with our Nerdy expert tips. How can you travel more while spending less? How could changes in airline loyalty programs affect your travel plans? What are the benefits of co-branded airline or hotel credit cards versus flexible rewards cards? NerdWallet’s Sean Pyles and Erin Hurd dive deep into credit card rewards points, addressing a range of topics that will resonate with anyone eager to maximize their credit card points and travel perks. They discuss recent changes in airline loyalty programs, including Delta and Alaska Airlines, and explore the advantages and drawbacks of co-branded airline or hotel credit cards and the benefits of using flexible rewards cards. They also present strategies for maximizing credit card sign-up bonuses while avoiding common mistakes that can lead to fewer rewards, and offer tips for how you can track and manage credit card points and perks. Sean and Erin also explain the pitfalls of carrying a balance on travel credit cards, the implications of credit card fees and surcharges at local stores, potential industry changes, such as interest rates and fee structures, and the potential impact of the Credit Card Competition Act on rewards programs. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: credit card points, travel rewards, personal finance, airline loyalty programs, Delta, Alaska Airlines, co-branded credit cards, flexible rewards cards, sign-up bonuses, spending traps, unused points, strategic spending, credit card portfolio, tracking perks, minimum spending requirements, bonus categories, carrying a balance, credit card fees, everyday purchases, travel booking, annual fees, credit card industry, interest rates, reward system changes, credit card perks, value of points, credit card bonuses, and the Credit Card Competition Act. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend. Show Note Links: What Is the ‘Chase Trifecta’? How to Maximize Rewards With the AmEx Trifecta

Money News: Strategies for Building a Safety Net and Single-Parent Finances Unpacked

NerdWallet's Smart Money Podcast

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  • 3 months ago
  • 12:32

Uncover 30-year trends in single-parent household finances with insights on growth, challenges and building a safety net. What should you do when stock markets hit record highs? Is now a good time to buy or sell a home now that mortgage rates have dropped again? How can you build a safety net when you’re a single parent? Hosts Sean Pyles and Anna Helhoski break down the latest headlines from the world of personal finance, including record-breaking stock market events, increases in consumer confidence, and the lowest mortgage rates since May 2023. NerdWallet Senior Writer Elizabeth Renter then joins Sean and Anna to discuss a new NerdWallet report that delves into the financial well-being of single-parent households – a group that includes nearly a quarter of all children in the U.S. She provides valuable insights into the trends, improvements, and challenges faced by single-parent households over the years. Drawing from her personal experience as a single parent, Elizabeth shares strategies for building a financial safety net for those facing unique challenges. In their conversation, the Nerds discuss: personal finance, financial well-being, single-parent households, NerdWallet report, stock market, bull market, S&P 500, Dow Jones, consumer sentiment, inflation, gas prices, housing market, mortgage rates, homebuyers, home sellers, real estate, financial trends, long-term investment, market movements, economic outlook, financial challenges, income growth, net worth, homeownership, financial opportunities, and emergency funds. To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com. Like what you hear? Please leave us a review and tell a friend.