Achieving financial freedom is no easy feat, especially when, as women, we have to deal with inequities such as the gender pay gap and the pink tax. But if there’s one thing we know about you, it’s that you’ll keep hustling until you achieve your personal finance goals.
With that in mind, if you do just one thing today to get closer to your money goals for 2018, let it be this: hit subscribe on the podcasts below. Covering all things money – from side hustles and entrepreneurship to economics and personal finance – these are the best of the best, the crème de la crème, and they’re all just a click away.
1. Planet Money
Best for: learning about economics.
They say money makes the world go around, but do you know how? If you subscribe to Planet Money, you will. The long-running podcast is designed to school you on the economy in a fun and accessible way. Planet Money’s hosts use a storytelling format to talk listeners through the ins-and-outs of how money works. On a recent episode, they chatted with the man who invented duty-free shopping; on another episode, they discussed what happens if you lose your Bitcoins. Planet Money is an American podcast, thus most episodes feature American-centric issues. But with that said, anyone who wants to get educated on economics will be able to find an episode that piques their interest – and it doesn’t hurt that most episodes clock in at 20 minutes or less.
2. Side Hustle School
Best for: anyone who wants to make a little extra money.
If you’re thinking about picking up a side hustle (aka a second job), you need to download the Side Hustle School podcast, stat. It’s a daily show that offers bite-sized episodes on any and every side hustle you could ever imagine. For example, on a recent episode, two sisters discuss how a breakup inspired a side hustle creating curated gift boxes. On another recent episode, we meet the former Nike merchandiser who created Radical Girl Gang. With more than 500 episodes and counting, you’ll never be short of inspiration or ideas with Side Hustle School. (Plus, they have a new book!)
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3. Death, Sex & Money
Best for: listening to everyday people talk about money.
Death, Sex & Money is a podcast about “the things we think about a lot and need to talk about more,” says host Anna Sale. More specifically, it’s about the personal side of money: how we spend it, how we make it, how we deal with debt, and so on. Sale talks to a broad range of guests – some famous, some not – but no matter who she’s talking to, she never fails to go deep and ask the tough questions. Not every episode revolves around money, but every guest will be asked about money at some point. Unless you plan to listen to the entire back catalogue, we recommend you start with the series on student loan debt for some raw, honest conversations on a serious issue.
4. So Money With Farnoosh Torabi
Best for: learning about personal finance strategies.
Farnoosh Torabi is a financial strategist who isn’t afraid to share her wealth of knowledge – pardon the pun. Thus, the So Money podcast, which features personal finance stories and advice from big names such as Arianna Huffington and Barbara Corcoran. Torabi gets right into the nitty-gritty details with every guest, getting the scoop on everything from their first big purchase to their investment strategies. Plus, every Friday, Torabi hosts a special “Ask Farnoosh” episode in which she answers listener-submitted questions on money.
5. Listen Money Matters
Best for: funny, relatable money advice.
According to Andrew and Thomas, the hosts of Listen Money Matters, this podcast is “not your father’s boring finance show.” On the contrary, it’s a down-to-earth podcast that covers the big money issues – debt, taxes, losing your job, stocks, starting a company, etc. – in a humorous and accessible way. But what we really like about this podcast is that it’s hosted by two millennials and it’s made specifically for millennials. You’re not getting investment advice from a one percenter. You’re not getting side hustle advice from a nine-to-fiver. If the hosts can’t pluck a story from their lives, they’ll find a peer with some real-talk for you.
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6. You Need a Budget
Best for: if you need to get your finances in order.
Whether you’re trying to get out of debt, start an emergency savings account, or simply spend less, this is the podcast for you. Clearly, You Need a Budget will be more helpful if you’re actually using a budget – whether you use the software of the same name or a different budgeting app. But even if you’re not quite there yet, there’s something here for everyone. In one episode, you might learn how to save a few extra dollars. In another episode, you might hear from a guest who paid off $85,000 in debt. The best part? Some episodes are just a few minutes long, which makes them great for commuters who want to put a little pep in their step each day.
7. The Pineapple Project
Best for: anyone on a money journey.
They say money is power. They also say money is the root of all evil. But frankly, if money is anything, it’s challenging. Australian comedian Claire Hooper is here to make it less so. Hooper’s mission with The Pineapple Project is to take listeners on a financial journey. You see, Hooper is “a bit crap with money,” or so she says. But with this podcast, that all changes. In each episode, she gets down to business on a different personal finance issue – from starting an emergency fund to learning to invest. This podcast is educational but with a heavy dose of humour, and we love every minute of it.
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