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Falling in Love with My Hometown Indianapolis

Sometimes when life gets crazy you just have to go home. For me, that’s Indianapolis, and last fall I had a chance to visit and learn why Indy is now one of the hottest millennial destinations to visit. It’s got so much to offer everyone whether you like beer, sports, great food, amazing hotels, or outdoor activities to get your blood pumping.

What You’ll Learn

  • What makes Indianapolis one of the best destinations to visit and to move to
  • What local millennials are doing to bring the city to life
  • What trends Indy is creating in the world of food, culture, and sports
  • Why I fell back in love with my hometown
  • How to stretch your travel dollars in Indy (and why you should add it to your must-visit list for 2019)

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How to Get Prepared for Tax Time with Diane Gardner

Tax time rolls around faster than we’d like each year. It’s already February, and that means it’s time to rustle up all your W-2’s and 1099’s and get yourself ready for this tax season. Diane Gardner, an Enrolled Agent, and Certified Tax Coach is joining us to share what you need to know about getting prepared for April 15th.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to get yourself prepared for filing your taxes this year
  • How the new Tax Act changes will or will not impact your finances
  • What to do if you get one of those tax fraud hoax calls
  • How to get prepared all year long so you don’t have to panic
  • What should you do if you’re a victim of tax fraud
  • What self-employed and side hustlers need to know about tax deductions

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Get the Right Mortgage for You with Brian Faux + Ask Shannah

Shopping for a house is a lot of fun. Getting a mortgage is not. Until recently, getting a mortgage to buy a house has been a hassle, full of stress, paperwork, and a lot of money that trades hands. Thankfully, technology and some ingenuity are changing the game. Brian Faux from Morty is joining us on the podcast today to share what you need to know to get the right mortgage for you.

What You’ll Learn

  • What is broken with the current system and way we go about getting a mortgage for a home
  • What happened that lead to the mortgage meltdown ten years ago and can we avoid it again
  • What makes for a good homebuyer
  • How can you prepare yourself financially to get a mortgage
  • What does the mortgage process look like
  • How has technology changed the mortgage process and why Morty is so original
  • How you can feel empowered during the mortgage process

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How to Not Die in a Disaster with Laurie March

You can’t avoid disasters – no matter how hard you try, whether they happen at your house or outside your house, you’re going to come face to face with an emergency. My question to you is are you prepared?

The good news is you don’t have to spend a lot of money but I want being prepared to be a goal on your to-do list. Today’s guest, Laurie March, the brains behind Know How Studios, is my go-to girl on all things preparedness.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to prepare for lots of different types of disasters
  • Why don’t we like to talk about risks (and how that could case even more risks)
  • Why you don’t need to spend a lot of money to be prepared
  • How to put together your “bug out” bag and what should be in it
  • How to figure out what your risks are when it comes to emergencies
  • Why a preparedness course is worth the investment to keep you safe
  • Lessons Laurie learned from losing her house in the Woosley fire

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Kick Your Student Loan Debt to the Curb with David Carlson

Student loans can suck the life out of you – I mean, you were just trying to get an education to get ahead. Today’s podcast guest, David Carlson, has got a Student Loan Solution to help you kick your debt to the curb.

What You’ll Learn

  • How being $100,000 in student loan debt lead David and his wife to learn everything they could about student loans
  • How to find the right student loan payment plan for your life
  • Why you need to be an advocate for your student loan debt (and how to do it)
  • Steps to pay off your student loan debt in 2019
  • Everything about student loan forgiveness plans
  • What you’ll uncover in David’s new book Student Loan Solution

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How to Make an Impact & Invest for Your Future with Catherine Berman

Arguably, peanut butter and chocolate is the best combination ever, but there’s a new kid on the block – the combination of your money and the concept of impact investing.

Did you know you have the power to change the world with your dollars? Everything you spend your money on sends a message. This is a concept I’ve become really dialed into the last couple of years, so I was pumped to speak with Catherine Berman, co-founder, and CEO of CNote, an award-winning investment platform where you earn a better return while investing in causes and communities that matter to you.

What You’ll Learn

  • Is socially responsible investing just a fad or a great way to invest some of your dollars for a profit
  • What has lead to the growth of socially responsible investing
  • What makes for a socially responsible fund
  • How CNote is working to tie your investing dollars with impact
  • What portion of your money should be investing in impact investing funds

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Get Your Money Game Plan in Place

Raise your hand if you want to get in a better mindset and smash your goals in 2019? No matter your goal is, big or small, you’re going to need a plan to turn it from a desire into an achievable goal.

What You’ll Learn

  • Why certain goals succeed and other goals fall apart
  • Talking through some of the goals that have worked for me over the years and how I was able to achieve them
  • Ask Shannah question all about the saving money crisis in America and my thoughts on how to ramp up your savings for emergencies
  • Introduction to the Money Game Plan Challenge to crush your goals in 4-weeks (it’s free too)

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A New Way to Look at You in the New Year with David Lynch

Have you ever wondered how your health affects your bank account? It does, in powerful ways, and I’m going to tell you why in today’s episode.

In 2017 I was determined to find a way to get a better balance in my life because I knew that it had a direct correlation with my finances, so I joined a yoga studio. I liked it a lot, until one day I walked into David Lynch’s class and then I fell in love with yoga. I fell in love with the power to transform my mind form the inside out.

It’s a new year, and if you’re going to do a new you now is the time to understand the strong connection between your health, your mindset, and your money.

What You’ll Learn

  • The power that your mind and body has on your overall success
  • Why you need time to reset your mind every day (& how to do it)
  • Ways you can cultivate a better mindset this year
  • How to figure out what you focus on and what distracts you from achieving your goals in life
  • David’s career and life journey that lead him to yoga

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Build Your Best Credit Score in 2019 with Marsha Barnes

Your credit score has power and that three-digit number has a dramatic impact on your financial future. If you do nothing else this year, grab your credit score the tail and yank it up to 700+ (preferably over 740). You don’t have to go all crazy trying for an 850 score – but don’t get lazy. Even if you have a good score, it could drop tomorrow by one silly mishap.

Marsha Barnes from The Finance Bar will share her best tips to get your score in check for the new year.

What You’ll Learn

  • Why your credit score is a powerful piece of your financial future
  • How to create a better financial brand for yourself
  • Which credit scoring models do you need to care about
  • What action steps you should take this year to raise your score
  • How your score impacts your job and where you live
  • Why Marsha is so passionate about financial literacy

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Best of: Crockpot Your Savings

We’re featuring another Best Of episode from last year that was a listener favorite.

All personal finance experts can agree on one thing – starting to save early will almost always help you reach your lifestyle goals quicker and with more ease than those who wait longer. When you think about your savings there are two ways you can save – the crockpot style or the microwave style.

Inspired by a recent industry article in Financial Planning Magazine, thinking about a crockpot for your savings strategy makes pretty good sense. With any crockpot recipe, the idea is simple. You gather all your ingredients ahead of time, throw them into the crockpot, turn it on low and slow for  6-8 hours, and then you have an almost always perfect meal sure to wow anyone.

What You’ll Learn

  • We’ll chat about the crockpot method of savings
  • Why a crockpot method might make more sense than microwaving your savings
  • Focus on saving little by little over time with consistency so whenever you reach the age you would like to quit working, you’re investments and savings have spent some time “cooking together.”
  • Let’s talk about what you can and can’t control with your savings
  • Some guidelines to always keep in mind with savings

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