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Operation Varsity Blues – How Money Can Get You in Trouble with Adebisi Adebowale

The recent Varsity Blues scam rocked the news media, but the storyline isn’t a shock to me. I’ve been all too aware that many wealthy people have been able to scam the system for years now.  Adebisi Adebowale, the founder of Upliftology, joins us to talk about the scandal and uncover if it is possible for students to get a GOOD education in an Ivy League or non-Ivy League without scamming the system?

What You’ll Learn

  • What the Varsity Blues scandal brings to light
  • What changes need to occur in the college system to bring fairness to all
  • The facts behind how this scam was facilitated at multiple levels
  • How to use scholarships to afford college and grad school and not need to scam
  • the system
  • The issues of privileges, the elite, and the impacts on students of color applying to predominately white institutions.

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I Filed My Taxes, Now What

You filed your taxes, and you’re feeling pretty good, now what? Since you’ve got money on your mind, what about taking the rest of March or even April to get some of your money to-do items in motion. You know, that stuff that you haven’t been motivated to do…but you know you should take care of.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to create a solid plan for your refund (or any excess money you have lying around)
  • How to build balance into your finances so you stay motivated
  • Discussion of popular money to-do items that you can tackle
  • How to stay focused on one money task each day and the powerful benefits it has on your life

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Dare to Pay Off Your Student Loans with Grant and Ally

Americans owe over $1.56 trillion in student loan debt – and that number is rising each year. So, what would you do to get your student loans paid off? Would you do something that seems scary just to wipe away your debt?

Today’s podcast guest, Grant, and Ally from the new CollegeHumor show, Total Forgiveness, join us to have a lively discussion around student loan debt and the lengths they are willing to go to wave bye-bye to their debt.

What You’ll Learn

  • How Grant and Ally came up with the idea for Total Forgiveness
  • How student loan debt impacts our everyday life
  • Is college still a viable option
  • How to approach paying off your student loan debt
  • Grant and Ally’s money story around student loan debt
  • The crazy lengths they went to in order to pay down their debt

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Talking Tech to Put More Cash In Your Bank Account with Jefferson Graham

There are loads of ways to put more money in your pocket every month – two of my favorites are cutting cable and getting a mobile plan that doesn’t drain your bank account. Today’s guest, Talking Tech podcast host Jefferson Graham, is dishing the latest trends in streaming services and mobile options to help you save money.

What You’ll Learn

  • The latest trends in streaming services for every budget
  • Why Mint Mobile is leading the way in affordable cell service
  • Jefferson’s favorite credit card to earn free trips
  • Anything we should be aware of security wise regarding phone carriers
  • How do you know what service is right for us

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The Price of Fertility with Afton Vechery + Ask Shannah

Fertility is a tricky (and expensive) topic. No matter how you feel about having babies, you have to face that question at some point in life, and it can be a difficult one. Do you have kids, can you have kids, and when is the right time to have kids.

Today’s podcast guest, Afton Vechery, co-founder and CEO of Modern Fertility joins me to talk all about the price of fertility and what her company is doing to change the conversation.

What You’ll Learn

  • Why is fertility a hush-hush topic
  • What are the physical ramifications of having babies later in life
  • Why traditional fertility testing is so expensive
  • Why we need to start talking fertility in our 20’s
  • How fertility testing works
  • Ways to cut the costs when it comes to testing your fertility

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  • Modern Fertility
  • You can sign up now for a free month of Stitcher Premium by going to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and using the promo code ‘WONDERY.’ Then once you’re signed up, just download the Stitcher app for iOS or Android and start listening

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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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