Doing Healthy on a Budget | Kate Root + Revel

How do you eat healthy on a budget? Kate from Root + Revel is sharing her secrets to eating healthy, and living a healthy lifestyle, all on a budget.

Doing Healthy on a Budget

Yes, it’s possible to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle all on a budget. While the recent trends have been to buy all organic, which is, of course, great, it can also be a big drag on your bank account.

I’ve teamed up with Kate from Root + Revel to share all about her awesome entrepreneurial journey and what lead her to launch of Root + Revel. Root + Revel features all sorts of healthy recipes, reviews on skin care and lifestyle products, and a fantastic free resource library full of goodies to help you do healthy on a budget.

Root + Revel features all sorts of healthy recipes, reviews on skin care and lifestyle products, and a fantastic free resource library full of goodies to help you do healthy on a budget. I’m addicted to her site already and can’t wait until she publishes a new recipe each week.

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Q & A Friday

Answering all your money questions on this edition of Q & A Friday.

Q & A Friday

On this podcast episode, I’m answering a few of your listener questions. If you’ve got a question, be sure to click here and submit a request for me to answer your question on the next Q & A Friday.

Today I’m dishing about these questions:

Hi! To keep it short and simple, I received a pat on the back at my job this year for my first year’s performance in the form of a Long-Term Incentive Plan? As a 23-year-old man, how do I make sure to make the most of this executive stock-share compensation? Thanks! 

I’ve been a fan since I found out about your podcast. Would you please do a podcast on how to budget for the upcoming holiday? How to balance between not having a strict budget and also not overspending over the holiday season? Thanks!

 I just got engaged and my finance won’t talk about money at all with me. I think he has some collections, but I really don’t know. It kind of scares me to think about getting married without knowing the whole picture. I know you work with a lot of couples around money, is there any advice for how I can approach him or delicately ask about it?

I love all your podcasts about apps – I’m always on my phone. Are there any great apps to help me with investing, or to start investing? I don’t have a ton of money, but a hundred here and a hundred there. I do invest in my 401(k) but I’d like to do more, learn more, etc. Any good books too that you’d suggest?

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Millennial Music Chat | Dreamers

Meet the Dreamers, a cool millennial band with a unique sound and entrepreneurial spirt.Meet Dreamers

As they continue to rise on the charts of alternative radio, Los Angeles-based via Brooklyn Dreamers unleash their own unique sound on the world with melodious hooks and introspective lyrics, all while blending their favorite elements of pop, indie rock, and even jazz.

Dreamers have a full and ambitious sound for a trio, with Nick Wold (vocals/guitar), Marc Nelson (bass/vocals), and Jacob Wick (drums).

Frontman Nick Wold spoke from his Houston hotel room; conversing about his NYU jazz days, existential philosophy and his love for a Seattle-based rock trio.

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Score a Deal On Black Friday

Black Friday is just around the corner and it's hard to know if you're actually getting a deal or not. Check out this podcast for the ultimate guide to Black Friday shopping with Courtney from NerdWallet.

Black Friday Deals

It’s no surprise that Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. It’s like winning the jackpot at Vegas for retailers both on and offline. I’m a true skeptic thought. I mean, are we really getting a deal, or are we paying a “reduced price” for something that isn’t actually reduced. It’s why Black Friday shopping has always left a bad taste in my mouth.

NerdWallet to the Rescue

I’m a huge fan of NerdWallet and all of their money resources, so I decided it would be a good idea to ask their retail shopping expert, Courtney, about my Black Friday skepticism. In fact, NerdWallet has an entire section of their website devoted to Black Friday ad leaks and deals that you should know about BEFORE you go shopping.  Courtney shared a ton of great tips for the best shopping experience.

Before you bundle all up (if you live somewhere cold, and not in Los Angeles like me) and head out at some ungodly hour like 2am for a store open, make sure you spend some time to do your research. Knowing what to buy and where will save you a ton of cash that you can put towards better things like paying off debt, or that slush fund for a New Year’s eve getaway.

If you score a good deal, let me know about it!

Getting to Know New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the coolest cities for millennials to visit. It has just about everything you could hope for - good food, entertainment, great hotels and amazing festivals.

Why New Orleans Now

Cheese mongers, entrepreneurs, artist congregations, new millennium butchers and a hipster hotel are changing the landscape of the revitalized Warehouse District in NOLA.

Even if you have never traveled to the fine city of New Orleans, you likely may still have visions of people partying in the streets, floats with dressed revelers tossing beads to topless women, the over indulgence of food and adult beverages and so on. Don’t get me wrong, that version is still alive and thriving, and is still part of the fabric that defines New Orleans to many.

Today the city’s landscape and culture are evolving into an eclectically enterprising hotbed incubator for a new generation of artists, entrepreneurs, dreamers and urban dwelling families.

The Warehouse District neighborhood, located just a 10-minute Uber ride away from the debauchery on Bourbon Street, has now become one of the coolest sections of this ever-changing city on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River.

On this Podcast Episode

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How Married Life Equals More Cash

Marriage and money is a tough subject, but if you do it right you could end up with more cash in your pocket. Marriage and Money

It’s no joke that marriage and money is tough. You have two people with two different ways of managing money coming together to form one. It can be a recipe for disaster if you don’t come into the marriage with an open mind.

I always tell people that you’ve got to play to your strengths. Whatever you’re good at – using an app to track spending, setting a weekly budget, organizing your financial documents, etc. – that’s what your job should be. Too often I see couples that try to get the other spouse to play to their weaknesses. Of course, that doesn’t work so well.

Married Life = More Cash

Married life can provide so many amazing benefits, and one of them is more cash in your pocket. On this podcast, we’re covering lots of different ways that marriage can equal more cash, and hopefully providing you some ideas that this marriage thing might not be so bad after all.

One of the best things you can do as a married couple is set aside some time each week to talk about money. I know it isn’t the most exciting topic – but it can be. It can be whatever you make it. If you’re stressed…then it will be stressful, but if you approach it with an open mind and as a “fun” activity, it can be a time to strategize and focus on what’s going right.

Don’t worry if you’re struggling with marriage and money. You aren’t alone. Keep working at it, but know that some days it will be tough, and some days it will be easy. That’s why they call it work.

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My Top 10 Money Mishaps

We all make mishaps, even the experts. Here's my list of the top 10 things I've done with my money that I wish I could undo to prove that you shouldn't beat yourself up.Yes, I’ve Made Money Mishaps

We’ve all made them. We’ve all spent too much on something. We’ve all felt like we’ve failed at money a time or two. You’re not alone. In fact, you’re more in the majority than you might even realize.

I can tell you how many people email me afraid that they’ve made a mistake that can’t be undone. I’m here to tell you that there isn’t a money mistake you’ve made that can be fixed. I know that might sound like a lie, but I promise you, it’s true.

On this Podcast Episode:

  • I’m sharing my top 10 money mishaps with you
  • When you need some money motivation, put this episode on
  • I gently remind you that money ebbs and flows, so be patient
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Millennial Music Chat: AJR

AJR is a band of brothers that are rising to the top of the music charts with their unique sound. Learn how they are doing music differently and what it takes to "make it" in the music industry.  AJR On The Rise

AJR –  brothers Adam (bass/vocals), Ryan (ukulele/piano/ vocals), Jack (vocals/guitar), are a New York City-based indie-pop standout band that not only share an apartment in the hip Chelsea area, but they also record all their music in their very own living room.

 After riding a wave of platinum success with their single, “I’m Ready,” the boys are back with another chart-rising and even catchier single, “I’m Not Famous,” off their recently released EP, What Everyone’s Thinking. The Columbia University educated AJR may not be a famous household name quite yet. However, with another hit song, and now opening for the bespectacled indie-queen Ingrid Michaelson on her national tour – fame is a coming.

On This Podcast:

On a sunny day in Denver before a show at the Paramount Theatre opening for Ingrid Michaelson, we spoke with AJR about not being famous, brunching with Sia and their new single, “I’m Not Famous.


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Don’t Let Student Loans Bite Your Butt

Student loan forgiveness can be a welcome relief for many, but there are important tax consequences that you need to be aware of if your loan is forgiven. In this interview with Student Loan Hero CEO, Andy Josuweit, we dish student loans and more.Student Loans Need Forgiveness

Americans owe more than $1.3 million dollars in student loan debt, and for many of us, that debt is killing our budgets.

When the student loan forgiveness  act came on the scene in 2010, it was a welcome sign of relief for many borrowers. While on one hand, if you follow the rules, you can have your loan forgiven after 10 years of payment. On the other hand, what isn’t so talked about are the tax consequences of having your loan forgiven.

Say for instance you owe $20,000 on your student loan after making 10 years of payments on an income-based repayment plan (FYI, you must be on the right payment plan for student loan forgiveness to be valid.)

Yes, you would have that $20,000 of debt wiped away. However, at tax time, you would receive a document that states you essentially earned $20,000 of additional income that year, meaning you will have to pay tax on that added amount of income. This could potentially bump you into a higher tax bracket, and be devastating if you can’t pay the tax bill.

Know What You’re In For

It’s important that you know what you’re in for when it comes to your student loans. Know what kind of loan you have. Know if your loans are able to qualify for the loan forgiveness program. Know what your tax consequences might be. Be aware…it’s your money after all.

On this Podcast Episode

  • I chat with Student Loan Hero CEO, Andrew Josuweit, about student loan forgiveness
  • Find out what you need to know about potential tax consequences
  • Understand your options to lower your student loan debt load
  • Hear about all the awesome benefits that Student Loan Hero offers 
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We Won Honeymooning in Paris

Paris is captivating, and a great place to honeymoon. We were able to travel to this amazing city for under $1500 for 8 days. In this episode, I'm dishing all my Paris money saving tips for all you future honeymooners.Paris, The City of Love

It’s been three years to the day that we got married, and Jeff and I wanted to share our Paris trip with you. We went on what we lovingly call a “pre-honeymoon” before we got married, because, why not!

While you might count Paris out because it’s seemingly too expensive, we were able to travel to Paris for eight nights for just under $1500 total. While we didn’t stay at a charming 5-star hotel, we did rent a fantastic Airbnb rental in one of my favorite arrondissements. Paris’ neighborhoods are broken down into arrondissements, and each one has a little different flair. The 6th, 3rd, and 4th arrondissement are my favs.

How to Afford Paris

To start, we used airline miles to fly there and saved on paying for bags. We got access to the Club Lounge with our Citi AAdvantage Credit Card, which was a nice perk. We negotiated with two different Airbnb rentals and ended up getting an apartment for 15% less than advertised, plus one free night. The total cost for our scrumptious apartment rental was 700 euros for eight nights.

We skipped many of the overpriced restaurants and opted for cute bistros with prix fixe menus. For breakfast, we found a local bakery that makes good jambon formage (ham and cheese) sandwiches, which cost us 6 euros total for both sandwiches. We splurged on a few outrageous dinners, and had to make a stop at my favorite steak frites restaurant, Le Relais de l’Entrecôte.

If you’re lucky enough to be there on the 1st Sunday of the month, you can get in free to many museums around Paris. That’s a huge saving on the wallet. Other than museums, just walking around and checking out the local culture is amusement enough.

On This Podcast Episode:

  • Travel writer, Jeff Game, and I dish all things Paris and why it was the perfect spot for our honeymoon
  • We talk about how we were able to afford Paris for under $1500
  • Learn about some of our favorite places to visit
  • Debunk the myth that Parisians are all “mean”

There’s been some bad news coming out of Paris this last year. I have to admit; the terrorist attacks can make you want to take it off your travel list. I urge you not to. It’s is a beautiful city, filled with so much wonder, that you must simply explore it. In my opinion, life is way too short to start second guessing adventures.

Get out there – explore – you can do it on any budget!

Paris song credit: Le Temps De L’Amour

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