17 Personal Finance Podcasts: Fun Ways to Learn About Money
Is there anything better than a podcast? Maybe I’m a little late on this bandwagon, but there’s a little bit of magic in commuting while learning, or walking my dog and hearing a story.
Whether you have a void where Serial once existed or you’re in desperate need of a little money advice, here are our favorite personal finance podcasts to help you earn, save and invest more cash.
With new episodes released daily, The Clark Howard Show features easily digestible podcasts covering ways to spend less and save more.
Topics tend to focus on consumer spending and saving, from travel deals to real estate to long-term investments. Howard is also known for helping you avoid ripoffs, and will often touch on the latest scams (think tax fraud, Craigslist and gift card) to help you keep your cash safe.
In its day, this weekly personal finance show was hosted by former Wall Street Journal podcaster Tom Dziubek, and Jay Frosting. Unfortunately, new episodes stopped being created in April 2014, but the entire back catalog is available for free on iTunes and is absolutely worth a listen.
Expect fascinating interviews and tangible advice that manages to stay relevant and hold your attention the whole way through.
Dave Ramsey has a tell-it-like-it-is approach to money management, landing him the role of “America's most trusted money expert.”
As part of Ramsey’s syndicated show, this podcast revolves around a few foundational management concepts, like emergency funds, paying off debt and investments. He ties these simple lessons in over and over, using real life stories to nail his points home. It’s this practical way of looking at money that’s made his show so successful.
This popular finance blog-turned-podcast features news, interviews and tips on a wide range of topics. One day you’re listening to current events, the next it’s daily money management. There’s such a wide variety of information that if one episode isn’t your cup of tea, you’re sure to find several more in the archives that appeal to you.
“Not your father’s boring finance show” is how young whippersnapper hosts Andrew and Thomas describe Listen, Money Matters! It’s more like a conversation with friends than an all-out advice show, but that’s what makes it great. This podcast is so funny and down-to-earth, you can binge-listen to episodes without getting bored.
Another great show targeted at a younger demographic, Millennial Money is run by CFP Shannah Compton Game and focuses on personal finances for the younger set.
My favorite episodes are the ones where listeners write in with their questions. Hearing what others are struggling with makes you feel less alone and has helped me realize that most people have no idea what they’re doing when it comes to money management. This incredibly informative podcast should be required listening for any student (and probably for most of us out of school, too).
7. Money Girl
Part of the Quick and Dirty Tips empire, these short weekly nuggets are informative and to the point. Money Girl addresses your burning money questions in a way that’s digestible, even if you’re on the go. Run by personal finance expert Laura Adams, popular episode topics include “how to get a loan with bad credit” and “PayPal or credit card -- which is safer?”
Wealth managers Brian Preston and Bo Hanson offer this bi-weekly podcast to “restore order to your personal financial chaos”. Every one of these episodes is chock-full of valuable takeaways and their down-to-earth style is beyond appealing.
My favorite aspect of this podcast is their tendency to jump right in and go. There’s no sitting through long rants or intro songs; you just get in and get out.
This (sort of) weekly podcast tackles the money issues we all face. A roundtable of regular experts and special guests talk current events and topical issues (think recovering financially after a divorce) that can often get rowdy. You can also watch the show live on their website on Wednesday at 9p.m. CT.
10. MoneyPlan SOS
If you’re an “everyday American” looking for better control over your money, this podcast is for you. Host Steve Stewart is a financial wellness coach who covers topics that mostly revolve around debt and savings with the occasional marketing pitfall thrown in.
Steve’s unique background and counselor mentality gives him the air of the guy next door. It feels like he’s in the room with you, making his tips remarkably accessible. You’ll find new episodes a few times per month.
Eager to learn the ins and outs of investing and the economy? J. David Stein is your man, having been in the business for 20 years. He’s a fantastic teacher, explaining complicated financial concepts in a way anyone can understand. He’s charming, too, adding elements from his personal life to avoid making you feel overwhelmed.
Whether your financial goals involve lowering your tax bill or cutting expenses, Joshua Sheats brings a unique approach in this podcast. Sheats might examine the financial habits of a homeless person living in their car or discuss why home ownership is a terrible investment. Expect real talk and the occasional special guest to keep things fresh, with several new episodes each week.
13. Rich Dad
Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, takes no prisoners. His style is challenging but necessary in a time when so much conflicting information is available at our fingertips.
Kiyosaki and his guests talk money in a way that’s new and refreshing. The only downside is that not every podcast is available (you only get the 25 most recent episodes), so subscribe now so you don’t miss anything!
Award-winning financial strategist Farnoosh Torabi hosts this daily (yes, daily) podcast where she interviews heavy-hitters you want to hear. Think Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss and Robert Kiyosaki. These conversations share how the most successful business minds manage their finances, as well as deeper insights into their lives.
Farnoosh is a master speaker and storyteller who was made to have her own show, and So Money is a joy to listen to every day.
We can’t talk money without talking about Suze Orman. And if you’ve never had the chance to see the Suze Orman Show in its original video format, now you don’t have to. This audio version of her show is just as easy to digest and you get the same great content while keeping your eyes on the road (or after you’ve cut the cord).
A weekly show hosted by everyday guys Joe and OG. They regularly bring on top financial personalities to talk about current trends and share weird ideas your other podcasts might not give you.
In the words of one reviewer, “hard hitting financial news, this is not,” but it is hilarious and I always come away having learned something new. It’s a great balance between solid content and quirky conversation.
My favorite app of all time now has a podcast! Jesse Mecham, founder of YNAB, hosts these super short bursts of financial knowledge, whether he’s recommending his favorite book or waxing lyrical about why all couples should combine their finances.
While you might need a bit of context on YNAB’s “four rules,” it’s not necessary to enjoy his show. It’s one of my favorites given the lack of time commitment needed to get great key takeaways from every episode.
Your Turn: What’s your favorite personal finance podcast? What do you like about it?
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Marian Schembari is a writer, traveler and community manager based in San Francisco.