Want to get better at finances but don’t know where to start? Try podcasts. 

By Shane Steele
September 16, 2016

One of the best things about working in fintech is that it’s motivated me to get smarter about how I manage my finances. Every week, I come across dozens of articles and new books that provide valuable insight for me personally and professionally on how to improve your financial life. While there is no doubt that reading is a great way to get smarter about finances, when I need dose of inspiration, I’ve found podcasts are an underrated resource.

Podcasts provide a much-needed break from reading and screen time while still engaging my brain. They’re accessible, free, and you can multitask while listening, which is great for when you’re commuting, cooking, or working out. Podcasts can even make finances fun. When done well, the hosts bring their personality, humor, and passion to a topic that has been known to be less than exciting.

If you’re looking to improve your finances but aren’t sure where to start, consider checking out a podcast. Here are just a few that have gotten solid reviews, each with their own personality and lifestyle angle:

Stacking Benjamins

Looking for “the lighter side of finance”? Live from his parent’s basement, Joe Sual-Sehy releases the party while also giving sound financial advice. Unlike some financial resources that are highly educational but tough to digest, Joe focuses on really engaging his audience. He gives off a fun-loving and approachable tone that makes him downright likable and easy to listen to. Joe’s been listed on U.S. News and World Report as a top financial podcast to follow, so don’t worry — he’s allowed to have some fun.

If you want to start stacking those Benjamins yourself, be sure to check out Joe’s podcast.

HerMoney with Jean Chatzky

Imagine having the wits of the smartest financial advisor out there combined with the verbal skills to put it all in plain English for us non-financial experts. This is Jean Chatzy. Jean is brilliant at taking incredibly complex financial topics and communicating it in a way that doesn’t fly over your head.

From making a $12,000 salary at New Woman Magazine to becoming the host of her own podcast and financial editor for NBC’s TODAY Show, Jean Chatzy’s career path provides inspiration for her listeners. She covers meaningful topics with depth and perspective from other inspiring leaders such as “Why Money Makes Us Feel Vulnerable” with Dr. Brene Brown, author of Daring Greatly, and “The Costly Money Mistakes Many Women Are Making” with All-Star Investor, Karen Finerman.

Money Girl

She’s one of the top experts on quickanddirtytips.com for a reason. Lauren Adams of the popular podcast “Money Girl” specializes in doling out bite-size advice that’s helpful for any Millennial trying to achieve a healthier financial lifestyle. Lauren has millions of loyal listeners and readers, who she has committed to help live richer lives through her podcasts, live speaking sessions and advocacy work. She’s personable, relatable, and even open about her own financial woes.

If you’re someone who wants to break through the nonsense and get straight to the tips, Lauren of Money Girl is your go-to podcast. Subscribe to her on iTunes to get your daily dose of financial advice.

Smart Passive Income

Ah, the ultimate dream — to live a life while passively making money. Yea, it sounded crazy to me too. However, Pat Flynn is an expert in “passive income” and has the income reports to prove it. Pat has been blogging and talking about his proven strategies for running a successful online business for years. So if you’re interested in growing your own business and living that passive income life, check out Pat. He covers everything from the psychology of selling to how to master content marketing, and he frequently hosts other business experts and delivers unique, diverse content that any entrepreneur would benefit from.


She’s been on the View, CNBC, CNN and the TODAY Show. Farnoosh Torabi is an award-winning financial correspondent, best-selling author and sought-after speaker. On her show, she brings a level of candidness that makes you want to be friends with the woman.

If you’re looking to get a deep dive on some of your favorite people in the business, psychology and financial world, be sure to check out Farnoosh’s SoMoney podcast. She’s wrangled some of the most inspiring interviewees like Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, and Danielle LaPorte. You’ll have a better perspective on what their financial philosophies are and how they thrived through failures and became the successful people they are today. Ready to be inspired? Subscribe to her podcast here.

The Clark Howard Show

Clark Howard is a household name in Atlanta where I lived for a decade. He’s also a nationally syndicated classic when it comes to helping consumers save money, find deals and avoid scams. Clark launched a travel agency in 1981 and sold it six years later, allowing him to retire at 31 years young. Now he doles out travel tips and money advice as well as current topics like Wells Fargo debacle and Fitbits in Happy Meals to Payday loan alternatives and back to school shopping. He also offers individual financial help through his Consumer Action Center Call-in Help Line where he and 140+ volunteers provide free financial and consumer advice.

Also, if you’re attending FinCon this year, Clark is the keynote speaker. (I’m looking forward to seeing him myself!)

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