Money Podcasts That Won’t Put You to Sleep!
I was listening to some random money show on the radio the other day and within minutes I turned it off because it was so dreadfully boring. I love learning about money and finance, but for crying out loud, most money-related shows could lull a fussy baby to sleep.
I’m a huge podcast fan. I work by myself most days and it gets quite lonely. So to make myself feel better, I’ll listen to podcasts just to pretend like I have work friends. I’ve come to know many good, bad, and horrendous podcasts. I’ve become somewhat of a pod-snob. I also get asked a lot about what money books to read and shows to watch/listen to. So I thought perhaps it would be helpful to recommend some money and life skills podcasts that don’t suck.
1. The Dave Ramsey Show
The Dave Ramsey Show is hosted by, duh, Dave Ramsey. Just a heads up: he’s a hard-ass and an evangelical Christian who is sometimes a bit much. But he’s worth listening to if you’re in debt. His general concepts and strategies to eliminate debt are easy to follow. He’ll help you figure out where to start and how to stay disciplined in paying down what you owe. The real life stories of listeners overcoming money trials and tribulations is a great motivator to get your own financial situation in control.
2. Bad With Money
Bad With Money is hosted by Gaby Dunn, a young woman who started this podcast to learn about money because she is so terrible with her own. She’s also pretty YouTube-famous for her series Just Between Us. Funny story about this podcast. A friend of mine told me to listen to it. I researched it and saw a picture of Gaby. I thought to myself, “Why does this girl look so familiar?!” Then after a quick wikipedia stalk, I discovered we not only went to college together, but we had the same major, and many of the same classes. Weird. Pretty cool to see college classmates succeed though. Her podcast is helpful for young people who are looking to get better at making smart money decisions.
Freakonomics is hosted by Stephen J. Dubner and is more of an interesting look into life, humans, and fascinating people. I love this podcast because I feel a little smarter after each episode, and hey, general knowledge about the world and life is cool.
Jean Chatzky just seems like a really nice lady. She gives some pretty great advice too. She’s the money lady on The Today Show, and she has a podcast called HerMoney. Obviously it’s geared toward helping women become financially literate and independent. Pretty awesome and worth a listen.
5. The Tim Ferriss Show
Tim Ferriss is a cool dude who interviews super successful people in business, investing, science, athletics, arts, you name it. Tim prides himself on finding little nuggets of information that make the top performers in the world unique. He explores their daily routines, their diets, what they’re reading, what they’re writing, all to figure out how we can apply these gems in our own lives. It’s a cool concept and a show I really enjoy.
Podcasts I Love That Have Absolutely Nothing to Do with Personal Finance, Money, or Life Skills But Me Provide Endless Entertainment:
1. 2 Dope Queens
2 Dope Queens is hosted by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams. It’s a comedy podcast recorded in New York and has gained an enormous Millennial cult following. It’s mostly comprised of comics telling hilarious stories and tons of young people slang, but I can’t get enough. It’s amazing.
2. Ronna & Beverly
If you’re from New England and love comedy, this podcast absolutely kills me. Ronna and Beverly are fictional characters brought to life by a couple of talented Upright Citizens Brigade ladies. Ronna and Beverly are two middle aged ladies who pride themselves on being mothers, relationship experts, Jewish, and from Massachusetts. They do such an amazing job at bringing these characters to life, you forget they aren’t real people. It’s one of the funniest podcasts out there. They interview actors and comedians and somehow always manage to ask offensive questions. It’s glorious.
3. Dumb, Gay Politics
Hosted by Brandy Howard and Julie Goldman, who embrace their roles as “the dumb one” and “the gay one”. Do you remember them from The People’s Couch and Vanderpump Rules After Show? They’re the hilarious best friends who have become Bravo! staples. For whatever reason, they decided to do a political podcast that is shockingly well researched and ridiculously funny. I tuned in for the jokes and the Melania impressions, but every time I listen I learn something new. Great podcast if you want to stay up to date on the political scene but don’t want to fall into a deep depression.
4. The Joe Rogan Experience
This dude is nuts, but I love him. Joe Rogan is sort of a renaissance man and he’s got a foot in many industries. His interviews are fascinating and he’s hilarious to boot. I don’t often listen to the UFC themed episodes, but I do love the episodes where he talks about his life philosophies and interviews interesting people. Some of the podcasts last more than 3 hours, so he’s best saved for road trips in my opinion.
Well it appears I only listen to self-help and comedy podcasts. What other genres should I be listening to?