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As more Chicagoans head back to work with COVID-19 pandemic restrictions lifting, they’re reminded of their least favorite part of heading into the office: commuting. While bumper-to-bumper traffic and crowded trains are nobody’s idea of fun, there’s an easy way to pass the time: podcasts.
The popularity of podcasts has exploded over the last few years, and the offerings are endless. From sports to news to pop culture, listeners can choose from a bevy of listening options as they clean their house, do yard work, or drive to and from the office.
And, while we love podcasts that make you laugh out loud, we suggest using your commute to educate yourself on a topic near and dear to our hearts: personal finance.
There are countless personal finance podcasts available, but here are some of our favorites, in alphabetical order.
Bigger Pockets Money
While everyone wants more money and “bigger pockets,” Bigger Pockets Money understands we all have to start somewhere. Twice a week, co-hosts Scott Trench and Mindy Jenson give listeners practical personal finance advice and tips on how to pay off debt.
For those who already have big pockets—and an interest in real estate investing—the original Bigger Pockets podcast is also worth a listen.
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Hosted weekly by Mandi Woodruff and Tiffany Aliche—aka “The Budgetnista—Brown Ambition helps listeners live their best financial and personal lives. The duo tackle everything from splitting finances with a partner to what is the right amount of money to give as a wedding present.
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If you’re interested in the FIRE movement—Financial Independence, Retire Early—then ChooseFI is the podcast for you. Hosts Jonathan Mendonsa and Brad Barrett discuss their own paths to financial independence and share tips and skills to help listeners achieve their own financial independence.
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The Dave Ramsey Show
Dave Ramsey is one of the most well-known personalities in the personal finance space and has been on the air for nearly 30 years. His weekly podcast touches on everyday life and all aspects of money, plus he answers questions from callers looking to get out of debt and build a better future.
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How to Money
“Hosts and besties” Joel and Matt host this twice-weekly podcast over beers and discuss debt repayment, navigating careers and money, and other financial topics in a jargon-free way that makes for an easy listen, especially for the younger crowd.
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Marriage, Kids and Money
Although having children is a blessing, parents know kids can throw a wrench into money management. On Marriage, Kids and Money, host Andy Hill shares his family’s experience of becoming debt free and interviews others about their journeys through parenthood and finances. Plus, Andy interviews experts on topics such as how to talk to your kids about money.
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Millennials are a much-maligned generation, and many often feel misunderstood by non-millennials. Well, consider Millennial Money a community where host Shannah Compton Game helps teach listeners about everything from credit cards to budgeting to life insurance.
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Money for the Rest of Us
Host J. David Stein is a former investment strategist and money manager who educates listeners about portfolio management and financial planning. Money for the Rest of Us is a step above your basic budgeting podcast, and is instead geared toward investors who want to manage their own money rather than hiring a financial advisor.
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Motley Fool Money
Like Money for the Rest of Us, Motley Fool Money is a great weekly listen for investors who prefer the do-it-yourself method of stock picking. Host Chris Hill welcomes two to three experts per week as they discuss the latest stock news and provide their own personal stock picks, plus there’s usually an interview with a thought leader from a number of interesting industries.
If individual stock picking isn’t your forte, The Motley Fool has numerous other podcasts, including Motley Fool Answers, Market Foolery, and Industry Focus.
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No podcast list is complete without an entry from NPR, and NPR’s Planet Money is “the economy explained.” Episodes are deep narratives dives into a variety of topics—a recent episode looked at Jeopardy champion James Holzhauer—that typically fit into less than 30 minutes.
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So Money with Farnoosh Torabi
Farnoosh Torabi’s thrice-weekly podcast brings money strategies and stories from today’s top business minds, authors, and influencers, like Barbara Corcoran, Tim Gunn, and Queen Latifah. On Fridays, Farnoosh answers listeners’ biggest questions about money, careers, and more.
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Women and Money with Suze Orman
With nearly 35 years of experience in the personal finance space, Suze Orman needs no introduction. A South Side native, Orman’s weekly podcast is targeted toward women and “the men smart enough to tune in.” She not only focuses on money, but also encourages listeners to live a full and meaningful life.
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