Money intersects with and impacts nearly all our relationships and experiences, but discussing it has always been considered taboo. We think it should be celebrated. Hosted by Claire Wasserman, writer and financial advocate, Friends Who Talk About Money brings friends, families and couples together to talk about an element of their relationship that they might otherwise avoid: money. In each episode, Claire will also interview subject matter experts to offer insights based on the conversation and help listeners navigate similar situations in their own lives.
Financial Wake-up Call | The pandemic prompts former roommates to stop hitting snooze on their financial future
While the pandemic has brought numerous challenges and anxieties, it has also provided people with the opportunity to reset, both personally and financially. For best friends and former roommates, Molly and Ashley, NYC quarantine offered them each a chance to revisit their relationship with money, specifically their spending and saving habits. Exactly one year later, both women have transformed their financial mindsets and adopted money moves that will last beyond the pandemic.
This episode’s expert is Kara Stevens, money coach and Founder of The Frugal Feminista, a rapidly growing source for financial empowerment. Kara shares advice on how to reconnect with your money “why.”
Old School vs. New School | A mother-daughter duo discovers what comes after high school isn’t so cut and dried after all
For many families, it used to be a given that kids would attend a four-year college or university after high school. But between the rising costs of education and the changing landscape caused by the pandemic, families are reconsidering the norm. Casey, a mother of six children, was set on sending her oldest daughter, Candice, to a traditional four-year college until COVID-19 opened her eyes to alternative paths. With finances in mind, Casey and Candice said goodbye to the old school way of doing things and hello to an unconventional approach.
This episode’s expert is John Bryson, Head of Investment Consulting and Education Savings at John Hancock Investment Management. John shares guidance on how to prioritize saving for college while juggling other financial goals.
What’s Mine Is…Mine | A couple faces the financial discord that threatens their harmonious relationship
After four years, two apartments, multiple job changes and a pandemic, partners Weslie and Patrick are beginning to realize that while their relationship has gotten serious, their approach to money is stuck in the friend zone. They discuss their opposing financial attitudes, what’s holding them back and how they can find common ground.
This episode’s expert is financial writer Jackie Lam, who specializes in relationships and the emotions surrounding money. She offers tips for other couples struggling to get on the same page about spending and saving.
Roommates, again | A family discusses how their financial values work together under one roof
Since the start of the pandemic, young adults have been moving back home at record rates. And while rooming with the ‘rents is a great way to save money (and enjoy some extra home-cooked meals), it’s also a test of expectations and communication. Parents Zelda and Everett talk with their daughter, Donnis, about the emotional and financial impact of having three generations under one roof and the priorities that help them make it work.
This episode’s expert is family sociologist, Michelle Janning. Michelle breaks down the cultural values that come into play when parents offer financial support to their adult children and offers tips for families considering a return to the nest.
The Conversation No One Wants to Have | Close-knit cousins talk loss, loved ones and life insurance lessons
For cousins Desha and Tanda, the unexpected passing of their aunt and “third musketeer” was a crushing blow—but it was also a wake-up call for their family finances. They discuss the tough lessons and silver linings that accompanied their loss and how their aunt’s savvy planning and life insurance helped them stay afloat amidst a flood of grief.
This episode’s expert is Brooks Tingle, President and CEO of John Hancock Insurance. Brooks helps us understand why sometimes the hardest conversations are the most important and offers insights into the life insurance process.
What Money Taboo? | Two friends realize the power of open and honest money chats
Somewhere along the way, talking about money with friends became taboo – how much we make, what our financial goals are and how we can reach them. But fortunately, that’s never been the case for Candace and Erica. In fact, for these longtime friends, it’s quite the opposite. For years, they’ve talked openly and honestly about all things money in their accountability group and it’s paid off in all sorts of ways.
This episode’s expert is Tori Dunlap, the Founder of Her First $100K. Together, Tori and Claire break down the power of accountability and importance of financial education.