35 episodes

Money Confidential, a new podcast from Real Simple, explores the many aspects of money: making it, saving it, investing it, giving it, spending it and—sometimes, hardest of all—talking about it. Each week, Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez, a nationally recognized money expert, delves into your (confidential) money problems and delivers smart, practical, and completely doable solutions that will help you work toward your ultimate financial goals. She cuts through the confusion of investing beyond your 401(k), eases the overwhelming pressure of paying off student debt while saving for the future, and even tackles the stress that comes with mixing money and relationships (Is it really OK to keep money secrets from your partner?!). This is the place to come for real talk about money—and real solutions that actually work.

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Money Confidential, a new podcast from Real Simple, explores the many aspects of money: making it, saving it, investing it, giving it, spending it and—sometimes, hardest of all—talking about it. Each week, Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez, a nationally recognized money expert, delves into your (confidential) money problems and delivers smart, practical, and completely doable solutions that will help you work toward your ultimate financial goals. She cuts through the confusion of investing beyond your 401(k), eases the overwhelming pressure of paying off student debt while saving for the future, and even tackles the stress that comes with mixing money and relationships (Is it really OK to keep money secrets from your partner?!). This is the place to come for real talk about money—and real solutions that actually work.

    I’m 64 and I’ve barely saved for retirement. What should I do?

    I’m 64 and I’ve barely saved for retirement. What should I do?

    This week we meet Louise, a 64-year-old marketing manager from New Jersey who was laid off during the pandemic. Although she is nearing retirement age, Louise is worried that she hasn’t saved enough money for the years ahead. . To help Louise prepare for that future, Stefanie talks to Jill Schlesinger, a Certified Financial Planner and CBS News Business Analyst.

    If you have a money story or question to share, you can send us an email at money.confidential@realsimple.com. You can also leave us a voicemail at ‪(929) 352-4106‬.

    • 32 min
    I can’t afford to keep lending money to my family. How do I set boundaries?

    I can’t afford to keep lending money to my family. How do I set boundaries?

    This week we meet Grace, a 46-year-old single mother from Northern Arizona who is struggling to set boundaries with her siblings who continue to borrow money from her without paying it back. To help Grace find a way to hold onto her money--without jeopardizing her relationships with her family--Stefanie interviews Marsha Barnes, founder of The Finance Bar, a company dedicated to helping people achieve financial wellness. 

    If you have a money story or question to share, you can send us an email at money.confidential@realsimple.com. You can also leave us a voicemail at ‪(929) 352-4106‬.

    • 32 min
    Is now a good time to buy a new home?

    Is now a good time to buy a new home?

    Is it possible to take on major financial responsibilities such as buying a new home while you’re still paying down debt? Is now even a good time to buy a home? This week’s guest, a 39-year-old aspiring homeowner living in Iowa City, Iowa, is struggling with whether t homeownership is right for her because of these questions and more. For advice, host Stefanie O’Connell Rodrgiuez turns to author Mindy Jensen, who is also the host of The Bigger Pockets money podcast and a licensed real estate agent.
    If you have a money story or question to share, you can send us an email at money.confidential@realsimple.com. You can also leave us a voicemail at ‪(929) 352-4106‬.

    • 30 min
    What’s the best way to get out of debt?

    What’s the best way to get out of debt?

    This week we are going to hear from three past expert guests who know what it’s like to deal with thousands of dollars of debt. Learn how they tackled their own student loans, credit cards, and car loans and how you can do the same. 
    If you have a money story or question to share, you can send us an email at money.confidential@realsimple.com. You can also leave us a voicemail at ‪(929) 352-4106‬.

    • 34 min
    What should I do first: invest or pay off my student loans?

    What should I do first: invest or pay off my student loans?

    How do you pay off expenses from your past while also making smart investments for your future? This week’s guest, a 26-year-old living in New York City, is struggling with this dilemma right now. To help her, and others like her, host Stefanie O’Connell Rodrgiuez interviews viral TikTok money coach Delyanne Barros about how to strike the right balance between your financial obligations and your goals for the future, as well as easy strategies for growing your money (no matter how much you have). 
    If you have a money story or question to share, you can send us an email at money.confidential@realsimple.com. You can also leave us a voicemail at ‪(929) 352-4106.

    • 29 min
    I still have $51,000 in student loan debt. How can I save for my kids’ college education?

    I still have $51,000 in student loan debt. How can I save for my kids’ college education?

    How do you save for your children’s future when you’re overwhelmed with debt? This week’s guest, a 40-year-old mom of two children who lives in Columbus, Ohio, is struggling with the pressures of paying off her husband’s significant college loans--and what that debt means for her children’s future. For advice, host Stefanie O’Connell Rodrgiuez turns to Ron Lieber, “Your Money” columnist for the New York Times and author of The Price You Pay For College: An Entirely New Roadmap for the Biggest Decision Your Family Will Ever Make.
    If you have a money story or question to share, you can send us an email at money.confidential@realsimple.com. You can also leave us a voicemail at ‪(929) 352-4106‬.

    • 34 min

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