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At the Smart Money podcast, NerdWallet's in-house writers answer your real-world money questions. Our Nerds are your guides so you can get smart, then get back to doing you.


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At the Smart Money podcast, NerdWallet's in-house writers answer your real-world money questions. Our Nerds are your guides so you can get smart, then get back to doing you.


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NMLS Consumer Access: http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/

    Travel Tips, and Finding the Right Financial Advisors

    Travel Tips, and Finding the Right Financial Advisors

    Traveling during the holidays can be a drag, but it doesn’t have to be. To kick off this episode, Sean and Liz talk about recent trends in holiday travel. They also discuss how they are approaching holiday travel and how to get back in the swing if you’re a little rusty.
    Then they answer a listener’s money question about how to find the right financial advisors for their needs. Seeking qualified experts is only one part of the puzzle — you should also search for financial advisors who put your interests first. 
    To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com.
    Timestamps:
    This Week in Your Money segment: 0:00 - 13:08
    Money Question segment: 13:09 - 32:18

    • 32 min
    Big Purchases, and Overcoming Money Guilt

    Big Purchases, and Overcoming Money Guilt

    On this episode, Liz starts off by talking with credit card Nerd Sara Rathner about how to manage a big expense on a credit card — including how to earn the most points and avoid paying interest. Then Sean joins Liz to answer a listener’s question about overcoming money guilt.
    To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the NerdHotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com.

    • 31 min
    Holiday Shopping Trends, and Self-Employed Retirement Options

    Holiday Shopping Trends, and Self-Employed Retirement Options

    What’s your plan for holiday shopping this year? To kick off this episode, Sean and Liz talk about NerdWallet’s latest holiday shopping report, which explores how shoppers are navigating — and paying for — this unusual holiday season. They also discuss how they’re approaching shopping this year. 
    Then they answer a listener’s question about retirement account options for self-employed workers. While these workers have a number of options to explore, the choice that is best for them may depend on how many employees they have. 
    To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com.
    Timestamps:
    This Week in Your Money segment: 0:00-12:01
    Money Question segment: 12:02-23:11

    • 23 min
    The Benefits of Being Boring with Your Money, and Why to Make a Will ASAP

    The Benefits of Being Boring with Your Money, and Why to Make a Will ASAP

    Your money doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. To start off this episode, Liz Weston and occasional co-host Sara Rathner discuss the benefits of being boring with your finances.
    Then, Liz and co-host Sean Pyles answer a listener’s question about whether to make a will, including why setting it up isn’t as complicated — or time consuming — as you might think. 
    To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com.
    Timestamps:
    This Week in Your Money segment: 0:00-10:12
    Money Question segment: 10:13-29:07

    • 29 min
    3 Crypto Questions, and Improving Credit to Buy a House

    3 Crypto Questions, and Improving Credit to Buy a House

    With crypto back in the news, you might be tempted to climb aboard the hype train. To start this episode, Liz and Sean talk through 3 questions you should ask yourself before jumping into the world of crypto.
    Then, Sean and Liz answer a listener’s question about how to improve their credit with the goal of buying a house, including whether a balance transfer credit card would help.
    To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com.
    Timestamps:
    This Week in Your Money segment: 0:00-7:51
    Money Question segment: 7:52-23:08

    • 23 min
    Holiday Shopping Scams, and Paying Off Law School Debt

    Holiday Shopping Scams, and Paying Off Law School Debt

    Scammers are cooking up new ways to swindle your money from you. Two of their tactics this year? Social media ads and hyper-targeted emails. To start this episode, Sean and Liz talk about scams shoppers might encounter this holiday season and how to avoid them.
    Then they answer a listener’s question about how to pay off $200,000 in student loans. They also touch on the likelihood of student loan forgiveness and recent changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. 
    To send the Nerds your money questions, call or text the Nerd hotline at 901-730-6373 or email podcast@nerdwallet.com.
    Timestamps:
    This Week in Your Money segment: 0:00-8:34
    Money Question segment: 8:35-25:23

    • 25 min

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