22 episodes

Pull up a chair to the happy hour you wish your friends were having. Mix two money experts with some hot takes and a splash of nostalgia, and you get Rachel Cruze and George Kamel talking unfiltered about what’s going on in the world, pop culture, and how to afford a life you love.

Smart Money Happy Hour with Rachel Cruze and George Kamel Ramsey Network

    • Business

Pull up a chair to the happy hour you wish your friends were having. Mix two money experts with some hot takes and a splash of nostalgia, and you get Rachel Cruze and George Kamel talking unfiltered about what’s going on in the world, pop culture, and how to afford a life you love.

    “Spare” Change: Prince Harry’s 8-Figure Book Deal (and Our Takeaways)

    “Spare” Change: Prince Harry’s 8-Figure Book Deal (and Our Takeaways)

    Rachel and George are here to unpack Prince Harry’s tell-all memoir, Spare. Find out if Meghan is really to blame for all the drama, whether or not Harry is a fan of The Crown, and what multimillion-dollar celebrity book deals have to do with you.
     
    In This Episode:                                                       
    ·      Spare or Snare—Rachel quizzes George on Prince Harry trivia
    ·      The magic dollar amount Rachel and George would charge to spill their tea
    ·      How to avoid major regret when making money decisions involving family
     
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    ·      Feeling like your money habits need a refresh? Check out our sponsor, Financial Peace University, to start making money moves with confidence today!  
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    ·      Do you have a Guilty As Charged question for Rachel and George? Send a DM to @rachelcruze or @georgekamel on Instagram! Be sure to type “GUILTY?” at the top of your message so we don’t miss it.    
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    This Week’s Happy Hour Special: 
    Paloma Hermosa
     
    1 egg white
    1 1/2 ounces white tequila
    1/2 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
    1/2 ounce grapefruit juice
    1/2 ounce agave nectar
    1 lime wedge
     
    In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the egg white. Give it a good shake until the egg white turns into froth, then add in tequila, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, grapefruit juice and agave nectar. Pour the cocktail into chilled glass with ice, garnish with fresh lime, and enjoy!

    • 36 min
    What “Bennifer” and Other Power Couples Prove About Money

    What “Bennifer” and Other Power Couples Prove About Money

    Some things––and people––are just better together! (Tomdaya, anyone? 😍) Rachel and George ask what defines a power couple and why unity is such a key ingredient in building wealth.
     
    In This Episode:  
    ·     An Urban Dictionary definition that actually feels spot on 🎯
    ·     What a sourdough starter and a Tamagotchi have in common
    ·     The rise of the “dinkwad”—and no, that’s not an insult 👰‍♀️🐶🤵‍♂️

    Helpful Resources:  
    ·     Be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card when you take our listener survey! Click here to let us know what you think.   
    ·     Do you have a Guilty As Charged question for Rachel and George? Send a DM to @rachelcruze or @georgekamel on Instagram! Be sure to type “GUILTY?” at the top of your message so we don’t miss it.  
    ·     Feeling like your money habits need a refresh? Check out our sponsor, Financial Peace University, to start making money moves with confidence today!
    ·     Learn more about your ad choices. https://www.megaphone.fm/adchoices
    ·     Ramsey Solutions Privacy Policy
     
    This Week’s Happy Hour Special: 
     
    Cherry Limeade Mocktail 🍒

    6 ounces Sparkling Ice® (black cherry)

    1 ounce lime juice

    Sonic-style ice

     
    Swing by Sonic and get a 10-pound bag of fancy ice for $3.50. When you get home, fill a highball glass with your newly acquired ice. Pour in black cherry Sparkling Ice®. Top with lime juice and enjoy!

    • 35 min
    The Pink Tax: Does Life Really Cost More for Women?

    The Pink Tax: Does Life Really Cost More for Women?

    A red and blue debate in this episode? No thanks. Pink? Absolutely! 💕 Rachel Cruze and George Kamel discuss the pink tax and investigate other gender-related price differences in everyday products.
     
    In This Episode:  
    ·      Why women are spending $40K more than men by age 30
    ·      Male versus female price comparisons (including haircuts, deodorant, razors and more!)
    ·      Rachel and George propose new taxes they think would be fairer than the pink tax
     
    Helpful Resources:  
    ·      Be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card when you take our listener survey! Click here to let us know what you think. 
    ·      Do you have a Guilty As Charged question for Rachel and George? Send a DM to @rachelcruze or @georgekamel on Instagram! Be sure to type “GUILTY?” at the top of your message so we don’t miss it.    
    ·      Feeling like your money habits need a refresh? Check out our sponsor, Financial Peace University, to start making money moves with confidence today!  
    ·      Learn more about your ad choices. https://www.megaphone.fm/adchoices  
    ·      Ramsey Solutions Privacy Policy  
     
    This Week’s Happy Hour Special: 
     
    The Pink Señorita Margarita

    4 ounces tequila

    4 ounces grapefruit juice

    1 ounce simple syrup

    Splash of cranberry juice

    Fresh mint for garnish

     
    Pour your go-to tequila, grapefruit juice and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice. Give it a good shake, then strain it over ice in a rocks glass. Add a splash of cranberry juice until it’s your preferred shade of pink. Garnish with fresh mint and enjoy! 🍹

    • 32 min
    2022’s Biggest Pop Culture Moments (With Even Bigger Price Tags)

    2022’s Biggest Pop Culture Moments (With Even Bigger Price Tags)

    Last year’s iconic pop culture moments don’t just jiggle, jiggle––they fold! From Harry Styles’ world tour to Inventing Anna to the Depp-Heard trial, Rachel and George break down the money moves behind 2022’s major trends and memories. 
     
    In This Episode:  
    ·     The forbidden show George had to sneak-watch at Grandma’s house
    ·     Rachel and George name the official song of Smart Money Happy Hour karaoke
    ·     The $13 BILLION loan that rocked the internet

    Helpful Resources:  
    ·     Feeling like your money habits need a refresh? Check out our sponsor, Financial Peace University, to start making money moves with confidence today!
    ·     Be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card when you take our listener survey! Click here to let us know what you think.   
    ·     Do you have a Guilty As Charged question for Rachel and George? Send a DM to @rachelcruze or @georgekamel on Instagram! Be sure to type “GUILTY?” at the top of your message so we don’t miss it.  
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    ·     Ramsey Solutions Privacy Policy
     
    This Week’s Happy Hour Special: 

    The OG Daiquiri

    2 ounces light rum

    1/2 ounce Demerara sugar syrup

    1 ounce lime juice

     
    Fill your favorite cocktail shaker with ice. Add rum, Demerara syrup and lime juice. Shake with gusto, then strain into a vintage glass and enjoy the classic Cuban vibes. 🏝🇨🇺

    • 38 min
    A Magic Salary for Happiness? (And a Tell-All From People Earning It)

    A Magic Salary for Happiness? (And a Tell-All From People Earning It)

    Maybe you can slap a price tag on happiness! 🤑 Rachel and George crunch the numbers on actual budgets from people making the “ideal” salary according to science to see if we are miserable because of our mindset or our money.
     
    In This Episode:  
    ·     The six-figure salary number research says we need for peak happiness  
    ·     Pearl snap shirts, chunky statement necklaces and other 2010s fashion confessions from Rachel and George 
    ·     The real reason George bought a king-size bed

    Helpful Resources:   
    ·     Feeling like your money habits need a refresh? Check out our sponsor, Financial Peace University, to start making money moves with confidence today!
    ·    Be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card when you take our listener survey! Click here to let us know what you think.   
    ·     Do you have a Guilty As Charged question for Rachel and George? Send a DM to @rachelcruze or @georgekamel on Instagram! Be sure to type “GUILTY?” at the top of your message so we don’t miss it.  
    ·     Learn more about your ad choices. https://www.megaphone.fm/adchoices
    ·     Ramsey Solutions Privacy Policy
     
    This Week’s Happy Hour Special: 
     
    Classic Jack and Coke 

    ·     2 ounces Jack Daniels
    ·     4 ounces Coca-Cola
     
    Pour Jack Daniels over ice in your favorite glass. Top with Coca-Cola. Now relax and take a load off–we know that was a strenuous one to make. 😉

    • 37 min
    The REAL Reason Concerts Are So Expensive (Taylor’s Version)

    The REAL Reason Concerts Are So Expensive (Taylor’s Version)

    Is Ticketmaster the reason for the teardrops on your guitar? Rachel Cruze and George Kamel reveal why concert tickets are so expensive and how you can see your favorite artists without busting your budget.
     
    In This Episode:  
    ·     Rachel reveals what she would pay to see ’N Sync
    ·     How JOMO can help you save money
    ·     Why George is afraid of being canceled by the air fryer community
     
    Helpful Resources:  
    ·     Be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card when you take our listener survey! Click here to let us know what you think.   
    ·     Do you have a Guilty As Charged question for Rachel and George? Send a DM to @rachelcruze or @georgekamel on Instagram! Be sure to type “GUILTY?” at the top of your message so we don’t miss it.  
    ·     Feeling like your money habits need a refresh? Check out our sponsor, Financial Peace University, to start making money moves with confidence today!
    ·     Learn more about your ad choices. https://www.megaphone.fm/adchoices
    ·     Ramsey Solutions Privacy Policy
     
    This Week’s Happy Hour Special: 
     
    Boulevardier
    ·     1 1/4 ounce bourbon (or rye)
    ·     1 ounce Campari
    ·     1 ounce sweet vermouth
    ·     Dash of bitters
    ·     Orange twist (for garnish)
     
    Pour bourbon, Campari, sweet vermouth and bitters into a mixing glass and add ice. Stir until chilled. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with an orange twist.

    • 33 min

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