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Brown Ambition is a weekly podcast about juggling life, career, and building wealth on your own terms. Your hosts are Mandi Woodruff, executive editor of MagnifyMoney.com and former personal finance reporter for Yahoo Finance, and Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche, an award-winning financial educator and best-selling author of "The One-Week Budget."

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Brown Ambition is a weekly podcast about juggling life, career, and building wealth on your own terms. Your hosts are Mandi Woodruff, executive editor of MagnifyMoney.com and former personal finance reporter for Yahoo Finance, and Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche, an award-winning financial educator and best-selling author of "The One-Week Budget."

    Ep 249 - Really, 2021?!

    Ep 249 - Really, 2021?!

    Welcome to 2021, BA Fam.
    To say the least, we are still reeling from the attack on our nation's capitol last (and DEMOCRACY ... and REALITY?) last week —OK, let's be real here the entire last four years. It was tough to find the words for this, y'all, but we are here to vent (a lot) with you and try to unpack what this means for the year to come.
    We're doing the best we can to take care of ourselves and each other, and sometimes that's all we can do. But most importantly, Brown Ambition is back in business for 2021, talking about self-care, career, personal finance, and empowerment. We got some great questions this week:
    28:53 - Can you really take online surveys as a side hustle?
    32:52 - What's the key to finding good virtual assistants for your business?
    Don't forget to check out the Brown Ambition merch store to get yourself some swag, and we'll see you all next week!
    Check the links below for more:
    Our song of the show: The Earth is Ghetto
    What's on Tiffany's bookshelf this year:
    Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big
    Contagious: Why Things Catch on
    The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone's Mind
    The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done
    Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change
    Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

    • 1 hr 1 min
    2020 Rewind: Minority Mindset

    2020 Rewind: Minority Mindset

    This week we're bringing you a re-broadcast of our interview with Jaspreet Singh of The Minority Mindset YouTube channel. Like Tiffany, Jaspreet’s story started with him falling victim to a scam (19:27). But he didn’t let that stop him and he’s now built The Minority Mindset into a YouTube channel with over 650,000 subscribers, a popular newsletter, and more.
    This conversation was another highlight of our year, and we're excited to share it with you again. Keep an eye out soon for new episodes. Be well, and happy new year!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    2020 Rewind: Our Rich Journey

    2020 Rewind: Our Rich Journey

    We almost made it to the end of 2020. We're done making episodes for the year, but we wanted to replay this super fun, informative and important interview with Christina and Amon from Our Rich Journey. They achieved financial independence in 8 years, and they're shared some of their secrets with us. This was one of the highlights of our year, and its definitely worth a look back. Stay happy and healthy, we'll see you in 2021!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep 248 - Goodbye 2020!

    Ep 248 - Goodbye 2020!

    Last chance y'all! Head over to the Brown Ambition merch store and use coupon code HOHOHO to get 25% off!
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    Happy BA Wednesday y'all. It's our last episode of 2020! We're taking a look back at 2020 and talking about the good things that happened for us this year. We're also taking a look forward at 2021 and talking about what we're trying to do next year. Last but certainly not least, we're getting a new stimulus bill (2:45) soon, and we'll be telling you what is (and isn't in there).
    And because it's our favorite thing, we're still answering your questions this week!

    (35:43) I’m very unhappy in my current job. I have some money in savings and some in a 401k. Should I put my health first and quit my job now? Or should I wait until I secure something else?

    (41:48) I recently got a new job and lost all the sick time I had saved up. I want to start a family with my partner. I want to spend as much time with my new baby as possible. Should I spend the 6 months expenses I have saved to do that, or should I tough it out and go back to work after maternity leave?


    Check out these links to read more:
    NY Times: Congress Strikes Long-Sought Stimulus Deal to Provide $900 Billion in Aid
    CNBC: Everything you need to know about the second round of coronavirus stimulus checks
    CDC Eviction Relief Form
    How to volunteer to help the Georgia Senate runoffs: 12 things you can do for voter outreach right now
    Elle Magazine: The Journalist and the Pharma Bro
    Ovia Health Apps

    Follow the links below to support our sponsors:
    Speaking of sponsors though, you can support our sponsors here:
    http://rothys.com/brownambition
    http://betterhelp.com/brownambition – Special offer for Brown Ambition listeners, get 10% off your first month
    http://fiverr.com – Receive 10% off your first order by using our code BrownAmbition

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep 247 - How Can I Pay Off Debt on a Fixed Income?

    Ep 247 - How Can I Pay Off Debt on a Fixed Income?

    Our self care journeys continue. Sometimes self care is more than a massage or your favorite cocktail. Sometimes it's therapy. Sometimes it's sitting in your car by yourself with your favorite drink. Whatever it means for you, we hope you're taking good care of yourself. The end of the pandemic is in sight, but we still have to get through the holidays and the first part of next year. It's still going to be hard, and you still deserve to be okay. In the meantime, we're going to keep bringing you money and career advice. There are some great questions this week like:

    (26:56) How can I pay off 20k in debt on a fixed income?

    (34:13) I’m 25 and I’m graduating with 2 masters degree. I received a job offer, but I’m afraid I might’ve asked for too little money. I had a great interview for a promotion with my current employer, and that might offer more money. I’m stressed out over what to do!


    As you finish up your holiday shopping, don't forget: You can save 25% at our merch store by using the coupon code HOHOHO. Good through the end of December! In this year especially, its great to support local and small businesses. One of our favorites right now is The Butter Bar skincare (not a sponsor, we just love them). Either way, do your best to shop local and support small businesses. We want to see them survive this pandemic!
    Speaking of sponsors though, you can support our sponsors here:
    http://rothys.com/brownambition
    http://betterhelp.com/brownambition – Special offer for Brown Ambition listeners, get 10% off your first month
    http://fiverr.com – Receive 10% off your first order by using our code BrownAmbition

    Check out the links below for more:
    Neal Katyal on IG
    Cardi B's 88k purse
    NaviPsych
    The Debt Snowball
    Sandy Smith - Yes, I am Cheap
    Magnify Money - When You Should Consider Bankruptcy and How to File

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep 246 - A New Season of Self Care

    Ep 246 - A New Season of Self Care

    It's the holiday season, but its the season for other things too. It's always a good time to look at the things in our lives that seem little (that achey-but-not-too-bad arm?) but might turn into something big. Why not take care of it before it gets out of control? Whether its your money or some other thing in life, you're worth it. It's time to start acting like it!
    We got some great questions from you this week:

    (23:44) - How do I get better odds of getting a balance transfer credit card that will cover the full amount of my debt?

    (28:23) - I have 40,000 dollars in savings and I’m not sure what to do with it. Is there a better place than my savings account?


    Don't forget the whole month of December you can get a 25% discount at our merch store with coupon code HOHOHO!
    Check out the links below for more reading:
    The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone's Mind by Jonah Berger
    Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
    FSA Store
    The Noodle Budget
    Magnify Money's List of the Best High Yield Savings Accounts
    What is Clubhouse?
    Black Millennials fueled a surprising 2020 home-buying surge for African Americans
    @VisionPoet on IG

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

tdp510 ,

Best part of 2020

I started listening to Brown Ambition during the pandemic. I’ve gone back to the beginning of Mandi and Tiffany’s five year run and am now current. The advice from your “financial girlfriends” is practical, honest and direct. I’ve learned so much listening to these two ladies and see so much of myself in each of them.

ARINDAB ,

Binge listening over the past week! I’m hooked & empowered

Your conversations are empowering informationally and we can see and feel your hearts in the conversations as you share you lives with us and respond to questions. thank you for being vulnerable, open and as real as real gets. Now on episode 214 and I’m surely working through all the episodes back to episode one. I’m excited to learn and grown.

L.Beee ,

Giving me life in the pandemic

I don’t know why I hadn’t found this show before. My usual mix of podcasts are business and news. But luckily I heard Tiffany interviewed on an NPR show and... magic! I’ve listened to a few episodes, but the one recorded after election results were announced had me laughing and crying and just so thankful to have found Mandi and Tiffany! Sending you both love all the way from Washington DC.

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