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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 254 - Girlfriends, Not Gurus

    Ep 254 - Girlfriends, Not Gurus

    We almost called this episode "D*ve R*msey is Trash — The Sequel".
    We were overwhelmed by the response to last week's show. Thank you so much for the support!
    For more on the shady history of DR's corporation, check out this article from Religion News Service. It's worth the read, along with the full response from the DR team.
    But the real reason we want to talk about DR again is that last week his podcast was DETHRONED from the number one spot for financial shows on Apple Podcasts for personal finance. He was taken out by our friends Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings of Earn Your Leisure. Shine on!
    And after a word on the difference between finance gurus and finance girlfriends, we got to a really good listener question...
    (40:30) $40,000 in debt...where do I start?!
    Check out the links below to read more!
    Is Dave Ramsey’s empire the ‘best place to work in America’? Say no and you’re out
    Full Ramsey Solutions Response
    Earn Your Leisure Podcast
    Discover Credit Scorecard
    Greenwood Bank
    Pre-order Tiffany's Book
    Brown Ambition Merch Store

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 253 - The D*ve R*msey Read

    Ep 253 - The D*ve R*msey Read

    D*ve R*msey put his whole entire foot in his mouth on F*x N*ws last week — LET THE DRAGGING COMMENCE (3:11). Tiffany has some thoughts about that (7:20).
    We also take a question from a listener named Jane (29:25). Jane wants to leave her job to start her own business, and she's got a few questions about how to get financially ready for that. After we take a second to give her a round of applause for doing an amazing job with her finances thus far, we get to talking about how hard the life of an entrepreneur can be. Do you need to quit your job to start your business (31:10)? Is it okay to contribute a little less to your 401k (34:20).
    There's a lot to think about here, and Tiff gets real real about it (45:20).
    When you're done listening, this is the list of financial educators we want you to know about:
    Patrice C Washington
    Jully-Alma Taveras - Investing Latina
    Popcorn Finance Podcast
    Anna N'Jie-Konte
    Farnoosh Torabi
    Journey To Launch
    Check out the links below for more:
    Anna N'Jie-Konte's IG post about her former coworker
    Pre-Order Tiffany's book
    9 startling facts that show just how hard the student-debt crisis is hurting Black Americans
    Home appraisal for Black couple skyrockets after white friend pretends to be homeowner
    The Noodle Budget
    Who is Whitney Wolfe Herd? Bumble app founder becomes newest self-made billionaire
    And as always, don't forget to stop by the BA merch store to get some swag!

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ep 252 - The Sun Was Meant to Shine - and So Were You

    Ep 252 - The Sun Was Meant to Shine - and So Were You

    The hits just keep on coming! We had a lot of good news for you last week and we've got even more good news to share this week. You'll have to listen to find out! (3:45) We've also got a few words for you on what arrogance and humility actually are (probably not what you think) (13:20)
    And then as usual we're on to your questions...

    31:58 - could you all give advice for the best online brokerage for beginners?

    43:55 - I’m 21, about to graduate college into our pandemic economy. I have a lot of things I want to do to get my finances in order, do you have any advice on what to do, where to start, and where to get good knowledge from?

    Check out the links below for more:
    Pre-order Tiff's book
    Ally Invest
    AOC's Instagram Live
    Stash Stock Trading App
    TD Ameritrade's Virtual Stick Market
    Double Dutch Aerobics
    Chinese Jump Rope
    And don't forget to hit up the BA merch store for some swag

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep 251 - I Got Promoted Without a Raise! Help!

    Ep 251 - I Got Promoted Without a Raise! Help!

    We've got NEWS! BA has officially joined the Westwood One podcast network (5:43). We're so excited and grateful for the opportunity they're giving us to continue growing and reaching more people. A LOT happened while we were gone, so let's get into it...
    What in the world happened with Gamestop? What does it mean to "short" a stock? Did a reddit meme just make a whole bunch of people rich? We've got the tea. (11:44)
    We're sure you know about Tiffany's book by now. Its called Get Good With Money: 10 Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole. And now you can pre-order it! Go get it now right here: https://getgoodwithmoney.com/ (50:13)
    And we're back to answering your questions this week. We've got some great ones:

    32:29 - How does Tiffany take apple cider vinegar and why?

    34:09 - My job just promoted me without giving me a pay raise. They said this was the position I was meant to have all along, but I never signed anything saying that. I’m not in a position to quit right now. Help!

    40:08 - I have two 401ks from previous companies. Should I roll them over during the current economy, or should I leave them where they are? Also my company doesn’t have a match. Any suggestions for making the best of this?

    Check out the links below for more:
    Hedge funds and short-selling: How and why Gamestop shook the stock market
    A 10-Year-Old GameStop Investor Cashed In. His Return? Over 5,000%.

    • 56 min
    Ep 250 - Higher Heights w/Special Guest Glynda Carr

    Ep 250 - Higher Heights w/Special Guest Glynda Carr

    We missed y'all last week! And this week is a bit of a different show. We've talked before on the show about the amazing organization Higher Heights. They're a 501(c)(3) that is building a national civic engagement infrastructure and network to strengthen Black women’s leadership capacity. This week we're talking to one of the founders of Higher Heights, Glynda C Carr. In this interview we'll learn:

    (6:10) How Black women have been the architects of our democracy

    (8:45) Just how big a deal is it that we have Kamala Harris as our Vice President now?

    (19:12) What's at stake for us if we don't get more involved at the local levels?

    (21:15) If you want to get more involved but don't necessarily want to run for office, how do you do that?

    (33:28) Now that we're past the general election, how do we keep this current energy going?

    And more!
    This was an amazing conversation and we're so excited to share it with you! See you all next week!

    • 40 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

rcarter236 ,

Fun, finances, and life goals

I love this show. The topics are serious yet the hosts are so down to earth it’s like listening to family. Definitely recommend this podcast for entrepreneurs, mothers, couples, and anyone just looking for enlightenment on the journey towards success!

WannaBeModerate ,


It's like talking personal finance with your best friends. So fun and informative!

Shanece90 ,

Best Financial Girlfriend Podcast Out There!

Long time listener here! Tiffany and Mandy (Mandra) excel at bridging the gap of finances, life, health, and relationships while staying true to their POC community!

They’re friends in my head and I continue to learn from them and laugh and cry with them too!

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