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Elle Martinez from Couple Money discusses how to build your net worth and your marriage by helping you create a financial system that works for both of you. Each episode will tackle a topic that couples deal with such as paying off debt faster, saving for the future while still enjoying today, how to invest smarter, and retiring early.

Couple Money Podcast Elle Martinez

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    • 4.6 • 123 Ratings

Elle Martinez from Couple Money discusses how to build your net worth and your marriage by helping you create a financial system that works for both of you. Each episode will tackle a topic that couples deal with such as paying off debt faster, saving for the future while still enjoying today, how to invest smarter, and retiring early.

    Merging Finances? Skip the Money Talk, Go on a Date Instead!

    Merging Finances? Skip the Money Talk, Go on a Date Instead!

    Are you two stressed over money? Do your talks more often than not end up in fights? Learn how money dates can be effective and fun way you get on the same page and talk about money!
    The Money Talk vs Money Dates
    One of the most popular questions I get is, when should we talk about money?
    Having THE money talk is not only intimidating but unproductive. Find out a better, less stressful option in today's episode.
    In this episode, we'll get into:
    why talking about money matters how you two can make money talks less stressful how money dates can help you build up your marriage and money Let's get started!
    Resources to Make Managing Money Together Easier Want to stay on top of your money without stressing over the small stuff? Here are some key resources and tools to check out!
    Best Budget and Money Apps: Personal Capital, Tiller, Mint, Honeyfi, and Zeta Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money How to Talk About Money Without Starting a Fight We’re going to discuss the ins and outs building your credit in our private Facebook group over at Thriving Families. It’s free and fun – please join us!
    Music Credit Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

    • 9 min
    Best Travel Apps to Snatch Last Minute Deals

    Best Travel Apps to Snatch Last Minute Deals

    Ready to take a last minute getaway or weekend trip? Use these travel apps and get the best deals!
    Going away for the weekend doesn't mean you break your budget. With a little planning and the right resources, you two can score some nice trips and still save money.
    So if you're looking at getting away from it all for a few days, save this post.
    Travel Sites to Bookmark for Your Weekend Getaways There are more sites than ever for travelers. Besides snagging last minute deals on popular tourist spots, you can also discover some awesome destinations.
    Airbnb: If you want to live like a local, Airbnb can help you find a bed or whole house for your next trip. We used the site when we went away for an anniversary trip and had a beautiful riverfront apt in Wilmington, NC for a fraction of the price of a hotel. Priceline: I'm a huge fan of their Name Your Own Price feature, which has helped us score plane tickets, hotel rooms, and car rental half off the advertised prices. Better Bidding: Speaking of bids, there are forums and sites online that can help you figure out what it will take to your bid accepted. ou might also want to keep an eye for flash deals with airlines like Southwest where you can score huge discounts on flights for select cities.
    Apps to Help Score Great Deals and Keep Organized With smartphones everywhere, apps have been developed to help travelers. Download these apps to help you get the best deals and explore your destination.
    Localeur: (iOS only) Locals share some of their favorite spots in 14 major U.S. cities. TripIt: With two kids in tow, I love have one app to handle and organize all of the travel arrangements. Hopper: If you like to double check the deals on flights, Hopper is great. The app analyzes tons of flight prices and can suggest when it's a good time to purchase ticket. Even though you might not think of it as a travel app per se, GasBuddy can tremendously helpful if you're taking a road trip.
    Thoughts on Weekend Getaways I'd love to hear your ideas and stories. What has been your favorite getaway destination?
    What has been your most recent travel deal you've taken? What travel apps are your favorite for planning?

    • 9 min
    Blended Family Finances: How to Thrive Together!

    Blended Family Finances: How to Thrive Together!

    Merging families and finances can be especially tricky with blended families, but you two can succeed and thrive. Get tips on how you can make this big transition go a lot smoother! 
    Blended Families and Finances Anytime you're merging lives, there are so many things to talk about and discuss. When you're blending your families that's another layer of complexity.
    If you have kids, you two are figuring out what the house rules apply now with things like curfew, chores, that you're under one roof.
    But you also have your exes. They may have rules which are completely opposite of yours. As you're juggling things as a family, it can be tricky navigating things.
    And finances can be just as messy.
    Thankfully, Melissa Brown, creator of Blended Family Podcast, is on the show today. She going to discuss her own family's transition and how they manage things plus offer practical tips to make the transition smoother.
    Hope you enjoy!
    Special thanks to Melissa for coming on and share her thoughts and story!
    Please reach out her on Twitter or join her Facebook group to hear from others in the blended family community.
    If you’re looking tips, stories, and advice to make merging finances easier, here are a few to check out!
    Resources on Merging Finances Special thanks to Melissa for coming on and share her thoughts and story!
    Please reach out her on Twitter or join her Facebook group to hear from others in the blended family community.
    If you’re looking tips, stories, and advice to make merging finances easier, here are a few to check out!
    Best Budget and Money Apps: Personal Capital, Tiller, Mint Grow Your Stash Faster: High Yield Savings with CiT Bank Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money Free 401(k) Analysis: blooom How to Win Your Spouse Over When They Hate the Budget Getting Your Spouse to Save More How to Encourage Your Spouse to Start (and Keep) a Budget If you’re looking for a community to swap ideas and encouragement, please join Thriving Families on Facebook! 

    • 19 min
    Dumping $200k of Debt By Right Sizing Into a Tiny House

    Dumping $200k of Debt By Right Sizing Into a Tiny House

    Tired of your debt restricting your options? Learn how Claudia & Garrett from Two Cup House dumped $200k in two years by simplifying their lives and moving into a tiny house!
    Achieving Financial Freedom By Dumping Debt
    Whenever I hear neighbors, friends, and family talk about their debt, there are a couple of reactions.
    Some are frustrated being trapped with certain things because of debt. Maybe they'd love to switch jobs to start a new career, but can't because they got bills to pay.
    Others kind of throw up their hands, accept debt as a part of life. “You'll always have a mortgage.”
    And then there's this third group. They're are sick and tired, but they are ready to do something. That's where Claudia and Garrett were two years ago.
    On April 7, 2015 the Penningtons started the journey lead them to eliminate all their debt last month.
    The grand total? Just over $200,000!
    Simplifying Finances and Lives  You've probably seen tiny homes in magazines, online, or maybe on TV (thank you HGTV!). Those small spaces are popular for some couples.
    For one, less space typically means less house to maintain. Right now the median size of size home over in the Northeast, where the Penningtons live, is about 2300sq ft.

    • 21 min
    The Opposite of Spoiled: Teaching Kids About Money

    The Opposite of Spoiled: Teaching Kids About Money

    Ron Lieber,  NYTimes columnist and author of The Opposite of Spoiled, discusses how to raise money smart kids who are generous. 
    Talking About Money with Our Kids Whether we plan to or not our kids will pick up their financial habits based on what we say and do around them.
    We can look back at our parents and get an idea of how they shaped us. So how can we make sure we’re giving our kids a good start with money?
    In this episode Ron Lieber, NY Times columnist and author of the newly released The Opposite of Spoiled, will share the latest research to help parents raise kids who generous and smart about money.
    As a bonus, Ron offers listeners a special opportunity to make a difference and show your kids the power of giving. The first 20 listeners who purchase his book and email him a copy of the receipt to ron@ronlieber will get a free $27 DonorsChoose gift card.
    Resources and Links from the Episode If you want to learn more, I highly recommend that you check out The Opposite of Spoiled as it does a thorough job of tackling some of the trickier situations of raising a financially savvy kid.
    You may also want to check out:
    Too Young for Finance? Think Again – Elmo and Lieber discussing the difference between needs vs wants Lieber’s columns at the NYtimes Why You Should Tell Your Kids How Much Money You Make Thoughts on Raising Money Smart Kids I’d love to hear from you – what are some of your child’s biggest money questions? How have you talked to them about your values and money?

    • 14 min
    Teaching Kids About Money: Allowances

    Teaching Kids About Money: Allowances

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
123 Ratings

123 Ratings

Ima listener ,

AWESOME!

Elle is a wonderful host and wealth of knowledge! I highly recommend the listen.

packcrew ,

Why are you whispering?

This podcast must be recorded next to a sleeping baby. Why does the host whisper this entire show?

Leslie Tayne, Esq. ,

Great host and informative show!

Honesty and communication are incredibly important in maintaining a healthy relationship with your significant other. From previous relationships of my own, to watching friends get married (and divorced), it’s easy to forget the impact that keeping quiet can have. Elle has a breadth of knowledge in personal finance as well as relationship management. She was a great host and I enjoy each episode. Keep up the great work, Elle👍

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