65 episodes

Money Confidential, a new podcast from Real Simple, explores the many aspects of money: making it, saving it, investing it, giving it, spending it and—sometimes, hardest of all—talking about it. Each week, Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez, a nationally recognized money expert, delves into your (confidential) money problems and delivers smart, practical, and completely doable solutions that will help you work toward your ultimate financial goals. She cuts through the confusion of investing beyond your 401(k), eases the overwhelming pressure of paying off student debt while saving for the future, and even tackles the stress that comes with mixing money and relationships (Is it really OK to keep money secrets from your partner?!). This is the place to come for real talk about money—and real solutions that actually work.

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    • 4.7 • 178 Ratings

Money Confidential, a new podcast from Real Simple, explores the many aspects of money: making it, saving it, investing it, giving it, spending it and—sometimes, hardest of all—talking about it. Each week, Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez, a nationally recognized money expert, delves into your (confidential) money problems and delivers smart, practical, and completely doable solutions that will help you work toward your ultimate financial goals. She cuts through the confusion of investing beyond your 401(k), eases the overwhelming pressure of paying off student debt while saving for the future, and even tackles the stress that comes with mixing money and relationships (Is it really OK to keep money secrets from your partner?!). This is the place to come for real talk about money—and real solutions that actually work.

    We Have Nearly $500,000 in Student Loan Debt; Will We Ever Get Ahead?

    We Have Nearly $500,000 in Student Loan Debt; Will We Ever Get Ahead?

    Student loan debt can make you feel like you’re never going to get ahead, especially when your total student loan balance is hundreds of thousands of dollars - as it is for this weeks' listener. In this episode host, Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez, interviews Melissa Jean-Baptiste, the founder of Millennial in Debt, about her journey of paying off $102,000 of debt, and her strategies for anyone else trying to do the same.
    If you have a money story or question to share, you can send us an email at money.confidential@realsimple.com. You can also leave us a voicemail at ‪(929) 352-4106‬.

    Money Confidential is produced by:
    Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez
    Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple
    Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer
    Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer
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    • 31 min
    How Do I Pay for IVF, and How Much Is Too Much to Spend?

    How Do I Pay for IVF, and How Much Is Too Much to Spend?

    Fertility treatments like IVF and IUI are expensive, and for most Americans, not covered by insurance. Not to mention, there are no guarantees, making it difficult to know how much these treatments will ultimately cost. This week on Money Confidential, we talk about how to pay for the fertility treatments you need and navigating a financial plan in the midst of so many unknowns.
    If you have a money story or question to share, you can send us an email at money.confidential@realsimple.com. You can also leave us a voicemail at ‪(929) 352-4106‬.

    Money Confidential is produced by:
    Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez
    Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple
    Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer
    Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer
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    • 30 min
    I Want to Buy a Home. Will Home Prices Ever Return to Normal?

    I Want to Buy a Home. Will Home Prices Ever Return to Normal?

    Real estate prices are insanely high, and now mortgage rates are also rising. Has first-time homeownership ever felt more out of reach? On this week’s episode, host Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez talks to Dr. Daryl Fairweather, chief economist at real estate brokerage Redfin, about what today’s housing market means for prospective buyers, plus whether it makes more sense to buy or rent right now.
     If you have a money story or question to share, you can send us an email at money.confidential@realsimple.com. You can also leave us a voicemail at ‪(929) 352-4106‬.

    Money Confidential is produced by:
    Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez
    Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple
    Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer
    Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer
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    • 30 min
    Encore: How Do I Balance Supporting My Children With Saving for My Future?

    Encore: How Do I Balance Supporting My Children With Saving for My Future?

    This week we are going to hear from three past expert guests who know what it’s like to balance the needs of their children (like paying for college) with their own, sometimes competing, financial needs (like saving for retirement). Learn how these experts find balance while also educating their children about spending and saving money early on.
    If you have a money story or question to share, you can send us an email at money.confidential@realsimple.com. You can also leave us a voicemail at ‪(929) 352-4106‬.
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    • 36 min
    How Can I Travel Without Feeling Guilty About How Much It Costs?

    How Can I Travel Without Feeling Guilty About How Much It Costs?

    Episode Summary:
    You want to travel, but you’re not sure if you can afford to - at least not without guilt or fear of jeopardizing your other financial goals. In this episode, host Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez speaks with founder of Pennywise Traveler, Angel Trinh, about practical ways to save on travel. And how to build your travel spending into your financial plans alongside the rest of your money goals.

    Money Confidential is produced by:
    Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez- Host/Producer
    Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple
    Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer
    Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 31 min
    I Make $40,000 a Year and I Feel Stuck in My Career. What Should I Do Next?

    I Make $40,000 a Year and I Feel Stuck in My Career. What Should I Do Next?

    It’s frustrating when you’re not getting what you want out of your career, whether it’s money, meaning, or in the case of this week's listener, both. So what do you do next? Give up the security of a steady paycheck to pursue your passions? Or stick it out and hope that someday you’ll make more money -- and if that’s a possibility, what can you do to try to make it happen?

    On this episode, host Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez turns to Terri Trespicio, author of Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life that Matters to You, for answers.

    Money Confidential is produced by:
    Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez - Host/Producer
    Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple
    Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer
    Jenny Snyder - Audio Engineer
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
178 Ratings

178 Ratings

MNLeandro ,

Only podcast that I can make my wife listen to 😂

My wife isn’t a fan of podcasts, she’s also not that big of a fan of listening to them while we drive, but she will listen to Stefanie, express if she agrees and actually pay attention!! I just get to listen about other people in situations like mine, or that I already been in and think about the advice! Great podcast format.

cheng3150 ,

The only podcast I listen to

I don’t like most podcasts because rambling conversations are a popular format. I love how well produced, concise, and thoughtful this podcast is. I’ve listened to almost all of them and enjoy learning about personal finance from people being vulnerable by sharing relatable money stories.

Chelsea G ,

My Favorite Money Podcast

I love that a variety of voices and perspectives are shared. I think that the issues addressed are varied and relatable and the advice is actually practical and usable.

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