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.
I owe over $17,000 in credit card debt.
Christina, a 32-year-old healthcare worker in Reno, Nevada, is struggling to pay off her five-figure credit card debt while also supporting her children and helping her mother financially. To offer guidance to Christina and others like her, host Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez interviews financial coach Cindy Zuniga-Sanchez about how she balanced paying off $215,000 of debt while offering financial assistance to her own family.
I tried to negotiate my salary, and the company rescinded my offer.
Caroline, a 26-year-old tech worker who was schooled on the importance of salary negotiation in college, shares how her own salary negotiation backfired--despite, by all accounts, doing everything right. To help Caroline and other women in the workforce, Claire Wasserman, founder of Ladies Get Paid, an online network that champions the professional and financial development of women, reveals practical strategies you should keep in mind when approaching any salary negotiation, and how to protect your self-worth, no matter your salary.
How can I support my kid and save money as a single parent?
This week, we meet Kayla, a 35-year-old single mother from Nashville who is stretching her income to cover everything from her mortgage to her son’s preschool tuition - while also trying to pay off debt and save for the future. To help Kayla and all the other single parents in her situation, Stefanie talks to financial expert and fellow single mom, Bridget Casey, about prioritizing and balancing it all - financially and emotionally.
I have over $100k in student loan debt. How do I even begin to pay it off?
This week, Elaine, a 29-year-old listener from Queens, New York, is completely overwhelmed by her massive student loan debt, and is struggling to balance her goal of becoming debt free with all her other financial goals, from buying a house and starting a family to saving for retirement. To help get Elaine--and everyone else out there struggling with a similar problem--get on track, host Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez and personal finance expert Lynnette Khalfani-Cox delve into how to manage paying student loans off without becoming overwhelmed, including balancing student loan repayment so that it doesn’t get in the way of realizing your dreams of meeting other financial and life goals.
The New Rules of Retirement
You know you need to save for retirement, but how do you get started when you’re still paying off student loan debt? or perhaps you don’t even have access to an employer 401k account because you’re trying to launch a business - like today’s featured listener. To get you on the right track no matter what your saving situation is, and break down how saving for retirement has changed since your parents and even grandparents were planning their retirement, Stefanie talks to investing expert Amanda Holden and Real Simple features editor Brandi Broxson about The New Rules of Retirement.
I make more money than my boyfriend. How can we be financial equals?
How do you talk about money in your relationship when the fact that you earn more than your partner is a constant source of underlying tension? Stefanie talks to a 26-year-old woman based in Chicago who outearns her boyfriend by $35,000 a year, as well as financial expert Farnoosh Torabi, who reveals how breadwinning women can maximize fulfillment at work, at home, and in their financial lives.
Practical information that is easy to digest and easy to apply!
Love this podcast! I am one of those people who, when they lack information, is easily overwhelmed and quick to throw in the towel. This 100% applies to my knowledge gap as to finance, with the added hurdle of navigating stigmas associated with acknowledging and seeking help to resolve financial struggles! Stefanie is sooo good at getting to the root of her guests’ financial struggles in a way that is honest, compassionate, and safe. She and approachable expert guests provide information and solutions that are really easy to digest and immediately apply! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Can’t wait for the next episode!
ignores the relevant political landscape
Telling people to budget so they can pay off their student loans while ignoring the full picture of the student loan crisis is not helpful
Love the honesty
Definitely need more podcasts like this where we can openly talk about money. Thanks!