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The Post Money Plan podcast series addresses topics in personal finance, economics, and investing – aimed at educating and empowering listeners to become financially literate.

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The Post Money Plan podcast series addresses topics in personal finance, economics, and investing – aimed at educating and empowering listeners to become financially literate.

    How to Get a Finance Job – Advice From an Insider: Podcast 98

    How to Get a Finance Job – Advice From an Insider: Podcast 98

    If you want to get a finance job, pay close attention. This advice is from someone who has already done it. This is how you will get a finance job.

    As a student, you might stress about tests, but once you get close to graduation you really just start to stress about how to get a job. And in this case more specifically: how to get a finance job.

     

    *This episode is part of my summer re-run series of popular episodes*

     

    How to Get a Finance Job Overview:

    In this episode, I interview Ryan Boutwell, a fellow grad of the UT Austin Master of Science in Finance program, about his experience attempting to get a finance job while still in school. Ryan began the recruitment process before Day 1 of his masters program, which goes to show that you can never really start too early. He was able to get a finance job at Raymond James (an investment bank) doing equity research, which is exactly the same company and job as what I was doing before I resigned to start The Post Money Plan. With 6 months in the rear view mirror, Ryan reflects back on the recruitment process and his perspective shift on what his career trajectory might look like now that he’s entered the workforce.



    Key points in the podcast:

    -Ryan’s background

    -His perspective on the recruitment process for UT Austin MSF students

    -The young but growing reputation of the UT Austin MSF program

    -Being aware of your school program’s recruitment pipelines into employers

    -Ryan’s original recruitment game plan

    -His reflections on what made for fruitful and wasted recruitment efforts to get a finance job

    -Aggressive networking and ballsy recruitment strategy

    -The impact that technology is having on the recruitment process and finance job opportunities

    -How you really don’t need to stress because it will all work out in the end

     

     

     

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    Extreme Frugality – Not for the Weak or Faint of Heart! Podcast 97

    Extreme Frugality – Not for the Weak or Faint of Heart! Podcast 97

    While extreme frugality is definitely not for everybody, for those willing to make the harrowing journey down the rabbit hole and into the forest – get ready to throw your sense of pride out the window! The world of extreme frugality is not for the faint of heart, but once you go there you may not want to come back…

     

    *This episode is part of my summer re-run series of popular episodes*

     

    In the episode, we cover:

    -What frugality really entails

    -The difference between value and cost

    -Ideas on how to cut housing costs

    -Options on how to cut utilities costs

    -Ideas on how to cut food costs

    -Ways to cut transportation costs

    -The benefit of buying used instead of new

     

    You don’t truly know frugality until you know extreme frugality!

     

    If you’re ready to put these ideas to work but need some accountability to stick with it, sign up for the Save Pain Free coaching program here:

     

    As always, you can subscribe to The Post Money Plan podcast here.

     

     

    In the Save Pain Free coaching program, I will coach you on:



    * Your philosophy towards money

    * Where you can cut the fat on your spending

    * How to automatically track your spending

    * Spending tips and tricks

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    Anti-Consumerism, The Self Destructive Ouroboros – Part 2: Podcast 96

    Anti-Consumerism, The Self Destructive Ouroboros – Part 2: Podcast 96

    A dose of anti-consumerism is necessary right now, because consumerism is consuming us. We have become the ouroboros, the snake that is eating itself. Our level of consumption is unsustainable. But what is the cause of this situation? What has brought us here? And how should we address the issue?

     

    *This episode is part of my summer re-run series of popular episodes*

     

    In Part 1 of the episode, we discussed:



    * What we mean by consumerism

    * Why consumerism is bad

    * The results of consumerism



     

    In Part 2, we cover:



    * The causes of consumerism

    * The capitalism vs. socialism debate

    * What people should do instead of participating in consumerism

    * The benefits of reduced consumerism



     

    The episode is hosted by Dallas Post – the founder of The Post Money Plan, joined by Michael Fares – professor of Arabic at The University of Houston.

     

     

    • 22 min
    Anti-Consumerism, The Self Destructive Ouroboros – Part 1: Podcast 95

    Anti-Consumerism, The Self Destructive Ouroboros – Part 1: Podcast 95

    A dose of anti-consumerism is necessary right now, because consumerism is consuming us. We have become the ouroboros, the snake that is eating itself. Our level of consumption is unsustainable. But what is the cause of this situation? What has brought us here? And how should we address the issue?

     

    *This episode is part of my summer re-run series of popular episodes*

     

    In Part 1 of the episode, we discuss:



    * What we mean by consumerism

    * Why consumerism is bad

    * The results of consumerism



     

    In Part 2, we’ll cover:



    * The causes of consumerism

    * The capitalism vs. socialism debate

    * What people should do instead of participating in consumerism

    * The benefits of reduced consumerism



     

    The episode is hosted by Dallas Post – the founder of The Post Money Plan, joined by Michael Fares – professor of Arabic at The University of Houston.

     

     

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    First Time Home Buyer Advice – Key Info to Know: Podcast 94

    First Time Home Buyer Advice – Key Info to Know: Podcast 94

    In this week’s podcast we provide advice for a would-be first time home buyer.

     

    *This episode is part of my summer re-run series of popular episodes*

     

    How to decide whether to buy or rent:



    * Duration



    * The longer you plan to live in the same place, the more it makes sense to own it

    * The shorter you plan to live in a place, the less it makes sense to own it





    * Costs



    * Compare apples to apples between an owning choice and a rental choice

    * Compare only money that is being “thrown down the drain”

    * Remember that principal payments when owning are not “down the drain” –> those you are trading for more ownership (equity) in your home







     

    Things to consider in buying a home as a first time home buyer:



    * Plan as much for the long term as possible, but be aware things can change

    * It’s unrealistic for your first home to be your dream home

    * The purchase price you agree to ≠ actual total cost you’ll pay –> you also have to account for closing costs and fees

    * Lower monthly payment ≠ lower cost –> you may end up with a higher interest rate and paying more in interest and have less cash to show for it in the end

    * Recurring home ownership costs



    * Principal

    * Interest

    * PMI if down payment 20%

    * Home owner’s insurance

    * Property taxes

    * HOA fees

    * Repairs





    * Keep your debt/income ratio well under 33% when considering the amount of mortgage to take on

    * Keep a financial margin of safety and err on the side of conservatism when taking on a mortgage

    * When you buy, you become responsible for all the repairs and maintenance (and to pay for it!)

    * As a renter, you can just call your landlord and have them fix and pay for maintenance

    * Old appliances and equipment that need to be replaced can cost a lot of unexpected money

    * Full inspections are valuable and can tell you about problems

    * A fixer-upper may take more investment and effort than you expected

    * If you have or are going to have kids, the school district where the house is is important

    * Ask as many questions as you can before buying



     

    Process to follow as a first time home buyer:



    * Define your lifestyle, what you want in a house, and your budget



    * Wants: determine your time-horizon, location, size, quality, convenience, cost, etc.

    * Consider all of the costs that go into buying a house



    * Mortgage down-payment

    * Mortgage principal payments

    * Mortgage interest payments

    * Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) premiums if down-payment is less than 20%

    * Home Owners Association (HOA) fees

    * Property taxes

    * Home owner’s insurance premiums

    * Repairs if stuff is old or broken





    * House price budget: make your mortgage payment/income ratio much lower than 33% (ex. $3,000/month income à monthly mortgage payment needs to be less than $1,000/month)

    * Down-payment amount: Put down as much as possible without straining immediate needs (keep 6 months of living expenses in savings)

    * Keep your expectations in check





    * Qualify for a loan



    * Approach a lender by reaching out to a bank or lending company

    * Provide personal information documentation



    * Pay stubs

    * Tax returns

    * Bank statements

    * Rental history

    * Net Worth calculation





    * Get pre-approved for a mortgage loan

    * Be careful, remember the bank is not your friend, they’re trying to make money off of you





    * Shop around for houses





    * Use real estate websites like a href="http://www.zillow.

    • 33 min
    Virtual Reality – The Tsunami That Will Change Your World: Podcast 93

    Virtual Reality – The Tsunami That Will Change Your World: Podcast 93

    Virtual reality has evolved from visually immersive CGI like in the movie Avatar to 3D roller coasters that don’t actually move to fully immersive experiences. We are starting to see the very early stages of how it will become an everyday part of our lives.

     

    In this episode, I sit down for a discussion with VR enthusiasts Josh Ruben, Josh Bankston, and Eric Liga to discuss the economic potential of virtual reality down the road. We juxtapose VR with augmented reality and talk about ways in which virtual reality is already being used today.

     

    Josh Ruben is the co-founder and CEO of Z3VR, a VR development company.

    Josh Bankston is the co-founder of HoustonVR, a Houston-based VR meetup group.

    Eric Liga is also the co-founder of HoustonVR.

     

    As always, you can subscribe to The Post Money Plan podcast here.

     

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