By Amanda N. Wegner
While it goes by different names, “financial freedom” is likely at the top of every woman’s wish list. Luckily, there are a bevy of experts willing to provide advice and insight on building wealth and financial wellbeing — for free — in the form of podcasts. Here are seven to consider.
Money expert Tori Dunlap’s mission is “to fight the patriarchy through financial education.” She does this, in part, with her podcast, “Financial Feminist,” which leverages her experience saving $100,000 by age 25. With new episodes featuring guests every Tuesday and mini episodes biweekly on Thursdays, Dunlap tackles a range of topics, such as using job-hopping to increase your income, traveling ethi- cally on a budget and what credit card companies don’t want us to know.
Since January 2014, Farnoosh Torabi, author and editor- at-large of CNET Money, has offered “inspiring money stories and strategies” through her podcast, “So Money.” Each week, Torabi interviews experts, authors and influ- encers about their financial perspectives, money failures and habits. In one recent episode, she interviewed a Gen Z personal finance educator. In another, she talked to a hospice physician/financial expert who shared what he has learned from individuals at the end of life.
Geared toward Black and brown women, “Brown Ambition” has helped listeners “unapologetically build wealth by saving, investing and making smart career choices” since August 2015. “Brown Ambition’s” hosts are finance expert and journalist Mandi Woodruff and author Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche. Episodes cover recent headlines such as the teacher shortage and big-dollar lottery jackpots. The duo also interview experts and answer financial ques- tions from listeners, such as how to prepare for a recession.
“Frugal Friends” podcasters Jen Smith and Jill Sirianni provide smart tips for modern frugal living that save money, time, space, and, most importantly, your sanity.
Knowing that controlling spending can be a challenging task, Smith and Sirianni release new episodes on Tuesdays and Fridays aimed at helping listeners gain more control over their finances. Recent episodes include a comparison of meal-planning apps, how to save money on your next car purchase and negotiating medical debt.
Through her 20 years of reporting on personal finance, Jean Chatzky learned that women are different in how women view and approach wealth. In response, she started HerMoney, a digital media platform focused on improving women’s relationships with money.
On her weekly “HerMoney” podcast, Chatzky interviews experts on various topics, from NFTs to managing finances post-divorce to data-proven ways to build wealth.
“MONEY SMARTS PODCAST”
Created by Summit Credit Union, this locally-produced pick covers a variety of topics, from money scams to confessions of a debt collector. With their signature approachable style, listeners (especially women) will appreciate the non-judgmental, useful advice dispensed by experts.
“CLEVER GIRLS KNOW”
The “Clever Girls Know” podcast is an extension of Clever Girl Finance, which empowers women to reduce debt, save money and build wealth on their terms. In this weekly podcast, host Bola Sokunbi interviews real women at different stages of their financial journeys to provide real-life examples and motivate others. Recent episodes included tips for saving on a limited budget; the story of a copywriter who paid off her debt in 10 months; and how to set money boundaries with friends and family.