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What’s it like to have no debt, no credit cards, and no credit score? It sounds like freakish existence in today’s world, but it’s what this podcast is all about. Steve Stewart hasn’t had a single credit card or consumer debt since 2007. In 2010, he launched the Money Plan SOS podcast to share the knowledge gained while living a credit-free lifestyle. Along the way he learned about the negative effects of building a credit score and eventually found a way to be credit worthy - even without a ...
 
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#200: The MoneyPlan SOS podcast is now retired with this final episode. It was recorded LIVE at FinCon15 with nine bloggers who learned about money while blogging about money. In this final episode, nine financial bloggers answer the question, "Have you learned anything about money since blogging about money?" Eric Rosenberg (Narrow Bridge Media) E…
 
#199: Is tithing mandatory for Christians? Chris Brown and I discuss this to get to the root of the problem - which has little to do with ten percent. Chris Brown has been a pastor for several years, speaking to congregations and audiences all over the United States. Full show notes at He recently became on of Dave Ramsey's Speakers and now hosts t…
 
#198: OG (aka The Other Guy from Stacking Benjamins) joins me to share the 8 Great Mistakes in Investing Full show notes at The 8 Great Mistakes of Investing are: Under-diversification Over-diversification Euphoria Panic Leverage Speculating Investing for yield and not total return Cost basis dictating decision Thanks to OG for coming over. You can…
 
#197: Matt Ham is an author, speaker, and small business owner. Five words uttered by a nurse changed the way he looks at life - and inspired him to redefine rich. Full notes with links at Takeaways from this interview: It’s not how much you give - it’s how you give it () We shouldn’t feel guilty to spend and, surprisingly enough, we feel richer wh…
 
#196: Jon Stein from Betterment and I discuss robo-advisors, why Betterment is so different, and what it takes to open an account. Use to receive 30 days FEE FREE investing at Betterment Full show notes at _______________________________________ M.J. Cossel wrote in about an article she read in the Dallas Morning News: Bad credit score can double i…
 
#195: Do you know why stories of people with $.32 refund checks are in the news? Because they are so rare! Most people want to get a big tax refund. Getting a huge refund is an extremely inefficient use of money - both for you and for the government. I recommend adjusting your withholding so you can bring more money home and put it towards your goa…
 
#194: Although he has an entrepreneur’s heart, Ace doesn’t believe anybody should start their own business. It is much easier and profitable to buy an existing business, improve it, and sell it for a profit. Full notes at Ace's book: Find Ace at: Or Twitter: ______________________________ Don't worry about your credit score. Do what's RIGHT with yo…
 
#193: Many people are being lured by the attractiveness of directing their own retirement plans. The trick is to do it right and have an asset, business, or income-producing entity that makes sense for YOUR retirement planning. Kirk Chisholm is a Wealth Manager, Economist, & Principal at IAG. He is also an expert of investing in alternative investm…
 
#192: Kai and I have something in common: We both left the comfort of a regular paycheck to focus on helping others with their personal finances. In our conversation we discuss: Why Americans allow themselves to become trapped in debt How much responsibility do we place on the education system to teach children and young adults about financial lite…
 
#191: Heather van der Hoop from ThePennyHoarder.com comes on the show to offer these suggestions for creating an income - and many of them involve stretching your boundaries as a teacher. 1. Teach English as a Second Language’ 2. Teach Abroad 3. Sell Your Lesson Plans Online 4. Work at a Summer Camp 5. Drive for Uber, Lyft or Sidecar 6. Rent Out Yo…
 
#190: Jason Hartman only wants mortgage debt - and he will take out as much as he possibly can. Full show notes at Jason Hartman has been investing since he was 20 years old and learned how inflation is the enemy of home equity but the golden goose of real estate income property owners (my words, not his). We first have to understand how inflation …
 
#188: Leah Bell shares her story of growing $32k in student loan debt - and why it makes her angry! Upcoming webinars: July 1st: Get more out of your money by Spending Our Values http://MoneyPlanSOS.com/webinars June 23rd: Premium Podcast Player Showdown In this episode: Leah Bell, The Angry Grad, did what she thought everyone does: Goes to college…
 
#187: An informed consumer is a better consumer. This episode will show how Credit Cards make money from processing fees. I also give a few tips for reducing fees and a new way to send a friend money for free. Full notes at Infographic with credit and debit card statistics: How Counting Can Work Even When Budgets Aren’t Accurate: Ponda from the Hon…
 
#186: What could be better than taking a 30-day journey across the U.S. in a van? Full notes at Jason Vitug from Phroogal is leaving for a 30 day journey throughout the U.S. to promote financial wellness. Visit http://Phroogal.com/Road to find a location near you Also: Debit cards, auto-pay, bill-pay, and checks: There are multiple ways money can c…
 
#184: Identity theft is no joke - and it's on the rise! Should you pay for monitoring? Full show notes at Keith Bunn of CavusFinancialCoaching.com compared four companies to see if their services are worth the cost. Also in this episode: 'Ponda from the Honda - My mailbox is wasting a lot of energy Upcoming webinars and recent appearances Testimony…
 
#183: Dave Ramsey announced his new budgeting software - EveryDollar. It is awesome - and have many similar features to YNAB (You Need A Budget). Which premium budgeting software is best for you? Let's compare the different features and methods to identify the right one for you. Also: Holla from the Impala is changing. Listen to all the reasons you…
 
#182: Carl Richards was a ditch-digger, fell into a securities job, became a Certified Financial Planner, then became the Sketch Guy at the New York Times by drawing financial concepts on paper napkins. He released his second book, the One Page Financial Plan, and shares with us his journey from ditch-digger to NYTimes writer. For a more complete l…
 
#181: Joseph Michael is an average guy who saw a need and is now making 6-figures helping writers solve a problem. They love to use Scrivener - an incredible writing and organization tool - but had a hard time figuring out how to use it efficiently. Enter the Scrivener Coach. Joseph doesn't work for Scrivener but came up with an easy-to-follow, ste…
 
#180: The year 2015 marks the celebrates the 10th anniversary of Dan Miller's life-changing book "48 Days To The Work You Love". He joins me in a conversation about resumes, extra curricular activities, and creating your own career from nothing. Also, Debt Freedom Fighter Bob Lyons shares his success story of passing on a job opportunity, getting l…
 
#177: Farnoosh Torabi is known for contributing to The Today Show and Money Magazine as well starting her own podcast - So Money. But today we are having a conversation with her about her most recent book: “When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women” The book is written for the working woman who earns more in the workplace than her man. W…
 
#175: The Greutmans are debt free and now employ Americans to run their small business - IAmThatLady.com. UPDATE: Lauren has launched a new business and can be found at The Browns just paid off their HOUSE! What are they most excited about? Listen to the testimonies of two families with different reasons for killing their debt - and what it has don…
 
#174: UPDATE: Even bigger changes came since releasing this episode in 2015. In short: My business failed to grow but a new one EXPLODED in the first half of 2016. You can see what I'm doing now at _______________________________________ ORIGINAL POST: Big changes are coming my way - and yours. Listen to my plans to leave the day job, focus all my …
 
#173: The sign on their front door says "No Credit Cards". How can such a large chain exist without accepting credit cards? Clint Woodman, Vice President of Woodman's Food Market, shares the business side of accepting credit cards as a business and why they never have and never will accept credit cards - for the good of their customers! Also, Gary …
 
#171: New retirement contribution and income limits for 2015 have been released by the IRS. Take the Debtor's Anonymous Quiz - 15 questions to help identify compulsive debtors. The perfect credit score has been achieved. How much will it cost YOU? Instead of a segment of Holla from the Impala I present to you: Audioblog while walking the dog I was …
 
#169: Henry Rollins tells a debt free story. In the episode titled “10 things you don’t know about the almighty dollar” he tells a debt free story about America. It appears that Andrew Jackson was the first and only President to pay off all of America’s debt. LOVE IT! Listen to the episode for more about when America first got into debt Watch the e…
 
#168: John Pugliano has more than 30 years of purposeful purchases behind him. Full show notes at His wife was able to stay home with all 6 kids while he focused on his career. He retired early and has been able to help others learn how to invest in stocks. Is living on less than you make for 3 decades worth it? Hear for yourself. Also: Holla from …
 
#167: Is it possible to have a simple and fair solution to the US tax code? Yes, it's called the FairTax. 105 years ago the 16th Amendment was passed allowing the US Government to levy an income tax on corporations. Somewhere along the way things changed and we find ourselves buried under 74,000 pages of tax code. Which is simpler: 74,000 pages or …
 
#165: Lisa left her job for another. She could have rolled her old 401k into the new plan, but she wanted more options. Full show notes and resources at What should I do with my old 401k? Lisa Emperador is a young professional who changed jobs after accumulating $8,000 in her old 401(k). She had several options for what to do with the money. Lisa h…
 
#164: Even though FICO is celebrating 25 years as a publicly traded company, this is their very first audio interview. We are going to hammer out the clear and correct information about FICO and the credit scoring industry. Anthony Sprauve, Director of Public Relations at FICO, tells us the truth about: How FICO is able to capture our data from cre…
 
#161: What if you could invest your loose change at the end of the day? Now you can with Acorns. Acorns is an app taking advantage of new technologies and less expensive investment fees to allow anyone to start investing in ETFs from Blackrock, Vanguard and PIMCO. ________ Take the #100challenge in September 2014. See how fast you can save or earn …
 
#160: You can't turn on the TV or have a conversation with someone about money without the subject of credit scores coming up. With all that awareness you would think that everyone would have a basic understanding of how credit works. Unfortunately, there is a lot of miss-information being spread around. There are many myths surrounding the credit …
 
#158: It is inevitable: Your debit card will be compromised some day. What happens when my debit card is stolen? Money will be taken out of your account Your bank may call you or you must call your bank when you find out The Zero Liability Policy will kick in The money will be returned to your account in short order Any insufficient fund charges wi…
 
#157: How was John Lee Dumas able to start Entrepreneur On Fire without ANY income for 9 months? John tells us how in this exclusive interview about how successful people spend money. Also, Suze Orman's Preferred Debit Card is no more and PerkStreet customers get money in the mail! For more information, visit the show notes at…
 
#156: Would you like to know how we paid for our vacation at a horse ranch without credit cards? It’s easy: We prepaid for our travel expenses with a debit card, prepaid for the week at a horse ranch by check, and paid cash for the rest. Oh, and we saved more than $160 by staying away from credit cards. In this episode I break down the different wa…
 
#155: How much attention do you really need to give to managing personal finances? Here are 10 ways we pay attention to our money - and most of it doesn't involve a lot of time: Always: Check remaining budget balances before spending. Daily: Enter transactions into your checkbook/software/ Monthly: Balance checkbook/ Monthly: Set up budget (again, …
 
#154: It had been a hectic morning. I recorded two interviews before leaving for the airport but I made it to the terminal with plenty of time. About 100 passengers ahead of me were being rushed as their flights were affected by weather but I had plenty of time. No reason to panic - I've done this dozens of times: Print boarding pass Check a suitca…
 
#153: 3 Debt Elimination Strategies that WORK! Any one of these debt elimination plans will work if you work the plan: Debt Snowball: Pay extra on the debt with the smallest balance. Debt Avalanche: Pay extra on the debt with the highest interest rate. Risk Reduction: Pay extra on the debt with the most risk. This could be back taxes or a loan from…
 
#152: Rachel Cruze is a speaker, debt-free evangelist, part-time co-host of the Dave Ramsey show, known for being the inspiration behind the book “Careless at the Carnival”, and is soon to be a NYTimes best selling author for a book to be released on April 22, 2014 - Smart Money Smart Kids. MoneyPlan SOS listeners wanted to know what she thought ab…
 
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