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The Stacking Benjamins Show

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Named 2023 Best Personal Finance podcast by Bankrate.com, The Stacking Benjamins Show has a light and friendly tone. Hosts Joe Saul-Sehy and OG aim to make financial literacy fun for all as they sit around the card table in Joe's Mom's half-finished basement and talk with experts about personal finance, saving, investing, and important money trends. As Fast Company once wrote, the Stacking Benjamins podcast "strikes a great balance of fun and functional." So join Joe and OG every Monday, Wed ...
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Casting Down Idols

Pastor Michael R Dixon

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Offering Biblical addiction recovery teachings to enable you to walk in victory. Looking to God for the answers we seek in overcoming the chains that can bind us! Pastor Dixon holds a Master of Divinity with Biblical Counseling degree, a B.S. in Church Ministries, Associate or Arts in Religion, and is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist-A through the governing board of N.C. He is also a published author, "Casting Down Idols through The Power of The Gospel,” available on Amazon.com, as w ...
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What are the biggest fifteen items on most budgets that can derail your spending plan? One blogger, our friend Allison Baggerly at InspiredBudgets.com, made a list. Today we use that list as the basis of a game show episode! Paula Pant (AffordAnything), Doc G. (Earn & Invest) and our own OG go head-to-head in a match to figure out which items made …
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Even if you only have $500 in your emergency fund, today we reveal why having this money in the right place can yield BIG dividends. If you have your $500 in an account paying the average rate, you'll make around $2.50 in interest per year. Yet, by moving these Benjamins to a well-structured emergency fund, you could earn around $22.50. Doesn't sou…
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Tax planning in June? Of course! Why would you wait until next year, when you can't make ANY financial moves that save you money, to start figuring out how to cut your tax bill? Right now, at nearly the halfway point of the year, we'll dive into how to understand your taxes and make cuts with our tax planning mentor, Hannah Cole. Hannah will walk u…
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How are you preparing for retirement? Have you looked at all of the dimensions to ensure you have a successful, long runway of money always available? On today's special roundtable episode, we dive into a piece that claims there are seven things you need to do in order to be prepared for retirement. Joining us are: Don McDonald from the Talking Rea…
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There’s another lawsuit brewing in the world of retirement planning. This time, participants in a 401(k) plan in California are raising concerns about how Qualcomm is handling the money forfeited when employees don’t complete their vesting schedules. Vesting schedule? What’s that all about? Today, we'll break down everything you need to know about …
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Unlocking the FinTech Disaster: What You Need to Know You might not know it, but a huge number of people have their money trapped in a recent FinTech crisis. When the middleman company Synapse went bankrupt, it froze funds in many popular FinTech apps, including Yotta, a sweepstakes app that makes saving money fun. Will Yotta and other affected Fin…
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Why aren't all big-money ballers able to pile up massive stacks of Benjamins? How come some average Joe earners can build significant wealth? On today's special roundtable episode, we dive into a blog post listing the top six reasons people who make big money can't save. One of the Top 100-rated financial planners by Investopedia in 2023, Elaine Ki…
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Open AI recently survived a brutal firing/rehiring of their CEO and a complete board resignation. In the past, we've heard extensively from Sam Altman, the CEO of Open AI, but we haven't heard from the board. Today we use the words of a board member who's speaking openly for the first time to ponder the question, "Should YOU have a board of directo…
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How much of your life is controlled by programming? If you're looking to make more money you have to look at what's blocking you today and transform yourself into an earning machine. It turns out that the key to earning more is right between your ears. Brandon Epstein works with top professionals (athletes, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and high-level execu…
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Maybe the key to achieving happiness doesn't lie in being perfect (financially-speaking). Today we dive deep into striking the balance between channeling your inner Warren Buffett/Jack Bogle/Scrooge McDuck hybrid and channeling your inner Neighbor Doug at the special Summer Slam-Bingo-Ladies Night down at the Sizzler. Joining us on today's special …
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Today high yield bonds are in the spotlight. A recent Wall Street Journal piece details how you can get eight percent currently in the bond market (which is a rate most stock investors would be happy to lock in). Why may this NOT be a good deal? Well, first you have to understand how bonds work. So, we'll explain that. Second, you'll have to unders…
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Learning a new language is difficult, and the language of money is no exception. Brian Preston from The Money Guys has created shortcut words and phrases like "financial mutant" to help you focus on what's important and ignore the rest. We'll discuss how to get started, the key moves to reach long-term goals, how to avoid making costly mistakes, an…
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Welcome to a very special roundtable edition of the show! On today's show, we're talking about debt, and how to use it (or avoid it) as part of your financial plan. We're joined by Afford Anything's Paula Pant; the host of The Personal Finance Podcast, Andrew Giancola; and the host of the Earn & Invest podcast Doc G! In the second half of the show,…
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A recent major media outlet reports that people earning less than $50,000 per year aren't eating at restaurants as often as they did a year ago, and that eating away from home is becoming a trait increasingly more for the wealthy. Today we talk about not only this trend but others as we help you grab a firm hold on your wallet. One of the "big thre…
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Nothing says summer more than a trip to your favorite regional theme park. Whether with friends, family, or alone, a trip to a theme park can be either super expensive and tiring or a blast. So that's why our friend from Theme Park Insider, Robert Niles, is BACK to help us all kick off summer on the right foot, spending money wisely on experiences …
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At the end of the day, stacking Benjamins is all about living a better, happier life. But how can you achieve greater happiness while still on your stacking journey? That's what we're all about on today's special, all-about-happiness episode. We're joined by our special guest, host of the Best Interest Podcast, Jesse Cramer; a lady who knows plenty…
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Robinhood seams to always be in the news, and usually not for a good reason. Today Joe and OG discuss Robinhood crypto potentially being sued be the SEC. Crypto still seems to be the wild wild west. Is the SEC trying to put some regulations around crypto but then again isn't that the whole purpose of crypto? Our TikTok is all about following the pr…
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Matt Schulz is the PERFECT mentor to teach us how to negotiate because, in his own words, he's not a natural negotiator. Today he proves that you don't have to be a natural to find better deals on your credit card interest rates, prescription, rental cars, hotel rooms, and more. He'll walk us through the common misconceptions around negotiating and…
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Personal finance education in schools is finally getting some attention, but the best financial education starts at home. On today's special prelude-to-summer-vacation roundtable discussion, we're joined by three experts in the field of kids and money. Joining us today are John Lanza from The Art of Allowance podcast, the founder of the Wealthy Kid…
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A new CBS report shows that the average person's perception of how much they'll need for retirement has changed dramatically versus four short years ago. Do you think the number is higher or lower? We'll not only share that, but we'll also dive into this idea of calculating the correct amount to save. When is it truly important to begin working on …
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Janesse Torres is a force of nature. She purposefully quit her high-paying job as an engineer because it didn't fit her personality AFTER posting about it on social media. Today she joins us to talk about living your life intentionally, building financial reserves, demanding more from your boss, and if you get "no" as your answer, moving on. As the…
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Join us as we wrap up Greatest Hits Week with a favorite roundtable discussion: What lessons would you share with your younger self? This episode originally aired on November 5, 2021, so please disregard any mention of current events. If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be? Maybe it’s to take more chan…
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Let's keep Greatest Hits Week rolling with a must-hear episode from our sister show, Stacking Deeds. This show originally aired on November 21, 2023, so please disregard and mention of current events. Do you struggle to ask for more from your contractors, your real estate professional, your stagers, or other help? Do you think you stink at negotiat…
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t's Hump Day on Greatest Hits Week! Today we're throwing it back to a fan favorite: Joe's 2018 interview with the one-and-only Suze Orman! Please disregard any mention of current events. We’re pulling out all the stops today because we’re talking to a special guest that you may (or may not) have heard of… Suze Orman. We’ll talk all things women and…
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In this current events/community we invite Earn & Invest community member John Neidecker to discuss how to hack retirement by skipping 3 of the 5 stages. We review Richard Himmer's article from Kiplinger. Joe Saul-Sehy joins us as our expert for the episode. This show originally aired February 29, 2024. Please disregard any mention of current event…
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Welcome, Stacker, to a very special week! We start off our special Greatest Hits Week with a bang! Know those horrible situations where everyone’s fighting at work — or worse, at home? Talk about a horrible investment: being invested in a rotten environment can overshadow even the best portfolio returns. Good news, though. It turns out, there are t…
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How can you take control of your life instead of life taking control of you? On today's special roundtable episode, we're talking about making the most of your productivity habits. How has your phone robbed you of your productivity? We're joined by Rob Berger of The Dough Roller Money Podcast, founder and CEO of the financial services firm Sensible…
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Join us today as we dive into the core principles of building a sustainable financial future with marketing professor, author and investor, Scott Galloway. We explore the essential formulas behind his book Algebra of Wealth, discussing purposeful living, effective retirement planning, and the emotional aspects of investing. Our headline today is al…
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Today we're all about the factors to help you build a better investment portfolio. Joe and OG break down their thoughts as they dole out their top five building blocks to constructing a better portfolio. Be sure to bookmark this evergreen episode, as it contains universal truths that will help you in the years to come! In our headlines, we talk abo…
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Let's talk about what it takes to become a millionaire in today's day and age. We are thrilled to bring you a special roundtable episode with three outstanding contributors: we welcome CEO of BFG Financial Advisors, CFP® Eric Brotman; the force behind the website Yes, I am Cheap, Sandy Smith, and our resident doctor and host of the Earn & Invest po…
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Today's episode is all about a very important, topic that's sure to arouse interest at personal finance get togethers: risk management. Specifically, Joe and OG jump into their Top 5 risks that people don't think about enough - and what you should do ahead of time. In our headline segment, we dive into a popular personal finance website's piece abo…
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If you've ever wondered if there's more in life and your career waiting for you than your current job, then today's mentor is someone you want to listen to! On today's show, we welcome Michael Balter to the basement to discuss his career path and how he pivoted in a big way! In our headline segment, we see some shocking (eye-roll) news about one st…
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How do you know when the time is right to walk away from a career? Do you even want to? Can you afford to? Our roundtable discussion centers around thinking about retirement and how to prepare yourself financially so you can stay retired. We welcome Founder/President of Capital City Wealth Management, CFP® Benjamin Brandt, to join Paula Pant and Le…
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Did you recently come into some money? Are you expecting to in the near future? How have you treated "found money" in the past? With millions of Americans receiving their income tax refund, today we discuss what smart Stackers do with "found" money. Not only that, but we also dive deeper into tips for how to decide ahead of time what you will do wi…
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How can simply being kind (and using math) bring more Benjamins into your life? Today we explore the topic of how changing your outlook towards others can attract more abundance and wealth in life when Joe sits down with our mentor, the brilliant James Rhee, MIT professor and author of the hit book red helicopter: a parable for our times: lead chan…
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Today's episode is our 1499th episode! On today's celebratory show, we dive into some of your success stories! Plus, ever wonder how you achieve anything big in life? Just get started! On today's episode you'll get a behind the scenes look at the evolution of Stacking Benjamins. We go into what lessons we've learned along the way and how we strive …
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The word is out on using low-cost investments over complex Wall Street strategies (and if you don't believe us, we'll quote SIGNIFICANT studies on today's show). Yet, new expensive products are built every day promising better/faster/more wealth. What do you need to know to simplify your strategy and stay the course? In today's headline segment we'…
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Busy does not equal productive. In fact, how often have you watched as someone who was too busy to reach the important items on their mile-long list? Sadly, we're addicted to the to-do list but not addicted enough to processes that actually increase our happiness, creativity, or effectiveness. True productivity begins with CALM, according to today'…
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One of the most frustrating moments in any investor or saver's life is when you figure out that you fell prey to a "gotcha" you didn't expect and either lose money, opportunity, or both. Even if your favorite financial tool, strategy or advisor doesn't mean to inflict a "gotcha" on you, because we often don't know what we don't know, we use tools o…
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If you plan on living a long life (and who doesn't want that?), you'll need to create over thirty years' worth of cash flow. Studies show that the average person wants to retire at the "normal" age of mid-60s but also plans to live to reach the century mark. If that's you, you're in luck because today we're joined by the CFO of one of the country's…
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Our mentor today is one of the foremost thinkers and practitioners in the financial planning space. Peter Mallouk joins us to dispel the myth that the stock market is like the stock market, that the bond market is still dangerous (a year later), that AI is coming for our jobs, that you'll find safety in a savings account, and that gold is a great i…
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Is the battle between index funds and actively managed funds finally over? Total assets invested in index funds and ETFs recently passed assets invested in active funds for the first time ever. But is going all index funds the right move for you? Joining us is CFP and President of Bona Fide Wealth, Douglas Boneparthe. Also joining us is Crystal Ham…
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Grace Puma and Christiana Smith Shi have been where you're trying to go. Puma was the COO of Pepsico, one of the largest brands on earth, and Smith Shi was the President of Nike Consumer Direct after over twenty years at a little consulting firm called McKinsey. Today they join us in the basement to help you reimagine your career and focus on the b…
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Anne Lester knows money. She helped develop target date mutual funds at JP Morgan, headed retirement programs, and knew her stuff. But Anne, like many of us, is a spender at heart and has had to trick herself into great saving habits. How? We talk about the basics, which do NOT include skipping lattes or shaming yourself into saving more money. In …
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The enemy is clearly at work in our world stealing, killing, and destroying everyone he can. There are about 300 drug overdose deaths each year just in the United States. Jesus offers us abundant life! God speaks His truth to us through His Word, which sets us free. In this episode Pastor Dixon helps us renew our minds with what God says. Pastor Di…
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Jesus promised in John 10:10 that in contrast to what our enemy desires to do (steal, kill, destroy) He has come to offer us abundant life. In this lesson, as well as in Part 1 of "Living Abundantly" Pastor Dixon shows us that we can enter into that full life through faith, prayer, and the Word of God. Pastor Dixon can be reached at mikelifeaddicti…
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Admittedly, we finance nerds tend to obsess a lot over topics that may or may not be super relevant to the general public. But what are some things that are overrated in personal finance? That's what our panel dives into in this special roundtable discussion. Joining us we welcome back financial educator and author, Brian Feroldi. He joins Paula Pa…
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Stackers in the wild are amazing creatures. We're quitting the job we don't care about and spend more time in our community because we've built emergency funds (Mike and Melissa share this story). We're becoming enrolled agents, a job that many can use as a side hustle to pay down debt, retire early, or build a better life (Jordan shares his tale p…
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Kurt Long used to launch rockets for NASA, but lately, he's been worried about your money (and your health). Kurt is the co-founder and CEO of security and privacy firm BUNKR, and has worked with some of the largest financial and healthcare institutions to keep your data private. We discuss where the biggest threats are coming from, what to ask adv…
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What role does spending money play in your life: as a tool to live a better life or a yardstick of status to measure yourself against others? Our roundtable discussion centers around this, as we're lucky to be joined by the dynamic duo Kitty and Piggy from the award-winning Bitches Get Riches podcast and blog. They join up with OG and Len Penzo to …
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