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40 Best Finance & Lifestyle Podcasts

40 Best Finance & Lifestyle Podcasts
Adrienne Romer-Jordan Oct 29, 2018
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Improving one’s finances seems to be a goal a lot of people hope to attain. Better finances can mean a lot of things for different people. For some it could be having more money in their savings account, while for others it could mean seeing that credit card balance set to $0.

Sometimes we need to seek out expert advice when it comes to making decisions regarding how to manage our money. It’s also helpful to listen to people you can relate to, that have been in your shoes and that have improved the way they handle money.

Financial and lifestyle podcasts can be just the thing you need to achieve some guidance on how you manage your money.

If you are new to the idea of podcasts, they are FREE audio files that you can download and listen to from your phone or computer. Most podcast are a series and you can subscribe to any series that interests you and receive the latest updates when a new episode has been posted.

I highly recommend downloading podcast directly to your phone so you can listen to them during your morning and evening commute. You can even enjoy them while going on a run or walk.

Below I’ve identified 40 of my favorite podcasts in a random order that have been essential in directing how I make, manage, invest and overall use my money. I’ve broken them down into two categories: Financial and Lifestyle.

The financial category focuses on all things money: investing, saving, earning, etc. The lifestyle category isn’t money focused, but the podcasts listed do offer ways you can make changes in your life that will inherently improve your finances over time.

Financial Podcasts

1. Optimal Finance Daily

This was one of the first financial podcasts I started listening too and it’s been a total game changer. There are a ton of episodes so you can really get caught up in listening and they produce episodes daily, sometimes multiple episodes.

This particular podcast is like an audio book of various financial blogs. Bloggers have allowed Optimal Finance Daily to share their material for an audience that prefers to listen.

The episodes aren’t super long and the content is broad enough that you will always find something interesting to listen to. Plus the narrators are articulate and their voices are soothing, making them perfect background noise during any activity.

2. Cashflow Ninja

What’s not to love about such a cool name for a podcast? Cashflow Ninja’s mission is to help people make, hold on to, and grow their money in the current economy and age of information.

M.C. Laubscher is the host of this blog and you can listen to him interview experts on their knowledge on how to thrive in today’s economy. The interviews are interesting because you get to listen to real life experiences and may even identify with some of the content.

The episodes are a bit lengthy, so this one is best when you have some time to sit down and focus on the information.

3. NPRs Planet Money

If you get frazzled about what to focus on in today’s economy, don’t worry. NPR has bundled up today’s current economic information nicely in their Planet Money podcast.

This podcast is great because the information is up to date and relevant to our daily lives. Plus all the episodes are different, covering a wide range of topics.

This podcast is fun to listen to. You’ll get to hear from a lot of interesting people and find yourself nodding along in agreement to the content.

If you have 18 minutes to spare, I highly recommend listening to episode #385 titled Tweak This, that talks about various tweaks people suggest that would better improve the economy and in general make our lives better.

4. CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer

Jim Cramer is a successful finance manager from Wall Street. This particular podcast focuses on how to make money by investing.

Jim has a fast paced, rapid-fire way of talking that’s both engaging and leaves you reeling over the information overload sometimes. But the man knows his stuff when it comes to investing, how much to invest and when to invest.

I would recommend this podcast if you are already familiar with investing, but it is still interesting to listen to if you are thinking about making the leap into the world of investments in the future.

5. Market Foolery

This is another podcast focused on delivering the latest information on the stock market, as well as business and investing stories. The creators, the Motley Fool, have been providing marketing information since 1993, so they really know their stuff and know the right people to seek out for more information on the latest trends.

Episodes aren’t too long and the interviews are engaging and easy to follow. If you decide to listen to this podcast, rest assured you are getting all the latest and relevant information when it comes to stocks.

6. The Bigger Pockets

If you are interested in real estate investments, than Bigger Pockets is the podcast for you. BiggerPockets t is released every week on Thursday. Which is perfect, because then you won’t feel overwhelmed trying to keep up (which can happen with podcasts that post multiple episodes daily).

Hosts Brandon Turner and David Greene are great to listen to. Almost like listening to game show hosts. You can tell these guys have fun recording their episodes and you’ll have fun listening to them too.

7. Your Money Now

This podcast is perfect for small business owners or folks interested in starting a small business. You’ll hear stories offering advice from other business owners who can help you grow as a brand.

The host, Gordon Deal, has a pleasing voice and sounds a bit like a sports announcer, but his clear way of speaking and short episodes are what make this podcast worth listening to.

While I don’t plan on starting my own small business, I like listening to this particular podcast to hear about upcoming businesses and different ways to thrive in any work environment. A lot of the advice can be applied to your regular job, even if it isn’t a business you own.

8. Drunken Money

This podcast sounds like a drinking game college kids would play. That’s probably because this is a podcast created by and created for Millennials.

Even if you aren’t a Millennial, you should listen to this podcast to discover tips and tricks that can help you save money. And this is money saved in all aspects of your life, from planning a wedding, to real estate investments, to simply reaching short-term and long-term financial goals.

There is always an interesting episode to listen to, but fair warning be prepared to commit to up to an hour of listening.

9. We Study Billionaires (The Investing Podcast)

If you’ve tried to read books and articles that billionaires write or recommend and failed to understand the content, than We Study Billionaires can help.

They’ve studied that information for you and break it down in a way you can understand and stay entertained by the details. They’ve also studied their billionaires and how many men have gone from nothing to having megabucks.

Billionaire’s have obviously done something right in their life and this podcast may just give you the key to following that same path.

10. WSJ Your Money Briefing

Some of the best podcasts are short in length and get right to the point. Your Money Briefing is that kind of  personal finance podcast.

The episodes are filled with information on how to get your finances in order, from getting rid of credit card debt to paying off student loans and perfect for anyone of any age.

11. Listen Money Matters

This one is another favorite podcast that’s been extremely helpful in my day to day life. I particularly liked the student loan episode which you can find here.

The best thing about this podcast is that the hosts are as real as it gets. They don’t mess around with the information they give and they don’t bore you with the details.

And with a tagline that says “a no BS approach to managing your money effectively”, what’s not to love?

12. InvestTalk

Run by a financial advising firm, this is another podcast that is all about investing. Perfect for the new or seasoned investor.

If you subscribe, you can expect new episodes every Thursday. The information is up to date and you can even call in with your questions or concerns about market trends. .

13. The Side Hustle

If you’re not sure what a side hustle is, it is basically a second job or activity you have in addition to your regular 9-5. Side hustles are great for anyone interested in making extra money and a side hustle can really be anything.

Your side hustle could be tending bar, creating and selling art, teaching a creative writing class, or selling clothes via an online store. Whatever your side hustle may be, this podcast is great for people looking to really make money from that side hustle and possible turn it into their dream career.

I highly recommend listening to this episode, to hear from other listeners who took the advice given on Side Hustle and profited from it.

14. Bad With Money with Gaby Dunn

Often, people get into dire financial situations because they are bad with money and were never taught how to handle their finances.

Gaby is witty and refreshingly real. You can’t help but listen to her transparent talk about money.

She’s not hiding behind the facade of a financial expert, but speaks from real life experiences and that comes through during her interviews. She’s three seasons in and the content gets better each season.

15. The Economist

The Economist is a high quality, financial podcast to listen to. The interviews are engaging and the interviewees have strong opinions, so the banter can get really interesting.

While the content is relevant, there are a few times where you feel like you’re listening to the same information over and over. Despite this, I still recommend as there are good insights into today’s economy.

16. The Dough Roller Money Podcast

This is a great podcast for easy-to-understand advice on how to better manage your money. The content covers information pertaining to personal finance, investment, retirement, ways to save and ways to get out of debt.

If you want to improve your wealth and make smart changes that will last long term, this is the perfect podcast for that.

17. Money Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips

Laura Adams, aka, Money Girl, gives great advice covering a wide range of topics, such as planning a wedding, setting up college funds, and even how much to deposit into your HSA account monthly.

Money Girl has a great way of talking that feels personal and direct. She can’t see you, but she’s really speaking to you. Episodes can be as long as half an hour, but trust me it is time well spent.

18. CNBC’s Fast Money

Every weekday at 5pm. (EST) you can expect to listen to CNBC’s Fast Money. Fast Money is America’s post-market show, breaking down information for their listeners and providing key highlights that are important to investors.

If you are already an avid investor, Fast Money is worth checking out, but it’s also fun to listen to even if you’re just starting to learn about investing in the stock market.

19. InvestED

Another podcast for the investors and future investors out there. Here you can learn the basics, improve your personal finance and listen to experts on investing.

The narrator, Phil Town, is a great teacher and you’ll leave each episode with both knowledge and confidence when it comes to taking control of your money.

20. Optimal Business Daily

From the same makers of Optimal Finance Daily, Optimal Business Daily focuses on delivering the best content on entrepreneurship, startups, side hustles, freelancing and more.

This podcast provides quick and actionable advice and is a pleasure to listen to because the content is genuinely interesting. If you are a business owner or plan to own a business one day, hopefully this podcast will prove to be both insightful and inspiring.

21. The Amazing Seller Podcast

Scott Voelker’s podcast focuses on Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) for Private Labelers. These are folks making money by selling through Amazon, which is a great side hustle to pick up for anyone looking for extra cash.

Scott interviews other sellers who have had success with Amazon FBA. You’ll also hear about different ways to succeed as an entrepreneur. Scott is a wonderful host and presents information in a fun and lively matter.

For those looking to start a business, I recommend listening to How to Find My Target Market and The Roadmap to Build a Business. And if you don’t find the answer to a question you have, you can always ask Scott directly and might just spawn a new episode.

22. 5 Minute Marketing with Brian Moran

When starting a business, sometimes growing the brand is the hardest part. If you don’t know where to start than check out Brian Moran’s podcast, which works to deliver ways to successfully grow your business online, five minutes at a time.

This podcast is great because the episodes are so short. The content is cut down into chunks that deliver enough information to get you started in building your business, but doesn’t overwhelm you in the process. As a marketing expert, Brian’s information is top notch.

Lifestyle Podcasts

23. The Minimalists

The goal of The Minimalists is to help people live better, more meaningful lives with less and they’ve helped over 20 million people do this via tools such as this podcast.

I found the episode titled Buying to be particularly insightful, as it discusses how to shop with intention, especially if you are a compulsive consumer or easily rack up debt from excess shopping.

In general, all of their episodes do offer some kind of advice that you can apply to your everyday life that can help improve your finances.

24. Afford Anything

For anyone looking to make better financial decisions, Afford Anything podcast can provide some great information on how to do that.

Paula Pant covers a wide range of topics, such as How to Make Better Decisions, and interviews others on their success with money.

There are several episodes to choose from that vary in length, so while every episode won’t be pertinent to you, you are bound to find some relevant information you can use and apply to your day to day life.

25. Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod

In order to jump start your financial success, it can take a few words of encouragement. Hal Elrod is the man to listen to when you are looking for ways to improve your finances and your life.

The man has had a tough life, facing both a near fatal car accident and aggressive bout of cancer. Despite those hard moments, he still manages to deliver great information that anyone can apply to their life.

Hal draws you in with his calming way of talking, as if he’s speaking directly to you. If you want to live your life to your fullest potential, than Achieve Your Goals can help.

26. More Than Money

This podcast focuses on inspiring listeners to use their values to animate their work and impact their wealth. The host, Dawn Carpenter, is using her doctoral research at Georgetown University to develop an integrated understanding of the nature of work and responsibilities of wealth.

This podcast is  for anyone who wants to look at work and wealth from an ethical angle and how the two affect their life. She’ll make you think about where your money is going and the way the products you buy are made.

27. Manager Tool’s and Career Tools Podcast

These are two different podcasts operated by the same management consulting firm titled Manager Tools. Both podcasts are aired weekly and are designed to give managers and individuals recommendations to further their careers.

Anyone looking for a leg-up in their career or looking for ways to be better at their job overall can benefit from listening to both podcasts, as the information is engaging and informative.

28. Life, Money, Hope

This podcast covers a lot of different topics. Work, family, relationships, money, parenting and even faith.

While this podcast is faith focused in terms of the content, the information is interesting to listen to and can be applied to your everyday life, even if you aren’t religious.

29. Women and Money

Even though this podcast is gender specific, I think anyone looking to find their financial voice can learn a thing or two from listening to Suze Orman

Suze speaks from experience, as a woman who hit rock bottom living out of her car to finding her own financial success as a personal finance expert.

Suze will help you become more confident in managing your finances and to trust your gut when it comes to how to handle your money.

30. Livin’ Lightly Podcast

While the minimalist approach to life isn’t for everyone, there are several takeaways to be garnered from following the advice of someone living a minimal life.

The Peterson family is all about living with intention and this has helped them pay off debt, focus on needs versus wants, and living with less but experiencing more out of life.

While the podcasts are old (the last one aired back in 2015), the information is still useful. Improving your finances can be as simple as making small changes in your life that will benefit you long term.

31. Cohesive Home

Kate and Melissa are two best friends living in two different states, sharing their values and information on how to live more simply. This is a great podcast for parents or anyone looking to have more with less.

The women believe that having less stuff, obligations and stress make for a more cohesive home, whether that’s a home with kids or a home with just you and your dog.

Kate and Melissa are fun to listen to. They banter back and forth (as only best friends can) and are self proclaimed “lazy minimalists” who are just taking life one day at a time and sharing their tips and insights with the public.

32. Minimalist Moms Podcast

While the title suggests this podcasts is for moms only, I disagree as I think some of the content can be relevant to anyone. Such as the episode Quit to Win. The episode is only five minutes so totally worth checking out.

The phrase is catchy and encourages you to quit endeavors that are not leading you toward your financial and personal goals. It’s a refreshing concept that anyone can apply to their life.

Anyone looking to live a simpler life would enjoy this podcast and if you are a mom, probably more so as the stories are truthful and paint a real picture of life of parenthood.

33. You Need A Budget

Making and sticking to a budget can be difficult for some people. I myself have struggled with this and I have found this podcast to be helpful in staying on a financial path to save more money.

This is a weekly podcast that delivers content that will help you get out of debt, save more money, and improve your life. You’ll hear stories on how others got out of debt and discover how to make a budget that’s easy to follow without feeling like it’s hampering your life.

34. The Ground Up Show

For those creative folks out there looking for the jolt they need to get motivated in pursuing their passions, listening to The Ground Up Show can help.

Matt D’Avella, a successful filmmaker, brings you interviews from rappers, artists, comedians, athletes and more. The episodes, though lengthy, are delightfully real, funny and inspiring.

Often you’ll hear discouragement when it comes to pursuing artistic passions. But The Ground Up Show proves that success is possible if you want it bad enough.

35. The Practical Minimalists

Heather and Eryn are another pair of  moms, delivering not only practical tips on how to clear out your basement and closets of excess stuff, but also about letting go of the things that are holding you back.

Heather and Eryn are fun and engaging, and throw in little stories in between the advice they are giving so you don’t feel bored during their episodes.

By listening to them you’ll discover ways to cut back in your life that can lead to better savings and opportunities to pursue new experiences.

36. Sustainable Living

Sustainable living doesn’t necessarily have to be minimalist living, but instead teaches you ways to create less waste and acquire less junk.

If you are interested in lessening your carbon footprint and helping the earth, this is a great podcast to listen to. The sustainable living tips can help you save money as you learn products and materials that you can cut out of your life.

37. Simple Life Reboot

This blog was started because the creators felt like they never had enough money or time and were constantly trying to stay afloat. I’m sure a lot of us can relate, especially when it comes to never feeling like you have enough money.

Sometimes the solution is to settle for less and getting rid of stuff can be liberating. This podcast will help you gain some ideas on areas you could cut back more and how you can reevaluate your money and where it goes.

38. The Frugal Family Home

Living a frugal life is a lesson not easily learned. For some, me included, it’s a process that requires baby steps. If you constantly feel like you are falling behind with bills, than a more frugal approach to life will help.

This podcast does focus on homemaking and motherhood, but the goals of the show are for anyone looking to be more intentional with their money, time, and lives.

The episode 5 Tips for Successful Money Management is particularly insightful, whether you are a homemaker or not. It’s only 15 minutes long, but the tips are good ones we can all follow.

39. The Productivity Show

This is the podcast for those who are interested in improving their time management and productivity in their work and personal life in order to find the perfect balance.

Listening to this podcast will help you learn to work smarter and also help you meet some financial goals.

40. Edit Your Life Show

Another great podcast that teaches you how to do more with less. Hosts, Asha and Christine, have awesome chemistry and make you feel as if you are part of the conversation.

The diverse range of topics reach a broad audience and their tips and tools for approaches to life situations beneficial. While a lot of their topics are geared toward working parents, they can be relevant to anyone looking for ways to declutter their life.

That declutter can be just the thing you need to make the kind of life changes that will give you more financial freedom to pursue your passions.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, 40 various podcasts that are sure to improve your finances and your life. You don’t have to subscribe to all of them, but I highly encourage checking out a few that interest you from each category.

If you are already subscribed to a few of these, I’d love to hear your thoughts about them in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy frugaling!

Adrienne Romer-Jordan

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