The Personal Finance Show

The Personal Finance Show is a place for people to tell their personal finance stories. Everyone has a personal finance story.

95 - Bettina Schneider

August 15th, 2019

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Bettina Schneider wants you to understand the impact your values, histories and life experiences have on your financial decision-making processes.

Bettina has a PhD in Native American Studies and is currently Associate Professor and Associate Vice President Academic at First Nations University of Canada.

Bettina spends a lot of her time contemplating the following questions:

How can we increase Indigenous people's access to culturally relevant financial education resources?

How can we reframe the way we talk about financial literacy and personal finance in order to make it more accessible to a wider audience?

Bettina believes that financial literacy resources do not always speak to the varied values and experiences of their audience and would like to see more of those resources explore how people's "money culture" impacts the way they relate to money.

Bettina joined me from Regina, Saskatchewan to share her personal finance story

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96 - Erin Lowry


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94 - Joe Saul-Sehy

August 8th, 2019

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Joe Saul-Sehy wants you to learn about money, but he doesn’t want you to think you’re learning anything.

Joe is the creator and co-host of The Stacking Benjamins Show, one of the top personal finance podcasts in North America. Joe also co-hosts a new podcast called Money in the Morning.

The running joke on Stacking Benjamins is that you won’t learn anything about money by listening to the show, and if you do learn something, you should keep it to yourself.

Joe figured out a way to make personal finance fun and entertaining, and somehow got over 130,000 people to subscribe to the Stacking Benjamins podcast along the way.

But Joe’s history with money is not all sunshine and roses. He’s made his share of money mistakes over the years and that’s what makes him so effective as a host of a personal finance podcast.

I’m very happy to have Joe on the show and I’m flattered that he has invited me to be on the infamous Stacking Benjamins roundtable coming up on a Friday sometime in the next few months.

Joe joined me from Detroit, Michigan to share his personal finance story.

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95 - Bettina Schneider


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93 - Darryl Brown

August 1st, 2019

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Darryl Brown wants you to stop complaining about bad financial advice and do something about it.

If you walk into a bank, give them money, don’t ask questions and do zero research on investing, then you’ve pretty much given up your right to complain if you’re not happy with the results.

Instead of complaining about things, let’s be proactive. This is your money. It’s important. You work hard for it. So why not spend a bit of time on it.

Yes, I’ve said this a lot. I know it’s hard to do the work yourself. It takes time and a personal interest in investing. So it might make more sense for you to pay someone a fee to help you figure it all out.

And this is where a lot of people get confused. They think that walking into a bank or going to a company that sells financial products is the best way to invest their money in a way that achieves their financial goals. They don’t charge upfront fees so that sounds great to most people.

But as I’ve said many times, if a financial services company doesn’t have the product that is best for your goals, they are not going to tell you to go somewhere else. They are never going to make money if they send business away.

If you walk into a Mazda dealer and you start talking about how much Ford means to you and you love Ford products and it becomes really obvious to them that you are going to have a significantly better life if you buy a Ford, they will NEVER say, “I don’t think a Mazda is the right car for you.” As a salesperson, that is possibly the worst thing you can do for your career. They will instead try their best to change your mind and fit your desires into their available range of products.

Darryl started his company You & Yours Financial so that he could provide truly unbiased advice. He is not at all interested in forcing you into a box so that you fit the financial product he sells. He doesn’t sell financial products at all. A quick glance at Darryl’s Twitter feed and you can see that he has no patience for the financial BS that’s out there.

Darryl is only interested in providing you with a completely unbiased opinion and an investment solution that is truly right for you.

Darryl joined me in the studio in Hamilton to share his personal finance story.

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94 - Joe Saul-Sehy


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92 - Kelley Keehn

July 25th, 2019

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Kelley Keehn wants you to feel good about your money.

To feel good about your money, you have to educate yourself, ideally as early as possible.

Before you sign up for a credit card, read a ton about credit cards and how they work.

Before you buy a house or a condo, listen to podcasts about the pros and cons of buying real estate.

There are so many personal finance resources out there today, and people like Kelley, who are dedicated to educating people about money.

Kelley has written 9 books and has a 10th on the way called Talk Money To Me, which will be published in December 2019.

When Kelley was younger, she didn’t have the personal finance resources that we have today. She had to learn about money through trial and error.

Today, Kelley spends a lot of her time trying to change people’s thinking about money so that they don’t fall into the same traps that she did.

Kelley joined me from Edmonton, Alberta to share her personal finance story.

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93 - Darryl Brown


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91 - Robert Brown

July 18th, 2019

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Robert Brown wants you to not be afraid of a little hard work.

Robert grew up on a dairy farm. His father worked the farm while also working a full-time job at General Motors.

Robert learned about working for money early and also about patience and delayed gratification.

There are a lot of things that we buy today with borrowed money that we could easily put off until we have money in the bank, and we might even get a better deal if we wait.

Robert realized over time that many Canadians hadn’t learned what he did on the farm and as a result they were spending money before they earned it, and doing things like buying houses they actually couldn’t afford. They didn’t understand the concept of compound interest or how to save for the future while still being able to live a comfortable life today.

After over 25 years of working in the restaurant and food service industries, Robert decided to write a book about personal finance. He would write it in a way that Canadians would understand.

The book he wrote is called Wealthing Like Rabbits and it’s now a Canadian bestseller.

Robert joined me from Ajax, Ontario to share his personal finance story.

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92 - Kelley Keehn


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90 - Sonya Smith-Valentine

July 11th, 2019

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Sonya Smith-Valentine wants you to be Financially Fierce.

Sonya has an accounting degree and a law degree.

She is a CPA and a lawyer, and has worked professionally as both.

Sonya has worked for legal aid in New York and Maryland, and later started a law practice specializing in Consumer Debt and Bankruptcy, winning cases against credit bureaus, credit card companies, banks, and collection agencies for unlawful activity.

Today, Sonya is a Financial Confidence Expert and as President and CEO of Financially Fierce, LLC her mission is to improve the financial acumen of employees and managers to create financially savvy and highly productive workplaces.

Sonya joined me from the Maryland/DC area to share her personal finance story.

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91 - Robert Brown


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89 - J. Money

July 4th, 2019

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J. Money wants you to know that Budgets Are Sexy.

That’s the title of the personal finance blog that he started 11 years ago, and even though you may never think budgets are sexy, the point that J. is trying to get across is that personal finance doesn’t have to be boring.

In 2008 J. started posting monthly net worth updates in addition to his regular content. In 137 months, J. has grown his net worth from just under $59,000 to almost $920,000. And you don’t have to wonder how he did it. Just go to Budgets Are Sexy and click on the Net Worth link. You’ll see all 137 posts and can drill down on any one of them.

J. has always been about full disclosure, which is one of the main reasons he still remains anonymous. As we discuss in the interview, I have met him at FinCon, but I don’t know his last name or whether his first name is actually Jay or a name that starts with J and I don’t know where he lives.

Including Budgets Are Sexy, J.’s personal finance projects have reached over 30 million views, but most importantly, J. is just a great guy and we are lucky to have him in the personal finance community. If you like what you hear today, I recommend you sign up for J.’s daily emails. After 11 years, and now a father of 3, J. is still doing what he can to make personal finance fun and engaging.

J. Money joined me from an undisclosed location in the US to share his personal finance story.

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90 - Sonya Smith-Valentine


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88 - Ericka Young

June 27th, 2019

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Ericka Young wants you to be intentional and have a plan before you spend any money.

This applies to every single situation that involves money, which is pretty much everything.

As Paula Pant says at the beginning of her podcast, you can afford anything, but not everything.

Unfortunately because of loans and credit cards, we think we can afford everything.

This happens to too many people. They make good money, and can pay the bills, but the bank account doesn’t grow and the credit cards stay at the same level.

When you start out in debt, that’s what you know, and it becomes normal.

But living on credit creates this mindless spending, which can easily get out of control. You make decisions without thinking and sometimes those decisions have consequences.

There are so many people like Ericka who could easily break free of the mountain of debt that they are trapped under, if only they would step back and have a closer look at their financial situation and whether their spending habits align with their financial goals.

One day Ericka looked at her low bank balance and her high credit balance and asked herself: What’s going on here?

The process she went through was so motivating that she knew she wanted to help others achieve the same thing.

Ericka launched Tailor Made Budgets in 2005 and has been helping people change their money habits ever since.

Ericka joined me from Indianapolis, Indiana to share her personal finance story.

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89 - J. Money


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87 - Robert Farrington

June 20th, 2019

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Robert Farrington wants you to think before you click the button and accept your student loans.

Getting an education is an investment and you should spend some time thinking about what you’re investing in and what kind of return your investment will provide.

For example, you may not even need a degree at all to work somewhere you like and that pays well. You may need a degree to get promotions and more responsibility but that might not be until later and who knows, your employer might even help pay for your schooling.

We have been brainwashed over the years that to get a “good” job you have to spend a lot of money on school, and then eat ramen noodles while living in a tiny apartment and work 12 hour days to repay your loans.

After the interview with Robert I realized that some part of me is still brainwashed, and it actually scared me a little.

Robert worked at Target for over 16 years. He mentioned this right at the beginning of the interview and I totally didn’t hear him say that he only stopped working there 2 years ago.

So I kept asking him questions like “So what was your next job” not fully comprehending that he was always at Target until he decided he was making enough from his side hustles and he wanted to spend more time with his family.

I realized that there’s this part of me that still finds it hard to believe that someone would work in retail for that long and it’s scary to think that I have these notions in my brain somewhere, when I don’t actively believe this is true. But on auto-pilot, the notion that guided me to my next questions were that he must have got a better job. No one works at Target for 16 years. It really sucks but it seems I’ve been brainwashed to think that this is not a good job, without even knowing what it is that Robert even did for 16 years.

Of course there are people who spend their whole lives in retail and are very happy. Robert actually ended up with a lot of responsibility, managing several hundred employees and millions in sales. But he shouldn’t be any less valuable to me as a human being if he simply pushed carts and stocked shelves for 16 years instead. Especially when on the side he was building a web empire that now has millions of visitors per month.

Even more ironic is that I’ve been driving for Uber since last September. And I’m sure there are people that think it’s odd that someone with a university degree and 15 years working in accounting and finance would be an Uber driver. But I actually really like it and it fits with my flexible schedule.

I decided that even though it makes me seem like a classist jerk, I needed to talk about this. Maybe you do this too and you don’t even realize it. Talking about it openly is the only way to shake off these archaic notions about what is good or bad, what is the right path and all the other societal norms that seem to only cause us to spend money we don’t have and take jobs we don’t want.

So as Robert suggests, before we just press a button and fund our future with debt, we need to spend more time thinking about what it is we want. Are you going to be able to pay back this debt? What kind of job will you get after you graduate? If you’re going to take on tens of thousands in debt, shouldn’t you at least have a general answer to these questions? Why is the default: get the loan and figure it out later.

Personally I think we have it all backwards. We should try working in jobs in our areas of interest or curiosity, make some money, and then take whatever training or schooling is necessary to move forward in that area of work, if we enjoy it.

Why is a 4 year degree the thing that everyone cares about? Logically it doesn’t make sense.

Most people hire someone who works well with others and then train them how to do the job.

We’re focusing on the wrong things and it’s creating a society that is trapped by huge amounts of debt.

As Robert wrote in a recent post on his site The College Investor, student loans should be your last option. If you do decide that you want to go to school before you have enough money to pay for it, there are so many options to explore before going straight to student loans. If you or someone in your family is in the process of deciding how to pay for school, I fully recommend going to thecollegeinvestor.com and reading everything.

Robert joined me from his home in Southern California to share his personal finance story.

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88 - Ericka Young


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86 - Stacy Yanchuk-Oleksy

June 13th, 2019

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Stacy Yanchuk-Oleksy wants you to see a non-profit credit counsellor if you have credit problems.

Stacy is Director of Education and Community Awareness at the Credit Counselling Society.

If you’ve listened to episode 76 of the show, you know that I had credit problems 11 years ago. I filed a consumer proposal with a licenced insolvency trustee, under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act of Canada.

My case was severe so I skipped the first step that many take and that’s going to see a credit counsellor first to discuss options.

There are a lot of great people out there looking to actually help you get out of debt.

Whether you see a counsellor or a trustee, most will help you make the right move for your debt situation.

As Stacy and I discuss in the interview, just make sure that you don’t pay anything upfront for debt solutions and don’t just click on the first link in the online search.

There are websites and companies that appear to be offering debt settlement solutions, but they are just payday lenders in disguise.

Make sure you find out about the company that you’re dealing with. The legitimate trustees and non-profit credit counsellors have nothing to hide. They have names of staff and locations and they are active on social media.

Stacy is very proud of the free workshops and educational resources that the Credit Counselling Society provides in order to try to prevent Canadians from getting into unmanageable debt in the first place.

The most important thing to me is that you know what your options are when you’re in trouble. And I fully recommend you take advantage of free consultations with as many organizations as you can handle. Go meet them in person and talk to them about solutions. Everyone’s situation is different and the more information you have from multiple sources, the better you will be at determining which solution works for you and more importantly, the one you can live with.

Stacy joined me in the studio in Hamilton to tell her personal finance story.

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87 - Robert Farrington


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85 - Shanah Bell

June 6th, 2019

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Shanah Bell wants you to lead a happy, unorthodox life.

You can be successful without following the traditional 9 to 5 career path option. It’s true.

But to get there, you have to be open to opportunity and change, and sometimes you have to be a bit of a PITA, which I recently learned is an acronym for Pain In The Ass.

In fact, Shanah’s new book is called The Art of Being a PITA. It guides new adults and recent college graduates through the ins-and-outs of living life the way they want to. The way that no one talks about.

As she tells it, most people believe you are a pain in the ass if you do things that are contrary to societal norms. For example, if you don’t follow this checklist: 9 to 5 job, marriage, house, kids, work until 65, retire and then finally do what you want, society is like, stop being a pain in the ass and just do what the rest of us are doing.

Shanah’s path is a bit different. She figured out how to do many, many different things for money, on her own terms.

Because this show is about her personal finance story, we didn’t spend a lot of time delving into the 56 jobs Shanah has had, but if you’re interested in the details, pick up a copy of the book, where she goes through each job and the lessons she learned from each one.

Since she wrote the book Shanah has added 4 more jobs: dog boarding, cooking classes, AirBNB, and, of course, author.

Shanah joined me from her home in Raleigh, North Carolina to share her personal finance story.

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86 - Stacy Yanchuk-Oleksy


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84 - Sandy Yong

May 30th, 2019

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Sandy Yong wants everyone to learn about personal finance so that their future self can thank them for it.

Sandy figured out early on that if you give your money to the big banks, and don’t know what you want to invest in, they will choose the ones with the highest fees.

Makes sense, doesn’t it? If you went to a car dealership, and said here’s some money, I want a car, and didn’t give them any parameters like fuel efficiency, or speed, or size or anything, they would sell you the car that makes them the most money. In fact, if they didn’t do that, I would question if they are in the right business.

Sandy figured out that if she learned the basics of personal finance, she could invest her own money, have more control over her risk, and save a ton on fees.

She learned so much about personal finance that when the opportunity came up to publish a book, personal finance was the clear subject.

Sandy’s book, The Money Master, will be published in the summer of 2019.

It’s always great to have another voice in the personal finance community to help increase financial literacy and democratize personal finance.

Financial wellness is nearly impossible to achieve if you are having mental health issues. Recognizing this, Sandy has decided to donate $2 from every sale of her book to CAMH, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. If you’ve heard my story of addiction and recovery, you know that this has a special meaning for me, so thank you Sandy for making this commitment.

Sandy joined me in the studio in Hamilton to tell her personal finance story.

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85 - Shanah Bell


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83 - Ed Rempel

May 23rd, 2019

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Ed Rempel wants you to know that the conventional personal finance wisdom most people follow, might not be the best for your financial situation. Unconventional wisdom, as he calls it, might be your path to financial success.

Ed has been a financial planner for over 25 years and a tax accountant for over 35 years.

He is a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Professional Accountant, and Certified Hedge Fund Specialist.

Ed has spent the majority of his life actually creating comprehensive financial plans for Canadians and continuously building his knowledge base to help his clients reach financial freedom in the most optimal and efficient way.

Ed has so much unconventional wisdom to share that one podcast episode wasn’t enough. We didn’t even get to talk about all of the really interesting investing and tax strategies that he has become an expert in over the years. So stay tuned for Part 2 of this interview in the coming months.

Ed joined me in the studio in Hamilton to share part 1 of his personal finance story.

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84 - Sandy Yong


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82 - Sandi Martin

May 16th, 2019

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Sandi Martin wants someone giving financial advice to be paid by the person who’s receiving financial advice. And the someone giving financial advice should be paid a fee for the financial services they provide.

Sandi worked at a bank for years and her job was to sell the bank’s products.

When people came to her office to ask for financial advice, they didn’t have to pay her anything. The bank paid her. She worked for the bank and not for the people asking for advice. The bank would be happy if the people who came into Sandi’s office purchased one of the bank’s products before they left, and Sandi would be considered a success if she sold as many bank products as she could.

A lot of the time, the products at the bank were not the best products for the people who walked into her office. They weren’t terrible products, but they weren’t the right fit for some of the people. But she couldn’t recommend anything else because she would have lost her job at the bank.

The more she found out about the variety of financial products that existed, she realized that a lot of the best ones for the people who walked into her office at the bank existed outside of the bank.

So she left and created her own financial planning company, which is now called Spring Financial Planning.

She decided she wasn’t going to sell financial products at all.

She would talk to people and find out what they need to achieve their financial goals.

They would pay her a fee to help them make a financial plan that wasn’t tied to any financial products.

When the plan was done and they asked her how they should invest their money in a way that aligned with the goals in their plan, she could point them to a variety of suitable products that they could get from a variety of places. And they would be suitable for her clients because they would help them achieve their financial goals, not because she was getting paid to sell them.

Sandi Martin joined me from somewhere in the middle of the province of Ontario to tell her personal finance story.

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83 - Ed Rempel

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81 - Janine Rogan

May 9th, 2019

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Janine Rogan wants you to know that no one is born with an understanding of personal finance.

Janine got pretty good at making money early. Queen of the side hustle, they called her.

But somehow her bank account was always empty and her credit cards were always maxed.

This is, unfortunately, not uncommon in our society.

Making good money, but somehow the money disappears. Some people tell me this like it’s some kind of unsolveable mystery.

Luckily for Janine, she had a friend who pointed her to the world of personal finance books and blogs, and she was hooked after that.

Today you can find Janine’s personal finance writing all over the internet.

Janine joined me from Calgary, Alberta to share her personal finance story.

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82 - Sandi Martin

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80 - Michael Kruse

May 2nd, 2019

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Michael Kruse wants you to not be afraid of changing your career.

We usually go to school for one thing. One field of study. One industry. Then we work hard to find jobs and build experience in that industry. We become experts. After 10 or 15 years we become well known for doing one thing very well.

Maybe you’ve been in the same job or industry for that long and you’re totally fine. You’re paid well, you enjoy the work - there’s no reason to move on.

After 10 years working as a lighting designer in the world of Canadian theatre, Michael Kruse wasn’t fine. Among other issues, he couldn’t see himself ever reaching a comfortable retirement or financial independence making the money he was making.

So in his early thirties, Michael left his long career in theatre and decided he was going to pursue something completely different...he was going to become a paramedic.

Michael joined me in the studio in Hamilton to share his personal finance story.

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81 - Janine Rogan

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79 - Ellen Roseman

April 25th, 2019

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Ellen Roseman has been sticking up for Canadians as an advocate for consumer rights for the past 35 years.

If you’re interested in Canadian personal finance, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve already read something written by Ellen Roseman.

Ellen’s been a personal finance and consumer advocacy columnist at the Toronto Star for over 20 years and though she officially retired from the Star in 2015, Ellen agreed to stay on in a freelance capacity to write a weekly column, featuring consumer issues she believes will have the most impact for Canadians.

Ellen has written 8 books, including Money 101, Money 201 and her latest book Fight Back: 81 ways to help you save money and protect yourself from corporate trickery.

Ellen also teaches investing and personal finance courses at the University of Toronto Continuing Studies and currently sits on the board as co-chair of the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights, which we talk more about in the episode.

Ellen joined me in the studio in Hamilton to tell her personal finance story.

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80 - Michael Kruse

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78 - Owen Winkelmolen

April 18th, 2019

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Owen Winkelmolen wants you to talk to someone...anyone...before you make any investment decisions.

Ideally it would be someone in the personal finance realm. A coach like me, or a financial planner or advisor.

But please just talk to someone, because if you do, you might save yourself from making the huge financial mistake Owen made in his late twenties.

You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out exactly what happened, but let’s just say it was a bad enough experience that Owen decided to start learning as much as he could about personal finance which ultimately led to the creation of his company PlanEasy.ca.

Owen joined me in the studio in Hamilton to tell his personal finance story.

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79 - Ellen Roseman

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77 - Saijal Patel

April 11th, 2019

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Saijal Patel wants you to know that women are 80% more likely to live in poverty in retirement than men.

This is a terrible statistic. Seriously, why is anyone living in poverty in retirement.

If someone is retired, that means they have either worked at a job or a business their whole life, or have supported someone else who worked, in one way or another.

And this person now gets to live in poverty? Why is this acceptable?

Saijal doesn’t think it’s acceptable. She started a company called Saij Elle where she helps women build the right money mindset and skills so they can own their financial independence and achieve true financial wellness.

And the thing about Saijal is that she comes from the business world, and knows how to talk to businesses as well as individuals. She knows that the system itself needs to be changed, and one of her mandates is to encourage businesses to build effective financial wellness programs.

Financial wellness takes a village and everyone has to be on board: individuals, companies, the media and the financial industry.

There is a shift in the way personal finance is being delivered to the public and Saijal is leading the way by helping reduce the money stigma and shame many women feel every day.

Saijal joined me in the studio in Hamilton to tell her personal finance story.

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78 - Owen Winkelmolen

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76 - Beau Humphreys

April 4th, 2019

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For this episode, the host becomes the guest and my wife becomes the host!

I decided that after 75 episodes it was time to become the guest and tell my story.

I’ve talked a lot on the show about my history with addiction but just bits and pieces here and there.

I asked my wife, Kaila, if she would take over as the host for an episode and she agreed!

We talked about how I got into my gambling addiction, how I got out of it, and what I learned about personal finance, and life in general, along the way.

It all started with a Super Nintendo…

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77 - Saijal Patel

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75 - Recap of Episodes 1 to 74

March 28th, 2019

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For my 75th episode I decided to record a 75 minute episode with 74 1-minute (or less) segments, one for each of the 74 shows published so far (leaving 30 seconds for the introduction and whatever is left for the sign-off).

Each segment has an introduction/commentary and a short clip of the show.

So if you want to experience the evolution of The Personal Finance Show without spending 75 hours, now you can get a taste of the first 74 episodes in only 75 minutes.

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76 - Beau Humphreys (Yes, I'm the guest next week!)

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74 - Larry Bates

March 21st, 2019

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Larry Bates want you to Beat The Bank.

That’s the title of his new book and it’s all about challenging the status quo of Canadians paying the highest investment fees in the world and believing that the financial industry has their best interests at heart.

You see Larry spent his whole career on the business side of the banking and investment worlds. One day he was sitting up in his ivory tower and a phone call from his sister changed everything.

That’s when he decided to use his knowledge about the financial industry to become an advocate for Canadian investors. Larry is all about transparency and making sure you don’t pay high investment fees and he proves in his book that you don’t need to be an expert to be an investor. You just need to know the basics.

Larry joined me in the studio in Hamilton, to share his personal finance story.

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75 - Recap of Episodes 1-74

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73 - John Lanza

March 14th, 2019

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John Lanza wants to help families raise money-smart, money-empowered kids so that they can live happier, more fulfilled lives.

John is the creator of the Money Mammals and the author of The Art of Allowance.

I want to tell you everything about the Money Mammals because I like them so much, but it’s probably best that you listen to the interview and then go to Youtube and search for the Money Mammals. Describing them as puppets who are in a band and sing and play songs about money, just doesn’t feel like I’m doing them justice.

There is a Money Mammals DVD, 3 books for kids and now for parents the new book The Art of Allowance, which provides an allowance framework to find the right way for you to set up an allowance system for your kids. There is also a companion Art of Allowance podcast where John interviews parents about their allowance systems and what’s working, or not working, for them.

The thing I noticed most about all of John’s money resources for kids is how well designed and produced everything is. From the websites to the videos,songs, interactive games, and books, it’s just an amazing collection.

John joined me from Los Angeles to tell his personal finance story.

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74 - Larry Bates

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72 - Loonie Doctor

March 7th, 2019

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The Loonie Doctor wants to keep new doctors from falling into the lifestyle inflation trap.

The Loonie Doctor prefers to remain anonymous so all I can tell you is that he is a doctor and he lives somewhere in Southern Ontario.

As you may have heard, doctors are always the best at managing their own personal finances and it’s not surprising. I want my doctor to be really good at being a doctor. They have tons of information in their brains and for many, there is no more room for finances.

And it may seem like doctors don’t need help because they make so much money, but the sad truth is that the more money you make, the more debt and subsequent trouble you can get into.

The path to getting your medical licence is often very long. You get your undergrad, then 3 to 4 years of medical school, and then 3 or more years of residency, before you start making what you and I would consider to be real doctor money.

So the shift from the student/resident lifestyle to the doctor lifestyle can be shocking for some and can lead them on a path of spending money they think they have, but really don’t, not tackling their debts right away and not thinking about saving money at all. Often they end up working longer than they need to, and burning out as a result.

The Loonie Doctor decided to start a blog to try to help new doctors get a handle on things as early as possible in their careers.

He joined me in the studio to tell his personal finance story.

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73 - John Lanza

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71 - Tom Drake

February 28th, 2019

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Tom Drake is known as the godfather of Canadian personal finance bloggers.

In fact, Tom just hit his 10-year blogging anniversary this month, February 2019.

Originally Canadian Finance Blog, Tom rebranded to Maple Money and now even has a podcast called the Maple Money Show (I was on as a guest in November 2018).

Tom has created thousands of personal finance posts over the years and he did it all while working a full-time job during the week, at a company that he started with 18 years ago and still works at today.

If you’ve listened to the show, you’ve heard me talk about FinCon, North America’s largest personal finance conference. I did Episode 51 live from FinCon 2018 in Orlando. Well, Tom has been to every single FinCon since 2011, and I’m sure I will see him again this year in Washington, D.C.

Tom joined me from Calgary, Alberta to tell his personal finance story.

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72 - The Loonie Doctor

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