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COVID-19 Weekly Update 18

July 26th, 2020



Week 18 of the COVID-19 series features Acquania Escarne.

Acquania is the creator of The Purpose of Money which is a podcast and an online community for women building generational wealth for their families one dollar at a time.  

In this episode we discussed Acquania's COVID-19 experience so far and how as a US diplomat responsible for Asia, she has been working on COVID-19 related matters since January 2020.  

Acquania will be back to tell her full personal finance story on a future episode(especially how she started saving at 16 and lived in many places around the world), but in the meantime, if you want to hear more about her background, please check out her podcast:


COVID-19 Weekly Update 17

July 19th, 2020


Week 17 of my COVID-19 series is a solo episode where I talk about my experience being a parent during a pandemic.

I don't pretend to know what it's like to be a single parent, have more than one child, or have older children, but I go through what it's been like for me since Henry was born almost 18 months ago.

Links to the podcast episodes about parenting that I mentioned:

Debt Free in 30 Episode 307 with Julie Wildman:

Because Money Podcast S6 Ep5 - Welcome to Parenthood:

Not directly connected to parenting, but something I mentioned in the episode, here's Alan Whitton aka Big Cajun Man on the Maple Money Podcast talking about the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan:

COVID-19 Weekly Update 16

July 12th, 2020


Week 16 of the COVID-19 series features my friends Brynn Byrne and Aaron Yeger, co-hosts of the new podcast "That Was a Show?".

We talk about Brynn and Aaron's COVID-19 experience and how the pandemic has affected their personal finances, but mostly I wanted them on to talk about their awesome new podcast.  I can't explain it better than them so here's the summary direct from their podcast page:

The podcast about failed or forgotten sitcoms from the 80s and 90s. Many sitcoms have stood the test of time and have millions of adoring fans—but those shows were diamonds in the rough. This podcast is not about those diamonds, it's about the rough. Some sitcoms were briefly popular in their time, some were cancelled almost immediately. You probably won't recognize most of these, and you'll say 'that was a show?'

As I said in the episode, it's important that podcasts promote other podcast, especially those of a different genre.  I listen to a lot of personal finance shows but I also listen to shows like This American Life, Invisibilia, "How Did That Get Made?", and other non-financial podcasts.  These podcasts are doing fine on their own but there are some podcasts that are excellent but people just don't know about them yet.  If you are a child of the 80s and 90s and enjoy talking about television, you will love this show like I do.



Click below to listen to the first 4 episodes and subscribe today so you get the new episodes that are planned to drop every 2 weeks: 





Until July 31st, you could win a "That Was a Show?" t-shirt, featuring the amazing show cover art by Brian Walker.  Head to Instagram to find the details on how to enter:



COVID-19 Weekly Update 15

July 5th, 2020


Week 15 of the COVID-19 series features my friend Rubina Ahmed-Haq.

Every Sunday for the last 15 weeks, right before I record The Personal Finance Show, Rubina and I record an episode of the Dear Rubi podcast.  Dear Rubi is a column podcast where we take questions from listeners and discuss the personal finance issues of the day that concern most Canadians.  So if you like the conversation that Rubina and I had today on the show, search for Dear Rubi wherever you listen to podcasts and click the subscribe button.  

For Rubina's full personal finance story, check out episode 68 from back in February 2019:

Dear Rubi Website:

Rubina's website:

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