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.

75 - Recap of Episodes 1 to 74

March 28th, 2019


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.


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


74 - Larry Bates

March 21st, 2019


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.


75 - Recap of Episodes 1-74


73 - John Lanza

March 14th, 2019


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.


74 - Larry Bates


72 - Loonie Doctor

March 7th, 2019


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.


73 - John Lanza


71 - Tom Drake

February 28th, 2019


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.


72 - The Loonie Doctor


70 - Michelle Hung

February 21st, 2019


Michelle Hung is on a mission to empower women to take control of their finances by providing them the education and support in order to gain the confidence they need to make their own investment decisions.

Michelle has a degree in math, is a Chartered Financial Analyst and worked on Bay Street as an investment banker for 7 years. But instead of keeping all of this financial knowledge to herself and continuing to make buckets of money in IB, as she calls it, Michelle decided to focus on helping others.

Michelle wrote a fantastic investment workbook called The Sassy Investor which was just released in early 2019 . As you’ll hear in the interview, I’m a huge fan of this book. It’s colourful and fun, and you can even colour in it. But it also breaks down personal finance and investing so it’s easy to understand.

As she states on page 6 of the book, Michelle wrote The Sassy Investor to create an inviting and comforting environment for women when dealing with finances.

I like this book so much, Michelle agreed to give me 3 copies to give away to my listeners. To enter the giveaway head to before March 31st, 2019. And if you’re listening to this after the giveaway has closed, you can get a copy of the book for yourself at

Michelle joined me in the studio in Hamilton to share her personal finance story.


71 - Tom Drake


69 - Jason Butler

February 14th, 2019


Jason Butler wants you to know that you can still have fun and live your life while you are in debt.

Jason graduated from Savannah State University in 2008 with around $25,000 in debt, but due to a variety of factors, which we discuss in the interview, his debt increased to over $72,000 by 2015.

His most recent debt report from the end of December 2018 has his total debt down to just over $66,000.

In 2013 Jason started The Butler Journal, and starting blogging about his debt repayment and side hustles to help him become more accountable with his finances.

He decided he wouldn’t let this huge debt control his life. He would try his best to pay it down over time, but since he knew that would take a while, he made a point to try to enjoy his life as well.

In 2019 The Butler Journal rebranded as My Money Chronicles, and Jason is working on some great things for 2019 at

Jason has had a few setbacks over the years, but what I admire about him is that he keeps trying different side hustles, writing about them and helping others find ways to pay down their debts and make extra money with their own side hustles.

Jason is not alone with his large student debt. As of 2018, the total student debt amount in the US was $1.5 Trillion.

Jason joined me from Atlanta, Georgia to tell his personal finance story


70 - Michelle Hung


68 - Rubina Ahmed-Haq

February 7th, 2019


Rubina Ahmed-Haq wants you to know that personal finance can be exciting!

Rubina is a personal finance expert and has been a broadcast journalist for 20 years..

Rubina’s experience in broadcasting means that she has this ability to take dry financial topics and make them interesting.

20 years in broadcast journalism also means that Rubina has some very interesting stories, some of which you will hear in this interview.

Rubina did an excellent job as host of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference this past November and I’m excited to be helping her launch her new podcast called Dear Rubi. Head to for details on how you can be part of the podcast.

Rubina joined me in the studio in Hamilton to share her personal finance story.


69 - Jason Butler


67 - Nico Barawid

January 31st, 2019


Nico Barawid wants you to know that personal finance is very different for immigrants.

And it’s even harder if you’re an immigrant who is also a woman or person of colour, like Nico’s Mom.

Nico came to the US from the Philippines with his parents when he was very young.

Despite the fact that they were both medical residents and eventually doctors in the US, Nico’s parents faced a lot of financial discrimination because of their lack of credit history.

And the worst part about this is that it isn’t that they lack credit history entirely, it’s that they didn’t have credit history in the US. They had student loans and credit cards in the Philippines before they left.

So why wouldn’t that credit history count in the US? Good question. It’s because the credit evaluation process is broken. For as long as financial institutions have been around, no one has ever thought to connect the global credit reporting systems in a meaningful way. And all of the local systems are different so good credit in the Philippines means nothing to US banks.

So when the 3 founders of a new company called Nova Credit were looking for their first employee, Nico jumped at the opportunity to help fix this broken system.

Nico is now working with banks and credit bureaus around the world, connecting them one at a time so that one day, immigrants with good credit will be able to bring that credit to the US and Canada, and not have to go through what Nico’s parents went through.

I’m very happy that Nico is doing this and that he joined me from the San Francisco Bay Area to tell his family’s personal finance story.


68 - Rubina Ahmed-Haq


66 - Jackie Lam

January 24th, 2019


Jackie Lam wants you to be proud of being frugal.

Frugal doesn’t mean cheap.

There was a time when Jackie needed to be frugal because she had no choice.

But today, for her and many others, being frugal is really about making sure that her spending behaviour aligns with her values.

It’s about making money decisions that help you live your best life.

But for many years, Jackie was shamed for her frugality. Whether it is actually a symptom of living in poverty or a value choice, many people still judge frugality and praise free spending.

So imagine the validation when Jackie gets to college and meets other frugal minded individuals like her. Finding frugal friends that celebrated their frugality inspired Jackie to create a blog in 2009 called Cheapsters, which morphed into, her site about keeping your money in check so you can do what you love.

Jackie joined me from Los Angeles to share her personal finance story.


67 - Nico Barawid


65 - Damion Lupo

January 17th, 2019


Damion Lupo wants you to ask yourself: How can I serve and contribute to others in a deep and meaningful way?

If you’re just chasing dollars without meaning, you could end up rich if you’re lucky, but even if you are one of the lucky ones who makes millions, there’s a good chance you’re going to be miserable.

Damion’s been there. He made millions and then lost it all. And he wasn’t able to get back on track until he found meaning and truth and focused on that instead of just making money.

After going through this experience he and a friend wrote a book called Reinvented Life. Reinvented Life is a process and methodology for stepping into the life you are supposed to be living versus the one you are living today.

Personally, I think we should make it a habit of stepping back from our lives and asking: is what I’m doing adding value to the world? Is what I’m doing fulfilling? Am I making a difference in any way other than lining my pockets?

The most important thing to me is that you’re living the life that you want and that you chose, rather than just following a path or a checklist made up by someone who has no idea what is best for you.

Damion shifted from helping himself get richer to helping others have the life they always wanted. Here is his personal finance story.

(To get the free Reinvented Life workbook head to:


66 - Jackie Lam


64 - Melissa Leong

January 11th, 2019


Melissa Leong wants you to spend smart, save right and enjoy life.

Those are the words on the cover of her new book Happy Go Money, which was just released this week!

Melissa is a personal finance writer, on-air personality, speaker and bestselling author.

You might be thinking, Beau, you can’t say bestselling author if Melissa’s first book just came out.

Well we didn’t talk about this in the interview but Melissa is already a bestselling author. Her self-published paranormal adventure novels, What Kills Me and I Am Forever, written under the pen name Wynne Channing, have sold almost 70,000 copies and soared to #1 on a number of bestseller lists on Amazon.

Melissa is funny and mindful and really just wants to help you manage your money while maximizing your happiness.

Melissa invited me to her home where I got to meet her family, have some snacks and talk about her personal finance story.


65 - Damion Lupo


63 - Cal MacWilliam

December 21st, 2018


Cal MacWilliam helps developing countries get money when they need it most.

Cal is a senior economist at the World Bank, a global organization that helps to reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries.

Cal will meet with the government officials of these countries, who have already reached out to the World Bank for loans or grants, and provide them with the funding they need.

OK it's not that easy.

The government officials might need to make a few changes, before they qualify for the loans or grants. These are usually changes that will improve their country in some way. Positive changes.

Sounds like it should be an easy decision, right? Implement policy change that is meant to improve the lives of your citizens and you get money from the world Bank.

Money you asked for. Money that you said you really needed. And If it's a grant, you don't even have to pay that back.

But often Cal will visit these countries after speaking with their government officials and find they haven't made the changes necessary to qualify for the money.

Despite these frustrations, Cal continues to dedicate his career to helping others, as he has since he started at the Canadian International Development Agency or CIDA in the 1980s.

Cal now lives near Washington DC and I was very happy that he agreed to sit with me, when I was visiting earlier this year, to talk about his personal finance story.


64 - Melissa Leong


62 - Zena Amundsen

December 14th, 2018


Zena Amundsen wants you to know that money is emotional.

One of the emotions often associated with money is fear.

That’s what Zena felt when she separated from her husband for 2 years, with 2 small children and absolutely no knowledge of her personal finances.

It was during that time that she decided to stop worrying about money and start learning about it instead.

Today she is a Certified Financial Planner, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and a Certified Cash Flow Specialist.

She’s got the financial knowledge but that’s only part of it. Personal finance isn’t just about graphs and rates of return.

Money is emotional but we don’t talk about it that way. Realizing the current financial education system is lacking, Zena decided to write a book called “The Heart of Your Money” specifically to empower Canadian women to build a healthy relationship with money.

Zena joined me from Regina, Saskatchewan to tell her personal finance story.


63 - Cal MacWilliam


61 - Mr. Prairie FIRE

December 8th, 2018


Mr. Prairie FIRE wants you to discover something about yourself by knowing your finances.

Mr. Prairie FIRE, let’s call him Fred, is an anonymous Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) blogger in the prairies of Western Canada at

Fred calls his discovery of the FIRE movement his financial enlightenment.

After surviving 3 large financial crises in a very short time period, he was determined to take control of his finances.

Specifically Fred was drawn to the FIRE movement and the freedom that financial independence promises.

Fred joined me from somewhere in Saskatchewan to tell his personal finance story.


62 - Zena Amundsen


60 - Elizabeth Naumovski

December 1st, 2018


Elizabeth Naumovski is the host of a new television show called Finance is Personal.

On the show she talks with women who are experts in personal finance, while educating viewers about financial literacy.

Elizabeth decided to make women the focus of her show because she believes we need to change what is referred to as the women's money mindset. Many women are not interested in spending any time on their personal finances and this can be detrimental if there is a need to manage money issues on their own.

There aren't that many women on finance shows and definitely not many Canadians on TV at all talking about the financial issues that specifically affect women.

Having a broadcast and finance background, Elizabeth is very well suited to promote financial literacy to Canadians.

I met with Elizabeth at her office in downtown Toronto to hear her personal finance story.


61 - Mr. Prairie Fire


59 - Glen James

November 23rd, 2018


Glen James wants you to know that money doesn’t really matter.

Glen has a very successful financial planning business in Australia and hosts Australia’s top podcast for millennials, called my millenial money.

Glen believes that if you follow your passion, focus on helping others, start your own business and automate everything that you can, then the money will come.

But it doesn’t come overnight. Glen is in his early thirties, but he started in business almost two decades ago, and by the age of 25 had more real life business experience than most people in their 40s. Glen didn’t come from money, and worked hard to get to where he is today.

When the money does come, the thing to do isn’t always extreme frugality and aggressive saving. You have to take care of future you and your fixed expenses, but once you’re covered there, you should have permission to spend the rest and enjoy your life.

Glen wants you to know that the pursuit of money alone won’t bring you happiness. Money gives you options but it should not be the goal.

I didn’t get to connect with Glen during my visit to Australia in July but we were able to meet up later in Orlando during FinCon 2018, where he shared his personal finance story.


60 - Elizabeth Naumovski


58 - Liz Enriquez

November 17th, 2018


Liz Enriquez wants you to grow and learn and ask questions about money.

By age 21, Liz had travelled to over 20 countries and paid for them out of pocket...
By age 22, she paid off her university tuition…
By age 24, she saved over $50,000 and bought a house...
By age 26, her net worth grew to 6 figures...
And this year, at 27, she quit her government job after making $10,000 in one month through her various income streams.

Liz worked hard, kept her costs down and saved a lot to accomplish all of this by 27.. No handouts. No help from her parents. No inheritance.

She realized while going through these financial milestones that there weren’t many resources available millennials like her. And the resources that did exist were scattered and difficult to understand for someone who isn’t a financial expert.

So Liz created to help Canadian Millennials understand personal finances so they can save more, earn more and reduce stress about money.

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


59 - Glen James


57 - Arian Beyzaei

November 9th, 2018


At 22, Arian Beyzaei is Vice President of Operations at Enriched Academy and has investments of over $100,000.

At 16 he read Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and told his parents he wasn’t going to college or university.

They were not happy with his decision.

That year he saw Enriched Academy on Dragon’s Den and decided he wanted to join their mission to help Canadians learn, understand and control their money.

Though he was young, the founders of Enriched Academy were impressed by Arian’s passion for personal finance and his willingness to learn and let him join the company as an intern at 17.

He was hired on full time after 8 months and since then he has presented to tens of thousands of Canadians and has been the keynote speaker for hundreds of different corporations.

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


58 - Liz Enriquez


56 - Danielle Alexandria

November 2nd, 2018


Danielle Alexandria wants to help you create true wealth and freedom for the rest of your life.

She believes that creating wealth isn’t just about investing in funds and letting them grow for 40 years. A more holistic approach is needed.

As a financial empowerment coach Danielle will help you overcome your limiting beliefs about money, heal your emotional wounds and help you develop the mindset of the wealthy.

Your thoughts about money might be holding you back. You might think that you can never be wealthy or that attaining financial freedom is not possible.

Well, guess what, if you keep thinking these thoughts, there’s a pretty good chance they are going to come true!

Psychology plays a huge role in finances and Danielle is here to help you break down whatever barriers are between you and financial success.

Danielle joined me in Dufferin Grove Park in Toronto to tell her personal finance story.


57 - Arian Beyzaei


55 - Robert Gignac

October 26th, 2018


Robert Gignac wants you to know that you are capable of creating the financial future you desire.

But you can’t create a financial future if you don’t know anything about your financial present.

17 years ago, Robert lost his job in IT and realized he was actually doing ok financially. Sure, the money he had accumulated wouldn’t last forever, but as long as he generated some income to fill in the gaps along the way, he would be fine.

Robert only knew this because he had a financial plan in place.

If you are laid off and don’t have a financial plan, the only thing you can do is wonder if you’re going to be ok. You might get stressed out looking for a new job and panic if you don’t find one right away.

With a long-term financial plan, you don’t have to wonder. You’ll know if you’re ok or not.

But this personal finance stuff is really dull so Robert decided to write a book called Rich Is a State of Mind, to try to convince Canadians that taking control of your money is easier than they might think.

A highly sought-after speaker, Robert delivers dynamic keynote speeches and interactive workshop programs to International organizations, financial industry conferences and private clients.

He also has a podcast called Money, Motivation and More and a TV show called We Talk Money.

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


56 - Danielle Alexandria


54 - Rona Birenbaum

October 19th, 2018


Rona Birenbaum wants you to be financially successful.

Rona started out in the financial services industry at a time when sales commissions were huge and the focus was on making money for yourself, and not necessarily your clients.

Rona decided that this was all wrong and in the year 2000 she founded Caring For Clients, Toronto’s best financial planning firm.

At Caring for Clients, Rona and her team do something called Integrative Financial Planning. Sometimes referred to as holistic planning, it means looking at your whole financial picture. I believe this testimonial from says it best

"Rona and the team at Caring for Clients helped us put together a plan that is far beyond financial advice. Their unique holistic approach had us explore all aspects of our life to ensure that we had all the necessary support in place for our future."

Over the years, Rona realized that paying for a full financial plan from Caring for Clients wasn’t always in the financial best interest of prospective clients. So with the help of new technology, she recently created, where you can still get a great financial plan, but for a fraction of the price of a full-blown Caring for Clients plan.

I visited Rona at her office in downtown Toronto where she shared her personal finance story.


55 - Robert Gignac


53 - Darlene Patgunarajah

October 11th, 2018


Darlene Patgunarajah never fit in with the status quo. Darlene is a pioneer.

She started out as a registered nurse, and is currently working at an agency for financial advisors. This is not a very common career path.

Darlene is an excellent example of someone who built her own career path by creating new roles and systems that fit her skills and interests.

Just because you started somewhere doesn’t mean you have to end up there.

Just because a role doesn’t exist, doesn’t mean you can’t make a case for its existence.

It’s ok to reinvent yourself and even take a pay cut rather than stay somewhere that you don’t belong.

It is only by trying different things and making changes that you are able to find your true calling.

Darlene joined me in Toronto in Trinity Bellwoods park to tell the story of her non-traditional career path and how she managed her personal finances along the way.


54 - Rona Birenbaum


52 - David Jenkins

October 5th, 2018


David Jenkins wants to help you learn about investing. But he doesn’t want any compensation.

David wants you to pay it forward. If you learn something from his website, he wants you to make a donation to charity instead. David’s charity of choice is the Sanfilippo Children’s Research Foundation which was created to help find a cure for Sanfilippo Syndrome, a degenerative and terminal genetic disorder that affects children.

To try to simplify the complex world of investing, David created a website called It’s a financial education website that provides step-by-step instructions for a Model Long-Term Investment Portfolio containing six low-cost ETFs that are well-diversified both geographically, and more importantly, by economic sector.

But David doesn’t want you to just jump right in - he wants to make sure you understand the service he’s providing - and therefore he made it so that you have to complete a 6 question quiz before you proceed.

Especially if you are new to investing, it can be dangerous to follow David’s 100% equity model ETF portfolio if you don’t fully understand that he wants you to buy and hold for at least 10 years.

It’s also important to understand that the information that he provides is purely educational and is just one option for investing your money. David is a self-taught investor and is simply using this website to convey what he’s learned to whoever wants to listen.

Similar to what I would do as a personal finance coach, David is simply interested in providing you with information to help you make the right decisions for you. Please be sure to read all the disclaimers on when you check it out.

David joined me in the studio earlier this year to share his personal finance story.


53 - Darlene Patgunarajah


51 - Live from FinCon 2018

September 27th, 2018


After driving for 20 hours to Orlando, Florida from Hamilton, Ontario, I decided that my 51st episode of the show would be a live solo episode from the podcast studio at FinCon 2018.

What am I talking about for 25 minutes?

Podcasts, of course!

I listened to 18 hours of podcasts during my drive. The last 2 hours I had a live person in the car, Sarah Li-Cain, from the website High Fiving Dollars and the podcast Beyond The Dollar, so I turned the podcasts off and we had a conversation instead!

Many of the episodes I listened to were more than an hour long so I didn’t listen to as many as you might be thinking. In today’s live, unedited, solo episode, I talk a bit about FinCon but mostly about the 7 podcasts I listened to during my 2.5 day road trip. Here they are, in no particular order:

Stacking Benjamins
Afford Anything
Beyond The Dollar
The Money and Media Podcast
Mo’ Money Podcast
The Fairer Cents
The Money Millhouse

You should check out all of these podcasts, but also all of the podcasts nominated for Plutus Awards this year. You can find the list here.

If you need to pick one, I 100% recommend The Fairer Cents. Tanja and Kara are talking about things we should all be talking about and they are really good at it. This is my favourite podcast.

I had a great trip down travelling through 8 states - New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. On the way back, I get to add 2 more states, Maryland and the District of Columbia.  See you when I'm back in Canada!


52 - David Jenkins