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You can afford anything, but not everything. We make daily decisions and create habits around how to spend money, time, energy, focus and attention – and ultimately, our life. Every decision is a trade-off against another choice. But how deeply do we contemplate these choices? Are we settling for the default mode? Or are we ruthlessly optimizing around a deliberate life? Are we creating financial independence, early retirement and debt freedom? Are we managing money wisely? Host Paula Pant i ...
 
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Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn

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Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn

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Gaby Dunn unapologetically examines the intersection of finances, feelings and the f*cking system. Each week NY Times best-selling author and comedian Gaby brings a social justice, feminist, and unabashedly radical point of view to conversations with top journalists, student loan experts, tax specialists, mutual aid organizers and other money disrupters in their fields. Leave Gaby a voicemail at 844-474-4040 or write GabyIsBadWithMoney@gmail.com.
 
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Gaby reflects on the beginning's of this show and how their financial goals have changed over the years. Lots of tears. Lots of big strides. And lots of setbacks. Then, their first interview with Afford Anything's Paula Pant, a giant in the financial media world, who gives tips and tricks for successful goal setting. And finally, Gaby gushes over t…
 
In this week's mailbag, we have SO MANY emails from listeners and Gaby is STOKED. We have a couple emails about covered calls and how to not get emotional about the stock market. Then, an email about how to not get scammed by scholarship money promises. Plus, disability insurance, stock market upward trends, and how to financially help your parents…
 
What do you need to know if you're going to start working for yourself? Schmidt's Naturals founder Jaime Schmidt talks about what people need to know when they're starting their own business and takes us through the ups and downs of branding and marketing and sales. Then, Gaby talks to the Freelance Solidarity Project's Haley Mlotek about collectiv…
 
#350: Anonymous and her husband have set themselves on the path of saving for retirement. But an old mistake haunts them: a financial planner convinced them to buy a mix of whole and term life insurance, which costs them $700 per month. Do they need whole life insurance, and where else can they save their money? Mike has $60,000 in cash earning one…
 
This week, Gaby reads all your hilarious and bleak emails about working from home and why your corporate overlords are asking you to come back to the office. Then, they update our stock market minded listeners on the new electric vehicle company Rivian and why it shot up without any sales on the record and what that means. Plus, Discord's popping o…
 
We start off today with some emails detailing your experiences with class action lawsuits, a topic we covered on the show a couple weeks ago. This leads us to discuss the recent tragedy at Travis Scott’s Astroworld, and provide some tips regarding accepting refunds and injury lawsuits. Next, we go over the demands of the workers taking part in Blac…
 
Financial literacy is a big word that means very different things to different people. Do personal finance courses or credit cards for kids actually teach usable long-term solutions? Gaby delves into the research on the topics. They then interview Sara Lohse, director of marketing for BFG Financial Advisors, about how she became more financially li…
 
#348: Aja’s mom is 75 and has to take required minimum distributions from her IRA. She doesn’t need the money. Where should she put it? Anonymous from MA is flummoxed by HSA-compatible health plans. His copay and deductible are awful, and even bronze plans seem better. Are HSA plans overrated, or does the math work out? Julia and her husband, both …
 
#347: Back in the 1960’s, Jack Bogle thought that actively-managed mutual funds performed better than a passive indexing strategy. He pseudonymously published a paper saying so. But academic data from the University of Chicago challenged his preconceived notions. He attended seminars that showed how the drag on returns that come from management fee…
 
First, we cover the massive backlash to billionaire Charlie Munger's upcoming dorm at UC Santa Barbara which is expected to house 4,500 students with NO WINDOWS. Next, Zillow Offers closes down having lost the company billions of dollars, just like I predicted they would in our first Zillow episode. Then, a NY Times article covers how older generat…
 
This week, Gaby investigates the controversial FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) movement. They are joined by Tanja Hester, author of Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way, to discuss who the FIRE movement works for and what sacrifices it requires. Can someone without starter money or a large income really ethically retire…
 
#346: Pensions make Chad uncomfortable, to the point of quitting his job to roll his $175,000 over to an IRA. Is the 12 percent match his employer offers good enough to beat the two percent growth of his pension? Or should he leave and never look back? Anonymous and his wife have $275,000 saved and a child on the way. They’re 27 and want to reach f…
 
First off, why is Kellogg's facing a class action lawsuit about their strawberry Poptarts? Then, Gaby takes a skeptical look at the big news story surrounding Spanx founder Sara Blakely giving 10K bonuses to all her employees, while Blackstone invests in the company. Who is really behind the buzzy feel-good story that's been everywhere this week? A…
 
Hotel points! Frequent flyer miles! Credit card points! How do you use them and what are the pros and cons? Gaby is joined by THE POINTS GUY Brian Kelly, another queer finance media person, to break it all down for the average consumer. Then, we see how this works in the real world with Gaby's partner Mal Blum, making their stunning third appearanc…
 
#345: Let’s talk about one of the biggest expenses you might ever encounter: health care costs. When you get a hospital bill, do you understand it? After all, it looks like it’s written in code (and sometimes it literally is). How do you know if the bill is accurate? Has everything been coded properly? Are you being charged for the services that yo…
 
This week, Gaby explains more about how Zillow's iBuying program went bust! What is Zillow saying is the reason? And what is the real reason? Backlash, manipulation, stocks! It's been a scandalous week. Then, we get your thoughts on whether or not you'd buy a SPOOKY murder house. Plus, Gaby reads YOUR listener Apple reviews, Discord comments, and P…
 
Gear up, this gets complicated! Gaby dives into the iBuyer and Zillow controversy surrounding real estate and the housing market with BRAND NEW last minute information. We have BREAKING NEWS on this show. Find out how companies are buying homes, why this could manipulate the market and what this means for everyone. First, I talked to Confessions of…
 
#344: Russell’s job offers the option to contribute to a 457 plan. Since he’s in the highest tax bracket, should he take advantage of the tax deferral offered through the 457 or invest within a taxable brokerage account? Anonymous is on track to be financially independent in 14 years, but isn’t living up to her potential working a boring job. How c…
 
In our inaugural MAILBAG episode, Gaby gets a more nuanced explanation from a listener about Cara Delevinge's Peg The Patriarchy Met Gala look, hears an alternate take on dress codes, and dissects just why they love love loved the anti-capitalist Korean drama "Squid Game" on Netflix. Plus, they read YOUR listener Apple reviews, Discord comments, an…
 
Welcome to Season 9's premiere! Our first topic is one you've all requested many times: How do you negotiate your salary or ask for a raise? Gaby talks to workplace dynamics expert Amy Gallo, host of the Women at Work podcast, about what you need to prep for a negotiation and how to rewire your brain so you can stand your ground, get the money you …
 
#343: The real estate market in 2021 has been bonkers. That’s the technical term. From 2012 to 2020, home prices nationwide rose at an annualized average of 5.8 percent per year. From April 2020 to April 2021, home prices climbed 17.2 percent. This sudden surge in prices has many homeowners and would-be investors fearful of a crash. The memories of…
 
#342: Russell is a busy professional who’d like to invest passively in real estate. Is there data he can use to compare this approach to owning and managing their own properties? Laura wants to purchase her first investment property in Miami. Should she cash out some RSUs and stock from her company to use as a down payment? And what type of mortgag…
 
#341: Imagine a line. Cowardice exists at one extreme end of that line. Recklessness exists at the other extreme end. And in the balanced middle, you’ll find courage. Today’s conversation is about courage. We’re not talking about inspiring physical acts of bravery in this episode; rather, we’re discussing moral and social courage. The type of coura…
 
#340: Imagine this: You start a side hustle. Maybe you sell planners or lead workouts in the park. You make a few thousand dollars during your first year. It’s fun beer money, but not enough to quit your day job. But you keep growing. You run this as a one-person operation, though you bring on freelancers or independent contractors. Your revenue gr…
 
#339: Have you ever thought, “I’d like to invest in rental real estate but there are no cheap properties in my area!” “Homes in my city are too expensive. I’d have to invest out-of-state, but that sounds terrifying.” Or have you ever thought, “I’m curious about real estate but I’m not a fan of the idea of taking on all that debt.” Today’s interview…
 
Financial feminism! What is it? Does it exist? Can it exist? Why did Cara Delevingne wear that stupid "peg the patriarchy" shirt to the Met Gala? This week on the Bad With Money Season 8 finale, Gaby talks to HerFirst100K's Tori Dunlap, a marketing genius, investing educator, controversial Tiktoker, host of the podcast "Financial Feminist," and the…
 
Gaby shares their secret desire to try out for Jeopardy! and their love of casinos. Then, they have a nerdy and delightful conversation with bisexual flag pin Jeopardy! star Cody Lawrence all about the intricacies of that game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, and Wheel of Fortune, and also Cody's obsession with winning money on TV. Finally, Ga…
 
#338: This month, we’re running four episodes based around the four pillars of F.I.R.E. — financial psychology, investing, real estate and entrepreneurship. Today’s episode, which originally aired in April 2018, offers advice to investors who want to sharpen and hone their competitive edge. Here are three lessons from this conversation with investm…
 
#337: Meet Kristen Berman, a top researcher in the field of behavioral economics. She’s the co-founder of Irrational Labs, which designs products that are evidence-based in the behavioral sciences. Her co-founder, Dan Ariely, is the James B. Duke Professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, and one of the most famous behavio…
 
Cancel culture is real. It happens on Twitter and it makes money off of us. This week's introduction is a passionate essay Gaby has been stewing on for a long time. Then, Gaby interviews reporter Emily Vanderwerff about the tragic story of trans woman Isabel Fall who was bullied into a mental hospital because of a bad faith reading of a sci-fi stor…
 
#336: Anonymous and his partner have a one-bedroom condo that they rent out in Pasadena, CA. The problem? They’re barely breaking even. Should they keep the condo, or sell it and make better use of the profits? Sam wants to know: how much of an emergency fund does a rental property need? Michael and his wife expect their taxable income to be less t…
 
#335: Have you ever spent years studying the wrong major, climbing the ladder at the wrong company, chasing the wrong career? Have you spent years living in the wrong city? Wrong relationship? Wrong lifestyle? It’s hard to discern what *we think we want* from what we really want. Society teaches us what we’re “supposed” to want. And we follow along…
 
This episode discusses eating disorders. Please take care while listening. This week, Gaby talks to Harvard's Dr. S Bryn Austin of STRIPED about the economic costs of eating disorders and how much revenue "the obesity epidemic" has generated off of disordered eating and fatphobia. Then, they have a vulnerable conversation with their friend, actress…
 
#334: In today’s episode, we answer three questions from a college senior named Rafael. He asks about productivity tools and tactics, student debt, Robinhood and market investing, and how to establish yourself as an expert in a given domain. We answer his questions by widening the lens. People often ask about productivity tools. “Do you use Asana o…
 
Grab a pen and a notebook, everyone, because we are LEARNING today! First, Gaby talks to Shinobu Hindert, author of "Investing Is Your Superpower," about when and how to open a brokerage account, how involved you should be in your own investments, and the BIG mistakes you make when trying to diversify your portfolio. Then, Gaby dives into playing t…
 
#333: In the 1890s and early 1900’s, we had recessions every two years. From 2009 to 2020, we enjoyed an 11-year bull run, the longest bull run in history. And when we finally had a recession, it lasted only two months. It was the shortest recession in U.S. history. The duration between recessions is growing longer (these days, we average 10 years …
 
Cheers, queers! This is a very spicy and sensual sex and dating episode. Sex clubs! Picnics for dates! Polyamory! First off, Gaby's pronouns are now they/them/theirs. Hooray, gender! Then, Gaby chats with Autostraddle writers Drew Gregory and Christina Tucker, co-hosts of the brand new "Wait, Is This A Date?" podcast. Drew and Christina give advice…
 
#332: Ginger’s financial independence (FI) number is $2 million, but she doesn’t want to fully retire early. Once she hits ‘coast’ FI, she wants to 1) buy her time back with outsourcing, 2) take a mini-retirement, and 3) buy a vacation home. Does it make sense for her to divert retirement contributions to these goals, or should she aim to save $2M?…
 
In response to MANY emails from you all, Gaby delves into the classist and racist background of the work dress code. First, they interview reporter Amanda Mull who is the author of the article "After The Pandemic, The Office Dress Code Should Never Come Back." What should you wear to work? How was business casual invented? What will we wear post-Co…
 
#331: Four thousand weeks. That’s how long we live if we’re lucky enough to celebrate our 80th birthday. We rarely think of our lifespan in terms of weeks. When we do, it seems painfully short. And that’s the point that Oliver Burkeman, author of Four Thousand Weeks, wants to drive home. Rather than fight a losing battle against time, Oliver recomm…
 
Gaby and their partner are thinking of buying a cabin and Gaby has been having panic attacks about the mortgage process. There's so much judgement! Never fear, Nerdwallet's Elizabeth Renter gives the basics on first time home buying and tips for doing so even if you think you may not be able to afford it. Elizabeth and Gaby go through every single …
 
#330: Linda is 58 and wondering how to account for her Social Security benefits when thinking through the 25x expenditure equation. Her expected expenses are $100,000 - $150,000. How can she figure out if she’s ready to retire? Alise has dreamed of living abroad for long periods of time and wants to buy a property in Portugal before the minimum spe…
 
#329: Have you ever thought about how an economist views financial planning? Would you guess that it's vastly different from how some financial planners approach this work? Today's guest, Laurence Kotlikoff, is a Professor of Economics at Boston University. The Economist named him one of the world's 25 most influential economists in 2014. Professor…
 
This week on the show, Gaby tackles how to unionize, why you should unionize, and their own experiences working at Buzzfeed during union talks. Then, they are joined by Wendy Liu, author of Abolish Silicon Valley, to expose the hypocrisy that awakened her to the need for tech unions. And finally, investigative journalist Cerise Castle, one of Gaby'…
 
#328: Sarah O Sahara’s parents sold their rentals and business of 24 years. They’d like to create a trust for their grandkids with boundaries in place to avoid entitlement. How should they structure this trust? Anonymous in Canada has a fully paid off condo that she wants to turn into a rental once her new townhome is ready. Should she mortgage aga…
 
Senator Elizabeth Warren joins Gaby to put pressure on President Biden re: student loan forgiveness and to rip into billionaires opposing the wealth tax. You heard that right. Elizabeth Warren is our guest this week. Why isn't Biden cancelling 50K of federal student loan debt? Then, Gaby talks to their good college friend and Boston local Kasey Fie…
 
#327: The stories of success that highlight talent and hard work don’t tell a complete picture. The best artists, athletes, and entrepreneurs don’t always have innate talent. Not all of them have put in 10,000 hours of practice. What sets them apart is their framework for learning. Award-winning social psychologist Dr. Ron Friedman discusses his ne…
 
This week, Gaby interviews Autism advocate and technology executive Nicola Whiting about her own diagnosis, neurodiversity in the workplace, disability and neurodivergent accommodations, and the ways neuroatypical people view money differently than neurotypical people. What can employers do better to have a neurodiverse workplace? How can neurodive…
 
#326: Anonymous is struggling with being too frugal, possibly to the detriment of her health. I mentioned in a previous episode that I struggled with frugality for a long time. She wants to know: in what ways was frugality a hindrance or an asset, and how did I get myself out of such a frugal mindset? John and his wife aren’t sure how much they sho…
 
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