The 5 Best Personal Finance Podcasts You Haven’t Heard of Yet
This article was originally published on Forbes
Have you ever tried to Google “best personal finance podcasts” to find suggestions of new shows to listen to? If so, you might have noticed something funny about the results:
Most of those lists tend to feature the same 6–7 podcasts that have either been around forever (like So Money or Listen Money Matters), or are backed by some serious media firepower (think NPR-produced shows like Planet Money).
And isn’t the whole point of looking for a list of great podcasts to listen to next to get new ideas, not the same old shows you’ve seen a gazillion times?
I certainly think so — which is why I created my own list of my favorite newer, up-and-coming, or underappreciated shows that you probably haven’t heard of… yet.
If you need some different, unique, or new-to-you personal finance podcasts, try one of these shows.
1. Couple Money with Elle Martinez
Considering fights about money are one of the leading causes of maritial stress, knowing how to manage your finances with a significant other is a critical skill to master… which is also really hard to do.
Thankfully, there’s the Couple Money podcast to help you navigate this challenge and come out on the other side with a stronger relationship (and better finances).
Elle Martinez doesn’t ignore the reality of the numbers that couples need to work with, but the focus of this podcast is more on the conversations — and compromises — that people in committed relationships need to have and share in order to reach their biggest financial goals together.
Listen to Couple Money
2. Beyond Finances with Eric & Kali Roberge
It’s easy to find podcasts that talk about money and investing. It’s even easier to find ones that talk about boring basics like budgeting and dealing with debt.
It’s hard to find anything that takes a meaningful look at how money actually impacts your real life day after day, year over year.
Beyond Finances isn’t like any other podcast that covers money, and exists at the intersection between self-awareness, personal development, and financial success. It’s what you need to listen to if you want to make a meaningful impact on not just your finances, but your life in general.
If you want a change from the usual host-talks-to-a-different-guest-each-week kind of podcast, drop in on these deep conversations to help you improve how you think and act around money and provide you the opportunity to get a new perspective on how to get rich, grow wealth, and increase your happiness along the way.
Listen to Beyond Finances
3. Popcorn Finance with Chris Browning
Don’t have a lot of extra time on your hands? Want to increase your financial knowledge and money know-how immediately? Popcorn Finance might be your new favorite show.
Host Chris Browning is a financial analyst by day — but by night, he creates podcast episodes to help you better understand your own personal finances in less time than it takes to pop a bag of popcorn.
If you need more convincing to cue up a few of these snackable shows, it might help to know Popcorn Finance was the 2018 Plutus Award winner for Best New Personal Finance Podcast and Chris himself was named one of Nerdwallet’s African American Financial Gurus to follow in 2018 and 2019.
Listen to Popcorn Finance
4. The Money Nerds with Whitney Hansen
Ever read one of those articles about someone who retired at 30, and is now doling out their best financial advice so you can do it too? And then you realize the whole reason they were able to be so financially successful was because they made half a million bucks a year in tech, or their parents paid for their college education and gave them a condo?
It’s not really helpful to hear stories about people who “made it” when they did so with some pretty unrealistic circumstances the rest of us probably can’t replicate — and that’s a huge reason why The Money Nerds is so refreshing.
Whitney Hansen interviews down-to-earth guests and real people with lives you can actually relate to, who are doing amazing or really unique things with money. Whether she’s talking with families who paid off thousands of dollars of debt with very modest salaries, coaches who warn against the unexpected dangers of positive thinking, or sharing affordable ways to learn new skills, Whitney brings a wide variety of conversations you can actually relate to and learn from to this show.
Listen to The Money Nerds
5. Redefining Wealth with Patrice Washington
This podcast might be a little bit of an outlier to include on a list highlighting shows you’ve “never” heard of before — because Patrice has a massive following and millions of downloads. And yet this show we rarely rarely see on “best of” lists, even though it absolutely deserves to be there.
Redefining Wealth aims to help listeners chase purpose in their lives, instead of pursuing money for the sake of having more. She and her guests cover topics that range from how to downsize in a way that makes you feel lighter and more fulfilled in life, to understanding when to let go of projects, passions, and goals, all the way to rebuilding your life after a major financial loss.
To Patrice, wealth is not about how uch you have or what kind of stuff you own — it’s about genuine, true well-being. This podcast can help you get in touch with the deeper reasons for increasing your financial literacy and understanding more about personal finance.
Listen to Redefining Wealth
Know of another excellent podcast that seems underappreciated or deserves to be on more “best of” lists? Let’s connect on Twitter, and let me know about your favorite financial podcast that should be highlighted.