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Countering Uncertainty, and Building Wealth Early

The best time to start building wealth was yesterday. The second best time is today. This episode, Sean and Liz answer a listener’s question about how to start building wealth early.

Before they get into that, Sean and Liz discuss how to counter today’s uncertainty. Focusing on the fundamentals and tapping your support system can help.
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Previous episodes

Why to Question Your Bills, and Making the Most of a Raise

Question your bills. Otherwise, you might be paying more than you need to for things like healthcare, car insurance and even bar tabs. To start off this episode, Liz and Sean talk about how to scrutinize your bills.

Then they answer a listener’s money question about how to manage their finances after getting a big raise, including balancing saving for retirement and paying down debt — and how to avoid lifestyle creep.
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Travel Tips, and Finding the Right Financial Advisors

Traveling during the holidays can be a drag, but it doesn’t have to be. To kick off this episode, Sean and Liz talk about recent trends in holiday travel. They also discuss how they’re approaching holiday travel and how to get back in the swing if you’re a little rusty.

Then they answer a listener’s money question about how to find the right financial advisors for their needs. Seeking qualified experts is only one part of the puzzle — you should also search for financial advisors who put your interests first. Read more…

Holiday Shopping Trends, and Self-Employed Retirement Options

What’s your plan for holiday shopping this year? To kick off this episode, Sean and Liz talk about NerdWallet’s latest holiday shopping report, which explores how shoppers are navigating — and paying for — this unusual holiday season. They also discuss how they’re approaching shopping this year.

Then they answer a listener’s question about retirement account options for self-employed workers. While these workers have a number of options to explore, the choice that is best for them may depend on how many employees they have. Read more…

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