I love listening to podcasts.
You can think of podcasts as free, on-demand, topical radio programs. There are podcasts available on practically any topic you can imagine including business, entertainment, sports, self-improvement, health, art and literature, politics and current events, technology, education, family, religion, and yes, financial matters. If you have a subject that interests you, there is probably a podcast on that topic. And the best part of listening to podcasts is that it is completely free.
How to listen
With the advent of tablets and smartphones it has become easier and easier to listen to podcasts. The granddaddy of podcast directories is Apple’s iTunes store. When I first started listening to podcasts I subscribed to them through iTunes and synced with an iPod nano. Today there are many more options. Apple now has a Podcast app that can be used to subscribe and listen to podcasts on iOS devices. There are also a number of great third-party apps that can now be used. Stitcher, Downcast, Doggcatcher, iCatcher, Instacast, and TuneIn radio are just a few of the apps available.
My personal favorite is the Pocket Casts app. I prefer it because there are Android and iOS versions and they can sync with each other so regardless of whether I use my iPad or my Android phone to listen, my list of available podcasts is always the same in both locations.
Some of these apps are free while others have a small fee associated with the app. Most of these apps though are less than $5 and the podcasts you subscribe to are free.
For me podcasts provide hours of free entertainment and more importantly provide me a great way to learn new things.
My favorite financial podcasts
There are several financial podcasts I listen to regularly. Here are some of my favorites.
The Dave Ramsey Show
This was the very first podcast I ever listened to. Many years ago when we were getting out of debt I was searching for a way to listen to the Dave Ramsey Show when I wasn’t able to get it on the radio. I found that Dave puts out 1 hour of his daily radio program in podcast format and I have been listening to it ever since. While we followed Dave Ramsey’s baby steps to get out of debt years ago, I still enjoy listening to the program each day as it helps keep me motivated to remain on track and debt free.
The Money-Guy Show
Brian Preston is a fee-only financial planner in the Atlanta area and many years ago he started a bi-weekly podcast called “The Money Guy”. He currently co-hosts the show with Bo Hanson, another of the firm’s financial planners. While a large part of the shows focus on investing topics, they also frequently talk about other financial topics as well. Brian loves to be frugal and squeeze every last ounce of value out of each dollar he spends so often they talk about new ways to save, find deals, etc.
Money Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life
Laura Adams is the money girl and she does a short (usually 8-10 minute) weekly podcast where she tackles one specific financial question or topic. Recent shows have included things like when and why to incorporate if you are self-employed, what happens to credit card debt when you die, how to sell a house fast in any market, and tips for saving money on travel. I love the quick little self-contained, bite-sized chunks of financial education she provides.
Howard Dayton and his co-host Steve Moore host the daily Moneywise show. Howard used to partner with the respected Christian financial counselor, Larry Burkett. He and Larry founded Crown Financial Ministries and Howard left a few years ago to form Compass One. They have a daily radio program that is heard around the country and is made available via podcast. They usually start the program with a discussion of some financial topic from a Christian perspective and then spend the remainder of the program taking calls from their listeners. Howard provides years of financial wisdom with a strong Biblical focus.
Ric Edelman’s The Truth About Money
Ric Edelman is the chairman of Edelman Financial Services, one of the nation’s largest independent financial planning firms. He does a 2 hour weekly radio program that is also made available in podcast form. I find him very talented at explaining complicated investing concepts in ways that are easy to for the average person to understand. I disagree philosophically with his views on the benefits of a home mortgage, but other than that, I find his views and teaching to be very sound and educational.
You Need A Budget
Jesse Mecham, the founder of the popular YNAB budgeting solution, does a short weekly podcast where he discusses a variety of topics related to budgeting. He always gives me something good to think about regarding how I can best manage my money.
The Dough Roller Podcast
While not a new podcast, this is one I just started listening to fairly recently. Rob Berger posts podcasts 2-3 times a week on a variety of investment related topics. Sometimes he is a little more aggressive in his investing philosophy than I’d prefer. For example, I much prefer mutual funds or ETF’s over single stocks. But overall I find Rob’s podcasts enlightening and informative as I think he also does a very good job of tackling complicated investing concepts and explaining them in a thorough but simple way that makes them easy to understand.
48 Days to the Work You Love
While this isn’t strictly a financial podcast, it is a great career oriented podcast, and our careers certainly affect our financial situation. Dan Miller answers listener’s questions each week on a variety of career oriented topics. If you are not happy with your current career, Dan is a good resource for helping you move toward a career you desire.
Here are 10 more podcasts I enjoy that aren’t necessarily financially related.
The Entreleadership Podcast – Based off Dave Ramsey’s entreleadership concept (combining entrepreneurship and leadership). They have some great interviews with best selling authors and business leaders including people like Seth Godin, Jim Collins, Simon Sinek, Mark Cuban, Stephen M.R. Covey, and so many more.
Read To Lead Podcast – Dan Brown interviews an author each week about their latest book. Great place to get tips on things to read to make me a better person.
Chris Locurto Show - Chris used to be part of Dave Ramsey’s Entreleadership team and left a couple years ago to start his own business. He has great insights on life, business, and personal development.
In the Loop with Andy Andrews – Two words come to mind when I think of Andy Andrews – funny and wise. His podcast consists mostly of him addressing questions sent in by his listeners on life, parenting, business, and many other things. He is a little like that favorite uncle that always had just the right thing to say to make you think about a topic in a new and fresh way.
Southeast Christian Church – I love the pastors, Dave Stone and Kyle Idleman, from Southeast Christian Church in Louisville Kentucky. Their weekly messages are an inspiration.
The Tolkien Professor – I admit my all-time favorite books are the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. Dr. Corey Olsen has taught Tolkien at the university level and I love to listen to his periodic podcasts on all things Tolkien.
The Portfolio Life – I just recently came across this podcast. Jeff Goins is something like a younger Andy Andrews. He always gives me something to think about and brings a wisdom more than his years.
This Is Your Life – Michael Hyatt is the former chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishing and has built a massive internet audience through his blog and podcast. He provides weekly insight into being an intentional leader.
1 Year Daily Audio Bible – Brian Hardin has been doing the Daily Audio Bible for many years now. He simply reads a passage from the Old and New Testaments plus a selection from Psalms and also Proverbs each day. Each year he reads through the entire Bible. If you are busy and on the go, it’s a good way to spend some time daily in the Word.
Your Website Engineer – Dustin Hartzler does a weekly podcast where he talks about the latest WordPress news as well covering a specific WordPress topic. If you are a blogger it’s a great way to learn something new about using WordPress each week.
A great free way to learn
The great thing about podcasts is you can listen to them while you do other things. For me, I have about an hour commute each way everyday to work. I could do something mindless to pass the time while I’m driving, but podcasts give me the great opportunity to use that time to learn new things.
If you have never listened to a podcast I encourage you to check one of these out. It is a great way to learn new things and find free entertainment. I encourage you to go find one of these podcasts and give it a try. You might just get hooked!!
If you are already a podcast listener, what is your favorite podcast?