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DIY Investing and Lightning Round Money Questions

DIY investing has had a splashy year, but it might not be right for everyone. To start this episode, Sean Pyles and Liz Weston talk about DIY investing — what it is, how it works and potential risks.

Then, you sent us your money questions, and we’re answering them — back to back to back. In this episode, Sean and Liz take on some of your questions in another lightning round. They give you their take on questions like how to increase your salary throughout your career, whether you can have too many credit cards and how to manage your credit score. Read more…


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Lifestyle Creep and Booking Cheap Travel

Lifestyle creep — where your growing expenses outpace salary increases — can deflate your budget and prevent you from building wealth. To start this episode, Nerds Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner talk about how to determine if you’re succumbing to lifestyle creep and how to be more intentional about your money, while still enjoying the finer things in life.

Then Sean and Liz Weston answer a listener’s three-part question about whether to pay off student loans while they’re paused, what to do with their savings and how to find the best deals when booking travel. Read more…

Delta Spending Habits and Marriage vs Mortgage

How has the delta variant of the coronavirus changed how you’re managing your money? To start this episode, Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner talk about how they’re adapting to the latest chapter of the pandemic and what you can do to increase your financial resiliency.

Then they answer a listener’s question about how to manage competing financial priorities
use their savings — whether they should put it toward a mortgage or a wedding. Read more…

School Supply Shopping Tips and Breaking Bad Money Habits

With supply chain issues and uncertainty about whether classes will be in person, virtual or a hybrid, back-to-school shopping this year poses unique challenges. To start this episode, Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner give the Nerds’ favorite tips for how to save when buying school supplies.

Then Sean and Sara answer a listener’s question about how to break bad money habits with the help of personal finance Nerd Kim Palmer. Read more…

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