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What People Get Wrong About Credit, and Self-Employed Budgeting

Do you know the right way to manage your credit? To kick off this episode, Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner dig into a few common credit myths — and how people can confidently raise their credit.

Then Sean and Sara answer a listener’s money question about how to get a grip on their budget with an irregular income.
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Previous episodes

Finding a New Job and Rent vs Buy in a New City

More people are leaving their jobs, but it’s important to set yourself up for success when looking for your next gig. To start this episode, Sean and Liz discuss how to put yourself in the best position to land your next job.

Then Sean and occasional co-host Sara Rathner answer a listener’s question about whether to rent or buy when moving to a new city. They also get into how to make friends in a new city. Read more…

Investing Deep Dives, Part 3

What’s your risk tolerance? Investing always carries the risk of loss — but can also build your wealth. How you choose to invest may mean the difference between high-risk investments with low returns or lower-risk investments that have greater returns.

In the final episode of the three-part deep dive into investing, hosts Sean Pyles and Alana Benson talk about some different investing strategies and how they compare when it comes to risk and return. Learn about buy and hold versus day trading, and which may actually make you more money. Read more…

Haggling Tips and What’s Driving Volatile Car Valuation

Negotiating can save you money and help you earn more over the course of your career. To start off this episode, Sean Pyles and Liz Weston give their favorite tips for haggling, whether you’re shopping for a mortgage, negotiating a salary or shopping online.

Then Sean and occasional co-host Sara Rathner answer a listener’s question about why the value of their car keeps changing. They also discuss whether now is a good time to buy a car. Read more…

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