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Small Business Inflation, and Sign-Up Bonuses

Inflation is hitting everyone’s budgets — including those of small-business owners. To kick off this episode, Sean and Liz talk about how inflation is impacting small businesses, and how you can still shop local as prices climb.

Then they answer a listener’s question about the smart way to earn sign-up bonuses while protecting your credit score.
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Taking On the Racial Wealth Gap

The racial wealth gap was created and reinforced over centuries. Can it be solved in our lifetime? In this episode, Sean and Liz talk with journalist Kimberly Atkins Stohr about her series for The Emancipator about solving the racial wealth gap. Read more…

What’s Up With Eggs, and Home Improvement Projects

Eggs — why are they so expensive right now, and what can you do about it? To start this episode, Sean and Liz crack open the factors driving up egg prices at the moment. They also share their tips for making groceries more affordable, including whether you should start your own chicken coop.

Then they talk about how to approach home improvement season in 2022. Materials and contractors can be expensive and hard to come by, so you might need to get creative to accomplish your goals. Read more…

Nerdy Deep Dive: How to Reduce Child Care Costs

Child care can be a strain on many families’ budgets — but there are opportunities for you to minimize the cost.

In Part 2 of this Nerdy deep dive, we talk with two of our own Nerds to highlight existing financial resources for parents at the federal and state level. We also discuss personal finance strategies that can help parents think long term, even if money is tight at the moment. Read more…

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