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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…


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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…

Home Affordability and Unmarried Partners Buying a House

If you’re jumping into the housing market, know what you’re getting yourself into. To start this episode, Sean Pyles and Sara Rathner talk with NerdWallet data writer Liz Renter about her new home buying report, including how first-time home buyers should navigate the market.

Then Sean and Liz Weston answer a listener’s question about how to buy a house with a partner when you’re not married. To do it right, know your budget and how your credit scores affect your financing options.
Read more…

Job Scams and Maxing Out Roth IRAs

More Americans are job hunting, but more are falling for job scams, too. Liz and Sean talk about how to spot and avoid scams in the job market right now. Then they answer a listener’s question about the best way to max out a Roth IRA. Read more…

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