Smart Money Podcast

In each episode, NerdWallet experts answer real-world financial questions, so you can work toward your goals faster and manage your money smarter.

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How Much Can You Really Make from a Side Hustle Like DoorDash?

Understand how much extra income you could get from a side hustle like DoorDash and get a budgeting and investing basics refresh. Read more

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Overcome AI Fraud: Navigating Voice Cloning and Digital Scams

Learn how scammers deceive victims by using AI for voice cloning and learn how you can protect yourself from other AI-related fraud. Read more

Understand and Avoid Financial Scams: Phishing, Vishing, Smishing and More

Learn how to spot and avoid online scams, including imposter scams, investment scams, phishing, vishing and smishing. Read more.

How To Guard Against Cyber Fraud: Essential Steps to Protect Your Identity

Explore how to protect yourself from identity fraud, understand its emotional toll and learn fraud recovery steps. Read more.

Previous episodes

Estate Planning Essentials: What to DIY and When to Lawyer Up

Learn why estate planning is important even if you don’t own a lot of assets, along with when to ask for professional help. Read more

Give Yourself a Mid-Year Money Check-in for a Smarter Summer, with Shannah Game

Beat the financial heat with fun summer savings tips and get mid-year financial check-up strategies for a stress-free season. Read more.

How to Navigate Income Swings in a Creative Career

Discover how to navigate financial uncertainty in a creative career with insights from a jazz saxophonist's personal journey. Read more

How to Gamble Without Going Broke and Grappling with Mortgage Interest

Learn about the psychology of gambling and smart tips for making home buying decisions amid undesirable interest rates. Read more

Moving Could Benefit You: Budgeting for a Brighter, Safer Future in the LGBTQ+ Community

Learn how moving could benefit you if you feel compelled to relocate due to safety concerns — and how to budget for a sudden move. Read more

Overcome Impulsive Shopping: Strategies to Resist Social Media Spending Triggers

Understand the urge to spend money while scrolling on social media and learn strategies to control impulsive purchases. Read More.

The Intricacies of Interest: The Backbone of Mastering Your Finances

Author Jake Cousineau explains why it’s important to teach interest and budgeting to students — and how to learn as an adult. Read more

Credit Card Secrets Revealed and How to Balance Multiple Loans

Learn handy tips you probably didn’t know about credit cards and why paying off loans could actually lower your credit score. Read more

Embrace Financial Vulnerability to Get Out of Debt: Social Media’s Impact on Financial Freedom

Brittney Reynolds explains how sharing her finances publicly on social media helped her get out of debt and develop a new community. Read More.

Finance Your Creative Career with Felicia Day’s Gig Economy Survival Guide

Writer, producer, and actor Felicia Day shares her financial journey working in Hollywood, with tips for managing your budget when gigs are inconsistent.

Save More with Coupon Tactics for the Digital World

“Krazy Coupon Lady” Joanie Demer shares couponing tactics and how coupons work to help you outsmart rising costs. Read more

Safeguard Your Finances: Tips on Emergency Funds, Insurance, and Index Fund Investments

Learn how to build a financial safety net to conserve your wealth and the ins and outs of investing in index funds. Read more