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Brown Ambition

Brown Ambition is a weekly podcast about juggling life, career, and building wealth on your own terms. Your hosts are Mandi Woodruff, executive editor of and former personal finance reporter for Yahoo Finance, and Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche, an award-winning financial educator and best-selling author of "The One-Week Budget."

Ep. 200 — The Absolute Best Time of Month to Ma...
31 min
Ep. 199 — Hey Hey Hey 2020!
62 min
How “The Money Coach” Balances Business, Marria...
How “The Money Coach” Balances Business, Marriage, and Motherhood
53 min
The 2 Documents Everyone Should Have Before The...
60 min
How Short-Term Stock Trading Helped This Woman ...
34 min
Ep. 198 — How Tiffany Made Her First $1 Million...
69 min
Miko Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessie's Hair Care
49 min
Ep. 197 — The Choice Between Paying Down Debt a...
46 min
Ep. 196 — The Magical Power of Slowing Down
43 min
Ep. 195 — Holiday Bonuses & The Risk of Financi...
55 min
Ep. 194 — Balancing Boss Life With Wifey Expect...
59 min
How a Brain Aneurysm Became a Blessing
53 min
Ep. 193 — The One Field on a Job Application Yo...
45 min
Ep. 192 — $40,000 of Debt and Not Sure Where t...
47 min
Ep. 191 — When Bae Doesn't Like That You Earn M...
45 min
Ep. 190 — How to Get Fired In 24 Hours Or Less
39 min
Ep. 189 — Tiffany's Goal for The Big 4-0
40 min
Ep. 188 — Credit Limit Increases, Equifax Settl...
39 min
Ep. 187 — Promote Wealth & Combat Stress by...W...
44 min
Ep. 186 — When It's OK to Make the "Wrong" Fina...
49 min
Ep. 185 — Is It Time To Prepare for the Next Re...
52 min
Battle of the Sexes w/ Paychecks & Balances' Ma...
58 min
Making Your Money Work For You with Ash Cash
41 min
Ep. 184 — Letting Fear Get in the Way of Buildi...
50 min
Ep. 183 — Tips to Talk Your Way Into a Pay Incr...
55 min
Ep. 182 — Woah, Baby!
50 min
Ep. 181 — The Crushing Cost of Childcare
55 min
Ep. 180 — When You Earn Six Figures and Feel Br...
48 min
Ep. 179 — Big Moves, Student Debt Mistakes and ...
48 min
Ep. 178 —Big Things Poppin'
48 min
Ep. 177 — How We Really Feel About Dave Ramsey'...
55 min
Ep. 176 — Classic Brown Ambition
49 min
Ep. 175 — The College Graduation Gift Heard 'Ro...
47 min
How to Start Investing Beyond Your 401(k)
64 min
Ep. 174 — When That Clever Tweet Could Cost You...
55 min
Ep. 173 — When Money Issues Threaten Your Menta...
49 min
Ep. 172 — Getting Married With Six Figure Debt
32 min
Ep. 171 — "So Money" Podcast Host Farnoosh Tora...
She tells it like it is.
37 min
Ep. 170 — When Paying Off Your Mortgage Doesn't...
36 min
Ep. 169 — Finding Your Perfect Retirement Numbe...
45 min
Ep. 168 — How "The Money Coach" Balances Busine...
53 min
Ep. 167 — Forget Mentors. Here's Why You Need a...
73 min
Ep. 166 — How Car Debt is Killing Us
62 min
Ep. 165 — The Power in P---- People Off
36 min
Ep. 164 — Your Burning 2019 Tax Questions: Answ...
44 min
Ep. 163 — Budgeting With Bae
54 min
Ep. 162 — Stressed Out About Taxes in 2019? Joi...
46 min
Ep. 161 — How Employers Leave Black Workers Behind
46 min
Ep. 160  — How Ash Cash Dodged Foreclosure, Dit...
"I ate my humble pie and learned from it."
41 min
Ep. 159 — So, About That Guy Who Scammed Tiffan...
So, About That Guy Who Scammed Tiffany Out of $25,000...
44 min
Ep. 158 — Fertility Chronicles & Credit Repair
52 min
Ep. 157 — Shutdown Woes & Debt Consolidation Qs
29 min
Ep. 156 — New Year, New You!
55 min
Best of 2018 — Meet the Couple Who Paid Off $10...
43 min
EP. 155 — The Credit Question That Had Us Both ...
33 min
Ep. 154 — Student Loan Forgiveness + Entreprene...
51 min
Ep. 153 — 'Deleting' Bad Credit History Isn't a...
39 min
Ep. 152 — Debt-Free For the First Time In 20 Ye...
49 min
Ep. 151 — When That Dream Job Might Not Be So D...
39 min
Ep. 150 — Multi-Level Marketing Rants and Credi...
39 min
Ep. 149 — Coping With Financial FOMO
37 min
Ep. 148 — Battle of the Sexes with Paychecks & ...
58 min
Ep. 147 — How Tiffany Saved $100,000 On Her Tax...
38 min
Ep. 146 — How Tela Holcomb Doubled Her 401(k) I...
34 min
Ep. 145 — Real Talk for the Debt Divas Out There
40 min
Ep. 144 — How The Recession Made Us Stronger......
23 min
Ep. 143 — Fertility Fixer Upper
A long-awaited health/family update from Tiffany
38 min
Ep. 142 — Think Outside the 401(k) — Tips to In...
Helen Ngo of Capital Benchmark Partners Joins the Show
64 min
How A Hand-Me-Down House Helped This Couple Pay...
28 min
Awesomely Luvvie Ajayi
Awesomely Luvvie Ajayi
37 min
Ep. 141 — Confessions of an Entrepreneur
The Budgetnista opens up about the challenges of scaling a one-woman business into fully-fledged company with full-time employees.
43 min
Ep. 140 —How Much You Should Have Saved by Age ...
Have you saved enough yet?
35 min
Ep. 139 – The Personality Test That Can Totally...
Mandi shares the personality test that changed the way she communicates with others at work — for the better!
41 min
Ep. 138 — Miko Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessi...
On today's show, we're joined by Miko Branch, who in 2004 co-founded Miss Jessie's curly hair products with her sister Titi, inspired by their grandmother's homemade recipes They have been serving the curly, kinky and wavy hair community ever since....
48 min
Ep. 137 – Closing credit cards to cancel debt? ...
Happy Brown Ambition Wednesday! On today's show:  Tiffany's biggest tax lessons as an entrepreneur A shoutout to Yelp Cash Back — check it out if you haven't yet!  Today's Q&A features some great listener questions —1) Does interest...
39 min
Ep. 136 – In Our Feelings
On today's show:  We shoutout listeners who Tweet or Instagram us on each show. Want a shoutout? Hit us up at @brownambitionpodcast on the gram or @theBApodcast on Twitter.  We take a question from listener Sheena who wants to know if she...
39 min
Ep.135 — Essencefest Recap; Bitcoin Woes; Homeb...
Each week we feature comments/questions from our listeners on Twitter and Instagram! Want to get a shoutout? Hit is up @theBApodcast on Twitter or @brownambitionpodcast on the gram.  As mentioned on the show, here are some great resources if...
43 min
Ep. 134: Better a $400 lesson than $4,000 lesson
Happy Fourth of July! We're back with a fresh episode this week.  We cover:  Tiffany's $400 home improvement whoopsie (ok, it was Super Man's fault technically) Risks of taking out a 401(k) loan for a home down payment A listener asks us...
42 min
Ep. 133 — The Pregnancy Tax
We tackle some juicy topics on today's show: Tiffany's decision on a $60,000 home upgrade (Yikes.) NYT's sobering report on discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace And we take YOUR questions on personal loans, credit cards and how...
38 min
EP. 132 — This is America?
Happy Brown Ambition Wednesday!   On today's show:  This is America? Unpacking the heartbreaking news from the border.  Personal loans vs credit builder loans
33 min
Ep. 131 — These Atlanta newlyweds Paid off $100...
On today's show, we have a truly inspiring story to share. Leo and Faith were about to get married when they attended pre-marital counseling at their church. It was then that they were encouraged to sit down and get honest about the finances and their...
43 min
Ep. 130 — RIP Kate Spade; Socially Responsible ...
Happy Brown Ambition Wednesday! Today on the show, we share some messages from our listeners on Twitter and the 'gram. Hit us up @theBApodcast or @brownambitionpodcast to share your thoughts on this week's episode, give us a shoutout or ask a...
46 min
Ep. 129 — 'Roseanne' Shenanigans and Gayle Jenn...
Happy Brown Ambition Wednesday! We are BACK with an amazing guest on today's show — Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne, founder and CEO of iNTENT Manifesto, a new movement aimed at helping women of color-led startups find investors for their businesses. ...
46 min
Rock Your Net Worth in 2018
On today's show:  The most important number to know: Your net worth! We take a question from listener Ashely about how to manage side hustles to boost her net worth and we chat about what net worth really means and why you should focus on...
70 min
Ep. 128 — Beauty Confessions and Stock Moves
Today on the show: We share some real talk beauty confessions...and when it’s worth it to splurge vs save  We used a free stock trading app to buy stocks recently...we’ll tell you how it’s going! We take a question from a listener who...
43 min
Ep. 127 — So, About That Time Tiffany Got Someo...
34 min
Ep. 126 — Saving Our Parents From Themselves
Want to get a shoutout on our show? Follow us @brownambitionpodcast on Instagram. Post a photo of yourself, tag us in it and use the hashtag #BrownAmbition. In the post, tell us why you're the ultimate representation of Brown Ambition. Did you just...
42 min
Ep. 125 — The Debt Consolidation Cycle
Ep. 125 — The Debt Consolidation Cycle Happy Brown Ambition Wednesday! We're featuring a "win of the week" from our BA listeners on Instagram (@brownambitionpodcast) or Twitter (@theBApodcast). Tell us your win of the week and we might feature it on...
35 min
Ep. 124 — Enduring the Unimaginable: CNBC's Sha...
In September 2016, Sharon Epperson was at the gym when she felt a relentless, migraine-like pain shoot through her head and neck. One S.O.S. call to her husband and several hours in the hospital later, she learned she was one of 30,000 people in the...
53 min
Ep. 123 —  The Best Advice When You're Feeling ...
Have 15 seconds to spare? Please take our NEW reader survey! (Yes another one — but this one's more important! Please fill it out :)  We need at least 250 to sign up and we're halfway there in less than a day. Y'all are the best. Please fill it...
46 min
Ep. 122 — The 2 Documents You Need to Have Befo...
Today on the show we have attorney extraordinaire Art Steele. Art Steele is a business and estate planning attorney who helps entrepreneurs and families protect what matters most.     She started her career at Skadden Arps in...
60 min
Ep. 121 — Parental pressures
Happy Brown Ambition Wednesday! Today on the show:  The parental pressure around baby birthday parties — let's discuss.  The Federal Reserve Bank raised rates again last week....what the heck does that mean for us? Mandi explains. Today...
48 min
Ep. 120 — How She Paid off $80,000 Worth of Deb...
This week, we welcome a very special young entrepreneur who recently reached out to the show to tell us her story of clawing her way out of $80,000 worth of debt.  Tasha Danielle, 31, is a corporate accountant in Detroit and founder of Financial...
51 min
Ep. 119 — What Does Student Loan Forgiveness Re...
Today's show is all about YOU, our lovely listeners. We're shaking up our mail bag and answering your burning money and career questions.  Have a question? Hit us up at  We're having a special guest soon to talk...
51 min
Ep. 118 — The One Thing You Should Never Do on ...
A packed show, per usual! First up, we have some REAL TALK about insurance. It's that thing we all know we need but don't really talk about it until it's too late. We'll explain the basics of life insurance and offer tips on how to shop and compare...
61 min
Ep. 117 — Housing updates; How to Save for Reti...
Have a question for the show? Head to  Also, we're on Instagram! @brownambitionpodcast
44 min
Ep. 116 — Wakanda Forever
Do you know someone with an inspiring money or career story who would be a good guest for the show? Hit us up at  Happy Brown Ambition Wednesday! On today's show: Black Panther won the weekend and we are still...
39 min
Ep. 115 — Is This the Worst Time Ever to Buy a ...
Thanks to everyone who's completed our listener survey! There's still time for you to take it here: On today's show:  We debate the merits of homeownership in today's housing market. Are we making the...
54 min
Ep. 114 — What to Do When the Stock Market Drop...
Happy Brown Ambition Wednesday!  Show us the love by taking this SHORT 2-min survey so we can get to know our listeners better.  On today's show: Mandi's got some BIG news...and does the one thing she said she never thought she'd do in New...
61 min
Ep. 113 — Sooo... Should I File Bankruptcy or N...
This episode originally aired in September 2017. Thanks for your support as Tiffany is recovering from surgery (all is well! Just needs a little R&R!). Feel free to shoot her a get well message @theBApodcast or on Facebook on the Brown Ambition...
66 min