NerdWallet's Smart Money Podcast

Get smart about your personal finances—with help from the Nerds. From answering your real-world money questions to breaking down the latest personal finance news, NerdWallet’s in-house Nerds will give you the clarity you need to make smart decisions with confidence, avoid throwing money away on common pitfalls and penalties, and ensure your money is always working as hard as you are.

You’ll get pro tips on managing your investments, understanding and using your credit score, and tackling your expenses to uplevel your overall financial health. Weekly financial check-ins with Smart Money can help you spend more time doing what matters, and less time worrying about whether you’re on track to meet your money goals. 

Join hosts Sean Pyles and Liz Weston as they discuss everything personal finance, including:

- Credit cards: credit card rewards, different types of credit cards, credit card annual fees

- Investing and retirement: investment strategies, retirement planning, financial independence, investing in the stock market, money market accounts, financial strategies, mutual funds, short-term bonds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), Roth IRA investing, robo-advisors, retirement savings

- Personal finance: budgeting methods, emergency funds, paying off debt, frugal living, money management tips, wealth accumulation, money habits, cultivating a money growth mindset, debt-free living, financial resources, budgeting apps and browser extensions, avoiding scams, tax bills, financial success and financial stability

- Banking: high-yield saving accounts, online banking, credit unions

- Loans: student loans, home equity loans, HELOC, student loan forgiveness

- Home: mortgage interest rates, homebuying, home improvement projects, homeowners insurance

- Insurance: travel insurance, pet insurance, auto insurance, home insurance

You’ll love NerdWallet’s Smart Money Podcast if you like podcasts like Planet Money, The Personal Finance Podcast, DIY Money, Afford Anything, How to Money, The Ramsey Show, Money Rehab with Nicole Lapin, NPR’s Life Kit: Money, Popcorn Finance, Money Girl, Everyone’s Talkin’ Money, So Money with Farnoosh Tarabi, The Money with Katie Show, All the Hacks with Chris Hutchins, The Stacking Benjamins Show, MoneyWatch with Jill Schlesinger, or Your Money, Your Wealth.

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Holiday Shopping Scams, and Paying Off Law Scho...
25 min
What People Get Wrong About Credit, and Self-Em...
24 min
Finding a New Job, and Rent vs Buy in a New City
27 min
Nerdy Deep Dives: Investing, Part 3
14 min
Haggling Tips, and What's Driving Volatile Car ...
26 min
Nerdy Deep Dives: Investing, Part 2
20 min
5 Financial Tasks for Fall, and Kid Debit Cards
26 min
Nerdy Deep Dives: Investing, Part 1
20 min
DIY Investing, and Lightning Round Money Quest...
24 min
Lifestyle Creep, and Booking Cheap Travel
32 min
Redlining, and the Credit Impact of Paying Off ...
23 min
Delta Spending Habits, and Marriage vs Mortgage
27 min
School Supply Shopping Tips, and Breaking Bad M...
25 min
Home Affordability, and Unmarried Partners Buyi...
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...
31 min
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. To send the...
19 min
Getting Ahead of Your Next Money Crisis with Mi...
It’s a matter of when — not if — you have a money crisis. No matter your financial circumstance, preparing for an emergency can help you make smart moves under pressure. This episode Liz and Sean talk with Washington Post personal finance...
39 min
Health Insurance Deadline, and Getting the Best...
An important deadline looms for getting health insurance on the ACA exchanges. Liz and Sean discuss what you should know, even if you already have health insurance. Then they answer a listener’s question about how to find the best rates (and...
23 min
Rethinking Credit Reporting, and Lightning Roun...
Credit reporting is flawed. Liz and Sean discuss what the issues are and how they can be fixed. Then they answer a number of listener questions back to back in a lightning round of money questions, including managing taxes while working remotely and...
34 min
Combating Inflation, and Risks of Small Mortgag...
Inflation is on the rise, as your budget has surely noticed. This episode, Sean talks with investing Nerd Alana Benson about what’s happening and what it means for your finances. Then Sean and Liz answer a listener’s question about the potential...
20 min
Saving at the Pump, and 401(k) Limits
25 min
Midyear Money Check-In, and Managing Finances A...
27 min
Savings Tips, and Updates to the Child Tax Credit
21 min
When Travel Insurance Is Worth It, and Buying a...
25 min
Crypto-Earning Credit Cards, and Short-Term Inv...
19 min
The Psychology of Debt, and When to Refinance
27 min