Episodes
In this episode, I'm covering everything you need to know about Health Savings Accounts, aka HSAs. This episode was inspired by six listeners who all wanted to know if they should have an HSA. Also, there are a lot of questions about what exactly is an HSA, how does one work, and how can you use it. I'm covering it all, including a conversation with Rida Wong from hsastore.com. Links Hsastore.com Health Savings Account 101 Episode Sponsors Start your 100-day trial and shop the entire...
Published 10/24/21
I know I’ve shared this with you before, but I bought my first house at 24 and honestly, had no idea what I was doing and probably had no business buying a house then. We just barely made the money work, which is never the best idea. But, here I am. It worked out ok. I want different for you. Our guest, real estate expert, Marina Shiferman, is changing the real estate game for everyone, women in particular. In this episode, Marina shares the insider secrets you need to know to buy and sell...
Published 10/22/21
Whether you know it or not, you are making a statement with every dollar you spend, earn and save. What if your money could actually create change? Let me introduce you to a connect called Wallet Activism. Our guest, Tanja Hester, Tanja Hester, author of Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way and the forthcoming title Wallet Activism: How to Use Every Dollar You Spend, Earn, and Save as a Force for Change, is best known for retiring from her career at the age of 38, after...
Published 10/19/21
The Community Q&A comes from Sheila who writes: "Well hi there Shannah, thanks for all the great money gems that you dish out on the show. You’ve really changed my life and I love listening to episodes over and over again because I always learn something else. This podcast is like my fun encyclopedia for all things money. That sounds bad - seriously this show is fun and educational. Ok, so I have a question. I’ve really been thinking about my debt and want to seriously tackle it. I know...
Published 10/17/21
There are two ways to fix your budget. The first way is to save more money. The second way is to make more money. That's where side hustle's come in. Whether it's to earn a few extra bucks or to transition to a new career, side hustle's are a great way to better your money situation. Take it from our guest, Nicaila Matthews Okome. You may know her as the host of the Side Hustle Pro podcast or her course Podcast Moguls. In this episode, Nicaila is sharing her secrets to build a side hustle...
Published 10/15/21
Living simply is one of the best ways to create wealth. Living in only 150 square feet for years, Ryan Mitchell has learned a thing or two about living simply. From downsizing, to life simplification, and designing a life that’s right for you, Ryan brings a lot of experience and practical knowledge to the table. He built his own tiny house in 2012 learning as he went along which inspired him to help others in their journey to live small. Today he still lives in his tiny house full time and...
Published 10/12/21
Tearing down 5 investing taboos on this episode of Shannah Shares, Community Q&A. Today's question comes from Laquesha: "Hi Shannah. Thanks so much for answering my question. I really want to start investing but I keep getting hung up on all the chatter out there. I can’t figure out if I’m supposed to wait to start investing until I’ve paid off all my debt, or is that not smart to do? Also, it just feels like I need to be an expert at investing to do it well. I know that’s not true, but...
Published 10/10/21
Fighting about money with your partner is not necessarily a bad thing. When it comes to couples and money there are two issues: #1 you don't want to talk about money with your partner, and #2 you think you are always right. You just need some strategies to make sure you're cultivating a healthy money partnership. Casey and Meygan Caston, the creators of Marriage 365, are here to share how you can avoid those nasty money fights, get on the same money page, and have a thriving relationship....
Published 10/08/21
If you’re a first time homebuyer, you are going to listen to this episode on repeat! Kristi Nowrouzi is here to educate you. As a mortgage loan originator for nearly 10 years, she has analyzed thousands and thousands of credit reports and helped people have a well-rounded understanding of finance, money, and credit as it pertains to them. Kristi shares how to beat out cash buyers, how to get the best mortgage for you, and she’s walking you through the ENTIRE mortgage process from soup to...
Published 10/05/21
In this episode of Shannah Shares, Community Q&A, I'm covering tips to boost your credit score this fall. Our community question comes from Jackie: "Hello, Shannah. I finally worked up enough courage to send in a question. I’d love to know any money tricks in general and how to boost my credit score. I’m really trying to get my money stuff (trying to avoid profanity there but you know what word I want to use) together this fall. My credit has been in the not so good place for a while, my...
Published 10/03/21
Do you straight up love to shop? If you're anything like me and the answer is yes, the trick to shopping smart is to find a good deal and feel like I’ve won at ballin’ on a budget. I asked Trae Bodge, our resident smart shopping expert, to dish everything you need to know how to shop smart and save money all year long. The trick is to take that savings and then put it towards your money goals. Do these tricks and watch your goals come to life right and left. Links Trae's Website Trae on...
Published 10/01/21
This episode is your masterclass in everything you need to know about home owner's and renter's insurance. Steve Lekas, co-founder and CEO of Branch Insurance, is here to educate and demystify all things homeowner’s insurance.  We talk about it all, how much insurance should you have, how to save money, and some fun tips including my very favorite insurance policy that you need to have in this episode Steve got his start in insurance at Allstate to put himself through school at Kent State. A...
Published 09/28/21
Every Sunday I’m going to be answering your questions in these special Shannah Shares community Q&A episodes. Sometimes I’ll tackle a single question and sometimes it might be multiple questions, so keep tuning in. Today’s Community question comes from Robbie: "Hi there, Shannah, thanks so much for taking the time to answer my question and for all the great money content. I’m seriously learning so much. I wish I would’ve had this podcast when I was in college. I’m in my mid 30’s now...
Published 09/26/21
Do you remember who talked to you about money? For most of us, the answer to that question is no one, really. In fact, a recent study by Quicken revealed that one-third of adults said no one taught them about money when they were a child and in turn, are twice as likely to delay talking to their own children about money until they are 18 or older. Frustrated by this, Gregg Murset, CEO of BusyKid, decided to find a better way to talk to kids about money. Using technology, Gregg created My Job...
Published 09/24/21
I think the burning question we all have is how to build sustainable wealth. Building wealth is great, but maintaining it and sustaining it is a whole other conversation. Look at the statistics behind lottery winners. According to the National Endowment for Financial Education, about 70 percent of people who win a lottery or receive a large windfall go bankrupt within a few years. So you've got to know the keys to building wealth, and then keeping that wealth.  Akeiva Ellis is a financial...
Published 09/21/21
I'm launching a new series called Shannah Shares: Sunday Community Q&A. Every Sunday I'm going to answer your questions and share your money success stories. Tune in for my take on all things money in these fun community driven episodes. In this episode, I'm answering a community question from Sheri about how you structure a money date, why you need to have a money date every week, and how to utilize your time wisely. If you have a question that you want me to answer on an upcoming...
Published 09/19/21
There is power in creating a diversified stock portfolio. But how exactly do you create diversification? In this episode, Myles Gage deep dives into the how and why behind creating a diversified stock portfolio using his 5 letter trick, FETCH. Myles is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Rapunzl Investments, a mobile app that allows you to simulate a stock portfolio with real-time data. Myles is also an advocate for encouraging young people to invest given his exposure of learning...
Published 09/17/21
What would it look like to create a winning money game plan? It would mean you have your money working for you in all the ways. You are saving, investing, growing and managing your money towards your goals. In this episode,  Hillary Seiler is going to show you how to do just that. Hillary is the definition of a serious BOSS! She is a Certified Financial Educator (CFEd®) and coach for seven NFL teams, who teaches people how to win with their money. She is also the founder of Financial...
Published 09/14/21
Open enrollment for health insurance is right around the corner. However, no matter when you’re listening to this episode, you’re going to love this guide to hacking health insurance with Cosmopolitan Deputy Lifestyle Director Ashely Oerman. Ashley is breaking down what you need to know to save some bucks in the process, like her great tip on whether to choose an HMO or PPO and how to save $84,000. She also shares what you need to know about a Health Savings Account and ways to save on...
Published 09/12/21
I asked over 100 people what their best money advice is that everyone should know about. You'd be shocked to learn that many people shared the exact same tips. Proof that how everyone thinks about money isn't so different after all .In this episode I'm sharing the top 15 tips that were the most common tips including money hacking tips, mindset tips, and wealth-building tips. If you loved this episode: Check out 13 Money Secrets No One Teaches You But You Should Know. Episode...
Published 09/10/21
In this episode we’re talking about the power of learning money fundamentals. After all, money fundamentals truly are the secrets to a happier and healthier life. Why you ask? Learning the fundamentals, the why and the how to’s behind money, gives you confidence. As our guest Bolun Li says, the confidence to ask for help, explore the financial world, and ultimately make better choices.  Bolun is the Gen Z founder & CEO of Zogo, which he founded in his freshman year at Duke University....
Published 09/07/21
Money doesn’t always have to be used for expensive purchases or saved to pay off emotionally charged debt like student loans. Sometimes, money can be used for simple, easy to accomplish money steps. In this special reboot episode, I’m giving you eight small and affordable money steps you can take right now. You'll learn, why small steps can make a big difference, #1 thing you can do with your money to help someone (and not spend a penny), why you need a me December, dates to set on your...
Published 09/05/21
There are always so many things to do with your money. Investing is something you know you need to do, but it might feel overwhelming or too risky. Our guest Shinobu Hindert wants to change that. Shinobu is a Certified Financial Planner, creator of Empowered Planning, and author of a new book called, Investing is Your Superpower. Shinobu believes that investing isn’t just for men. Instead, investing is for anyone who wants to thrive financially. In this episode, we cover how to create an...
Published 09/03/21
There is no denying that core values are fundamental to your money success. Today's guest, Shari Greco Reiches, is the author of the new book, Maximize Your Return on Life: Invest Your Time and Money in What You Value Most. Shari is also the Co-Founder, Principal, and Chief Visionary Officer of Rappaport Reiches Capital Management where she aligns clients' financial planning with their core values. She is sharing how to uncover your core values and then align them to your money so every...
Published 08/31/21
Have you ever had those moments when you know you’ve got some extra cash in your bank account and then you aimlessly spend it all while thinking, "I know there was some good reason I was saving this money?" This special summer reboot episode is all about creating a plan to upgrade areas of your life where you spend the most amount of time because, without a plan, that extra cash will likely be spent on stuff you don't really need. That's not a bad thing, but the idea is to be intentional...
Published 08/29/21