We all need something to break up the monotony of (and rest our eyes from) our regular binge watching, social media surfing, and news scrolling. And what’s better than a podcast? Our team at Ally loves a good podcast while doing housework, experimenting in the kitchen, or lounging on the couch or in the sun.
And, since we’re all about achieving your best financial self at Ally, we’ve combed our Apple Music, Spotify, and Stitcher queues to come up with the top 14 financial podcasts (with a strong focus on budgeting and saving) that have taken our team by storm. These little auditory escapes are essential listening for our team since they offer sage advice on all things financial.
We love all of these so much that we couldn’t rank them #1 to #14, so they’re listed alphabetically.
Bad With Money
Do you love hearing about cults, money sharks, shopping addictions, or anything to divert your attention away from life’s stressors? Then this is the podcast for you. We love that no subject is off-limits on this podcast, which takes a close look at the intersection of finances and social justice. Comedian and New York Times bestselling author Gaby Dunn is a lively host to politicians, journalists, and activists as they discuss these trending (and often controversial) topics.
This is just one of the podcasts we’ve found for those in pursuit of the FIRE movement (that’s Financial Independence Retire Early) . “ChooseFI,” which is focused on the financial independence aspect of FIRE, touches on tips to reduce expenses, get out of debt, and build passive income streams — all great ideas when you need to economize or make some extra dough. FI is all about pursuing happiness and can be a useful practice for you to keep in mind when money matters can sometimes feel overwhelming. Which is why we think this pod is particularly relevant to our current times.
The Dave Ramsey Show
This pod is consistently ranked at the top of the charts, and we can see why. Dave Ramsey’s no-nonsense talk on life and money is invaluable if you’re looking to take control of your finances, even when things seem beyond your reach. And we’re crazy for the throwback radio call-in format, which brings unique issues and callers from all walks of life looking to start on the path to a debt-free future. If you’ve got financial worries on your mind, tune in, or call in — you won’t be disappointed. We promise.
The Fairer Cents
Listen up: If you’re a woman — or just interested in the money issues unique to women — subscribe to Tanja Hester and Kara Perez’s podcast immediately. It’s a favorite amongst our female team members here at Ally. We love that the hosts of “The Fairer Cents” don’t merely hand out financial advice. Instead, they discuss the complex and current issues facing women like the economics of motherhood and the wage and wealth gaps, which are more relevant than ever.
Listen Money Matters
Dubbed “not your father’s boring finance show,” “Listen Money Matters” is another top pick with our team. You might like it for its pragmatic messages that focus on actionable advice at a time when things are uncertain. Relatable, humorous, and cheeky hosts Andrew and Matt also make it an engaging listening experience. LMM makes finances understandable for all sorts, and you can even get your questions answered on-air by submitting them via email.
Marriage, Kids and Money
Host and family man Andy Hill is all about helping his listeners “strengthen their family trees and live financially free.” It’s a message that those of us with families appreciate, especially when having a family can make money tighter than ever. From raising money-smart kids, strengthening marriages, and paying off mortgages, “Marriage, Kids and Money” guides young families through financial planning in a personable and empathetic way we applaud.
Geared to the seemingly most-maligned generation, host and certified financial planner Shannah Compton Game promises to “expand your brain and help you live your life on your terms.” It’s a welcome antidote to the negative millennial messaging we so often see. “Millennial Money” talks about budgeting, saving, and traveling in a way that won’t put you to sleep, and also includes interviews with musicians, actors, chefs, and entrepreneurs. Plus, it’s proof that even now (as a millennial) you can save.
The Money Nerds
We’re crazy for host Whitney Hansen’s relatable approach to discussing money with millennials. From setting financial goals to strategies for (affordable) self-care, “The Money Nerds” offers digestible advice in a conversational and fun way that is rare and much needed in ambiguous times. Hansen tells the economic success stories of her guests and also provides personal guidance. With a variety of pod formats, from long-form interviews to the quick 5TFs (Five Tip Friday), Hansen gives a refreshing take for the younger members of our team but also has something for everyone.
No list of must-listen podcasts would be complete without an entry from NPR. And this one certainly tops our list for its fascinating behind-the-scenes takes and often untold stories. “Planet Money” breaks down current happenings in the economy through compelling narrative stories and interviews with experts who help you better understand issues like food and farm workers, lives vs. economy, negative oil, and hazard pay.
Playing With Fire
We’re fans of the FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) movement, and we think this pod is a great place to start learning about it. We love host Scott Rieckens’s story — a leading filmmaker, documentarian, and two-time Emmy nominee with a connection and passion for FIRE in life and for his family. It’s a feel-good story that’s much needed right now. Rieckens focuses mainly on gratitude and living a fulfilling FIRE lifestyle in his podcast, but it touches on other personal finance issues, as well.
Suze Orman’s Women & Money
She’s the Oprah of the financial realm, and her bi-weekly podcast lives up to that pedigree. Orman’s unparalleled expertise shines on topics such as saving and life for women “and the men smart enough to listen.” It’s an empowering and positive message that is vital counterprogramming right now. The energetic host takes questions via email, and we’re never disappointed in the variety. But, as Orman so often points out, money isn’t the end goal. It’s the means to living a fulfilling and meaningful life. We agree.
So Money With Farnoosh Torabi
Since her start, we’ve followed host Farnoosh Torabi whose financial acumen has led her to tremendous success as a financial strategist, TV host, and bestselling author. With her compelling background, Torabi deftly interviews finance, business, and self-improvement thought leaders three times a week on her podcast about topics that are relevant to you. “So Money” touches on issues like saving for a vacation and preparing for retirement in a relaxed, non-judgmental way.
The Truth About Money
When Ric Edelman, the chairman and co-founder of Edelman Financial Services, as well as a New York Times bestselling author of several books, started a podcast, we took notice. On “The Truth About Money,” Edelman answers callers’ questions on a wide variety of financial topics and shares his opinion on issues like handling fear, the COVID-19 recession, and more. It’s required listening for those of us looking to navigate unclear financial waters ahead.
The Wander Wealthy Podcast
Hosted by Tess Wicks, this alliterative podcast is the weekly show we turn to answer the question, “What should you do with your money when you grow up?” Wicks also shakes up the format to keep you curious. Some episodes include everything from interviews with female financial leaders and novice monetary success stories to shorter takes from Wicks. No matter the format, we’ve found it essential listening, so we can conquer the ever-changing financial landscape around us.
Our love for financial podcasts means this list could keep going (and going and going). With so many innovative, informative, and ever-changing financial podcasts out there, it was difficult for the Ally team to narrow this list down to just these titles.
In the end, we focused on providing the best-of-the-best but also were sure to include podcasts that speak to all levels of financial understanding. We hope this list demonstrates that finances can be fun and compelling.
Did we miss any of your favorites? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
- Which financial podcasts do you subscribe to?
- What’s the best money tip you’ve heard on a podcast?
- What is your must-listen financial podcast?
Originally published July 2019