I’ll admit it, I was pretty late to the smartphone game. The first one I ever owned came in the mail just over a year ago. I was reluctant to use it, since I’m not the kind of person who gets excited about new technology. (Change is bad!)
But one thing I was excited about was the chance to listen to podcasts on the go. I only occasionally listened to them at the computer. Between pop up ad interruptions (I perpetually have at least 7 tabs open at once) and the demands of housework and children, I just couldn’t keep up with it.
But with my fancy cheap new phone, I could take a podcast with me anywhere! Whether I was doing laundry, running errands, cooking supper, or waiting on a bus, I could listen to a podcast with ease.
This post was written by Jamie Jeffers, a fantastic writer on personal finance!
Top 5 Podcasts for Digging Out of Debt
Why was I excited about podcasts? Well, we’ve spent 15 months digging out of debt (with 11 more to go by my calculations). That’s a long, exhausting time to stick with the debt free program. I need all the encouragement I can get.
You probably feel the same. Podcasts are great because you can get motivation, tips, and advice not only from your favorite experts, but also from the guests they interview.
So without further ado, let me tell you all about 5 of my favorite podcasts to listen to when I need a little boost to my drive.
We’ll start with the “get out of debt guru” himself, Dave Ramsey. If you struggle to catch his show live on the radio, the podcast is the perfect solution.
He makes his show available in one hour increments. (This works out to 40 minutes listening time.) That’s handy for those looking to listen in smaller chunks of time. You’ll also love picking out the episodes that best apply to you. Either the hour on student loans is perfect, or you’re safe skipping that one.
Episodes come out most weekdays.
Listen to this podcast if you are starting your debt free journey and want solid advice for getting out of debt for good.
The Stacking Benjamins podcast is a fun way to learn more about money. They tackle a variety of topics from saving on bills to handling taxes to college scholarship.
The value to this podcast is that it will help you change the way you see money. Not only do they interview experts and give you the viewpoints of several different people, but they do it in a fun and interesting way.
Most of these podcasts last more than an hour, so it is a time commitment. Good thing there’s a pause button! You can always come back to it later.
You’ll get a new episode every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Listen to this podcast if you like learning more about how other people use their money in the best way.
Hal is a fascinating guy who gives you strategies to achieve your goals. You’ll learn from his own thoughts as well as the way his guests were able to reach their own goals. (And paying off debt should be a major goal in your life!)
You’ll be inspired by people who have fought through difficult (sometimes near impossible!) situations to reach their wildest dreams.
You’ll get a new podcast every one to two weeks. Most of them last 30 to 60 minutes.
Listen to this podcast if you want some serious inspiration.
I’ve been a Rubin fan since I picked up a copy of The Happiness Project years ago. When she speaks or writes, you’ll get the benefit of her depth of research and study on whatever topic she’s speaking about.
The benefits of gratitude are well documented. If you’re someone who deals with emotions by spending (or eating, or whatever habit you’d like to change), you might find that happiness is the key to making change.
Gretchen’s tips for finding happiness and gratitude are thought provoking. You’ll find yourself recognizing her ideas throughout your day.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin puts out a new podcast each week. I love that many of them are small 3 minute blurbs. You can listen to that while you wait in a line or during a commercial break. Others are a little more detailed and last 30 to 40 minutes.
Listen to this podcast if you want to replace bad habits with more happiness. (And if you love bits of actionable advice.)
The His & Her Money Show
The McNeelys tackle topics from managing money, marriage, and everything in between. When they got married, they had to learn how to reconcile their different views on debt and money. Now they are passionate about helping others learn to manage money and build up their marriage.
This podcast is encouraging. You’ll get ideas you can implement in your finances right away. And when you need motivation to keep plugging down the debt free road, you’ll find it here.
Their podcast last anywhere from 7 minutes to nearly an hour. So you can choose the show that matches up with the time you have available.
A new podcast comes out every 2 to 4 days.
Listen to this podcast if you want a real world point of view when it comes to managing money.
These motivational podcasts will help you meet your goal of becoming debt free!
Load them to your own fancy smartphone today and listen to them anywhere.