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Money Confidential, a new podcast from Real Simple, explores the many aspects of money: making it, saving it, investing it, giving it, spending it and—sometimes, hardest of all—talking about it. Each week, Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez, a nationally recognized money expert, delves into your (confidential) money problems and delivers smart, practical, and completely doable solutions that will help you work toward your ultimate financial goals. She cuts through the confusion of investing beyond your 401(k), eases the overwhelming pressure of paying off student debt while saving for the future, and even tackles the stress that comes with mixing money and relationships (Is it really OK to keep money secrets from your partner?!). This is the place to come for real talk about money—and real solutions that actually work.

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Buying your first home is already a major money milestone—but having to do it on your own in an uncertain housing market can make it feel even more overwhelming. In this episode, host Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez interviews real estate expert and mortgage lender Nicole Rueth about how to navigate the home-buying process as a single person - including the options and alternatives available to single buyers who fear being priced out of this hot housing market. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Real estate prices are extremely high, and now mortgage rates are also rising. Has first-time homeownership ever felt more out of reach? On this week’s episode, host Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez talks to Dr. Daryl Fairweather, chief economist at real estate brokerage Redfin, about what today’s housing market means for prospective buyers, plus whether it makes more sense to buy or rent right now. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is now really a good time to be investing? With prices going up and the stock market falling, how should you adjust your financial plans and investing strategy? Stefanie sits down with Katie Gatti Tassin, host of the Money with Katie podcast, to find out. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Once you’ve paid off your debt, established an emergency fund, and started investing for retirement, you’ve got your financial fundamentals in place - but is it enough to afford the future you want for yourself? And if not, what should you do next? This week, Stefanie interviews Certified Financial Planner Douglas Boneparth about how to prioritize your savings and investments and what to consider after you’ve maxed out your retirement accounts. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s frustrating when you’re not getting what you want out of your career, whether it’s money, meaning, or in the case of this week's listener, both. So what do you do next? Give up the security of a steady paycheck to pursue your passions? Or stick it out and hope that someday you’ll make more money -- and if that’s a possibility, what can you do to try to make it happen? On this episode, host Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez turns to Terri Trespicio, author of Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life that Matters to You, for answers. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez - Host/Producer Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Engineer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The wealth gap between young married couples and their single counterparts has more than doubled since 2010. It’s expensive being single, and inflation is making it even harder to manage rising costs on a single income. This week, Stefanie interviews writer Anne Helen Petersen about the rising costs of being single in America. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
More than half of American workers say they’re behind on their retirement savings, and 46% expect to retire with debt. Stefanie interviews Joe Saul-Sehy, personal finance expert and author, about how we can prepare our finances and our lifestyles for this retirement reality. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Stefanie talks to a listener who is the first in her family to live, work and build her wealth in the United States, and the impact that has on her relationship with both her money and her family. Personal finance author Berna Anat weighs in with how to manage the unique financial considerations for immigrants, first- and second-generation Americans.  For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As prices rise on everything from food to housing, your paycheck may not be going as far as it used to. So how can you or should you bring up inflation in your next salary negotiation? Stefanie turns to career coach and co-host of The Brown Ambition podcast Mandi Woodruff-Santos for answers. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is now really a good time to be investing? With prices going up and the stock market falling, how should you adjust your financial plans and investing strategy? Stefanie sits down with Katie Gatti Tassin, host of the Money with Katie podcast, to find out. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Alicia, a 49-year-old school psychologist and mother of two children, is juggling multiple money goals following her recent divorce: furnishing her new home, paying off debt, helping her college-aged kids pay their tuition, and building up her savings. Host Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez and attorney and wealth expert Tasha Cochran lay out a step-by-step plan to help Alicia and others like her get their financial lives in order. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Once you’ve paid off your debt, established an emergency fund, and started investing for retirement, you’ve got your financial fundamentals in place - but is it enough to afford the future you want for yourself? And if not, what should you do next? This week, Stefanie interviews Certified Financial Planner Douglas Boneparth about how to prioritize your savings and investments and what to consider after you’ve maxed out your retirement accounts. If you have a money story or question to share, you can send us an email at money.confidential@realsimple.com. You can also leave us a voicemail at ‪(929) 352-4106‬. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Buying your first home is already a major money milestone—but having to do it on your own in an uncertain housing market can make it feel even more overwhelming. In this episode, host Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez interviews real estate expert and mortgage lender Nicole Rueth about how to navigate the home-buying process as a single person - including the options and alternatives available to single buyers who fear being priced out of this hot housing market.\ If you have a money story or question to share, you can send us an email at money.confidential@realsimple.com. You can also leave us a voicemail at ‪(929) 352-4106‬. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When Julia’s marriage ended she did not expect to lose half of her savings. Now that she’s thinking about getting remarried, Julia wants to protect herself financially and is considering asking her partner for a prenuptial agreement. Host Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez sits down with Beatrice Leong, a divorce and family law attorney, to discuss what Julia, and all couples considering marriage, need to know about getting a prenup. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Student loan debt can make you feel like you’re never going to get ahead, especially when your total student loan balance is hundreds of thousands of dollars - as it is for this weeks' listener. In this episode host, Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez, interviews Melissa Jean-Baptiste, the founder of Millennial in Debt, about her journey of paying off $102,000 of debt, and her strategies for anyone else trying to do the same. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Fertility treatments like IVF and IUI are expensive, and for most Americans, not covered by insurance. Not to mention, there are no guarantees, making it difficult to know how much these treatments will ultimately cost. This week on Money Confidential, we talk about how to pay for the fertility treatments you need and navigating a financial plan in the midst of so many unknowns. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Real estate prices are insanely high, and now mortgage rates are also rising. Has first-time homeownership ever felt more out of reach? On this week’s episode, host Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez talks to Dr. Daryl Fairweather, chief economist at real estate brokerage Redfin, about what today’s housing market means for prospective buyers, plus whether it makes more sense to buy or rent right now. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week we are going to hear from three past expert guests who know what it’s like to balance the needs of their children (like paying for college) with their own, sometimes competing, financial needs (like saving for retirement). Learn how these experts find balance while also educating their children about spending and saving money early on. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode Summary: You want to travel, but you’re not sure if you can afford to - at least not without guilt or fear of jeopardizing your other financial goals. In this episode, host Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez speaks with founder of Pennywise Traveler, Angel Trinh, about practical ways to save on travel. And how to build your travel spending into your financial plans alongside the rest of your money goals. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez- Host/Producer Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Producer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s frustrating when you’re not getting what you want out of your career, whether it’s money, meaning, or in the case of this week's listener, both. So what do you do next? Give up the security of a steady paycheck to pursue your passions? Or stick it out and hope that someday you’ll make more money -- and if that’s a possibility, what can you do to try to make it happen? On this episode, host Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez turns to Terri Trespicio, author of Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life that Matters to You, for answers. For more info visit realsimple.com/moneyconfidentialpodcast Money Confidential is produced by: Stefanie O'Connell Rodriguez - Host/Producer Mickey O'Connor - Senior Editorial Director, Real Simple Lottie Leymarie - Executive Producer Jenny Snyder - Audio Engineer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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