Learning how to manage your finances—and manage them well—for the first time can be overwhelming. Where do you even start? Do you read books? Take college classes? Exactly what should you try and learn?
I get it. I used to be in that boat. I didn’t know anything about how to manage money other than a vague notion that you should save money somehow. I liked listening to podcasts, though, and so I thought why not listen to some financial management podcasts? Surely they can’t all be dry and boring.
I did find a lot of great financial podcasts, and over time, my knowledge grew. I’m no expert or anything, but I do know a bit, and I learned almost all of it by listening to podcasts in my spare time.
Here are the top 20 financial podcasts that have helped me learn and grow as a person. Most of these podcasts are a blend of the following categories, but if you’re looking for a specific type of podcast, I recommend them as follows:
General Financial Education Podcasts
- Listen Money Matters — In between the awesome banter these dudes have, the beer, and the knowledge, this is one of my favorite podcasts. It’s the first financial podcast I ever listened to, in fact. They’re super relatable, hilarious, and make finances fun and understandable.
- Martinis And Your Money — A great podcast for women listeners, or anyone! Shannon covers a wide range of topics and features a different martini on each show. Shannon is also one of the nicest people I’ve personally talked to!
- Money Girl’s Quick And Dirty Tips For A Richer Life — A lesser-known podcast, but a good one! If you’re looking to get up to speed fast on financial topics, I recommend this one. She covers just about everything you need to know in chunks of 20 minutes or less.
- Radical Personal Finance — I really enjoyed listening to this podcast once I had the basics down. It’s done by a dude who is a financial advisor, and he addresses more complex topics. It’s highly educational and interesting, and I recommend it if you’re looking to stretch your thinking a bit more.
Motivational Stories/Money Mindset Podcasts
- Stacking Benjamins — This is a great all-around show for anyone interested in financial topics. It’s well-produced and has multiple segments, which keeps things entertaining and exposes you to a wide range of topics you can learn from in each episode. They usually interview a different person on each episode about their story or area of expertise.
- Well-Kept Wallet — Deacon Hayes interviews a different person with a crazy story or topic on each episode. They’re all interesting stories, and I’ve learned something new from each one!
- Financial Conversation — This podcast is a group of financial bloggers who get together and discuss a different financial topic on each episode. The production quality isn’t quite on par with some of the other podcasts, but they more than make up for it with the quality and breadth of ideas that are presented in each episode!
- Build A Bigger Life — Adam Carroll produced this podcast for a while and then stopped, but all the episodes are still available. In it, he interviews many people and presents many ideas to challenge your mind about what is possible, and how you can live a happier life free from money stress.
- Mo’ Money Podcast — Jessica Moorhouse produces a great show where she interviews a different person on each episode about their money story. I love hearing these stories because I never knew some of these things were even possible. She targets a younger-ish audience, but not exclusively.
- Her Money Matters: Money Talk For Women — Jen Hemphill produces another great podcast targeted towards women specifically, because let’s face it, dudes have traditionally handled this area, and a man is not a (financial) plan. The ladies need to know what’s up too, and Jen presents a lot of stories and fun education about what women need to know.
- So Money — Farnoosh Torabi produces another great show, interviewing people about their money stories. Most of her interviewees are high-profile people, and while they may not be the most relatable stories, they’re still fantastic to see the pinnacle that some people have achieved and how they got there.
- Afford Anything — This is a podcast still in transition, put out originally by two financial bloggers – J. Money and Paula Pant. Paula’s taken up the torch, and while she’s traditionally been a real estate guru, she covers a very wide range of topics here. It’s still developing, but it sounds great so far!
Make More Money Podcasts
- Internet Business Mastery — If you’re looking to make money over the internet, you need to listen to this show! They cover a lot of broad topics like customer relations, starting and growing your business, etc…
- The Side Hustle Show — I love this podcast because they interview people who do all kinds of things to make money—but specifically as a side gig. After you listen to this podcast, you won’t have any excuse not to make more money no matter how busy you are.
- High-Income Business Writing — This podcast opened up the world of freelance writing to me. It’s been one of the best things I’ve done for my finances. Ed Gandia covers exactly what you need to know to get started and grow a freelance writing business. He targets people who are writing primarily for businesses, but most of these episodes are applicable to all writers trying to make money.
- Bigger Pockets — If you’re even a little bit curious about real estate investing, this is the podcast for you! I have a very specific strategy that I am interested in pursuing, so some of these episodes aren’t as relevant for me, but they are still interesting to listen to nonetheless to see the possibilities that are out there.
- The Smart Passive Income Podcast — Pat Flynn covers a huge variety of ways to make money, mindset issues, and interviews with successful entrepreneurs on this hugely popular podcast. It’s one of the first ones I listened to about making money online, and it really opened up my eyes about developing multiple income streams!
Just For Funsies Podcasts
- Planet Money — An NPR podcast that covers the human side of money. They find the weirdest stories out there, and present them in a very well-produced, thought-provoking way.
- Freakonomics Radio — A great podcast that covers a wide range of issues, only some of which are financial. I love this show because it’s well-produced, and it stretches my thinking in ways that I didn’t think were possible.
What are your favorite podcasts? Leave a comment!