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More Money Podcast

Want to learn how to save, earn, and do more with your money? Then welcome to the More Money Podcast! Canadian Money expert, Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada® and podcast host Jessica Moorhouse is here to guide you on your personal finance journey and share the stories, expertise, and wisdom from top personal finance and business experts, celebrities, entrepreneurs, authors, and influencers to help simplify and demystify the "complex" world of money. In other words, if you want to get a better handle on your money but have no idea where to start...you're in the right place. New episodes air every Wednesday. For podcast episode show notes, visit jessicamoorhouse.com/podcast. To enquire about being a guest on a future episode, visit jessicamoorhouse.com/podcastsubmissions
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Now displaying: July, 2015
Jul 29, 2015

Personal finance blogger Jordann Brown from My Alternate Life and I talk about her paying down $38,000 in debt and completely changing her lifestyle to prevent getting into debt ever again.

Long episode description:

I am so excited to share my episode with Jordann Brown from My Alternate Life. I’ve been following her blog since it started (close to the time I started mine over 3 years ago), so it was so fun to chat with her about her journey. I actually first met Jordann at the Canadian Personal Finance Conference in 2013 and she was just as sweet and friendly in-person as she is on her blog.  We also hung out at FinCon 2014 in New Orleans last September, partially because we Canadian bloggers stuck together for a lot of that conference, and partially because Jordann and I are both major introverts who aren’t good at networking in big crowds.

What I think is so cool about Jordann’s story is that it’s the same story as a number of millennials out there. She went to university, graduated with a whack of debt, then expected her post-grad life to be relatively smooth sailing. I thought the same way after graduating, expecting a full-time job and an awesome apartment right out the gate. Well, that just isn’t how life goes, especially when you graduate during an economic recession. But instead of just putting her hands up and wallowing in self-pity about her situation, Jordann worked hard at turning everything around. She’s now completely debt-free and living the life she wants. Listen to the episode to find out all the details.

Jordann mentioned a few links during our conversation, so here they are below. I also wanted to include links about student debt repayment and forgiveness that may be helpful to any of you who are currently chipping away at your student loans. Note these are resources just for Canadian student loans as I don’t have much experience with student loans in the U.S. or overseas. Maybe that would make for a good future episode though. Any experts out there want to hit me up?

Blog posts Jordann mentioned

  • Jordann’s Net Worth Updates
  • How to Pick the Perfect Dog
  • Can I Afford a Dog?
  • My Travel Fund is Full!
  • Jordann’s Helpful Resources Page

Helpful Debt Repayment Resources

Canada

  • Canada Repayment Assistance Plan
  • Canada Student Loan Forgiveness for Family Doctors and Nurses
  • Canada Student Loan Rehabilitation
  • How to Manage Your Canada Student Loan Debt

British Columbia (B.C.)

  • B.C. Completion Grant
  • B.C. Completion Grant for Graduates
  • B.C. Loan Forgiveness Program

Alberta

Saskatchewan

  • Saskatchewan Student Loan Repayment

Manitoba

  • Manitoba Student Loan Repayment and Assistance

Ontario

  • Paying Back OSAP
  • OSAP Grants and Loans

Quebec

  • Quebec Student Loan Repayment

Nova Scotia

  • Nova Scotia Student Loan Forgiveness Program

New Brunswick

  • New Brunswick Timely Completion Benefit
  • New Brunswick Tuition Rebate 

Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.)

  • PEI Student Loan Repayment Assistance

Shownotes: jessicamoorhouse.com/11

Jul 22, 2015

In this candid episode, I share my experience moving away from my hometown and starting over in a new city, in the hopes of increasing my salary and jump starting my career.

Long episode description:

I know I mentioned in episode 1 that I wouldn’t be doing any crazy long monologue podcast episodes…but I lied. I’ve blogged about my experience moving away from my hometown and starting over in Toronto, but I just felt like since this is such a big part of who I am now — I needed to do a podcast episode about my experience as well.

I mentioned a ton of blog posts in this episode to give you a full timeline and understanding of what went down, so brace yourself for the longest list of blog post links ever!

I’m not gonna write too much more, because you really do just need to listen to the episode. I’d love to hear from any of you about your experiences, or make sure to send me your feedback in the form of a Stitcher and iTunes review! I’ll thank you by giving you a shout out and reading your review on a future episode, so thanks in advance!

My Trip to Thailand & Budget Breakdown

  • Thailand Travel Tips that Your Guidbook Won’t Tell You
  • Thailand Trip Days 22 and 23: Last Days in Thailand
  • Thailand Trip Days 20 and 21: Panda Fun and Cooking School
  • Thailand Trip Days 17,18 and 19: Doi Suthep and Ben Cocktail Bar
  • Thailand Trip Days 14, 15 and 16: Phuket and the Horror that is Patong Beach
  • Thailand Trip Days 11, 12 and 13: Sunburns and Muay Thai
  • Thailand Trip Days 9 and 10: Ko Lanta is My Favourite Ko
  • Thailand Trip Days 7 and 8: Two Tickets to Paradise
  • Bangkok and Krabi Trip Photos
  • Thailand Trip Days 5 and 6: It Ain’t Called The Grand Palace for Nothing
  • Thailand Trip Days 3 and 4: Cheap Beer and Air-Conditioned Mega Malls
  • Thailand Trip Days 1 and 2: Jet Lag and Breakfast Curry
  • Bye Bye Rainy Vancouver, Hello Sunny Thailand!

My Journey from Vancouver to Toronto

  • Celebrating Canada Day in Ontario! What the What?
  • Minnesota & Wisconsin: So Close to TO!
  • Saskatoon & North Dakota: Halfway to Toronto
  • From Vancouver to Edmonton: My Journey to Toronto So Far
  • It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later

My New Life in Toronto

  • Career Advice from a Diagnosed Perfectionist
  • Moving to Toronto: The First Year
  • 5 More Unique Things About Toronto
  • 7 Unique Things About Toronto
  • Toronto’s Flash Flood and Learning to Rough It in the Big City
  • I Survived Week One in Toronto: Things Are Looking Up Baby!

Jump Starting My Career in Toronto

  • Why I Quit My Job to Get a Raise
  • Switching Careers: My Story
  • When in Doubt…Go Back to School?

Shownotes: jessicamoorhouse.com/10

Jul 15, 2015

Michelle Summerfield, from the personal finance blog Budget Bloggess, and I discuss the challenges of managing money after divorce, paying down debt and conquering your inner shopaholic.

Long episode description:

Michelle from Budget Bloggess was one of the first personal finance bloggers I met when I moved to Toronto over two years ago, so it was inevitable that I would have her on my podcast at some point. If you aren’t already a reader of her blog, I highly suggest it. She is super open about her struggles with debt and shopaholism, which we discuss in-depth in this episode, plus I just love her blog post series about her alter ego — Spenderella.  We also got to bond over our frugal dads in this episode, and we even talk a bit about her divorce and how that influenced her debt repayment. Lots of great topics covered in this show I must say!

We both mentioned a few of Michelle’s blog posts during this episode, so here they all are. Thanks again for reading and listening, and make sure to check back here next week for episode 10. It’s a particularly special and personal episode all about my experience moving from Vancouver to Toronto.

Blog Posts Michelle Mentioned

  • The No Spend Challenge 2015 – 6-Month Check In
  • This Is My Frugal Dad – Lessons in Frugality
  • Ask the Reader: Birthday Gifts – Debt Repayment or A Gift?
  • Things Spenderella Did When I Wasn’t Watching #4 Thou Shalt Not Spend

Shownotes: jessicamoorhouse.com/9

Jul 8, 2015

Money blogger Tonya Stumphauzer from Budget and the Beach and I talk about going from employee to being her own boss in the entertainment industry.

Long episode description:

As I mentioned at the start of this episode, I was lucky enough to have met Tonya from Budget and the Beach a few years ago when my husband Josh and I were on our honeymoon in California. Both Josh and I were debating where to go for our honeymoon, and since we’d already done the whole Mexico resort thing a few years prior, we decided to fulfill our childhood dreams of going to Disneyland. It was beyond awesome, I’m telling you. It seriously is the happiest place on Earth. 

Anywho, while we were in California, we were able to meet Tonya for some beer and tacos near Hermosa Beach. Ok, here’s the thing, when I pictured Hermosa Beach I pictured people in bikinis rollerblading along the seawall. What we ended up getting was cold, cloudy weather pretty much the whole time we were there. When I told Tonya this, she broke the harsh news to us that the locals call this time of year “June Gloom” because of the blah weather. I guess I should have done a bit more research before booking those plane tickets. Oh well, we still had an awesome time, even if we didn’t get to go for a swim in the ocean.

Ever since that meet-up, Tonya has been one of my all-time favourite American personal finance bloggers. So when I got the idea to start my own podcast, I knew I needed to get Tonya as my first non-Canadian guest. She’s just so personable and honest, and I think it definitely comes across in this episode.

Before getting to the blog posts Tonya mentions on the show, I wanted to share the first episode of her Money Stories web series. Just like me with my podcast, Tonya is going beyond her blog to share other people’s money stories and I am absolutely loving it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGuUbZyQE6g

Blog Posts Tonya Mentioned

  • One Step at a Time: Part 1 (a.k.a. Car Trouble on the 405)
  • One Step at a Time: Part 2

Check Out Tonya on Youtube

  • Tonya’s Budget and the Beach Channel

Shownotes: jessicamoorhouse.com/8

Jul 1, 2015

Barry Choi, from the investing and travel blog Money We Have, and I talk about DIY investing through index funds and using the Couch Potato method.

Long episode description: 

If you’ve been a reader of my blog throughout these 3 and half years, then you already know that I am by far no expert when it comes to investing. Not for lack of desire, but I guess when it comes to personal finance I just stick to what I’m comfortable with — saving and budgeting. That being said, I know that in order to continue to increase my net worth, I need to do a better job of investing. Right now, I’m justing investing in mutual funds in my RRSP and TFSA, but I definitely want to diversify in the future. That’s where Barry Choi comes in.

Barry has been a DIY investor for a number of years and has been writing about his experience on his blog Money We Have as well. Since I really wanted to learn more about his investing strategies, I thought he would be the perfect podcast guest for this episode.

We talk about a lot of topics, including how to get started as a DIY investor and how to implement the Couch Potato method of investing, so make sure you check out some of these handy resources Barry mentioned on the show below.

As an added bonus, I am also giving away a cop of John Robertson’s investing for beginners book The Value of Simple: A Practical Guide to Taking the Complexity Out of Investing. You may already know John from his blog Holy Potato, but Barry highly praised this book (and gave me a copy to check out), so I’m super pumped to be giving one of you lucky winners a copy too!

Resources Barry mentioned:

  • Stop Over-thinking Your Money!: The Five Simple Rules Of Financial Success by Preet Banerjee
  • Wealthing Like Rabbits: An Original Introduction to Personal Finance by Robert Brown
  • The Wealthy Barber Returns by David Chilton
  • Canadian Couch Potato

Shownotes: jessicamoorhouse.com/7

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