Category Archives: College

Ep. 174: Katie, the Paper Mill Engineer Who Drives a Forester.

Meet Katie. Katie’s main concerns, in her own words: I’m graduating from college in May 2017 and have a job making 72,000 as an engineer. I have no debt, no car payment, and a small amount in an IRA, so…

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Ep. 173: Family & Money

In this episode, we’re talking about: Family & Money. Now as a husband, father, son, and friend–while I’m no relationship expert, I do have experience in a handful of different ones.  Today I’m going to cover the good, the bad,…

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Ep. 170: Jordan, a school teacher, reverses roles as I grade him on his financial life.

Meet Jordan. Jordan’s main concerns, in his own words: I am a school teacher with two children under 4 and a third on the way. I have a net worth of $110,000 but only an income of $50,000 because my…

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Ep. 149: College Financial Literacy

This week, I talked with Phil Schuman, Director of Financial Literacy at Indiana University. Phil and I have been working together since last fall on a project to increase college financial literacy. The program, called Money Smarts U, is through…

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Ep. 130: College Savings

Topic: College Savings Special Guest: Troy Montigney, ‘The 529 Guy’, Executive Director of the Indiana Education Savings Authority This week we talk saving for college, specifically Indiana’s 529 plan. You may have heard me talk about this before in the form…

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Ep. 115: Malcolm is a doctor and is about to get paid

M$D: 4/14/2051 Meet Malcolm Age: 28 Malcolm’s main concerns, in his words: I’m a little over a year out of medical school, doing a three year residency training program. I have about $312,000 in student debt, and make about $50,000 a year until I graduate…

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Ep. 86: Setting Goals

You set goals all the time, but they probably aren’t good ones. Sorry to burst your bubble, but setting smart financial goals is a honed skill. In this episode, I’ll help you understand how to set goals that challenge you but are still realistic and achievable.

Ep. 77: Danielle is self-employed and worried about creating permanent stability

M$D: September 13, 2033 Meet Danielle Age: 34 Danielle’s main concerns, in her own words: I love my job, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, but I am concerned about several aspects of my future financial stability. (1)Student loan debt. I currently have $70,000 in student loan debt, and am…

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Ep. 69: Todd is about to go back to school, buy a house, and start a family

M$D: June 5, 2026 Meet Todd Age: 27 Todd’s main concerns, in his own words: My wife and I are currently in a good financial position (good jobs, decent retirement savings, decent earnings to spending ratio, minimal debt). However, over the next 12-24 months,…

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Ep. 67: Tori’s PhD is going to change her life

M$D: October 5, 2035 Meet Tori Age: 27 Tori’s main concerns, in her own words: I am a PhD student about to graduate this spring. I have a job lined up in another state and my husband will be able to transfer to remote work…

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