To be totally honest, I didn’t get into money podcasts (or any podcasts) until I was 29. I’m not someone who can listen to a podcast and do…well, just about anything else. If I try and multitask while listening to one I end up tuning it out. So it took me awhile to find the time to listen, but I’m so glad that I have. I’ve learned a lot about money, business, and the world we live in from podcasts.
I’ve found so many incredible lessons and stories in money podcasts. From debt payoff stories to career pivots to learning how different industries work, podcasts have become a huge educational tool for me.
For everyone in the 20’s, I think it’s smart to establish a habit of continuing education. Once we get out of school we lose mandatory learning, and it’s easy to fall into a a routine of not stretching our brains. Podcasts are a super easy way to consume education that can keep you learning. The information I’ve learned from podcasts has helped me in everything from business to having something interesting to say at parties.
7 Money Podcasts For People In Their 20’s
The Fairer Cents– Is this my own podcast? Yes. Do I feel like a sell out listing it as number one? No! We do a damn good job with it! On the Fairer Cents, my partner Tanja and I dig into big picture financial issues that women face. Everything from emotional labor, to handling money in relationships, to defining success for ourselves is on the table. How does money affect our lives? How can we get more of it as women?
Planet Money– Planet Money is one of the broadest money podcasts I listen to. I’ve learned about everything from the price of dinosaur bones to the finances of farming on this podcast. It’s produced by NPR, so it sounds amazing and the interviews are in depth and well researched. You can’t miss with this podcast.
How I Built This– Another one by NPR, ‘How I Built This’ is such a good listen. Guy Raz interviews founders and CEO’s of huge companies (Home Depot, WeWork, Stitch Fix) and talks to them about their journey to massive success. Guy asks good questions and often the subjects speak candidly about their failures and successes. I do wish that sometimes Guy got a little more specific in his asks about start up cash. Overall, this podcast is an enlightening look at how some of the world’s biggest companies got started.
Spent– Hosted by Lindsay Goldwert, this podcast interviews comedians, social scientists and entrepreneurs. It’s funnier than most money podcasts. The topics are approachable and helpful. One favorite is ‘Can a Comedian Plan for His Retirement?’ and another is ‘When a Health Crisis Rocks Your Career.’ This podcast feels much more real than many others that try to do the same thing.
Start Up– Another podcast with amazing production value. Start Up focuses more on the business side of things, but I’ve learned a lot from this series. Knowing how to establish a company culture, how to relate and communicate with people, and getting an inside look (listen?) into other companies starting up is so helpful for anyone looking to freelance or start a company.
Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn– I initally didn’t love this podcast, but it has come to be one of my favorites. In season one, Gaby is learning to pull her own life together, and the podcast has a very personal feel. In season two, she explores larger picture social issues that are effected and sometimes controlled by money. Everything from Gaby getting her debt under control to what legalizing weed does for personal and business fortunes is explored on this podcast.
Honest Money Conversations– Hosted by two friends, Cait Flanders and Carrie Smith, this podcast is about honest money conversations. Carrie and Cait explore their own relationship to money in terms of spending and saving it. They also have guests on to talk about a range of experiences. This is a really raw podcast and one I’ve loved listening to.
These money podcasts will light a fire under your butt and educate you all at the same time. For my homies in their 20’s, learn all you can about money now. Apply the things you learn. See what works for you and what doesn’t. Your twentie’s are all about figuring things out. The sooner you figure out your personal finances and how to stay educated on larger economic issues, the better off you’ll be.
If you’ve got a money podcast that you love, leave me a recommendation in the comments!