9 Tips for Reaching Your Financial Goals While Having Fun


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You need to build an emergency fund, but you also want to get to Burning Man.

You need to save for your retirement, but you also want a Corvette.

You need to buy a house, but you also want to go on a cruise.

At first glance, it seems like you can either do what you need to do or do what you want to do. But there is not enough time or money to do both.

Where is he? Today we’re going to talk about how you can tackle multiple financial goals without missing out on the fun.

As usual, host Stacy Johnson is joined by financial journalist Miranda Marquit. Producer Aaron Freeman listens and sometimes contributes. Today’s special guest is Chris Hutchins, founder of the podcast All hacks.

Remember, while we sometimes talk about specific money and investments on this show, don’t take them as recommendations, because they’re not. Before investing in anything or making any money moves, do your research and make your own decisions.

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Mindset, money and setting financial goals

Many of us seem stuck in this mindset where you have to take care of a checklist. You cannot invest until you have paid off your debt. You cannot spend money on travel until you have invested a certain amount.

Here are some great resources on money and mindset, as well as how to set financial goals:

Hacks for better money management

The hosts talk about top money management hacks throughout the podcast episode. If you’re looking for our take on some of the best hacks, check out these articles that can help change your approach to money management.

Meet This Week’s Guest, Chris Hutchins

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Chris Hutchins is an avid life hacker, financial optimizer, and host of the top-rated podcast All the Hacks, where he shares his quest to improve his life, money, and travel, while spending less and saving more .

He is also responsible for new product strategy at Wealthfront, an online platform to help you build wealth through investing. He and his work have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC and more.

Previously, he was founder/CEO of Grove (acquired by Wealthfront), investor at Google Ventures and co-founder of Milk (acquired by Google).

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About Hosts

Stacy Johnson founded Money Talks News in 1991. He is a CPA and has also been licensed in stocks, commodities, major options, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor securities and real estate.

Miranda Marquit, MBA, is a financial expert, writer and speaker. She has covered personal finance and investment topics for nearly 20 years. When she’s not writing and podcasting, she enjoys travel, reading, and the outdoors.

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