Jun 1 09

PFHour #11: Finding A Financial Planner

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After a week off to observe Memorial Day, JD and Jim have returned for the eleventh episode of the Personal Finance Hour. This week, JD and Jim will discuss the topic of financial planners and advisers. They’ll be sharing their experiences with financial planners as well as what to ask, what to look for, and what those funny letters mean. :)

Please join us to share your stories, tips, and ideas at 6PM Eastern, 3PM Pacific.

Listen Live!

If you want to listen live, you can listen to the live feed at the Personal Finance Hour BlogTalkRadio page (which includes a chat room!) or call in to (347) 327-9144. If you want to get on air, press “1″ and we’ll be notified!

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May 24 09

No Personal Finance Hour This Week: Memorial Day

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It’s a holiday weekend in the U.S.! That means Jim and J.D. are taking time to grill hamburgers and hot dogs and to hang out with friends this Monday afternoon, and won’t be sharing their financial wisdom. Be sure to turn in next Monday, June 1st, as we discuss what it’s like to find a financial planner.

May 23 09

PFHour #10 Recap: Linsey Knerl Joins Us to Talk Family Finances

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This week JD was unable to join Jim and we were originally planning on canceling this week’s episode. Fortunately for us, Linsey Knerl of Wise Bread stepped up as a guest co-host and she joined Jim as they discussed family finances. The topics ranged from the costs of starting and raising a family to how to have fun on a budget.

Linsey Knerl also hosts a Blog talk Radio show called Living Large on a Small Budget on Wednesday nights at 9PM Eastern, 6PM Pacific!

You can listen to the show here.

Next week JD will be returning to talk about financial advisers, we hope you can join us!

Posts of the Week

We did not do posts of the week this week.

Trivia

Last week’s trivia question was to name the first President to have a pet in the White House. It was a bit of a trick question because the White House wasn’t completed until 1800, when John Adams was President. He was, of course, the correct answer.

Seth answered the question correctly and was named the winner! He’ll get a copy of Rich Brother, Rich Sister by Emi and Robert Kiyosaki. Congratulations Seth!

This week we weren’t going to have a trivia question because of the last minute substitution so instead I asked for listeners to send their favorite childhood board game to trivia at personalfinancehour dot com. We will select one winner who will receive a board game of their choice (within reason!) from Amazon.com.

Good luck!

May 15 09

PFHour #10: Starting & Entertaining a Family

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Whew that was close! We were going to cancel this week’s Personal Finance Hour on account of JD being away on business but Linsey Knerl of WiseBread was gracious enough to step in and be our guest co-host this week!

We will be discussing the finances of starting a family and keeping them entertained on a budget! As one of Wal-Mart’s 11 Moms, Linsey was contractually obligated to have four kids and we have the opportunity to take advantage of that to discuss the financial aspects of starting a family. Thanks Wal-Mart! Without her, we wouldn’t be able to have this discussion because neither JD nor Jim have any kids!

We hope you’ll join us and share your stories, tips, and ideas too!

Listen Live!

If you want to listen live, you can listen to the live feed at the Personal Finance Hour BlogTalkRadio page (which includes a chat room!) or call in to (347) 327-9144. If you want to get on air, press “1″ and we’ll be notified!

iTunes Subscription

If you can’t catch the shows live, you can always subscribe to receive them as podcasts through iTunes by clicking on this link.

May 13 09

PFHour #10 Rescheduled

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After nine straight weeks of listening to our banter (thank you!), we’ve decided to take the 10th week off so you can recover!

Actually, JD will be on a plane at our regularly scheduled time and Jim wants to spare you from the pain of listening to him drone on so we’ve decided to reschedule our discussion of financial advisers from May 18th to the following week, May 25th. We hope you can join us then!

May 12 09

PFHour #9 Recap: The Pets Episode

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This week’s episode covered a topic near and dear to many people: pets. The topics ranged from our own pets (JD has four cats, Jim has one dog), medical bills and medical insurance, end of life decisions, as well as several listener calls. Stephanie from PoorerThanYou.com called in to share her tale of pet woe and high medical bills while Baker of ManVsDebt called to ask a poignant medical bill/end of life question.

You can check out the episode here at BlogTalkRadio!

Posts of the Week

Jim’s post of the week was Frugal Dad’s 122 Money Saving Tips because we can all use a little extra savings this month. As part of a giveaway from All You magazine, readers were asked to give money saving tips and he pulled them together to form a great post. Some of the money saving tips are obvious, some aren’t, fortunately you can read through the list pretty easily and you’re sure to find something you can use.

J.D.’s post of the week comes from Laura at Green Panda Treehouse, who explores the difference between fleeting wants and genuine wants. A fleeting want is something you buy on impulse or that will only give you a moment of pleasure, she says. But a genuine want is something that can actually improve your quality of life. A genuine want is not a need, but it’s something you’ve thought about and aren’t just buying on the spur of the moment. Laura was also kind enough to join us to share her own thoughts about the article, which was very generous of her.

Trivia

Last week’s trivia question was gardening related and the winner will be able to pick their choice of a gardening book from Amazon.com. Charles Darwin is best known for expounding the theory of natural selection. But as a naturalist, he explored a variety of subjects. In his final book, he wrote about this garden helper, saying:

“The plow is one of the most ancient and most valuable of man’s inventions; but long before he existed, the land was in fact regularly plowed and still continues to be thus plowed by [X]. It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures.”

Last week’s winner was Robert, congratulations Robert!

This week’s trivia question is pet related of course! The question is: Name the first President to have a pet in the White House. Please send your guess to trivia at personalfinancehour.com and a winner will be selected at random from the correct answers next week!

Good luck!

May 11 09

PFHour #8: Cats, Dogs, Bears, oh My!

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This week’s episode of the Personal Finance Hour will focus on something that many families hold near and dear to their hearts: their pets. Jim recent adopted a 7 year old Beagle named Tobey and JD has several cats (more if Kris would allow it), and both are prepared to discuss the impact pets have on the family from an emotional and a financial perspective. Jim and JD will discuss the costs of owning a pet, costs of acquiring a pet, their experiences with both, as well as other financial considerations.

We hope you’ll join us tonight as we discuss our furry friends and hope you share your stories too! (whether it be your pet bunny, gerbil, or kid!)

Listen Live!

If you want to listen live, you can listen to the live feed at the Personal Finance Hour BlogTalkRadio page (which includes a chat room!) or call in to (347) 327-9144. If you want to get on air, press “1″ and we’ll be notified!

iTunes Subscription

If you can’t catch the shows live, you can always subscribe to receive them as podcasts through iTunes by clicking on this link.

Trivia & Favorite Posts of the Week

As always, we will have a trivia question and highlight our favorite posts of the week!

May 10 09

PFHour #7 Recap: Gardening

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Last week’s show covered a topic that’s been well documented on both of our sites: gardening. We had an interesting discussion on a variety of topics including our varied climates, growing techniques (pots vs. in the ground), fertilizers, and choice of plants. We also had callers, most notably William, who joined us on the call to discuss organic/heirloom seeds and share his experience with using manure in the garden.

Click here to listen to the Personal Finance Hour show on Gardening.

Posts of the Week

Jim’s post of the week was The Best Time to Start Thinking About Money from Poorer Than You, a blog written by Stephanie, a recent college graduate in her 20’s. Stephanie joined us on the show to talk about her experience getting into credit card debt, dropping out of school, only to turn it all around and graduate a few years later, getting on the Dean’s List every term after she went back, and without credit card debt! It’s a great motivational story if you’re in debt, regardless of your age.

J.D.’s favorite blog post of the week comes from Philip Brewer at Wise Bread. Brewer just wrote about trying to reverse-engineer the best time of your life. “Why should the best time of your life be some time in the past?” he writes. “With some clear thinking and some effort, you can recapture what was great then for today.” What he’s really talking about is Mihály Csíkszentmihályi’s concept of flow. It’s a powerful thing.

Trivia

Last week’s trivia question was “Can you name the first modern mutual fund and the year it was created? ” to which Dana, our week’s winner, submitted the correct answer of Massachusetts Investors’ Trust formed in 1924. She will be receiving a $20 gift card to Starbucks!

This week’s trivia is gardening related and the winner will be able to pick their choice of a gardening book from Amazon.com. Charles Darwin is best known for expounding the theory of natural selection. But as a naturalist, he explored a variety of subjects. In his final book, he wrote about this garden helper, saying:

“The plow is one of the most ancient and most valuable of man’s inventions; but long before he existed, the land was in fact regularly plowed and still continues to be thus plowed by [X]. It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures.”

Without using Google, can you name this beneficial garden critter?

May 4 09

PFHour #7: Gardening Episode!

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As you may or may not know, JD and Kris are very big on gardening. Last year, JD and Kris blogged all about their gardening exploits all the way down to the penny. You saw their preparation, their hard work, and their balance sheet as they tried to explain how profitable their gardening project was. This year, it’s more of the same – watch as they turn a few seedlings into a bountiful harvest.

While not as prolific as JD, Jim and Martha also started a garden last year that yielded quite a harvest of tomatoes, eggplant, hot peppers and green/orange/red peppers. They lacked as much space and so all of their gardening was done in pots.

We hope you’ll join us tonight as we discuss gardening, the importance of sustainability, and any tips we’ve learned along the way.

Listen Live!

If you want to listen live, you can listen to the live feed at the Personal Finance Hour BlogTalkRadio page (which includes a chat room!) or call in to (347) 327-9144. If you want to get on air, press “1″ and we’ll be notified!

iTunes Subscription

If you can’t catch the shows live, you can always subscribe to receive them as podcasts through iTunes by clicking on this link.

Trivia & Favorite Posts of the Week

As always, we will have a trivia question and highlight our favorite posts of the week!

May 1 09

PFHour #6: Travel Tips Recap

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Despite some technical difficulties (sorry about the disconnects and the weird thumping from JD’s mic), the sixth episode of the Personal Finance Hour was chock full of great advice on traveling. Jim and JD share their approach to saving on travel and shared some tips sent in my readers and folks on Twitter.

Tune in for next week’s show on gardening!

Posts of the Week

Jim really liked Cody’s post 22 Awesome Tips for Travelers because it gave some great detailed tips on how you can save money.

JD liked a post at The Digerati Life written about Tricia of Blogging Away Debt: How To Pay Off Credit Card Debt: A Success Story. SVB does a great job breaking down Tricia’s debt pay down and takes away some solid lessons.

Trivia

This week’s question is related to the stock market. Can you name the first modern mutual fund and the year it was created? Send your answers to trivia at personalfinancehour dot com and you’ll be entered to win a $20 Starbucks gift card!