Oftentimes here on the podcast we talk about our daily lives. We’ll share little ways that we’re saving money, or you get to hear about our curb alert scores, and we might even talk a little too much about how much we’re riding our bikes. So if you’ve been listening for a few years you might know a good bit about us- that happens after 460 episodes! But we’ve never done a deep-dive origin story on the show and what better time to do that than here at the beginning of the year. Especially as we’re likely welcoming some new listeners to the fold. So during this episode you’ll get to learn all about my money origin story- how I was taught personal finance principles, my money struggles growing up, why I shouldn’t have opened a Roth IRA, and how Downton Abbey helped Kate and I discover financial independence.

  • We talked about roasting coffee at home at the beginning off this episode- for those interested, here’s the book, the air popper, and the beans that Kate got me for Christmas!
  • Extra cash – And regardless of where you are on the path to financial independence, we believe in the responsible use of credit cards. It’s smart to utilize the additional benefits that credit cards offer- for instance the 60,000 points that come with the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards! This is no joke- I’ve already done this myself which we discussed on a recent episode after I met the initial spending requirements of $4,000 over 3 months!

During this episode we enjoyed an Athena Paradiso Blackberry by Creature Comforts! And please help us to spread the word by letting friends and family know about How to Money! Hit the share button, subscribe if you’re not already a regular listener, and give us a quick review in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Help us to change the conversation around personal finance and get more people doing smart things with their money!

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3 comments on “Matt’s Money Origin Story – Episode 461

  1. Terry Hodge Jan 12, 2022

    I was just wondering if you could post your links to the coffee roaster, book and where you got the beans. You had mentioned putting the links, but I’ve either missed them or I’m looking in the wrong place. I think it would be great for my husband’s birthday!

    Thanks!!

    • Terry- I just updated the pages to include those links. But so far I’m a massive fan and I might be a home coffee roaster for life!

      • Terry Hodge Jan 13, 2022

        Thanks so much! Frugal or cheap? I found the same hot air popper at a thrift store and ordered the book off of Better World Books. No worries, I’m not getting used coffee beans. 😉