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The Military Money Show is all about money and the military. It's everything you need to know about making, saving, and investing money wisely. Lacey Langford interviews inspiring guests about personal finance, investing, getting out of debt, insurance, life in the military, being a military spouse, raising military brats, and a whole lot more.
 
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It’s no secret within the military community that suicide is a problem, especially in the veteran community. Since it’s National Suicide Awareness Month, now is a good time to discuss what everyone should know and do to help with the suicide problem within our military family. I’ve invited Garrett Cathcart, the executive director of Mission Roll Ca…
 
From the day you join the military, you’re already counting down the days until you are faced with the decision of should I stay in for the pension. Everyone has to decide at some point. But that’s a big choice for everyone and one that can have significant financial impacts. There are also things to consider, like family life, education, future em…
 
Welcome to my special Birthday show. Since it’s my special day I want to spend it my way, doing what I want. And if you know anything about me, you know I love positivity and humor. And there are no other humans on this planet that bring me more joy and make me laugh harder than my sisters and my brother. So in honor of Lacey Day, I asked my siblin…
 
Whether you’re on active duty, retired, working a 9-to 5 job, or are a business owner, you have a brand. It may not be something that’s intentional or planned but like it or not, you’re known for something. That might be hard work, a technical skill, your personality, your positivity, or even your negativity. People have an impression of you, that’…
 
Once upon a time when I was on active duty, I meet someone who was starting a Subway franchise. Since I had just started my career, planning what I would do after I left the military was the last thing on my mind. Not to mention, I knew nothing about franchises so it was like he was speaking Greek to me. Nowadays more and more service members and s…
 
Lack of money can leave you at the mercy of others. On the other hand, money can give you power, control, and confidence over your life. But how do you build prosperity in your life to gain financial freedom? In this show, my guest, Dr. John Soforic, and I discuss his book, The Wealthy Gardener. We talk about lessons that can help you live a prospe…
 
Transitioning out of the military, either separating or retiring, is a life-changing event. Not only for the Service Member but also for their family, who has served alongside during countless moves, deployments, and the constant change associated with military life. Without a plan, this transition can seem overwhelming and stressful, instead of an…
 
Mortgages have become a part of the American life as much as the American dream. For most people, homeownership comes with 15 to 30 years of monthly payments and thousands of dollars of interest paid to banks. My guest is here to share some ideas for other ways to get out of debt. Using the Shred Method, Adam Carroll paid off his home in record tim…
 
We teach our children their ABCs, arithmetic, and basics of life as they grow to become members of our society but who’s teaching them to be money-savvy? Doug and Carol are joining me to discuss how parents can set their children up for financial success and independence. As Father and Daughter, they bring a unique perspective, providing an inside …
 
Sam X Renick discusses how to educate children about money and the importance of sharing the lesson of financial responsibility with them. Sam has created the character, Sammy Rabbit, as a tool to aid parents and a fun way to connect with children as young as three to learn about finances. He will share with us how to influence healthy money habits…
 
Right now, buying a home is choppy water or is it? My guest, Chris Birk, is here to talk to us about the current state of the housing market, details for VA loans, and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the industry. He helps us take a closer look at the CARES act and what it means for homeowners during this challenging and unprecedented time. Ch…
 
Whether you like it or not, your identity will be in some way redefined when you get out of the military. What will your life be like when you get out? What will be your career path, how will you make money, what will family life be like. Getting out of the military can be challenging but there are also opportunities to make improvements. In this s…
 
Higher Education has become associated as a requirement for success and as a necessity for young adults as they enter society and the workforce. Continuing education is consistently marketed to older adults with flexible, online-only options that promise an increased salary within months. For most this education comes at a cost. According to Pew Re…
 
A challenge that many military spouses face is finding a job that can fit their lifestyles. Between the PCS moves across country or even overseas, to the difficulty of locating childcare at each new duty station; a flexible job is not easy to come by. Freelancing provides a unique opportunity to be your own boss. You get to make your own schedule a…
 
The topic of money and budgeting can be a major stressor in marriage. Different backgrounds and views on how to spend and save can easily lead to conflict. My guests are here to discuss the role finances play in all stages of a relationship and the importance of having a plan. Willa Williams and Weslia Echols are the founders of Trinity Financial C…
 
Now more than ever finding inspiration or positivity to get or keep our financial lives on track can be hard. When times are challenging it can be difficult to get refocused. This show is all about getting reinspired and refocused with your money. There are many different ways to manage, invest, and make money. My guest, Andy Wang knows a lot about…
 
Identity theft isn’t something most of us think about until it happens to us or someone close to us. Having your identity stolen is a scary violation. It’s even worse when it’s someone you love. In this show, my guest is unfortunately very familiar with identity theft. Axton Betz-Hamilton is an Assistant Professor of Consumer Affairs at South Dakot…
 
J.D. Roth is an accidental personal-finance expert. In this episode, we’re discussing taking steps to build your best financial life. And my guest knows a thing or two about that. For many years, J.D. was a typical American consumer and more than $35,000 in debt to show for it. In 2006, he started writing at GetRichSlowly.org in an effort to docume…
 
Moving is the way the military rolls. It’s part of the job and we all know it. But sometimes it sucks. Picking up your life and family to move to not only a new city but an entirely different state or country is a lot. It will test your marriage, parenting, and packing skills all at once. The good news is, there's help out there to make the experie…
 
Traveling is something many of us are only dreaming about right now. COVID-19 has really thrown a wrench in all of our summer travel plans. The episode you are about to hear was recorded way before the craziness of COVID set in. We may not be able to travel right now, but we can start doing the research and prep now to save us money later. My guest…
 
Helping the military community with money is something many people have a passion for, but often they don’t have experience with the military way of life. Which let’s face it until you’ve lived it, you won’t truly understand it. Now there’s a new group of experienced professionals that have answered the call of many to have a pool of financial expe…
 
It’s as good a time as any to talk about debt. It’s the side of money that’s polarizing and popular at the same time. If you aren’t careful with it though, you can easily end up on the dark side of debt. Saving by paying down debt is the theme for this week which is the last week of Military Saves Month 2020. In this show, I’m going to give you the…
 
There's power in saving with a plan. Saving with a plan allows you to have control over your money, and it helps you reach your financial goals. Plus, creating and following a plan for your savings is simpler than you think. You can put the level of detail that works best for you. It's week four of Military Saves Month 2020, and we're sticking with…
 
Everyone is feeling the impacts of COVID-19 in some shape or form. As you may know, I planned a series of shows around the themes for Military Saves Month 2020 which is happening now. This week’s theme is “Save for the Unexpected.” I can’t think of a more timely subject to COVID-19 because what’s going on in the world right now is unexpected. Who c…
 
Saving for retirement is something everyone should be doing. There’s different methods to get results for your retirement savings. One of those methods is with IRAs or Individual Retirement Accounts. This is the second week of Military Saves Month for 2020 and we’re sticking with this week’s theme, Save to Retire. My guest, Adrienne Ross, the found…
 
Today kicks of what used to be Military Saves Week but is now, Military Saves Month. Each week there is a theme to bring awareness to the importance of spending less than you make and saving money. My guest today is here to talk about ways to save automatically using banking. Andia Dinesen is not only a fellow milspouse and AFC, but she’s also the …
 
Often, Mom’s are ground zero for money management in their household. They’re trying to juggle family, making money and, making a dollar stretch as far as it can go. My guest today knows a thing or two about being a Mom and balancing making and saving money. Lena Gott is a CPA turned stay-at-home-mom of three. She is the lady behind the uber-succes…
 
You know you need help with money but who do you get help from? A financial counselor, a financial coach or a financial planner? That’s what we are talking about today. The difference between all of them and how they can each help you with money. My guest today Andrea Clark is a Certified Financial Planner™ and Accredited Financial Counselor®. She …
 
Many people don’t see building wealth as a possibility for themselves. And if they do, many feel that it’s something they will work on later in life. But building wealth can be similar than you think and you should start sooner than you think. My guest today is here to talk about building wealth in a practical way. Rocky Lalvani is not only a frien…
 
Leaving full-time employment to enter retirement is a big transition in most people’s mindset and behavior. Especially Baby Boomers who may have always had a full-time job or for career military people who know nothing different than the military. There are many factors that go into preparing for retirement or flipping the switch like changing from…
 
Today I want to talk about something that many service members don’t understand until it is too late. And that is your security clearance and the impact your personal finances have on it. Many military spouses are also not aware that their financial behavior can be impacting their spouse's clearance. Here’s what I want to go over so you’ll be able …
 
I’m not going to lie, preparing to buy a home is something more people should do. Research and planning will go a long way to save you time, money and heartache. Unfortunately, many people are winging it. My guest, Chris Birk is here to help prepare us all on buying a home with a VA Loan. If you're a seasoned home buyer or looking to buy your first…
 
The underemployment and unemployment struggle for military couples is real! Military life makes it challenging for spouses to maintain qualified employment. The roller coaster of having and not having a second income is challenging to your quality of life and mental health. This is why military couples should focus on living off one income while th…
 
When your house is cluttered and unorganized, it makes it hard to focus. The details of your life like finances get lost in the shuffle. But when your house is organized, you find calm in the chaos. Calm, cool, and collected is how you want to be to manage your financial life. Being organized means, you’re able to focus on the details because you c…
 
Beyond the military is hard. That’s the cold hard truth. It’s a major transition that many aren’t fully prepared for. If only there was some type of guide or resource that could help the service member and their spouses through the process. There is now! I have two special guests today, Dr. Shauna Springer and Jason Roncoroni here to talk about a n…
 
You’ve been spending less money than you make, build up your emergency fund. You’re saving for retirement. Now what? What are the next steps you should take with your money to get to the next level? That’s what today’s show is about. Matt Miner is back for part three of my back to basics series. Matt is a fee-only, fiduciary advisor with PLC Wealth…
 
The amount you get paid and the benefits you receive as an employee are the foundation of your income. Negotiating the best possible salary and understanding and fully utilizing your employee benefits can have a significant impact on your finances. Matt Miner is back today for part two of my back to basics series. Matt is a fee-only, fiduciary advi…
 
Happy New Year! A new year means it’s time for a new beginning. To get everyone's year off to the best financial start. I’m starting the 2020 Military Money Show season off with a back to basics series. I have three shows planned to go over topics like budgeting and money management, salary and employer benefits, and how to take your finances to th…
 
The end of the year is here. A lot has happened with the economy in 2019 that probably impacted your personal finance. The new year will be no different, the state of the economy will impact your personal finances in some way. My guest today is here to review with us what happened with the U.S. economy in 2019 and to talk about what’s to come in 20…
 
The sun is setting on 2019. The year is almost over and done. If you’re like me, the past year has been a mix of some highs and lows and some so-sos. We’re moving into 2020, and the new year that will bring new goals, opportunities, and challenges. Right now is the perfect time of the year to begin planning for 2020. And the best way to make the mo…
 
Saving for your retirement is important. Many times people put off making decisions because they don’t know or aren’t sure. One part of the delay could be because you may not understand the difference between an index fund vs a mutual fund vs an ETF. My guest today is here to break down the differences, their uses, and some best practices when it c…
 
Investing can be intimidating for people. Most of us know it’s not something you should go into without preparation. But some people aren't aware they are tools they can use to research and make informed decisions about buying stock. Instead of throwing a dart at a dartboard. Today’s show is about using technical analysis to help with your investin…
 
It’s that time of year again. It comes every year, but many of us aren’t prepared when it comes to covering the costs of Christmas and the holiday season. In honor of Cyber Monday, I thought I’d talk about how to cover the costs of the holidays. In this episode, I’m going to break down the importance of understanding your spending limits, how to cr…
 
In this episode, we’re discussing taking steps to build your best financial life. And my guest knows a thing or two about that. J.D. Roth is an accidental personal-finance expert. For many years, he was a typical American consumer and more than $35,000 in debt to show for it. In 2006, he started writing at GetRichSlowly.org in an effort to document…
 
Buying a house doesn’t have to break your bank. There are many ways to do it in a financially smart. And one of those ways is house hacking. My guest today is Craig Curelop (aka the FI Guy). He’s the author of The House Hacking Strategy-How to Use Your Home to Achieve Financial Freedom. Craig is also a real estate agent, investor, and works at Bigg…
 
Today is a special day to honor those who have served in the armed forces so Happy Veteran’s Day to all my fellow Veterans. In honor of Veteran’s Day, I’m bringing on a fellow Veteran to talk about the highs and lows of military service, how to prepare for separating from service and what more Servicemembers should know about money. My guest today …
 
The military community works hard for the expertise they have. And rightfully so, wants to be paid for what they do and know. But building a business isn’t easy. The money has to come in. Sometimes, in the beginning, that can be through financing, but you can also bring in money by getting government contracts. Gerri Detweiler is on the show today …
 
Manging your life has something in common with managing a business—money. You have to manage money when you own a business. But business finances are a little different than personal finances. There are things to consider like paying quarterly taxes, bookkeeping and keeping your personal and business finances separate. If you haven’t done it before…
 
Spending money is something we all do. There are things we want or things we need to buy or things we don’t want to buy but must. Needing or wanting to spend money doesn’t mean you throw cash to the wind. It’s important to be smart about your spending. My guest today, Trae Bodge is here to help us all use smart shopping to get the things we need an…
 
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