Popcorn Finance

Popcorn Finance

Welcome to Popcorn Finance, a short form podcast, discussing finance in about the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn.


December 1, 2022 7 min

Should you believe the hype around I Bonds? In episode 355, Marc Russell of Better Wallet joined me on the show to discuss 529 plans and whether or not they’re a good option for an education fund for your child. In today’s episode, Marc is sharing whether or not the recently popularized I Bonds are worth the hype or if your college savings is better off in a 529 Plan.

Listen to my previous episode with Mark: 355: Savings for Colleg...

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Are you a new parent, who’s already thinking about your kid’s future education and where to put the savings for it?

No need to worry because I’ve got you covered in today’s new episode with Marc Russell, the founder of BetterWallet and the BetterWallet podcast. Marc previously worked as a licensed stockbroker and financial advisor and is now a full-time entrepreneur and financial educator. He’s on the show today to discuss the ins ...

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Have you ever had a friend or family member conveniently forget to bring their wallet when out to dinner? It’s Thanksgiving Week here in the US, and this marks the start of the holiday season which is always filled with some of the most awkward conversations of the year. 

To mark this occasion I’m sharing one of my favorite awkward stories from my other podcast, This is Awkward. In today’s episode, we’re talking about how to deal w...

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Why are interest rates STILL rising and how long can we expect this to keep happening? Listen to today’s episode to find out, plus hear what the Federal Reserve Chairman has to say about the state of inflation. 

Previous Episode on Rising inflation Rates: 339


What is a Basis Point?: https://www.instagram.com/p/Ci1E0nnJx6j 

Sources Fed Fund Rate History https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/openmarket.htm

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Have you been limiting your job opportunities because you don’t have a personal brand? Building a personal brand is not just for influencers and celebrities, in fact, my guest today thinks we should all have one in order to further our careers. Mandi Woodruff-Santos of Mandi Money Media and the Brown Ambition Podcast is back on the show to share why having a strong professional brand is just as important as a resume and why you nee...

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Why are hospitals pushing for you to pay with a Care Credit Card more now than in recent years? Find out the sneaky tactic hospitals are using to stop you from negotiating your medical bills with Christy Snodgrass, former RN turned healthcare activist. Christy talks about both the allure and potential danger these cards pose for people unable to pay off their medical bills.

Listen to my previous episodes with Christy about our heal...

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Is it an empty threat when a hospital says it will send your medical bill to collections? Find out the answer in today’s new episode with Christy Snodgrass, healthcare activist and former registered nurse. In this episode, Christy outlines the big changes coming in January 2023 concerning the collections process, including how your credit score could be affected.

Listen to my previous episodes with Christy about our healthcare syst...

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Why are healthcare professionals leaving the industry in droves? To shed some light on why that may be is returning guest, Christy Snodgrass, a former registered nurse turned healthcare activist. In this episode, Christy shares what led her to leave her job and instead work towards changing our broken healthcare system.

Look out for more upcoming episodes with Christy, as there is so much more to cover with as big of a topic as hea...

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Did you know that the IRS adjusts tax brackets annually to offset inflation? So why is it making headlines right now? Find out the answer, plus how and when your taxes could be affected in the final installment of my mini tax series. 

Listen to my previous episodes on taxes here: 346 & 347


Article: America's tax brackets are changing thanks to inflation

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October 27, 2022 7 min

Did you know that 9 states don’t have state income tax? We’re continuing the tax talk in today’s episode because honestly, taxes in the US are ridiculously over-complicated. So in order to help get your head around them easier, I’m going over federal income tax and its tier system. 


Tax calculators

  • IRS - https://apps.irs.gov/app/tax-withholding-estimator
  • H&R Block® - https://www.hrblock.com/tax-calculator
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    October 24, 2022 10 min

    Did you know this one tax deduction could save you tons of money on your taxes? Tax season may seem far away but after getting sent an article on how tax brackets are changing because of inflation, I thought we could all brush up on how taxes work in the U.S.

    Today we’re talking about tax brackets, deductions, and returns. Look out for future episodes about taxes since it’s a subject that needs more than one bag of popcorn to fully...

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    How far are you willing to go to lower your medical bills? This episode is part 2 of my conversation with Christy Snodgrass, a registered nurse turned advocate and activist. Christy shares how to avoid getting price gouged and what tactics hospitals use to shake down patients into paying higher fees. She also shares her favorite resources to help you better negotiate your medical bills.

    Listen to part 1 here!

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    Did you know that 80% of hospital bills have errors? Me neither! Christy Snodgrass, a registered nurse turned advocate and activist, knows first-hand how stressful unexpected and large medical bills can be. That’s why she’s on the show today to share her step-by-step guide on how to negotiate your medical bills and potentially not have to pay a dime. 

    Keep an eye out for Part 2 of my conversation with Christy to learn more about th...

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    Do you remember your first thought or feeling about money? In today’s episode, Lindsay Bryan-Podvin, a Financial Therapist, is sharing how the language and messages we received about money as kids can affect how we interact with money as adults. Plus, listen to find out Lindsay’s advice on how to best approach talking about money with your kids.

    Check out the rest of my conversation with Lindsay from episodes 327 & 328.


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    Will your state be taxing student loan forgiveness? The student loan situation is constantly changing so this week I’m giving you an update on how each state is handling taxing forgiven student loans.

    This is a follow up to Episode 335: Popcorn To-Go: Could Student Loan Forgiveness Have a Big Tax Surprise? https://pod.fo/e/13dcfb 



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    Could consolidating your credit card debt into a personal loan hurt your credit score? This is the question we are discussing today as we tackle part 2 of a question sent in from a listener.

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    Send an email to questions@popcornfinance.com Send me a message at PopcornFinance.com/Voicemail or Call 707-200-8259

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    With interest rates rising paying down credit card debt is a great idea. But is using a personal loan a smart way of eliminating credit card debt. This week a listener wrote in with this exact question so I will help walk them through what they should know before paying off their credit cards with a personal loan.


    Average credit card APR - https://www.bankrate.com/finance/credit-cards/average-credit-card-apr/

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    September 29, 2022 6 min

    Interest rates are rising again, but why? This week I will break down the latest round of interest rate increases from the Federal Reserve and the reasoning behind why interest rates will continue to rise.

    Sources Fed Fund Rate History https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/openmarket.htm Federal Reserve Press Release https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/files/monetary20220921a1.pdf


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    Is putting a big down payment on a new car a good idea? A listener wrote in wanting to know the best way to approach her next car purchase. I spent waaayyy too much time in my favorite program (Excel!) creating a calculator to run through some possible scenarios.

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    IRS rules are confusing and it can make contributing to an IRA complicated. This week Megan wrote in wanting to know how she could contribute to an IRA for last year without getting in to trouble. So let me walk you through some of the complex rules around IRA contributions and some things that you need to keep an eye on.

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