Basic Training

Basic Training

All the things you're supposed to know about managing your money - but no one ever taught you! FOX Consumer Expert Steve Noviello takes your questions and turns them into a chance to learn about what to do, and what not to do, with your hard-earned cash.


February 21, 2020 54 min

Her career as an investigative reporter earned her dozens of awards, changed laws and sent people in federal prison.  Now Becky Oliver is writing her next chapter as a realtor.  We sit down to talk about what she's been up to and what you should know if you're thinking about buying or selling a house but don't know where to start.  A must listen! 

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Reality TV veteran, entrepreneur, animal advocate, "Most Beautiful" list topper- there's not much Tara Harper isn't involved in.  Fresh from a spot on QVC, we sit down with the woman behind the Blushly makeup vanity to talk about how to turn ideas into inventions. (And for those of you who recognize her name from Most Eligible Dallas on BRAVO, yes, we dish about that too!)   

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What's 5G?  When is it coming?  Or is it already here? My 4G phone says 5G is that marketing or a miracle?  We sit down with a tech expert from Samsung to talk about 5G, its evolution, capacity and what you need to do to get on board as we take your questions on this week's episode.  

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January 23, 2020 61 min

From clearing clutter to organizing old photos and trinkets, organizing expert Jessica Nickerson is in for a one on one talk which includes questions from our listeners.  Who doesn't have a box of "stuff" collecting dust?  Jessica can help you weed through your mess, display what's special and create a sustainable system for your lifestyle. 

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tarting a family is an amazing journey. There's an emotional part, a practical part and even a financial part. Starting a family through surrogacy has all of those things, plus some challenges that only someone who's gone through them can really appreciate. 

Heather Hays joins Steve to discuss "Surrogacy - Our Journey to a Growing Family."

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August 7, 2018 37 min

Eric Armstrong, President and Partner at Quick Roofing talks with Steve about all the questions you should be asking before hiring a roofer – and probably don’t.

Do roofers have to be licensed? Insured?

Should you have to pay money upfront?

How to discuss setting a completion date with your roofer

What the term ‘bonded’ really means and why you should be cautious of it

How to spot common roofing mistakes and what to do about them

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December 19, 2017 22 min

Steve talks with Nicole Walters about monetizing your life by knowing your worth!  

Topics include:

Adding a price tag to your knowledge

Overcoming the fear of getting started

Using social media as a tool to build your business

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December 19, 2017 31 min

Josh Elledge, founder of, joins Steve to talk about how to save money, make more money, and live a more abundant life.  Topics include:

Knowing the rules for getting the best deal

Accessing upgrades, freebies, perks and discounts

Why the best deals go to nice people!

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Steve talks with author David Bach about wealth and how to retire the way you want to.  Topics include:

The concept of paying yourself first

Budgets – why they don’t work and what you should use instead

The ‘Escalator to Wealth’ and why Millennials are missing out

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December 19, 2017 25 min

FinCon Special
Erin Lowry, Author and Personal Finance Expert, joins Steve to talk about the lesson of the Candy Tax and how to get control of your money, YOLO, FOMO and the biggest barriers to get Millennials to start saving, social media and the fear of losing friends by being seen as frugal.

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December 19, 2017 24 min

Nerd Wallet writer Liz Weston joins Steve to talk about figuring out where you are in your savings plan and how to automate the whole thing.  Topics include:

Why it really is harder than it used to be to save

What to do if your employer doesn’t offer a 410(k) retirement plan

Choosing the best credit card for you

Why you may need a ‘credit freeze’ after the Equifax data breach

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December 19, 2017 28 min

Steve talks with Blooom CEO and co-founder Chris Costello about helping people get the most out of their workplace retirement account.  Topics include:

The most common mistake people make with their 401(k).

What’s considered ‘bad’ debt and why you should get rid of it first.

If there’s a ‘right’ amount you should be saving for retirement.

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December 19, 2017 19 min

Erin Chase, The Meal Plan Guru, saves you time, money, and stress by down-sizing your grocery bill.  Topics include:

Cutting the cost of your groceries 20-percent by getting one ingredient on sale

Using the store sale prices and coupons to help decide what’s for dinner

Coupon apps vs store circulars – which is better?

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February 23, 2017 38 min

Handling one person’s finances are hard enough, here’s how couples can grow their cash together.  Steve talks with Michelle Manners, First Vice President - Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Advisors about:

Where to begin building a financial future together

When to keep some accounts or credit cards personal

What to do when one of you has dents in his/her credit

How clean should your credit really be (hint: VERY)

The right amount of debt ...

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February 23, 2017 20 min

President Trump’s agenda may be big changes to the Wall Street reform law. Here’s how to get ready.

Steve discusses possible changes in the Dodd-Frank Law with Ken Goodgames, CEO of the Community Council of Greater Dallas about:

What the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was designed to do.

Why avoiding knee-jerk reactions to bad financial news can help you succeed

Avoiding ‘predatory lending’

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December 30, 2016 30 min

Dr. Robert Vasquez and Steve discuss the best ways to make healthy changes in your life – and make them stick!  In this episode – why you shouldn’t try and lose weight or get fit on your own, deciding what change you really need to make and which ones are a waste of time, and technique to get your conscious and unconscious minds working together to help you!

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December 20, 2016 30 min

Certified financial planner Ken Moraif from Money Matters with Ken Moraif joins Steve to discuss how to get started on saving money and building wealth - no matter how much money you make! Plus: the biggest misconceptions people have about money management, why financial planners are not just for rich people, what's the difference between fee-based vs. commission-based advisors, how to max out your savings potential, IRA and Ro...

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December 20, 2016 20 min

Mary Jalonick from the Dallas Foundation talks with Steve about how to make every dollar count when you donate to charity.  Find out:

How to pick a charity

Why you should volunteer with an organization before giving money

What to look for on charity monitoring websites like GuideStar or Charity Navigator

Why sharing the news that you donated will help multiply your gift

How to give to charity as a family

Explaining the ‘Giving for Good’ ...

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December 20, 2016 27 min

Former IRS attorney Deborah Gregory talks with Steve about beating the tax man – and saving money - by planning ahead.  Find out:

What to expect from a Trump tax plan and how you can take advantage.

If you have losses there is a way to capitalize on how you report them.

How to dig yourself out from under a big tax bill.

Why getting an extension doesn’t buy you any more time to pay.

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November 16, 2016 21 min

Kyle James, founder of spends his days trying to find the best online coupon codes, printable coupons, and bargains at all your favorite online stores.

Steve and Kyle take about:

- Developing in-store relationships to find insider tips and deals

- Which stores have the best deals on which days (like Anthropologie, Best Buy, CVS, Old Navy)

- How to spot the products that haven’t reached their lowest price

- Which s...

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