The Fiscal Firecrackers

The Fiscal Firecrackers

The Fiscal Firecrackers educates, entertains and empowers people about their money. In every episode, hosts Susan Yeagley and Galia Gichon combine their superpowers to share educational financial information, tips, tricks and their own personal anecdotes to motivate listeners to make the most with their wallet. It’s the ideal fusion of money, smarts, humor and heart - you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you'll learn, you’ll be entertained and you’ll walk away with a personal financial plan ready to take on the world. Hosts: Susan Yeagley - a renowned comedic actress with a side-hustle hobby of wanting to learn everything there is to know about money. Her TV credits include playing "Jessica Wicks" on the hit NBC show "Parks and Recreation" and much more. Galia Gichon - an independent personal financial expert with more than 20 years in financial services including nearly ten years on Wall Street and an MBA in Finance. Our Executive Producer is Jill Leiderman - a late night TV veteran who has produced alongside Jon Stewart, David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel over the past three decades.

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June 24, 2022 31 min
Mutual funds. What the heck are they?   Mutual funds are the cornerstone of our retirement plans. They are also the best way to start socking money away and earning more - even if you have no money saved. Mutual funds make the investing process much simpler and more streamlined.  Think of them as “one stop shopping” for your investments.   Yet they can seem overwhelming and intimidating. In episode 14, “You’re a Sexy M.F.’er (Mutua...
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We all know money isn’t just about the numbers. It’s SO much more. Our personal history and specific circumstances can affect every financial decision we make. Sometimes we feel lacking even though we have plenty in the bank.  Or maybe we feel like we will never have enough.      Episode 13 of @fiscalfirecracker “The Emotional Rollercoaster of Money” helps you understand what may trigger your emotional response to money and how...
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June 10, 2022 36 min
Money.  Though it’s just paper and coins, it’s worth gives it either positive or negative association.  Financial situations have the capacity to make us elated or frustrated.     In episode 12, Galia and Susan to spout off their dollar pet peeves for some much needed cathartic relief.  Irksome moments like navigating an improperly split restaurant check, gracefully handling irritating money conversations with friends + family ...
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June 3, 2022 44 min
Got a new job?  We’ve got you covered. Galia shares tips on how to put your best foot forward including asking for a “crumb” more, how to take advantage of your company’s benefits and keeping track of your accomplishments.     Susan shares tales from her early gigs - dancing as an extra in a music video, high school humpin’ on a sweater-folding table and bakin’ up dirty delights in a restaurant’s pizza oven.
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May 27, 2022 21 min
You have MORE money questions.  We have MORE money answers.  Our Fiscal Firecracker inbox keeps growing - we’ve now received even more worthwhile queries so we decided to devote yet another entire episode to answering them. Galia and Susan address a wide range of topics per your request: what to do with an inherited IRA, how to deal with inflation at the gas pump/grocery store and how best to work with your financial advisor - esp...
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Ah, vacation.  We all dream about it.  With inflation looming, market volatility and economic uncertainty, how best to plan for a fiscally responsible break?  Galia shares online resources and tips to make a trip affordable - even when traveling internationally.  Susan recounts stories from her family excursions including dirty motel pools, stolen shoes, a 19k refund and what NOT to wear in a passport photo - unless you’re a nudist...

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May 13, 2022 31 min
You have money questions.  We have money answers.  Our Fiscal Firecracker inbox received so many worthwhile queries that we decided to devote entire episodes to them.    For the premiere, Galia and Susan address a wide range of topics:  money management tools, credit card tips for your teen child, annuities for retirees, IRAs and even a daily exercise to help prioritize your spending habits.  Susan shares her budget hacks for Ne...
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May 6, 2022 39 min
We all need money to survive, cover our expenses and uphold our quality of life.  But once we fulfill those needs, where should we we choose to put our cash to better the world around us?  What entities feel worthwhile to support with your dollars?  For example, are you passionate about climate change, the environment or sustainability?  Then how about merging your investments with your values?  It’s easier than you think and deepl...
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April 29, 2022 35 min
Straight off their debut as guests on “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” Galia and Susan tackle the subject of retirement.

Dreaming of what your life will look like when you no longer have to work?  If you follow our tips now, you’ll avoid living a boring or compromised retirement.

The sunset years may look differently for each of us, but we will all want to have the ability to design them to our specs.  By employing our guidance, you can...

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April 22, 2022 36 min
Finding financial stability during times of crises can be challenging.  Personal, professional and world-wide events can suddenly affect our money.  Simultaneously, we want to find ways to offer help to those in need.   In this episode, Galia shares financial wisdom you can implement immediately which will calm your nerves during unsteady times such as unstable markets, global volatility, job loss or even family health issues. Sus...
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April 8, 2022 30 min
Money affects all of our relationships.  It’s especially sensitive and crucial with our loved ones. Galia explains how financial transparency with your partner is key.  It’s best to have open lines of communication, go on money dates, use apps to track your couple's joint spending and exchange childhood money history moments to truly understand each other's perspective. Have more involvement, not less.     Susan laments t...
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March 25, 2022 35 min
Yep. You read right. Galia shares her titillating tips and tricks to save money on taxes.  Learn how to make filing yours as easy as possible so tax time is sizzingly simple. You're welcome - especially you, foxy freelancers.  And if that’s not enough, Susan turns up the heat on her drive-thru coffee order and divulges her passion for all things candle.
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Wondering how to handle societal pressure when it comes to your spending?  Galia addresses ways you can curb outside expectations by listening to your own needs and finding practical, creative solutions.  Learn about the FIRE movement (Financial Independence Retire Early) to see if it’s for you.  Susan shares crazy stories of people overseas hiding in their basement to feign being on vacation and how some women during 1940's wa...
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February 24, 2022 36 min
Very often with investing, we don’t even know where to begin. It all seems so daunting. The Firecrackers give you the essential first steps to take if you’ve never invested and how to do a check-up on your holdings if you’ve already jumped in. Key investing terms are all explained as well as ways to create the healthy habit of socking money away every month even in a volatile market. Susan shares her stories of early childhood earn...
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