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Today’s guest on the Consumerism Commentary is author Zac Bissonnette. Zac last appeared on the show four years ago, and he’s back today to talk about his new book, Good Advice from Bad People: Selected Wisdom from Murderers, Stock Swindlers, and Lance Armstrong.

The study of hypocrisy seems to be infinite, but it is particularly evident in the self-help and motivational genres — and you don’t have to look far from personal finance advice to find some of the most egregious examples of experts and gurus living by rules different than those they preach. Zac’s book is a fascinating read about the lives of notorious people who, if judged by their words of advice alone, should be saints.

You might be familiar with Bernie Madoff, but reading about the lives of motivational swindlers like Charles Givens, Barry Minkow, and Myron Scholes gave a different kind of context to the words they’ve written and the speeches they’ve performed.

Can you separate the advice from the people who speak it? What makes someone worthy of offering advice? Zac and I discuss these things — and Tim Tebow. Continue reading this article to listen to or download the podcast. You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

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This interview should be required listening for women — and men — who are in a relationship, particularly a marriage, in which the woman earns more than the man. This is precisely the situation in which author Farnoosh Torabi has found herself, and as a popular financial columnists, she discovered she wasn’t alone.

Based on her own experiences, questions from her readers, she began researching relationships for her latest book, When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women. The book features stories from and advice for the growing number of couples who are seeing this non-traditional income dynamic.

The book will be released May 1, but Farnoosh is offering several special deals for anyone who orders the book before its release. You could win care baskets from the author’s favorite brands and services, including TaskRabbit, Evernote and Stella & Dot. You might also win lunch with the author and a backstage pass to the NBC Today Show. After you pre-order your copy of When She Makes More, visit this page to enter to win one of the freebies.

In today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Farnoosh Torbai discusses this phenomenon and offers tips and suggestions for adapting to a different financial balance. Continue this article to listen to the podcast. You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

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Although I was tracking my net worth closely, I can’t pinpoint the exact moment my total net worth would have crossed into seven figures and someone might consider me a millionaire. It was something I wasn’t thinking about for a variety of reasons, but because I was an entrepreneur, I was the owner of a business that was increasing in value. It was difficult to assign a specific value to that business, but because I ended up selling that business — this website — the buyer and I both had to agree on a value.

Sometime before then, I also crossed the point of having a balance sheet that included investable (non-business) assets of a million dollars. One of the reasons I stopped publicly tracking my finances as I wasn’t interested in drawing attention to the fact. I tracked my finances to hold myself accountable for making better decisions with my money on a day-to-day basis; as my business grew, most daily decisions had little impact on my financial well-being.

So I stopped. And I don’t talk about my net worth. Instead, I let Consumerism Commentary readers track theirs, like I did for many years, through Naked With Cash. But there are a lot of people who like talking about what it means to be a millionaire. For most people who have reached that abritray round-number milestone with their investable net worth, life hasn’t changed too much from when their net worth was lower.

Jaime Tardy founded Eventual Millionaire to talk to as many millionaires as possible, with the goal of gaining some insight about entrepreneurship that could help people see that kind of success. But does it make sense to look at that millionaire milestone as the target? Most people in my age group (I’m 38 years old as of last week — happy birthday to me) would probably need several million dollars invested if they wish to be financially independent today or would need as much twenty years from now for a healthy retirement living a middle class life.

In this podcast, I discuss this issue with Jaime, and we determine what we might be able to learn from millionaire entrepreneurs. Her new book, The Eventual Millionaire: How Anyone Can Be an Entrepreneur and Successfully Grow Their Startup, is now available.

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I’m a reluctant entrepreneur, but I’ve learned to be less self-conscious about the fact that this is the designation society has given to me as someone who started his own business. While many people after, but also before, the recession have started side businesses to improve their financial security, for me, a hobby turned into a profitable and enjoyable way to spend my time.

But entrepreneur was always a dirty word to me, even after I came to the realization that I was, in fact, an entrepreneur. The word hustle is now associated with side businesses, but a hustle is a con, a scam. These words have always had the connotation of being less than forthright in business, using deceptive practices to get a customer or mark to part with his or her hard-earned money.

Entrepreneurship has a rich history in the United States, considering this is a country of immigrants, and every batch of latest immigrants has a hard time finding acceptance in traditional jobs, and language and cultural barriers often keep communities looking within for business.

Self-employment as a result of side businesses is a growing trend, but not necessarily due to immigration. This is the focus of Kimberly Palmer’s new book, The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life. Kimberly is the money editor and Alpha Consumer blogger for U.S. News & World Report, and I’ve had the great pleasure of working and speaking with her over the past few years. She joined me recently to discuss the theme of her latest book.

Continue reading this article to listen to the audio or to find a link to download the audio for later. You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Visit Kimberly’s website at ByKimberlyPalmer.com.

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Podcast 170: Jeff Rose, Soldier of Finance: Take Charge of Your Money and Invest in Your Future

by Luke Landes

I haven’t been running the Consumerism Commentary Podcast on a regular basis. Instead of a weekly podcast, my intention is to share occasional interviews to discuss topics that go beyond product updates and general personal finance information. Jeff Rose is a successful financial blogger, founder of Good Financial Cents. His new book, Soldier of Finance: ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 169: Helaine Olen, Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry

by Luke Landes
Helaine Olen

The Consumerism Commentary Podcast is no longer on a regular schedule, but I plan to produce new episodes throughout the year as the opportunities arise. Today’s guest on the podcast is Helaine Olen, author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry. Helaine is a New York-based journalist, contributing to Forbes, ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 168: Liz Weston, There Are No Dumb Questions About Money

by Luke Landes
Liz Weston

The Consumerism Commentary Podcast has been on hiatus this summer, but Tom and Jay are returning soon with monthly podcasts featuring interviews with authors, industry experts, and CEOs. In the interim, I will be featuring a few Podcast Special Editions, hosted by myself, also featuring a number of great interviews. The first of these Special ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 167: Women and Success

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks with Ellyn Spragins, speaker, author, and editor of the Letters To My Younger Self series of books. Ellyn talks to Tom about how women differ from men in regards to success, especially regarding finding and developing their inner talents. They also discuss her “Letters to My ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 166: Income Taxes and Your Kids’ Summer Jobs

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks with Gregg Wind, CPA at the accounting firm of Wind & Stern, about income taxes related to children’s summer jobs. First, Gregg and Tom talk about tax advantages for parents who have a business and are thinking about hiring their children as employees. Afterward, they discuss ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 165: Credit Scoring and Management

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay talks with John Ulzheimer about credit scores and managing your credit history. They also discuss the deceptive marketing of pre-paid debit cards, how a FICO score is built and the unfortunate history of credit repair firms. Consumerism Commentary Podcast Credit Scoring and Management: S07E09 / 165 Download – ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 164: Vanguard’s My Classroom Economy

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay talks with Shannon Nutter-Wiersbitzky about My Classroom Economy, a model classroom curriculum designed by Vanguard. Shannon is the Director of Market Research at The Vanguard Group. They discuss many aspects of bringing a real world economy model into the classroom, where students earn salaries and have to pay ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 163: Personal Transformation, J.D. Roth

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek and Flexo speak with J.D. Roth, founder of the personal finance website Get Rich Slowly about the topic of personal transformation. J.D. discusses many of the changes he’s gone through recently including what inspired him to transform himself and what he did to prepare himself for the ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 162: TOPGUN on Wall Street

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay speaks with LT Commander Jeffery Lay, author of TOPGUN on Wall Street: Why US Military Should Run Corporate America. They talk about the leadership qualities missing from Corporate America and what investors should look at to make the right decisions. Consumerism Commentary Podcast TOPGUN on Wall Street: S07E06 ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 161: My Mother Was a Mail Order Bride

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Aloysa, founder of the personal finance website My Broken Coin about how her mother came to America by becoming a mail order bride. She talks about the decision to find an overseas husband, what the search process was like, the risks involved and how the ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 160: The Rich and the Rest of Us

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay Frosting and Luke Landes talk with Tavis Smiley, host of Tavis Smiley on PBS. With Dr. Cornel West, Tavis Smiley is the co-author of The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. The interview in today’s podcast was scheduled to include Cornel West as well, but ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 159: The 7% Solution

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay Frosting speaks with John Graves, author of The 7 percent Solution: You Can Afford a Comfortable Retirement. They discuss the unique challenges baby boomers face when planning for retirement. Consumerism Commentary Podcast The 7 percent Solution: S07E03 / 159 Download – RSS – iTunes Table of contents [00:00] Introduction from ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 158: Kimberly Palmer, Palmer’s Planners

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay Frosting and Luke Landes talk with Kim Palmer, author of Generation Earn and creator of Palmer’s Planners. Consumerism Commentary discussed Palmer’s Planners recently. In the interview, Jay, Luke, and Kim discuss household financial planning for right-brained thinkers and money issues for young people and women. Consumerism Commentary Podcast ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 157: Credit Card Application Fees

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay Frosting and Flexo talk with Matt Schulz, Vice President of Content for InvestingAnswers.com. They discuss the implications of a recent legal ruling that excludes credit card application fees from the limit on fees that credit card issuers can charge within the first year. Consumerism Commentary Podcast Credit Card ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 156: Financial Intelligence

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay Frosting speaks to Joe Knight, co-author of Financial Intelligence: An Illustrated Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean. They discuss why and how employees in non-financial roles should learn to read financial statements, largely because accounting relies on a lot of educated guesses and biases. Consumerism Commentary ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 155: The Work Revolution

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay Frosting talks with Julie Clow, author of The Work Revolution. They talk about differing energy cycles, ditching time cards & meetings, and measuring impact instead of employee activities. Consumerism Commentary Podcast The Work Revolution: S06E25 / 155 Download – RSS – iTunes Table of contents [00:00] Introduction from ... Continue reading this article…

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