Consumerism Commentary Podcast
The Consumerism Commentary Podcast is a weekly personal finance show, hosted by both Tom Dziubek, a former podcaster with the Wall Street Journal, and Jay Frosting, who started his first podcast in 2005 for fans of novelty rock music. Each week, the show offers commentary about money management, getting out of debt, budgeting, consumer issues, investing, and the economic issues that touch individuals in the United States and all over the world.
Tom and Jay are occasionally joined by Luke Landes, the founder of Consumerism Commentary.
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Here are the latest episodes of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, with a list of guests and an overview of the topics covered, starting with the most recent:
Episode 169: January 13, 2013. Topic: Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry, Helaine Olen. Listen.
Episode 168: September 22, 2012. Topic: There Are No Dumb Questions About Money, Liz Weston. Listen.
Episode 167: July 8, 2012. Topic: Women and Success, Ellyn Spragins. Listen.
Episode 166: July 1, 2012. Topic: Income Taxes and Your Kids’ Summer Jobs, Gregg Wind, CPA, Wind & Stern. Listen.
Episode 165: June 24, 2012. Topic: Credit Scoring and Management, John Ulzheimer. Listen.
Episode 164: June 17, 2012. Topic: Vanguard’s My Classroom Economy, Shannon Nutter-Wiersbitzky. Listen.
Episode 163: June 10, 2012. Topic: Personal Transformation, J.D. Roth. Listen.
Episode 162: May 27, 2012. Topic: TOPGUN on Wall Street, Lt Cmdr Jeffery Lay. Listen.
Episode 161: May 20, 2012. Topic: My Mother Was a Mail Order Bride, Aloysa, My Broken Coin. Listen.
Episode 160: May 13, 2012. Topic: The Rich and the Rest of Us, Tavis Smiley. Listen.
Episode 159: May 6, 2012. Topic: The 7% Solution, John Graves. Listen.
Episode 158: April 29, 2012. Topic: Kimberly Palmer, Palmer’s Planners. Listen.
Episode 157: April 22, 2012. Topic: Credit Card Application Fees
Episode 156: April 15, 2012. Topic: Financial Intelligence
Episode 155: April 8, 2012. Topic: The Work Revolution
Episode 154: April 1, 2012. Topic: The Psychology of Wealth
Episode 153: March 25, 2012. Topic: Life Happens
Episode 152: March 18, 2012. Topic: LearnVest.com
Episode 151: March 11, 2012. Topic: ValueMyStuff.com, Double the Difference
Episode 150: March 4, 2012. Topic: The Big Retirement Risk
Episode 149: February 26, 2012. Topic: Trends in Financial Planning
Episode 148: February 19, 2012. Topic: Capital One merger with ING Direct.
Episode 147: February 12, 2012. Guest: Steve Repak, author of Dollars and Uncommon Sense.
Episode 146: February 5, 2012. Guest: MD, founder of the personal finance website Studenomics, talks about buying a house in your early 20s.
Episode 145: January 29, 2012. Guest: Jenny Kerr from The Jenny Pincher talks about how married women can better prepare themselves financially for a divorce.
Episode 144: January 22, 2012. Guest: Andrea Woroch talks about the smartest things to shop for in Winter.
Episode 143: January 15, 2012. Guest: Kathy Pickering of H&R Block’s Tax Institute dicusses tax law changes for last year and this year.
Episode 142: January 8, 2012. Guest: Flexo, founder of Consumerism Commentary, talks about New Year’s resolutions.
Episode 141: January 1, 2012. Guest: Carl Richards, author of The Behavior Gap.
Episode 140: December 25, 2011. Guest: Rudy DeFelice, founder of Kidworth.
Episode 139: December 18, 2011. Guest: Jonathan Zschau, author of Buying and Owning a Mac: Secrets Apple Doesn’t Want You to Know.
Episode 138: December 11, 2011. Guest: Scott Gerber, co-founder of Gen Y Capital Partners.
Episode 137: December 4, 2011. Guest: Dr. James Roberts, author of Shiny Objects.
Episode 136: November 27, 2011. Guest: Paula Pant, founder of the website Afford Anything, talks about being a landlord.
Episode 135: November 20, 2011. Guest: Dinah Sanders, creator of Discardia.
Episode 134: November 13, 2011. Guest: Ryan Bales, Founder and CEO of Budgetable.
Episode 133: November 6, 2011. Guests: Chris Camillo, author of Laughing at Wall Street: How I Beat the Pros at Investing (by Reading Tabloids, Shopping at the Mall, and Connecting on Facebook) and How You Can, Too.
Episode 132: October 30, 2011. Guests: Kristen Christian, founder of Bank Transfer Day.
Episode 131: October 23, 2011. Guests: Sarah of, The $60K Project.
Episode 130: October 16, 2011. Guests: Richard and Linda Eyre talk about their book, The Entitlement Trap.
Episode 129: October 9, 2011. Guests: Phillip Taylor (PT Money) and Flexo talk about the Financial Blogger Conference; Jon Stein from Betterment talks about their new goal-based financial planning tool.
Episode 128: October 2, 2011. Guest: Robert Steven Kaplan and Bryan discuss the three questions any organization needs to ask itself before it can succeed, and the best ways to coach the people on your team.
Episode 127: September 25, 2011. Guest: Mike Egan details several popular myths about social security, saving, and investments, and then explains the truth about each one, giving the reader solid knowledge and formulas about how much to save for retirement.
Episode 125: September 11, 2011. Guest: Credit.com’s Gerri Detweiler talks about options for people with underwater mortgages.
Episode 124: September 4, 2011. Guest: Deloitte Consulting’s Deron Weston talks about their survey on first-time credit defaulters.
Episode 123: August 28, 2011. Guest: Mint.com’s Aaron Forth discusses Mint’s new bill reminder feature.
Episode 122: August 21, 2011. Guest: Clark Howard discusses some of the 250+ ways to save from his new book Living Large in Lean Times.
Episode 121: August 14, 2011. Guest: Credit.com’s Adam Levin discusses the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Episode 120: August 7, 2011. Guest: Bryan J Busch discusses the impact of canceling cable.
Episode 119: July 31, 2011. Guest: CPA Leslie Dawson explains the IRS’s “innocent spouse” relief.
Episode 118: July 24, 2011. Guest: Andrea Woroch explains the consequences of extreme couponing.
Episode 117: July 17, 2011. Guest: Yaron Samid, founder and CEO of BillGuard, discusses the BillGuard service.
Episode 116: July 10th, 2011. Guest: Kevin McKee tells us what it takes to become a thousandaire.
Episode 115: July 3rd, 2011. Guest: LaFoy Thomas discusses his book Generational Wealth.
Episode 114: June 26, 2011. Guest: Steve Rosenstock, EEI, discusses summer cooling tips.
Episode 113: June 19, 2011. Guests: Scott and Bethany Palmer, also known as The Money Couple.
Episode 112: June 12, 2011. Guest: Megan Wurm, Money Matters ambassador.
Episode 111: June 5, 2011. Guest: Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, also known as The Money Coach.
Episode 109: May 22, 2011. Guest: Dr. Maggie Baker, author of Crazy About Money: How Emotions Confuse Our Money Choices and What To Do About It.
Bryan, Donna, and Flexo discuss extreme couponing. More about episode 108.
Episode 106: May 1, 2011. Guest: Kate Levinson, author of Emotional Currency: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money. More about episode 106.
Episode 105: April 24, 2011. Guest: Paul Puckett, author of Investiphobia. More about episode 105.
Episode 104: April 17, 2011. Guest: Kim McGrigg, Manager of Community and Media Relations for Money Management International (MMI), which is sponsoring Financial Literacy Month. More about episode 104.
Episode 103: April 10, 2011. Guest: Geneen Roth, author of Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money. More about episode 103.
Episode 102: April 3, 2011. Guest: Tom Dziubek. More about episode 102.
Episode 101: March 27, 2011. Guest: Dr. Guy Winch, author of The Squeaky Wheel. More about episode 101.
Episode 100: March 20, 2011. Guest: Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, President of The Charles Schwab Foundation, which is sponsoring the National Financial Capability Challenge. More about episode 100.
Episode 99: March 13, 2011. Guest: Preeti Vissa, Community Reinvestment Director of the Greenlining Institute. More about episode 99.
Episode 98: March 6, 2011. Guest: Mark Brundage, co-founder of Adaptu. More about episode 9.
Episode 97: February 27, 2011. Guests: Dr. Doug Hirschhorn, author of 8 Ways to Great: Peak Performance on the Job and In Your Life. More about episode 97.
Episode 96: February 20, 2011. Guests: Tod Marks, senior project editor at Consumer Reports, and Nico Willis, author of Death of the American Investor (The Emergence of a New Global eShareholder). More about episode 96.
Episode 95: February 13, 2011. Guest: Tom Dziubek, frequent host of this podcast and a recent customer service representative at one of the U.S.’s ten largest savings banks. More about episode 95.
Episode 91: January 16, 2011. Guest: Aaron Patzer, creator of Mint.com and Vice President of Intuit discusses Mint’s partnership with Scholastic. More about episode 91.
Episode 90: January 9, 2011. Guest: Stuart Diamond, author of the book Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World. More about episode 90.
Episode 89: January 2, 2011. Guest: Flexo discusses the concerns and challenges invovled with self-employment. More about episode 89.
Episode 85: December 5, 2010. Guests: Nate St. Pierre, founder of the community building website ItStartsWith.Us, and Budgets Are Sexy founder J. Money talk about their new micro-giving endeavor, Love Drop. More about episode 85.
Episode 84: November 28, 2010. Guest: Stew Langille, Director of Marketing for Intuit Personal Finance Group talks about Mint’s new real time consumer spending tracking website Mint Data. More about episode 84.
Episode 83: November 21, 2010. Guest: Laura Rowley, columnist at Yahoo Finance and author of the book Money and Happiness: A Guide to Living the Good Life. More about episode 83.
Episode 82: November 14, 2010. Guests: Adrian Nazari, founder and CEO of the online credit & loan analysis tool Credit Sesame and Jon Stein, founder and CEO of the online investing service, Betterment. More about episode 82.
Episode 80: October 31, 2010. Guest: Farnoosh Torabi, author of the book Psych Yourself Rich: Get the Mindset and Discipline You Need to Build Your Financial Life. More about episode 80.
Episode 78: October 17, 2010. Guest: Kimberly Palmer, author of the book, Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back. More about episode 78.
Episode 76: October 3, 2010. Guest: Tara-Nicholle Nelson, from the real estate website Trulia, discusses Trulia and price reduction trends for houses that are listed in the U.S. More about episode 76.
Episode 75: September 26, 2010. Guest: Fred Williams, author of the book Fight Back Against Unfair Debt Collection Practices: Know Your Rights and Protect Yourself from Threats, Lies, and Intimidation talks about how consumers can protect themselves against debt collectors. More about episode 75.
Episode 74: September 19, 2010. Guest: NBC “Today Show” editor Jean Chatzky talks about her National Money Talk Night event and her new book, Not Your Parents’ Money Book: Making, Saving, and Spending Your Own Money. More about episode 74.
Episode 73: September 12, 2010. Guest: Consumerism Commentary founder Flexo talks about his tips on saving money while at college. More about episode 73.
Episode 72: September 5, 2010. Guest: Steve Siebold, author of the book How Rich People Think, talks about how “world class” people think differently than “middle class” when it comes to finances. More about episode 72.
Episode 69: August 15, 2010. Guest: Keri Buster, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications, World Service at American Express, talks about her company’s recent survey about customer service. More about episode 69.
Earlier episodes of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast
|Episode||Original Airdate||Topics and Guests|
|S03E14 #66||Jul 25, 2010||Natural disasters (Richard Rosso, CFP)|
|S03E13 #65||Jul 18, 2010||Mint.com Goals (Rob Garcia, LendingClub and Aaron Patzer, Mint.com)
Saving money at a baseball game (Luke Landes)
|S03E12 #64||Jul 11, 2010||Take control of your finances (Luke Landes)|
|S03E11 #63||Jul 4, 2010||8Coupons (Landy Ung)
Pay down mortgage or invest (Luke Landes)
|S03E10 #62||Jun 27, 2010||Families & Money Survey (Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, Charles Schwab)
Bank overdraft fees (Jim Kelly, ING Direct)
|S03E09 #61||Jun 20, 2010||Summer money-saving tips (Luke Landes)|
|S03E08 #60||Jun 13, 2010||ZYNC Card (Mary Hines, American Express)
SmartyPig and BBVA Compass Bank (Bob Weinschenk, SmartyPig)
|S03E07 #59||Jun 6, 2010||Microsaving (Donna Freedman)|
|S03E06 #58||May 30, 2010||How to Keep From Going Broke with a Broker (Richard Lewins)|
|S03E05 #57||May 23, 2010||Education-focused banks (Gery Cuddy, Beneficial Bank)|
|S03E04 #56||May 16, 2010||Overdraft fees (Preeti Vissa, Greenlining Institute)
moneyStrands (Atakan Cetinsoy)
|S03E03 #55||May 9, 2010||Generation Earn (Kimberly Palmer)|
|S03E02 #54||May 2, 2010||Saving gas and money (Schwark Satyavolu, BillShrink)|
|S03E01 #53||Apr 25, 2010||Frugal photography (Luke Landes)|
|S02E26 #52||Apr 18, 2010||Unautomoate Your Finances (Adam Baker)|
|S02E25 #51||Apr 11, 2010||Money and parenting (Kara McGuire)|
|S02E24 #50||Apr 4, 2010||Financial Literacy Month (Cate Williams, Money Management International)|
|S02E23 #49||Mar 28, 2010||Life or Debt 2010 (Stacy Johnson)|
|S02E22 #48||Mar 21, 2010||The Other 8 Hours (Robert Pagliarini)|
|S02E21 #47||Mar 14, 2010||The Financial Physician (Lou Scatigna)|
|S02E20 #46||Mar 7, 2010||Your Money: The Missing Manual (J.D. Roth)|
|S02E19 #45||Feb 28, 2010||Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes (Gary Belsky)|
|S02E18 #44||Feb 21, 2010||Income Tax Tips (Bob Meighan, TurboTax)|
|S02E17 #43||Feb 14, 2010||The Samurai Fund (Financial Samurai)|
|S02E16 #42||Feb 7, 2010||Toyota Recalls (Jeff Bartlett, Consumer Reports)
Saving money on Valentine’s Day (Luke Landes)
|S02E15 #41||Jan 31, 2010||Credit CARD Act (Samir Kothari, BillShrink)|
|S02E14 #40||Jan 24, 2010||Start Over, Finish Rich (David Bach)|
|S02E13 #39||Jan 17, 2010||Get Financially Naked (Manisha Thakor)|
|S02E12 #38||Jan 10, 2010||Eliminating Holiday Debt (Peter Pham, BillShrink)|
|S02E11 #37||Jan 3, 2010||Financial Foul-Ups (Brian Scheur, My Next Buck)|
|S02E10 #36||Dec 27, 2009||Making the Most of Your Money Now (Jane Bryant Quinn)|
|S02E09 #35||Dec 20, 2009||Pay It Down!: Debt-Free on $10 a Day (Jean Chatzky)|
|S02E08 #34||Dec 13, 2009||Giving Stocks as Gifts (Dan Greenshields)
The Centsible Life (Kelly Whalen)
|S02E07 #33||Dec 6, 2009||The Complete Identity Theft Guidebook (Terri Cullen)|
|S02E06 #32||Nov 29, 2009||Gift cards (Jim Sharvin, CPA)
Financial reform (Heather Booth)
|S02E05 #31||Nov 22, 2009||Peer to Peer Lending (Renaud LaPlanche and Rob Garcia)
Target date retirement funds (Luke Landes)
|S02E04 #30||Nov 15, 2009||Ask the Headhunter (Nick Corcodilos)|
|S02E03 #29||Nov 8, 2009||How to Live Well and Save Money (Sharon Harvey Rosenberg, The Frugal Duchess)|
|S02E02 #28||Nov 1, 2009||The Smartest Retirement Book You’ll Ever Read (Dan Solin)|
|S02E01 #27||Oct 25, 2009||War against debt, frugal traveling (Adam Baker, Man Vs. Debt)|
|S01E26||Oct 18, 2009||MAKE Magazine, Do-it-Yourself, Credit.com (Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing)|
|S01E25||Oct 11, 2009||Smart Cookies (Sandra Hannah)
Wealth Pilgrim (Neal Frankle)
|S01E24||Oct 4, 2009||Path to becoming a millionaire (Jen Smith, Millionaire Mommy Next Door)|
|S01E23||Sep 27, 2009||Negotiating and bargaining (Herb Cohen, presidential adviser, and Teri Gault, author)|
|S01E22||Sep 20, 2009||Intuit’s acquisition of Mint.com (Aaron Patzer, Mint)
Roth IRA conversions (Bryan Olson, Charles Schwab)
|S01E21||Sep 13, 2009||How to survive on a teacher’s salary (Danny Kofke)|
|S01E20||Sep 6, 2009||You Need a Budget (Jesse Mecham)
PocketSmith (Francois Bondiguel and Jason Leong)
|S01E19||Aug 30, 2009||Giving yourself a raise (Matt Jabs, Debt Free Adventure)|
|S01E18||Aug 23, 2009||Snap financial decisions (David Adler, Snap Judgment)
The PowerCost Monitor (Peter Porteous)
|S01E17||Aug 16, 2009||WSJ Complete Home Owner’s Guidebook (David Crook)|
|S01E16||Aug 9, 2009||Financial planning (Jeff Rose, CFP)
Cash for Clunkers (Jeff Bartlett, Consumer Reports)
|S01E15||Aug 2, 2009||Credit CARD Act (Dr. Robert Manning)
Tips for layoffs (Luke Landes)
|S01E14||Jul 26, 2009||We, the Savers (Jim Kelly, ING Direct)
Feed the Pig (Mackey McNeil)
|S01E13||Jul 19, 2009||Tips for graduating seniors (Luke Landes)
Cash for Clunkers (Bob Meighan, Intuit)
|S01E12||Jul 12, 2009||Myths of personal finance (Ramit Sethi)|
|S01E11||Jul 5, 2009||SmartyPig (Jon Gaskell)
New Consumerism Commentary contributor (Jeff)
|S01E10||Jun 28, 2009||Frugal grilling (Jim Wang, Grillmaestro)
Successful entrepreneurs (Erica Douglass)
|S01E09||Jun 21, 2009||Maintaining careers in a recession (Penelope Trunk, Brazen Careerist)
Minimalism in personal finance (Leo Babauta, Zen Habits)
|S01E08||Jun 14, 2009||Yowza! and TalkAboutIt.org (Greg Grunberg)|
|S01E07||Jun 7, 2009||Quicken Online (Barron Ernst)
10,001 Ways to Live Live Large on a Small Budget (Linsey Knerl)
|S01E06||May 31, 2009||397 Ways to Save Money (Kerry K. Taylor)|
|S01E05||May 24, 2009||Following your passion (J.D. Roth, Get Rich Slowly)
A family budgeting system (Bryan J Busch)
|S01E04||May 17, 2009||Financial advisory website Thrive (Matt Wallaert)|
|S01E03||May 10, 2009||Credit scores (Ken Lin, Credit Karma)
The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights (Liz Weston)
|S01E02||May 3, 2009||Recession-proof your relationship (Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil)
Mint.com’s new features (Aaron Patzer)
|S01E01||Apr 26, 2009||Recession tips (Luke Landes)
Shrinking your bills (Peter Pham, BillShrink)