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

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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 Edition podcasts features the most-read personal finance columnist on the internet, Liz Weston. Liz recently published a new book in electronic format, There Are No Dumb Questions About Money, available from and iTunes. We discuss the questions and answers from the book as well as what led the author to begin writing about personal finance. We also talk about how blogging — and the internet in general — changed the shape of the discussion about personal finance.

Liz Weston’s website,, is always open for feedback and questions from readers and listeners, and her column is available on MSN Money.

[00:00] Introduction from Luke Landes
[00:38] Interview with Liz Weston
[00:48] There Are No Dumb Questions About Money
[02:06] Fear of asking questions
[07:40] Liz Weston’s background, family life, and journalism
[10:35] Effect of recession on financial questions
[12:03] How to handle a mortgage you can’t repay and rebuild credit
[14:49] Frugal fatigue
[15:45] Is debt elimination too highly prioritized against retirement savings?
[20:10] Saving for retirement with low cash flow
[22:37] Saving for children’s college education
[28:55] Long-term commitments with opposing financial philosophies
[31:45] Today’s biggest financial issue for families
[33:56] The explosion of personal finance blogging
[37:22] How the internet changed Liz Weston’s writing
[40:05] End

Updated September 25, 2012 and originally published September 22, 2012.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar 1 Anonymous

It was nice to hear Liz speak at Fincon. She has a very mature way about her which commands a lot of authority. Good job with the interview guys! All the essentials of personal finance.


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avatar 2 Anonymous

Just got done listening to the whole podcast. Great interview! Worth listening to for sure.

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avatar 3 Luke Landes

Glad you enjoyed it, Lance!

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