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Personal Money Horror Stories


 It’s Halloween and nothing is more frightening than money horror stories.  Close the blinds, turn off the lights, light a candle and prepare to be scared.

Matt and Andrew haven’t always been smart with money, well Andrew mostly has.  But even they have finance horror stories and will share them with us.

In 2007 everything Andrew touched turned to gold.  He read in that secret magazine for high rollers, Forbes, that a housing company was basically printing money.  In 2007. A housing company.  He lost between $2-3000.

Matt’s first foray into the market was Sirius.  Tanked, even Howard Stern couldn’t right the ship.  He also incurred over $200 in overdraft fees through various drunken misadventures.

Matt got the lifetime ban hammer from ING because he may or may not have called a phone rep’s mother a very nasty word.  In a McDonald’s parking lot adding to the horror.

Andrew lost $450 because he forgot to sign a complicated form that was otherwise perfectly filled out.  Matt cashed out a 401K incurring all the penalties that entails.

Matt gave a cab driver carte blanche to charge his ATM card when his drunk friend puked outside the window.  He got lucky and the bank refunded the overcharge.

Matt lost a day’s take from his job.  His working theory is that he left the envelope on the roof of his car.  Since it’s Halloween, my theory is that it was a ghost.  Or aliens.  Probably aliens.

I'm smart, I can count and shit.

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It’s a scary world out there.  Stay safe and have a great Halloween!

Show Notes

Hopfish IPA:  An English style IPA.

The Bowery Boys Haunted Brooklyn:  Here’s a special Halloween treat.  One of my favorite podcasts. If you like history or just scary stories, check out the Bowery Boys annual Halloween podcast devoted to ghost stories of Brooklyn.

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  • Andrew

    Oh man, this episode made me a little nauseous. A great deal of respect for you two.

    I’ll admit that my lack of better handling my student loans and not getting other student financing was bad, but I’m too ashamed to mentioned my other money failures. And you two declare it on the podcast.
    I’ll have nightmares for weeks now! Thanks a lot!

    • Muahahahaha! There’s nothing worse than night terrors about personal finance >:0

  • jb1907

    I once bounced a check for $1.44….

  • jb1907

    So what is funny is that I worked at a law firm that dealt with Lehman Brothers and we got two check in the mail. We deposited them and they bounced the next day due to the bankruptcy.