Andrew Fiebert ~ Chief Nerd

Since I started earning at my first job post-college I became fascinated with getting the most out of the money I earned. I was working at an Investment Bank as a Data Engineer so nerding out over money and data came with the territory.

I quickly realized that there were not many good places to learn about personal finance and I was often on my own to learn what was needed. That coupled with being stuck living with my parents in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy compelled me to start Listen Money Matters.

I love talking about money so the ah-ha moment really came when my wife Laura suggested I should start a podcast with Matt Giovanisci.

That was in Octobor 2013. The rest is a very long story so you should probably listen to the podcast.

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The 8 Best Vanguard Funds That You Should Buy

best vanguard funds

We’re big fans of Vanguard, but admittedly, it’s a bit more complicated than using a Robo Advisor.  In this article, we break down what we think are the 8 best Vanguard funds, balancing both performance and cost.

A Beginners Investment Strategy – The Ultimate Blueprint

investment strategy

So, you’ve got your debt under control and you want to know what’s next? That’s great because investing is where real wealth is built.

31 Passive Income Ideas To Get You Off The Hamster Wheel

passive income ideas

There is a lot of chatter in the personal finance world about passive income. What is it and why is it such a topic of conversation? We all need more than one income source but there are only so many hours in a day to work. Here are passive income ideas to make money while you sleep. 

60 Proven Strategies on How to Make Money (fast-ish)

how to make money fast

Quick! Can you come up with $100? Some of you have that in your couch cushions, but for those who don’t, here are 57 ways to make more money.

Debt Relief For Dummies: How to Easily Pay Off Your Debt

debt relief plan

Your debt is an emergency and it should be treated that way, you need a debt reduction plan to regain control. Come find debt relief and take back your life.

Negotiation Strategies: A Lost Art of Getting What You Want

Negotiation Strategies: A Lost Art of Getting What You Want

The goal of negotiating is to take control of opportunities and tip them in your favor.

3 Reasons Why You Suck with Money

3 Reasons Why You Suck with Money

There are 3 common themes when people suck with money. We cover all 3 and give actionable solutions so you can fix your problems.

Investing for Beginners 101: What Is Investing and Why It Matters?

investing for beginners

You need to invest your money. It simply doesn’t make sense not to. Even if you only invest 5% of your money, it would still be worth it. This is your investing for beginners 101 cheat sheet. We explain the basics of simple investing and aim to inspire the proper mindset you need to succeed.

Betterment Review aka An Epic Betterment Experiment

betterment review

Is Betterment the silver bullet they suggest it is? That’s where this Betterment Review and Experiment comes in. We’ve explored the service and interviewed members of the team, so you don’t have to. I’m looking for stable long-term investments that kick ass and beat the market average. Let us see what they got.

Dear Debt, It’s Over. We Need to Break Up.

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As we continue our back to basics series, we’re going to talk about debt. We interview the founder of the blog, Dear Debt, We Need to Break Up.

Money Is A Terrible Thing To Waste So Plug Your Spending Leaks

plug spending leaks

You waste money, yes I said it! Instead of wasting your money, come learn how to find and plug your spending leaks. Money is a terrible thing to waste!

The Complete Guide to Creating a Successful Monthly Budget

budgeting for dummies

New year, fresh budget.  Wait, you haven’t budgeted before?  Well, there is no better time to start a monthly budget than now. Stop stressing over money. Just automate your finances so the computer can worry about the details, not you. Let us show you – how to create a monthly budget you can actually stick too.

The Gradual Move from Fear to Greed and How to Protect Yourself

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Be fearful when others are greedy. The market may correct itself soon, don’t get caught with your pants down.

Becoming Wealthy is a Choice

becoming-wealthly

Very few people wake up one day and just become wealthy. Being wealthy is a choice that you make and a way that you live your life. Work less, live more!

6 Steps To Get You On Track Towards Financial Independence

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Financial independence is achievable, but you have to follow the steps to get there. These are the 6 steps to get you on track towards […]

Goals Are The Route. Dreams Are The Reason You’re Driving

life-goals

The serenity to set goals, the courage to follow your dreams, and the stupidity of not knowing the difference.

Acorns vs Betterment vs Wealthfront: Epic Robo-Advisor Battle

acorns vs betterment

Competition is heating up among the Robo-Advisors. If you’re looking to invest in the right service, it’s getting hard to tell where you should put your money. I’ve used Acorns, Betterment and Wealthfront extensively and going to break down each of the services and let you know who deserves your investment.

Diversify Investments with Options To Insulate Your Portfolio.

Diversify Investments

You know it’s important to diversify your investments. But do you know how? We’ll explore using options on an inverse index to insulate your portfolio.

Why Estate Planning is Important to Your Overall Financial Health

Why Estate Planning is Important to Your Overall Financial Health

Have some money or a family? Then you need estate planning. I’ll give you a primer to familiarize you with what it involves.

There Are Pillars of Financial Freedom on the Path to Freedom

There Are Pillars of Financial Freedom on the Path to Freedom

Whether you are sitting here reading this with a couple of dingy nickels you scraped out of the bottom of your buddy’s couch to your name or are using 100 dollar bills as paper towels, these four pillars of financial freedom are the keys to increasing your assets.

You Can’t Buy Patience

cant buy patience

Do you want to buy a solution to your money problems? Can you flawlessly execute a desk flip? If so, you may suffer from chronic No Patience Syndrome.

Creative Money Saving Tips That Will Help You Build Real Wealth

money saving tips

For most of us, learning how to save money isn’t easy. Your friends want to go out to dinner and have expensive drinks, you want […]

Quit Dragging Your Feet And Get Organized Already

Quit Dragging Your Feet And Get Organized Already

Finding success is not difficult and is absolutely within your reach. You just need to get organized already and break big goals into small manageable tasks

Learn How to Start and Monetize a Blog that Earns over $400k a year

How to start a blog and monetize it. A real life case study on building a passive income stream.

When you Google “How to Start a Blog” all of the results are identical and generally pretty terrible. They only show you the 5 baby steps to getting started. Five years ago, I wanted someone to give me the actual answers. This is me hailing from the future to give you exactly that. I call it internet justice.

Investment Types: An Illustrated Guide

investment types

The only thing more important than investing is understanding what you invest in. With a solid understanding of investment types, it won’t be a gamble.

Roofstock Review: Turnkey Single-Family Rental Properties

roofstock-review

I’ll admit, I’ve been obsessed with rental properties for a few months now. There is so much to think about and consider with turnkey real estate investing. But we found a game changer. In our Roofstock review, we discuss buying turnkey rental properties and have a great chat with CEO Gary Beasley.

Get in the Driver’s Seat of Your Financial Future: Personal Capital Review

personal-capital-review

My Personal Capital review comes as an investor and someone who loves automation. In many ways it can beat Mint and their 401k Analyzer is second to none.

Streamline Refinancing My Home Mortgage

streamline refinancing

On this episode we talk about Streamline Refinancing. Specifically, how Matt saved $130 a month without increasing the term of his mortgage.

Fundrise Review: Diversify with Online Real Estate Investing

fundrise review

It goes without saying that real estate is both an important part of our wealth building strategy and something that we’re particularly interested in. When it comes to real estate, breakaway success is often found at scale and Fundrise’s goal is to scratch that itch. Does the Fundrise platform stand up to the hype?

4 Ways to Automate Your Finances

Automate Your Finances

Managing money can be time consuming and boring. Don’t want to do it anymore? Automate your finances so you can spend more time doing things that matter!

How to Make Money in the Sharing Economy with Glenn Carter

sharing economy

If you’re looking for additional income it’s important for you to learn how to make money in the sharing economy. This is flexible earning at its finest.

Managing Your Finances While Between Jobs

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A job loss is a major life stressor, not least of all due to money concerns. see how to best handle your money until you are back on the career ladder.

Setting Goals for Big Purchases

Setting Goals for Big Purchases

You want something, no, you NEED it! Well, the right way isn’t to dip into your emergency savings. Time to go over setting goals for big purchases.

Wealthfront Review – Beginners Invest Free

Wealthfront Review

What features do novice and experienced investors get from Wealthfront? How does it all work? This Wealthfront review leaves no stone unturned.

Destroy 401k Fees – Use a 401k Fee Analyzer

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If you’re not careful you can lose more than 25% of your 401k to fees. Destroy 401k fees quickly with little effort and retire a lot richer (and sooner).

An Interview with Cat Alford of Budget Blonde

An Interview with Cat Alford of Budget Blonde

On this episode, we talk to Cat Alford of BudgetBlonde.com. She’s a personal finance blogger, writer, and a proud mother of twins.

You’re a Failure and It’s a Good Thing: Getting Over the Fear of Failure

fear of failure

Yes, you’re a failure, we all are at some point in our life. It’s time to get over the fear of failure. Instead, let failure work to your advantage. Failing is the key to success so instead of beating yourself up over it why don’t you go and celebrate?

How To Negotiate With Skill, Not Force

How- To Negotiate

Don’t just learn how to negotiate, learn how to master it. We’ll teach you how to negotiate using skills you already have so you can get more for less.

5 Lessons Learned from 10 Years Investing

investing lessons

I’ve made a lot of money in the stock market and I attribute it to two things: willingness to take risks and the ability to hunt for great deals.

The Business of Babies

business babies

It’s not romantic but if we looked at having a baby as a business decision, it would provide information to make better choices. The business of babies.

The Importance Of Financial Grit

financial grit

Do you have true grit when it comes to your finances? Unless you have a trust fund waiting for you, you’ll need grit to get through when times get tough.

What’s the Deal with Payday Loans?

Payday Loans

If you’re looking for a shortcut to wealth, stop looking because there is no such thing. Certainly not via a payday loan.

Money Matters so Pay Attention!

Money Matters so Pay Attention!

You don’t need to be a math genius to handle your money matters and build wealth. It takes a bit of common sense, the will to learn and self control.

Should I Overpay My Mortgage?

Should I Overpay My Mortgage?

I’m on the final steps to close my Condo and I’ve been asking myself, “should I overpay my Mortgage?” Even though rates are low, I don’t think it’s worth it

Don’t be Cheap, be Smart. Budget!

Don’t be Cheap, be Smart. Budget!

You want to save money but you’re wasting it on things you don’t even realize like paying full price when you don’t have to. Create a smart budget!

Easy Ways To Save Money Eating Out

Easy Ways To Save Money Eating Out

Here are a few tricks to help you save when you eat out so you can go out more often and feel less guilty. You could save up to 60% before you arrive!

How I Save a Ton on Travel Expenses

How I Save a Ton on Travel Expenses

Why should you overpay for your vacation? I save a ton on travel and there is no reason you can’t too. It’s easy and the tools are free, come learn more!

Getting a Mortgage is a Terrific Idea

There has never been a better time for you to buy a home. Getting a mortgage may be the best money decision you’ve ever make!

Can’t Pay Your Mortgage? Here Are Some Solutions.

Can’t Pay Your Mortgage? Here Are Some Solutions.

You’re in trouble and you can’t pay your mortgage, you need solutions. Read more for detailed strategies you can follow to fix your debt and keep your home.

Inbox Zero Will Save Your Life

Inbox Zero Tools

Inbox Zero follows the GTD philosophy as a great way to keep your inbox clean and under control. We discuss what it is and killer tools used to achieve it.

Hacking Money the British Way With an ISA

Hack Money The British Way

The British have one of the best financial tools at their disposal, the ISA. We’ll go over when it makes sense to have one and how it could win you money.

How to Be Lazy and Save Money With Amazon

Be Lazy With Amazon

You can always earn more money and improve the way you save. As a result, your potential for wealth is infinite. Unfortunately, your time is not infinite.

7 Unique Ways to Save Money (Rewarding Yourself with a Brew)

ways to save money

Joel Larsgaard provides 7 ways to save money, and as a reward to yourself, the perfect craft beer pairing.

Lending Club Review: An Investors Secret Weapon

lending club review

I made over 18% returns doing what banks have done for ages – lending people money, a strategy few experts talk about.

How Managing Money Changes When You’re Married

Managing Money After Marriage

It’s one thing to manage your money, it’s a different story when there’s another person involved. This is everything I’ve learned.

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