It’s Here… The MoneyBuzz Podcast


Just over a week ago, the ReadyForZero content team was holed up in the depths of the Marriott New Orleans, finalizing our schedule for the annual financial blogger conference: FinCon 2014. We’d touched down in the city late on Wednesday evening, had already experienced the first bang of humidity (my baby hairs were fully frizzed, my clothes sufficiently stifling), and waxed poetic about our first beignets.

For the weeks prior to the conference we’d been in contact with an awesome line-up of financial bloggers we reached out to interview for our upcoming podcast: MoneyBuzz. FinCon was the perfect opportunity to meet some of the online talent face to face and suffice it to say…

We. were. pumped.

We also had no idea where we would be conducting these interviews.

While we’d been in touch with all the amazing financial folks we were scheduled to interview, when it was go time, we had less than an hour to figure out where we’d be holding these interviews. It wasn’t for lack of trying, either. We had a plan A, B, C, D, etc… the stars just weren’t aligning. No quiet corners were to be found. No room of requirements discovered.

Eventually, our hotel rooms became our makeshift studios. We had Ben running back and forth to greet and coordinate. Despite the challenges, we made it work.

For the first interview of the day, we met with David Weliver of Money Under 30. We were a wee bit nervous. We were equipped with our Blue Snowball microphones (which we  renamed the “Blue Avalanche” mics to fit with the repayment strategy used by ReadyForZero). We were also down a chair to host our guests. Another hiccup.

There were two options…

Stand awkwardly over the seated interviewee or improvise.

We chose the latter. Thus, I conducted the very first MoneyBuzz interview perched on an overturned hotel waste basket. It wasn’t glamorous, but it worked.

That’s the thing about creation. The first drafts are a little bit messy. Starting out can be a little rough around the edges. Experimentation takes risk and it takes flexibility. In the moment, we did what any good startup employees would do… we turned over the empty trash can and called it a chair. Initial challenges lend to the depth of an experience. Take something and reframe it for what it can be. A waste basket becomes a chair. A challenge becomes an opportunity to assess all your options. These small improvisations couldn’t have been more telling of our own financial mission.

Finance is all about the choices you make… and sometimes things don’t go according to plans. But at the end of the day, you do what you can and you keep on truckin’. You engage with your options and you take charge.

Enter: motivation to start the MoneyBuzz podcast.

So why even start a podcast?

When we first entertained the idea of starting a podcast, we faced a pretty big conundrum. Shannon was a podcast sceptic. On more than one occasion she’d given the side-eye along with, “I’m not sure I really understand podcasts.” And let me tell you, when she’s skeptical, she’s really skeptical.


I, on the other hand, have always been entirely pro podcasts. I listen to them on my commute. I listen to them when I shop at the grocery store. I listen to them when I’m reading about how to podcast.

Despite being on two sides of the coin, we met in the middle.

That’s exactly why we’re so excited to be releasing the MoneyBuzz podcast. Shannon has become increasingly excited. I’ve become increasingly impressed (aka nervous in a good way) by the amount of work that it takes. Together, we always seem to find the perfect balance.

Paired with the idea of financial choice I mentioned above, financial stability is also about finding the balance that works for you. As the hosts of MoneyBuzz, we’re excited to be sharing some of our own techniques in striking a balanced approach.

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What do we want to achieve with MoneyBuzz?

We want to achieve oh so much with this podcast but above all, we want to empower listeners to reach their financial “aha” moment. And when we say “aha” moment, we really mean AHA moment. That specific instance when the reality of your financial situation really and truly hits you… that moment that inspires you to truly pursue financial goals. That precise, “I know I can do this. I’m ready to do this. It’s time to do this now” moment.

What’s the deal with the hosts, anyhoo?

Shannon’s a New Yorker, I’m a San Franciscan. But despite our geographical stretch, ReadyForZero and our love of coffee serendipitously brought us together. Oh, and also our freak obsession with chatting finance.

We’ve been writing about personal finance on the ReadyForZero blog for a while now (Shannon’s the veteran at almost 3 years, I’ve been around for about 1.5 years now) but something that readers might not know is that we also talk about finance. All the time. And we’re totally cool with that. In fact, we love to pick apart financial topics and brainstorm ways to get past financial hurdles.

Ultimately, we’re podcasting because we want to encourage financial chatter. We want to share ways to achieve financial freedom as we’re working towards our own. Most importantly, we want to share far and wide the amazing minds of those we interview.

What you can look forward to

Financial know-how, lively banter, and talk of spirit animals… just to name a few things.

Truly, we want to make personal finance a conversation. We’re all navigating the choices in life, so we want to take about them, ponder them, and bring them to the table. We’re looking to create something that touches an audience that’s ready to take charge of their financial futures and hope to keep you along for the ride.

So last but not least, click on for our audio introduction (and we can’t wait to continue the conversation).

To keep your ears financially sated, check out some of the other great podcasts we love on…

Listen, Money Matters
Stacking Benjamins
Couple Money Podcast

…PLUS a slew more (Check out our Top 7 Financial Podcasts For Millennials!)

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  • Billiam

    1. Congrats on the award!
    2. I’m really happy to learn about your new podcast! *
    3. Thanks RFZ team for being awesome.

    * My advice: Be you.

    Keep up the good work, as always.

    • Shannon_ReadyForZero

      Great advice! And thanks so much for your kind words :).

  • Lisa Kovac

    Very excited that you are doing a podcast, I listen to Dave Ramsey’s all the time and it is a great way to fill the drive to and from work! Shannon, Podcasts are a great thing – but, not as good as your articles! 😉

    • Shannon_ReadyForZero

      You are too kind, Lisa :). I am learning to love podcasts! 😉

  • This is so cool! Another great podcast to keep up with 🙂 Congrats, ladies!

    • Shannon_ReadyForZero

      Thanks Kristin :).