Basic Training

Basic Training
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Surrogacy - Our Journey to a Growing Family
Jun 12, 2019 • 49 min
Starting a family is an amazing journey. There’s an emotional part, a practical part and even a financial part. Starting a family through surrogacy has all of those things, plus some challenges that only someone who’s gone through them can really…
Hiring a Roofer
Aug 7, 2018 • 37 min
In this episode, Eric Armstrong, President and Partner at Quick Roofing talks with Steve about all the questions you should be asking before hiring a roofer and probably don’t. Do roofers have to be licensed? Insured? Should you have to pay money upfront?…
FinCon Special: Hey, Richfriend!
Dec 19, 2017 • 30 min
In this episode, adding a price tag to your knowledge, overcoming the fear of getting started, and using social media as a tool to build your business.
FinCon Special: Savings Angel
Dec 19, 2017 • 31 min
In this episode, knowing the rules for getting the best deal, accessing upgrades, freebies, perks and discounts, PLUS — why the best deals go to nice people!
FinCon Special: Best-selling author David Bach
Dec 19, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode, the concept of paying yourself first, budgets: why they don’t work and what you should use instead, the Escalator to Wealth and why Millennials are missing out.
FinCon Special: Broke Millennial
Dec 19, 2017 • 25 min
In this episode, The lesson of the Candy Tax and how to get control of your money, YOLO, FOMO and the biggest barriers to get Millennials to start saving, social media and the fear of losing friends by being seen as frugal.
FinCon Special: Nerd Wallet
Dec 19, 2017 • 24 min
In this episode, Why it really is harder than it used to be to save, What to do if your employer doesn’t offer a 410(k) retirement plan, choosing the best credit card for you, and Why you may need a credit freeze after the Equifax data breach
FinCon Special: Blooom
Dec 19, 2017 • 28 min
In this episode, The most common mistake people make with their 401(k), what’s considered “bad” debt and why you should get rid of it first, and if there’s a right amount you should be saving for retirement.
FinCon Special: $5 Meals
Dec 19, 2017 • 19 min
In this episode, cutting the cost of your groceries 20-percent by getting one ingredient on sale, using the store sale prices and coupons to help decide what’s for dinner, coupon apps vs store circulars which is better?
Couples Figuring Out Finances
Feb 23, 2017 • 20 min
Steve talks with Michelle Manners, First Vice President - Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Advisors about where to begin building a financial future together, when to keep some accounts or credit cards personal, what to do when one of you has dents in…
Dealing With Dodd-Frank
Feb 23, 2017 • 20 min
Steve discusses possible changes in the Dodd-Frank Law with Ken Goodgames, CEO of the Community Council of Greater Dallas about what the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was designed to do, Why avoiding knee-jerk reactions to bad financial…
New Year’s Resolutions
Dec 30, 2016 • 30 min
In this episode, why you shouldn’t try and lose weight or get fit on your own, deciding what change you really need to make and which ones are a waste of time, and technique to get your conscious and unconscious minds working together to help you!
Take Control of Your Money
Dec 20, 2016 • 30 min
Certified financial planner Ken Moraif from Money Matters with Ken Moraif joins Steve to discuss how to get started on saving money and building wealth - no matter how much money you make! Plus: the biggest misconceptions people have about money…
Responsible Giving
Dec 20, 2016 • 20 min
Mary Jalonick from the Dallas Foundation talks with Steve about how to make every dollar count when you donate to charity. Plus: how to pick a charity, why you should volunteer with an organization before giving money, what to look for on charity…
Year-End Tax Strategies
Dec 20, 2016 • 27 min
Former IRS attorney Deborah Gregory talks with Steve about beating the tax man - and saving money - by planning ahead. Plus: what to expect from a Trump tax plan and how you can take advantage, if you have losses there is a way to capitalize on how you…
Rather Be Shopping!
Nov 16, 2016 • 21 min
Kyle James, founder of spends his days trying to find the best online coupon codes, printable coupons, and bargains at all your favorite online stores. Steve and Kyle take about: developing in-store relationships to find insider…
Brad’s Deals
Nov 16, 2016 • 22 min
Casey Runyan joins us from - a team of deal experts scouring the web every day to find the best deals on just about everything. Casey and Steve talk about: customizing deals available just the ones you want, the best way to prepare for…
Extreme Couponing
Nov 16, 2016 • 28 min
Jen Freeman is a television personality, nationally acclaimed speaker, was featured on TLC’s Extreme Couponing and Extreme Couponing All-Stars. Steve talks with Jen about: taking the extreme out of extreme couponing and still getting the savings, why…
Kroger Crazy
Nov 16, 2016 • 29 min
Katie Cooksey runs, a wrap-up of the best deals from Kroger. In this episode, Steve and Katie discuss: changes in couponing (no more double-triple coupons) and new ways to save, details on Kroger Mega Events, how to use your store loyalty…
Back to School Food
Aug 22, 2016 • 30 min
Steve talks about improving your child’s diet to help their school performance with nutrition advisor Alaina O’Daniel from Natural Grocers. Topics include making healthy grab-and-go breakfasts, getting vegetables. Yes, vegetables, in your breakfast, how…
Back to School Family Management
Aug 22, 2016 • 31 min
Steve talks about keeping a busy house under control with the start of the new school year. This week’s guest is best-selling author and Family Manager Kathy Peel. Topics include setting up a family Control Center and working as a family team, school…
Back to School Jitters
Aug 22, 2016 • 27 min
Steve talks about school start jitters with Nicholas J. Westers, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist at Children’s Medical Center and Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. In this episode - telling the difference between nerves and fear, how…
DIY Shanty 2 Chic
Aug 1, 2016 • 28 min
Two sisters from Fort Worth, Ashley and Whitney, describe themselves as two power tool wielding DIY queens, on a mission to create beautiful and affordable furniture, turning houses into homes. Steve talks with them about how they turned their hobby into…
DIY Egypt Sherrod
Aug 1, 2016 • 12 min
Realtor, author and TV host Egypt Sherrod has been named America’s most beloved real estate agent. As host of HGTV’s top-rated show, Property Virgins, now in its twelfth season, and the upcoming Flipping Virgins. Steve and Egypt talk about when to sweat…
DIY Going Yard
Aug 1, 2016 • 20 min
Chris is host of DIY Networks “Yard Crashers” and appears with Peyton on HGTV’s “Going Yard” where they transform backyards, one house at a time. Steve talks with Chris and Peyton about — easy yard projects that give homes the biggest bang for their buck,…
You Need a Promotion!
May 30, 2016 • 25 min
Are you promotion material? Business consultant Susan Steinbrecher talks with Steve about the things you should be doing right now to maximize your chances of taking a huge step forward on your career path!
You Need a Raise!
May 30, 2016 • 26 min
You need a raise! But you’ve probably been too afraid or too cautious to ask. That’s where we come in. Steve talks with author and negotiation expert Linda Swindling about the right way to ask for a raise.
Investing for the New Graduate
May 30, 2016 • 29 min
You’re out on your own after college and now that first paycheck is starting to burn a hole in your pocket! Before you get the urge to spend it all, listen as Steve talks with Jamie Blum, Sr. Financial Consultant at Charles Schwab, about how to make good…
Property Taxes
May 11, 2016 • 32 min
We talk with Dallas Central Appraisal District’s Cheryl Jordan about how to save money on your property taxes. We’ll talk about why the appraisal district is NOT out to get the highest price for your house, what exemptions are available and how to get…
Finding a Good Contractor
Apr 26, 2016 • 31 min
We talk with The Good Contractors List founder and CEO John Hill about the criteria they use to screen contractors.
Urgent Care vs Emergency Care
Apr 26, 2016 • 31 min
The number of “free-standing” emergency rooms has skyrocketed, leaving consumers with serious questions about the difference between emergency and urgent care and the huge difference in price between them. Dr. Jay Woody, founder and Chief Medical Officer…
Credit Card Secrets
Apr 26, 2016 • 21 min
“America’s Money Answers Man” Jordan Goodman talks with Steve about credit cards, credit card debt, airline cards, and the one state that routinely has the lowest credit card interest rates.
After the Storm
Apr 26, 2016 • 12 min
North Texas often takes a beating from wind, hail, and rain and Steve Noviello has a Basic Training special to help you repair the damage while protecting your money! QUICK TIPS: 1. Assess damage and then make temporary repairs 2. Contact your insurance…
Credit Reports 101
Apr 26, 2016 • 35 min
Rod Griffin with credit reporting company Experian discusses what goes into your credit score and how banks and lenders use it to evaluate you.
All About Travel
Mar 18, 2016 • 39 min
This week we talk with Rick Seaney, CEO and founder of about the best day to shop for airline tickets, which airlines lead the way on cheap air fares, and what rights you really have when you’re stuck for hours on the tarmac!
Credit Crunch or Crisis?
Mar 18, 2016 • 34 min
Steve sat down with Ken Goodgames, CEO of Transformance, formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas (CCCS). In this episode, they cover: overcoming shame to get to the truth about your financial condition; how to recover when you suffer…
Credit Unions vs. Banks
Mar 18, 2016 • 30 min
Steve explores what you should know about credit unions with Courtney Moran, executive director of the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation. In this episode, they’ll discuss what a credit union is, who can join, how they’re regulated, why rates are often…
Student Financial Aid
Mar 11, 2016 • 43 min
Steve talks paying for college with Sarah Jenson, Deputy Director for College Access at The Commit! Partnership. Hear why local students left $30 million dollars in financial aid unclaimed last year, why every student should be filling out the Free…
Financial Planning: Part 2
Feb 3, 2016 • 37 min
In Part 2 of this episode: what to do if your job doesn’t offer a 401K savings plan, the difference between an IRA and a Roth IRA, how aggressive you have to be in saving, and whether retiring at age 65 too optimistic.
Financial Planning: Part 1
Feb 3, 2016 • 32 min
Steve talks with financial planner Derrick Kinney about the “rules” to the money game and how to increase your chances of winning it!
TV Buying
Feb 1, 2016 • 29 min
In this episode, Steve’s talking about buying that big screen for the big game — and beyond. Learn what you need - and what you can probably do without - in your new TV. Scan rate - how high do you really need to go? What is OLED and do you really need…
The Tax Man Cometh
Feb 1, 2016 • 43 min
In this episode, find out who should do their own taxes, why you shouldn’t freak out if you don’t have all of your records, whether or not it really matters when your file your federal income tax return, how to find the dividing line between a business…
Home Buying
Dec 15, 2015 • 37 min
In this episode, Steve talks with real estate expert Logan Waller from Waller Group Properties. When is a good time to buy or sell a house? Renting vs. Buying ? What you should be asking from the seller AFTER the deal is done?
Family Finances Part 2
Nov 23, 2015 • 21 min
Steve received so many questions and comments that we had to break this episode into two! Part 2 answers questions like: should you pay off school loans or credit card debt first? Should you use for saving money? What’s the best way to save for…
Family Finances Part 1
Nov 23, 2015 • 26 min
Steve received so many questions and comments that we had to break this episode into two! In Part 1, we look at: how to save when you live paycheck-to-paycheck, coming up with a simple budget, where to go to get cheap flights and hotels, how couples can…
Car Buying
Oct 25, 2015 • 27 min
In this episode, we discuss car buying with Charlie Evans from Vandergriff Toyota/Honda/Acura. Topics include: buying at a smaller dealership vs. a larger one, what you should do before you ever set foot on the lot, the best time to shop for a car, and…