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Saving, spending, planning — you've got money questions and we've got answers. Every week host Alison Southwick and personal finance expert Robert Brokamp challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves. Send your questions to answers@fool.com.
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Jul 7, 2015

Dividends analyst James Early is back to explain four dividend investing strategies and gives his best advice if you’re just starting out. Also, Robert reports back on his online grocery price comparison—did Amazon beat out Costco, Target, and Giant? Listen and find out.

Jun 30, 2015

Companies that pay dividends tend to outperform the rest, making them a great addition to your portfolio. Foolish dividends analyst, James Early, discusses the basics of dividends and reveals four of his favorite dividend payers right now. We also discuss the best day to shop at Whole Foods and Robert reveals some very naughty financial advisors.

Jun 23, 2015

We’ll show you how to use the aggregation of marginal gains to create serious money for retirement. Also, our summer reading list and the cost of a Sex Pistols credit card (high fees is punk, right?).

Jun 16, 2015

Advice from the guy who signs our paychecks on how to successfully negotiate a raise. Also, the morality of defaulting on student loans and a free financial life planning website we like.

Jun 9, 2015

Slash your cable bill and other service costs with tips from Motley Fool CFO and master negotiator Ollen Douglass. Plus, answers to your money etiquette question about splitting the restaurant tab, and which company has the worst customer service in America.

Jun 2, 2015

In most cases, it's not a good idea. But there are some situations when it's okay to dip into your retirement savings before it's time. Plus, how to vet a charity and the correct spelling of "promissory."

May 26, 2015

We discuss "wife bonuses" (yeah, it's a thing), how to get your credit score for free, and three steps to help divorce-proof your finances.

May 19, 2015

Tips on how to bring up this sensitive topic, a checklist of things to cover, and a rundown of red flags that may indicate your parent or elderly relative is being scammed.

May 12, 2015

Money tips, job hunting advice, life lessons, and why ages 26 and 32 are markers of true adulthood. Plus we share the major regrets from our youths so that you don’t end up like us.

May 5, 2015

Is the system going to run out of money? Should people apply for benefits as soon as they can? We tackle some of the biggest myths and give tips on how to get the most out of what you put into it.

Apr 28, 2015

We’ll help you figure out if you’re behind on retirement savings and give you six steps to get yourself back on track. Plus we get Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg to dish about will power, forming good habits, and his book, The Power of Habit: Why We What We Do In Life and Business.

Apr 21, 2015

Advice on allowance, dealing with the "I wants," tools to help instill values, and how to answer uncomfortable questions like, "Why don't we have [showy item the neighbors own]?" from New York Times columnist Ron Lieber, author of "The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money."

Apr 14, 2015

Are you ready? (We have a checklist.) Which broker should you use? What companies should you buy? When should you pull the trigger? How many shares? What about selling? Listen up and check out our new Guide to Investing for Beginners.

Apr 7, 2015

We drop some truth bombs on the most oft-repeated lies about money. Plus Carl Richards, the New York Times "sketch guy" columnist, reveals the juiciest parts of his brand new book, The One-Page Financial Plan (actual size: 211 pages).

Mar 31, 2015

Have you ever received a "clarification letter" from the IRS? Uh oh. Our on-call CPA Megan Brinsfield shows us how to steer clear of the IRS's scrutiny while we fess up to our own audit near-misses. Plus, a review of wacky excuses people use to get out of paying taxes.

Mar 24, 2015

Do you have a Type A personality? Are you a generous person? Are you on the road to wealth? What kind of investor are you? Special guest CPA Megan Brinsfield reveals about what your tax return says about you. Plus, we play a rousing game of "Is It Deductible?!"

Mar 17, 2015

Sticking it out for just a few more years can pay huge financial and personal dividends.

Mar 10, 2015

Celebrating 50 years of Berkshire Hathaway's annual letters, we share 10 Warren Buffett quotes to help you invest as successfully* as the Oracle of Omaha. (*Your mileage may vary. But we promise it'll improve.)

Mar 3, 2015

Advice to help you rock your retirement accounts. Plus we clear up common mistakes and misconceptions so that you don't hit any sour notes.

Feb 24, 2015

See how you stack up as we peek into the wallets, bank accounts, credit card bills and brokerage statements of Average Joe and Jane Q. Public. Also, we chat with Econ Talk's Russ Roberts.

Feb 17, 2015

Warning signs that you're getting bad financial advice from your money pro. Plus, breakup lines to help you get out of a bad relationship.

Feb 10, 2015

Don't let money issues become a sore spot in your relationship. We share our top tips to make managing money with your Shmoopy painless, productive -- and even fun!

Feb 3, 2015

How much money do I need to start investing? What's the best way to invest for kids? Is this going to hurt my credit score?  Answers to these and other listener questions, plus our inaugural inductee into the Money Hall of Shame.

Jan 27, 2015

Make it easy. Make it automatic. Here are our best ideas for keeping your budget on track. Plus, everyday budgeting heroes at The Motley Fool share their No. 1 piece of advice.

Jan 20, 2015

Matt C. has a confession: "When my friends start talking about investing I just nod my head and pretend to know what they're talking about... I'm too embarrassed to admit that I don't know the difference between a stock, a bond and a mutual fund." You're in a safe place with us, Matt. We'll help you - and others - hold your own the next time the topic arises.

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