The Simple Dollar Podcast #7: Lying About Money

The seventh episode focuses on lying to others – and to yourself – about money. I relate several personal stories about lying from my own life, the consequences of those lies, and techniques one can use to overcome them.. Total time: 14:20.

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Episode Notes
Here are some additional notes that go alongside the comments in the podcast. Approximate times for the corresponding links and notes are listed.

0:00 – The theme song is a snippet of a Camper van Beethoven concert on October 25, 1986, shared via their very open taping policy. Listen to the concert in its entirety.
0:12 – Some thoughts on

how to deal with a partner that lies about money problems.
0:54 – Hi “Darren” and “Billie”! I think they actually read The Simple Dollar on occasion and they’re quite okay with me sharing aspects of their personal story.
1:24 – Some of the things that “Billie” did for money are on this list of side businesses you can start.
1:52 – “Darren” and “Billie” wound up using this technique to dig out of their hole.
2:07 – On the other hand, I would be utterly shocked if “Sharon” read this site. If she does, I’d be willing to bet she’s a comment troll.
4:22 – This was one of the earliest things I wrote about on The Simple Dollar.
4:40 – The impact of lying on your career is sort of like the inverse of what Keith Ferrazzi talks about in his excellent book Never Eat Alone.
5:12 – This is one of the twelve bad habits that hold good people back.
5:38 – Here are some notes on lying to yourself about money.
8:11 –

Tracking your spending is also the way to get a grip on budgeting.
9:11 – I’m not talking about eliminating all fun in your life here. I’m talking about when a treat stops being a treat and instead becomes an expense.
11:28 – Visual reminders of goals are really powerful.
13:22 – I opened our financial matters to our wife in much the same way as I describe here.
14:03 – Next week: the ten personal finance and personal development books that have shaped my life from my financial, personal, and career bottoms until now.

One thing I’d like to do in a future episode is have an audio reader’s mailbag. If you have a microphone on your computer and can record an MP3 of a simple, short question you might have on personal finance, careers, pop culture, or anything else you’d like me to answer, record it as an MP3 and send it to me. Keep the total recording under 15 seconds, please. Also, if you use Skype, feel free to ask your question that way – my username is trenttsd.

Comments and suggestions welcome.

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