Broke Millennial Happy Hour

martinis and your money

Broke Millennial Happy Hour

Today is the last Friday of the month and in case you are new to this blog or my podcast, on the last Friday of the month, I host a happy hour on my podcast where the happy hour ladies and I talk about various money topics while drinking cheap drinks! Today’s Happy Hour is a special happy hour as we welcome Erin Lowry, personal finance expert and author of the new book Broke Millennial – Stop Scraping by and Get your Financial Life Together. Erin will always hold a special place in my heart and for this show as she was actually the first guest ever of Martinis and Your Money. She joins me and the ladies to talk about the book and we all discuss lessons we’ve learned in our 20s and now here’s my friends. I hope you enjoyed this happy hour.

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What are we drinking?

Melanie from Dear Debt — Malbec

Tonya from Budget and the Beach — Shots of vodka (water)

Mrs. Frugalwoods from — Hot cocoa

Erin from Broke Millennial — Dirty vodka martini with three olives

Shannon — Vodka & tonic

Podcast Notes

  • Erin was Shannon’s very first guest on Martinis and Your Money!
  • She is an obsessive dog-mom and loves milk.
  • She started Broke Millennial in January 2013 to help demystify personal finance for her peers.
  • She moved to New York and was earning $23,000 a year between 3 jobs but she was able to manage it because of her upbringing and learning about personal finance so she wanted to pass that knowledge on to others.
  • Shannon says if you like sarcasm, you’ll love Erin’s book!
  • Erin explains the Fuck-Off Fund mentioned in the book.
  • The only way to truly have any kind of freedom is to have money.
  • Frugalwoods loves Erin’s no-nonsense approach to tackling money issues and her explanations for what you need to do.
  • Tonya loved the first chapter and Erin’s origin story which she calls the Krispy Kreme Donut story.
  • Erin says her dad seems like a villain in a bunch of her stories because of his tough love but she is thankful for it!
  • The ladies agree that receiving financial support from parents often hurts rather than helps.
  • Even though Erin’s family was comfortable and could have afforded to pay for her college education, they made her pay for half.
  • Because of that she chose to go to a college where she received a significant amount of scholarships and graduated debt-free instead of the school that was going to cost her between $80k-$100k.
  • They discuss different debt repayment methods and agree the best method is the one you are going to stick to.
  • Shannon asks the ladies about the best money lesson they learned in their 20s:
    • Tonya – Don’t spend money on random stuff.
    • Liz – Frugality gives you options.
    • Melanie – Be consistent in learning your values.
    • Shannon – Make more and spend less.
    • Erin – Always negotiate.
  • Melanie talks about how she is scared to negotiate and Erin says the worst they can say is “no”.
  • Erin’s book is interesting to read and has a lot of great information – you can find Erin at com and can purchase her book through a link there or on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online book sellers.
  • TAKEAWAY: It’s important to focus on money as early as you can. If you’re in your 20s listening to this, don’t let time pass you by!
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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.

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