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143 Elle Martinez | Merging Lives and Money

By Harry Duran

After Elle Martinez got engaged, she started to go over her and her soon to be husband’s finances and quickly realized that they were in two completely different places. Looking for guidance, she began reading personal finance blogs but couldn’t find anyone talking about how to merge and manage your finances once you got married so she started a blog called Couple Money and eventually, the Couple Money podcast. Through her blog and podcast, Elle has been helping families to achieve financial freedom by sharing her tips and life lessons for reducing debt, increasing income, and building net worth. She is the author of Jumpstart Your Marriage & Your Money and she has recorded over 200 episodes of Couple Money. 05:45 - Her upcoming talk about “personal finance being more personal” at FinCon 07:30 - How she got into podcasting 08:46 - What the impetus was for starting her blog, Couple Money 13:08 - Her listenership 13:54 - When listeners go back to binge on all your episodes 14:48 - How she would record episodes during her daughter’s nap time 15:43 - What “cash-flowing” means and how she learned to edit her podcast 18:26 - What she was hoping to get out of Podcast Movement 2017 20:52 - The memorable business cards she passed out at Podcast Movement 22:46 - The different types of guests she has on her show 25:09 - Her mentors and role models in the FinCon space 27:29 - Her most profound episode where she learned so much empathy 27:29 - Her most profound episode where she learned so much empathy 32:07 - If she’s ever had a guest on the show that said something their spouse wasn’t aware of 33:22 - The joy of keeping podcasts real 34:44 - Debt and depression 38:53 - How she’s grown and what she’s learned because of podcasting 40:49 - Her early interest in financing; bike stunts, and what she studied in school 43:08 - What her family thinks about her being a podcaster 46:09 - If she had any trepidation about entering the financial podcast arena 48:57 - If she thinks any of her kids will ever start podcasting 51:09 - Some podcasts we’re currently into 54:10 - Her thoughts on the Equifax data breach and something called, Chatbot 56:59 - What she’s changed her mind about recently 01:00:34 - The one most misunderstood thing about her 01:02:18 - Her idea for a game design podcast Full Show Notes:

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