Smart Money Mamas Show

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In today’s episode, I’m talking with Becky Rapinchuk, founder of Clean Mama, who is an expert in simple systems that help you consistently maintain that cozy place between chaotic and spotless. We’re talking all about taking a business from side-hustle to full-time income, how to get your whole family involved in your cleaning routine, and why cleaning just a little bit every day is a game-changer. (1:49) How Becky transitioned from blogging and working overnights at Target to building her own business (12;45) Why the Clean Mama routine works for any schedule, life stage, or family size (20:00) Struggling with clutter? Check out this genius tip! (30:10) The secret to getting your whole family on board with the cleaning routine (35:06) The mantra that will keep the mess to a minimum (38:09) Chelsea’s Top Takeaways Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Grab your FREE Meal Planning Printables!
In today’s episode, I’m talking with Kate Anderson, co-founder of IFundWomen a flexible crowdfunding platform for female business owners. Kate is going to share the founding story of IFundWomen, the current funding gaps between male-founded and female-founded businesses, and why it’s so important to invest in women-owned businesses.(7:17) Here’s just one example of how IFund Women supports the unique needs of female business owners(15:53) Learn the elements of a power-packed sales pitch(22:25) Find out what types of businesses iFund Women currently supports(30:32) Discover why it’s so important to invest in women-owned businesses(54:55) Chelsea’s Top Takeaways  Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Passion Project Workbook: 
#073: In today’s episode, as we honor Domestic Violence Awareness month, I’m diving into a heavy but critical issue for our community to discuss: financial abuse. It may be more difficult to pinpoint than other types of abuse, but it still has life-threatening consequences. We’re talking about how to spot financial abuse, how to find the support you need, and why you’re entitled to a thriving, healthy relationship. ***Please note that the content in this episode contains emotionally triggering content. (2:46) Learn the true definition of financial abuse (5:59) Identify the tactics an abuser uses to convince a victim why they don’t deserve access to their own money (13:43) Why we have to normalize talking about financial abuse (26:10) Why you need to talk to a friend before you address an abuser directly (27:01) The best way you can support a friend you suspect is in a vulnerable position Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at
#072: In today’s episode, I’m talking with Certified Financial Public Accountant and founder of Fola Financial, Sheneya Wilson. Sheneya empowers entrepreneurs to stop avoiding the accounting side of your business by implementing simple systems that help you make informed decisions and scale. We're talking about why you need to know your numbers even with a side hustle, why you need to perfect your craft before scaling your business, and what you need to know about the business tax code. (06:46) How the new tax code is built to benefit businesses like yours (13:15) Why you can't wait to figure out all this “accounting stuff” (16:02) Why that shoebox-full-of-receipts accounting method needs to go (19:44) How to spot the signs that it’s time to invest in your business (31:05) Discover what business forecasting is and how it can help you with goal-setting in your biz (54:20) Chelsea’s Top Takeaways Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Free Passion Project Workbook: 
#071: For this episode, we asked the mamas in our free Mamas Talk Money Community on Facebook to send us their questions. If one person in our community has a question, there are no doubt others wondering the same thing. Today we’re going to discuss prioritizing money goals, real estate investing, the Mamas Talk Money Summit, and more! (2:16) How do you balance and decide on money goals when it comes to prioritizing short-term vs long-term? (8:26) My husband and I have technically hit our “coast FI” number and I’m weighing our options between leaving the money in our 401K & IRA to just coast until we retire without putting additional money in them. Or we could take that contribution amount we would put in monthly and add it to our other investment account to potentially pad us if we want to retire before 65. Mistake or no? (16:01) What do I do after I finish paying off debt except for my mortgage? I’m on track to be debt-free the first part of next year and I’m unsure what to do from there. (25:19) I’ve been wanting to ask about REITS! We live in a very high cost of a living area (Metro DC) and owning real estate is going to be VERY long term for us, so I wondered if this would be a way to diversify? (30:13) I’ve sold two homes in the last year and made a bit of money. I’m wondering what are some other options besides just sitting on my savings account to earn some money on my money. (34:22) There is so much content at the Summit and I’m trying to figure out how to make the best of it. Any advice? Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Family Money Values Template:
#070: In today’s episode, I’m talking with Financial Therapist, Podcast Host, and author of The Art of Money, Bari Tessler. When Bari was making $11 an hour in her first job, buried in school debt, and financially illiterate, she knew she had to pave a new path. We’re talking about the emotional work we have to do to make real financial progress, why there’s no such thing as “perfect” in finding financial independence, and why you get to prioritize your family over your business when you’re an entrepreneur. (3:40)  Discover the surprising piece that was missing from Bari’s therapy training (10:32) Listen as Bari describes the 3 phases of Money Methodology [15:32) Learn about the tool you need to check in with your emotions before checking your bank statement (31:05) Find out how you can use Money Maps to discover more clarity in your financial decision-making (45:27) Find out why it’s ok to take a step back and restructure your business when you need to prioritize you and your family’s needs (53:52) Chelsea’s Top Takeaways Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Healthy Money Mantras Guide: 
#069: In today’s episode, I’m sharing seven reasons why you can’t miss Mamas Talk Money 2020! Get a sneak-peek into some of the speakers, resources, and $10,000 in giveaways we have planned for YOU, mama! The best part? It’s free to attend! So grab your kids, tell your friends, and go register for the summit because registration is officially OPEN! (2:34) Why traditional financial literacy resources specifically fail mamas (6:16) Why the all speakers at Mamas Talk Money understand what extra challenges you're facing in making financial decisions (8:47) Learn about everything we have planned for kids this year so you can start building generational wealth in your family (15:56) Did someone say $10,000 in giveaways? Find out about the amazing resources and swag you could win this year! (19:53) Find out about all the ways you can dive deeper into the summit content and extend your access if time is keeping you from joining us Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at is OPEN! Go grab your seat at Mamas Talk Money 2020
#068: In today’s episode, I’m talking with military spouse, accredited financial counselor, and host of the Her Dinero Matters podcast, Jen Hemphill. Jen discovered her own financial confidence when she took a deep dive into her money story to unlock some mindset traps. We’re talking about why your money story matters, how to productively explore financial topics with your spouse, and how Jen jumped into a career after being a stay-at-home mama for many years. (11:11) How Jen discovered that the non-monthly expenses were causing a lot of money headaches in her home (25:09) Listen to Jen’s money story and why she never asked for money from her parents growing up (30:09) How a virtual envelope system could work for your family (35:35) What helped Jen pursue her own career after being a stay at home mom for so many years (49:40) Jen’s best tips for budgeting as a military family (54:20) Chelsea’s Top Takeaways Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Free Healthy Money Mantras Guide:
#067: In today’s episode, I’m diving into all the things you need to know as a first-time homebuyer. For most people, this purchase is one of the biggest financial decisions you'll ever make and it has a huge impact on your emotional well-being. We’re talking about why you need to be in it for the long-run, why you need to know what you can afford, why you should always get help from the experts, and more!  (1:28) Listen to why being in your home for at least 5-7 years makes the purchase price worth the investment (7:18) Find out why your mortgage pre-approval rate and your actual budget are NOT equal (11:51) Why I’m begging you not to drain your emergency fund to make a down payment (17:32) Why investing a real estate attorney will be a decision you never regret (22:20) Listen to why having a list of deal-breakers, must-haves, and nice-to-haves can dramatically simplify your decision making  Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Meaningful Money Goals Kickstart Guide-Free Download!
#066: In today’s episode, I’m talking with former teacher and founder of Inspired Budget, Allison Baggerly. Finding herself newly married with hefty debt, pregnant, and facing astronomical daycare costs, Allison knew something had to change. We’re talking about how easy it can be to be unaware of the future impact of debt, how Allison learned to separate emotions and spending, and why budgeting is not a one-size-fits-all move you make.  (03:51) Which of Allison's fears was a driving factor in making a change (9:14) Allison’s key strategies for curbing emotional spending (14:15) How she and her husband lived differently as teachers as they tackled their debt (17:48) What it was like to make that very last debt payment (25:40) Why tracking your finances unlocks freedom from debt (42:43) Chelsea’s Top Takeaways   Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Family Money Values Template:
#065: In today’s episode, I’m sharing the three financial moves you need to make this fall to be super intentional about the rest of the year. 2020 has thrown a wrench in all our lives, and especially our budgets. Because of this, there are some unusual things to consider about our spending habits. We’ll cover what it looks like to do a complete budget refresh, why you want to make a plan to coordinate school and work schedules, and how you can refresh your goals to end 2020 with a bang instead of a bust!  (01:15) Why fall is a critical time to refresh your budget (03:57) Why wiping the budget clean might be a better option than just a refresh (07:41) Why you should make a plan (and a back-up plan) for covering work and school schedules and not just “take things as they come” (13:17) A Friendly PSA: Update your beneficiaries—seriously, go do it!  (15:37) Why a goal refresh is a perfect way to prepare for the Mamas Talk Money Summit  Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Money Goal Kickstart Guide:
#064: In today’s episode, I’m talking with blogger, founder of I heart Planners, and host of the Get Organized HQ Summit, Laura Smith. Laura loves simplifying life with systems, but she also understands how easy it is to fall off the wagon when it comes to keeping up with good habits. For this reason, Laura is an amazing and trusted resource when it comes to organizing. We’re talking about where to start with systems when you’re overwhelmed, how to feel more successful with your to-do list, and Laura’s best tips for cleaning and meal-planning systems. If you love what she has to share, make sure to register for the FREE Get Organized HQ Summit she is hosting that starts September 15! (03:38) Find out how you can implement organizational systems with little ones around (who can mess them up faster than you can set them up!) (07:10) Laura shares the first place you should start if you’re motivated to get started but still overwhelmed (9:40) Check out the 3 “buckets” Laura uses to feel more successful with her to-do list on a daily basis (21:23) Surprise! Did you know that 21 days actually does NOT make a habit stick? Find out why! (36:54) Learn which sessions at the Get Organized HQ Summit you should be most excited about (42:4)] Chelsea’s Top Takeaways Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Money Values Template
#063: For this episode, we asked the mamas in our free Mamas Talk Money Community on Facebook to send us their questions. If one person in our community has a question, there are no doubt others wondering the same thing. Today we’re going to discuss taking a maternity leave from contract work, how you can do the most with donor-advised funds, and why you should open up your own retirement fund for your side hustle. (01:15) How can you plan ‘maternity leave’ from your side hustle and/or independent contractor gigs? Either part-time or full-time gig work. (03:59)  How do you really find your passion when you have no hobbies. Tangible ways besides asking someone what you’re good at. (07:28) Do you have any tips on working on your passion project or side hustle around your kids needs and schedules while working a full-time job? (12:55) Can you talk a little bit about donor-advised fund accounts? Are these only beneficial from a tax standpoint for really high earners? Can you designate the types of charities it gives to or is it at the choice of the fund? (21:03) Is it worth opening your own Roth or other fund if you just do side hustles or work very part-time? My passion right now is being mostly home with my toddler son but I love to get out there and work a bit to contribute more. I work several side jobs like Census right now, 1 day a week at a kid’s consignment and I’m a caregiver for my autistic nephew. We have a 403B and a Roth in my husband’s name.  Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at  Discover Your Passion Project Workbook:
#062: In today’s episode, I’m talking with course creator, podcast host, and author of “Do It Scared”, Ruth Soukup. Ruth's passion project and blog started as a way to redirect her passion for spending too much money at Target every week. Ruth’s story is powerful because of her willingness to own her fear during hard emotional seasons such as bankruptcy and divorce. We’re going to discuss how action is the antidote to fear, why you don’t have to be an expert to get started, and why the road to success can be insanely bumpy. (01:41) Hear why it was a tad ironic that Ruth started a blog titled “Living Well, Spending Less” (08:20) How Ruth wrestled with the guilt of pursuing a passion project that wasn’t making any money yet (14:48) Find out why it was possible for someone from an affluent home to file for bankruptcy at such a young age (23:09) Discover the steps that lead to the launch of Elite Blog Academy (31:48) Learn about the 7 fear archetypes that make up your unique fear fingerprint (49:43) Chelsea’s Top TakeawaysLooking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Discover Your Passion Project Workbook:
#061: In today’s episode, I’ve got some practical advice on how to know when to invest in your business. The fear of failing can keep you from ever getting started, but you’ll burn out fast without a plan to invest somehow! We’ll cover how to decide on your start-up budget, when to buy online tools and courses, and when to outsource and bring on help. (04:27) Why you must question your scarcity mindset when it’s time to invest in your business (06:49) Some creative ways to mitigate the cost of your initial investment (11:24) Discover why boot-strapping a business can make you successful (18:41) Learn why the search for the “perfect” tool can impede your progress (26:41) Find out why your business doesn’t need another “you”  Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Design Your Passion Project Workbook:
#060: In today’s episode, I’m talking with Rebecca Olson, life coach, and founder of the Aligning Motherhood coaching program. Rebecca helps moms redefine balance by helping you consider what brings you the most energy so you can pursue that more often and confidently say no to what drains you. We’re going to discuss being more willing to sit with uncomfortable feelings, why knowing your why is crucial, and what questions you can ask yourself to make more aligned decisions in your career and in motherhood.(06:44) Listen to Rebecca share her decision-making process before she made the leap to start a coaching business (09:27) Discover what impact Rebecca’s career transition had on her whole family.  (25:28) Hear about how Rebecca helps moms get clarity by defining your values, purpose, and identity. (40:25) Find out the reason why our brains get lazy more often than we prefer (45: 24) Learn what makes you 90% more likely to reach the goals you set for yourself. (51:40) Chelsea’s Top Takeaways Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Your Passion Project Workbook:
#059:  In today’s episode, I’m talking to all you high-achievers who are getting stuck because you need to be able to check all the boxes to dive in. It’s time to reframe what you know about traditional goal-setting. I’ll even share the story of how Smart Money Mamas started with a simple blog! We’re talking about why taking small steps and consistent action is powerful, why big goals can lead to big disappointments, and why there are no regrets in taking small steps. (07:00) Learn why your Step #2-10 will only be illuminated once you take Step #1 (08:55) Listen to see if this is your #1 objection when it comes to taking small steps (9:18) Why you need to reframe your goals to focus less on the destination (16:30) Check out the small steps Chelsea took that lead her to develop what is now Smart Money Mamas (20:20) Why there’s no such thing as a wasted step on this journey Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Your Passion Project Workbook:
#058 In today’s episode, I’m talking with Maxie McCoy, She is on a mission to help women believe in themselves and break out of the mold they were never meant to fit in the first place. We’re going to discuss the specific steps you can take to get unstuck, why your past success is the best predictor of your future success, and why you should be more focused on the direction than the destination. (07:10) Listen as Maxie breaks down the steps for deconstructing when you are feeling lost, stuck, or you’re just playing small (15:30) Hear about the moment she realized she needed to break the mold in her own career (21:43) Why Maxie believes investing in yourself is a game-changer and how she almost missed her chance to become an author (26:30) How Maxie learned first-hand how that next big goal can be a bit  of an evaporating horizon line (31:30) Why all the years you’ve invested in building a career are NOT a waste if you’re ready for a change (47:46) Chelsea’s Top Takeaways Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Your Passion Project Workbook:
#057: Have you ever felt like you’re just not doing what you’re meant to do? Like your life is on autopilot and things are mostly great, but lacking that on fire, purpose-driven energy you used to chase? It might be time to consider a passion project. Today, I’m sharing five signs you need a passion project. 2020 has forced us all to take a closer look at our lives - what matters, what we want, what we most need to thrive. This is the perfect time to reset and do something just for you. It could change your whole life! Find jump links to the 5 signs below: (02:21) When you don’t feel like you’re being true to yourself.(05:22) When you’re overwhelmingly busy, but also bored. (08:05) When you dread going to work in the morning. (12:03) When you’re feeling stuck. (13:59) When you have an idea you keep saying “someday” to. Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at  Free Design Your Passion Project Workbook: 
#056 In today’s episode, I’m talking with Tasha Cochran, co-founder of One Big Happy Life. Tasha is a perfect example of someone who has gone against the grain at just about every turn from joining the marine corp just out of high school, to buying a house as a single mom, to graduating from Yale with a law degree she used to protect minorities and women from housing and loan discrimination. Tasha shares how her career journey unfolded in waves, how she made difficult decisions, and how that ultimately led her to growing a business she loves that works on her terms.  (07:23) How Tasha was able to ditch the narrative that being pregnant at 19 meant her life was “over” (12:32) How she made a spending plan to give her the freedom to explore her next career (18:54) Money or Passion: How Tasha’s motivations drove her decision-making (28:07) What’s being done to close the gap in racial wealth inequality today and address housing discrimination (38:23) Discover how One Big Happy Life actually evolved from a YouTube channel for natural hair care (56:36) Chelsea’s Top Takeaways Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Your Passion Project Workbook:
#055: Have you been thinking of starting a side hustle or passion project? Whether you’re seeking an extra stream of revenue in these uncertain times or you just want to find more fulfillment in your work, it’s all worthwhile. Times have changed dramatically since our parents started their careers, and it’s time to take note of this. Today, I’m sharing four things to consider that will help you rethink some of those old narratives about what it means to pursue passion and purpose-driven work. It’s time to make that passion work for you.  (04:22) Recognize that passion and purpose-driven work can pay well (07:18) Why your passion isn’t static and it’s okay if you don’t know what yours is right now (9:18) Why it’s important to know that just because you love it, doesn’t mean it’s always fun (12:03) Why you shouldn’t be afraid to start small (16:19) Why you can’t afford to wait to build your passion and purpose-driven business  Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at  Design Your Passion Project Workbook:
#054: In this episode, I’m talking with Lauren McGoodwin, author of Power Moves: How Women Can Pivot, Reboot, and Build a Career of Purpose. She is also the founder of Career Contessa, where she helps women build successful and fulfilling careers on their terms. Lauren’s genius lies in helping identify every size of power move you can make when you stop waiting for your dream job. We talk about why your career path looks more like a jungle gym than a ladder, why hustle culture needs to die, and why your fear of money can keep you stuck in a career you loathe.   (03:00) What a power move is and why they need to be a part of your daily life (09:08) How we can figure out what we actually want in a career rather than just being reactive to what’s going on in this world (19:14) How can we focus on self-care at the office to make sure we’re avoiding burnout (26:55) How we can continue to develop good relationships with co-workers and make new relationships all while we’re working from home (34:43) Why your fear of money might be preventing you from pursuing higher-paying jobs (46:26) Chelsea’s Top Takeaways  Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at  Free 200+ Home Business Ideas: 
#053: For this episode, we asked the mamas in our free Mamas Talk Money Community on Facebook to send us their questions. If one person in our community has a question, there are no doubt others wondering the same thing.   Today we’re going to discuss saving for retirement for stay-at-home spouses, investing for kids, when to create an LLC for your business, handling taxes as a business owner, and more!   (01:13) What would be the best retirement account to open for my husband who earns an income but stays at home with the kids? Spousal IRA or his own?   (02:52)  If I want to open an investment account, but not have to monitor it all that much, would I need a robo advisor like Ellevest, or is there an option with Fidelity/Vanguard that is fairly hands-off and doesn’t have the .25% fee?   (06:32) What is the best way to move money from my kids’ regular saving accounts to an actual investment account so that they can get a better than 1% return on their money?   (11:20) When does it make sense to register a side-hustle as an LLC?   (14:50) I opened a Roth IRA with Vanguard! Is there anything to keep in mind when allocating funds to get the most tax advantage? What considerations should someone take when allocating funds in a Roth vs Traditional IRA?   (17:55) I have a new virtual assistant business but it’s the first time I’ve worked without having taxes taken out and I’m nervous about owing a lot at the end of the year. What should I keep in mind to prepare?   Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at   Money Mamas Guide to Investing Template: 
#052: In today’s episode, I’m talking with Sarah Li-Cain, finance writer and host of the podcast, Beyond the Dollar. Sarah’s approach to personal finance - blending practical tips and mindset strategies - has led her to become the breadwinner of her family. So for today’s topic, we’re going to discuss why there are still taboos about breadwinning moms, how Sarah’s career grew to take her from teacher to stay-at-home mom to breadwinner, and why she wants more moms to feel confident becoming and being a breadwinner at home.  (01:56) Sarah’s journey to becoming a breadwinning mom  (13:57) How we can be better at owning our earning power and not be afraid to be proud of what we’re earning   (19:46) How childcare and housework has shifted for Sarah’s family since she started earning so much more  (27:45) How Sarah went from frugal DIYer to paying for value over price (32:03) How Sarah became a freelance writer by accident   (46:40) Chelsea’s Top Takeaways  Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at Free 200+ Home Business Ideas: 
#051: In today’s episode, we’re covering a topic that we’ve all been guilty of—emotional spending—and 5 strategies that will help you reduce emotional spending and prevent it from happening in the future. We’ll take a deep dive into the difference between emotional spending and mental health spending, learn how to identify your spending triggers, and most importantly, how to create a plan to crush emotional spending for good. (01:46) Strategy 1: How to know the difference between emotional spending and mental health spending (05:22) Strategy 2: How to identify your emotional spending triggers  (10:03) Strategy 3: How to re-route your emotional triggers (18:01) Strategy 4: How to create a plan for your impulse spending  (19:36) Strategy 5: How to keep your goals and values front and center Looking for more information, mama? Visit the show notes at     Family Money Values Template: 
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Chelsea Brennan
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Jan 22nd, 2020
Latest Episode
Oct 15th, 2020
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