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Educated Spending

Educated Spending

By Katie Roark
A discussion for college students and young professionals to learn to take control of their money and achieve financial independence.
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Hobby Spending
Katie is joined by Bianca Carrasco and Dan Roark as they discuss finding ways to keep their hobbies in their budgets, being realistic how long term those hobbies are, possibly making some money on the side, and more! Follow us on Instagram @educatedspending 
March 18, 2022
Stepping into the Real World
This week Katie welcomes Greg Golden onto the podcast as they delve into what it is like in life after college.  They talk about living expenses, budgeting, and even get into salary negotiations on this week's episode of Educated Spending.
August 10, 2021
The Psychology behind Subscription Boxes
Katie is joined by Bianca Carrasco as they discuss the psychology behind subscription boxes, why we subscribe, the positive and negatives about them, and their personal experiences with subscription boxes. Follow us on Instagram @educatedspending
July 15, 2021
Real Students Talk Real about Finances
Three Leopardcents Student Ambassadors join Katie for a conversation about finances as they approach graduation. From college financial-based decisions to money spending habits, listen in to get some great advice on financial independence as a college student and new grad!
April 16, 2021
Making Yourself an Invaluable Employee
Whether you're an employee at a restaurant or working odd jobs to make ends meet, you have the ability to become an invaluable employee that any employer would be lucky to have. Learn from Bianca Carrasco on her experience in the service industry and how that led her to Wentworth, Ashley Tampellini's current experience as a graduating college student, and hear about Katie's successes in her role as both an Associate Director of Financial Aid and Dance Instructor. 
April 12, 2021
Paying for College: FAFSA, Loans, and Scholarship Advice from Financial Aid Professionals
College expenses can be difficult to navigate. Katie Roark and Ashley Francois discuss ways to pay for college, whether it be personal loans or finding scholarships to apply to, there's always a way to fund your education.
February 09, 2021
Part 2: Food Waste and Sustainability
Katie is back this week with two Registered Dietitians, Krista Blackwell and Rachel Dziedzic. They talk about solutions for reducing food waste, appropriate ways to store food so it lasts longer, and much more! 
January 22, 2021
Part 1: Best Bang for your Buck at the Grocery Store
This week Katie is joined by Rachel Dziedzic and Krista Blackwell, two Registered Dietitians who talk about strategies for saving money at the grocery store, eating healthy on a budget and meal planning. 
January 15, 2021
How to Stretch a Dollar
This week Katie is Joined by her mom, Julie Greene. They talk saving money at the grocery store, shopping for clothes, and other helpful tips to make your money go further! 
January 08, 2021
Financing Grad School, Study Abroad and Planning for the Future
This week Katie is joined by Brad Mueller, Study Abroad and Scholarship Counselor from Clemson University.  They share their experiences of financing grad school, budgeting students loans, and the finances of studying abroad. 
December 11, 2020
Managing Risk and Trading Stocks
This week Katie is joined by Shannon Whitney as they discuss the potential risks of the stock market, fantastic resources to help you start trading, real stories to help navigate the market, and more!
December 04, 2020
Holiday Shopping Tips
This week Katie is on her own giving you tips and tricks for holiday shopping on a budget, ways to score discounts, and more! 
November 28, 2020
Money in Relationships
This week Katie is joined by her husband Dan and they talk about navigating the money conversation in romantic and friendship relationships, some things they do in their own relationship and how important it is to have open lines of communication. 
November 19, 2020
Salary Negotiations
This week Katie is joined by Robbin Beauchamp, Director of Coops and Careers at Wentworth Institute of Technology  as they discuss knowing when and what negotiate, the importance of benefits, and the importance of knowing your worth.
November 09, 2020
The Road to Achieving Financial Freedom
Katie is joined by Bryan Foltice, Associate Professor of Finance at Bulter University and they share their advice on making the tough financial choices every day, the importance of paying off loans early, prioritizing short and long term goals, and more! If you're interested in reaching out to Bryan he can be reached at 
November 03, 2020
Personal Finance in a Cultural Context
Katie is joined by Alex Cabal, Director of the Office of Diversity and Social Justice at Wentworth Institute of Technology  as they talk about the familial and cultural impact on how we use our money, the importance of knowing it's okay to not know everything, getting help from others, and more!
October 23, 2020
Traveling on a Budget
Katie is joined by her friend Krista Blackwell and they discuss the topic of travel on a budget.  Katie and Krista use their experiences traveling the globe to give tips on how to save for traveling, finding a place to stay, the difficulties of going from city to city and more!
October 19, 2020
Long-term Impact of College Financial Decisions
This week Katie is joined by Andy Tsui. They discuss the financial decisions that come up as a college student,  long term spending over short term desires, the dangers of falling behind on credit card payments, and the long terms effects of student loans. 
October 13, 2020
Personal Finance during COVID-19
This week Katie is joined by her co-worker Kelly, they talk through the ways they have had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic.  They will discuss dining out, the temptations of online shopping, working from home, and more!
October 02, 2020
The Home Buying Process
This week Katie is joined by her husband Dan to talk to you about how to navigate the home buying process.  They will discuss the pros and cons of renting versus buying,  negotiating, and share their own experiences!
September 28, 2020
Navigating Student Loan Repayment
This week Katie is joined by her brother, Mike Paquin. They talk decision making post college and how important it is to be aware of your loan repayment options and to make educated financial decisions post college. 
September 18, 2020
Financial Knowledge is Power
This week Katie sits with, Bianca Carrasco a fellow financial aid counselor at Wentworth Institute of Technology to talk about her financial journey.  They discuss how ignoring her student loans for a while has impacted her life and how educating herself about her finances has given her the power to take control of her life and set herself up for future financial success. 
June 26, 2020
Credit 101
This week Katie is again joined by her husband Dan and they discuss the topic of credit. They breakdown the credit score, talk about good credit habits, the credit bureaus and their own personal credit experiences. 
June 18, 2020
How does your family of origin impact your spending habits?
Welcome to the first episode of Educated Spending, the money management podcast for college students and young adults. This week, Katie is joined by her husband Dan to talk about how their own families of origin have influenced the ways that they think about money and saving. 
June 12, 2020