Pocket Money – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talked about my experience with the podcast: Pocket Money by Finder. This show is  a grab bag of differing aspects of economics, some might apply to your life and some might just be designed to provide interesting insight to a financial world you may never have contemplated.

PodApplaud- Pocket Money

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to dig into the podcast: Pocket Money, by Finder.

Pocket Money is an eclectic podcast all about economics. All crevices of the economy from the mundane money handling of the everyman to the exotic economics of being an aussie footballer in the Australian Football League. The are currently 7 episodes out and new episodes seem to be coming out every two weeks. The show ranges from about 25 to 45 minutes long. There is no listening order, so you can pick an episode that’s as long or short as the time you have free to listen.

This is my first episode back from my vacation in Japan. As much as I wanted to catch up on my favorite shows, when I opened my podcast app, Pocket Money was in the trending tab so I decided to check it out. I don’t listen to many financial shows so this may be a little out of my wheelhouse. What is in my wheelhouse is aussie podcasts for some reason. So Pocket Money checks off that box. The accents always force me to listen more actively I think. Either way the the hosts Sally McMullen and Marc Terrano are enjoyable hosts who have a bit of fun with the show and keep it flowing smoothly beginning to end. I can’t find any flaws in the audio, even the guest voices sound pretty good which is nice because a lot of show have guests phone or skype in which can sound quite poor. Speaking of which they get pretty interesting guests on the show. Like I hinted at before we go into the financial world of an aussie footballer with pro athlete Phil Davis. We learn about prenups and the finances of broken relationships with Family Law specialist Fidan Shevket, and the world of freemium and pay to play gaming with Chris Stead. Each episode holds some intriguing information, the more you are into the topic at hand the more interesting you will find any particular episode. In particular I really enjoyed the first episode that touched upon an early retirement strategy known as the  FIRE movement AKA the Financial Independence Retire Early movement.

I often find shows like Pocket Money that cast a wide net when it comes to their topics it can be hard to rate the whole podcast. I like certain episodes while some episodes don’t capture my attention the same way. A perfect show would force me to become invested in something I never really cared about before. This show had consistent quality in each episode, but some bored me a bit. What I do appreciate a lot is when shows have really good episode notes so you can tell whether or not an episode will grip you before you’ve invested time into listening to a portion of it. Pocket Money has great show notes so that is definitely a plus.

Well here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I’d give Pocket Money a ⅗ In an era where every company is making their own podcast, Pocket Money is squarely amongst the better half of the bunch. I might stay subscribed to this show, but will likely be listening to about one third or half of the new episodes. If you are particularly into economics or finance I would recommend the show to you. If you are looking for a way to better handle your personal finances or manage money this show isn’t quite what you’re looking for although there will be some useful episodes you can tune into.

That’s been the show for today, I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out or follow me, you can find me on twitter @podapplaud that way next time I disappear on vacation for two weeks you’ll know about it. Or send an email to podapplaud@gmail.com Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.