We’re back! Season Three is in full swing, with new episodes dropping every other week.

Communal Living with Rob Bancroft

This episode of has everything: a quiz that Sandi spectacularly loses, a guest that digs into the nitty gritty of communal living, and a fight with a (housing) bear.

Join us and our guest Rob Bancroft if you’re at all interested in the idea of living in a community. Highlights include:

-Rob talks about his communal living experience – 12:14
-Housing as a social phenomenon VS an economic term – 15:47
-Creating community when you’re far from home – 23:25
-The cold economics – 25:39
-Communication logistics (how do you make sure people don’t kill each other) – 27:44
-What happens if you own a house communally? – 33:15

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Because Money Podcast Team

Sandi Martin

Sandi Martin

Seasons 1, 2 & 3 Host

Sandi Martin is a financial planner at Spring Personal Finance, and works with regular folks to figure out what they want their money to do for them and the simplest, smartest way to do it. She’s an occasional blogger, mother of three, and frequent, loud laugher (you’ll see).

Chris Enns

Chris Enns

Season 3 Host

Chris Enns is a financial planner at Rags to Reasonable, where he works with artists and other folks with variable and sometimes unusual sources of income. He is a passionate servant of his community, a Mennonite farm boy, an opera singer and actor…and he makes  a mean pie. Just try to avoid seeing his desktop. (Chaos! Anarchy!)

John Robertson

John Robertson

Season 3 Producer

John Robertson, PhD, is the author of The Value of Simple and teaches regular people how to become DIY investors through his online course Practical Index Investing for Canadians. He also investigates deep money questions and goes on rants on his blog HolyPotato.net. Oh yeah, he’s a scientist too. #smartestguyintheroom  (He didn’t write that last part.)

MuhammadYasir Dewji

MuhammadYasir Dewji

Season 3 Producer

MuhammadYasir Dewji is a software developer, a new father, and – if you can believe it – MYD just showed up in Jackson’s inbox one day this spring, offering to convert past seasons to audio files and turn this thing into an actual podcast. He’s just that nice. (We knew he’d fit in because he’s facing the same way in his profile picture.)

Because Money Season 3 

For your viewing pleasure, simply click into an episode from the list below. You won’t regret it. We promise.

S3 Ep 13 | Chris and John Talk Rent vs. Buy

Chris and John Talk Through Rent vs. Buy Chris knows all the buttons to push to get John, our resident housing bear, to pull out his rent vs. buy calculator: 1:37 - How should we start thinking about real estate 6:30 - Is renting just a phase of life 10:24 - Is there...

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S3 Ep 12 | Communal Living with Rob Bancroft

Communal Living with Rob Bancroft This episode has everything: a quiz that Sandi spectacularly loses, a guest that digs into the nitty gritty of communal living, and a fight with a (housing) bear. Join us and our guest Rob Bancroft if you're at all interested in the...

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S3 Ep 11 | Your Magic Number with Avraham Byers

Your Magic Number with Avraham Byers It's the one, the only Avraham Byers, Personal Financial Trainer, here to ring your doorbell every morning with $150, make awesome beard jokes, and talk about his recent (and fabulously simple) ebook Your Magic Number. Highlights...

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S3 Ep10 | Can Regulation Make Advice Better?

Can Regulation Make Advice Better? How can you be certain that the advice you're getting from a professional (an accountant, a lawyer, a doctor...a financial planner) is trustworthy? Is it enough to judge the advice based on how well you know and like the person...

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S3 Ep 9 | Chris and Sandi Think Through RRSP Loans

Chris and Sandi Think Through RRSP Loans In a departure from our normal format, Chris and Sandi spend this episode talking through their thoughts about RRSP Loans...twice. Why twice? Turns out we had more to say. Why audio-only? Chris wanted to test his show-editing...

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S3 Ep8 | How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

How do you solve a problem like Maria? Change is hard, and since it's just about time for all those resolutions to start making you feel guilty, we've put together an episode that includes what we'll all look back on and remember as the single best piece of financial...

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Because Money Season 2

Just like in the previous section, for your viewing pleasure, simply click into an episode from the list below. You still won’t regret it. We promise, there is lots of gold in our archives.

S2 Ep10 | “The Incomparable” Cait Flanders

The Journey Towards Minimalism How do you deal with "stuff"? You know... the "stuff" that surrounds you... all the time. Do you have boxes of "stuff" that you haven't looked in for 27 years but simply can't bring yourself to get rid of? This episode is for you. This...

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S2 Ep9 | “The Launch” with Richard Finnie

Common Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make This episode we're joined by Richard Finnie, founder of thelaunch.ca, and initiative designed to encourage collaboration with entrepreneurs. He's  no stranger to podcasting himself, since as part of thelaunch.ca he hosts his own show...

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S2 Ep7 | Tom Drake

Getting Ahead On this episode of the Because Money Podcast, we are joined by Tom Drake, white collar by day, finance blogger by night. Chances are if you have spent anytime on the internet reading personal finance blogs, you have come across something penned by Tom....

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S2 Ep6 | Chris Enns from Rags to Reasonable

Who Cares Who Had It Worse? Do Millennials really have it worse? Or did Boomers really grow up walking to school uphill both ways? Does it really matter? That is where the conversation started, but it's certainly not where it ended. On this episode of the Because...

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Because Money Season 1

Seriously, we mean it. They’re good.

S1 Ep27 | Robert R. Brown

Wealthy Rabbits with RRSPs Special Guest Robert R. Brown Robert R. Brown is a freelance personal finance writer and the author of Wealthing Like Rabbits – An Original Introduction to Personal Finance.  He lives in Ajax, Ontario with his wife Belinda and their three...

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S1 Ep26 | Alexandra Macqueen

Eric, Ilsa, and Us Special guest Alexandra Macqueen Alexandra Macqueen is a Certified Financial Planner, retirement income specialist, co-author of the (soon-to-be) newly revised book Pensionize Your Nest Egg, and very gracious about usually being the smartest and...

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S1 Ep25 | So It’s Your First Time Budgeting

It's our last episode of 2014, and - in the spirit of the coming New Year - we're talking budgets. The Christmas bills are about to start rolling in, which means 'tis the season for resolving to control your money this year. We want you to stick to it, so in this...

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S1 Ep24 | Cent$ible Students

Teaching Kids About Money On episode 24 of the Because Money Podcast we are joined by Caroline Munshaw and Jenni Bolton of Cent$ible Students. They are self-proclaimed "money-moms" and work with kids in the school system from K-8 teaching financial literacy. Cent$ible...

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S1 Ep22 | Ellen Roseman

If you want something done about something, you send an email directly to Ellen Roseman and consider it case closed. Ellen has been a consumer advocate since before "consumer advocacy" was a thing, standing up to corporate giants and getting answers. Ellen Roseman is...

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