April 18, 2022

33. What should I pay my first employee?

Here’s today’s letter: I’m finally doing it! I’m starting my own business. Things are going better than expected and I’ll need to hire people soon. What should I pay? Link from today's discussion: https://livingwage.mit.edu/ ...

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April 11, 2022

32. Is it ethical to be a billionaire?

Here’s today’s listener letter: A friend and I recently got into a debate about whether or not there’s such a thing as an ethical billionaire? What do you think? I don’t think Billionaires should exist but my friend says that...

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April 5, 2022

31. Banking till death do us part

Here’s today’s listener letter: A few recent episodes of the show have made it clear to me that I want my money to be put into banks with community minded values, however, I am stuck. My money is currently at …

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March 29, 2022

30. What's the bank doing with your cash?

Here’s today’s listener letter: I heard the recent episode about banking and I have more questions! I’m not 100% ready to cut the cord with my big bank, but I liked your advice about moving some of my savings to …

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March 21, 2022

29. My 2 Cents and My 2 Cents

Here’s today’s listener letter: Should I try to specify exactly what my donation is used for? No! End of episode. LOL. OK, I am kidding. Let’s talk this one out. I can see how it would be tempting to try …

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March 15, 2022

28. How to start a giving circle

Here’s today’s listener letter: Recently I heard someone mention a "giving circle." It sounded like a way to give money with my friends. What is it and how do I know if I should start one? Link from today's episode: …

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March 7, 2022

27. Where should I bank?

Here’s today’s listener letter: Where should I bank? On the one hand, I am lazy. On the other hand, the world is on fire and traditional banks don’t lend to Black and brown people. Help. Links from today's discussion: Nerd …

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March 1, 2022

26. Sustainable Vacation or Bust!

Here’s today’s listener letter: Staying home during the pandemic gave me a lot of time to think about the travel I used to do. I’m glad I don’t have to take work trips anymore, but I miss going on vacation …

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Feb. 22, 2022

25. What should I be reading?

Here’s today’s letter: I’m looking for some reading material to learn about how I might better walk the talk in my own life. Like, I have all these strong beliefs about things, but I’m not always sure I’m living in …

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Feb. 15, 2022

24. Should I donate if I'm broke?

Here’s today’s listener letter: Should I donate even though I’m broke? Or should I wait until I’m financially stable? In this episode, we define what it means to be "broke" and then talk about how to decide if donating makes …

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Feb. 7, 2022

23. Raising Generous Kids

Here’s today’s letter: Coming out of last year’s holiday season, I started to wonder if my kids are getting a little spoiled. My partner and I both grew up in working class families, our parents often lived check to check …

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Jan. 31, 2022

22. Recap of 2021 Most Popular Episodes

2021 Most popular episodes If you sent in questions, thank you for that. If you have questions you’ve been pondering, send them over! You can send in the big existential questions like should I pull all of my money out …

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Jan. 18, 2022

21. Predictions for 2022

As we start a new year, it can be fun to try to predict what will happen. On this podcast we talk about how to line up what we’re doing with our money and our personal values in terms of …

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Jan. 17, 2022


Welcome to Spend Donate Invest! Check out the trailer to meet host GG and learn more about the show. To submit a question or topic for the podcast, please email spenddonateinvest@gmail.com To support the show, visit buymeacof...

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Dec. 20, 2021

20. Where to start with donating

Today’s letter is about where to start with donating. Here’s the letter: What to do if I feel overwhelmed by donating? It’s natural to feel overwhelmed, I don’t think most of us learned anything about donating as kids, except...

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Dec. 13, 2021

19. Convincing others to shop more sustainably

Today’s letter is about convincing others to shop responsibly. Here’s the letter: I can't seem to convince my family to shop responsibly. Any ideas? This is a tough one. You can’t really control what anyone else does, so let’...

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Dec. 6, 2021

18. Investing in the Underinvested

Today’s letter is about investing in the underinvested. Here’s the letter: I'd like to invest in some underinvested entrepreneurs. How can I do this? In today's episode, we discuss 3 approaches: Equity crowdfunding for exampl...

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Nov. 29, 2021

17. Can you spare a dollar to help me get home?

Today’s letter is about a listener who wonders about giving money to a person with a cardboard sign. Here’s the letter: Last weekend, my partner and I were out walking our dog and I gave a guy $20. He had …

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Nov. 22, 2021

16. Where to start with socially responsible shopping

Today's letter is about where to start with socially responsible shopping. Here's the letter: When I think about all of the harms created by all of the products I buy, I get overwhelmed. Where can I start with socially respon...

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Nov. 15, 2021

15. Housekeeping and other dirty secrets

Here's today's listener letter: One thing I realized pretty quickly during the pandemic is how much I was relying on my housekeeper and my kid's nanny. It has left me feeling a little uneasy about that, especially as I learn …

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Nov. 10, 2021

14. When your donations aren't stacking up

Today's letter is about donations that aren't quite stacking up. Here's the letter: I feel like I donate all the time, but when it is time for me to do my taxes in April every year and I gather up …

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Nov. 7, 2021

13. Why we shouldn't worry about a charity's admin expenses

Here's today's letter: How do I find charities that have low administrative overhead expenses? Let's begin by discussing a less common question: why do we hold nonprofits to a higher standard of scrutiny than other organizati...

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Oct. 25, 2021

12. For busy people looking for socially responsible investments

Today's letter is about how to find socially responsible investments if you are a busy investor. Here's the letter: I don't have time to make sure companies are on the up and up, is there a way to quickly pick …

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Oct. 18, 2021

11. Moved into a gentrifying area? Now what?

Here's today's letter: I'm a gentrifier and I feel guilty about it all the time. Is there a way to spend my money in the neighborhood in a socially responsible way? Your question isn’t about whether or not you should …

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