Smart Living, Simple Money podcast

A podcast for people curious about money, faith, and practical ways to approach the big money questions. Hear how others are doing things right, what the experts say, and what you can do. Smart Living, Simple Money is a podcast by The Mennonite Inc. and Everence®.

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Dani Klotz, Natan Fontan and their son


Debt is one of those things that looms over the lives of almost everyone – college debt, car loans, house mortgage, credit card debt. Many of us want to be out of debt as soon as we can, but that can feel impossible.

In this episode, we talk with a “20-something” who has debt and others who got rid of all their debt by age 30. We’ll also get some advice from a debt counselor with LSS Financial Counseling.

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Weston and Collette Troyer and their daughter Tessa.


What words do you think of when you think of the word “budget?” Oppressive? Tiresome? Freeing?

In this episode, we talk about budgets, or cash flow plans, and how they can help you find stability and confidence in your finances. We’ll hear from a couple who developed their budget and how they stick to it, and an Everence financial advisor who helps others develop their budgets. Also, which budgeting app is the best, and are they worth using?

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Trisha Handrich, sitting at her house

Big purchases

New car, new house – sometimes it feels like this stage in life requires lots of new, expensive buys. How can you approach these big purchases and avoid getting overwhelmed by debt and expenses?

In this episode, we’ll talk with a real estate agent and the Everence Vice President of Lending for their advice on how to stay smart. Plus real stories, from real people, about big purchases.

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Saving for retirement

Retirement seems so far away. But experts say the sooner you start saving for retirement, the better off you’ll be.

In this episode, our host talks with an Everence financial advisor about what to know about retirement saving and what to think about as you make your savings plans. At the end of the episode, our producers sit and talk retirement.

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Special thanks

Host: Trisha Handrich
Executive producers: Hannah Heinzekehr, Madalyn Metzger and Sheldon C. Good
Producer: Sara Alvarez
Voiceover: Jeff Shafer
Sound production: Norm Sohar
Graphic design: Jena O’Brien
Music: Greg Yoder
Intern: Jace Longenecher

Recorded at Everence. Audio hosted by The Mennonite Inc.