‘Playbook’: A podcast and a Tweetchat.

thI feel so loved: A chapter from “Your Playbook For Tough Times” is the featured topic on this week’s Wise Bread Tweetchat – which regular readers know always includes prizes.

And this week’s prizes are pretty rich – much richer than I had originally posted. (See below.)

“Doing a financial fire drill” is the subject of the one-hour event, which takes place at noon PDT on Thursday, Sept. 15. (As in “tomorrow.”) We’ll be talking about how to do an extreme budget makeover in advance of anything going wrong.

Think of it this way: Relatively few homes or schools burn down each year. Knowing what to do if that should happen is still a good idea.

And if you need another incentive to participate? Wise Bread has that covered, too.


Five prizes will be randomly awarded at the end of the one-hour chat: one $100 Amazon gift card, two $50 Amazon gift cards and two Kindle copies of “Playbook.” If you want to win, be sure to sign up on this Wise Bread post

While you can follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #WBchat, it’s much easier if you use Wise Bread’s chat room.

The financial fire drill is also mentioned in my interview on the Stacking Benjamins podcast. But that’s not all we talk about.

Joe Saul-Sehy also brings up a couple of stories from my past (hint: they all have to do with being broke) and gets me to talk about my idea that only amateurs pay retail. As always, being on the podcast is great fun.


Thursday is a busy day

Before the Wise Bread chat I’ll be participating in the #LoveAndMoney Tweetchat hosted by GO Banking Rates, which starts at 11 a.m. PDT. The topic here, obviously, is relationships and finances.

Some of the issues to be raised are money communication, how to share expenses fairly, keeping secrets, money quirks that can damage a relationship, and having “the talk,” whether early on or once things get serious.

Bring your thoughts to the discussion using the #LoveAndMoney hashtag. Hope to see you there, virtually speaking.

Also on Thursday is the quarterly “Maximize Your Money” webchat hosted by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT you can ask any financial question you like and a money expert will answer it for you.

Nearly two dozen PF advisors will be on hand to discuss topics like retirement, debt, investing, student loans, refinancing and taxes. You can ask questions or just read what everyone else is saying at live.kiplinger.com or follow along on Twitter with the #MaximizeMoney hashtag.

Take advantage! As Liz Weston says, “There are no dumb questions about money.”



See you next week?

Just a reminder: One week from today you’re invited to meet me (and lots of other PF folks) at the Money Meetup, part of the Financial Blogger Conference in San Diego.

Free drinks and snacks are part of the deal, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina. You must register to be allowed in; use this link to sign up.

My plan is to find a pre-meetup place where we can sit and chat starting at 5:30 p.m. That will probably be the hotel’s Marina Market; if that changes, I’ll publish an updated invitation.

Tentative plans also for a breakfast/early lunch meetup on Sunday, Sept. 25, somewhere in San Diego. Anyone have suggestions for where the locals eat? Ideally it won’t take us too far afield, since we need to drive back to Phoenix.

My daughter, who’s also a blogger, will be at both meetups – and she’ll have copies of her book, “Frugality For Depressives: Money-Saving Tips For Those Who Find Life A Little Harder,” ready for personalization. I’ll have copies of “Playbook” on hand as well.

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  1. I enjoyed listening to the podcast on Stacking Benjamins; what a busy day Thursday was!

    I hope you see a lot of positive response to all that, and sell books.

  2. Hi Donna!

    I missed this event–#bummed–but wanted to let you know that I just finished your book (not sure where I’ve been but I just found out that you wrote one–something I’ve been hoping you’d do since I started reading your work many moons ago). It was as excellent as I expected it to be and fun to read to boot (which isn’t something you hear very often or expect when reading PF books).

    I love that you are able to take a very worrisome situation–money woes–and make it a doable “adventure” to regain solvency. Most importantly, you encourage folks to cast off the tendency to use victimization to keep oneself stuck in the lack-of-funds mud pit. I hate to admit that I’ve played the victim card a few times in my life when it came to managing my finances. Thank you for opening my eyes.

    I cannot wait for your next book. I’ll be recommending this book to everyone I know.

    • Donna Freedman

      Wow, Suzanne. Thank you for your heartfelt comment, and I really appreciate your willingness to recommend the book.

      Could I ask you to go to the Amazon landing page and leave a review? Just a paragraph or two would do it; in fact, you could cut and paste a version of the above comment.

      Reactions like these make writing Book 2 seem less onerous. Again, thanks.

  3. Kate Nelson

    Donna, I just saw a review on “Playbook” on The Simple Dollar. Holly Johnson says “It’s a book worth reading.” Heading over to Amazon to get my own copy! Congratulations!

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