Dec 06, 2016

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Jonathan Clements About His Latest Book "How To Think About Money"


I enjoyed catching up with Jonathan Clements recently on the NGPF podcast. Since our conversation a year ago, Jonathan has been busy on a number of projects including teaching a college course in personal finance and writing a book “How To Think About Money” (good choice for a stocking stuffer this holiday season:). His goal with the book is to provide “a coherent way to think about their finances, so they worry less about money, make smarter financial choices and squeeze more happiness out of the dollars that they have.” I always come away from a conversation with Jonathan thinking more deeply about my relationship with money along with some ideas that I can implement in my life. I hope that you will too! Enjoy!


  • 0:00~1:05 – Introduction
  • 1:05~2:35 – His experience over the past year teaching at Mercy College
  • 2:35~4:42 – Importance of numeracy
  • 4:42~6:23 – A little about Mercy College
  • 6:23~6:54 – How to find Jonathan’s resources that he used in the classroom
  • 6:54~8:42 – Persuading students to care about personal finance
  • 8:42~10:31 – Why did he write his latest book “How to Think about Money”
  • 10:31~16:57 – Money and happiness
  • 16:57~19:30 – Goal setting
  • 19:30~27:05 – Betting on a long life
  • 27:05~27:25 – A word from our sponsors, Next Gen Personal Finance
  • 27:25~31:11 – Re-wire your brain
  • 31:11~38:19 – Strategies to save
  • 38:19~46:08 – To win, don’t lose
  • 46:08~46:48 – Thinking about a stocking stuffer
  • 46:48~49:20 – How to access his Money Guide in the New Year (spoiler alert: it’s online and it’s free!)
  • 49:20~50:27 – Conclusion
Notable Quote:
“Don’t trust your judgment. Think hard about making purchases because then you will know what you really want rather than what other people think you should be buying.”

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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