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Brown Ambition is a show about life, money, career and how to juggle them all.
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May 23, 2017

Our hearts are with the families and victims of last night's attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. 

Spread a little love in the world today, BA fam — we could all use some!

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Want to ask a question or share a story with us?

Hit us up on our Facebook page: Facebook.com/brownambition

May 16, 2017

As mentioned on the show, check out these helpful resources to find about more about student loan refi options: 


MagnifyMoney

Loan consolidation vs. refinancing 

 

Curious about opening an FSA? Check out these explainers. 

What's an FSA? - Healthcare.gov

May 9, 2017

We're back! 

If you're new to the show and want to show your support, we would so appreciate it if you could leave us a review on iTunes. It gives us a huge boost and helps others find the show!

Yours in brown ambition,

Mandi & Tiffany

May 2, 2017

Thanks for letting us take a mini hiatus, BA Fam!

We are back with a packed show. So. Much. Has. Happened!

Serena's preggo?

Bill O'Reilly is out of a job? 

Shea Moisture lost their damn minds? 

We cover it all.

And today's reader question comes from D: Was I right to tell my sister I wouldn't co-sign her mortgage?

Then, don't miss our interview with Blavity.com co-founder Morgan DeBaun, who's talking all about her new lifestyle brand 21ninety.com and how she's working to help other women -- including herself -- take better care of themselves both at work and at home. 

 

 

Apr 18, 2017

This is our last episode before we take a brief hiatus so that Mandi can enjoy her honeymoon!

We will be back the week of May 8 with a brand new episode!

In the meantime, we are going out with a bang. 

On this episode, we're cleaning out our inbox and answering some of your burning questions: 

1. How did Tiffany really build her six-figure business? She is opening up and telling us the REAL truth -- the ugly truth -- about entrepreneurship. 

2. What do I do if I'm not happy with my employer's 401(k) options?

3. How am I supposed to balance work, life, relationships and health? 

 

Apr 11, 2017

You know how family sit coms used to always do one "wedding episode" and the entire thing revolved around all the drama surrounding the Big Day?

After a year of planning, our girl Mandi is FINALLY tied the knot April 7 in Savannah. Tiffany was there and she's spilling all the details. 

Check out some pics of the Big Day below: 

 

Mar 28, 2017

*Today's show is dedicated to Titi Branch — a phenomenal woman, entrepreneur, and sister. We love and thank you for every contribution you made toward helping women embrace their natural beauty.*

Miko Branch, the phenomenal cofounder of Miss Jessie's sits down with Mandi and Tiffany to talk about creating the Miss Jessie's hair care line with her big sister Titi in their Brooklyn brownstone over a decade ago. 

The sisters mixed their products in the kitchen of their Brooklyn brownstone and bootstrapped the company themselves without any of the usual trappings of entrepreneurship (they didn't have MBAs, or a team of wealthy investors to back them). Word spread about their signature product, their "curly pudding", and soon enough they went from begging NYC-area stores like Ricky's to carry their products to lining up deals with major retailers like Target.

But, of course, there were some bumps along the road to success. 

 

 

After Titi's sudden passing in 2014, Miko has made it her mission to not only continue to grow the company they created as a team but also to focus even more on her own personal happiness, health and balance in life.

 

"I make happiness and health a priority right up there with business," she says. "I think money is a tool that you can use to do many things but I don't think money has much to do with your character or your decision making." 

Check out Miko's book, "Miss Jessie's: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch---Naturally".

Mar 14, 2017

Is it possible to save TOO much? And should you quit your job if you've got a shot at getting your student loans forgiven if you stick it out?

We're answering your questions today on BA. If you have a question on life, money or career, hit us up at brownambitionpodcast.com. 

But first... we recap the movie "Get Out" that has EVERYONE talking *Major spoiler alert -- skip ahead if you haven't seen it yet!).

We talk about the mind tricks money can play on us... and when it's sometimes not such a good thing to be cheap all the time. 

 

Mar 7, 2017

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Feb 14, 2017

On today's show, an EXCITING update on Tiffany's real estate adventure.

-How she found her dream home (and what she's doing to make sure the deal goes through!)
-The strategy she's using to become a homeowner once again after facing a foreclosure during the recession 

If you're a first time homebuyer, check out this guide Mandi mentioned on today's show: 

Have a question for us? Drop us a line at brownambitionpodcast.com. 

Feb 7, 2017

Have questions about money or your career? Hit us up at brownambitionpodcast.com!

 

 

Jan 31, 2017

It's a Mad World, y'all. 

We couldn't start our show today without acknowledging the troubling events of the last few days.

We eventually get down to business and take reader Angelique's question on sold off debt.

"When a lender sells my debt and closes the account, do I still owe that debt?"

We've got an answer for her and a huge Brown Ambition hug to everyone out there impacted by Lord Voldemort's refugee and muslim immigrant ban. 

If you'd like to share your story, send us a note at Brownambitionpodcast.com or at brownambitionpodcast@gmail.com

Much love,

Mandi & Tiffany

Jan 24, 2017

Have you dumped your big bank yet? 

On today's show, we've got a super special guest: Lisa Servon, author of the new book "The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives" joins us for a conversation about how payday lenders and check cashing facilities are taking the place of big banks in our neighborhoods. 

Lisa didn't just write about these businesses. She actually worked for months at a check cashing business in the South Bronx in New York City and a payday lender in Oakland, California, where she talked to real people using these services to find out why — and how banks have let them down.

On Servon's website, she has tips on how to ditch your big bank and find banks with lower fees: https://www.lisaservon.com/

Also on today's show: 

Suffering from an Inaugural hangover? Here's one way to feel better: Speak Up! Contact your local representatives and tell them how you feel about the direction our country is heading. We have voices. Let's use them! 

Here's where to find your local reps: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

Today's listener question: "Should I stop paying an account that's been charged off?"

Jan 17, 2017

So much to cover, so little time!

First of all, thank you for making January our biggest month for downloads yet!

If you haven't, please take 2 minutes to leave us a review on iTunes. This is a HUGE factor in how many people are able to find our show on iTunes, and every review counts!

Here are the hot topics and links we covered on today's show: 

Mandi's Brown Boost this week featured two of her favorite money- and time-saving tools (these are NOT paid endorsements!)

LevelMoney: Find out exactly what you can afford to spend each day.

and

Hello Fresh: How she makes great dinners without ever going to the store. 

Today's question: How do I even begin to find a financial planner? 

Resources: 

LearnVest Financial Planning Review via MagnifyMoney

Hidden Investment Fees to Watch Out For

Mandi's $246 Flights to Italy

For the full scoop on how Mandi used credit card points to book her honeymoon to Italy for $246, check out this post on Yahoo Finance >  

Tiffany's win this week featured Lucinda Cross, founder of the "Activate Movement."

 

 

Jan 10, 2017

We've missed you and we're BACK BA Fam! On today's show:

-Find out how Mandi booked a European honeymoon for FREE and Tiffany got her wedding dress for FREE. We are kind of killing this wedding planning thing, y'all. 

-All you need to know about joining Tiffany's Live Richer Challenge: Credit Edition, a free online program that will help you finally pay down your credit card debt. 

To sign up visit http://LRCCredit.com.

-Balance Transfer: What it is, how to use one and mistakes to avoid.

-Mandi shares a Ted Talk that blew her mind and Tiffany opens up about learning to be a taker as well as a giver. See the Ted Talk here >

 

 

 

 

Dec 13, 2016

Oh, prenups. On today's show, we are tackling this sticky taboo topic and telling y'all how to convince your partner to get on board with a prenup. 

Tiffany updates us on her real estate investment journey and spills ALL the details on how she and Superman saved up for their first property, how they got preapproved for a mortgage lickity split and everything that went into their decision process so far. 

Have a question you want featured on the show? Drop us a note at Brownambitionpodcast.com!

Check out these snaps from Mandi's trip to Mumbai!

Dec 6, 2016

We're back! And you do not want to miss this show, y'all. We just went international.

On today's jam-packed show: 

-How to deal with the mania of Christmas and holiday shopping when you have kids

-Mandi reveals the BEST travel rewards credit card on the market right now. Can you say "100,000 bonus miles"? 

-The pros and cons of leasing a car

-Tiffany's big cameo on The Real has aired!

See her in action on the show right here > 

  

Nov 22, 2016

We cover a LOT of ground today, BA Fam. You do not want to miss this ep!

Here's just a sample: 

-Mandi spills the beans on how she and fiance boo saved a bundle on their new car AND got an amazingly low auto loan rate....AND found a sweet new apartment all in one week. 

-Tiffany shares her rules for working with friends

-Mandi FINALLY gets her wedding dress...and manages to save $400!

-Tiffany and Mandi share tips on how to split gifts for the holidays

 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We are so grateful for your love and support. Don't forget to send us love by leaving us a review or sending us a note at brownambitionpodcast.com. 

 

Nov 15, 2016

Group hug everyone. 

Love,

Mandi & Tiffany 

Nov 8, 2016

Everyone knows investing is a key component of a healthy financial life....but how the heck are you supposed to get started when you A) have no idea what you're doing and B) can hardly make ends meet as it is? 

On today's show, we're joined by Eric Patrick, founder of the Black Market Exchange, a financial education website empowering millennials to get in the investing game. 

 

Oct 25, 2016

BA Fam -- You have asked for it and we are delivering! We want to answer your toughest questions on debt for an upcoming series on the podcast.

Here are the topics we're covering:

Relationships & Debt

Paying off credit debt

Debt vs. Savings

Student Loan Debt payoff strategies

Debt recovery -- how to bounce back

Submit a question at brownambitionpodcast.com (just let us know if you want to remain anonymous)

 

 

Oct 18, 2016

We've missed you BA Fam! We are back this week with a fresh episode and trust us...we are making up for lost time in BIG way.

First *drumroll please* one of us has a personal update we've all been waiting for....find out in the first 5 minutes of this week's show. We've got a feeling no one saw it happening like this.

Then we catch up on all the latest headlines, from Solange's new album to FLOTUS' legendary NYT cover story to the latest Election drama (can we just fast forward to Nov. 9th already? Please and thank you?)

Finally, we are taking YOUR questions on today's show. Have a question for us? Go to brownambitionpodcast.com to ask us anything.

One listener is worried she signed up for a student loan payment scam. Mandi does a little digging to find out what she's really paying for.

And lastly, another listener is worried she isn't cut out for her job and is considering quitting and going back to grad school. Is it worth the risk or should she stick it out? You don't want to miss Tiffany's answer on this one.

 

Oct 4, 2016

 

This week on the podcast, we're cleaning out our inbox and answering YOUR biggest questions about money, careers and relationships. 

Tiffany shares the secret behind her relationship success...Hint: it starts with her closet!

Can you really write a letter to credit bureaus to get negative marks removed from your report? We've got your answer. 

And finally, what do you do if you haven't built up enough credit history to get approved for new types of credit? 

To send us your questions, head to BrownAmbitionPodcast.com and submit a question through our handy "Ask Us Anything" form. We'd love to hear from you!

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