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AirTalk asks: What memories shaped your view of money?




In this photo illustration, twenty and five dollar bills are displayed on August 29, 2017 in San Anselmo, California.
In this photo illustration, twenty and five dollar bills are displayed on August 29, 2017 in San Anselmo, California.
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Whether it was your first glimpse of a weekly allowance or watching your friend get a shiny new car, it’s amazing how our memories affect the way we think about money.

Family financial values play a big part in how we handle our investments as adults. But what if your parents never talked about the bills? Or, maybe money was an open subject and you had to pitch-in at an early age. Maybe Mom and Dad had great investments and showed you how to do the same.

Gaby Dunn, host of the “Bad With Money” podcast, remembers how her mom, a lawyer, would barter with people in need who couldn’t pay for legal services. And that shaped how Dunn measured her own financial worth as a freelancer.

AirTalk wants to hear about the memories that formed your views about money. Was there a specific moment when your parents spoke to you about paying the bills? Did money remain a mystery until you earned your first paycheck? Does financial planning feel overwhelming due to past circumstances? And how did the way you handle money evolve over time?

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Guests:

Gaby Dunn, writer and host of “Bad With Money” a financial planning podcast; her upcoming book, "Bad With Money" is due out later this year; she tweets @gabydunn

Delia Fernandez, fee-only certified financial planner and investment advisor with Fernandez Financial Advisory, LLC