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THERE'S ONLY ONE SURE WAY TO END THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN It's not going to matter what happens between Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi. It's going to take something more radical. This episode includes your calls!

Click here to see the video of the unpaid federal worker who said that she had to choose between chemotherapy and rent.

Write Tom directly with your feedback: tom@blowmeuptom.com.



MONEY Tom continues with recommendations for getting your money act together in 2019. Find out how a website can help you figure out your net worth, your spending habits, and how to get on a budget.  Also, Tom answers listener email questions including how to get a higher credit limit on your credit cards, whether it's a good time to invest in marijuana stocks, ETFs, whether it's a good idea to attend company events that encourage fraternizing with other employees in the #MeToo era, and more!

Click here to get a $20 Amazon gift card just for tracking your finances on the absolutely free Personal Capital website Tom describes in this episode.

Now that it's tax season, click here to find a Certified Public Accountant, as Tom explained on this episode.

Send Tom your money questions for a future episode: tom@blowmeuptom.com.


WHAT'S THE MOST POLITICALLY INCORRECT THING YOU CAN THINK OF? A prime example of why we live behind a paywall. Tom asked listeners to call in and say "the most politically incorrect thing" they could think of. Yikes!

Write Tom directly with your questions, complaints and concerns at tom@blowmeuptom.com.


HOW TO END THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN The politicians can't (or won't) end our federal government shutdown. But someone can. Will that someone have the BALLS to do what needs to be done? Tom lays it out!

Click here for a news article to which Tom refers in this episode.

Do you agree or disagree with Tom? Write him here: tom@blowmeuptom.com.


GILLETTE ATTACKS ITS OWN CUSTOMERS An ad campaign from razor blade company Gillette accuses men of something they call "toxic masculinity" and goes into details about what men are supposed to do about things such as "bullying" and "saying the right things". Does it make sense for a company to attack its own target audience in commercials? Tom speaks out!

Click here to watch the video to which Tom refers in this episode.

What do you think? Write directly to Tom by clicking here: tom@blowmeuptom.com.


MONEY what do the Federal Government shutdown and the Los Angeles teachers' strike tell us about money? Tom tells you all about it!

Here is the article Tom talks about in this episode.

Send your responses or your money questions directly to Tom by clicking here: tom@blowmeuptom.com.


TOM RETURNS TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME There was no new podcast on January 9th. That's because, on January 8th, Tom had to bring his pickup from the ranch in Northern Santa Barbara County to Burbank to begin collecting his gear, numerous possessions, and many memories of six-and-a-half amazing years. What was that like? Who was there? How did it feel to be back? How does Tom feel knowing that he's giving the keys back in just a few weeks? It's all right here.

Click here to see Tom's photos taken on January 8, 2019 as The New Normal Studios are being dissembled.

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MONEY Tom gives you step-by-step instructions on how to get your money act together in 2019. Also, Tom answers a flurry of your money emails!

Find an accountant in 2019 and verify his credentials by clicking here.

Consolidate your accounts at The Vanguard Group (not a sponsor) by clicking here.

Send your money questions here: tom@blowmeuptom.com.


MONEY what are some things you can do for yourself financially as the new year begins? How many credit cards does one person need, anyway? Whose fault is when people live paycheck-to-paycheck? Tom answers these questions and more!  

Here's one article Tom refers to in this episode about Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).

Here's healthcare.gov's information about starting an HSA.

Here's the article listener Eric sent in about people who complain about living paycheck-to-paycheck.

Send your comments or money questions directly to Tom at tom@blowmeuptom.com.



DEAD POOL 2019 you asked for it and here it is! Which celebrities will drop dead in 2019? Many of our listeners responded and Tom has a list all his own. Play along with your friends, family, or co-workers! Have everyone make a list of ten celebrities. Then, as each one dies, players get 100 points minus the age of the victim for each right guess. Whoever has the most points at the end of the year is the winner!

Send your comments directly to Tom himself at tom@blowmeuptom.com.