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AARP Audio Series: Closing the Savings Gap

Financial ambassador and podcast host Jean Chatzky helps real women overcome retirement obstacles

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Closing the Savings Gap is an audio series hosted by AARP Financial Ambassador Jean Chatzky. In these seven episodes, originally produced as a podcast series in 2019, Chatzky talks to real women as they work to close the financial gap that may be holding them back in saving for retirement. They discuss how to face and conquer common financial roadblocks like debt, overspending or competing priorities. Each woman is matched with a financial planner who helps them make the changes they need to retire with confidence, so that you can do the same.


Meet Your Host

Jean Chatzky, financial editor of NBC TODAY and AARP Financial Ambassador, is host of the weekly podcast HerMoney with Jean Chatzky. Chatzky is an award-winning personal finance journalist and best-selling author who believes that knowing how to manage money is one of the most important life skills for people at every age. 


Episode 1: Becoming Debt-Free and Savings-Rich

Shaun, 42, hears how budgeting, planning for emergencies and dealing wisely with debt now can set her up for retirement success later 

Episode 2: Managing Money After Losing a Spouse

Michelle, a 51-year-old widow, explores how to manage her finances after the death of her husband, which can also apply to divorce situations

Episode 3: Balancing Investing in Your Business and Saving for Retirement

Small business owner and mom Kem, 44, needs help achieving her retirement savings goals

Episode 4: Savings Strategies for Retirement, College Expenses and More

Hilda, a 46-year-old business owner, learns how careful budgeting can make a big difference when it comes to saving and planning for retirement

Episode 5: Protecting Your Finances With Life and Disability Insurance

With plans to work into her seventies, Narda, 48, reviews life and disability insurance options as a strategy to secure her financial future

Episode 6: Repairing Your Finances After a Divorce

Karen, a 57-year-old divorcee, looks to replenish her retirement savings after filing for bankruptcy and borrowing from her 401(k)

Episode 7: Retirement Planning Without an Employer-Sponsored Plan

Family caregiver Liz, 47, lost her job and must tackle saving for retirement and rebuilding her emergency fund

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