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Profitable Ideas: A ‘Simple’ Way to Save $30,000, Building Your Social Net Worth, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently.

The simple thing that helped me save $30,000 (CNN Money). Ah, that lowly, much-maligned yet wonderfully powerful tool called a budget.

The 50% rule: why frugality is freedom (Better Humans). I’ve never been crazy about the term “frugal,” but the author’s point is well taken. Keeping costs under control creates many forms of freedom.

The danger of Christmas (Pretend to be Poor). Thoughts on navigating the holiday with kids.

Bill Gates says people with these 3 skills will be successful in the future job market (CNBC). You might have guessed two of his choices, but probably not the third.

Let 2017 be the year of working hard and resting hard (Sketch Guy – a NY Times blog). Stop wearing your exhaustion like a badge of honor and get healthy.

What is social capital (and why should you care)? (Money Boss). The many, invaluable benefits of a strong social network.

The road not taken (The Simple Dollar). Putting a nice financial spin on a classic poem.

Planning your digital afterlife (Kiplinger). In our electronic age, estate planning isn’t what it used to be.

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