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Profitable Ideas: Why It Pays to Spend More, 7 Pieces of Life-Changing Financial Advice, and More

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

Worth the price: The actual cost of quality vs. quantity (No Sidebar). With apologies to all the frugalistas out there, many times, it pays to spend more.

Selling what they preach (The Atlantic). A fascinating look at the state of advertising, and how it’s evolved from selling stuff to selling our identity.

Your greatest asset is YOU (Of Dollars and Data). What’s your human capital worth, and what are you doing to increase its value?

3 tax mistakes accountants see every year (and how to avoid them) (Gen Y Planning). If you haven’t filed yet, look for these mistakes.

How this millennial saved $1 million by age 30 (Washington Post). Many of the steps taken by people who have done exceptionally well financially are actually very simple.

Seven pieces of financial advice that forever changed my life (Becoming Minimalist). Advice well worth following.

The 1% rule: Why a few people get most of the rewards (James Clear). There’s a remarkably small margin of difference that you need to achieve in order to excel in your career—or other pursuits.

Why I don’t make financial decisions on my smartphone (NY Times). Managing money is not something that is best done while doing multiple other things at the same time.

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