Author Archive | Matt Bell

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A Tribute to a Generous Man

My father-in-law passed away last week. One of my favorite stories my wife tells is of a time when she was a little girl and they were driving somewhere. She noticed a sign for a bowling alley and asked her dad what bowling was. He didn’t just explain it to her; he turned the car […]

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‘Much Obliged’

Writer Fulton Oursler had vivid memories of an old woman named Anna who helped care for him as a child. When she sat down to eat she would say, “Much obliged, dear Lord, for my vittles.” Oursler wondered why she thanked God since she would get the food regardless of whether she gave thanks or […]

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How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

In a recent post, I provided some guidance as to who needs life insurance. If you determine that you need it, the next question is, “how much?” You’ll hear about various guidelines for answering that question, usually based on multiples of your salary. Some say you should carry life insurance with a death benefit equal […]

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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 […]

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An Identity Theft Like No Other

Identity theft has become a common crime, impacting millions people each year. As bad as the problem is, about a hundred years ago, an identity theft took place on a far grander scale. Everyone’s identity was stolen. Amazingly, this huge heist didn’t make headlines, and it didn’t prompt any calls for greater security. In fact, […]

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Profitable Ideas: Lessons for Living, The Limits of Minimalism, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Some lessons for living from older generations (A Wealth of Common Sense). One of the absolute best ways to learn about life—the financial aspects and everything else—is to ask those who’ve gone before us. The observer effect and […]

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