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Profitable Ideas: Making a Prime Membership Pay Off, You Need a ‘Near-Cation,’ and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Here’s how to get an $800 value out of your $119 Amazon Prime account (CBS Money Watch). We’ve been Prime holdouts, so I’d really like to know: Are you a Prime member? If so, what have you done to make sure […]

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Just ask. They Might Say Yes.

I am constantly amazed at what you can get just by asking. At the beginning of last year, I wrote about an experience we had with our van. It needed a costly repair that seemed to be due to a manufacturing defect. Just by asking, I got not just the amount of the repair reimbursed; […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Cost of ‘Ethical Clothing,’ How to ‘Frame’ Spending Choices, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Here are 11 reasons we have an umbrella liability insurance policy (My Money Blog). It’s a lot of coverage for a relatively small cost. Do you have a policy? Is ethical clothing expensive? (Moral Fibres). Would you be willing to pay more […]

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Rest for the Weary

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” – Matthew 6:27 In December of 2006, as each week brought news of yet another publisher who had decided to take a pass on a book I had poured a year of my life and left a well-paying corporate job to write, […]

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Profitable Ideas: How ID Thieves Target Kids, Radical Generosity, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. How thieves create fake identities with kids’ Social Security numbers (USA TODAY). We need to protect not just ourselves from ID theft, but our kids, too. The high cost of homeownership (Get Rich Slowly). It’s all too easy, especially for first-time homebuyers, […]

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The Best Way to Teach Kids About Money – Part II

Recently, I wrote an article describing The Absolute Best Way to Teach Kids About Money. It centered on an idea I read about in Mary Hunt’s excellent book, Raising Financially Confident Kids, in which you give kids responsibility for managing financial categories you used to manage for them (like clothing). In this follow up, I […]

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How Much Should I Spend on a House?

Of all the spending decisions you make, housing is the most important one. It’s probably your biggest expense, so it’s essential to get it right. Doing so is one of the most important keys to being able to live generously, save and invest adequately, and live with financial margin and peace of mind. How Much of a […]

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