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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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Profitable Ideas: Why We Buy, Adding to Your Life Through Subtraction, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Why do we buy what we buy? (VOX). One of my favorite writers on our competitive, comparative spending. Why we struggle (Humble Dollar). The challenge to manage money well “isn’t complicated—and yet it isn’t so simple.” How to make a debt reduction […]

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Best Financial Advice

Over the years, I’ve asked readers to share some of the best financial advice they’ve ever received. Here are some of their answers. Bob said that during a pre-marriage class he and his then fiancé attended, the teacher suggested using pay raises to build an initial savings account. In Bob’s words, “I can remember how […]

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Profitable Ideas: Netflix Wants to Sell You a Sweatshirt, Minimalism Crashes the Economy, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Doing nothing is hard work (A Wealth of Common Sense). When investing, sometimes we have to resist the urge to take action. Plan now for changes coming to college costs (Fidelity). It looks like the aid funnel is getting narrower. 5 lies […]

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Determining Your Financial Independence Day

As we prepare to celebrate our country’s Independence Day this weekend, why not take a few minutes to figure out your financial independence day? If you have any debt other than a reasonable mortgage, that’s the day when you will be completely out of that debt. If the only debt you have is a mortgage, […]

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Profitable Ideas: Measuring Your Financial Wellbeing, No Regrets, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. Can you measure your financial wellbeing? (The Evidence-Based Investor). Take the test and see how well it assesses your financial situation. Banks slowly offer alternatives to overdraft fees, a bane of struggling spenders (NY Times). Overdraft “protection”has long been one of the […]

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Profitable Ideas: A Money-Making Machine, Unlimited Vacation Days, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web. A money-making machine: why a Roth IRA is your retirement best friend (USA Today). If you have kids and they have earned income, get them started on a Roth. Long after you’re gone, they’ll continue to think very nice thoughts about you! […]

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