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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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Profitable Ideas: Keep Your Kids Safe From ID Theft, 10 Financial Fixes, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. 1 million kids suffer ID theft, so parents beware (CBS Money Watch). Checking to see if your children even have credit reports isn’t easy, but it’s important. Peer-to-peer payments carry risks (Chicago Tribune). With P2P apps, the rules are different, and so […]

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‘We Actually CAN Afford It!’

Sheila has long been an expert at living beneath her means. Even when she was making a relatively low salary and living in an expensive city, she never worried about not having enough. She always had money in the bank. Because she grew up as one of five kids with a stay-at-home mom and schoolteacher […]

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Profitable Ideas: Deceptive Discounts, Value-Boosting Renovations, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. With deceptive ‘discounts,’ retailers are manipulating us to spend more. Here are the worst offenders. (Washington Post). Retailers are very good at making us think we got a bargain. Is instinct eroding your financial health? (Morningstar). We all play the comparison game, […]

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A Wild Ride

Just before takeoff, the pilot warned us to expect a bumpy ride. Some bad weather had recently moved through the area and our flight path would have us following the storm system. Few of us were prepared for the ride that followed. I’m not normally a nervous flyer, but this flight left me clinging to […]

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Profitable Ideas: Sentimental Savings, Airbnb Scam Alert, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Get sentimental about saving (Chicago Tribune). Advertisers know all about preying on our emotions. Here’s some interesting research about turning the tables and using emotion to do the right thing financially. More homebuyers are taking out mortgages that stretch them thin (Clark […]

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How To Truly Change Your Financial Life

Financially speaking, what are you trying to change? Are you trying to get out of debt? Earn more? Save more? Part of the process will probably involve gaining some new knowledge. And part of it will involve changing behavior. But getting to a better financial place isn’t just about knowledge and behavior. It’s also very […]

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Profitable Ideas: Whether Frugality Takes Too Much Time, Winning the War on Clutter, and More

A weekly roundup of helpful personal finance articles. How much time do frugal strategies take? Five time-tested techniques (The Simple Dollar). You may be surprised at how little time it takes to save a lot. For applicants to elite colleges, early is often the ticket to admission (MarketWatch). It’s a big decision, but taking too long to […]

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