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Doing the Work

One of our sons recently told me about some things that have been bothering him. He’s making good decisions, building good habits, and getting good grades. But he can’t quite see the point in some of the things he’s studying. And all the homework sometimes makes life feel like a grind.  I did my best […]

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Profitable Ideas: New Insights Into the Money/Happiness Connection, Finding Financial Margin, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Time for happiness (Harvard Business Review). Why using money to free up time can boost happiness, and why so few of us use money that way. Spending happily (Humble Dollar). More on the money/happiness equation. 7 ways to use emotional […]

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Profitable Ideas: Buy Low AND High, The Biggest Returns, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Buy low, buy high (The Irrelevant Investor). The surprising, powerful benefits of dollar-cost averaging. Repeat for emphasis (Humble Dollar). You can’t be reminded often enough about the awesome power of compounding returns. Why everyone else seems to have more money […]

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Profitable Ideas: Declutter Your Finances, Build ‘Rich Habits,’ and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. 6 ways to apply decluttering principles to your finances (Becoming Minimalist). It adds peace of mind when your finances are simplified and well organized. Rich habits: Ask for what you want (Four Pillar Freedom). Couldn’t agree more. It’s amazing what […]

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Profitable Ideas: A Powerful Example For Teaching Kids About Money, January Christmas Planning, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. How I saved a small fortune and taught my kids to be independent (Kiplinger). How one parent is teaching his kids about money, and succeeding. Resolve to beat the odds (Real Smartica). Getting after some of the most important financial […]

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New Year, New Plan

The start of a new year means it’s time to look back on your cash flow plan (aka budget) from 2018 and create a new plan for 2019. A good place to start a review of last year’s cash flow is to see which, if any, categories came in over budget. Of course, I hope […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Lessons of 2018, Toward More Ethical Uses of Money, and More.

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. The 10 most valuable financial lessons I learned in 2018 (The Simple Dollar). There are some good lessons for all of us on this list. The 10 best financial resolutions for 2019 (Forbes). I like these resolutions a lot (although […]

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