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Profitable Ideas: Happy Spending, Mending is Better Than Ending, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. The ultimate alternative investment: happiness (A Teachable Moment). Some uses of money pay much bigger happiness dividends than others. Your superpower – not sucking at money (White Coat Investor). While I’m not crazy about the language used in […]

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How to Fight Fair About Money

Every healthy relationship involves conflict. In fact, psychologist John Gottman, who has spent more than 20 years studying what makes marriages last, believes that “fighting . . . can be one of the healthiest things a couple can do for their relationship.” In his book, Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, which I highly recommend, Gottman […]

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Profitable Ideas: Online Shopping Costs More Than You Think, Looking for Travel Bargains in All the Wrong Places, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. How online shopping makes suckers of us all (The Atlantic). Online retailing is driven by very sophisticated science, and you are at the center of constant experiments. Cash is king no more (NY Times). Philosophical musings on our […]

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Automating Financial Wisdom

I almost titled this post, “You Can’t Automate Financial Wisdom.” But then I realized, you can. A little background I have a love/hate relationship with financial automation. On the one hand, automation can be a wonderful help. In our household, we have some of our bills set up as auto-pay — those that cost the […]

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Profitable Ideas: Simplifying For Your Kids’ Sake, Why Pinterest Isn’t In Your Best Interests, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Why simplifying may protect our children’s mental health (No Sidebar). Less clutter equals less stress. Is Pinterest the enemy of your finances? (The Simple Dollar). One more example of how social media can be hazardous to your financial […]

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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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