Profitable Ideas: When it Pays to Spend More, Best Career Advice Ever, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently.

Spend the money for the good boots, and wear them forever (Sketch Guy – a NY Times blog). Sometimes, the more expensive option is the better buy.

How fraudsters are getting around chip and pin cards (CNBC). Identity thieves aren’t so interested in your credit card number. They’re after your Social Security number.

Why I wish they’d taught me about compound interest at school (Monevator). Nice primer on one of the most important investing principles. No extra charge for the foreign currency lesson (the examples are in British Pounds).

10 experts share the best career advice they ever received (US News). Helpful guidance for managing one of your most valuable assets—your ability to earn.

4 alternative ways to save for college (Time). Coverdells are definitely worth considering. The contribution limits are low, but you can use the money for K-12 expenses, not just college.

11 questions to ask ourselves about debt (Eternal Perspective Ministries). Great, challenging thoughts from the author of some of my favorite books on biblical money management.

80 small and big ways to save money this year (POPSUGAR). How we manage money is one of those things we can always improve. You’re bound to find at least a few ideas here that you can put to good use.

Nearly one in five Americans has hidden a major purchase from their spouse (Wall Street Journal). Lots of people say money is an issue in their marriage, but is money the issue or is it the money manager?

To let me know your thoughts on any of the above articles, meet me in the comments section.

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