Profitable Ideas: Learning From Other People’s Financial Regrets, Simple Habits For Career Success, and More

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

5 real people share the money lessons they wish they’d learned sooner (Business Insider). What’s one money lesson you wish you’d learned sooner?

Choose experiences over stuff, and maybe security too (Sketch Guy – a NY Times blog). This type of life may seem like a luxury you can’t afford, or even irresponsible. But the author’s point is still worth considering. Are you playing life too safe?

A third of newlyweds are in the dark about their spouse’s finances (Bloomberg). This one was amazing to me. If someone you know is getting married soon, may I suggest this book? It has lots of questions and ideas designed to foster full financial disclosure before marriage and ongoing financial transparency after getting married.

How this New Jersey teen earned $500,000 in college scholarships—with a little help from mom (Yahoo Finance). Did you know some schools will cover your travel expenses for a college visit?

Yardwork gone wild: how to tame your landscape for less (The Simple Dollar). How to keep your lawn looking good without becoming obsessive about it. And here’s a bonus article on the same topic: Cheapskate gardening tips, tricks, and recipes.

10 habits that will ensure career success (Inc). Good, practical ideas for standing out in your career.

How to raise a tech entrepreneur? Give your child these chores (Wall Street Journal). Some interesting ideas for using household tasks to prepare your kids for their high-tech future.

Does cord-cutting always automatically save you money? (Consumerist). There are lots of ways to replace cable TV these days, and that can be a problem. If you’ve replaced cable TV, what service(s) do you use instead?

To ask questions or give feedback about any of the above articles, meet me in the comments section.

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