Profitable Ideas: Getting Serious About Financial Freedom, Stop Writing Checks, and More

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

She paid off $25,000 in 10 months, then went on the adventure of a lifetime (Clark Howard). If you have debt, a key question is, “How serious are you about getting out of debt?” This woman was very serious.

From newspaper hawker to college student, teen perseveres (Commercial Appeal). Some people sit around fretting over how they’ll possibly pay for college. Others go out and earn the money! Read this remarkable teenager’s story.

The unintentional money lessons we teach our kids (Business Insider). As a wise person once said about parenting: “More is caught than taught.” We need to be intentional about the example we’re setting.

‘Ride the lion’ to a better financial life (Washington Post). This has all the makings of a great game night with the kids.

Someone can empty your bank account with the information on the front of every check you write (Fusion). Why the organization that processes checks thinks you should stop writing them.

Every generation is absolutely terrified by retirement (Main Street). Okay, the headline is a little dramatic, but people across the ages do have concerns about how they’ll pay for their later years. One step we can all take is to make sure our mortgage is paid off by the time we plan to leave the paid workforce.

Is it covered? Check your car/home insurance IQ (USA TODAY). Make sure you know what coverage you have before you need it.

The one question most Americans get wrong about college graduates (NY Times). There have been a lot of articles in recent years questioning the value of a college degree. Have they swayed your thinking?

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


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