Profitable Ideas: A Shopper’s Manifesto, When to Make Big Money Moves, and More

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

A shopper’s manifesto: These three simple questions are the key to quitting fast fashion (Quartz). Really good article. If you’re interested in learning more about the downside to the mass fashion industry, I highly recommend watching the documentary The True Cost. It’s available on Netflix.

How and why you should practice big money moves — BEFORE you need to make them (Money Boss). Applying the test drive concept to more than just cars.

Companies are betting on a new way to protect your identity: the selfie (Washington Post). Passwords are so yesterday.

Five illuminating takeaways from your family money letters (NY Times). How to take the lessons you’ve learned about money and pass them along

How the typical American family pays for college (CNN). It’s surprising and encouraging to see how large a role scholarships and grants play.

How I paid off $67,000 in student loan debt in 20 months (Money). One person’s all-out commitment to be done with debt sooner than later.

401k or IRA? You need both (Wise Bread). It may be less convenient to use both, but it also may be more profitable.

Intentional purchases. What I buy and why (Break the Twitch). Our consumer culture does everything in its power to make us reactionary spenders. It’s hugely important to be proactive instead — to be intentional.

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