Profitable Ideas: Lessons From a 200-Day Spending Fast, Focused Career Success, and More

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

I went 200 days without buying anything new and learned how toxic our need for possessions is (Quartz). How going without reveals how much is truly needed.

Things I’m pretty sure about (Motley Fool). Great insights about money and more from one of my favorite investment writers.

Eliminating distractions and becoming a star in your field (Abnormal Returns). In a multi-tasking world, knowing how to focus will make you stand out.

To find cheap flights, the day (kind of) matters (NY Times). It isn’t quite that simple, but here’s what the pros say about how to save.

What’s the worst that could happen? (Money Boss). Have a goal? Let the worst case scenario spur you into action.

401(k) loans: mythbusters edition (Morningstar). It’s all too easy to access your 401(k) money before retirement. Should you?

How to save on closing costs when you buy a home (Dough Roller). Nine ways to save on fees that could otherwise add up to two-to-five percent of the purchase price.

Should you use retirement savings to fund your child’s college education? (US News). In a word, no. Here’s why.

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