Profitable Ideas: Overcoming the Single Greatest Financial Fear, 3 Ways to Keep Identity Thieves at Bay, and More

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

This is Americans’ greatest financial fear (USA TODAY). Do YOU share this concern? If so, get in the habit of paying yourself second. Yes, second.

3 sneaky ways identity thieves can access your data (Time). Recovering from an identity theft can take a lot of time and cost a lot of money. Take these recommended steps to keep it from happening to you.

Six tips for investors when the stock market tumbles (NY Times). Good points to keep in mind when the bear returns.

9 tricks for saving money that grocery stores don’t want you to know (MarketWatch). That friendly looking store is designed to pry as much from your wallet as possible. Here’s a peak inside its marketing playbook.

One of the biggest life regrets for older Americans is… (MarketWatch). Are you allocating enough of your budget to this category each year?

This is how badly we’re managing our student debt (Bloomberg). Some cautionary tales for students—or their parents—who are thinking about borrowing to pay for college.

Will your heirs get slammed with your debt when you die? (CNBC). Most people die owing something. Will you have to pay your loved one’s debts? Will they have to pay yours?

The simplest way to simplify your life (Inc.). Clutter can make life inefficient, unpleasant, and costly. Here’s some motivation and guidance for moving in a less cluttered direction.

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2 Responses to Profitable Ideas: Overcoming the Single Greatest Financial Fear, 3 Ways to Keep Identity Thieves at Bay, and More

  1. Paul D September 4, 2016 at 7:55 PM #

    What would people do if they couldn’t borrow to go to college? Maybe get a job, save up, and then go? What a radical concept! Too bad most people think they need to immediately go to college after high school.

    • Matt Bell September 6, 2016 at 6:11 AM #

      Paul – The assumptions of going to college immediately after high school and paying for college with loans have become embedded in our culture. Apparently, the idea of taking a gap year after high school is starting to catch on, though, which I think is really positive. And I hope more parents of really young kids are getting the message that it’s important to open a 529 college savings account ASAP.

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