Profitable Ideas: The Price Tag Isn’t the Cost, Maximizing an Inheritance, and More

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

But how much does it cost? (Seth Godin). A wise purchase requires looking well past the price tag.

8 ways to go wrong with an inherited IRA ( If you’re careful about how you choose to receive the money, you can really maximize its value.

Six expensive home repairs you can avoid with a little maintenance (Life Hacker). Remember that old oil filter commercial? “You can pay me (a little) now or you can pay me (a lot) later.” Same principle applies to caring for our homes.

Attentional bias: Why you talk yourself into buying the thing you’re obsessing over in your head… and how to stop it (The Simple Dollar). Got something in mind you’re thinking about buying? Something you think about a lot? Something you’re definitely going to buy? Take these steps first.

How to save for college without sacrificing retirement (Nerd Wallet). It doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition.

Does it pay to start at community college? Maybe (Wall Street Journal). Very few have successfully navigated this path. Among those that have, here’s how they did it.

The power of peer pressure (Kiplinger). When it comes to investing and conserving energy, keeping up with the over-achieving Joneses can be a good thing—just choose your Joneses well.

This beautiful copper coin could transform how we spend money (Fast Company). And now for something a little different — redesigning the way we pay.

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