Profitable Ideas: Putting Your Money Where Your Values Are, How Amazon Primes You to Overspend, and More

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

An essential budget query: Is this spending aligned with my values? (NY Times). How a little awareness can help you get more for your money.

This is what happens when you get rid of 75% of your stuff (MarketWatch). Lessons learned from a dramatic financial makeover.

Can you tell the difference between want vs. need? (Pretend to be Poor). It isn’t as easy as it may seem.

Don’t have Prime but shop at Amazon? Read those prices carefully (My Money Blog). They hooked us on free shipping, and they’ve been turning up the financial heat ever since.

The Consumer Reports 10-minute digital privacy tuneup (Consumer Reports). A good game of cyber defense can save a lot of time and money.

Two simple steps toward getting out of debt ASAP (Sound Mind Investing). The first step is incredibly easy—and effective.

How a better FICO score can lead to a better retirement (MarketWatch). It can make a big difference in how much you pay for a mortgage, which provides an immediate benefit—and a long-term benefit.

4 in 10 parents saving for college are making this really expensive mistake (Time). Saving for your kids’ college costs is great, but how you save matters, too.

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