Profitable Ideas: Smooth Your Stock Market Ride, Find Out If You Really Are Underpaid, and More

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

How regular investing smooths the market’s ups and downs (NY Times). As a wise person once said, timing the market doesn’t work. It’s your time in the market that counts. To read more about the benefits of investing the same amount at the same time every month, read The Surprisingly Small Benefit of Perfect Market Timing.

The New Yorker who saved $7k by not eating out for two years (Forbes). Restaurant meals are a budget killer for a lot of people. You don’t have to go as radical as this writer, but I think you’ll enjoy hearing more about her story.

Three painful lessons I learned from selling my house (Time). Especially when it comes to big-ticket items, it’s crucial to know what you’re doing—whether you’re buying or selling.

Think you’re underpaid? This site can prove it (USA TODAY). This might give you the information—and the motivation—you need to ask for a raise.

The biggest mistake people make when asking for a raise (CNBC). Why asking for more than just more money can help you get what you want.

5 ways to reuse items to save money and reduce waste (Money Crashers). Lots of great, practical ideas here.

Why you’re guaranteed to lose money in the stock market (The Simple Dollar). The title is a little misleading. The article makes an important point all investors need to understand if they’re going to be successful.

Always invest in your education (Medium). I’ve always thought that employer-provided tuition assistance is one of the most valuable and underutilized workplace benefits. But there are plenty of other ways to keep learning as well.

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