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Profitable Ideas: Why NOT to Pay Off Your House Faster, Pay In-State Tuition for an Out-of-State School, and More

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

4 reasons paying off your mortgage faster isn’t always best move (USA TODAY). Some will bristle at this one (don’t shoot the messenger!), but I have to agree that this isn’t always the best move.

5 salary negotiation tips for people who hate confrontation (Time). Just being willing to ask for a raise puts you ahead of most people. These tips will help you follow through.

Handling financially irresponsible people (The Simple Dollar). Most of us have someone like this in his or her life. Here are some suggestions for tough situations.

How to lower your property taxes in four easy steps (CNBC). Having been down this path (successfully), I’m not sure I’d call the steps “easy.” But I would say it’s worth the effort.

Save up to thousands of dollars a year with commuting tax breaks (MarketWatch). Does your employer offer this benefit?

How we make extra income from renting out rooms in our home — an Airbnb host review (Three Thrifty Guys). Have you ever rented out your home on Airbnb? If so, what’s been your experience?

Little-known ways to pay in-state tuition at out-of-state colleges (Kiplinger). A rare bit of light in the dark how-to-pay-for-college tunnel.

Millennial couples more likely to fight about money, and that’s not a bad thing (CNBC). As I’ve written before, the goal shouldn’t be to avoid fighting about money, it should be to learn how to fight fair.

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