Profitable Ideas: Raising Financially Savvy Kids, 12 Ways to Earn Extra Cash, and More

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

Parents pass (bad) money habits to kids (Squared Away). Whether we teach our kids about money—and how—has a lasting impact.

Why is it so hard to stick to a budget? (US News). Like any new habit, it can take some time to get used to using a budget. But it’s completely worth it. I consider a budget the most powerful personal finance tool available.

10 ways stores trick you into spending more during the holidays (CBS Money Watch). Understanding how stores play offense can help you play a good game of defense.

9 mistakes to avoid with your 401(k) (The Week). Some solid advice you’ll be glad you took when you’re older.

Everybody’s wrong about how much house you can afford (Wise Bread). This will ensure that your home doesn’t own you.

9 steps to take if you’re planning to buy a home within six months (Washington Post). Since a home is the probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make, take your time and do it right.

12 ways to earn extra cash in the ‘sharing economy’ (Time). You’ve heard of Uber and Airbnb, but there are many other ways to make money on the side.

How to protect yourself from medical identity theft (CNBC). It isn’t just your credit cards that scammers are after these days.

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