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Profitable Ideas: Clutter’s Last Stand, Preparing for a Disaster, and More

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

12 crazy stats about clutter (My Money Wizard). Do you have 300,000 items in your home?

Five simple steps to financial freedom (Ron Blue Institute). It isn’t rocket science.

10 ways to declutter your digital life in 10 minutes (Cait Flanders). Not sure about the “10 minutes” promise, but this is a good guide nonetheless.

Getting sued (Humble Dollar). If you ever get in a car accident…

20 places to sell your old smartphone for top dollar (Bible Money Matters). Have you ever sold an old cell phone? If so, which service did you use and how would you rate it?

These are the most and least expensive cars to maintain (Clark Howard). It isn’t just the purchase price that matters. The ongoing costs matter, too, and they vary widely from brand to brand.

How to protect your finances before a natural disaster (CNN). Let Harvey and Irma be your wakeup calls to be prepared.

The good news we could all use: Stories of money success (Washington Post). “By always stepping in as someone’s personal ATM, you may be getting in the way of his or her financial breakthrough.” Indeed.

What are your thoughts on any of the above? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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