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Profitable Ideas: Skip The Toy Store, The Treasure Decision, and More

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

5 alternative gift ideas that don’t come from a toy store (Magnify Money). Good ideas for gifts that will be greatly valued while subtly instilling the values of what matters most.

A lazy person’s guide to happiness (The Atlantic). Lessons from someone who has traveled the world for 15 years in search of the healthiest and happiest people.

Advertisers can target you psychologically based on a single Facebook like, study finds (Business Insider). It’s so easy to click “like,” but do you understand what you’re giving up when you do?

Uber paid hackers to delete stolen data on 57 million people (Bloomberg). This is getting to be a regular thing. If you haven’t gotten around to freezing/locking your credit files, you really should.

Choose holiday traditions that serve you (Becoming Minimalist). Ideas for enjoying the holidays on your terms, not marketers’.

My worst Airbnb hosting experiences and lessons learned (Frugally Reckless). If you’ve ever thought about renting out your house, here’s what can go wrong.

7 money conversations parents should have with their adult kids (Wise Bread). Great topics, but some of these conversations should be had well before the kids turn into adults!

Five decisions to true financial freedom: The treasure decision (Ron Blue Institute). Last installment in a great five-part series from one of today’s most respected biblical money management teachers.

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

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