Profitable Ideas: Alexa is Hazardous to Your Wealth, Rethinking Your Gift List, and More

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

Amazon Alexa users buy more stuff, study shows (CNBC). Surprise, surprise. The easier marketers make it for us to spend, the more we spend.

The remarkable early years of Warren Buffett (Value Walk). Fascinating look at his early work ethic and interest in numbers.

How to create a financial plan for the year – December (Living Well Spending Less). This is a good month to think back and plan ahead.

Is financial stress the secret to success? ‘A Christmas Carol’ suggests it is (MarketWatch). Understanding what was happening in Dickens’ life when he wrote “A Christmas Carol” further enriches the story.

30 money moves to make in 30 days (Workable Wealth). You’re bound to find one or two ideas that you could put to profitable use.

Before you buy your kids a bunch of toys for Christmas, read this (Becoming Minimalist). This may make you rethink your gift list.

How to set meaningful financial and frugal goals for yourself (The Simple Dollar). Helpful ideas for planning a profitable 2018.

Money myth: Money equals security (Ron Blue Institute). Challenging thoughts for all would-be builders of bigger barns (Luke 12:13-21).

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