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Profitable Ideas: The Habits of Success, Putting First Things First, and More

Last roundup of the year—lots of ideas for getting 2018 off to a great start.

What the rich do differently: Habits that foster wealth and success (Get Rich Slowly). Titles like this often amount to nothing more than clickbait, but this is a good post that reviews the findings of numerous authors who have studied people who are unusually successful.

A new approach to New Year’s resolutions (The Gospel Coalition). Whatever you decide to pursue in the new year, don’t go it alone.

First things first (Humble Dollar). If you like to set goals, you may have a tendency to set too many. Here’s how to pursue the goals that’ll have the biggest impact.

How to save $2,018 with the New Year’s money challenge (Clark Howard). If building savings is one of your goals for 2018, this practical guide should help.

The 7-step guide to achieving in-box zero—and staying there—in 2018 (Fast Company). A cluttered, overflowing in-box can be a drag on all aspects of your life, including your finances. Here are some helpful ideas for getting on top of it once and for all.

Why the money-conscious should beware the after-Christmas sale (Washington Post). Yes, there are deals to be found, but remember: A deal isn’t a deal unless it’s a discount on something you were going to buy anyway.

I want to cut my kids off financially. Does that make me mean? (NY Times). Short-term, it’s going to be tough. Long-term, it may be the best thing you could do for them.

Can you pay for private education with 529 plans? Yes! (Three Thrifty Guys). The preferred way to save for college just got a major upgrade.

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

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