Profitable Ideas: Unusually Good Ways to Spend Your Refund, Your Car Is Selling You Out, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles I’ve come across lately.

Stop spending money: 401(k) breakdown (Seeking Alpha). Some of the steps for wise investing are well within your control. You just need the discipline to take them.

5 unusual, money-smart ways to spend your tax refund (US News). Are you getting a refund this year? What do you plan to do with it?

How the car of the future will sell your data (Time). Are you ready for your car to know—and tell—this much about you?

Device advice (Becoming Minimalist). Choosing NOT to be an early adopter will save you money—and clutter.

5 fun board games and card games that teach money concepts (US News). The only one I had ever heard of was Catan. How about you?

What exactly does trip cancellation insurance cover? (Wise Bread). As the article advises, definitely check to see what coverage your credit card provides before paying for separate insurance.

A brief history of credit cards (The Week). I like articles like this, which add some context to the world we take for granted.

12 key principles for financial success in today’s world (The Simple Dollar). Which of these principles should you be taking to heart—and putting into practice?

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

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