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Profitable Ideas: Keep Your Kids Safe From ID Theft, 10 Financial Fixes, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web.

1 million kids suffer ID theft, so parents beware (CBS Money Watch). Checking to see if your children even have credit reports isn’t easy, but it’s important.

Peer-to-peer payments carry risks (Chicago Tribune). With P2P apps, the rules are different, and so are the risks.

Try these 10 easy things to improve your finances now (MarketWatch). I’m not sure how easy all of these ideas are, but they’re certainly good ones.

Stretch your money further with this unique spending fast (Bible Money Matters). If a spending fast sounds too intimidating, try this version.

Does it matter which furnace filter I buy? (Three Thrifty Guys). We almost ruined our furnace by using expensive filters we thought were better for our health. It turns out, they weren’t so good for our furnace.

Consumption spirals (Paul Jarvis). How one upgrade can lead to another, and then another, and then…

When husbands and wives don’t agree (Ron Blue). Recurring financial issues can be like the proverbial thorn in your side. Maybe it’s time to try a different approach.

5 signs your budget needs a makeover (and how to do it) (Wisebread). Budgeting is not a one-and-done type of deal. Refinements will be necessary.

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

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