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Profitable Ideas: Making a Prime Membership Pay Off, You Need a ‘Near-Cation,’ and More

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

Here’s how to get an $800 value out of your $119 Amazon Prime account (CBS Money Watch). We’ve been Prime holdouts, so I’d really like to know: Are you a Prime member? If so, what have you done to make sure it’s worth the membership fee?

This huge consciously-curated online marketplace makes shopping ethically so easy (Ecocult). If you’ve wanted to buy products made by companies that treat their workers and the environment well, but find it too time consuming to do the research, this site may be for you.

Head to the career office before you pick a college (Reuters). The importance of knowing how strong a school’s links are to the outside world.

When money isn’t real: The $10,000 experiment (TEDx). How to teach kids the realities of money in a financially abstract world—an interesting 15-minute video.

10 things our minimizing journey has taught us (No Sidebar). How a jarring wake-up call led one family in a wonderful new direction.

Double digit returns are the norm for the stock market (A Wealth of Common Sense). When you take the long view, stock market investing can be a very effective way to build wealth.

How a ‘near-cation’ can save you money this summer (US News). You may not have to travel far to have a great vacation.

The recency bias: How to keep this mental trap from sabotaging your finances (Money Ning). Recent experiences often weigh heavily in our decision-making, often to our detriment.

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

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