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Profitable Ideas: You Probably Don’t Know Your Number, 8 Low-Cost Home Improvements, and more.

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

The number one thing Americans get disastrously wrong about retirement (Moneyish). Got a big ballpark number in mind? It’s probably wrong.

The seven things I need to work on most to improve my financial and personal life (The Simple Dollar). One of the best personal finance writers does a little introspecting. We would all benefit from doing the same.

Here are the documents you need to bulletproof your wishes after you die (Washington Post). Have you taken care of this paperwork?

How a grandparent’s help with college tuition affects financial aid (Kiplinger). It’s a gift of love; just be careful how it’s given.

How much of a pay raise can you really ask for? (CNN). Guidelines for different circumstances.

8 low-cost ways to improve your home’s appearance (Bible Money Matters). You don’t need a new addition to make a noticeable difference.

Striking a chord (Humble Dollar). Learning from real people’s experiences can be a lot more powerful than learning from a textbook. Here are eight stories that shaped one very good financial writer’s perspectives on money.

Everything you should do before — and after — you lose your phone (Wired). Take these steps to save a whole lot of grief, and money.

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