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Profitable Ideas: The Wants/Happiness Disconnect, Marketing Endgame, and More

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

What we want doesn’t always make us happy (Bloomberg). Are you pursuing things, and spending money on things, that won’t make you happy?

Here’s how much more money you’d have for retirement if you saved $100 a month starting at age 25 instead of 35 (Business Insider). Time is “the simplest and most reliable tool we have for building wealth.”

The root cause of your money problems could be an actual money disorder (HuffPost). Many people have destructive financial beliefs and behaviors, but at a certain point those beliefs and behaviors cross a line.

Cash is king (Humble Dollar). In “the house of the wise” is an emergency fund (Proverbs 21:20).

Give to charity without giving up your tax deduction using a donor advised fund (Peter Lazaroff). The new tax code has complicated charitable giving. Here’s a workaround.

Keeping money secrets from each other: Financial infidelity on the rise (NPR). I’m a big believer in complete financial disclosure before marriage and ongoing financial transparency after marriage.

Audi, Google, Hertz, and the Avengers: Endgame brand tie-in marketing machine (Fast Company). How much marketing did you notice in the latest Avengers movie?

4 things you should never buy refurbished (and 4 things you should) (reviewed.com). Sometimes used products are a good deal, but not always.

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