Profitable Ideas: The Company You Keep, Insuring Against a Disaster, and More

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

Frugal friends: 4 ways your inner circle influences your finances (Money Ning). How much you spend has much to do with the company you keep.

Easy home improvements for under $100 (Real Simple). Not sure about “easy,” but if you’re handy here’s how to change the look of certain rooms inexpensively.

The spy in your wallet: Credit cards have a privacy problem (Washington Post). “Where does it end? Nobody really knows.”

Having “the money talk” with your parents as they get older (Marriage Kids and Money). Good ideas for broaching a tough topic.

Banana Republic joins the clothing rental craze (CNN). “Craze”? Personally, I think this is kind of crazy. How about you?

How to win at money (Becoming Minimalist). Six good suggestions — steps to take, ways to think.

How a decision matrix can help you make big choices with confidence (Gen Y Planning). Faced with a big decision? Break it down into smaller decisions.

Hurricane Dorian: What does insurance cover after a disaster? (USA Today). Also check to see if you have drain backup insurance, which is different than flood insurance. 

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