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Profitable Ideas: Learning From Your Financial Mistakes, Cutting the Financial Umbilical Cord, and More

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

Biggest financial regrets (The Big Picture). Another way to look at this: 10 years from now, what financial moves are you likely to regret doing or not doing?

The curious economics of being ripped off on holiday (Tim Harford). Don’t let the relaxed mode of being on vacation cause you to let your guard down. Always push back (politely) on crazy fees.

College health insurance costs vary widely. But there are plenty of options (LA Times). How do you plan to insure your college-bound kid?

Face it, we are all expendable: Financial viability countermeasures that matter (Leisure Freak). We shouldn’t live in fear, but neither should we take things for granted. Ideas on playing a good game of defense.

Match your spending with your values (The Evidence-Based Investor). Our unique design drives much of our financial behavior, but that doesn’t mean we have to live at the effect of our not-so-helpful tendencies.

10 reasons people regret buying whole life insurance (The White Coat Investor). There’s a place for whole life, but there are also lots of strikes against it.

How much economic outpatient care is too much? (ESI Money). How to cut the financial umbilical cord.

Why we should stop celebrating consumerism (Forbes). Authentic success is admirable. Owning stuff? Not so much.

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