Profitable Ideas: The Mystery of How Much You’ll Pay for College, 3 Common Retirement Plan Mistakes, and More

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

FAFSA says how much you can pay for college. It’s often wrong. (NY Times). The amount can be deceptively low.

Anyone who buys things online is missing out… by ignoring free shopping portals (Business Insider). Another way to rack up points for airline tickets or hotel stays.

If you use your 401(k)’s default option, you could be making these 3 big mistakes (Money). Even with automation—or maybe because of it—many investors are making bad decisions. 

The positive effects of gratitude on your financial life (Advance Capital Management). There’s a lot of emphasis on gratitude at this time of year, but it would be beneficial to practice it year-round.

You’re tracked everywhere you go online. Use this guide to fight back. (NY Times). It isn’t easy to get off marketers’ radar screens, but it can be worth the effort.

Give until it hurts (Humble Dollar). Read this one to the end. You’ll be glad you did.

Why Christians should talk more openly about our finances (The Gospel Coalition). And not just Christians. We would all benefit by finding a trusted friend to talk with about our financial situation, decisions we’re considering, and more.

Students can now see exactly how much they can expect to earn based on college, major and degree—here’s how (CNBC). Perhaps fewer would be so quick to take on debt to pay for school if they saw how much they’re likely to earn and then tried to fit a debt payment into that salary.

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