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Profitable Ideas: How to Negotiate Your Salary, Lessons From Super Savers, and More

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

Actually helpful tips for negotiating salary (Four Pillar Freedom). Being willing to negotiate is the first step (most people aren’t). Once you’ve cleared that hurdle, here are some helpful ideas about how to negotiate. 

Who’s in your headset? (Krueger & Catalano). This one is not specifically about money, but it’s a good read with applications for our finances and more. I’m a big believer in objective, data-based processes, especially with investing. But this article points to our need for the input and accountability of trusted others as well

Avoid the FAFSA tripwire with grandparent-owned 529 plans (Financial Planning). It’s wonderful when grandparents help out with college costs, but it’s important to understand how their help may impact financial aid.

34% of recent retirees wish they’d been better prepared for this (USA Today). Retirement may seem far away, but if you choose to use a Roth IRA or Roth 401(k), your future self will thank you.

How to start 2020 on the right financial foot (The Simple Dollar). Good ideas for getting the new year off to a great start. 

Ordinary people who have a financial “super power” (Sound Mind Investing). Some people save a disproportionate amount of their income. Here’s how these super savers do it.

Got a gift card for Christmas? Read this! (Clark Howard). A crazy number of gift cards go unused each year. 

You have 30 days to claim your $125 from Equifax for its big data breach (CBS Money Watch). Actually, you only have 19 days.

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2 Responses to Profitable Ideas: How to Negotiate Your Salary, Lessons From Super Savers, and More

  1. Matt Bell January 20, 2020 at 2:43 PM #

    Shaz – Are you thinking of this one?

    https://mattaboutmoney.com/2018/07/10/what-if-your-kids-had-their-retirement-funded-before-they-finish-high-school/

    If that’s not it, tell me a bit more about what you remember from the article.

  2. Shaz January 20, 2020 at 2:32 PM #

    Hi Matt,
    Thank you for your posts- they are so helpful. I was trying to find an article you had posted sometime last year about a story of a person who had saved using Roth IRA which benefited his grandkids. I’m having a hard time finding it now; do you mind sharing link to that post?

    Thanks!

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