Profitable Ideas: Life Lessons From “The Pursuit of Happyness,” Money and Friends, and More

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

Life lessons from The Pursuit of Happyness (All About Your Benjamins). This article made me want to see the movie again.

Make versus buy — the key to effortless saving (City Frugal). Reminds me of the book, “Brave New World,” in which people are taught that “ending is better than mending” in order to spur consumption. Of course, for wise money managers, the opposite is true.

4 questions to ask your spouse about the household budget (Art Rainer). Great advice geared toward helping couples get on the same financial page.

The #1 difference between ‘super savers’ and average savers (Clark Howard). It isn’t about the lattes. 

Tax scams try new tricks to steal refunds (USA TODAY). ’Tis the season for tax refunds, and the crooks who want to get their hands on yours.

The story of the Mexican fisherman (Mr. Money Wizard). This one will make you laugh, and think.

The wealth gap: How changing fortunes tear close friends apart (The Guardian). What happens when you and your friends start earning very different levels of income?

Is anything wrong with your estate plan? Here are 5 common mistakes (Kiplinger). Is your paperwork in order?

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