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Profitable Ideas: Ask for a Raise, Teach Your Kids Healthy Phone Habits, and More

Weekly roundup of interesting and helpful personal finance articles from around the web.

Here’s why you should ask for a 5% raise right now (Money). “For the first time in a long time, workers may actually have the upper hand.” 

When job interviewers ask, “What are your weaknesses?” they’re testing your emotional intelligence (Grow). How to be ready for this common question.

The overcommitment cycle (Redeeming Productivity). Being busy has become a badge of honor, but it’s a recipe for ineffectiveness, burnout, and a bad mood.

Do your kids have healthy phone habits? (Focus on the Family). Social media may be doing more harm than good. What rules have you established in your household?

What’s changing in the new FAFSA and what’s not (NY Times). Not much if you’re filling it out this fall, but more changes are coming. 

Can young people still count on Social Security? (A Wealth of Common Sense). Pay no attention to those dire warnings. 

Before you sign up for health insurance at work, read this (Kiplinger). Tips for navigating this year’s open enrollment season.

More than a third of volunteers in a Consumer Reports study found errors in their credit reports (Consumer Reports). It’s important to get your free reports on a regular schedule, look for mistakes or accounts you don’t recognize, and take action if you spot an issue. 

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